As a proud sci-fi geek, you'd think that Sam Witwer (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica) would jump at the chance to play Aidan, a sexy 257-year-old bloodsucker in Syfy's reworking of Being Human, the BBC hit about three supernatural roomies. As it turns out, not so much...
David E. Kelley, the Emmy-winning writer and producer behind TV hits Ally McBeal, The Practice and Boston Legal, has created yet another quirky new legal drama (his specialty!). Harry's Law stars Kathy Bates as a burned-out patent attorney who runs a storefront criminal-defense firm. Kelley briefs us on what we need to know about his latest legal eagle.
Harry was supposed to be a man.
"We didn't find the actor we thought embodied everything Harry should or could be, so we opened the field up to women and, as soon as we did, Kathy's name leaped to the top of the list," he says about casting the Oscar winner....
Dynasty creators Richard and Esther Shapiro are putting the finishing touches on a film script that would be a prequel to their 1980s oil drama, focusing on the 1960s love story between twentysomething Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) and teen Alexis Morrell (Joan Collins).
"It seems to be the right time, with Sex and the City and some of the other TV shows having jumped to the big screen," says Richard, adding that "everyone has always wanted to know the beginnings of Blake and Alexis, who was in love with him throughout the series."
The film opens with Blake battling his half siblings upon discovering he's a Carrington ...
While Glee star Chris Colfer kept his composure when he went on stage to collect the Golden Globe for Best Performance for an Actor in a Supporting Role on Sunday night, he couldn't hide his excitement about the idea of having Anne Hathaway become part of his television family. "Anne Hathaway as a lesbian — just that sentence is awesome!" Colfer told TV Guide Magazine at the Fox Golden Globe Awards Post Show Celebration on January 16. "I think she wants to be...
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother (Monday, 8/7c, CBS)
Finding humor in tragedy is always a tricky business, and that's the challenge facing Mother as the gang accompanies Marshall back to his Minnesota home for his father's funeral. Ted and Barney task themselves with doing whatever it takes to coax a smile or a laugh from their grieving buddy. But Marshall is distracted by an unexpected meeting with the bully who terrorized him through high school. The joke being that the bully is played by the diminutive Danny Strong (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Elsewhere, Monday is a big night for new shows on TV, with the premieres of two remakes of British series — Being Human on Syfy and Skins on MTV — plus Harry's Law on NBC and the launch of Piers Morgan's talk show (with Oprah as the first guest) on CNN...
Does no one have an original idea in TV land anymore? Judging from tonight's latest batch of mid-season offerings, it hardly appears so. Programmers have either gone to England for inspiration, rarely improving on the source material, or back to the drawing board of tried-and-true formats like the courtroom drama, resulting in an unhappy epidemic of deja view viewing.
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The best of tonight's premieres is Syfy's remake of Being Human (9/8c), and even it is a pale imitation of the provocative British original. Given the relatively limited reach of BBC America...
As HBO's Big Love nears its March series finale, what happens in the last three episodes "is astonishing," teases creator Mark Olsen. "We really went there!" Pressed for a few hints, Olsen and cocreator Will Scheffer warn us to expect an "ultimate and final showdown" pitting Bill against Alby....
The American adaptation of this provocative teen drama from across the pond makes its highly anticipated U.S. debut, and while the series, known for its frank depictions of teen sex and substance abuse, has been toned down for American audiences, the racy — and occasionally raunchy — premiere tells us that it will no doubt continually push the boundaries of basic cable. — Karen Kelty
Read on for previews of Being Human, Piers Morgan Tonight, Harry's Law, House, Heavy and NBA Basketball.
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12. Best Shout-Out to the HFP-Who? Here's how Best Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale (The Fighter) thanked the ragtag group of journalists abroad known as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: "I never really knew who those guys were. I'd always leave the press junkets going, 'Who are those awful characters in that room?' I usually just sat there and they'd be arguing amongst themselves... And now I know who you are, and I realize how wise and spectacular and perceptive those guys really are! ...What a bunch of characters."