Question: Since I am a huge fan of Two and a Half Men, I keep watching CBS after it ends every week. I have been watching Out of Practice these first weeks, and although it isn't the best comedy ever (not even close), it gets me through the hour. Practice's first episode was watched by 13 million viewers, and its second broadcast was enjoyed by 11 million viewers. On the other hand, How I Met Your Mother (which is better) reached only 10 million viewers in the first two weeks of the season. However, a lot of experts are calling Mother a keeper and Practice a possible casualty of the season. I don't get it. How can Practice be in more danger than Mother if it has better ratings? Also Out of Practice is not that bad. I'd rather watch Stockard Channing than Still Standing's pathetic cast and stories any day of the week.
Answer: I'd rather watch a clip reel of Elisabeth Rohm's scenes from Law & Order than Still Standing, so that's a pretty low bar, don't you think? But here's the deal with
ABC scored a win on the first official night of the new TV season with Monday Night Football and its flip-flopping coverage of the Giants-Saints and Redskins-Cowboys games. But the network's cheerleaders weren't the only ones whose chants of "Gimme a... chance!" did some good. NBC's sea-monster mash Surface hooked 10.9 million viewers, and CBS' more-promising-than-its-commercials-led-me-to-expect How I Met Your Mother actually improved on its lead-in, The King of Queens. (Mother attracted an audience of 10.6 million; Queens, only 10.4 million, proving once and for all that Alyson Hannigan is way cuter than Leah Remini.) CBS also killed the competition with the fourth-season premiere of CSI: Miami (which slayed 18.6 million viewers).
Eva La Rue
When TVGuide.com spoke to daytime superstar Eva La Rue in June, she'd just wrapped her run as All My Children's Dr. Maria Santos and looked forward to an uncertain future. But what a difference a month makes! As first reported in TV Guide magazine, Diva Eva's joining the cast of CSI: Miami this fall as a series regular. And in this exclusive interview, La Rue reveals how she landed the coveted CSI gig, the truth about her unsuccessful attempt to bring Maria to General Hospital and how she feels about the possibility of AMC recasting her signature soap role.
TVGuide.com: First off, your CSI: Miami character is called Natalia Boa Vista?!
Eva La Rue: We're going from Eva La Rue to Natalia Boa Vista. It's exotic, all right! I said, "What, did some writer go to the local strip club over the weekend?" Anyway, Natalia is a crime lab research scientist who won this huge amount o
Daytime superstar Eva La Rue (ex-Maria, All My Children) is joining the cast of CSI: Miami this fall as a series regular, per the new issue of TV Guide magazine. Click here for more details and be sure to read this Friday's Soaps News for an exclusive Eva interview!... AMC alumni Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos may have left Hayley and Mateo behind, but they're still working together. She just did his Lifetime show, Missing, and he'll return the favor by doing a few more episodes of her ABC sitcom, Hope & Faith, this fall, including the third-season premiere on Sept. 23.... Hunt Block (Craig) says farewell to As the World Turns on Aug. 11. Rest assured the mischievous Montgomery will get his comeuppance for those dark deeds.... Former soap-stud Judson Mills — who played Parker Posey's farm-boy-toy Hutch Hutchinson
Question: Is it just me or was there more killing off of central/recurring characters this past season then ever before? In season finales alone, there was Rex (Desperate Housewives), Trip (Enterprise), Kate (NCIS), possibly Danny and/or Martin (Without a Trace), maybe Vaughn (Alias) — and Stokes (CSI) was nearly killed. And earlier in the season there were the deaths of Boone (Lost), Dina (24), Speedle (CSI: Miami), Judith (Joan of Arcadia) and I'm sure I've forgotten a few. Now I expect some of these shows to kill off characters (especially 24 and Alias), and then there are shows that shockingly didn't kill off anyone, like The Shield, but it seems like this is the latest dramatic trend among writers. It became so commonplace I was half expecting something like "and someone won't see tomorrow, tonight on the season finale of Gilmore Girls"! So did this seem excessive, or was the body count on par with previous seasons?
Answer: Put like this, that's a pretty impressive body count. I'm
The "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" doctrine is alive and well at CBS. At least that's the impression you get after spending two days in the network's company as the first of the broadcast networks presenting a fall lineup at the summer press tour.
Although No. 1 in prime time, with the hottest nights of drama (Thursday) and comedy (Monday), they're not especially cocky. They didn't produce the breakout hits of last season (that would be ABC), and they're not likely to this year, either. But who's complaining when you have Survivor, The Amazing Race, CSI and all those other Bruckheimer shows, plus Two and a Half Men, as tentpoles?
Most of CBS' new shows appear solid, and a few even feel unusually fresh for a network that loves its formulaic procedural dramas and standard-issue sit
Question: OK, so CSI: Miami fans waited for this Horatio-Yelina thing to develop into something and then she took off with her cheating, drug-using "dead" hubby? Did she quit the show? Go "on call" or something? What gives? She's my favorite!
Answer: I've got bad news for ya, Sara. Sofia Milos (aka Yelina) is gone for good. My Miami mole tells me the Horatio-Yelena thing ran its course and a new love interest is on the horizon for David Caruso.
If you missed CSI: Miami's tidal-wave episode in November, you won't catch it again soon.
In the aftermath of the real-life tragedy in Southeast Asia, the network has no plans to rerun the 90-minute "Crime Wave," in which Horatio Caine (David Caruso) and Co. investigate two murders as a tsunami engulfs the city's beaches. "We would never be so insensitive," says a network source. CSI: Miami's makers agree: "If it would remind one person of all the lives that were lost, it's not worth it," a show insider says. "Our job is to entertain, and when it intersects with tragedy, it's just terrible. We certainly don't aim for that."
CBS wasn't the only network to respond to the disaster with caution. Disney Channel pulled four shows off its schedule, including episodes of Even Stevens and The Proud Family that featured scenes of tidal waves, an earthquake-themed installment of Lilo & Stitch: The Series and the unfortunately
TV Guide: Greatest Moments of 2004Full disclosure: I had nothing to do with the choices for this special, which were chosen by "the experts at TV Guide." (Hmmm. Wonder if I should be insulted?) Anyway, my favorite moment made the list at No. 9: the shooting death of Adriana on The Sopranos. The clip has lost none of its power: the long, winding drive into the woods, the pain and despair in Adriana's eyes as she looked out the car window, the flash of terror as she realized she was about to die. I'm not sure what got to me more, Adriana's begging and pleading as she crawled on the ground like an animal or the sound of the shotgun blast. Still gives me the chills. Nice touch: immediately showing the clip of Drea de Matteo's Emmy acceptance speech. Definitely well deserved.
QVC: Affinity DiamondsHave I ever mentioned my weird interest in QVC? No, it's not what you think I rarely buy anything. I'm mostly fascinated by the p
Rory Cochrane may have shot himself in the foot before thieves put a bullet in his character's chest. Although CSI: Miami producers obliged his request to leave the show, there was a catch: He cannot do "any kind of television work — cable or otherwise" until 2008, he says, because he signed a six-year contract with the show.
The 31-year-old actor — who says he "couldn't really handle the grind anymore" — wasn't pleased with the way his character, Tim Speedle, was killed off in last month's season premiere. (He was fatally wounded when his gun malfunctioned during a shootout.) "It was lame," Cochrane says. "He got shot last year because of the same [gun malfunction]. It doesn't make sense. I mean, Speedle knows all these forensics things, and then he doesn't clean his gun?"
So has he committed career suicide? "Well, I never did TV before and I survived," says Cochrane, whose films include Dazed and