Cheers to Justified for turning Larenz Tate back into a Menace II Society.
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The charismatic actor first broke out as teenage gangsta O-Dog in the Hughes Brothers' 1993 inner-city saga. Since then, he's mostly played nice guys in movies like Love Jones and on TV series like FX's Rescue Me. The cable net's top-notch crime drama let Tate cross over to the wrong side of the law as a violent convict who flees a halfway house — and who happens to be the ex-brother-in-law of Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel). She teams with Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) to track him down....
"It's not easy dealing with a Gavin!" Rescue Me star Larenz Tate tells TVGuide.com. Truer words were never spoken. Tate's alter ego, Black Shawn, still has a wild relationship with Colleen Gavin (Natalie Distler). And last week he endured a decidedly un-P.C. hose-down from her father, Tommy (Denis Leary). It's just going to get more dramatic this week when Shawn attends a Gavin family dinner at the request of Colleen's sister. Tate offers a preview of what's to come.
Joshua Jackson, aka Dawson's Creek's Pacey (aka one of the last guys to mack on a pre-TC Katie Holmes), is scrubbing in for a "several-episode" Grey's Anatomy stint as a doctor, starting with this season's Episode 11.... Also per Variety, Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) is the wife of Joseph Fiennes' sex-change-bound family man in the FX pilot Pretty Handsome (né 4 oz.).... Logan Marshall-Green (Traveler) and Larenz Tate (Love Monkey) have landed roles on the NBC cop-drama pilot Blue Blood.... Megan Dodds (Urbania) and Christina Vidal (I Think I Love My Wife) are lawyers in an untitled legal thriller for NBC.
Question: I have recently started watching Love Monkey reruns on VH1 and have completely fallen in love with the show. (Tom Cavanagh rules!) I only wish I and about a million other people had started watching the show earlier so that we could all look forward to many seasons to come. My question: Oftentimes, such as with Love Monkey or My So-Called Life, other channels will pick up episodes and rerun them for the "cult" fans. Why can't these same channels actually produce new episodes for the show, knowing they already have a large fan base? Is it that difficult to obtain rights to a show that another network has already canceled?
Answer: From what I've read of VH1's numbers for Love Monkey so far, I wouldn't overestimate how "large" that fan base is, though it certainly deserves one. The basic issue here is that cable networks like VH1 simply don't have the budget to produce costly new episodes of a sophisticated scripted drama (with A-list actors like Cavanagh, Judy Greer, Larenz Tate
John Lithgow will star in the NBC comedy pilot Twenty Good Years, about two fiftysomething men who decide to make the most of the next two decades.... Jay Mohr is set to perform Community Service in an NBC comedy about an arrogant New Yorker who gets "stuck" in his quaint Ohio hometown.... Justine Bateman has been cast (and perhaps might even wear underwear) as the sister of Patricia Heaton's recent widow in an as-yet-untitled ABC comedy.... Larenz Tate has joined the Joe Pantoliano-fronted CBS drama Waterfront.