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Hot Topics: Can TV Still Tackle Real Issues?

Anna Faris and Sadie Calvano

Just two seasons in, the CBS sitcom Mom has already tackled some not-immediately-funny issues, including alcoholism, gambling, homelessness, and cancer. Even star Anna Faris admits she was shocked when her character's teen daughter turned up pregnant in the second episode.

"I thought it was a joke," says the actress, who plays Christy, a young mother struggling with sobriety. "I couldn't believe that so early on we would go down that road. We put a lot of trust in our viewers."

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Primetime's Medical Emergency: Where Are All the Hospital Dramas?

Kevin McKidd. Camilla Luddington and Sara Ramirez

NBC's ER premiered 20 years ago, changing the style of medical dramas by marrying fast-paced action with richly drawn characters and serialized storylines. Competing against it on Thursday nights was another medical drama, CBS' Chicago Hope.

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As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV's Magic Number?

Lost, Friends

As the official 2014-2015 TV season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22, we're about to find out whether TV's unofficial "Rule of 4" will strike again.

What's the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre.

By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.

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Extant: Sci-Fi Alien Conspiracy Meets Family Drama in CBS' Summer Series

Halle Berry

In the not-so-distant future, an astronaut returns from space to shockingly discover that she's pregnant — which wouldn't seem so weird if she hadn't been gone for 13 months on a solo mission. The question of what's inside of her and how it got there is the mystery at the center of CBS' new drama Extant.

Hailing from newcomer Mickey Fisher and Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV, the drama finds infertile astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) beyond surprised and rightfully frightened upon the discovery that she's an incubator for... read more

Under the Dome: Country Star Dwight Yoakam Joins Cast for Season 2

Dwight Yoakam

Country music legend Dwight Yoakam has joined the cast of Under the Dome for Season 2, TVGuide.com has learned.

The two-time Grammy winner will play... read more

Thandie Newton Welcomes Her Third Child

Ol Parker and Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton and her husband, Ol Parker, welcomed their child on Monday, the actress revealed on Twitter.

"Our baby boy is... read more

Remember the Titans' Kip Pardue Joins Ray Donovan in Season 2

Kip Pardue

Kip Pardue has joined the cast of Ray Donovan for Season 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Remember the Titans star has signed on for... read more

Under the Dome Scoop: ER's Sherry Stringfield Tapped for "Pivotal Role"

Sherry Stringfield

ER alum Sherry Stringfield has joined the cast of Under the Dome for Season 2, TVGuide.com has learned.

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Freaks and Geeks' Linda Cardellini Joins Netflix Drama

Linda Cardellini

Freaks and Geeks alum Linda Cardellini has joined the cast of the upcoming Netflix drama starring Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, TVGuide.com has learned.

The 13-episode untitled thriller comes from Damages creators Todd A. KesslerDaniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and tells the story of a family of adult siblings whose secrets resurface when the black sheep oldest brother returns home.

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ER Alum Goran Visnjic to Play Halle Berry's Husband in Extant

Goran Visnjic

ER alum Goran Visnjic will play Halle Berry's husband in CBS' upcoming  sci-fi drama Extant, the network announced Wednesday on Twitter. NCIS actor Michael O'Neill has also... read more

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Premiered: September 19, 1994, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: The riveting medical drama that redefined the genre for the 1990s and into the 21st century. Created by author Michael Crichton and set in a Chicago ER, the series chronicles the lives of its harried staff in staccato, realistic scenes of lives saved and lost.

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