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Swoosie Kurtz: My 'Mike & Molly' Role Tickles My 'Sexual Funny Bone' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 28th 2011 6:45PM
Swoosie Kurtz says she loves her 'Mike & Molly' character on 'The Talk'Swoosie Kurtz loves playing Joyce Flynn, Molly's sexually free, outspoken mom on 'Mike & Molly.' Kurtz said Thursday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) that she takes pride in how her character busts the mom stereotype, calling Joyce "the naughtiest, bawdiest, juiciest woman on television of my age rank."

Sharon Osbourne, who is 58, agreed, saying she related to the character, which Kurtz seemed happy to hear. "It's just so wonderful to be able to see, to allow a woman in my age range to be so sexually, wildly inappropriate but outspoken," said Kurtz. "We're so used to seeing it from hot, upscale young women in New York City, like on 'Sex and the City,' and you kind of expect that. I just think it's wonderful."

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'American Dad' -- Let the Restaurant Wars Begin! (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 15th 2010 8:45AM
'American Dad' -- Let the Restaurant Wars Begin!Stupid dreams are important. Without the main character suddenly launching into a new obsession, we'd barely have any episodes of 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy,' -- or 'American Dad,' for that matter. And on the new episode of 'A.D.' (Sun., 9:30PM ET on Fox), Stan Smith is inspired by -- what else? -- an idiotic childhood dream.

Ever since he was a kid, Stan has held onto a single happy memory -- his mom (guest Swoosie Kurtz) taking him out for dessert after his father abandoned them. Inspired by this, Stan opens his own restaurant, but has no idea how to make it work. So he enlists "lovable" alien Roger to assist him.

Of course, in the annals of bad 'American Dad' ideas, "embarking on a crazy dream" is followed only by "asking Roger for help" ... in terms of things that lead to disaster.

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'Mike & Molly': Sex and Popcorn (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 2nd 2010 1:21AM
'Mike & Molly': Sex and PopcornThere's nothing like the first long weekend together. On 'Mike & Molly' (9:30PM ET on CBS), the pair enjoys a two-day getaway as a new couple, doing all the "standard" romantic things: having sex, talking about feet ... rolling around on top of popcorn. (Note: your own "standard" romantic experience may differ from Mike and Molly's.)

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Things are going well, as policeman Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) spends some "sexy time" with teacher Molly Flynn. But when the weekend is over, Mike has trouble letting go. Not that this presents a huge problem for Molly (Melissa McCarthy).

When it's time for Molly to leave, Mike makes an impromptu speech, listing his favorite things about their time together -- which includes the pair eating "kettle corn" ... in bed. He continues: "My favorite part of this weekend was waking up in the morning, seeing you laying next to me ... your tiny feet popping out of the covers. ... The 'other stuff' was great, but that's the memory I'll be keeping 'right here,'" Mike says, pointing to his heart.

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Role Models' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted May 4th 2010 10:21AM

Chuck(S03E15) The first major thought that occurred to me after watching tonight's episode was that if Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz got a spin-off series about their characters, the Turners, I would watch it. The conversation between them was hilarious. For all we know, this could very well have been a back door pilot for them. They're the 'Gary Seven' of 'Chuck.'

Obviously, agents are tempted to cross the line time to time (that's what happened with Shaw not too long ago). It's interesting how age leads to more self-justification in the matter. Doesn't the CIA or NSA have a decent pension plan?

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Heroes: Acceptance

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2009 1:19AM
Heroes
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What are you doing with your life? Are you happy with what you do every day, 40 or more hours a week? If not, then you're not truly living your life, you're living someone else's. Only when you realize that this life is a gift and it's so much shorter than any of us can possibly realize, can you truly start to live for yourself. Take a risk. Do what you want. Do what makes you happy.

That's pretty heady stuff, but it was apparently on the Heroes writers' minds tonight, because that's exactly what this episode was about. And it turned out pretty well. There were moments of true growth for several of our characters, some good and some probably not so good.

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Nurse Jackie: Tiny Bubbles

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 14th 2009 7:21AM
Nurse Jackie - Tiny Bubbles

(S01E06) "Nonsense. Nothing is better if I leave." - O'Hara to Nurse Jackie


Come on, people! I'm not getting much comment love on my Nurse Jackie reviews. Is no one watching the show? Because I'm sort of loving it at this point.

Well, I guess it had to happen. It was a sure bet that we'd get a storyline where Jackie plays Dr. Kevorkian and helps a patient end their life. I have to think there's no way that crusty old Nurse Korsenowski would have done well in palliative care. Why not let her go out in dignity?

Jackie is all about breaking the rules for the good of the patient, but was this really for the good of the patient? I think it was, and the "do no harm" thing would have been if she hadn't helped her die. It would have done more harm for her to go into hospice. Thoughts, please!

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Spoilers Anonymous

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 11th 2009 10:05AM

This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com, or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

Note that over the summer, Spoilers Anonymous will be published every two weeks due to production hiatus for most TV series. Weekly columns will resume in August.

This week we have spoilers for: Big Love, Brothers & Sisters, CSI: Miami, Desperate Housewives, Fringe, Glee, Gossip Girl, Heroes, Law & Order: SVU, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, One Tree Hill, and The Mentalist. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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Heroes: Cold Snap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 24th 2009 12:40AM
Heroes -
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Hey, it's the episode that Swoosie Kurtz is guesting in. It's so exciting. Bryan Fuller from Pushing Daisies is back on board Heroes, though I'm not sure if his influence is felt yet, and now we get one of its stars in a big, important role where she ... um ... well ... she was there. Luckily, they more than made up for that with the revelation of Rebel's real identity. And I can tell you that many of you were dead on as to who it is. And some more of you were wrong.

Once again, our focus was tightened this episode, but the reason for leaving out many of our favorite cast members was pretty plausible. They were unavailable, as it were. With Nathan outed, Danko's control of the whole project was solidified, and I guess he no longer has any government oversight? And it still wasn't made clear if that means Danko outed Nathan to the President, or really anyone. But that doesn't mean we weren't treated to a lot of things, cool powers and dramatic moments.

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Desperate Housewives: The Story of Lucy and Jessie

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 16th 2009 12:20AM
Desperate Housewives(S05E17) "If he ever lost you, it would destroy him." - Dave to Katherine about Mike

Dave's storyline wasn't the main attraction this week, but it's still the storyline that interests me the most. Dave's plan hit a speed bump while Edie learned more about who her husband really is.

The other storylines were entertaining but not new, since Gaby once again tricked people to get what she wanted, Bree tried to keep appearances up while Susan ended up in a sticky situation.

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Swoosie Kurtz is Pushing her way into a guest spot on Heroes

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 9th 2009 7:06PM
Swoosie KurtzIt looks like Bryan Fuller feels bad for the cast of Pushing Daisies, so now that he's returning to Heroes later this year, he's decided to start bringing them with him. First up, Swoosie Kurtz will be appearing in an episode in April written by Fuller himself. No word on whether the eye patch will be joining her. Considering the generational dynamic established on the show, Kurtz is a great casting choice. Her role will be that of an old society friend of Angela Petrelli. There's already a similarity to Kurtz' character on Daisies and the way Cristine Rose plays Ma Petrelli.

While casting isn't usually a huge deal by itself, with the way Heroes has been received this past year, any move on the beleaguered show is being scrutinized. People are cautiously optimistic that Fuller can reinvigorate the show, though why those people weren't watching Daisies if they loved him so much I'll never know. And with a cast as huge as this, any addition is also scrutinized. Of course, for now this is a one-episode appearance, but Fuller has indicated it's being written in such a way that she could return.

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Pushing Daisies: The Norwegians

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 18th 2008 9:01AM
Pushing Daisies(S02E10) "Chuck's father is alive?" - Olive

I'm sad. Even if, contrary to what I reported a few weeks back, Pushing Daisies' final episode ever - episode 2.13 - will offer some closure to most characters thanks to last minute editing and retooling, I'm sad as "The Norwegians" could very well have been the last episode we will see of the series on a TV screen. ABC claims it plans to air the final three hours as a block sometime in the near future but fans know networks can change their mind rather quickly, especially when money talks. Will ABC live up to its promise? Will they put the episodes online? Or, worse, will we have to wait months and months to watch them on DVD?

No matter the answers to these questions, we should cherish "The Norwegians" as we don't know when we will see our favorite pie maker and his crew next. One thing is for sure, the episode gave us a lot of action and left us saying "WTF?" and "OMG!"

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Pushing Daisies: The Legend of Merle McQuoddy

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 11th 2008 12:08PM
Ned and Chuck(S02E09) "We're so together electrons couldn't get between us." - Chuck to Ned on the roof

Is it all right for me to say right up front that I don't like Charles Charles? Bear in mind, I'm not one of the "I want Ned and Chuck to wind up together" crowd. I'm with Olive; I want Ned to realize that Olive is the girl for him, but I digress.

The point remains that my blood was really boiling as I watched Mr. Charles threatening Ned, warning him to never see Chuck again, and even going after Ned physically -- with a broom! For a dead guy, the swaddled Mr. Charles sure is a pushy S.O.B.

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Pushing Daisies: Robbing Hood

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 27th 2008 12:31AM
Pushing Daisies
(S02E07) "You'd have to watch him die all over again." - Ned to Chuck

The case of the week was interesting and fun to watch unfold, however, it's not what we will remember about this week's installment of the soon-to-be-ending Pushing Daisies. What we will remember is how Dwight discovered that Chuck is alive, Lily fuming and drinking to a point that she points a gun at Dwight and decides to take matters in her own hands, and that oh so not important little scene in which Chuck and Ned unearth Charles Charles.

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Pushing Daisies: Bad Habits

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 15th 2008 11:25PM
Pushing Daisies
(S02E03) "Is a matter of heaven and hell." - Olive

Olive thought the case of the week was a matter of heaven and hell. Personally, I think it was more a case of secrets and lies for both the nunnery members and the lead characters. The investigation unearthed one nun's secrets as the reunion of Olive and the other main characters allowed her to deal with two of the secrets she has been hiding and move on.


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Star-studded cast in Lifetime original movie

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 16th 2008 5:20PM
Harry Connick, Jr. Emmy and Grammy award winner Harry Connick, Jr. will star in the Lifetime original movie called Living Proof. The movie, currently being filmed in Connick's hometown of New Orleans, is produced by Renee Zellweger, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who all worked on Chicago together. The film is about Dr. Dennis Slamon, the UCLA doctor who developed a drug for breast cancer. Living Proof tells the true story of this doctor's struggle to keep the drug trials going and save the lives of thousands of women.

Harry Connick, Jr. is joined by Amanda Bynes (Hairspray), Angie Harmon (Women's Murder Club), Swoosie Kurtz (Pushing Daisies), Bernadette Peters (Boston Legal), Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie), Regina King (Ray), Tammy Blanchard (Life with Judy Garland: Me and my Shadows), John Benjamin Hickey (Flags of Our Fathers), Paula Cale (Providence) and Trudie Styler (Empire).

The film will air in October as Lifetime's centerpiece for the network's annual awareness campaign Stop Breast Cancer for Life.

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