Jimmy Smits, Peter Krause
NBC is bumping up the premiere dates of several of its shows, including returning sophomore hit Parenthood and the Jimmy Smits-fronted legal drama Outlaw, the network announced Friday.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
After whispering to ghosts and playing a masseuse in a summer TV movie, Jennifer Love Hewitt is taking on the most serious role of her career. "In our third hour, airing September 29, Jennifer will be playing a woman named Vicki who has been raped multiple times and is afraid to leave her house," Law & Order: SVU executive producer Neal Baer tells me exclusively. "One of the reasons we wanted to do this episode is because it addresses Mariska Hargitay's passion for rape kits, which can help gather evidence to convict the rapists. But for some reason these kits have been sitting around unopened in cities all over the country."
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Jeers to Jersey Shore for losing touch with its Garden State roots.
As has been noted by Gov. Chris Christie, among others, much of the cast of MTV's watercooler smash doesn't hail from New Jersey. At least Season 1 was shot in Seaside Heights, but in a rush to get the show back on the air before Snooki & Co.'s 15 minutes of infamy run out, Season 2 opens with the gang fleeing the snowy Northeast for Miami Beach (or "the MIA," which, as the Situation helpfully explains, "means Miami")...
Hold on to your Vervain and copies of Twilight, fangbangers. Supernatural is about to have some fun with your favorite vein-drainers. "We're doing an episode about how vampires pretending to be Edward Cullen or the Salvatore brothers or Bill Compton are bad for you," Supernatual showrunner Sera Gamble tells TV Guide Magazine...
"There's a little more character development at the offset than usual," promises Law & Order: Los Angeles executive producer Rene Balcer. So if you're champing at the bit to learn about the cops and lawyers that will populate the West Coast entry of the venerable franchise this fall, here's some exclusive scoop direct from Balcer, a longtime showrunner for the franchise's mother ship...
Did Chuck Bass just get a wake-up call?
When Gossip Girl returns for Season 4, not only will the show trade in Manhattan for Paris, but Chuck Bass will be undergo a serious transformation following his near-death experience.
"I feel like I just need to go back to the drawing board completely in terms of him wanting to reconstruct his personality," Ed Westwick told TVGuide.com after a Television Critics Association panel Thursday. "The person he was up until that point just led to complete devastation. It's interesting to see him now rebuild and see which direction he's going to go."
During more than two decades as a globe-trotting correspondent for CNN, Christiane Amanpour was often asked why she rarely smiles on camera. "Well, that's because you often see me covering genocide, civil war and things like that," she would answer. Don't expect her demeanor to change much when she takes the anchor chair at ABC's political roundtable program This Week on Sunday (August 1, 9am/8c)...