Lost Cast Flashbacks

by Diane Werts May 28, 2008 11:45 am
<I>Lost</I> Cast Flashbacks

Where could they be found before they were Lost? While some stars of the ABC smash are genuine newcomers (Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly), most have long resumes including short-lived TV shows to inspire that seen-'em-before feeling. Here's your own flashback as ABC airs the two-hour Lost season-finale this Thursday (May 29).

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Over There for Memorial Day

by Diane Werts May 21, 2008 3:24 pm
<I>Over There</I> for Memorial Day OK, so Army Wives may not be the most representative military show for us to salute this Memorial Day (which is probably why this soap-o-rama does so well on Lifetime, where it starts a new season June 8). We'll have to suggest the underseen Iraq war drama Over There, which went 13 episodes and out on FX three summers back. (It's out on DVD from Fox Home Entertainment.)

Boston Legal: Court Adjourned?

by Diane Werts May 7, 2008 4:06 pm
<I>Boston Legal</I>: Court Adjourned?

Hmm. Boston Legal got renewed in March last year. Here it is May, and still no word if producer David E. Kelley's law-'n'-sex romp will make ABC's fall lineup. Since the network announced renewals of half its current slate in February, one has to wonder if William Shatner will have a place to play this fall.

Oh, wait. Shatner always has a place to play.

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I Spy Still Breaks Barriers

by Diane Werts April 29, 2008 7:00 am
<I>I Spy</I> Still Breaks Barriers

How rare is it to find a show that still feels fresh 40 years later while retaining the relevance of the very different era it premiered in? I Spy is one of those blow-you-away treats, proving in this week's release of remastered DVD season sets to be just as fun, frank and cool as it was in its groundbreaking 1965-68 NBC run.

Don't take my word for it. Check out the DVD sets for all three timeless seasons at a bargain list price of $20 each (widely discounted), for as many as 28 episodes! Not sure? Watch an online episode or two at Hulu.

How Grey’s Anatomy Stars Paid Their Dues

by Diane Werts April 24, 2008 7:00 am
How <I>Grey’s Anatomy</I> Stars Paid Their Dues

As Grey's Anatomy finally returns with new post-strike episodes this week, we realize how much we missed the actors in that familiar ensemble. But it isn't just Grey's they're familiar from. Nearly all the cast members bounced around through other short-lived shows before landing in their current ABC megahit.

TV makes most of its stars work for what they get. How many shows was George Clooney in before ER? Five? Eight? (And can you name them? We've got answers below.)

Can Satellite TV Save Friday Night Lights?

by Diane Werts April 22, 2008 3:25 pm
Can Satellite TV Save <I>Friday Night Lights</I>?

Friday Night Lights fans couldn't ask for more. Just as the show's second-season DVD set hits shelves this week (at the bargain list price of $30), the ratings-challenged fave also gets saved from extinction: NBC, home of the first two seasons, strikes a deal with DirecTV to split the improbable third go-round starting this fall.

Of course, Passions fans couldn't have asked for more, either, when the same two entities found a way to keep their soap alive last year. Right after NBC dropped it last September, DirecTV picked up fresh episodes, and all was happy. For awhile. Then the satellite company also found continuing Passions unworkable, trimming it from four days a week to three, and finally announcing it, too, will give up the ghost (literally, in the case of this supernatural soap) in August.

Samantha Who?: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

by Diane Werts April 4, 2008 12:04 pm
<I>Samantha Who?</I>: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun When Samantha Who? returns to ABC with fresh episodes Monday (9:30PM ET, after Dancing With the Stars), no question mark should be necessary. Christina Applegate scored a bullseye in this zippy single-camera comedy of a ruthless executive whose amnesiac loss of memory allows her to reinvent herself, to goofily evolve from self-centered reprobate to, well, less self-centered nice-person wannabe. Applegate, who made her TV name as a teen notching bedposts on Married With Children, suddenly wowed us by blossoming into a Lucille Ball-level delight of both sparkling character and physical comedy, with intelligent wit in the mix, too.

Monk Co-star Ted Levine Shrinks Heads

by Diane Werts April 3, 2008 4:25 pm
</I>Monk</I> Co-star Ted Levine Shrinks Heads So last night NBC added a broadcast network run of USA's Monk, which means Tony Shalhoub's defective-detective hour only airs about 35 times a week including cable's incessant repeats. (You can even watch episodes online.)

That gives us plenty of opportunity to watch co-star Ted Levine get to play and replay the one note he's provided by the scriptwriters for his exasperated-but-supportive-police-superior character, Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer. (Also see Tige Andrews in The Mod Squad, Joe Santos on The Rockford Files, and any of TV's other 793 police-boss rule-enforcers riding herd on renegade subordinates.)

Levine deserves better from TV. (C'mon, the guy killed in The Silence of the Lambs. Literally.) And we've seen him get great work. But the tube's program gods seem to have dead-filed Levine's amazing 2000 ABC mental hospital drama Wonderland.

Top 20 NYC Based Shows

by TWoP Staff March 10, 2008 12:59 pm
Top 20 NYC Based Shows

The majority of TV's classic shows take place in major cities...but there's nothing quite like a show set in The Big Apple. As Bravo welcomes a new group of Real Housewives to the block, let's take a look back at our all-time favorite shows set in New York City. From seven strangers to a show about nothing, The Real Housewives of New York City are giving these classic New York programs a run for their money, with the designer labels to prove it.

21 Most Environmentally Friendly TV Characters

by TWoP Staff November 5, 2007 1:27 pm
21 Most Environmentally Friendly TV Characters

1) "The Simpsons," Lisa Simpson-- Lisa's convictions are strongly leftist. She is a vegetarian and has expressed a desire to become a vegan. Lisa also joined the animal rights group PETA.

2) "Friends," Phoebe Buffay -- Portrayed by Lisa Kudrow, Phoebe is somewhat of a champion of animal rights and the environment. She is a vegetarian and doesn't eat "food with a face. She is against the wearing of fur coats, and cries when flowers die.

3) "Green Acres," Oliver Wendell Douglas -- Oliver was a New York City attorney who had a dream of moving to the Midwest and operating a farm rather than practicing law. He didn't adjust well to farm life, not for lacking of trying though. The show concentrated on farming, growing your own crops, and caring for animals.

4) "All in the Family," Gloria and Michael Stivic -- Portrayed by Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner, they shared liberal political beliefs. An example of this is when Michael got arrested for a nude protest at a nuclear power plant.

5) "Ellen DeGeneres Show," Ellen -- Ellen is a big animal activist and lover of the environment. On her show she often refers to the hybrid car she drives and tries to get as many pets adopted as possible.

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