24 to Life: In the Name of the Father

by Daniel Manu November 12, 2008 3:06 pm
<i>24</i> to <i>Life</i>: In the Name of the Father

"No Zen for Daddy," is how Detective Charlie Crews summed up his feelings for his estranged father way back in the pilot episode of Life. Crews has had plenty of antagonists, both personal and professional, to deal with since then, leaving his parental issues simmering on the narrative back burner. But ever since the bare details about an upcoming episode featuring Charles Crews Sr. were leaked online, fans of the show have been wondering: who's going to play the dad, and what'll happen when they finally meet for the first time since Charlie's release from prison?

This is Your Life

by Zach Oat September 29, 2008 1:14 pm
This is Your <i>Life</i>

One of my favorite new shows last year was Life, starring Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) as an L.A. cop who was wrongfully imprisoned for 12 years, and upon his release won the right to rejoin the force (as well as a big cash settlement). So when I had the opportunity to jump in on a conference call with Lewis, Sarah Shahi (who plays his recovering alcoholic partner) and show creator/writer Rand Ravich, I jumped at the chance, and learned some interesting things about Season 2... and about the actors themselves. For instance, Shahi used to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and Lewis used to be British! Who'da thunk it!

Lifetime Jumps on the Rich A-Hole Bandwagon

by Lauren Gitlin August 21, 2008 10:00 am
Lifetime Jumps on the Rich A-Hole Bandwagon Give me a bunch of bitchy, social-climbing rich ho's and I will happily sit for hours watching their every move and taking notes. (See Gossip Girl.) Make it a reality show and I will follow my TV into the fiery pits of hell (see The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York; The Hills) like a voyeuristic zombie freak.

I'm clearly not alone. It seems that moneyed asshole-centric programming has reached new heights, as one can see by not only the overarching success of the aforementioned shows but the slew of new ones filling up the fall calendar and beyond. There is, of course, the much anticipated return of 90210, some scripted series called Privileged, that reality Devil Wears Prada knock-off Stylista, and the requisite parade of E! specials that will doubtless document the excesses of the young, rich and annoying in that special way that only E! does.

They Gave Us Life, and Life is What They Took

by Zach Oat May 28, 2008 4:47 pm
They Gave Us <I>Life</I>, and <I>Life</I> is What They Took

So NBC has announced its new fall schedule, telling us when America's favorite shows -- including Heroes, The Office and 30 Rock -- will return, and when the new shows (Talking Car 2.0, Christian Slater vs. Evil Christian Slater) will debut. But my attention is zeroed in on one date: October 3. That's the night I get my Life back. I loved the first (short) season of the show, in which Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) returned to the police force after 12 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and can't wait to see how he applies his Zen philosophy to a full second season. Got 8 hours? Watch the first season, starting with the first episode, after the jump.

New Year’s Eve-Themed Episodes: A Countdown From 10

by Aly Semigran December 30, 2013 6:15 am
New Year’s Eve-Themed Episodes: A Countdown From 10

10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…rerun! In anticipation for New Year's Eve festivities you can either watch yet another Ryan Seacrest-hosted event with uncomfortable D-list celebrity banter, freezing strangers wishing a "Happy New Year" to other strangers, and pre-recorded performances from pop stars, or you can watch something good. (That said, if this year the clock strikes midnight and the zombie apocalypse unfolds on live television and you're watching one of these old TV episodes instead, we sincerely apologize for making you miss it.)

TV on DVD: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

by Ethan Alter November 19, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Catch up on a show you (along with pretty much everyone else) missed the first time around.

Devious Maids: Not So Desperate

by Rachel Stein June 23, 2013 11:03 pm
<i>Devious Maids</i>: Not So <i>Desperate</i>

Though Marc Cherry's Devious Maids may be a bit of an on-the-nose tribute to his wildly successful Desperate Housewives both in title and structure, the new Lifetime series' pilot was far better than most of the latter-day Housewives episodes. Maids is funny, dark and stars four Latina women -- if the rest of the series follow the pilot's lead (and after watching episode two, "Setting the Table," I'm optimistic it will), Lifetime will have something worth watching other than Dance Moms and How I Met Your Mother reruns.

E! Upfront 2013: Watch What Bravo Didn't Want

by Rachel Stein April 23, 2013 10:43 am
E! Upfront 2013: Watch What Bravo Didn't Want

The E! Upfront felt very true to the E! Network brand -- the red carpet was fenced by fangirls and boys screaming at the top of their lungs whenever a new celebrity arrived, the party's decor was like being inside of someone's swanky living room, the presentation was completely phoned-in and all of the big E! stars left within an hour of the party (sadly, the Burning Love gang never even showed up)... save for Ryan Lochte, who was too engulfed in a sea of drooling women with camera phones (present company included) to escape with the rest of his new coworkers. Compare this to the Bravo Upfronts presentation, where there were at least a few risks taken programming-wise, and then the Bravo party, where those no-good reality stars at least stayed well into the night -- though realistically, they were probably contractually obligated to. But still. It was way more fun and better planned.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 26, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nobody gives massages like J.Love gives massages.

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 6, 2013 1:43 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Talk about putting the Bomb in Bombshell.

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