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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 1, part 1

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Ross and Rachel. Carrie and Big. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. First up — the 16 couples in our “Baby, You’re the Greatest” conference.

ALSO: EW.com’s Greatest TV Romances package

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'Brothers & Sisters' is canceled. Re-live the final moment.

Brothers & Sisters will not be returning to ABC in the fall. Something tells us the producers knew the season 5 finale would likely be the series finale when they ended it with Nora quoting George Eliot in voiceover at Sarah’s wedding — “It’s never too late to be what you might have been” — and dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” In case you missed it, watch the final moment of the series below. RIP, Brothers & Sisters. You were no longer the show we fell in love with, so we can’t pretend we’re devastated to see you go, but we did spend many a Sunday night enjoying your Walker family dinner fights and wine consumption. (At least we still have Cougar Town.)  READ FULL STORY

Rob Lowe reacts poorly to 'Parks and Rec' hiatus in new promo: 'How f–––ing long have I not been on television?'

rob-loweImage Credit: Danny Feld/NBCSpeaking as a heterosexual male, there are many reasons to loathe Rob Lowe. So why must the West Wing star keep giving me reasons to love him? Just the other day I discovered Lowe had tweeted enthusiastically about EW cult movie fave The Room and now arrives a promo video for Parks and Recreation in which the man hilariously tears his fellow cast members a collective new one with equal energy. READ FULL STORY

Out gay actor Richard Chamberlain says he 'wouldn't advise' closeted gay actors to come out. Didn't seem to hurt his career.

bas-chamberlainImage Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC In an interview with The Advocate promoting his upcoming role as an HIV-positive love interest for Uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin) on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, out gay actor Richard Chamberlain says he “wouldn’t advise a gay leading man-type actor to come out.” In an era when the President of the United States signed a bill repealing a law banning gay soldiers from serving openly in the military, the same month out actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted a video game awards show on Spike, Chamberlain’s words gave me more than a bit of pause.

Until he came out in his 2003 memoir Shattered Love, Chamberlain, now 76, was himself a closeted gay leading man-type actor. His career was launched with his role as the dashing title character on NBC’s 1960s drama Dr. Kildare, and it spiked again thanks to the 1983 ABC miniseries The Thorn Birds. He even once played Jason Bourne in a 1988 ABC movie of The Bourne Identity. But his resume through the 1990s was light on hits and heavy on forgettable TV movies. Since Chamberlain came out, though, he’s guest starred on Will & Grace, Nip/Tuck, Desperate Housewives, Leverage, Chuck, and now Brothers & Sisters. He played gay characters in some of those roles, and straight ones in others. But as The Advocate‘s writer implies when he asks Chamberlain, “When can a leading man come out — when he’s 69 and promoting a memoir?” it feels like telling the world he’s gay was the best thing that’s happened to Chamberlain’s career in 20 years.

That said, do you think he has a point? READ FULL STORY

'Brothers & Sisters' scoop: Balthazar Getty's new galpal is...

getty-buonoImage Credit: Scott Garfield/ABC; Tatiana Beller/PR PhotosThe Walker Family better get ready for some fireworks! EW has learned that when Balthazar Getty’s Tommy returns home for the show’s 100th episode in January, he’ll bring along a feisty new lady love named Rose. She’s played by the gorgeous Cara Buono, best known for her depiction of Faye Miller in Mad Men.

“She is a hot-headed Italian, and I come home after having been gone for a while,” Getty told EW while attending a red carpet event earlier last weekend. “We’ve all been there, right?”

Getty and Buono are expected to appear in at least three episodes this season, with the possibility of more. Getty’s been missing in action this year; viewers are supposed to think his character has been up in Seattle to be closer to his daughter. The actor returns to the drama’s Los Angeles set today. “We have something really funny in store,” said Getty. “I told them, if I come back, let’s do something big. Let’s do something fun.”

So what excites Getty most about returning to the ABC drama?  “Just to bully Matthew [Rhys] and Dave [Annable] probably. To try to distract them while they’re acting.” – With additional reporting from Nicholas White

 

November Sweeps calendar: 'Glee,' 'House,' 'Big Bang Theory' and more welcome big-name guests

November-2010-Sweeps-GuideImage Credit: Harper Smith/NBC; Adam Rose/Fox; Bob D'Amico/ABC; David M. Russell/CBS; Virginia Sherwood/NBC; United Feature Syndicate IncNovember is here, and you probably know what that means for television: Sweeps! It’s that bountiful time of the TV season when the networks try to ramp up viewership as much as possible so they can set their advertising prices for the year. All of which means means we’ll see crazy guest stars! Specials! Awards shows! Big interviews! For example, Cher is going on 20/20 to talk Burlesque Nov. 19; ABC is airing the Country Music Awards on Nov. 10; Oprah will sit down with the Jackson clan on Nov. 8; and Gwyneth Paltrow, well, she’s appearing on both the CMAs on Nov. 10 and Glee Nov. 16. How does one make sense of the November Sweeps madness? Duh, it’s easy, silly: Just use our handy, complete-yet-only-the-stuff-you-care-about guide below:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3
Oprah (Syndicated, check local listings): More of Oprah and Gayle’s camping trip at Yosemite National Park
Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS, 8 p.m.): Only 12 castaways remain as the tribes merge
In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville (ABC, 10 p.m.): This hour-long special features Roberts interviewing country music stars Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, and Kellie Pickler
Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 10 p.m.): A History of Violence‘s Maria Bello and ER‘s Alex Kingston guest star

THURSDAY, NOV. 4
The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.): Dollhouse‘s Eliza Dushku guest stars
Bones (Fox, 8 p.m.): So You Think You Can Dance‘s Stephen “tWitch” Boss guest stars
Community (NBC, 8 p.m.): Hilary Duff and Andy Dick guest star
30 Rock (NBC, 8:30 p.m.): Elizabeth Banks returns

FRIDAY, NOV. 5
Oprah (Syndicated, check local listings): First of two-part event featuring Madea‘s Tyler Perry and 200 men who are stepping up to speak out about the trauma of their childhood sexual abuse (the second part airs Friday, Nov. 12)
Medium (CBS, 8 p.m.): Scrubs‘ Judy Reyes and NCIS‘ Rena Sofer guest star
Supernanny (ABC, 8 p.m.): Season premiere!
CSI: NY (CBS, 9 p.m.): Night Court‘s John Larroquette guest stars as Deputy Chief of Manhattan Borough Detectives Ted Carver

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Season Pity Pass: Which TV show is only on your DVR out of habit?

brothers-and-sistersImage Credit: Richard Cartwright/ABCWhy am I still DVRing Brothers & Sisters? No, really. Why? One excruciatingly depressing clip was enough to turn me off of watching the season premiere. I switched off the second episode at the point where the kids thought Nora was a lesbian. Last night, well, I made it through the hour (read Annie Barrett’s recap), but only because I wanted to see if HIV-positive Saul (Ron Rifkin) would be starting a relationship with Charlie (guest star Stephen Collins) — apparently not, because then I would’ve actually liked the direction of one arc on this show now. Instead, I’m just left wondering if fifth graders like Sarah’s son, Cooper, really perform productions of Romeo and Juliet so their uncle and aunt can compare themselves to the star-crossed lovers and their mother’s boyfriend can tell them that people kiss with their hearts, not their lips. Isn’t Cooper a little too young to sell the “O, happy dagger!” line?

I understand that the accident in last season’s finale did a number on everyone, and a year later, they’re not the same people they were. But I miss those people. Even Robert. I’m sorry I wanted your character gone, Rob Lowe, and I’m not even enjoying Kitty’s new love interest (despite the fact that he spent most of last night in a wifebeater). But you got out just in time. Look what’s happening to Holly. Amnesia should be a juicy storyline, but I can’t understand why she wouldn’t want to try to get to know her daughter, who’s being open and honest. Oh, right, because Emily VanCamp is leaving the show. I’d like to think I’m holding on because I truly believe that the writers will give me back my Walkers once they’re done cleaning up the mess of the time jump and exits, but my faith isn’t what it used to be either. I’ll keep recording Brothers & Sisters — at least Sarah’s hair has improved since the season premiere — but only because I used to be invested, I like watching people drink, and there’s no current scheduling conflict.

Your turn. What show currently has your Season Pity Pass, and why do you keep holding on? (Maybe another reader can get you to cut the cord.)

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'Castle' and 'Brothers & Sisters' season premiere sneak peeks: Watch, gasp, groan

Today, Hulu is offering first looks at the season premieres of ABC’s Castle and Brothers & Sisters. Watch the first eight minutes of Castle below, followed by two minutes of B&S. The former appears to get off to a fine start on Sept. 20, as it begins with Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) firing bullets at one another. You expect it to be a dream, but instead, we flash back to three days earlier when she arrested him for murder. (Clearly, there’s been some kind of a mistake. We’ve seen Castle handle a gun before. It’s more comical than deadly.) Brothers & Sisters, on the other hand, looks like it’s in desperate need of a laugh. It’s been a year since the car accident, Sarah and Nora have decided to sell Narrow Lake for the money, and everyone is too miserable to have any clever banter. (The clip makes it sound like Kevin and Scotty might not have a child. What?) Here’s hoping the Walkers snap out of their funk early on Sept. 26, because, while we enjoy the wining on this show, the whining brings us down.

P.S. What do you think of Sarah’s new hairstyle? It’ll have to grow on me. But I’m already a fan of Kevin’s facial hair.   READ FULL STORY

'Brothers & Sisters' season finale recap: Massive pile-up

brothers-sistersImage Credit: Danny Feld/ABCBrothers & Sisters came thisclose to losing me this season, but I’m so glad I stuck it out: Nothing says May like sobbing while watching the final moments of an episode. READ FULL STORY

'Brothers & Sisters': Does anyone care about the end of Ojai?

brothers-sistersImage Credit: Richard Cartwright/ABCOn last night’s Brothers & Sisters, the Walkers closed the door on their family business. It should have been an emotional goodbye, but when Scotty started singing the Irish folk song “The Parting Glass” (beautifully), I laughed. I can understand that for the Walkers, the end of an era — even one as painful as their family history — is a reason to mourn. But as a member of the viewing audience, the show hadn’t earned my tears. Had we ever seen “the heart” of the operation — the employees Sarah was so worried about — before? Nora was ready to sell Ojai to York a few weeks ago and have the kids sever all ties to their dead father. Granted, that was out of fear that York would expose the fact that Kevin had pushed a kid off the Ojai loading dock and paralyzed him, which is no longer a threat, but William Walker is still a triple-timing douche. Just because he had plans drawn up to build Nora a house at “Narrow Lake” doesn’t change that. (Is that really all Narrow Lake is? Land William had a bought for a dream home? We sort of dropped the drilling updates, so perhaps?) READ FULL STORY

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