Many observers will try to compare Elizabeth McCord, the fictional Madam Secretary (of State) winningly played by Téa Leoni, to Hillary Clinton — given the high-profile government cabinet position, and the hair color, and a Benghazi-like crisis by the second episode. But the real comparison to be made is with the show's Sunday night companion piece on CBS: The Good Wife, and that's where this well-meaning and generally entertaining Madam comes up a bit short.
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about the midseason finale of Suits. Read at your own risk.]
Unlike poor Ned Stark, whom he played in Game of Thrones' first season, Sean Bean won't be losing his head anytime soon as Martin Odum, the rugged chameleon hero of TNT's Legends (Wednesday, 9/8c). Losing his mind, however, might be an occupational hazard.
The best parts of this otherwise disappointingly generic spy thriller depict Bean burrowing into Martin's psyche as a (what else, and wait for it) legendary FBI deep-cover operative, who commits so fully to his carefully manufactured false identities, or "legends," that he signs alimony checks with his alias's name. His unsteady sense of self only gets more confused when a hooded stranger warns him that Martin isn't even really Martin, that "everything about him is fake."
Yes, in case you haven't guessed, this special agent is apparently Bourne again, and if Legends itself falls short of instant-icon status (despite producers with Homeland and 24 among their credits), it's no fault of Bean's, who is riveting as he occasionally morphs into character before his colleagues' amazed eyes.
Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Wednesday's season premiere of Suits. Read at your own risk.]
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams
Mike is gone from Pearson Specter, but most definitely not forgotten.
After Mike (Patrick J. Adams) accepted Jonathan Sidwell's investment banking job offer last season on Suits, Season 4 (premieres Wednesday, 9/8, USA) will pick up three months later with the former faux lawyer still at his new gig.
"We didn't want to give Mike the job offer unless he was going to take the job," executive producer Aaron Korsh tells TVGuide.com. "And the other part is, we didn't want him to take the job, go there and then undo it ...
From one well-dressed character to (presumably) another: Neal McDonough, who memorably portrayed dapper Justified villain Robert Quarles in the FX drama's third season, is about to...
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Thursday's Season 3 finale of Suits. Read at your own risk.]
Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada
Made you jump. It's about time a Syfy show had that effect on us again.
Syfy's Helix (Friday, 10/9c) is a chiller in every sense of the word, a welcome return to gripping sci-fi form for a network that has lately ceded bragging rights to AMC (The Walking Dead), FX (American Horror Story) and even The CW (The Vampire Diaries) in the competitive arena of hardcore genre buzz. The spirit of Michael Crichton permeates this claustrophobic exercise in suspenseful paranoia, from Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore and series creator Cameron Porsandeh, who sets the first season almost entirely at an icy Arctic research compound that's actually a hothouse for mysteriously grisly medical experiments.
Zeljko Ivanek will guest-star on Revolution this season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
The Argo star will play ...
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.