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Question: I watch Two and a Half Men for some light, escapist entertainment. I enjoy the laughs and the double entendres. But really, that all stems from the writing. In fact, the Alan-centric episodes are some of the best ones. I wouldn't mind seeing more Berta, either. The Jake character is now of an age where he's picking up more of the storylines. If Charlie moved to London with Rose and his doppelganger cousin came to live in the house, they could keep a ladies man/lush character (if they feel that the show absolutely needs one). In a way, I'm disappointed that they've decided to end the season with no new episodes. Maybe they would have shown that the show could still be popular without the Sheen character. Nonetheless, I am glad that the powers that be saw how far off the reservation Sheen really is and said enough is enough. What's your take on the future of the show? Is it DOA without Charlie Sheen? — Karen
Matt Roush: First off, thanks for reminding us why this matters. In the wake of the latest meltdown and shutdown, there's a lot of "the show sucks anyway/who cares/who watches this crap" cynicism...
Cheers to Chuck Lorre for giving Cheers & Jeers a shout-out.
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On his website, the Two and a Half Men cocreator posted the vanity card that would've aired after last night's episode of his sitcom The Big Bang Theory — had CBS not censored it: "It was more fun writing these things when I was fairly certain no one was reading them," it began. "That is no longer the case. These days it seems like ...
Kate Walsh, Matthew Rhys, Michaela Conlin
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What's coming up for Kevin and Scotty on Brothers & Sisters? — Amanda
ADAM: Something huge, according to series star Matthew Rhys. "No course ever runs smoothly, so unfortunately we have an enormous story line about to break," he says of an upcoming twist in Kevin and Scotty's adoption saga. Rhys, who also directs the revelatory episode, says the bombshell was crafted after ABC ordered four additional episodes for the end of the season. Any theories on what this bombshell could be?
What's next for Addison and Sam on Private Practice? — Sarah
NATALIE: After Addison's mother's suicide, "their next issue will be...
Because social and personal (Happy Valentine's Day!) obligations kept me away from the TV more than usual this week, I'm going to boil down this week's wrap-up to my version of a "Hot Topics" list, with a few odds and ends thrown in for fun.
OF IBM AND MEN: Man your buzzer if you really thought either Ken Jennings or Brad Rutter could topple supercomputer Watson on Jeopardy! in that fascinating three-part exhibition stunt. I got more caught up in seeing what Watson didn't know or how it was misinterpreting clues — including the first Final Jeopardy, which somehow led Watson to...
How-ard!! With two short but knife-sharp syllables and a whole lot of nosy questions, Wolowitz's overbearing mother on The Big Bang Theory is quickly establishing herself as one of television's great unseen characters. Think Charlie from Charlie's Angels or Rhoda's Carlton the Doorman, but with a Noo Yawk accent and louder. Much louder. We dialed up the actress responsible for the hilarious holler, Carol Ann Susi, whose on-camera credits include Seinfeld's famous episode with Keith Hernandez, "The Boyfriend." And, yes, she really sounds like that in real life.
Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch
For Howard, The Big Bang Theory's resident womanizer, choosing between two women would appear to be the ideal predicament. Except when one of those women is his mother.
"This is his Sophie's Choice," Simon Helberg, who plays Howard, tells TVGuide.com. "He likes the ladies, but does he like his mom a little bit more?"
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Viewers will find out on Thursday's episode when Howard's girlfriend, Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), puts his affections to the test. After a romantic evening together at Bernadette's place, Howard gets ready to go home, once ...
You mean there was a game on this week?
While TV history was made with the Super Bowl becoming once again the most-watched program ever — my thoughts on the game, the ads, the Glee episode can be found here — it was a pretty super week of February sweeps madness on all fronts. Some significant new shows arrived, including Fox's terrific The Chicago Code (read my review) and ABC's not-quite-there-yet Mr. Sunshine (my review also includes comments on the return of Justified and the farewell of Friday Night Lights).
The broadcast networks are at work on their new fall shows, which means some of your favorites will be moving on. Here are the series facing an uncertain future.
The network wants to bring back Desperate Housewives but still has to make deals with the show's stars. "Everyone is hopeful and optimistic that we'll be returning for an eighth season," executive producer Marc Cherry tells TV Guide Magazine. "But until the women have signed on, there's no guarantee." ABC needs Housewives for at least another year to launch something new in the slot that follows it, especially if ...
The Big Bang Theory
Poor Howard. Everyone seems to want his gal pal, Bernadette, on The Big Bang Theory these days. First, her hunky ex, Glenn, dropped by and now there's... Raj?
"As if feeling threatened by Rick Fox [Glenn] wasn't enough, right?" Melissa Rauch, who plays Bernadette, tells TVGuide.com.
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Unlike Glenn, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) isn't actively pursuing Bernadette — at least not yet. But his feelings toward her enter a gray area on Thursday's episode when he fantasizes about ...
On The Big Bang Theory's February 10 episode, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) shares a kiss with a wealthy benefactor to the physics department — played by Jessica Walter (Arrested Development), age 70. "The amount of making out I do on this show is ridiculous," says Johnny, 35. He's not kidding. Next up: Aarti Mann returns as Raj's sister Priya, who'll now be dating Leonard after their previous one-night stand. "Raj is not going to be very happy about that," says actor Kunal Nayyar. "I forgave Leonard [after they first hooked up] because she didn't want [something serious], but now..."
In other romantic developments, Bernadette finally lays down the law with Howard...