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'Vampire Diaries,' 'Teen Wolf', 'The Good Wife' stars on what's to come in Spoiler Room Video Edition

The bounty from my travels down South continue to produce. Just check out this week’s Spoiler Room Video Edition.

In this episode, Nina Dobrev opens up about tomorrow’s episode of The Vampire Diaries and the inner-workings of Elena’s mind. (Also, be sure to check out what they all had to say in this week’s super-sexy cover feature.) And Tyler Posey let me inside his trailer for a little one-on-one scoopage about the upcoming season of  Teen Wolf. (New season doesn’t start until the summer, but there’s nothing wrong with getting excited now!) And last — but certainly not least — Archie Panjabi teases what’s next for Cary and Kalinda on The Good Wife. (Speculation: Is another kiss on the way?) READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' ratings top Sunday entertainment shows

The magic is still with ABC: Once Upon a Time led all non-sports shows Sunday night in the ratings.

Though NBC won the night, thanks to the Pro Bowl NFL game, ABC’s Once Upon (10.8 million viewers, 3.4 adults 18-49 rating) rose 6 percent and had its most-watched episode in 11 weeks. The fantasy drama led into a Hallmark movie that was actually called A Smile as Big as the Moon (6.9 million, 1.5). READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' casting scoop: Show looking for actor to play Kalinda's [spoiler]!

If Kalinda didn’t already have a lot on her plate, something tells us things are about to get a lot more complicated.

The show’s lovely resident badass Archie Panjabi spilled to EW exclusively that an upcoming episode will introduce viewers to none other than Kalinda’s husband!

“In the next few episodes, Kalinda gets investigated by the IRS and just as the relationship between Alicia and Kalinda is starting to become warm again and [Kalinda] is starting to open up, her husband shows up,” teased Panjabi. READ FULL STORY

'Good Wife' star Graham Phillips talks Zach's love life, his Sundance movie, and the costar who wrote him a college recommendation letter

This Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife reveals something even 18-year-old actor Graham Phillips, who plays Alicia and Peter’s son Zach, didn’t know about his character: He’s been dating Nisa (guest star Rachel Hilson) all this time. Sorry, Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele)! Both Alicia and Jackie will grow concerned that Zach has been spending too much time with Nisa and suggest the teens slow down. “He reminds me a lot of Peter in this episode, in the way that he’s very manipulative,” Phillips says. “He pits Jackie and Alicia against each other, and he uses their mutual hatred. You get a glimpse of his sort of Machiavellian way of getting his way. It’s kinda fun to see Zach play the system.”  READ FULL STORY

CBS defends 'Talk' firings, 'Good Wife' time slot

CBS defended axing hosts Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini from The Talk and the decision to move critical darling The Good Wife to Sunday nights at the network’s press tour presentation in Pasadena on Wednesday.

The network dropped Peete and Remini from the daytime panel chat show in August and replaced them with Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler. A critic asked entertainment president Nina Tassler about the move, citing Talk cohost Julie Chen, who is married to CBS CEO Les Moonves. Early reports suggested that Chen orchestrated the ousters, but CBS has vigorously denied the claims.

Tassler wouldn’t touch the issue of Chen, but defended the move. “Any show in its first season goes through multiple changes,” she said. “We were looking at a dynamic, we were looking at the quality of the commentary and we saw an opportunity [to improve the show]. The ratings have stayed virtually the same. The format may continue to evolve over time. Other talk shows have had host changes and survived as well. The most important part was the content and that the discussions have stayed spirited.”  READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife' cast and creators chat about the series at TimesTalks event

In a parallel universe The Good Wife films on a sun-drenched studio lot in L.A. and stars someone other than Julianna Margulies. It turns out that Robert and Michelle King, the writing duo behind the much-loved CBS drama, originally planned to shoot the series in L.A. or Vancouver. But their top pick to play scorned wife Alicia Florrick, Julianna Margulies, wouldn’t leave her native New York for the role. “Good luck with that,” she told them. So the Kings agreed to make some adjustments to get the actress to sign on.


'The Good Wife' teaser: It's going to get interesting

“Do you ever get the feeling we’re losing control?” says Josh Charles’ Will Gardner, in an upcoming episode of The Good Wife.

It’s been almost two weeks since the show capped its 2011 with a lot of question marks about Will, Alicia, and Peter. Starting Jan. 8, the show returns with four straight new episodes that can start to provide some answers. The new teaser promises to be “Better Than Ever.” You be the judge. READ FULL STORY

Football clobbers, but 'The Good Wife,' 'Once Upon a Time' survive

The battle for first place in the NFC gave NBC a huge win on Thursday: The showdown between the Giants and the Cowboys earned a 6.9 rating/17 share in the key demographic and 18.6 million viewers, according to early estimates.

CBS — buoyed by its own Raiders-Packers game earlier in the day — came in second in the demo (3.2/8), with the combination of 60 Minutes and The Amazing Race finale from 8:30 to 9:30 earning a 3.2/8. In fact, the NFL overrun pushed everything back for the night, so the rest of Race encroached in the 9 p.m. hour, so it combined with The Good Wife earned a 2.4/5, while Wife with CSI: Miami posted a 2.0/5. READ FULL STORY

AFI's top 10 TV shows: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Louie' in; 'Glee' out

The American Film Institute has been releasing a top 10 movie list since 2000, yet one more volley in the heady awards season hullabaloo. But since 2001, the AFI has also released a list of its top television programs of the year, and their selections have often recognized shows overlooked by other awards groups, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, and Party Down.

This year’s list recognizes several shows for the first time, including HBO’s Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Homeland, FX’s Justified and Louie, and CBS’ The Good Wife. Notably absent: Fox’s Glee, which was on the ’09 and ’10 lists; AMC’s The Walking Dead, which made last year’s list; and any miniseries or made-for-TV movies, which usually make up a healthy portion of the list.

Check out the full top 10 below:  READ FULL STORY

'Pan Am' hits series low, 'The Good Wife' is flat

Was everyone watching football or at the movies catching another showing of Breaking Dawn? Dramas like Pan Am and The Good Wife hit some depressing lows on Sunday, which was dominated by football and the animated shows on Fox.

NBC won the night in the key demo (5.2 rating/13 share) and viewers (13.7 million), as the game between two probable NFC playoff times (Detroit and New Orleans) earned a 6.5/15, according to early results. Fox came in a close second (5.1/12), with The Simpsons earning a 4.0/10, followed by Allen Gregory (2.4/6), Family Guy (3.5/8), and The Cleveland Show (2.5/6).

ABC came in a distant third (2.2/5), with all of its shows hitting troubling lows. America’s Funniest Home Videos was down 22 percent to a 1.4/4, followed by Once Upon a Time (down 9 percent to a 3.1/7), Desperate Housewives (down 13 percent to a 2.6/6), and Pan Am (down 11 percent to a 1.6/4). We already know that the period drama is one step away from flat-out cancellation: The ABC drama’s co-star Karine Vanasse sent a tweet that heavily suggested the show was finished: “Well, we received THE call, #PanAm is only coming back for one more episode after Christmas. But up to the end, we’ll give it our all!”

CBS finished fourth with a 2.1/5, with 60 Minutes down 51 percent to a 1.8/5, followed by The Amazing Race (down 7 percent to a 2.7/6), The Good Wife (flat with a 1.9/4), and CSI: Miami (up 16 percent with a 2.2/5).

Read more:
NFL Week XIII: Monday Morning Talking Points
‘The Good Wife’ recap: The Missing
‘Once Upon a Time’ recap: Becoming David Nolan
‘The Amazing Race’ recap: Panamaniacs

'The Good Wife': Josh Charles talks the investigation's new direction

If you’ve yet to see this week’s episode of The Good Wife, stop reading now. Spoilers ahead! We asked Josh Charles a few of our burning questions:  READ FULL STORY

'Good Wife': Josh Charles talks Sunday's rising tensions -- and why Will hasn't told Alicia about the investigation


From the promo for this Sunday’s episode of CBS’ The Good Wife (watch it again below), we know that Diane (Christine Baranski) is done with subtle sexual harassment seminars. She confronts Will (Josh Charles) and tells him Peter (Chris Noth) is coming after him and it’s time to stop sleeping with Alicia (Julianna Margulies). Alicia raised the question of whether they should press pause last week, and Will let her make the call — they probably wouldn’t even if they said they would — and simply agreed. What’s he really feeling as their relationship continues to complicate? “I think he’s in survival mode. He’s not quite sure what’s coming at him. Is it something that he’s gonna be able to fight?” Charles tells EW. “Obviously, he has really deep feelings for Alicia, but at the same time, Will has worked really hard for a really long time to get where he’s at, and he’s gonna do everything he can to protect that. It’s clear that Diane knows what’s happening. That’s a big deal for Will to be confronted by his partner. They built the firm together. They’ve been through hell and back and have got it to a pretty decent place where they want it. So while it’s hard for Will to swallow, I think he does understand where Diane’s coming from because he would probably feel the same way if it was reversed. But again, when it comes to matters of the human heart, I don’t think all the legal brilliance necessarily comes into play. He’s torn.”  READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Castle,' 'Leverage,' 'How I Met Your Mother': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

As I’m capping off this week’s Spoiler Room, Regis Philbin is saying goodbye on Live! So as I try to ignore it enough not to weep like a mad person, forgive me if I don’t make a lot of sense. (God, I’m such a ridiculous sappy human!)

Okay, let’s get down to business. Here are this week’s goodies. Thanks to all who submitted questions. Keep ‘em coming! Don’t know how? Here’s the info: or @EWSandraG on Twitter.

And a special thanks to all those brave souls who answered my call for video questions on Twitter (which you can see in the next Spoiler Room: Video Edition). There will be more chances to do so very soon! READ FULL STORY


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