Margo Martindale and Jake Johnson
What kind of family must it be where slacker bartender Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) is seen as the responsible one? That answer becomes clear in a sporadically amusing road-trip episode of Fox's New Girl (9/8c) that takes the roomies to Chicago to lay Nick's scoundrel of a dad (former guest star Dennis Farina) to rest. The formidable Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans) presides over the ridiculous antics as Nick's gruff but needy mom, and cable clown Nick Kroll hams it up as his emotionally volatile brother. As usual, Schmidt (Max Greenberg) hijacks the proceedings with his death neuroses, and while he wonders "What's with this open casket thing?" it's his encounter with said coffin and its contents that provides the episode's biggest laughs.
Splash made a huge, uh, splash Tuesday.
ABC's diving competition series premiered to 8.8 million viewers and a 2.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, making it the network's biggest unscripted series debut in more than two years and the highest-rated reality premiere since The X Factor in 2011. Splash was also up 13 percent from Celebrity Wife Swap's premiere in the timeslot. Lead-outs Dancing with the Stars recap show (9.6 million, 2.1) was up from last spring's ...
NCIS: Los Angeles
As NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer Shane Brennan prepares to possibly launch the franchise's third show, some might wonder: Does the world need another NCIS?
First Look: NCIS: L.A. spinoff sees "Red"
"I'm sure it's a question a lot of people are asking and I can assure everyone it's not something that we approached lightly," Brennan tells TVGuide.com. "It's something that I certainly wouldn't have done if I didn't think we could make it different and turn a different light on the NCIS world."
The key difference is that the characters at the heart of the new series....
Timothy Olyphant, Jim Beaver, Erica Tazel
How long has the Justified fan waited for someone to ask this question to Boyd Crowder: "Where did you get all of those teeth?" You'll likely be grinning yourself, while cringing at the edge of your seat, as the pleasures just keep multiplying — a high-octane Justified highball of great banter, tremendous suspense, clever twists and reversals — in a harrowing, hilarious and fantastically entertaining episode, so eventful you might mistake it for a season finale, but thankfully there are still two more episodes to go (Tuesday, 10/9c, FX) in this terrific fourth season.
It has all been building to this violent showdown between the forces of good (the U.S. marshals) and evil (everyone else, from Boyd's crew to an army of thugs and snipers representing the Detroit mob). The target is Drew Thompson (the great Jim Beaver), a 30-year fugitive in sheriff's clothing, currently in the marshals' custody, although they feel like sitting ducks, outnumbered and outgunned in Harlan as they calculate several desperate escape maneuvers while awaiting rescue. The episode, written by exec producer Graham Yost and Chris Provenzano, is titled "Decoy," and revolves around a series of standoffs, confrontations and subterfuges that leave few unscathed and unbloodied. Special props to Patton Oswalt as the loyal and lovably resilient Constable Bob, who even Raylan has to admit is a "tough son-of-a-bitch" by the time the dust settles, following a tense encounter outside a (metaphorically apt) high-school principal's office.
Cote De Pablo and Pauley Perrette
CBS has set finale dates for its primetime shows, including The Good Wife, NCIS, Two and a Half Men and CSI.
Fox topped Tuesday with a special American Idol, while Smash continued its precipitous slide.
Idol's two-hour episode averaged 11.5 million viewers and a 3.4 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. NCIS did, however, edge it out by a tenth in the 8 o'clock hour (20.3 million, 3.3 vs. 10.9 million, 3.2).
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NCIS: Los Angeles (15.9 million, 2.8) and Golden Boy (9.3 million, 1.6), in its last Tuesday ...
NCIS: Los Angeles
"There's often the question, 'Why would you do a third one?'" NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer Shane Brennan admits of the franchise's next spinoff, which will launch as a two-part "embedded pilot" on NCIS: LA March 19 and 26. "'How would it be different?'"
Golden Boy's premiere wasn't exactly golden, but the CBS drama easily topped its hour.
Debuting on Tuesday before moving to its regular Friday slot, Golden Boy drew 10.5 million viewers and a 1.8 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. That's up three-tenths from Vegas' performance last week, but below the 14.9 million and 2.5 Vegas pulled for ...
Megan Hilt, Katharine McPhee
Smash hit another low note Tuesday.
Two weeks after its feeble premiere, the musical drama drew 3.3 million viewers and a 0.9 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, plummeting 25 percent to a series low. Lead-ins Go On (3.3 million, 1.1) and The New Normal (3.5 million, 1.0) also ...
Emily Deschanel, Kerry Washington, Juliana Margulies
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I heard there may be trouble ahead for Booth and Brennan on Bones. Please tell me that's not true! — Hilary, via Twitter
ADAM: The couple did seem to be having some serious communication issues before Brennan got shot in this week's episode. I think you can put safe money on those issues not being quickly resolved. In the meantime, Brennan will also have trouble with another man in her life: new squintern Oliver Wells (Brian Klugman), who has some issues with Brennan's authority. "[He] is completely un-intimidated by Brennan. He does respect her, but he doesn't revere her," executive producer Stephen Nathan tells us. "That's a new thing for these interns because [Brennan] holds their future in her hands. He has so many degrees and is so accomplished, he doesn't need her. It's very disorienting and disconcerting for her."
OMG! Why is David Rosen being framed for murder on Scandal?! — Kate
NATALIE: We were just as shocked as you by the promo, so we got Josh Malina to fill us in...