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The 19 Best Summer Television Shows Ever

5/29/2014 3:00pm EDT
Mad Men
Summer television has the unfair reputation of being the dumping ground for shows "not ready" for the fall or spring, or where offbeat series never take off or go to die. While shows have certainly been banished to the warmer months, dozens of classic shows either got their start or existed entirely in the summer.


Reality TV existed before Survivor, but its success on CBS as a Summer show opened the door to every and any kind of reality TV... for better or worse. It was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and was one of the highest rated shows on television for its first ele...

Weeds To End After Eighth Season

6/13/2012 3:07pm EDT
Showtime will be cancelling Weeds after its eighth season, giving writers time to create a proper ending to the long-running series.

"There were two shows, Weeds and Dexter, that really got Showtime taken seriously for cutting-edge original programming," said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins to EW.

After last season ended on an assassination attempt cliffhanger, show creator Jenji Kohan says the jury is still out on how to conclude the series. "We wrack our brains every year for crazy cliffhangers and we’re trying to figure out how to top ourselves."

The final season premier...

Mary Louise Parker To Replace Demi Moore In 'Lovelace'

1/27/2012 11:26am EST
Mary Louise Parker
Mary Louise Parker has reportedly replaced Demi Moore in the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic after the Ghost star quit the project to battle health issues.

The actress was hospitalized on Monday night after paramedics were called to her home and she subsequently checked into a treatment facility.

Her spokesperson revealed Moore, who has since left the specialist center, had decided to pull out of Rob Epstein's film about notorious porn star Lovelace - and the director has wasted no time in finding a replacement.

Editors at Usmagazine.com claim Weeds star Parker has signed up to play fe...

Lindsay Sloane Welcomes Baby Girl

1/27/2012 7:56am EST
Lindsay Sloane
Actress Lindsay Sloane is a new mother to a baby girl.

The Horrible Bosses star and her husband, talent agent Dar Rollins, welcomed Maxwell Lue on January 19th, and the proud parents are overawed by the love they feel for their first child.

They tell People.com, "We thought we knew what love was until we met her."

Sloane, who married Rollins in 2004, has appeared in TV hits Weeds and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Mary Louise Parker: 'People Give Me Pot All The Time'

6/30/2011 4:20pm EDT
Mary Louise Parker
Fans of TV series Weeds are so convinced actress Mary Louise Parker is a marijuana lover they keep offering to get her high.

In the hit comedy Parker plays Nancy Botwin, a widow who sells drugs to support her family - and the star reveals viewers often assume she's just like her pot-loving character.

She says, "People give me pot all the time... It's homemade a lot of times. People say, 'I grew it myself.' That's the thing I hear."

"I try to be gracious, you know, I'm not going to not take it. But I don't smoke it. I have children, you know. I'm not somebody who's going to go home and...

Summer 2011 TV Highlights

5/24/2011 1:00pm EDT
True Blood
As much as you should be going to the beach, catching a hot concert or spending time with friends at outdoor barbeques this summer, there is also a lot going on indoors too. We’re talking about what’s going on inside on the television. Summer television shows aren’t always about the addicting and sometimes laughable reality programs since stations like TNT and USA have stepped up their game with shows like The Closer and Burn Notice. As much as we were anticipating the return of Mad Men this summer only to be disappointed by the news that the premiere is delayed until 2012, we found a few m...

Our Favorite TV Moms: A Mother's Day Special

5/6/2011 6:00pm EDT
Home Improvement
Let’s be honest: I doubt that any of the moms on this list are as awesome as your own mother (suffice it to say that none of them are as amazing as mine). But these women, these television moms, are certainly worthy of mention. You may have grown up with some of them or you may have watched them last week, but one thing’s for sure: they’re moms, and they’re pretty terrific. So, in honor of Mother’s Day (and in no particular order) I present our favorite TV moms.

1. Joyce Summers (Kristine Sutherland) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Was Joyce kind of clueless? At first, yeah, but her clueless na...

New 'Weeds' Promo Pic Shows Mary-Louise Parker Naked In Handcuffs

5/2/2011 2:00pm EDT
Last season on "Weeds," Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) and the Botwin family went on the lam after Shane bopped Mexican VIP Pilar to death with a croquet mallet.

In the finale, a major airport showdown with Esteban and Guillermo landed Nancy at the wrong end of an FBI dragnet, where she confessed to killing Pilar.

Has Nancy's luck finally run out – is Nancy bound for the big house? The series returns to Showtime for a seventh season on June 27. We know we'll be tuning in!

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'Weeds' Recap - 'Theoretical Love Is Not Dead'

11/23/2010 6:10pm EST
Wow, now that was a season finale. 'Weeds' always does manage to come out swinging by the end. First season it was her finding out Peter was DEA, second was the mexican stand off with all the dealers, third was Agrestic burning down, fourth was 'I'm pregnant,' fifth was Shane the murderer, and now the sixth has Nancy giving in to fate. Nice. It has been rumored that season seven will likely be the end of the show, and it seems likely she might be heading toward her inevitable death. Each year Nancy's climbed closer and closer to the edge, and it's only a matter of time before someone pushes...

'Weeds' Recap - 'Fran Tarkenton'

11/9/2010 3:58pm EST
Wow. Every season 'Weeds' manages to take me by surprise, and I never know where it is going by the season finale. This is rare since a lot of television can be figured out early. Next week is the season finale, so everything in this episode is preparing for that. And it looks like big changes might be coming. Let's get the least important thing out of the way: Doug goes home and his wife is re-married and he wants her back now. Why is he on this show? He serves no real purpose other than being annoying, and if they want comic relief, Andy is far more amusing than Doug will ever be. Cut the...

'Weeds' Recap - 'Viking Pride'

11/5/2010 11:22am EDT
Nancy's in a good mood again, because she has a plan: Coppenhagen. The hash is being sold now that they have their highly illegal and untested liquid drug, and they may have found a way to get passports out of there. The bartender she traded the drugs with knows someone who might be able to help, but Andy has to go and do it since he doesn't respect women. Everyone forgets that Nancy has bigger cajones than Andy, apparently. But it gives her time to follow her gut about that man she met last week. She has a feeling that he was not who he said he was, so she goes around asking people if they...

'Weeds' Recap - 'Dearborn-Again'

10/27/2010 2:34pm EDT
Oh Nancy, Nancy, Nancy. You drive all the men wild. It would usually be annoying to have a character that every man falls desperately in love with, but it makes sense with Nancy. Not only is Mary Louise-Parker absolutely beautiful, but there is this charismatic enticing vibe around Nancy. It's why she works as a main character and why all the fans have stuck with the show this long. We love her or we love to hate her, but there is something about Nancy Botwin. Obviously the men in her world agree.

The episode starts out with her visiting the teacher from high school that she seduced and he...

'Weeds' Recap - 'To Moscow, And Quickly'

10/19/2010 3:26pm EDT
Price sister
Nancy's sister is the one being interviewed this time about their childhood. We haven't seen that much about Nancy Botwin and how she came to be the crazy woman she is today. In the first season there was an impression that she was very normal before Judah died suddenly, but the writers are unraveling the truth. Judah just kept the crazy at bay. Anyway last week the family tried to settle in a trailer park, and Nancy got them in trouble by having dirty violent sex with a married bartender. As a fan of Saved by the Bell, I will be traumatized forever seeing Zack Morris mostly naked. So now t...

Mary-Louise Parker Is Blue At The 'Red' Film Screening

10/12/2010 7:00pm EDT
Mary Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker showed up with her boyfriend, singer/songwriter Charlie Mars, for the "Red" Los Angeles special screening yesterday. We think she looks fab in the navy blue strapless dress. What do you think?

Mary and Helen Mirren feared they'd be fired from the new action comedy once director Robert Schwentke saw them running. The two thespians were tested to the full when it came to giving chase in the new film - because no matter how hard they tried they struggled to look convincing.

The "Weeds" star explained, "I don't mind being pulled to the ground if something was blowing up but...

'Weeds' Recap - 'Pinwheels And Whirligigs'

10/6/2010 8:15am EDT
The cast of Weeds
Andy Botwin has a problem, and that is he doesn't seem to understand that Nancy will do whatever she feels like. Even if she swears up and down 'I will listen to you,' the second she is bored she will just do what she wants. After royally messing up their time in Seattle, Nancy agrees to give the power reins over to Andy, because he actually knows how to live off the grid and keep away from people. He gives probably excellent advice on how to do that, but it lasts about ten seconds before Nancy gets the idea to bring the family to a carnival. Because she's like that. No honestly, the truth ...

'Weeds' Recap - 'A Shoe For A Shoe'

9/28/2010 3:33pm EDT
There was a pretty intense cliffhanger in the last episode of Weeds, and unfortunately several of the problems wrap up very fast. The CPS looking for Stevie are shooed off when Silas comes in and starts being offensive in sign language, and Nancy puts her fellow maid in a head lock until she just runs off. This probably needs to happen quickly because the real thing to worry about is Shane being taken. Cesar says he will trade Shane for Stevie, and for Nancy to start driving and they'll meet up somewhere. She packs the family into the car and comes up with a plan. Silas brings up a point th...

'Weeds' Recap - 'Boomerang'

9/21/2010 3:12pm EDT
It's a little reassuring that when crazy stuff really starts to go down, the first thing Nancy tries to do is save her sons. Of course neither of them would be in this situation if it wasn't for her, so that takes down the sweet motherly urges, but the intention is nice at least. All sorts of bad things converge at once on Nancy, and a lot quicker than anticipated! She's surrounded again, and how is she going to use her pretty brown eyes to get out of this one?

Last week ended with the police confronting Andy and Nancy coming out of the pot dealer's house. They actually have caught the van...

'Weeds' Recap - 'A Yippity Sippity'

8/31/2010 12:29pm EDT
On Weeds, the Botwin family became the Newman family and now they are determined to start over with a normal life. Nancy drags Andy and Silas over a picket line to get jobs at a hotel. They are given low level jobs because obviously none of them are actually qualified for more, and they can't list their vast drug experience. Meanwhile Shane continues to show he's probably never going to get any better, and Doug returns to the show. Meh. Where's Conrad? Anyone else wish Conrad and Heylia would come back? I know, wishful thinking.

Apparently working at a hotel involves a lot of horrible, cre...

Mary-Louise Parker Tried Marijuana For The First Time At Age 45

8/28/2010 9:19am EDT
Mary Louise Parker
"Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 45, after a friend convinced her it would cure a bout of sickness.

The actress, who plays a drug-dealing mom on the hit show, insists she never touched the drug as a teenager - but she succumbed to temptation after someone gave her some pot-laced lollipops.

Parker tells Vanity Fair, "I didn't smoke, it was a lollipop. I was at a party, and I'd been kind of sick recently. I was in the hospital and on some really heavy antibiotics. But I went to this party and I was in the bathroom the whole night, on the floor...

Mary-Louise Parker: 'I Wouldn't Go On A Blog If You Paid Me $100,000'

8/25/2010 2:42pm EDT
Mary Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker refuses to sign up to any social networking websites, insisting she's too sensitive to handle any "mean" insults aimed at her.

The Weeds star avoids reading about herself online because she struggles to forget nasty comments - and she is adamant her life is better because of her internet ban.

She tells the Wall Street Journal, "I'll only remember that (an insult), and I'll remember it all day long... I wouldn't go on a blog if you paid me $100,000 right now. It's basically just a forum for people to be mean and have people listen to them. I don't do any of that Twitte...

'Weeds' Recap - 'Thwack'

8/19/2010 1:40pm EDT
Is everyone ready to go back to the wild world of the worst mother in the world and her increasingly sociopathic children? Yay! Weeds has returned after a stunning season finale last year, and Nancy Botwin is in fine form as always. Meaning she's still a drug dealer, still married to a mobster, and drunk most of the time because she fails as a mother in every possible way. We're back watching the train wreck, people, and it's more insane than it's been in a long time, and that's saying a great deal.

Last season ended with the powerful Pilar threatening Nancy and her two elder sons if she d...

Celebrity Birthdays - August 2, 2010

8/2/2010 3:00am EDT
Mary-Louise Parker
Happy Birthday to:

"Weeds" star Mary Louise Parker (1964)

"Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong (1977)

"Clerks 2" director/actor Kevin Smith (1970)

Canadian guitarist Jeff Healy (1966)

Singer/actress Apollonia Kotero (1959)

"SNL" alum Victoria Jackson (1959)

Musician Mojo Nixon (1957)

"The Munsters" actor Butch Patrick (1953)

Actor Max Wright (1943)

Actress Joanna Cassidy (1943)

Horror director Wes Craven (1939)

The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson (1937)

"Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole (1932)

"All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor (1924; d. 2001)

Silver Screen star Myr...

Four Stars Who Regret Going Topless

5/26/2010 9:43am EDT
5 Stars Who Wish They Never Went Topless
As film viewers, we often wonder how celebrities react to seeing themselves nude on screen. Stars like Paris Hilton, of course, couldn't care less about being seen without clothing - after all, that's how she and other celebrities with leaked sex-tapes found their fame. However, there are some stars who regret their decision to reveal their private regions.

Our friends at Reel Empire have done some heavy investigation and have learned of a few celebrities who, once careless about showcasing their goodies, have had a change of heart years later...

Kate Winslet ("The Reader")

Nearly e...

TV's Hottest Moms

5/7/2010 8:48am EDT
Cougar Town
Mother's Day is fast approaching, so if you haven't ordered flowers or found a way to celebrate this special day with your mother, you'd best start cracking. In honor of this holiday, Starpulse.com decided to take a look at some of the hottest mother's on television - the women that prove they can raise a family and look fantastic all at the same time!

Jules Cobb (Cougar Town) - Courteney Cox became a sexy TV mom at the very end of Friends, but she embraced it entirely in her new show Cougar Town. Jules is a recently divorced mother who worships her 18 year old son Travis, and manages to t...

What's The Best Show On TV? Starpulse Writers Weigh In

3/15/2010 9:30am EDT
Best TV
What's the best show on TV right now? Several Starpulse writers tackle that very question and defend their favorite series as must-see TV. Do you agree with their picks? Take a look, and let us know!


Despite virtually no notoriety and severe initial undermarketing, the critically-adored "Modern Family" has picked up speed and is headed for a second season. Its approach is not unfamiliar, but it's greater than the sum of its parts. And don't let the unassuming name put you off.

The show follows one extended family on everyday occurrences like kids fighting in school, Fer...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 18

11/18/2009 3:00am EST
Owen Wilson
Happy Birthday to:

Funnyman Owen Wilson (1968)

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett (1962)

Weeds actress Elizabeth Perkins (1960)

Dynasty actress Linda Evans (1942)

Comedienne Imogene Coca (1908; d. 2001)

Cuban musician and Buena Vista Social Club alum Compay Segundo (1907; d. 2003)

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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 ...

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...

'Weeds' Season 5 Finale Recap

9/1/2009 1:58pm EDT
In last season's finale of "Weeds," Nancy was ready to get murdered at Esteban's hands for turning him in to the FBI, but she had an ace in the hole: her pregnancy. You know, the little baby we haven't seen at all since he was born and they got a nanny. One of these days they'll skip like five years later so he can be a character again. This season's finale was both more and less dramatic, and at least one character has shown a great deal of growth and change in the past few episodes and it is taken to the logical conclusion. Forget the fact the rest of the cast is kind of the exact same.


'Weeds' Recap: One More Episode Left Of Season Five

8/25/2009 10:00am EDT
Season five of "Weeds" is almost over, and I did a funny thing the other day. I re-watched season one for fun, just to see how it has changed. It was a bad idea, honestly, because all it did was make it clear that this show has gone seriously downhill since they left Agrestic. The characters are practically caricatures of themselves now, Nancy is no longer a pot dealer but a mobster wife, and the family is messed up to the point of no return. It's kind of sad to remember what made you love a show in the first place, and then see how it's gotten so far away from there. Sigh.

Anyway, last ...