CSI Episode Recap

Laurenleesmith_csi_240 CSI has had its share of memorable killers, from blue-handed men to daddy’s dollhouse girl. Tonight… well, let’s just say I wished tonight’s killer had stuck around a bit longer….

This week’s episode opens with Guess the Victim. Is it one of the bicyclists? One of the joggers? The napping person? The pair of feet sticking out from a bush? Surprisingly not; even the feet turn out to belong to a very alive homeless man. No, our vic is a nice blonde woman leaning against a streetlight as if she were posed. Cree-pee.

Next we meet new CSI-2 Riley Adams, who bears a strong resemblance to Olivia Dunham but with, you know, a personality. Adams rides along with Grissom and gets to pull her sassy act on Li’l Dave, which sort of comes across as mean. He’s just so helpless! Anyway, the victim for this ride-along has again been posed, this time as a runner resting on a bus stop bench. While Streetlight Lady was a nurse, this guy’s a junkie.

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Ugly Betty Spoilers: Lindsay Lohan Leaves Early, Why?

From TV Guide: Who was the real Mean Girl on the set when Lindsay Lohan resumed her Ugly Betty run — the tabloid mainstay, or series lead America Ferrera?

The New York Post‘s Page Six column claims that after some indecent behavior — including, perhaps, the forgoing of bloomers for a scene in which Betty yanks down her high-school nemesis’ trou — Lohan was abruptly cut loose from her guest-star turn, which this season was to last six episodes.

A pal of Lohan’s, however, argues to the paper that Ferrera “was mean to Lindsay” and “got her kicked off” the last two episodes she was supposed to film. A spokesperson for Ferrera would only tell the Post, “America is grateful to have had [Lindsay] on the show and thinks everyone should tune in to see how great the episodes are.”

Other online accounts of the alleged on-set squabble claim that not only was Lohan’s visit truncated, but that she is now being edited out of anything that already had been filmed.

Well-placed sources, however, tell TVGuide.com that such “editing” rumors are completely untrue, yet confirm that Lohan’s run will end early — strictly for “storyline purposes.” Summing up the rash of Thursday-morning gossip, one setsider tells us, “It’s all so silly.”

A statement from the show’s producers reads: “[Lindsay] did a great job and we enjoyed having her. Viewers can look forward to her episodes tonight [at 8 pm/ET] and next week.” Lohan’s publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnick, has yet to respond for a comment.

Kristin at E!Online had more to say about the whole situation:

Lindsay Lohan Booted From Betty

The main driving force for this decision is that Lindsay was not gelling creatively with the series. “She was not so interested in creating a character,” another reliable insider close to Betty tells me. “She was more interested in just playing herself, and that doesn’t work on a show like this with such heightened reality.”

Update: I was originally told that Lindsay’s scenes were cut from what would have been her fifth and sixth episodes, but another source clarifies that everything Lindsay filmed will be aired. And, next week, her fourth appearance on the show, is all they ever shot and edited for Lindsay.

Update: According to sources who work on the show, Lindsay was originally written into an upcoming script of Betty, but she was taken out of that script and the scenes with her character were rewritten.

Producers of the series released a gracious official statement about Lohan, saying, “Lindsay wrapped up her arc, and she’s done filming. She did a great job, and we enjoyed having her. Viewers can look forward to her episodes tonight and next week.”

Supernatural Spoilers: Preview for ‘Monster Movie’

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Dean and Sam investigate several murders at Oktoberfest. The first victim was found with bite marks on her neck, much like a vampire would leave, while the second victim has wounds that look like a werewolf attack. After a mummy rises from his crypt, Dean determines that a shape-shifter demon is terrorizing the town as iconic monsters from the old Hollywood movies.

Ugly Betty Episode Recap

Now that Betty’s hellhole of an apartment has been put to rights and made fabulous in the span of one episode, it’s time to get her career — and by extension Daniel’s career — back on track.

After Betty makes Wilhelmina aware (through Alexis) that Daniel is still making rather thoughtful notes on his copy of “the book,” Willie decides to undermine him by asking Betty to be her assistant. At first Betty resists, but when Daniel catches wind of the offer, he feels betrayed and petulant, picking a fight with Betty, who promptly goes to the dark side.

Fear not. Betty always lands on her ankle socks-clad feet — snagging an ad from the snooty, metallic-loving Penelope Del Rios and then becoming the only assistant since Wil to get a genuine Russian royal tiara on loan. Wilhelmina is so thrilled, she wants to make Betty into a Mini-Me Willie. Even Marc and his Botox-injecting duties have been supplanted by the new shining star that is Betty.

Through some maneuvering by Marc, suddenly all is set to rights. Daniel and Betty get their old jobs back (Betty with a raise), while Wilhelmina is ousted, emphasized in spectactular fashion when Claire pushes over the Wil-inspired life-sized ice sculpture. Go Claire, the protective mama lion! But oh, what kind of retribution will this bring?…. READ FULL RECAP

New Heros Spoilers & Interview

Summary of spoilers given in an interview with writers Aron Coliete and Joe Pokaski:

Molly will be returning in a couple of “unique” appearances this season. We will learn more about how Sylar’s power works (and what he “really” is) and Mohinder’s adrenaline hypothesis. We will see Nathan’s wife and kids again this season. Claire can indeed can be killed, as can Adam and Peter and Sylar, by decapitation. Susan Amman is the third woman founder of The Company. Sparrow Redhouse may make an appearance in episode 12, although it could be pushed back to later in the season. – Source: SpoilerTV

Smalle Episode Recaps: Season 8 Episode 1 & 2

9/25/2008: Plastique

Tomwelling_smallville_240_005It seemed last week’s season premiere of Smallville tried too hard to squeeze everything into its allotted time. The pacing returned to a much more tolerable level this week while retaining a healthy diet of explosions, plot twists and somewhat stilted dialogue.

These Spoilers will bring fire to your eyes.

Previously… Tess becomes a regular, Clark and the Superfriends save Chloe while attaining gainful employment alongside Lois at the Daily Planet. Meanwhile, Jimmy pops the question again… with better results this time around.

It’s Clark’s first day as a reporter, but he dresses as if he’s ready for another day at the farm. Lois quickly grabs a spare suit and shoves Clark into a phone booth to change (subtle), but as he emerges, a bomb takes out a nearby bus. He rushes in to help and ends up carrying Tess out safely. Even after all that went down in Montana, he’s still quite the nice guy…. READ FULL RECAP

9/18/2008: Odyssey

And we’re back. As the most senior show on the most junior network, Smallville returns to razzle dazzle and stimulate the senses. Or something like that. The writers and producers have explained the eighth season will allow them to “reinvigorate and reinvent the show.” Only time will tell if The CW will grace our presence with a stunning ninth season.

For the 153rd time, Spoilers follow this statement.

Previously… plenty of drama. What did you expect?

A CGI helicopter lands in the Arctic, dropping off the newly promoted Tess Mercer in search of the missing Lex. She confronts Regan as to why the excavation team has yet to turn up any useful information as to the whereabouts of Lex. Just then, Team LuthorCorp finds something in a trench, but before they can act on it, the Justice League arrives to take them out. However, Tess and Regan escape. Where is Clark, they ponder while staring into the abyss.

Back at Castle Luthor, Lois goes undercover as a French maid to steal Chloe’s USB hard drive, but Tess catches her just after the fact. Lois is on the hunt for Chloe and the truth (but in that order?) The two women exchange brooding looks, but in the end, Tess doesn’t budge from her newfound power and has security escort her from the premises. I’m sensing an “undercover disguise-of-the-week” for Erica Durance this season….READ FULL RECAP

More Chuck Spoilers!

At Thursday’s NBC Fall Premiere Party, Ryan McPartlin (Awesome) told Kristin at E!Online that the return of Morgan Fairchild as his mother puts a damper on their wedding plans. And his best-man pick? “I think it would have to be Chuck. It can’t be Morgan. I’m going to make him the ring bearer!”

But what Ryan is really hoping for this season is a Captain Awesome crossover into Chuck’s world of espionage. “It would be very cool if I get deep into it and he’s got to get my back and save me somehow, but I take all the credit!”

Greek Season 3 Casting Notes & Spoilers!

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Spencer Grammer in Greek by Joel Warren/ABC Family

Carol Potter, who played mom to Brandon, his sideburns and Brenda on Bev 90210 in the 1990s on Fox, is joining ABC Family’s Greek. Potter will fill the recurring role of Paula, a ZBZ alumna who turns out to play a pivotal role in Casey’s (Spencer Grammer) future.

In other Greek Casting news The Hills Lauren Conrad will appear as herself in the Season Finale on October 28.

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Lauren Conrad by Jordan Strauss/ WireImage.com

The set-up according to TV Guide: “When Casey is forced to decide between something being offered by a fella in her life and something being proffered by a woman in her life, she drifts off into dreamland to pose the question: “What Would LC Do?”  Conrad, having stared down a similar quandary herself on The Hills, offers her two cents. LC’s guest gig was first reported by EW‘s Ausiello.

Michael Rady of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Max the RA will continue to stir up trouble for Casey… as well as for Rusty til the season finale at leas.

More Smallville Spoilers! & Erica Durance Interview

Are Lois & Clark Falling In Love? ‘Smallville’s’ Erica Durance Spills

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Ericadurance Clois fans, I think you’re going to like reading this little interview with Smallville‘s Erica Durance. Sounds like it’s going to be a good year for y’all…

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Episode 8.04: Instinct
Airdate: October 9, 2008

Tess and her team perform tests on Clark’s crystal that she had retrieved from the arctic, causing it to send a beam of light into the universe.  This triggers the arrival of Maxima (guest star Charlotte Sullivan), a queen from the planet Almerac, who is searching for her soulmate, who she believes sent the signal. Unfortunately, Maxima’s power is too great for mortal men and her kiss kills them. The seductive Maxima arrives in Metropolis and begins her search, starting with Jimmy. Source: The CW

Erica Durance reveals: Lois does find [Maxima and Clark] in a compromising position and she has to deal with that. And that’s the thing, how she feels about Clark has always been a part of her, but it’s now kind of surprising her how intense it is. Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV

Episode 8.07: Identity
Airdate: October 30, 2008

At episode’s end, Lois is determined that Clark will help her to land the exclusive with the new hero of Metropolis, unaware that the “hero” is Clark himself. Remember when Clark put on a pair of green tights to remove suspicion that Oliver was the Green Arrow? Look for Ollie to return the favor. Source: KryptonSite

Episode 8.08: Bloodline
Airdate: November 6, 2008

Erica Durance has revealed in an interview with the CW Source that Lois gets superpowers of some sort in this episode, and these powers may have some connection to “an alien’s wife.” One of Lois’s powers will involve throwing people around. We’re pretty sure this is also the one where Kara comes back, so unless there is a change, expect to see Laura Vandervoort’s return as Kara. Source: KryptonSite

Ugly Betty Spoilers!

Scoop from the Emmy Red carpet….

JensenLindsay Lohan will be back on Ugly Betty this season, but Ashley Jensen said she never had the chance to meet her: “They keep me tucked away in that closet over there.” Well, not totally. Ashley said the first scene of this third season consists of Christina — who is still pregnant and flaunting a four month baby bump — walking the streets of New York with Betty: “Filming it was like, oooh, it’s like being in Sex and The City! And we’ve got Pat Field doing the costumes for us, which is very exciting.” So, the move to New York seems to be going okay for the cast, though there are a few issues: “It’s amazing, I think everyone’s excited to be there, except we’re having to deal with things like weather — the rain — and tour buses — people screaming, we love you Ugly Betty! — in the middle of takes. So things are taking a little bit longer.” — Zap2It’s Korbi TV

New Gossip Girl Spoilers & Casting Scoop!

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9/22 New ‘The Ex Files’ HD

When Serena notices that Dan has been cozying up to the new girl in school, Amanda (guest star Laura Leigh), the ever-loyal Blair and her minions decide to befriend Amanda and sabotage her budding new romance with “lonely boy.” Vanessa discovers a scandalous secret about Catherine and enlists Blair’s scheming expertise to use the information to help Nate. Meanwhile, Lily finds herself drawn back to her ex, Rufus, onceexpertise to use the information to help Nate. Meanwhile, Lily finds herself drawn back to her ex, Rufus, once

9/22 New ‘The Ex Files’ HD

When Serena notices that Dan has been cozying up to the new girl in school, Amanda (guest star Laura Leigh), the ever-loyal Blair and her minions decide to befriend Amanda and sabotage her budding new romance with “lonely boy.” Vanessa discovers a scandalous secret about Catherine and enlists Blair’s scheming expertise to use the information to help Nate. Meanwhile, Lily finds herself drawn back to her ex, Rufus, once

Episode 2.07: Chuck in Real Life
Airdate: October 13, 2008

http://www.broadway.com/site_images/571001.jpg09/21 – Broadway.com posted [this] picture from Chace Crawford’s visit to the Broadway hit Spring Awakening last week, with the caption “Gossip guy Chace Crawford hangs out with Spring Awakening’s Matt Doyle, who is set to make an appearance on the hot TV show.” Matt, who plays Hanschen in Spring Awakening, will be appearing in 2.07 as Jonathan, Eric’s boyfriend. Interestingly enough, Eric’s LAST boyfriend, Asher, was also played by a Spring Awakening cast member, Jesse Swenson. Source: SpoilerTV

09/21 – Actress and NYC fashionista Stella Maeve, has joined the cast of Gossip Girl, the TV Fanatic can exclusively reveal. Stella plays Emma, the young teen daughter of a Yale University alum, who Blair gets to “babysit” for the evening. Does Miss Waldorf need a side gig? Emma’s been doing her homework on her socialite nanny by reading up on Gossip Girl, and has some interesting ideas on how she wants to be entertained by Blair. Source: OK! Magazine

Chuck Season 2 Spoilers & Scoop!

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Episode 2.01 (Season premiere) [Airing September 29]: When Casey answers a knock at the door by a man dressed in a Fed-Ex uniform, the man gives him the correct verification code but then surprises Casey, leaving him coughing up blood. His partner then tells him they have two more targets and shows him pictures of Sarah and Chuck. Source: SpoilerFix.com

07/20 – Episode 2.02 [Airing October 6]: Chuck has to go undercover to try and seduce a woman named Sasha to get back the cipher that was stolen from Casey. He is shocked to learn that Casey and Sarah have been taken hostage by the woman after he has stolen the cipher and run. Source: SpoilerFix.com

[Note: This seems to be the continuation of episode 2.01.]

07/27 – Episode 2.03 [Airing October 13]: Bryce Larkin is back and accompanies Chuck, Sarah and Casey on a mission. Chuck, working as a waiter, is jealous, watching Sarah and Bryce flirt and feed each other strawberries, and is distracted enough to cause a scene and get fired. A Fulcrum Agent later holds Chuck at gunpoint to get what she wants. Morgan deals with big, mean guys from another store that come in to Buy More to eat their lunch and play the video games. When he tries to tell them to clean up, quiet down and share the games with other customers, the lead guy stands up to him and threatens him. The big bully challenges Morgan and Lester to a fight but they chicken out and hide at the Buy More all night. Source: SpoilerFix.com

08/13 – Episode 2.04 [Airing October 20]: Sarah runs into Heather, a woman she went to high school with, and while Chuck secretely listens, he overhears her real name and eventually learns more details about her real life history. They then learn that Heather’s husband Mark is being threatened and must steal some plans for a weapon he developed at his work. Chuck, as Sarah’s boyfriend, escorts her to her class reunion, where they learn what connects the biggest bully from Sarah’s high school years, Heather and the people threatening Mark. Source: SpoilerFix.com

08/26 – Episode 2.05: Chuck, Sarah and Casey go undercover at a computer firm when satellite codes go missing. After getting taken by the bad guy, Chuck speaks to the head of the firm, who was forced to play the game he hid the codes in, in able to give them to the bad guys. The man is trapped there and the game is rigged with explosives. Casey rescues Chuck right before the entire room explodes in a huge fireball. Chuck plays the game at the Buy More and knows he must win to access the codes to pass along to Sarah and Casey so they can stop the terrorists in time. Source: SpoilerFix.com

Supernatural Premiere Recap: “Lazarus Rising”

Supernatural‘s season premiere drew 3.96 mil — a 33 percent surge over the previous opener and the series’ best CW performance ever.

(However, back in 2006 in the show’s first season it had it’s best rating ever, with 5 Million on the WB)

In  related rating news Smallville‘s season opener delivered 4.38 million total viewers, a 14 percent drop from last year’s premiere.

‘Supernatural’ season premiere: Back from hell

Supernatural_l What in the name of God is happening with the Winchester boys?  After Supernatural‘s doozy of a cliff-hanger — Dean cast into the pit — I settled in last night for the CW series’ fourth-season kickoff*, primed to see Dean restored, some brotherly badinage, demon slayage. Instead, we got a grand mishegoss of secrets, lies, and a concluding theological debate-puzzle that would tax Locke/Jeremy Bentham over on Lost. Perhaps the ep’s title, “Lazarus Rising,” should have clued me in that things were going biblical… Read More

Episode Recap: “Lazarus Rising”

“Why’d you do it?” “Because God commanded it. Because we have work for you.”That’s how “Lazarus Rising” ended. And I just couldn’t believe it. The show went there. It went there! God ordered this “Angel of the Lord” to pull Dean out of hell, because there was work to be done. Wow. Now I can tell you about the “object” that the Warner Bros. publicists… read full recap

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90210 A Ratings Winner!

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Dustin Milligan and AnnaLynne McCord in 90210 by Michael Desmond/The CW

The numbers are in, and the much-awaited/-hyped arrival of the new 90210 gave the CW its highest-rated premiere ever in the adults 18-49 demo. An average of  4.9 million tuned in across its two-hour run.

Gossip Girl Season 2 Premiere Tonight: Show Spoilers

Episode 2.01: Summer, Kind of Wonderful (Season premiere)
September 1, 2008

  • Jenny has been an intern for Blair’s mama, Eleanor, and she’s clearly moving on up because she’ll even make a surprise appearance at the infamous White Party. Source: Kristin on E!Online
  • Thanks to The CW, I had the chance to watch the premiere. Here are a few tidbits I can add to the spoilers below: Because of his new dating habits, Gossip Girl gives Dan a new nickname: Playboy. The latter is unable to finish a story, which doesn’t suit well with his boss. Chuck tries to get Blair back but things will not go his way, especially when he can’t say the words Blair needs to hear from him. Blair learns the truth about her new boyfriend James. Let’s say it’s a fairtale ending… for now. Jenny and Eric patch things up. The renewed friendship will help Jenny get revenge on her boss. Rufus is still on tour. Dan and Serena have a heart to heart. Source: SpoilerFix.com
  • As the summer draws to a close in the Hamptons, Serena and Nate have everyone fooled into thinking they are a couple to cover up the fact that Nate has been hooking up with a married older woman (guest star [Madchen] Amick) and Serena has been secretly mourning her break-up with Dan. Blair returns from abroad with a hot guy on her arm (guest star Patrick Heusinger), making a very jealous Chuck question his decision to leave Blair stranded at the heliport. Dan has spent the summer assisting a famous author (guest star [Jay] McInerney), but decides to head to the Hamptons to see how things stand with Serena after a summer spent apart. While interning for Eleanor Waldorf’s company, Jenny sneaks an invite to a much-coveted Hamptons’ White Party at which Eric introduces her to socialite Tinsley Mortimer. Matthew Settle also stars. Source: The CW
  • Nate gets involved with Catherine Mason, a confident woman in her late 30s. She used to be a model and is now a Upper East Side wife. The episode also features 18-year-old Marcus Beaton, a British man with a royal upbringing, and Sebastian Harris, a 40-year-old renowned author. Source: SpoilerFix.com
  • Blair and Chuck back together? Year, right. In [an] Hamptons-set party scene [... they talk] about the love that cannot be. The two will, however, resume their usual bickering: “There’s going to be a lot of insults and evil plans.” Source: TV Guide
  • In the season premiere, the kids go to the Hamptons, Serena and Dan reconsider their breakup and Blair uses a new guy to make Chuck jealous. [...] Inside sources are spilling on the latest romantic entanglements on Gossip Girl’s Upper East Side, including news that the show’s original golden couple, Nate and Blair, aren’t reconciling any time soon-thanks to a certain new cougar who’s ready to pounce. This pretty (older) kitty is none other than Mädchen Amick, who, according to CW insiders, will appear in the season premiere on Sept. 1 and is expected to hang around for four or five episodes. Word is, Mädchen is heavily involved in Nate’s storylines and also has “a surprising connection to another new character on the show.” Source: Kristin on E!Online

Emmy Nominations

COMEDY

COMEDY SERIES
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Entourage
The Office
30 Rock
Two and a Half Men

ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Rainn Wilson, The Office

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Shelley Berman, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock
Tim Conway, 30 Rock
Rip Torn, 30 Rock

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Polly Bergen, Desperate Housewives
Edie Falco, 30 Rock
Carrie Fisher, 30 Rock
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Sarah Silverman, Monk
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

DRAMA

DRAMA SERIES
Boston Legal
Damages
Dexter
House
Lost
Mad Men

ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
James Spader, Boston Legal

ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ted Danson, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost
Zeljko Ivanek, Damages
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Charles Durning, Rescue Me
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Oliver Platt, Nip/Tuck
Stanley Tucci, ER
Glynn Turman, In Treatment
Robin Williams, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ellen Burstyn, Big Love
Diahann Carroll, Grey’s Anatomy
Sharon Gless, Nip/Tuck
Anjelica Huston, Medium
Cynthia Nixon, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

REALITY

REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

REALITY SERIES
Antiques Roadshow
Dirty Jobs
Extreme Makeover
Intervention
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List

VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY

VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Bill Maher: The Decider
George Carlin: It’s Bad For Ya!
James Taylor: One Man Band
Kathy Griffin: Straight To Hell
The Kennedy Center Honors
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

MINISERIES OR MOVIE

MINISERIES
The Andromeda Strain
Cranford
John Adams
Tin Man

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE
Bernard and Doris
Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
A Raisin In The Sun
Recount

ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Ralph Fiennes, Bernard And Doris
Ricky Gervais, Extras
Paul Giamatti, John Adams
Kevin Spacey, Recount
Tom Wilkinson, Recount

ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Judi Dench, Cranford
Catherine Keener, An American Crime
Laura Linney, John Adams
Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun
Susan Sarandon, Bernard And Doris

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Bob Balaban, Recount
Stephen Dillane, John Adams
Denis Leary, Recount
David Morse, John Adams
Tom Wilkinson, John Adams

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Eileen Atkins, Cranford
Laura Dern, Recount
Ashley Jensen, Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale
Audra McDonald, A Raisin in the Sun
Alfre Woodard, Pictures Of Hollis Woods

A Complete List of Returning Favorites From TVGuide.com

Show Network Return
Date
Episodes
to Air
30 Rock
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NBC Thursday, April 10 5
Aliens in America
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The CW Sunday, April 27 3
Back to You
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Fox Wednesday, April 16 8
Battlestar Galactica
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Sci Fi Friday, April 4 10
Big Bang Theory, The
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CBS Monday, March 17 9
Bones
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Fox Monday, April 14 6
Boston Legal
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ABC Tuesday, April 8 6
Brothers & Sisters
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ABC Sunday, April 20 4
Cold Case
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CBS Sunday, March 30 5
Criminal Minds
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CBS Wednesday, April 2 7
CSI
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CBS Thursday, April 3 6
CSI: Miami
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CBS Monday, March 24 8
CSI: NY
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CBS Wednesday, April 2 7
Desperate Housewives
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ABC Sunday, April 13 6
ER
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NBC Thursday, April 10 6
Everybody Hates Chris
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The CW Sunday, March 2 11
The Game
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The CW Sunday, March 23 4 to 13
Ghost Whisperer
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CBS Friday, April 4 6
Gossip Girl
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The CW Monday, April 21 5
Greek
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ABC Family Monday, March 24 12
Grey’s Anatomy
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ABC Thursday, April 24 5
House
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Fox Monday, April 28 4
How I Met Your Mother
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CBS Monday, March 17 9
Law & Order
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NBC Wednesday, April 23 5
Law & Order: SVU
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NBC Tuesday, April 15 5
Lost
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ABC Thursday, April 24 5
Medium
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NBC Thursday, April 3 8
Men in Trees
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ABC Wednesday, February 27 9
Moonlight
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CBS Friday, April 25 4
My Name Is Earl
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NBC Thursday, April 3 9
NCIS
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CBS Tuesday, April 8 7
New Adventures of Old Christine, The
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CBS Monday, February 4 6
Numbers
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CBS Friday, April 4 6
Office, The
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NBC Thursday, April 10 6
One Tree Hill
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The CW Monday, April 14 6
Reaper
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The CW Tuesday, April 22 5
Riches, The
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FX Tuesday, March 18 7
Rules of Engagement
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CBS Monday, April 14 6
Samantha Who?
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ABC Monday, April 7 6
Scrubs
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NBC Thursday, April 10 5 to 9
Shark
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CBS Tuesday, April 29 4
Smallville
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The CW Thursday, April 17 6
Supernatural
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The CW Thursday, April 24 4
Til Death
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Fox Wednesday, April 16 6
Two and a Half Men
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CBS Monday, March 17 9
Ugly Betty
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ABC Thursday, April 24 5
Without a Trace
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CBS Thursday, April 3 6
Women’s Murder Club
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ABC Tuesday, April 29 3

Greek’s Cappie Speaks Out on the New Semester

From TVGuide.com
Monday, March 24, 2008

Greek‘s Cappie Speaks Out on the New Semester

by Erin Fox
Scott Michael Foster by Bob D'Amico/ABScott Michael Foster, Greek
 
TVGuide.com: Tell me about your relationship with Spencer Grammer (Casey). Do you guys have a lot of fun together, and did you have a lot of instant chemistry?

Scott Michael Foster: Oh yeah, she’s awesome…. The whole cast, we all hang out together. It was really easy for us to play our roles because we [both think the other is] really cool, and we get along so well. So it’s not a challenge to play like we’re in love. If it was somebody who I thought is awful, that would be hard, but she’s great.

TVGuide.com: What should we be expecting to see from Cappie this semester?
Foster: You might see Cappie and Rebecca’s relationship change, bloom. At the end of the last season you see them together, but the entire second season is them trying to work their relationship out. Cappie and Casey are kinda put on the back burner — they know it’ll happen some day, they just don’t know when. And Cappie is trying to get Rusty to become more comfortable with his pledge brothers. He’ll play big brother to him. It’s all fun and rockets to him.

TVGuide.com: Were you surprised that they put you and Rebecca together in  a relationship?
Foster: I was surprised because when we got closer to reading the script where we had more scenes together, I was like, “I don’t think I’ve worked with this girl once!” It was cool to work with one of the other regulars that I hadn’t worked with much. It was a lot of fun to have that different dynamic.

TVGuide.com: Do you think Rebecca’s relationship with Cappie will soften her, or do you think her devious, evil side will pop back out again?
Foster: I think she definitely softens throughout the second season and you’ll see that, because you can only play bad for so long. And she’s still a freshman in college, so she has to have some love and forgiveness, which means that Cappie and Rebecca sort of grow up with each other.

Updated: The Truth About the Mischa Barton Gossip

Here’s Mike Ausiello’s coverage on whether Mischa Barton will really join Gossip Girl, at the moment it’s not looking good, but it would definitely been an amazing addition!

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Mischa Barton by George Pimentel/WireImage.com

UPDATE: US Weekly is reporting that Barton has turned down the role. Checking with my sources to see if that’s true. Please stand by

Their ears didn’t deceive them: Those whispers that Gawker.com overheard about Mischa Barton being approached for a part on Gossip Girl, I can now report, are 100 percent true. What isn’t 100 percent is whether or not a deal will be struck for her to play the recurring role of Georgina Sparks, a scheme queen who brings Serena’s checkered past screaming into her present.

Guess if ever there was an ax to grind between Gossip monger Josh Schwartz, who killed Barton off of The O.C., and the starlet, that hatchet was buried along with the nubile body of Marissa Cooper. So what do you think, peeps? Will Barton fit in with the Girls? Or would the show be better off looking at a lesser-known actress? — Additional reporting by Ben Katner

CBS Renews Shows Early

CBS Renews Big Bang and Others, But No Mick or Mother (Yet)

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Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory by Greg Gayne/CBS

CBS has announced it will be renewing The Big Bang Theory for another season, along with 10 others — albeit with a couple of conspicuous absences. Missing from the list, for the moment, are the newbie Moonlight, Rules of Engagement and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Joining the flood of announcements from the ‘nets on what’s next, CBS added to the rush with its list. The shows that did get a thumbs-up include Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, Numbers, Two and a Half Men and Without a Trace. The 11 renewals are on top of returning faves (and previously announced) Survivor and the Amazing Race.

In addition to all the great renewal news, CBS also issued a chart of when they’re airing new eps of old faves. In the meantime, I’m relishing the open renewal floodgates. — Anna Dimond

CBS’ Post-Strike Plans Features Lotsa Laughs

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How I Met Your Mother by Monty Brinton/CBS

A rather nifty, Ausiello-ish chart sent out by CBS details its ideal plan for producing new episodes of strike-stricken series.

Monday sitcoms How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men are each returning with nine new eppys on March 17. (Rules of Engagement doesn’t return until April 14, with a half-dozen.)

On March 24, CSI: Miami airs the first of eight new shows, while CSI: NY returns April 2 with seven, and CSI original flavor resurfaces April 3 with six.

Cold Case returns March 30 with five episodes, Criminal Minds kicks off seven new ones on April 2, and Trace is back on April 3 with six.

On April 4, both Ghost Whisperer and Numbers fans get the first of six, while Moonlighters are getting four new episodes starting April 11. NCIS is back April 8 with seven, and Shark‘s got four to unfurl at a to-be-determined date.

Of course, for Mike’s terrifically comprehensive roundup of what’s returning when and with how many, visit TVGuide.com/ShowStatus

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