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Sure, he's irreplaceable. But someone will have to step into the 11:35 p.m. time slot on CBS when David Letterman retires next year after a record 33-year run in late night. They're big shoes to fill. But some names are already being floated as potential successors. Let's look at some of the next would-be after-hours kings and queens. • Craig Ferguson The Scotsman, 51, would be a logical candidate, as he's been hosting The Late Late Show, which airs after Letterman on CBS, since 2005. Ferguson has seemed conflicted at times about the 11:35 slot, saying in 2009: "I don't know if »
- Tim Nudd
In his latest video blog, which introduces the show's writing staff, Sutter clears up which secondary characters will and will not be back on a regular basis when "Sons" returns.
Though both Cch Pounder and Kim Dickens played major roles in Season 6, both will only be able to come back in a limited capacity due to commitments on other shows they've been cast in. According to Sutter, the chances are that they'll only appear in two to four episodes each.
On the other hand, Jimmy Smits will be back as a regular, much like the recently-promoted Drea de Matteo. Then there's Peter Weller. "Peter will be back definitely as a director for at least two episodes," Sutter says, "and we definitely will have [Barosky] back. »
That '70s Show star Topher Grace wanted to learn how to edit film, so as an exercise, he took it upon himself to make a one-film cut with footage from the three Star Wars prequels, which includes Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. What resulted was an 85-minute sci-fi adventure that is lean, mean and has been quite enjoyed by those who've seen it. It was never meant to be released outside Topher Grace's circle of friends, but that might have changed after a couple years being asked repeatedly about it. We don't have a confirmed release date for Star Wars: Episode III.5, but we may finally get to see it as Topher has cut together and released a teaser trailer, which helps to remind fans why »
To mark the release of the first season of La Law on DVD, the La Times talked to some of the stars of the landmark legal series -- Harry Hamlin (handsome attorney Michael Kuzak), Corbin Bernsen (vain divorce lawyer Arnie Becker), Jill Eikenberry (idealistic attorney Ann Kelsey), Jimmy Smits (passionate lawyer Victor Sifuentes), and Alan Rachins (obnoxious firm partner Douglas Brackman Jr.).
The show ran for eight seasons and 172 episodes on NBC, from 1986 until 1994. While the ratings had dropped quite a bit before the end, the series finale drew 22 million viewers on May 19, 1994.
The peacock network aired a reunion on May 12, 2002 -- La Law: The Movie -- which brought back many of the original castmembers. It attracted nearly 12 million viewers.
Click here to read the La Times article.
As a box-set binger, I’m pretty content to be late to the party. Once a show has finished, or at least fulfilled the greater part of its final episode run, you can see its arc with the kind of hindsight you never get when tuning in every week - and you can also see when it’s struggling.
This brief list is inspired mainly by my recent introduction to Prison Break, the second season of which triggered off a host of associations with other ‘problematic seasons’ in my TV drama binges of the last few years.
There are no ‘desperate last season’ entries here. A show might finish on a high note - such as Angel - or a desperately inconclusive cliff-hanger - such as the remake of V. In the case of something like The X-Files, it might finish in the middle of an unprofitable reboot. Regarding short-lived »
You might recognize actress Valerie Cruz from her recurring roles on True Blood, Dexter, Homeland and Nip/Tuck, on which she starred opposite TV hunks Julian McMahon, Michael C. Hall, Jimmy Smits and Alexander Skarsgard. Her latest role, as FBI Agent Gina Mendez on Fox's hit series The Following - it returned for its second season Sunday night - adds to her impressive resumé. It also officially places the 37-year-old stunner one degree closer to Kevin Bacon. She's also working on a new Amazon series called Bosch based on the Michael Connelly books. Here are five "degrees" to get you »
- Lee Hernandez
Rita Moreno is one of the few people on earth to win an Egot: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. But she seems genuinely surprised at being honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award: “The joy is so profound. You can wish to have an Oscar someday or some other award, but Life Achievement? You don’t see yourself that way. It’s an astonishing and singular experience,” she says.
Despite her amazement, Moreno was an inspired choice. Her nearly 70-year acting career includes the ups and downs of every actor’s life, and reflects the changes in the entertainment industry, from the heydays of radio and the studio system, to theater, basic-cable and the shifts in the agencies’ roles. It also reflects the social fabric of the decades, as she fought for equality on a national level (the civil-rights march in D.C. in the 1960s) and personal level: “All »
- Tim Gray
7 items from 2014
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