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Ask Matt: Fargo, Glades Rage (and Other Cancellations), Case Histories

Billy Bob Thornton

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Question: I am shocked how some of your readers think Fargo should have been just a follow-up to the movie with let's see how Marge is doing since everyone else involved in the movie was either dead or in prison. I agree that the show is terrific. The episode last week was one of the most amazing episodes of TV I have ever seen.

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TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time

The Sopranos

So many golden ages, so much brilliance from which to choose. In culling from the "60 Greatest" lists we've compiled during our 60th-anniversary year, we shook things up, blending drama, comedy and other genres to salute the shows with the biggest cultural impact and most enduring influence. What will the next 60 years bring? We can't wait to find out... read more

5 Teases for Season 5 of Parenthood: A Wedding and a "Conveyor Belt of Babies"

Parenthood

Last year was a tough season for Parenthood, on-screen and off-screen. The show kept viewers reaching for the tissues when Kristina Braverman (Monica Potter) battled breast cancer, while her niece Amber (Mae Whitman) struggled with her feelings for a former soldier suffering from PTSD. Behind the camera, the perennial bubble show had been renewed for 15 episodes — shorter than the usual 22 — and ended its season way back in January. However, seven months later, the show has been renewed for a full 22-episode season and has been moved to... read more

Exclusive: TV Writers Choose the 101 Best-Written Shows Ever; What Was No. 1?

The Sopranos

Bada bing! The Writers Guild of America has named HBO's The Sopranos, created by David Chase, the best-written TV series of all time. Members of the WGA's West and East coast chapters — folks who obviously know a thing or two about writing TV shows — evaluated hundreds of dramas, comedies, miniseries (six hours or more), daytime serials, animation, variety series, talk shows and kids' programs to come up with an unprecedented, exhaustive list of TV's top 101.

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Kevin Beggs' Watchlist: What Does He Love About Family Guy?

Kevin Beggs

Kevin Beggs, the president of Lionsgate's television group, may have helped introduce the world to some of the most culturally literate shows on TV, but when it's time for him to name his favorites, he recalls with glee an episode of Family Guy and utters just four words: "Bird Is the Word".

The most fun part of launching TVGuide.com's new mobile app is getting to have unexpected, enlightening conversations about TV with the incredibly smart, talented people who make it. That's why we're thrilled that Beggs, aka the man who has ushered shows like Mad Men, Weeds and Nurse Jackie into the cultural consciousness, has agreed to curate a channel on the app for us.  And why it's such a kick to find out that he's a Family Guy fan. "Seth MacFarlane has turned digression into an artform," he says. Beggs' next project, Nashville, premieres on ABC on Oct. 10 at 10/9c. (Full disclosure: TVGuide.com is owned by a partnership of Lionsgate and JP Morgan's One Equity Partners.)

But let's get down to brass tacks. Can he tell us all kinds of incriminating stories from behind the scenes of Mad Men? "There are many, but I would be killed if I divulged any of them," he jokes.

Here's Beggs' full list. Watch his video introduction to his watchlist below.

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Law & Order Boss Dick Wolf: Chicago Fire Is Not a Fire-of-the-Week Show

Chicago Fire

He's one of the godfathers of network procedural dramas, but Law & Order creator Dick Wolf insists his new show, Chicago Fire, is not just a fire-of-the-week series.

"It's not. It's a character study about people who do things that you can't .... read more

NYPD Blue Creators Bochco and Milch Reunite for New NBC Drama

Steven Bochco, David Milch

Nearly 20 years ago, Steven Bochco and David Milch changed the face of primetime drama with NYPD Blue. Now, Bochco and Milch have reunited to sell a new drama to NBC.

Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV are behind the project, a legal drama set in Washington, D.C. The show follows the exploits of a charismatic "rainmaker" lawyer in D.C. with a dark secret. Says the studio: "This is a series about how we negotiate with our demons and the price we pay for those... read more

Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Best Drama Series

The Walking Dead

Emmy ballots are due Friday! Voters have hours, really, to check off the names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 14. We here at TVGuide.com have a few picks in mind ourselves. Next up: our final dream ballot — for Best Drama Series:
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The Mentalist Exclusive: William Forsythe Is Rigsby's Dad!

Owain Yeoman, William Forsythe

Talk about perfect casting: Notorious film villain William Forsythe has been tapped to play yet another heavy on CBS' The Mentalist, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Check out photos of The Mentalist cast

Forsythe, perhaps best remembered as Flattop in Dick Tracy, will play Steve Rigsby, a career criminal and the... read more

The Biz: Why ABC Should Save Detroit 1-8-7

Aisha Hinds

Aisha Hinds, who plays Lt. Maureen Mason on ABC's Detroit 1-8-7, was feeling the love recently while at a Trader Joe's in Royal Oak, Michigan. "A woman wanted to give me her entire cart of groceries," she says. "I just came in for a bottle of water."

That's a typical reaction in the Detroit area ... read more

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Premiered: January 15, 1981, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Steven Bochco's landmark ensemble crime drama was an often electrifying mix of realism and humor within continuing storylines (in an unnamed big city), paving the way for gritty successors like `NYPD Blue' and `Homicide: Life on the Street.' `Hill Street Blues' copped more than two dozen Emmys, eight in its rookie season. With its gripping stories and complex characters, along with Mike Post's stirring theme music, this was television drama of a high order.

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