TV was all in the family this week. Damages ' Carol Tobin kept her dead father's secrets by killing his mistress. Brother cowboys Cord and Jet had fun with hats on The Amazing Race . Kourtney Kardashian gave the doctors a hand in the delivery of her son. Lost 's Jack has a son! And Octomon charmed the ladies of The View - and America - with a laugh as gentle and full-throated as a well-aged Cabernet. Welcome to Top Moments: Family Style Edition! 8. Best Introduction: On Damages , Carol Tobin (Ana Reeder) proves she's not afraid to kill to get what she wants. She poisons her father's mistress, Danielle Marchetti, silencing one of Patty's key witnesses. Sly, no doubt, but how long will it be before the cops realize the same poison killed Louis? 7. Best Use of a Bag: Cowboy hats need protection too. On The Amazing Race , cowboy Cord forgets to bring a hat protector, so he improvises, using a plastic bag to shield his trademark Stetson from the Chilean rain. (See this pic of Cord and brother Jet to understand the difference.) The bag comes in handy later when he uses it to carry eggs in the Roadblock, pushing his team to a first-place finish in the leg. 6. Best Case for a Lawsuit: Grow up, American Idol judges! Rather than observe and offer constructive criticism of hunky singer-songwriter Casey James' cover of "Heaven," the panel cracks jokes about Kara undressing Casey with her eyes while Kara mock-swoons, making sure she's the center of attention during his performance. To Read More Click Here .
Damages' third season is racking up quite a body count. And, trust us, the show is just getting warmed up. First, the FX legal thriller revealed in the premiere that Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan) will be murdered in six months. Last week, Ponzi schemer Louis Tobin (Len Cariou) poisoned himself rather than face an extended prison sentence. Viewers haven't seen the last of Tom or the Tobin patriarch. "We were absolutely thrilled with Len's performance and... we will be seeing more of the character of Louis Tobin," co-creator and executive producer Todd Kessler says. "What happened on Thanksgiving, which is the day that Louis Tobin confessed to his family... we will return to throughout the rest of season." Cariou was sad to see his character commit suicide, but he says his death casts a long shadow over the season. "When I got the script, it said I was killing myself. I thought, 'Oh, hell, I just was beginning to enjoy this,'" he says. "But, I think I understood, from a dramatic point of view, why Tobin would take his own life. He was in terrible misery, I think, because of what happened with his son and his wife and his daughter. To Read More Click Here .
Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "It's Not My Birthday" Season 3 Episode 5 which airs February 22 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: Patty Hewes squares off with the D.A. over access to a key witness. A job candidate at Hewes & Shayes asks Ellen for insight into Patty. Source & Preview
Campbell Scott isn't a familiar face to the average TV viewer. Sure, he's the son of George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst, and he's been a working actor since 1986. But other than some brief appearances on recent TV series (Six Degrees, Royal Pains) and some big Hollywood films in the early '90s (Singles), Campbell Scott has preferred to work in theater and independent films (Roger Dodger). So how did he end up going mainstream with FX's twisty legal thriller Damages? "I knew nothing about it - how embarrassing?" Scott tells TVGuide.com. "But when the guys started talking about it, my wife and I watched the first season and we just flipped. It really seemed like a 13-epsiode movie to me. It seemed to be really well-written and beautifully performed. I thought, 'That's the kind of television you want to be involved with.'" And then there is the chance for Scott to play something new. As Joe Tobin, the troubled son of a man who's pulled off the largest Ponzi scheme in history, Scott says he relishes playing a guy who doesn't have all the answers. "What's fascinating about him is that he's weak," Scott says. "I don't often play that, and it hardly ever gets written in an accurate way. And by weak, I mean he's someone who doesn't really have some sort of a structure that keeps him on one path. ... He starts off as a relatively unknowing and innocent character, but because of his relationships and because of his desires, he becomes something else. I like that his moral structure seems to vacillate wildly with each show." Indeed, in last week's episode, a drunk Joe tried to cover up accidentally running over his father's mistress, Danielle (Madchen Amick), who also had been subpoenaed by Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) to answer questions about the fraud. To cover his tracks, Joe decides to put Danielle on a plane, knowing that the bleeding in her brain would kill her before the plane lands. "I think the cool thing and the scary thing about Joe is that we don't know how far he's willing to go," the 48-year-old Scott says. "He's unwilling to just be the evil guy and be greedy outright. But at the same time, his behavior is obviously reprehensible if not criminal. "It's not that he's completely without a moral compass," Scott continues. "It's just that his is like the compasses in those planes as they go over the Bermuda triangle: [It's] just spinning." Damages co-creator and executive producer Todd Kessler, however, says Monday's episode (10/9c on FX) may turn everything we've already seen on its ear. "As is typical with Damages, things really start heating up at this point," he says. "It's a big Joe and Louis Tobin [Len Cariou] episode, and I think there is a big bomb dropped. There's something that happens that is irreversible and will absolutely shift the focus of the story moving forward." "It changes Joe's whole take on how he's supposed to operate with this whole crowd," Scott elaborates. "He's going to look at his drinking and he's going to start looking at his relationship with his mom and his dad with a different way. ... It appears that Joe has not been a very heady or influential member of the business or the family. But they all seem to care for him. So we will see if he's going to rise to the occasion." Damages: Tate Donovan reacts to the season premiere's shocking twist Meanwhile, the show's other big mystery - the death of Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan) - remains somewhat separate from Tobin's family issues. Scott, who still has four episodes to shoot, says he's worked very little with Donovan, Close, and Rose Byrne. But Scott awaits the big payoff. "We can all feel that it's all going to crash together soon. And it has to," Scott says. "The stakes are so high in [Patty, Ellen and Tom's] professional careers, that when they start to join forces to figure out what to do about the Tobins - all hell breaks loose among the three of them." Source Here
Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "Don't Throw That at the Chicken" Season 3 Episode 4 which airs February 15 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: Patty Hewes grills Louis Tobin about his fraud, while Joe Tobin is faced with a decision that will determine his family's fate forever. Source & Preview
. * XXI Olympic Winter Games (8/7c NBC)''' The team of Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo go for China's first-ever gold medal in the pairs figure skating final tonight, having won the bronze in two previous Olympics. While their toughest competition should come from German and Russian pairs, a couple of up-and-coming U.S. pairs could be interesting. Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett, together for only 18 months, surprised many by winning the U.S. Nationals last month, while Barrett's girlfriend, Amanda Evora, with partner Mark Ladwig, took second and the other Olympic berth. Also on the ice, the U.S. goes for its third straight gold in speedskating's 500m, with Tucker Fredericks a long shot to follow Casey FitzRandolph (2002) and Joey Cheek (2006) to the top of the podium. Seth Wescott, the 2006 winner in the inaugural snowboard cross, is back to try for his second straight gold. Daytime events feature what looks to be America's best-ever cross-country team, featuring World Championship silver medalist Kikkan Randall in the women's 10km. * The Bachelor : On the Wings of Love (8/7c ABC) So, should Gia, Tenley or Vienna write a thank-you note to Ali? One of them is in the Caribbean island St. Lucia tonight only because Ali, a likely semifinalist, chose her job over Jake last week. Nonetheless, romance fans know the drill from here: island frolicking (on a "pirate" ship this time) and wine-infused candlelight dining, followed (or not) by "fantasy suite" nights before the two finalists emerge. Then there's next week's "Women Tell All' interlude, followed by the finals on March 8. * Glenn Martin, DDS (8:30/7:30c Nickelodeon) Washington, D.C., serves as the perfect backdrop for this President's Day episode. The Martins head to the nation's capital because of Courtney's entry in an essay contest. Initially, Glenn's upset that his daughter's essay on the person she admires the most is not about him, but he happily gains Courtney's respect after President Obama praises him for helping him out with a dental emergency. However, because he's Glenn, he then does something to ruin Courtney's newfound admiration of him. * Greek (10/9c ABC Family) When an attractive young politician (Sam Page of Mad Men) visits campus, Casey happily volunteers to help him with a voter-registration campaign. Soon Casey starts thinking about grown-up things like a possible career in politics, while Cappie chooses not to contemplate life after graduation. Meanwhile, Rusty prepares to appear on the cover of Engineering Weekly, but then he starts to question some recent choices he's made. * Damages (10/9c FX ) Joe Tobin certainly clicked over into the "villain" category last week. Not to mention the "sucker" category: Does Joe really think that Winstone has his interests at heart? And the two of them couldn't even get Danielle (Madchen Amick) out of the country, so you can expect her to become a player, once she recovers from her concussion. But tonight, Joe has a decision to make while Patty gets her first crack at grilling Louis Tobin. Oh, and expect to learn more about Tom Shayes' death. Source Here
Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "Flight's at 11:08" Season 3 Episode 3 which airs February 8 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: DAMAGES "Flight's at 11:08" Season 3 Episode 3 - Patty Hewes races to prevent a key witness in the Tobin case from fleeing the country. Ellen learns a dark family secret. To Read More Click Here .
Damages continues its riveting third season with an episode that does things a little differently. "We're doing something we've never done before in the series: The entire episode takes place in one night," co-creator and executive producer Todd Kessler tells TVGuide.com. That's right: There will be none of the show's trademark flash-forward timeline jumps. "The unity of time - how that helps the thriller storytelling and the ride - we've just never done it before, and we really think it's one of our best episodes we've ever done," Kessler says. The episode focuses on Monday's cliff-hanger: An off-the-wagon Joe Tobin (Campbell Scott) confronts his father's mistress, Danielle, (Madchen Amick) and accidentally runs over her while backing out of the driveway. As luck would have it, Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) is also looking for Danielle, who, before being rendered unconscious by the accident, was planning to skip the country to avoid being subpoenaed in the Ponzi scheme investigation. To Read More Click Here .
Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "The Dog is Happier Without Her" Season 3 Episode 2 which airs February 1 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: While Joe Tobin (Campbell Scott) decides between "family" and "integrity," Patty and Tom dig deeper into Louis Tobin's secrets. Tom gets a boost from Ellen in the effort but also receives some bad news relating to Louis Tobin. Meanwhile, Patty and Phil, locked in their bitter divorce battle, find one piece of common ground: their dog. (Source: TV Guide) Source & Preview
There's something unsettling about watching Martin Short play the mysterious Leonard Winstone on Damages. Maybe it's that we're used to him making us laugh. But Short doesn't buy that. "Actors are just actors," he tells TVGuide.com. "Whether they're making you laugh or making you frown, there's a talent to make a character three-dimensional and sympathetic. It's just different objectives. People have typecasting in their heads of how they think so-and-so can make them laugh but can't make them cry." The alternative, then, is that Winstone - a hard-edged attorney and Godfather-like consigliere to the Ponzi-scheming Tobin family at the center of Season 3 - gives us the creeps because he isn't all that he seems. It is Damages, after all. First off, Short says Louis Tobin (Len Cariou), the patriarch and mastermind of the scam, is more than an ordinary client. "Tobin's also a surrogate father to this guy," Short says. "So, Leonard Winstone's motives are not just tied to financial gain by protecting a client, but also emotional involvement, given that this man has been closer to him than his own father." With such a strong bond, will Winstone go further to protect Old Man Tobin versus his seemingly uninvolved son, Joe (Campbell Scott), when push comes to shove? "The fascination of doing this show is the actors don't know a great deal about where it's going," Short says. "We play the scenes, but whether there is a secret agenda, you don't always know. So, whether Leonard Winstone is a sincere assistant remains to be seen. I'm not saying Leonard isn't what he seems, but there are certainly deviations." Damages co-creator and executive producer Todd Kessler remains tight-lipped. "There are absolutely some surprises in the reveals about who he is and why he is connected to the Tobins," adding that he loves what Short has brought to the role. "Something we find extremely exciting is that to an audience, [Martin] seems familiar," Kessler says. "We hope that by the second scene you see him in, you forget that it's Martin Short, but we do want the audience to have that familiarity. The newness of what he's doing is exciting us at every turn." Speaking to Short, you can hear in his voice that he's a fan of the show, and its star, Glenn Close, against whom Short gets to do battle. But like everything else about Leonard Winstone at this point, we'll have to wait and see whether he or Patty Hewes comes out on top. "It's a chess match," Short says. "They're both really successful and very good at what they do. So it makes Patty challenged and it makes Leonard challenged. We've done a few scenes, and sometimes Patty seems to exit with the upper hand and sometimes Leonard does." Damages airs Mondays at 10/9c on FX. Source Here