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Roush Review: An Affair to Remember, and More Tuesday TV

Covert Affairs

Escapism is USA Network's specialty, especially in the busy summer season, and rarely achieved more effortlessly than in the appealing Tuesday night combo of White Collar and Covert Affairs. Tonight's unusually ambitious Affairs episode (10/9c) is a great escape for several reasons. It takes us far away, to exotic Istanbul — filmed on location (not exactly an everyday occurrence on a basic-cable budget), and having just returned from that region a week ago, I assure you it's as fabulous as it looks here — and as an added bonus, we're in very good company, because the story focuses on the show's not-so-secret weapon, scene-stealer Christopher Gorham's affable blind CIA agent Auggie Anderson...
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Lisa Kudrow on Her Cable-TV Comeback, Web Therapy

Lisa Kudrow, Web Therapy

Fiona Wallice is affected, self-entitled and narcissistic. She is a former businesswoman who stumbled into therapy and then when she found other people's lives too tedious to tolerate, she modified her job into a new "treatment modality," she calls "Web Therapy." Give her three minutes and she'll give you ... something, even if it's just further confusion.

Fiona is the character Lisa Kudrow developed alongside Don Roos and partner Dan Bucatinsky for Web Therapy, an Internet series that bowed on L/Studio in three-minute bursts in 2008, and has now been converted into a cable series for Showtime by combining webisodes and fleshing out previously unseen aspects of Fiona's personal life.

At the show's heart is Kudrow, who spends nary a minute off-screen. Web Therapy (Tuesday, 11/10c, Showtime) finds Kudrow doing that thing that is uniquely hers...
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Betty White, SNL Stars to Toast Tina Fey

Betty White

Betty White and a handful of Saturday Night Live stars will be on hand to honor Tina Fey when she accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor later this year.

White will join Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen and SNL creator Lorne Michaels at the ...
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Lily Tomlin Celebrates Emmy, Mourns Damages

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin already has six Primetime Emmys and one Daytime Emmy, but that didn't make her nod as guest actress in a drama for Damages any less sweet. But she was just as deeply disappointed that the series, which has likely been canceled, did not get acknowledged in the best drama category. "I was just sick about that. That kind of took the steam out of it," she tells TV Guide Magazine. The best thing about playing her character, Marilyn, was "that she was not... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Royal Pains Does Damages

Royal Pains

Cheers to Royal Pains for keeping the spirit of Damages alive. FX may not have renewed its superb legal thriller, but two of its alums have found summer jobs on USA's breezy medical dramedy. Campbell Scott, so chilling as Joe Tobin—the WASP Michael Corleone—on Season 3 of Damages, has reprised his recurring Royal Pains role as Boris, the cagey billionaire with ... read more

Damages: Ellen and Patty Are on a (New) Collision Course

Damages

Damages is trying something a little different for its third season: Patty without Ellen.

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When the gripping FX legal thriller returns (Monday, Jan. 25 at 10/9c), Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) won't have her protégé-nemesis, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), at her side. After finally getting Patty to admit she tried to have Ellen killed, Ellen has made good on her promise and left Hewes and Associates in her rearview mirror.

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Damages Adds Campbell Scott, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine

Martin Short, Lily Tomlin, Keith Carradine

FX's Damages returns to production for its third season this week with four big names added to its cast: Campbell Scott, Martin Short, Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine.

Campbell Scott (Royal Pains) and Martin Short (Primetime Glick) have become series regulars, while Lily Tomlin (The West Wing) and Keith Carradine (Dexter) join as special guest stars. Details of their roles... read more

Jeers: Three More's a Crowd on Housewives

Gail O’Grady, Frances Conroy and Lily Tomlin

Jeers to Desperate Housewives for squandering three terrific actresses in one-dimensional parts. Read, discuss and vote on this complete Jeer after the jump. read more

Housewives Rings Up Lily Tomlin for Sister Act

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Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, a major West Wing fan, is further mining the political drama's cast for his own show.Cherry has tapped Lily Tomlin for the recurring role of Mrs. McCluskey's sister for Housewives' new season. Kathryn Joosten, who plays Mrs. McCluskey, was President Bartlet's first assistant, Mrs. Landingham, on The West Wing, while Tomlin was his second. — William KeckUse our Online Video Guide to watch full episodes of Desperate Housewives. read more

No 12 Miles of Bad Road Ahead for HBO

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Not long after Carolyn Strauss vacated her post as HBO entertainment president, the cabler on Monday confirmed that 12 Miles of Bad Road would not be making its schedule. A one-hour comedy from Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, 12 Miles stars Lily Tomlin as the matriarch of a stupid-rich Texas family. The pilot's cast included Gary Cole, Mary Kay Place, Leslie Jordan and Ivana Milicevic.Perhaps forecasting the show's fate, producers for the past few weeks have been shopping the six already-produced episodes to other networks.Related:• Gary Cole and Lily Tomlin Join Cast of 12 Miles• HBO Gives a Pilot Order to 12 Miles read more

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