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Grey's Anatomy

SEATTLE MED: Welcome, TV peeps, to the November sweeps, late-October edition, where not all stunts are created equal. First among non-equals is TV's still-reigning hospital soap, the durable Grey's Anatomy, showing it has lost none of its juice — and neither has the faux-documentary format — in a wrenching and pivotal episode seemingly inspired by last summer's excellent Boston Med. Or is it the local sweeps news? The show temporarily becomes Seattle Medical: Road to Recovery, with sensational teasers amid other infotainment hoopla, as hand-held cameras follow the doctors along the usual rounds of triumph (a double arm transplant, a regenerative trachea procedure in the pediatrics ward) and tragedy (Mandy Moore, from the shoot-em-up cliffhanger, is back, but goes into an irreversible coma after Bailey's routine op). The gimmick, though familiar, illuminates character as we watch them do their jobs from a new perspective while sparing us from the show's maddening tendency to overshare... read more

Boston's Medical Milestone

Boston Med

As ABC's poignant documentary series Boston Med (Thursday, 10/9c, ABC) has unfurled, we've witnessed the treatment of a wounded police officer, an infant heart procedure and a risky brain surgery. While all were undeniably remarkable, none are as mesmerizing as the case that makes up tonight's finale — a partial face transplant.

Only the second such procedure attempted in the United States, the April 2009 operation lasted 17 hours... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010

Big Brother

Big Brother 12
8/7c CBS
The Brigade (Matt, Lane, Enzo, Hayden) is back in power now that Matt is Head of Household and also possesses the Diamond Power of Veto, which guarantees his safety for the next two weeks and allows him to change the nominations if he so desires. As for tonight, the Brendon-Rachel alliance looks to be history as Day 41 is marked in the books.

Read on for previews of So You Think You Can Dance, American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, Boston Med, Project Runway, BBQ Pitmasters and the PGA Championship. read more

Roush Review: Good Medicine in Boston

Boston Med

The TV medical drama may have hit hard times lately, with Mercy, Miami Medical and Three Rivers all limping off the air. But Boston Med (Thursday, 10/9c, ABC) reminds us truth is often much more compelling than recycled fiction... read more

Matt's Picks: July 26-29

MasterChef

Huge (Monday, 9/8c, ABC Family)
In this episode, set on "movie night" at Camp Victory, Nikki Blonsky sings. (As any fan of the movie Hairspray knew she ultimately would — although some probably expected it to happen in the talent-show episode.) As the summer crushes escalate in this diverting series, Will (Blonsky) channels her jealousy over Ian's crush on Hayley into writing a love song. Will it be music to the campers' ears? read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, July 22

Rookie Blue

Rookie Blue
9 pm/ET ABC While this summer hit is already slated for a second season, its rookies — in their rookie season — have been making their share of mistakes on the job. Tonight, squad members are tested by a home invasion in a posh neighborhood, and officers reveal quite a bit about their off-duty lives. And once it seems like the smoke has cleared, Traci leaves to take care of a personal matter, and Andy winds up facing an armed perpetrator by herself. Let's hope she remembered to load her gun this time. — Fred Mitchell

Read on for previews of Burn Notice, So You Think You Can Dance, Boston Med, Bethenny Getting Married? and more! read more

Ask Matt: Glee's Emmy chances, NCIS, SYTYCD and More!

Mike O'Malley, Glee

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter

Question:
Mike O'Malley's Emmy nod as guest actor in a comedy for Glee is great, but what do you think about mostly dramatic parts being nominated in the comedy categories? — James (from Twitter)

Matt Roush: It's a good question. Some of the best work in the comedy categories is at least as dramatic as comedic. Mike O'Malley's poignant work as Kurt's father is a great performance but is more likely to elicit tears than laughs. He could be eclipsed by the more conventionally funny work being done by his fellow nominees (most notably Neil Patrick Harris from the same show, or Modern Family's Fred Willard, Jon Hamm's comic turn on 30 Rock, and so on). At the same time, the meatiness of the dramatic scenes in these comedy-drama hybrids (a list that includes Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara and even Monk) may give actors like O'Malley and especially Edie Falco an advantage at awards time. I'm certainly not opposed to honoring the dramatic highlights from comedy series, but it's true the line is very blurred in some of these categories... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, July 8, 2010

Big Brother 12

Big Brother 12
8/7c CBS
The voyeuristic reality series returns for a 12th season and, of course, there is a major twist. Tonight, 13 new houseguests enter the art deco-themed compound, but only 12 of them are playing to win the $500,000 grand prize. Why? Because one is actually a saboteur whose sole mission is to disrupt life in the house for everyone else. If the prankster survives to the halfway point in the season, he or she will receive a substantial financial reward. The mystery person's identity will be made known to viewers on July 15, the date of the first live show.

Read on for previews of Bethenny Getting Married?, MLS Soccer, Boston Med, Futurama, Green Room with Paul Provenza, The Decision and Glee. read more

Don't-Miss TV: Futurama, Boston Med

Boston Med, Futurama

From the never-say-die TV files comes this joyous comeback: the rebirth of the long-ago-canceled animated sci-fi spoof Futurama on Comedy Central Thursday night (10/9c) with an episode not-so-coincidentally titled "Rebirth." As you'd expect, these intergalactic punsters are in on the joke and milk it for all its worth.... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rookie Blue

Rookie Blue
9/8c ABC
Five hot young Canadian actors (Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne and Charlotte Sullivan) hit the ground running as ambitious, fresh-out-of-the-academy rookie cops in this character-driven drama. Their rule of thumb? "Fake it 'til you make it." In the opener, Andy McNally (Peregrym) shows how green she is when she botches an undercover drug sting with a rookie mistake. Later, a confrontation with a gunman offers her a chance to redeem herself or compound the error.

Read on for previews of the NBA Draft, Royal Pains, Futurama, Boston Med, The OCD Project and Penn & Teller: Bull!. read more

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Premise: An eight-part documentary series about the staffs and patients at three Boston hospitals, filmed over four months at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. Produced by Terence Wrong ('Hopkins 24/7').

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