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Question: I've been mulling over the ending of The Killing for a week now. Up until the series finale (which is what it should be), I was convinced that the writers hadn't known who the killer would be when they started the series. This was always a pet peeve of mine with soap operas. How can you plot a murder without a murderer? The main problem with this is that the actor playing the murderer doesn't have the background knowledge to act his or her scenes. Though using twice as many episodes as they needed, I could sort of see in the finale how they were setting things up. To truly see if that's the case, I'd have to re-watch the first couple of episodes, which I don't want to do.

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Steven Spielberg Talks Falling Skies and Upcoming TV Projects

Steven Spielberg

Though he's best known as an Oscar-winning filmmaker, Steven Spielberg has been making TV since the 1970s, directing episodes of Marcus Welby, Columbo and his breakthrough project, the action TV-movie Duel. Even as his movie career exploded, he maintained ties to... read more

Columbo Star Peter Falk Dies at 83

Peter Falk

Columbo star Peter Falk, who won four Emmys for playing the absent-minded detective, has died. He was 83.

Falk died at his Beverly Hills home Thursday evening, his family said in a statement. Falk had suffered from dementia, a result of a series of dental operations in 2007.

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A New York City native, Falk was 3 when he underwent an operation to remove a malignant tumor in his right eye that left him with a glass eye. Rejected from the armed forces because of his glass eye, he joined the United States Merchant Marines before becoming ...
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The Producers' Kenneth Mars Dies at 75

Kenneth Mars

Kenneth Mars, best known for his performance as a Nazi playwright in the original film version of The Producers, died on Saturday, according to The Associated Press. He was 75.

Mars died in his Grenada Hills, Calif., home from... read more

Lie to Me Boss: We've Made Promises for Season 4

Lie to Me

Lie to Me's Season 3 finale dares to ask the question: What if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had killed one of his closest friends and partners?

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Truthfully, the episode has nothing to do with Facebook, but you can't help but notice the parallels between it and the Oscar-nominated film, The Social Network, which explores the complicated personal and legal entanglements behind the founding of the most popular website on the Internet. In Lie to Me's tale, Nikita's Ashton Holmes plays Zach Morstein, the wunderkind co-creator of a popular dating application who Dr. Lightman (Tim Roth) fingers as the lead suspect in the murder of Zach's best friend and company co-founder.

Executive producers Alexander Cary and David Graziano happily wear their influences... read more

Is It Just Me: License Plate Lookalikes

Yvonne Strahovski and Zach Levy

Are the license plates that I see on Chuck the same ones I've seen way back on The Rockford Files and Columbo? Is this the equivalent of those 555 phone numbers? — Gary Land, via e-mail

Bingo! Odds are, you probably have spotted the same license plate on multiple shows, confirms Chuck prop master Scott Bauer.

"The California DMV allows productions to use certain sequences that have not been issued to the public," he says. "The PCE is used as a passenger license plate and ...
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Peter Falk Has Alzheimer's, Claims Daughter

Peter Falk

According to a document filed by Peter Falk's daughter, the Columbo star and four-time Emmy winner is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Catherine Falk filed a petition Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking approval for a conservatorship of her 81-year-old father, according to The Associated Press. The documents claim Falk no longer recognizes people and now requires constant care in his Beverly Hills home following a recent hip surgery.

A hearing has been scheduled ... read more

Columbo Mystery Movie Collection and Other Announced Releases

Columbo

New releases announced today, October 28:

Columbo - Mystery Movie Collection 1990 will be coming out February 3

Surviving History - Season 1 will be coming out November 18

Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

TV's Columbo Is on Broadway's Case

Just one more thing, ma'am....Lt. Columbo squares off against a high-powered record executive in Columbo Takes the Rap, a stage play that bowed in June at a Kentucky festival and is now headed for a national tour and hopefully on to Broadway, says the New York Post. Columbo creator William Link is behind the unexpected adaptation of the cigar-chomping gumshoe made famous by Peter Falk, and in this context will be played by Chicago thesp Norm Boucher. A "name" actor is being sought to play the villain. (Suggest Tony Danza and I'll smack you.) read more

Monk Hey, hey fellow Monkies,...

MonkHey, hey fellow Monkies, did you miss me? I for one missed Monk, although I didn’t realize how much until I saw tonight's episode, which was hilarious and, at times, heartbreaking. Monk seemed more vulnerable than ever when he spoke in front of Julie's class on career day. And while it was funny to watch the kids taunt him with those laser pointers, Monk's embarrassment was palpable. He's a man with a disease, not an amusing quirk, and he’s really working hard to overcome it. His macho competition with the murderer, astronaut Steve Wagner (how come astronauts never have names like Lipschitz?) did wonders for Monk's meek disposition. Even though he declared himself a "muss" (half man, half wuss), Monk found the cajones to stand in the path of a plane to catch th read more

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Premiered: March 01, 1971, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The classic whodunit about the razor-sharp detective with a rumpled raincoat, a bumbling manner and no apparent first name. He always has 'uh, just one more question' before nailing the killer. `Columbo' premiered as an NBC series (following a couple of highly regarded TV-movies) in September 1971 as one of three rotating `Sunday Mystery Movie' elements (`McMillan and Wife' and `McCloud' were the other two). It ran for six seasons and was revived periodically in TV films over the next decades.

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