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Call 911: Cop Shows Have Officially Taken A Turn For The Absurd

8/3/2014 12:25pm EDT
Call 911: Cop Shows Have Officially Taken A Turn For The Absurd
Who’s solving crime on television these days?

On one hand we’ve got “Detectives Olivia Benson” (Mariska Hargitay) and “Fin Tutuola” (Ice-T) careening up, siren blaring with the red light spinning on top of the car; the ubiquitous ‘Blue Bloods’ clan; the squads from ‘Rookie Blue’, ‘Major Crimes’, ‘Hawaii Five-0’, ‘Longmire’ and ‘Chicago PD’; plus those two from ‘Motive’, not to be confused with the other two from ‘The Bridge’ or ‘The Killing’ or ‘Murder In The First’.

What they all have in common is that, at least in these procedural dramas, all the characters are “on the job.” The down si...

'The Mentalist': Silver Wings of Time (6x17)

4/18/2014 5:50pm EDT
'The Mentalist': Silver Wings of Time (6x17)
Hmm. Very interesting. Very interesting indeed. I liked this one. It had a very small feel to it, as most of the scenes were at the FBI office. Let us take a look.

A man is killed by a bomb at a bus stop. Turns out, this man was trying to find evidence that his friend wasn't guilty of a crime for which he is being sentenced to death. This friend has only three days left before he is executed. Abbott believes the convicted man when he says he's innocent, and so the team begins to hunt for the real murderer. They figure, whoever murdered the woman all those years ago also killed the guy with...

CBS Renews A Ton Of Shows

3/13/2014 3:16pm EDT
The Good Wife
CBS issued renewals to NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Mom, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours. Add to that the renewal of The Big Bang Theory, and CBS just renewed a whopping 20 shows.

Not being picked up, but still not cancelled, are The Mentalist, Intelligence, Hostages, and The Crazy Ones. I would definitely rule out Intelligence and Hostages. Both failed to grab huge audiences. I think The Mentalist will prob...

'The Mentalist': White Lines (6x11)

1/9/2014 11:09am EST
The Mentalist
Unfortunately, I wasn't a big fan of this episode. I was waiting and waiting for some good Jane/Lisbon interactions after the winter hiatus, and I didn't get them. It's not like that's the only thing that makes a good episode of The Mentalist, of course, but the case was transparent and boring, and nothing much happened that I was too fond of. There were a few things here or there that I enjoyed, but not much. Let's start with the plot.

Jane and Lisbon are working one of their first cases with the FBI, and it involves several DEA agents being killed. The hunt is on for some bad man who run...

The Mentalist: The Great Red Dragon (6x07)

11/20/2013 12:14am EST
The Mentalist
This episode did a great job pushing us forward towards next week's epic Red John episode. And... it's Bertram, right? He's Red John? One of my favorite things about this episode is that we're pretty sure it's Bertram, but there is a tiny bit of wiggle room. All of the other suspects except for Smith are dead, and Smith has confessed everything he knows. But let's slow down for a moment and take a look at the plot.

We jump in right where we left off, with the house exploding and Lisbon running in, frantically looking for Jane. We see that Smith and Bertram are still alive, and so is Jane, ...

'The Mentalist': Fire and Brimstone (6x06)

11/12/2013 12:51am EST
The Mentalist
This was a very solid episode and a very exciting lead up to the Red John confrontation, which is only two episodes away. In some ways, what's so great about this episode is that not very much happens. Let be go through the plot very quickly, and then talk through some elements that I thought worked particularly well.

Jane and the team are set to gather up the five remaining Red John suspects. Jane wants them all at one place at one time, so that he can ask them to reveal their arms. Whichever one has the tattoo, he will know that is Red John. Jane, Lisbon and the others are able to succes...

'The Mentalist': Red Listed (6x04)

10/24/2013 2:55pm EDT
The Mentalist
I'm going to be really brief, which is ultimately a shame, since this episode was really plot heavy and deserves a lot of attention.

Okay. So, Jane planted a decoy list of fake Red John suspects in case anyone tried to steal the list from him. One of these fake suspects ends up dead, and suddenly a hunt begins. Lisbon and Jane suppose that the reason Benjamin Marx is dead is because someone else is trying to eliminate Red John, and Lisbon knows she needs to offer protection to the other fake suspects. One problem: they're all pretty much terrible people, and a lot of them don't want to off...

The Mentalist: Wedding in Red (6x03)

10/15/2013 3:27pm EDT
The Mentalist
Let's jump straight into the plot.

Jane wants to keep an eye on Sheriff McAllister (one of the Red John suspects), so he convinces Lisbon to take a case in Napa. The case involves a wedding between a rich, snobby socialite girl and a lower class Hispanic man. Cliche of all cliches, but it actually worked. Despite the families battling about their kids getting married, the couple very clearly loved each other. The victim is the bride-to-be's uncle, who everyone agrees is nobody worth murdering, or even really talking about.

Everyone reacted really strangely to hearing about his death. It w...

'The Mentalist' Recap: Black-Winged Red Bird (6x02)

10/8/2013 6:10pm EDT
The Mentalist
After a strong opening, this episode of The Mentalist fell back in a big way. I was pretty disappointed. There were a few good things going on here, but to be honest I just felt let down after that awesome season premiere.

So, the case of the week involved someone being taken out by a drone strike. In their car. You know where I've already seen this strange plot before? On Castle last season. You snooze you lose, guys. And even on top of that, the mystery ended up revolving around a ritual samurai suicide, since the guy who died was apparently all about honor. But there was still a bad guy...

2013 Fall TV Season: What Will Be The Second Cancellation?

10/8/2013 6:00pm EDT
NBC- The Voice is still doing good numbers on Monday/Tuesday. The Blacklist is winning its timeslot, and was the first show (technically) to be rewarded with a back-nine pickup. Chicago Fire is also doing solid numbers on Tuesday. Revolution needs to regain some audience members if it wants a second season. With the success of The Blacklist, and Chicago Fire doing OK, Revolution is looking to be one of NBC’s weaker points right now. I can’t see it not running the full second season, but it might not get a third. Also, Ironside is definitely going to get cancelled. The premiere was so low, a...

'The Mentalist's' Owain Yeoman Marries 'Soulmate' Gigi Yallouz

10/6/2013 12:02pm EDT
Owain Yeoman
The Mentalist star Owain Yeoman is a married man after exchanging vows with Gigi Yallouz in a low-key ceremony last month.

According to reports, the 35 year-old Welsh actor walked down the aisle with his fiancée at a private estate in Malibu, on September 7th,.

Yeoman proposed to jewelry designer Yallouz in May last year.

In a recent interview with People Owain said, "Gigi is my perfect partner. She's my best friend. She's the most fun of anyone I know and she's also the kindest and most tolerant person," Yeoman told the magazine. "I work in a business of extremes, so when you are wit...

'The Mentalist' Recap: The Desert Rose (6x01)

10/3/2013 1:02pm EDT
The Mentalist
Good, strong opening episode! I'm actually getting excited about this season of The Mentalist, which is not something I was expecting to happen. Plot-wise, we pick up where we left off.

Jane and Lisbon are shocked at the discovery that Red John knows the list of seven suspects. Jane appears to be at a total loss as to what to do. Then, they get a case.

It's a run-of-the-mill sort of thing. A body has turned up, but it's old - a skeleton. It takes some time, therefore, to ID it. They think it belongs to a man who went missing quite some time back. Along the way we meet the wife, the son (f...

2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On The CW & CBS

9/4/2013 6:00pm EDT
The CW and CBS are complete opposites. The CW shouldn't be in business, and CBS is THE business. The CW aims for teenagers to lose their sh!t on social media. CBS aims for the median age of the people in my office. I've never understood the Blue Bloods audience more than in the last year. My interest in The CW is odd and possibly unhealthy. I'm endlessly fascinated with its shows and attractive actors. I'll watch Reign just for Adelaide Kane. I'm not endlessly fascinated by CBS. CBS lulls me to sleep. I never wrote about Elementary's "Pilot" because I went to sleep mid-episode. I never watc...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

9/8/2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...

TV Ratings: CBS Dominates With 12 Of The Top 20 Shows

5/24/2012 12:33pm EDT
Mike & Molly
If the latest TV ratings week was a final exam, CBS would get an A+ and NCIS would graduate at the top of the class. The stalwart once again topped the Nielsen ratings, besting all other scripted and reality programming, even as American Idol geared up for its finale.

‘NCIS’ attracted over 19 million viewers and spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles got over 15 million. By comparison, the Wednesday and Thursday editions of "Idol' attracted 17.7 million and 16.4 million, respectively.

CBS had 12 of the Top 20 shows, including Person of Interest, The Mentalist and How I Met Your Mother. Mike & Molly ac...

CBS Unveils Just Four New Shows For 2012-13 Season; Cancels 'CSI: Miami'

5/16/2012 1:01pm EDT
CBS series Elementary
CBS just announced its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, which includes four new series. The network is also making four key time period moves.

Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, commented, "These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces. From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility."

The new series are:

-"Elementary," a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Hol...

$16 Million Contract Puts Britney Spears On TV's Top Paid List - Behind Judge Judy

5/10/2012 11:03am EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears is reportedly set to rake in $16 million as a judge on The X Factor, but the incredible amount isn't nearly enough to put her on top of TV's best paid list.

Assuming The X Factor has the same amount of episodes this season (26), Spears would pocket a bit over $615,000 an episode. That makes her the second highest paid per episode in primetime currently - Ashton Kutcher makes $700,000 an episode for Two and a Half Men. She is also far behind predecessor Charlie Sheen's whopping $1.2 million an episode. It would put her ahead of William Petersen's previous salary on CSI ($600,...

Q&A: Ashley and David Eckstein Celebrate Fandom With 'Her Universe'

3/21/2012 11:15am EDT
Her Universe
One of the joys of fandom is being able to share your passions. And thanks to Ashley and David Eckstein, that just got a lot easier (and cooler) for women.

Representing one's fandoms can be a difficult task for the female gender. I say that from experience; I'm all about showing off my allegiances. One of those happens to be to the San Diego Padres, and I went on a rant when there wasn't a T-shirt for my favorite second baseman, a certain David Eckstein. You can imagine my delight to hear that someone that I am a huge fan of was making it easier for me to represent the things I love.


Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

9/6/2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...

CBS Announces New & Returning Shows For 2011-12

5/18/2011 11:57am EDT
Blue Bloods
CBS announced today its new 2011-2012 primetime schedule, ordering five new series and making key time-period moves for CSI and The Good Wife to strengthen its already top-rated primetime lineup.

The new series include three new dramas and two new comedies: "Person Of Interest," a crime thriller from renowned executive producer J.J. Abrams starring Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson; "Unforgettable," starring Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually every det...

Simon Baker Tops TV Salary List

12/27/2010 4:31pm EST
Simon Baker
Aussie actor Simon Baker has landed at the top of a new TV salary list - after reportedly signing a $30 million deal to extend his time on The Mentalist.

The star's Christmas bonus has made him the highest-paid dramatic actor on TV, jumping over House star Hugh Laurie and CSI's Laurence Fishburne.

Baker, who plays psychic crime consultant Patrick Jane in the hit series, was reportedly pocketing $250,000 per episode before the contract extension.

Reports suggest the new deal with Warner Brothers includes a producing credit throughout the fifth season the show.

'The Mentalist' Recap - 'Red Hot'

11/9/2010 6:57pm EST
It's always great when 'The Mentalist' brings back a character, especially when they happen to be disarmingly charming and smarmy like Walter Mashburn. He was wanted for murder once before, and now it looks like the billionaire might be the one being targeted! The episode starts with Jane and Lisbon being called to a building, but there are no police cars or anything else there. Walter is the one that called them in, because he's about to sign a deal with a competitor named Yuri and Yuri was getting death threats. Walter is excited to finally beat his rival into the ground and buy his compa...

Fall TV Ratings: What's Hot, What's Not

10/8/2010 9:30am EDT
Cloris Leachman
We're only two weeks into the fall season, and we have two series cancellations. Let's see if we can keep up this "one canceled show a week" deal. For the record, the goners are FOX's 'Lone Star' and ABC's 'My Generation,' both of which got dismal ratings. Production was also halted on the Jimmy Smits drama 'Outlaw' and it's not looking good for ABC's 'The Whole Truth' either. By next week there will likely be more network victims.

As of this week, no huge new hits have emerged. FOX's 'Raising Hope' is doing fairly well following the hot 'Glee' and was awarded this week with a ...

'The Mentalist' Recap - 'Cackle-Bladder Blood'

10/4/2010 4:48pm EDT
It's common knowledge that it was Patrick Jane's fault that his wife and daughter were brutally murdered by the serial killer Red John, but sometimes due to his pain it's difficult to remember other people suffered too. He's come a long way even in the last season from being very touchy and slightly insane about what happened to his life, and now being able to come to terms with his wife's death in a slightly better way. Last week's episode was about his wife's brother Danny stirring up trouble for Jane and reminding him about how badly he failed his wife.

Danny calls Jane and asks for hel...

'The Mentalist' Recap - 'Red Sky At Night'

9/24/2010 4:18pm EDT
The Mentalist
Welcome to the newest season of CBS' hit crime procedural The Mentalist. For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, the show is about a man named Patrick Jane (played by the delicious Simon Baker) who used to be a famous fake psychic. He has exceptional detective skills and was overly arrogant when tracking a serial killer named Red John, so Red John decided to murder Jane's wife and daughter. After a stop in an insane asylum for a time, Jane joined the CBI as a police consultant. He likes to taunt his police team by always figuring out things early and never telling them, ...

Check Out 'The Mentalist' Season Two On DVD Sept. 21

9/18/2010 7:00am EDT
The Mentalist
California Bureau of Investigation consultant Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) has a blatant lack of protocol but is self-assured and driven in "The Mentalist." The former “psychic” uses his talent for seeing the clues everyone else misses to solve the most baffling crimes.

But there’s more than crime that makes this season a must-see: Lisbon and Cho reveal hints about their troubled pasts. Violence fells one CBI boss, and the new boss seems more interested in authority than teamwork. And as the Van Pelt-Rigsby relationship heats up, it threatens to cool down their careers.

Match wits with the ...

2010-11 TV Lineup

5/20/2010 9:05am EDT
2010 Fall TV Lineup
The big networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox & CW) unveiled their schedules for the 2010-11 season this week at their various upfront presentations. Several shows were canceled (such as "Heroes," "Ghost Whisperer" & "Law & Order"), while many new series were added to the lineup ("Hawaii Five-O" & "The Event.")

Check out the schedule to see if your favorite shows made the cut and to find out which new series are coming your way:


8 p.m. House
9 p.m. Lonestar (new)

8 p.m. Glee
9 p.m. Raising Hope (new)
9:30 p.m. Running Wilde (new)

8 p.m. Lie to Me
9 p.m. Hell's Kitch...

Male Celebrities We'd Like To See Nude

4/20/2010 8:47am EDT
Stars We Would Like To See Nude
Is it hot in here? If not, it's going to be. Turn up the heat, and lose the layers. Here's our list of the male celebrities we want to see in the nude!

1) Brad Pitt

Angelina's baby daddy is just as hot today as he was 20 years ago. What's his secret? Baby-mix formula? We don't care what it is. We just want to see more of Brad. A lot more. Bonus if he wears a cowboy hat and speaks with a Southern accent!

2) Chace Crawford

We could "gossip" all day about those set of lovely eyes. But let's not dwell on just his face. His abs could make a focal point through a foggy lens any time, any d...

Why You Should Be Watching ABC's 'Castle'

2/21/2010 11:30am EST
Why You Should Be Watching ABC
With NBC having Law & Order, CBS living it up with the CSI franchise (not to mention Criminal Minds and NCIS) and FOX having surprise success with Bones, it's no shock that ABC has decided to give the crime drama genre another go after cancelling NYPD Blue in 2005. But this time, the network has decided to go with funny over gritty.

It may not be as edgy as Blue. But Castle, which debuted in March 2009 as a mid-season replacement, is one TV show that people should watch. Or at least put on their DVR list.

On Castle, Über rich and famous and playboy mystery novelist Richard Castle, pla...

37 Hottest Male Stars of 2009

12/30/2009 8:35am EST
37 sexiest men of 2009
There were many hot male stars of 2009 who tickled our fancy (and fantasies). Click through our photo slideshow for the men who topped the box office and the music charts and made our list of the sexiest men in showbiz this year!


Mr. Obvious sexy man of 2009: Twilight star Robert Pattinson, who has to constantly fend off his fans in droves. Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford and Hangover actor Bradly Cooper also make our hearts swoon.

See more photos of Robert Pattinson here!

See more photos of Chace Crawford here!

Bradley Coop...