What a week for supporting casts. Guest stars shined on The Big Bang Theory and Breaking Bad . The veep said something that made a bigger splash -- in a bad way -- than anything the president did. And on Southland , a dog had his day. Enjoy TVGuide.com's Top Moments, time-to-shine edition. 11. Most Expedited Delivery: Amy Brenneman wasn't kidding about the Private Practice season finale's Tarantino-esque quality. Pregnant Violet's biggest quandary to date -- which possible pop to choose, Pete or Sheldon -- is profoundly overshadowed when an unbalanced patient, Katie, decides that the baby she lost months ago is now in Violet's belly. So, with a medical "how-to" guide in hand, Katie sets out to extricate said unborn child. Unsettling doesn't begin to describe the macabre cliffhanger. 10. Best Setup: On Southland , a retired drug-sniffing dog bites a spoiled teen while searching his room for pot, foreshadowing the show's climax: Officers set loose another K-9 to go totally canine on a fleeing sex offender who's wanted for murder. (Our dogs put Southland's salute to dogs at number one on this week's Top Moments.) 9. Best Game-Extender: The Boston Celtics' Ray Allen (who scored 51 points overall) hits a down-to-the-wire 3-pointer to take Game 6 against the Chicago Bulls into triple overtime -- and the series into the record books for most postseason overtimes. (The Bulls go on to win.) 8. Wildest Overreaction: Vice President Joe Biden tells Today's Matt Lauer he wouldn't recommend members of his family travel by plane or subway because of the risk of swine flu. Later, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs explains "what the vice president meant to say" is that people should take precautions if they have flu-like symptoms. Good news, because it sounded like we'd have to shut the country down awhile. 7. Most Homophobic Nit-Picking: Fox News' Bill O'Reilly takes a New York Times reporter to task for asking President Barack Obama what he's been most "enchanted" by, among other things, in his first 100 days in office. His guest, Bernard Goldberg, mocks the word by saying it "fits our metrosexual time" and would never have been asked in the "John Wayne era." So basically... some words are too unmanly to be spoken aloud? Can we still say "bromance"? 6. No "I" in Team Award: Given the chance to say some final words following his Dancing with the Stars elimination, Chuck Wicks thanks his fellow Team Mambo members... for causing his elimination: "I think the team dance did us in," he slights. Hey Chuck, maybe it was your solo? 5. Hooker with a Heart of Golda Award: The Big Bang Theory has us kvelling as Leonard and Raj hire Las Vegas call girl Mikayla (guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) to not just give depressed Howard "the girlfriend experience," but a Jewish one. From kvetching, "Would it kill [the casino buffet] to put out a nice brisket?" to telling her date, "Oy, you're hot," she would make Mrs. Wolowitz proud. 4. Best Criminal Lawyer: The highly underrated Bob Odenkirk guests on Breaking Bad as a crooked defense attorney who agrees to help Walt and Jesse protect their meth ring -- but only after both of them stuff a bill in his pocket so everything they say is covered by attorney-client privilege. The moment perfectly captures the character's sleaze, smarts, and fear. Jesse puts it best: "When the going gets tough, you don't want a criminal lawyer. You want a criminal lawyer." Read the full story: Top Moments: Shocking Finishes and Shining Guest Stars
With only three episodes in the can, Southland has surprisingly done what no other new drama has achieved, which is hold on to its entire premiere audience past the pilot. A feat that is certainly difficult to achieve these days. Those Southland cops have been hitting the streets hard, but that doesn't mean they don't have personal lives too. From their messed-up families to their abysmal love lives, these cops just can't catch a break. The cast of Southland was on hand at the NBC Summer Press Day last week to tease new developments for their characters, along with their thoughts on a possible season two pickup. With upfronts only a few weeks away, the cast of Southland have no doubt they'll be back for round two. Regina King tells us, "We are feeling positive. We're getting really great feedback. The reviews have been good, but it's not the reviews that make us feel confident. It's the fact that all of us have had at least nine or 10 instances each where we've been in the grocery store or the car wash and someone has been like, 'Oh my God, I love that show!'" Yes, we're definitely one of those culprits! Here's what's on deck for the hard-hitting cops this season... E!Online: Southland Cast Says Season Two Looking Positive Photo courtesy of eonline.com
This Thursday, every single network show - save for one! - dropped (if not plunged) from its previous outing. Here's how the breakdown breaks down: * 8 pm/ET Survivor topped the hour with an audience of 11.38 million total viewers, down 240K week-to-week. Bones sewed up second with 8.22 mil, down 500 thou. My Name Is Earl was the night's lone gainer, inching up 200K to 5.5 mil. Lead-out Parks & Recreation , however, dropped 11 percent, to 5.24 mil. Smallville barely managed 3 mil, plunging 19 percent from its last fresh outing. * 9 pm CSI (14.45 mil, -970K) drew the biggest audience, while Grey's Anatomy (13.2 mil, down 16 percent) topped the demos. Both The Office (7.21 mil) and 30 Rock (6.35 mil) slipped 12 percent. Supernatural sank 16 percent, delivering 2.76 mil. * 10 pm Private Practice took No. 1 with 9.23 million viewers, down 12 percent. Southland scored second, freefalling 16 percent to 8 mil, while Harper's Island (7.48 mil) saw another 690 thou get snuffed. Source Here
* Trouble The Water (8:30 pm/ET HBO ) If you think you've seen it all about Hurricane Katrina in 2005, give this 2008 Oscar-nominated documentary a look. Amateur videographer Kimberly Roberts and her husband shot footage before, during and after the storm from New Orleans' Ninth Ward, then, coincidentally, hooked up with filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (whose credits include several Michael Moore films). Their collaboration reveals a story seldom seen by TV cameras, and the Roberts' optimism in the face of so much loss is a tribute to the human spirit. * CSI : Crime Scene Investigation (9 pm/ET CBS) Henry Thomas guest stars in this top-notch puzzler as convicted murderer Jeremy Kent, who wins the right to a new trial in the bludgeoning death of a 91-year-old man in 1991. Kent claims he was misled by his court-appointed lawyer and that his conviction is based strictly on circumstantial evidence, false testimony and errors made by Catherine, who was working her first solo case. As Catherine reinvestigates the crime, her case begins to fall apart and she fears Kent may be telling the truth. * Grey's Anatomy (9 pm/ET ABC) Izzie's surgery. Cristina and Owen's tumultuous breakup. And all the effort that Derek put into proposing to Meredith. No wonder the hot docs needed a month off. But they're back tonight, and in full wedding-preparation mode. That includes Izzie, who isn't going to let a silly thing like cancer stop her from being a wedding belle. Her illness does affect Alex, though, and it'll show in his work. Meanwhile, Callie's dad (Hector Elizondo) is back for a visit. Think he'll be pleased about Arizona? * The Beast (10 pm/ET A&E ) The network's original crime drama closes its first season with an uncertain future and its lead actor, Patrick Swayze, continuing his fight against pancreatic cancer. In the season ender, Barker (Swayze) gets a break in a case he's followed his entire career, but never put to rest, when he receives a list of six people involved in the crime. * Southland (10 pm/ET NBC) He's young, handsome and from a privileged background, so why would Ben Sherman decide to become a cop? The answer becomes clear tonight when Ben's motivations are revealed in a frank discussion with his partner and the department therapist. C. Thomas Howell and Tom Sizemore guest star in the episode as a celeb-adoring cop and an irresponsible star, respectively, whose paths cross. Considering Sizemore's checkered past, he won't have to do much acting. Source Here
Watch a sneak peek of SOUTHLAND's episode 3 "See the Woman" airing this Thursday April 24 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET).
When officers John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) and Chickie Brown (Arija Bareikis) rescue a baby girl found alone in the middle of an LA intersection, the hunt for her mother begins. Detectives Lydia Adams (Regina King) and Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott) examine the scene looking for clues and soon Lydia finds herself affected by the search and must deal with past issues. Meanwhile, officers Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) and Nate Moretta (Kevin Alejandro) are unable to find the financial resources to put a juvenile in police protection and decide to place her in a student police program. Michael McGrady also stars. Source & Preview Here
* MLB Baseball (7 pm/ET MLB) It may be last to the cable-channel party among the major American sports, but MLB Network has gained many fans after three months of off-season and preseason fare. The main course arrived this week with regular-season coverage, headlined by tonight's launch of Thursday Night Baseball in San Francisco. Sixteen different teams are showcased in the first eight games on the schedule, with veteran voices such as Bob Costas, Jim Kaat, Joe Magrane, Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian in the booth. * Parks & Recreation (8:30 pm/ET NBC) From The Office masterminds comes this new mockumentary following the not-so-glamorous lives of local government workers in Pawnee, Ind. Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat who dreams of becoming the first female president of the United States. In the opener, she decides to help a nurse (Rashida Jones) turn an abandoned construction pit into a community park. It should be a fairly simple project, but accurately enough, navigating local bureaucracy proves to be a pain in the you-know-what. * Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (10 pm/ET Comedy Central) A long time ago in a land far, far away, only one man can rally the forces of good to fight the powers of evil. But since he's not currently available, Krod Mandoon will have to do. This new sword-and-sorcerer spoof follows reluctant hero Mandoon (Sean Maguire) as he leads the resistance against the diabolical Chancellor Dongalor (Little Britain's Matt Lucas), who, in tonight's premiere, reveals his plot to bend the world to his will with help from a sinister weapon of mass destruction. * Harper's Island (10:02 pm/ET CBS) The concept for this ambitious 13-week mystery thriller is straight out of Agatha Christie, with a suspect list (25) that more than doubles the number in the Queen of Crime's Ten Little Indians. Here, a wedding party gathers on an isolated island where multiple murders occurred seven years earlier. And, one-by-one, the well-wishers are killed off. The promising premiere gets a bit bogged down in having to introduce the 25 characters-suspects, but it's bookended with jolting deaths that will likely leave mystery lovers eager for even more bloodshed. * Southland (10 pm/ET NBC) Benjamin McKenzie of The O.C. returns to series television tonight as Los Angeles rookie cop Ben Sherman in a police drama exec-produced by ER 's John Wells. Sherman's future with the force depends on a good evaluation from his partner (Michael Cudlitz), who is, of course, a tough veteran with his own way of bringing down the bad guys. When a bust gets out of control, Sherman has to act on instinct and hopes that his partner won't judge him too harshly. Otherwise, his first day could be his last. Source Here
This week is bringing us so much TV - both new premieres and returning series, that it is almost overwhelming! Here is a rundown by day, so you can plan accordingly: Sunday Season Premiere of The Tudors on Showtime Season Premiere of In Treatment on HBO Monday Season Premiere of The Hills on MTV Series Premiere of Surviving Suburbia on ABC Tuesday Return of Fringe on Fox Season Premiere of Rescue Me on FX Wednesday Series Premiere of The Unusuals on ABC Thursday Series Premiere of Harper's Island on CBS Series Premiere of Parks & Recreation on NBC Series Premiere of Southland on NBC So - which of these new and returning series will you be checking out this week?
" Southland ", a new cop drama will soon invade NBC's Thursdays schedule and a preview of what the series deals with is available. A bunch of clips shows how raw and authentic the series is made, and they should be ample to display another work of Emmy Award winning writer John Wells. The drama follows a rookie cop Ben Sherman who joins the unit in Los Angeles and adapts to the situation. John Cooper is assigned to train Ben and his no-nonsense approach nature has Ben asking himself whether he has what it takes to be a police officer. From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East Los Angeles, "Southland" is a fast-moving drama that will take viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. Other characters in the series are Detective Lydia Adams who doubles her life taking care of her mother, Detective Russell Clarke who is unhappy in his marriage and Detective Daniel "Sal" Salinger who oversees fellow gang detectives. There is also patrol officer Chickie Brown, a single mom who dreams of being the first woman accepted into SWAT. The clips give among others, the first meeting between Ben and John, Sammy in an emotional phone conversation with his wife, and John finding a dead body before throwing up. Clips & Source
One of the Spring shows many of you said you'd check out is Southland, a new police drama on NBC that will take over ER 's time slot when that show retires in April. The show actually shares some producers with ER; could it be NBC's next long-running Thursday drama? Southland centers on a group of LAPD cops, notably The OC's Benjamin McKenzie as rookie Ben Sherman. Sherman's taken under the wing of a seasoned officer, John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), and immediately starts to question whether he really has what it takes to be an LA cop. Other cast members include Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams, Tom Everett Scott as Detective Russell Clarke, and Kevin Alejandro as Detective Nate Moretta. From the promos, Southland strikes me a little as cop-show-by-the-numbers, but I'm hoping the storylines and characters reveal more depth when the series premieres April 9. Source & Videos here