The Unit

2006, TV Show

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Mega Buzz on Lost, Battlestar, 24, CSI and More!

Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and James Morrison (24)

"Live" from the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Los Angeles, senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy answer your questions. Drop us a line at mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

All I want for Christmas is a spoiler about Juliet from Lost. — Samy
MATT:
Hmmm. Since we have missed that Yuletide deadline, how about I promise you a present in time for, I dunno, St. Patrick's Day? Because sadly, the lady doc's Season 5 storyline won't really heat up until then. (But once it does, it'll be in a way that makes some fans very happy.)

Give me some Battlestar scoop. I can't wait until Friday! — Tony
MICKEY: I've been sworn to secrecy by my Sci Fi moles, but let's say this: Just because ... read more

NAACP: TV Still "Grossly" Under-represents Minorities

Dennis Haysbert, The Unit

Prime-time TV has a "serious shortage," of minority characters, the NAACP says in a new report, calling the problem part of an industry-wide oversight.

Says NAACP president/CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, "At a time when the country is excited about the election of the first African-American president in U.S. history, it is unthinkable ... read more

Regina Taylor, The Unit: Casting into the Acting Pool

In the hands of a guest actor other than Michael McKean, the role of the DoD official "wouldn't have been as powerful," says The Unit's casting director.

The Unit is in reruns for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we continue shooting new episodes for the coming year.

Sharon of Sharon Bialy/Sherry Thomas casting has been moving in warp drive trying to cast David Mamet's up-coming script that requires 21 guest actors before the first day of shooting. She's used to the challenges of casting for The Unit. Like finding an actor who can speak Pashto, an Afghanistan language, and who can also ride a horse. This was needed in "Shadow Riders," which followed the Unit's quest to deliver a bride to a groom in order to barter a truce between warring Afghanistan tribes.

In each episode, Sharon's hawk-eyes and ears are focused on the credibility and authenticity ... read more

Regina Taylor, The Unit: Out of Hell

"Into Hell," Part 1 and 2, follows the plot of the kidnapping of Jonas and Molly Blane's daughter, Betsy, while she is serving in Afghanistan. It is the Unit's mission to bring her back home alive. Tiffy, admitting to her affair with Colonel Ryan, leads to the team's vote — by throwing knives into the sand — to support her husband Mack's long-awaited revenge. Molly loses it in Part 1, trying to get a message to the press about her daughter, in spite of the fact that the wives are undercover. That prompts the military to take Molly into custody.

One evening this week, I catch up with Angel Wainwright, who plays my TV daughter, Betsy ... read more

Mega Buzz on Grey's, Heroes, CSI: Miami, 24 and More

Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) and Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami)

Senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor answer your burning questions. All requests for spoilery goodness should be sent to mega_scoop@tvguide.com

After watching the promo for the next episode of Grey's, I must ask: Is there anything for Mer-Der fans to look forward to? You know, other than three women lying in Mer's bed while Derek lives downstairs? — Karen
Matt: Well when you phrase it like that, you make me think that Melissa George's debut this week as Sadie, a college pal of Meredith's, will only further muddle things for the would-be Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd. But maybe not. Consider this: Sadie's arrival will prompt Cristina — who feels displaced by her BFF's old BFF — to be a better sounding board for Derek, and that just might ease the tension in the lovebirds' overcrowded nest. Oh, and speaking of Xtina: Kevin McKidd (Owen) is now a series regular.

When does the next volume start on Heroes? Because "Villains" is turning the show into Heroezzz. (No offense, Tim Kring.) — Charles
Mickey: I hear you, Charles. At this point, I don't even care who is good and who is evil and/or how they got there; I'm just ready to move on. The next volume, titled "Fugitives" and said to be inspired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, begins in January. It centers on a character called ... read more

Mega Minute: Sweeps Scoop on The Unit, ER & Tree Hill

Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute:

• A selfless act, grounds for a court martial and a simmering feud all come into play as The Unit desperately tries to rescue a Blane family member.

• An unexpected wrinkle "colors" One Tree Hill's plan for an extremely special episode.

• Why this week's ER is not to be missed!

Watch and discuss this week's Mega Minute video after the jump. read more

Regina Taylor, The Unit: "Vote!"

Last week's episode of The Unit (Sundays at 10 pm/ET, CBS), "Dancing Lessons," continues into this week's "Inquisition" with team husbands having protested putting their wives in the line of fire as Molly, Kim and Tiffy are asked to spy for their country by rooting out cell families.

Molly's assignment is to keep a watchful eye on the mysterious Susan Gillum, played by Ann Cusack.

Ann is tall, smart and fierce, with sharp shards of humor reflecting in her eyes. As an actress, Ann is a shape-shifter in each of the various roles she has inhabited. She is ... read more

Mega Buzz on Grey's, Fringe, CSI: NY and More!

Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy), Joshua Jackson (Fringe) and Gary Sinise (CSI: NY)

Senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor answer your questions.

What have you got for Grey's Anatomy that isn't about Mer and Der? — BethAnn
Matt:
Mmmm, this vittle made it to my desk just before deadline, and goodness, it's tasty. What you may know: This week, Sloan counsels the "Mason-Dixon line"-averse Callie on the ways of love. What you don't know: He teaches by doing. What does that mean?!

Fringe is the most addictive new show on television! Give me some scoop on when Olivia and Peter will get all romantic. — Keith
Mickey:
Well, Keith, I hate to disappoint you (perv), but it's going to be a while. This show is so not about sex right now. My Fringe mole tells me ... read more

Regina Taylor, The Unit: "Lethal Beauty"

In " Sex Trade" – this week's installment of The Unit –Jonas and the team goes undercover to contact a nuclear weapon's smuggler who's also involved in smuggling young women for prostitution. Bridget Sullivan (Nicole Steinwedell) as the new female operative on the team continues to prove herself. Meanwhile the wives take on their new identities. Molly becomes VP of marketing for a mystery company, Tiffy becomes a high school teacher, and Kim becomes a nanny- a bittersweet reminder that she had to leave her own children behind in the transfer.

Read much more from Regina - including her thoughts on the election campaigns, and her interview with Unit newcomer Nicole - after the jump. read more

Regina Taylor, The Unit: Sudden Flight

"Sudden Flight" continues the unimaginable plotline that began last week. America's president-elect has been assassinated. Determined to reel in the terrorists, the team boards an international flight using a scientist with secrets as bait. Meanwhile the team wives drop anchor in a new home with new identities. Missing what they've left behind, the adjustment is hard. Kim, especially — missing her two older children and a newborn — tries to get back "home."

As we came back to work in July on this new season, the writers' stike that slowed the industry earlier in the year was resolved along with a new agreement with the Directors Guild. The actors returned without a new contract, and to date there is an impasse. People are tense waiting for a resolution, and many projects have been suspended. There are rumors that SAG will turn over the question of whether to strike to its members any day. There is an uneasiness, a tension as to which way to turn to secure our future.

Certainly these are uneasy times in this country as the economy crashes and we search for weapons of mass destruction and we look outside and within as pundents argue over who's to blame.... We look for a change. Who's going to turn things around? Even as we hurdle forward into the unknown, into the unpredictable and unprecedented future, the question keeps circling back around to: What are we willing to sacrifice to get back to where we want to go?

"And the times, they are a-changing."

Read much more from Regina after the jump. read more

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Premiered: March 07, 2006, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A covert team of U.S. Special Forces operatives undertake missions around the world while their wives attempt to carry on a normal life back at home, living on a military base and keeping their husbands' secrets.

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