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Arrested Development Blame vacation...

Zach Braff, Scrubs

Arrested Development Blame vacation hangover, but I'm betting I missed about half of the references to AD's imminent cancellation or (please!) move to another network, and the not-desperate ratings stunts they cribbed from other shows. Of course, I don't even have to say this, but please write in with what I've left out. There was the promise before the credits that someone would die and that the show would be live, the 3-D tomato toss and the flashing SaveOurBluths.org. So as not to break the third wall, that thinly veiled plot about raising money for a new attorney opened the door for the Bluths to beg for their survival, and to discuss whether they'd received help from the Home Builders' Organization (HBO, for those of you not yet over those hangovers) or if they'd have to read more

Go into the light, Danny. All...

Go into the light, Danny. All are welcome! All are welcome! Yup, Poltergeist's Jobeth Williams played the mysterious lady friend of Danny's late father. In a turn of events that shocked absolutely no one, she and Rachael Leigh Cook ended up being mother-daughter grifters, trying to trick our man out of 100,000 bucks. Even though on the surface Danny seems hot and clueless, that's all an act (well, except the hot part). He caught the thieves before they could hightail it out of town. Then we were treated to one of those awkward scenes where Penny Posin was like (I'm paraphrasing here), "I really, really like you. It just started out as a scheme but once I really, really saw you and once I really, really slept with you, I changed my mind. I realized that the money meant nothing because I was like really, really into you. Seriously. It was better than Cats. Forgive me." And then Cook made her grand exit. It was a touching scene. I almost cried. That is, un read more

You know how last week NBC forced...

You know how last week NBC forced a Crossing Jordan-Las Vegas crossover episode on us? Too. Early. This week the show redeemed itself in my eyes. The Wedding Singer old lady made me laugh and scared me at the same time (it's those eyes). And that's after Monica had Danny shake what his mama gave him to get said old lady to vacate her house that was uglying up the Montecito grounds. Turns out she shot a mean old mobster 60 years earlier and buried him underneath her house. Trust me, this was funny. Remember when I said Lara Flynn Boyle's character was obnoxious? Well, I still think so. But now I think she's good obnoxious. Monica got hers at the end, though, when Mike and Danny found her stuck in her hotel-room shower (that she designed!). Loved the two pals doing the whole Rock, Scissors, Paper bit to see who would save her nekkid self. Survivor alum Colby Donaldson popped in; he played one of Sam's whales that she had a ser read more

If you love topless women with...

If you love topless women with ample assets, Ed, Mike and Danny solving a couple capers and yes, more guest stars than you can shake a stick at, then you've come to the right casino. Counterfeit chips keep Ed and Mike busy. No less than Richard Lewis, Paul Anka and Dennis Rodman ante up for a pseudo celebrity-poker showdown with Danny. At this point, I really was hoping Phil Gordon and Dave Foley would make a surprise appearance. Instead we get to hear Rodman ask when the Pussycat Dolls go on. Las Vegas, you slay me. At least you have the good sense to bring Mitch back into the security fold. Welcome back, Mitch Longley! One of my favorite over-the-top moments (out of so many) is when Ed is interrogating some Barbie doll who seems to be bestest buds with the word "like." She like, talks like this but can't really like, tell her story in a way like, anyone would understand. OK? Like, totally! As for Lara Flynn Boyle, her read more

Duhamel Calls "New" Vegas a Sure Thing

Josh Duhamel

Just as a hung-over couple wonders what the fallout will be from their drunken vow-exchange at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, the cast and crew of NBC's Las Vegas have to wonder what sort of impact several cast additions and subtractions, as well as glitzy new set-piece attractions, will have on the series' future. On board for Season 3 (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET): The Practice's Lara Flynn Boyle as Monica Mancuso, the newly renovated Montecito's savvy, sexy new owner; Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That) as Penny Posin, a potential new love interest for Josh Duhamel's Danny McCoy; and a massive (40,000 square-foot) new casino set as, well, a massive casino. Now missing from the action: original cast member read more

Las Vegas Bets on Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara Flynn Boyle

Here is one secret that Sin City can’t keep: Lara Flynn Boyle is back. The woman who survived rampant rumors of anorexia, a public firing from ABC’s The Practice and an eyebrow-raising romance with Hollywood heavy Jack Nicholson will heat up the Strip this fall as a new costar on NBC’s Las Vegas. Boyle will play Monica Mancuso, a billionaire widow who takes over the newly renovated Montecito (the old casino blew up in the Season 2 finale). "She’s the mystery buyer from last season," reveals Las Vegas creator Gary Scott Thompson. Adds Boyle, "She is a woman with a wad of cash. Only Monica bought a casino [with it] instead of a lot of sho read more

Whoa — time for the casting switcheroo...

Whoa — time for the casting switcheroo again. New Clara. Does Joanna Going really look so much older than Rachael Leigh Cook that we needed a new face rather than some makeup? I'll say it once more: The baby powder in the hair and lines around the eyes may not fool anyone, but it's a miniseries staple we've come to accept. I mean, they stuck with Irene Bedard as Margaret Light Shines, and that works fine for me. Moving on....What can you say about the tragedy of the ghost dance? As if the Indians hadn't suffered and seen their hopes crushed enough, here comes a new hope destined to be crushed — and one that'll cost lives. "You just leave it alone, and likely as not the whole craze'll just die down on its own," Robert says of it, adding that locking up Sitting Bull will create the real problem that the dance isn't. Even then, I wonder if the problem might not have been so deadly had Royer shown everyone the bullet hole he blew in the ghost shirt, thus prov read more

Whoa — time for the casting switcheroo...

Whoa — time for the casting switcheroo again. New Clara. Does Joanna Going really look so much older than Rachael Leigh Cook that we needed a new face rather than some makeup? I'll say it once more: The baby powder in the hair and lines around the eyes may not fool anyone, but it's a miniseries staple we've come to accept. I mean, they stuck with Irene Bedard as Margaret Light Shines, and that works fine for me. Moving on....What can you say about the tragedy of the ghost dance? As if the Indians hadn't suffered and seen their hopes crushed enough, here comes a new hope destined to be crushed — and one that'll cost lives. "You just leave it alone, and likely as not the whole craze'll just die down on its own," Robert says of it, adding that locking up Sitting Bull will create the real problem that the dance isn't. Even then, I wonder if the problem might not have been so deadly had Royer shown everyone the bullet hole he blew in the ghost shirt, thus prov read more

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