The only complaint Emmy winner Alfre Woodard has about her latest role? The humidity. "Oh, my goodness! We're in our fourth month and everybody is like, 'I just need a breath of air that has no moisture in it,'" laughs the actress, who's been filming the new cop drama Memphis Beat (Tuesday, 10/9c, TNT) in New Orleans. Other than that, it sounds like the good times are rolling in the Big Easy...
Jason Lee and Chris Jericho
The good news about this year's bumper crop of new summer TV: There's plenty of it. (I spent much of the last few days wading through a mid-July burst of new crime-drama premieres.) The bad news: There's too much of it, and too little of it — at least from what I've seen so far — is any good. (I'm talking about the brand new stuff here, which keeps on coming whether we particularly want it to or not.) At this point, I'm beginning to pine for good old repeats.
Tuesday night provided two particularly painful examples: TNT's dreary Memphis Beat crime drama and ABC's insipid Downfall game show.
Memphis is particularly disappointing...
On the season premiere of Memphis Beat, we receive quite a welcome into the bluesy city of Memphis! From an Elvis impersonator (next office party anyone?), to a bloody Slurpee mess (eww!), to a boob lamp (where can I get one of these?) we know we may not get the expected. What we do know is the good ol' boy detectives seem to have the run of their precinct, but change is coming in the form of a new lieutenant.
Alfre Woodard, Memphis Beat
Jeers to Memphis Beat for saddling Alfre Woodard with another one-note role.
The 14-time Emmy nominee (she's won four — for Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The Practice and the HBO film Miss Evers' Boys) has lately been wasted in throwaway authority-figure parts on subpar shows like Three Rivers and My Own Worst Enemy. TNT's new cop dramedy is no exception, as Woodard's by-the-book boss mostly stands around scowling at Jason Lee's maverick Tennessee detective...
Marvel continues to mine its vast collection of super heroes with a new motion comic, Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? The 12-part series — debuting Tuesday on iTunes, Xbox Live, Microsoft Zune and PlayStation Network — is based on the 2005-08 comic book series written by Reginald Hudlin, the former entertainment president of BET. Hudlin is an executive producer and wrote the motion comic, which was originally planned as a TV series for BET. (A Marvel spokesperson says the series was shifted to digital following the success of previous motion comics Spider-Woman, Astonishing X-Men and Iron Man: Extremis.)
Black Panther, created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby...
On Sunday's episode of True Blood, Bill gets a proposition from the King of Mississippi. Sookie and Eric team up to find him while fending off werewolves. Tara, Jason and Lafayette all meet new love interests, while Sam meets his family.
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...
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...
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...
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 ...