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'L&O: Los Angeles' D.A. Puts Politics Before Justice (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 7th 2010 10:50AM
Terrence Howard Fights for Justice on 'L&O: Los Angeles'L.A. County district attorney Jerry Hardin has a lot of legal action in store on 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC). But is justice being served? Deputy district attorney Joe Dekker doesn't think so.

A woman now on trial was previously wrongly convicted and imprisoned for killing her kids. Now she's being tried for a murder she actually committed. Hardin orders him to "offer Dylan 12 years for manslaughter, declare victory and get out."

Dekker replies, "What, a slap on the wrist for a textbook first-degree murder? Right after we apologize to her for a wrongful conviction?" No apology as far as Hardin is concerned. He cares less about making sure the punishment fits the crime and more about not making the police department look bad. "We need their support," he explains.

Dekker: "That doesn't sound like good law to me."
Hardin: "It's not. It's good politics."

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Casting Roundup: Hayden Panettiere to Play Amanda Knox, Joe Jonas Guests on '90210' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 20th 2010 6:00PM
Hayden PanaettiereHayden Panettiere has signed on to play Amanda Knox in Lifetime's TV movie based on the real-life story of Knox, an American exchange student who was convicted in Italy for murdering her roommate.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the movie tentatively titled 'The Amanda Knox Story' will air in 2011. Robert Dornhelm will direct with a script from Wendy Battles of 'CSI: NY' and 'Law & Order.'

Knox and her boyfriend were arrested in 2007 and accused of killing Meredith Kercher. Knox's trial lasted for nearly a year and ended with a 26 year prison conviction. She has maintained her innocence and appealed.

In other TV news ...

Joe Jonas will guest star on The CW's '90210.' The singer who has also appeared on 'Hot in Cleveland' and multiple Disney shows and movies will play himself and escort Adrianna to a magazine cover party. [Ausiello Files]

Peter Coyote has joined the ever-expanding cast of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Coyote will play the district attorney, boss to the characters played by Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard. [Deadline Hollywood]

Jim Gaffigan will guest star on 'Royal Pains.' The comedian and former star of 'My Boys' will play Pete Stambleck, a park ranger who turns up with a personality change. Look for Gaffigan in the season 2 finale. [TV Guide]

Callie Thorne has been cast in USA Network's 'Necessary Roughness.' Thorne will play a psychiatrist who takes a gig as a consultant to a professional football team and quickly becomes sought after by other celebrities. The project is based on a true story. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Review: FlashForward - Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 30th 2009 8:31AM
FlashForward: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps(S01E06) Some big revelations this week, both in the flashforwards case, as well as in the situation at the Benford household. In fact, it was at the Benford household that it went down. I was also very proud of the writers for choosing a more challenging route for Mark's character than the tired cliches we've come to expect.

We also got the first encounter between Lloyd Simcoe's son and the Benford daughter, Charlie, and so many things became more clear. A couple more flashforwards to round out the hour and I'm still happy with the series.

And speaking of Charlies, those who've been waiting all season for Dominic Monaghan to finally get down and dirty as a series regular on this little show need wait no loner. His name was even right there in the opening credits under 'Starring.'

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Review: FlashForward - Gimme Some Truth

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 23rd 2009 4:02AM
Peter Coyote, Courtney B. Vance (FlashForward)(S01E05) FlashForward took us to Washington, DC to see the political ramifications of the blackouts, as well as some of the maneuverings that the city is made of, at least in this reality. Also in this reality, Peter Coyote is President. I've always liked him, and I like how he plays the characters as a very regular and relatable guy.

We were introduced to a new character in Senator Joyce Clemente (Barbara Williams), and she's definitely set up to be a major thorn in the side of the ongoing investigation. There was always something a little wacky about the LA office taking Mark's vision and building an entire investigative force around it just because they felt like it. And now, they have to face the music and justify their very existence.

It made for some pretty intense television. That and the bullets flying at the heads of our intrepid heroes.

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