What a week for fans of crime dramas that try to raise the bar. Two winners premiering this week are set in USA's midsection — one rural, one urban (which I'm thinking you might have heard about on Super Bowl Sunday) — and they're so good it makes you wonder why Law & Order never took its act to the heartland.
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We'll be discussing the second season of FX's spectacularly entertaining Justified (returns Wednesday, 10/9c) later this week. Inspired by an Elmore Leonard character, this Kentucky-fried caper sneaks up on you, its laid-back attitude punctuated by shocks of grisly mayhem.
By contrast, Fox's muscular new The Chicago Code — from The Shield's Shawn Ryan — grabs you by the collar as it plunges headlong into a treacherous labyrinth of big-city corruption...
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The Chicago Code (Monday, 9/8c, Fox)
Perking up what has been a pretty dismal midseason so far, this tough, brisk police drama from The Shield's Shawn Ryan is set and filmed in Chicago, where the city's brash first female police superintendent (Jennifer Beals, cast against type) clashes with a corrupt alderman (Delroy Lindo, savoring his smooth villainy) who holds her department's purse strings. Colvin's eyes and ears on the mean streets is reckless local-legend detective Jarek Wysocki (Brotherhood's Jason Clarke), who's just been saddled with a young, earnest partner (Friday Night Lights' Matt Lauria) who's not as green as he looks. The show weaves each of their points-of-view into a compelling, muscular narrative. Please watch...
Things are getting heavy on How I Met Your Mother.
The comedy best known for Robin Sparkles, Slapsgiving, and lots and lots of suits has received notice recently for its drama — namely, the surprise death of Marshall's father. Marshall's sudden brush with mortality has already inspired Barney to search for his real father. But how will it affect his best friend, Ted?
John Lithgow to play Barney's father on How I Met Your Mother
"He gets in a new relationship and that encourages his own version of that soul-searching," Josh Radnor told TVGuide.com. "I'm not prepared to say on the record if it's with Zoe or not, but perhaps it will be. Perhaps it...
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
On Friday's Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the surprise return of daddy Titus meant that Batiatus was caught partying with his tunic down.
And Titus was just a bummer all around. The orgies had to stop (or at least there was a hiatus), Gannicus got pulled from the Primus and Auctus got killed. Well, at least Crixus finally earned his mark through merit (not like those Syrians) and Melitta was spared another naked party demonstration.
Though Smallville's Lois Lane (Erica Durance) is surrounded by superheroes, Daily Planet's intrepid reporter will soon make her mark on the world.
She was last seen attending Hawkman's funeral before passing out with the rest of the supers. For the first time, there she was with the growing Justice League. "You start to see how she fits in," Durance tells TVGuide.com.
Smallville exclusive: Prepare to kneel before Zod!
"She's finding her way in...
Blue wigs, BMX bike stunts and flaming bras — that's the Glee we know and love!
Glee is taking on Katy Perry again for Sunday's Super Bowl episode, but this time Coach Sue's Cheerios will do the performing. Will the flaming batons and hula hoops really lead the Cheerios to another national championship? If their Celine Dion-infused routine (thanks, Kurt) took home the gold last season, why ...
Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino, Paul Wesley
As Vampire Diaries dives into the second half of Season 2, the impending vampire-werewolf conflict will culminate in the season's final full moon — which executive producer Julie Plec says will be filled with "bad, bad things." That's not the only trouble Mystic Falls will see. Get the scoop from the cast below:
Vampire Diaries' Michaela McManus: Brady's arrival brings destruction — and answers
The Vampire-Werewolf War: The conflict between the vampires and werewolves "is going from a simmer to a boil," Plec says. In the center of it all: star-crossed maybe-lovers werewolf Tyler (Michael Trevino) and vampire Caroline (Candice Accola). "The next few episodes take us down the road of what Tyler knows, what he learns and how it impacts his friendships with Caroline and Matt [Zach Roerig]," Plec says. Adds Paul Wesley: "There are unforeseen alliances."
Flashback Blood Fever: The series will flash back once again to...
Before American Idol got down to wild and wacky business in Austin, the producers decided to start the show with a somber moment. Responding to some recent outrage over Steven Tyler's outlandish (and sometimes vulgar) outbursts and his inappropriate come-ons toward some of the younger female singers, the producers apologized for his "outrageous behavior." So did the Aerosmith rocker straighten up? Let's find out...
NBC has cut the initial episode order for The Cape down from 13 episodes to 10, TVGuide.com confirmed.
News is not too surprising: Ratings for the superhero drama have fallen steadily since the show's premiere in January ...