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Jennifer Beals Joins 'Castle' For Two-Parter, Lisa Rinna Returning to 'Days of Our Lives' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 12th 2011 4:30PM
Jami Gertz CastleJennifer Beals is heading to 'Castle.'

Beals, who viewers last saw in 'The Chicago Code,' will appear in two episodes of the ABC drama as Sophia Conrad, "a smart, commanding and sexy CIA operative," TV Guide reports.

Beals' character has a past with Richard Castle and joins him and Beckett to search for a CIA agent who has gone rogue. The rogue agent is a key suspect in a murder case Beckett and Castle are trying to solve.

Beals' episodes will air as a two-parter in February.

In other casting news ...

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Who Should Replace Lisa Edelstein on 'House'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 23rd 2011 4:00PM
Lisa Edelstein, 'House'Cuddy has always been the voice of reason at Princeton Plainsboro, but next season there'll be a new boss on 'House.'

Lisa Edelstein, the actress whose character has bickered with (and eventually hooked up with) Dr. House, will not be returning for the show's eighth -- and likely final -- season. Instead, we just learned she'll be headed to 'The Good Wife.'

We know Huddy fans don't want to think about it, but who could ever replace her? It's possible they could promote from within, but they probably don't want to ruin the team dynamic either. And if they bumped Wilson up to bossman status, that would certainly complicate his friendship with House even more.

So we've come up with a list of strong contenders ... all women, as it turns out, so I guess we like that sexual tension, too. I mean, someone's gonna have to be the soft feminine shoulder for House to cry on when his favorite sparring partner says goodbye, right?

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Jennifer Beals Goes on Ride-Alongs for 'Chicago Code' Role (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 16th 2011 1:00PM
While preparing for her role in 'The Chicago Code,' Jennifer Beals said she went with police on ride-alongs as a way to bring authenticity to her character of Teresa Colvin. But, if she learned anything, it's that being a cop is an extremely difficult job, she said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

"I spent time on ride-alongs with detectives, watching them how they set up crime scenes, how they interviewed people, and, you know, tried to learn as much as I could from them," said Beals. "I realized that in real life I would last, really, 30 seconds."

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Jennifer Beals and Billy Bush Flirt on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 8th 2011 1:15PM
Jennifer Beals Billy Bush FlirtBilly Bush mentions the favorable PEOPLE Magazine review given to Jennifer Beals' new show 'The Chicago Code' and asks the actress to explain the buzz surrounding the cop drama. But, Beals' foot slips off her stool and she finds herself too smitten by Bush to answer on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated).

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'The Chicago Code' Series Premiere Recap

by Piet Levy, posted Feb 8th 2011 6:45AM
'The Chicaog Code' S01/E01['The Chicago Code' - 'Pilot']

If you did an inventory of the top creative minds that ushered in The Golden Age of Television, Shawn Ryan would have to be on the top of that list. Ryan's gritty, provocative cop show 'The Shield,' featuring Michael Chiklis as one of the TV's greatest all-time antiheroes, was the first basic cable drama to showcase the kind of cinematic urgency we'd come to expect from movies and HBO. Now we expect nothing less from FX, the network that brought 'The Shield' into our living rooms.

One can expect less, however, from FOX, the network airing Ryan's return to the cop drama, 'The Chicago Code'. It's not that FOX hasn't shown its fair share of solid dramas, it's just that a show on a broadcast network can't explore as many nuanced, dark themes, or get away with as much, as a cable network like FX.

In its first hour, 'Code' wasn't as revelatory as 'The Shield.' But it's definitely ambitious, keen on addressing corruption on top of the standard chases, gun play, detective work and bursts of tough guy bravado. And, as a Chicago guy, it's great to watch a show about Chicago that was actually shot there.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Cast and Creator of 'The Chicago Code' Talk About Taking On the Windy City

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 7th 2011 11:15AM
Ten episodes into shooting 'The Chicago Code' (9PM ET Monday, Fox), Matt Lauria was still having a little trouble handcuffing bad guys.

"The cuffing is really hard," said Lauria on the show's Chicago set last November. "Every time I screw it up -- the shirt gets stuck in there or something."

But Lauria ('Friday Night Lights') and Jason Clarke ('Brotherhood'), who play cop partners Caleb Evers and Jarek Wysocki in the Fox drama, received on-the-job training from the show's police advisor, Detective John Folino, said that Lauria's handcuffing skills had improved a lot.

"It was a challenge, but he worked really hard on it," said Folino, a 12-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

Lauria wasn't the only one to struggle with those bracelets, at least. It takes hundreds of arrests before slapping on the cuffs is second nature for real police officers, Folino said. And Lauria's eager character, a young detective partnered with the gruff but legendary Wysocki, still has a lot to learn.

"The advantage of working with Jarek Wysocki that he's the best in the business, and you learn from the best," Lauria said. "The disadvantage is there's a lot that's unexpected, and some things might put you at personal risk."

A lot of things put the characters at risk in 'The Chicago Code,' in particular the quest of the city's new police superintendent, Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals), to clean up Chicago's notoriously entrenched corruption.

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Review: 'The Chicago Code' Shows Potential on an Exciting Ride Through the Windy City

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 3rd 2011 3:15PM
The new cop drama 'The Chicago Code' (9PM ET Monday, Fox) resembles its lead characters: It's focused, determined and ambitious -- and sometimes it tries to do too much. Still, the handsome 'Code' succeeds far more often than it strikes out.

Though much of it set in the world of the Chicago Police Department, it would be unfair to call this worthy drama from Shawn Ryan ('The Shield,' 'Terriers,' 'The Unit') a police procedural. A significant chunk of the story is devoted to police superintendent Teresa Colvin's efforts to combat corruption in the Windy City. To assist her in that lonely cause, the steely Colvin (Jennifer Beals) recruits her old partner, Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke), a tenacious detective well known for his headstrong ways.

Together, they take on a powerful alderman, Ronin Gibbons (Delroy Lindo), a very well-connected shotcaller in the world of Chicago politics. This trio of increasingly interesting characters form the core of the show, and, in the three episodes Fox sent for review, any time Beals, Clarke or Lindo occupied the screen, 'Code' crackled with intriguing potential.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'The Chicago Code' and 'Justified'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 3rd 2011 1:45PM
There are only two shows discussed in this week's Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan podcast, but I think you'll agree they're worth talking about in depth.

In the first 28 minutes of the podcast, we talked about 'The Chicago Code,' a good, new Shawn Ryan drama that premieres 9PM ET Monday on Fox (look for my review and a feature about the show in the next day or so).

In the second half (about 26 minutes), Ryan McGee and I gabbed about 'Justified,' a very good show that has gotten even better in its second season, which begins 10PM ET Wednesday on FX.

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'The Chicago Code' Cast Previews the Show's Big Drama (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 28th 2011 11:00AM
If you thought creator Shawn Ryan's last series, 'The Shield,' dove deep into a world of police and political corruption, just want until you see his new show, 'The Chicago Code' (premieres Monday, Feb. 7, 9PM ET on Fox).

The amazing cast includes Jennifer Beals playing the first female superintendent of Chicago, determined to change the city; Jason Clarke as her former partner turned go-to guy for help on the ground; and Delroy Lindo as one of the city's most powerful men, who isn't exactly an angel.
The Chicago Code
Add to that a sharp rookie, played by Matt Lauria, and Billy Lush as a cop so deep undercover he doesn't really know what's right anymore and you've got a beautifully layered drama that's the best new show of the year.

I caught up with the cast to hear more about the show, the shades of gray in all their characters and their newfound respect for the Chicago police department.

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'Lie to Me' - Dr. Lightman's Daughter Is in Danger (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 17th 2010 12:44AM
'Lie to Me' - Dr. Lightman's Daughter Is in DangerWhat's the worst thing that you can threaten another person with? Probably it's when you threaten the life of their child. And that's what happens on 'Lie to Me' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox).

[Spoiler alert.]

Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) is dealing with the aftermath of a case from the past. Lightman sent a killer to his death for murdering an 8-year-old child. But now, it seems as though the same killer is still on the loose -- which would mean that Cal captured the wrong guy. Did Cal unwittingly prosecute an innocent man?

To make matters worse, it looks like the child-murderer is after Cal's daughter Emily (played by Hayley McFarland). At this point, Dr. Lightman gets a terrifying call over the phone: " ... Do you know where you daughter is?" It might be the worst message that a father could receive.

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Contempt of Court on 'Lie to Me' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 21st 2010 10:25PM
Contempt of Court on 'Lie to Me'What if you had to appear in court, and were sworn to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? And then what if you were a master of uncovering lies?

[Spoiler alert.]

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Jennifer Beals Cops to Lead in Fox Police Drama

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 24th 2010 8:45AM
From 'The L Word' to the mean streets of Chicago, Jennifer Beals will co-star with 'Brotherhood's' Jason Clarke in 'Ride-Along,' the Fox police drama pilot created by 'The Shield's' Shawn Ryan.

Beals will play the first female police chief in Chicago history, who teams up with Clarke's rogue cop to tamp down on Windy City crime.

The role comes on the heels of Beals' recurring guest gig in another Shawn Ryan Fox drama, 'Lie to Me,' in which she played the ex-wife of Tim Roth's Cal Lightman.

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Lie to Me picks up steam - anyone else watching?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 6th 2009 3:18PM
Jennifer Beals and Tim Roth in Lie to MeI had just gotten into watching The L Word when it got the ax, but at least now we can see more of Jennifer Beals. She guest-starred in two episodes of Lie to Me last season, and will have a recurring role in the upcoming season, playing Assistant U.S. Attorney Zoe Landau, Cal Lightman's ex-wife and mother of their teenage daughter.

Mekhi Phifer (Dr. Gregory Pratt from ER), who also appeared in two episodes, will come back as FBI agent Reynolds, brought in as a liaison between the Lightman Group and the FBI for those tough cases the FBI can't solve through traditional methods.

The show's second season kicks off Sept. 28 with Shawn Ryan as the new showrunner. He's got some great creds, having worked on The Unit, The Shield and Angel.

Lie to Me really seems to be picking up steam heading into its second season. We gotten a little hooked on it in this household, meaning it isn't "must-see" TV, but if we know it's on, we'll definitely check it out -- and pick up a few pointers on lie detection from Cal Lightman and crew.

Anyone else watching Lie to Me?

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Phifer, Beals Returning to 'Lie to Me' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 6th 2009 12:30PM
Mekhi Phifer and Rumer Willis

Mekhi Phifer and Jennifer Beals return to 'Lie to Me,' Rumer Willis joins '90210,' Neil Patrick Harris will host another awards show and more of today's top TV headlines.

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Elizabeth Berkley isn't afraid of the L-Word

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 23rd 2008 12:03PM
Jesse Spano is coming back to TV. After guest appearances on CSI: Miami and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Elizabeth Berkley is ditching the procedurals and heading over to Showtime. The former Saved by the Bell star will be joining Jennifer Beals, her costar in the 2002 film Roger Dodger, on Showtime's The L-Word for a multi-episode arc.

Word is, Berkley's L-Word character has a history with Jennifer Beals' Bette. The two went to college together and Berkley was the straight girl who got away. Perhaps Bette will have better luck the second time around.

My only hope for this pairing is that they can somehow manage to fit a Flashdance: What a Feeling / I'm So Excited dance-off into the plot of the show, thus bringing together the high points of both of these women's careers and officially making this the best casting decision ever.

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