The New Normal

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Bravo Orders Real Housewives Spin-Off Starring NeNeLeakes

Nene Leakes, Gregg Leakes

Here comes another Real Housewives spin-off.

I Dream of Nene: The Wedding will capture the nuptials of former spouses Gregg and NeNe Leakes (Glee, The New Normal), who... read more

Who Is NeNe Leakes' Celebrity Crush? Bravo Stars Play Our Cocktail Shaker Question Roulette

NeNe Leakes

Who does NeNe Leakes have a secret crush on? None other than Simon Cowell.

"He's my celebrity crush," the Real Housewives of Atlanta and New Normal star told TVGuide.com at Bravo's upfront event. "Nothing is wrong with a man with a tight shirt and a cigarette. I love it. And outspoken? Love."

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Top Moments: Conan and Chelsea Are Naked, Everyone on Walking Dead Is, Well, Dead

Conan O'Brien, Chelsea Handler

Our top moments of the week:

14. The First (Hair)Cut Is the Deepest: On The Mindy Project, our fearless heroine develops a crush on a cool pastor who unfortunately finds her to be a little self-absorbed. To show him how altruistic she is, she volunteers to treat the inmates at a women's prison, but when she gives one woman candy and a pashmina, it incites a riot, during which Mindy loses a giant chunk of her hair.

13. Most Heartbreaking Finale: We know we're supposed to root for Raylan on Justified, but it's Boyd and Ava's unhappy ending that hits home on the season finale. After forces conspire to separate Boyd and Ava as they're stealing Delroy's body from the funeral home (no body, no murder charges!), Ava ends up getting arrested. With his fiancée being carted off to jail, Boyd breaks into the couple's dream home and stares longingly at the backyard — and the... read more

Ratings: The Voice, New Normal Grow

Orlando Dixon

NBC topped Tuesday as The Voice surged again.

The singing competition show drew 13.61 million viewers and a 4.3 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, rising 5 percent from last week. This marks NBC's best rating in the timeslot since Oct. 30 and the best rating for any ...
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How to Make a Sitcom Like How to Live with Your Parents

How To Live With Your Parents (for The Rest Of Your Life)

They say you can't go home again. Unless, for instance, you're a recently divorced mom whose only option is to move in with your parents after your ex-husband blows through your savings — which is the case for Polly (Sarah Chalke), the protagonist of ABC's new comedy How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).

In the show's pilot episode, which airs Wednesday at 9:30/8:30c, Polly shows up on the doorstep of her freewheeling mother and stepfather (Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett) with her 5-year-old daughter in tow. Here, we've put together a how-to guide of how to get a show like How to Live with Your Parents off the ground: 

1. Write and act what you know. The series is based on... read more

The Tuesday Playlist: Justified, New Normal Finales; Another Look at Phil Spector

Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells

Too soon. We always feel that way when a season of FX's marvelously entertaining Justified comes to a close. It can't be easy sustaining that high-wire act of violent tension and wry bourbon-smooth humor, while staying true to the voice and tone of Elmore Leonard's creation of the laconic yet steely U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, but they sure make it go down easy. The fourth-season finale (Tuesday, 10/9c) is titled "Ghosts," and it's a haunted hour, all right — haunted by what-ifs, by dreams deferred and hopes crushed by the weight of bad acts and Harlan County's history of bad people — but it's also a truly badass episode when it needs to be, with fateful confrontations and crazy twists, some satisfying and others troubling.

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Top Moments: Idol's Verbal Lashing and New Girl's Elvis Funeral

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson

Our top moments of the week:

13. Best Translation: Any fears about new coaches Usher and Shakira fitting in on The Voice are quickly quelled on Season 4's two-night premiere. While Usher gets comfy from the get-go — pop that leg up! — Shakira shows her true, hilarious colors on Night 2 when she whips out a fake Spanish-to-country dictionary to try to convince a ... read more

Ratings: The Voice Boosts Go On, New Normal

Ryan Hayes, Jon Peter Lewis

NBC enjoyed its best Tuesday in months thanks to The Voice.

The singing competition series drew 12 million viewers and a 3.9 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, making it the top-rated show of the night. That's down 19 percent from Monday's premiere, but up 22 percent from last spring's ...
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The Tuesday Playlist: Family Affairs on New Girl and NCIS

Margo Martindale and Jake Johnson

What kind of family must it be where slacker bartender Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) is seen as the responsible one? That answer becomes clear in a sporadically amusing road-trip episode of Fox's New Girl (9/8c) that takes the roomies to Chicago to lay Nick's scoundrel of a dad (former guest star Dennis Farina) to rest. The formidable Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans) presides over the ridiculous antics as Nick's gruff but needy mom, and cable clown Nick Kroll hams it up as his emotionally volatile brother. As usual, Schmidt (Max Greenberg) hijacks the proceedings with his death neuroses, and while he wonders "What's with this open casket thing?" it's his encounter with said coffin and its contents that provides the episode's biggest laughs.

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Ask Matt: Southland, TV Prequels, Hannibal, Grey's, Splash and More

Ben McKenzie

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: This is more a commentary than a question, but what are your thoughts on Southland? Ben McKenzie and Shawn Hatosy have recently landed new pilots, so it would appear that this will be the last season of the very fine cop show Southland. Yes, the show is an ensemble and could certainly go on without the two characters they portray, but it would be a different Southland without them, even with a cast as strong as one that includes Regina King and C. Thomas Howell. read more

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