Alex O'Loughlin and Larisa Oleynik
Talk about pressure. Larisa Oleynik debuts on CBS' Hawaii Five-0 on March 21 as CIA analyst Jenna "K" Kaye, then returns for the season's last two episodes — giving her three shows to prove herself worthy of being signed as a permanent team member.
Castle (Monday, 10/9c, ABC)
Who's that heroic looking interloper muscling into Beckett and Castle's turf? That would be former Heroes star Adrian Pasdar, guesting in a tense two-parter as a fed who takes over a murder investigation that exposes a conspiracy with calamitous implications for the city. (Sounds like a job for Jack Bauer, but those days are over.) In other sweeps stunt-casting news, over on CBS's Hawaii Five-0 in the same hour, Danno's brother comes to paradise, a hedonistic Wall Street broker played by comedian Dane Cook. A mad bomber is also on the loose, which might actually be a welcome diversion if Cook tries to do stand-up.
The Good Wife (Tuesday, 10/9c, CBS)
The great guest stars keep coming, but at least one represents a welcome comeback: Gary Cole reprising his role as Diane's ruggedly handsome and politically opposite sometimes-beau Kurt McVeigh. The ballistics expert returns as her client, after he's sued over testimony he gave in the murder trial of a newly exonerated cop killer. Also on deck in this busy episode: Jerry Stiller as a narcoleptic judge, and Ugly Betty's America Ferrera as the illegal nanny of Peter's campaign rival Wendy Scott-Carr, which puts her on Eli Gold's radar.
Because social and personal (Happy Valentine's Day!) obligations kept me away from the TV more than usual this week, I'm going to boil down this week's wrap-up to my version of a "Hot Topics" list, with a few odds and ends thrown in for fun.
OF IBM AND MEN: Man your buzzer if you really thought either Ken Jennings or Brad Rutter could topple supercomputer Watson on Jeopardy! in that fascinating three-part exhibition stunt. I got more caught up in seeing what Watson didn't know or how it was misinterpreting clues — including the first Final Jeopardy, which somehow led Watson to...
Howie Mandel is back in the hidden camera business, this time at Fox.
Mandel is the host and an executive producer of Mobbed, which incorporates "flash mob" ...
He saved the Daytime Emmys when no one at ABC, CBS or NBC wanted to produce them anymore. Now Jim Romanovich, of Associated Television International, plans to work his magic on the hot internet sudser The Bay. Romanovich tells TV Guide Magazine that ATI has acquired the soap star-studded series — created by Gregori J. Martin — with plans to sell it as a half-hour cable or syndicated program to air in 2012.
President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon
On Presidents' Day, Hardball host Chris Matthews will look at the 10 years that have passed since William Jefferson Clinton left the White House. Matthews' documentary, President of the World: The Bill Clinton Phenomenon (Monday at 10/9c on MSNBC) explores the former commander-in-chief's many recent roles, including humanitarian, political spouse and diplomat who helped in the release of two journalist imprisoned by North Korea. The Biz recently chatted with Matthews about why we seem to love Bubba more than ever.
If at first you don't succeed, race, race again. That's the unofficial motto for the 18th season of CBS' The Amazing Race, which features the return of 11 teams that weren't able to take home the $1 million prize their first times around. "We're giving people a second chance," says executive producer Bertram van Munster. "It's the American way." Here's a look at some returning Racers to keep an eye on.
Adam Scott, Amy Poehler
Can we have a huge round of applause for Adam Scott?
Last night, the Party Down vet absolutely stole the show on Parks and Recreation as his Ben Wyatt came face to face with the shame of bankrupting his hometown back when he was a kid. Damn you, Ice Town!
For those not in the loop, a little background: After being elected Partridge, Minnesota's mayor at the tender age of...
A few nights ago, when Modern Family's Cameron-as-Fizbo tried on a court jester's shtick for size, Mitchell offered this dour rejoinder: "There goes the theory that an English accent makes everyone sound smart." I don't think it's Anglophile snobbery that has me celebrating the return of Being Human to BBC America's lineup Saturday night, while being left as cold as a cadaver by Syfy's spotty remake. The original is simply a much better show.
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Better acted, for sure, and it's not just a matter of dialect. There's an intensity to the British original, even when it's going for droll humor, that's lacking in the shrill and...