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Tonight is packed with all our Monday favs, including the season finale of Heroes before the NBC Vancouver Winter Olympics take-over! Check out all that's new tonight: 8/7c Chuck on NBC House on Fox How I Met Your Mother on CBS The Bachelor on ABC One Tree Hill on The CW The Secret Life of The American Teenager on ABC Family 8:30/7:30c Accidentally on Purpose on CBS 9/8c Heroes on NBC - Season Finale! 24 on Fox Two and a Half Men on CBS Life UneXpected on The CW Make It or Break It on ABC Family Intervention on A&E 9:30/8:30c The Big Bang Theory on [[CBS}] 10/9c The Jay Leno Show on NBC CSI: Miami on CBS Castle on ABC Greek on ABC Family Damages on FX The Buried Life on MTV 10:30/9:30c My Life As Liz on MTV 11/10c The Daily Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Colbert Report on Comedy Central What will you be watching?
If Heroes' previous season finales have taught viewers anything, it's that they can expect to see most of the superpowered good guys come together to bring down the villain. Robert Knepper, who plays this season's power-hungry, carnival-leading baddie, Samuel, promises more of the same in Monday's Season 4 send-off. But for Samuel, it's no more Mr. Nice Guy. "Samuel never went up to Hiro [Masi Oka] and Peter [Milo Ventimiglia] and said, 'You're going to work for me.' He made them realize something about themselves that they needed to realize and hopefully they would thank Samuel," Knepper tells TVGuide.com. "There was this manipulative approach that didn't work out how he wanted it to work out. In the end, he's going to say ' ... I'm going to get you back. I'm going to show you my true colors - you're now working for me.' And if they don't, there's going to be a price to pay." Claire Bennett (Hayden Panettiere) and her father (Jack Coleman) have already gotten a taste of what Samuel's willing to do: The most recent episode ended with them locked in a trailer and buried alive 50 feet underground. Coleman says it doesn't look good for Noah (aka HRG), but he and Claire will get to work out some of their problems. "I think part of Samuel's evil plot is to have Claire watch HRG die, because his lungs will obviously collapse on him as the oxygen diminishes and hers will keep regenerating," Coleman says. "So, it's a pretty sticky wicket, but in the finale there are some pretty sweet scenes between the two of them that should be pretty touching. Even though there's been strain throughout the season, it never got to the point of 'I hate you and never want to see you again.' It was always mitigated by a sense of love, and the two of them have always been able to overcome their issues." To Read More Click Here .
* Heroes (9/8c NBC) The latest chapter of the drama wraps up as everyone bands together to take down this season's resident baddie, Samuel, and his Carnival. The final showdown finds Peter joining forces with an unlikely partner to come to Emma's rescue. Claire and Noah, meanwhile, spend some quality father-daughter time as they try to escape from their underground prison before the oxygen runs out. * How I Met Your Mother (8/7c CBS) Last week, Jim Nantz appeared to talk to Barney about his perfect week - seven different women in seven days - in an episode that also included a cameo by New York Yankee Nick Swisher. Nantz is back in the game, along with former QB Phil Simms, to provide voice-over commentary on Barney's dating life. In other dating news, Lily and Marshall try to find Ted a blind date for Valentine's Day. * House (8/7c Fox) Wilson has had an episode of his own this season, and Foreman took center stage last week (though House certainly horned in). And tonight it's Cuddy's turn. The dean of medicine (Lisa Edelstein) gets full day-in-the-life honors, and, not surprisingly, it's a tense and hectic day. It won't spoil anything to say that it ends well, but before it does Cuddy must deal with, among other things, arrogant insurance execs, an ER turf war and daughter Rachel's fever. Not to mention House. * The Black List: Volume Three (8:30/7:30c HBO ) Judging by the critical acclaim of the first two installments of The Black List, it's clear that a third round of interviews with influential black Americans was in order. Fortunately, the film project's collaborators, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell, don't disappoint with this 2010 effort, which includes remarks from BET CEO Debra Lee, actor Whoopi Goldberg, singer John Legend, United Negro College Fund president Michael Lomax, model Beverly Johnson and filmmaker Lee Daniels. * Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp (9/8c VH1) The seventh season of the Hollywood-centric weight-loss competition kicks off by introducing the new contestants, including rapper-dancer (and ex-husband of Britney Spears) Kevin Federline and actress Shar Jackson - who also happens to be K-Fed's ex-fiancee and the mom of two of his kids. Although those two could provide a season's worth of high drama all by themselves, we can also expect entertainment from R&B singer Bobby Brown; actress Nicole Eggert; former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach; actress KayCee Stroh; fashion designer Jay McCarroll; and Tanisha Thomas of "Bad Girls Club." Source Here
After a long - some might refer to it as "utterly torturous" - season, Heroes finally concludes next week. On the episode "Brave New World," Samuel finally does... something. So NBC claims, at least. It seems just as likely that he'll merely threaten to do something, as has been the case all season long. We'll believe actual action when we see it, as Claire warns the carnival about their supposedly evil-intentioned leader in the clip below: Source & Preview
The forth season of Heroes is coming to an end on February 8. The decision whether to renew the show for a fifth season is still, as far as I know, up in the air. In the meantime, NBC has released seven sneak peeks for the finale, which we have for you below. SAMUEL'S ULTIMATE PLAN SPELLS DISASTER FOR THOUSANDS. To Read More Click Here .
The CW has picked up three dramatic pilots - including shows produced by Heroes ' Hayden Panettiere and Smallville 's Tom Welling, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Panettiere's HMS follows the lives of a sexy freshman class at Harvard Medical School through the eyes of one of the female students. Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza) wrote the script and will co-exec-produce with Panettiere. Hellcats, executive-produced by Welling and writer Kevin Murphy, is an ensemble show about the world of competitive cheerleading. Betwixt, based on the novel of the same name, centers on the "changelings" responsible for saving humans from evil. Elizabeth Chandler (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Paul Stupin (Make It or Break It) will executive-produce. Are you excited about the possible new shows? Source Here
From the look of the preview, " Heroes " takes a twist of story, making Sylar no longer the villain. In the climactic season finale, everyone bands together in an effort to stop Samuel from taking the lives of thousands. Peter joins forces with his most unexpected ally to save Emma (guest star Deanne Bray). Meanwhile, H.R.G.'s life hangs in the balance as he and Claire find themselves trapped underground with oxygen quickly running out. H.R.G. figures out that Samuel traps them together so she can watch him die. Elsewhere, Hiro starts to come to grips with the decisions he has made and is called into action to help stop a disaster. Called "Brave New World", the last episode in volume 5 is to air on February 8. Despite airing the season finale, NBC has not announced whether there will be a fifth season. Back in January, NBC's Head of Entertainment, Angela Bromstad said there is a high chance the show would be renewed despite its struggling viewership. Creator Tim Kring was asked to pitch ideas for the new season and NBC would give it consideration. Source Here
Naturally, Dawn Olivieri was bummed when she found out Lydia, her character on Heroes, was being killed off. But she also saw the bright side: Lydia's death could blow the lid off twisted carnival leader Samuel's master plan. "My death was a chance for the audience to see just how far he's willing to go," Olivieri tells us. Lydia - a tattooed empath who can see into any person's soul - was the second member of the carnival to fall victim to Samuel (Robert Knepper), who earlier in the season killed his own brother and set forth with his egomaniacal plot. This time around, Samuel had one of his henchman open fire on the carnival while telling his "family" that they were under attack from the outside world. Lydia was caught in the crossfire, but played perfectly into Samuel's hands. His hope that the hysteria would eventually help him regain control and the trust of his people seemed to work, but Olivieri says Samuel won't be able to sustain the lie. "He's pushing it, and he's getting really close to the fire with all the things he's doing," she says. "I think the closer he gets, the more extreme his actions have to be, and eventually that just all implodes on itself. He's sinking cities, and he's killing the people that are close to him. It becomes too much eventually; it's catching up with him." The most likely candidate to play spoiler to Samuel's schemes: Claire (Hayden Panettiere), who returned to the carnival just before Lydia was gunned down. Although Lydia didn't get a chance to tell Claire everything she knew, Olivieri says the indestructible cheerleader will spring into action. "I think Lydia gave Claire the insight that the carnival wasn't this roving band of lunatics," Olivieri says. "She was able to convey to Claire what it really meant to the people that were there and that they wanted help. Samuel is not on their side. If anything, that gives Claire incentive to get her father [Jack Coleman] to help." Even though Lydia's dead, Olivieri knows the secrets that lie ahead in the finale. Of course, she's not talking, but she says fans will be pleased with the finale. "We know how these things work," she says. "Somebody's got to figure something out. The writers did a good job on the ending. There's a few twists that you don't see coming that I personally loved, and it made me crazy to know what happens next." Heroes' penultimate Season 4 episode airs Monday at 9/8c on NBC. Source Here
Tonight's installment marks the penultimate episode of Heroes' fourth season and yet it feels like there are still so many mysteries left to be resolved. Who will stop Samuel? What will happen to Sylar? And will there be more odd revelations? Hopefully, we'll inch closer to those answers in the episode entitled "The Wall." When we last saw Heroes, Matt went inside Sylar's head again and trapped Sylar in his own head, and then enclosed an unconscious Sylar with bricks in his basement. Now, Sylar is living his worst fear as he finds himself all alone in an abandoned New York City. And looks like the only one who can save him is Peter. Every Heroes fan knows that Peter and Sylar are two people you'd never expect to see working together for a common goal. After all, Sylar killed Peter's brother Nathan, and that alone should put an enormous chunk of beef between them. Tonight's episode, however, forces Peter to set aside his personal vendetta in order to save Emma, who is now at the carnival with Samuel. Meanwhile, Noah is still being held captive by Samuel and as Claire tries to rescue him, Samuel reveals her dad's secret past that might just bring her to Samuel's side. Lauren, on the other hand, makes a bold move to put a stop to Samuel. Source & Preview