Cheers to Psych and Royal Pains for paying respect to their elders.
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The hit USA Network dramedies brought back a trio of well-seasoned character actors in showcase roles. First, on Psych, William Devane (Knots Landing, 24) and Carl Weathers (aka Apollo Creed from the Rocky movies and "Carl Weathers" in Arrested Development) sparkled as Peters and Boone, a pair of old-school San Diego ex-cops who managed to stay one Bruno Magli loafer's step ahead of Shawn...
Cripes, there wasn't a secret safe last night on True Blood! Before the opening credits even rolled, we found out what Sookie really is: A faerie. Not that it took a Mensa membership to figure that out, after that freaky dream sequence a few weeks back, with all the chicks running around in flowy dresses and soft lighting. Either she was gonna turn out to be a pixie of some sort, or our girl was an escapee from a tampon commercial. But still, the truth finally came out and now we have something to work with...
The Vampire Diaries
Don't get a Lockwood angry. You won't like them when they're angry. In The Vampire Dairies' September 9 premiere, Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) is surprised to see his long-absent, black sheep of the family Uncle Mason (Taylor Kinney) turn up for the funeral of his dad, the mayor. But a bigger surprise comes when Mason drops the bomb that werewolfism runs in the Lockwood bloodline...
Smallville offers an exciting glimpse of what's to come for Clark Kent in the show's final season with the October 8 return of V's Laura Vandervoort as Clark's cousin Kara, who has been MIA for almost two years. "Kara returns in a very heroic way," Laura tells me. "When I found out this could be my last episode, I thought it would be great to see a quick glimpse of her in the uniform before she takes off." Lucky Laura's getting her wish...
Gregory Itzin, nominated for his guest stint as former President Logan on 24, told TV Guide Magazine he's joining Big Love as a senator who's trying to suss out Bill Henrickson. "I've only worked with Bill Paxton and that may be the case throughout," says the actor, who's so far committed to five episodes as Paxton's nemesis. "By saying 'I'm a polygamist' [Henrickson] gums up the works — it's inappropriate behavior. It's also irresponsible because he didn't say it before he ran. So I call him to task about that."
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Returning to the scene of his monumental Emmy-winning documentary When the Levees Broke, Spike Lee revisits New Orleans five years after the calamity of Hurricane Katrina. It begins on a joyous note with the Saints' Super Bowl win, but turns somber as more environmental tragedy strikes with the BP oil spill. We feel helpless all over again as we watch...
After shooting scenes in Paris, the Gossip Girls returned home to New York — and a legion of fans. "Girls were screaming everywhere," an onlooker tells TV Guide Magazine. "They had to close off the park just to shoot, and each actress had a bodyguard."
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Question: I am a long-time follower of your columns and reviews, and I just want to thank you for all the great series you have steered me toward over the years. The latest is Breaking Bad, which I never would have gone near if not for your raves. What an amazing show. Now I'm wondering if you have been watching The Glades and what you think of its development. Being from South Florida, I am always curious about shows located there. Most shows don't get the feel of the place (we won't even speak of that CSI show), but this one seems to be doing it right so far. And talk about someone coming out of left field: Where did this amazing guy Matt Passmore come from? Because I know he is Australian, I'll forgive his lack of a Chicago accent, but he has developed such an interesting and believable character (thank you also, writers) and is such a charismatic lead. After Lost, I never thought I could appreciate Kiele Sanchez in anything, but I am enjoying her performance as well. Thanks again for all the enjoyable hours of TV and please keep writing your columns! — Susan
Matt Roush: Well, thanks for that encouraging feedback. With The Glades, I'll fess up that I haven't seen every episode...
Working alongside her real-life ex may not have worked so well on House, but that hasn't discouraged Jennifer Morrison from accepting a role on her current beau's new crime series. Jennifer, so well liked in her role as House's Dr. Allison Cameron until she was inexplicably written off the Fox medical drama last season, will guest star in...
A couple weeks back, I revealed that NBC's Chuck would be bringing back Armand Assante in the fourth episode of its new season. Now Armand's character, Premier Alejandro Goya, has been given an exotic wife in the shapely form of...