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Far too many of our favorite TV programs are on hiatus at the moment, with no new episodes airing until 2012. That's the bad news.
The good news, however? Now is an ideal time to gauge where these shows stand, Midseason Report Card style! We've already graded the first half of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle and Fringe. Up now: Parenthood.
Best Character: Now that he has been given material outside the realm of "Mr. Mom," we've had a chance to see the real man that is Joel Graham. Until this season he was underused and unappreciated. His stance on parenting, his support as a husband and his wickedly spot on sense of humor have been standouts on Parenthood this season, and the more Joel, the better.
Worst Character: I'm sorry her year has been so rough, but it's Haddie Braverman. Her sense of entitlement and immaturity robbed us of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carissa Pavlica)
Possibly the best episode in three years, “Parenting Made Easy” pummels Alicia with maternal guilt while pulling in all kinds of emotional threads as Peter, Will, Kalinda—even rival lawyer Lou Canning—react to the news that Grace has gone missing. Exceptionally well-directed by Rosemary Rodriguez from a script by show creators Robert and Michelle King, the hour concludes with a punch-to-the-stomach intensity rarely experienced on network television.
I hate to fall back on a high school word like “foreshadowing, »
- Susan Toepfer
On your TV this Tuesday: Tim Allen mans back up, Abby Sciuto gets a surprise and the Bravermans make you do the Big Ugly Cry. Again. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features and reporting, here are 12 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Last Man Standing (ABC) | Home Improvement‘s Tim Allen stars as Mike, the manly manager of an outdoor sporting goods catalog who suddenly finds himself unemployed and playing Mr. Mom to three daughters. Nancy Travis plays his wife.
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | Abby uncovers new information about her family after undergoing tests for a kidney donation. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The madness that is Comic-Con is coming to Seattle Grace.
Tonight on Grey's Anatomy, the surgeons must spring into action following a stampede at a comic convention, causing an influx of colorful characters to flood the hospital and blur the lines of fantasy and reality.
The best part of this sneak preview clip? Richard's quote:
Grey's Anatomy 'What Is it About Men' Clip: Human Stampede
"What Is It About Men" airs tonight at the usual time (9 p.m. Est) on ABC. We'll review it after it airs, as always. Here are two earlier sneak preview clips from the fourth episode of the show's eighth seasons:
Grey's Anatomy 'What Is it About Men' Clip: Cleaning House
- email@example.com (Steve Marsi)
Perhaps a little of all three? In this clip from tomorrow's episode of Grey's Anatomy, we see the plastic surgeon regaling his daughter with tales from the O.R., while fielding a call from the vacationing Calzona.
He's got it under control, he assures them. Yeesh, do they have to call every half hour?
Maybe they do, based on what happens moments after those words escape his lips. Check out this sneak peek from "What Is It About Men" and try not to exclaim "awww" too obviously if you're at work or school:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Marsi)
After seven years and 93 episodes, the firefighter doors of the fantastic television show, Rescue Me, have fittingly closed - mere days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
It was a drama that focused on aftermath of such a tragic event and the ways in which its characters struggled to overcome obstacles and simply live out some form of a normalcy. Love, sex, life, and death were key themes that surrounded the crew of Truck 62, and, even at the end, "Ashes" managed to uphold the show's particular style and pace in effortlessly blending drama and comedy.
The episode's introductory tease/fake out sequence continued the somber and mournful attitude that last week's "Vows" ended on. Even though it was only a dream, there was still an emotional moment in watching those flag laden coffins moved down the church's center aisle.
Lou's heartfelt speech about bravery and heroism made the moment that much »
- email@example.com (Sean McKenna)
HollywoodNews.com: Former Without a Trace star Poppy Mongomery returns to television this fall with Unforgettable. She plays Carrie Wells, a woman who can remember every day of her life in full detail. The police find her skills helpful for solving mysteries, and Marilu Henner, who has the condition in real life, is a consultant on the show.
Montgomery, now sporting hot red hair, met the Television Critics Association today to discuss the show. After the presentation, we caught up with her and got to talking about motherhood, her new show and how she looks so great! Unforgettable airs on CBS this fall.
Q: How good is your memory?
Pm: Depends on what day. Today it’s a little foggy. We flew last night on the redeye because we’re shooting right now so we just flew in. It’s not as good today. Some days it’s really good. »
- Fred Topel
Deadline reports Gordon will be given a “wide berth for a new take” the original, which starred Matthew Broderick as a computer whiz-kid who nearly starts World War III by playing a game with a military computer program. The studio released a direct-to-dvd sequel in 2008 titled WarGames: The Dead Code, which still never explained why there is an easily accessible “game” capable of starting a nuclear holocaust.
Since emerging from bankruptcy and nearly $4 billion in debt, MGM has been raiding its own vault for dusty brands to revive and revisit. The Hobbit was the first, a no-brainer, followed by a greenlight for Bond 23 with Daniel Craig back in action. They also have their hearts (and bottom lines) set on a reboot of RoboCop, which once »
- Jeff Leins
MGM is planning to remake the 1983 Matthew Broderick classic War Games with Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon helming. War Games is about a teen hacker who gets access to the computer that controls the U.S. nuclear weapons cache. The computer entices him to play a game which starts a countdown to World War III.
If this all sounds familiar, it's because MGM already rebooted War Games in 2008 with War Games: The Dead Code with "90210" star Matt Lanter. It went straight to DVD. MGM is in the midst of remaking several of its 80s classics: Robocop, Mr. Mom, Poltergeist and The Idolmaker.
Source: Variety »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
At long last, two of the most important roles in "The Hobbit" have been filled out.
"Immortals" actor Luke Evans will star in Peter Jackson's two-part "Lord of the Rings" prequel as Bard the Bowman, a man of Laketown who fights against the devious dragon Smaug. Speaking of Smaug, Deadline confirms that the previously (and accidentally) revealed Benedict Cumberbatch is providing both the voice and motion-capture for the fire-breathing beast.
Check out the rest of today's biggest casting news past the jump, including word of an actor making a surprising return for "The Dark Knight Rises" and an amazing role for an "Always Sunny" star.
[Redacted] Returns For "The Dark Knight Rises"
So, there's a pretty huge spoiler currently floating around the 'net about a new (or, really, an old) actor who's joining the cast of "The Dark Knight Rises," Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman film. Splash Page has all the details, »
- Josh Wigler
Mark Ruffalo is set to return to his gritty drama roots this fall in the curiously titled Infinitely Polar Bear. The film, which is slated to shoot in September, will be the directorial debut of screenwriter Maya Forbes, who is best known for co-writing comedies like Monsters Vs. Aliens and The Rocker. But despite its seemingly whimsical title and its director’s comedy background, Infinitely is a darkly toned drama that deals with issues of insanity and marital strife. Ruffalo is set to star as a father and husband who struggles with bipolar disorder. After choosing to go off his medication, he spirals out of control, losing his job, and threatening his marriage when his wife is forced to go back to work, leaving him at home to care for their children.
Now Vulture, which describes the film as, “the dramatic version of Mr. Mom, albeit one on Abilify,“ has »
- Kristy Puchko
Zoe Saldana thought she had man problems when trained up a over-enthused and under-prepared Sam Worthington in "Avatar." But Jake has nothing on the hassle Mark Ruffalo will be dishing out in their new relationship drama "Infinitely Polar Bear."
Vulture describes the J.J. Abrams produced film as a "dramatic version of 'Mr. Mom'" -- though it feels a bit more like "Mr. Mom" had a three way with "One Flew the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Kramer vs. Kramer" while "Blue Valentine" watched.
The film stars Ruffalo as a severely bi-polar man whose life spins out of control when he goes off his meds. When he loses his job as a result of his decline into madness, his wife (Saldana) decides to leave him... at home with the kids.
We certainly hope Saldana will not be sporting a "World's Best Mom!" tee as a part of her wardrobe in the film. »
- Roth Cornet
New York Magazine's Vulture is reporting on the marital drama Infinitely Polar Bear , produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by screenwriter Maya Forbes ( Monsters vs. Aliens ), saying that Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo are set to star in it with plans to start filming in September. Described as a darker dramatic version of the '80s comedy Mr. Mom , starring Michael Keaton, Ruffalo will play a bipolar family man who goes off his meds and loses his job and sanity while trying to keep his marriage together. Saldana plays his wife who moves out of the house leaving him alone with the kids. The film is being co-produced by billionaire heiress Megan Ellison who is funding P.T. Anderson's next two films, and though nothing is confirmed in terms of the studio who might release the »
What better way to come out of bankruptcy than with a whole bunch of blockbuster films and remakes? That's the plan MGM is taking, backing "The Hobbit," "James Bond 23" and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” And though they denied it at the time, earlier this year it was revealed that the studio was dusting off a bunch of old movies for new versions with "Robocop," "Mr. Mom," "The Idolmaker," "Carrie" and "Poltergeist" were in various stages of development. For "The Idolmaker," Ryan Gosling has already stepped in and out of the director's chair while "Carrie" now has a writer… »
MGM has gone highbrow for it’s horror because, honestly, who knows if we can trust MGM at this point? The studio recently wiggled out of $4 Billion dollars in debt and somehow managed to stay alive with the same name, even if it’s now under Spyglass Entertainment’s Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber. MGM raped up production in 2008 before getting frozen in legal and money issues, now it looks like the new heads are eager to get back into the game. The studio jumped on board Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters as co-financiers with Paramount fairly quickly, then announced to the Hollywood talent agencies that they are spinning up a Hercules project with Peter Berg plus remakes of RoboCop, Mr. Mom, The Idolmaker, Carrie and Poltergeist. Now, news from Poltergeist that might make you feel a little better about the whole remake-a-palooza going down so MGM can prove it »
Playwright/screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been hired to write a remake of the 1976 horror classic Carrie for MGM. The writer was recently brought on to re-work the Broadway superhero musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
It is said that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will stick much closer to Stephen King's novel than the original movie did. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has worked with Stephen King in the past, penning a graphic novel based on Stephen King's book The Stand.
The original Carrie starred Sissy Spacek as the title character, an ostracized young girl who uses her special gifts to get even with her tormentors.
No production schedule was released for the Carrie remake.
Another week, another edition of The Good Wife Round Table.
Opinions are split on whether or not "Wrongful Termination" was a solid episode, and our critics Jeff Kirkpatrick, Christine Orlando and Carissa Pavlica weigh in on a few points. As always, we welcome your input in the comments.
The obligatory question: What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Christine: Childs on the talking lion speaker phone was so comical and unexpected. Having it at Mr. Mom's house made it plausible. Add the look on Cary's face…I loved it.
Carissa: Yep, I agree. The talking lion.
Jeffrey: This was tough, because for me there were two. When Cary spoke to Kalinda about the big secret, the emotion in his eyes and face were so apparent. It's always been clear he cares for Kalinda, but in that moment I really sensed a level of empathy from him I hadn't seen before. »
- email@example.com (Jeffrey Kirkpatrick)
“Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead,” Benjamin Franklin said. And Ben did know a bit about politics. By the end of the “Wrongful Termination” episode, there are at least six people aware of Peter and Kalinda’s one-night stand, with a seventh–a reporter–homing in.
But first, our court case: A class action by a group of employees »
- Susan Toepfer
According to MovieWeb, MGM is finally in a position to bring Chucky back to life with a Child’s Play reboot. The studio which was in some very serious financial trouble is playing it safe it seems. Along with Child’s Play the studio is also moving forward with remakes/reboots of Robocop, Poltergeist, Mr. Mom, and The Idolmaker. The production is said to begin sometime later this year, with Brad Dourif returning to voice Chucky. This new project is said to be more of a reboot, with a darker tone and less comedic elements.
Here’s what David Kirschner had to say about the remake, which was initially Universal’s idea.
“Actually, it was Universal. In our discussions of Don and my producing partner, we thought we would go on to the next film, but Universal said to us that they would love to be able to remake the first. »
While MGM may be back from the grave, it's still not off life-support. The studio has to make very careful decisions regarding its future and they've chosen the safest route available to them: rebooting their successful franchises. As we previously reported, MGM is moving forward with remakes/reboots of Robocop, Poltergeist, Mr. Mom, and The Idolmaker. Today, Movieweb reports that you can add another film to MGM's reboot pile: the 1988 killer-doll horror flick Child's Play. For those unfamiliar with the Child's Play franchise, the movies were about a doll named Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) who was inhabited by the evil spirit of a serial killer. While I'm personally baffled by horror movies where the monster is tiny enough to drop-kick, Child's Play went on to four sequels, most recently 2004's Seed of Chucky. According to Movieweb, the script by franchise screenwriter Don Mancini is already finished. There's also an »
- Matt Goldberg
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