Rose Byrne and Glenn Close
When Damages returns Wednesday (at 10 on DirecTV) for its fourth season, Patty Hewes will be alone and seeing a shrink, while Ellen Parsons takes aim at her first big case against a powerful private military contractor.
Turns out three long years have passed and much has changed since that day on the dock in the third season finale when Ellen asked Patty: "Was it all worth it?" Series executive producers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman say it's a question that will continue to be answered by both women throughout the season. They talk to TVGuide.com about the changes in Patty, why Ellen keeps coming back for more, the show's move from FX to DirecTV and their early plans for Season 5.
After more than three months off the air, NBC's The Event returns Monday night with a fresh dose of alien drama and even more questions than the first 10 episodes provided answers. Here's a refresher course on where we last saw our characters and a few spoilers on what's coming next:
Glee, Grey's Anatomy, Blue Bloods
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So, will Kurt be back with New Directions on Glee any time soon? — Lizzie
ADAM: Sorry to break it to you, Lizzie, but Kurt will still be singing with the Warblers at least through Regionals. That means he won't be singing Glee's original song, the geek anthem "Loser Like Me," either. But don't worry, Kurt and the Warblers have their own underdog ode. Hint: It's by Pink!
I can't believe we won't get a new episode of Grey's Anatomy until March 24. Can you give us some scoop to tide us over? —Rachel
NATALIE: In the next new episode, Arizona is going to see a new side of Callie. "Callie has this obsession with baby showers, and she has this massive need for attention and girliness," Jessica Capshaw tells us. "Arizona keeps guessing wrong on what Callie would want and Mark keeps guessing correctly. Arizona just gets sick of it, so Callie gives...
Blair Underwood, Sofia Vergara, Scott Caan
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I love Halloween episodes! Tell me about Modern Family's. — Denis
MICKEY: It'll focus on a horror of another sort: Gloria's accent! "She tries to fix her accent, but of course that doesn't happen," Sofia Vergara tells us. Ariel Winter, who plays Gloria's brainy step-granddaughter Alex, adds: "Gloria takes on some new weird way of speaking." Since "Ay, Manny!" is already my favorite non sequitur exclamation, I can't wait to see what rich verbal stylings Mrs. Delgado-Pritchett will serve up next.
Can you give me some scoop about Danno on Hawaii Five-0? — Nikki
ADAM: Tired of his ex-wife's angry phone calls? Get ready to...
What is the event of The Event? That's the question posed by this intriguing NBC pilot, and obviously no easy answer is forthcoming. What's clear is that, much like Lost and 24 and the serialized dramas that came before it, The Event will be about the journey and not the destination. The show heads out to each commercial break with a head-scratching cliffhanger. It's an intricate, scrambled narrative with lots of "eleven days earlier"-type title cards, but for the purpose of this recap, I'm going to (try to) keep things relatively simple and sequential. Let's dive in, shall we?
Devastating to the last shot: That was AMC's Breaking Bad this remarkable season. Sunday's season finale didn't so much wrap things up as trap our anti-heroes in a terrifying no-exit vortex that forces Walt to force Jesse to cross the final line of no return—to commit cold-blooded murder to save their skins.
No half measures for this series, ever. And harking back to the brilliant "Fly" episode, the contamination (moral) is now complete.
Jason Ritter (The Event), Jordana Spiro and Becki Newton (Love Bites)
NBC has ordered three new series — high-concept drama The Event and comedies Outsourced and Love Bites — for the 2010-11 TV season, the network announced Friday.
NBC picks up new J.J. Abrams drama series
Starring Jason Ritter (The Class), The Event is a conspiracy thriller that follows Ritter's character as he investigates the disappearance of his fiancée (Disturbia's Sarah Roemer), only to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history ...
Damages - Glenn Close, Tate Donovan, Rose Byrne
After a trademark twisty season, Damages' 90-minute finale (Monday at 10/9c on FX) will finally reveal who murdered Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan). But the more important question, according to co-creators and executive producers Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman, is this: How will Patty (Glenn Close) and Ellen (Rose Byrne) move forward after Tom's death?
Damages: Tate Donovan reacts to the season premiere's shocking twist
"The most important part of the show for us is Ellen and Patty — their relationship and what makes them tick," Zelman says. "There's a certain amount of emotion in that relationship between the two women that is certainly going to play throughout the finale."
This week on Fox's House (Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET), an impatient patient takes hostages at Princeton-Plainsboro until what ails him can be determined. So complex is his diagnosis, and so taut is the tension, that the hour-long drama demands an extra seven minutes to unspool (so adjust your DVR).
In preparing to tell this story, executive producer Katie Jacobs — who also directed the episode — picked the brain of real-life SWAT team members who have been involved in near-identical hospital face-offs. "One had a really interesting story about how ...
Heroes' next chapter already has a new baddie cast and ready for the kill (maybe). Zeljko Ivanek, who just won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor on Damages, will be joining the gifted ones as a character called "The Hunter."
According to E!, Ivanek will arrive in episode 14, which is the first of Volume Four: Fugitives. The new volume is expected to hit the air in January or February 2009, with creator Tim Kring rumored to be writing the premiere installment.
Who, then will the new guy be after?