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6 Best 'Law & Order: UK' Episodes

August 7th, 2013 12:40pm EDT
LOUK
Britain's best crime drama returns to American airwaves tonight as new episodes of Law & Order: UK begin on BBC America. As LOUK starts its seventh series (third season to US audiences) with new cast members and new writers, BFTV is taking a look back at the six best episodes from the previous six series. Here are our choices for the superlative drama's greatest hits.

1./2. "Deal"/"Survivor's Guilt"

Series 5, Episode 6/Series 6, Episode 1. There's some irony in the fact that Law & Order: UK's most crushing plot development also gave us its finest episodes. The departure of Jamie Bamber, w...
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In Memoriam: TNT's 'Monday Mornings'

May 11th, 2013 12:00pm EDT
Monday Mornings
TNT has opted to check out of Chelsea General Hospital, cancelling Monday Mornings after just one season. It's the unfortunate demise of an outstanding television series - yet as we lament the bitter end, we can also reflect on the multitude of great things that emerged over the ten episodes that we got to spend with this memorable band of doctors.

Here's a not at all short list of reasons why Monday Mornings will be missed and ultimately, left a strong fingerprint on not just medical dramas, but the entirety of television.

1) The pedigree. It's not often that you get a production team to...
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5 Underappreciated TV Actors: Where Are They Now?

April 14th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
Fairly Legal
In December, I gave you my list of five TV actors deserving of more notice this year. With 2013 more than a quarter of the way over, it's time to check the results. Where are these talented folks now? Did they get the extra attention they should have? And who else is poised to reach the next level?

1. Michael Trucco

You Know Him From: USA's Fairly Legal, Syfy's Battlestar Galactica

Why He Made The List: He was the MVP of Fairly Legal. While Sarah Shahi was deservedly center stage in the USA original series as mediator Kate Reed, he was her perfect foil as Kate's ex-husband and frequent...
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Celebrity Valentines for 2013

February 14th, 2013 8:30am EST
Adam Levine
Ah, Valentine's Day. It's a holiday all about love. While it's generally taken to be reserved for that special someone in your life, there are other kinds of love, too - like showing some love for your favorite celebrities. Here's BFTV's list of the celebrities I've fallen in love with and why I want to give them a little extra appreciation this year. Not only are they talented at what they do, but they're also pretty fantastic people.

In alphabetical order:

Jamie Bamber: I waited a couple of years to meet the Monday Mornings star, during which I heard from several mutual friends and fans...
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Jamie Bamber: One of TV's Top Actors Returns in 'Monday Mornings'

February 4th, 2013 9:15am EST
Jamie Bamber
There is much to appreciate about TNT's Monday Mornings, but perhaps its best part is that it brings a very welcome face back to television. Jamie Bamber stars in the new medical drama as confident neurosurgeon Dr. Tyler Wilson, and anyone who's taken full advantage of their remote over the last decade knows that the British actor is very, very good at his craft.

Monday Mornings has an impressive ensemble cast, including Alfred Molina and Ving Rhames, but it's the Wilson character who is positioned as the leading man, and it's not hard to see why. Bamber is an actor that you build a series...
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TNT's 'Monday Mornings' Preview: The Next Great Medical Drama

January 30th, 2013 9:00am EST
Monday Mornings
Next week, TNT unveils Monday Mornings, hoping that it will be another winner on the network's roster of original series. They don't need to worry: medical dramas haven't been this good since ER and Chicago Hope.

The latter comparison is particularly apt, as Monday Mornings is executive produced by David E. Kelley, who also created Chicago Hope, and Bill D'Elia, who worked closely with Kelley on that series, serves as this one's showrunner. Working from the novel of the same name by CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the result is something that mixes Kelley's knack for creating compelling drama with...
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5 Television Actors Deserving of More Notice in 2013

December 26th, 2012 9:00am EST
Michael Trucco
Now that Christmas is over, it's time to look forward to the New Year and new entertainment. With that comes the opportunity to hopefully see some familiar faces again, and there are several that I've got my fingers crossed for. These five actors have distinguished themselves in television roles in the recent past, and deserve more of our attention - and hopefully to be back on our small screens - in 2013.

1. Michael Trucco: Former Battlestar Galactica star Michael Trucco did a complete 180 two seasons ago when he stepped into the role of Assistant District Attorney Justin Patrick on USA...
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Q&A: 'Body Of Proof' Star Mary Mouser

February 21st, 2012 1:30pm EST
Mary Mouser
On ABC's Body of Proof, she plays Lacey Fleming, daughter of Dana Delany's Dr. Megan Hunt. Mary Mouser recently stopped by to chat about what it's really like to play someone's TV kid - and what it takes to play opposite yourself.

What's been your favorite aspect of this season of Body of Proof? What makes you excited about the show?

I think my favorite thing about this season is Lacey opening up. She's starting to trust more and recover some of that relationship with her mother. I've forgotten her as a character. She's become part of myself, I guess.

I love the show because for me, it's...
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The 11 Best From 2011

December 31st, 2011 11:00am EST
Southland
2011 was a fantastic year for entertainment. Here are my eleven favorite things from the year that's about to wrap, in chronological order...

1. Southland, TNT

(Season 3 began January 4)

I have to admit that I didn't keep up with TNT's gritty Los Angeles cop drama as much as I would have liked; it fell victim to sharing Tuesday nights with three other shows on my watch list. Yet when I did find time to catch it, I was no less than impressed every time.

There's been talk about the show's TV-MA content (allegedly the reason that NBC axed it), but the real talking point should be the st...
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'Law & Order: UK' 6.01 'Survivor's Guilt' Review

September 28th, 2011 10:00pm EDT
LOUK
This is a Law & Order: UK review I really didn't want to write, because as a fan, it's an episode that I didn't want to face. It's not so much the conclusion of a story as it feels like a forty-odd minute long counseling session - and one that's needed.

Picking up where "Deal" left off, "Survivor's Guilt" gives us a quick answer to our burning question: Matt Devlin is dead. Jamie Bamber isn't present for a frame of it, but Matt's felt the whole way through. I'd expect nothing less as we - head writer Emilia di Girolamo and the audience as a collective - are paying our respects to a...
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'Law & Order: UK' 5.06 'Deal' Review

September 21st, 2011 10:12pm EDT
Law & Order: UK
It's the ultimate rude awakening: discovering that your significant other has been shot to death in bed beside you. On that startling note, welcome to this week's Law & Order: UK - a sharp and startling potential goodbye to someone we love.

DS Brooks and DS Devlin initially suspect the victim's husband, but are taken aback when they realize that the fatal shot actually came from a window across the estate, where drug dealers and their buyers are known to congregate. A witness helps them locate Kaden Blake, a thirteen-year-old whose mother is an addict and so it's not a reach that ...
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'Law & Order: UK' 5.05 'Intent' Review

September 15th, 2011 4:16am EDT
LOUK
As far as crime dramas go, this week's Law & Order: UK appears at first glance to be garden-variety: Brooks and Devlin catch the case of a couple stabbed to death in their home. Yet as this is LOUK, that's hardly all.

When they discover that the former owner of the house was a banker under fire for an apparent hedge fund scam, our heroes meet her husband (Cambridge Spies star Samuel West), who likes to drink and is prone to blackouts. One of those might explain how his bloody thumbprint was found at the crime scene. His recollections are murky, and no one's sure how liable he is fo...
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'Law & Order: UK' 5.04 'Tick Tock' Review

September 7th, 2011 10:11pm EDT
LOUK
Brooks and Devlin have their hands full this week on Law & Order: UK (when do they not, admittedly?) when they catch a double murder at a nightclub, followed within the half-hour by another shooting in a nearby convenience store and a fourth body in the trunk of a car - all the work of a trigger-happy, mask-wearing couple.

Ex-soldier, ex-con Andy Bishop and his ex-girlfriend Joanne have some issues, especially when she accidentally shoots him during a standoff with Ronnie and about a half-dozen SWAT cops. Andy dies, and that leaves Joanne to be prosecuted. Was she a willing partici...
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'Law & Order: UK' 5.02 'Safe' Review

August 25th, 2011 3:48am EDT
Law & Order: UK
If there's one thing I took away from this week's Law & Order: UK, it's that we really don't give its cast enough credit. The episode makes clear that it takes a lot to be so good for so long.

The actors have everything they should need in a well-crafted script by head writer Emilia di Girolamo (check out my recent interview with her here). She's been around long enough to know that it's not just about the case of the week, but those little moments scattered throughout that give us glimpses into who these characters are and why we should care about them.

This extends even to the one...
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'Law & Order: UK' 5.01 'The Wrong Man' Review

August 17th, 2011 10:01pm EDT
LOUK
Law & Order: UK quickly became one of my favorite crime dramas on television once it arrived on US airwaves. Yet ever since the end of the previous series, I couldn't help but wonder: could the show survive the departure of two lead actors, including the incomparable Ben Daniels?

Yes, it can. It's not the same show - but it could never be. What it is, is still a fine piece of dramatic television.

Suzanne Morton dies four hours after developing flu-like symptoms, and it's the third inexplicable loss in the same hospital department within six months. That makes it worthy of investigati...
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Q&A: 'Law & Order: UK' Head Writer Emilia di Girolamo

August 17th, 2011 3:09pm EDT
LOUK
Law & Order: UK is one of the best crime dramas on television, on either side of the Atlantic. As the series returns to BBC America tonight (9 PM ET/PT), I sat down with LOUK's lead writer and a dear friend of mine, Emilia di Girolamo, to talk about what's ahead - like the previously announced cast changes - and how she and the talented team have injected new life into the Law & Order franchise.

Getting the basic question out of the way: how did you come to be involved with the show? What made you interested in it?

I was a huge fan of the mothership and in particular SVU, so when I fo...
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My Favorite TV Police

May 28th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
The Chicago Code
There's no group of people that I love seeing on the small screen than the police. Having been there and done that, I have a certain affection for good portrayals of the men and women in law enforcement. Now that we've recently celebrated Police Week, here's my tribute to the TV cops (note: not federal agents or anything else - just cops!) who've left impressions on me over the years.

Sergeant Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Detective Ben Gannon (Harry Morgan), NBC's Dragnet

My earliest memories of TV cops have to do with one of the most storied franchises in the genre. Thanks to Nick ...
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'Law & Order: UK' 4.06 'Skeletons' Review

April 8th, 2011 10:14pm EDT
Now we come to the Law & Order: UK episode I didn't want to come to.

"Skeletons," the last episode for Ben Daniels and Bill Paterson (as series regulars, anyway), hits the ground running, with Matt and Ronnie on the hunt to rescue a missing child whom they find murdered. We're told that the crime matches the modus operandi of an incarcerated serial killer. The first death is followed in short order by a second murder; no wonder why Matt chooses now to have a relapse of Oppositional Defiance Disorder. There's one common thread between the two children - both had run-ins with a secur...
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'Law & Order: UK' 4.05 'Help' Review

April 2nd, 2011 7:41am EDT
Law & Order UK
What did we learn from this week's Law & Order: UK? Don't walk around alone at night. Nothing good happens when you do. Namely, you might find your brother's dead body next to his car. It looks like Robert Nichols was the victim of a robbery that went even more wrong...but since when is anything on this show what it looks like?

It doesn't take Matt and Ronnie long to track down a suspect: Mike Jones, who's predictably described by his priest as "a really good guy" and who stopped to help Robert change his flat tire. Needless to say, he's incredibly uncomfortable when being question...
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'Law & Order: UK' 4.04 'Duty of Care' Review

March 25th, 2011 10:17pm EDT
Not to be confused with the series premiere episode "Care," this week's Law & Order: UK brings us what seems at first to be a tragic accident - a fire that claims the life of a young boy - but this being Law & Order, that's not the real story. After all, if it was, this would be a very short episode.

Law & Order specializes in showing us that what we believe is simple can be incredibly complicated, whether legally or emotionally. It's revealed by the end of the teaser that the fire is not an accident, which leaves Matt and Ronnie tasked with figuring out if the child's death was collater...
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'Law & Order: UK' 4.02 'Denial' Review

March 11th, 2011 10:05pm EST
When I was training for my legal career, I ran afoul of a few judges in my time, usually resulting in confrontations. If I'd been faced with what happens in this week's Law & Order: UK, I probably would have exploded. (And that's why I leave the prosecuting to James and Alesha.)

Brooks and Devlin tackle the shooting of High Court judge Rachel Callaghan, gravely wounded in an apparent carjacking. The case seems fairly straightforward, until they recover her car. The genius who's unlucky enough to have purchased it reveals - in the most infuriating interrogation Matt has ever been a p...
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Jamie Bamber To Exit 'Law & Order: UK,' Reunite With 'BSG' Boss

February 15th, 2011 2:52pm EST
LOUK
You know how they say to take the good news with the bad? This is one of those times.

TVLine has broken the news that another Digital Airwaves favorite, Jamie Bamber, has landed a lead role in NBC's new series 17th Precinct, opposite Stockard Channing (The West Wing). Yes, that's me squealing that you're hearing. The job reunites Bamber with his former Battlestar Galactica boss, Ron Moore. Called "an ensemble cop drama with a sci-fi spin," the project is already generating plenty of buzz. Bamber is set as Caolan, an "extremely focused" detective.

Unfortunately, that presumably means we've...
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Top 10 Current TV Character Crushes

February 14th, 2011 12:30pm EST
Fairly Legal
It's Valentine's Day, and that means love is in the air (for some of us, anyway). It's also a perfect time to pay tribute to the fictional men who've made my heart melt this TV season, for one reason or another, or oftentimes several. These are ten guys who, if they were real, would have no problem getting my phone number.

Warning: there are spoilers for certain series. Each show is listed in each character's heading. If you're waiting for the DVD's, I'd advise skipping those particular sections.

Before I get too mushy, here's the criteria for making my list:

1) They had to be from...
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'Law & Order: UK' 3.05 'Survivor' Review

February 12th, 2011 1:05am EST
LOUK
Last week's Law & Order: UK easily became one of my favorite episodes of the series, so "Survivor" has a tough act to follow. Even with those higher expectations, it doesn't disappoint.

Matt and Ronnie are dispatched to deal with a prison officer found shot to death; this means that they get to visit prison. Having been to one in the course of obtaining my criminal justice degree, I do not envy them (although Ronnie's "That's not a firearm" line while Matt's being frisked, and Matt's reaction to it, makes me laugh out loud). There's no shortage of suspects. First, it's a pedophile wit...
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'Law & Order: UK' 3.04 'Confession' Review

February 4th, 2011 10:01pm EST
LOUK
If you've been reading my Law & Order: UK reviews long enough, you know that among the many things I like about this show, two of them are episodes written by Terry Cafolla ("Sacrifice," "Love and Loss") and the adorable awesomeness that is Jamie Bamber. Cafolla writing a Bamber-centric episode? I'm absolutely behind that.

Whenever a cop turns up dead, it's always going to be a bad day; when it's someone our heroes actually know, it's the worst day possible. The victim is Matt's oldest friend, which sends Matt off the rails from the word "go," and as we know from previous episodes, Ma...
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Law School: Celebrating 'Law & Order: UK'

December 26th, 2010 6:24pm EST
If I didn't already know that Law & Order: UK is my favorite current crime drama, electing to stay up all night because BBC America's Boxing Day marathon started at 3 AM this morning would've made it clear. That makes this the perfect day to sing the praises of this great series. After all, who'd have thought that a show that was adapted from an American version would end up showing the American audience how it needs to be done?

This is coming from an admitted skeptic. When it was announced that we'd finally get the UK edition in the US, I was hopeful given the British history of t...
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'Law & Order: UK' 2.04 'Sacrifice' Review

December 11th, 2010 5:27am EST
Law & Order: UK
It's not been the best week for the Major Investigations Unit. (When Matt complains "Not another random stabbing," that just makes me wonder how frequent random stabbings are these days.) It only gets more interesting when a poor guy's found unconscious and minus a kidney.

The bizarre case sends Brooks and Devlin down some interesting roads, and ends up being unintentionally rife for humor, the majority of it on the part of Jamie Bamber, who's a lot more comedically adept than he gets credit for. Matt's face when Ronnie tells them about a potential suspect who has a creative use for...
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'Law & Order: UK' 2.03 'Community Service' Review

December 3rd, 2010 10:00pm EST
Law & Order UK
Nothing ever ends well that starts with someone walking alone late at night. In the case of this week's of this week's Law & Order: UK, you find a severely beaten homeless guy face down on the lawn. Brooks and Devlin quickly identify the victim, but who attacked him is a particularly thorny question.

Matt and Ronnie discover that Roland Kirk also happens to be manic depressive and isn't exactly on the best of terms with the neighborhood. Everyone seems to conveniently have gone deaf and blind when it comes to the crime. One particularly annoyed man is unashamedly pleased to hear abo...
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'Battlestar Galactica' Beauties Tricia Helfer & Katee Sackhoff Do 'Voodoo'

September 12th, 2010 10:47pm EDT
Tricia Helfer
Former "Battlestar Galactica" co-stars Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff are motorbiking to the Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans, Louisiana to raise cash for charities working to restore the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill.

The sexy stars will set off from Los Angeles in the week before the event, which is scheduled to run over the Halloween weekend.

They have asked famous friends and businesses in Tinseltown to sponsor their big ride, which is expected to take them 28 hours and cover 2,000 miles.

Once at the festival, the biker girls are expected to check out performa...
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'Dollhouse' Season 2 Premiere: A Great Opening To A New Season

September 28th, 2009 9:07am EDT
Dollhouse
Well, as everyone expected, Joss Whedon's new show "Dollhouse" was canceled by Fox after just one season, causing fans to go completely crazy and ... what? Wait, it didn't get canceled? What is this madness you speak of? They put it on the Friday death slot and it barely had any viewers! There's magic in the air, and "Dollhouse" fans were given their biggest Christmas wish: one more season of this increasingly strong show. It had ups and downs in the first year, but by the second half things were ironing out and the return of Alpha was truly delightful. Now it's time to get back inside and ...
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