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'Harry's Law' vs. 'Hawaii Five-0' vs. 'Castle': Which will you choose?

Next Monday, Feb. 7, will mark the first time NBC’s Harry’s Law will go head-to-head with both a new episode of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and a new episode of ABC’s Castle. NBC has an interesting/confusing plan of attack — the “Wave” promo embedded below for Harry’s Law that made me think Hawaii Five-0 was its lead-in until I remembered they’re on different networks in the same 10 p.m. time slot. So what is NBC trying to do here? Say if you like that other show you’ve been watching on that other network, you’ll love this new show on this one? Make us think that we should watch Hawaii Five-0 and DVR Harry’s Law to play right after it? Or simply remind us that Hawaii Five-O is also on?  READ FULL STORY

Which TV dramedies do the best drama?

castle-fightImage Credit: Adam Taylor/ABCThe first thing fans think of when they think of Castle is Nathan Fillion’s charm. The show wouldn’t have made it past season 1 without it. But after last night’s episode — in which Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) dug deeper into her mother’s murder, and he not only watched a man die, but also pummeled the crap out of a guy before he could put a bullet in Beckett — you can’t deny Castle does good drama when it wants to. That two-parter last season with guest star Dana Delany and a serial killer obsessed with Nikki Heat was not a fluke. I would never suggest the series abandon its lighter side. It’s its trademark and fits Fillion as well as those button-down shirts do. But I can’t wait until the next time Beckett or he is a target. (SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen last night’s episode: Creator Andrew Marlowe confirms to EW the second kiss between Beckett and Castle was real. READ FULL STORY

'Castle' kiss tonight: What was your most eagerly-anticipated prime-time pucker? And was it worth the wait?

castle-kissImage Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC/AP ImagesTonight, Beckett and Castle lock lips on Castle (ABC, 10 p.m. ET). EW’s spoiler maven Sandra Gonzalez, who will post an exclusive interview with the episode’s writers after it airs over on our Inside TV blog, just explained to me what she meant when she recently teased that the kiss wasn’t even the best part of the episode. When she finished describing her two favorite moments from the hour, she was collapsed in her chair, physically spent after experiencing the kind of emotional afterglow that those of us who truly love TV know all too well. Because those same people know how will-they-or-won’t-they couples tend to work on TV– and because we can clearly see Beckett looking at someone out of the corner of her eye in the sneak peek of the kiss — we’re prepared for this NOT to be the start of a beautiful romance.

But it still needs to do two things to be satisfying to viewers: READ FULL STORY

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:

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

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

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


Trend Watch: It's a bad/good week to play a stripper on TV

The week is young, and already we’ve counted three stripper plots on TV: Last night, on ABC’s Castle, a male stripper (Officer McNaughty, pictured) was murdered after he left his gig at a bachelorette party. Esposito and Ryan questioned the guy’s booker, who, before he knew they were cops, told Esposito he had too many A-Rods but wanted to see Ryan in a thong because the Edward Cullen look is in demand. (Do you think women are actually asking for Twilight stripteases?) Castle and Beckett went to the club where the guy danced and talked to his rival. I don’t know whether to applaud or slap the show’s writers for doing a male stripper storyline and not having Nathan Fillion somehow end up shirtless.

Also last night, on Showtime’s The Big C, Cathy (Laura Linney) won a lapdance at a strip club. I missed it, but a colleague (Dalton Ross) tells me, “The stripper was dressed like Tom Cruise from Top Gun. Pretty sweet.” (That reminds of how at my sister’s bachelorette party in Vegas in 2001, she was given a lapdance onstage by a cowboy named Maverick. Two fantasies for the price of one, really.)

If, like me, you weren’t watching The Big C because your DVR was busy recording CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 so you could later admire the writers’ decision to have Alex O’Loughlin shirtless for what felt like pages of dialogue before he actually swam out to a ship to deal with a hostage situation, you may have caught an ad for this Wednesday’s Criminal Minds. The episode description: “When bodies begin turning up in the cornfields of Indiana, the BAU team must catch a pack of serial killers targeting exotic dancers.” Bonus: Guiding Light’s Robert Newman guest stars as a local sheriff who aids in the investigation, while All My Children‘s Melissa Claire Egan appears as a stripper named Tara Dice. Watch a promo below. I’d say this has the best chance of keeping someone off the pole (and inducing nightmares).  READ FULL STORY

'Castle' pays classy tribute to Stephen J. Cannell

As if you weren’t already saying “Ahhh” at the end of last night’s episode of Castle, when newly-in-love Alexis asked her dad out on a date and told him he’d always be her go-to guy, the show paid tribute to Stephen J. Cannell, who’d guested on the series as one of Castle’s poker buddies, by showing his classic sign-off before the end credits. Watch it below.

The episode was directed by Castle exec producer Rob Bowman, who got a break working with Cannell on The A-Team 25 years ago. In addition to being a prolific writer and producer of TV (The A-TeamBaretta, The Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy), Cannell was also a crime novelist like Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). The latest book in his series following LAPD homicide detective Shane Scully, The Prostitute’s Ball, hits shelves today. READ FULL STORY

How to watch tonight's TV online

Too-much-TVImage Credit: Jordin Althaus/NBC; Adam Taylor/Fox; Getty Images; Justin Lubin/NBC; Adam Larkey/ABC; Adam Rose/FoxChuck, House, Gossip Girl, HIMYM, DWTS, Hawaii Five-0 — good gravy, there’s a lot of TV on Monday nights. And you can watch almost all of it for free (or cheap) online, most of it the day after it airs. Here’s my list of where and when to watch most of tonight’s programming, all online, all completely legal and legit:

8 p.m.
: Episodes go up on CWTV.com three days after they air

Chuck : Episodes go up on Hulu the day after they air

Dancing With the Stars : Episodes go up on ABC.com the morning after they air

House: Episodes go up on Fox.com eight days after they air

How I Met Your Mother: Episodes go up on CBS.com the day after they air

Little People Big World: Not free online anywhere, but episodes go up on iTunes for $1.99 each the day after they air READ FULL STORY

'Castle' returns. Beckett wears stilettos on the job. Discuss.

castle-katic-stilettosImage Credit: Adam Larkey/ABCCastle returned last night with a season 3 opener that saw Castle (Nathan Fillion) having to earn his way back on to Beckett’s team after he didn’t keep in touch with them during his summer in the Hamptons — and was found holding a gun over the body of a dead woman. (He did that by winning a bet with Beckett that he would figure out the connection between the multiple victims first — they were involved in a counterfeiting ring and were being eliminated by two cohorts. The dead woman was a sculptor from whom Castle had purchased pieces. She’d invited him over to talk because she thought she was in trouble. He’d shown up right before the police, found her dead, and picked up the gun she’d had to defend herself when he heard someone entering her apartment and assumed it was her killer.) The hour climaxed with Beckett and Castle pointing guns at one another — or rather, the bad guy/gal standing behind each other waiting to fire. (Did Castle take target practice in the Hamptons?) We ended with warm fuzzies because Beckett smiled when it was suggested that she let Castle win the bet. She does want to continue working with him. It was a solid premiere that has stayed on my mind all day… because Beckett wore stilettos. READ FULL STORY

'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

TV's top earners: What surprises you?

graham-parsonsImage Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Sonja Flemming/CBSCharlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Hugh Laurie are the small screen’s highest-paid actors, according to TV Guide‘s roundup of TV’s top earners. The magazine breaks its sampling of paychecks down by category, so Two and a Half Men‘s Sheen tops the comedy side with a reported $1.25 million an episode (followed by Cryer with $550,000), and House‘s Laurie leads the dramas with $400,000+ per episode. Peruse the list and tell us what catches your eye. For dramas: I was pleasantly surprised to find Parenthood‘s Lauren Graham making $150,000 per episode, which puts her only $25K behind The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies, on-par with Outlaw‘s Jimmy Smits, and $25K ahead of NCIS‘s Michael Weatherly and Blue Bloods‘ Tom Selleck. Also noteworthy: I’ve got a definite type, and it’s set at $100,000: White Collar‘s Matt Bomer, Castle‘s Nathan Fillion, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, Hawaii Five-0‘s Alex O’Loughlin, and Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant.

As for comedies: READ FULL STORY

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