The Defenders (Friday, 8/7c, CBS)
Now here's some stunt casting to get your nostalgic juices flowing. The guest judge in this week's episode of the breezy Vegas courtroom drama is Dan Aykroyd, who clashes with Jim Belushi's Nick Morelli during a court hearing. (Aykroyd's first blast of fame came while playing alongside Jim's legendary brother John in the original Saturday Night Live cast — and later as Blues Brothers.) Even better news: ...
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 ...
Kathy Griffin will guest-star in an upcoming episode of The Defenders, TVLine.com reports.
Griffin will play...
American Idol - Scott Dangerfield
American Idol may be recovering its land legs, pulling in 25.2 million viewers on Wednesday night, down less than a million from its Season 10 premiere a week earlier, but still more than all of its network competition combined.
Did Simon get while the gettin' was good? Season 10 of American Idol debuted to 26.1 million people, down 13 percent from last year's 29.9 million.
The Good Wife
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Question: What on earth were the writers thinking when they wrote the January 11 episode of The Good Wife? All the lawyers and investigators acted in a disgusting and sleazy manner, and the gratuitous violence against women done by the male investigator was unforgivable. One more repugnant episode like this one and I won't be watching the show. — Ruth
Matt Roush: I'm betting your reaction is exactly what the show's writers were hoping to evoke (that week, the script was credited to show creators/executive producers Robert and Michelle King). Maybe not the "I'm quitting you" thing, but revulsion for sure. The entire purpose of the episode was to show our quasi-heroes in a negative light. These are not saints, not even Alicia. And I'm glad the show allows us to see that her moral quandaries don't stop with her husband but often extend to her work. Even good lawyers and good wives play dirty, and The Good Wife expects the viewer to be able to handle that. It's refreshing to see a mainstream network drama go a little dark once in a while. That's why they call it drama...
Off The Map
President Barack Obama's speech at the Tucson, Ariz., memorial for the victims of last weekend's shooting skewed Wednesday's prime-time ratings, throwing people off the trail of their regular shows.
Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch
Glee's Thriller of a Super Bowl Episode
Finn (Cory Monteith) fills in for the late Vincent Price to provide the spooky narration for the Fox hit's Super Bowl-episode Thriller tribute. "I'm also one of the zombie folk, which requires about three and a half hours of prosthetic makeup," says Cory. And it sounds as though Artie may be ...
Castle, Vampire Diaries, Modern Family
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Anything juicy coming up on Castle? — Melanie
ADAM: It's the moment Castle fans have long fantasized about: In the Jan. 3 episode, Castle will look Beckett square in the eyes and say, "Will you marry me?" Speaking of fantasies, just wait until you see Castle's reaction to finally living out one of his dreams: being alone in a room with two Becketts at the same time.
When will we get more backstory on The Vampire Diaries? — Maxine
NATALIE: An upcoming flashback to 1864 will give Elena a new perspective on her sibling suitors. Before then, though, expect a visit or two from the Grim Reaper. "A lot of people are...
Blue Bloods, Defenders
Two of CBS' freshman series, Blue Bloods and The Defenders, are trading prime-time real estate next month.
CBS announced Tuesday that Blue Bloods will air Wednesdays at 10/9c for one month beginning Jan. 19. To make room, The Defenders will then permanently move to Fridays at 8/7c starting Feb. 4, two weeks after the...