Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), The Walking Dead
It's that time of year: As 2010 winds down, we want to know which TV shows kept you glued to your set this year.
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Did you find yourself returning to old favorites like Grey's Anatomy and The Mentalist? Were you captivated by the sophomore seasons of such hits as Glee and Modern Family? Did nostalgia coax you into watching Steve Carell's last season of The Office or the final chapter of Smallville?
Have newcomers like Hawaii Five-0 or Nikita become mainstays on your DVR? Maybe you were drawn into new cable dramas such as FX's Justified, HBO's Boardwalk Empire or AMC's The Walking Dead.
We want to know: What is your pick for the best show of 2010? Share all your thoughts in the comments after the jump...
Sara Ramirez (Grey's Anatomy), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), and Anna Torv (Fringe)
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Will Callie's hookup with Mark come back to haunt her when Arizona returns on Grey's Anatomy? — Sharlene
NATALIE: Here's the good news: "Callie and Arizona will be back together soon," executive producer Shonda Rhimes says simply, adding that Arizona will soon show up on Callie's doorstep. "[The breakup] was a way to jump-start the next phase of their storyline." The bad news? Oh wait, this is good news, too! "Mark is her best friend, they slept together before, so it's just recycling. Two people having sex does not necessarily mean that they're in love, or that they're going to be together, or that it means anything."
I am dying for some Vampire Diaries scoop. Can you help? — Valerie
ADAM: Klaus is comin' to town. The oft-mentioned member of the Originals is described as handsome, charming, and 1,000 years old. We sense a Klaus-Damon snark-off coming...
With CBI rocked by a violent Red John-related death on last night's episode of The Mentalist, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) will now have to contend with the possibility that one of his trusted teammates had a hand in the murder. Enter Special Agent J.J. Laroche (Murder One Emmy winner Pruitt Taylor Vince), who arrives December 9 to launch an investigation into suspects Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) and Cho (Tim Kang).
The Mentalist: Does Red John have another mole in the CBI?
Beginning in January...
Simon Baker and Robin Tunney, The Mentalist
Fans of The Mentalist are not going to want to miss the final moments of Thursday's episode.
"There's probably the biggest shock ending we've ever put up on the screen," creator Bruno Heller tells TVGuide.com "I think people will be intrigued and surprised by the whole episode."
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The episode finds Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, who also directed the episode) and the rest of the CBI investigating a triple homicide in small rural town. Further digging by Jane and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) reveals the killings are the work of serial cop killer. John Billingsley guest-stars as a self-professed psychic, whom Jane manipulates to find the real murderer.
But it wouldn't be November sweeps if Red John didn't have some part to play...
As bad-boy crime whiz Patrick Jane on The Mentalist, Simon Baker takes orders from no one. But he sure knows how to give 'em! The Aussie Adonis turns director for tonight's episode, a sprawling story — written by series creator Bruno Heller — that finds the CBI team investigating an artfully staged triple homicide, which appears to be the work of a complicated maniac. It's soon revealed that the small-town murders are part of a wider slaughter of California policemen, which could lead to a media nightmare.
Bones, Desperate Housewives, Castle
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When is Brennan finally going to wake up and see what she's missing with Booth on Bones? — Sara
ADAM: Sooner than you think. In the midseason finale, Brennan investigates the murder of a workaholic, and Bones quickly draws parallels to her own life. "She's forced to face feelings that she's never had to deal with before," executive producer Stephen Nathan says. "She confronts the fact that this woman was running her whole life from feeling anything and she has to confront whether she's going to run her whole life from feeling anything. It butts right up against her relationship with Booth and the past five years of history."
I'm so excited about Episode 10 of Desperate Housewives. Please give me some hints about it. — Dean
MICKEY: TNT may have people buzzing about Dallas again, but it's Desperate Housewives that will pay homage to the classic soap by asking:
Rachael Leigh Cook
Rachael Leigh Cook has been cast opposite Eric McCormack in the TNT pilot Perception, according to Deadline.com.
Cook, 31, who starred in She's All That and recently appeared on Psych, will play FBI Agent Kate Rossi. She recruits her former professor (McCormack) to help...
The team needs Jane for his powers of observation, and he needs them for protection, because it's obvious that if Jane ever carried a gun, he'd probably shoot himself with it. Tonight, the team needs to do it all when Jane is kidnapped. Once they go through his cases, though, it's clear that there are a lot of people who have a reason to hurt Jane. — Bill Ecklund
Read on for previews of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 30 Rock, NBA Basketball, Burn Notice, SpongeBob SquarePants and Wartorn 1861-2010.
Last week's dramatic cliff-hanger and an emotional episode about sexual assault propelled Private Practice to new ratings heights Thursday, but CBS still won the night.
On the set: Private Practice prepares for the aftermath of Charlotte's attack
Private Practice pulled in 10.2 million viewers and surged 44 percent in the adults-18-to-49 demographic, according to Nielsen overnight estimates. It was the show's highest-rated episode since...
The beauty of this series is that Jane's character is so meticulously defined and so much fun to watch that some plots are relished before the show is even seen, simply because it's so easy to imagine what he will do. Tonight's is one such plot and so Sherlock Holmesian: a murder-and-missing-person case on the heavily guarded compound of a wealthy family. — Bill Ecklund
Read on for previews of Project Runway, Grey's Anatomy, Scared Shrekless, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, The Office and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.