Robin Tunney, Simon Baker
As The Mentalist prepares to kick off its seventh and final season Sunday, members of the cast and crew say they feel like they have a new show on their hands. First, there's no will-they-or-won't-they tension between Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) to grapple with, after that steamy kiss in the Season 6 finale. And, for the first time in the show's history, the Red John storyline will not be lurking in the background.
"Essentially this season is about what happens when life turns out the way you'd hoped it would, when you do have a happy ending," creator Bruno Heller told reporters on a conference call last week. "What happens after that? Jane and Lisbon have been engaged in this epic journey for six years. ... How do you create a different kind of life? And how do you create a different relationship out of a relationship that was borne in the kind of trauma that theirs was? ... It's the last hurrah for the show."
David Eigenberg, Christian Stolte
Law & Order and its many spin-offs have long been known for ripping from the headlines, whether it was the flagship series' fictionalized version of Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic rant or SVU's take on the Trayvon Martin murder. It was only a matter of time before Dick Wolf's newest series, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., followed suit. In a special two-part crossover airing on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10/9c on NBC, the shows will ...
Laura Benanti, Dylan Baker
Laura Benanti has just landed a plum role on The Good Wife, but she may not be sticking around long.
The Tony-winning actress has been cast as the new fiancée of wife killer, and frequent Lockhart / Gardner client, Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker), TVGuide.com has learned.
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Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski
In Sunday's brilliantly entertaining finale to another splendid season of CBS' The Good Wife — we choose to forget that Kalinda's ex ever existed — Denis O'Hare returns as a judge whose sciatica keeps him off the bench, pacing around the courtroom as he presides over a late-night emergency hearing over ballot-box irregularities in the next day's neck-and-neck election for Illinois governor. (Alicia's husband Peter is sweating every single vote.) Like Judge Abernathy, you may find it difficult to stay seated as this episode (9/8c), written by series creators Robert King (who also directed) and Michelle King, takes its many clever twists and turns, specializing in mischievous misdirection and game-changing surprises up to the very last jaw-dropping minute.
Nick who? That's what fans of The Good Wife are — thankfully — asking after a recent string of strong episodes have erased the unpleasant first half of Season 4 from memory. In September, the legal drama (airing Sundays at 9/8c) suffered a rare critical misfire when it introduced Kalinda's (Archie Panjabi) cold and abrasive estranged husband Nick (Marc Warren), who was not popular with the fans. No irreparable damage was done, but for a show that was regularly in critics' top 10 lists during its first three seasons, the negative attention was surprising. Producers caught on and quickly expunged Nick. Less than four months later, the show is stronger than ever. So how'd they do it? Here's seven ways...
Dylan Baker and Julianna Margulies
When accused wife-killer Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) turned up in The Good Wife's first season, it was loathe at first sight. Sweeney knew exactly which of then-first year associate Alicia Florrick's (Julianna Margulies) buttons to push, and since then the writers have used the twisted relationship to set up some of the show's best shows. Sweeney returns for the March 31 episode, which sees the domestic bliss he's found with former employee Isobel (Morena Baccarin) and their son threatened by the Supreme Court. Baker called up TV Guide Magazine from the Anchorman 2 set in Atlanta ("I haven't ruined any takes yet by laughing, but it's early days," he admitted) to talk about the return of everyone's favorite slimy — or "uncomplicatedly, refreshingly open," as Baker puts it — Lockhart/Gardner client...
It's the Fringe-Good Wife crossover we never knew we wanted: John Noble is taking his talents to the law firm of Lockhart/Gardner on Sunday (9/8c, CBS) as one of Alicia's eccentric clients who can't seem to keep himself out of court — and who's been murdered as of the beginning of the episode. (He's subsequently seen in flashbacks.) Aussie native Noble called up TV Guide Magazine to talk about Fringe withdrawal, The Good Wife and domesticity.
Dylan Baker and Julianna Margulies
Last week, The Good Wife entered an ethical grey zone while defending one of her biggest clients — drug kingpin Lemond Bishop. Alicia's morals will get quite the workout once again when another of her most noted clients — millionaire (and murderer) Colin Sweeney — returns in the March 31 episode of...
Dylan Baker has joined the cast of ABC's midseason drama Zero Hour, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Zero Hour stars ER's Anthony Edwards as a skeptics magazine editor who is pulled into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history after his wife (Jacinda Barrett) is kidnapped.
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Political Animals' lead character Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) appears to be strong, tough and full of confidence on the outside. But a few minutes into the USA series, viewers will learn that she's a lot more flawed and self-doubting than she looks.
"We present this woman so effective, so articulate, so passionate, so true to her moral compass and the flip side is she's much less confident in her personal life and as a mother," Weaver tells TVGuide.com. "She makes a lot of mistakes."