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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Shorty Rossi with his Pit Bull Hercules
With myriad series like Little Chocolatiers, The Little Couple and Little People, Big World, reality shows about small-statured folks have taken off in a big way. But none has had as much bite as Pit Boss, Animal Planet's edgy, yet endearing, hit about a street-smart ex-con who runs both a Los Angeles pit-bull rescue operation and a little-person entertainment agency (airing Saturday at 10/9c).
"Little people are misunderstood just like pit bulls are," says straight-talking star Shorty Rossi, who believes the glut of LP series helps dispel stereotypes...
Jimmy Fallon's primary goal when he hosts the Emmy Awards on August 29: "I want to keep it moving," he tells TV Guide Magazine. "I've been to so many Emmy parties, and sometimes you sit there and go, 'Come on!'" Here are Fallon's tips for a great show...
Melissa and Joey Maggiore
It's all in la famiglia at Tommy V's, a San Diego restaurant run by siblings Melissa and Joey Maggiore, who serve up delicious Italian dishes along with mmm-mmm good drama. Tonight the doors open on Season 1 of their reality series, Family Style (10:30/9:30c, Food Network). Mangia!
Wanna see something scary?
The Atlantic Paranormal Society returned last night for the start of Ghost Hunters' sixth season and great Caesar's ghost, they came packed with serious chills. Which is fitting, since case #1 found the crew spending the night at an allegedly haunted hotel in Cooperstown, NY.
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Now, usually, the show is all vague, off-camera sounds "what was that?" instead of actual on-screen apparitions or events. This time, however, the TAPS team served up a few frights that were definitely visible, including an undeniable shadow in a darkened, windowless hallway that startled even seasoned investigators Britt and K.J. ...
Top Chef DC
Cheers to Top Chef: D.C. for knocking it out of the park — Nationals Park, that is.
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The six remaining cheftestants on Bravo's Emmy-nominated reality show each took a swing at "elevated baseball cuisine," serving their dishes to Nats fans, players (including Adam Dunn, a latter-day Babe Ruth who sampled all six and promptly served up a tater of his own) — and the judges (including Cal Ripken Jr. lookalike Tom Colicchio)...
Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) and his team of spies for hire close out the first half of Burn Notice's fourth season with a bang — and a cliff-hanger — as they deal with the threat posed by Robert Patrick's arrival last week.
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The Terminator 2: Judgment Day star plays the powerful CEO of a telecommunications company involved in funding shady covert activities. Now in Miami and backed by a small army, he's on a mission to retrieve his ciphered bible from Mikey...
An Oscar-nominated actress will return to Law & Order: SVU this season — but don't get nervous, it's not Sharon Stone. It's Christine Lahti, reappearing as overbearing ADA Sonya Paxton sent by the DA's office to ride herd on the SVU team.
A nasty alcoholic, she butted heads with Stabler (Chris Meloni) and was eventually forced to enter rehab...