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Exclusive: Beau Bridges to Guest-Star on The Closer

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Bummed that The Closer has wrapped up its summer season? Here's a little good news to tide you over until it returns in December.

Beau Bridges will guest-star in one episode of the TNT cop drama, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Bridges will play George Andrews, a former partner of Provenza (G.W. Bailey). Andrews returns to help close a case that has been ... read more

"The Magic Hour"

My Name Is Earl broke ground on Season 4 in style with two back-to-back episodes With last seasons storylines left in the dust getting back to the shows roots was nothing less than a breath of fresh air After an hour filled with some of the funniest new TV moments Ive seen in a while I couldnt ask for more but I wanted to anyway In the first installment Earl Jason Lee recalls having once ruined Buddy Zaks wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation when he was just a boy himself When he sets off to make it up to Buddys mother he finds Buddy still alive and all grown up A film enthusiast Buddy asks Earl to produce his dream movie in exchange for crossing him off of the list However the only available actors are Camden Countys usual cast of clowns It also doesnt help that the film 2 The Max is ridiculous Seth Green brings on the funny in the role of Buddy and looks like hes enjoying every minute of it With all of his recent work in animation Family Guy Ro read more

"No Heads And A Duffel Bag"

Kudos to Earl for taking a little break from the coma-dream storyline whether or not youre a fan of that you have to admit it felt good to watch Jason Lee perform some more traditional protagonist duties Not only that but this week was filled with quite a few standout lines and performances It was an episode comprised of nearly non-stop flashback and it worked wonderfully Randy decided to run another karma errand for Earl by attempting to make amends for an incident in which their parents vacation was ruined Of course he had to finally fill them in on the little details Earls in a coma and oh yeah he was in prison for a while there too At Earls bedside straight-laced Carl Hickey relives the vacation incident which turns out to be an epic tale involving a duffel bag full of marijuana Beau Bridges and Nancy Lenehan always turn in great performances as the elder Hickeys but they shined especially bright this time around The scene of them as youths at W read more

I'm a faithful reader of ...

Question: I'm a faithful reader of yours, and I'm hoping that you might share what you've heard about the possibility of Lifetime's Side Order of Life returning for a second season. It didn't seem to get much attention after its premiere, but I found it to be a charming little show for Sunday evenings to help me ease back into the work week. I particularly enjoyed Diana-Maria Riva's performance as Vivy. It was great to see a strong yet vulnerable woman fighting a devastating disease with such grace and aplomb, not to mention being treated as sexy and desirable without being skeletal-thin! There was enough resolution in the finale that I can accept it as the series ending, but I would enjoy checking in to see how these characters have proceeded with their lives. Any word on its fate? Answer: No word yet. Lifetime is currently in development mode, shooting two pilots (one with Lorraine Bracco and one with Beau Bridges and Anne Archer), and I'm told that once they're completed, the ... read more

Unending

Well, its all come down to this: 10 seasons. Over 200 episodes. Adventure. Laughter. Tears. And as this is the last episode of our journey together, I will make this my last TV Guide blog entry.Thanks be to all of you who have grown with us over the years. It has been a true pleasure, and one I’m sure I will not see the likes of again. The years have gone by so fast… so fast. So much has changed, in my life, and in the lives of those around me. And I’m sure of yours too.I was reminded as recently as yesterday how much can happen in 10 years. I shared a conversation on the plane with Katee Sackoff (of Battlestar Galactica fame — for those living under boulders) who enlightened me that she used to watch the early seasons of Stargate with her father… when she was 17. Holy crap. That aged me.I was a single boy of 26 years when we took our first steps through the gate, and now I speak to you as a father of three at 36 years old. It really does fly, doesn... read more

Fall 2007: O.C. Vet Teams Up with The Man

Who's doing what during this pilot season? Here's the latest from Variety and the Hollywood Reporter:• With The O.C.'s swan song but a day away, Melinda Clarke has scored a gig on CBS' The Man, playing a tough and sexy policewoman who has worked with LL Cool J's undercover cop over the years.• Beau Bridges is a father whose two separate sets of grown children don't know the others exist in Fox's Two Families.• Last seen on Pepper Dennis, Lindsay Price is joining Kim Raver and Brooke Shields in NBC'sLipstick Jungle, playing a fashion mogul.• Linus Roache (Kidnapped) is Julianna Margulies' husband in Fox's Canterbury's Law.• Keith Robinson (Over There, Dreamgirls) has joined the Fox crime drama The Apostles.• CBS has picked up three comedy pilots: the Paul Reiser-produced Atlanta, about a man and woman who meet at a funeral; an office comedy from Will & Grace's Max Mutchnick and David Kohan; and The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud, concerning a lite... read more

Make Room for Daddy: Beau Bridges Returns to Earl

Beau Bridges with Jason Lee, My Name Is Earl

Beau Bridges returns to NBC's My Name Is Earl tonight at 8 pm/ET, reprising his role as Earl and Randy's gruff dad. But Carl Hickey's bark is worse than his bite. "Just when you think he's going to bite Earl's head off," Bridges says, "he ends up being a milquetoast."  Of course, there's some family history behind Carl's ire. "When Earl shows up at my door, I try to slam it in his face," says Bridges. Carl, he explains, still hasn't quite forgiven a younger Earl for driving a beloved car into a lake. After Earl dredges the car out and returns it to his dad, in fulfillment of his "list" requirement, familial relations are restored in that wacky and caustic Hickey-family way. Now that Bridges isn't commuting between the Vancouver set of read more

NBC Sweeps Peeks: Heroes, L&O and More!

A few highlights culled from NBC's 14-page (!) February-sweeps-preview press release: Feb. 2: 1 vs 100 features an all-kids "mob."Feb. 5: Heroes' Sylar makes a shocking move against H.R.G.Feb. 8: My Name Is Earl's Joy meets her half sister — played by Tamala Jones; romance blooms for 30 Rock's Kenneth and engaged Cerie. (Cue blatant plug for my 30 Rock preview.)Feb. 9: 24's Edgar (that is, Louis Lombardi) makes an indecent proposal to Las Vegas' Sam.Feb. 11: Vegas' Josh Duhamel and Molly Sims cross over to Crossing Jordan.Feb. 12: Studio 60's Matt flashes back to when he and Harriet first met.Feb. 13: Inconceivable! Cary Elwes guests on Law & Order: SVU.Feb. 14: The black Panthers demand that Mac be fired for making racial comments on Friday Night Lights.Feb. 15: Beau Bridges reprises his role as Earl's dad; The Office's Ryan invites Michael to be a guest speaker at his business school.Feb. 16: 1 vs 100's mob is populated by "people you hate," including IRS auditors, DMV em... read more

Mary Ingalls vs. Killer Earthquakes!

Melissa Anderson, 10.5: Apocalypse

If you thought NBC's 10.5 pushed the envelope when it came to heaping natural disaster upon natural disaster, you ain't seen nothin' yet. The new 10.5: Apocalypse (May 21 and 23 at 9 pm/ET) picks up immediately after the harrowing events of the original and continues the devastation, threatening to split the North American continent right down the middle if super-seismologist Kim Delaney and her team of FEMA heroes can't find a way to glue God's green earth back together. Playing first lady to "President" Beau Bridges in the sequel is Melissa Anderson, who has come a long way — 25 years, in fact — from her Little House on the Prairie days. TVGuide.com: read more

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Jon Stewart, the 78th Annual Academy Awards

For complete minute-by-minute Watercooler coverage of the Academy Awards ceremony and of Joan and Melissa's live preshow, click here. ConvictionI've had many obsessions in my life — love, shiny jewelry, chocolate — but none as devastating as Law & Order. My addiction to Dick Wolf's franchise (save for the deservedly short-lived Trial by Jury) has distracted me from finishing freelance assignments, deprived me of adequate sleep and even chased away a boyfriend or two. That said, Wolf's new series Conviction — which technically isn't part of the L&O family, even though it stars Special Victims Unit's cast read more

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