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5 items from 2011

Burn Notice: Meet Michael Westen, Army of One

28 August 2011 3:12 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Michael and Sam follow a lead to the man who hired Lucien the clock-maker/bomb-maker. As they arrive, the man torches his safehouse, and Michael and Sam are only able to recover his charred computer. Michael takes Sam’s place helping Jesse with a case of corporate espionage, freeing Sam to contact a friend who may be able to salvage what’s on the computer.

Jesse’s client was Richard Grombach, billionaire owner of big box stores and fast food restaurants. Sam, and now Michael, was supposed to play a hacker who joined the team of corporate spies plotting against Grombach. The actual hacking would be done by a device Jesse gave Michael, which would gather evidence against the spies. Jesse also convinced Maddie to help him on the job by taking photos. The whole thing was supposed to be relatively safe, as the criminals were thought to be white-collar. »

- Gerald So

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What the Hecht? Andrea Parker in Desperate Housewives

22 August 2011 7:04 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

There’s a new woman joining Desperate Housewives, but it won’t be Jessica Hecht, as previously reported. Instead, Andrea Parker will be joining Season 8 and entering Tom’s life as the new love interest that was to originally be portrayed by the Friends alumni.

Hecht (Friends, Bored to Death) was in talks for the new character on Desperate Housewives, but negotiations broke down on Friday, according to TVLine. The producers apparently weren’t put out too much though because they simply offered the part to Parker, who has previously appeared on the small screen in a variety of shows that include The Pretender, Pretty Little Liars, CSI: Miami, and Less Than Perfect.

Parker will be coming on-board as Jane, a woman that has the impeccable timing of entering Tom’s life right after he and Lynette decide their marriage is a thing of the past, but don’t feel »

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Tricia Helfer joins 'The Firm' at NBC; Bryan Cranston meets 'The Simpsons'

21 August 2011 6:28 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Sink your teeth into several bites of TV news, including morsels from "90210," "The Simpsons" and more.

NBC's midseason drama "The Firm" has recruited Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica") for a recurring part. She'll be playing a character named Alex Clark, a senior partner in the law firm that hires Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas) after he's been in witness protection for the better part of a decade. [@trutriciahelfer/TVLine]

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will lend his voice to an episode of "The Simpsons" in the coming season. He'll play a Hollywood spy named Stradivarius Cain (awesome) who helps Homer -- who's suffered a head injury and is hallucinating the character -- become irresistible to Marge. [EW]

The final season of "Desperate Housewives" has added a pair of recurring guest stars: Andrea Parker ("Less Than Perfect," "The Pretender") will play Tom's (Doug Savant) new girlfriend (Jessica Hecht had initially been in talks for the role), and Miguel Ferrer ("The Protector, »

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Burn Notice: More Than Meets the Eye

19 August 2011 7:28 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Michael and Sam travel to a clock shop in Tallahassee. The owner, Lucien Dobos (Patrick Bauchau), is also the man who built the bomb that almost killed Michael’s impersonator two episodes ago. Meanwhile, Fiona helps Jesse beef up home security for James and Sadie Forte (James Frain and Darby Stanchfield).

Eye for an Eye” was not typical of Burn Notice in that, for the most part, the regulars did not play roles to fool the bad guys. Instead, they were fooled by a couple of villains who put up solid fronts. I’ve been a fan of Patrick Bauchau since his role on NBC’s The Pretender (1996-2000). He played Sydney, a scientist who worked for the nefarious Centre. The Centre had abducted child prodigy Jarod (Michael T. Weiss), but Sydney had also been a father figure who helped raise Jarod.

In “An Eye for an Eye” Sam initially doubted whether Lucien, »

- Gerald So

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Blue Bloods Review: Who Do You Trust?

3 February 2011 4:27 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Who do you trust? That is the question I was left with after "Hall of Mirrors." The episode kept everyone guessing about the amount of faith they possessed in their partner and in their family members.

Does anyone else find Detective Molevsky exceptionally sleazy? With just two scenes, Michael T. Weiss has banished all reminders of his role as a good guy on The Pretender from my mind. Molevsky’s thinly veiled threats to Jamie were unnerving.


Will Jamie finally go to his father about this case? If not, what more it will take? The FBI has come to Jamie about his brother’s death. Officer Gonzalev suspiciously killed herself after talking to Jamie about the case and now Detective Molevsky is threatening him. Renzulli thinks Jamie has good intincts, but at what point do those instincts tell him he can’t handle this on his own?

Although I wasn »

- corlando@mindspring.com (C. Orlando)

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