As the sun streams into an upper-class English drawing room, Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) — flame-haired, corseted, regal — stands up from her morning tea and hurls a plate at her husband, Christopher (Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch). She misses. He doesn't even flinch.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Tietjens. The deliciously snobby (and terribly unfaithful) socialite and her unfailingly decent husband are two sides of the love triangle in Parade's End, HBO's five-part miniseries about longing and lies in World War I-era Britain. The third is angelic Valentine (Adelaide Clemens), an idealistic suffragette and Christopher's soul mate. She's everything Sylvia's not: sensitive, faithful — and a virgin. "Valentine is this kernel of truth and innocence," Cumberbatch says. "She's incredibly sharp and...
Frankie Heck is not going to let the pinch steal Christmas.
The Middle's stretched-thin, harried mother (played by Patricia Heaton) has a scant $20 to spend on gifts for her three kids this year. Ever the problem solver, she cracks to her unflappable quarry-manager husband Mike (Neil Flynn): "I'll fake my own death!" This way, she says, when she appears very much alive on Christmas morning, her children will be so happy they won't care that there aren't any presents.
Stephen Moyer and Sam Trammell
All hail the Vampire King of Louisiana. Stephen Moyer, who plays vamp monarch Bill Compton on HBO's True Blood, makes his TV directing debut with the July 29 episode.
"It was a lot of fun to...
Christopher Meloni's face is splattered with blood. He's just shot his first staking scene for HBO's megahit True Blood — and he's seriously amped up.
"When that blood...
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington
It's late October and rain is pelting the windows of a small Belfast bar. Peter Dinklage is sharing a drink with his Game of Thrones costars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kit Harington. Dinklage could use the drink. He's just come from shooting an emotional scene for Episode 8 in which his character, clever imp Tyrion Lannister, bursts into his chamber calling out for the sequestered prostitute and love-of-his-life, Shae. He doesn't see her and the thought of her possible fate shakes him to the core. His eyes search the room. His voice quavers.
It's easy to see why Dinklage won an Emmy — one of many awards snagged by the HBO drama during its freshman year...
How I Met Your Mother
Talk about costume drama! Katie Holmes will guest star in the October 31 episode of How I Met Your Mother as the infamous Slutty Pumpkin. Fans will remember that at a rooftop Halloween bash in Season 1, Ted (Josh Radnor) met a girl in a jack-o'-lantern getup with "strategically placed holes." They had major chemistry, but he lost her number. Always the romantic, Ted returned to...
Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård and Joe Manganiello
In case you haven't noticed, the men of True Blood don't mind taking off their clothes. During wardrobe changes for this cover shoot at the Good Luck Bar in Los Angeles, they casually stripped down to their skivvies in a supersize RV, parked curbside, that doubled as a dressing room. One visitor wasn't exactly sure how to keep from staring. As executive producer Alan Ball puts it, "They're all insanely beautiful."
But it's not just those hot bodies that...
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
British actress Emilia Clarke, 23, plays Game of Thrones' exiled princess Daenerys Targaryen, who is forced to marry warrior Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) by her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) in exchange for an army so he can reclaim the throne. Now, she's giving orders of her own.
TV Guide Magazine: Daenerys is no longer the scared waif who first wed into the nomadic Dothraki tribe, is she?
Clarke: You're seeing her grow from a submissive girl into a woman — and a...
Winters that last decades. Zombielike creatures called "white walkers." Supersized wolves. A cache of dragon eggs. Game of Thrones, based on the best-selling fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, is definitely not of this world. But it centers on one of the most familiar things on earth: mighty families vying for ultimate control.