Fringe (Friday, 9/8c, Fox)
This entire season has been a tour de force for Anna Torv. Doing double duty as dueling Olivias from parallel warring universes, she most recently spent an episode channeling her inner Spock — aka Leonard Nimoy — as the ghostly soul of William Bell inhabited her body for a very clever outing. (In the climax, the dormant Olivia resurfaced briefly, freaking out Peter and the viewing audience.) This week, we're back in alt-world, as the pregnant Alt-livia faces mortal danger from several fronts. It's a very harrowing hour, deserving a far larger audience than it's likely to get, tucked away on Fridays. Fox, stand by this show!
Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Stand-Up (Saturday, 11:30/10:30c, Comedy Central)
The sardonic comic...
Slap-bet enthusiast Barney Stinson would be so excited! Todd (Ben Rappaport), however, is anything but when he's forced to investigate a claim by Gupta (Parvesh Cheena) that Rajiv (Rizwan Manji) let him have one — pow! — right in the kisser on tonight's episode of Outsourced (10:30/9:30c, NBC).
And so begins a series of...
"If you're a DC Comics fan this is the best news of all time," says Geoff Johns, chief creative officer for DC Entertainment, with only a slight hint of hyperbole. Johns was on hand at Cartoon Network's upfront presentation in New York City on Wednesday morning to talk about "DC Nation," a programming initiative that will showcase DC's expansive library of characters. Set to debut in 2012, DC Nation will include shows like Green Lantern: The Animated Series, a CGI show coming this fall (springboarding off this summer's Ryan Reynolds film) and Young Justice: Invasion, a 10-episode miniseries spinning out of the original Young Justice...
Beau Garrett, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
When Beau Garrett first auditioned for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, she admits producers didn't think she was tough enough to play FBI Agent Gina LaSalle. Before her second audition, she recalls, "I played a little basketball, took a shot of tequila and mellowed out. The combination really relaxed me. I went in there owning it more."
Is it just us, or has Wendy Williams suddenly taken over the whole planet? The best-selling author and daytime chitchatter — now in her second year as host of The Wendy Williams Show — is all set to compete on the new season of Dancing With the Stars. She's also juggling a recurring role as gossip queen and star of Access Llanview Phyllis Rose on the ABC sudser One Life to Live. (Look for her on March 28 dishing dirt on the scandalous Buchanan clan.)
30 Rock, Matt Damon
30 Rock viewers rooting for Liz Lemon and her former pilot boyfriend Carol, played by hunky Matt Damon, should know that the fate of their relationship lies in the hands of one woman alone: Tina Fey. "I love that show and I had a great time doing it so if Tina wanted to bring back Carol Burnett, that would be fine with me," Damon told TV Guide Magazine at the premiere for the HBO documentary His Way: A Portrait of Hollywood Legend Jerry Weintraub on March 22.
"At 30 Rock they made it really easy for me. The writing is so good on that show," he says. But for now, expect short TV stints, if any, for the father of four. "I never say never [to doing a TV show], but I'm having a great time making movies. And it gives me a lot of freedom when I'm not working to spend time with the kids."
It looks like Carol and Liz's on-off relationship will remain irreparable while Damon prepares to lock lips with another award-winning actor.
Lucy Lawless, No Ordinary Family
You know what the opposite of super is? When a show that's on the bubble scores a fierce guest star and utterly wastes her. Kind of like No Ordinary Family did last night.
When news broke that the live-action answer to The Incredibles had locked in Lucy Lawless for a four-episode arc, we were all like "our hero!" Not that the show is The Cape-bad — it's actually quite fun, despite two charmless kid characters — it's just that nobody is watching. You'd need Clark Kent's hearing to pick up any buzz on this one. So the hope was that maybe the flawless Lawless' stint as Mrs. X could save NOF from its villainous ratings and bring some heat to the Powells' home.
Seated around a table at a lavish estate in the Bahamas, the Top Chef All-Stars judges are ready for their "last supper." The only ingredient that's missing? "I need a pillow to sit on," says Tom Colicchio, prompting guest judge Wolfgang Puck to request one as well. "Hey, Wolf, just sit on your wallet," quips Colicchio. "You'll be fine."
The judges crack up, but it's no laughing matter for the remaining cheftestants: The winner's billfold will be fattened with $200,000, the show's biggest prize ever. This week's elimination challenge is inspired by the book My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals by Melanie Dunea, who joins Colicchio, Puck, host Padma Lakshmi and judges Gail Simmons, Masaharu Morimoto and Michelle Bernstein for the feast.
In the kitchen...
He is The crab spear-hunter castaway on Survivor's Ometepe tribe. A self-described "Special Agent," Phillip claims he worked for the Defense Investigative Service (an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Defense), specializing in background investigations.
Why we love him Phillip is one of the most...