There is life after Lost (on other dead-end series) for Henry Ian Cusick, a comeback for deranged duo Beavis and Butthead (do we really want them back, Mike Judge??), and an Oscar winner takes a hit at Showtime's Weeds. Not a bong hit as far as we know yet...
On this first day of August, Adam Levine is becoming a renaissance man, Switched at Birth gets a tall order, and a Baldwin stays busy.
As far as the happy to horrifying ratio goes with today's news roundup, we're like two to fourish, so don't read this if you're already depressed. I'm sorry.
The music world and the television world collide today with castings of Susan Boyle, TLC's Chilli, and Salt n' Pepa's Pepa, and I gotta say... I don't hate it. Also, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni are awesome and will continue to be awesome, and of course, TWoP News would be nothing without a requisite Jon & Kate mentioning.
In the news today: phone sex apologies, an ailing TV detective, a senseless battered woman exploitation, ridiculous nerd happenings, witchy casting news and a new Joss musical. It's a real roller-coaster of emotions, I tell you.
Word on the street is that Mariska Hargitay, aka the prettiest, nicest, awesomest actor lady in the history of Law & Order might be leaving the franchise after ten years of service. This cannot happen. As Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, she not only apprehends pervy bad guys and soothes victims with her gentle touch, she keeps that wild card Elliot in place. Theirs is the perfect symbiotic relationship. Who else would go all the way out to Jersey to talk to his craycray mommy (the fabulous Ellen Burstyn) and get her to give a statement exonerating her drunk grandkid because Elliot was too much of a proud jerky boy to do it himself? And 'member what happened when Connie Nielson stepped in to partner up with Stabler while Liv was undercover for some vague FBI beeswax? Disaster, that's what!
The Law & Order franchise of shows is known for the caliber of its guest stars. From movies, TV and theater, they come to play victims -- or, more often, perpetrators -- of horrible crimes. And to kick off the new season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the producers scored a couple of doozies. Luke Perry, formerly of Jeremiah, Oz and the original 90210 plays the father of a troubled boy, and Sara Gilbert of Big Bang Theory and Roseanne fame plays a rape victim who had to give up her child. The two of them participated in a conference call recently with show producer Neal Baer, and they talked a lot about the process of playing such intense roles -- including a certain Dylan McKay... read on for the highlights of the conference call.