Some crime shows pull you in with gunplay and explosions, others with snappy dialogue between bantering buddies. On The Killing, AMC's compelling new mystery, it's the faces that hook you. Whether they're despairing, full of rage, menacing or intensely haunting as in the case of Sarah Linden, played by the superb Mireille Enos — just try to turn away.
With a quiet authority and obsessive dedication to the job, Detective Linden is perhaps the most multilayered and intriguing female cop since Helen Mirren's Jane Tennison on Prime Suspect. The demanding role was exceedingly difficult to cast. "A mild panic had set in about ever finding the right actress," recalls exec producer Veena Sud...
Now that NBC has assembled the cast of Law & Order: Los Angeles, you might be curious about the team's first case. Series creator Dick Wolf promised he wouldn't shy away from stories based on real Tinseltown scandals, and is following up on that by titling his first episode "Hollywood...
Melrose Place alum Shaun Sipos has been cast on Life Unexpected, a show spokeswoman confirms.
As first reported by Fancast, the 28-year-old actor will...
Dancing with the Stars by Kelsey McNeal/ABC
Tuesday's highlights: Idol's final Season 7 performance show delivered 26.07 million total viewers, a six percent year-over-year increase. NCIS drew 16.35 mil to its two-hour season-ender, a week-to-week gain of 11 percent and its biggest audience since Nov. 27. Dancing with the Stars took a final bow before an audience of 19.94 mil, down 17 percent from the Season 5 finale. Hell's Kitchen hit a new series high of 12.6 mil. Reaper (2.69 mil) wrapped up its freshman run with a 690K gain. Shark took its final swim with 10.55 mil viewers, a 350 thou increase.Related:• Matt Roush reflects on Idol, Dancing• Backstage at Dancing: No Hard Feelings!• Cheers & Jeers jabs at Idol's overdone boxing metaphor
Julia-Louis Dreyfus in The New Adventures of Old Christine by Monty Brinton/CBS
This just in: CBS has renewed TV's funniest traditional sitcom, New Adventures of Old Christine, for a 22-episode fourth season.This is bad news for ABC, which had been aggressively courting Old Christine for months. In fact, I'm told the Alphabet net had a deal in place to pick the show up had CBS passed. In other Eye developments, How I Met Your Mother (lame ep last night, huh?) and The Unit have both officially been renewed, while Shark and Moonlight (don't shoot the messenger!) have been axed. For more on Moonlight's demise, click here. Bookmark our FALL TV GRID | Review All of Our FALL TV NEWS
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On tonights Shark 9 pmETCBS newly disbarred LA prosecutor Sebastian Stark bets on finding solace in Las Vegas However since Stark can still practice law in Nevada while there he agrees to defend a former client from murder charges Feeling guilty and helping out is Paula Marshall as the ex-attorney generals office staffer who inadvertently caused Sebastian to lose his California licenseWith Jeri Ryan on maternity leave executive producer Ian Biederman says Marshalls Jordan is much more an equal than Ryans Jessica although not as comfortable in his world But then Sebastian doesnt seem too comfortable right now either This is him going back to defending bad guys explains Biederman He realizes he cant do it anymore As far as the shows future is concerned Biederman is cautiously optimistic that the recent switch from Sundays to Tuesdays will improve its chances We feel like weve earned another shot he says James Woods cocky counselor would co
Question: Can you tell me whether The Unit, Shark and/or Cane will be back?
Answer: I could, but then I'd be missing an opportunity to funnel some traffic to my handy "Bubble Show Status" chart, which can be accessed by clicking here.
Question: It seems as if CBS is trying to sabotage Shark. They took a Top 10-ish show and moved it to Sunday night opposite the NFL, where no show's ratings are as good. Now they are bringing it back with very little hype to run on Tuesdays in hardly the best time slot to see if the ratings are good enough to renew. CBS seems to want to protect the increasingly tired and boring Without a Trace (my candidate for the biggest dropoff in a TV show from its first two seasons to now). Any insight on why the network appears to be anti-Shark?
Answer: I'm not sure CBS is so much anti-Shark as it is overrun with crime dramas, and not every one is going to get an open-ended free ticket to renewal each season. It's always kind of shocking to me when CBS actually cancels one (i.e. Close to Home), and I'm not convinced CBS has given up on Shark just yet. It's probably true that CBS has shown favoritism to Without a Trace (which I haven't watched much this season thanks to the glut of Thursday
George Takei by Cliff Lipson/CBS
Khan shman! See what hell George Takei: Country Crooner hath wrought? CBS has pulled the plug on Secret Talents of the Stars after just a singular Tuesday-night airing, where despite mesmerizing a few of us with the ways Sasha Cohen can contort herself, it drew fewer viewers than Jericho.The resulting scheduling shuffle is as follows: 48 Hours Mystery fills the Tuesdays-at-10 slot for the next two weeks. After that, Shark will air in the slot, with repeats of The Unit airing Tuesdays at 9.I was actually talking with a pal at CBS when this news broke, and she indicated that this would seem to be a positive sign for The Unit's future. Cross your fingers! — MWM
Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular by Monty Brinton/CBS
The Price Is Right is so right with its ratings that CBS has ordered four more special eps of the series, to air in a Wednesday time slot (8 pm/ET) during May sweeps. Previous airings of the special edition, Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular with Drew Carey hosting has won its time slot, too, says the Reporter.CBS has also announced that Shark will return April 29, moving to Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET. The drama has four more episodes to wrap up from where it left off before the strike, although no word yet on whether it will get picked up for another season. While we're waiting, at least we've got a little price-guessing to do, and more of James Woods to flesh out spring TV. What's your hope for the series? Anna Dimond