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Old Christine's Ex-Hubby Talks Marriage

Clark Gregg

Clark Gregg's a busy guy. Apart from playing Julia Louis-Dreyfus' ex-hubby on The New Adventures of Old Christine, he costarred as a mysterious agent in Iron Man and directed the black comedy Choke. Plus he's married to Jennifer Grey! Still, he found time to chat with us.

TV Guide: In this week's episode, little Ritchie's in a commercial?
Clark Gregg:
The parents expect to suffer at the school play because Ritchie's usually awful. But he's incredible, and Christine wants him in showbiz!

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Roush Review: The ABCs of Risky Second Chances

Katie Holmes and Jonny Lee Miller, Eli Stone

Eli Stone (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET)
Risk factor: Moderate.This fanciful charmer about a modern-day prophet (the adorable Jonny Lee Miller) in corporate lawyer's guise was a bit of a surprise renewal.
Worth the risk? As leaps of faith go, yes. And faith — in visions both magical and musical — has everything to do with Eli Stone's divine appeal. Everyone whose life Eli touches, he inspires, including scene-stealing colleagues like Victor Garber and Loretta Devine, and the same goes for the lucky viewer. Guest stars Sigourney Weaver (as a spectral shrink) and Katie Holmes (as a klutzy fellow do-gooder) have boosted Eli's visibility. Let's hope it sticks.
My grade (on an A-B-C scale): A-

See Roush's take on Pushing Daisies, Housewives and more after the jump. read more

Roush Dispatch: The Shield's Game-Changer

Walton Goggins, The Shield

As FX's groundbreaking The Shield enters its final stretch, this week's episode is the taut turning point that hurtles the series into its deadly final act. With Shane finally taking action against his former strike team buddies Vic and Ronnie (on whom he put out a hit at the end of last week's episode), the murderous tensions between these former cohorts in crime reaches a melodramatic boil that will change everything in their lives and at the Barn forever. There are huge twists ahead, leading to a finale (which FX screened for select reporter/critics last week) that is richly satisfying. No ambiguous cut to black for The Shield. This is a show that will grab you by the throat for as long as it's allowed to spin out its crazily suspenseful story of corruption, retribution and dishonorable honor among thieves. If you've strayed during this convoluted final season, now's the time to return.

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NBC Keeps Knight Rider's Motor Running

Justin Bruening, Knight Rider

A couple weeks ago, NBC ordered more scripts for Knight Rider. Now, the Peacock has ordered the back nine episodes, making Rider the third freshman show to receive a full-season pickup this year behind Fringe and 90210.

The order also marks NBC's first ... read more

Critics' Notebook: Fulfilling the Hype

Sarah Chalke and Josh Radnor

On TV, it's all about living up to expectations.

Sarah Palin and Saturday Night Live certainly achieved that in this weekend's instant-classic and rabidly anticipated guest appearance by the controversial Republican vice-presidential candidate on the resurgent (though still woefully uneven) late-night comedy show. Watching Tina Fey impersonate her from a backstage monitor, palling around with Alec Baldwin (in GOP terms, the next best thing to a celebrity terrorist), throwing the "Live from New York" opener after crossing paths all-too-briefly with Tina, bopping to Amy Poehler's rap groove at the Weekend Update desk, the good-sport Alaska governor no doubt did wonders for her own approval ratings (or at least her TV "Q" ratings) while boosting those of SNL.

So what else is living up to the buzz?

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Ask Matt: Is Chuck the Best Show You're Not Watching? And More!

Nicole Richie, Chuck

TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here!

Question: Several years ago, TV Guide used to do an annual feature on the "Best Show You're Not Watching." I want to nominate Chuck for this honor. It is almost tragic that a show, which through its first three episodes of this season has been nothing short of fantastic, has such criminally low ratings. I understand it received a full season pick-up before a single episode aired and that NBC surely must take its competition into consideration, but is there another show that could benefit more from a time period shift? The wit and goofiness of the writing, coupled with strong performances from Zachary Levi and the rest of the ensemble make this the show which I honestly can't wait to see each week. It even handled NBC's blatant cross-promotion of its NFL coverage by giving guest star Michael Strahan a decent role to play (especially with the extremely funny Joshua Gomez to play off of him). While Chuck is certainly not deep, I consider it the most entertaining show on television, and I hope NBC will allow it to find an audience. — Alex M.

See Matt's response and questions on SVU, The Shield, Pushing Daisies, Heroes and more after the jump. read more

Working Mom: Nicole Richie Previews Her Chuck Episode

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie no longer leads a simple life — and that's just fine with her. In January, the former reality star entered the hectic world of motherhood when she and her boyfriend, Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden, welcomed a baby girl, Harlow. (Despite tabloid headlines to the contrary, Richie says she and Madden are together.) On the professional front, the 27-year-old Richie is attempting a bit of a career reinvention, designing a line of jewelry, reportedly working on an album and even returning to TV. On Oct. 20, she guest stars on NBC's espionage comedy Chuck (8 pm/ET) as a former high-school nemesis of Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). We asked Richie about the surprisingly physical role. — Mary Murphy

TV Guide: How did you get the role on Chuck?
Nicole Richie:
I auditioned like every body else. I knew it was a really fun part and it seemed like a challenge. I get a lot of scripts to play blonde, bubbly cheerleader types. She was different than that. She has a dark side.

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Ask Matt: Was CSI's Premiere an Instant Classic? Is Amazing Race Overlooked? And More!

William Petersen and Gary Dourdan, CSI

TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here!

Question: I just wanted to give props to the amazing season premiere of CSI last week. I was a fan of the show from the pilot, but I stopped watching around the fourth season because the stories seemed to start repeating themselves too much. But after watching this stunning, well-produced, gripping premiere, I may have to declare once again that I am a CSI fan. So here's my question to you: Why do you think Warrick's death was so effective, while many other TV deaths aren't? Was it because Warrick Brown has been in our lives and in our homes for eight years? Was it because the characters around him acted like real human beings, and not "TV characters?" What was it about this episode that stuck with me so much? —Marcus

Get Matt's response, plus questions on The Amazing Race, Grey's Anatomy, Mad Men and more after the jump. read more

Ross McCall Hits TV with a Controversial Crash

Ross McCall in Crash

Inspired by the Academy Award-winning (if somewhat controversial) Best Picture of 2006, Crash hits the smaller screen Friday at 10 pm/ET, on the Starz Entertainment cable channel. Headlined by film vet Dennis Hopper and peppered with salty language, racy moments and racial tension, the TV adaptation, like its inspiration, looks at the way disparate lives intersect in the melting pot that is Los Angeles.

Ross McCall, the lucky Scot who soon will get to call Jennifer Love Hewitt his wife and in Crash plays a rule-bending street cop, gave us a peek at the new series. Plus: What he finds sexy about the Sexiest Woman on TV. This is the first original drama series produced by Starz. What about this project made you not anxious about precisely that?
Ross McCall:
I worked for HBO a couple of years ago [on Band of Brothers], and shows like The Sopranos had made HBO into a booming place. So when Starz and Lionsgate decided to do their first original series, I really wanted to be a part of something that ... read more

Maura Tierney Checks Out of ER for Good

Maura Tierney, ER

In its final year, ER (Thursdays at 10 pm/ET, NBC) will welcome back some old friends while other cast members make early exits. In the 15th-season premiere, Greg Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) died a shocking death, and tonight Maura Tierney's lovable but beleaguered Dr. Abby Lockhart checks out for the last time.

TV Guide: You wanted Abby to be killed off, but she won't be. So how does she leave?

See Tierney's answer and find out what's in Luka and Abby's future after the jump. read more

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