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Big Name Stars Coming to 'In Plain Sight'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 19th 2010 11:01AM
in_plain_sight_mary_mccormack_frederick_wellerLast night during 'Burn Notice,' there were promos for 'In Plain Sight' and it got my heart pumped just to hear Mary McCormack's voice again. Hooray, Mary's back. And so is 'In Plain Sight,' one of the most improved series on cable in its sophomore run last season. The new season kicks off on March 31 on USA Network, and 'In Plain Sight's' lined up some big stars as guests.

The top of the list is Allison Janney. They're not saying if it's more than a single episode -- here's hoping -- but Allison will be a playing a "newly appointed U.S. Marshal who clashes with Mary." If you remember Janney and McCormack in the last couple of seasons of 'The West Wing,' this should be a great reunion.

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'Burn Notice' - 'Enemies Closer' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 19th 2010 12:18AM
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There was a lot of action involving running and shooting and a bomb exploding in this installment of 'Burn Notice,' but overall it felt a bit like a been-there-done-that episode. Was it pedestrian or were the principals not interesting enough to keep up with the usual Michael-Fiona-Sam shenanigans? More on that and the excellent work by a lowly CSI tech named Finley, after the jump.

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Henry Winkler Joins 'Royal Pains'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 6th 2010 11:44AM
henry_winkler_headshotSomebody wise once said that when it comes to movies and television (theater, too), casting is essential. If you get it right, you're half-way home. Recently, that proved true on CBS's 'NCIS' with the casting of Robert Wagner as Tony DiNozzo's dad. Perfect casting.

Here's another instance where the producers seem to have nailed it. 'Royal Pains' has cast Henry Winkler to play Hank and Evan's father, Eddie Lawson. Yes, Henry Winkler. The Fonz from 'Happy Days,' but if you know you're Henry Winkler IMDB listing, you know he's done so much more than just Arthur Fonzarelli.

In fact, in a case where the casting was off, on the CBS sitcom 'Out of Practice,' he was Stockard Channing's ex and the father of Christopher Gorham, Paula Marshall and Ty Burrell. It never quite worked.

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Review: Burn Notice - Friendly Fire

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 29th 2010 2:05AM
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For a nice change of pace, Burn Notice played up the local color. Lots of Little Dominica (not Little Havana) and action, including multiple explosions, a little face-forward repelling and a new somewhat mystical character for Michael to play. No Southern boy this week. No tank tops or muscle shirts. Nope. Michael was looking like Mr. Applegate, the devil in the musical Damn Yankees.

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Breaking News: WWE To Develop Its First Sitcom Around Santino Marella

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 26th 2010 8:19AM
"They call me the next one to cross over, the next Hollywood star," smirked 'WWE Monday Night RAW' superstar Santino Marella while disclosing for the first time plans for the 'Santino Morella Sitcom' at last night's 'Monday Night RAW' event in Columbus, Ohio.

The Canadian-born, Italian-American has already turned himself into the comedic foil of professional wrestling with his over-the-top accent, fake unibrow and proclivity to dress in drag in order to wrestle as Santina Marella, the "sister" of Santino. (The National Italian American Foundation should look into being offended by him after they recover from this season of 'Jersey Shore'.)

Now, apparently, he's getting his own sitcom. In it, Morello said that WWE stars Beth Phoenix and Vladimir Kozlov will portray his girlfriend and best friend, respectively.

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White Collar is back tonight at last

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 19th 2010 10:30AM
white_collar_duo_usaHas it really been over a month since White Collar left us hanging on the cliff? Yes, I guess it has. Thank goodness USA has given this show an order for a second season. It's delightful. I know, it's a fruity word, but I can't think of a better one that describes the show. Okay, fun.

Tonight, apparently, we're going to resolve the Kate/Neal/Peter question in some way, shape or form because clearly there are other cases to resolve and the partnership between Neil and Peter is moving on. It's the premise of the show, so it was inevitable that they were going to have to keep it together.

How do I know for sure, well... take a look at the preview. After the jump.

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Mario Lopez going to the dogs as Westminster host

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 8th 2010 6:30PM
Mario Lopez is going from boxing to dancing to dogs.In this age of easily maintained celebrity, all you need to stay in front of people's eyes are a pretty face and a willingness to be there. Mario Lopez has both, and he's built that into a a career that keeps him resurfacing from one unrelated project to another without ever really showing any particular gifts for performing.

Now, he's going to host the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this February on USA -- because, when you think elite canine breeding competitions, you think Mario Lopez. (Somewhere in all this is a joke about what a dog Saved by the Bell was, but it's too much of a reach to go there.)

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USA Renews 'White Collar'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 21st 2009 10:00AM
White CollarUSA Network's 'White Collar' has just gotten the go ahead for a second season.

The Hollywood Reporter
has confirmed the news, which was first spotted on executive producer Jeff Eastin's Twitter when he sent a congratulatory note to "the best cast and crew on television."

The crime dramedy stars Matt Bomer as con-man Neal Caffrey who, with only three months to go in a four-year maximum security prison sentence, escapes to find his ex-girlfriend. Tim DeKay is special agent Peter Burke, who negotiates a tricky deal, in which Neal promises to help Peter solve cases as long as Neal is allowed to remain on the outside as part of a work release program. The cast is rounded off by Elizabeth Burke (Tiffani Thiessen), an event planner and wife of Tim, and Mozzie (Willie Garson), a fellow con-man and Neal's confidant.

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USA wants more White Collar

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 20th 2009 11:41AM
white_collar_bomer_dekayFile this under the "I was expecting nothing less" category. USA Network has ordered a second season of White Collar, the Matthew Bomer caper drama. The announcement was made not via a press release, but using Twitter. Welcome to the new reality. Jeff Eastin, White Collar's creator, tweeted the news: "Congratulations to the best cast and crew on television."

This makes total sense for USA. With Monk having ended its run this month, White Collar can now fill the bill joining Psych, Burn Notice, In Pain Sight and Royal Pains as the net's original series. How ironic that this NBCU network is doing a better job with original programming than NBC proper?

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USA turning The Freshman into a TV series

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 17th 2009 12:35PM
the_freshman_brando_broderickIn 1990, there was a really funny movie that came out that involved transporting a Komodo dragon, Marlon Brando re-creating a Mafia-like big man in the style of Don Vito Corleone, high stakes gourmet dining, ice-skating, film school and romance. It was called The Freshman, and USA Network is turning it into a new series. If you've never seen it, do yourself a favor and rent it.

Andrew Bergman wrote and directed that 1990 film, and he was lucky enough to get Marlon Brando to play Carmine Sabatini. Even though Brando blasted the film before its release -- said it would be a turkey -- he eventually came to appreciate the experience.

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USA Planning Series Based on 'The Freshman'

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 17th 2009 11:45AM
It's a fact of education that some students take longer to graduate than others. But 20 years?

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, USA Network is planning a television series based on the 1990 film 'The Freshman.' The movie, which starred Matthew Broderick as a college student who unwittingly becomes the aide-de-camp to a mafia boss played by Marlon Brando, was a modest hit back in the days when Vanilla Ice was the hottest thing around, grossing $21 million.

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Tony Shalhoub talks post-Monk

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 9th 2009 7:02PM
If I were in Tony Shalhoub's shoes right now and I was facing the end of a long-running show that helped make me a star, I would spend just about everyday sitting in a corner in the fetal position, rocking back and forth and mumbling to myself.

But that's not Tony. The Monk star had a nice, candid chat with the folks from Sling about Monk's past impact on television and the future of his career, which includes a few films and some interesting choices for producing. As for another Monk reunion, well, Tony says "never say never."

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Mr. Monk and the series ending ratings record

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 7th 2009 10:28AM
monk_natalie_usaTelevision history will show that when USA's obsessive-compulsive detective series Monk ended its eight-season, it went out in a dramatic way. I won't tell you what happened on screen in case it's still in your DVR and you haven't watched it yet. But off screen, Mr. Monk had a happy ending.

The final episode of Monk was seen by approximately 9.4 million total viewers, nearly a third in the all-important 18-49 adult demographic. Obviously, a lot of people cared about how Adrian Monk would say goodbye.

The ratings were not only impressive, there were legendary. The largest number of viewers and demo of any drama series ever on cable. It surpassed TNT's The Closer.

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USA orders more Psych

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 24th 2009 10:02AM
Psych_gus_shawnUSA Network is losing Monk this year, but it's not about to let Psych go. The adventures of Shawn and Gus will continue. USA announced today that Psych is coming back for season five, with 16 new episodes ordered up.

This, my friends, is a no-brainer. Psych is one of USA's more reliable hours, a comedy-mystery series that has a loyal following. This past summer season -- which will soon be completed in the winter when the second half of the episodes air beginning in late January (the date hasn't been confirmed yet) -- the show performed especially well in younger demographics.

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Review: Monk - Mr. Monk and the Badge

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 21st 2009 12:35AM
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File this one under be careful what you wish for ... I feel like Rod Serling writing that, but there was a bit of a Twilight Zone feel to this episode of Monk. It was Monk in an alternate universe, only it looked like the same place we'd been to before. Same with Natalie. More on how things were the same, but different, after the jump.

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