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'Sexiest Man Alive 2011': Which TV Stars Made the Cut?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2011 6:05AM
Bradley Cooper, People's 'Sexiest Man Alive 2011'Bradley Cooper's been celebrating being named as 'People' magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive 2011.' After saying his first thought on hearing the news was, "My mother is going to be so happy," the buff 'Hangover' star joked "I'm waiting for Dax Shepard to come out, and that it's an episode of 'Punk'd.'"

Cooper added: "I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this. ... I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying."

So which TV stars have been deemed hot enough to join Cooper on the list? Well, there are some conventional hotties like 'Luther' star Idris Elba, 'Community's Joel McHale and 'Game of Thrones' glowering Horse Lord Jason Momoa, but there are also a few guys who are, well, perhaps less obviously hot in the conventional sense.

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Review: 'Luther' Is a Cop (and a Show) on the Edge

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 28th 2011 10:30AM
As is the cast with its lead character, 'Luther' (BBC America, 10PM ET Wednesday) spends a lot of its time trying to resist its lesser impulses.

Watching the show walk a fine line between finely observed character drama and pulpy, overwrought cop thriller creates its own kind of tension, and sometimes 'Luther' just gives in and steps over the edge into grandiosity or cliche.

Yet this four-part British import has a lived-in, evocative atmosphere, good supporting performances and provides an excellent star turn from Idris Elba. All of that makes up for a lot, even as you get the sense that with a lesser actor than this masterful 'The Wire' veteran, the entire enterprise would have probably fallen apart.

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Who Should Replace Christopher Meloni on 'Law & Order: SVU'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 22nd 2011 8:00AM
Chris Meloni, 'Law & Order: SVU'Christopher Meloni will leave a Stabler-shaped hole in the hearts of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' fans this fall.

We don't yet know how he'll say goodbye to 'SVU' after 12 seasons on the job, but it's never too early to start preparing ourselves for someone else taking over the sex crimes beat.

While rumors have been swirling about who will replace Mariska Hargitay -- she's only coming back for 13 episodes next season as Olivia Benson before departing herself -- not much has popped up in the way of recasting the role Meloni made famous.

Assuming they'll keep a man on the job to maintain that same partner dynamic, we've come up with a few great options (casting agents, take note!) to spar with Hargitay and her eventual successor, including two 'L&O' franchise alums and two stars from opposing sides on 'The Wire.'

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The Show Girl Talks 'Luther,' 'The Big C,' 'Giuliana & Bill' and 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 15th 2010 10:00AM
Idris Elba, 'Luther'The reality TV craze isn't going anywhere, so it's nice to see Giuliana and Bill Rancic proud that their titular show skews much more "normal." But that's not to say they don't love the over-the-top stuff ... I get their reality TV guilty pleasure confessions.

I've also got scoop on this week's multicultural episode of 'The Middle' from stars Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, and they share what other ripped-from-their-lives storylines we might see on the show.

Then I gush all over Laura Linney's 'The Big C.' I love it, I love her and I will officially follow fabulous guest star Idris Elba anywhere. So it's a good thing his new mini-series, 'Luther,' is such a unique and exciting thrill ride. Seriously -- watch it.

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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'Luther' Premiere Review: A Rogue London Cop with a 'Wire' Connection

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 14th 2010 2:40PM
A show about a troubled yet brilliant urban detective? Isn't that kind of character ready for the Entertainment Cliche Hall of Fame?

Judging by the pallid crop of cops that the American broadcast networks have been serving up lately, you'd think that there wasn't much life left in the old "Damn it, detective, you're out of line!" scenario.

Yet 'Luther' (10PM ET Sunday, BBC America), the story of an impulsive, very intelligent London cop, manages to be an excellent showcase for Idris Elba ('The Wire') and an increasingly impressive character drama that goes to some dark and absorbing places.

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'The Big C': Cathy's Husband Meets Her Lover (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 12th 2010 12:00PM
Lenny Meets Paul on 'The Big C'On 'The Big C' (Mon., 10:30PM ET on SHO), Cathy's lover Lenny is going on a spontaneous trip to the Bahamas to attend a friend's art opening. "I wanta go ... for my birthday, that's what I want to do," says Cathy. "I haven't traveled enough in my 43 years. I'm always talking about vacations I never take. I shop for bathing suits I never buy."

Lenny is all for it, and says he'll pick her up in a couple hours.

After shopping, Cathy comes home to a quiet house, until: "Surprise!" Her family has thrown her a surprise birthday party, with balloons, streamers, party hats and lots of guests.

True to his word, Lenny arrives at the Jamison home. Cathy's husband Paul answers the door. Awk-ward.

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Idris Elba May Be Involved in 'The Office' This Season - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 7th 2010 6:29PM
Ruth Wilson and Idris Elba at the 'Luther' panel at the Summer 2010 TCAs
BBC America presented their wares to the TV critics today, the last day of the TCA tour; one of the shows is 'Luther,' staring Idris Elba of 'The Wire' and 'The Office' fame. In the show, Elba plays a police detective who chases serial killer Alice Morgan (played by Ruth Wilson) the entire season, never being able to pin her crimes on her, but intrigued by her in many ways.

The clip reel showed a pretty intense series, but Elba is nothing if not intense, as anyone who saw him as Stringer Bell in 'The Wire' can attest. But will he come back to his other well-known role, as Dunder-Mifflin hard-ass Charles Miner?

He told reporters curious about the matter that, while Miner will not take over the Scranton branch, he may be involved with the story "closer to the season finale." Perhaps he's somehow involved in the departure of Michael Scott?

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Idris Elba Drama 'Luther' to Air on BBC America

by Rich Keller, posted Jun 10th 2010 8:00AM
Idris ElbaThings are looking good for former 'Wire' co-star Idris Elba: In addition to being cast in a four-episode run on the new Showtime series 'The Big C,' it was announced this week that his BBC series 'Luther' is headed to America -- BBC America, that is.

Written by 'MI-5' scribe Neil Cross and co-produced by Elba himself, the show will revolve around Idris' John Luther, an emotionally impulsive homicide detective who considers his job to be more of his destiny than simply a profession. He's so dedicated that he's abandoned his wife and gained a confidante named Alice, who happens to be a multiple-murderess and Luther's arch-enemy.

According to writer Cross, 'Luther' is an "intense psychological thriller which examines not only human depravity but the complex nature of love... and how it's often this -- our finest attribute -- that leads us into darkness."

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TV Casting: John Stamos to Guest on 'Glee'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 8th 2010 4:15PM
John StamosHave mercy: According to an exclusive report from the Ausiello Files, 'Full House' and 'General Hospital' alum John Stamos is in talks to become the latest guest star on the award-winning mega-hit 'Glee.' If all goes well, he'd play Emma's (Jayma Mays) dentist, whom she is dating. Stamos recently appeared on Broadway as the lead in 'Bye Bye Birdie.' [Ausiello Files]

UPDATE: This has since been confirmed by E! Online.

More casting news after the jump.

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Idris Elba Producing Legal Drama for NBC

by Scott Harris, posted Oct 28th 2009 1:00PM
Idris ElbaNBC may be struggling in the ratings, but there's no sign of a creative letdown, as they've announced their next groundbreaking idea: a legal drama.

Okay, so the concept may not be fresh, but the face behind the project certainly is. British actor Idris Elba, formerly of 'The Wire' but probably more familiar as Charles Miner on 'The Office', has inked a development deal with NBC to play the lead role in a legal drama created by 'Battlestar Galactica' executive producer David Eick.

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Jane After Dark: The Wire - season four ends, alliances shift

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 26th 2009 6:00PM
The Wire, Season 4, Final Grades, Bodie

Well, well, well. How interesting to see the purchase of the nail gun we saw in the first episode of season four of The Wire come back around to bring everything together. "It's a tomb," says Freamon in "A New Day," and it all makes sense to me. Well, some of it makes sense anyway.

And then there's the teetering decision of whether Freamon will keep getting crap from the higher-ups about going out and looking for Marlo's bodies, using up manpower, and upping the murder rate of the city, or whether they'll do the right thing and actually do their jobs. Oh, the bodies that rolled in.

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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season 4 - The kids are not alright

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 19th 2009 1:01PM
The Wire - Season 4
I'm well into season four of The Wire (just finished "Margin of Error"; read my other Jane After Dark installments), and getting into the guts of the Baltimore political scene and how it's all interwoven with the cops and drug business.

Oh, those kids! It really makes you see how they've gotta be extremely driven to get out of that life, because a lot of the adults are just priming them to continue the drug business into the next generation. Not only their parents -- which is really sad -- but people like Marlo, who has his minions handing out back-to-school cash to build goodwill with the kids. At that rate, those kids don't have a shot of clawing their way out of a life of crime.

It will take me another run-through or two to really fit all the pieces together, but I'm digging how all of the characters have evolved ... or not ...

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Greatest TV Bad Boys

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 13th 2009 6:00AM
My So-Called LifeOh, bad boys, what would we do without you? While in real life you're more trouble than you're worth, on screen your sulky swaggering, tough talk and icy eyes almost always belie a tender heart beneath the bravado. And that's where you're best enjoyed -- from a safe distance.

Here's a look at the TV desperados who made our hearts melt, in our countdown of TV's Top 20 Bad Boys. -- By Liane Bonin

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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season three - Oh, Stringer!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 12th 2009 10:03AM
The Wire - Middle Ground

Well, holy cow. I did not see that coming, although from what you've all said, I was prepared for just about anything to happen on The Wire. Except that!

I feel like season three ended on a high note. Well, sort of ... at least for McNulty, now walking the beat in the Western Division. Even though he's wearing a uniform, which is just weird for him, he's talking and laughing with the residents, and that's really what it's all about. And Rhonda and Cedric are together (oh, that chiseled butt of his!).

Even with all the busts, though, the drug business sails onward, with Marlo moving up in the hierarchy and Dennis' boxing gym virtually deserted, all the kids lured back into the streets. But mostly, season three was all about Episode 11, "Middle Ground"; in particular, a few penultimate scenes...

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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season 3 - Stringer wears a suit, Omar gets rash

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 5th 2009 2:05PM
The Wire, season 3 - Omar and Bunk
After a brief break to watch season four of Weeds last week, Jane After Dark is back with The Wire. I'm half-way into season three, and while there are definitely parts of this show that put me to sleep (ducking and running for cover), it's still a brilliant drama. My teenage son popped in for part of an episode, decided it was too "real," and promptly lost interest.

To help me organize my thoughts, let's take a look at a few characters:

Stringer Bell.
I'm really digging Idris Elba dressed up in his fancy suit, running the real estate company, working with government officials, and holding drug meetings using Robert's Rules of Order. It's fascinating that there's this whole hierarchy within the gangs that most of them respect and follow.

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