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Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 - Featured

* Leverage (10/9c TNT ) The con is on, and it turns intensely personal for crew captain Nate Ford upon the discovery that his ex-wife (Kari Matchett) has been nabbed and is languishing in a Ukrainian prison. Nate's stealthy outlaws set out to rescue her - but in order for their scheme to succeed, they must join forces with longstanding nemesis Jim Sterling (Mark A. Sheppard). Jeri Ryan continues her winter guest-star arc as grifter Tara Cole. * State of the Union (9/8c ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox NEWS, MSNBC) In his first State of the Union speech, President Obama is expected to recap his administration's triumphs in 2009 (chief among them, from his perspective: preventing the Great Recession from turning into a depression) and outline his 2010 goals, which will likely include scaled-back health-care reform, tougher banking regulations and- - given that unemployment remains at 10 percent - job creation. Following the address, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell will offer the GOP spin on things. * Psych (10/9c USA Network ) Shawn and Gus return for the second half of their fourth season with a big guest star (literally): John Cena. The WWE champ plays Juliet's brother, Ewan, a former military man who's now working as a mercenary. Shawn gets tangled up in Army affairs when he comes to suspect that a soldier's suicide was really a murder and that Ewan could be involved. * Nip/Tuck (10/9c FX ) Poor Kimber! First, she got herself caught up in the rift between Sean and Christian, and then last week she was dumped by both Christian and Mike Hamoui. No wonder she jumped off Hamoui's boat. Whether she's actually dead wasn't made clear, but we're likely to find out tonight, when her mother (Melanie Griffith) shows up. In any event, McNamara/Troy won't be a happy place, but Sean will be going to Africa with his humanitarian friend, Curtis Ryerson (George Newbern), won't he? * Tavis Smiley Reports (8/7c PBS) If the book Game Change by reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin is to be believed, Hillary Clinton initially turned down Barack Obama's offer to become secretary of state. Let's be glad she changed her mind: As a representative of America and American values, she's done her country proud. In this first installment of a quarterly, issue-oriented series from Tavis Smiley, she discusses her first year on the job and is shown at work abroad, on Capitol Hill and at the State Department. Source Here

LEVERAGE "The Bottle Job" Season 2 Episode 11 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek at an upcoming episode ofLEVERAGE "The Bottle Job" Season 2 Episode 11 airing Wednesday January 20 2010 at 9/8c on TNT. You can read our review here. Episode Synopsis: The LEVERAGE team runs a high-tech version of a classic con on a predatory loan shark in order to save McRory's bar. Source & Preview

TV Tonight: What's on Wednesday 1/13 - Featured

Though many of us are seriously missing Glee from our Wednesday nights, thanks to the ABC comedy line-up and a few others, Wednesday has seriously stepped up its game! Now that everything's back, yes, including American Idol , but also Leverage tonight, check out all there is to watch this Wednesday night: 8/7c American Idol on Fox Mercy on NBC The New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS 8:30/7:30c The Middle on ABC Gary Unmarried on CBS 9/8c Modern Family on ABC Criminal Minds on CBS Leverage on TNT Friday Night Lights on DirecTV Ghost Hunters International on Sci-Fi 9:30/8:30c Cougar Town on ABC 10/9c Ugly Betty on ABC The Jay Leno Show on NBC CSI: NY on CBS Real World: D.C. on MTV Nip/Tuck on FX 11/10c The Daily Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on NBC The Colbert Report on Comedy Central What will you be watching?

Leverage: On the Prowl with Parker

On Wednesday, January 13th, the caper-tastic Leverage returns to TNT with the second half of it's second season. In the summer finale, "The Lost Heir Job," we all saw Jeri Ryan ("Star Trek: Voyager") go from "client" to the team's new "grifter" filling the hole in the team left by Gina Bellman's Sophie. Sophie has gone off to Europe to reflect on her life of lies and duplicity (as actress Bellman reflects upon her real-life pregnancy), Ryan's Tara has joined up with the cause ready to swindle the criminal and dupe the devious. We had a chance to talk to Leverage's Beth Riesgraf, who plays the endearingly quirky Parker about the winter return of her show and the upcoming Leverage fan convention - dubbed the CON-CON: AN OFFICIAL LEVERAGE EVENT - taking place March 19-21, 2010 at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon where two episodes of the series were filmed. To Read More Click here .

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 - Featured

* Leverage (10/9c TNT ) After a four-month absence of new episodes, the catchy con-job series returns to continue its second season. Forget crimes of passion - tonight there are crimes of fashion. Nate Ford and his crack crew of surreptitious scammers and schemers slip into the high-fashion world in their bid to trounce a tyrannical sweatshop owner. Guest star Jeri Ryan reprises her role as slinky Tara Cole, a temporary member of Nate's team. The episode is preceded by a 10-hour marathon of Leverage shows. * The New Adventures of Old Christine (8/7c CBS) Everyone knows that Christine needs a therapist more than she needs a boyfriend, but what's a woman to do when she falls madly in love with her handsome therapist, as Christine does? Tonight crazy Christine tells her therapist, Max (Eric McCormack, in a great recurring role), that she's in love with him. What will be his response? He knows she's nuts, but she's also adorable - an irresistible combination. * Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9/8c NBC) Sarah Paulson guest stars as a woman who fears for her safety after her wealthy parents are killed and she realizes that a mysterious man (Naveen Andrews) has been following her for some time. The man simply won't get lost, and that's because he's a Special Frauds detective looking into a possible embezzlement scheme she's running. But he's not the only one she needs to worry about - soon Benson and Stabler are also investigating her because she's become a suspect in her parents' murder. * Great Performances (9/8c PBS) Spike Lee documents a performance of the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange, about a young, middle-class black youth (Daniel Breaker) in the mid-1970s whose quest for "the real" leads him to leave his church-dominated home life in L.A. and head to Europe. * High School Reunion (10/9c TV Land) If life, as Kurt Vonnegut observed, is "nothing but high school," then not much will have changed for the members of Las Vegas' Chaparral High School's class of 1989, who gather in Hawaii for the third season of the TV Land reality show. Oh sure, there will be "late bloomers" and "former nerds," but in the premiere, the rivalry between the "Cheerleaders" and the "Summer Girls" is still as bitter as ever, and the "Football Star" takes a stroll down memory lane with his high-school sweetheart. Source Here

Leverage season three -- An early look

My TV has been waiting for a show like Leverage. It's also been waiting for a new TV stand and a more slender, attractive person to look back at, but it's not getting either until it drops the attitude. It's one of those few shows that blends together the things that make other TV shows so great. It's got the action packed, tense drama of an episode of 24, the wry and sharp wit of Frasier and the complex and twisted plot logic of any episode of Lost. The only difference is unlike 24, the action doesn't overtake the front seat from the drama at gun point. Unlike Frasier, it doesn't find comedy by talking so far over the average audience's head that frost has to form on their forehead in order for them to appreciate it. And unlike Lost, your head doesn't explode by the end of every episode. To Read More Click Here .

Leverage Episode Stills from "The Runway Job"

Having been off the air since September, Leverage begins the second half of its second season run on January 13. On that date's episode - titled "The Runway Job" - the team cons the owners of a clothing company after it grossly mistreats its employees. As the following photos from the installment depict, Jeri Ryan is still around as Tara Cole, a welcome addition to the series for any warm-blooded males with eyes. Click on the pics below for an early look at scenes from the upcoming episode... Source & More Photos

TNT sets return date for Leverage - Featured

This morning some good news leaked out sooner than expected, although I don't think it was that big a surprise to learn that TNT is bringing Leverage back on Wednesday, January 13 at 10 p.m. Surprise news or not, it's still great to know that we have fresh episodes coming in early 2010. There are six episodes of Leverage left from season two, then the third season will commence in the summer. This set up is a lot like The Closer, and you know how well that split schedule has been working. By the way, you do know that split schedules is one of the things I'm most grateful about this holiday season, don't you? Leverage had a very good freshman season, but I was enjoying the sophomore season even more. Nate was more vulnerable and at least initially reluctant to get the group back together again. And there was the matter of his drinking. Sophie was having relationship issues. Hardison and Parker were dancing around their lust for each other. Eliot was given more character development, like his connection to kids. The cons were interesting, the effects very cool, and in a consistently fun way, they were winning me over week after week. January can't come soon enough for me. Source Here

Top Moments of the Week: A Seductive Glee, Idol Surprise and Loud Joe - Featured

Things went a little over the top this week. A fan got too enthusiastic at the U.S. Open, a congressman got kind of loud, and Melrose Place was Melrose Place (2009) . Welcome to Top Moments, wilding-out edition. 9. Wildest Prediction: The History Channel's premiere of Nostradamus Effect delves into the reputed seer's predictions of three Antichrists. Followers believe he correctly predicted Napoleon and Hitler as the first two Antichrists, but the show had us rolling our eyes at the theory that Antichrist No. 3 could be George W. Bush or President Obama. Because we all know it's Spencer Pratt. 8. Most Excessive Force: The second-season premiere of Sons of Anarchy ends with a group of masked men brutally raping Gemma. They seem to be part of a white separatist league whose leaders, played by Adam Arkin and Henry Rollins, want to send a message to SAMCRO. The scene is plenty horrifying, but we didn't really need another reason to root against the white separatists. 7. Most-Welcome Corpse: In a shocking (if you live under a rock) development, saucy minx Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) does a dead-man's float within the first 10 minutes of the premiere episode of Melrose Place (2009) , setting up a murder mystery that will reportedly stretch across most of the first season. Don't worry: Syd will stick around via flashbacks. 6. Best Kiss: Teen sensation Melanie Oudin may be the Cinderella story of this year's U.S. Open, but her come-from-behind, Russian-slaying victories didn't surprise us as much as what transpired after Rafael Nadal's fourth-round win over Gael Monfils. As Nadal changed his shirt, a man stormed the court to embrace the six-time Grand Slam champ. The man, who has since been charged with trespassing, also managed to give him a kiss before getting dragged away by security. Nadal didn't seem to mind. "For me, it wasn't a problem," he said at a news conference. "The guy was really nice." 5. Grift that Keeps on Giving Award: Guest-star Jeri Ryan reveals in the final scene of Leverage 's summer-season finale that she isn't a simple, buttoned-up lawyer, but rather a sexy grifter sent to help Nate & Co. in Sophie's absence. The best news: Ryan's character will be back for six more episodes in the winter. 4. Worst Introduction: After booting Ethan from 90210 after last season's finale, the show needed a big way to introduce West Bev newbie Teddy (Trevor Donovan). What the writers came up with was him bumping into Naomi and Silver on the tennis court and offering this goofy line: "I like the way you handle balls." An entire summer off and this the best they could do? 3. Best Choreography: McKinley High's glee club makes a memorable debut on Glee with a suggestive cover of Salt n Pepa's already suggestive "Push It." The number's graphic, instructional choreography successfully draws kids into the club while alienating one member of the faculty. "That was the single most offensive thing I've seen in 20 years of teaching," says cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), "and that includes an elementary-school production of Hair." 2. Best-Timed Outburst: When's the last time a show business announcement blew your mind? Ellen Degeneres caught us totally off-guard this week with her announcement, on her show, that she'll be the new judge on American Idol . Congratulations to everyone involved on keeping a huge secret genuinely secret. 1. Worst-Timed Outburst: Have you ever been the person at a party caught shouting something embarrassing just as the music cuts out? Joe Wilson feels your pain. The South Carolina congressman got caught up in his emotions and loudly accused President Obama of lying this week - while the president was trying to address both houses of Congress and a live television audience about one of the most important issues of our time. Wilson's outburst elicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions for his opponent and earned denunciations from Democrats and Republicans alike. Oops. Source Here

Jeri Ryan Dishes on Gaining a Little Leverage

Jeri Ryan has played her share of lawyers on TV ( Shark , Boston Legal , Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ), but none of them was like the one she played in Leverage 's summer-season finale. "I've always played the sort of tough-talking, ball-buster kind of lawyers, but Tara is very much a do-gooder and by the book," Ryan tells Of course, anyone who watched the finale knows that there is more to the buttoned-up Tara Carlisle than meets the eye. "Part of the fun of Leverage in general is in the twists and turns and surprises, and this one definitely had that payoff," Ryan said. In the closing moments of Wednesday's episode, Ryan's character reveals herself to be a fellow con sent by Sophie (Gina Bellman) to help her colleagues. The episode launches an arc for the former Star Trek: Voyager star; her character appears in all six episodes of the TNT drama's winter season later this year. But Ryan says that, despite Tara's help in the most recent case, Nate & Co. won't just roll out the welcome wagon. "They have a hard time accepting her into the group," she says. "Obviously they miss Sophie, and they're not sure what's going on without her. They're a little off-balance, I think." Naturally, that changes over time. "Tara earns their respect," Ryan says. "They grudgingly accept her at first, until they realize that she does deserve to be there because she is just as talented as they are." Ryan says the experience of working on the show has been one of the best in her career, particularly because of the flexibility playing a grifter gives her as an actor. "It's fun because every week you're playing something different, playing someone different. It's really, really a blast. I love the color of the show - it's not heavy-handed or too serious. I really enjoy it." Did you enjoy Ryan in Leverage's season finale? Are you excited to see her back for the winter episodes? Source Here