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Ask Matt: Post-Emmys, Plus Fall Preview, Secret Life, Huge, Weeds, Persons Unknown and More

Jim Parsons

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Question: I was absolutely thrilled with the Emmys, both the show itself, plus the recipients of the awards were for once not terrible to watch. But a couple of questions remain. I was probably happiest that Jim Parsons received the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy, though I wish the show itself would have gotten recognition. I know that you have discussed previously why Big Bang Theory wasn't nominated and probably won't be, but do you think that Parsons' win could possibly change that? The show seems to be on a continuing upward spiral, and I hope that the Academy will maybe recognize that next year.

My mom and I were discussing the Emmys the morning after, and I told her that Modern Family had beat Glee in the comedy series category. She couldn't fathom how Glee would possibly be considered a comedy (she's probably seen about half of its episodes). I tried to explain to her that if Glee had gone in as a drama that it would have had absolutely no chance, and that putting Glee and, for example, Mad Men on the same playing field would be absolutely ridiculous. Maybe you could help better explain why Glee is a comedy, and why it's not a drama? — Alex

Matt Roush: First, Big Bang. This is going to be such a... read more

Exclusive: Tricia Helfer to Crush on Lie to Me's Lightman

Tricia Helfer



Battlestar Galactica alum Tricia Helfer will guest-star on a Season 3 episode of Lie to Me, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

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Helfer will play Naomi, who's attracted to Lightman (Tim Roth) despite being frustrated by the inability to hide anything from him. But when she calls on Lightman for protection from a violent ex-boyfriend, it's Lightman who begins to wonder if her beauty has impaired his lie-detecting skills... read more

Bryan Cranston "Thrilled" to Host Saturday Night Live

Bryan Cranston

It's been a good week for Bryan Cranston. Days after picking up his third straight Emmy award, the Breaking Bad star has been tapped to host Saturday Night Live, he says.

"I've got some great news that just came out today — breaking today on your show," he said on Wednesday's broadcast of ESPN Radio's Mason & Ireland. "I've been asked to host Saturday Night Live next month. I am so ...
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Ask Matt: Closer, True Blood, Eureka, Mad Men, Terriers and More

J.K. Simmons and Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

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Question: I absolutely love The Closer! It's one of my favorite shows and I am always so eager to watch that I usually don't even wait for my DVR to get ahead enough to allow me to skip commercials. This season started off with a bang and I've loved it, but I'm a little concerned. What will happen if Brenda does become chief? On one hand, as a woman, I think it would be great for the character to be a female Chief of Police in Los Angeles. On the other hand, I am afraid for what that would mean for her position as a "closer." If she gets some distance from the cases, how can she possibly get all of those confessions that have the audience on the edge of their seats? Plus, I have not enjoyed the rather jerk-like qualities this whole process has brought out in Pope. I know he's got his heart set on being chief, but it seems a little uncharacteristic for him to be such a jerk now when he has not gone completely into that territory before. Please tell me that whatever is in the works is going to maintain the same quality of scripts and keep Brenda right in the middle of the action! Do you have any insight into the rest of the season or what impact this whole development would have for the future of the show? — Beth

Matt Roush: Now that's a true sign of devotion, watching a show in real time, not DVR time. I'm very fond of The Closer as well.... read more

Heard Backstage: Emmy Winners Edie Falco, George Clooney and More

Jim Parsons

Nurse Jackie star Edie Falco still insists she's not funny. Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston says his third win might be too sweet. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi reveals that she smacked her competition, literally.

Here's what Sunday's Emmy winners said backstage:

 "Honestly, I was rooting for either Michael Emerson or Terry O'Quinn to take it because I'm obsessed with...
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Modern Family Ends 30 Rock's Win Streak; Mad Men Three-Peats at Emmys

Modern Family

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards honored old and new alike Sunday, as Mad Men scored a three-peat as the best drama and freshman breakout Modern Family ended 30 Rock's three-year streak as best comedy series.

The biggest winner of the night was Temple Grandin with five awards. It swept...
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TVGuide.com's Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win?

Hugh Laurie and Jane Lynch

Before the curtain rises on the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, we have a lot of questions. Will Breaking Bad finally get the recognition it deserves? Is this Hugh Laurie's year? Will 30 Rock four-peat? Will Glee or Modern Family sweep? Check out the list of nominees and then see if our predictions line up with your picks. If they don't, be sure to tell us all about it in the comments section below.

Check out our Emmys section for complete coverage

DRAMA SERIES
Mickey's Pick:
Sure, people felt conflicted about the ending of Lost, but it can't be an accident that the academy changed its own rules to allow for the two-and-a-half-hour series finale to be submitted. We're guessing that episode's emotional tone will move enough Emmy voters to reward the show for six innovative seasons. (Only Season 1 received academy attention, when it won this award in 2005.)

Joyce's Pick: Coming off arguably its strongest season yet, Breaking Bad delivered ...
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Matt's Weekend Picks: August 27-29

Jimmy Fallon

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH (Friday, 10/9c, Starz)
The epic miniseries wraps as Jack returns to Kingsbridge to finish work on the cathedral, but not without more threats and attacks from the villainous likes of Regan, William and the ever-scheming Waleran. Expect the body count to rise before all is said and built... read more

Ask Matt: The Glades, The Gates, Mad Men, Hawaii Five-0 and More!

Matt Passmore, The Glades

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Question: I am a long-time follower of your columns and reviews, and I just want to thank you for all the great series you have steered me toward over the years. The latest is Breaking Bad, which I never would have gone near if not for your raves. What an amazing show. Now I'm wondering if you have been watching The Glades and what you think of its development. Being from South Florida, I am always curious about shows located there. Most shows don't get the feel of the place (we won't even speak of that CSI show), but this one seems to be doing it right so far. And talk about someone coming out of left field: Where did this amazing guy Matt Passmore come from? Because I know he is Australian, I'll forgive his lack of a Chicago accent, but he has developed such an interesting and believable character (thank you also, writers) and is such a charismatic lead. After Lost, I never thought I could appreciate Kiele Sanchez in anything, but I am enjoying her performance as well. Thanks again for all the enjoyable hours of TV and please keep writing your columns! — Susan

Matt Roush: Well, thanks for that encouraging feedback. With The Glades, I'll fess up that I haven't seen every episode... read more

Lie to Me Books Breaking Bad Star for Guest Spot

Anna Gunn

Lie to Me has booked Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn for a guest spot, a show rep says.

The 42-year-old actress will play Internal Affairs Detective Jenkins, a politically savvy policewoman on... read more

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Premiered: January 20, 2008, on AMC
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