|Sunday, July 14th 2013|
|BBC 2||Top Gear||Series 20, Episode 3 (20×03)|
|HBO Canada||Less Than Kind||Episode 408 (04×08)|
|Seven||A Place To Call Home||New Beginning (01×12)|
|AMC||The Killing||Try (03×08)|
|BBC 1||The White Queen||Episode 5 (01×05)|
|C4||The Returned||Lucy (01×06)|
|HBO||True Blood||Fuck the Pain Away (06×05)|
|ITV1||Law & Order: UK||Tracks (07×01)|
|Lifetime||Drop Dead Diva||Cheaters (05×04)|
|Showcase||Continuum||Second Wave (02×10)|
|Showtime||Dexter||What’s Eating Dexter Morgan? (08×03)|
|BBC America||Copper||I Defy Thee to Forget (02×04)|
|HBO||The Newsroom (2012)||First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers (02×01)|
|Lifetime||Devious Maids||Making Your Bed (01×04)|
|NBC||Crossing Lines||Special Ops – Part 1 (01×05)|
|Showtime||Ray Donovan||Twerk (01×03)|
|TNT||Falling Skies||The Pickett Line (03×07)|
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
THE PERFORMER | Katie Leclerc
THE SHOW | Switched at Birth
THE EPISODE | “Ecce Mono”
THE AIRDATE | July 8, 2013
Playing the sweet, nice character can be a thankless task. So while Katie Leclerc has been consistently good as the ABC Family drama’s Daphne, it took this past Monday’s “What If” episode — in which she played a completely different version of her character — to make us really appreciate just how much the actress puts into her good girl act.
Without Regina in her life, raised from the age of 3 by the Kennishes, Daphne became a vapid mean girl interested in all things expensive, cute and popular — especially clothes and boys. Leclerc brought the personality makeover to life with such sharpness and spunk that it made us sit up and take notice. (Her resemblance to Mean Girls‘ Rachel McAdams didn’t hurt, either.) Whether Daphne was skirting her parents’ rules by exploiting their weak spots with easy, manipulative charm or flippantly insulting her “sister” Bay (Vanessa Marano) (all using her real voice — makes the work that goes into maintaining Daphne’s accent each week all the more remarkable, doesn’t it?), Leclerc was a study in the art of bitchiness.
Then things took a turn when Bay to suggested to Daphne that she could use a visit to a shrink. “You could figure out why you’re so empty,” she said.
That’s when Leclerc’s performance went from fun to something deeper and truly impressive. Daphne tried to fill her hollowness with a random hook-up, but a boy would not take away the ache. Crying in her closet while clutching a stuffed animal the morning after, Leclerc transformed her mean girl into someone broken, vulnerable and sympathetic.
As Bay began to dig for the truth about her biological mother Regina, and tried to bring her sis into it, Leclerc maintained a certain level of detachment, giving Daphne’s journey of self-realization an unexpected level of complexity. Even as the two girls looked upon their mother’s grave, Daphne’s expression was confused and unmoved, almost as if she wasn’t aware of all that she’d lost with Regina’s passing. It wasn’t until the episode’s end that she finally realized what was missing in her life and made a simple request, imbued with hope and sadness by Leclerc, to Regina’s mother: “I want to know more.”
HONORABLE MENTIONS | It’s easy to dismiss ABC’s Mistresses as a lightweight summer soap, but that doesn’t diminish in any way the terrific work turned in by Jes Macallan in “Payback.” In the episode’s final, heartbreaking scene, Macallan’s party girl crumbled as she learned Savi had kept from her the news of her pregnancy — and her extramarital affair — while dishing said dirt with their pals. When the sisterly tiff opened the door for Savi to pass judgment on Joss’ promiscuous lifestyle and declare they were nothing alike, Macallan delivered Joss’ choked-up retort — “You’re my sister and I would never hurt you. Never. I would never do what you just did to me.” — with such a palpable ache that it was hard not to reach for the Kleenex.
General Hospital‘s Kirsten Storms delivered a major punch to the gut when her beloved character Maxie was both treated to and haunted by a surprise “reunion” with her late sister Georgie. Through sobs of joy and sorrow, Maxie was forced to face some unpleasant truths about her recent questionable actions (she’s currently carrying her own child, but passing it off as the unborn baby of her best friend), and appeared to come out the other end of the otherworldly visit better for it. Storms turned in a performance that evoked sympathy for her selfish alter ego, no easy feat indeed.
9 am – 3 pm Rectify (AMC) | Catch up on all six episodes of the acclaimed Sundance Channel drama, which follows a man (Aden Young, The Starter Wife) who, with the help of his sister (Critics Choice Award nominee Abigail Spencer, Mad Men), must reconnect with society after spending 19 years on Death Row.
8 pm Big Brother (CBS) | Three houseguests are nominated for possible eviction (while this year’s showmances continue to gross me out).
9 pm True Blood (HBO) | Sookie enlists Lafayette to summon her dead parents, while Pam finds herself in dangerous territory.
9 pm Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) | Kim and Grayson defend a dog owner (guest star Michael E. Knight, All My Children) whose pet is accused of impregnating another dog.
9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Dr. Vogel tries to prove to Dexter that he’s perfect as a psychopath.
9 pm Shake It Up! (Disney Channel) | We’ve seen the future (or, TVLine’s Matt Mitovich and his kids have) and it involves Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown killing it as a psychic who complicates things for Rocky.
10 pm The Newsroom (HBO) | Season 2 premiere: Will and the staff are grilled by a lawyer, and an on-air remark gets Will pulled from Sept. 11 anniversary coverage. (Just one remark?)
10 pm Crossing Lines (NBC) | A hostage situation causes the team to move fast.
10 pm Copper (BBC America) | Annie creates a rift in Corcoran’s home; Eva finds an unlikely confidant in Donovan.
10 pm Devious Maids (Lifetime) | The arrival of Genevieve’s brother (Richard Burgi, Desperate Housewives) complicates matters for Zoila, whose heart he broke years before. How do you say “awkward” in Spanish?
Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon. He was 31.
A cause of death was not given and foul play was not suspected.
According to reports, staff at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel discovered his body after he missed his check-out time.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news,” read a statement from Glee producers, Fox and 20th Century Fox Television. “Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
Last March, Monteith entered rehab for substance addiction, forcing Glee to write his character Finn out of Season 4′s final stretch. Upon his release one month later, the actor said to fans, ”Sending out big love to everyone. Thank you for the continued support! It means the world to me!” He made his first public appearance last month when he attended the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball charity gala in Los Angeles with girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele.
Monteith, who had been candid about his struggles with addiction, previously received treatment when he was 19. He told Parade magazine in 2011 that he was “lucky to be alive.”
Monteith’s colleagues and friends took to Twitter early Sunday morning to express their shock and grief.
|Saturday, July 13th 2013|
|ABC||Zero Hour (2013)||Balance (01×09)|
|ABC||666 Park Avenue||Lazarus: Part 1 (01×13)|
|BBC 1||Casualty||Secrets and Lies (27×43)|
|NBC||Do No Harm||A Stand-In (01×05)|
Genre: Crime | Family
Status: New Series
Network: Channel 4 ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Mondays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: July 15, 2013
Episode Order: 4
Run is a new 4 part series commissioned by Channel 4. Each episode will follow one of four unconnected characters who’s lives end up intertwining as a means of survival.
Carol is a single mother attempting to keep her family together. After her teenage sons commit an act of violence that ends in the death of a stranger, she faces the choice of protecting her children or doing the right thing.
Liv and Maddie
Genre: Comedy | Family
Status: New Series
Network: Disney Channel ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 09:45 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: July 19, 2013
The series follows smart and witty fifteen-year-old identical twins “Liv and Maddie”, both played by seventeen-year-old Dove Cameron, and their tight-knit family, younger brothers Joey and Parker, and parents Pete and Karen. “Liv and Maddie” will premiere this fall on Disney Channel. (Source: The Disney Channel)
Genre: Drama | Family
Status: New Series
Network: Hallmark ( USA)
Airs: Saturdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: July 20, 2013
Episode Order: 12
Hallmark Channel announces that internationally renowned actress Andie MacDowell is set to star in the two-hour pilot, “Cedar Cove”, which commences production in mid-June. “Cedar Cove”, the movie, is the basis for the network’s first-ever primetime series. The movie pilot will premiere in late 2012, with the new one-hour drama series expected to premiere shortly after in early 2013. “Cedar Cove”, is based on the bestselling book series by renowned author Debbie Macomber. The past partnership between Hallmark Channel and Debbie Macomber has resulted in the network having three of the top rated Original Movies on all of ad-supported cable TV three years in a row.