Picket Fences

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The scathing comedy House of Lies is back for a third season of dirty dealings, rampant sex, dashed hopes and dysfunctional families — both blood and business. Star Don Cheadle, nominated for Golden Globe ...
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Mega Buzz: Breaking Bad's Cancer, a Scandal Breakup and the NCIS Goodbye

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Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

Walt looks pretty sickly in the Breaking Bad flash-forward. Will we get more of those scenes in the final episodes? — Tom
ADAM: Probably not many. "Look to last year for the shape of [the season]," creator Vince Gilligan says. (Season 5 opened with a flash-forward, but didn't return to it again until Sunday's premiere.) However, as noted by Walt's return to chemotherapy, his health is of supreme interest to Gilligan & Co. "I don't know if lung cancer is ever cured," Gilligan says coyly. "It's a very insidious thing and you never know when it's going to rear its ugly head. We always kept that in mind and we want to pay off that initial story engine."

Will Abby and David get back together on Scandal this season? — Jones 
NATALIE: Things are definitely not over between Abby and David... read more

TNT Orders Medical Drama Pilot from David E. Kelley Based on Sanjay Gupta Book

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Exclusive: White Collar Snags Tom Skerritt, Bailey Chase for Season 3

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Lifetime Orders Drama Starring Sons of Anarchy's Ally Walker

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Lifetime has picked up the procedural dramas Against the Wall and Exit 19, the network announced Monday. Both series received 13-episode orders.

Exit 19 stars Sons of Anarchy actress Ally Walker as Gloria, a divorced mother who juggles her demanding personal and professional life as an intuitive LAPD homicide detective. The drama co-stars Chris Payne Gilbert as Walker's character's  brother Davey, Tisha Campbell-Martin (My Wife and Kids) as her police partner and Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan) as their boss.

Jeffrey Bell (V), Nina Wass (Less Than Perfect) and Gene Stein (Accidentally on Purpose) executive-produced the pilot from ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.

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Exclusive: Look Who's Playing Nate's Dad on Leverage

Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt will guest-star in a Season 3 episode of TNT's Leverage as Nate Ford's father, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

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I'm probably one of many ...

Question: I'm probably one of many writing in about this, but you'll have to suffer through one more. I've seen only a few episodes of Boston Legal, enough to know that I didn't really enjoy the show but can see how people would like the characters. I even respect James Spader's work. He was excellent on The Practice way back when, and I'm assuming he's carried at least some of that over to the spin-off. But really, Emmy-worthy? This is even his second win, isn't it? I just don't understand it. Never mind the fantastic competition (Kyle Chandler and Matthew Fox off the top of my head) that weren't even nominated, but what could the voters have possibly seen to give him the award instead of their last chance to honor James Gandolfini for what will certainly go down as one of the more legendary roles in television history? Is it because the show is on HBO? Is it because it's a fundamentally flawed voting process and most of the voters never even watched Tony Soprano's work the final ... read more

Love your column, but at ...

Question: Love your column, but at times your bias shows itself: Someone needs to come to the defense of Boston Legal after the drubbing it has earned over the past week. It's unduly harsh, and everyone (including you) needs to understand that people have different tastes. It seems that this show is being attacked because it took a spot over Friday Night Lights and Lost. But over the last three seasons, Boston Legal has been appointment television for me. Sure, it's not on par with Picket Fences or The Practice or even Boston Public (which got a bum deal from Fox), but the writing is always sharp, and it has an energy to it that I find very appealing. James Spader is terrific and the supporting and guest cast are at the top of their games. Is it at times preachy? Yes. Snooty? Sure. It's also true that this season has been inconsistent, and I am peeved that four great characters are gone in lieu of a cross-dresser and an annoying guest character who has been promoted to regular status ... read more

DVD Pick of the Week: June 19, 2007

Picket Fences Season 1 courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Animation fans will have a blast on June 19! Warner Bros. is releasing sets for The Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain on the 19th. Both shows hit "volume 3" on the same day, though this is the last time they'll be paired together; it's the final volume for Pinky. Warner also has the first season of The Powerpuff Girls, and Shout! Factory will put out the complete Batfink set, featuring 100 episodes (well, they're shorts) on four discs.Fans of classic shows can pick up Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Season 3, volume 1, Perry Mason Season 2, volume 1, or Daniel Boone Season 4 from Liberation Entertainment. Sony will release the first season of Silver Spoons, though that's not really "classic" television (are the '80s considered "classic" now? Maybe "semi-classic"?).My "Pick of the Week" goes to Picket Fences, the 1992 series from David E. Kelley. Though the set contains a single featurette ("All Roads Lead to Rome"), this is one of the most-requested titles on TVShowsOnDVD.com. Fans... read more

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Premiered: September 18, 1992, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
User Rating: (14 ratings)
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Premise: David E. Kelley's surreal slice of small-town Wisconsin life centered on the Brock family: the town's sheriff, his physician wife and their three kids. There was some conventional murder and mayhem, along with dark humor. The occasionally bizarre story lines (like a `serial bather' sneaking into homes) were often juxtaposed with ruminations on a variety of social issues (among them, bigamy and euthanasia). While never much of a ratings hit, this was a critical darling, winning 14 Emmys.



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