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Question: Looking at the Best Drama shortlist from last year as an example, do you think many of the usual suspects like Mad Men and Breaking Bad may have their best days behind them (maybe not so much objectively as much as in short-attentioned minds of many voters), along with Homeland seeming to have edged ever-so-slightly into ludicrousness (get pacemaker serial number and induce heart attack, all without Chloe opening a socket), Downton Abbey now having a "perennial obligatory nominee" vibe, and Boardwalk Empire maybe not even deserving to make the final cut anymore, could this be the year that Game of Thrones finally breaks out of the fantasy ghetto and gets enough votes to have its name called when the big envelope is opened?
With Lindsay Lohan starting a 90-day stint in rehab on Thursday, we're hoping that once she gets out in August, she can keep herself busy and gainfully employed with a return to TV.
Lohan's last TV appearance on pal Charlie Sheen's Anger Management in April was a modest success. She played a caricature of her public persona -- named Lindsay, of course -- who consults Charlie (Sheen) for anger counseling, complete with shtick references to her notorious personal life, including drugs (donut powder mistaken for cocaine) and court dates. Despite receiving a mixed chorus of jeers, the Anger Management gig got this endorsement from Newsday: "There was an ember of something that seemed totally lost in all the coverage, headlines and nonsense of the last few years: Lohan actually has some talent."
Our top moments of the week:
14. The First (Hair)Cut Is the Deepest: On The Mindy Project, our fearless heroine develops a crush on a cool pastor who unfortunately finds her to be a little self-absorbed. To show him how altruistic she is, she volunteers to treat the inmates at a women's prison, but when she gives one woman candy and a pashmina, it incites a riot, during which Mindy loses a giant chunk of her hair.
13. Most Heartbreaking Finale: We know we're supposed to root for Raylan on Justified, but it's Boyd and Ava's unhappy ending that hits home on the season finale. After forces conspire to separate Boyd and Ava as they're stealing Delroy's body from the funeral home (no body, no murder charges!), Ava ends up getting arrested. With his fiancée being carted off to jail, Boyd breaks into the couple's dream home and stares longingly at the backyard — and the...
Necessary Roughness is continuing to add to its roster for Season 3.
The USA drama has cast Justified's David Andrews, Entourage alum Jonathan Keltz and...
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Thanks for all the scoop on Revolution. What the heck is the tower?! — Clark
NATALIE: We will see the tower of power before the end of the season, co-executive producer David Rambo says. "It's very much like the cave that the Dragon guards in mythology," he says. "It's a place of a lot of power and it's dangerous for everybody who goes in there. Whoever controls the tower, controls the power."
Will the FBI ever do something right on The Following? They can't all be that stupid, can they? — Jason
ADAM: We can't speak for the whole Bureau, but...