As opening nights go, last Monday's kickoff to the fall season was pretty spectacular. Now with the two Charlies laid to rest (and Sheen charred at the celebrity roast), we'll see how Two and a Half Men holds up, along with the rest of CBS' comedy lineup. Add some high-profile dinosaurs to the mix this week, and it should be another fascinating night.
First, the new shows ...
Make It Or Break It
ABC Family has renewed Make It Or Break It and given a 12-episode back-order to The Lying Game, the network announced Friday. In addition, the network has picked up four new pilots.
However, State of Georgia joins The Nine Lives of Chloe King in the canceled pile, Deadline reports. Make It Or Break It wrapped its second season in May, while The Lying Game is in the middle ...
Sarah Michelle Geller and Ioan Gruffudd
Having come of age in the pre-VCR/DVD/DVR era, I have a soft spot for the sort of glossy B-movie melodramas that used to be a staple of local channels. Movies like Dead Ringer, a '60s potboiler starring Bette Davis as a woman who takes over her identical twin's identity. Any resemblance to the CW's Ringer may not be intentional, but it predisposes me to come along for the convoluted ride. (Comparisons to the twin-swapping shenanigans over at ABC Family's The Lying Game are also inevitable, but this is a much more clearly defined mystery thriller, and is aimed at a slightly more mature and sophisticated audience. It was developed for CBS, believe it or not.)
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Who hasn't missed Sarah Michelle Gellar vanquishing all manner of Hellmouth demon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Is there someone who didn't love her turn as sexed up manipulator Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions? Point is we've had the premiere of Ringer, aka the return of SMG to weekly TV, marked on our calendars since it got the green light back in May.
But there are other reasons outside of Gellar to check out her new soapy thriller, too, starting with the premise: She plays estranged twins! Bridget is a recovering addict on the run from some unsavory types, and when super-rich sis Siobhan goes missing, she takes on the presumed-dead's identity as a last resort. Of course, we also just said she's playing twins... Hooked yet?
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Here are five other reasons you could give Ringer a shot -- besides Her Sarah Michelleness — with a little input from the cast:
Sasha Alexander and Angie Harmon
It's not quite time to say goodbye for good to TNT's signature hit The Closer, which will return in November with new episodes, then finish out its run with a batch of episodes next summer. Tonight's "summer finale" (9/8c) is a potentially pivotal one, as Brenda awaits a judge's decision about whether to drop the charges in the civil suit that has been hanging over her and the department all season. The shooting death of a deputy sheriff provides some distraction. ... The popular, but by comparison ...
Our top moments of the week:
12. Most and Least Self-Aware: On the perplexing season finale of Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals, the estranged father and daughter have a wrap-up therapy session in which they (very speedily, thanks to a suspicious edit) appear to reconcile — just one episode after their big blowout in Washington, D.C. "It would be terrible not to have her in my life. I know, because it has been," Ryan says. "I was always...
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Question: I just finished watching the season finale of Falling Skies and I am very happy the show got renewed for another season. I just hate that we have to wait until next summer before the show comes back on again. I have seen where people have described the show as boring. Did you think it was boring? I found it interesting and suspenseful that the audience did not know any more than the characters did about what was going on in their world. When we saw ...
ABC Family's The Lying Game may be based on the book of the same name, but the similarities pretty much end there.
"People who have loved the book will still get the tone in the series, but it takes on a life of its own," executive producer Charles Pratt, Jr. (Melrose Place) tells TVGuide.com. "Everybody you see on this show is somehow tied into the mystery, which is probably our biggest departure."
Ezra Miller and Sarah Hyland
What do Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight, The Lying Game and The Hunger Games have in common? They're all popular young-adult novels getting adapted for the screen.
Populazzi is the latest in the genre — Disney starlet Bella Thorne, among others, has been tweeting about it. The novel follows Cara, the new girl who, with the help of her best friend, attempts to climb the social ladder.