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It looks as if The Bible has been a godsend. Last year's History miniseries averaged 11.4 million viewers overall, kicking off a new surge of religious-themed programming. ABC's new back-from-the-dead drama Resurrection, with its faith-based undercurrents, is averaging 10.2 million viewers, and the box-office success of such movies as ...
Actress Jean Stapleton, most famous for playing Edith Bunker in All in the Family, has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 90.
Stapleton died in her New York City home of natural causes, her family said.
Celeste Holm, who rose to fame in Broadway's Oklahoma! and won an Oscar for 1947's Gentleman's Agreement, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 95.
Holm was hospitalized approximately two weeks ago with dehydration ...
John Dye, best known as the angel of death Andrew on Touched By an Angel, has died. He was 47.
The actor died Monday from a heart attack in San Francisco, his brother, Jerre Dye, told The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.
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Born in Mississippi, Dye majored in theater at the University of Memphis. He made ...
Valerie Bertinelli and Tom Vitale
Valerie Bertinelli married her boyfriend of seven years on Saturday night, People reports.
Bertinelli, 50, and Tom Vitale, a financial planner, tied the knot at their Malibu home in front of friends and family, including the Hot in Cleveland star's 19-year-old son Wolfgang, from her previous marriage to...
For Della Reese, tonight's Detroit 1-8-7 (10/9c, ABC) is a dual homecoming: The episode marks her return to both series TV and to her native Detroit. The 79-year-old actress, who resides in Los Angeles, hasn't appeared in network prime time since Touched by an Angel left the air in 2003, nor, she admits, has she visited Motown in 20 years.
Religion and faith have always had a place in primetime television. Sometimes, it's been dealt with directly, on shows like Touched By An Angel and 7th Heaven. And sometimes, it's shown more subtly, whether it's the Heck family going to church on The Middle or Finn seeing the face of Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich on Glee. We'd like to know what you think about primetime's portrayal of religion, and whether television could use more or less of it. Let us know in the poll after the jump...
Question: I'm wondering what you think of Saving Grace. I'm from Oklahoma, so I'm trying to figure out if my disappointment with the show comes from how it stereotypically portrays Oklahomans. There are the cowboy and Indian detectives. The angel chews tobacco. Part of the first episode took place at the stockyards, with the redneck millionaire cattleman hitting on Grace. The only character who doesn't seem like a walking stereotype is Grace herself, and she just seems off. A detective in Oklahoma driving a Porsche, even a beat-up one? On what planet? How much do they think detectives earn? And she's Catholic? Not that there aren't Catholics in Oklahoma, but there aren't that many, not like there are Baptists and Methodists. Why stereotype every character but one? Do you think future episodes are going to get any better? For me, the only thing this show accomplishes is to remind me how much I miss Joan of Arcadia. I'm still mad at CBS for that one.
Answer: I've seen the second episode,
Question: I'm a little worried: I love The Closer and I enjoy watching Heartland right afterward. But the previews for Saving Grace indicate that it is going to go on in the Heartland time period. Have they already canceled this great show? I hope not. I hope they are just going to preview Saving Grace, then it will move to a different time period. Please don't tell me that Heartland is leaving already. It has only been on for a few episodes.
Answer: Matt Roush: You're right to be worried. The numbers for Heartland didn't hold up, and it wasn't getting much critical buzz, to put it mildly, so TNT decided to switch things around and, starting Monday, it has moved Heartland an hour before The Closer on Mondays as a lead-in. Saving Grace was originally scheduled to air on a different night of the week, but TNT is now hoping that Closer fans will stay tuned for Holly Hunter's oddball new show, which feels at times like an R-rated Touched by an Angel uneasily mixed with a procedural crime
Patty Hewes loves red meat. "I'm thinking steak," declares the glamorously ruthless litigator, played to the cunning Cruella De Lawyer hilt by Glenn Close in FX's twisted new legal thriller Damages. When told her naive young protégée is also a carnivore, Patty approves: "Atta girl."
Meaty roles like Patty Hewes — and Saving Grace's Grace Hanadarko, a booze-swilling Oklahoma detective on the fast track to self-destruction — have brought dazzling stars with the Tony and Oscar cred of Close and Holly Hunter to cable. Not HBO, but high-end basic cable. Their characters, rich in layers and scene-stealing opportunity, are more rewarding than the sorts of roles most actresses of their generat