Oprah cannot save the soap operas. Tell me something I don't know.
Kenneth the Page will be distraught to know that Tracy Jordan will be missing from a couple episodes of 30 Rock in March, plus Pee-wee Herman strikes a deal with HBO for a special. It's a mixed news day for overly-enthusiastic skinny guys...
Looks like The CW is heading back to the '80s...
Stop laughing, I'm serious! I'm a big fan of spy capers in general (ask anyone who's ever talked to me for more than 5 minutes -- Alias and Ian Fleming come up pretty frequently), so maybe I'm biased, but I swear to you, USA's Burn Notice is worth watching. It's full of fun factoids (did you know Nigeria is the gun-running capital of Africa? How about how to make a bug out of two cell phones? Or how about the fact that money launderers are "like the Yellow Pages of criminals"? I didn't either!), useful combat tips (actual quote: "When you fight, you have to be careful not to break the little bones in your hands on someone's face." - oh, if only I'd known that in my youth...), and a fabulous supporting cast (Bruce Campbell as a skirt-chasing alcoholic and former spy, and Cagney from Cagney & Lacey as a pill-popping hypochondriac and communications specialist, among others). Combine all that with a few expensive-looking car chases and a heartwarming fight for the underdog B-story, and you've got an entertaining damn show! Check out the pilot for after the jump. .
Both Lone Star and J.Lo's careers got lengthened a tiny bit today. Way to hustle, guys.
USA expanded their empire last night with the premiere of Covert Affairs, a spy show starring Piper Perabo as the most brilliant brand-new spy the CIA has ever had, or something. It's sunny and light, while managing to have a hint of danger (but not too much! Let's not actually have any stakes here!), as all USA shows are, and like Burn Notice has become and Psych has always been, it's enjoyable occasional viewing, but nothing to really get excited about.
USA gets into the she-spy game tonight with Covert Affairs, a show about a lady ass-kicker for the government played by Piper Perabo. The less said about that casting the better, so let's move on to more exciting things, like the fact that Peter Gallagher plays her boss on the show. To promote the premiere, The Eyebrowed One got on the horn with a whole bunch of blogger types to address the Alias comparisons, what Sandy Cohen would think of the show, and why USA is less of a clusterfrak than the broadcast networks. Read on for highlights.
Liars, Criminals and saboteurs are all over today's news! Plus: You want me to start paying for Hulu?
America is going crazy over the fake psychic who solves crimes! ...Except they've been going crazy about this guy's show for three seasons already. USA's detective comedy Psych returns on Friday with new episodes, and we got the chance to talk to stars James Roday (Shawn) and Dulé Hill (Gus) about what's coming up in terms of romances, guest stars and possible references to a certain other psychic investigator.
Take the effortless style of Burn Notice, the roguish charm of The Mentalist and the opulence of Royal Pains and you've got White Collar. You've also got the recipe for a hit, which makes you wonder how long USA has been in the kitchen working on this one. In many ways, the network's newest series is your standard crime procedural, but it does it with panache -- it's the classier version of a procedural, if you will, with classier crimes and at least one classier character. Matthew Bomer -- who played Bryce Larkin on Chuck -- stars as a con artist Neal Caffrey, a multitalented grifter, con and forger who's never been caught, but is serving time for a lesser offense when he suddenly decides he needs to get out. Peter Burke (Carnivale's Tim DeKay) is the cop who knows him best, who's brought back in to catch him and ends up enlisting his former quarry in his efforts to snare The Dutchman, the master criminal who's taken Caffrey's place at the top of Burke's hit list.