|Saturday, June 30th 2012|
|BBC 1||Casualty||Zero Sum Game (26×39)|
|NBC||The Firm||Chapter Twenty (01×20)|
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?
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
Longmire is sticking around.
A&E’s modern-day Western, starring Robert Taylor, has been renewed for a second season, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Deadline.com 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.
Something 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 insane — are 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 are divorcing after five years of marriage, TVGuide.com 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 TVGuide.com: “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.