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Leverage: The Con is Gone

Leverage

Parker, play dead! Those are the instructions given to Leverage's blonde grifter-in-training played by Beth Riesgraf as Nate (Timothy Hutton) and his team of do-gooder con artists pull their last con of the summer — a job that brings them one step closer to nabbing the as-yet-unseen international crook Damien Moreau... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Is Rizzoli & Isles Full of Beantown?

Angie Harmon

Jeers to Rizzoli & Isles for committing the biggest crimes against Boston since Bill Buckner and "Bucky F---ing Dent."

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TNT's hit summer drama is ostensibly set in Beantown, but most of the stock L.A. locales where the show is actually shot look more like Malibu than Massachusetts. It's too bad R&I couldn't shoot on location, like the vastly superior mystery adaptation Spenser: For Hire did back in the '80s, but apparently it's cheaper to fake it on a backlot.

Even worse, Angie Harmon's Texas twang keeps slipping through her stab at a Boston brogue.... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "War Zone"

J.K. Simmons and Kyra Sedgwick

Creating and maintaining our individual identities might possibly be the single most attractive force of daily life. Defining who we are is not only the central challenge of individuality, it is also a continuous trial following us by every mirror we pass, every relationship we form and every decision we make, from the cradle to the grave.

Somewhat counter intuitively, however, personal identity can also be forged through an association with a specific organization... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff Breaks Down the American Dream in "Jumping the Gun"

The Closer

Over the past two-and-a-half centuries, the American Dream has lost little of its attractive power. Do you want to reach for the stars? Are you willing to work hard enough to do it? And, most importantly, do you want to live in a just nation where everyone has the right — and even the responsibility — to pursue their own version of happiness?
 
As of late, however, the American Dream seems to have morphed read more

Leverage's Aldis Hodge Previews "The Rashomon Job"

Aldis Hodge

Hello, hackers grifters and thieves. You all got a great episode last week as the team got their hands dirty playing in the mines.

This week, the team does not fail to deliver once again. This episode is a fun treat for those of you who've ever played with the idea of the team having a past connection. They find out they do, and it's an all-out, Clue-style "who-dun-it" series of stories to see which one of us got the better of the group when it comes to stealing the Dagger of Aqu Abi five years ago.

See if you can figure it out before the show's end and post your answer on Leverage's Facebook page!

John Rogers outdid himself with this script... read more

Closer Creator James Duff Previews "Off the Hook"

Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, The Closer

Of all the attractive evils in the world perhaps none is more insidious than the desire to blame others for our own misfortunes. If history is any judge, scapegoating never loses its appeal and, especially in economic downturns, it can be extremely dangerous for those poor souls (or social groups) blamed for events over which they had no control. What's tragic about falsely assigning responsibility for disasters (like lost wars and financial collapse) is that pointing fingers and screaming does nothing to address the real problems. But gleaning what I can from cable news shows, determining who is to blame for a calamity is more important than getting out of one. Which is exactly where we find Assistant Chief Will Pope in The Closer's next episode, "Off the Hook" ... read more

Memphis Beat Episode Recap: "I Shall Not Be Moved"

A tense and sweaty hostage scene is at the center of this week's episode as a Memphis music legend goes to crazy-town, holding two people, including our boy, Dwight, at gunpoint.  Meanwhile, we learn more about Lt. Rice's past, and joke around with Whitehead and Sutton.
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How the Writers' Strike, a Cross-Country Trip and a Little Music Helped Create Memphis Beat

Jason Lee

Married TV writers Liz Garcia and Josh Harto found themselves with some time off during the writers' strike of 2007-08, so they decided to hit the road. With their show, Cold Case, on hiatus, they drove cross-country, including through Memphis, where Josh Harto used to take trips with his country musician grandfather. They fell in love with the city, and the idea for a TV show was born. Memphis Beat, starring Jason Lee as loveable, Elvis-obsessed Detective Dwight Hendricks, debuted on June 22 and focuses on its characters as much as the crime of the week. Liz talked to TVGuide.com about the show's origins and what's to come this season.... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "Heart Attack"

Kyra Sedgwick

The idea of right and wrong plays a huge role in our everyday lives. Most of us agree to let the criminal codes handle grievous assaults on individuals, but reserve for ourselves the right to govern our own homes. But there are stringent moralists among us who believe their own rules should apply to everyone, or who wish to impress their own concepts of good and bad on the whole world. Crypto-fascists of the right and the left increasingly fan the flames of intolerance. I can't help but wonder what would happen if either side were to literally take the law into its own hands... read more

Tricia Helfer Shows Her Dark Side

Tricia Helfer

When Dark Blue returns tonight for its second season at 9/8c, TNT's gritty cop show will be less grim and a lot sexier. Packing the heat: new cast member Tricia Helfer, the Canadian actress best known ...
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