Let's not be too harsh on Chelsea Handler. It wasn't all her fault that the VMA's stank this year.
No, there was a lot wrong with last night's show. First off, about 90% of the performances were autotuned monstrosities — none worse than Best New Artist zygote Justin Bieber, who took to a stage outside of L.A.'s Nokia Theatre for a mall tour-caliber rendition of his hit, "Baby," which sounded like he was singing through an airplane propeller. Kid was more dubbed than a Godzilla movie...
Masi Oka, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan
Heroes alums Masi Oka (Hiro) and Jack Coleman (Noah "Horn-Rimmed Glasses" Bennet) have landed fun new gigs on CBS procedurals, both as characters named Max. "I'm playing an odd little man named Max Bergman," says Hawaii Five-0 addition Masi, who'll begin recurring in Episode 4. "He's brilliant at two things — being the Honolulu medical examiner and playing the piano, which he does in his autopsy-room office to help him think."
Meanwhile, on The Mentalist, Jack pops up...
Anna Paquin and Dennis O'Hare
"When am I not in trouble?" Sookie quips to TV's hottest werewolf, Alcide, when he arrives back on the scene after a long absence. She's not kidding. This damsel is in perpetual distress. But the real trouble in Sunday's season finale of True Blood wasn't just that there was too little Alcide, but that there was so much more that was lacking.
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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...
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Question: I'm starting to think Elisabeth Moss is going to have a major problem to deal with next summer: deciding which Mad Men episode to submit for Emmy consideration! Peggy has always been one of Mad Men's most complex and intriguing characters, but this season it just feels like Moss and the writers providing her material have been stepping it up more and more in each episode. I can't decide which Peggy moment has been my favorite so far this season: her dabblings in '60s counterculture, her moving reaction to the news of Trudy Campbell's pregnancy, her clever takedown of the horrid new art director, or any of her scenes with Don in the heartbreaking "The Suitcase" episode. What really is blowing my mind is that we're only about halfway through this season of Mad Men. If it's this good already, I can't even imagine how great the climactic episodes are going to be! I just wanted to check in and see if you have been enjoying Peggy lately as much as I have been...
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.)...
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.