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Girls Get in on the Action in Human Target

Human Target

If a sexy leading man and killer action sequences weren't enough to drive female viewers to watch Human Target, the series is hoping some girl power might entice them.

Janet Montgomery, who recently played E's assistant on Entourage, joins the show as Ames, a super-talented and smart thief who brings her street experience to the team. Indira Varma, who starred in The Whistleblowers and HBO's Rome, will play the team's sophisticated billionaire benefactor and new boss, Ilsa.

Watch full episodes of Human Target in our Online Video Guide

"I don't know about you, but I've always thought that men just love when women... read more

Double Exposure for Indira Varma

Indira Varma

She's got nothing but man trouble! Brit actress Indira Varma — best known as the doomed wife Niobe in Rome — stars in BBC America's twisted crime series Luther (premiering Sunday, 10/9c), where she plays Zoe Luther, a top-flight attorney who is emotionally terrorized by her detective husband (Idris Elba). Varma is also joining the cast of Fox's Human Target (returning 11/17) as filthy-rich philanthropist Ilsa Pucci, a gig that finds her playing boss to the show's three morally dubious security guys... read more

The Sopranos Season 1 Blu-ray and Other Announced Releases

The Sopranos - Season 1

New releases announced today, July 16:

Clone Wars - The Complete Season 1 (DVD and Blu-ray Disc) will be coming out November 3

Rome - The Complete Series Gift Set (Blu-ray Disc) will be coming out November 17

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories - The Mercer Mayer Collection and Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories - The Christmas Witch will be coming out September 15

The Sopranos - The Complete 1st Season (Blu-ray Disc) will be coming out November 24

Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Not only do I think Damages ...

Question: Not only do I think Damages was the best new show to air this summer, I now have to say it is the best show on television! I usually can't stand it when shows do flashbacks, then revert to real time and go back and forward again. But Damages does it so well, and that device makes its stories all the more compelling. Here's my question, though: Will Damages be back for a second season? I ask because they have killed off so many of their major players; will enough cast members be left to do a second season, and if so, what storyline could they possibly come up with next? Glenn Close's performance is out-of-the-park superb. Most times Patty is cold, calculating, vindictive, cruel (remember the doggie?) and downright nasty. (Didn't we all love it when Ellen told her off and even again last week when she declined to come back to the firm?) That makes it all the more compelling when we see even the slightest humanity or compassion from her. She is riveting. Also, I've been a fan of ... read more

George Lucas, Episode II: Star Wars Strikes Back — on TV

Clone Wars and George Lucas

In Part 1 of TV Guide executive editor Steve Sonsky's in-depth Q&A with George Lucas, the discussion encompassed the Starz documentary Fog City Mavericks (premiering Monday, Sept. 24, at 9 pm/ET), Lucas' advice for aspiring filmmakers and why Sean Connery turning down Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull might be a good thing. Here in Part 2, the conversation turns to Lucas' pair of TV-bound Star Wars projects, the power of the Internet and the television series he was distraught to see go off the air.TV Guide: Can we talk about the two Star Wars television series you're working on...?George Lucas: There's Clone Wars, and we're in the middle of that. TV Guide: Tell us about it.Lucas: Well it's basically like Star Wars [in that it] takes place between, obviously, [the films] Episo read more

Just got back from ...

Question: Just got back from Blockbuster with the free NBC-preview DVD, which includes the pilot episodes of Life, Journeyman and Chuck, as well as a two-minute trailer for Bionic Woman. I've only watched Journeyman so far but will probably watch the others before their official premiere. My questions are: Why don't the other networks do this? Although we would have probably tuned in to Journeyman anyway (my wife liked it better than I did and we are both fans of Heroes), we are looking at the others, something we may not have done without the DVD. I'd think that all of the networks would want to follow suit. Also, what did you think of Journeyman? I kind of liked the star and the concept, and it will go on the DVR list, but I did think it was a bit slow. And finally, should I read anything into the fact that this DVD only had a trailer for Bionic Woman and not the complete pilot? Answer: Each network has its own way of promoting its new shows. NBC is especially aggressive this year with ... read more

While I appreciate HBO's ...

Question: While I appreciate HBO's programming quality, it is sometimes impossible to keep up with which season of which show is beginning when. Considering how well-received the second season of Big Love was, I find it hard to believe that we'll be waiting an entire year for another installment. Have you heard anything about when a third season may be scheduled? Answer: A little early for that, considering that we're still reeling from the cliff-hangers from last week's finale. With HBO as with much of cable, it's not easy to get a handle on confusing scheduling patterns, but given that the show was a modest success this summer and the network will need an anchor for next June, I wouldn't be surprised to find it returning a year from now. Although with no more Sopranos or Deadwood or Rome episodes on the back burner, HBO may need to use it earlier in 2008 (depending on production). The show premiered its first season in March 2006, so that's a possibility as well, I guess. It' ... read more

Rome Is Burning (Or at Least Its Set Was)

Rome courtesy HBO

A fire tore through a section of Italy's famous Cinecitta film studios on Thursday at around 10 pm, partly destroying the set for HBO's now-defunct Rome, which was once touted by the cabler as the largest standing film set in the world. Doused overnight by firefighters, the blaze resulted in no injuries, and most of the studio complex was unaffected. A studio rep speculates to the AP that the fire may have been caused by an electrical short circuit. An investigation is ongoing. read more

Did you ever get a chance to ...

Question: Did you ever get a chance to check out George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series? I was really excited a few months back when it was announced that the series was being adapted for TV on HBO. Now that I've seen Deadwood, I'm totally sure that this can work on HBO, and it seems like HBO could use a new quality show. Now that Rome and The Sopranos are gone, I'm seriously thinking about canceling my subscription until A Song of Ice and Fire starts. Answer: You may be in for a long wait. I haven't heard anything about this project since the initial announcement, but now that I've read the first three volumes — devoured them, actually, is I think the more appropriate term — I can only imagine how long it will take to script, then film, such an epic series. HBO didn't mention this during its recent TCA session, but that's hardly surprising if it's still in the early stages of development. It does sound like a perfect fit, doesn't it? The characters are so vivid and ... read more

Friday Night Lights on Emmy Short List?

Friday Night Lights by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo

Well, this is good news to come home to. (Thanks, by the way, to all the well-wishers who e-mailed gracious greetings during my time off. Can't recommend Paris highly enough, even during an unseasonably chilly rainy spell.)If the reporting on TheEnvelope.com site is accurate, the top-10 drama finalists at this intermediate stage of the Emmy nominations includes eternal NBC underdog Friday Night Lights—which could use some good news, seeing as how NBC yanked its summer repeats for now. (Tell me you didn't see that coming.) While we find ourselves fretting over whether NBC's new post-Kevin Reilly management will stand by this show next season, we can at least take comfort that the industry hasn't entirely forgotten this show. Now that it's made the first cut (adopting a football term) into the popular top-10, we can only hope the judges screening the drama candidates will respond to this show's rallying cry: "Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose."If you missed the news report, her... read more

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Premiered: August 28, 2005, on HBO
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: The Roman Empire's rise gets a royal treatment in this sprawling drama, which begins in 52 B.C., when Julius Caesar finally conquers Gaul, after years of war. Back in Rome, however, the Senate seeks to undermine Caesar's power, setting the stage for inevitable civil war. The HBO-BBC co-production took more than a year to make on acres of sets at Italy's legendary Cinecitta studios.

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