Even on a show all about the brave men and women who put out fires and save lives, there has to be a character that's less than heroic. Jason Beghe is that guy, a dirty cop who's been recurring on Chicago Fire (Wednesday at 10/9c on NBC).
When it comes to acting, Laura Linney knows no fear. She has embodied everyone from steely First Lady Abigail Adams in HBO's John Adams to FDR's mousy cousin/lover in the recent biopic Hyde Park on Hudson. But with her Golden Globe-winning performance on The Big C, she took on a seemingly impossible feat: making cancer funny.
Now the show is being put to rest with a four-episode finale, but neither Linney nor her character, Cathy, is going down quietly. Tonight's episode finds her struggling with chemotherapy — she wants to stop treatment so she can feel well enough to take care of her family and make sure they'll be strong enough to survive without her.
Soon after the show's fourth season wrapped, the 49-year-old three-time Emmy winner shared her thoughts about the end of Cathy's journey.
For its entire five-season run on both NBC and TNT, the ratings-challenged Southland has struggled to stay alive. And after a heart-pounding and catastrophic finale on April 17 that drew a mediocre 1.8 million viewers, the gritty police drama is again facing cancellation. The day after the airing of what could be their final episode, which culminated in out-of-control John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) getting shot down by fellow officers, executive producer Jonathan Lisco and Cudlitz looked back — and ahead...
You may think you pamper your pets by letting them share your bed or feeding them gourmet food, but unless you've thrown a doggy wedding or a "bark mitzvah," you won't qualify for Nat Geo Wild's new series Spoiled Rotten Pets (premiering Saturday with back to back episodes at 9/8c and 9:30/8:30c).
Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell
When they were in KGB spy school in 1962, the young Russians now known as Philip and Elizabeth Jennings couldn't say "nyet" when they were ordered to marry and move to suburban Virginia. Eighteen years and two kids later, the question is, will the couple finally find true love with each other undercover?
On location in Queens, where they're filming a scene that involves an armed and dangerous little girl, The Americans costars Keri Russell, 37, and Matthew Rhys, 38, banter and finish each other's thoughts as they contemplate that idea and more...
Sometimes even network executives admit they've made mistakes. After canceling Unforgettable last year, CBS is bringing back the cop drama this summer. AMC changed its mind about dropping The Killing and, most recently, Lifetime decided to revive Drop Dead Diva.
Star Trek: Enterprise
Season 1 of Enterprise, the fifth (and so far final) Star Trek TV series finally arrives on Blu-ray Tuesday. Besides all 25 episodes, the six-disc set is chock full of special features including an eight-part documentary including new cast and crew interviews about the launching of the space exploration prequel series and behind—the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, cast commentary, and a frank conversation with shows creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who admits his true feelings about Diane Warren's theme song. Scott Bakula, aka Captain Jonathan Archer, commander of the Enterprise NX-01, shares some memories and what else is in the stars for him.
On a hot fall afternoon just outside Charlotte, North Carolina, Antony Starr is busy getting punched in the kidneys, slammed against a wall and kicked in the solar plexus. As he pauses for a breath, a command comes: "Let's work on that strangling again!" Just a typical day on the set of Banshee.
Flash back to late April. On the first day of shooting, the actor playing Starr's opponent in a brawl came at him a bit too strong. "He cracked me in the face and split my lip open," Starr recalls, "but our schedule was so tight, I didn't get to the hospital for six hours." That's when Starr realized just how different filming Cinemax's noirish thriller would be from the comedies and dramas he was used to making in his native New Zealand. "They shot...
Ben McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy
If you only watched Southland in its first season on NBC or you've never seen TV's grittiest and most realistic cop show, here's a chance to catch up on TNT's riveting, beautifully acted Seasons 2, 3 and 4. Warner Bros. Home Video is releasing a new DVD set on Tuesday, a week ahead of Season 5's premiere (Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10/9c, TNT).
Talk about outsourcing! An increasing number of TV's all-American cops, firefighters and doctors are being played by actors not from the U.S. of A.
Of course, foreign actors have been hiding their accents to play Americans for years. House's Hugh Laurie was so skilled at trading in his upper-crust Cambridge lilt to play the titular grumpy doctor that many viewers were shocked to find out he was British when he spoke with his real voice on an awards show or during interviews...