While the Olympians continue to dominate the TV spotlight in Sochi, another gathering of championship talent takes a bow in the weekend's other gold-medal event: PBS's Great Performances presentation of National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Friday, 9/8c, check tvguide.com listings).
Laurence Olivier led the National Theatre upon its founding in 1963, and he and other luminaries are seen in vintage clips from past productions, interspersed throughout a dazzling evening of live re-enactments and tantalizing excerpts from landmark plays, including Angels in America, Stuff Happens, The History Boys and War Horse. Fans of Downton Abbey will delight to see the Dowager Countess Maggie Smith in her 1964 prime, vamping in ...
Mary McDonnell, Jon Tenney
Finally, we have come to the end of our second season. Major Crimes will not only finish up business it started last week, but also answer some questions it asked last November, last summer and last year. The manner in which identity and character combine to form human nature - our nineteen episode theme — will, of course, remain a mystery, but we have framed our inquiry as well as we could.
Part of that frame involves dramatizing how two boys from similar circumstances could have turned out so differently. I won't give away our ending — I've never wanted to use this opportunity to present spoilers — but it won't take long to spot the numerous similarities between Rusty and his would-be murderer: both abandoned, both abused as teenagers, both affected by the addiction and drug problems of their respective mothers, and the comparisons do not end there. They see themselves in each other, yet every resemblance is superficial....
Graham Patrick Martin
Monday's Major Crimes finale will attempt to close the book on a major chapter of the show.
As Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) & Co. try to find the killer who attacked Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) to prevent him from testifying against serial rapist Philip Stroh (Billy Burke), Rusty will have his day in court.
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"I felt like it was time to put Rusty on the stand and that it was time to see what Sharon's tutelage had accomplished," creator James Dufftells TVGuide.com. "It was time to help get a little closure to the ongoing emotional arc we have been dealing with between Rusty and Sharon in the matter of Philip Stroh. It doesn't mean [Rusty's] out of the woods. It just means things are looking up for him."
Indeed, while Rusty has no more run-ins with his attempted killer, he will face off against Stroh's bulldog of an attorney ....
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristen Bell, Kevin Bacon
The U.S. Supreme Court issued two landmark rulings related to the issue of same-sex marriage Wednesday. First, the court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional — paving the way for legally married same-sex couples to receive the same federal benefits as straight married couples. Second, the Court dismissed an appeal against California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state — meaning that same-sex marriage can resume in California.
Celebrities took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the rulings. Here are some of their reactions:
Mark Valley, Dana Delany
The Walking Dead may be over for the season, but television viewers can still get their zombie fix with Tuesday's episode of Body of Proof.
On Tuesday's episode, titled "Skin and Bones," Megan (Dana Delany) and Tommy (Mark Valley) may be dealing with a killing spree at the hands of the undead. WhenTommy is bitten while investigating a murder, and the staff at the medical examiner's office find more than one rabies case on their hands, some members of the team believe that it's the work of zombies.
Ivan Sergei, Jeri Ryan
Where's Olivia Pope when you need her? Body of Proof's ambitious chief medical examiner and congressional candidate Kate Murphy (Jeri Ryan) hasn't even been elected yet and she's already facing her first potential scandal on this week's episode (Tuesday, 10/9c, ABC). While making an appearance at a ritzy Russian political gala, Kate strikes up a conversation with a tall, dark, secretive Ukrainian attaché named Sergei Damanov (Ivan Sergei). "Sergei and Kate have this very steamy, very passionate thing," Ryan says. "And then it gets complicated."
Murphy in '13?
Tuesday's conclusion of Body of Proof's two-part Season 3 premiere cemented a plotline that had been hinted at last week: that Chief Medical Examiner Kate Murphy (Jeri Ryan) is running for office, and her colleagues in the medical examiner's office — especially Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) — are less than thrilled about it.
Body of Proof creator and executive producer Matthew Gross has made it no secret that his ABC drama has undergone quite a makeover during its 10-month hiatus. But should existing fans be worried that they'll be watching a completely new series when Season 3 premieres (Tuesday at 10/9c, ABC)?
Yes and no.
Body of Proof
When Body of Proof returns for its third season on Feb. 5, it sounds like medical examiner Megan Hunt may be trading in her lab coat for something much more — ahem — revealing.
"It's a little silly in the high heels, I have to admit. I feel like I should be wearing a catsuit or something," star Dana Delany said with a laugh of the new season's increased action sequences at ABC's winter TV preview Thursday. "I've even had a gun in my hand a couple of times, which medical examiners don't normally do. There's a lot more action and it's a fun show to watch."
Hunt will indeed be getting more action this season as part of a larger plan to try to reenergize the ABC procedural after ratings spiked for the final three episodes of Season 2, which revolved around a serial killer. "We've decided to continue that momentum to make stories that are more...
Body Of Proof
A new member of the team! A new man in her life! For Body of Proof's prickly protagonist Megan Hunt (Dana Delany), learning that her boss is dating her ex-husband in the Season 1 finale was just the tip of the iceberg. Here are six things you need to know for the new season:
6. There's a new girl in town: Season 2 will introduce a new employee, Dani (Nathalie Kelley), who drives the van for the medical examiner's office. "I think they did a great job [casting] because what you notice is the people who work in the morgue are not what you'd expect," Delany tells TVGuide.com. "They're often covered in tattoos and kind of hip, groovy, interesting people that work in a morgue, and that's what...