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Weekend TV: Sherlock and Jesse Stone; Finale Fever

Tom Selleck

The timing is as uncanny as the sleuth is eternal. On the heels of CBS announcing a promising new modern-day Sherlock Holmes series Elementary for fall, PBS' Masterpiece Mystery! wraps the second season of brilliant contemporary Sherlock movies on Sunday (check local listings) with its most dizzying and dazzlingly literary adventure yet.
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Lifetime Renews Army Wives, Sets Diva Premiere, Orders Project Runway All Stars

Army Wives

In addition to renewing Army Wives for a sixth season and setting a June 19 return for Drop Dead Diva, Lifetime has announced Monday it had ordered an all-stars edition of Project Runway and several new series.

Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass and Clay Aiken appearing on Drop Dead Diva

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Lifetime Orders Drama Starring Sons of Anarchy's Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Lifetime has picked up the procedural dramas Against the Wall and Exit 19, the network announced Monday. Both series received 13-episode orders.

Exit 19 stars Sons of Anarchy actress Ally Walker as Gloria, a divorced mother who juggles her demanding personal and professional life as an intuitive LAPD homicide detective. The drama co-stars Chris Payne Gilbert as Walker's character's  brother Davey, Tisha Campbell-Martin (My Wife and Kids) as her police partner and Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan) as their boss.

Jeffrey Bell (V), Nina Wass (Less Than Perfect) and Gene Stein (Accidentally on Purpose) executive-produced the pilot from ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.

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Benjamin Bratt Returns to TV as The Cleaner

Benjamin Bratt by Danny Feld/A&E

Benjamin Bratt returns to series TV finally with the gritty hopeful drama The Cleaner Tuesdays at 10 pmET AE which follows a recovering addict in charge of a crew of extreme interventionists wholl stop at nothing to help others find treatment We hit him up for a quick fix Damian HolbrookTV Guide Just as you come back to TV Chris Noth leaves another Law Order Did Dick Wolf call and offer you your old badge Benjamin Bratt Not this time [Laughs]TV Guide Why return to series TV nowBratt At the end of the day I simply want to work I feel like Im at my best when Im working and the lines are really blurred between the mediums Any actor worth his salt would be content doing good work be it in film TV or stage Of course the added bonus of this being an AE show is there is a creative freedom in our approach to the drama that allows for a more authentic feelTV Guide Kidnapping Carjacking The character seems a little above the law n read more

Burn Baby Burn II

Theres only one thing worse than the sound of nails on a blackboard - the dentist drill That has got to be one of the worse sounds in the entire universe And we were all lucky enough to hear it in the opening sequence of MediumFor the second half of a two-part arch this was a rather lackluster Medium and a let down from the excitement of last weeks episode I knew last week that Graham hadnt killed his wife So why drag it out here Besides arent most crimes all about the Benjamins Once you knew there was a large insurance policy and really how much is the monthly payment on 7 million you had to know that it went farther than the husbandNow your mouth is ready for anything the dentist quipped before pummeling poor Sally in her newly designed mouth Tell me something is this show getting more violent Or has it always been this way and I just never noticed It also seems that it is terribly violent towards women I mean read more

Burn Baby Burn

The folks over at Medium have done it again with the knock-out opening It was a cheery choice of music playing as Ariel watched her classmate Owen wave good-bye to his mother The mother is none other than Journeymans Gretchen Egolf Its good to see shes working even if her show is not slated to come back next fall Sadness But it was hard to watch her pour gasoline all over herself and then light the match And then Ariel woke up I would be torn apart if I knew my daughter my 15-year old daughter no less was having these kinds of dreams It would be heartbreaking to know what she was going through and knowing there was nothing you could do about it On a happier note this episode had a little bit of everything and so many storylines Im not sure I caught everything It was great to see Bruce Gray return as Joes dad and as usual he was trying to warn Allison about something First she dreamed of him at the driving range with Joe discussing read more

Movie News: Naomi Watts Is for The Birds, and More

Naomi Watts courtesy Focus Features

Naomi Watts will star in a big-screen reimagining of the Daphne du Maurier short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Martin Campbell is in talks to direct, and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle will produce.... Also per Variety, Ricky Bobby hottie Leslie Bibb is Miss Nobody in an indie comedy about a mild-mannered secretary who learns she has a knack for knocking people off. Adam Goldberg, Missy Pyle and Kathy Baker will also star.... Simon Baker has the lead role as a bank manager haunted by the death of his daughter in the psychological thriller Not Forgotten. read more

Death Becomes Kumar's Harold, More Casting News

John Cho and Kal Penn in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle courtesy New Line

John Cho will guest-star as a private-school principal who squares off with Eddie Kaye Thomas' public school veep in three episodes of Fox's 'Til Death this coming season. With Kal Penn now on House, both Harold and Kumar should have plenty of cash for future White Castle runs. Also per the Hollywood Reporter, Jessalyn Gilsig, aka the mom of Heroes' Claire, has joined the cast of NBC's Backyards & Bullets pilot, playing Mathew St. Patrick's wife.... Camryn Manheim (Ghost Whisperer), Leslie Hope (24) and Kathy Baker (Picket Fences) are all on board for Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, the fifth installment in CBS' hit TV-movie franchise. read more

Fall 2007: Kathy Baker Enters Killer Fields

Who's doing what this pilot season, says the Reporter and Variety:• Kathy Baker (Picket Fences) is Amber Tamblyn's mother in CBS' Babylon Fields, where the two of them must again contend with the resurrected abusive husband/father whom they killed with an ax. Awk.Ward.• Get-ready-to-feel-old alert: Kelly Rutherford plays mom to the lead girl (Blake Lively) in the CW's Gossip Girl. Also on board for the pilot is Florencia Lozano (One Life to Live).• Jaime Ray Newman (Veronica Mars) has landed the lead in the CW's I Am Paige Armstrong, playing a disenfranchised congressional aide who decides to run against her boss.• Michael Arden and Ron McLarty have joined Amy Sherman-Palladino's The Return of Jezebel James.• Victoria Pratt (Day Break) has joined ABC's Dirty Sexy Money.• Kevin Dunn (The Path to 9/11) is amnesiac Christina Applegate's dad in ABC's Sam I Am. read more

At the Movies: Buffy Alum Joins Book Club

Per Variety, Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a recent candidate to play Sam's new love interest on ER), Lynn Redgrave and Kathy Baker have joined the big-screen adaptation of The Jane Austen Book Club. Already on board are the likes of Maria Bello, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace and Jimmy Smits.... Per the Hollywood Reporter, Project Greenlight's Chris Moore is making his directing debut with Killers, a horror-action flick about a group of friends forced into a game where they have to snuff each other. Patrick Flueger (The 4400), Agnes Bruckner and Taryn Manning star. read more

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