Kevin Alejandro, Southland
Southland is strongest when it allows the police officers' work to bleed into their personal lives.
Read Southland star Ben McKenzie's celebrity blogs
In Tuesday's episode (10/9c on TNT) that's the case for Detectives Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy).
"You get to go on a journey with Nate and Sammy and sort of discover who they are," Alejandro tells TVGuide.com "You learn how they deal with life, their personalities and how they grab on to certain things. There's some big stuff that happens. It's one of my favorite episodes."
Through the second season, Nate and Sammy have been part of a task force building a case against Trinny Day (Wood Harris), an ex-gang member who claims to have cleaned up his act. The case intensifies...
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
At the beginning of Saving Grace's final season, Grace Hanadarko's secret is out.
TNT sets premiere date for Saving Grace's final season
For three seasons, the heavy-drinking and promiscuous Grace (Holly Hunter) has been under the watchful eye of her "last-chance" angel, Earl (Leon Rippy), who wants Grace to give her life over to God. After surviving a 12-story fall without a scratch in the Season 3 finale, Grace has her share of questions, including one she must ask herself: Does my life have a divine purpose?
This week's episode is a very exciting one for me. For the first time, my character will be patrolling the streets alone, without the help of his partner. It can be a nerve-wracking experience for any cop — much less a rookie — to go it alone. The LAPD always partners up patrol cops, except for the sergeants (who act more as supervisors than first-responders). This is primarily for safety reasons: With two cops working in tandem, each can guard the other's back. If one is incapacitated the other can radio for backup. If one is making a poor decision in a given scenario, the other can often correct that mistake before it proves fatal. John Cooper's tutelage of Ben Sherman, while seemingly harsh, is necessary so that the rookie learns to make decisions that are in the best interest of both partners. Rookies sometimes have a cowboy mentality — I'm gonna do this alone — and this is not only foolish but dangerous...
Ben McKenzie, Southland
In this week's episode, we touch on a theme common to our show: the psychological toll exacted on cops who witness extreme violence while on the job. In "Butch and Sundance," Officers Cooper and Sherman are the first to arrive at the scene of a brutal triple murder. Without revealing too many plot details, suffice it to say that both officers suffer psychologically from witnessing such a horrific event...
Edwin and Aldis Hodge
Leverage is becoming a family affair.
Edwin Hodge, the older brother of series regular Aldis Hodge, will guest-star in the TNT drama's upcoming third season premiere, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Edwin plays an accountant who is sent to prison on a minor traffic offense. While in The Big House, he is wrongly accused of another inmate's murder. Luckily, he crosses paths with newly incarcerated Nate (Timothy Hutton), who rallies the team to assist.
"I just felt it was a great opportunity to share the screen with my brother and show the difference in our talents," Edwin tells TVGuide.com. "As siblings in the entertainment business, it's always a great experience, and one I think all siblings should share."
Edwin, who starred in Boston Public and most in recently Fox's Mental, has also appeared on Bones, Heroes, and Ghost Whisperer . He'll also appear on the big screen this summer in the remake of Red Dawn.
Although the brothers don't interact directly...
Jake Pavelka, Penelope Cruz
TV was all about body parts this week. Jules creepily enlisted her son in her hair-removal regimen on Cougar Town. Those cheeky Canadians poked fun at their Olympic cauldron's bum leg. Penélope Cruz got personal with Halle Berry. And now that the Office baby has arrived, it's a perfect time for a good breastfeeding joke, isn't it? Welcome to Top Moments: Body of Work Edition.
12. Weirdest Mother-Son Moment: On Cougar Town, Jules needs help removing the wax-coated strips she uses to depilate her underarms. Grayson delights in the job, but he's not around. Who better to sub for him than Travis, Jules' put-upon, eye-rolling teenaged son? His discomfort is hilarious.
11. Best Do-Over: After getting the Winter Olympics off on the wrong foot, er, leg, with a cauldron malfunction...
Will Southland be different on TNT from what it was on NBC?
Aside from obvious changes like basic cable's less restrictive profanity guidelines, the raw cop drama is still very much the show that NBC canceled before its second season even began. TNT is running the six episodes already produced for NBC.
Southland: TNT will air existing episodes, no new episodes ordered
"The show now has a chance to sink or swim on its own merits and not based on some seemingly arbitrary business decision," Michael Cudlitz tells TVGuide.com. "If people watch the show, we will survive. If they don't, we won't."
The show continues to provide a riveting ride-along look at the dangerous aspects of law enforcement in Los Angeles...
I will be blogging the new episodes of Southland, which begin airing March 2 on TNT. In future posts, I'll try to provide funny and/or insightful commentary (emphasis on the word try), but I'd like to devote this first post surrounding the Season 2 premiere to a different purpose: to say thank you.
The title of this episode is a reference to the third and final phase of a rookie officer's probationary period in the LAPD. But I believe it also serves as a decent metaphor for the experience all of us have had working on Southland. A probationary officer ...
Henry Ia Cusick (Lost), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), David Boreanaz (Bones)
Every week, editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant answer your burning questions. Want some TV scoop? Please send all questions to email@example.com.
What the heck was Desmond doing on that plane? Any idea where the Lost powers that be are going with this? — Nora
MICKEY: I have some idea. If you'll recall, our friend Des has certain abilities that can supersede the time-space continuum. Is he really on that plane? When we pumped Henry Ian Cusick for scoop at the premiere in Hawaii, he would only say that off the island, Desmond is not happy. "The motivation has always been to get to Penny, and now he's got something slightly different. It's not about him, he's being more selfless. He's trying to help everyone," Cusick said.
Any Booth-Brennan dirt on Bones? — Nikki
ADAM: Obstacle No. 473 standing in the way of a Bones-Booth hookup: marine biologist Catherine Klein...
Saving Grace's fourth and final season will kick off on March 29, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The new season will begin with back-to-back episodes, beginning at 9/8c. The following week, the show will settle back into its normal Mondays-at-10 timeslot.
Saving Grace to end next summer
The premiere date is a little earlier than the summer debut TNT indicated when the network announced the upcoming season would be its last. The season will be interrupted, however, by the NBA playoffs, which begin April 19...