May 19th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

TV recap: Family bonds are seriously strained on 'Parenthood'

There's no subtlety with the episode title this week: "Team Braverman" is all about the family bonding and supporting each other, and the Bravermans’ multi-generational problems are putting some serious strain on those bonds.

It’s been well-established that the Braverman family keeps secrets from each other, but there’s a big one that Max doesn’t know.  He’s excited about the whole family participating in an Autism Speaks fundraiser, yelling out at the family meeting, “Let’s walk for those kids with autism," and everyone is surprised that Max doesn’t know he’s one of those kids.

He was diagnosed weeks ago; they've changed schools and made all kinds of changes, but Kristina and Adam haven’t told him yet.  Kristina talks to Dr. Pelikan about it, and it turns out it’s not necessarily wrong or bad that Max doesn’t know.  The doctor says Max will let them know when he should know.  Neither Kristina nor Adam find that helpful or comforting, but they go with it for now.

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May 19th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

The mother of all 'Glee' episodes

I am afraid.

I so wanted Idina Menzel’s character to be Rachel’s mother that when it was revealed on Tuesday night’s show that she is, I had a moment of “Yes!” followed by, “Wait, what if it's a trick?"

Or a dream, as that was the theme of the episode.

Right out of the gate I loved, loved, loved Neil Patrick Harris. During a conference call with Joss Whedon, who directed this week’s episode, he discussed how much fun it was to work on the show and that completely came through in the final result.

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May 19th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

CBS cleans house for fall, shuffles schedule

CBS calls itself "America's Most Watched Network," but that doesn't mean they didn't see room for improvement in their lineup.

CBS unveiled a fall prime time schedule today that sees five of its most popular shows switching nights, as well as several long-running series getting axed.

Among the shows not coming back are "Ghost Whisperer," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Cold Case" and "Numb3rs."

Reality stalwart "Survivor" now leads off the Wednesday night block after being a Thursday night staple since 2001.  "The Big Bang Theory" moves to Thursdays as part of a new, one-hour comedy block, while "CSI: Miami" looks to strengthen the network's ratings success on Sundays.

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May 19th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

The end approaches on 'Lost'

The cast of 'Lost'
The cast of 'Lost'

Fifteen episodes ago, who knew that the "flash-sideways" would provide so much of the excitement leading up to the series finale on "Lost"?

When it came to those much-desired answers and a real sense of finality, there was certainly quite a lot to be found in the island scenes of Tuesday night's episode. But if you were looking for some old-fashioned thrills (including a jail break!), the scenes in the parallel timeline really delivered.

First of all, let's get the stuff we all knew was coming out of the way: Jack is the new Jacob. Not since Michael being revealed as the man on Widmore's boat has anything been so obvious.

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May 19th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

Dick Wolf hasn't given up hope on 'Law & Order'

NBC may be done with “Law & Order,” but that doesn’t mean Dick Wolf is.

After NBC’s upfront presentations Monday, the show’s producer said that he’s seeking out “other offers” for his 20-year-old series, according to The New York Times. There may be a chance that Wolf will take his weekly series to TNT, much like what the producers of “Southland” did when that show was canned by NBC, according to Deadline.com.

But it seems that Wolf – who, the NYT notes, wanted to see his show outlast “Gunsmoke” as the longest-running prime time drama – wants to exhaust all his options before turning to plan B: a two-hour TV movie that would wrap the series.

“The patient is not dead,” Wolf said Monday. “It is in a medically induced coma, and we are hoping for a cure.”


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May 19th, 2010
09:57 AM ET

Jane Lynch: Newsweek writer entitled to his opinion

Oh, go ahead and let him have his opinion, says Jane Lynch.

The actress, who is engaged to her longtime girlfriend Lara Embry, has a different take on the Newsweek piece, “Straight Jacket,” that says that gay actors can’t convincingly play straight. That dustup sparked “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy and occasional guest-star Kristin Chenoweth to release statements condemning the piece; the writer of the piece, Ramin Setoodeh, has since agreed to visit with Murphy and his writing team.

But Lynch, who said she’s happy that Murphy and Chenoweth stood up, has a varying opinion of Setoodeh.

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