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Dissecting Alcatraz's Mysteries: Why Is Tommy Madsen So Important?

Sarah Jones

Finally, an Alcatraz guard has returned!

In this week's episode of Alcatraz, prison guard Guy Hastings (True Blood's Jim Parrack) appeared in the present day with one mission: Hunt down Tommy Madsen (David Hoflin). Hastings enlists — OK, kidnaps — former guard Ray Archer (Robert Forster) to help find Tommy. But wait, Archer is actually Rebecca's great uncle? Because Tommy and Ray are really... brothers!? That's just one of the new mysteries that Alcatraz introduced this week. Let's take a look at the others: read more

White Collar's Matt Bomer on Neal's "Dysfunctional" Love Life, Possible Freedom and Beyond

Hilary Burton, Matt Bomer

Sara is back on White Collar, but it's all business when she reunites with Neal.

On Tuesday's episode (10/9c on USA), Sara (Hilarie Burton) recruits the FBI to help her track down a missing Stradivarius violin. So does this professional collaboration mean the two exes might be making beautiful music together again? "In the last three episodes, they find a really organic, functional way to involve Sara in the closing of the season," Bomer tells TVGuide.com. "He's obviously incredibly attracted to her physically ... but I think at the end of the day its like, if something happens, great. If not, OK." 

Social TV: Will White Collar use Twitter to let fans decide the show's ending?

After the pair ignited a red-hot romance late in Season 2, Sarah briefly moved into Neal's loft before stumbling upon his and Mozzie's surveillance camera footage of the stolen treasure. Sara immediately... read more

Decoding Mount McPhee: Is It a Smash Spoiler?

Smash

Here's hoping Megan Hilty doesn't have a complex... For months, NBC has been touting Smash as that new show starring American Idol's Katharine McPhee when in fact she is one of two actresses in the series whose characters are vying to play Marilyn Monroe on Broadway.

"...and introducing Katharine McPhee!" "Watch this specially filmed music video of Katharine McPhee singing 'Beautiful'!" And just take a gander at the poster, nicknamed Mount McPhee by one of the Idol alum's co-stars: It does her co-stars like Debra Messing no favors (is she about to fall off?). Anjelica Huston just barely squeezes in.

So is it safe to assume that McPhee's Karen Cartwright gets to play Marilyn? read more

Lord of the Rings' Sean Astin to Guest-Star on NCIS

Sean Astin

Jamie Lee Curtis will have some company during her upcoming guest-arc on NCIS: Sean Astin has also signed on to appear.

As previously announced, Curtis will play Charlotte Ryan, a career woman and single mom who works as a psychological operations agent in the Office of the Inspector General in the Defense Department. The Lord of the Rings star will portray... read more

5 Reasons to Watch Castle's 1940s Noir "The Blue Butterfly"

Castle

Monday's Castle is taking its characters (and viewers) back in time.

Exclusive: Castle boss and Stana Katic dish on Castle's first muse

As Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate the murder of a treasure hunter who was searching for the elusive "Blue Butterfly" necklace before his death, the pair stumbles onto the victim's guidebook: a diary from a 1940s private investigator named Joe Flynn.  It's not long before Castle brings the old text to life by imagining himself as the P.I. who is trying to save a beautiful young woman named Vera (Beckett, naturally) from the notorious gangster Tom Dempsey (guest star Mark Pellegrino).

Since Castle and Beckett... read more

NBC Apologizes for M.I.A.'s "Spontaneous" Middle Finger Gesture During Super Bowl Halftime Show

M.I.A.

It wasn't a "wardrobe malfunction," but Super Bowl XLVI's halftime show managed to stir controversy. M.I.A., who participated in the halftime show headlined by Madonna, flipped off millions of viewers in a blink-and-you-missed-it moment during the performance of Madonna's new single "Give Me All Your Luvin.'" Click here to see a photo.

"We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during... read more

The Lowdown on NBC's Smash: Weighing the Hype vs. the Reality

Smash, Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty

Thanks to NBC's relentless marketing and PR campaign, much is already known about Smash, a big-risk series about the making of a Marilyn Monroe musical. At the center of the sudsy backstage drama is American Idol's Katharine McPhee, who stars as an ingénue pitted against a more seasoned Broadway chorus girl to play the iconic blonde.

If the premise sounds hopelessly niche for a broadcast network in desperate need of a hit (thespians! show tunes! jazz hands!), both NBC and critics high on the series have been working hard to change your mind. Advanced word on Smash is that it's the anti-Glee (especially if you've tired of that show's pop song-happy chorus of high schoolers), The West Wing but on Broadway (should you miss Aaron Sorkin's defining sense of a workplace), and a game-changer for NBC (if you went bananas for the first episode, which NBC screened in theaters and made available on-demand and online weeks before Monday's official premiere).

Watch Smash right now — then tell us what you think!

Is it all just hyperbole? read more

Super Bowl Halftime Show: Did Madonna Get All Your Luvin'?

Madonna

Madonna gave Super Bowl XLVI attendees and viewers at home quite a show, even if she lip-synched for most of her 12-minute set.

During Sunday's halftime, the Material Girl pulled from every decade of her almost 30-year career. In an elaborate entrance involving Trojan men and... read more

House on Trial: How Will Jeffrey Wright Rule?

House, Jeffrey Wright

Monday's pivotal episode of House shines a light on perhaps the most crucial question of the series: Do Dr. House's life-preserving ends justify his usually outlandish means?

House First Look: Jeffrey Wright puts Dr. House on trial!

For nearly eight seasons, Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) has been able to pull almost any stunt he pleased at Princeton-Plainsboro, simply because he's a brilliant diagnostician who saves lives. But in Monday's episode (8/7c, Fox), House's methods end in a catastrophe that threatens one of his team member's future at the hospital. Enter Dr. Walter Cofield (guest star Jeffrey Wright), the head of neurology at a nearby hospital and a former mentor to Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps) — and the man who will determine whether House or his team is to blame for the accident.

"Jeffrey's character really decides the fate of the series — he puts House's process on trial," director and executive producer Greg Yaitanes tells TVGuide.com... read more

What Time Does the Super Bowl Start?

Superbowl XLVI

Kickoff approaches as the New York Giants and the New England Patriots prepare to meet again in Super Bowl XLVI — four years after the Giants' upset.

The game — TV's most-watched event — is being broadcast live Sunday from... read more

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