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Washington to guest on Bionic Woman, signs NBC development deal

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 16th 2007 8:04AM
Isaiah WashingtonDespite being fired from Grey's Anatomy and blaming everyone but himself for his predicament, it looks like Isaiah Washington is landing firmly on his feet.

According to USA Today, NBC is set to announce that they've signed the actor to a development deal; under the deal, Washington will star in an action drama that he pitched the network, starting in the 2008-09 season. In the meantime, he will have a guest role on the network's upcoming remake of The Bionic Woman, playing a mysterious figure that will either help or hurt the main character, Jamie Sommers. He's signed for at least five episodes.

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Steve Coogan joins Curb Your Enthusiasm cast

by Julia Ward, posted Mar 7th 2007 3:34PM
Steve CooganSteve Coogan, creator of enduring BBC comedy character Alan Partridge and director Michael Winterbottom's apparent muse, is joining the cast of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm as a psychiatrist. According to the ever reliable and always tasteful Sun, Coogan is a huge fan of the show and jumped at the chance to play opposite David.

If you haven't seen Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story or Knowing Me, Knowing You... Alan Partridge, I must insist that you leave TV Squad immediately, join Netflix and get started on your own personal Coogan marathon. It's rare that I say this about anyone media-related other than Joss Whedon, but the man is a genius. My fandom cannot be stopped.

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Artie Lange news: He'll be a guest on Rescue Me

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 6th 2007 4:24PM
Artie LangeI don't know why I'm so fascinated by Artie Lange's career. Maybe it's because I listen to him every day on Howard Stern's Sirius radio show and I get a daily dose of Lange's everyguy persona and funny wisecracks. I'm also fascinated by the fact that, while he's doggedly determined to be a success in his comedy career, he is pretty much unable to resist just about every temptation known to man, from drugs to gambling to food to booze. Yet, no matter how addicted he is, he is so open about his life that he's been able to endear himself to the show's fans, and his career has taken off as a result.

Case in point: he announced this morning that he'll guest star on six episodes of Rescue Me this season, playing a fireman buddy of Denis Leary's character of Tommy Gavin. Perhaps this is part of the development deal Lange signed with FOX last year, as the show is on FX. But it may just be a part of the fact that, no matter what he gets into in his personal life, producers know that Artie has a following and can deliver a good performance. Either way, it's good to see him getting more and more work. He just needs to get some sleep and stop being so "sick," as he has been lately.

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Ugly Betty: Derailed

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 16th 2007 1:37AM
Derailed Ugly Betty(S01E16) To quote Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill and as The Chin on Ugly Betty, "You didn't think it was going to be that easy, did you?" Tonight's theme - "it's complicated." I ended my review last week by saying this, but I think it bears repeating. Watching good TV can be an emotionally masochistic endeavor. One of the first lessons you learn in "how to be a TV writer" class is to put the screws to your characters. This lesson is often phrased as, "Give the audience what they want, and then take it away." This week's episode was all about giving us what we wanted and taking it away. Betty opens up to Henry about her feelings for him. Done. Christina catches a break. Done. Alexis gets to feel a little human connection post-op. Done. Justin gets to see Hairspray. Done. Hope you enjoyed it because now those cruel, cruel writers are going to make us regret that we ever wanted those things to happen in the first place.

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Jennifer Aniston to guest star on Dirt

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 16th 2007 8:08AM
jennifer anistonFormer Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox reunite on the small screen for the season finale of Cox's new show, Dirt. F/X announced yesterday that Aniston will play a character named Tina Harrod, the editor of a magazine that rivals Lucy Spiller's (Cox's) DirtNow gossip mag. Aniston's role marks her first return to television since Friends went off the air in 2004. Aniston appears on the season finale, which airs Tuesday, March 27th.

So far, Dirt has averaged about 3 million viewers for its first two episodes. Do you think Aniston's appearance brings in more viewers?

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Is Tim Meadows everywhere these days or is it me?

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 6th 2006 11:48AM
Tim MeadowsAfter he ended his long run on Saturday Night Live in 2000, it seemed like Tim Meadows followed the career path most former SNLers go down; in other words, he faded into the background.

Now it looks like Meadows has come back, but stealthily so. He's been all over TV over the last year or so, but in small supporting or guest roles. For instance, last year, he was in a great episode of The Office, playing a client that Michael Scott schmoozes over drinks at the local Chili's. He's also has been a few episodes of Help Me Help You, playing a character named Petey. He also made a reality push this past summer, as a contestant on Gameshow Marathon and a judge during the early rounds of Last Comic Standing.

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Ugly Betty: Trust, Lust, and Must

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 3rd 2006 11:49AM
Ugly Betty: Trust, Lust, and Must(S01E06) One of the reasons I like Ugly Betty is that the characters aren't "TV stupid." You know what I mean: instances where the main character or one of the side characters blithely accepts someone's help without even considering why that person is offering help or what their motives might be. Or characters that continue to be played for suckers even though everyone around them, including the audience, start screaming for the person to wake the eff up.

But Betty is different. Betty knows that Wilhelmina's offer to pay for her dad's legal services was done to help drive a wedge between her and Daniel. Whilhelmina knows that her daughter Nikko is acting out when she gets thrown out of boarding schools and shoplifts. And Amanda is smart enough to know that Daniel is never going to settle down with her... he's looking for bigger fish to boink.

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Chris Gorham guests on Ugly Betty starting tonight

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 26th 2006 11:38AM
Chris GorhamBeing an entertainment journalist (or writer, or blogger, or crayon scratcher... whatever you want to call it) sometimes yields some unexpected e-mails. After I interviewed actor Christopher Gorham six months ago, I somehow landed on his e-mail distribution list; I guess after his CBS sitcom, Out of Practice, got cancelled, he wanted to make sure people knew where to find him on the TV dial. God bless the Internet; you can be your own PR rep with just an e-mail account and a huge text based list of addresses. I do it all the time.

Anyway, he shot out a note to let people know that he will pop up tonight as a guest star on Ugly Betty. It's the first of a series of appearances as Henry, a nerdy accountant who has a little crush on Betty. To be honest, when I saw the teaser for this episode, I didn't even come close to recognizing him. Looking forward to seeing him; I liked him on OOP, and I think he's a pretty good actor, despite what others have said.

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Edward Furlong joins CSI:NY, writers lose their minds

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 1st 2006 10:17AM
edward furlongEdward Furlong will have a recurring role on CBS' CSI:NY this season. He'll play Shane Casey, a young man who is somehow involved in the investigation of a serial killer. The description of the actual storyline makes me think the CSI writers have lost their minds: "where a serial killer uses trendy t-shirts as inspiration for his grisly murders." Do they mean those innocuous t-shirts from American Eagle, etc. that are either retro or don't mean a damn thing? How will a vintage Miami Vice t-shirt have a role in a murder?

In case you're wondering who Edward Furlong is... he had a brilliant role a few years ago as Edward Norton's hateful younger brother in American History X, but you may also recognize him as a young John Connor in Terminator 2. Oh, and he was arrested in 2004 for freeing lobsters from a restaurant tank.

Furlong's first CSI:NY episode airs Wednesday, Oct. 11.

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Diahann Carroll to guest star on Grey's Anatomy

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 21st 2006 11:35AM
Diahann CarrollAh, Shonda. How you tease us. Apparently, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes let a little tidbit drop about the upcoming season of her hit show: Diahann Carroll, of Dynasty and Julia fame, will guest star some time next year. Only Shonda won't reveal exactly what role she'll play.

Rhimes revealed the casting news as critics toured the Grey's set, in one of those side trips from the press tour that critics like to make their readers think they took on their own. I can just see it now: a herd of critics, standing among hospital beds, eagerly asking Rhimes repeated questions about next season and Carroll's role, using different wording each time to try to trip her up, and Shonda just stonewalling. Yikes. Hope someone took the time to ask Shonda about that ridiculous finale...

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Whoopi Goldberg to guest star on Everybody Hates Chris

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 17th 2006 9:59PM
Whoopi GoldbergAmong the other details the CW network gave to critics gathered at the TCA press tour today -- the network will open its first fall schedule with America's Next Top Model on September 20th, and the network will air original wraparound segments during commercial breaks -- the new network announced that Whoopi Goldbert will be guest starring in two epiosdes of Everybody Hates Chris. According to the network press release about the move (which they sent to me directly! Look, Ma, I'm somebody now!), Goldberg "will play Louise, a woman from Queens who moves in next door to Chris' family, and whose granddaughter is the latest object of Chris' affections."

Say what you will about Whoopi, but her strength has always been comedic acting; she even had some funny moments during her much-maligned and short-lived NBC series Whoopi. So, paired up with the fine writing talents of Chris Rock and his staff on Chris, Whoopi's guest stint might actually be pretty good. It might actually help me remember to watch the show, which I had a lot of trouble doing last year.

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Lost's 'Walt' on next week's SVU

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 30th 2005 1:08PM
The child actor who plays Walt on Lost has a starring role on next week's Law and Order: SVU. He's even the topic of the promo that was played after last Tuesday's rerun. The promo said something like, "starring Lost's Malcolm David Kelley." Lost isn't even on NBC, yet NBC apparently recognized how big Lost is for ABC and it's trying to capitalize on the success by casting Kelley in a guest role. Of course, Kelley has all sorts of time on his hands these days, except for the random appearances where he's speaking backwards and spitting out water. On SVU, he plays a kid who is traumatized after witnessing a shooting and then gets into a little trouble himself (NBC's website gives away the entire story). Malcolm has some good acting chops and I'm excited to see the episode, which airs Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 10/9c. I would watch it anyway because I really dig SVU. Is Kelley's appearance going to get any of you Lost fans to watch SVU?

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