Moonlighting

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Cybill Shepherd Joins Trophy Wife

Cybill Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd has landed a guest-starring role on ABC's Trophy Wife, E! News reports.

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Will New Girl Suffer From the Moonlighting Curse?

Jake Johnson, Zooey Deschanel

It's a frequent concern for shows that feature a couple with will-they-won't-they tension: Once a dynamic duo acts on their feelings, does the show lose that spark?

New Girl will face that question head-on when the show returns for its third season on Tuesday (9/8c, Fox) with Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) now in a relationship. The premiere picks up right where the finale left off, with Nick and Jess deciding to go "All In" — the title of the season opener.

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In Moonlighting, the '80s series took a turn for the worse when private eyes David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) gave in to their undeniable attraction but ruined their tried-and-true bantering chemistry in the process. Thus was born the infamous Moonlighting curse in which a show risks doom should it cave to the fans' desires for a particular coupling. New Girl dared to break that curse... read more

Ben Affleck to Direct Mob Drama Pilot for Fox

Ben Affleck

Acclaimed director Ben Affleck is taking his talents to the small screen.

The two-time Oscar winner is set to direct the pilot for the Fox period drama The Middle Man, the network announced Friday. 

This marks the first TV directing gig for Affleck, who is also executive-producing the project with writer Glenn Gordon Caron.

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The Middle Man is set in 1960s Boston and... read more

New Girl: Will Jess and Nick Finally Admit Their Feelings for One Another?

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson

Nick and Jess fans may finally have something to be excited about!

New Girl's dynamic duo — who may be the new Ross and Rachel — will finally hit a turning point in their relationship, possibly taking steps towards the romance fans have been itching to see. But even if Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel) do try, will their relationship work? TVGuide.com sat down with Johnson to find out: read more

On the Set Exclusive: Castle Investigates a Sci-Fi Convention Murder

Seamus Dever, Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion

To step onto Castle's Hollywood soundstage one early October afternoon is to boldly go where no author and his muse have gone before. Today's action is unfolding not in a gritty NYPD precinct, but on an elaborate spaceship set, all sleek steel and high-tech consoles, manned by actors clad in costumes that would look right at home aboard the USS Enterprise.

Under the watchful eye of director Jonathan Frakes (aka Star Trek: The Next Generation's Commander William T. Riker), a Shatneresque captain stoically assesses... read more

The Pros and Cons of 'Shipping

Sandra Oh, Kevin McKidd

Obsessing over TV couples has become quite the hobby for fans. The popular pastime, commonly known as "'shipping," has even grown beyond canon and heterosexual relationships. Sometimes undeniable chemistry between two actors of the same sex can lead to an imagined romantic pairing, a movement known as "slash." But whether you love a scripted couple or an imagined one, the obsession consists of a serious emotional investment in the pairs' relationship. But are fixations like this healthy or does it only lead to more heartbreak? read more

Are New Girl's Nick and Jess the New Ross and Rachel?

Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel

In the eight years since Friends went off the air, there have been many couples on television that viewers have rooted for to fill the void left by Ross and Rachel, a classic will-they-or-won't-they couple that eventually made good on their undeniable chemistry. So it comes as no surprise that New Girl's Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) have become the focus of yet another hardcore fandom desperately hoping their favorite duo will finally take the plunge.

New Girl Creator Liz Meriwether: Jess goes "off the grid" in Season 2

Many shows have suffered from crossing that line, though, with the Moonlighting curse becoming a turn of phrase in the TV lexicon. The sizzling sexual chemistry between Moonlighting leads Maddie and David (Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis) initially boosted ratings, but after the characters hooked up in Season 3, the show began to falter and viewership began to plummet. Fearful of a similar fallout, showrunners have thrown obstacles in the way of TV couples lest the passion and banter die once they come together. But creator Liz Meriwether says New Girl is about much more than that.

"I don't think the show is built on the will-they-or-won't-they aspect of their relationship," Meriwether tells TVGuide.com. "I think that we can... read more

How Elementary Won't Go There with Sherlock and Watson

Lucy Liu, Jonny Lee Miller

Millions of Sherlock Holmes fans can rest easy; CBS' Holmes adaptation Elementary will pretty much never suffer from the Moonlighting curse (and here's hoping that is the last time we'll ever mention those two ideas in the same sentence).

Despite changes, CBS' Elementary captures the spirit of the original Sherlock Holmes

After CBS announced that its modern-day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective series would feature a female Watson, fans feared that sexual tension may develop within one of the most iconic partnerships in history. But they didn't need to worry. Executive producer Rob Doherty promises there will be no romance between the dynamic duo in this iteration, which stars Jonny Lee Miller as the recovering addict and consultant for the NYPD, while his distaff Watson (Lucy Liu) is a former surgeon who becomes Sherlock's "sober companion."

"It was certainly never about creating... read more

An Open Letter to Once Upon a Time: Let Snow and Charming Be Together Already!

Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas

Dear Once Upon a Time,

Please stop toying with our emotions! Every few episodes you bring Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) together — or their Storybrooke counterparts, Mary and David —only to tear them apart again.

The continued heartbreak is killing us.

Once Upon a Time bosses on breaking up Snow White, Prince Charming and more burning questions

Castle and Bones skirt the Moonlighting curse season after season, and Snow and Charming's continued obstacles have... read more

Bones Season 7: Can a Baby Break the Moonlighting Curse?

David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel

Ever since the demise of Moonlighting, many television writers have had one great fear: Once their show's two romantic leads sleep together, the show will lose its tension and become lifeless.

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But Bones creator Hart Hanson — who faces that challenge as the show's seventh season premieres with Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) six months pregnant with the child of her former will-they-won't-they partner Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) — has found the opposite to be true.

"I feel like it re-energized the series," Hanson tells TVGuide.com... read more

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Premiered: March 03, 1985, on ABC
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Premise: The sly, hip, often imitated romantic dramedy about an ex-model and a PI who team up to run the Blue Moon Detective Agency. As the lead characters tried to decide if they loved or hated each other, the series established itself as a prime example of the `will they or won't they' subgenre so popular in 1980s TV. Filled with rapid-fire dialogue, in-jokes and some memorable parodies, this is a show, as its creator Glenn Gordon Caron said, `that knows it's on television.'

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