Alanna Ubach scares the hell out of men — and it's proving to be a brilliant career move. The actress currently juggles gigs on two hot cable series, playing Thomas Jane's sexually voracious next-door neighbor Yael on HBO's Hung and Ray Romano's pushy lady love Michelle on TNT's Men of a Certain Age.
In tonight's episode of Men (10/9c, TNT), Michelle spends the night with Romano's character, Joe, then gives him a macho crotch grab before dashing out the door for work. It throws Joe for a loop and straight into the arms of another woman...
The Yuletide episodes of The Closer are true standouts every season, and this one's got it all: holiday hilarity, family dysfunction and, of course, murder. The two-parter opens tonight at 9/8c on TNT with a death on Christmas Eve in a case that threatens to dash everybody's holiday plans. "Brenda [Kyra Sedgwick] and Raydor [Mary McDonnell] always fight to gain control of cases, but they're fighting to give this one away," says exec producer James Duff.
Things get even screwier after Brenda's parents (Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin) show up...
Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop (Monday, 8/7c, Fox)
This is how game-show sensations are born — and Fox certainly hopes this will be their version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Airing Monday-Thursday this week (Tuesday and Wednesday's installments air at 9/8c, with a two-hour finale on Thursday), this game, hosted by comedian Kevin Pollak, is pretty simple. Contestants are asked multiple-choice questions with a million dollars in cash on the line. They put the cash on the answers they think are correct — one must always be left blank — and if they're wrong, the cash they've distributed on the wrong answer disappears down a chute. Panic sets in pretty quickly. The two-hour premiere goes head-to-head with the finale of NBC's holiday hit The Sing-Off.
Men of a Certain Age (Monday, 10/9c, TNT)
Yes, Virginia, there are some new episodes of non-reality series airing this week. You just have to know where to look for them. On Men...
Kudos to NBC's The Cape for just casting one of my favorite unsung actresses for a two-episode arc.
The wonderfully quirky Illeana Douglas, so great in movies like Ghost World, Dummy and Cape Fear, will appear on the new superhero caper as...
That report that came out Thursday — that TNT had failed to come to financial terms with Larry Hagman to join the cast of its Dallas reboot and was proceeding with a revised script that featured the Ewings without their patriarch? Don't take that to the bank just yet, darlins'.
I just got off the phone with Larry who said all this comes as news to him. I read him the report, which left the 79-year-old TV legend stunned and nearly speechless. "I hadn't heard about that, huh!" said Larry. "That's really interesting. We were talking about money, but I didn't know it was going to come to a crashing halt like that. You got a scoop for whatever that's worth: Larry Hagman doesn't know what's going on!"
What this sounds like to me is a scare tactic — not unlike what Lorimar pulled back in the summer of 1980 after J.R. Ewing's infamous shooting when the production company threatened to replace Larry with actor Robert Culp if he didn't return from Europe, where the savvy businessman had escaped while his team negotiated a new contract...
Michaela McManus, who plays Vampire Diaries sexy (though lethal) werewolf Jules, is taking a tropical turn: she has just been cast in a February episode of CBS's Hawaii Five-0! Michaela will play a tough district attorney named Kathleen Roberts who will work alongside Grace Park's character, Kono.
She has also shot several more episodes of...
Big Bang Theory
As we approach the holidays, with the TV year winding down (if only briefly), it's typically the time to look back — and so it is with a flurry of awards nominations and best-of-year lists raining down.
My own top-10 (and then some) list of shows and networks that made 2010 memorable can be found here. I also had the honor once again to participate on the American Film Institute's TV jury to select a list of 10 top programs of the year. You can do your own comparison to see how these lists differ. The one show that took me by surprise on the AFI list is The Big C. Great performance by Laura Linney, iffy show. And if we must honor an NBC comedy, why not go with an on-the-rise upstart like Community instead of the tired...
Get ready for the sickest joke ever told. But before Ricky Gervais hits you with it near the end of his HBO special Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 — The Stand-up Special (Saturday, 10/9c, HBO), the badass Brit takes on gay animals, famine in Africa, fat people on planes and, of course, the Bible. Nothing's sacred!
TV Guide Magazine: You push envelopes we didn't know existed, yet insist you're never offensive and will never apologize for a joke. What's up with that?
Gervais: I'm not a comic who thinks comedy is your conscience taking a day off. Mine never takes a day off. So I don't ...
Robot Chicken Star Wars
Darth Vader discos! Boba Fett kills Chewey! R2-D2 gets sexually aroused by Padme Amidala! Is the George Lucas universe out of alignment? Nope, it's Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (airing Sunday, 11:30/10:30c, on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim), yet another raunchy, irreverent spoof on the Lucas legacy from writer-producers Seth Green and Matt Senreich. This stop-motion hour — featuring the voices of ...
When Meredith and Lexie Grey's father, Thatcher, returns to Grey's Anatomy in February, he'll be bringing with him a new lady, played by soap actress Alexa Havins.
From 2003-2007, blonde beauty Alexa played ...