Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga
At 86, Mel Brooks is still the life of the party, a consummate ham and peerless joke-spinning storyteller. "I've come to stop the show," announces the irrepressible comic dynamo as he does just that, breaking into song mid-interview and reinforcing why PBS' American Masters titled its latest must-see career profile Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (Monday, check tvguide.com listings). His brilliant career in TV (Your Show of Shows, Get Smart), the movies and Broadway makes him an overdue American Masters subject, and his unflagging comic energy keeps everyone amused — including an intrusively visible camera crew. "I'm head over heels in love with myself," Brooks says, only half-joking.
Louis Ferreira and Kristin Lehman
On ABC's new police procedural Motive, the question at the start of each episode is not who committed a crime, but why. But the looming question on the minds of the show's cast and crew is whether the Canadian show, which was the highest-rated series premiere in Canada last season, can find equal success in the States.
The Killing returned Sunday night, taking the two more steps toward finally finding out who killed Rosie Larsen. (That's official, too: The murderer will be revealed in the Season 2 finale.) So what have we learned since last year's open-ended, infuriating-to-some season-ender?
When we last left off, Councilman Richmond (Billy Campbell) had been revealed as Orpheus, a frequent Beau Soleil client, and a man without an alibi. Before he could be formally arrested, Belko (Brendan Sexton III), friend of the Larsens and unstable would-be Larsen, shot the councilman. Meanwhile, Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) who was almost en route to her fiancé learned that the most damning evidence against Richmond, a photo filed by Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman), was a fake.
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Moments later, when Season 2 picks up, a royally ticked off Linden has exited the plane with Holder in her crosshairs. Here's what we learned in the course of our own investigation of The Killing's two-hour premiere:
You'd think they'd killed somebody.
After a season crammed with multiple suspects and red herrings, AMC's moody cop drama The Killing signed off without revealing who strangled teen beauty Rosie Larsen, and many fans and critics cried foul.
The producers were blindsided by the reaction.
True Blood's Jessica Tuck is stirring up trouble on the new season of Castle, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Tuck, who plays vampire-human liaison Nan Flanagan, will guest-star as...
Nathan Fillion, Kristin Lehman
Think Castle only has eyes for Beckett? Think again.
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Castle has booked The Killing's Kristin Lehman as the latest obstacle between the would-be lovers, TVGuide.com has learned. Lehman plays Martina Kaye, a sexy art insurance investigator who joins Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) on a murder investigation that involves the theft of a valuable sculpture.
As we previously reported, when Martina meets Castle, the attraction is instant, which no doubt will make for an awkward working relationship with Beckett...
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the season finale of The Killing. Read at your own risk.]
If you were expecting to find out who killed Rosie Larsen in Sunday's season-ending hour of The Killing, you might be feeling a little frustrated. For nearly an hour, viewers calculated gas mileage, retraced Rosie's final steps, saw Darren's lies unravel, watched the Larsen family implode... all before finding out that the murder would not be solved before the credits rolled.
AMC renews The Killing for Season 2
TVGuide.com watched the finale in advance and on Thursday spoke to executive producer Veena Sud, formerly in charge of CBS crime procedural Cold Case and now responsible for adapting The Killing's original Danish counterpart Forbrydelsen for AMC, about why she's keeping viewers in the dark, if we'll ever know more about Rosie, and what we can expect in Season 2...
Lucy Hale courtesy Lucy Hale
Lucy Hale has joined NBC's Bionic Woman as Jaime Sommers' younger sister, replacing Mae Whitman (who filled the role in the pilot). Hale is best known (by me) as Robin's kid sis on How I Met Your Mother. Definitely more of a "family resemblance" now. Also, as rumored and since confirmed in the Ausiello Report, the sibling is no longer deaf, and has also gained mad hacking skills.Also per the Reporter, Julie White has been upped to series-regular status on ABC's Cavemen, where she plays nice Cro-Mag Joel's (Bill English) prospective (and WASPy) mother-in-law, while Drive's Kristin Lehman has been cast as a police detective's wife in Backyards & Bullets, an NBC pilot (formerly known as The Watch) about a neighborhood-watch program gone extreme.
Question: Prior to its initial airing, I sent two "e-mauls" to the official Drive site predicting the show would fail and ultimately be canceled. I can sum up the reason in two words: Kristin Lehman. I have absolutely nothing against this woman, but facts speak for themselves. Check her history: Each and every show she has joined has tanked, and I suspect that, sad to say, it has something to do with the way she looks. While not a terribly ugly woman, she does have this look about her that says, "Do not leave this woman in your place alone, 'cause she'll steal all the change out of your dish and let your cat run off out of sheer meanness." Perhaps it's her beady eyes, who knows? Whatever the case, there is nothing either warm or inviting about this woman. Aside from The Office, there isn't one program that I have been wrong about being canceled in the past 15 years. Let's wait and see if I'm right this time also.
Answer: Generally speaking, if you predict a TV show will fail, you'll be
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.