When it rains, it pours. And poor us, having so much new TV, right?
Once again, the television gods rained down upon us a night of too many choices as the fall season continued to unfurl. And just like Monday, our DVRs runneth over!
Of course, the biggies were the returns of a rather ungleeful Glee (boo to the unexpectedly short reign of Charice as New Directions' star-to-be!), NCIS and son, The Biggest Loser, and — because it won't go away —the first Dancing With the Stars elimination. (So long, Hoff!)
Crowded in among these ratings beasts were ...
Jeers to Sons of Anarchy for stalling out with its stunt casting of Stephen King.
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The horror novelist — an avowed fan of FX's biker-gang drama — popped up in a cameo as "Bachman" (an elbow-in-the-ribs reference to his nom de plume Richard Bachman). A cleaner brought in to erase evidence of a crime, he was hired after Gemma...
Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi
Time to break out the big knives! Bravo tells TV Guide Magazine exclusively that the upcoming eighth season of Top Chef will serve up an all-star cast. Eighteen familiar faces — all of them runners-up from previous seasons — are returning hungry for a shot at redemption in the culinary capital of the world: New York City.
Tune in tonight, Sept. 22, for the Top Chef DC reunion special (9/8c, Bravo), when host Andy Cohen will divulge the entire cast, including several fan faves...
Wednesday is one of those nights when the returning shows have most of the juice — most notably ABC's Modern Family, returning to anchor ABC's terrific sitcom block with a best-comedy Emmy to its credit. (The season opener, alas, was not available for review.)
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But let's start with the new shows fighting for attention, starting with the splashiest...
Don't know about you, folks, but our DVRs earned their pay last night!
With the 2010 fall TV season finally in full swing, Mondays suddenly became about a lot more than Bachelor Pads and Real Housewives. It was a new-show bonanza across the dial and honestly, it was kind of impossible to keep up. NBC gave us the always-awesome Chuck, the enticing "are they aliens?" mythology of The Event and the not-so-enticing "are they kidding us with these clichés?" of Chase. Fox dropped its soapy new Lone Star right after the season premiere of House (loved one, liked another). CBS brought back ...
CSI: Miami is welcoming some psychic friends for a special sweeps episode. On November 7, Southland's Shawn Hatosy guest stars as a murder suspect with no recollection of how he ended up in the proximity of a dead body. To verify his story, CSI Natalia Boa Vista (Eva La Rue) goes undercover and investigates a suspicious psychic, played by Beth Littleford (The Hard Times of RJ Berger). "She's drugged him, but I don't believe the drug story," says La Rue. "So I go under cover and she drugs me."
Raising Hope, Lucas Neff
"There's gotta be more to life than cleaning the same pool over and over!" declares Raising Hope's 23-year-old Jimmy Chance. "There isn't," his mother replies, before heading out for a day of scrubbing toilets.
"I'm just drawn to ...
Can one soap possibly contain Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser and Kim Zimmer without imploding? We'll find out October 1, when Guiding Light alum Zimmer returns to One Life to Live as Echo DiSavoy, a role she was fired from 27 years ago. Back then, Echo sneakily seduced Clint Buchanan and tried to get him convicted of murder. And she's still a hell-raiser. ...
Dancing with the Stars
"I'm about to vomit," said Barbara Chase, moments before the curtain rose on Season 11 of Dancing With The Stars. Chase, suffering from nervous tension, is the proud daughter of "America's Mom," Brady Bunch veteran Florence Henderson, who at 76 is the show's star senior citizen. "She's always stayed in shape," said Chase, "but this is so hard." Is it like going from zero to 60 in terms of her physical stamina? "No, not zero. More like 35 to 60. But still..."
What are you going to do now, MacGruber? How about return to CBS's How I Met Your Mother? In his first move since leaving the cast of Saturday Night Live, Will Forte (aka MacGruber) is reprising his role as HIMYM's Randy in this season's sixth episode. Randy, a low-level Goliath National Bank employee, briefly became Barney's 'Rebound Bro' in Season 3.