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Rick Schroder Looks Back At His Career on 'Good Day LA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 15th 2011 3:15PM
Ricku Schroder on 'Good Day LA' Ricky Schroder was once the TV kid everyone wanted to be, riding his indoor train surrounded by cool video games on 'Silver Spoons.' He's also been the kid no one wanted to be, crying at the end of 'The Champ.' Schroder, who goes by Rick now, took a look back at his career on 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) and also talked about replacing Jimmy Smits on 'NYPD Blue' and his new CMT movie 'To the Mat.'

"At 9, 'The Champ' came out," he said. "And that's when everything changed in my life." They showed a series of stills from his various projects, including 'Lonesome Dove,' which Schroder credited as a turning point in his career, along with 'NYPD Blue.' "In 'Lonesome Dove' I went from a boy to a man, literally, in the movie" he said.

While 'NYPD Blue' helped Schroder to be taken more seriously as an adult actor, he had the added burden of having to replace the popular Jimmy Smits on the show. "Jimmy Smits was so loved," he said, "and when I got cast as taking over after he left, um, I think a lot of the fans were kind of skeptical, and luckily, I won them over."

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Jimmy Smits Goes from 'Outlaw' to Mayor of LA in New NBC Drama

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 18th 2011 10:15AM
Jimmy SmitsJimmy Smits just can't stay way from fictional authority figures: He's played cops, lawyers, a Senator from Alderaan and, most recently a judge. Now, it's been announced that his next TV role will be Mayor of Los Angeles.

According to Deadline.com, Smits has signed on for the last major lead role in Stephen ('Traffic') Gaghan's new drama for NBC.

Formerly known as 'S.I.L.A.,' the as-of-now untitled project is described as a complex ensemble drama in the style of 'Traffic' and 'Syriana' set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles.

Smits will portray the pivotal character of Los Angeles Mayor Alfonso Morales, who's described as a man full of ambition who cares deeply about his city, power and women, but not necessarily in that order.

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8 Stars Fleeing From Cancelled Shows: We Suggest New Gigs

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 3rd 2010 5:00PM
Recent TV cancellations have left some actors -- up-and-comers and established stars -- stranded. But there's no reason why these actors should be out of work.

Primetime shows just need to follow the lead of the still-breathing soap operas, whose casting directors are picking up actors from canceled shows (Maura West moved from 'As the World Turns' to 'The Young and the Restless'; Kim Zimmer jumped on 'One Life to Live' from 'Guiding Light,' etc.)

So let's take our favorite actors from primetime shows we've lost and plug them into current hits.

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Five Stars Launched On 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 20th 2010 6:00PM
After nearly two decades, Paul Reubens is becoming Pee-wee Herman, that silly man-child in the tight gray suit, again.

Reubens stars in the revival of the 1981 production, 'The Pee-wee Herman Show,' which premieres Oct. 26 on Broadway. And the character isn't just making a comeback on stage -- Reubens and Judd Apatow are also working on a third Pee-wee Herman film.

It's wonderful to see our favorite childhood comedian working again. It inspired us to watch a few episodes of 'Pee-wee's Playhouse,' and we were surprised to see how many faces we recognized. Not just because we remembered the characters, but because many of them have gone on to be acting stars themselves.

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Why NBC's 'Outlaw' Was Doomed from The Start

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 8th 2010 4:30PM
outlaw_jimmy_smits_nbcIf you've been watching NBC's new legal drama 'Outlaw,' you were probably ticked off to read yesterday that the network has halted production on the show. You should also probably enjoy tonight's episode since it may be one of the few that NBC will actually broadcast this fall.

It's always sad to see a quality television show bite the dust, but that likely wasn't the case here; there were questions from the start about 'Outlaw.' Why did NBC green light this series, and choose to debut it in the fall over other pilots like 'Harry's Law' with Kathy Bates, which had Emmy-winner David E. Kelley ('Boston Legal') behind it?

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Jimmy Smits Gushes Over Singer Jackie Evancho, Says She's "Like an Angel" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 24th 2010 5:34AM
Jimmy Smits Gushes Over Singer Jackie Evancho, Says She's 'Like an Angel'We still kind of feel like 10-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho should have won this year's 'America's Got Talent.' But whether you supported Jackie or not, the new 'Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) makes one thing clear -- actor Jimmy Smits is a big, big fan.

Smits and Evancho both showed up to chat with Jay Leno, and Jimmy revealed that he had been in the audience for one of Jackie's previous performances. He gushed with admiration for the pint-sized singer, saying that she was "like an angel," and adding that she had a "voice from God." Aw -- how sweet.

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Jimmy Smits Talks New Role on Courtroom Drama 'Outlaw' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Sep 15th 2010 3:45PM
Jimmy Smits returns to NBC in the courtroom drama 'Outlaw,' playing a U.S. Supreme Court justice who leaves the bench to practice law. Smits said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) that he was drawn to the role because the character has depth and is deeply flawed.

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'Outlaw' Premiere Review: This Whole Court's Out of Order

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 15th 2010 9:30AM
NBC's new Jimmy Smits vehicle is called 'Outlaw.' I guess the title 'Contrived, Irritating Star Vehicle' just wasn't as catchy.

You may have gathered that I found 'Outlaw' to be a waste of time, but it's actually a misfire that illustrates several things that end up going wrong every fall and mid-season, when when the networks roll out half a dozen shows that make similar mistakes.

Someone call the TV police, because they're going to have to cite 'Outlaw' (which premieres 10PM ET Wednesday, then moves to 10PM ET Fridays) for the following crimes:

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Jimmy Smits Returns to Court on 'Outlaw'

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 14th 2010 5:35PM
Jimmy Smits of 'Outlaw'Jimmy Smits has had a long and varied career on the stage, the big screen and the small screen. He's done everything from 'Star Wars' to 'Pee Wee's Playhouse' to last year's 'God of Carnage' on Broadway. But he also keeps returning to the law, as a senator, lawyer or cop.

On NBC's new drama, 'Outlaw' (special premiere preview tonight, 10PM ET), Smits returns to the well again as a Supreme Court justice who leaves the bench for private practice when faced with the possibility of keeping an innocent man in jail.

'Outlaw' is a mix of serious issues and light comedy, of legal procedure and personal drama, and the charismatic Smits is its soul and focus, similar to Hugh Laurie in 'House.'

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Pilot Watch: 'Outlaw'

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 19th 2010 2:29PM
Jimmy Smits, David Ramsey, and Ellen Woglom in 'Outlaw' on NBCFrom now through August, we're going to be taking a quick look at the fall and mid-season pilots that the networks sent to critics after their upfront presentations.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall.

Show: 'Outlaw'
Network: NBC
Timeslot: Fridays, 10PM ET

The lowdown:
Cyrus Garza (Jimmy Smits) isn't your typical Supreme Court justice; he gambles, womanizes, and has a more public persona than any justice has ever had. He's also very conservative, a position that's been wavering ever since the death of his activist father. While ruling on a death penalty case, Garza abruptly quits the court and starts fighting for the cases just like the one he ruled on... in fact, that convict's plight is his first case.

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Jimmy Smits, Kathy Bates Series Picked Up by NBC; 'Mercy,' 'Trauma' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted May 14th 2010 3:25PM
Jimmy SmitsOn the heels of 'Law & Order's' cancellation, NBC announced today that it has picked up four new series for next season -- three dramas and one comedy -- and will be parting ways with newbie medical dramas 'Mercy' and 'Trauma.'

Among the dramas headed to the Peacock net is 'The Cape,' starring 'ER's' David Lyons as a policeman who is framed for a series of murders and is forced to go into hiding. Determined to be reunited with his family, Lyons' character becomes his son's favorite superhero ('The Cape') and quickly "takes the law into his own hands."

Meanwhile, 'West Wing' alum Jimmy Smits will return to the network in the drama 'Outlaw,' about a Supreme Court justice who quits his job to go work for the little man.

Rounding out the list of dramas is the latest legal series from David E. Kelley ('The Practice'; 'Ally McBeal'), 'Harry's Law.' The show stars Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates as a lawyer who unexpectedly starts her own firm with characters portrayed by Brittany Snow and Ben Chaplin.

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Jimmy Smits Back in Court on New NBC Drama

by Erika Milvy, posted Mar 10th 2010 1:38PM
Jimmy SmitzJimmy Smits played a congressman who became president on 'The West Wing' in 2006, and now, he's slated to return to TV drama as a Supreme Court Justice who becomes a lawyer.

Smits, who came to prominence in the '80s as one of an office full of hunky lawyers on 'LA Law,' is back with a new legal drama -- this time, NBC's untitled drama pilot from Conan O'Brien's production firm, Conaco, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Smits will star as a "by-the-book" Supreme Court justice who excuses himself from the bench to go into private practice and fight constitutional injustices. The NBC pilot is co-produced by John Eisendrath, who produced such hits as 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Felicity.'

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Jimmy Smits Returning to TV in NBC Legal Drama

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 10th 2010 10:31AM
jimmy_smits_west_wing_flagIs it a step down for Jimmy Smits that he'll only be a Supreme Court Justice in a new NBC pilot? Some might think so since his last stint on NBC was as Congressman Matt Santos who became the President of the United States on the last season of 'The West Wing.' However, in the pilot that John Eisendrath is putting together, Jimmy Smits has agreed to play a judge for NBC.

Not any judge. The character is a strict interpreter of the constitution, a 'by the book' Supreme Court Justice (there are only nine at any one time), who steps down from the bench so he can return to the law as an attorney who specializes in fighting constitutional injustices.

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TV Squad Ten: Events from The West Wing that wouldn't really happen

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 16th 2009 2:04PM
The West Wing on DVDAs I mentioned before, I recently completed my summer project of watching the entire series of The West Wing from start to finish. After using a month or so to cogitate, I decided that while the show feign realism, it didn't quite achieve the mark.

Many of the events I refer to occurred after creator Aaron Sorkin was ousted from the series. I take that as more than coincidence.

Major spoilers for the show follow after the jump, so if you haven't seen it yet, turn back now.

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Dexter: Do You Take Dexter Morgan? (season finale)

by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 14th 2008 11:52PM
Dexter finale
(S03E12) This was a really interesting finale for Dexter, unlike any they've ever done before. I'm not sure how well-received it's going to be amongst the Dexter fans; I'll be anxious to read the comments.

Me? I really liked it, and I think the growth that Dexter experienced as a person was really important for him. All along, I've posited that Dexter, though he thinks he's a deviant, is more like everyone else than he realizes: same insecurities, same fears. To see him overcome some of these and accept happiness was profound.

Everyone has secrets and they need to be respected. That's the theme of this episode. After the jump, we'll see how the different secrets played out in tonight's finale.

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