Michael J. Fox, Larry David
TV at its most extreme — HBO would have it no other way as it bid farewell to its Sunday summer tentpoles this weekend. Here's my take on each of them:
Extremely Bloody: That would be True Blood, which as usual wrapped its season with an orgy of extremely silly excess. The body (and bawdy) count was high as the episode reached more climaxes than the final reel of the last Lord of the Rings movie. When and how would it ever end? In a bloody mess, that's how. But I've loved most of this season ...
Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon
It's not quite time to say goodbye for good to TNT's signature hit The Closer, which will return in November with new episodes, then finish out its run with a batch of episodes next summer. Tonight's "summer finale" (9/8c) is a potentially pivotal one, as Brenda awaits a judge's decision about whether to drop the charges in the civil suit that has been hanging over her and the department all season. The shooting death of a deputy sheriff provides some distraction. ... The popular, but by comparison ...
Wendie Malick, Laura San Giacomo
After reuniting Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Betty White with their former sitcom co-stars, TV Land's Hot in Cleveland is finally giving some reunion love to Wendie Malick. In its third season, the series will bring Wendie back together with her Just Shoot Me! co-star Laura San Giacomo. The ladies worked side by side on the NBC sitcom from 1997-2003, with Laura's Maya often butting heads with Wendie's Nina Van Horn.
Laura will share most of her Cleveland scenes with Valerie's Melanie Moretti....
Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Early this season, Modern Family's huggable gays will try and shed some weight via a couples diet.
"Cameron and Mitchell decide to go on a juice cleanse, which I have done personally and know the madness it can cause," says Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell). "It drives them to the brink of insanity!"
Adds Eric Stonestreet (Cameron)....
Creator Marc Cherry tells me he's known since the first season of ABC's Desperate Housewives how he wants the show to end. That said, while he's reluctant to offer specifics, he promises "a satisfying and logical end" in the May finale. "There is an idea behind this show that has to do with the frustrations of ordinary women, so you'll see my feelings about why that life is worth it," he says. "There will be huge, life-changing events for all the women."
My prediction? Mirroring the drama's premiere, in which murderer Mary Alice blew her brains out, the cover-up of Gaby's stepdad's murder will lead one of the Housewives to attempt suicide....
The September 19 premiere of NBC's 1960s-set The Playboy Club will reveal that one of the bunnies is a closeted lesbian married to a gay man. Openly gay series star Amber Heard, who plays the straight Maureen, was surprised to see the original depiction of the lesbian bunny as butch.
"She was originally written to be different from the other girls in the way that she dressed and carried herself — with less feminine grace," says Amber, who convinced executive producer Chad Hodge to rewrite the character....
Most everyone remembers where they were 10 years ago on September 11, as we watched the horrific images and stories unfold. A decade later, many will gather in front of the TV again to watch, remember, reflect — and the broadcast and cable networks are offering a wide range of specials to put the tragedy in perspective.
But there's plenty else happening on TV this weekend. Here's my take on some of the more notable highlights, including the major 9/11 programming:
Cheers to Rose Byrne for sprouting up everywhere.
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After costarring in two of the summer's biggest box-office hits—X-Men: First Class (on DVD and Blu-Ray today) and Bridesmaids—the Aussie actress seamlessly segued back into her Emmy-nominated role as an ambitious attorney on DirecTV's Damages. A peek at next week's season finale...
Ryan and Tatum O'Neal
This summer, Ryan and Tatum O'Neal starred on a reality series for OWN that documented their attempts to work through years of estrangement and improve their relationship. It didn't work. "We only reconciled on the show," says Ryan. "Not in life."