Northern Exposure

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Homeland Producer Henry Bromell Dies at 66

Henry Bromell

Homeland producer Henry Bromell died Monday of a heart attack, Deadline reports. He was 66. read more

Broadcast Networks Aim to Reclaim Summer With Scripted Series

Poppy Montgomery

CBS is serious about tackling broadcast TV's summer problem, and to prove it, the network is hauling out two big names: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.

The Steves are behind the upcoming 13-episode CBS summer series Under the Dome, based on King's best-selling thriller about a New England town that becomes sealed off from the rest of the world. read more

Pilot Season: ER's Anthony Edwards to Star in ABC's Zero Hour

Anthony Edwards

ER's Anthony Edwards is set to make his return to prime time as the lead of ABC's pilot Zero Hour, TVGuide.com has confirmed. read more

Ian Abercrombie, Elaine's Boss on Seinfeld, Dies at 77

Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie, the British stage actor best known as Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld, has died. He was 77.

Abercrombie died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications of kidney failure, according to the Los Angeles Times. He had recently been diagnosed with lymphoma.

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Born in England, Abercrombie started out as a stage dancer and made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of Stalag 17 with Jason Robards. After serving in the Army as part of Special Services in Germany, he returned to acting, appearing in numerous plays, TV shows and films before a seven-episode arc on Seinfeld changed his life.

"Incredibly so," he told CNN in 1998. "I mean, I have been ...
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Glee Exclusive: Meet Emma's Parents

Valerie Mahaffey, Jayma Mays, Don Most

Is it time for Will to meet Emma's parents?

Glee has cast Don Most and Valerie Mahaffey to play Rusty and Rose Pillsbury, the parents of guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

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Ask Matt: Summertime TV, Post-Damages Woe, and More!

Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Send all questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter at @RoushTVGuideMag

Question: While I applaud ... read more

Murder Joins a Crowded Friday Club

Angie Harmon in Women's Murder Club by Danny Feld/ABC

My loyalties are so divided on Friday nights. I want ABC’s so-so new crime drama Women’s Murder Club to do well enough to bring some much-needed eyeballs to the charming romantic comedy Men in Trees, which finally returns from a cruel nearly eight-month hiatus. With James Patterson’s name as a selling point for Murder Club (though he’s not writing this series any more than he appears to be penning half of the books that go out with co-writers’ names on his ubiquitous book jackets), the show certainly has a shot at commercial success, even on a night that’s widely considered a graveyard. Remember: This same night, and this same time period (9 pm/ET), is where the original CSI launched to even less fanfare, and the rest is TV history.But I also don’t want anything to take audience away from Murder Club’s competition, most notably NBC’s ever-fragile Friday Night Lights, which offers another superb episode this week. Even if like many observe... read more

Matt Frewer Takes Eureka to the Max

Matt Frewer, Eureka

Within the strange, genius-populated little Northwestern town at the heart of Sci Fi Channel's Eureka (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET) resides Jim Taggart, the off-center "dogcatcher" who specializes in the critters, creepies and crawlies born of the burg's bizarre scientific experiments. TVGuide.com spoke with Matt Frewer (aka Max Headroom for my fellow children of the '80s) about his stay in Eureka and the series' "aggressive multiplatform media initiative." (He has no idea what I just said.) TVGuide.com: It's always a pleasure — if not a little bit clumsy — to interview another person named Matt.Matt Frewer: Oh, well, just pretend I'm wearing a name read more

I've always been curious as ...

Question: I've always been curious as to why networks never air traditional 30-minute sitcoms (Friends, Will & Grace, Two and a Half Men, etc) between the hours of 10 and 11 pm? Answer: The networks don't do anything without a ton of research, and I'm sure experience and testing (and a few failed experiments in continuing comedy blocks into the last hour of prime time) have shown that comedy works better in the earlier hours, and given the state of TV comedy nowadays, there are diminishing returns the more you air and the later you go. The networks also tend to get darker, more serious and more adult as the night goes on, which also works against comedy. In some time periods where there's a dominant drama, it would be interesting to see one of the Big Three (Fox and CW don't program in that hour) step up with some comedic counterprogramming, if not an actual sitcom. Northern Exposure, for instance, did quite well in that hour for several seasons. (That's why I'm curious about ABC's ... read more

Geeks and Freaks
Eureka: The playground of mad scientists

The tucked-away town of Eureka may not be on a map, but you can't miss it. Just turn left at the second wormhole. What's strange is commonplace in Eureka (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET on Sci Fi, premiering July 18), a divertingly original but awfully precious comic fantasy that brings science fiction back to Earth. The setting: a quirky Northern Exposure-like burg in the Pacific Northwest where every basement seems to be hatching a mind-blowing (and potentially cosmos-shaking) experiment, courtesy of a local population of obsessed geniuses. Many of the classified secrets behind the town's origins are revealed in this week's two-hour pilot, in which U.S. Marshal Jack Carter (gangly, goofily charming Colin Ferguson) stumbles into Eureka just as a secret project goes awry and beg read more

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Premiered: July 12, 1990, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A med-school grad must practice in a remote Alaskan village to repay his education in this quirky, fish-out-of-water dramedy. The series is populated with generally eccentric, often endearing characters who mostly baffle the young New York physician as he struggles to adjust to life in the isolated community. An Emmy winner as Outstanding Drama of 1991-92, the show came from the creators of `St. Elsewhere.'

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