Winter TV


The A-Z Guide to Cougar Town

Courteney Cox, Brian Van Holt

Cougar Town is not, we repeat, not a show about cougars. So what is it about? That's the question facing some newcomers just now learning about the ensemble comedy now that it's become the subject of a persistent marketing campaign from new home TBS.

Winter TV Preview: Where we left off on Cougar Town and more returning shows

For those who missed the show's first three seasons, Cougar Town is really about Jules (Courteney Cox), a fortysomething alcoholic wine connoisseur who used to be married to lovable slacker Bobby (Brian Van Holt), but recently took the plunge again with her neighbor Grayson (Josh Hopkins). Jules has two best friends: the young and loud Laurie (Busy Philipps) and the icy, judgmental Ellie (Christa Miller). Ellie's whipped husband Andy (Ian Gomez) is Bobby's BFF, as is Bobby and Jules' college-age son, Travis (Dan Byrd), who kind of has a thing for Laurie. Whew!

Cougar Town team on TBS move: "It was really refreshing" to be embraced

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Midseason TV Timeslot Wars: Which Shows Will You Watch, DVR or Skip?

Kevin Bacon, AnnaSophia Robb

It's 2013, and with the new year comes a new outlook, new resolutions and yes, even new TV viewing habits.

Midseason TV: Check out the day-by-day schedule

Not that there's anything wrong with the shows you already love, but some scheduling changes have necessitated a rejiggering of priorities. While some series aren't continuing past the midseason mark — XOXO, Gossip Girl! Adios, Partners! — new shows are stepping in to fill the void. And since most of us didn't get a second DVR for the holidays, we still need to pick and choose how these new offerings will figure into our limited viewing time (if at all). Below are four of the busiest midseason timeslots and our take on what to watch, DVR, skip or just watch online.

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James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley to Guest on How I Met Your Mother

James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley

Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders) is going back to the mall — and she's bringing a lot of famous (Canadian) faces with her!

How I Met Your Mother has lined up a slew of Canadian-born celebrities for the Feb. 4 return of Robin's teen idol alter ego, CBS announced Monday.

How I Met Your Mother returning for a ninth season

James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley, K.D. Lang, Paul Shaffer, Barenaked Ladies frontman... read more

Once Upon a Time Postmortem: Who Died? Who Lived? And What's Next?

Raphael Sbarge and Lana Parrilla

[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's midseason premiere of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk.]

Poor Regina!

Once Upon a Time's Evil Queen, it seems, is not so evil after all... read more

Smash's Second Season: A Tale of Two Musicals and Less Scarves

Katharine McPhee

Bad news, Smash fans. You may not have seen the last of Broadway's most annoying assistant just yet.

"Ellis is still alive," executive producer Neil Meron told reporters with a laugh at NBC's winter TV previews Sunday. "How could we forget Ellis?"

Much to the contrary, the much-maligned character is just one... read more

Exclusive First Look: Spartacus' New Foe Strips Down and Arms Up

Liam McIntyre

Spartacus, prepare to meet your most dangerous foe to date.

On the upcoming final season of Spartacus, premiering Friday, Jan. 25 at 9/8c on Starz, the titular rebel leader (Liam McIntyre) may have amassed 30,000 bloodthirsty followers, but he'll be met by an equally merciless force, led by a new opponent, Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells).

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Diane Sawyer to Interview Gabrielle Giffords on Two-Year Anniversary of Shooting

Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, Diane Sawyer

ABC World News will air a sit-down interview with former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on the two-year anniversary of her shooting, ABC announced Sunday.

Giffords, along with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke to.... read more

A Kerfuffle and More Scoop on Grimm's Spring Return

Grimm

Grimm fans can look forward to lots of action when the NBC fantasy procedural returns in March.

In particular, Portland's resident Grimm, Det. Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), will finally confront Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz), the police captain who has reluctantly become the object of Nick's girlfriend Juliette's affection, thanks to a magical side effect of a potion.

Revolution and more NBC scoop from the TCA Winter TV previews

"It's going to be a powder keg," Roiz told critics at Grimm's winter TV previews on Sunday. Giuntoli added that in the "big, angry kerfuffle... he has a height advantage on me, but I have a rage advantage on him."

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Do No Harm Offers a Modern Twist on Jekyll and Hyde

Steven Pasquale

Steven Pasquale will be pulling double duty this winter on NBC's Do No Harm.

Pasquale plays Dr. Jason Cole, a highly respected neurosurgeon tormented by his dark side. In this case, his dark side is his alternate personality Ian Price, a devious and wild sociopath hell-bent on destroying the lives of others. Yes, it's the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but with its modern-day setting, it's more like "House meets Dexter," executive producer David Schulner told reporters Sunday at NBC's winter TV previews.

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1600 Penn Boss: We're Not Worried About Political Correctness

Josh Gad

1600 Penn is about the First Family, but it's definitely not about politics.

"It takes a little bit of time, but we do quickly [get] to a show that concentrates more on the family dynamics where the White house is just a back drop," executive producer Mike Royce told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter previews. "That's a product of how we have to launch the stories that occur, but as we go along we're able to turn things more inward which I think is a more interesting place to be."

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