Pretty Little Liars
RuPAUL's DRAG U (Monday, 9/8c, Logo)
What a drag — not! This spin-off of the giddy campfest RuPaul's Drag Race is not your typical makeover show. Each week, three women of a certain type—tomboys, plus-sized gals, supermoms — tap into their inner drag queen, with the statuesque RuPaul as headmistress and Drag Race alums as style mentors and confidence boosters. Celeb judges will help crown each week's "valedictorian." Sashay away! ...
DOCTOR WHO (Saturday, BBC America, 9/8c)
Matt Smith's crackerjack first season as the newest Timelord nears an end with the first of a two-part finale that once again confronts the Doctor and Amy with that pesky crack in the universe. Look for the return of the enigmatic River Song and several favorite guest villains as the Doctor grapples with the mysterious Pandorica, which legend says contains the most feared being in the cosmos. Hang on...
One of the most unlikely—on paper, anyway—regulars at the Emmy party the last few years has been the infamously outspoken Kathy Griffin and her cheeky Bravo docu-reality series My Life on the D-List. Including this year, it has been nominated five times for Outstanding Reality Program and won twice. This year, her hefty and relatively high-minded competition includes...
THE CLOSER (Monday, 9/8c, TNT)
The summer hit returns for its sixth season, with Brenda Leigh even more frazzled than usual, as the Major Crimes Division moves into swanky new high-tech digs. Still, she goes after her prey the old-fashioned way. Fans of female-driven procedurals may want to stay tuned for the premiere of Rizzoli & Isles (10/9c), starring Law & Order vet Angie Harmon and NCIS' Sasha Alexander as Boston crime solvers...
Mad Men, Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss
It's hard to recall the last time a list of Emmy nominations prompted such an outpouring of glee.
But with so many new shows and fresh faces in the various categories, along with amending at least one long-time snub (the lead Friday Night Lights actors!) while delivering a giddy slap in the face to the establishment—take that, NBC; we're nominating Conan's short-lived Tonight Show over Jay's—there's much more reason to celebrate this year than to gripe. Click here for the full list of nominations.
Let's break it down by genre.
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My main worry was that Lost and its controversial but spectacular final season would get lost in the clutter. Amazingly, that's didn't happen, and a show...
Friday Night Lights
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
(Friday, 8/7c NBC) In another emotionally charged episode, Principal Tami Taylor finds herself dealing with an emotionally explosive situation when Becky comes to her for advice (at Riggins' urging) regarding her unwanted pregnancy. Family pressures also weigh upon star player Vince, whose addict mother suffers another setback...
Get your British "gleek" on. If you're in Glee withdrawal, check out the real deal: BBC America's The Choir, an enthralling 13-part docu-series that puts the tuneful spotlight on an adorably boyish choirmaster, Gareth Malone. On a mission to introduce classical music to worlds where R&B and rap reign supreme...
"In this job, there's no such thing as no such thing."
That clever quip gives us summer Syfy in a nutshell. As spoken by Warehouse 13's glib Secret Service hero Pete Lattimer (the genial Eddie McClintock) to his foxy partner Mika Bering (Joanne Kelly) while both are plastered to a Victorian ceiling by some anti-gravity device or other, we are served the fantastic with a side order of whimsy, with very little ever taken seriously...