Cheers & Jeers

Cheers & Jeers: What's It All About, Alfre?

Alfre Woodard, Memphis Beat

Jeers to Memphis Beat for saddling Alfre Woodard with another one-note role.

The 14-time Emmy nominee (she's won four — for Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The Practice and the HBO film Miss Evers' Boys) has lately been wasted in throwaway authority-figure parts on subpar shows like Three Rivers and My Own Worst Enemy. TNT's new cop dramedy is no exception, as Woodard's by-the-book boss mostly stands around scowling at Jason Lee's maverick Tennessee detective... read more

Cheers & Jeers: The Bachelorette — Kasey Strikes Out!

The Bachelorette

Cheers to The Bachelorette's Ali Fedotowsky for cutting screwy Kasey loose.

It may have been hard to tell what the mush-mouthed ad exec was saying — even with the subtitles during his love poem! — but there was no mistaking the fact that he's bughouse loony. In a frightening attempt to prove he was there to "guard and protect her heart" (an oft-repeated phrase that no doubt launched a thousand drinking games), Kasey got a tattoo of a heart with a shield and 11 studs, representing the 11 studs who were chasing after her. (Ew.)... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Scoundrels' Sweet David James


Jeers to Scoundrels for not living up to its title.

ABC's summer crime dramedy (at least I think it's trying to be funny) suffered a huge loss when Neal McDonough was reportedly sacked after three days of production because the devout Catholic refused to shoot sex scenes with costar Virginia Madsen. McDonough brings a riveting malevolence to every role he plays, from sleazy DA David McNorris on Boomtown to psycho killer Dave Williams on Desperate Housewives. He surely would've lived up to the name of Palm Springs crime family patriarch Wolfgang "Wolf" West.

Here's the real crime: McDonough was replaced by David James Elliott, a likably generic TV hunk best known for his role as straight-arrow military man Harmon "Harm" Rabb on JAG. But on Scoundrels, Elliott seems... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Treme-zing Grace

John Goodman, Treme

Cheers to Treme for marching to its own beat.

As HBO's post-Katrina New Orleans drama has weaved its way towards Sunday's Season 1 finale, even die-hard fans of The Wire creator David Simon have found their patience tested by his new show's pokey pace and frequent breaks for (admittedly fabulous) tunes. Simon seemed to respond to the criticism when he had John Goodman's Tulane professor Creighton Bernette tell his students of Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening: "Don't think in terms of a beginning and an end, because unlike some plot-driven entertainments, there is no closure in real life... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Jimmy Kimmel Shoots — and Scores!

Jimmy Kimmel and Ricardo Reyes

Cheers to Jimmy Kimmel for a comedic slam dunk.

ABC's late night funnyman has used his prime time Game Night specials to introduce an unlikely (but hugely likable) new sports superstar: Ricardo Reyes. The 5'7", 41-year-old busboy at Barney's Beanery in Hollywood is a master of the Pop-a-Shot mini-basketball game. So far he has defeated LeBron James, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Carmelo Anthony. And no one's even come close to Ricardo, who often doubles the NBA All-Stars' scores. For his latest triumph, Kimmel rewarded Reyes with a 2011 Ford Mustang. With that kind of a suave ride, Rico could fit right in with the New Jersey Nets.

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Cheers & Jeers: Andy Kindler Controls the Universe!

Andy Kindler

Cheers to Andy Kindler for spreading the funny.

The witheringly witty comic, best known for his recurring gigs as a roving correspondent for Late Show with David Letterman and as one of Ray's sportswriter pals on Everybody Loves Raymond, is branching out beyond CBS. Hot on the heels of his... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Games On!

Rafael Nadal

Cheers to sports! That may sound a bit prosaic, but think about it: Can you remember a time when so many different games were generating such deafening buzz? (And no, we're not talking about those annoying vuvuzelas at the World Cup.)  

In the last week alone, we've witnessed the highest-rated Stanley Cup finals in decades, a thriller between ...
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Cheers & Jeers: Royal Pains' Winning Pair

Henry Winkler and Mary Lynn Rajskub, Royal Pains

Cheers to Royal Pains for allowing two beloved TV faves chances to stretch.

USA's hit medical dramedy has cast the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, as Eddie, the deadbeat dad of Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Costanzo) Lawson. After cleaning out their bank account — a totally uncool move — the old man apparently redeemed himself, returning their money.

Meanwhile, Mary Lynn Rajskub, who wrapped her small-screen gig as world-saving CTU techie Chloe O'Brian only a few weeks ago, got back in touch... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Terry Crews Oughta Get Outta There!

Terry Crews

Jeers to Are We There Yet? for typecasting Terry Crews.

Taking over Ice Cube's big-screen role as a put-upon stepfather Nick Parsons in TBS' watered-down new sitcom, Crews is essentially rehashing his grumpy-dad shtick from the vastly superior 2005-2009 comedy Everybody Hates Chris... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Justified Loses M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Cheers to M.C. Gainey for going out with a bang on Justified. The intimidating character actor best known as the ironically named Tom Friendly on Lost (and for his own flash-Sideways as the angry naked biker in Alexander Payne's 2004 film) loomed over the first season of FX's Elmore Leonard drama as backwoods crime-family patriarch Bo Crowder. read more

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