- At 8, ABC has a new episode of The Bachelorette, then the season premiere of The Mole.
- NBC has the Red Wings/Penguins Stanley Cup Game at 8.
- TCM has Sydney Pollack movies starting at 8: The Slender Thread and Three Days of the Condor.
- At 9, Lifetime has the new movie The Capture of the Green River Killer.
- USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
- Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9, followed by a new Verminators.
- GSN has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
- G4 Rewind debuts at 9 on G4.
- Also at 9: TV Land has a Mad About You marathon.
- At 10, VH-1 has the series premiere of Legally Blonde: The Search For Elle Woods.
Check your local TV listings for more.
Sadly, the cancer that fell Sydney Pollack was one that didn't respond to treatment.
On Monday, TCM will show Sydney Pollack's directorial debut in features, 1965's The Slender Thread starring Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft. In the same year, he won an Emmy for directing The Game, part of the Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater anthology series. On TV, he'd also done Ben Casey and The Fugitive episodes, learning his craft.
Although TV fans would know him from his role as Will's dad on Will and Grace, he was also, of course, an acclaimed film director, helming such movies as Three Days of the Condor (one of my favorite films), Tootsie, Out of Africa, The Way We Were, The Firm, Havana, Absence of Malice, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Jeremiah Johnson, and The Interpreter. He also directed several TV shows back in the 60s, including The Fugitive, Ben Casey, Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Defenders, Slattery's People, and many others.
Pollack's other acting roles included spots on The Sopranos, King of the Hill, Frasier, Mad About You, Playhouse 90, and The Twilight Zone, along with the movies Michael Clayton, Eyes Wide Shut, Husbands and Wives, A Civil Action, Death Becomes Her, and The Player. His last acting role was in this year's Made of Honor and his last directing job was 2005's Sketches of Frank Gehry.
Pollack died of cancer this afternoon in Pacific Palisades, CA. He was 73.
(S04E11) "Ninety-seven minutes, E." - Drama
It just keeps getting better. Like everyone else, I've complained here and there about some of the mediocre episodes that have aired this summer. However, it's hard to stay angry when we get one like this. It was perfect really. Hands down, one of the best written episodes of Entourage -- spanning all four seasons. Think about it. When was the last episode that flawlessly integrated every character into the action as well as guest spots from Kanye West, Sydney Pollack, and Anna Faris?
Last April I told you Sydney Pollack was attached to direct HBO's "dramatic re-imagining" of the 2000 election kerfuffle in Florida.
Pollack has stepped away from the director's chair for personal reasons, and Austin Powers director Jay Roach has stepped in. Pollack will remain as an executive producer, however.
- At 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by another Lost recap show, then a new 20/20.
- CBS has a new Jericho at 8, followed by new eps of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
- NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Kidnapped.
- There's a new Bones on FOX at 8, followed by a new Justice.
- The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, followed by the season premiere of One Tree Hill.
- At 9, PBS has a new American Masters, "Sketches of Frank Gehry."
- Larry King interviews Clay Aiken on CNN at 9.
- Food Network has the special Cereal-Scapes at 9, followed by new eps of Good Eats and Ham on the Street.
- At 10, A&E has a new Criss Angel Mindfreak.
- IFC has Jesus' Son at 10.
- Bravo has a new Project Runway at 10.
- Also at 10: HBO has a new Inside the NFL.
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