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Question: This is more a commentary than a question, but what are your thoughts on Southland? Ben McKenzie and Shawn Hatosy have recently landed new pilots, so it would appear that this will be the last season of the very fine cop show Southland. Yes, the show is an ensemble and could certainly go on without the two characters they portray, but it would be a different Southland without them, even with a cast as strong as one that includes Regina King and C. Thomas Howell. read more

The Monday Playlist: NBC Regains Its Voice, and a Bates Bro-mance?

Freddie Highmore

This is the night NBC has been waiting for all year. A rough 2013 it has been, for sure, with prime time in freefall and even institutions like the Today and Tonight shows embattled by negative PR. You might begin to think Do No Harm isn't just a bad memory, but a motto the Peacock network somehow just can't seem to live up to.

If the tide is ever to start turning, it will be on Mondays, with the return of the game-changing The Voice (8/7c) and its irresistible, instantly iconic "Blind Audition" episodes. New to the hot seats: Shakira and Usher, filling in this cycle for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, with NBC hoping it doesn't matter who's sitting in those revolving chairs. The show's the thing, and this has always been the best part of The Voice.

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Top Moments: SVU's Sexy Reveal and Tina Fey Resurrects Sarah Palin

Tina Fey

Our top moments of the week:

15. Tackiest Move:
After Andy Dick's earnestly charming debut dance on Dancing with the Stars, Brooke Burke-Charvet bursts the positive-energy bubble in the room by abruptly and awkwardly asking Dick about being a recovering addict. "Is there a part of you that's concerned, considering that you're a recovering addict, of the pressure that the show puts on everyone?" she asks. "Uh, OK, so you went there," Dick replies, before... read more

The Wednesday Playlist: A Survivor Shakeup Just in Time

Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites

When one of this season's more agreeable Survivor contestants, Dawn, tearfully declared, "I don't want to be here" during Brandon Hantz's epic and ugly tirade of a meltdown last week, I imagine she was speaking for many of us. read more

Mega Buzz: A Grey's Breakup, a Mad Men Death and Good Wife Sexytime

Ellen Pompeo, January Jones, Julianna Margulies

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What's coming up on Grey's Anatomy? — Heather
NATALIE:
A breakup! One of the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital couples will be calling it quits after some serious dishonesty in the relationship. Shonda Rhimes would have my head if I told you who, but I'll give you this one hint: It's not... read more

Ratings: Dancing Down From Last Year; 2 Broke Girls Hits Series Low

Tom Bergeron, Karina Smirnoff, Jacoby Jones

Dancing with the Stars' Season 16 premiere topped Monday, leading ABC to an easy win.

The two-hour episode drew 16.8 million viewers and a 3.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. It's down four-tenths from last spring's opener, but up 24 percent over the fall's low-rated All-Stars premiere. The show delivered ABC's biggest audience and second-highest rating in the time period since April, according to the network.

TV Scorecard: What's renewed? What's canceled?

Lead-out Castle (11 million, 2.2) was down a tenth from its last ...
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The Monday Playlist: Bates Motel, Top of the Lake and Look Who's Dancing

Freddie Highmore

Psychos are enjoying a TV renaissance, with The Following's poisonously seductive Joe Carroll setting the tone for the creepy comebacks of two of the most infamous fiends in all of pop culture. In a few weeks, NBC will reintroduce audiences to the ravenously deranged Hannibal (as in Lecter), and in case that makes you think about taking a shower, you might want to reconsider, because ...
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Bates Motel: How Does Norman Bates Become a Psycho?

Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga

Like Norman Bates of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Psycho, the producers behind A&E's new drama series Bates Motel seem to be of two minds.

A&E's prequel, which premieres Monday at 10/9c and stars Finding Neverland's Freddie Highmore as a teenage Norman Bates, seeks to tell audiences how a young man grows up to be a taxidermy-loving killer. The answer posited by Hitchcock's film is that Norman was driven insane by his overprotective mother ...
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Keck's Exclusives First Look: Norman Bates Gets Creepy in Bates Motel

Freddie Highmore

What happens in a motel bathroom on the March 18 premiere of A&E's Bates Motel foreshadows the grisly fate that one day befalls the tragic fugitive Marion Crane. And though it will be a while before young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) dresses up in his mommy's clothes, there are other warning signs of... read more

Pan Am's Mike Vogel Joins CBS' Under the Dome

Mike Vogel

Mike Vogel has been tapped to star in CBS' Under the Dome, a drama based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, TVGuide.com has learned.

The serialized drama... read more

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Premiered: March 18, 2013, on A&E
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: The teenage years of Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."

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