Michael Zegen and Denis Leary
HAWAII FIVE-0 (Monday-Friday, starts at 9 am/8c, Spike TV)
Time to book 'em! You've heard so much about CBS' upcoming remake you've developed a nostalgic taste for the original? You're in luck. All week, Spike TV is airing daylong marathons (9 am-6 pm/ET) comprising the entire first season of the 1968 original, starring Jack Lord as the implacable Steve McGarrett and James MacArthur as boyish Danny "Danno" Williams...
J.K. Simmons and Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
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Question: I absolutely love The Closer! It's one of my favorite shows and I am always so eager to watch that I usually don't even wait for my DVR to get ahead enough to allow me to skip commercials. This season started off with a bang and I've loved it, but I'm a little concerned. What will happen if Brenda does become chief? On one hand, as a woman, I think it would be great for the character to be a female Chief of Police in Los Angeles. On the other hand, I am afraid for what that would mean for her position as a "closer." If she gets some distance from the cases, how can she possibly get all of those confessions that have the audience on the edge of their seats? Plus, I have not enjoyed the rather jerk-like qualities this whole process has brought out in Pope. I know he's got his heart set on being chief, but it seems a little uncharacteristic for him to be such a jerk now when he has not gone completely into that territory before. Please tell me that whatever is in the works is going to maintain the same quality of scripts and keep Brenda right in the middle of the action! Do you have any insight into the rest of the season or what impact this whole development would have for the future of the show? — Beth
Matt Roush: Now that's a true sign of devotion, watching a show in real time, not DVR time. I'm very fond of The Closer as well....
Let's hope she fares better in Fairview than she did in Bon Temps.
After being brutally butchered in True Blood's first season as Sookie and Jason Stackhouse's Granny Adele, veteran actress Lois Smith is headed to Wisteria Lane. Lois, 79, will debut in...
Reality TV offers something for everyone, but what hit series do you think would be the most fun? Maybe it's jetting around the world in The Amazing Race, or learning to live with strangers in a tropical paradise on Survivor. TV Guide Magazine wants to know what reality competition show you would most want to participate on. Vote in our poll below!
Real Housewives of D.C.
To quote Cat, bullocks.
Maybe it's the conditioning we've had from seasons of flipped tables, pulled weaves, Big Poppas and gummy bear breakdowns, but The Real Housewives of D.C. just aren't delivering the goods. And by "the goods," I mean the really bad behavior, of course.
Oprah Winfrey is celebrating her 25th anniversary this season, and TV Guide Magazine was there as she celebrated with Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Nate Berkus! Check out our exclusive behind the scenes video of our photo shoot with the daytime queen, and watch what happens when Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz meet for the first time! And don't forget to pick up a copy of this week's issue, on stands now!
Frances Conroy, who played matriarch Ruth Fisher on HBO's Six Feet Under, has been cast on Grey's Anatomy in a role that sounds perfectly suited for this Golden Globe winner's dramatic and comedic talents. Frances will guest star as a patient named Eleanor who blacks out. But that's not the fun part. Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes tells me Eleanor claims she blacked out right around the time she raced into a Laundromat and caught her naughty husband folding another woman's panties. Don't you just hate when that happens?
Cheers to The Closer for recruiting Gary Cole as a guest star.
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The ubiquitous character actor reports for duty in the Aug. 30 episode of TNT's summer hit as an Army Major who refuses to believe the killings of three servicemen just back from Afghanistan is a gang-related drive-by. It takes a strong actor to butt heads with Kyra Sedgwick's Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, but Cole is more than up to the task.
Last May's chilling Grey's Anatomy season finale was so perfect just about the only thing missing was a big musical number. And I've just learned that one was actually filmed, but didn't make the cut because of all the characters that were shot.
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