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'The Good Guys' - 'Bait & Switch' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 8th 2010 11:20AM
The Good Guys: Bait & Switch
(S01E02) "I've gotta tell ya ... worst date ever." -- Jack to Kiersten as they're being held at gunpoint

Ever since I recapped the pilot episode of 'The Good Guys' a few weeks ago, I've been impatiently waiting for it to return. It's comical, it's different, and it's got the great pairing of Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford. What more could a girl want? It's escapism TV at its best.

This episode had pretty much everything in terms of great lines, fast cars (even if they were sitting in a warehouse), hot girls and, of course, great chemistry between Jack and Dan. OK, so the stolen cars story was a little clichéd, but at least it led to some funny separation anxiety for Dan and the Trans Am, his own personal version of T&A.

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May Sweeps Bring Summer TV Blues

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 5th 2010 11:16AM
Welcome to the month of May, which songs and poems tells us is primarily responsible for bringing forth darling buds and spring flowers.

Not a single epigram or aphorism mentions May Sweeps, when May pulls the curtain on the TV season that was, bringing many good things -- and plenty of crap things -- to an end.

Over the next 30 days or so, over 60 shows will say goodbye and leave the airwaves for an extended summer vacation, while others are saying a permanent goodbye. Once they go, TV will leave us with nothing but a smattering of viewing options. Faced with such a dearth -- especially once the hockey post-season is over -- my upstairs neighbors usually cancel their satellite subscription for the summer. Ay yai yai! This is crazy talk! I happen to share that satellite subscription with them and I now have to convince them that it's worth continuing to split the bill for the delight of a few summer series.

But look at what I have to work with:

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Fox Unveils Summer Lineup

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 9th 2010 4:05PM
Lie to MeSpring is still more than a week away, but the ever-industrious programming gurus at FOX have just released its summer schedule and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, it boasts several familiar faces and one new contender.

Mondays, beginning June 7, will welcome the Tim Roth pyschic-cop drama 'Lie to Me' -- which has been on hiatus since December -- back to the lineup. The cult hit will be followed at 9PM by a new offering called 'Good Guys' (formerly 'Code 58'), a comedic drama starring Bradley Whitford ('West Wing') as a washed-up detective and Colin Hanks (Tom's kid) as a gung-ho young buck. The pilot, which delves into the wacky situations the new partners will face, will air before 'American Idol' on May 19 and then debut in its dedicated time slot three weeks later.

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'Code 58' to Premiere June 7, 2010 on FOX

by Allyssa Lee, posted Jan 12th 2010 10:15AM
Calling all cars: Fox has announced that its new Bradley Whitford-Colin Hanks police action comedy, tentatively titled 'Code 58', is set to premiere on Mon., June 7 at 9PM.

Previously called 'Jack and Dan,' the new cop series from Matt Nix (who also created USA Network's hit 'Burn Notice'), will also get two special previews right before the 'American Idol' results show on Wed., May 12 and May 19 at 8PM, before settling into its Monday night slot.

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Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford Team Up as 'Jack and Dan'

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 4th 2009 2:00PM
Colin Hanks and Bradley WhitfordHere's a little ditty about Jack and Dan, two American cops doing the best that they can. Apologies to John Mellencamp, but 'Jack and Dan,' a new action comedy from Fox, has found its leads: Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks, who is the son of beloved Hollywood icon Tom Hanks, will play Jack, a straight-laced detective in the Los Angeles Police Department whose ambitions have been thwarted by his own mistakes. Whitford will play his new partner Dan, a loose cannon whose drinking and womanizing are only tolerated because of an act of heroism earlier in his career.

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Monk: Mr. Monk on Wheels

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 17th 2009 2:20PM

(S07E11) "Come back here. I command you." -- Monk to Natalie

Exactly what is the relationship between Adrian Monk and Natalie Teeger? Boss/employee? Colleagues? Friends? Family? For a nice change of pace, this episode was less about whodunit and why and more, about how Monk and Natalie make whatever it is between them work. It was also a strange show in terms of physical humor, sort of in the A Fish Called Wanda tradition, where pain equals laughs. For me, a little of that goes a long way.

However, the more important business was Monk and Natalie. She really proved her loyalty, integrity and grit. In an odd way, I think we saw qualities in her that Sharona wouldn't have displayed. I think she would have smacked Monk during this adventure, but more on that and the trip to the hospital and a very good guest turn by Bradley Whitford after the jump.

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Obama's chief of staff is Ari Gold's brother!

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 7th 2008 5:02PM
Rahm/AriHere's an appointment to the President-elect Barack Obama's new administration that should really make Hardball's Chris Matthews happy. He's hired Ari Gold's brother -- sort of. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, has accepted the job as White House Chief of Staff, and the Congressman's brother Ari Emanuel is the inspiration for Jeremy Piven's character Ari Gold on Entourage.

Just like Ari on HBO, Ari Emanuel is Hollywood's toughest agent and Endeavor Talent Agency is the tops in the business. Ari's brother Rahm has a reputation for being just as ambitious, aggressive and forceful. He likes to play hardball and has been known to twist arms and bust heads, metaphorically, to get things done.

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Bradley Whitford back to NBC for buddy sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 31st 2008 11:01AM
B WhitfordI like Bradley Whitford. Chances are you like Bradley Whitford, too. Who doesn't like Bradley Whitford? So, the news today that the Emmy winning star, an NBC favorite from The West Wing -- and to a lesser-extent Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (although I think he was the best thing on that program) -- is back at work for the network is a good thing. Whitford will produce and star in Off Duty, a buddy comedy series opposite Romany Malco.

It'll be a single-camera style comedy, telling the story of a veteran, once legendary police detective who has fallen on hard times. He's then paired up with a younger up-and-comer, a straight shooter, played by Malco.

This sounds like a somewhat familiar formula, so what will make or break this project is the chemistry and comic fireworks between the principals.

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Do the pregnancy problems of Studio 60's Danny and Jordan have an ER connection?

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 18th 2007 9:31AM

Bradley Whitford from ER's Love's Labor Lost episodeEither the following is an extraordinary coincidence, a homage to another NBC drama, or another plot rip-off by Aaron Sorkin. One of the storylines that is running through the remaining episodes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is the problem pregnancy of Danny Tripp's (Bradley Whitford) new fiance Jordan McDeere. When we last left Danny, he had learned that she was facing placenta accreta as well as disseminated intravascular coagulation (please don't ask me to explain what they are). And, while the doctor said not to worry there was quite a bit of concern.

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Report: Bradley Whitford was "almost" new ADA on L&O

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 14th 2007 8:05AM
bradley whitfordAccording to the entertainment reporter over at Fox News, actor Bradley Whitford "almost" got the role as the new Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order. Sam Waterston is vacating that position to play the District Attorney, now that actor Fred Thompson is leaving the show to run for president.

Everybody got that? Good.

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The reason I'm rooting for Studio 60

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 13th 2007 10:32AM

Here's rooting for Matt PerryIf you are avid readers of TV Squad you know that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is taking a little break. Okay, it may be taking a long break. All right, the next time we see it may be on the Brilliant But Cancelled website! Regardless of whether or not it returns to the NBC schedule (which is should, since it does have a full order) I am still rooting for the show. Not because of Aaron Sorkin, or the subject matter, or even for the walk-and-talks. I am rooting for Studio 60 to succeed due to one cast member . . . Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes.

Oh, wait a minute. That's for my 'The reason I'm NOT rooting for Studio 60' post. Who I meant to mention was Matt Perry as Matt Albie. Well, also Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp, Amanda Peet as Jordan McDeere, D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles, and pretty much everyone else on the cast except Harriet Hayes. But, mostly I'm rooting for Matt Perry.

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On the set of Studio 60 -- VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 13th 2006 8:30PM

Matt PerryNote to TV Squad's Bob Sassone: You said you would be jealous if Ryan Budke visited the set of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Well, Bob, let the jealousy flow because we have new video of Ryan's recent visit to the Studio 60 set.

In this second go-around, Ryan speaks with cast members Matthew Perry, Steven Weber, Amanda Peet, and Timothy Busfield on how hard it is to speak "Aaron-ese" on the show. He also talks to Perry and Bradley Whitford about the the relationship of their characters Matt Albie and Danny Tripp.

You can view the video after the jump.

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Studio 60 needs a makeover, according to Robert Bianco

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 23rd 2006 2:50PM

Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet of Studio 60I thought it was just me.

I've tried to get into Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip like I did with Aaron Sorkin's two other network creations . . . The West Wing and Sports Night. I wanted to like Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford in their roles as the saviors of a long-running, comedy sketch show. I really did. But, there's just something missing; a last piece of the puzzle that would make this show very enjoyable. However, I thought I was the only one who felt that way.

Fortunately, I'm not. Not only do many of you feel the same way, but we also have Robert Bianco, USA Today's television critic, in our court as well.

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Studio 60 ratings drop, again

by Brett Love, posted Oct 17th 2006 4:21PM
Studio 60 - Matthew Perry - Bradley WhitfordThe numbers are in, and for the fourth week in a row ratings are down for Studio 60. How's that old saying go? "Once is chance, twice is coincidence, three times is a pattern." Four times is a big freaking problem. I don't think anyone really expected Matt and Danny to topple C.S.I. Miami. That tilted head lingering gaze from Horatio is a powerful thing. But now they are coming in third after What About Brian? I'm sure NBC will spin their win in some key demographics, but at some point they are going to have to start making changes.

As to why the ratings are dropping, it's hard to say. The complaint I hear most about the show, both here and in other venues, is that the show within the show just isn't funny. We're reminded again and again that Matt is a brilliant writer, and Harriet is a comedic genius, but really haven't been shown that yet. The Holly Hunter impression was the only Harriet moment that I found really funny. The rest has varied from just OK to forgettable.

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The Five: Mike C's fall picks

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 4th 2006 2:36PM
Allison MackFrom John Madden to Sarah Paulson, Bradley Whitford, and superheroes on the small screen (where they really flourish) -- here are the five things I'm looking forward to this Fall TV season:

1. Lex, Lana, and General Zod love triangle: Forget Bryan Singer's not-too-bad film, forget the foul and execrable My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Smallville does comics right. And no ditzy bimbo sidekick for television's Lex Luthor, who appears to have won the heart of Clark's ex, Lana Lang, over the course of last season, and now he's possessed by the Superman II film villain, Zod. That's character development that movies, (even 2 hour 45 minute movies) just don't have time for. A Smallville cast addition: Jimmy Olsen? Who cares. And is that freckled goofball the best they can do as a love interest for adorable Chloe (Allison Mack)? Also, I'm thankful the suits passed on Aquaman. There's a reason Aquaman is the fake movie on Entourage -- the very idea is just ridiculous. A superhero should have powers that at least outweigh his weaknesses. (Has gills and the ability to bond with lobster and other entrees, but can't be out of water more than one hour?) Now, Justin Hartley is freed up to play Green Arrow on a Smallville arc. Come to think of it, cut Chloe a break and hook her up with Green Arrow.

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