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Ask Matt: Fringe, The Killing, Justified, NCIS and More!

Jeremy Davis

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Question: I don't understand why more people are not watching Fringe. I admit Season 1 was a bit rocky, but Season 2 was great, and so far this season has been the best, in my opinion. It's the only show that seems to fill The X-Files void for me. Last Friday's "LSD" episode was brilliant. I still crack up every time I picture the "How wonderful!" thought bubble above cartoon Walter. And how hilarious was tripping Broyles? He's the only character I've never liked on the show, because he's so rigid, but it was nice to see him loosen up a bit. Too bad it took a bad trip of LSD to do it. Anyway, I know it was renewed for a fourth season despite the poor ratings, but do you think that will be the end? I mean, how can they afford to keep such a low-rated show around?

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Alan Cumming Signs on for Three More Seasons of The Good Wife

Alan Cumming as Eli Gold, The Good Wife

His candidate may have just won the election for Cook County State's Attorney, but it looks like Eli Gold's work is just getting started.

Alan Cumming has signed a new three-year deal to appear on The Good Wife through Season 5, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

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Cumming, 46, first appeared last season as a recurring character on the CBS drama before he was promoted to series regular for Season 2. Cumming was nominated for... read more

Ask Matt: The Good Wife, The Killing, and More!

Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles

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Question: I have watched All My Children and One Life to Live for 40 years. I watch GMA and stay with ABC just waiting for them to come on to see what has happened. They are an escape from reality with spice, and ABC wants to give us more reality? There are mannnnny other stations for that. If ABC cancels my soaps, I will not watch them ever again any time of the day or night. AMC and OLTL are icons. Regis retires in November and Kelly understands. AMC and OLTL are a part of our lives and our friends. This is a wrong choice that ABC needs to reconsider or I'll be watching The Early Show, Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, Gunsmoke and Walker Texas Ranger, not reality. Oprah's leaving. Put the new shows there, or move the soaps around, just do not cancel them. 40 years of loyalty cuts deep and never heals. Why did they move AMC to LA and hire the veteran head writer just to cancel? Someone's thinking is screwed up. — Mary Alice

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak

There will come a time when we tell future generations about the good old days when serialized soaps blanketed the daytime TV landscape — the way prime time once was overrun with Westerns, variety shows and big-ticket miniseries, among other fondly remembered, now-faded formats. The latest death knell, not unexpected but still a shock when it sounded, came late this week when ABC confirmed that the venerable, iconic All My Children and the similarly long-running One Life to Live had been taken off life support. Word of their demise had circulated for some time — AMC takes its final bow in September, One Life to Life will soldier on until January — but it's still a jolt to the system when confronted with the unmistakable signs than an era is ending. Changing viewing habits and economics have conspired against scripted daytime dramas in favor of cheaper-to-produce talk/lifestyle shows. Just as the remnants of variety TV can be found in the results shows of reality competitions American Idol and Dancing With the Stars, soap intrigues have been upstaged by celeb-reality high jinks: the plastic casts of Bravo's various Real Housewives shows, the debauched antics of Jersey Shore, which is being spun off while the daily soaps dwindle to a mere few... read more

Celebrity Watchlist: Romany Malco Finds Great Drama in The Good Wife and The Wire

Romany Malco

What does Romany Malco consider good TV? The Good Wife, of course.

"It's cryptic and clever with a message that promotes strong family values," he tells TVGuide.com. "The cast is a nice mixture of flawed and complex ...
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The Good Wife: Alicia's Bad Timing Strikes Again

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Spoiler alert: The following reveals major plot points from Tuesday's episode of The Good Wife.

Alicia (Julianna Margulies) thought she had bad timing last season on The Good Wife, but things went from bad to worse on Tuesday's episode.

Just as Alicia — and the rest of Cook County — learned that Peter (Chris Noth) had officially won his old job back as state's attorney and... read more

Matt's TV Week in Review

American Idol

It had been a pretty even-keel season of the reborn American Idol — perhaps too much so — until the Pia bubble burst Thursday night. Maybe a shocking elimination like Pia Toscano's way-too-early ouster is just the sort of wake-up call Idol needs to shock some showmanship into the part of the show that needs it the most: the judging. I've enjoyed the raucous goofiness of Steven Tyler and the glowy glamorous warmth that is Jennifer Lopez, but cheerleading has its limits, and when the closest thing to actual criticism from the panel is Randy (of all people) damning with faint praise by merely saying "Good job," it's clear the judges aren't doing a good job. Or much of a job at all.

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I'm not sure we need a clone of Simon Cowell, whose blunt and condescending cruelty in recent seasons teetered on boredom with the process... read more

Top Moments: Idol's Shocking Results and Dancing's Falling Star

Pia Toscano, Ryan Seacrest

Our top moments of the week:

14. Best Discovery: When Mrs. McCluskey finds an unconscious Andrew on her couch on Desperate Housewives, instead of acting concerned, she acts like, well, Mrs. McCluskey. She calls Bree and gives her a hint of the problem — "It reeks of Mai Tais, and you gave birth to it." "If I wanted a drunk homo on my couch," she continues, "I would have married my college boyfriend." Apparently, warmth and sensitivity are so 2009 on Wisteria Lane.

13. Butt Out Award: Rejected from her and her mother's dream school — Berkeley — Amber completely unravels after a classmate asks her about her college plans at... read more

Ratings: Body of Proof Loses 20 Percent of Its Audience

Body Of Proof

Body of Proof  lost more than 20 percent of its premiere audience in its second week; 11.07 million watched the third episode Tuesday. (Sunday's special episode attracted 8.44 million post-Desperate Housewives viewers.)

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Ask Matt: Good Wife vs. Body of Proof, ABC Soaps, Upstairs Downstairs More!

Archie Panjabi

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Question: I would like to know your opinion about the Kalinda/Peter reveal on The Good Wife. My initial reaction was concern for Kalinda's and Alicia's friendship. However, in the past week, I have become intrigued by the potential fallout. Not only will this revelation shake the Florrick family, but after two years into the series, it could impact characters like Kalinda, Will, Cary and Eli in a way that the original scandal never did. Also, while overall viewership remains strong, Wife's 18-49 demo has been rather low this season. New competition from Body of Proof will probably not help the situation. Should fans of The Good Wife be concerned about potential cancellation or at least be prepared for a scheduling change for season three? — Rose

Matt Roush: This twist is what we like to call a bona fide bombshell. Couldn't come at a more advantageous time for the show, which thrives on personal and workplace conflict... read more

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