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C.S.I.: Sara Smiles

Posted by ButtonKnows If I were Warrick Brown, man, I would be getting nervous. Reeeeal nervous. Because I am guessing about 15 episodes of C.S.I. from now something really inventively crappy is going to happen to him. He’s due. See, at the end of Season 5, toward the denouement of a twisty storyline almost as inventive as this past season’s miniature killer, Grissom’s team wound up with their Nick in a box. (“Step one: Build a plexiglass box. Twooo… put your cop in that bah-ha-hox. Three: Make them open the box.” You can take ‘er from here … and yeah, […]

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Praising “Cane”: A Recap/Review

Posted by Sarah Last night was the series premiere of the new CBS drama Cane. I’ve been looking forward to this show for a month or so now, ever since I dreamed that I watched the entire series in one night. My excitement had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Jimmy Smits (pictured right) is a fine-lookin’ man. My hopes were further raised when I saw that the premiere would be shown “with limited commercial breaks,” thanks to a generous corporate sponsor who has monopolized the limited ad time. Well! Maybe that kind of thing happens pretty often, […]

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Dexter vs. Doakes

Posted by: Elaine B When last we saw our favorite antihero, Dexter was absorbed in the fantasy of being hailed as a hero by the citizens of Miami for dispatching the Ice Truck Killer. This season takes up where the last left off, with Dexter in a funk and missing his brother who, with no adherence to the Code of Harry, might have been the ideal person to dispatch Dexter’s ongoing headache, Sergeant Doakes, who is stuck on Dex like a duck on a junebug. We can surmise that, in the case of Doakes, it takes a killer to see […]

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Spills Over Onto The Small Screen

With the division race in the National League Central still up for grabs, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are taking their rivalry to a new venue: television. You might remember that, back in June, four Brewers — shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Bill Hall and pitchers Chris Capuano and Jeff Suppan — appeared in an episode of The Young and the Restless. (If you don’t remember, here it is. By the way, does she still think Chris Capuano is the “best left-handed pitcher in the entire league” at 5-12 with a 5.21 ERA?) Well, tomorrow, while his teammates take […]

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USA’s Burn Notice Sizzles

Occasionally there is talk about somebody wanting to do an updated remake of the British cult classic series The Prisoner, in which a spy who resigns is transported to a mysterious village, where he is trapped because he knows too much. That talk can stop for a while, since — whether intentionally or not — USA Network has effectively taken that premise and turned it into a very fun and thrilling comedy/drama series called Burn Notice, which premieres June 28. Jeffrey Donovan plays Michael Weston, a spy who — unfortunately, in the middle of a dangerous mission — is suddenly […]

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A “Mad” World: Life After “The Sopranos” Series Finale

We’ve said our reluctant goodbyes to Tony, Carmela and the Family … so now what? Luckily for fans of The Sopranos, AMC is filling the void with its new drama series Mad Men, which premieres July 19. Following the professional — and sometimes decidedly unprofessional — antics at Sterling Cooper, a 1960s advertising agency, Mad Men brings a stylish and surprisingly cutting-edge new world to your TV. But what, you might be asking, does a 1960s advertising agency have to do with HBO’s wildly popular mob hit? Only the fact that the Mad Men script is what got writer and […]

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These “Army Wives” Aren’t “Desperate”

“It’s not that show at all,” says Catherine Bell, rebuffing early criticism that her new Lifetime series, Army Wives, is simply Desperate Housewives set on an Army base. “It’s really just about people, dealing with things that real people deal with, as well as with the added drama of what the Army would deal with.” And with all that affects military families today, this seems the perfect opportunity to explore some of these issues, which the show delves right into in the pilot episode. There’s a lot going on, which is understandable, as the episode is trying to introduce its […]

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The Delicious Dark Side Of “Everwood’s” Good Doctor

As one of the dearly departed WB’s most endearing dads, Treat Williams specialized in heartfelt speeches, kindhearted gestures and crinkly-eyed smiles. In his new Lifetime movie, premiering April 15, however, Dr. Andy Brown will be notably absent. “Every time I do something like Andy Brown, I have to go and play a villain,” Williams says. “Those are the juicy parts!” That juicy part this time is Michael Peterson, the enigmatic center of the based-on-a-true-story The Staircase Murders. A best-selling author and one-time mayoral candidate, Peterson was thrust into a different kind of spotlight in 2001 when his frantic 911 call […]

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Newcomer Jonas Armstrong Is On Target In BBC America’s “Robin Hood”

When I met British actor Jonas Armstrong at a Los Angeles-area hotel, he had just celebrated his birthday on New Year’s Day (he was reportedly the first child born in Ireland in 1981). “I took my little brother away on holiday. We went to Egypt,” he says of his birthday celebration. “I have to say that I was a bit pissed off, because I just turned 26, my brother’s 19. So you kind of have a short list of what you want on a holiday, and on that that short list of what there was, we didn’t manage to check […]

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Kings of South Beach: A True-Life Story Of Crime In Paradise

“I’m not a big nightclub person, so I’ve never had any real draw to South Beach,” says Donnie Wahlberg at the start of our interview. However, the actor did have a strong draw to his intense role in a new A&E original movie set beneath the steamy sun of Miami and based on a true story. In Kings of South Beach, premiering March 12, Wahlberg plays Andy Burnett, a mysterious man who befriends Chris Troiano (Jason Gedrick), a mob wiseguy who is fast becoming the “it boy” of South Florida in the late 1990s. Troiano has founded South Beach’s hottest […]