Cheers & Jeers


Cheers & Jeers: Bradley Whitford — The Good Guys' Bad Boy

The Good Guys - Bradley Whitford

Cheers to Bradley Whitford for his full-throttle comedic performance as dissolute Dallas cop Dan Stark on Fox's new action hoot The Good Guys. It's hard to imagine a character more starkly opposed to Whitford's breakthrough role as hyperverbal White House staffer Josh Lyman on The West Wing. read more

Cheers & Jeers: Friday Night Lights — Here Comes "The Son"

Friday Night Lights - Zach Gilford

Cheers to Zach Gilford for scoring an emotional touchdown on Friday Night Lights. Ex-Panther quarterback Matt Saracen may have graduated from West Dillon High, but the deeply sympathetic character has thankfully stuck around the Texas town, delivering pizzas, taking care of his Alzheimer's-stricken grandma (Louanne Stephens), interning with a misanthropic artist (John Diehl) and clinging to his college-bound girlfriend (Aimee Teagarden). read more

Cheers & Jeers: Royal Pains Does Damages

Royal Pains

Cheers to Royal Pains for keeping the spirit of Damages alive. FX may not have renewed its superb legal thriller, but two of its alums have found summer jobs on USA's breezy medical dramedy. Campbell Scott, so chilling as Joe Tobin—the WASP Michael Corleone—on Season 3 of Damages, has reprised his recurring Royal Pains role as Boris, the cagey billionaire with ... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Jon Hamm Goes Mad!

Susie Essman and Jon Hamm

Cheers to Jon Hamm for showing his wry side once again. On the debut of TV Guide Network's Curb: The Discussion, the Golden Globe-winning actor best known as the dead-serious Don Draper (or is that Dick Whitman?) on Mad Men gamely analyzed the behavior of Larry David as part of a post-Curb Your Enthusiasm celebrity panel. He revealed he's "not a fan" of breast implants before joking he's got them, and "my nipples are just as sensitive as they were before the implants." This should come as no surprise—the sense of humor, not the sensitive nipples—to anyone who's seen Hamm cut loose on 30 Rock ...

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Conan Takes Manhattan

Conan O'Brien

Cheers to Conan O'Brien for his triumphant return to New York City. Performing a mere 200 feet away from NBC's 30 Rock, his old place of employment, Conan rocked Radio City Music Hall with a high-energy, star-jammed extravaganza. Proving his career has risen from the dead ...
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Justified: Right in Tune

Justified

Cheers to Justified for tracking down the perfect theme song. FX's modern-day shoot-'em-up opens with the country-rap hybrid "Long Hard Times to Come," by the aptly named Gangstagrass. That's Brooklyn mashup artist Rench along with hip-hopper T.O.N.E.-z and a high-caliber bluegrass band. (Fun fact: The show's instrumental score is composed by Steve Porcaro of the '80s pop-rock band Toto.) The title song's blend of twang and grit neatly fits the story of itchy-trigger-fingered U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) dealing with his lowlife homeboys in Kentucky. To put it in terms Raylan would surely appreciate, it hits the bull's-eye.

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The Bachelorette: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatheads

Ali Fedotowsky

Jeers to Ali Fedotowsky for keeping weatherman Jonathan in the picture on The Bachelorette. Sure, Canadian dental salesman (seriously, is there a better job description... read more

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