Allison Janney, Anna Faris
All season long, I've been likening CBS's freshman sleeper Mom to gritty sitcom foremothers like Roseanne and Grace Under Fire (shows on which executive producer Chuck Lorre famously spent time before his current CBS heyday). That comparison rings especially true in the first-season finale (Monday, 9:30/8:30c), as third-generation mom-too-soon Violet (Sadie Calvano) gives birth while her own imperfect mother, Christy (Anna Faris), and caustic grandma Bonnie (Allison Janney) look on with emotional empathy.
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TNT has announced the premieres for its summer shows, including Rizzoli & Isles, Dallas and Franklin & Bash. The network also revealed the series premiere date of Murder in the First, a new crime drama from Emmy winner Steven Bochco that stars Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson and Tom Felton.
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Question: There have been quite a few resurrections from the TV graveyard as of late and I must say I love it, way more than Hollywood's obsession of making a sequel out of everything as well as making too-soon remakes. Firefly and Veronica Mars both have movie continuations, Dallas and Boy Meets World have spawned new series chronicling the next generation (I know you're not too big a fan of the new Dallas, but I have to say I welcome the return of Judith Light to the series), Netflix brought back Arrested Development for a fourth season, and Heroes is coming out with Heroes: Reborn next year. So I'm wondering what are your thoughts on this phenomenon, and are there any shows that you feel should be next in this craze.
James Spader, Megan Boone
After the Games, the deluge. Now that Sochi's Closing Ceremony is but a glittery, shimmering memory, time for TV to get back to normal — which means everything new is finally new again. And for NBC, it signifies another big week, as it tries to keep the momentum going, using a new season of The Voice (8/7c) and its irresistible Blind Auditions to fuel ratings on Mondays and Tuesdays, with a visceral assist from The Blacklist (10/9c). Red's latest target: a woman from his shadowy past played by Jennifer Ehle, who'll always be my favorite Elizabeth Bennet (from the 1995 Pride and Prejudice).
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A philandering husband with the initials J.R. A drunk Sue Ellen. A major revenge plan involving Cliff Barnes. TNT's Dallas reboot is looking more than ever the way the show did in its '80s heyday. After securely establishing its own roots over the past two seasons by introducing a compelling new generation of Ewings, producers are now freely embracing the soap's rich history.
Dallas lost one of its founding fathers and biggest stars last season when Larry Hagman died in November 2012.
But while the man behind those signature eyebrows, J.R. Ewing, may be buried at Southfork, there's still one last interview with Hagman.
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In this exclusive video from Dallas: The Complete Second Season, the late Hagman sits down to...
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Can you tell me anything about the new season of House of Cards? — Kathy
Zoe and now-Vice President Frank Underwood are still on the outs, but he has a new ally. Jackie Sharp (Molly Parker), a third-term Democratic congresswoman, will fall into line for Frank's army, but not without some degree of resistance. "I don't think this character is a sociopath," Parker says. "But I do think she's interested in control. She's interested in power and fearlessness. She has a past and she has secrets, but she's not self-destructive. She has a conscience."
Are Tom and Liz headed for divorce on The Blacklist? — Lola
It's not looking good...
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Question: I am loving Season 2 of Arrow. It is jam-packed with action and has been really fun lately. I can't believe I am saying it, but I think The CW may have beat a major network in creating a great show within the genre (looking at Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Felicity and Oliver's chemistry is off the chart, and I even like Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. Do you also think Arrow is doing better than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Do you think the ratings of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are enough to qualify for the people at Marvel to plan several rumored spin-offs or new series? — Aadil
Matt Roush: Can't quite tell if your main concern is quality or ratings, but my emphasis is almost always on the former, and by that standard, Arrow is by far the superior and more satisfying show, with a clearer focus, more dynamic action and character development....
To help make up for the loss of Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing, TNT's Dallas is raising the stakes for its third season, which premieres Feb. 24.
TNT's Dallas will kick off its third season — the first without the late Larry Hagman as J.R. — on Monday, Feb. 24 at 9/8c. The season will start with a run of eight episodes before going on hiatus and returning in the summer with seven more.
"We will have two season openers and two cliffhangers," teases showrunner Cynthia Cidre. "We have tried this season to make the show more about Ewing family conflicts — secrets, lies and betrayals. And I think we have succeeded."