The Bold and the Beautiful is famous for its gutsy storylines, and this one's a jaw-dropper. In the cliffhanger of the September 24 episode, control-freak matriarch Stephanie Forrester — played by four-time Emmy winner Susan Flannery — will find out that she has stage 4 lung cancer. Stephanie will stubbornly refuse treatment and decide to keep the dire news from her family, choosing instead to spend her final months checking off items on her bucket list: She'll throw herself a birthday party complete with a Silly Slide, ride the rollicking roller coaster at the Santa Monica pier... that sort of thing. Only Stephanie's archenemy Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) will be privy to the diagnosis — and that's by accident. TV Guide Magazine talked with B&B exec producer-head writer Brad Bell about this startling twist. And of course we hit him with the billion-dollar question — is Susan Flannery exiting the show? ...
Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder
By the end of the season, HBO's True Blood left Bon Temps infested with vampires, werewolves, werepanthers, shape shifters, shamans, fairies and witches. I asked the cast of The Vampire Diaries, which is bringing werewolves to Mystic Falls, what other creatures they'd like to see terrorize their town.
Cheers to Annie Parisse for bringing some much-needed sex appeal to Rubicon.
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AMC's chilly conspiracy serial cast the smoldering actress as Andy, a part-time painter who takes her justifiably paranoid neighbor, intelligence anyalyst Will Travers (James Badge Dale), into her apartment — and her bed...
You've seen the ads. And you may be wondering, so what is the Event? To investigate, a visitor has come to a wooded area of Calabasas, California (doubling for Atlanta), where four stars of NBC's twisty thriller have reunited at their characters' family home for the first time since they shot the pilot.
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It's an idyllic Thanksgiving flashback scene straight out of Norman Rockwell's sketchbook...
Chloe Sullivan won't be seen much during the final season of Smallville — Allison Mack is signed on for just five episodes of the CW drama — but her passionate fans are getting a nice consolation prize. Clark Kent's pal finally makes her first comic-book appearance...
Lone Star, The Event
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Question: I wanted to find out your thoughts on all the shows on Monday night. It seems like it has almost become the go-to night for TV viewing with the returning favorites and some of the more buzz-worthy new shows. My TiVos are going to get a workout that night. What do you think should be watched live, DVR'ed for viewing later and forgotten altogether? — Melissa
Matt Roush: No night this season is easy to navigate, but Mondays and Thursdays (see next question) are particularly packed....
Friday Night Lights
When Friday Night Lights brings back its starting season lineup before the big 2011 series finale, the Panthers will be missing one beloved player. Turns out Gaius Charles, so great as Brian "Smash" Williams, has embraced God over football and is pursuing a masters degree in divinity.
"He and I used to text, but he has fallen off the radar," reports Lone Star's Adrianne Palicki, who will bring Tyra back to town...
Lone Star (Monday, 9/8c, Fox)
My favorite new drama of the fall season is a provocative and twisted romance with a touch of Dallas-style oil intrigue, as a con man (charmer James Wolk) juggles a double life with a rich wife in Houston and a down-home sweetie in a small town where he's pulling a swindle. How long can he get away with it? We'll see. The show faces competition from NBC's heavily hyped conspiracy thriller-fantasy-adventure hybrid The Event, cloaked in mystery and hobbled by a convoluted time-jumping script. But Jason Ritter as the everyguy hero embroiled in the madness is so likable you can't help but want to tune in next week to see what happens. DVR alert...
Lone Star, The Event
Forget surviving Premiere Week. Just making it through Monday is going to take nearly superhuman endurance this season. So many diverse and worthy choices, I almost won't miss The Big Bang Theory being shuffled off to Thursdays.
Let's start with the new, and in each case, I'll reprint my Fall Preview blurb with some additional comments. And then on to the handful of returning favorites I've been able to screen in advance.
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From the top, my favorite new drama: Fox's Lone Star (9/8c). "This fall's best and most original drama taps a gusher of intrigue and twisty romance, with star-is-born James Wolk the most irresistible con man since Lost's Sawyer. Where is this story going? Can't wait to find out."
To elaborate: Newcomer James Wolk...