Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay
After more than a decade playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay says it's about time her character got a promotion.
"I've been doing this character for 12 years and because of the fantastic writing it's really stretched me and challenged me to continue to find ways to go deeper," she says. "With this new promotion ... I'm going to have to excavate a whole new character and define new strengths. I'm scared of it in a good way and that excites me."
Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin
[SPOILER ALERT: Canadian fans who watched the finale Wednesday night have revealed the ending in the comments, so don't read them if you don't want to be spoiled.]
Could Bones sixth season finale turn into a baby boom?
While we know for sure that Thursday's finale (9/8c, Fox) will feature the birth of Angela and Hodgins' baby, a certain level of mystery sill revolves around how Emily Deschanel's real-life pregnancy may impact the show. After all, Deschanel's character, Dr. Temperance Brennan, did crawl into bed with Booth (David Boreanaz) in a moment of grief during the penultimate episode.
Emily Deschanel's pregnancy may result ...
Jeers to Modern Family for hitting a late-season sophomore slump.
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Last week's dog of an episode was marred by Lin-Manuel Miranda's howlingly awful guest shot as a canine trainer. Somebody should tell this Tony-winner he needs to tone down his shtick for TV; he was equally irksome on House last season. And this week's installment wasn't much better, as it overrelied on slapstick gags—and not particularly well-executed ones at that—and found its characters acting, well, out of character...
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
Supernatural (Friday, 8/7c, The CW)
The good news is that fans don't have to sweat this cult show's future. It has been picked up for a seventh season. The bad news: Sam's life becomes a living (and possibly literal) hell in the second of two back-to-back episodes constituting the season finale. Series creator Eric Kripke wrote the final hour, during which the wall in Sam's head cloaking his bad memories finally collapses, and the poor boy is none the better for the experience. While Dean and Bobby feel helpless as Sam breaks, the battle for heaven reaches a turning point...
As much as we hate to quote Randy Jackson (because most of his stuff is repetitive b.s.), America really does have its work cut out after last night's Idol.
In the Musical Mediocrity Olympics this season has deteriorated into, the choice between Scotty, Lauren and Haley got even trickier, since they were all un-awful...
During the Wednesday night re-play of Scotty McCreery's audition footage, judge Randy Jackson reminded everyone that McCreery is "a country throwback" in the great tradition of Randy Travis. So we decided to give Travis a call, to ask his impressions of the three semi-finalists.
"Scotty, to my ear, sounds almost identical at times to [country star] Josh Turner," says Travis. "But yeah, a few people have told me he sounded like me. I hear more Josh"...
With CBS, it's not the shows that surprise us, it's the moves. Like uprooting CSI from its decade-long anchor position on Thursdays, making room for a new crime drama — you were expecting something else? — while bolstering Wednesday night (not unlike Survivor's move last season) by taking on the even longer-in-the-tooth Law & Order: SVU at 10/9c. Or moving its most acclaimed drama, The Good Wife, to become the centerpiece of the high-profile Sunday lineup. (Yes, viewers affected by fall football overruns will have to cope, but if any show benefits by being watched live, it's this modern masterpiece)...
Lars Von Trier
If Lars von Trier's Melancholia wins at the Cannes film festival, he won't be able to accept the award — because he's "persona non grata" in the wake of his comments that he's a Nazi who can "understand" Hitler.
The festival — which awarded the filmmaker its top prize in 2000 for Dancer in the Dark — condemned his remarks, as did Jewish groups, which lauded the event organizers for their actions.