Men of a Certain Age
Some guys grow on you the better you get to know them. Take the three best buds of TNT's Men of a Certain Age. When I first met them a year ago, their midlife-crisis angst felt suffocating, the deck stacked against them in heavy-handed downer story lines. But as the first season progressed, it's not so much that life got easier but the shrill tone lightened up considerably (especially at home with Andre Braugher's sad-sack Owen). By the poignant end, I was looking forward to welcoming them back, and I'm happy to say the new episodes don't disappoint.
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The Luthors rise again! Smallville (The CW, 8/7c) pulls a Fringe tonight with a trip to an alternate universe where Lionel Luthor (returning guest John Glover) still lives, and his family looks very different than the one we've known for the last 10 years. Here, the superfabulous Cassidy Freeman talks about becoming the newest member of Metropolis' most messed-up clan and what we can expect from her Tess Mercer in the second half of the season.
As the TV calendar year begins to wind down, here's some of what got me wound up about TV this week.
FINALE WATCH: DOGGONE GOOD: And now the waiting begins, with these appropriately ambiguous final words as Hank and Britt reach a crossroads in FX's terrific Terriers season (hopefully not series) finale: "Which way will it be?" There's little doubt that Hank will deliver his partner and best bud Britt to prison to serve time for his jealousy-fueled assault on the guy-who-didn't-sleep-with-Katie.
Now that the season of giving is upon us, our friends at the TV Guide Network have made a list of holiday humor and checked it twice. Here's a sneak peek at some of the goodies television has left under the tree over the years. (Catch the full special on Sunday, December 5 at 8/7c)
10. Married...With Children "It's a Bundyful Life" (December 17, 1989)
A despondent Al is counseled by the scariest angel ever (late comic Sam Kinison) in a roasting of the Jimmy Stewart flick.
Livvie's home! Poor girl.
Last night, in what had to be the strongest Fringe episode in an already awesome season, Olivia finally managed to cross back over from the alternaverse. And what an escape it was! There were trips back into the isolation tank, Grand Central shootouts, killer confrontations between the hoodwinked Peter and the Mata Hari in his bed, even a great Astrid moment. It was epic!
America’s Next Top Model
For most of America's Next Top Model's 15th cycle, Anne Ward trampled her competition, exhibiting one stunning high-fashion picture after another, even breaking a Top Model record by winning the main photo challenge five weeks in a row. But when she was finally named the winner on December 1, it took the 19-year-old Dallas native by surprise. We spoke to Ward about finding beauty in her awkwardness, constantly taking criticism from the media and what you do after you've already booked Vogue.
TV Guide Magazine: You've been able to mull this over since taping ended five months ago. Was watching last night's finale still a significant moment for you?
Anne: Definitely. Being able to watch the whole scene again where they were trying to decide on America's Next Top Model, made me...
Wouldn't Lumen have changed her cell phone number by now?
Dexter's revenge-seeking protégée, Lumen Pierce (Julia Stiles), has been off the grid since ...
SHE PLAYS Blacklisted CIA agent Michael Westen's chain-smoking hypochondriac mother, Madeline on USA Network's Burn Notice (Thursdays, 10/9c). "She's a little wacko and not the ideal, but I think she's growing," Gless says of the role, which this year won the series its first — and the actress her 10th — acting Emmy nomination. ...