Starz, April 1, 10 p.m. ET |
In this new take on the medieval legend, wizard Merlin wants young Arthur on the throne-but Arthur's half sister, the sorceress Morgan, covets the crown too. As Merlin, Joseph Fiennes is more like a trainer-dietitian than mentor, but he's lively. Eva Green, as Morgan, is coldly beautiful and magnificent in Camelot couture. She's enchanting. But I don't see Jamie Campbell Bower's Arthur having the resolve of a king. He looks as if he'd need a macchiato before strapping on his breastplate.
Four of a Kind
Lifetime, Tuesdays, 11 p.m. ET/PT |
This odd little show is about Calli, Kendra, Megan and Sarah Durst: 18-year-old identical quadruplets who look like four young Laura Linneys and live with their divorced mom. The girls are seen usually moving around in loose huddle formation and commenting on each other and the day's events in a fast, intensely pitched, overlapping dialogue. When one girl, Kendra, has a tantrum and storms outside to cool off, the others continue to murmur. ("Don't look at me like that, 'cause I didn't do anything-she's so negative!" "You are the main contributor to her!") This is the only reality show I can think of that comes with its own Greek chorus.
TLC, Sundays, 9 p.m. ET/PT |
Polygamist Kody Brown, who suggests a forgotten Bridges brother who wandered off alone onto the plains, is going to see how willingly America welcomes his controversial lifestyle on season 2 of this fascinating reality hit. On the March 13 opener, he and his four wives headed to Manhattan for a Today interview. Kody's mind blanked at the first question. Well, he'll have to think faster. The season promises an unusually pointed study of how Brown's golden faith in the show fares when other realities intrude-starting with the police investigation prompted by his public coming out in season 1.
FROM JERSEY SHORE
Season 3 of MTV's smash hit ends March 24. What inspiring pointers did we learn during the season's standout moments?
1. SNOOKI'S ARREST
She partied into the day and fell over in the sand like a bowling pin, so the cops took her away. Her dad told her he was disappointed, not mad. This sobered her up. Briefly.
LESSON: To tame a Snooki, shame a Snooki.
2. JENNI'S GUY TROUBLES
Jenni broke up with her boyfriend back home and pursued an unpromising relationship with a strangely elusive local guy.
LESSON: Don't be a JWOWW if what you want is know-howw.
3. THE HAZING OF DEENA
Newcomer Deena, Snooki's BFF, struggled to fit in. One might ask why you'd want to fit in with cave dwellers. Still, she cried. It was sad.
LESSON: Besties with Snooki is frenemies with everyone else.
4. A SORRY SITUATION
Prank-loving Mike "the Situation" called a cab for Deena and Snooki but gave the driver secret instructions to drop them off in Manhattan. As comeuppance, the gang smeared his bed with cheese.
LESSON: A six-pack belly does not make up for a one-track mind.
5. RONNIE & SAMMI'S WAR
The couple were like pro wrestlers, showing no respect for physical boundaries. A miserable spectacle.
LESSON: Know what? Skip the lesson. You guys just aren't good for each other.
1 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
MON. MAR. 21 8 P.M.
Neil Patrick Harris' dad? John Lithgow!
MON. MAR. 21 8 P.M.
Chuck (Zachary Levi) is locked in a power struggle with nemesis Robin Givens (right).
3 BEST IN FILM
TUES. MAR. 22 9 P.M.
Harrison Ford talks in this greatest-movies special from PEOPLE and ABC News.
4 OUR AMERICA WITH LISA LING
TUES. MAR. 22 10 P.M.
She investigates a heroin crisis in Ohio.
5 PARKS AND RECREATION
THURS. MAR. 24 9:30 P.M.
Amy Poehler takes the staff on a camping trip to brainstorm.
BIG LOVE'S BEST MOMENTS
Season 1 ended with Barb, the most senior wife of Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), disgraced and disqualified from being named Mother of the Year. As played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, Barb was a pragmatic woman with ever bigger doubts about her spiritual (and sexual) life.
In season 2, Bill began to toy with the notion of taking a fourth wife, waitress Ana (Branka Katic). This didn't work out too well, but it allowed viewers a glimpse into Bill's fundamental mystery-was he the religious pioneer he fancied himself or a deluded creep?
A crystallizing moment in season 3: Bill's middle wife, Nicki, avenges herself on her repulsive old father (Harry Dean Stanton) by tripping him up on the steps. Chloe Sevigny, throughout the show, was a muddle of righteousness and misjudgment-a funny, furious performance.
Libba Phillips' five-year search for her sister inspired Bringing Ashley Home, airing March 20 on Lifetime Movie Network.
Watching a movie about her five-year quest to find her troubled sister Ashley was "surreal," says Phillips, 43, of Bringing Ashley Home, which was prompted by PEOPLE's 2008 story about her. "I had to stop the movie a few times; it evoked such emotion." Phillips helps others search for missing loved ones with drug problems or mental illness through her nonprofit organization Outpost for Hope. But Ashley, who's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, disappeared yet again in May 2008. "There's a lot I can't change about my sister," says Phillips, "but this movie was an answered prayer."
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW DANCING WITH THE STARS CAST?
It's good casting. I'm looking foward to Kirstie Alley. She's a wonderful comedienne. I hope she will bring a lot of entertainment value to the show. I'm sure she'll be able to fight back.
SPEAKING OF FIGHTING BACK, THINGS GOT HEATED BETWEEN YOU AND MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY LAST SEASON.
I don't think anything Maks did was done with intention of offending. It was in the heat of the situation. Last season there were so many ups and downs because of the public vote, not the judges. We were consistent.
SOME FEEL THE JUDGES ARE TOO HARSH ON THE CONTESTANTS.
They have to expect to be criticized. We're not their mothers. I try to do it with a sense of humor, but if somebody is bad, I'm going to say he's bad.
WHO ARE YOUR DREAM DWTS CONTESTANTS?
Sharon Stone or Raquel Welch. These ladies have great star quality: real femme-fatale types.
Season 2 of The Fabulous Beekman Boys (March 22, Planet Green) finds newbie upstate farmers Brent and Josh-a Manhattan couple-dealing with their prima-donna llama Polka Spot. The guys' camp esprit can seem calculated, but the show is a charming pastoral dream.