Cheers & Jeers


Cheers: Fringe's Torv De Force

Anna Torv by George Holz/Fox

Cheers to J.J. Abrams for casting another dy-no-mite actress in one of his shows. The man who brought us Keri Russell (Felicity), Jennifer Garner (Alias) and Evangeline Lilly (Lost) has discovered another kick-ass femme with Fringe's Anna Torv. The little-known Aussie displays a flawless American accent and brings a welcome gravitas to Abrams' outlandish sci-fi rookie as an FBI agent investigating X-Files-ish mysteries. (Plus, Abrams found a good excuse to get Torv to strip down her soaking-wet skivvies in the pilot.) If only slightly miscast costar Joshua Jackson could keep Pacey...er, pace. • Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Cheers: Everyone's a Critic!

Entourage courtesy HBO

Cheers to Richard Roeper and Michael Phillips for keeping their senses of humor. Even as their run on the syndicated At the Movies has come to an end — they're being replaced by Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz — the tireless Chicago critics continue their work, hilariously panning Vincent Chase's faux epic Medellin on the season premiere of Entourage. (Roeper says Vinnie's fat suit and bad prosthetics "make him look like the love child of Jiminy Glick and a box of Twinkies," while Phillips adds, "Al Pacino called: He wants his Scarface accent back.") Roeper promsies he'll continue the legacy of Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel with a new syndicated series, and I give that idea — you guessed it — two thumbs up.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Cheers: Hail Mary!

Mary Carillo by Steve Freeman/NBC

Cheers to Mary Carillo for doing faultless double duty. Her travelogues were among the highlights of NBC’s Beijing Olympics coverage, especially when she sampled some outlandish local cuisine (scorpions on a stick, anyone?). Now the former tennis pro has returned stateside to provide expert commentary for CBS’ coverage of the U.S. Open, where her levelheadedness is always a perfect counterpoint to John McEnroe’s volatility. In any arena, Carillo’s an ace.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Reader's Jeer of the Week: Model Misbehavior

Isis and Clark by Michael Desmond/The CW

Posted by Stefunny77...Jeers to the contestants on this season of America's Next Top Model. Most of them were closed-minded about transgendered contestant Isis, calling her names and saying she didn't belong in the competition. Southern contestant Clark even said that "if you go out on the streets like that where I'm from, you get shot." I say if that's true, it's because of judgmental people like her.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Cheers: Sons and Daughters

Katey Sagal in Sons of Anarchy by Ray Mickshaw/FX

Cheers to Sons of Anarchy for revving up its female roles. You wouldn't expect a show about an biker gang to be a good vehicle for actresses, but FX's new drama features three strong women: a seriously deglamorized, post-Sopranos Drea De Matteo as a pregnant meth-head; Maggie Siff (so good as Don Draper's businesswoman lover on Mad Men) as a doctor who can't put her biker-chick past behind her; and Katey Sagal (creator Kurt Sutter's real-life wife), who shines as the Sons' Machiavellian matriarch. Peg Bundy would be so proud.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Jeers: 90210 — Wrong Number!

Shenae Grimes by Michael Desmond/The CW

Jeers to 90210 for trying too hard to be "adult." At its heart, the CW's high-school remake remains inoffensive, yet like a teenager desperate to shock the 'rents, it keeps talking (and sometimes acting) dirty. An implied oral-sex scene here. Gratuitous uses of the words "vagina" and "penis" there. And an "ass" fixation that would make Sir Mix-A-Lot blush. It's almost like the CW is hoping 90210 will get condemned by the Parents Television Council. After all, look what that did for Gossip Girl's ratings. • Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Jeers: Deal With the Devil

Deal or No Deal by Trae Patton/NBC Photo

Jeers to NBC for giving viewers a raw Deal. Did the Peacock have to crow so loudly over Deal or No Deal's first million-dollar winner in advance? The network sent out a suspense-spoiling press release a week before the episode aired. Even if you're not on NBC's e-mailing list, you couldn't miss the not-so-subtle hints peppered through the telecast. "The biggest Deal or No Deal ever!" "History will be made!" There was even a countdown clock, and footage of confetti falling from the rafters. The winner was straight out of central casting: a pregnant blond Texan named Jessica Robinson. And instead of the usual single million-dollar case, there were five. You don't suppose NBC was trying to drum up excitement about the show again because it's launching a syndicated half-hour version next week, do you? What are the odds?• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV... read more

Reader's Jeer of the Week: Product Placement Stinks!

Eureka by F. Scott Schafer/Sci Fi

Posted by jonath...Jeer to Eureka, one of my favorite shows, for indulging in product placement. This season, the producers apparently came to an agreement with the makers of Degree deodorant to display their logo at every opportunity. Not only is it disappointing, but it is annoying, and distracting to deal with in an otherwise quality show.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Jeers: Dave Gets Spiked

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

Jeers to David Letterman for dropping the ball during his interview with Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. The Late Show host beat out Jay Leno for the first sitdown with the Olympics' golden girls, yet all he did was make sniggering remarks about their skimpy beach-volleyball uniforms (aren't we getting a little old for that?) and have them repeat overexposed anecdotes like the one about Walsh's lost wedding ring. (Shockingly, Dave didn't seem to know — like the rest of America does — that they're both married to fellow athletes.) And Letterman didn't even mention May-Treanor's just-announced gig on Dancing with the Stars. I know that'd be promoting another network's show, but he didn't use to care about that. With lazy chats like this, Dave's never going to win the late-night ratings gold again. • Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide ... read more

Jeers: MSNBC Takes the Long View

Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann courtesy MSNBC

Jeers to MSNBC for keeping Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews too far from the action at the Democratic National Convention. The cable network placed their two primary anchors on an outdoor platform that looked a mile away from the Pepsi Center. The distance, isolation and wind wreaked havoc on Olbermann and Matthews' hair — and possibly on their minds. The Hardball blowhard forgot Joe Biden's name at one point, and if the Countdown bloviator is supposed to leave his subjectivity at the door on nights like this, somebody should tell him not to follow Hillary Clinton's speech with cries of "Grand slam! Grand slam! Grand slam!" (Maybe he was having an ESPN flashback.) It all made me miss Tim Russert even more. read more

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