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Gabriel Macht: The Smartest Actor On Television

12/1/2011 11:00am EST
Gabriel Macht is a genius.

It isn't in the conventional sense. Measuring him by his IQ - whatever that may be - wouldn't do him justice. Neither would examining his lengthy filmography of over twenty years. Yet spend a few minutes in his company, and it becomes quickly apparent that he is brilliant. It's in his verbal acuity, which would make many professional writers envious. It's in the thought he gives to even the most casual of conversations. He's just plain smarter than you or me.

He's not the type to need to prove that to anyone. Yet with the success of USA Network's original...

Music Talk: My 5 Most Significant Songs

10/7/2011 11:00am EDT
Brian Culbertson
Tonight VH1 concludes their countdown of The 100 Greatest Songs of the 00's. In honor of the occasion, I've compiled a much smaller list: the 5 songs that most impacted my life.

There are plenty of songs I've enjoyed, and even loved. But few are the ones that I can say have made a lasting impression. The tunes without which I wouldn't be the same person I am today. These five selections span from my youth to adulthood, from moments of joy to the brink of death and everything in between. I'm glad that I heard them, and I hope that you give them a listen.

5. "The Rise and Fall (of Loving Yo...

Summer Lovin': Two New Summer Shows To Love

8/31/2011 3:00pm EDT
There’s nothing I love more than being swept off my pop culture-lovin’ feet by a new television series. For this television-aholic, it feels like being given an invitation to an exhilarating alternate reality, and I have this lovin' feeling for two summer shows. I worship them so much that I’m not even obsessing about the impending start of the fall season (Kidding, less than three weeks, people!).

Here are two shows that I’m head-over-heels for. One is a sophisticated legal drama set in the core of the Big Apple, another is a guilty-pleasure reality show about a real basketball wife.

2010 Emmys: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

8/28/2010 1:00pm EDT
2010 Emmys
It’s a transitional year for the Emmys, meaning this is one of the more exciting races in recent memories. The flood of new nominees (brought on by a stellar development slate) means that we can no longer rely on the predictable Emmy voting to determine winners. Instead, this is a year where we can see many newcomers emerging and starting a whole new slate of predictable nominees.

Yes, that was a little cynical, but it’s the sad truth of the Emmys – habits are hard to break for the voters. Luckily, this year the virgin nominees have afforded them an extensive choice for brand new habits.


'Glee,' HBO's 'The Pacific' Land Massive Emmy Nominations

7/8/2010 10:26am EDT
Hit TV musical "Glee" is set to be the toast of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards after landing a massive 19 nominations.

The comedy about a group of high school students in a choir club will fight for the Outstanding TV Comedy prize against "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office" and "30 Rock," which has taken home the title for the last three years.

"Glee's" leading stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele have been nominated in the male and female categories for the outstanding comedy actor awards, while their co-star Chris Colfer has received a best supporting...

'Royal Pains' Set Visit, Q&A & Season Two Spotlight

6/2/2010 2:07pm EDT
Royal Pains
USA's famous tagline "Characters Welcome" means that it is a channel not only dedicated to entertaining audiences, but that the entertainment might be a little more quirky than most television. This is a welcome change from stations that churn out the same mind numbing procedurals year after year. With Monk, In Plain Sight, Psych, and Burn Notice, they've introduced amusing and memorable characters who come from popular genres (detective, spy, action) with a unique spin.

One of their newest successes is a show titled Royal Pains, a medical show set in the Hamptons that blends a little Hous...

Where Are They Now? The Cast Of 'The Love Boat'

4/23/2010 10:52am EDT
The Love Boat
Most of the original stars of "The Love Boat" showed up at the TV Land Awards in Culver City, Calif., on Saturday. Unfortunately, the lovable Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) was not in attendance.

MacLeod most recently appeared in two episodes of Disney series "The Suite Life on Deck." He does occasional TV appearances.


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Ted Lange (Isaac) has also done his fair share of TV appearances in "Psych" and "General Hospital."

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Bernie Kopell (Doc) has appe...

'Monk' Series Finale: A Satisfying Conclusion To A Wonderful Show

12/6/2009 9:17am EST
It's still difficult to believe that "Monk" is over after eight years, but that's it. After years and several awards and numerous cases, Adrian Monk has solved the one that mattered the most: his wife Trudy's murder. Fans of the show must have had trouble keeping their emotions in check, and while it would have been nice to have some great guest stars in the end, it really grew into a satisfying conclusion. I have something in my eye. Sniff. Okay.

So in part 1 we learned that Monk is dying after being poisoned by a judge, and they could not find the antidote since no one knew how he was ...

'Monk' Series Finale Part 1

11/30/2009 1:50pm EST
Wow, for all the talk about "Monk" needing to end and that this final season was a long time coming, the official finale feels like it came so fast. The series finale is split into two parts, one that aired last week and the second that will air this Friday. It's amazing to think that there will never be a new "Monk" after Friday. I don't think it's set in after eight years just yet.

The finale promises that Trudy Monk's death will finally be solved, and hopefully the show will end in a way that is satisfying for the fans and for the writers. Part 1 of the finale starts out twelve years ...

'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk and the Badge'

11/24/2009 8:15am EST
Well it's taken eight years but Mr. Monk is finally back on the police force! That's right, he gets his badge back, but since this is a procedural comedy, everyone knows he'll be back to being the OCD detective by the end of the episode. Nothing ever really changes on "Monk." That's part of its charm ... and part of the reason the show is ready to be over. Anyway, last week's episode starts with Stottlemeyer giving Monk some very exciting news: he was reinstated back onto the police force! Huzzah!

Monk is very excited for his first day, although it is darkened somewhat by the knowledge t...

'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk Is The Best Man'

11/16/2009 8:10am EST
Over the years Captain Stottlemeyer has been one of most supportive and kind characters on the show "Monk." He puts up with all of the antics from Monk, not to mention Disher on top of that! He's had a lot of tragedy on the show, including his wife divorcing him and his girlfriend turning out to be a murderer, so it's about time the long suffering policeman got a break. A few episodes ago he met a pretty lady called TK (Trudy is her real name, ah!), and apparently it is now six months later. And he plans to propose. Really? Six months? Okay fine. Stottlemeyer deserves to be happy!

Monk f...

'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk Goes Camping'

11/9/2009 8:30am EST
Years ago Adrian Monk was a police detective, and his job was very important to him; almost as important as his lovely wife Trudy. Then Trudy was murdered and Monk fell apart. Ever since he has been trying to get reinstated with the police, and he works as a consultant on cases with his former boss Captain Stottlemeyer. A few seasons back on "Monk" he tried to get reinstated and Stottlemeyer sadly had to speak against him. It was a very tense and painful moment for the two friends, because Stottlemeyer loves Monk but had to make the right decision for the police station. He didn't think Mon...

Puppies & More On 'Monk'

11/2/2009 2:19pm EST
Mr. Monk is not having an easy few weeks. First Sharona returned and opened his heart up all over again, a reminder of his past and how far he's come, and last week he made a best friend only to lose her. Sniff sniff. And who cares if that best friend is just a cute dog? Any dog owner was probably bawling by the end of the "Monk" episode, because even an OCD anxiety ball like Monk could be won over by a pair of sweet big eyes and a little paw.

A pretty girl like Amanda is sleeping over at her new boyfriend's house, and she coos at his nice Australian Shepherd dog. She goes to cook him b...

'Monk' Recap: Sharona Returns

10/27/2009 2:00pm EDT
It has been so long since "Monk" was full of deep, poignant emotion, but it's no surprise that it hit the audience with an emotional punch due to Sharona's return on the show last week. Sharona, for those of you just tuning in, was Monk's original nurse/assistant for the first few seasons. She was replaced abruptly by Natalie, and there are some fans who still believe the show has never been the same without her. I'm included among those fans. I still love the show, but there was a fire and an attitude that Sharona added to the cast which has been missing. It was back at full power in "Mr. ...

'Monk' Recap: A Beloved Character Returns For Monk's Birthday

10/20/2009 8:30am EDT
It's going to be hard to get through the recap of last week's episode of "Monk," because there is exciting news at the end. Hint: a beloved character's return! One I've been praying for about five years now. Focus, focus. It is Mr. Monk's birthday and he is turning 50, which doesn't make him very happy nor does he wish for a party. As expected, Monk has a tragic story about being a child and how his birthday was ruined by the mean people around him. His mother got a beloved TV personality to come to his party, and once the guy left, all the kids did too. They came for the celebrity, not for...

'Monk' Recap: ' Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy'

10/12/2009 8:54am EDT
"Monk" is used to beating the plot horse to death after eight seasons, but Harold Krenshaw is certainly the most annoying reoccurring character on the show. He's Monk's nemesis with absolutely none of his redeeming qualities. Seeing him on the screen is like constant nails on the chalkboard, and it brings the worst out in Monk too. But it looks like they may be finally wrapping that up now that we're into the last season, and it's about time.

The episode opens with a young girl talking about having group therapy with Dr. Bell and then being attacked. She's found dead in the pool the next...

'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk And The Voodoo Curse'

9/28/2009 1:20pm EDT
Last week's episode of "Monk" was one of the best we've seen for several seasons now, which was both a surprise and a delight. The case was interesting, the facts took some time to work together, there was a high speed chase, and Natalie lost her freaking mind. Monk even hugged her willingly! It looks like a voodoo curse was put on this show, the positive kind.

"Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse" starts out with a little league team practicing in a park. One of the hitters, a little boy, keeps trying and failing to hit the ball. His patient coach eggs him on, and politely chats with an elder...

Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

9/21/2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?



The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...

'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk and the Critic'

9/21/2009 8:21am EDT
Last week's episode of "Monk" was one of those rare occurrences when it wasn't about whodunit, but rather about how they would prove it. The 'who' became pretty obvious early on, but the 'how' is the real question. It involved Natalie being even more annoying than usual, and unfortunately now that she was proven right she'll probably continue to be in weeks to come. Anyone else still miss Sharona? It's been so many seasons but her guest starring at the end of this final season is so exciting.

Monk and Natalie are out in the community theater because Natalie's daughter Julie has a role i...

The 61st Emmy Awards: Who Should Win And Who Will Win

9/18/2009 3:44pm EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
You may have forgotten since there is about a 47-month lull between the nomination announcements and the actual awards ceremony, but the Primetime Emmy Awards are coming to your living room on Sunday evening with everybody’s favorite human being, Neil Patrick Harris, serving as host for the evening.

Hopefully, the choice of somebody known for being funny and having talents that extend beyond being able to sit still for a perfect haircut and remembering the names of contestants will show a marked improvement in the quality of the ceremony with the return to Emmy ceremonies of yore where b...

'Monk' Recap: Mr. Monk Takes the Stand

9/14/2009 7:45am EDT
Now fans of "Monk" have seen the obsessive compulsive detective solve over a hundred cases now, but rarely has anyone questioned his methods during a court procedure. The show usually ends once Monk solves the case and the murderer gets taken away, and then we completely miss the next stage of the legal system with the judge and the jury and the verdict. Now it seems that Monk would have to regularly testify in court to his findings, but last week's episode was the first time we saw it happen. It is just as awful as you might expect, so you have to wonder ... how did Monk put away all those...

'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk is Someone Else'

8/31/2009 1:02pm EDT
The newest episode of "Monk" is titled 'Mr. Monk Is Someone Else,' and it shows how desperately Monk wishes he could be someone else. Even if that someone is a killer for hire from the mob! The episode guest stars Kelly Carlson from "Nip/Tuck," so fans of that show might be amused to see she's basically playing a saner Kimber.

The show starts with Monk apparently being hit by a bus and dying, which would normally cause panic but it's a little early for Monk to die on this show. They still have plenty of episodes left in the last season! Then we're in Monk's house as he gets manipulated b...

'Monk' Recap: 'Monk Is One Strange Duck'

8/24/2009 2:08pm EDT
Monk Recap
Even after eight seasons, the theme song of "Monk" is still so fitting and amusing. It is a jungle out there, and poor Monk is all alone. Last week's episode was rather cute, with Monk meeting a whole new group of people he has no ability to connect with. That's okay though, because they can't really connect to anyone.

Monk and Natalie took the weekend off to visit some of her friends, and apparently he was too uncomfortable to speak to any of them. Their car breaks down and they're stuck in the desert for a little while. Monk sees a UFO that night, and as expected, it freaks him out. H...

'Monk' Recap: 'Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man'

8/17/2009 10:56am EDT
Hey, did you know that twelve years ago Trudy Monk died in a car explosion and no one has been arrested for it yet? Any fan of the show "Monk" certainly knows this fact, since it has been bludgeoned into our head since day one. Trudy was the light of Monk's life! Without her he fell to pieces and lost everything! Twelve years have gone by and it is still the center point of his character, but the good thing is to know that they promised her case will be resolved by the end of this season. I wonder sometimes if they waited to solve it because they didn't know how to write Monk without the gu...

Bruce Campbell And Sharon Gless Appreciate Their Place In 'Burn Notice'

8/13/2009 12:06pm EDT
Burn Notice
With seventy years show business experience between them, actors Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless seem just about over it. A beloved B-movie icon, Campbell spent much of his career

either fighting off the undead in movies like The Evil Dead and Maniac Cop, or bouncing around several starring roles in well-received, yet quickly cancelled television shows like "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." and "Jack of all Trades." Sharon Gless couldn't be any more different. The last of Hollywood's contract players, Gless hit it big as NYPD detective Christine Cagney in the CBS hit "Cagney & Lacey"...

'Monk' Is Back For Its Final Season On USA

8/10/2009 11:26am EDT
It's official, the last season of "Monk" has premiered and now there are just 15 more episodes left until the end of this Emmy-winning comedy. It's a bittersweet kind of realization, although by now the show really has worn out some of its welcome. It was still one of the most successful shows on USA and paved their way for the 'Characters Welcome' angle ... because there is no character quite like Adrian Monk.

This episode guest stars Elizabeth Perkins from "Weeds," and her character Christine has plenty of Celia-like traits to her. The show starts with Monk and Natalie waiting in a li...

Tony Shalhoub Talks About 'Monk's' Final Season

8/6/2009 10:11am EDT
In one of the smartest moves a television show can make, the upcoming eighth season of "Monk" will be its last, ending its popular run on a high note. In a Q&A with Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG award winner Tony Shalhoub, the actor fielded questions about the final season and the impact "Monk" has had on both television history and culture.

Shalhoub stated, "We certainly don't want to go too long and have the quality start to wane and just limp to the finish line. We want to go out while we feel really that we're doing great work and delivering really strong episodes. We want to go ou...

New TV On DVD, July 21

7/21/2009 8:00am EDT
Season 4 of Charlie's Angels is now on DVD. Although Farrah Fawcett left after season 1, it may be fun to relive the days of the Angels so soon after her passing. Also on DVD: Monk season 7, Prison Break the final break, Pushing Daisies season 2, Psych season 3, and The Donna Reed Show season 2.

Emmy Nomination Surprises, Snubs And Shouldn't Be Nominated

7/16/2009 3:17pm EDT
How I Met Your Mother
To paraphrase Ned Flanders, apparently an Emmy nomination is easier to get than an acceptance letter from Arizona State.

This morning, Emmy tried to one-up Oscar's new rule of ten by including six nominees in the acting categories and a whopping seven in the series categories. Yes, if you made a television series this year, or appeared on one, chances are you heard your name called in North Hollywood this morning.

With so many nominess, it seems impossible that any deserving performances or series were left out. Right? Sadly, no. And, of course, there are plenty of nominees who sh...

Emmy Nominations Announced: '30 Rock' & 'Mad Men' Lead The Pack

7/16/2009 9:45am EDT
30 Rock
Tina Fey's "30 Rock" led the pack this morning with 22 Emmy nominations, while "Mad Men" tops the drama pack with 16 nominations. TV movie "Grey Gardens" garnered 17 nominations, and "Into the Storm" received 14 nominations.

Check out the nominees in major categories for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards:



"Family Guy

"Flight of the Conchords"

"How I Met Your Mother"

"The Office"

"30 Rock"



"Big Love"

"Breaking Bad"





"Mad Men"


Bryan Cr...