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Recorking the Bottle: "Lost" Questions, Series Finale Title Announced

I don't normally dive back into a single Lost episode twice in one week but after this week's episode ("Ab Aeterno") brought up many reader questions--and Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse announced the episode title for the series finale--I felt like it merited a second post this week. While I discussed "Ab Aeterno" in full over here (along with quite a few mythology- and story-based theories I had about the bottle metaphor, the Dharma Initiative, the Man in Black, and more) , I thought that it would be a good change of pace to answer some questions and concerns about this week's Richard Alpert-centric installment of Lost right here. We'll also get to the issue of the series finale's title after the jump, so as not to spoil those who don't want to know. (Though, in all honesty, it's not at all spoilery.) So without further ado, let's turn that bottle of wine over once more. Hell. Over on Twitter, several readers seemed confused

Fantastically Absurd: An Advance Review of Season Three of BBC America's "That Mitchell and Webb Look"

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar. Dr. Death. The Lazy Writers. Those guys who look like Mitchell and Webb but are, um, far more conceited. These are but a few of the memorable characters created by David Mitchell and Robert Webb ( Peep Show ) on their gleefully subversive sketch comedy series, That Mitchell and Webb Look , which finally returns to BBC America after a far too long absence. As a longtime viewer and Numberwang -obsessive, I've long waited for BBC America to bring this winning series back to the airwaves in America and my high anticipation was well rewarded when I sat down last night to watch the first three episodes of Season Three of That Mitchell and Webb Look , supplied by the network for review. Along with some much beloved returning sketches including the snooker commentators as well as the aforementioned Sir Digby Chicken Caesar and Ginger and the Lazy Writers, Mitchell and Webb have cooked up some new creations in the mad lab in which they write (or, quite possibly

Cup of Joe: HBO Releases Poster for Season Three of "True Blood"

Morning got you down? How about a good old cup of Joe? HBO today released the poster image for Season Three of its vampire drama series True Blood , which returns to the pay cabler's schedule this June. While it's not exactly filled with spoilery imagery--or even a depiction of a single cast member--the poster, which depicts a coffee pot percolating with warm blood, manages to capture the exact tone and heat of the Alan Ball-executive produced drama. Look for HBO to release a new poster each week leading up to the third season premiere. Personally, I can't wait to sink my teeth into Season Three as it's been far too long since a trip down to Bon Temps for my liking. You can check out a larger version of the poster below. Season Three of True Blood begins June 13th at 9 pm ET/PT on HBO.

Trailer Park: Showtime's "The Big C," Starring Laura Linney

Showtime has released a trailer for its upcoming dark comedy The Big C , which stars Laura Linney ( John Adams ) and Oliver Platt ( Huff ) and features Precious ' Gabourey Sidibe. In the thirteen-episode series created by Darlene Hunt, Linney will play a suburban wife and mother whose cancer diagnosis forces her to reevaluate her life and take some chances, despite having to hold the hand of her immature but well-intentioned husband (Platt). Sidibe will play one of Linney's students in the series, which is expected to launch sometime this summer. The trailer for The Big C can be viewed below. The Big C will premiere this summer on Showtime.

Channel Surfing: Heigl Talks "Grey's" Departure, Carbonell On Eternal Life and "Lost" Love, Balfour Finds "Haven" at Syfy, "Warehouse 13," and More

Welcome to your Thursday morning television briefing. Ahead of its publication, Entertainment Weekly has released some excerpts from Michael Ausiello's in-print Q&A with former Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl, in which she dishes about why she left the ABC medical drama, Emmygate, Isiahgate, and, well, a heap of controversies. "Yeah, I think so," said Heigl when asked if the parting was amicable. "I think it was a little bit shocking for everybody, and a little bit like, 'Can’t we find a way to work it out?' And I really wanted to, but at the same time I just felt like I couldn’t sacrifice my relationship with my child. Naleigh and I will always be a little bit complicated. I really had to work on bonding with her because I was obsessed with her, but she could really do without me. [Laughs] It was really hard because she loved Josh so much but she just kind of tolerated me. And I want this child to know that she will forever have me in her cor

The Cork in the Bottle: Eternal Prisoners on "Lost"

I have very mixed feelings about this week's episode of Lost , which is a rarity for me, as I'm usually on board with whatever Team Darlton and Co. throw at us from week to week. But in an opinion that's likely to make me not very popular, I didn't love last night's Richard Alpert-centric episode ("Ab Aeterno"), written by Melinda Hsu Taylor and Gregg Nations and directed by Tucker Gates, which attempted to fill in backstory for one of the most enigmatic characters on the series, the seemingly immortal Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell). My dislike for the episode comes with a few caveats up front. For one, I thought Carbonell did a fantastic job, delivering a knockout performance that carried the entire episode and portraying some very different incarnations of Richard Alpert over a stretch of roughly 150 years. I also give the producers credit for doing something risky in allowing the action to unfold mostly in Spanish, with English subtitles, and attem

Channel Surfing: Alan Cumming Upped to Regular on "Good Wife," "Scrubs" Dead, Jane Lynch Talks "Glee," More "Ricky Gervais Show," "Big Love," and More

Welcome your Wednesday morning television briefing. Entertainment Weekly 's Michael Ausiello is reporting that Alan Cumming has been promoted to series regular on Season Two of CBS' The Good Wife . Cumming, who joined the cast of the legal drama last month, will reprise his role as Eli Gold (described as "a sharp-tongued reputation rehabilitator working with Chris Noth’s disgraced politician") as a series regular next season. ( Entertainment Weekly 's Ausiello Files ) Looks like Scrubs is done. At least according to former series star Zach Braff, who posted a message on Facebook indicating that the ABC medical comedy series would not be resuscitated next season. "Many of you have asked, so here it is," wrote Braff. "It appears that New Scrubs, Scrubs 2.0, Scrubs with new kids, Scrubbier, Scrubs without JD is no more. It was worth a try, but alas... it didn't work." ABC refused to comment on the possible cancellation, though series creato