Cheers to Justified for turning Larenz Tate back into a Menace II Society.
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The charismatic actor first broke out as teenage gangsta O-Dog in the Hughes Brothers' 1993 inner-city saga. Since then, he's mostly played nice guys in movies like Love Jones and on TV series like FX's Rescue Me. The cable net's top-notch crime drama let Tate cross over to the wrong side of the law as a violent convict who flees a halfway house — and who happens to be the ex-brother-in-law of Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks (Erica Tazel). She teams with Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) to track him down....
The Defenders (Friday, 8/7c, CBS)
One week before she begins a limited run on Broadway — and let's hope HBO or somebody records THAT show! — the irrepressible Kathy Griffin goes to Las Vegas in a guest shot on this struggling courtroom drama. She is cast to type as a brash insult comic sued for offending one of her audience victims (What, Joan Rivers was busy?) In the subplot, the son of a hotel owner turns to buddy lawyers Nick and Pete for help after he wakes up to find a casino host strangled in a hot tub. What are the odds he's guilty? ...
Paula Abdul and LeAnn Rimes
Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva is about to welcome some real-life divas to the set for the show's upcoming third season, premiering this summer! Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul returns to give Jane (Brooke Elliott) relationship advice, while country star LeAnn Rimes guests as an estranged soon-to-be ex-wife to a celebrity on trial for hit-and-run.
Welcome Back Kotter
After years of sending his regrets, John Travolta has finally agreed to reunite with his fellow Sweathogs for a Welcome Back, Kotter 35th anniversary reunion at April's TV Land Awards. (Perhaps Tom Hanks reconnecting with his former Bosom Buddies costars at last year's show had a little something to do with convincing him!)
Good for Travolta for hopping on board, considering he...
Katherine Kelly Lang and Adam Gregory
Did daytime's naughtiest, nerviest soap suddenly get cold feet? The Bold and the Beautiful seemed headed toward a near-incestuous romance between young couturier Thomas Forrester (Adam Gregory) and his dishy stepmom Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang). Then, outta nowhere, Thomas backed off and started hitting on several gals his own age — a bit too desperately if you ask us. His oddball behavior even has his uncle Thorne (Winsor Harmon) suspecting the kid might be gay. What's this all mean?
"We are not backing off ...
American Idol: Top 24
Oh this is gonna get ugly. The American Idol guys hit the stage for their first performances last night and of the 12, five will go Thursday. Can you say "bloodbath"? Because, aside from a few sure-thing goners, none of the other fellas were so atrocious they need to go just yet. Then again, that's the nature of the Idol beast, so let's check out the list and start picking off the ...
Even when the cast of The Middle is away from the set, they can't stop acting like a family. Patricia Heaton (Frankie Heck) gabs with her TV daughter, Eden Sher (Sue), about shopping. Neil Flynn (Mike) bonds with TV sons Charlie McDermott (Axl) and Atticus Shaffer (Brick) over who's the best shot during their on-set basketball games. We sat the close-knit crew down to swap stories about everything from the first time they met to their favorite Mexican veggie.
Shedding for the Wedding
As host of the new weight-loss competition Shedding for the Wedding, bride-to-be Sara Rue (she's engaged to teacher Kevin Price) has more than just fabulous prizes to offer the overweight engaged couples. She recently lost 50 pounds as a Jenny Craig spokesperson, so she's living proof that the contestants can slim down, too.
TV Guide Magazine: Were you looking to do a reality show?
Rue: Doing my weight loss so publicly has been an incredibly empowering experience. To be part of the journey with these people was too good to turn down.
Pretty Little Liars
Whoa... Did that just happen? Did one of the Pretty Little Liars really lose her v-card?
Yep, it would seem so. Last night, the show that's always been just this side of risqué, thanks to Aria's borderline-illegal (but decidedly non-sexual) romance with dreamy teacher Mr. Fitz, went all the way...