To hear Timothy Olyphant tell it, playing speak-softly-and-carry-a-big-Glock Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on Justified is like shooting fish in a proverbial barrel. "I hesitate to say this, but I find the acting to be a piece of cake," he confesses. "Good writing is always pretty easy to do. Bad writing is hard to act, hard to memorize, hard to figure out what the f--- you're doing. When it's well written, it gives you a lot of room to play."
It's clear to the nearly four million Oly-fans who tune in to FX's adaptation of crime-novel mastermind Elmore Leonard's work each week that everybody involved is having a blast. "Elmore doesn't know how to write anything that's not cool," Olyphant raves of the Get Shorty/Be Cool/Out of Sight author. "When it really cooks, it's just a great job."
Cheers to Chris Parnell for his endearing guest turn on Mad Love.
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The SNL veteran guested on CBS' freshman sitcom as a small-town cop, Dennis Barrett, who pulls over Connie (Judy Greer) for speeding. She initially flirts with him to try and get out of the ticket but is eventually charmed by his winning personality. Parnell and Greer have history — they costarred in ABC's underrated gem Miss Guided and both provide voices on FX's animated spy spoof Archer — and they developed a surprisingly potent chemistry in only a few scenes. Thankfully, we haven't seen the last of Parnell on Mad Love — he'll be back for another episode next month.
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani
Get ready for a major format tweak: Dancing With the Stars is planning a Classical Theme Week in early April. "It's quite ballsy to do two hours of classical music in primetime," says executive producer Conrad Green, who is looking for ways to keep the competition fresh in its twelfth season.
The classical twist will be a big change. For that one week, the two spiral ballroom staircases will disappear, making room for a 38-piece orchestra playing selections along the lines of "Beethoven's 5th." "We're rebuilding the whole upstage area to accommodate all those musicians," says Green.
Dana Delany doesn't have to prove to anyone that she's a TV star of the highest caliber. Her body of work, starting with the indelible Vietnam War classic China Beach, speaks for itself.
But not since China's Colleen McMurphy has Delany had a role so well suited for her foxy, sardonic magnetism as Dr. Megan Hunt, neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner/crime solver in the new Body of Proof. It's ABC's latest attempt to launch a crime drama to compete with the hit procedurals on other networks; only the more comedic Castle has had any traction in recent years. (ABC's latest casualty: the underrated Detroit 1-8-7.)
John Rothman, Cristine Rose
Something special's happening on the May 5 episode of ABC's Private Practice, and without flat out telling you, I'll bet you can guess.
"We'll be meeting the in-laws for the first time," teases KaDee Strickland, whose Charlotte King is about to take a big step with...
G4's Alison Haislip has a new show to attack: The self-professed "bad ass tech geek" will serve as the backstage online and social media host for NBC's new talent contest The Voice.
Haislip will juggle her day job on G4's Attack of the Show in order to bring some social media cred to The Voice. Not only will she be the online face to the show (a tech counterpart to series host Carson Daly), but she'll be occasionally be seen on The Voice, stationed off stage (in "The V-Room") to chat with the show's contestants and coaches via Twitter, Facebook and the show's website. NBC was set to launch ...
The Big Bang Theory
One of The Big Bang Theory guys will pop the question April 7, and "the couple will probably eventually get married," says exec producer Bill Prady, who confirms the betrothed will be one of these couples:
Legendary songstress Dionne Warwick taught us what friends were for in the in the 1980's, but on this season of Celebrity Apprentice, the confrontational 70-year-old did not make any friends of her own. TV Guide Magazine caught up with Warwick to discuss working with her teammates and her why ...
Holt McCallany and Catherine McCormack
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