Men of a Certain Age (Monday, 10/9c, TNT)
This bittersweet midlife comedy-drama reaches its midseason finale (already?), with an episode that doesn't just get under its characters' skin but goes where few series would dare: to a colonoscopy. When Terry (Scott Bakula, who has been great this season) decides his 50th birthday calls for the procedure — consider this the show's Public Service Announcement — Joe and Owen decide to make it a group event in Palm Springs. While their plumbing gets a workout, the getaway prompts...
Camille Grammer, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Rumors are swirling that controversial Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer — who just scored a reported $50 million divorce settlement from Kelsey Grammer — will call it quits at the end of the series' freshman season. According to her rep, Howard Bragman, the former MTV dancer hasn't hung up her stilettos just yet.
"Camille hasn't made a decision and won't until after the reunion show [airing in late January]," he tells TV Guide Magazine...
Happy New Year! Or should we say: Happy Oprah Year!
I don't know how you spent your first few days of 2011, but I was immersed — or perhaps baptized is a better word — in the launch of OWN, which isn't just another cable channel. The Oprah Winfrey Network is a crusade, on a mission of unyielding and unapologetic uplift, inviting us into an electronic big-tent revival where each weepy show should come with its own supply of Kleenex and where all of Oprah's ambassadors stay relentlessly on message...
Richard Roundtree, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Cheers to a couple of old pros for bringing character to The Mentalist.
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Richard Roundtree and Pruitt Taylor Vince provided the dramatic muscle in an otherwise lightweight episode about a DOA at an MMA fight. The man once known as "the black private dick who's a sex machine to all the chicks" — Shaft! — proved he still knows his way around the ring as a sly trainer. If only Roundtree could recur, like he did in recent years on Heroes and Desperate Housewives. Maybe Simon Baker's Thomas Jane could distract himself from obsessing over Red John with a few boxing lessons?...
On Survivor: Nicaragua, a twist where two contestants prematurely relinquished the game made for great drama, but anyone who tries to follow in Na'Onka and Purple Kelly's footsteps thinking they will get a place on the jury may want to think again. "It's very unlikely any quitter will be on the jury again," executive producer Mark Burnett told TV Guide Magazine at the OWN TCA party on January 6. "It's an earned position and the only reason those two were on the jury, is that it might have been unfair and that might have affected the winner. That's why we did it."
At the Season 21 finale...
This nervy, comedic reboot of the Camelot legend started off with a Prince Arthur (Bradley James) who was a bit of a moron and a young, gauche Merlin (Colin Morgan) who must keep his magic a secret — but it now kicks into serious gear.
Last season, Merlin tried to kill the seemingly innocent Morgana (Katie McGrath) when she fell under the spell of a wicked sorceress...
Here we go again, people.
After spending their second season smooshing and battling the beat down in Miami, the Shore-ons are back in Seaside Heights for Season 3. And despite the workout videos, "novels," endorsement deals and media obsession, success hasn't spoiled them yet. Probably because they're already kind of rotten...
Pop singer JoJo has been cast in a special episode of CBS's Hawaii Five-0 that will air after the AFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 23. The 20-year-old will play Courtney Russell, the daughter of a Tsunami Warning Center scientist who goes missing on the eve of a big storm hitting the Honolulu coast...
With Batman locked up by Warner Bros.' feature-film department, NBC's The Cape may be the closest thing we'll get to a Dark Knight TV series in the foreseeable future. And that's just fine by creator Tom Wheeler, who has been a major comic-book geek (mostly Marvel) since he was 5. "There's a lot of inspiration," says Wheeler, who has also woven in elements of his other obsession: magic. "I've always been a big fan of Harry Houdini, escapism and illusion."
Only a week into the new year, and already the volume of new TV is overwhelming. Case in point: this Sunday's logjam of new titles on network and cable, ranging from the truly sublime to the hopelessly ridiculous and instantly forgettable. Here's a rundown from best to worst.
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