And now, the main event. At least that's how Thursdays used to feel in past seasons. But according to the early returns in this new season's ratings race, Mondays and Tuesdays have their share of powerhouse shows as well, including the revamped Two and a Half Men and the delightful New Girl. Here's a quick overview of Thursday's programming strategies, with thoughts on tonight's pilots and some of the more notable returns.
Thursday in a Nutshell: Fox has officially planted its flag on this night ...
Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon
It's not quite time to say goodbye for good to TNT's signature hit The Closer, which will return in November with new episodes, then finish out its run with a batch of episodes next summer. Tonight's "summer finale" (9/8c) is a potentially pivotal one, as Brenda awaits a judge's decision about whether to drop the charges in the civil suit that has been hanging over her and the department all season. The shooting death of a deputy sheriff provides some distraction. ... The popular, but by comparison ...
George and Cindy Anthony, Dr. Phil
This September marks the first time in 25 years without The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in the battle to assume the Oprah throne, Dr. Phil has fired the opening salvo. The talk show beat out the network and cable news operations to land a heavily touted interview with George and Cindy Anthony, the parents of Casey Anthony, who was acquitted on charges of killing her toddler, Caylee.
Phil McGraw recently spent more than nine hours with the Anthonys, and...
Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels is one step closer to gaining a child. The 37-year-old, who told Women's Health last spring that she was looking to adopt ("I can't handle doing that to my body," she said of bearing children), has recently filed paperwork with Congo adoption authorities...
Biggest Loser's Jillian Michaels has signed on to co-host daytime talk show The Doctors and serve as a correspondent on Dr. Phil.
Michaels, who has made numerous guest appearances on The Doctors, says she's...
Golden-voiced Internet sensation Ted Williams — who's been on a whirlwind of TV appearances — was held at a Los Angeles police station following an argument with his daughter, reports The Associated Press.
Ted Williams reunites with mother, accepts multiple job offers
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman confirmed to TVGuide.com that police responded to ...
Sarah Joy Brown
General Hospital nabbed a leading 18 Daytime Emmy Award nominations Wednesday as it goes for its 11th outstanding drama series trophy.
The ABC soap, which has won outstanding drama series more times than any other show, will vie for the top honor against All My Children, defending champion The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless. General Hospital last won the award in 2008.
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Notably snubbed was the departing As the World Turns, but the long-running CBS drama fielded ...
Dr. Phil McGraw
Dr. Phil will keep making house calls through the 2013-14 TV season.
His syndicated talk show, now in its eighth season, has been renewed through its 12th season.
Oprah, Dr. Phil, Tyra Banks
Chris Brown and Rihanna's situation isn't just a center of media attention. Highly influential talk show hosts — including Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil and Tyra Banks — have dedicated episodes of their shows to address the ugly issue of domestic violence.
"Ever since I heard the details of Chris Brown's alleged attack on his girlfriend Rihanna, I've wanted to do this show because the message this story sends to teen girls and boys is disturbing, and it is also dangerous," Oprah said on Thursday's show, appearing alongside talk show host Tyra Banks. "We need to evolve from this moment in their life, and not just be voyeurs in their life and talking about what they should and shouldn't do. We should use this as a moment to allow our society to begin to grow. This show is dedicated to all the Rihannas of the world and to any young men who ever think about hurting a young woman ...
Chris Brown and Rihanna have dominated headlines for weeks. Now, two of TV's heavyweights will step back from the details of the pop stars' story to focus on the bigger picture: domestic violence.
On Thursday, Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil are dedicating their shows to domestic abuse and what stars and non-stars alike have to say about it. Tyra Banks will be joining Winfrey to discuss why the topic is "personal" to her, while teens from around the country will sound off on the subject.