The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
For both of you who skipped reading Damian J. Holbrook's deliciously snarky blow-by-blow of Sunday night's Emmycast, those wiseguys from The Sopranos, MIA this year, contracted out a hired gun named Inspector Clouseau to get the job done for HBO. Fueled by nine wins for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers — including a gold lady for star Geoffrey Rush — HBO amassed 27 Emmys overall, the same tally as the top two broadcast networks, ABC (with 16) and CBS (11), combined. Monk's Tony Shalhoub and Medium's Patricia Arquette were the night's "not so expected" wins and Felicity Huffman beat out Housewives favorites Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross. Boston Legal's James Spader (a repeat winner) and William Shatner packed a one-two punch, and everybody showed Raymond
Question: I'd love to hear more about the second season of Medium.
Answer: An upcoming episode will explore Allison's life as a little girl. Paging Dakota Fanning...
Question: Might you have any Medium, Joey or Hope & Faith scoop?
Answer: Eeny, meeny, miny… Medium! The rumors of a 3-D episode are true. It'll air in November and TV Guide is the exclusive partner to distribute the glasses. (And no, TPTB will not stick me in the middle of Times Square with a big bag full of 'em.) I'll have more details soon.
Question: I was just reading your opinion of Wanted because I was curious to see what you thought. You see, I am a Dead Zone fan — it's on my "can't miss" list, and I think Anthony Michael Hall gives a great performance as John Smith. Since it is on at the same time as Wanted, I haven't been able to see an episode, despite TNT's reairings. While I realize the season finale of The Dead Zone just aired this past week, I was wondering: Since I never see anything in your column about this show, which would you rather watch Sundays at 10: The Dead Zone or Wanted?
Answer: Sadly, neither. The reason you don't see much about Dead Zone in the column should be pretty obvious. It just doesn't work for me on a weekly basis, though it's doing just fine for USA, so it doesn't really matter what I think. The cast, with the possible exception of Hall, is so bland, and they've dragged out the Stillson/apocalypse story line so slowly that I've simply lost interest. But to be generous, it seems to me that
Question: Can you tell me how many shows that premiered last season are still on the air? For example, does Fox have any returning shows that premiered last season that are coming back? If none of them is, then is that because the shows were not given enough time to draw an audience, or because they were scheduled poorly, or because they really did not have a chance because they were just terrible? Can you comment on all the networks using the above criteria? IMO, the problem is that shows are canceled prematurely.
Answer: I'll start with Fox, since that seems to be your primary gripe. Keep in mind its schedule was a mess, with summer shows and reality filler bleeding into fall, and many shows not starting until much later. Of the fall shows, only House, a genuine hit, survived, along with negligible late-season starters American Dad and Stacked (but for how long?). Most of what Fox aired was truly terrible (Jonny Zero, Point Pleasant), so I think Fox is better off this fall with newer,
This fall you'll find shows full of mysterious monsters, quaint suburban neighborhoods brimming with deadly secrets and, yep, even a famous CEO looking for an apprentice. Sound familiar? Here's a roundup of new series "inspired" by recent hits.
Singer Amy Grant travels across the country making people's dreams come true in NBC's Three Wishes, while on ABC's The Miracle Workers, a top-notch team of doctors uses cutting-edge medical technology to help seriously ill patients. Somewhere in America, Extreme Makeover's Ty Pennington is already weeping.
Martha Stewart looks to young entrepreneurs — with home-decorating experience, of course — to boost her business in NBC's The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. With all due respect to Donald Trump, this offering from the domestic diva could feature the best boardroom ever.
On CBS' Ghost Whisperer, Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as a perky antiques-shop own
We didn't need a psychic to tell us that the success of NBC's Medium would have other networks jumping on the afterlife wagon.
But a new CBS drama pilot, starring former Party of Five
r and Neutrogena hawker Jennifer Love Hewitt
as a young woman who communicates with the dead, isn't as similar as it sounds. Or so claims the show's creator, famed seer James Van Praagh
"Unlike Medium, we have nothing to do with crime solving. Our psychic is a ghostbuster who helps the dead cross over into the light," says Van Praagh, who previously hosted the syndicated spiritfest Beyond with James Van Praagh.
He based his pilot (working title: The Ghost Whisperer) on a popular Cleveland medium known only as Mary Ann. "She believes that there is a 48-hour period after death where we all have free will; [our souls] can stay earthbound or go to the other side," Van Praagh says. Love Hewitt's character will be married to a pa
Apparently, talking to dead people can be a real buzz-kill.
At least that seems to be the case on the hit NBC series Medium. Every time Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) helps a spirit head to heaven or a young woman avoid a killer, she grows more disillusioned with her psychic powers. This isn't just some plotline dreamed up by the show's writers, though. The real DuBois went through the same doubt and dread four years ago — until she walked into the office of Professor Gary Schwartz of the University of Arizona .
"I wanted to prove I wasn't seeing dead people," DuBois recalls. She hoped Schwartz, who runs the school's Human Energy Systems Lab, could help. At their first meeting, DuBois accurately described a friend of his who had just died. Impressed, Schwartz conducted a series of experiments, such as one in which DuBois tried contacting the late husband of a woman in England.