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TNT and TBS Announce New Shows, Summer Schedule

Conan O'Brien and Don Cheadle

You've heard about Conan O'Brien's new late-night show. He's joined in TNT and TBS' new lineup by Angie Harmon, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Noah Wyle, Alfre Woodard and Jason Lee, the networks announced Thursday.

TNT is launching two scripted series this summer. Memphis Beat stars Lee as an Elvis-loving cop who... read more

TNT Greenlights 3 New Original Series

TNT is adding three new series that brighten the network's star power both in front of and behind the camera with such names as Noah Wyle, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Angie Harmon.

An untitled alien invasion series will star... read more

True Blood: Alfre Woodard, Others Join the Cast

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard will be guest-starring in Season 3 of True Blood, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

The 57-year-old actress, best known for her roles on Desperate Housewives and My Own Worst Enemy,   will play... read more

Three Rivers Cast Takes Organ Donation to Heart

Three Rivers

CBS' new organ transplant drama, Three Rivers, has made organ donors of its stars. Most of them, anyway.

Castmates Alex O'Loughlin (Moonlight), Alfre Woodard (St. Elsewhere), Justina Machado (Six Feet Under) and other series regulars addressed the issue during a set visit as part of the Television Critics Association fall press tour.

O'Loughlin said he's been a donor since his teenage years.

"It just seemed like the cool thing to do," he joked, before adding, "I don't need it anymore, and I don't have any religious beliefs or anything that keep me from doing it."

The show, debuting Sunday ... read more

Pilot News: Caan Plays Cop, Woodard Mentors Maggie

Alfre Woodard, Scott Caan

Scott Caan of Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen has landed the lead in Cop House, Fox's dramedy pilot about a halfway house for lawmen. Caan will play an expert marksman who suffers a nervous breakdown when his wife leaves him for his (guffaw) sister, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Also entering this House is ... read more

Jeers: Sleeping with the Enemy

Alfre Woodard, Madchen Amick, Saffron Burrows

Jeers to My Own Worst Enemy for wasting a trio of talented actors in its pilot.

Read more — and vote AGREE or DISAGREE — after the jump. read more

Note to NBC: Don't Squander Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard by Michael Bejzian/WireImage.com

Dear NBC:I heard that Alfre Woodard has been cast to play Christian Slater's boss on My Own Worst Enemy this fall, and I am writing to make sure that you treat her in a manner befitting her status as one of her generation's best actresses — unlike some other network who shall remain nameless. True, she got an Emmy nomination out of her much-derided stint on Desperate Housewives, but not because the material was extra special! Yes, her steely demeanor and exacting stare are perfect to play an undercover bigwig. But I'm nervous. I mean, I haven't liked anything Slater has done since Heathers, and that was 1989! So you can understand my concern. Please take care of my Alfre. She certainly deserves it. Go rent Passion Fish and you'll see what I mean.Thanks for listening.Sincerely,Mickey O'Connor read more

In the Works: Billy Campbell Hits the Circuit, and More

Billy Campbell in The 4400 by Alan Zenuk/USA Network Photo

ABC Family has greenlit the TV-movie The Circuit, starring The 4400's Billy Campbell as a stock-car racer whose career is on the decline — to the point that he's now competing on the track against his daughter (Michelle Trachtenberg).... Sissy Spacek, Alfre Woodard and Men in Trees' James Tupper will star in Hallmark Channel's Pictures of Hollis Woods, based on a novel about a 12-year-old girl bounced around the foster-care system.... Judge Lynn Toler and a panel of experts, including psychologist Tara Fields (Intervention), will help couples try to endure relationship rough patches in the reality program Decision House, debuting in September on MyNetworkTV.... CMT's Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team shakes its pom-poms for a second season starting Sept. 14. read more

Could you name for me some of ...

Question: Could you name for me some of Alfre Woodard's finest comedic moments on Desperate Housewives? Her nomination for best supporting actress in a comedy just goes to show how much of a scam it was for them to submit the show as a comedy last year, which they basically did only because they felt they could win more easily. I think it ultimately came back to bite them, because Season 2 had even less to laugh at than Season 1 did. Answer: Good point. These hybrid hourlong comedies (with dramatic elements) are especially tough sells. Of all the questionable nominations, Alfre Woodard's for the most problematic element of Housewives last season is the biggest joke (and I'm a big fan of hers, just not in this poorly conceived and haplessly executed role) ... read more

I really need to voice my ...

Question: I really need to voice my complete disgust at this year's Emmy nods. As a huge fan of Lost, you must also be repulsed by the fact that the show isn't nominated. The series experienced no real decline in quality, and it's as much favored by audiences and critics as ever. What is the motivation behind snubbing it this way? Also, I know your opinion of Desperate Housewives has soured this season, but even at its worse, its quality is far greater than the completely mediocre Two and a Half Men, yet for some reason Men got the nomination. Marcia Cross did the best work of her career this season. In fact, toward the end of the season, she was basically carrying the show on her shoulders, yet the nod went to Alfre Woodard! Woodard is a fine actress, but this is a mere sympathy vote. She barely had any Emmy-worthy moments during her run, and her performance wasn't even comedic! I'm sure you share my pain. Answer: Do I ever. There's some feeling that Lost may be getting punished ... read more

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