Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but for TV, it's kind of a bleak week, ya'll.
Just take last night. While we did find a few originals to keep us busy, the pickins' were slim and, no surprise, mostly reality-based. There was the Survivor finale featuring the franchise's dumbest final four, the Phaedra-Kim snipefest on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Discovery Health's awesomely titled The 8-Limbed Boy, apocalyptic harbinger Bridalplasty, and of course Sarah Palin's Alaska. Or as PETA surely likes to call it, "Snuff Film Weekly."
Tonight's two-hour season finale promises lots of emotional fireworks as the five remaining castaways (Chase, Dan, Fabio, Holly, Sash) are cut down to the three players who will face the jury. But who will they be? Chase, Holly and Sash are in an alliance, which means Fabio needs to win the next two immunity challenges or he's jury bound. As for Dan, he needs to convince one or two of the alliance partners that they would be crazy not to take him to the finals because, frankly, no one is likely to vote for him since he coasted through the game and was never a threat to win anything. Following the season finale, the winner is revealed on the Survivor reunion special as the 20 castaways gather in Los Angeles to discuss the game. — Tim Holland
Read on for previews of Hunger at Home: The Food Crisis in America, Sunday Night Football, Leverage, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III and BET 30: Moments and Movements.
When he's not bending the rules as the Leverage team's resident enforcer Eliot Spencer, Christian Kane can often be found bending guitar strings in honky-tonks around the country. The Texas-born and Oklahoma-raised Kane does double duty as an aspiring country singer...
Throughout the third season of TNT's Leverage, Nate (Timothy Hutton) and his team have been on the heels of supervillain Damien Moreau, a ruthless financier of all things criminal. For the December 19 two-part finale, they finally come face-to-face with their nemesis, played by former ER star Goran Visnjic.
"He's the guy who never killed somebody with his own hands, but he's probably responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide," says Visnjic, who initially was hesitant to play a bad guy. But after watching episodes of the crime caper, he quickly changed his mind....
Former ER star Goran Visnjic will trade life-saving for life-taking in Leverage's two-part season finale, TVGuide.com has learned.
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Visnjic, who played Dr. Luka Kovac for nine years on ER, will play Damian Moreau, a ruthless international financier who runs money for drug dealers, gun runners, smugglers and other nefarious groups. Moreau is described as a jack-of-all-trades — most of them deadly — when it comes to financing crime.
Nate (Timothy Hutton) and his team searched for Moreau throughout the third season...
TNT is heading to Southfork to give one of TV's most famous families a facelift.
The cable network has ordered an updated version of Dallas. The pilot, from Cane creator Cynthia Cidre, will focus on the offspring of brothers and enemies JR and Bobby Ewing. The original primetime soap opera, still known for the "Who shot JR?" mystery, ran on CBS from 1978 to 1991.
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TNT has also ordered a drama pilot from...
Aldis Hodge, Leverage
So it's finally here — the summer season finale of Leverage and please believe we go out with a bang!
The team takes down a scheming investor who went to the "Bernie Madoff school of finance." He makes a living ripping off...
The schemes and scams draw to a close in tonight's summer finale. (No worries, Leverage lovers: The series has been renewed for a fourth season, to follow this one, which resumes in December.) The shakedown is on when Nate Ford's scheme team work to defeat a rogue financier who has reputed ties to their top prize — top-level evildoer and International Man of Misery Damien Moreau. The game plan to locate and squash Moreau involves a faux-murder frame-up, with Parker moving to the forefront of the mission...but beware, there could be an unfortunate turn of events. Jonathan Frakes, he of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame, directed the episode.
Read on for previews of All American Handyman, 9/11: After the Towers Fell, Mel B: It's a Scary World, Jerry Lewis Telethon, Freaky Eaters and Mad Men.
Parker, play dead! Those are the instructions given to Leverage's blonde grifter-in-training played by Beth Riesgraf as Nate (Timothy Hutton) and his team of do-gooder con artists pull their last con of the summer — a job that brings them one step closer to nabbing the as-yet-unseen international crook Damien Moreau...
CAMP ROCK 2: THE FINAL JAM (Friday, 8/7c, Disney Channel)
Tween alert! Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers are back in a sequel to the 2008 hit TV-movie, which finds the music-oriented Camp Rock threatened by the snooty new Camp Star across the lake. You know what that means — an end-of-summer performance duel to save the camp's reputation and future. A "Rock Along" sing-along version of the movie airs Saturday, and a "Dance Jam" edition airs Sunday, with a making-of look at the dance numbers...