With new summer programming like what's on display tonight, it's enough to make you miss reruns. (Well, hello, CBS! We can always count on you to do things the traditional way — at least until Big Brother returns next month.)
You could do worse than re-watching Leonard's date with Penny on The Big Bang Theory, or Person of Interest's Reese protecting Astro from last season's The X Factor or Cho's first meeting with Samaire Armstrong on The Mentalist. You could do far worse.
You could, for example, watch your brain cells atrophy by tuning into Fox's hardly-fit-for-cable combo of goofy new meat-market dating shows. (The Dating Game's Jim Lange, I miss you.) In Take Me Out (8/7c), which might as well be called Date Or No Date, it's the guy on display, trying to charm a "flirty 30" bevy of bimbos before they turn out the light on their podium, signaling their disinterest.
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So is Wilson definitely going to die on House? — Amanda
ADAM: Well, the promos for next week's episode don't paint a pretty picture, but let's try to stay positive. (His best friend is a pretty good doctor, after all!) I suspect that Wilson will stick around at least through the series finale. But it does raise the question: Can House exist without Wilson? "For better or for worse, they are bound together," Hugh Laurie says. "They share a way of looking at the world, and I think they need each other." But does that "need" portend a happy ending? "I think the audience will be happy, not because House has learned some life lessons — that's not what he's about," Laurie says. "I think people will be happy for him. The fact that he's still got a 'mud in your eye, to hell with you all' attitude, I sort of love." So let's keep the sackcloth and ashes under wraps for now, OK?
Please tell me you have more info on the big event in the Grey's Anatomy finale! — Sammy
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I have this nagging feeling that Lost from here on will focus on the Oceanic 6, at the expense of the people - my Sawyer included! - left on the island. Please tell me I'm wrong. - Lauren
Matt: I take great pleasure in telling you that you are wrong. I then laugh derisively in your general direction. Have no fear, Lauren, the left-behinders will get plenty of air time. In fact, a (probably well-tanned) setsider tells me that Elizabeth Mitchell, for one, has never had more to do and as such is busier than a one-armed paperhanger. But is she getting busy with Your Sawyer? That's the question.
After "The Kiss," can we expect a House-Cuddy romance to bloom? - Mandy
Mickey: As I learned the hard way one hot summer night in July 1987, a kiss does not necessarily equal a relationship. Then ask yourself ...
It hasn't been the easiest year for Samaire Armstrong, but anyone who thought the Dirty Sexy Money starlet would stay home and sulk can think again. At the premiere for the Australian documentary Bra Boys she stepped out in better shape than ever, hugging and high-fiving reporters on the red carpet. "I've been exercising a lot," she smiled, taking in all the compliments. Since TVGuide.com first reported that ABC is not picking up Armstrong's contract for DSM's Season 2, we wondered what will become of Juliette Darling. "I will be back for an episode or two, or however long they let me stay," Armstrong told TV Guide. The twin's exit, though, will not be a final one. "I'm alive still! I don't get into a car accident!" the actress maintained with a laugh. The question of whether or not Armstrong wanted to leave the show was met with a good-natured shrug: "Yes and no. Mostly no, but... that's the way the business goes."Recently out of rehab, Armstrong was willing to share what she's lea...
Dirty Sexy Money will be down a Darling next season. Samaire Armstrong, who plays Juliet, brat-astic celebutante and fraternal twin to Jeremy, will not be returning to the series full-time, sources confirm to me exclusively. A spokesperson for ABC Studios declined to comment, but a Dirty Sexy insider tells me that producers decided not to pick up Armstrong's contract option. The actress is, however, expected to appear on a recurring basis, her schedule permitting. Last October, Armstrong entered a treatment facility for undisclosed reasons. Producers were forced to write her out of an episode, but she was back on air the following week. Whether or not Armstrong's personal issues contributed to her demotion from series regular to occasional guest star is anyone's guess. Hey, I just thought of something: This probably explains why Seth's onetime O.C. crush was conspicuously missing from Tuesday's Dirty Sexy Money panel at Paley Fest. That's what they call putting two and two together.