My Strange Addiction
Since admitting one's powerlessness if the first step in recovery, let's just get this out now: Our strange addiction is My Strange Addiction.
Riveting, eye-opening and at times, straight-up repulsive, TLC's docu-confessional is like Intervention crossed with Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Because, trust us, some of this stuff is completely unbelievable.
Matt LeBlanc spent 12 years in Joey Tribbiani's shoes — first on the classic comedy Friends, then on its not-so-classic spin-off, Joey. But on January 9, the three-time Emmy nominee returns to TV in Showtime's Episodes as someone he's even more familiar with... Matt LeBlanc. Or at least a spoiled, morally bankrupt (and, ahem, very well-endowed) version of the actor, dreamed up for the biting Hollywood satire by cocreator (and former Friends producer) David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Klarik. LeBlanc, now 43 and father to 6-year-old Marina, sat down with TV Guide Magazine for a frank and funny chat about his new comedy, life away from the limelight and why he's opposed to a Friends reunion.
Don't piss off a Sith. Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars launches a spectacular three-episode arc on Friday that finds Darth Sidious issuing a fatwa on superstar assassin Asajj Ventress. The problem: She's becoming way too powerful and, therefore, no longer trustworthy. Naturally, Sid makes his apprentice Count Dooku do the dirty work, to prove his loyalty, but Ventress survives Dooku's murder attempt and bitterly vows to destroy her master. She'll need help with that, of course, and it comes in the form of a new badass character named Savage Opress. Here's the cool part: He's the brother of Darth Maul!
Getting summoned to the vice principal's office isn't quite a bad thing — not when the VP looks like the very lovely Brit Cat Deeley. The stylin' So You Think You Can Dance hostess flexes her funny bone, guest starring on the January 9 episode of the dance-filled buddy Disney comedy series Shake It Up.
Baby, it's cold outside! The bumps-and-bruises game show Wipeout mixes some flakes with the falls when it debuts a new, season-appropriate obstacle course. "We created a winter wonderland," says exec producer Matt Kunitz, the mad genius behind the show. "It's all the fun we've had with Wipeout, but with a whole new feel and look."
William H. Macy, Blake Johnson, Emmy Rossum
CSI: NY (Friday, 9/8c, CBS)
Ever since JAG signed off nearly six years ago, one of the most frequent topics in my mailbag is the hope that David James Elliott (last seen in ABC's short-lived Scoundrels last summer) will find his way back to CBS. For at least one week, his fans get their wish, as Elliott guests as the FBI agent ex-husband of Sela Ward's Jo. (Do we sense a triangle brewing?) In the case of the week, a guy dressed as a clown shoots a bakery owner, and the investigation reveals a skeleton in Det. Flack's past. (Presumably not wearing floppy shoes.)
SyFy's new Battlestar Galactica prequel pilot, Blood & Chrome, has begun casting its three lead characters — roles that shed light on what this new show is about. The series is set in the tenth year of the first Cylon war and centers around hotshot rookie pilot William Adama (played by Edward James Olmos in the 2004-09 series) as he is assigned to Galactica, the Colonial fleet's newest battlestar.
Adama will be in his early-to-mid 20s, and is described as Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun — a cocky and fearless jock. His experience as a fighter pilot thus far has been limited to simulations, but he can't...
Cancer survivor Kathryn Joosten is taking her real-life drama to a daytime soap. The veteran actress, a two-time Emmy winner as feisty Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives, will appear as herself on the 6000th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful (airing February 7). The show's matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) is currently battling lung cancer, which Joosten has kicked twice — in 2001 and 2009. The anniversary plot finds Stephanie going online to try to form a lung-cancer support group. Joosten decides to join up, as do several other real-life lung-cancer survivors who will also appear in the episode. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Joosten about her very Bold guest stint...
Anna and her amphibious minions returned on V last night and wow, did those scaly freaks launch Season 2 in fittingly cold-blooded fashion. There were crazy acid-rain nightmares. A hybrid baby that looked like a floating Yoda. A V skeleton. Oh, and there was a death that has got to beat The Bachelor's "bat wing" body-waxing conversation for grossest moment of the week. In other words, while it wasn't exactly bliss, the season premiere was pretty great.
More so, it was a lot of what we spent last year waiting for and never got...
Drea de Matteo
A trio of impressive guest stars ushers in new episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which resumes Season 12 with back-to-back cases that, according to executive producer Neal Baer, "really dig into the psyches" of the show's two main characters.
To get things started at 9/8c, Drea de Matteo (Desperate Housewives) and Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck) cross paths with Christopher Meloni's Stabler as he investigates a fight club for teens run by their fathers...