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'A Gifted Man' Doctor on Dating, Ghosts and Improving His Bedside Manner

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 30th 2011 10:15AM
'A Gifted Man' is a medical drama, but, the way actor Patrick Wilson describes his character, neurosurgeon Michael Holt, he could well be talking about a superhero. A blunt, take-charge superhero.

"Do you want the kind of doctor who's going to say, 'Listen, these are your options, and if it were me, I might do this. What do you think?'" Wilson said in an August interview about his CBS show. "Or do you want someone who'll go, 'This is how it's going to go down. I'm going to do this, and this is going to make you better.' You kind of want that."

Holt is indeed gifted in almost superhuman ways -- and he has the gleaming, high-end medical practice to prove it -- but the visit he got from his dead wife in the show's pilot deeply unnerved him, and his shield of clinical arrogance was no help to him in that situation.

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'A Gifted Man' Series Premiere: Anna Tells Michael How She Died (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 1:30AM
'A Gifted Man' - 'Pilot'There's truth to the old saying that opposites attract, and that truth was at the heart of the central relationship in 'A Gifted Man' (Fri., 8PM ET on CBS). Friday nights on CBS are no strangers to ghostly apparitions, but this may be the first time that a ghost is one of the stars of the show.

Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) is a neurosurgeon who almost makes Dr. House look like a great guy. He's a jerk, but his ex-wife Anna (Jennifer Ehle) was one of the kindest and giving people in the world. Thus he works for fat checks while she ran a free clinic.

And yet, when he reconnected with her after several years, he was thrilled to see her. But then he found out she had died in a car accident not long before. Suddenly, he was questioning his sanity and health and all the while she kept coming to him.

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Review: A Terrific Cast Brings 'A Gifted Man' to Life

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 22nd 2011 10:30AM
The best thing about the very good drama 'A Gifted Man' (8PM ET Friday, CBS) might be the fact that it's every bit as skeptical about ghosts as you are.

Well, maybe you're not skeptical about visitors from beyond the grave. Whether you are or not, 'A Gifted Man' should still work for you, because it treats the ghost, the person she appears to and the whole concept of working things out after death with an intelligent mixture of curiosity, confusion and compassion. There's no contempt, but neither is there any cliched, sentimental blather.

What I'm trying to say is, even though this show airs on Friday night on CBS, at no point will you be reminded of 'The Ghost Whisperer.'

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Margo Martindale Talks Emmys, 'Justified' and Her 'Gifted Man' Role

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 16th 2011 2:00PM
Whether or not Margo Martindale wins a best supporting actress Emmy on Sunday, the nomination for her role on FX's 'Justified' has already had an impact on her life.

I spoke to her last month about her new role in the promising CBS drama 'A Gifted Man,' and she said she was both surprised by the Emmy nomination and gratified by how it had raised her profile after decades in the entertainment industry.

"It's lovely to be treated with such respect," Martindale said. "That has changed, and I think it changed with 'Justified.' I have been working for a long time, but it makes me feel great at my age to have a wonderful dressing room, for people to tell me how wonderful I am at what I'm doing."

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Critics' Choice Television Awards 2011 Winners List

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 20th 2011 5:00PM
Mad Men, Jon HammThe first annual Critics' Choice Television Awards honored many Emmy favorites, but gave some love to the underdogs during its June 20 ceremony.

Actors and actresses from 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Cougar Town' were amongst the winners at the inaugural awards ceremony.

The show, which was hosted by 'So You Think You Can Dance''s Cat Deeley, was streamed live on VH1.com, and will air on ReelzChannel Wed., June 22 at 8PM.

Check out a full list of winners below.

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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Mags Talks About Ending the Feud Between Families on 'Justified' FInale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 5th 2011 6:25AM
'Justified' season finale - 'Bloody Harlan'The season wrapped on 'Justified' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on FX) and, like a great novel, it brought a satisfying sense of closure, as well as taking us full circle. The pacing, tone and presentation of this show is something special on television, capturing the mood of the Old West beautifully.

Long stretches of quiet and mellowness interspersed with bursts of wild violence punctuating the malaise. This season saw the Bennetts at the center of most of the insanity, led brilliantly by Margo Martindale as family matriarch Mags.

In control from the moment we laid eyes on her, she maintained that control until the end. But not before a magnanimous -- though ultimately futile -- gesture.

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Will Arnett Joins NBC Comedy Pilot, 'Veronica Mars' Actress Heads to 'Bones' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 31st 2011 10:00AM
Will ArnettYou can cancel his shows, but you can't keep Will Arnett off TV. The 'Arrested Development' and 'Running Wilde' veteran has signed on to star opposite Christina Applegate in an untitled NBC comedy pilot.

Applegate. Arnett. Sounds pretty cool, right? It gets better! The pilot comes from 'Parks and Recreation' writer Emily Spivey and producer Lorne Michaels. Also on board to star is 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Maya Rudolph.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Arnett will play stay-at-home husband to Applegate's sarcastic working wife/mom. Does this mean Arnett won't be taking over 'The Office'? Probably!

In other casting news ...

'Veronica Mars' actress Tina Majorino is heading to 'Bones.' Majorino will play Special Agent Genny Shaw. Her character will work alongside Booth in his hunt for the vigilante sniper. Her episode is scheduled for May 12. [TV Guide]

'Justified' star Margo Martindale is replacing S. Epatha Merkerson in a CBS medical drama pilot opposite Patrick Wilson. Martindale will play sassy assistant to Wilson's lead doctor character who gets guidance from his ex-wife from beyond the grave. [Deadline]

'True Blood' and 'The Good Wife' actor Denis O'Hare has been cast in FX's 'American Horror Story.' O'Hare will costar opposite Connie Britton in the new pilot from 'Glee' and 'Nip/Tuck' masterminds Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. O'Hare will play a mysterious burn victim they call "Larry the Burn Guy." [THR]

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'Justified' Star Margo Martindale on Mags Bennett & What's Really in the 'Apple Pie' Jars

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 30th 2011 1:15PM
Hands down, 'Justified' gets my vote as the best show on TV this season. The FX drama has shown absolutely no signs of a sophomore slump, with storylines that continue to explore the complexities of life in small-town Kentucky and U.S. marshal Raylan Givens' (the Emmy-worthy Timothy Olyphant) ongoing struggle to find out whether or not he fits in in his old stomping grounds.



A couple more performances Emmy voters should note: Walton Goggins, who continues to be fascinating to watch as Raylan's frenemy Boyd Crowder, and this season's big scene-stealer, newbie cast member Margo Martindale as moonshiner Mags Bennett, Harlan County's answer to Tony Soprano.

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The Riches: The Lying King (season finale)

by Brett Love, posted Apr 30th 2008 8:22AM

Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard - The Riches(S02E07) I debated whether or not I should follow that post title up with a "kind of" or an "unfortunately." Because really, it is unfortunate that season two was cut short by the strike. If we were gearing up to watch the next six episodes of season two, this would have been a pivotal episode.

With Dahlia's breakdown, Didi rebelling against her father, and the growing tension between Wayne and Quinn, things are building nicely. As a season finale though, I'm left feeling disappointed. Still, "The Lying King" did offer up some good bits to the story. More on that, after the jump.
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The Riches: Slums of Bayou Hills

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 8th 2008 11:03PM
The Riches(S02E04) Use any cliché you want: this is the episode where the chickens come home to roost, the shit hits the fan, the bill comes due, the Malloys have to pay the piper, etc. etc. What we do know at the end of this episode is that Wayne is starting to get in over his head, and even he knows that his conning skills are only going to get him so far. He's been able to dig himself and his family out of the messes they've created to this point, but this one is a doozy. Not only is he going up against a guy that's probably an even bigger con artist than he is, but also this guy doesn't have any semblance of a conscience. Talk about a deadly combination.

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The Riches: Field of Dreams

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 1st 2008 11:06PM
The Riches: Field of Dreams(S02E03) Well, the Malloys are back in Eden Falls, living life as the Riches. And all hell's about to break loose.

That's the situation we have in this episode. Wayne's trying to keep the big deal Hugh brokered alive while Hugh searches for his mojo. Dale is stalking around Panco looking for a job so he can be in on the deal. Only we know that the lummox has some information and a hell of a lot of muscle behind him. And Dahlia is having yet another crisis involving her sense of place in the world. Oh, and then we have the kids: Cael wants out, DiDi wants to fit in, and Sam wonders why there's blood stains on the stairs.

Looks like we're entering the darkest part of the tunnel in this show, aren't we?
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The Riches: Friday Night Lights

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 25th 2008 11:03PM
The Riches: Friday Night Lights(S02E02) For the second week in a row, Wayne spends most of the episode separated from the rest of his family, cleaning up the messes he got in at the end of the first season. In fact, we're pretty much where we left off in last week's season premiere, with Wayne trying to figure out what to do with Hugh and Dale while also trying to figure out how to dispose of poor Pete. Meanwhile, Dahlia, Nina, and the kids try to steal a van but are caught by a stressed out man with a big gun and an itchy trigger finger.

What this sets up is, in a lot of ways, a "scam of the week" episode, something we saw a lot of last season. But I get the feeling this might be the last one we see for a while, mainly because the "big scam," which is Hugh's massive development deal, is going to swallow up not only the Malloys, but everyone around them.
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The Riches: The Last Temptation of Wayne (season premiere)

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 18th 2008 11:03PM
The Riches: The Last Temptation of Wayne(S02E01) As much as I liked the first season of The Riches, I thought the show had a couple of basic flaws. First, it seemed like too many episodes were about the con of the week rather than the "big con," which was the Malloys trying to pass for the Riches. But the most fundamental flaw of the entire first season was that, well... we just didn't find enough of a reason to like the Malloys. As despicable as the characters around them in Eden Falls were, we still felt that they were the victims of this family of Irish Travelers stealing the American Dream.

I think Dimitry Lipkin realized this, as the abbreviated second season of The Riches brings us a number of seedy characters that are so heinous that it makes the Malloys look like heroes. The season premiere just sets the table for what's to come.

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The Riches: Waiting for Dogot (season finale)

by Brett Love, posted Jun 5th 2007 7:08AM
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(S01E13) Well, there you have it. The big finale for the first season of The Riches. The thing that strikes me about the season is how much it was not what I was expecting. What we ended up seeing was very different than what the promotion FX tossed out all those months ago led one to expect. And I think that was a good thing.

This was a much darker show than those voiced over commercials with Wayne and Dahlia walking down the staircase hinted at. The Malloy family has some serious issues. But at the end of the day, they are a family, and that drives everything they do.

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