Most everyone remembers where they were 10 years ago on September 11, as we watched the horrific images and stories unfold. A decade later, many will gather in front of the TV again to watch, remember, reflect — and the broadcast and cable networks are offering a wide range of specials to put the tragedy in perspective.
But there's plenty else happening on TV this weekend. Here's my take on some of the more notable highlights, including the major 9/11 programming:
Special Labor Day edition, with some thoughts on the highs and lows of the holiday weekend programming:
With only two episodes to go, how will Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz, 10/9c) wrap things up? This penultimate episode jumps forward two months as the embattled remnants of the Torchwood team strike a deal with the devil to track down the "Blessing" and figure out what's behind the "miracle" that has turned the world upside down and sent everyone (including some longtime Torchwood fans) into a depression.
Alice St. Clair, Dan Amboyer
Who says nothing happens on the weekend before Labor Day? (And we're not talking storm preparations on the East Coast — at least not in this space.) Nowadays, TV almost never takes a holiday, and such is the case this weekend. A few highlights:
Torchwood: Miracle Day (Friday, 10/9c, Starz) I wish I could report that last week's terrific episode (Jack's 1920s flashback, which went from romantic to disturbing in a bloody flash as he was revealed as "the blessing") represented a return to form for this otherwise woefully uneven season of Torchwood. But I'm afraid we're back to the present day this week, and the action is just as ridiculously clumsy and the characters (Rex and Esther in particular) as aggravating as ever. Still, with only two episodes to go after this, I'll watch to the end.
Our top moments of the week:
13. Top of the Pecking Order Award: Tori Spelling's pet Silkie chicken Coco steals the spotlight on Millionaire Matchmaker when Patti Stanger brings an old-school chauvinist to show that the Beverly Hills, 90210 star was a modern ...
Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy, Carly Chaikin and Cheryl Hines
In ABC's new comedy Suburgatory, New York architect George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) relocates to the suburbs where he hopes to give his 16-year-old daughter Tessa (newcomer Jane Levy) a more wholesome upbringing. They encounter a range of overly buffed, tucked and spray-tanned neighbors whose colorful plumage disguises their shared humanity.
Felicity Huffman, Grace Park, Kiernan Shipka
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What's coming up for Tom and Lynette when Desperate Housewives returns? — Haley
NATALIE: Ever see The War of the Roses? It'll be kind of like that, except instead of dishes, they'll break their children.
Got any new info on Hawaii Five-0's new season? — Jared
ADAM: Kono, the team's go-to bad guy lure, will catch the eye of a former crooked cop who's now a sleazy crime boss. Infiltrating his ranks won't be easy — nor will...
This weekend, HBO fills out its summer Sunday lineup, as the final season of Entourage (begging the old "that's still on?" question) joins the red-hot True Blood and a resurgent Curb Your Enthusiasm, which airs its most uproarious episode of the season to date.
Let's take it from the top — or should I say, over-the-top — with a nod to True Blood (9/8c) for delivering the goods this season, adapting one of Charlaine Harris' best-ever storylines from the Sookie books and providing Alexander Skarsgard with a tour de force as the newly vulnerable Viking vampire Eric Northman. All memory of his majestic demonic past wiped clean by a possessed witch who's in over her head (the riveting Fiona Shaw as Marnie), Eric is like a lost child, playfully impulsive and clearly smitten by his caretaker Sookie but easily chastened and profoundly confused as to his true nature.
Days before the curtain rises on the final season of Entourage, the cast of the HBO comedy says it wasn't their choice to end the series.
"We got canceled," star Kevin Connolly told Today's Matt Lauer on Tuesday. "We were not...
Larry David, Bob Einstein
Cheers to Larry David for stepping up to the plate for another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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Baseball has always provided great set-ups for David's humor, from Jerry bromancing Keith Hernandez in Seinfeld's classic episode "The Boyfriend" to Larry taking a hooker ...
Aaron Sorkin's adding some real political flavor to his HBO pilot: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s daughter, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, has been cast in Sorkin's More As This Story Develops, The New York Post reports.
The drama stars Jeff Daniels as the co-anchor of a cable news show who must deal with a new team after his fellow host takes most of the staff with him to a new gig. Kennedy joins Olivia Munn, Sam Waterston, Alison Pill, Emily Mortimer and Dev Patel in the project.
Olivia Munn, Alison Pill sign on for Aaron Sorkin's HBO pilot
A Stanford graduate, Kennedy, 23, has been studying ...