TNT, June 10, 1O p.m. ET/PT |
It's still hard for me not to think of TNT as the network that aired The Closer. Why couldn't they have saved that classic by recasting Kyra Sedgwick with, say, Elaine Stritch? The new crime series King & Maxwell, at any rate, induces a comfortable forgetfulness: A smoothly executed vehicle for Rebecca Romijn
and Jon Tenney, it knows exactly what it's doing. Tenney and Romijn are Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, ex-Secret Service agents whose careers were torpedoed by major slipups with their charges. (King's life sank further because of guilt and substance abuse.) Now they work together as private eyes in Washington, D.C. Their first case confidently stitches together a suspected serial killer, some powerful higher-ups and a lawyer who's been vital to King's rehabilitation. But the ingenuity of the story doesn't matter so much as the cast. Tenney, after years playing Kyra Sedgwick's clean-cut significant other on The Closer, has earned the right to look a bit shaggy. Romijn's gorgeous, glazed invulnerability can seem humorless, but she pairs well with the more rumpled Tenney. They click without overdoing the cute. And the supporting performers are first-rate: Michael O'Keefe, as an FBI rival, sneers and sniffs the air like an intemperate beagle.
The Haves and the Have Nots
OWN, Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET/PT |
Written and executive produced by Tyler Perry, this new drama opens with a flourish: The gates of a beautiful estate in Savannah swing open to draw us onto the shaded grounds. Once inside, though, we're on the threshold of a tackily traditional soap opera. The house belongs to Jim Cryer (John Schneider), head of a powerful but unpleasant family. By the end of the first hour, they have an overnight guest, a prostitute who counts Cryer as a client and his daughter as a law school friend. There's no need to take any of it seriously, but Crystal Fox is pitiably real as a lowly new maid whose head is set spinning by all the hot mess.
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The urbane and dapper Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) once again hosts Broadway's biggest night. CBS, June 9.
Fly off, dragons, summer's come. Once more is your season done. Excellent, this Game of Thrones - As were you, my fiery drones! So much torture, blood and guts, Zero Dark Thirty seems a futz. Fly off, dragons, wings of war. And don't forget - there's season 4. translated from the Dothraki
You were both contestants on the Bachelor franchise, then met and married. Now you have a show about backyard design.
Chris: It's a crazy story. A lady I was landscaping for in Cape Cod nominated me to be on The Bachelorette in the first place. From that I got a beautiful wife and now a show on HGTV.
How do you manage working together?
CHRIS: It's fun that we get to be together.
PEYTON: We stick to what we know. I don't step on his turf with landscaping design, and he doesn't step on my toes when it comes to styling and accessorizing.
Chris: That's a philosophy that translates into the rest of our lives too!
The cult classic Arrested Development, canceled by FOX in 2006, has been revived by Netflix with a new season available for streaming. Great - except that the show's concept has been retooled and dulled. What was a crowded, briskly insane ensemble comedy about the ruthless, stupid Bluth clan is now shaped, over 15 episodes, around individual characters. There are still laughs, but also dead patches where jokes - one involving an ostrich - are replayed from different perspectives. It can feel like shaking a snow globe, watching the flakes settle, then shaking it again.
Jon Stewart asked you to sit in as host this summer while he directs a film. Any hesitation?
I'd do anything for him, whether it's hosting the show or helping him move. This show changed my life. I moved from the U.K. and met my wife [Kate] because of it.
It's terrifying, but I know how the engine works. Now I get to drive.
So who's the better "John"?
He has ownership of that name in the office. They all call me Oliver.
Do you get your name back now?
I'll go bigger. Like Great Leader, Dear Leader, Oh Powerful One. I've not decided yet.