Christina Hendricks, Glenn Beck
TV had some announcements to make this week. Kathy Griffin had something to say about cancer prevention. Nigel Lythgoe thinks the So You Think dancers should warm up. Someone on The View has a "girl crush." And Glenn Beck used humor to announce a personal health crisis. Welcome to Top Moments: Hear Ye Hear Ye Edition.
Joe Jonas hopes to take his music-to-acting transition one step further by playing... a murderer? The 20-year-old tells TVGuide.com he's always been intrigued by CSI-type shows and would love to go much darker than his fans expect of him. Jonas tells us which show he'd love to appear on and a few surprises about this summer's Jonas Brothers world tour. In the meantime, catch Jonas on TV Land's Hot in Cleveland and in the Disney Channel original movie Camp Rock 2, which debuts in September.
What was My Boys star Jamie Kaler's first TV role? A guy "way too old to be hitting it" on Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Kaler and co-star Michael Bunin stopped by TVGuide.com during their current comedy tour to tell us more about their humble beginnings — which may have included porn — and how a table read during the first season led to a romance in Season 4, which premieres Sunday at 10/9c on TBS.
Watch the video here.
Pillars of the Earth
It wasn't the swords. It wasn't the sandals. For Rufus Sewell, the tough part was all the stinkin' mud. Playing a 12th-century stonemason in mega miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, premiering tonight on Starz at 10/9c, meant maintaining "a level of grime on my neck consistent with that of your typical farm animal," he says.
A small price, indeed, for what's shaping up to be the armor-clanking, leech-sucking, monks-a-poppin' drama of the summer. Pillars, based on Ken Follett's doorstop of a best-seller (all 973 pages of it), about the quest to build a Gothic cathedral in a fictional England of yore, runs eight hours over six Friday nights...
Cheers to Rescue Me for a remarkable run of episodes.
If you've drifted away from Denis Leary's FX firefighting dramedy, make sure to tune back in for the next three episodes (airing July 27, August 3 and August 10). Tellingly entitled "Blackout," "Sanctuary" and "Forgiven," they could just as easily be called "The Last Temptation of Tommy Gavin." The raging alcoholic finally, truly hits rock bottom...
With Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) burning the house down at the end of Season 3, Weeds has made it very clear it's not afraid to throw out the old playbook and to start anew. That's just what the series plans to do again this year, as the Botwin family leaves San Diego's sandy beaches and the seedy politics of Tijuana behind for the open road.
VIDEO: Weeds Season 6 trailer
"You have to reinvent the show. Now we're about to send the characters fleeing on the road so you have the opportunity to make new characters, new personas," executive producer Victoria Morrow said at a Comic-Con panel Thursday. "[It's] basically a decimation of all the Botwins' work and a rebirth."
In Season 6, premiering on Aug. 16 at 10/9c, the Botwin family will ...
Michael C. Hall
After his wife's murder in the Season 4 finale of Dexter, Dexter Morgan starts his new season under suspicion in her death. Fortunately, he has an alibi - but it brings another set of problems: He was busy chopping up the Trinity killer when Rita died.
"The spouse is always the first person that people look to, but he does potentially have another alibi," star and executive producer Michael C. Hall said of the new season at a Comic-Con panel Thursday.
The panel included the first footage from Season 5, which opens...
Matt Smith, Doctor Who
Even for a busy summer, this is one hectic TV weekend. (And that's true even if you're not at Comic-Con.) It kicks off with Starz's The Pillars of the Earth (see review here), a throwback to the classic historical-epic miniseries, and continues Saturday as the latest reboot of BBC America's Doctor Who comes to a spectacular season finish while making room for a new season of the offbeat Being Human. And the jewel in the crown: AMC's Mad Men, returning Sunday for a fourth season in sensational form.
Some thoughts follow...