Lili Taylor, State of Mind
Dr. Ann Bellowes is thrown for a major loop — yep, another one — when State of Mind (Sunday, 10 pm/ET, Lifetime), the quirky drama starring perennial scene-stealer Lili Taylor as a therapist with personal problems that rival those of her patients, closes out its first season tonight. Taylor opened up to us about the character and her own life.
TV Guide: Have you ever been in therapy? Lili Taylor: Oh, yeah! I've been doing it so many years. You can look at it as an expensive conversation, but if it makes you feel better, it's worth it.
TV Guide: Did playing a therapist give you a better understanding of your own relationship with author Nick Flynn?Taylor: It made me have a healthy respect for relationships and to not take them for granted. It made me ask, "Do I have
Entourage's Adrian Grenier, Rescue Me's Denis Leary
TV's sizzling summer season has saved its best for last. Here's our guide to the season enders you will not want to miss.
Entourage, HBOFinale airs Sunday, Sept. 2, at 10 pm/ET"Medellin" — triumph or fiasco? That's the question that Entourage has been asking during its fourth season, which began with prettyboy movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) on the set of the violent Spanish-language film about drug lord Pablo Escobar. "We'll get lots of answers," promises exec producer Doug Ellin. The season finale was shot on location at the Cannes Film Festival last May. "Scenes took place live during the Ocean's Thirteen premiere, so our guys had to get their lines down while crowds were screaming." Post-finale, Entourage goes on hiatus until June. And then? "I have not a single idea," says Ellin, laughing.
Question: OK, I know it's not your channel or your kind of show (it is a chick thing!), but I was wondering: Have you previewed any episodes of Lifetime's Side Order of Life? Though it's a little cheesy, with its Ally McBeal-esque antics (not done half as well...), the heart of this show is very sweet and genuine. Diana-Maria Riva is absolutely amazing as Vivy. The way she makes me laugh and cry, portraying a woman striving to live a normal life despite having cancer, is a prime example of why I love TV and come back for more each week!
Answer: Message received. My initial reaction to reviewing this pilot was to cut it some slack. I agree with the remark about it being cheesy, but I also found it harmless and likable and, most important, very much in keeping with the Lifetime brand (and I don't mean to be patronizing here). By comparison, despite a strong performance by Lili Taylor, I thought its companion show, State of Mind, was an annoyingly over-the-top attempt to bring an FX-like
Sunday's penultimate episode of The Next Food Network Star's third season served up 2.6 million viewers, making it the highest-rated telecast in the channel's history. The finale airs Sunday at 9 pm/ET. Lifetime's Army Wives delivered 3.7 million total viewers this Sunday and was basic cable's top-rated program in several key demos, even besting the Big 3 in women 18-to-49. Leading into Wives, Marisa Coughlan's Side Order of Life premiered to 2.4 million, followed by Lili Taylor's State of Mind, which opened with 2.3 mil.
Devon Gummersall, State of Mind
Most people remember Devon Gummersall from his days as Angela Chase's geeky but sweet neighbor on the cult series My So-called Life, but now the actor has grown up and is portraying a lawyer on the new Lifetime drama State of Mind (premiering Sunday at 9 pm/ET). He's still the young, fresh face on the show, and he's surrounded by another great cast, including indie queen Lili Taylor. Could his humorously named lawyer Barry White have some feelings for the lovely Lili? TVGuide.com couldn't wait to find out.
TVGuide.com: I just watched your show, and it’s so cute!Devon Gummersall:
Not so many summers ago, you'd have been lucky to find five new series to watch during the entire off-season. This summer, you can find at least that many premiering nearly every week. (Shameless plug alert: As part of next week's new wave of shows, I make my debut as a reality-TV judge Wednesday, July 18, on TV Guide Network's America's Next Producer.) For cable networks, it's all about finding new signature shows to redefine the brand. (Think Lifetime's Army Wives.) Here are some first impressions of five new scripted contenders.
Mad MenThursdays, 10 pm/ET, AMCThe pitch: Ad men in 1960, oozing ego and raw sexism.First impression: Wow. The period look is dazzling: the women's tight skirts, the men's slicked hair. If iconic director Douglas Sirk (Writt