Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm
As summer TV begins to hand off to the fall season, some thoughts and observations on a few of the shows and headlines that stood out.
Instant Classic TV: I haven't been able to stop thinking about Sunday's episode of Mad Men, regarded by many as the high point of the season to date and a series peak as well, a blistering tour de force for Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, who now have dynamite entries for their Emmy reel next year. (This season has been particularly strong for Moss, as Peggy Olson comes into her own: partying with bohemians, doffing her clothes to unnerve the chauvinistic new art director, and now standing up to Don.) "The Suitcase," so masterfully penned by Matthew Weiner that it wouldn't be a surprise to see him at the Emmy podium yet again next year, felt like watching a three-act play — or maybe a three-ring circus veering from drama to comedy back to drama, or perhaps an emotional heavyweight bout that went on much longer — and with more actual ferocity — than the legendary Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston rematch knockdown of May 1965.
So much for that ankle monitor! How can the FBI keep tabs on White Collar's reformed con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), when he has vengeance on his mind? "Neal is taking justice into his own hands," reveals Bomer of tonight's mid-season finale (9/8c, USA), in which he constructs an elaborate grift to confront his ex-girlfriend Kate's murderer.
When it happens, don't expect him to stick to the rules. "A lot of moral lines get crossed," Bomer says. "When it comes to Kate, he doesn't always make the most rational, healthy decisions." Naturally, this will create tension between him and straitlaced Fed Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). The trust between the partners remains "always liquid, never rock solid," Bomer says.
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy
When we left Charming last December, Ethan Zobelle (Adam Arkin) was leaving as well, and as Season 3 begins, Gemma's hot-footin' out of town herself: Stahl (Ally Walker) framed her for the murder of gunrunner Edmund Hayes, so she's a fugitive. Gemma will seek out her dad (Hal Holbrook), a retired preacher, tonight. But the new season's biggest story line promises to be the kidnapping of Jax's son, Abel. SAMCRO members are pretty sure that Hayes' father, Cameron, took the boy, but they don't know where he is. Nor do they know if the boy is dead or alive.
Read on for previews of Rachel Zoe Project, America's Got Talent, White Collar, The View, 30 for 30 and My Trip to Al-Qaeda.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Monday, 10/9c, Travel Channel)
The outspoken culinary expert and world traveler celebrates his 100th episode with a return to Paris — hitting all the foodie hot spots in the City of Lights with the renowed chef Eric Ripert (whose chops Bourdain busted while guest-judging Top Chef last week). A daylong marathon of favorite episodes ends at 9/8c, with a "What Were We Thinking?" retrospective special that looks back at five years of filming the show in locales all across the world...
Tim Dekay and Matt Bomer, White Collar
Need a palette cleanse after the Moron Olympics of Monday's Bachelor Pad? That's why God gave us White Collar.
And even though last night's episode didn't feature the luminous guest-starring wattage of Hilarie Burton, it did deliver smarts and sophistication — not to mention the always glorious chemistry of Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer — to make up for her absence...
Former Numb3rs actress Diane Farr will appear on Grey's Anatomy this season, according to a show rep.
The 40-year-old actress will play a patient with Huntington's Disease under the care of...
Burn Notice and Psych fans won't have to wait quite as many months as usual for their favorite USA shows to return: The network announced Wednesday that the spy series and detective comedy will be back on the air in November.
What will Sarah Shahi be Facing in her new USA series?
Psych, now running the first half of its fifth season, will return...
On Tuesday's episode of White Collar, the team takes on an extortion case against adoptive parents. To nab the bad guy, Diana (Marsha Thomason) and Clinton (Sharif Atkins) must go undercover as a couple trying to adopt a child.
Going undercover is Thomason's favorite part of the gig.
"The parts on the show I really enjoy are...
Sandra Oh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sela Ward
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What's Cristina up to when Grey's Anatomy returns? — Jenni
ADAM: She won't be great. While Cristina is usually the rock the other docs lean on, her reaction to the traumatic season finale rampage takes longer to sort out than some of the other surgeons. In fact, when she is finally cleared to go back into surgery, an accident in the OR freaks her out so much that she collapses into a sobbing mess on the floor.
Can we get some more Modern Family scoop? — Rusty
MICKEY: If you were as tickled as we were to discover that Mitchell and Claire were once an figure-skating duo named Fire and Ice, you're going to love the next nugget...
She spent six seasons playing One Tree Hill's tortured Peyton Sawyer — now, Hilarie Burton is happy at last.
"I go to work and just laugh!" marvels the actress, who begins a recurring stint on White Collar tonight (9/8c, USA) as Sara Ellis, a bitchy, ritzy insurance investigator from Neal's past. "I went from playing this dark, moody, artsy character to this totally different realm. I'm wearing 6-inch heels, supertight dresses, and I look pissed most of the time. I've been watching RuPaul's Drag Race for tips from the divas!"
Hopefully they had some advice on keeping the boys at bay...