Does no one have an original idea in TV land anymore? Judging from tonight's latest batch of mid-season offerings, it hardly appears so. Programmers have either gone to England for inspiration, rarely improving on the source material, or back to the drawing board of tried-and-true formats like the courtroom drama, resulting in an unhappy epidemic of deja view viewing.
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The best of tonight's premieres is Syfy's remake of Being Human (9/8c), and even it is a pale imitation of the provocative British original. Given the relatively limited reach of BBC America...
As HBO's Big Love nears its March series finale, what happens in the last three episodes "is astonishing," teases creator Mark Olsen. "We really went there!" Pressed for a few hints, Olsen and cocreator Will Scheffer warn us to expect an "ultimate and final showdown" pitting Bill against Alby....
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother (Monday, 8/7c, CBS)
Finding humor in tragedy is always a tricky business, and that's the challenge facing Mother as the gang accompanies Marshall back to his Minnesota home for his father's funeral. Ted and Barney task themselves with doing whatever it takes to coax a smile or a laugh from their grieving buddy. But Marshall is distracted by an unexpected meeting with the bully who terrorized him through high school. The joke being that the bully is played by the diminutive Danny Strong (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Elsewhere, Monday is a big night for new shows on TV, with the premieres of two remakes of British series — Being Human on Syfy and Skins on MTV — plus Harry's Law on NBC and the launch of Piers Morgan's talk show (with Oprah as the first guest) on CNN...
She's the real-life inspiration for CBS' Medium, but not even psychic Allison DuBois could have predicted how badly things would go when she appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on December 16. What was supposed to be a peace-making meal put on by pal Camille Grammer (they met via Camille's ex Kelsey, who's an executive producer on Medium) turned in to a nightmare, with predictions that Kyle Richards' marriage would end and everybody screaming at each other. DuBois dishes on the dinner table dust-up.
"Why does fun always have a price?"
These are the words of Poor Sue Heck — I can never refer to this scene-stealing character (played brilliantly by Eden Sher) without adding the word "poor" in front of her name — in another hilarious episode of ABC's underappreciated The Middle. Yes, the show is fun, but with the sting of truth. Living in the shadow of the marvelous Modern Family (which offered up another farcical hoot this week), ABC's Wednesday ...
Teresa Scanlan and Emoly West
Here she is, Miss America! The grandmother of all reality shows marks its 90th anniversary with the best present of all: a return to network television after spending the last five years on cable (twice on CMT and three times on TLC).
"It's great to be back where we belong," says Sam Haskell III, chairman of the board of the Miss America Organization, who helped orchestrate a three-year deal with ABC. "We've all worked hard to make this happen," he continues.
In seven seasons on Desperate Housewives, Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) has successfully taken on cancer, sexual harassment, her husband's amorous exes, a serial killer, a neighborhood child molester and a gold digger out to bag one of her boys. But could anything have prepared her for the arrival of J.R. Ewing on ...
Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies
Could dead men turn the tables on ad men this year at the Golden Globes? You never know with those quirky Globes voters, who in years past have given cult shows like The X-Files and Party of Five best-drama honors.
If Mad Men wins again, and it is the deserving ...
Armageddon seemed just a wee bit closer the day the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominations for the Golden Globe Awards. That's because one of the year's biggest Oscar-buzz films, True Grit, was snubbed in every ...