James Franco, General Hospital
Cheers to James Franco for achieving the impossible: getting me to watch a soap opera.
I hadn't dialed up a daytime drama since my brief, inexplicable high-school addiction to the recently snuffed-out Guiding Light, but I caught a bit of James Franco's bizarre turn as nutso performance artist Franco on General Hospital last fall, and I tuned back in to see his return. He didn't disappoint: Resurfacing in Port Charles as a...
Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel
OK, so I've been avoiding America's Got Talent since the season started, mostly because Howie Mandel's put-on sincerity gives me the hives. But I caved and tuned in to last night's Chicago auditions and will never get that hour back. Seriously, this is a show?...
Hunter Parrish and Alexander Gould
Showtime's Weeds is hitting the road in a Winnebago when it returns for its sixth season on August 16. And while that means longtime favorite Elizabeth Perkins will no longer be seen as neighbor Celia, lead character Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) will not be traveling solo. Hunter Parrish, who plays Nancy's eldest child Silas, tells me...
Harriet Sansom Harris
To help explain how the villainous Paul Young is a free man and back living on Wisteria Lane after being sent away for murder, ABC's Desperate Housewives has called upon Frasier alum Harriet Sansom Harris to appear again on screen as wicked Felicia Tilman. "We are definitely going to show Harriet on the show," a source confirms to me exclusively. "We will be using her to clarify how Paul got out of jail."...
While NBC has hinted at plans to continue The Office once star Steve Carell exits at the end of the upcoming seventh season, some of the show's co-stars feel it might be best to close up Dunder Mifflin for good.
"It's been a funny show, but enough with it already," Oscar Nunez (Oscar) tells me. "I'm surprised we were able to make it wonderful for as long as we did...
Garbage bags stuffed with bodies boasting neither heads nor hands, mysteriously missing human organs (perhaps black-market booty?) and a steel magnolia of an LAPD deputy chief lassoing in her increasingly short-tempered police squad — all this and more is going down in the swanky new Major Crimes Division murder-room set of TNT's The Closer on a sunny June afternoon in Los Angeles. Whew! It ain't pretty, but it sure is exciting.
"After all these years, the scripts are amazing yet again," says Golden Globe-winning star Kyra Sedgwick, who plays the Southern ace interrogator Brenda Leigh Johnson, as she puts aside a victim's photo...
Ali Fedotowsky, Danielle Staub
Oh, it was on last night in reality land! And by "reality," of course we mean the staged and highly orchestrated "unscripted" TV offerings of the evening, but still. That doesn't make the smackdowns any less awesome to witness, right?
First up was The Bachelorette's Ali unleashing her inner angry-girl...
Jeers to The Kilborn File for an underwhelming first guest.
We know Craig Kilborn's return to TV after a six-year absence is only a six-week run on six Fox affiliates, but couldn't he do better than...
Denis Leary, Louis CK
If you're the sort that looks for role models on TV, then FX probably isn't your default destination. The network for bad boys (and the not-so-saintly women who often helped make them that way) kicks into high summer gear Tuesday night with the return of the blisteringly bitter Rescue Me (splitting its final season over two years, concluding in 2011 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11). It's joined this year by the not-much-sunnier comedy Louie, which premieres with back-to-back episodes.
Both are quintessentially New York series, finding extremes of very dark humor in the noise and grit and gutter mentality of surviving in the city—although in the case of Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary), the self-destructive wretch at the booze-drenched heart and possible soul of Rescue Me, many could argue that he may have been better off dead....