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TV Casting: John Salley to Guest on 'HawthoRNe'

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 15th 2010 5:00PM
John SalleyExclusive: Basketball star-turned-actor John Salley will scrub in for a guest spot on 'HawthoRNe' season 2, joining a growing list of guest stars that includes Noreen DeWulf, Sara Gilbert, Debi Mazar and Abigail Spencer. Sources close to the show tell AOL TV TV that Salley will play himself in episode 5, in an arc that's being described as "really, really funny." Meanwhile, Robert Wisdom, best known to TV fans as Bunny Colvin on HBO's 'The Wire,' will appear in episode 4 of the show's upcoming season, premiering Tue., Jun. 22, 10PM on TNT. [AOL TV]

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Soaps' Most Famous Dual Roles: Heche, Moore, Canary and More

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 18th 2010 5:00PM
Julianne Moore's return to her role as Frannie Hughes on 'As The World Turns' and the upcoming retirement of David Canary from his part as Adam Chandler on 'All My Children' got us thinking: some of the best performances on daytime television have come from actors who've played dual roles!

Here's a look back at ten stars that have done double-duty (and sometimes more) in TV's most demanding genre.

Anne Heche, 'Another World'
Played:
Marley Love. The sheltered sister of Donna and Peter Love, Marley had traditional teen woes before discovering her family tree had a case of root rot -- Marley was, in reality, Donna's daughter.

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TV Squad Ten: Guiding Light's greatest characters of the last 25 years

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 18th 2009 11:08AM
Kim_Zimmer_Guiding_LightWhen Guiding Light airs its final episode today, it won't just be the end of a remarkable television success story -- one that has endured on radio and TV for 72 years -- it will also lower the curtain on some of the most memorable characters ever. In the past 25 years that I've been watching Guiding Light, I've had the pleasure of watching the likes of Michael Zaslow, Justin Deas, Michelle Forbes and Kim Zimmer portray some of those characters.

So, in honor of what Guiding Light has achieved, the fabulous writers who have created these stories and characters, and in salute of all the wonderful actors who've brought them to life, here's Guiding Light's 10 greatest characters from the past 25 years.

10. Josh Lewis (played by Robert Newman)
With the creation of Joshua, the Lewis family became a foundation in Springfield, as integral as the Bauers and the Spauldings, and Josh was the key. He started as a young, upstart oilman with a romantic streak and over time has morphed from a business tycoon to a minister. And through all the years, he's had one great love, Reva Shayne.

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True Blood: Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (season finale)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 14th 2009 5:00AM
True Blood, Michelle Forbes, Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

(S02E12) "You may be the strongest, oldest vampire in my queendom, but if I wanted, I could own your fangs as earrings." - The Vampire Queen to Eric

We've come to the end of season two of True Blood, and I'm glad to see the Maryann storyline end (this is no spoiler; Alan Ball talked about it in my interview with him; and yes, Michelle Forbes is a fantastic actress). On the other hand, I'm sad to see True Blood ending and will wait impatiently for season three to start.

But this finale brought an end to a few storylines and set things up nicely for new ones in season three. After the jump, the episode review and your comments. Don't click through if you haven't watched the episode yet!

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True Blood: Frenzy

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 31st 2009 4:55AM
True Blood - Frenzy
(S02E11) "I am gonna kick that bitch's evil ass out of my gran's house, and then you are gonna shoot her." Sookie to Lafayette, about Maryann


Well, they didn't make us wait, and picked up with True Blood right where we left off last week, with Bill walking in on the vampire queen, played deliciously by Evan Rachel Wood. And ... is the vampire queen a lesbian? There were certainly some sexual overtones with her sucking blood out of the girl's leg, and then later saying, "I haven't enjoyed sex with men since the Eisenhower administration." Then again, she did ask Bill if he wanted to have sex, and he politely declined. He also declined her suggestion that he feed on the girl.

"What gives you the right to say no to the femoral blood of a good woman?" she asks. "You know what your problem is, William? You're a snob. Tiny, tiny souls. Or penises. Or both."

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True Blood: New World in My View

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 24th 2009 2:04AM
True Blood: New World in My View

(S02E10) "Jesus and I agreed to see other people, but that doesn't mean we don't still talk from time to time." - Lafayette to Tara's mom, praying over a spellbound Tara


I'm as hooked on Eric as the next girl, but I must admit, I felt a little protective of Bill during that opening scene. Sookie comforting Eric and kissing his blood-tear-stained face over the loss of Godric was sweet, but emotional. If and when that day comes, I'm not sure who I'll be rooting for: Eric or Bill. It would definitely be a tough choice for Sookie.

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True Blood: I Will Rise Up

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 17th 2009 5:05AM
True Blood - I Will Rise Up
(S02E09) "I don't know what you is, but I'm feelin' you, and you a soulless bitch." - Lafayette to Maryann


After so many slam-dunk episodes of True Blood in a row, this one kind of leveled off a little. Still a great episode, just not super-great. But ... there were a few super-great scenes. We'll talk about those after the jump, so those who wish to remain spoiler-free don't yell at me ...

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True Blood: Timebomb

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 10th 2009 2:03AM
True Blood - Timebomb, Hoyt and Jessica

(S02E08) "It grew back." - Jessica to Hoyt

You know, I never really thought about it, but Jessica is in a really interesting situation. She was a virgin when she was turned, so of course, each new time she makes love, it's going to "heal up," and she'll have to start from scratch, so to speak. What an awful predicament!

It's not so bad for Hoyt, who seems happy that "every time will be like our first time." Not so for Jessica, who says, "But it'll hurt like hell. I'm a fucking deformity of nature. I'm gonna be a virgin forever."

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True Blood: Release Me

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 3rd 2009 7:52AM
True Blood - Release Me

(S02E07) "Feeling sorry for things is just an excuse not to celebrate your own happiness." - Maryann


Ok, I take back my earlier comment about trying to reconcile the fact that Maryann isn't a villain. She IS a villain, and just because SHE doesn't think she's a villain doesn't make it all ok. So there. Her actions are causing other people to forget what's transpired, do bad things, and break peoples' arms. That's just not right, Maryann. Just not right.

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True Blood: What the heck is Maryann?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 2nd 2009 11:04PM
Michelle Forbes in True BloodThere's been quite a bit of discussion about what sort of creature Maryann is on True Blood. While some TV Squad readers speculated that she's a Circe -- or rather, THE Circe -- Michelle Forbes, who plays the character, set the record straight in a TV Guide interview in mid-July.

She's a maenad, which, according to Wikipedia, were the female followers of Dionysus in Greek mythology. "Their name literally translates as 'raving ones.' Often the maenads were portrayed as inspired by him into a state of ecstatic frenzy, through a combination of dancing and drunken intoxication. In this state, they would lose all self-control, begin shouting excitedly, engage in uncontrolled sexual behavior, and ritualistically hunt down and tear animals (and sometimes men and children) to pieces, devouring the raw flesh."

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True Blood: Hard-Hearted Hannah

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 27th 2009 4:38AM
True Blood - Hard-Hearted Hannah

(S02E06) "In person, she looks like vanilla pudding." - Sookie to Hugo, describing Sarah Newlin

Disturbing. Sexy. Gross. Creepy. Mysterious. Musical. Scary. Funny. How a show can pack so much into one hour is beyond me. We'll start with the amazing Alan Ball and work our way down through the actors, writers, and the rest of the crew. I'm sure even craft services has a spread of delicious food for these folks every day.

I fell in love with season one of True Blood, and each episode of season two keeps raising the bar higher and higher. This was the best one yet, with plenty of new drama, mystery and, yes, disturbing stuff.

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True Blood: Never Let Me Go

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 20th 2009 4:20AM
True Blood - Never Let Me Go

(S02E05) "There's enough people in my brain already. You're on your own." - Barry to Sookie, who says she can teach him how to control his telepathy


So ... some of our beloved True Blood characters are finding new cohorts just like them. We now know that Daphne is a shapeshifter, which is causing her and Sam to grow even that much closer (and those two are pretty hot together!). I'm not sure I totally trust her, though maybe she'll help Sam to feel better about his lot in life. She seems to have no issues with her abilities, and it was sexy hearing their foreplay talk about how they feel right before they shift.

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True Blood: Shake and Fingerpop

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 13th 2009 3:58AM
True Blood - Shake and Fingerpop

(S02E04) "Evil is making the pre-medicated choice to be a dick." - Jason

TV Squad has THE smartest readers on the Web. I'm even more sure of that after reading the comments about last week's episode, "Scratches."

Nancy said Maryann appears to be a Circe, and Crystal backed her up, noting, "Most notably, Circe turned Odysseus' crew into swine, but she had the power to concoct potions and cast spells to turn humans into any animal, which we saw when she forced Sam to shape shift against his will. Inviting her victims to a sumptuous feast to dispense her "Circean poison" is her classic trap."

There's no doubt that's exactly what happened in last night's episode, with Tara's birthday feast, culminating in Maryann doing her shaky thing that caused everyone to act like animals, whether they were smearing food all over themselves or having mad sex. Perhaps Eggs impregnated Tara with ... something ... ? Maybe that's why he's called "Eggs." And what was up with Maryann clawing the earth, then having her hands grow those three long fingers? Is that a characteristic of a Circe?

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True Blood: Scratches

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 29th 2009 3:55AM
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in True Blood - Scratches

(S02E03) "He can do it. I'm wearin' my favorite pumps." - Pam to Eric, when he asked her and Chow to go troll the woods for the bull-creature

I could hear Lou Grant in my head during this episode of True Blood, saying "Sookie, you've got spunk." Only instead of hating Sookie's spunk, I'm loving it. I'd like to have just half the spunk Sookie's got. Last season, she not only buried her grandma and cleaned up all that blood in her kitchen, but she has no problem getting out of a car after fighting with Bill and stomping off into the night, knowing there are weird creatures out there. Ok, maybe not the smartest move on her part, but it did lead to good results for Lafayette.

Those were some serious scratches Sookie had after the bull creature attacked her. I hope True Blood gets an Emmy nod for makeup, because they really do a good job with the blood and guts, not to mention mouth-foaming on Sookie's part in this episode.

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True Blood: Keep This Party Going

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 22nd 2009 5:20AM
True Blood - Keep This Party Going

Well, eeewwww! I hope nobody was eating dinner during this episode, because there were some real gross-out scenes. The opener with a chained-in-the-basement Lafayette being hit by a severed arm and watching Erik drool large amounts of blood was bad enough. But later when Lafayette foraged through the guy's severed leg to find a piece of metal (at least, I think it was metal) to jimmy his chain lock open ... well, I was seriously cringing.

I'm really trying not to reveal spoilers on the front page, but there's not a whole lot about True Blood that isn't a spoiler. I guess I could talk about Bill and Sookie having makeup sex and post-sex pillow talk, and how interesting it was to Bill ... nah, that's just not interesting enough on its own for pre-jump text.

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