Denis Leary in Rescue Me by Barbara Nitke/FX
After Wednesdays formless, scattershot finale of Rescue Me, Im with Charles Durning. Almost. Head down, eyes closed, taking a long, long nap. For me, this respite will last until next summer, when Rescue Me returns for its fifth and what we have to hope will be a more satisfying season. For Durning, who played Tommys dad, theres no waking up. Will he in retrospect be seen as the lucky one?In a poignant though not entirely unpredictable moment, made more notable for a quiet tenderness one rarely sees on this raw and raucous show, Tommys dad slipped away into a final rest as he sat beside his son at a minor-league baseball game. He brushes something off his clothes and then hes gone. Just like that. Sure beats the violent end that has come to most people Tommy has lost during the run of this series. And yet: sad. Denis Leary played the reaction beautifully. Poor Tommy.I will try to resist using the most obvious baseball-as-life-metaphor analogy here...
While Rescue Me's Sheila tends to her "new" baby, Callie Thorne is minding another young-'un — as manager to a hard-partying starlet (Alison Lohman) in the comedy Delirious, hitting theaters today and centered around Steve Buscemi's sad-sack paparazzo. TVGuide.com met with Thorne to discuss her new film, and also get her take on Rescue Me's wild stories.
TVGuide.com: You were a big ol' tease a few weeks back on Rescue Me with that bath-towel scene, almost showing us your naughty bits!Callie Thorne: Wasn't that crazy? It was my idea.... No, no, it wasn't. But that's the fun part sometimes, because you know you can't show everything, so there's no fear. If we were on HBO and they were asking me to do something else, that's when you get scared. It's interesting because on FX you can show the sides [of naked torsos] and you can show the backsides of both men and women, but, of course, no frontal nudity. Yet th
In addition to the previously announced Kristin Chenoweth, Gina Gershon will also guest-star on the May 17 season finale of Ugly Betty, reprising her role as cosmetics diva/awfulplasticsurgery.com model Fabia, the frienemy of Vanessa Williams' editrix Wilhelmina Slater. In a sly nod to the series' off-shore roots, Mexican telenovela actress Angélica Vale is also slated to appear. Daniel Meade should certainly like the looks of this trio. Reporting by Raven Snook
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...
Hey, tough-guy Daniel Craig! Can you get the laughs? Per the Hollywood Reporter, former 007 James Bond Pierce Brosnan will star in Spy vs. Stu, a comedy about a commitment-phobe who fears losing his one true love to a debonair superspy (Brosnan).... Per Variety, Battlestar Galactica exec producer Ronald D. Moore is penning a remake of John Carpenter's The Thing.... DreamWorks has grabbed rights to Camp Creepy Time, the forthcoming children's book authored by Gina Gershon (Bound) and concerning a summer camp that's a front for an alien-run smuggling operation.
Callie Thorne, Rescue Me
As FX gears up for the third season of its red-hot firefighter drama Rescue Me (premiering tonight at 10 pm/ET), count on Callie Thorne's Sheila to carouse and connive her way around the firehouse, causing a whole new set of problems for Denis Leary's Tommy. TVGuide.com chatted with Thorne to tease the new season (the first episode of which she had yet to see), find out what it's like hanging with the boys as well as guest stars Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei, and why she'd be willing to swing from
What is it about Gina Gershon? I mean she just oozes sensuality... edginess... all kinds of things that can be wicked in excess. Even the press notes for her new film, One Last Thing (in theaters now), peg the actress as possessing "uncommon presence" — a boast that stymies even Gershon.
"I have no idea what that means. Like, I'm an alien or something?" she laughs as TVGuide.com points out her "uncommon" classification. Or, she suggests while motioning to an imaginary appendage, "It's my 'tail' that makes me different?"
Working to take an introspective look at herself, Gershon later cops to filling "uncommon" roles. "Listen, I definitely
In other pilot casting news — and these days, there always is some — Gina Gershon (you say Showgirls; I say Bound) is set to star in NBC's Lipstick Jungle; Rachel Boston (American Dreams) has been cast in a CBS series about a young couple that moves to the woman's hometown; Kristin Lehman (Judging Amy) will star opposite Cole Hauser in the Fox legal drama Damages; and Moon Bloodgood (Eight Below) has joined ABC's Our Thirties.
Rock Star: INXS
Damn you, INXS. You brainwashed nearly every girl I went to high school with into liking guys with Michael Hutchence's long hair and savoir faire. And, in 1987, that sure wasn't me. So I'll admit I had it in for this series from the get-go. Come on... INXS? "Never Tear Us Apart"? Rock lite, maybe; not really rock star. But I was wrong, man. Finally, a musical reality show that I can get behind! Sure, Idol had Allman alternate Bo Bice, but he was an anomaly — like a successful Christian rock band. Here, we get nothing but rock-and-rollers, and it's nothin' but a good time.
Jordis: Yeah, she may be a bit young to front such a, shall we say, mature band, but she turned in a soulful "Baba O'Reilly." Daltrey would be proud.Marty: Seems like a nice guy, doesn't he? But those Jennifer Wilbanks eyes he was working during his performance of "You Re
These days, there's no denying the PR power of reality-TV. Even stars who once turned up their noses at "unscripted drama" have begun using it to boost their careers. That includes Gina Gershon — the sexpot from Bound and Showgirls — who has her own six-part series, Rocked with Gina Gershon (Fridays at 10:30 pm on IFC). The documentary-style show offers a juicy peek inside Gershon's cross-country tour in support of her movie Prey for Rock & Roll. Of course, like many reality virgins, the actress-turned-rocker was initially skeptical about letting cameras follow her around.
"When people found out I was going on tour," Gershon recalls, "I had like three or four companies coming to me saying, 'Do you want to do a reality show?' To which I quickly said, 'No [expletive] way.' I'm really private. I may not seem that way, but anything that you read about my personal life in the press is probably a lie."
Still, the 42-ye