Alex O'Loughlin fans got a bloody good summer treat when the CW acquired all 16 episodes of Moonlight, the Aussie actor's short-lived but beloved vampire detective show. "We get letters and e-mails about Moonlight all the time," says CW entertainment chief Dawn Ostroff. "And so we thought it would be interesting if we aired it following The Vampire Diaries."
Moonlight (Thursdays at 9/8c, The CW) follows the perpetually 30-year-old private investigator Mick St. John (O'Loughlin), his hedonistic buddy Josef (Jason Dohring) and Beth Turner (Sophia Myles), a young reporter whose chemistry with Mick threatens her relationship with her human fiancé. Around to cause trouble...
What's the one thing Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is craving nowadays?
"A good night's sleep," says the new mom of 3-month-old daughter Krishna Thea. Too bad that's about ...
John Mayer, Keith Urban
CMT Crossroads (Friday, 10/9c, CMT)
Guitar gurus John Mayer and Keith Urban mash up genres in a dual concert that marks both musicians' return to the show (Mayer appeared with Brad Paisley in 2004, Urban with John Fogerty in 2005). The playlist includes Urban and Mayer standards and concludes with a cover of George Michael's "Faith."
Jimmy Kimmel and Ricardo Reyes
Cheers to Jimmy Kimmel for a comedic slam dunk.
ABC's late night funnyman has used his prime time Game Night specials to introduce an unlikely (but hugely likable) new sports superstar: Ricardo Reyes. The 5'7", 41-year-old busboy at Barney's Beanery in Hollywood is a master of the Pop-a-Shot mini-basketball game. So far he has defeated LeBron James, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Carmelo Anthony. And no one's even come close to Ricardo, who often doubles the NBA All-Stars' scores. For his latest triumph, Kimmel rewarded Reyes with a 2011 Ford Mustang. With that kind of a suave ride, Rico could fit right in with the New Jersey Nets.
Jason Thompson and Brianna Brown
We can't say we didn't see this coming. But it's still a stunner. On July 2, General Hospital surgeons Lisa Niles (Brianna Brown) and Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) will get drunk and hit the sack while his wife, Robin (Kimberly McCullough), is away in Africa working with AIDS patients. That's not the surprising part. Lisa and Patrick were lovers back in college so it was only a matter of time before the past reared its naughty head. This is what throws us for a loop:
"Lisa is going to get very obsessive with Patrick and we will go into a Fatal Attraction story," says the soap's Emmy-winning head writer Bob Guza...
Forget Arizona's immigration mess. We really need to increase security on our TV borders. Because this Eurotrash-hole Markus Plinko or Klinko or whatever needs to go the hell home.
High-pitched, high-maintenance and bitchier than a Real Housewives reunion, the screechy mess...
Top Chef D.C.
Paradox of the week: Top Chef D.C. is something old (going into its seventh season) yet somehow feels new and fresh, while TV Land's original sitcom Hot in Cleveland is new but feels instantly old-hat — and we're not being ageist about the accomplished sitcom dames in the show's overqualified cast.
Both series premiere Wednesday night and are likely to be breakouts in this incredibly cluttered summer of non-stop cable. Chef is an established reality-competition hit and gets off to a confident and scenic start (with a multi-task Quickfire challenge on the Newseum rooftop), while Cleveland is old-fashioned comfort-food TV comedy that's essentially critic-proof. That's due to the canny casting of the beloved and on-a-roll Betty White as a cranky old...
Gordon Ramsay, Hell's Kitchen
The temp's set to scorching as Gordon Ramsay blisters and berates a whole new set of aspiring Hell's Kitchen chefs (Tuesdays, 8/7c, Fox). This round's cushy grand prize? A post at Ramsay's own Savoy Grill in London, set to reopen this year. So maybe it's no wonder that only a few episodes in, Season 7 already promises more shouting and tears than ever before — plus, an on-screen showmance. Ramsay dishes about the surprises to come...
Even with two Emmys, a voice gig in Shrek Forever After and the sixth season of her riotous reality show starting tonight at 9/8c on Bravo, Kathy Griffin insists she's still the redheaded stepchild of the A-list. This is why.