Kids in the Hall
Memo to the gods of summer TV: Enough already! These are the dog days of August, I understand that all too well (as I wring out my socks after every muggy walk home from work), but the last thing we need in this summer of original-programming bounty is a pack of actual barking dogs pretending to be comedies.
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Two make their bow Tuesday night, with back-to-back episodes challenging you to make it to that second half-hour.
First up: ABC Family's retro snooze Melissa & Joey, or: The Manny. Not Manny as in the wonderfully precocious Manny (Rico Rodriguez) of Modern Family, but male nanny, Who's The Boss? style.
Joey Lawrence fills that role, as "Joe," a down-on-his-luck commodities broker who lost his fortune and family in a financial meltdown. Let me be the first to say: "Whoa." He moves in, platonically, to work ...
Cheers to Oliver Platt for continuing to defy typecasting on The Big C.
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The enormously versatile character actor reunites with Kinsey costar Laura Linney (and director Bill Condon) on Showtime's new cancer comedy as her immature estranged husband. And while you wouldn't necessarily picture the pudgy Platt and the still-smokin' Linney together, his impish charm helps him pull it off...
Melissa and Joey
Following their success with last year's TV-movie My Fake Fiancé, former teen stars Joey Lawrence (Blossom) and Melissa Joan Hart (Clarissa Explains It All; Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) are reteaming for a new sitcom, Melissa & Joey (premiering tonight at 8/7c on ABC Family). The premise? When local politician Mel Burke suddenly finds herself responsible for her teenage niece and nephew, help arrives in the unlikely form of Joe Longo, a former Wall Street trader who moves in as the family's "manny." Can you say, "Whoa?!"? ...
Turns out you can go home again—you just might not be welcome there. In the new scripted comedy Big Lake (premiering tonight at 10/9c on Comedy Central), Chris Gethard stars as Josh Franklin, a failed financial whiz kid who flees the big city for his Pennsylvania hometown. But Josh's folks aren't exactly thrilled to see him—especially since he lost their nest egg on failed investments.
"His parents outwardly hate him at this point—they take their aggression out on him, and deservedly so," says Gethard, an accomplished improv comic who landed the role after impressing exec producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay on the set of Ferrell's new comedy The Other Guys...
Too much of a good thing? Not if we're talking about Reid Scott, who's bringing his good looks and charm to three different TV shows this summer. Here, the 32-year-old actor breaks down his roles...
Here's an unexpected blast from the past! Michael Sutton, whose General Hospital character, Stone Cates, died of AIDS in a landmark 1995 storyline, will return to the ABC soap on ...
Next Food Network Star
Let's get ready for an Aarti Paarti!
Last night, the tasty reality show that never gets enough attention crowned its sixth winner and wow, was it a close one. Aarti, Tom and Herb all whipped up impressive pilots, wowed the focus-group crowd and, in the words of Food Network senior VP of programming Bob Tuschman, "made it very, very tough" for the selection committee to pick.
Yet pick they did ...
The Vampire Diaries
Question: I've only recently started watching The Vampire Diaries, as I wanted to wait for the overall reception of Season 1. But once I started, I got fully sucked in and I'm absolutely loving it now. [POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT] However, I'm having a hard time letting go of my lovely namesake Anna. With her ambivalent personality traits and the story line she was given, I thought she was one of the most interesting characters on the show. I have to admit that her demise in the finale hit me quite hard. Is there really no chance at all that she survived somehow? — Anna
Matt Roush: Looked to me like she was a goner, but you know how it goes on shows like this: Just because you die, or die again as the case may be, doesn't necessarily mean you're dead for good. And even if she did bite the eternal dust, I'd think there's potential for some juicy flashbacks as we get more of everyone's back story. And don't you imagine she'd at the very least haunt Jeremy's dreams? Beyond that, I haven't a clue whether we'll see Anna again, as I refuse to get ahead of the story, especially on shows like this. From a critical point of view, though, it's important to believe that characters like this can actually perish even in a supernatural series, or there'd be nothing at stake (pun unintended). Keeps you caring, I'd think...
The Big C
Who's up for a death comedy jam? Don't everybody raise their hands at once.
Leave it to an adventurous network like Showtime to develop a series that confronts the age-old maxim about how "dying is easy but comedy is hard." That's certainly the case with The Big C, an affecting yet uneven tragicomedy that comes to life whenever its heroine confronts her mortality but tends to die any time the story line goes overboard on the wackiness...
Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin
Go behind the scenes during TV Guide Magazine's photo shoot with the hottest new show of the fall, Hawaii Five-0! Check out Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park as they discuss the new look of the show, working in Hawaii and the iconic theme song! Plus, we've got exclusive footage of their sizzling photo shoot, featured in this week's issue of TV Guide Magazine, on newsstands now. Check out the video after the jump...