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People Top 5
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- March 09, 2009
- Vol. 71
- No. 9
Picks and Pans Main: TV
TV's Favorite Polygamist, Bill Paxton, Big Man on Campus
SUNDAY, MARCH 1
BROTHERS & SISTERS
9 P.M. | ABC
Two hours' worth of Walker family trash 'n' turmoil! Rebecca (Emily VanCamp, right) uncovers a fresh secret about the business.
MONDAY, MARCH 2
8 P.M. | ABC
Jason Mesnick, the series' most popular guy in some time, presents the final rose. Followed by a reunion special.
10 P.M. | TNT
A serial-killer case kicks off new episodes of the series starring Holly Hunter as a gritty, volatile cop with an angel pal.
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON
12:35 A.M. | NBC
Conan O'Brien, a brilliant host, is movin' to Leno Town. How will Saturday Night Live alum Fallon (left) fare in the job?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
9 P.M. | ABC
Sawyer (Josh Holloway) tells fibs, hoping to paper over fallout from that pesky rupture in the past-present continuum.
10 P.M. | FX
Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) gets into further tangles as the FBI probes into the unscrupulous practices of her firm.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
9 P.M. | CBS
Pop-country phenomenon Taylor Swift (right) guest-stars as a girl whose folks run a seedy hotel where death keeps checking in.
CW, March 3, 8 p.m. ET |
The endearing horror-comedy returns with its first new episodes in almost a year, only to go up against the pagan altar of pop worship called American Idol. Reaper, you're in ratings hell! That's too bad, because the premise—nice employee at home-supplies chain moonlights as a bounty hunter of souls who've escaped Satan—has gotten a few twists to increase the hero's tortuous predicament. Sam (Bret Harrison) now believes he may be the son of the Devil (Ray Wise, funny and snarky), although his maybe-Daddy has many spawn and doesn't really like any of them. And one of Sam's friends is involved with a lady demon who conceals her horns and scaly flesh in the guise of a vapid strawberry-blonde. The show's charm is that the humans are innocently juvenile—except for Sam's disciplined, sensible girlfriend (Missy Peregrym, see box)—but also willing to do what they can to fight evil. Preparing to challenge a boxer back from the dead, Sam trains by letting his slacker friend Sock (Tyler Labine) fire baseballs at him.
Bravo, March 4, 10 p.m. ET |
The title has a sort of infantile insistence to it. You want to chide, "Make me a supermodel, please." The show itself, though, is a painlessly smooth runway stroll, thanks to the unvarnished attractiveness of its young contestants. It almost seems beside the point to learn that Colin, a college student, is a virgin or that one of the girls—named Salome—has displeased her Mennonite family with her fashion aspirations. In the opening challenge of the second-season premiere, the models are paired off, hoisted far above the ground in a Plexiglas box and told to strike an intimate pose. Make them come down, now.
NBC, March 1, 9 p.m. ET |
Even if Donald Trump's casinos have hit a rough patch, cheap TV formats can be a resilient investment during a downturn. The second season of his Apprentice-with-stars has one major plus going in: no Omarosa. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine how eagerly viewers will root for Claudia Jordan, a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal. At least there's Joan Rivers—bullheaded and shrewd, both in business and in comedy. Consider her the show's stimulus package.
>1 SHE KNEW THE SCORE When Edie Britt exits the show this spring, Sheridan takes with her a special knowing humor. Edie, a smirker, seemed to comprehend just how petty the wives' traumas really are.
2 SHE WAS AN UBER COUGAR Proud poacher of neighbors' husbands and boyfriends, Edie sauntered around Wisteria Lane in short shorts and tight tops, refusing to cede sexuality to age. Tacky, but defiant.
3 SHE TOO WAS DESPERATE—QUIETLY In the end Edie just wanted a little love, usually from the wrong guy (like Neal McDonough, as her crazy spouse). Let's never forget: Edie rhymes with needy.
>The Canadian actor, 33, is juggling two series: Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica and the new FOX drama Dollhouse.
YOU KICK BUTT ON BOTH SHOWS! I've been practicing this beautiful martial art, Muay Thai, for years. The "jumping knee" is one of my specialties. I'm not Jackie Chan or anything, but it looks pretty cool when a 6'3" dude jumps in the air.
HOW DO YOU LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN BATTLESTAR ACTION FIGURE? It was surreal when it came out. What's funny is all my friends have bought Helo action figures. They've threatened to do some funny things [using] those dolls and put it on YouTube!
>For the cycle 12 premiere of America's Next Top Model (CW, March 4, 8 p.m. ET/PT), Tyra Banks makes her ritualist grand entrance in ancient Greco-Roman costume, proclaiming herself the goddess of fierce. I sometimes wish she'd just ride down an escalator waving. Of the girls in the first hour, the most intriguing are burn victim Tahlia, street preacher London and Allison, who has huge, Coraline-like eyes and an unhealthy interest in blood.
>The actress, 26, is back on the CW comedy after cheering on her boyfriend, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, at the Super Bowl.
YOUR COSTARS ON REAPER ARE MOSTLY MEN. It's perfect. Growing up I was a tomboy. I was never emotional and feminine until a few years ago. I'm finally a woman!
YOU PLAY A WAREHOUSE MANAGER. EVER WORK IN RETAIL? I worked at a Sport Chek in Vancouver, only so I could get the discount off snowboard gear. But I hated the job so much, I quit before I got my discount.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE SEEING BEN WIN THE SUPER BOWL? It was the happiest, most emotional weekend of my life. It felt like I was playing—and I didn't want to lose!
>• On the HBO drama Big Love, the actor, 53, plays a polygamist with 3 wives and 8 children. But at home it's just wife Louise and kids James, 15, and Lydia, 11.
AFTER SO MANY FILMS, HOW DO YOU LIKE TV? I was so into The Sopranos and always wanted to do an ongoing character. It's so original, so keep it coming!
DID YOU FOLLOW THE NEWS ON THE FLDS CULT LAST YEAR? Oh, yeah. When that happened in Texas, the image of those children being taken away from their mothers; in a weird way our show has given a face to a culture that's so alien to Americans.
DO YOU EVER WATCH YOUR OLD MOVIES? I found a VHS copy of a film I did called Mortuary. I showed it to my son and daughter, and we had a good laugh. My son said, "You sure have gotten a lot better!"
ARE YOUR KIDS STAR-STRUCK? Justin Long was at the Big Love premiere; my daughter has seen Accepted 100 times. He talked to her, and it was so cute to see her trying to play it cool, even though she was jumping out of her skin.
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