When Jane Espenson was first approached about joining the writing staff of Torchwood, the veteran television writer whose credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the rebooted Battlestar Galactica had just one thought: "It's going to be hard to get stakes higher than aliens wanting to gobble up the children of Earth."
Fortunately for fans waiting to see how immortal alien hunter Captain Jack Harkness would return after suffering the devastating losses he did in 2009's Torchwood: Children of Earth, series creator Russell T. Davies had just the ante-upping answer. For the U.K. hit's fourth season, (premiering Friday at 10/9c on Starz), he'd move the action from Cardiff, Wales across the pond (and into the bigger-budget land of pay cable), transform actor Bill Pullman into a worldly "monster," and hit Jack with a head-spinning reality in which everyone is cursed with living forever — except, suddenly, him.
Watch the trailer for Torchwood: Miracle Day
"Immortality sounds fantastic for about a second," says John Barrowman, who has played the unsinkable Jack since the sci-fi show's 2006 launch on BBC Three...
Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker
Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker are the highest paid women in Hollywood, according to Forbes.
Jolie, whose most recent role was voicing Tigress in Kung Fu Panda 2, and Parker, who's most famous for portraying Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, tied for the top spot. They both raked in $30 million from May 2010 to May 2011, according to the magazine.
Hello again, MasterChef fans! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July.
Tuesday night we found ourselves down to just 13 amateur home cooks, a far cry from the thousands who lined up to audition across the country just a few short months ago. Observing this group as they focused tirelessly on the mystery box challenge of a vegetarian entrée, we judges felt we were finally seeing execution on a professional level. No panic-stricken looks and fewer last-minute scrambling runs to the MasterChef pantry -- it was evident that we were left with the most capable group thus far.
Hillary Scott and Chris Tyrell
Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott celebrated the nation's independence by declaring her co-dependence.
The "Need You Now" singer became engaged to her drummer boyfriend, Chris Tyrell, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, People reports.
Mark Harmon, Eva Longoria, David Boreanaz
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Will NCIS resolve Tony's investigation in the season opener? — Jennie C., via Twitter
ADAM: I'm hearing Tony's mole hunt will be mostly wrapped up in the premiere. And if you're worried that the investigation is going to tear our beloved team apart, let executive producer Gary Glasberg assure you otherwise. "Our group will be working together as a team more often [this season] and not be quite as splintered as they sometimes are," he says. "There are certain things that [the new Secretary of the Navy] may want them to do, and they're going to have to unite in certain ways to take on those challenges."
Do you have any scoop on Desperate Housewives? —Allie
NATALIE: Carlos won't deal so well with the guilt of killing Gaby's stepfather, even if it meant saving Gaby's life. In turn, she'll try to find a priest to give him absolution — and by "find," we mean "kidnap." ...
Michael Ealy, Warren Kole
USA is doubling down on its winning formula: crime-solving with a side of bromance.
The network has picked up the CBS Television Studios cop drama Common Law, ordering 11 episodes, Variety reports. The drama stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as a pair of cops who have a big problem ... each other. Their captain (Jack McGee) sends them into couples therapy in an effort to return the duo to their professional glory days despite their hatred for one another.