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6 Reasons You Should Be Watching Justified

Justified

FX's Justified is my favorite new show of the spring. And based on its premiere's big ratings, others obviously dig Raylan Givens' brand of gun-toting justice. A few reasons why the show (Tuesdays at 10/9c) is worth your time:

FX shoots to kill with Justified

1. Elmore Leonard Inspired It
Hollywood's love affair with the prolific Leonard has ranged from excellent adaptations (Get Shorty, Jackie Brown) to bad (TV's Karen Sisco and Shorty sequel Be Cool). Justified borrowed all the best Leonard elements (cool characters and muscular dialogue) for its pilot... read more

Olympic Moment: Plushenko Reluctantly Surrenders Gold to Lysacek

Evan Lysacek

Evan Lysacek's journey to men's figure skating gold included more than a little jesting — and even outright criticism — from defending Olympic champ Evgeni Plushenko.

Plushenko jokingly stepped to the top spot on the medal platform before allowing Lysacek — the first American to win gold in men's figure skating since Brian Boitano in 1988 — to claim his rightful place.

"I was positive I had won," Plushenko told ESPN. "But... read more

Top Moments: Mel Gibson Curses, Modern Family Lands on the Moon, Lost and More!

Naveen Andrews, Mel Gibson

It was fun this week to watch from our lofty sofa perches and judge our favorite TV personalities. We were surprised that Mel Gibson still hasn't learned when not to talk. We scoffed at an American Idol hopeful's figuratively naked (and almost literally naked) attempt to gimmick his way to Hollywood. And we counted our own blessings as Fringe and Lost toyed with the lives of three very unfortunate souls — or was it four souls? Welcome to Top Moments, Harsh Judgment Edition.

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NCIS: Get Ready for a Family Affair

NCIS

On Tuesday's holiday episode of NCIS, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) will get a special visit from his father (guest star Ralph Waite), and the family connections won't stop there.

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Waite, 81, first visited the CBS hit procedural in Season 6. This time around, he will exhibit some unusual behavior that leaves Gibbs perplexed as he and the team investigate the possible hate-crime killing of the son of a retired colonel turned preacher.

Even though the episode has Christmas themes, Rocky Carroll warns that it's not exactly a heartwarming hour... read more

Desperate Housewives: Wisteria Lane Kid Spills Secrets

Beau Mirchoff, Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives troubled teen Danny Bolen (the polite Canadian actor Beau Mirchoff) has seen better days. At the end of the Nov. 29 episode, Danny was hospitalized after taking a fistful of pills. He's OK, but he's insisting that the nurse call him Tyler, which is presumably his given name, from before his family went on the run. TVGuide.com spoke to Mirchoff about how Danny is involved in Sunday's plane-crash story line, who he'll befriend and/or romance and how long the Bolens will be sticking around.

TVGuide.com: How did things go so wrong for Danny?
Mirchoff: He's been on the run his whole life, he's never really had a solid friendship or long-lasting relationship... read more

Castle's Creator Discusses the Show's Double Identity

Castle

On Monday's episode of Castle (10/9c, ABC) Detective Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) investigate the murder of a man who appears to have a double identity, a concept not unfamiliar to the show's creator, Andrew W. Marlowe.

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No, Marlowe doesn't lead a double life, but his show is increasingly a mix of cops-and-robbers procedural fun and good ol' family drama... read more

Exclusive: Mad Men Creator Discusses the Kennedy Assassination

Mad Men

Before Mad Men's third season, fans wondered when, as in what year, series creator Matthew Weiner would resume the story.

There was reason for the anticipation: In the Season2 finale, Betty (January Jones) revealed to reformed womanizer Don (Jon Hamm) that she was pregnant, and viewers were curious how that would play out. But more significantly, everyone wondered whether or not Weiner would skip over the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy. After all, Weiner said more than a few times that he didn't think he had anything to add to the historical landmark.

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But Weiner changed his mind. "My attitude about the assassination changed as I got deeper and deeper into the period and after I wrote the first two seasons," he tells TVGuide.com "I thought it was a melodramatic trope the way it had been treated... read more

Snap Judgment: Nurse Jackie

Haaz Slieman and Edie Falco

Here's what I learned about my new best friend Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) from watching Monday's premiere of Nurse Jackie:

Jackie has a bad back — and a prescription-drug problem. "What do you call a nurse with a bad back?" Jackie asks. "Unemployed." As such, she's a highly functioning pill-popper who'll take whatever she can get her hands on. Literally take.

Jackie is dedicated. From the get-go, it's clear that Jackie owns the ER. She hits all the right notes with doctors, other nurses, cops and patients. She's knowledgeable, courteous, but not exactly what you'd call nice. Read on to see what we thought of Edie Falco's new show...

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Spring TV Progress Report: The Pros and Cons of 10 New Shows

Harper's Island, Parks and Recreation, Surviving Suburbia

Can ABC's Better Off Ted produce laughs as well as far-out inventions? Is Parks and Recreation worthy of Amy Poehler's talents? Does Harper's Island slay us? Now that TV's new spring shows have had a few weeks to strut their stuff, TVGuide.com's senior editors gauge their areas of excellence — and how they can improve.

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ER: Your Favorite Moments

Parminder Nagra, John Stamos, Mekhi Phifer, Maura Tierney, Linda Cardellini, Scott Grimes

Now that you've seen ER's series finale, take a look at your favorite moments from NBC's groundbreaking medical drama. Out of the many fine suggestions, we've assembled this list of 16, one for — but not from — each season of the show, plus one we couldn't leave out. They are in no particular order, and each includes some of your thoughts and a link to a video clip to refresh your memory and to get the water-works started for your own tearful goodbye.

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