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Ask Matt: Finales (Dallas, Southland, Suburgatory, Spartacus), Defiance, Americans

Jesse Metcalfe, Patrick Duffy

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Question: I started watching Dallas at the tender age of 7. It was what my grandmother and I did on Friday nights and I have always been fond of the show. I was ecstatic when I heard about the new series. I have enjoyed it very much — although seeing some of the older cast members making an appearance has been somewhat painful — and I felt the way they handled the passing of Larry Hagman was respectful and keeping true to form with J.R. I read recently that Dallas has yet to be renewed. One of my frustrations with the mainstream networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox) is that I'll get attached to a show and they cancel it. Please tell me TNT is going to renew this gem. Yes, the loss of J.R. as a character and Larry Hagman as an actor is a blow, but the story lines this season have been amazing and if they can keep it up, I know this show can have a good run. — Bonnie

Matt Roush: First off, while I'd be surprised if TNT... read more

Top Moments: The Week Stephen Colbert Did Everything Right

Stephen Colbert, Alan Cumming

Our best moments of the week:

12. What's in a Name? Award: Is the world big enough for two famous Adam Scotts? After Adam Scott the golfer won the Masters, Adam Scott the actor was predictably inundated with jokes. And he's sick of it. "The jokes were really lame," the Parks and Recreation star vents on Conan. "'I can't believe anyone could mix up the two Adam Scotts. They're "Poehler" opposites.' 'Hey Adam, you know what's way below par? Your acting.' ... I mean this with nothing but love in my heart, but, please, can everybody shut the hell up?" Impressed with how Scott handled the situation, Conan presents Scott with.... read more

Ask Matt: The Glee Project, Southland, Spartacus, Americans, Hannibal, Banshee

Chris Colfer

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I was heartbroken to learn that there probably won't be a new season of The Glee Project this summer. Over the last two seasons, it has quickly become my absolute favorite guilty pleasure, and I've loved seeing last season's winner Blake Jenner (Ryder Lynn) become a star on Glee. I've heard the reason behind The Glee Project not filming this year is because Glee has not been renewed yet for Season 5! Should I be worried at this point? Do you think Glee will be really be canceled? — Amy

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The Weekend Playlist: Goodbye, Spartacus, Hello, Da Vinci; Louie C.K. Stand-Up

Tom Riley

Two battered, tragic warriors meet face to face before their climactic skirmish, and there's at least one thing they can agree upon (besides the desire to kill each other): "There is no justice. Not in this world." What, you were expecting a happy ending to Starz' bloody breakout hit Spartacus? (Apologies if that's a spoiler.)

The series finale (Friday, 9/8c) justifies this last season's subtitle, War of the Damned, with a truly epic clash of historic titans. It's up to its bared knees in graphic gore as usual, but the finale is steeped even further in stirring demonstrations and declarations of honor, sacrifice and a willingness to die for the cause of freedom. "Whatever happens ... we decide our fates, not you," proclaims Spartacus (Liam McIntyre), leader of the outnumbered slave army, during his secret meeting with Roman "Imperator" Crassus (Simon Merrells). Unlike past seasons, when the Roman antagonists were mostly craven dupes, neither Crassus nor his second-in-command Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) are fools — but neither is Spartacus, who still has some bold and unexpected maneuvers up his shield during this primal and visceral encounter of fire, blood and literal and metaphorical guts.

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Spartacus Cast Recalls First Kills and Epic Deaths Before Series Finale

Liam McIntyre

Get ready to hear "I am Spartacus!" one last time.

It has only been three years since Spartacus splashed its bloody way across Starz, and Friday's epic series finale (9/8c) will conclude the legendary rebel leader's quest to free the slaves of Ancient Rome. And although history spoils the ultimate outcome, it is how each character has lived — and in some cases, died — that is the key to the show's appeal.

Spartacus' Manu Bennett on Crixus' downfall

Death is a complex thing on the series. Although there's no denying that it can be gloriously gory and over-the-top, at the same time, it is closely tied to the underlying theme of freedom. Slavery or death? That's the choice that masters force upon their slaves sent into the gladiators' arena and on the flip side, the choice fugitives make when they escape to join Spartacus.

Who will live? Who will die? Who will send men to their deaths? Check out this preview of the final Spartacus: War of the Damned and then continue reading for the cast's thoughts on killing or being killed on the series: read more

Game of Thrones By the Book: Theon's Horrible Fate and Jaime's Annoying Hair

Alfie Allen

Hello, friends and bannermen. Game of Thrones' second episode revealed the fates of several more favorite characters that we didn't have time for in the premiere. That's right, more Starks! How did it match up with the books? How did it differ?

This weekly chat series is for fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, upon which HBO's fantasy drama is based. It's meant to be a safe haven to discuss spoilers and changes from the novels and how they have played out or will play out in the TV series. Hanh Nguyen and Sadie Gennis are longtime fantasy fans of varying levels of geekiness who will sound off on all things Westerosi (and beyond!).
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Spartacus Burning Questions of the Damned: Who Will Survive the Final Battle?

Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Pana Hema-Taylor

With Spartacus' latest episode comes a sense of dread because that means there's only one episode left before the end.

[Warning: The following contains spoilers from the penultimate episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned. You've been warned!]


Spartacus' Manu Bennett on Crixus' downfall

On Friday's Spartacus, the rebels celebrated quite a few triumphs, which was swell for them since, of course, history dictates a huge defeat on the horizon. Enjoy it while you can!

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Top Moments: Idol's Verbal Lashing and New Girl's Elvis Funeral

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson

Our top moments of the week:

13. Best Translation: Any fears about new coaches Usher and Shakira fitting in on The Voice are quickly quelled on Season 4's two-night premiere. While Usher gets comfy from the get-go — pop that leg up! — Shakira shows her true, hilarious colors on Night 2 when she whips out a fake Spanish-to-country dictionary to try to convince a ... read more

Spartacus' Manu Bennett Discusses Crixus' Bloodlust, Remembers Andy Whitfield

Manu Bennett

[Warning: The following contains spoilers from the most recent Spartacus episode.]

The Undefeated Gaul finally fulfilled his destiny.

On Friday's Spartacus: War of the Damned, the rebel forces parted ways... permanently. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) led the fugitives north toward the Alps and the promise of freedom, while Crixus (Manu Bennett) took his group westward towards Rome and ultimately, to their death. And although Crixus' defeat was disheartening, it was to be expected. "Well, historically, it was going to be the case anyway," Bennett tells TVGuide.com. "Anyone who went onto Wikipedia knew."
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The Weekend Playlist: A Great Wife, Pacino as Phil Spector, Kristin Sings

Helen Mirren and Al Pacino

When a terrific series is truly on its game, some episodes can feel like absolute perfection. Happened Tuesday with a thrillingly entertaining and pivotal episode of FX's Justified, and the same feeling applies to Sunday's sensational The Good Wife (9/8c, CBS). It has everything: sex, suspense, surprise, humor, emotion — and as usual with this sophisticated standard-bearer for network drama, a dazzling array of guest performances.

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Premiered: December 02, 2013, on Starz
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Premise: A Thracian warrior is captured and enslaved by Romans, then placed in gladiator school, where he battles to save his life, gain his freedom and become reunited with his wife, who was also condemned to slavery.

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