Law & Order: Los Angeles premiered to solid ratings last week, proving that the venerable franchise still resonates with viewers even after a coastal relocation, and creator Dick Wolf offers new details about the series' shifting L.A.-area locales and true-crime inspirations after its decidedly "Hollywood" debut.
Here's what happens when you get to do what you're good at: You own the ballroom. And that's exactly what happened when Michael Bolton stepped up to the microphone to sing the stirring "Hallelujah" in his signature raspy, wounded-soul voice. He may have been booted out by Dancing With the Stars voters last week who didn't care for his dancing, but the crowd on hand Tuesday night to see comedian Margaret Cho get the axe was enthralled by the return of Bolton, who probably would've scored three perfect 10s for his pipes. "I want to buy that record," said one woman sitting next to me, who was never a Bolton fan.
Say what you want about The Good Wife's Amber Madison — God knows, we certainly have — but that homewrecker sure knows how to put on a show.
Last night, Peter's former call-girlfriend popped up again in one of the episode's many high points (the debut of Scott Porter, Lou Dobbs' respectable cameo and Kalinda's dirt on Will among them) as the star of a viral music video that puts Obama Girl to shame. Cooing and gyrating like the straight-up hooker she is, the woman most likely to drive Alicia to break the law is apparently is now using her notoriety to support Peter's bid for state's attorney. And she's making no bones about his ability to serve the public. A few sample lyrics:
Mary Lynn Rajskub
She was last seen telling Jack Bauer to "Run!" and now 24's Chloe O'Brian is running to ABC's Modern Family. Mary Lynn Rajskub, who spent six long "days" saving Jack's butt, has been cast on the Emmy-winning sitcom as the old high school girlfriend of then closeted Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). Apparently Chloe's mastermind mental skills did not include gaydar.
It's the second season of Lawman (Wednesday, 10/9c, A&E), and Steven Seagal is still out for justice. As a bona fide sheriff's deputy in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, the action-film icon serves, protects and, when needed, kicks a little butt. We chatted with the Zen-like Seagal about catching real-life bad guys...
Cheers to Sons of Anarchy for keeping the spirit of Deadwood alive.
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FX's motorcycle-club drama and HBO's late, great Western have more than a badass ambiance in common: No fewer than four Deadwood survivors have ridden again on SOA this season. Paula Malcomson (Old West hooker Trixie) is bringing her authentic Belfast brogue to the role of an Irish mother who tries to help Katey Sagal's Gemma rescue her abducted grandson, Abel. We only wish her ex-HBO costar ....
When he's not hosting Let's Make a Deal during the day, the ever-versatile Wayne Brady is getting used to being a primetime guest star. After his recent return engagement to CBS' How I Met Your Mother, Brady tells TV Guide Magazine he's been told to expect to be called back again this season, and he really wants to follow in his TV brother Neil Patrick Harris' footsteps as a guest star on Fox's Glee.
The Biggest Loser contestants are in for a treat next week when celebrity chef Curtis Stone arrives on the ranch — and he's bringing dessert! TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive healthy dessert recipe straight from Stone himself!
Poached Pear with Red Wine Reduction and Yogurt
HE PLAYS NCIS' handsomely bespectacled nerd Jimmy Palmer, who assists medical examiner Ducky (David McCallum). Dietzen came in to shoot a one-day guest appearance near the end of the first season — and has been on most of the episodes since, thanks to "his comic timing and the way he plays so well with McCallum," says exec producer Shane Brennan.