The Mentalist on CBS

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Thursday TV: Big Bang and Other Finales, Reveals on Scandal and Awake

The Big Bang Theory

One small gesture can be worth a thousand punch lines. This becomes clear in the last moments of The Big Bang Theory's funny and ultimately touching season finale (CBS, 8/7c), as the gang prepares to watch Howard Walowitz — or "Froot Loops," to his fellow astronauts (you'll learn why) — go into space. But not before hastily arranging an accelerated wedding for Howard and his beloved, Bernadette (Don't Call Her Ma), whose one condition is that ...
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Ratings: Big Bang, Scandal, Touch and Parks and Rec Rise

Simon Helberg

The Big Bang Theory was Thursday's top-rated show again, but Fox took the night overall thanks to American Idol.

Big Bang improved 12 percent to 13.27 million viewers and a 4.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. It was a great night for CBS as it saw growths for all of its shows.

Idol: Who made the final four?

Fox edged CBS by two-tenths for the demo win with Idol (15 million, 3.9), which was ...
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Why Live TV Still Matters

The Voice

As viewers in record numbers time-shift shows and watch them on demand, networks are scrambling to get audiences back into the habit of watching TV as it airs. "Everyone is so concerned about DVRing, which is a legitimate concern," says one exec. "Anything you can do to minimize it is a bonus."

That includes a nod to the early days of TV: live programming. Next fall, the networks are expected to air more regular live broadcasts than at any time since the 1950s, thanks to... read more

Exclusive Mentalist Sneak Peek: Jane Meets Lisbon's Ex-Fiancé!

Simon Baker and Robin Tunney

Teresa Lisbon, heartbreaker?

The Mentalist Exclusive: The Shield's Kenny Johnson to play Lisbon's ex!

On Thursday's episode of The Mentalist, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Agent Lisbon (Robin Tunney) investigate a surfer's murder. But as they begin questioning suspects, Lisbon is shocked to come across Greg Tayback (guest star Kenny Johnson), her former fiancé!

In our exclusive first look ... read more

Mega Buzz: Another Castle Cliff-Hanger, Fringe's Finale and a Prentiss Return?

Stana Katic, Castle; Joshua Jackson, Fringe; Paget Brewster, Criminal Minds

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 at @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

Does Castle's finale have a cliff-hanger like last year's? I'm not sure I could handle that! — Jessica
ADAM:
Creator Andrew W. Marlowe hints that Beckett will be experiencing a lot of changes in the finale, and the domino effect of said changes leads to this season's climax. And while I'm pretty sure that no one's life will be hanging in the balance, Castle-Beckett fans will likely still be in for a long summer. Why? Marlowe says this finale doesn't lend itself to a large time jump between seasons. "The way we're ending this season, people will want to know what happens in the immediate aftermath," he teases.

Will the rest of the Fringe team regain their memories before the end of the season? — Larry
NATALIE:
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Murder's a Drag on The Mentalist

Carlton Wilborn, Simon Baker

He's not in Kansas anymore. The Mentalist's Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) will suddenly find himself over the rainbow when a ghastly murder has him grilling female impersonators. "The charred corpse of a young man is found handcuffed to the steering wheel of a car, and the main clue at the crime scene is the broken heel of a ruby slipper," says exec producer Daniel Cerone, who also wrote the episode, airing Thursday (10/9c, CBS). "The discovery sends Jane into a nearby cabaret called the Pink Noir, where a male drag show is in full swing."

The episode... read more

Thursday TV: Brilliant Community & Parks, a Live 30 Rock, More

Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

Welcome to May sweeps (albeit still in April) and, more important, the countdown to the end of the official broadcast season on May 23. Meaning an end, for now, to those pesky repeats and the start-and-stop scheduling of favorite shows. Reason enough to celebrate? Wait until you see what NBC has in store for you tonight (or at least for those choosy few who gravitate toward the network's better Thursday night comedies).

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Mega Buzz: A House Death, a Grey's Disaster and a CSI Exit?

Hugh Laurie, House; Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy; Ted Danson, CSI

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 at @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

So is Wilson definitely going to die on House? — Amanda
ADAM:
Well, the promos for next week's episode don't paint a pretty picture, but let's try to stay positive. (His best friend is a pretty good doctor, after all!) I suspect that Wilson will stick around at least through the series finale. But it does raise the question: Can House exist without Wilson? "For better or for worse, they are bound together," Hugh Laurie says. "They share a way of looking at the world, and I think they need each other." But does that "need" portend a happy ending? "I think the audience will be happy, not because House has learned some life lessons — that's not what he's about," Laurie says. "I think people will be happy for him. The fact that he's still got a 'mud in your eye, to hell with you all' attitude, I sort of love." So let's keep the sackcloth and ashes under wraps for now, OK?

Please tell me you have more info on the big event in the Grey's Anatomy finale! — Sammy
NATALIE:
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Ratings: Parks and Recreation Flat in Return; Grey's, Scandal Improve

Amy Poehler and Bradley Whitford

Parks and Recreation returned after a month off in a new timeslot to the same numbers.

Now in the post-Office berth, the NBC comedy drew 3.5 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic ...
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Mega Buzz: New Love Interests on Mentalist and Dexter and an NCIS: LA Return

Simon Baker, The Mentalist; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Chris O’Donnell, NCIS: LA

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 at @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

What else can you tell me about Patrick Jane's new love interest on The Mentalist? — Christine
ADAM:
Creator Bruno Heller wants to be clear about one thing: Loralei (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is no ordinary cocktail waitress, and as such viewers should take this relationship seriously. "It's certainly not a fling and it's not a spur-of-the-moment booty call or anything like that," Heller says. "She comes into Jane's life at a very, very low ebb. He's at a moment when he really needs a helping hand and a little ray of light, and she provides that."

Please tell me you have info on Dexter! — James
NATALIE:
Could Dexter be getting... read more

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