There was a quiet spell following her dramatic exit from Lost, but Cynthia Watros' workload has gone from 0 to 60 in recent months. Tonight at 10 pm/ET, she stars opposite Eric Roberts in the second installment of NBC's Fear Itself anthology series, and later this summer, she'll surface on TBS' The Bill Engvall Show. TVGuide.com invited Watros to preview her new gigs as well as ponder future spooky appearances by Lost's Libby.
TVGuide.com: You've been keeping busy lately!Cynthia Watros: A little bit, yeah!
TVGuide.com: On the one hand, you're serving up some horror. On the other, you're doing comedy. Do you like striking that balance?Watros: I like to juggle both ends. It's always fun to make people laugh, and then make them afraid or cry at the same time.
TVGuide.com: In Fear Itself's "Spooked," you play a woman who hires Eric Roberts' P.I
Swingtown by Cliff Lipson/CBS
Thursday's ratings highlights: The first two hours of ABC's coverage of the Lakers-vs.-Celtics NBA Finals averaged 9.95 million total viewers, a 22 percent improvement over last year's Game 1 between the Cavs and Spurs. (Check the TVGuide.com Interns' Blog for a recap of the contest.) So You Think You Can Dance (9.08 mil) dipped just 270 thou week-to-week. Last Comic Standing surged 18 percent, to 5.15 mil. At 10 pm, CBS' Swingtown couldn't outscore the NBA, but came in a strong second with 8.58 mil. NBC's Fear Itself scared up just 5.23 mil in its vampire-centric first outing.POLL: Did Swingtown offend you at all? Vote here.
A well-mounted but unspectacular start for this new anthology series, from the folks who've brought us Masters of Horror on Showtime and Masters of Science Fiction on ABC in the U.S. The pilot's good to look at, but not so great to think about. Thirteen episodes have been promised by NBC, assuming the ratings hold, and while scheduling a horror- and suspense-drama hour after Last Comic Standing might seem an odd sort of "flow" for the night, it does therefore follow both CSI and Supernatural on other nets and might well gather at least a slice of their audiences.Producer/screenwriter Mick Garris adapted a short story by actor and bookseller Del Howison, who's been branching out into writing and anthology-editing; young director Breck Eisner has done some television hours and one theatrical feature, Sahara. The episode's production is top-notch, particularly since it's striving for the grimy, desperate feel that's become rather familiar in lots of recent US/Canadian horror films...t...