Starting tonight, crime-fiction king James Ellroy, author of L.A. Confidential, American Tabloid and more, hosts six episodes of a new show about some of the most devilish acts ever to terrorize the city of Angels. As "the demon dog of American literature" guides viewers through crime scenes, we get to know victims, killers and celebrities, and it begins with the family tragedy that sparked his fascination with crime. But no one is more interesting than the writer himself. We asked Ellroy for the cold, hard facts on his new series.
It's good to be dead. Or a vampire. Or a community college student, for that matter. At least that's the case according to the Paley Center for Media, which will pay tribute to The Walking Dead, True Blood, Community and nine other current and past TV shows at its PaleyFest 2011: William S. Paley Television Festival this March at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.
Putting out an APB: Blue Bloods is back with new episodes. After reviving Friday-night TV with its solid ratings, the freshman drama about a multi-generational family of New York cops moves to Wednesdays starting tonight. Will Estes, who plays youngest son and rookie cop Jamie Reagan, gives us the lowdown.
Aw, hell Cesar. The super-friendly seamster got the boot last night and for real, we're gonna miss him. Not only had he stood out as one of the nicest contestants to work his wares on any of Bravo's competitions, he was also pretty darn talented.
Off the Map
Now that a few new series have hit the air, we want to know which one has you glued to your tube. Do the dreamy, life-saving docs of Off the Map make you want to head to the jungle? Or do the super-hero adventures of The Cape and hard-hitting blows on Lights Out get your blood pumping? Does Paula Abdul's Live to Dance make you want to get up on your feet? Or does legal dramedy Harry's Law get you excited for upcoming court appearances? Let us know which new show is your favorite so far after the jump...
Bob Newhart and Mark Harmon
Shooting a scene in the autopsy lab on the NCIS set, Bob Newhart looks a bit absentminded, and an interloper might not know whether to chuckle. The TV legend is playing Dr. Walter Magnus, who preceded Ducky (David McCallum) as the unit's medical examiner. Looking over a corpse with Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Ducky suggests their old colleague add his forensic two cents. "Walter, why don't you jump into some scrubs? ...Walter?"
Newhart's hesitancy in responding isn't far off from the trademark stammer he made into a science on two of TV's most beloved sitcoms, The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) and Newhart (1982-90). Since NCIS is a drama in touch with its lighter side, you might guess the visiting icon was cast in "Recruited" to capitalize on his levity. Not so. The former doc...
Sunday Night Football
Back in February 1983, when watching TV meant tuning in to ABC, CBS or NBC, 106 million people watched the final episode of M*A*S*H. Legend has it that the water pressure in New York City showed a noticeable drop during the commercial breaks. For 27 years, the M*A*S*H finale stood as the most watched TV show ever, and in an era when the average home has more than 100 channels to choose from, it seemed impossible that any single broadcast could amass that type of audience again.
But Super Bowl XLIV capped what had been a storybook season for the New
Orleans Saints, playing for a city that only a few years before gave viewers the horrific images of Hurricane Katrina...
All My Children
All My Children has spent months percolating a romance between Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her crusty mountain man Caleb (Michael Nouri) and so far her fiancé Jack — played by the marvelous Walt Willey — has remained pretty clueless. But he's about to wake up and smell the triangle. This week, David (Vincent Irizarry) comes out of his coma and remembers it was Kendall (Alicia Minshew) who shot him, and that finds an emotionally frazzled Erica leaning on Caleb, rather than Jack. On February 1, Jack catches the two of them in an embrace. TV Guide Magazine had a chat with Willey who — just like a whole lotta Jack and Erica fans — ain't too wild about this turn of events...
An upcoming two episode arc of NBC's Chase will introduce viewers to the fugitive father of lead character, Deputy U.S. Marshal Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish). It was the search for her father that originally kicked off Annie's lifelong "chase."
Cast in the role of William Frost is character actor William Sadler, who was seen earlier this season in the premiere episode of CBS's Hawaii Five-0 as the father of Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin). That character didn't fare so well, and Annie's dad could also wind up dead if she doesn't act fast...