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'Army Wives' Kellie Martin to reunite with TV mom Patti LuPone

22 April 2012 3:00 PM, PDT

Kellie Martin knows there isn't much she hasn't played.

From her initial television stardom as teenager Becca on ABC's "Life Goes On," through a long string of TV movies and onto later series roles as the Appalachian teacher on CBS' "Christy," medical student Lucy on NBC's "ER" and an amateur sleuth in Hallmark Channel's "Mystery Woman" franchise, the actress has covered a lot of turf.

Any type of part Martin hasn't done already holds special appeal for her now. That's a big reason she has joined Lifetime's Sunday-night drama "Army Wives" as Capt. Nicole Galassini, whose expertise on African geopolitics proves useful.

"When they called me and I listened to the pitch about the character, I was so excited," Martin tells Zap2it. "I've never played military, after 30 years of being an actress, and the thing I love so much about Nicole is that she's so smart and so driven. »

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'The Borgias' Season 2: Lucrezia Borgia's fashion rises in power

22 April 2012 2:00 PM, PDT

Paintings from the 15th century inspire Academy Award-winning costume designer Gabriella Pescucci to design and create some of the most intricate and beautiful costumes on television for the Sunday Showtime drama "The Borgias."

"I love to do my job," she tells Zap2it. "It is period, and I have such a big department to work with and seamstresses and the possibility to do everything new. Not just the costumes, but also the masks, the armor and all the headpieces and the nets for their hair. Today it's rare to have the possibility to work in this situation for television. Showtime is very generous," she says.

Pescucci says her second year working on the series was even better than the first because knowing everyone on the set and being familiar with the fabric allowed her to focus more on the costumes.

In the case of the character Lucrezia, played by Holliday Grainger, »

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'Firelight's' Cuba Gooding Jr. on that Jerry Maguire line: 'Own it, be proud of it and move on'

22 April 2012 1:00 PM, PDT

Working with, and learning from, other established actors has proved useful for Cuba Gooding Jr.

The "Jerry Maguire" Oscar winner makes a rare television appearance Sunday, April 22, in ABC's fact-inspired new Hallmark Hall of Fame drama "Firelight."

In playing Dwayne "DJ" Johnson, a counselor at a correctional facility for young women, Gooding is teamed with a number of actresses just starting to make names for themselves ... a situation he says he knew how to handle from his experiences with such stars as Laurence Fishburne (in "Boyz N the Hood"), Dustin Hoffman ("Outbreak") and "Jerry Maguire" himself, Tom Cruise.

"They are real artists, and they allow you to create without stifling your creativity," Gooding tells Zap2it. "That was the main lesson I took from them. Making 'Outbreak' with Dustin and Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, we really kind of sang when we were on the set together. It »

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'Veep': Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets sort of vice presidential in HBO political comedy

22 April 2012 12:00 PM, PDT

If you hold the opinion, as many of us do these days, that Washington, D.C., apparently is a combination of lunatic asylum and day care center for petulant infants, HBO's new comedy series "Veep," which premieres on Sunday, April 22, probably won't change your mind. It just may relieve your frustration with some healthy laughter, however.

The political sitcom, which marks the welcome return of Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus to series television, views events in the nation's capital from the perspective of former senator Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus), a career politician who seemed to be on the fast track to the White House until she was elected vice president. Since then, her political life has become a series of comic missteps in which even her best-intentioned efforts get lost in a maze of red tape and personal politics.

In the first episode, for example, Selina is hopeful that her clean-jobs bill »

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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Season 4: Teresa Giudice at the center of the storm

22 April 2012 11:43 AM, PDT

A storm is brewing in the Garden State when "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" returns for its fourth season Sunday (April 22) night, and thanks to Twitter and tabloid headlines, we all know what the messy aftermath looks like.

Filming had already begun for the current season during the Season 3 reunion show, at which Jacqueline Laurita was absent for reasons relating to fellow housewife and former friend Teresa Giudice. And Sunday's episode starts building the tension for what is sure to be a huge blowout among the ladies.

The show begins with a clip from the now-infamous reunion show before rewinding to happier -- though still tense -- times four months earlier with Teresa and fam gathering for dinner with Jacqueline, Caroline Manzo and crew before heading off to the Jersey Shore with Melissa and Joe Gorga and Kathy and Rich Wakile.

And interestingly the "real" world starts colliding with »

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'Once Upon a Time' writer teases the season finale and Rumpelstiltskin's investigation into The Stranger

22 April 2012 11:36 AM, PDT

"Once Upon a Time" is back Sunday, April 22 with "The Return," the latest Rumpelstiltskin-centric episode. Writer Jane Espenson tells Zap2it it's a very emotional episode, both in Storybrooke and in Fairytale Land.

"[Rumpel] is trying to figure out who August is in Storybrooke, at the same time we see him back in Fairytale Land dealing with his son, who is not happy with how his father's changing. It's a really emotional episode on both sides," says Espenson.

"He has a theory [about August] and it's going to shake him a bit. You actually see him go to Archie in this episode," she continues. "This is an episode where we dig pretty deep. He's curious about August for the same reason we're all curious about August - everybody loves a mystery."

Speaking of theories, a popular one out there on the internet is that August is Pinocchio. Which Espenson says is a solid theory. »

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Fox 25th anniversary special: What's your favorite Fox show?

22 April 2012 11:16 AM, PDT

Fox celebrates 25 years Sunday (April 22) night with two hours of original programming, featuring some of the network's biggest stars over the years, preceded by reairings of the pilot episode of "Married... With Children" and the first full-length episode of "The Simpsons."

Ryan Seacrest hosts the extravaganza with appearances by the cast of "Married... With Children," Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of "The X-Files," Keenan Ivory, Marlon and Shawn Wayans from "In Living Color," Hugh Laurie from "House," Calista Flockhart from "Ally McBeal," and more.

The celebratory mood has gotten us here at Zap2it thinking about the best ("The O.C.," "Arrested Development") the network has offered over the years -- and the worst ("The Swan," "Models Inc."). But we want to know: What's been your favorite Fox show of the last 25 years?

Need some inspiration?

Fox's 25 best and most important shows of the last 25 years

Fox's 25 worst shows of »

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Jennie Garth buys the cow on 'A Little Bit Country'

21 April 2012 2:11 PM, PDT

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Well, if you're Jennie Garth, you do it to keep someone from turning the cow into veal.

Garth's new reality show, "Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country," premiered Friday (April 20) on Cmt amid recent tabloid headlines about her pending divorce from "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli. And on the show, as she starts a new life on a central California farm with her three daughters, she also decides to give a couple of cows a chance at a new start as well.

In the bonus clip above, Garth attends a cow auction and poaches a cow away from another bidder who's planning to sell it for veal.

"Seriously? Veal? I don't eat meat for a reason," she says in the clip.

After winning a mama cow and a calf, she says, "I have no idea what I'm going to do with them, »

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TV ratings: 'CSI: NY' and 'Blue Bloods' reruns top ratings and 'Grimm' drops a bit

21 April 2012 10:07 AM, PDT

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 20, 2012

Even on a night chock full of reruns, CBS still managed to pull out a win for Friday night with replays of "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods" topping their time slots. Elsewhere, NBC's "Grimm" was down a bit this week, while Fox's "The Finder" and "Fringe" got a bump.

Overall, CBS averaged 5.4 million viewers with a 3.6 rating/6 share. NBC came in second with 4.8 million viewers (3.2/6). ABC finished third with 4.5 million (3.0/5). Fox was fourth (3.65 million, 2.4/4), and The CW was fifth with 1.5 million viewers (0.9/2).

ABC and NBC tied for the adults 18-49 demographic with a 1.2 rating. Fox was close behind with a 1.1. CBS finished with a 0.9 and The CW got a 0.5.

Ratings hour-by-hour:

8 p.m.

ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (5.05 million, 3.3/6)

Fox: "The Finder" (4.2 million, 2.8/5)

NBC: "Who Do You Think You Are?" rerun (4.19 million, 2.8/5)

CBS: "Mike & Molly" rerun (4.25 million, 2.8/5)/"Rules of Engagement" rerun (3.55 million, 2.3/4)

The CW: "Nikita" (1.5 million, »

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Nigel Barker not shocked about 'America's Next Top Model' firing

20 April 2012 8:45 PM, PDT

"America's Next Top Model" fans were shocked when news broke Friday (April 20) that judge and photographer Nigel Barker, creative director Jay Manuel, and runway coach and sometimes judge J. Alexander had been axed from the show. One person who wasn't surprised, though, was Barker, who's been with the show for 18 cycles.

"I'm friends with Tyra [Banks] and the producers," Barker tells E! News. "It wasn't a shock ... There had been a discussion that ratings were down and that something like this would happen. There had been previous years where discussions about me being eliminated from the show had happened, and I had actually survived the chopping block before."

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"We had an incredible run and there aren't any hard feelings," Barker continues, speaking for himself and "Mr. and Ms. Jay." "This isn't a Tyra thing. This is a network thing."  

Barker also reveals that leaving "Top Model »

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'Fringe': 'Letters of Transit' keeps the episode 19 tradition alive -- We want to know what you thought!

20 April 2012 8:01 PM, PDT

This is huge. The things that happen in "Fringe" episode 19, "Letters of Transit," will blow your mind. Not that it hasn't already been blown open by episode 19 in every season, but something is revealed in this one that is going to change everything.

There was an audible gasp in the room in the last five minutes. The thing is, the reveal isn't even the best thing about the episode. Henry Ian Cusick (what did he do to our fair lady?) and Georgina Haig kept us riveted to the screen. They couldn't have cast it better, if you know what we mean.

The setting is 2036. The Observers have taken over. Those loyal to them are called "loyalists" and tattooed on the face. Other humans are the "natives." The feel is post-apocalyptic and actually a little "Hunger Games." It's a police state, and the Fringe division is working for the Observers -- or are they? »

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Melanie Griffith's Lifetime pilot 'American Housewife' is Doa

20 April 2012 6:12 PM, PDT

Looks like there's no life left in the Lifetime pilot "American Housewife."

Deadline is reporting that the cable network passed on the show which featured Melanie Griffith as a housewife to an up-and-coming politician played by Jeffrey Nordling. In addition to starring in the show, Griffith also executive produced it with her husband Antonio Banderas.

Griffith hasn't had much luck on the small screen. Her 2007 show "Viva Laughlin" was sacked after just two episodes. In 2006, her WB show "Twins" fared only slightly better. It made it through 18 episodes but went away after that.


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'Game of Thrones' Season 2 episode 4 'Garden of Bones': Joffrey is a monster

20 April 2012 4:32 PM, PDT

You thought Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) was a monster before? He killed off Ned Stark (Sean Bean). Well, everyone kills off Sean Bean in shows and films. He's awful to Sansa (Sophie Turner). You ain't seen nothing yet. "Game of Thrones" episode 4 "Garden of Bones" is going to show you a new, extra evil side of Joffrey. In fact, you may end up thinking better of Sansa. As Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) says, "Lady Sansa, you may survive us yet."

In the episode, we're also going to get a glimpse of what might actually be some real feeling from Littlefinger (Aidan Gillian). Sure, he's still working all the sides, and he can't quite catch Margaery (Natalie Dormer), but there really is something he wants besides power.

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) may have found a way out of her predicament, but it involves some serious negotiation, something she's never really learned how to do, »

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A 'Sherlock' Season 2 sneak peek from PBS

20 April 2012 4:30 PM, PDT

We're getting dangerously close to the return of "Sherlock" -- and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman -- to U.S. airwaves when the BBC series returns to PBS on May 6.

To get the show's rabidly loyal fans primed for "Sherlock's" return, PBS has posted a short, tantalizing preview of the first of the show's three episodes to YouTube (above) and promises to post a portion of the premiere episode on Sunday (April 22) on the official PBS Facebook page.

According to USA Today's Whitney Matheson, the clip will show how "Holmes and Dr. Watson bounce back from Season 1's finale." So, fans stay tuned and if you haven't yet been introduced to the amazingness that is "Sherlock," there's plenty of time to stream via Netflix before Season 2 kicks off. »

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'30 Rock' parodies Chrysler's 'Halftime in America' commercial

20 April 2012 3:03 PM, PDT

"30 Rock" never stops finding news ways to amaze and, more importantly, things to make fun of. And for that, we should be forever grateful.

The most recent example is a faux commercial for KouchTown couches, the newest subsidiary of Kabletown. In the "ad," Stacy Keach parodies Clint Eastwood from Chrysler's "Halftime in America" Super Bowl spot.

"When we get hit and are down, we don't stay down. We get up and we hit back, with our fists or our nunchucks," Keach says. And then he explains exactly why we need a KouchTown couch.

If that isn't enough, then he tries to sell us Bazooka Joe Gum. And despite everything in the pitch, we're still buying.


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'Law & Order: Svu': Mariska Hargitay locked in for Season 14, if there is one

20 April 2012 2:41 PM, PDT

NBC hasn't made a decision yet on whether its longest-running current series, "Law & Order: Svu," will return next season. If it does, though, Mariska Hargitay will return with it.

Hargitay has signed a new deal to remain with the show through a possible 14th season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She's been with the show from its beginnings in 1999.

Having Hargitay on board for next season (at a reported cost of about $500,000 per episode) may help pave the way for a renewal. The show's ratings are down this season -- it's averaging about 7.6 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 -- but it's still one of the network's steadier draws.

Hargitay says she's been re-energized this season, which saw the departure of her long-time co-star Christopher Meloni and the introduction of new characters played by Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish.

"The show this year is awesome and different and has gone into different areas, »

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'Mad Men' 506: See 'Far Away Places' sneak peek pictures

20 April 2012 2:04 PM, PDT

The images released by AMC promoting Sunday's (April 22) upcoming episode of "Mad Men" aren't giving away much in the way of detail. The episode, "Far Away Places," is described by AMC thusly: "Peggy is rattled by a particularly difficult pitch. Don visits a potential client."

And the two images don't do much to elaborate on that terse summary. In one, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) -- who is sporting one awesome tie -- is standing in front of a car (a Jaguar?) looking somewhat troubled. In the second, Roger Sterling (John Slattery) also seems to have been caught in a thoughtful moment.

"Mad Men" airs Sundays on AMC at 10 p.m. Et.


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'Magic City' fashion soaks in 1950's Miami glamour

20 April 2012 2:00 PM, PDT

Designing the costumes for "Magic City," a new Friday Starz series set in Miami in the late-1950s, is a dream come true for Carol Ramsey.

"It's such a beautiful and interesting period that when I read the script I was like, 'This is my project, my baby,' " she tells Zap2it. "The clothes are so integrated into the show, and it's really fun to be part of this glamorous world."

On "Magic City," the women wear matching shoes, belts and purses, undergarments to achieve the perfect silhouette, hats, hose -- and a lot of jewelry.

"It's a really lavish and lush kind of look to create," Ramsey says, "and so for a costume designer that's really fun. It's also an opportunity to do a lot of original design instead of having to go out and shop and buy everything. [This job] has designing and renting and buying vintage, and it's a real workout. »

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Damon and Elena share a no-tell motel kiss and Rebekah becomes a whole new woman

20 April 2012 1:52 PM, PDT

"The Vampire Diaries" has no shortage of tricks up its sleeve as we approach the end of Season 3. After the twist with the Original bloodlines, I was expecting more of a straightforward episode, but the final moments of "Heart of Darkness" surprised us yet again.

A lot of this episode's success can be attributed to Stefan and Alaric sharing significant screen time together. These two don't usually confide in each other, but this week, they had no other option, and their conversation revealed a lot about how both of these men work at this stage in the game. We were also privy to some very genuine moments between Damon and Elena, though those moments weren't particularly flattering to Elena as she cast blame and played dumb.

Previously on "The Vampire Diaries": There is one Original-killing stake left, and evil Alaric has hidden it from the other vampires. Also, I »

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Matthew Perry back on NBC as pilot 'Go On' gets picked up

20 April 2012 1:39 PM, PDT

"Friends" star Matthew Perry will return to NBC in a comedy for next season called "Go On."

The show, in which he plays a sportscaster who attends a grief support group, has received a pickup for the 2012-13 season, an NBC rep confirms to Zap2it (Deadline first reported the pickup). It's the first pilot this season to get a series order (not counting direct-to-series projects like NBC's "Hannibal" and ABC's "Mistresses").

"Go On" also has a behind-the-scenes "Friends" connection: It was created by Scott Silveri, a long-time writer and producer for the show who also co-created its spinoff "Joey."

Perry starred in "Mr. Sunshine" for ABC last season and has guested on "The Good Wife" this year. He'll also be a co-executive producer of "Go On"; Silveri and director Todd Holland are executive producing with Karey Burke.

"Go On" also stars Laura Benanti ("The Playboy Club"), Allison Miller ("Terra Nova »

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