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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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TNT Renews The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage

Kyra Sedgwick, Angie Harmon

TNT has order new seasons for three of its shows: The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage.

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Falling Skies: It's Not About the Aliens; It's About What They Left Behind

Noah Wyle

Sci-fans have seen aliens ravage Earth many times before, from Independence Day to V. But TNT's Falling Skies will be different. It won't be about those meddlesome aliens. It will be about what happens after our extra-terrestrial friends have left.

The Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies, which debuts next summer, picks up six months after an alien invasion has wiped out a sizeable chunk of the human population. Did they leave any... read more

MTV, CW Tops GLAAD's Gay-Friendly Programming Survey; CBS Fails Again

90210

MTV has received GLAAD's first "excellent" rating in the organization's annual survey of gay-friendly programming, for its inclusion of LGBT characters or issues.

"From their inception, MTV programs like The Real World and America's Best Dance Crew have offered richly diverse portrayals of gay and transgender people that help Americans better understand and accept our community," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

Glee honored at GLAAD Awards

After reviewing nearly 5,000 hours of primetime programming, GLAAD also announced that The CW has moved into ... read more

Angie Harmon's on the Case in Rizzoli & Isles

Angie Harmon

How can you not love Angie Harmon? Not only is the former model still superfine, but she is also packing
major brains and brass behind that pretty face. So it's fitting that her Rizzoli & Isles (Mondays, 10/9c, TNT) character, Beantown detective Jane Rizzoli, is proving herself to the old boys' club tonight when she takes on her pill of a new boss (Donnie Wahlberg).

Helping Harmon's case? Real-life research... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Rizzoli & Isles Cops Out

Lorraine Bracco

Jeers to Rizzoli & Isles for criminally neglecting its high-caliber supporting cast.

Per its title, the hit TNT crime drama follows the cutesy exploits of Beantown galpals Det. Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). The wildly overqualified and underutilized ensemble includes Emmy nominee Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) and Oscar nominee Chazz Palminteri (Bullets Over Broadway) as Rizzoli's stereotypically squabbling mom and dad ... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff: Our Show Is "Ruthlessly Apolitical"

The Closer

The Closer is ruthlessly apolitical. The writers have opinions on national affairs, of course, but we don't think our little show is a place to air them. I mention this as preamble to one of the very best episodes we've ever produced because, between the time "Help Wanted" was written and shot, and it's date-of-air, the state of Arizona passed a new law dealing with the hot button issue of illegal immigration. And many people who watch the show might suppose we are commenting — one way or another — on this deeply problematic issue. We are not; we wouldn't even try.... read more

Leverage's Aldis Hodge Previews John Schneider's Guest Appearance

Aldis Hodge

This week's episode of Leverage is nothing but a fun ride, guest-starring "Mr. Dukes of Hazzard" himself, John Schneider. He comes in to play a mean, greasy record company CEO stealing people's dreams, when in real life he couldn't be farther from that. He was such a great guy to have on the set and off, as he ran around the city of Portland with the lot of us. He came with such professionalism and spirit.... read more

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