The Closer (Monday, 9/8c, TNT)
Surprise Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick wraps this summer's season of the hit crime drama, as Brenda's unit and the FBI investigate the murder of two paramedics, a case with terrorist implications. This forces Brenda to work alongside the head of the counter-terrorism unit, who is also up for the Chief of Police job. (If you missed any of the current season, the episodes will be replayed in a daylong marathon starting at noon/11c.)...
Even though she played lizard leader Diana to wicked perfection on NBC's original V from 1983-85, Jane Badler tells me she had to fight fang and nail to get cast as an all-new version of Diana on ABC's reboot. "From the moment I heard V was coming back, it was something I was hoping to be part of, but they tested a lot of people for this role," confides Jane from the Vancouver set. "A lot of years have passed, so it feels good to win something." While this is an entirely different take on Diana...
More than 50 stars gathered for the multi-network Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon on September 10. While most of their focus was on fund-raising, TV Guide Magazine got them to divulge some TV scoop.
- Eva La Rue, who works with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition because the women in her family have a predisposition for the disease, could barely contain her poker face when she told TV Guide Magazine exclusively about a rumor going around the CSI: Miami set. "We've got some really great cases and great storylines, but one of the best rumors I've heard is that Lady Gaga wants to do the show. How cool would that be? We all have a line of family members that would want to be trotted to set that day if that was the case." A big fan of the singer, LaRue would love the rumor to be true, although she hopes it wouldn't involve Gaga-esque costumes. "I don't think we'd be very effective at a crime scene in latex or a bubble dress. Could you imagine Horatio in a leotard?" No, but the gun bra might come in handy.
True Blood's Sam Trammell took a cue from his character Sam Merlotte's recent antics when he joined stars like Renee Zellweger, Mark Harmon, Sofia Vergara, Adam Sandler and Sally Field at the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon Friday in Los Angeles.
TV Guide Magazine partnered with the Paley Center for Media for its sixth annual PaleyFest Fall Preview Party series, kicking off Sept. 9 with the gang from NBC's new workplace comedy Outsourced (premiering Sept. 23). The cast, headed by newcomer Ben Rappaport as Todd, a Kansas City man whose company transfers him to India, came from taping their Halloween episode. "Todd throws a party and I come as Hugh Hefner, with the velvet jacket, slippers and pipe," reported Rappaport, while Drew Carey Show vet Diedrich Bader, who plays another American import, told us that, earlier in the day, he "leapt out of a closet dressed as Frankenstein and got the [expletive] kicked out of me." With the characters working at a call center selling novelty items, some will utilize props to transform themselves into such clever disguises as a 'chick magnet' and a 'spice rack.'
Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm
As summer TV begins to hand off to the fall season, some thoughts and observations on a few of the shows and headlines that stood out.
Instant Classic TV: I haven't been able to stop thinking about Sunday's episode of Mad Men, regarded by many as the high point of the season to date and a series peak as well, a blistering tour de force for Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, who now have dynamite entries for their Emmy reel next year. (This season has been particularly strong for Moss, as Peggy Olson comes into her own: partying with bohemians, doffing her clothes to unnerve the chauvinistic new art director, and now standing up to Don.) "The Suitcase," so masterfully penned by Matthew Weiner that it wouldn't be a surprise to see him at the Emmy podium yet again next year, felt like watching a three-act play — or maybe a three-ring circus veering from drama to comedy back to drama, or perhaps an emotional heavyweight bout that went on much longer — and with more actual ferocity — than the legendary Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston rematch knockdown of May 1965.
For Lady Gaga, 13 could be a lucky number. The chameleonic artist is nominated for a baker's dozen of Moonman trophies at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, including two — for "Bad Romance" and "Telephone" — in the coveted Video of the Year category. In fact, her tally is the most single-year nominations for any artist in VMA history. "Gaga had some of the best videos of the year," says the VMAs' executive producer, Jesse Ignjatovic. "She will be extremely present in the show — and we'll see how many wardrobe changes there are!"
It ain't easy being vamp candy. Fed up with being fed on, Sookie (Anna Paquin) is tempted to start a new life sans Bill (Stephen Moyer) — or any other bloodsucker, including Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) — in True Blood's third-season finale.
"By the end, she's just like, 'Oh, God, I hate you all'... for a moment," says creator Alan Ball. Sookie's not the only one feeling frayed. Eric's torn about his revenge on Russell (Denis O'Hare); Tara (Rutina Wesley) discovers a surprise about Sam...
Let's make that a few bites.
Man alive (and not so alive), what a killer Vampire Diaries season opener! The pacing, the storytelling, the badass Katherine. It was like three episodes crammed into one breathless hour of neckbiting and heartbreaking twists that, quite honestly, left us thirsty for more.
Where to start? Hmm... love Stefan getting all tough with John in the hospital. And Bonnie giving Damon the what's what about her vendetta against vamps was deee-lish...