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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 - Featured

* White Collar (10/9c USA Network ) The discovery of a large cache of gold puts Neal and Peter on the trail of a smuggler who's dealing in Iraqi artifacts. At the start of their investigation, they suspect a U.S. soldier may be involved in the dirty dealings. But soon a corrupt news producer who's embedded in the area catches their attention and could possibly lead them to the missing artifacts. * Smallville (8/7c The CW ) Clark is in trouble and ready to confess all, but it's not really his fault. He has two wonderful twin helpers to blame. The shape shifting-brother-sister duo Zan (David Gallagher) and Jayna (Allison Scagliotti) have made their way to Metropolis. Though their intentions are good, the pair botch some crime-fighting opportunities and land Clark in the hot seat. To clear his name, Clark has no choice but to admit he is the Blur. Or does he? * Degrassi A The Next Generation (8/7c Teen Nick)' In Part 1 of a two-part episode, football star Riley continues to deal with issues concerning his sexuality. A rather embarrassing situation occurs in lifeguard class, and this makes him more determined than ever to prove to everyone (including himself) that he's not gay. So he tries to sleep with Fiona, thinking that will stop the rumors once and for all. Elsewhere, Anya takes self-defense classes and lies to Sav about it. * Medium (9/8c CBS) It's Friday the 13th, a time of folkloric superstition and fear - but then again, every day is a Friday the 13th kind of day for Allison, the supermom with the sixth sense. Yet there's good luck for eldest daughter Ariel when she lands a new boyfriend. Mother knows best, however: Allison soon comes to suspect that the young man is a killer. We then switch gears to middle daughter Bridgette, who gets in hot water after posting disconcerting videos of a man on the Internet. David Arquette, brother of series star Patricia Arquette, directed the episode. * Law & Order (8/7c NBC) After a witness in a murder trial is shot to death outside of her hotel, Lupo and Bernard trace the killer's trail back to a used-car exporter. When the investigation exposes a chilling pattern involving a former DA-turned-shady lawyer, ADA Connie Rubirosa (Alana De La Garza) finds herself in a compromising position. Source & Preview

Mad Men's Rich Sommer Discusses His Law & Order Guest Spot

It's going to be a busy weekend for Mad Men star Rich Sommer. Before the AMC drama wraps up its third season Sunday night (10/9c), Sommer will appear in a ripped-from-the-headlines episode of Law & Order (Friday at 9/8c on NBC). "The episode is sort of inspired by the woman who drove the wrong way down the Taconic [Expressway]," Sommer tells us. "I play her boss, and after some investigating, they begin to suspect him a little bit, that somehow he may have been involved." Although the role sounds significantly darker than Harry Crane, the baby-faced nice guy he plays on Mad Men, Sommer says the two characters have more in common that one might expect. "This guy is not actually that far off [from Harry Crane]," Sommer says. "Harry's very ambitious and so is this guy. And I think if Harry let his ambitions get the better of him, enough to cloud his judgment, he could end up being this guy. It's only a few degrees off - he's still a nice guy, but it will be interesting to see how it plays." Harry's judgment has been a little off this season on Mad Men. When one of Sterling Cooper's biggest clients' come-ons were turned down by closeted art director Sal (Bryan Batt), the client asked Harry to remove Sal from the campaign. Even though Harry's inaction led to Sal being fired, Sommer says his character had no choice. "He was screwed either way," Sommer says. "Whether he called Roger then, or Roger found out the way he found out, Roger still would have said, 'Why the hell was he calling you?' It wasn't Harry's fault. The only thing he did was work late and pick up the phone, but it's still going to come back to him because blame has to be put somewhere. He could have called, but since he's screwed either way, I think it was worth rolling the dice and hoping it would just go away." Sommer also took part in one of this season's most shocking and lasting images: Harry and a group of onlookers being splattered with blood when a drunken secretary runs over a visiting exec's foot with a riding lawn mower. Sommer says he wasn't quite sure about the scene when he read it on paper. "I was the first one to question how it was going to fit in the show. I didn't really understand it," Sommer says. "I do that all the time, and then, of course, it's weaved in beautifully somehow. So I remember just being like, 'What the hell is going on? Are we jumping the shark? Is the new term "mowing the foot"?' I was nervous, but it turned out shockingly and beautifully. They know what they're doing; I should trust them more." That scene seems so long ago, now that we know how the men and women of Mad Men experienced the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Sommer says the episode was tough to watch. "Seeing it all put together, it made me feel sick a little bit," Sommer says. "My only moment that I can compare to that is obviously 9/11, and watching that episode, I felt almost like I did watching United 93. There's just that feeling of watching people go from innocent to knowing. That was the hardest part of the movie for me, and you get that in the show. You see all these people floating around, and then all of a sudden it's crystallized and it's painful." Naturally, Sommer was tight-lipped about the top-secret season finale, but he says it's an appropriate closing to this chapter of the show. "I think this has been our best season yet, and I think that the finale holds up in that way," he says. "It's going to be big. It answers questions, and it asks plenty more. It's a good one. We've said from the beginning that this season was about change, and I think that carries through up through this finale." Source Here

Exclusive: Elliott Gould Signs On to Law & Order

Elliott Gould will go all vigilante for a guest spot on Law & Order , has learned exclusively. The veteran film star will play a disgruntled business owner who takes the law into his own hands after a crime spree in his Harlem neighborhood. Gould, 71, received an Oscar nomination for 1969's swinging dramedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and co-starred with Donald Sutherland in Robert Altman's film version of M*A*S*H. More recently, Gould recurred as Ross and Monica's dad on Friends and co-starred with Brad Pitt and George Clooney in the Ocean's capers. His episode is scheduled to air Nov. 20. Source Here

Law & Order: Behind-The-Scenes Look With The Stars Of The 20-Year-Old Series

" Law & Order " is about to break a record as the longest-running primetime drama in American television history. The current record holder is "Gunsmoke," which ran for 20 seasons as well, and since "Law & Order" is about to hit that benchmark it is only a matter of time before they break it altogether. It is most certainly the longest lasting show currently on TV, with one of the most consistent fan bases that follows it and the two spin-off series. Honestly, over the years it seems like the show can do not wrong, taking on serious and controversial cases on a regular basis and commenting regularly on the justice system. Read More: - Behind-The-Scenes Look At 'Law & Order' With The Stars Of The 20-Year-Old Series

LAW & ORDER "Boy Gone Astray" Season 20 Episode 7 - Preview

Watch a preview of the Law & Order "Boy Gone Astray" Season 20 Episode 7 which airs Friday, October 23 (8-9 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis: When a young woman is found dead in her apartment, a few tell-tale signs quickly lead Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) to believe thatthe killer was not after her wealth. After finding suitcases filled with money and drugs in one of the victim's apartments, the detectives watch a security video from her lobby. The video exposes two potential suspects leading the detectives to a drug cartel. Also starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren), Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy), Alana De La Garza (Connie Rubirosa), and Linus Roache (Michael Cutter). Source & Preview

Law & Order Tackles Letterman Sex Scandal

First Jon & Kate, now David Letterman. For its latest ripped-from-the-headlines story line, Law & Order will take a page out of the Late Show host's sex-with-staffers extortion scandal, Entertainment Weekly reports. The episode will focus on a female talk-show host in her 40s, married with children, who gets blackmailed when someone gets wind of her affairs with her female employees. Things take a turn for the worse when someone involved in the trysts winds up dead. Letterman, who came clean about his affairs last month, isn't the only pop-culture reference in the episode. According to The Wrap, the female host, named Vanessa Carville, co-hosts a daily chatfest with a panel of women not unlike The View. NBC could not confirm the report. What do you think? Is it too soon to take a dig at Dave? Source Here

LAW & ORDER "Human Flesh Search Engine" Season 20 Episode 6 - Preview

Watch a preview of the Law & Order "Human Flesh Search Engine" Season 20 Episode 6 which airs Friday, October 30 (8-9 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis: When Sid Maxwell (Guest Star Rene Ifrah), owner of a fashion company is found dead, Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) assume asphyxia. But when fashion photographer, Terry Clark (Guest Star Jeremy Beiler), leads the detectives to an alarming discovery of Maxwell's true identity, they uncover a suspicious website with threatening web posts. Also starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren), Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy), Alana De La Garza (Connie Rubirosa), and Linus Roache (Michael Cutter). Source & Preview

Benjamin Bratt returns to 'Law & Order'

This should boost those sagging Friday ratings. Benjamin Bratt has signed on to reprise his role as Det. Rey Curtis on Law & Order , sources confirm to me exclusively. Bratt, who vacated the mothership a decade ago, will shoot his one-episode comeback next month. I'm told the actor will figure heavily in a story involving S. Epatha Merkerson's Van Buren. Might he be back to comfort her during her current health crisis? That's my guess. Happy to have Det. Curtis back, even if it's just for one episode? Source Here

LAW & ORDER "Dignity" Season 20 Episode 5 - Preview

Watch a preview of the Law & Order "Dignity" Season 20 Episode 5 which airs Friday, October 23 (8-9 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis: When Dr. Walter Benning (Guest Star Matthew Boston) is killed in church, Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) arrive at the scene and are informed a white male was seen fleeing in a dark sedan. The minister, XXX (Guest Star Michael Hollick), tells the detectives that Dr. Benning was a late-term abortion doctor and had been shot at before and threatened many times; and his wife, Phyllis Benning (Guest Star Tracy Sallows), is convinced it is a pro-life zealot who is responsible. While the detectives scan the several protestor suspects, Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) gets more bad news and ADA Connie Rubirosa (Alana de la Garza) faces a moral dilemma causing tension among the team. Also starring: S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren), Sam Waterston (District Attorney Jack McCoy), Alana De La Garza (Connie Rubirosa), and Linus Roache (Michael Cutter). Source & Preview

Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 - Featured

* Monk (9/8c USA Network ) Natalie works on what may be her toughest task yet: planning a surprise birthday party for Monk. Aside from the challenge of plotting a surprise for a man who likes to be firmly in control of his surroundings, Natalie also has to work around Monk's latest case, which finds him investigating the strange death of a maintenance worker. Virginia Madsen guest stars. * Ugly Betty (8/7c ABC) Betty finally got that editor's position she wanted, but it didn't come without a price. Her new boss-former boyfriend is holding a major grudge, her officemate hates her, and Marc, still stinging from losing the job to Betty, is looking for any reason to take her down. So what's there to be happy about? Well, the series begins its fourth season, and if anyone can triumph over these obstacles, it's Betty, who will be sporting a different look to go along with a new night (and next week, a new time, 9/8c). * Law & Order (8/7c NBC) If you don't dig the Duggars, hate Jon & Kate plus 8 and think Octomom should be called "off-her-rocker mom," we've got just the show for you! L&O serves up its take on those family reality series that focus on broods where the kids severely outnumber the grown-ups when a mother of 10 adopted, special-needs kids is murdered and the evidence spotlights the widower (Jim Gaffigan). * Lobstermen (10/9c Discovery Channel) It appears that there are plenty of crustaceans in the sea when it comes to finding a new idea for a reality fishing series. Cameras follow commercial vessels on their dangerous quests to fill their holds with... wait for it... lobsters in this series set off the coast of New England. The debut has the fleet getting off to a rough start with one captain steering into a storm and another dealing with a boat malfunction. * Numb3rs (10/9c CBS) Is it life imitating art? Or rather, death imitating art? That's pretty much the conclusion Don and his FBI team come to when they investigate a series of murders that appear to be copied from scenes of a soon-to-be-released movie. Adam Goldberg guest stars as the screenwriter of the deadly unseen film who must explain how it all could be happening. * Real Time with Bill Maher (10/9c HBO ) In his first six seasons, Bill Maher usually took a mid-season break for a few months, perhaps to tour, dabble in other media or just recharge his batteries. Since the seventh season began in February, however, he has traded the extended hiatus for a week or two off every now and then. But tonight the current season draws to a close, so don't miss what should be an interesting finale with a guest list that includes Alec Baldwin, Garry Shandling and Chris Matthews. * The Martha Stewart Show (11/10c NBC) The Queen of Homemaking is thinking pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Teaming with Ford's Warriors of Pink, Stewart will host a special audience of Warriors whose lives have been touched by the disease. Also appearing are Dr. Dara P. Richardson-Heron and chef Amanda Freitag, who will demonstrate cancer-fighting recipes. Source Here