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Today’s Main Shows: Saturday, June 30th 2012

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Saturday, June 30th 2012
09:10 pm
BBC 1 Casualty Zero Sum Game (26×39)
10:00 pm
NBC The Firm Chapter Twenty (01×20)
Categories: :: Today's Shows

Does Glee Project Need Acting Lessons? Feel the Burn-ing Desire? NFL Fumbles? And More TV Qs!

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We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, here are some queries we’re going to lob at you, from shows including The Newsroom, The Glee Project, Anger Management and Suits.Newsroom HBO

1 | Have you ever seen anything so peculiar as the Daytime Emmys’ 100-percent clip-free tribute to All My Children and One Life to Live? Instead, a few platitudes from La Lucci, Cameron Mathison and Erika Slezak are supposed to do the trick? And what cruel person created the monotonous music bed that played throughout the ceremony?

2 | We understand that people tapping away at computers doesn’t make for compelling TV, but don’t modern news outlets collect info via email more than The Newsroom‘s phone-happy producers seem to?

3 | Who else is enjoying Drop Dead Diva more now that Grayson is pinning for Jane and not vice versa?

4 | Does no one else in Falling Skies’ 2nd Mass remember the crazy lady (played by Blair Brown) who was actually doing the Skitters’ bidding? So who can blame Weaver for being skittish about Avery? Also: Did Jimmy forget to put on his “red shirt” before that last, doomed excursion?

5 | Was Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine’s line reading a bit stilted in that first preview clip from her upcoming Downton Abbey arc? And are we the only ones who fantasized about Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess retorting, “Welcome to the D.A., bitch!”

6 | Maura Tierney, Nathan Lane and Kristen Chenoweth all on The Good Wife? Will next year’s Emmys have a single Guest Star in a Drama spot available for any other shows?

7 | Bunheads, we defended you before, but what was with this week’s overly drawn-out, ridiculous private road gag/storyline? And when is Michelle going to start teaching at the dance studio already?

8 | Can we all agree that Pretty Little Liars‘ Hastings family — minus Spencer — is comprised of the absolute worst people? And logistical Q: How the heck did “A” use the trackpad on his/her MacBook while wearing leather gloves? We want in on that action, too, but… oh yeah, it’s not possible.

9 | If the goal of The Glee Project is to cast the mothership’s next great cast member, wouldn’t it be great to see a few more acting challenges during the course of the season? Isn’t the ability to memorize and convincingly deliver lines in character is probably the No. 1 requirement for the job?

10 | Was it just us, or did Love in the Wild‘s Yanina look like she might be having a case of “buyer’s remorse” when her partner Ken raged against skeevy Jesse during this week’s couples’ choice ceremony?

11 | Marg Helgenberger as a Design Star judge? So where can William Petersen turn up — Top Chef?

12 | Can CBS please splurge on emergency backup generators for its studios in L.A., so they can keep the lights on during the local news and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson?

13 | Are none of the Dallas dudes able to grow a beard beyond peach fuzz? Or is that the new style? And how mad were you when J.R. interrupted wispy Elena just as she was about to dig into a hearty breakfast?

14 | Given the rigidity of her tutu and So You Think You Can Dance‘s penchant for dancer injuries, were you surprised when both of Eliana Girard’s partners made it through their routine unscathed during Season 9′s first performance show? And does Nigel Lythgoe love or hate Alexa Anderson? On the one hand, the whole “breaking her spirit/watching her rebirth” edit has given Alexa an inordinate amount of screen time heading into the voting rounds. But on the other, we can’t be the only ones already fatigued by the sight of her on-the-brink-of-tears face.

15 | Henry Winkler is a mensch, but is anyone else tired of his character on Royal Pains?

16 | Doesn’t the estimable Barry Corbin seem out of place in Anger Management’s ensemble? (Conversely, Selma Blair is pretty perfect casting.) And all told, were you surprised by how “tame” Mr. Sheen’s new show was?

17 | What’s funnier: The impossible-to-interpret NYC parking rules signs on Louie, or the fact that they aren’t at all far from the truth?

18 | How about a Suits spinoff starring Harriet Specter and Michelle Ross, called Skirts?

19 | How does one get Jenna’s boy “problems” on Awkward? Talk about a wealth of riches!

20 | Did Burn Notice‘s prison visitation scene — and the tears that came with it, on both sides of the glass — have you screaming for a Michael/Fi prequel movie à la The Fall of Sam Axe?

21 | Were you irked by the otherwise lovely Jennifer Nettles’ assumption that if Duets‘ Jason Farol advances to Week 7, he’ll have teen-girl voters to thank? After all, his vocals were actually good this week.

22 | In the NFL’s endeavor to avoid Sunday game overlap, was it ever considered to start the first games sooner? Seriously, does anyone truly think The Mentalist will ever start before 10:30 on the East Coast?

I am having major computer speed problems: All updates will be in the one post

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It is taking me about 10 minutes to post one topic at the moment so I will posting all updates in this topic until the situation is sorted out

  • CBS Renews Unforgettable
  • Rizzoli And Isles and Dallas Picked up for another season
  • 666 Park Avenue bumps ER Alum Erick Palladino to series regular

A&E Renews Longmire for Season 2

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Longmire is sticking around.

A&E’s modern-day Western, starring Robert Taylor, has been renewed for a second season, has confirmed. first reported the news. The series debuted earlier this month to 4.1 million viewers to become the cable network’s most-watched original series premiere ever. The series has since averaged 3.9 million viewers.

Longmire is about a recently widowed sheriff (Taylor) and his deputy, Victoria Moretti (Katee Sackhoff), as they navigate the varying degree of crimes — from the most mundane (shooting sheep) to the most gruesome (sex trafficking) — in a small town in Wyoming. Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase and Lou Diamond Phillips also star.

Longmire airs Sundays at 10/9c on A&E.

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TVLine Items: Secret Circle Stud to Horror Story, Exclusive Liars Casting, Idol News and More!

June 30, 2012 Leave a comment witchy this way comes to American Horror Story.

 Secret Circle alum Chris Zylka took to Twitter late Thursday to announce that he is “pleased, honored, humbled, and thrilled” to be joining Season 2 of the FX spookster.

No word yet on who he’ll be playing, but as our friends at Zap2it point out, Horror Story has been looking to cast a bright young actor with an “offbeat, could-be scary” side to him — and Zylka certainly fits the bill.

Joining Zylka for Season 2 — which is set in a 1960s East Coast asylum for the insaneare Chloe Sevigny (Big Love), Joseph Fiennes (FlashForward), James Cromwell (Six Feet Under), singer Adam Levine, Britne Oldford (Skins) and French actress Lizzie Brocheré, while Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will return to the FX hit in brand-new roles.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• TVLine has learned exclusively that Pretty Little Liars mom Ella (Holly Marie Combs) is getting a love interest of her own. Playing her hot younger (!) guy is actor Steve Talley, who most recently guest-starred on MTV’s ill-fated I Just Want My Pants Back, Last Man Standing and NBC’s short-lived Love Bites. He’ll debut in the July 24 installment of the ABC Family drama.

• American Idol also-ran Jessica Sanchez — who is thisclose to guesting on Glee next season — has officially landed a record deal. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the 16-year-old songstress has, as expected, signed with Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Records, and is slated to drop her urban-tinged debut album in October.

• Chaz Bono will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, National Post reports, playing a judge in a Battle of the Bands contest who offers guidance to transgender teen Adam.

• NBC’s all-star ensemble of talent for its coverage of the summer Olympics includes Bob Costas (in his ninth turn as primetime coverage host), Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Mary Carillo (running the late shift), Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman, Pat O’Brien (overseeing tennis coverage), Ryan Seacrest, John McEnroe and Bela Karolyi, while two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White and funnyman Jimmy Fallon will serve as guest commentators.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorcing

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Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after five years of marriage, has confirmed.

“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” Holmes’ attorney Jonathan Wolfe said in a statement. “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”

A rep for Cruise told “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out.”

According to TMZ, Holmes filed papers in New York on June 28 and is seeking sole custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri. She is also asking for a “suitable amount” of child support, the site says.

The couple married in an Italian castle in November 2006 after dating for one year.

Even before their wedding, Cruise and Holmes’ relationship was the center of much media attention after the Rock of Ages star famously declared his love for Holmes while jumping on a couch on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

This was the first marriage for Holmes, 33, and the third for Cruise, who turns 50 on Tuesday. He was previously married to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, with whom he has two children, Isabella, 19, and Conor, 17.

Categories: :: Entertainment News

Eureka — Mirror, Mirror — Sneak Peek

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USA Network Gives Series Order to Graceland, from White Collar Creator Jeff Eastin

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USA Network is doubling up on White Collar creator Jeff Eastin, giving a series pickup to his new drama, Graceland.

Graceland stars Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me), Aaron Tveit (Gossip Girl), Manny Montana (The Chicago Code), Vanessa Ferlito (CSI:NY) and Brandon Jay McLaren (The Killing) as agents for the FBI, DEA and U.S. Customs who are forced to live together in an undercover beach house in Southern California.

The pilot also features guest stars Scottie Thompson (NCIS), Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Jay Karnes (The Shield).

“There aren’t many people we’d trust to run two shows on our air, but Jeff Eastin is one of them,” USA co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel said in announcing the pick-up. “He wrote a brilliant script; [director] Russell [Fine] delivered a superb pilot; Daniel and Aaron anchor an incredible ensemble cast.”

Categories: USA, USA: Graceland

Soap Opera Digest Goes Digital

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Today with the launch of magazines on Google Play we are excited to announce that Soap Opera Digest is available on the new Nexus 7 tablet and on all Android phones and tablets. And now for a limited time, kick off your digital collection with all our titles available for just 99c.

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The Bold And The Beautiful: Ronn Moss Gets Personal

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B&B favorite Ronn Moss (Ridge), who started out his career as a musician in the band Player, is now host of his own online show called “Ronn’s Garage”, which is currently available for viewing on his Web site Fans get an inside look at the actor’s home as he chats with some of his closest friends. “Come and hang out in my garage!” Moss explains on the site. “Ronn’s Garage will be a place to see me interview artists, musicians, actors, models and people I find interesting to share with you. Each month I will give you sneak peak into my home and an up close and personal interview. So sit back, relax and visit me in my garage often.” The first installment of Ronn’s Garage features an interview with his pal Lorenzo Lamas (ex-Hector, B&B), who also shows off his cooking skills in the kitchen with Moss’s wife and Cookin’ Cajun author, Devin DeVasquez.

American Horror Story Scoop: Which CW Stud Is Joining Season Two?

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American Horror Story‘s second season just added a smoldering CW hottie, and we’re not mad about it in the least.

We’ve confirmed that AHS has tapped a new (and very attractive) face to play a recurring role next season. So who will be appearing on the FX hit alongside the likes of Jessica Lange, Adam Levine and Zachary Quinto?

Chris Zylka!

Last night at the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man, the Secret Circle star had a very exciting secret to tell E! News.

“It’s true!” he gushed to us after we asked about the AHS rumor. “We’re not allowed to give out any specifics, but the wonderfully talented Ryan Murphy has let me announce it tonight that I’ll be joining the cast next season.”

Damn those secretive CW kids! However, we do know that AHS was recently looking to cast someone described as “the most beautiful boy in the world.” Gee, I wonder if Zylka fits that mold? And as previously reported, season two will take place in the ’60s at an East Coast mental institution, run by Lange.

Last night, Zylka also tweeted about accepting the role, saying: ” Pleased, honored, humbled, and thrilled to announce that I’m joining the cast of “American Horror Story” next season.”

And lucky us, last night he told us we were fourth in line to get the good news. “This is the first word,” he says. “I think I told my mother, my brother and my girlfriend.”

What to Watch: Nunsense on House, XIII Spies U.S. Debut, Gravity Falls’ Monster Mash and More

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On TV this Friday: A memorable House call, the Common Lawmen engage in role play, XIII‘s number is up and Gravity Falls and Chasing UFOsknow the truth is out there (but go about finding it in very different ways). Here are eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm House (Fox) | It’s all Chase, all the time in this Repeat to Revisit, when Princeton Plainsboro’s [spoiler alert!] future Head of Diagnostics returns to work after his stabbing and treats a pretty nun.

8:30 pm House Hunters on Vacation (HGTV) | A Minnesota family who’s never been far from home travels to Kaui and chooses from three dream vacation homes there. (They should totally stop by Postcards Café in Hanalei, because the food there is awesome.)

9 pm XIII: The Series (Reelz) | No, it’s not the Olivia Wilde House spin-off Matt Mitovich has been pining for. Rather, this series — which has already aired in Canada — concerns a former CIA operative (Night Stalker‘s Stuart Townsend) who wakes up with a new face, no memory, mad spy skills and a tattoo of Matt Damon the titular Roman numeral. Understandably, he wants answers. Aisha Tyler (The Talk) co-stars.

9 pm Whale Wars (Animal Planet) | As the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society continues its efforts to end Japanese whaling, Captain Paul Watson sends a team to board a heavily armed security ship while the Brigitte Bardot’s crew hustles to evacuate its ailing vessel.

9 pm Chasing UFOs (NatGeo) | Series premiere: Wannabe Mulders and Scullys will want to check out this Ghost Hunters-type show about a team that investigates alleged extraterrestrial activity.

9 pm Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS) | It’s a rough night for Calvin: In back-to-back episodes, he gets suspended at work and then has a pregnancy scare with Miranda.

9:30 pm Gravity Falls (Disney) | In the official premiere of this animated series, twins Dipper (voiced by Parenthood’s Jason Ritter) and Mabel (30 Rock’s Kristen Schaal) set out to prove that a legendary sea monster exists at the bottom of a local lake.

10 pm Common Law (USA Network) | Dr. Ryan has Wes and Travis engage in role play, which sounds far kinkier than it plays out. But it works: The exercise helps them solve the case of a woman who was strangled to death.

Justified – Season 4 – EP Graham Yost Interview

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Last year, FX’s Justified earned four acting Emmy nominations (including one win for supporting actress Margo Martindale). With writing that had us checking in with showrunner Graham Yost each week during season 3, isn’t it time the show break into the Best Drama category? “It would be delightful and we’d be incredibly happy, but I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think the competition in that category has ever been stiffer. I was talking to friends last night, and without breaking a sweat, you can name five shows that should be in the that list: Homeland, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Good Wife. That’s just to start. Boardwalk Empire, on down the line, including us and Sons of Anarchy and a bunch of other things,” Yost says. “They never announce what show was in the sixth spot. Back when Boomtown didn’t get a nomination, I was told by someone at the Academy, ‘You know, we’re not supposed to talk about this, but suffice it to say you didn’t miss by much.’ So that could happen again. I try to be realistic…. For me, the reason you want success is that you get to keep doing the show. To be considered for something like the Emmy, that’s such wonderful icing.”

In our dreams, both Justified and SOA would get nominations. “We would all do a big dance, and [FX president] John Landgraf would lead us in the dance, a big conga line of gratitude,” Yost says. And if just Justified gets a nod, can we make that a Walton Goggins clog number? “I will guarantee you, we will get Walton to do a celebratory clog if we get a nomination.” Goggins, for the record, has promised the exclusive. But here are more reasons this show deserves its shot at Emmy.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You picked the season 3 finale “Slaughterhouse” as an episode voters should revisit. Why?
GRAHAM YOST: You know, I think it has a bunch of things: It has great performances by the three guys who got nominated for Critics’ Choice: Tim [Olyphant], Neal McDonough, and Jere Burns. Neal’s character [Quarles] went all over the place over the season, but there was something about that last episode [Laughs] with him asking, “Would you happen to have some Ibuprofen?” Jere Burns, the scene between Raylan [Olyphant] and Wynn Duffy [Burns] in the trailer when it looks like Raylan might shoot him — spectacular. And then Tim, all the stuff he did in the episode, and particularly that last scene between him and Winona [Natalie Zea], we were all proud of that. It was just a nice summation of this character, where he is and how deep the wounds go in his life. You feel for the guy. And then it had our crazy, crazy stuff — the big confrontation in the slaughterhouse and chopping off Quarles’ arm. It’s something that we get that little sort of teenage boyish giggle over. [Giggles] We chopped off his arm! It was fun to write and great to execute. There’s stuff that [episode director] Dean Parisot did in it that was just wonderful — Raylan balancing that salt shaker on the scene with Limehouse. I could go on about how brilliant we are. No. [Laughs] I enjoy watching most episodes, but that one I got a real kick out of.

I watched it when it aired, obviously, because we did our extensive postmortem interview discussing how all those great scenes you just described came together. But watching it again last night, not having to focus so heavily on the plot, it was somehow even more enjoyable.
Absolutely. Once the tension is removed, because you know what’s gonna happen, then you can just enjoy the playing of it.

The only complaint I heard about this episode was people missing Brad Paisley’s cover of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan,” which was featured at the end of the season 1 and season 2 finales.
Honestly, there was a couple other places we looked at putting it in, just on the radio while people were driving, so it was there as a check mark that this is part of our tradition. But on the other hand, we don’t want to slaves to the tradition. I can guarantee you, you will hear that song again in the series. We love that song. We love Brad Paisley’s version. We’ve gotten various other covers of it by female artists that are spectacular. So it will rise again. It just didn’t fit for the last scene, because we didn’t have someone dying in the last scene or going off for vengeance. It just didn’t play.

That last scene: Raylan tells Winona that his father Arlo (Raymond J. Barry) just saw a man in a hat and shot him, not knowing who it was, then puts his hat on and walks out. The look on Tim’s face…
That’s just Tim. You could walk through that whole episode, every scene he does something interested. And it always feels ground and real in this weird Elmore Leonard world that we have going. I mentioned the scene with Wynn Duffy, the scene with Limehouse when he’s on a vengeance-fueled drive and pulls his gun and all these other guns are on him and he just gives up. Just scene after scene. The little bits with him and Arlo, with him and Boyd [Walton Goggins]. I never want to take it for granted or just expect it, but I gotta say, working on the show, it’s so much fun to see the cuts. It’s so much fun to see the cuts and go, “Well, that’s as good as you could ask for.” There is an actor who fully understand his part and enjoys it. He gets a kick out of playing Raylan Givens, and it shows.

One of my favorite parts of our weekly postmortems was hearing how much the cast, particularly Tim (who’s also a producer on the show), contributes lines and other ideas.
We’re really lucky because everyone’s pulling in the same direction. We’re not all going, “No, the show should be more this or more that.” Everyone gets the drill: It’s Elmore Leonard, and that’s why we’re here — to do that peculiar dark, funny, exciting thing that Elmore does. In our best weeks we come close, I don’t think we ever surpass. But that’s our great gift, that we’re all going the same way. It just wouldn’t work if it was anything other than that.

Give me two examples of that in the finale.
At one point, we thought of wrapping up Quarles at the end of the second to last episode and having it more of a Raylan vs. Arlo finale, but it was Tim who said, “Once we dispatch Quarles, then the air goes out of the balloon.” He was right. We restructured it. Let’s just make going after Arlo the last act of the last episode. And the thing about Raylan returning the gun used to kill Gary to Quarles: That would surface in a script and then go away, surface and go away. There was actually a point where we thought, Well, we’re just not gonna address it. I’m pretty sure again it was Tim who came up with the idea: What if he has Quarles take both guns off him but only ask for one back. As he says, “You can keep that one.” That was just a nice way to wrap it up.

Looking ahead, what can you tease about next season?
Let’s go back to “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” Our concern about using that song at the end of every season is that it becomes expected, and then it loses its novelty, and then worse, it loses its emotional impact. Similarly, let’s say scenes between Raylan and Boyd. We’ve done so many of them: Raylan comes in hot and knocks Boyd around to get the information, or Boyd comes to Raylan, or Ava comes to Raylan on behalf of Boyd. We might pull back from that in the next season — for a while, not the whole season. We don’t want to repeat ourselves. And we always have goals that we want to include Art [Nick Searcy], Tim Gutterson [Jacob Pitts], and Rachel Brooks [Erica Tazel] more in the stories. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, but I think those characters are fun with Raylan. Obviously Art is, but there’s stuff that’s emerged with Tim and Raylan, and Rachel and Raylan, that’s just fun to watch. And Tim’s always one who just says, “What about this episode, it’s me and Gutterson on the road, or me and Rachel, or let’s get Art out of the office and chitchat in the car.” So we’re all headed in that direction.

Is there any movement on getting Justified fan Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) to guest on the show? I’ve read that you’d actually thought of him for Harlan Roulette-playing Dixie Mafia member Glen Fogle in an early season 3 episode, but scheduling didn’t work out. Then you got Pruitt Taylor Vince, who was brilliant.
It would have been great, but we got Pruitt Taylor Vince. How lucky are we? God, he’s so good. And that’s one of the great characters that the writers have come up with. That was just great work by Dave Andron and the room. After I said that [Stonestreet wanted to guest on the show], I got concerned that I shouldn’t have. But I got an email from Eric saying, “No, it’s great. People have been emailing me saying, ‘Do it, do it, do it.’ We’ll work on that.

Let’s end talking about the creation of great villains, which is something the show has become known for.
That’s something we have to take a long hard look at: Do we want to be a villain of the year show? Is there another way to approach that? We’re gonna think long and hard about, because again, it’s like using “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” — if it becomes expected, then it can start to be ho-hum. “Oh, the villain this year has a peg leg and a parrot on his shoulder.” What makes a good villain: Elmore makes great villains. He made Boyd such a great villain that we kept him alive [when he died in the short story the pilot was based on] and he’s now a part of the DNA of the show. Mags [Martindale] was a great villain because she was different. I think one of the most flattering things that I’ve read online is people saying, “Well, a female villain is not that original. Here are all the other examples.” It’s like, “That’s wonderful! That fact that anyone even thought for a second it was original enough for there to be backlash is terrific. Then we really did a good job.” Mags was such a lovable villain that we wanted Quarles to be someone who the audience would think “That guy’s gotta die. Something horrible has to happen to him.” It was fun to create that kind of bad guy. The rules of Elmore on a memorable villain are to make them interesting, let them be able to speak well and interestingly, and remember they’ve got their reasons for doing what they’re doing. That’s a good place to start, and then try to come up with something specific about the man or the woman that makes them feel like a real person.

Categories: FX, FX: Justified

Royal Pains – Episode 4.05 – You Give Love a Bad Name – Promo

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Burn Notice 6×04 Promo “Under the Gun” (HD)

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Rookie Blue 3×05 Promo – “Messy Houses” (HD)

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Suits – Official 204 Promo (Discovery . Returns In 2 Weeks on July 12th)

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True Blood: Will Terry and Patrick’s Trip to Find Eller Backfire?

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Things are about to heat up — literally — in this week’s episode of True Blood when Terry (Todd Lowe) and his war buddy Patrick (Scott Foley) go in search of one of their comrades.

Though Patrick and Terry’s story has been off to a slow start this year, it will pick up quickly once we learn what happened to their squad in Iraq through flashbacks. This, of course, is the catalyst for their friend Brian Eller (Brian Geraghty) apparently burning down everyone’s homes — though he may not actually be to blame. To get the scoop on what’s in store, turned to Foley, who also discusses his upcoming comedy The Goodwin Games and dying far too many times in his career — Grey’s Anatomy, Scream 3 and in Felicity‘s alternate universe, to name a few.

We’ll finally get to learn what happened in Iraq to spark Terry’s PTSD and Patrick’s arrival in Bon Temps. What can you tease?
Scott Foley:
Well, the reason that I’m back and have found Terry is because of what happened back in Iraq. An event like what Terry and Patrick and the rest of their squad went through is so mind-bending and life-changing that it has to be dealt with one way or the other. Of course, True Blood being True Blood and staying true to fashion adds this fantastic supernatural element to this horrific event.

We come to learn a lot about Patrick, not just then, but who he is now and what the horrors of war can do to a person, can do to someone who was a good guy before the war and is — not necessarily a bad guy —  but people do things under stress during times of war. War is, by definition, a terrible thing.

Can Patrick actually be trusted?
Now or then? I think that’s a question for Terry to answer. It depends on who you talk to. If you ask me, I say yes, Patrick can definitely be trusted. If you ask Arlene (Carrie Preston) or Terry, I think they might have a different answer. I think Arlene would definitely have a different answer than Patrick. The guys built bonds and relationships going through traumatic events. I think there was a point where Terry trusted Patrick explicitly and I think maybe questions himself.

What can you tell us about Terry and Patrick’s trip to hunt down Eller?
So they’ve driven across the country looking for this buddy of theirs, another guy from their squad. We find him in abject terror. He is fearing for his life, much in the same way, but to a greater degree, than Terry and Patrick at this point. The way that this character has chosen to protect himself from the larger, supernatural element is incredible. The funny thing is, when we were shooting this, there was a reality show that premiered on TV about people constructing these bunkers on their property. I think it was called Doomsday Preppers. That’s exactly what they find. They find this guy holed up, terrified. It could be for the end of the world, but it turns out it’s for this larger supernatural element that they’re all afraid of.

Will they be able to stop this supernatural element?
That’s a great question. There will definitely be a resolution. There will possibly be a confrontation. But will they be able to take it down? I don’t know.

We’ve seen the effects of Terry’s PTSD, but Patrick’s seems just below the surface, ready to burst out at any moment. Will we see that explored while they deal with this supernatural element?
There is something else that happens to people who’ve been through traumatic events. Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of those things. It manifests itself in different ways. Terry’s is very visible. Patrick’s seems initially not as apparent, but at a certain point you get to see all that stress, everything that he’s dealing with, all the emotions of having been through not just a war but this specific event and this specific traumatic decision that they made out in the battlefield. It will come to the surface and it’s a great moment.

Could going after Eller ultimately backfire? Terry and Arlene’s relationship already seems to be suffering because of it.
There’s every possibility that what these guys are attempting to do to try to right this wrong that happened out in the field could blow up in their faces in a number of ways. Eller, who they’ve gone to see and who is living his life in terror, could snap and do something to them that’s irreparable. The greater supernatural element could be too much for them to handle. There’s a lot of questions as to whether this could backfire, as to whether Terry and Arlene will actually make it through this. I think any time you do what Terry did, leave your wife to go and right the wrongs that you’ve done in your life, there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered.

Please tell me that you’re not going to die twice within a year on two different shows. The Grey’s Anatomy death was enough for a lifetime.
There is always a possibility. I can’t give anything away. I’ve got to tell you, at a certain point, you start getting sick of these roles where, “We like you enough to have you on for a little while, but not to really keep you around.” It seems like a fantastically horrible movie called I’m Gonna Git You Sucka that I’ve watched since I was a kid. There’s a part in it where one of the guys is an actor and complaining about his role. The other actor says, “Does your character die in this?” He says, “No.” The guy says, “Well, then it’s a good role.” I thought, “Oh Christ, am I not taking good roles?” [Laughs]

Well, Goodwin Games is coming. I don’t think you could die on that.
Well, I mean it hasn’t aired yet. We haven’t even shot the second episode, so anything’s possible. But I’m praying to God I don’t. That would put me over the edge; to be the lead in a show and die would be too much. That was like Sean Bean on Game of Thrones. He’s dead. When they killed him, I was like, “Oh my God, what’s going to happen now?”

You’re going from Grey’s Anatomy and True Blood to new comedy Goodwin Games, are you excited to have some lighter moments?
Yes. I shot the pilot for Goodwin Games during my stint on True Blood. The people at HBO gave me the time off to shoot the pilot. I had more fun shooting Goodwin Games than I’ve had in a long time. Not just because of the group of people. But doing a comedy again is so liberating. For me, this time particularly, was so collaborative. There’s something about a drama where you’re in your own head. Doing a comedy, we would do a take and I’d cut and I would have Becki Newton or one of the guys, Carter Bays, Craig Thomas or Chris Harris from How I Met Your Mother say, “Okay. That’s great. What if you did it like this?” I was like, “Oh. Oh yeah.” Where in a drama if one of my actors would have turned to me and said, “That was great. What if you do it like this?” I’d kind of think, “Go f— yourself.” [Laughs]

I think ultimately it’s sort of like the How I Met Your Mother hook. Each episode is really about the friends under the guise of this is how I came to meet the woman who would become your mother. This show is going to be about a family reconnecting. That’s what I’m looking forward to.

True Blood airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.

Chuck Alum Yvonne Strahovski Gushes Over Top-Secret Dexter Role: ‘I Feel Very Lucky’

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

With Chuck and that loyal gaggle of Nerd Herders behind her, Yvonne Strahovski has (as previously reported) set her sights on a killer role in Dexter‘s upcoming seventh season.

Unfortunately, as is typical with the Showtime saga, details surrounding the guest spot are being kept under wraps. That didn’t, however, stop the bubbly actress from gushing to TVLine about her new gig on Wednesday night, at the Australian Breakthrough Awards (where she was an honoree).

“I feel very lucky to have come from Chuck, and then gone straight into a movie, I, Frankenstein, and then to something completely different again with Dexter,” Strahovski said of her transition from one cult fave to another.

“Dexter is respected for the quality of work that the actors and the writers and everybody brings to that show,” she continued, praising the series she now calls home. “It’s just really nice to be part of something that’s so celebrated in this industry.”

As for how her mystery lady plays into Dexter‘s slice-n-dicey world, Strahovski was careful not to show her hand (or even one card) just yet. She did tease, cagily, that her character, Hannah McKay, is “a woman who is haunted by her past, and [becomes] involved in solving a murder through Dexter.”

And why exactly is she so beneficial in aiding such an investigation? Laughed Strahovski, “That is a mystery that I cannot reveal!” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

Categories: SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME: Dexter

Someone Will [Spoiler] in Covert Affairs’ Season 3 Premiere… But Who?

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Life as a CIA agent is risky business. And in this exclusive first look at a fresh promo for USA Network’s Covert Affairs, which returns in a big way next month, you’ll get a sense of just how deadly the new season will be.

As you can see in the trailer below, the spy drama isn’t playing coy about the premiere’s main event (“Someone will die,” it promises). But to find out the identity of the fallen, you’ll have to wait until Season 3 debuts on July 10 (at 10/9c).

Press PLAY on the preview and then hit the comments with your guesses on who’s biting it.

Categories: USA, USA: Covert Affairs

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