Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 - Featured

* The Middle (8:30/7:30c ABC) Originally developed - and shelved - for the 2006-07 TV season with Ricki Lake in the lead, this sitcom was finally given the green light when Patricia Heaton came on board. No offense to Ms. Lake, but with a two-time Emmy winner as the star, The Middle probably has a better shot at breaking out of the pack. The Everybody Loves Raymond vet plays a harried, married mother of three in a quirky Midwestern family that will no doubt be compared with the Malcolm in the Middle clan, but clever dysfunctional slapstick never goes out of style. * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9/8c NBC) Eric McCormack played a lawyer for eight seasons on Will & Grace , and tonight he plays a man in need of one. As Vance Shepard, McCormack is the hip, easygoing CEO of an online dating service. But things become problematic for him when the body of a female member of his dating site turns up stuffed inside a suitcase. Benson and Stabler bring Shepard in for questioning, and allegations are made that he was the victim's sugar daddy. * Hank (8/7c ABC) Kelsey Grammer returns to prime time with a sitcom that is also about a return, albeit an unplanned and unwanted homecoming. Grammer plays Hank Pryor, a sports-retail entrepreneur who went from being at the top of his game to being permanently benched. In the opener, he takes his wife and two children back to their home state of Virginia to rebuild their lives. But what the workaholic Hank learns he has to do first is get to know his children better and rebuild his family. * Eastwick (10/9c ABC) The ladies are understandably curious about the enigmatic Darryl Van Horne who's moved into town and seemingly awakened powers within them, so Joanna does some digging and interviews a retired reporter (Martin Mull) and a reclusive eccentric (Cybill Shepherd) who may know something about Darryl's past. Meanwhile, Roxie has her hands full with a new neighbor whom she's having troubling visions about, and Kat tries to proceed with plans to end her marriage, even though Raymond has returned home. * Bank of Mom and Dad (10/9c SOAPnet) How far will some people go to get help with their poor spending habits? The women on this new reality show resort to having their parents move in with them for a week and take control of their finances! Money coach Farnoosh Torabi is also on hand to provide guidance to the women and get them back on the right track. In the premiere episode, a jet-setting New York City gal with a mountain of bills and no health insurance learns to readjust her priorities and live less lavishly. Source Here

LAW & ORDER SVU "Sugar" Season 11 Episode 2 - Preview

Watch a preview of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "Sugar" Season 11 episode 2airing Wednesday September 30 2009 on NBC. This episode has a special guest star: Eric McCormack. Episode Synopsis: A young woman's body is found stuffed inside a suitcase, and police believe that Mindy Keefe, the victim, was a train passenger on her way to Tampa when she was murdered. Detectives Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) turn to Keefe's financier boyfriend, Owen Cassidy's (Guest Star Matt C. Burns) yacht to investigate. However, Cassidy claims he was on his boat during the time of the murder. After further searching, the detectives discover Keefe belonged to an online dating website. But when the CEO of the dating website, Vance Shepard (Guest Star Eric McCormack), refuses to comment on the case, the detectives turn to ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) for help. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Much), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang). Source & Preview

Law & Order Latest Episode: Special Victims Unit Season 11, Episode 1 - 'Unstable'

Officer Nate Kendall (Wentworth Miller) helps a woman in trouble and gets roped into investigating a rape case; when evidence connects multiple cases, the team realizes they may be pursuing a serial rapist. Watch & Discuss: Watch Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 11, Episode 1 - 'Unstable'

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 - Featured

* Cougar Town (9:30/8:30c ABC) Lest ye think this new comedy is all about older women chasing younger men - though there is that - the producers, including Scrubs' Bill Lawrence, conveniently dodge that cliche tying it to a high-school football team's nickname. As for that first premise, it could also describe fortysomething divorcee Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox) being figuratively chewed up and spit out by a big cat called life. Should she get back out there and date? Well, she's just not sure, and, in tonight's premiere, neither is her mortified teenage son. * Modern Family (9/8c ABC) "Family. Redefined." That's an old tagline for The Sopranos, but TV familial units have been evolving since the beginning, and this new comedy is living proof. Shot mockumentary-style, the series follows the unusual kinship of the Pritchett clan, led by patriarch Jay (Ed O'Neill), whose much younger wife (Sofia Vergara) has a son of her own. Revealing more would spoil the fun of peeling back the layers one at a time, and the undercurrent of warmth at work here makes it one of the season's most promising sitcoms. * Mercy (8/7c NBC) The highs and lows of three nurses at a hospital in Jersey City, N.J., are charted in this new medical drama. The series centers on Veronica Callahan (newbie Taylor Schilling), an adept caregiver who lands work at Mercy Hospital after a tour of duty in Iraq. But Veronica's love life is ready to flatline: Her marriage is splintering, and a tempting new doctor only complicates matters. Veronica's nursing colleagues include a swaggering gal pal (Jaime Lee Kirchner) and a naive rookie (Michelle Trachtenberg). Although this is yet another entry in the crowded hospital-drama genre, the gritty New Jersey locations and an attractive young cast make for good medicine. * The New Adventures of Old Christine (8/7c CBS) Last season's hilarious finale ended in a cliffhanger that left a couple of key questions unanswered. Are new Christine and Richard getting married and is Barb being deported? It's not giving anything away to say the answers are no and yes. As the fifth season begins, the wedding is off and Barb is in the Bahamas after being booted out of the States. But not to worry. Christine and Matthew fly down to help Barb obtain an illegal visa so she can return to the U.S. * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9/8c NBC) After a hiatus filled with reports on hard-fought contract negotiations, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni are returning for the series' 11th season, albeit on a new night and at a new time. And they've got some reluctant company tonight: Off. Nate Kendall ( Prison Break 's Wentworth Miller), a cop who likes to do his things his own way. He helps a rape victim, then must stay on the case after by-the-book Executive ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) suspects a serial rapist is behind things. Source Here

Christine Lahti Back for More Law & Order: SVU

Christine Lahti begins her Law & Order: Special Victims Unit four-episode arc on Wednesday's premiere, but it seems her character may be popping back, in a new light, later on in the season. "Episode nine I come back," Lahti told, saying there's definitely "a clash" in one scene with Assistant District Attorney Alex Cabot, played by the recurring Stephanie March. Lahti said her character, Sonya Paxton, has "some hidden secret demons that are very intense." She adds that her character, who "starts out as a control freak, strong, demanding ADA, turns into a wild ride." So will either Lahti or March fill the ADA role on SVU permanently? Executive producer Neal Baer says it's all up in the air. "Stephanie is doing 10 shows and then she has other things to do, so at the end of the season, [in] the last 5 shows, anything could happen." "I have some ideas," he adds. Law & Order: SVU premieres Wednesday at 9/8c on NBC. Who would you cast as ADA? Source Here

Eric McCormack on LAW & ORDER SVU Season 11 (PHOTOS)

Check out the first pictures of Eric McCormack as Vance Shepard on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit]] Season 11 episode 2 airing Wednesday September 30 2009 on NBC. The title of the episode is "Sugar". Episode Synopsis: A suitcase with the body of a young woman in it causes Benson and Stabler to investigate her sugar-daddy. Source & More Pics

LAW & ORDER SVU Season 11 Premiere First Pictures

Check out the first pictures of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 11 premiering Tuesday September 23 2009 on NBC. The title of the episode is "Unstable". Featured in these pictures is our good friend Wentworth Miller who we previously reported was appearing in the show. Episode Synopsis: Officer Nate Kendall (guest star Wentworth Miller) aids a woman in trouble and becomes roped into solving a rape case. While Detectives Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) believe that Kendall is not right for the case due to his unstable personality, Executive ADA Sonya Paxton (guest star Christine Lahti) joins the team, bringing evidence of a common thread among three other rape cases. With Paxton's help, the team might expose a serial rapist. Source Here

LAW & ORDER SVU Season 11 Promo

Watch a promo of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 11 premiering Tuesday September 23 2009 on NBC. The promo shows some familiar and some new ones faces which will appear this season. To See The Promo Click Here . LAW & ORDER SVU stars Richard Belzer (Detective John Much), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Michaela McManus (A.D.A Kim Greylek), Stephanie March (ADA Alexandra Cabot), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang). Source Here

Broadway Star Rocks the Law & Order: SVU Set

Mitchell Jarvis, star of the Broadway show Rock of Ages, is joining the growing list of guest-stars on SVU's fall season. has confirmed that Jarvis will be in the fifth episode, titled "Hardwired." He plays Coach Simmons, a combination of "muscles and mustache with a twist of creepy," casting director Jonathan Strauss tells us. Jarvis joins the previously announced Rosie Perez and Garret Dillahunt. The episode also marks the return of Jeri Ryan and Stephanie March. Ryan plays Defense attorney Patrice Larue, who is at odds with Assistant District Attorney Alex Cabot. The eleventh season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c on NBC.

SVU Exclusive: Rosie Perez, Garret Dillahunt to Anchor Explosive Episode

Rosie Perez and Garret Dillahunt will square off on an explosive episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit this fall about pedophiles' rights, has learned exclusively. On the fifth episode of the new season, Dillahunt ( Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ' Cromartie, No Country for Old Men) will play the head of a pedophilia organization (think NAMBLA - or, you know, don't). "It's called 'Hardwired,'" executive producer Neal Baer says, "because they believe that pedophilia is [a genetic predestination]." Baer says the writers had the Oscar-nominated Perez (Do the Right Thing, Fearless) in mind when they wrote the role of a young sexual abuse victim's mother. "I think you'll be surprised by her performance," he says. Jim True-Frost, who you might remember from The Wire, also appears in the episode as Perez's husband and stepfather to her son. She takes legal action against Dillahunt's organization for its influence over her husband, who has been accused of abusing her child. The same episode also marks the return of two fair-haired legal ladies to the series: Defense attorney Patrice Larue (Jeri Ryan) will battle Stephanie March's Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot, who starts her 10-episode run behind the prosecutor's bench that week. Not enough? Fine. Baer also tells us that the same hour will feature a "big reveal" about B.D. Wong's Dr. Huang, which will surface as a result of a confrontation he has with Det. Benson (Mariska Hargitay). Law & Order: SVU returns for its 11th season on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c on NBC. "Hardwired" is scheduled to air in October. Source Here