Cheers to Ernest Borgnine for making Betty White look like a rookie.
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The recipient of the 2011 Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild is five years older than last year's winner (who somewhat improbably took home a SAG trophy this year for Hot in Cleveland). The guy has done it all, making 164 movies...
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Question: I enjoy a good soap, which is probably why I've always liked Grey's Anatomy. However, I'm really questioning this whole baby plot. From what I've gathered online, a lot of the lesbian community appears to be truly offended by a storyline that they feel would never be imposed on a straight couple and I can definitely see their point. I've never seen a primetime TV show force a man to deal with a former/current girlfriend having someone else's baby. That tends to be a deal breaker. But my understanding is that Grey's isn't the first show to use this plot with a female couple. I think Shonda Rhimes has done a great job showcasing a diverse cast and attempting to be sensitive to all communities, which is why I'd love to know exactly why she's chosen to tell this particular story, with a man smack in the middle of the only gay couple on the show forever and ever if they're going to share custody of a child. — Jen
Matt Roush: Diversity works both ways on a show like Grey's Anatomy. No matter the gender, race or sexual orientation, everyone's an aggravating mess on this show, and no one is spared the contrivances of this brand of storytelling....
Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson
Now that American Idol's new panel has endured a few rounds of ear-splitting auditions, we want to know how the new incarnation's individual judges compare to the old guard. Do you miss Paula Abdul's effervescent personality? Ellen DeGeneres' quirky humor? Simon Cowell's gruff, take-no-prisoners sarcastic wit? Or are you loving newcomer Jennifer Lopez' superstar presence and Steven Tyler's rock star attitude? Has Randy Jackson, the last remaining original judge, become the guy you find most insightful? Let us know in our poll after the jump...
Lie to Me (Fox, 9/8c, Monday)
Call it the unsocial network, as the "to tell the truth" procedural wraps its third season — let's hope it's not the last — with a strong episode that plays like the murderous flip side of The Social Network. When a murder occurs during the contentious wrangling over profits of a hot social-networking app, Lightman's steely focus falls on the smug creator — or so he says — of the site (played by former Nikita co-star Ashton Holmes in a variation of Jesse Eisenberg's take on Mark Zuckerberg). An hour earlier on NBC (opposite a fresh episode of the much-moved-around Human Target), a pivotal episode of Chuck airs that would have been the season finale if NBC hadn't extended the show's order. It's Chuck vs. psycho villain Volkoff (the very entertaining Timothy Dalton), and that should be great fun...
With Lois and Clark's wedding day approaching, the Smallville gang, including Chloe (Allison Mack), heads to Metropolis' version of Las Vegas on the February 25 episode for a wild bachelor/bachelorette party weekend that becomes one big, er, Blur!
"It's our fun Hangover episode," says executive producer Brian Peterson. "Clark won't remember what happened the night before." With Supes impervious to the effects of alcohol, it's a spiked bottle of champagne sent by Zatanna that sparks the insanity...
Brad seems to prefer complainers (Ashley H. and Michelle) to cheaters (the departed Stacey). But by how much? Michelle had to rappel down the side of a skyscraper for her rose, and Ashley H. had to wait till the very end of the rose ceremony. And tonight, in Las Vegas, she has to go on one of those dreaded two-on-one dates (to Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS show). Her competition: Ashley S., who won the first rose. Brad takes eight gals (including Emily, whose late fiancé was a NASCAR driver) to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. And Shawntel snares the one-on-one date. The good news: It's a shopping spree. Not so much fun: Brad wants to hear about her work. She's an undertaker. — Paul Droesch
Read on for previews of College Basketball, Shatner's Raw Nerve, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, The Cape, Lie to Me and Greek.
Here are our top moments of the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards:
10. Most Nurturing: "It shouldn't be called the SAG award, it should be called the Uplifting Award," The King's Speech actor Geoffrey Rush says on behalf of the cast, before giving nods to the movie's supporting actors, including his on-screen family and Freya Wilson, who played the young future Queen Elizabeth. His SAG family must be very proud.
9. The Kanye West Memorial Award: Has someone been enjoying a little post-Prohibition tipple? A spacey, dark-lipped Paz de la Huerta commandeers the mic after Steve Buscemi's speech for Boardwalk Empire's drama ensemble win, to thank the people on her own list.