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Lifetime Cancels 'The Protector'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 9th 2011 5:30AM
'The Protector' S01/E01Bad news for fans of dramas about female cops. It's been announced that Lifetime has pulled the plug on newbie series 'The Protector.'

According to Deadline, the network declined to order a second series after the drama failed to catch fire with audiences.

Originally airing on Sunday nights, 'The Protector' attracted only 1.9 million viewers for its June 12 premiere. It later moved to Mondays after failing to hang onto around 50 percent of its lead-in audience.

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Ally Walker Talks About Her Former Career in the Medical Field on 'The Talk' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 27th 2011 7:45PM
Ally Walker on 'The Talk'Ally Walker used to be the 'Profiler' and an FBI agent on 'Sons of Anarchy,' and she's currently 'The Protector' on Lifetime. Monday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), she revealed another former occupation. Before Walker made it as an actress, she worked in the medical field, and to hear her tell it, the medical industry should be glad she took a different path.

One of her first jobs was at a genetic engineering firm in San Francisco. "I did the grunt work," she said. "I was doing like the lab tech work, I was like sequencing DNA and splicing and cloning and stuff, which no one understands here." She almost blew up the lab. "I thought, you know, maybe I should do a little career change here," she said.

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Garden Gnomes and Severed Heads on the Series Premiere of 'The Protector' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 13th 2011 7:00AM
'The Protector' S01/E01It's hard being a working mom, especially when you're both a single mom and a police detective, as we discovered on the Series Premiere of 'The Protector' (Sun., 10PM ET on Life).

Gloria Sheppard (Ally Walker) is a divorced L.A. Homicide Detective who, with her two kids, has recently moved in with her brother. Gloria has a lot on her plate right now, and between juggling the demands of motherhood with solving serious crimes and catching the bad guys, she's a little busy.

However, Gloria's neighbors think she's got time to investigate a local crime spree, so they send over Katie Silvers to ask for help. As Gloria puts out the trash, a worried Katie reveals that "there have been several thefts in the neighborhood ... and some of us on the block thought you might be able to help."

What's been stolen? Gnomes. Garden gnomes. And that's just for starters. Katie tells an exasperated-looking Gloria that all kinds of lawn ornaments -- flamingos, geese -- have gone missing. Can Gloria help the worried homeowners?

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Tisha Campbell-Martin Likes the Chemistry on 'The Protector' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 10th 2011 5:50PM
Tisha Campbell-Martin on 'Access Hollywood Live'Tisha Campbell-Martin is a veteran of sitcoms like 'Martin' and 'My Wife and Kids,' but she's happy to be getting back to her acting roots in drama on the new Lifetime show 'The Protector.' She spoke about the chemistry between herself and star Ally Walker Friday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC). Walker plays a single mother and LAPD detective, and Campbell-Martin plays her partner.

Campbell-Martin acknowledged that while audiences might think of her as a comic actress, she got her start in more serious roles. "That is what I started out doing, was a lot of drama and musical theatre," she said, "So this is going back to my roots. But you know I'm going to slip some comedy in there."

As far as the chemistry goes, Kit Hoover called 'The Protector' a "bromance for women." Billy Bush saw it as a new 'Cagney & Lacey.' Campbell-Martin said it was so good, even men will watch it. Yes, even though it's on Lifetime.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for June 6-12

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 5th 2011 2:00PM

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' (9PM ET, HBO)
HBO kicks off its summer documentary series with a film that chronicles the brilliant rise of chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, who became a grandmaster as a teenager, battled Russia's Boris Spassky in a legendary 1972 match and, in his controversial later years, became paranoid and withdrawn. This documentary draws on interviews with chess legend Gary Kasparov, author Malcolm Gladwell, talk-show host Dick Cavett, Paul Marshall (Fischer's personal attorney), Harry Sneider (his trainer) and photographer Harry Benson, who had access to Fischer before and during the 1972 championship.

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