Washing the windows is no concern when scrubbing bloody floors and covering up illicit affairs are part of your professional duties. Such filthy tasks are all in a day's work for Beverly Hills cleaning ladies Carmen, Marisol, Valentina, Rosie and Zoila. It's enough to turn anyone a little...devious.
Inspired by the hit Mexican telenovela The Disorderly Maids of the Neighborhood, the new Lifetime sudser Devious Maids was adapted for American audiences by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and features the same wickedly over-the-top tone. "But there are subtle differences," Cherry explains. "Devious Maids deals with themes of racism, classism and immigration. These women all work in the homes of rich people, but they have goals and dreams that are much greater than the people they work for realize."
The drama begins with the death of a mischievous maid named Flora...
Michael Emerson, Amy Acker
The season finale of CBS' Person of Interest will literally be a race to the finish.
In the penultimate episode of the show's sophomore season, Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) learned that The Machine had taken extraordinary measures to protect itself from a virus that was designed to take The Machine offline. Once the virus took hold, The Machine made two phone calls — one to Reese and one to Finch's hacker nemesis Root (Amy Acker) — potentially giving them access to The Machine's secrets for 24 hours. So, who capitalizes first? ...
Taraji P. Henson, Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel
Spoiler alert! Person of Interest's Michael Emerson enjoys playing morally ambiguous characters.
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As Lost's Ben Linus, he played a delicious cocktail of villain and hero. And even though his Person of Interest character, shady billionaire Mr. Finch, intends to make the world safer, the mystery surrounding him and his machine has us wondering: Is Finch really a good guy?
Thursday's episode (9/8c, CBS) may shed some light on the subject. When the machine kicks out the social security number of a teen who has been dead for two years, Finch is forced to question the machine's infallibility. Cue some revealing flashbacks to a younger Finch who discusses the building of the machine ...
On Wednesday night, CW's top-rated series, America's Next Top Model, showed double-digit growth last season and was the No. 1 show in its time slot with women 18-34. Next season, America's Next Top Model will stay in its 8-9 pm berth, followed by the new drama Gossip Girl from 9-10 pm. From The O.C. producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Gossip Girl is based on the best-selling young-adult book series of the same name. The show features an ensemble cast of new and veteran actors, including Blake Lively (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Leighton Meester (Surface), and chronicles the struggle for social supremacy among teens in a posh Manhattan prep school. The fun, sexy and dramatic hour is a perfect companion piece for Top Model's strong female audience, making Wednesday "Girls Night In" on The CW. On Thursday television's most competitive night Smallville and Supernatural deliver a solid mix of male and female viewers. On Friday, the wildly popular ...
Today is not only the start of February but of February sweeps. You know what that means: a repeat-free zone for at least the next four weeks. (Then comes Mar. 1, and you know what that means: Unless you're 24, Lost or Jericho, which will be all-new to the end of their respective seasons, it's a mixed bag of new and old episodes, plus the chaos of rejiggered schedules to make room for mid-season tryouts. But we'll cross that bridge later.)For now, before we start the sweeps march, I want to reflect on Wednesday's highlights. (I'll catch up with Bones later, with a preview of next week's episode next Wednesday. That's a promise to that show's loyal and vocal fan base.)Is there any show that lifts and breaks the heart more regularly and memorably than Friday Night Lights? The quiet poignancy of Tim Riggins reuniting with his estranged dad (Brett Cullen playing his second memorable Texan of the season, after his guest shot as a laid-back mogul wooing and loosening up Vanessa Williams o...
The Ausiello Report scooped on Monday afternoon that Ugly Betty's Brett Cullen has been cast as Tim Riggins' estranged dad on Friday Night Lights. Click here for a bit more.... Comedienne/Biggest Loser host Caroline Rhea and Sam Huntington (Superman Returns' Jimmy Olsen) have joined the cast of Fox's Two Dreadful Children, voicing the mother and one of the twins, respectively.... Brittany Ishibashi, a guest star on this week's The Office, has joined the cast of the Lifetime pilot The Madness of Ava, starring Ever Carradine as a "female House."
Brett Cullen (aka Wilhelmina's beau on Ugly Betty) has been cast as Riggins' estranged pa on Friday Night Lights. As I first reported in Ask Ausiello last week, Tim tracks down his father to settle a pending legal issue, and the two forge an unexpected bond. Pretty fraktastic casting, IMHO. You guys agree?
Brooke Burns, Pepper Dennis
If Murphy Brown and Ally McBeal had a baby, she'd probably resemble the title character of WB's new Pepper Dennis (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET). But as pretty as series star Rebecca Romijn may be, the top story here, in this intrepid reporter's opinion at least, may be Brooke Burns, cast against type as the sexy newscaster's wholesome sister, Kathy.
TVGuide.com: I have to say — and I hope this doesn't forfeit me any dinner invites from Rebecca Romijn — you are the most fun thing about this show.
Brooke Burns: Oh, stop! You say that to all the nurses! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: No, really! What a fun role for you.
Burns: It's such a great role, is