Thursday, August 31, 2006

Flashback Edition on the 'Case!' Plus Catch 'Veronica' Early and a 'Gilmore' Goes to 'Studio 60'

"The bad thing that happened to little Lilly long, long ago. I read your 49. You ever dream about it, Lilly?" With those statements from serial killer George Marks (John Billingsley), a season-long mystery began into what exactly happened to Cold Case's Lilly Rush when she was a little girl. But Lilly's past wasn't the only intriguing storyline in this fantastic season 2 outing because it was a gripping, edge-of-your-seat ride from the moment it started until well after it ended. Today, we're going to take a look at one of Cold Case's finest hours with the serial killer shocker "Mind Hunter." All of the screencaps in this edition as courtesy of Kathryn Morris Online and Cold Case Source #1.

When Lilly and co. went toe-to-toe with George Marks, they had no idea what they were up against. The file clerk who was in charge of PPD's "49 reports," crimes where the victim survived ranging from muggings to rapes, had accessed the personal files on all five detectives. He took Stillman to task for not being there for his daughter when she was date raped. Scotty relived his tormented relationship with his former girlfriend who killed herself after suffering from schizophrenia while Jeffries was reminded how his wife died alone on a highway. George tore into Vera for missing the boat on the serial rape case from a few years back, allowing more women to suffer down the road. And then there was George's encounter with Lilly. She expected to enter that interrogation room and get the confession that the team needed. They were up a creek without a paddle because a search of his apartment turned up absolutely nothing. George was meticulously clean, but CSU did find deer eyes (black glass marbles used in hunting to replace real eyes in trophy deer) and George told detectives that his didn't hunt. Could the deer eyes be used for his victims' missing heads? The gang thinks so, but they can't prove anything without the heads or a confession from George. What Lilly didn't count on in that room was to fit into the mold of all of George's victims. He liked to choose "fighters," women who fought their attackers, because they proved to be more of a challenge. Of course, George wouldn't admit to any of this -- he was just giving his opinion on the "killer."

Lilly entered the interrogation room and began using her usual tactics until George called her on them. He quickly switched the focus of their discussion from the murders and his possible involvement to her past. He read her 49 Report and he knew it was the reason why she became a cop. Lilly was completely thrown off kilter, but she quickly recovered. She began reading off his less than stellar record, including failing the Police Academy entrance exam and failing the physical for a mall security cop. "You couldn't even cut it as a rent-a-cop," Lilly taunted him. She moved to his mother's murder and closed with calling George "a small, little man." George insisted that he's not "in there," and Lilly thinks that she is close to a confession, but George keeps using the word "he" instead of "I" and the interview comes to an end. Lilly desperately tries to get him to talk, but he begins to walk out of the interrogation room. Before he leaves, he asks Lilly if she hunts. She doesn't, but he tells her, "We should do it some time -- together." He waves to the other detectives behind the glass and walks out of the police station while Phil Collins' haunting "Long, Long Way to Go" plays over the closing scenes. It was the first (and only) CC case to not be wrapped up into a nice little package at the end of the hour, and it sent serious chills down my spine. George outsmarted our favorite cold case detectives and he managed to shake each of them at their core. John Billingsley was brilliant as George and Kathryn Morris turned in one of her finest performances. It was an outstanding hour of television that left me a little speechless and wondering whether Lilly would go hunting sometime with George in the future. Little did I know that the future would come in the form of that season's finale. If you would like to see this episode, cable channel TNT reruns the older episodes every Tuesday night at 11 p.m. Can't wait for it to cycle around again? Then join the Cold Case DVD Campaign. Help the show land on DVD by letting Warner Bros. know how much you want to see it on store shelves. Click on over to to learn how to help. You can check out other Cold Case Flashback Editions HERE.


*Don't want to wait until your favorite CW programs premiere late next month/early October? Well, you don't have to! The CW will stream via the premiere episodes of some of its biggest shows a week before their scheduled network debuts. Look for favorites Veronica Mars (Sept. 26th) and Everybody Hates Chris (Sept. 24th) plus, new drama Runaway (Sept. 18th) to hit the web before the tube. All three will be free and without commercials.

*And finally,'s Mike Ausiello is reporting that Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham will do a multi-episode stint on NBC's new behind-the-scenes drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. According to Ausiello, she'll play herself as a guest host of the show's fictional Saturday Night Live - like variety show. The storyline will have the actress appearing in two episodes later this fall. Studio 60 premieres September 18th on NBC.

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That's all for today. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for What's on Your TiVo: Of Season Passes, Wish Lists and everything else TiVo-related. What shows does PTR deem Season Pass worthy? Find out tomorrow! Plus, Friday Fun: Summer Style and all the latest television news!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Countdown Enters the Final Stages! Plus 'Justice,' 'Bones' and a New Lawyer for 'Boston Legal'

Pass the Remote's
Best Episodes of the Season

We are just one week away from learning which episode topped PTR's summer-long countdown of the Best Episodes of the Season! But before we get to the big announcement, we have three more wonderful works of television to reveal. For those who are new to the countdown, here is a refresher of the rules that I employed to determine the 31 episodes that compose this summer-long countdown. All of the shows and their episodes are from NETWORK television only, meaning that I did not take any cable series into consideration (since I only watch a few and felt that it would be unfair). All episodes aired between September 2005 and June 2006. Each episode that made the final list moved me in some way; either by making me laugh out loud, cry my eyes out or just left me with that "wow" feeling that stays with you for a few days. So basically, it's completely subjective! This is a summer-long countdown, so I will reveal a few episodes each week all summer until we reach the #1 episode of the past season. Be sure to tune in each Wednesday to see the next set of episodes to make the list. Here’s a closer look at numbers 7-5.

7: "Y2K" - My Name is Earl
If this were a countdown about the funniest episodes of the past season, then this particular outing from NBC's latest hit comedy would have easily topped the list! This episode never fails to make me cry with laughter every time I see it. The premise revolves around the big Y2K "scare" 6 years ago when everyone thought that the world would end at the stroke of midnight on January 1st, 2000. Earl and his gang wake up and believe that it has and they're the only people left on Earth. So, they take over the town's discount store by each claiming their own department (Randy gets toys, Joy gets health and beauty, etc.). Things go well for about 2 minutes until the group realizes that they need things from the others' sections. Stealing, fighting and complete bedlam ensue. There's even a causality as Randy's new electronic pet dog takes one to the head and goes down in a fit of Randy's cries. And when you're not laughing at the hilarious antics, you'll have a good laugh about the social commentary. Written by Hilary Winston and directed by Marc Buckland.

6: "White Balance" - Without a Trace
What better way to prove the point that a person's race shouldn't matter when they go missing then to not reveal which of the two missing teens (one white, one black) was found dead. This emotionally charged episode showed the true and frustrating difference that the media displays when people go missing. The white teen was covered regularly while the black teen's mother couldn't get her son's picture on the news. Two mothers going through the same pain, and yet, one gets more attention, giving her a better chance of seeing her child alive again. The most powerful moment in the episode came at the end when Jack walked up to both mothers to give them the bad news that one of their children is dead, and the beautiful "Cry" by James Blunt played in the background. The episode ended just as Jack was about to tell the women whom they had found. Viola Davis, who played the mother of the missing black teen, deserved a standing ovation for her remarkable performance. Written by Greg Walker and directed by Jeff Thomas.

5: "My Way Home" - Scrubs
Leave it to Scrubs to celebrate its 100th episode in style with an homage to The Wizard of Oz. In addition to the show's usual dose of comedy and heart, this episode infused so much cleverness that I was sure Veronica Mars wrote it. JD was trying to get home, Turk was looking for a heart for his transplant patient, Carla needed courage to be a parent, Eliot worried that she didn't have the brains for a Q&A session and Janitor painted a new color-coded line system for the hospital, which of course, leads to the famous "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" sequence. There was also a Toto reference right off the top that had me marveling in the genius that is the Scrubs writing staff. While JD took a bath, he listened to his iPod and that iPod was playing Toto's "Africa." There truly is no place like Scrubs! Written by Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan and directed by series star Zach Braff. BONUS: Download this episode from iTunes HERE.

So, there's a closer look at #7-5. What did you think about them? Do you agree? Disagree? Drop me a comment with your thoughts. If you missed #31-8 or just want to revisit them, click HERE. Next week, PTR will reveal its #1 episode of the season! But first, we'll take a look at a family that lost too many members, taking it on the lam, a heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat season finale and of course, the #1 episode of the season. Be sure to tune in next Wednesday when all will be revealed!

New Fox Legal Drama Does the Network 'Justice'
Sure, it's slick, fast-paced and flashy like its CSI siblings, but what else did you expect from crime drama powerhouse Jerry Bruckheimer? His latest crime show focuses on the cases after the forensics team has wrapped its investigation. This one dissects the legal process the way the CSIs dissect the forensic process, but without the technical babble. Fox's Justice (premieres tonight at 9 p.m.) is an all-access pass to the inner workings of the defense's legal team during a criminal trial, and it does to the courtroom what CSI did for forensics. Expect to become very familiar with jury consultants, shadow juries, mock trials and expert witnesses. I was riveted and fascinated as I watched all of the planning, rehearsing, image control, etc. that goes into mounting a good defense. Victor Garber stars as high-powered attorney Ron Trott who leads a team of well-known lawyers at his ritzy L.A. firm. Trott is cocky, ruthless and willing to do anything to win, which is why, as one of the other lawyers explains in the pilot, he doesn't try the cases. Juries don't like him, and chances are you won't either unless you're on the other side of the law. Then, he's your best friend. This show excels at making the defendant seem both guilty and not guilty along the way, allowing you to be surprised at the end. The most exciting part of this new drama is the hook. After the verdict is read, the series goes back and shows the audience what really happened. I found myself getting a little emotional during the pilot's scene. Did the jury make the right decision? Which way would you have voted and would your vote have been the right one? Justice allows you to find out and it keeps you hooked during the process.

THE 411
PREMISE: Behind-the-scenes look at the legal process. CSI: Courtroom
STARRING: Victor Garber, Kerr Smith, Eamonn Walker and Rebecca Mader
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Jonathan Shapiro and David McNally
EXTRA BONUS: A clever hook that allows the audience to see what really happened
BOTTOM LINE: I'm not one for legal dramas, but it's one of the best of the genre. Worth adding to your schedule if you've always wondered what happens after CSI ends each week.
PREMIERES: Wednesday, August 30th (TONIGHT) at 9 p.m. (EST) on Fox. For more information, visit

Premiering Tonight!!
In addition to Fox's Justice premiere, the network is also rolling out the second season of its forensic hit Bones (8 p.m.). I saw this one already, and it's excellent! I've only caught a few episodes here and there of this great show, but tonight's premiere was my favorite of them all. It's jam-packed with mystery, chemistry and emotion. This is a 4-star event, so clear your schedules at 8 p.m. and tune into Bones as the team investigates a deadly train accident and Bones gets some more news about her mother's death.


*And finally, actor Craig Bierko is joining the cast of ABC's Boston Legal. He'll play a defense attorney whose first case sets up a multi-episode story arc that involves guest star Katey Sagal. The case, a murdered judge, also brings in guest stars Tyler Labine (Invasion) and Anthony Heald (Boston Public). Look for Bierko to begin his tenure with Legal during the second episode of the season. Boston Legal premieres September 19th on ABC.

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That's all for today. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another Flashback Edition featuring a classic episode of Cold Case. Plus, all the latest television news!

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

'The 4400' Leaves us Guessing! Plus 'The Closer' and Federline Does 'CSI'

In my initial post on the season finale of The 4400, I focused on its awesomeness and all of the plot twists and turns. Today, I wanted to focus a little more on what the episode didn't tell us, but left us questioning until next season. The biggest and most intriguing question is, who was the man talking to while he was handing out the promicin at the end? Was the character "breaking the 4th wall" and talking to the audience? Or was he addressing another character off-camera that we'll see next season? And if so, whom? Perhaps, Isabelle left the hospital and wanted to reclaim her powers or Dennis Ryland decided to take a stab at it. The possibilities are endless! How shocking would it be if the recipient were Tom? Of course, it may have been a simple hypothetical question for the audience, but the show doesn't have a track record of doing this, so it seems unlikely. I think it was a little bit of both. He was talking to a character whose identity will be revealed next season, but the writers purposely left it ambiguous because the entire episode was a big question mark about whether or not you would take the shot. It was so well done, and an excellent way to end the episode and the season.

Two other question marks that hang over the season finale are whether Isabelle is really without her powers forever and whether Diana will return to NTAC. Regarding the latter, I haven't heard anything about star Jacqueline McKenzie leaving the show, and I keep up with her official site and MySpace account. I think she'll be back as Diana next season. The former is harder to call. The future gave that injection to Tom and told him to "Kill Isabelle." We learned that the injection simply took away her powers, but didn't kill her. Tom had the opportunity to shoot her and make it count, but decided to simply incapacitate her with a shot to the shoulder. This means, he didn't do what he promised in exchange for Maia's life. Maybe Isabelle's powers are only temporarily removed and Tom missed his opportunity. After all, the future didn't tell him to simply take her powers away with that injection. And what about the fact that he didn't fully live up to his end of the bargain? Is this why the future took Alana again? Was it payback for Tom's defiance? Maybe the future simply needs her again like they did with the children earlier this season. So many questions, and such a long wait until we get them answered next season! What do you think about all of the questions raised in the season finale? Was the man talking to the audience or another character, and if so, whom? What about Isabelle and Tom's promise to the future? Leave me a comment with your thoughts.

Overall, the third season of The 4400 was fan-freaking-tastic!! There were so many strong outings from Maia's abduction to Tom and Diana's 4400- induced hallucinations that left a memorable impression. We learned more about the regular characters and we met some new ones as well. I've heard criticism about the character of Isabelle, but I felt that she added a new, more deadly element to the show that led to a stronger sense of urgency. It was fun to watch the dichotomy of the innocent girl and her evil powers. Even though the show abandoned the "Freak of the Week" format this season, they managed to introduce us to new 4400s and their abilities seamlessly while they were continuing to tell the season-long and episode-long stories. They weaved in and out beautifully and it made for a nice ride. One of my favorite elements of this season was getting to know the character of Diana better. She was more hardass and cold during the first season, but warmed up a bit more during the second with her relationship with Maia. One of my favorite moments of any season is the party she threw for her during season 2. This season, we watched as she lost her will to live after Maia's abduction. It was a real moment, and it showed just how attached to Maia she had become in a relatively short period of time. We also learned that she had been jilted by a former fiance right before their wedding, and how it affects how she enters into relationships. And then there was my favorite part, her relationship with Ben, which showed a different side to our all-work, no-play NTAC agent. So, season 3 was one of growth, change and personal development for the characters that we love and the new ones that we were getting to know. It was a fun ride that I'm sorry to see end... until next summer. Be sure to stop by The 4400's official site for blogs, pictures, episode guides and much more! You'll definitely want to check out Maia's final diary entry for clues on next season. And while you're checking out more info on The 4400, be sure to read IGN's exclusive interview with Jacqueline McKenzie for insight into her Diana character, the show and plenty of extras. She tells the site all about the cast's laughing fits during filming (it seems Billy Campbell is the worst offender) and one particular incident where she and Joel Gretsch (Tom Baldwin) couldn't get it together for an ad for England's Sky TV:
The 4400 shows on Sky TV in England. And their company went away for some kind of working [retreat], so they asked Joel and I to stand up in front of the cameras and say, "Hey, we hope you have a great holiday," and do this [bit]; the two of us, side by side, reading to the camera. We had these cue cards to read from, Joel had his and they'd hold up mine. We could not stop laughing! It was so bad… They kept the cameras rolling, and we did 25 minutes of this! The crew were doubled over. The camera's shaking, because the guy with the camera could no longer hold it. It was just outrageous. I hope they played the whole thing for them. And we have no idea why we went off… Oh, that's right, I think the thing was I could see Joel in the lens of the camera, and he could see me, because we had to do it straight down the lens. And as actors, you never have to do that. God, it was just a nightmare. So Joel and I are dreadful; we go up a lot. But when Billy Campbell's in the mix, it's over!
To read more of McKenzie's interview with IGN, click on over to their site.

Brenda Learns Why You Never Work With an Ex
Think about your most embarrassing moment. Got it? OK, now mulitple it by about 100 trillion and you have Brenda Leigh Johnson's *new* most embarrassing moment! It was so horrible that I was blushing from my couch watching it unfold on The Closer. I really can't think of something more uncomfortable than having the ex-wife of your former boyfriend come in to your work and divulge secrets about your private affair with her husband many years prior. I have to give a big standing ovation to Taylor, though, for not capitalizing on the information. He took the high road, and I, along with Brenda, couldn't have loved him more at that moment. Just wow. Anyway, the case was interesting as usual. I had a feeling that the right person was behind bars for the double murder at the convenience store, but I couldn't figure out how it was all connected until Brenda and co. discovered the partner. My heart broke a little for the young girl who was duped into the scheme. Her poor self esteem! And what about the closing moments of the episode? Brenda didn't seem too happy about getting rid of the things from her relationship with Pope. Could it be that the reason she hasn't made things clear with him is because they're not too clear with her? Poor Fritz!


*And finally, the apocalypse must be near because Mr. Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, will try his "talents" at acting. The rapper will guest star on an upcoming episode of CBS' CSI playing, wait for it... an annoying teen who harasses the CSI team as they work to solve a string of attacks on tourists. No air date on the episode yet.

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That's all for today. Be sure to tune in tomorrow as the summer-long countdown continues! We're cracking the top 5 best episodes of the season with #7-5! What do the end of the world, two missing kids and The Wizard of Oz have in common? They're all apart of the next set of episodes, and PTR will reveal all tomorrow. Plus, a Justice preview and all the latest television news!

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Emmys Honor '24,' 'Office' But Aren't Feeling 'Grey!' Plus TV on DVD Monday

Even though the nomination process may have disappointed many, the awards show did not. Host Conan O'Brien kept things rolling all night with a funny gag involving Bob Newhart and plenty of "NBC in the ratings crapper" jokes, including a brilliant musical number to "Trouble" from Broadway's The Music Man. The speeches were good, the winners were (sometimes) surprising and the night was overall, enjoyable. It's more than you can say about most awards shows. Here is a breakdown of the night's best and worst. And you can check out a full list of the night's winners HERE courtesy of Yahoo! TV.

Best Acceptance Speech: Greg Garcia for writing in a comedy. The My Name is Earl creator decided to name the people that he isn't thanking for his win. They included a middle school teacher who told him he wasn't funny and a former boss who kept him busy doing mundane tasks when he was a PA. The speech was hilarious, much like the scribe's hit NBC comedy, and it added something different to the acceptance speech mix.

Best Joke: "Yeah, we weren't really invited." Those were the words from Lost character Hurley during the night's opening bit involving Conan trying to get to the awards show. The joke, of course, is the fact that the brilliant drama was snubbed in the best drama category this year after winning last year.

Biggest Relief: For the most part, the Academy didn't do the cliche thing and give all of the departing shows wins in their respective categories. Megan Mullally did win for Will & Grace when the award should have gone to Earl's Jaime Pressly, but overall, the trend was avoided.

Biggest Surprise: This is a tie between Mariska Hargitay winning for best actress in a drama and Grey's Anatomy not winning for best drama (in fact, the show went home empty-handed). Both were pleasant surprises for me, but definitely surprises. I thought that Kyra Sedgwick had her category all sewn up, but Mariska's good year continued when her name was called from the podium. She gave a very emotion-filled speech and she looked fabulous! Even though I may be a bit biased when it comes to Grey's, I can objectively say that it's not the best drama on television, so I was glad to see 24 win instead.

Biggest Bummer: The Office winning best comedy over Scrubs. Nothing against the workplace comedy (and it wasn't like I wasn't expecting it to win), but I had a small glimmer of hope that this would be Scrubs' year. No such luck as its fellow NBC comedy walked away victorious.

Best Dressed: Overall, everyone looked pretty fabulous last night. I was very impressed! Here are my top 3 of the night:
Grey's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl

Lost's Evangeline Lilly

Prison Break's Wentworth Miller

There were plenty of PTR favorites in attendance last night between the show and the after parties. Here is a look at what they were wearing on television's biggest night:
The 4400's Jacqueline McKenzie at an after party. She looks gorgeous!! And I seriously covet her shoes.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner Mariska Hargitay (L&O: SVU) arrives for the show last night. She's rockin' those post-baby curves and her hair looks fabulous!

Scrubs' Sarah Chalke arrives for the awards show. She also looked fabulous, and this dress works well on her.

And finally, you guys voted for your favorites last week in PTR's Emmy polls. Well, the results are in, and it seems, many of you aren't so happy with last night's show results. Here's how you voted:

Reality Competition:
You wanted Survivor (40%)
BUT, The Amazing Race once again took this category

Best Actor in a Comedy:
You wanted Steve Carell (45%)
BUT, Tony Shalhoub won again

Best Actress in a Comedy:
You wanted Jane Kaczmarek (50%)
BUT, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won

Best Actor in a Drama:
You wanted Denis Leary (86%)
BUT, Kiefer Sutherland finally won

Best Actress in a Drama:
You wanted Kyra Sedgwick (43%)
BUT, Mariska Hargitay finally won

Best Comedy:
You wanted Scrubs (60%)
BUT, its fellow NBC sitcom The Office took the category

Best Drama:
You wanted House (50%)
BUT, 24 took the award

So overall, an entertaining show with a mixed bag of winners and nominations. One thing is certain, The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are in the record book. Maybe now we can begin hoping that this new system tweaks itself before the nomination process next season.


*And finally, it's TV on DVD Monday! Look for the second season of ABC's hit Desperate Housewives to land on store shelves tomorrow along with Arrested Development (season 3), Nip/Tuck (season 3), South Park (season 8), Survivor: Palau and Will & Grace (season 5). For a full list of tomorrow's releases, click on over to

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That's all for today. Be sure to scroll down and check out PTR's initial thoughts on last night's season finale of The 4400, and then come back tomorrow for my complete review on the fantastic season and shocking finale. Plus, The Closer, Vanished and all the latest television news!

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

SPECIAL EDITION: 'The 4400' Finale Thrills and Leaves us with Chills!

I know I said that I wasn't going to give you my thoughts on tonight's season finale of USA's The 4400 until Tuesday, but this really couldn't wait. Remember how I said that I would be sitting on my couch Sunday night around 10 p.m. declaring that this season of the sci-fi series was, without a doubt, its best? Well, guess what? It's 10:20 p.m. and I'm now sitting at my computer and I'm declaring it to all of you: this was, indeed, the best season of The 4400! And tonight's AMAZING finale was the cap on a summer-long display of achievement. There were surprises, twists and then there was the last 10 minutes! We're talking Lost proportions! Let me pause for a minute and warn all of you that the following contains major SPOILERS, so please refrain from reading until you've seen this incredible, shocking episode for yourself. Anyway, what the hell happened to Alana at the end??!! The ball of light from the future is back??!! OMG! I knew about Diana leaving as I shared with you on Friday, but Alana's departure was a complete shock. And what about Kyle and April injecting themselves with promicin? With April's luck, she'll be in the unfortunate 50%. And it isn't just Alana's disappearance, Diana's departure and promicin surprises left hanging in the balance because both Shawn and Isabelle are unconscious in the hospital! And how awesome was the fact that the injection only took away Isabelle's powers without killing her? I'm so excited to see where this show goes next.

There were three moments in the last few minutes that really gave this episode the extra spring in its step.

- Jordan, Tess and Kevin learning that someone (presumably who took the promicin) just cured their relative of Alzheimer's. The entire episode had focused on the negatives of the promicin and the people who had died from taking it, but this scene gave a little glimmer of hope. It made me smile, and it kind of restored my faith in Jordan. After all, the future told Tom to kill Isabelle, not Jordan. Maybe he knows what he's doing? Then again, maybe he just got lucky. That's the beauty of this show; it doesn't always present clear good and evil, but many gray shades in between. This is certainly the case with Jordan and the promicin.

- The final words of the episode, "How about you? 50-50. You want the shot?" What a chill-inducing moment, and to make it the final moment - sheer brilliance! Of course, it begs the obvious question, would you take the shot?

- And my favorite moment of the episode... Diana and Tom's goodbye. And not because I want them together, we all know I'm over that possibility (Diana and Ben all the way!!), but because it was tender and it was real. These two have formed a bond that transcends their professional partnership. They have each other's backs no matter what with no questions asked, and I have always loved that about them. There was a real sadness to the scene, and it was reflected beautifully in both Jacqueline McKenzie's teary-eyed goodbye and Joel Gretsch's strong, understanding advice. It was a beautiful moment that ended with a real hug - one that showed the emotion and care behind their friendship.

These are just my preliminary, thrown-together thoughts on tonight's incredible hour of television. Be sure to tune in this Tuesday for PTR's complete review of the finale and the show's awesome third season. And don't forget, tomorrow I'll have complete Emmy coverage (including a big Hell Yeah! to Mariska Hargitay for just walking away with the win!!!). Plus, all the latest television news.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

EMMY WEEK: Best Drama Ballot! Plus '4400' Finale Preview and 'Mars' Fans' Charity Efforts are Outta this World


We are down to the last category before the big show this weekend. So far, you guys have cast your votes for your favorite reality-competition shows, actors, actresses and comedy series, but it all comes down to your favorite dramas. Dramas are everywhere on your television and they come in many different forms: crime shows, law dramas, character-driven, soapy, procedural and even a hybrid of both drama and comedy. With all that drama, many of our favorites are bound to get left off the ballot. And the five that did make the ballot, are sure to keep it a tight race. Don't forget to make your pick in PTR's Emmy poll below.

Grey's Anatomy
The Sopranos
The West Wing

What Will Win: Momentum, buzz and the "it" factor say this is an easy win for Grey's Anatomy, and I agree. I think this show will walk away with the statue, and ABC will have that extra push it needs going into the season with a new timeslot up against CBS' ratings juggernaut CSI. Even though I'm not a Grey's fan, this show has certainly struck a cord with the right people, which should secure its win.

What Should Win: With TV's best drama (Veronica Mars) and second best drama (Lost) absent from this category, it makes the "should win" column seem a little fruitless. Nevertheless, we must forge on with the most deserving winner of this bunch. And there are plenty of deserving winners in this category, but House sticks out the most for me. It's the better medical drama with plenty of character minus the sudsy Grey's storylines. Plus, as far as I'm concerned, the Academy owes it to House after snubbing lead actor Hugh Laurie this year.

And now it's your turn to decide which drama you would like to see take the statue Sunday night. Please vote for your favorite below in the PTR Emmy Poll. And be sure to vote in all of the previous PTR Emmy polls as well. Yesterday's best comedy category can be found HERE, the drama acting categories can be found HERE, the comedy acting categories are HERE, and Monday's reality show poll is HERE. The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air live this Sunday, August 28th on NBC.

Which drama gets your vote?
Grey's Anatomy
The Sopranos
The West Wing
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FRIDAY FUN: SUMMER STYLE 'The 4400' Will Leave You Hanging!
Another fantastic season of USA Network’s The 4400 is about to come to an end. Is it just me, or does this show get better with age? I LOVED it when it premiered two years ago as a “limited series,” and I jumped for joy when USA decided to turn it into a weekly summer series. I wasn’t sure how the writers were going to sustain the quality, but they surprised me with the “Freak of the Week” format last season. I LOVED getting to know different 4400s and learning about their abilities (P.S. How fun must it be to write for this show and invent abilities?). I assumed that this format would carry through to this current season, but they surprised me again with a brand-new season-long arc. And after each season, I say to myself, “This was the best season ever!” There aren’t too many shows where I say the same. So this Sunday around 10 p.m., I will be sitting on my couch once again proclaiming that this season was the best ever! And this time, it will be right because this is the first season where I have been truly bummed to see the show end until next summer. But before the downer, there is a very exciting hour of television before us.

Executive producer Ira Steven Behr told Sci Fi Wire to expect some cliffhangers that will have a major impact next season when the third season wraps up this Sunday. “I think, because there will be some major chess moves made, I think we will be able to tell some interesting character-based [stories] with people we have not met yet, because there's going to be such an upheaval that we're going to want to hear and meet new people,” he explains. Star Jacqueline McKenzie (Diana Skouris) writes on her official Web site that the finale is "bigger than Ben Hur" and "an amazing script." One of the season-ending cliffhangers revolves around McKenzie's character, NTAC agent Diana Skouris. STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED!! Diana and Ben (a.k.a. my new fave TV couple) have been trying to figure out this whole relationship thing, especially since Diana's sister April (Natasha Gregson Wagner) was originally dating Ben (Brennan Elliot). Well, things are about to take a more serious turn Sunday night, according to actor Brennan Elliot who plays the lovable Ben. "I've got a job to do in Spain, and she takes off with me," the actor explains to Marilyn Beck and Jenel Smith regarding his photographer character and Diana. "It's a bit of a cliffhanger." So, will Diana be back? That answer will have to wait until next season (END SPOILER). What will happen now that war between the 4400 and Ryland's promicin-taking army is inevitable? We'll have to tune in Sunday night at 9 p.m. (EST) on USA network to see how it unfolds.


*And finally, fans of UPN's Veronica Mars just might be the most charitable group of fans in the history of television. As of August 22nd, the collective group "Cloud Watchers" has donated more than 400 season 1 DVD sets to local libraries across the country (see map to right). All 50 states and 100 top Nielsen markets are represented in the drive that PayPal donations and sales of fan-made VM-themed merchandise funded. The retail value of all the donations is just under $25,000 according to the group's press release. "By donating to public libraries, fans have been able to support a worthy cause while also introducing their favorite show to anyone with a library card," the group writes in the release. The campaign even caught the attention of the show's creator/executive producer Rob Thomas, who sent the group a message thanking them for their hard work. "That's all incredibly cool. Thanks so much for the tireless support. We REALLY appreciate it," he wrote. And the group isn't done with its push. They have set their sights on reaching a total of 500 donated sets by October 3rd, the date of Veronica Mars' 3rd season premiere on the new CW. To learn how you can help, click HERE.

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That's all for today. Be sure to tune in Monday for PTR's Emmy Blowout Edition! I'll have all the winners, your votes and the best (and worst!) Emmy fashions. And since I don't want to short change The 4400's season finale, be sure to come back Tuesday for all the details from this Sunday's big episode. Plus, all the latest television news!

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

EMMY WEEK: Best Comedy Ballot! Plus New Season Scoop and More Guest Star News


Well, Emmy week is winding down and we only have two huge categories left before the big show this weekend. Today, we're going to take a look at the nominees in the best comedy category. After PTR makes our picks, be sure to vote for your favorite in today's Emmy poll. I'll reveal your winners in PTR's Emmy blowout edition on Monday.

Arrested Development
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Office
Two And A Half Men

What Will Win: This has been The Office's year in all facets of the television world. It has all the buzz, critical acclaim and recognition that NBC could have hoped for, so I wouldn't be surprised to see it also get the Emmy Sunday night. Arrested and Enthusiasm could rain on The Office's parade, but I'm still giving the edge to the workplace comedy.

What Should Win: Scrubs, which has been plugging along for 5 seasons with little to no recognition. I don't expect things to be different this year, but Scrubs is certainly television's most deserving comedy for its hilarious antics, stellar cast and emotional undertones. I'll keep my fingers crossed, but I won't be holding my breath.

And now it's your turn to decide which comedy you would like to see take the statue Sunday night. Please vote for your favorite below in the PTR Emmy Poll. And be sure to vote in all of the previous PTR Emmy polls as well. Yesterday's drama categories can be found HERE, the comedy categories are HERE, and Monday's reality show poll is HERE. The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air live this Sunday, August 28th on NBC.

Which comedy gets your vote?
Arrested Development
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Office
Two and a Half Men
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New Season Scoop
As promised, PTR will continue to bring you new season scoop on your favorite shows as their premiere dates grow closer. Today, I have juicy info on two PTR favorites as well as some premiere scoop on a Fox favorite. WARNING: the following information is laced with SPOILERS, so proceed with caution. As usual, all information is subject to change.

You guys are loving him on The 4400 as Diana's photographer boyfriend, but Brennan Elliot will be popping up on another PTR favorite. Or rather, popping back up because the hunky actor will reprise his role as Lilly Rush's motorcycle riding former flame on Cold Case (screencap courtesy Kathryn Morris Online). I know I've told you this before, but the new scoop comes directly from Elliot. "I'm slated to do six of them this season," he tells Marilyn Beck and Jenel Smith. Six episodes! When we last left our favorite Cold detective, she was warming up to not-victim Joseph, so what will happen when Ray rolls back into town? We'll have to tune in to know for sure. Either way, it seems that Elliot will be getting lots of lovin' from two primetime crime drama leading ladies! Look for Elliot to begin his 6-episode stint with the third episode. And speaking of episode order, the crime drama has changed it around a bit since the last time I brought you season 4 scoop. The latest schedule looks like this (courtesy

9/25 - "Rampage" *Season Premiere*
10/2 - "War at Home"
10/9 - "Sandhogs" *Ray Reappears*
10/16 - "Baby Blues"

*click HERE for episode descriptions from a previous post

I've also learned that the tentative 5th episode of the season, "Saving Sammy," revolves around the 2003 case of a couple found dead in their car. They had a daughter and an autistic son. Joseph plays a part in this one because of his work as a youth counselor. A special thanks to orison at Look Again for this information.

Moving along to Veronica Mars and some casting scoop. Actress Laura San Giacomo will reunite with her former Just Shoot Me costar Enrico Colantoni during the upcoming season. She'll play a woman who hires Keith's private investigator firm to find out if her husband is cheating on her according to's Mike Ausiello. Series creator Rob Thomas tells the scoop master that Giacomo will appear in "several episodes" and that her character and Keith "hit it off." Ausiello is also reporting that famed heiress Patty Hearst will make an appearance in an upcoming episode. She'll play the granddaughter of the founder of Hearst College who goes missing the night before an important vote affecting the university. And thanks to DuckyXDale, I have some episode titles for the first few episodes of the season (the folks at VM are the title masters!):

3.01: "Welcome Wagon"
3.02: "My Big Fat Greek Week"
3.03: "Friday Night Sleights"
3.04: "Charlie Don't Surf"

Veronica Mars premieres October 3rd on the new CW network. And finally, when Bones kicks off its second season next week, expect a shocking turn of events in the case of Bones' mother. Something happens that changes her search for her wayward father and it leads to an emotional ending. Bones returns Wednesday, August 30th on Fox. And be sure to stay tuned to PTR for plenty of new season scoop, thoughts on the new shows and much more! Tomorrow, I'll bring you some scoop on the season finale of The 4400!


*NBC's ER is lining up some big name guest stars for its upcoming season. Look for Forest Whitaker to take over for Andre Braugher. Braugher had to back out of his guest stint after taking a role in the next Fantastic Four film. Busy Phillips will appear in at least 4 episodes as a devout-Christian intern. ER kicks off its 13th season September 21st on NBC. In other guest star news, recording artist John Mayer will make an appearance in the season premiere of CBS' CSI. He'll perform two songs from his new album, Continuum, in the 2-part 7th season opener (click HERE for episode info, but be warned the link contains spoilers). CSI rolls out its new season September 21st on CBS.

*And finally, CBS is adding 6 more series to its list of shows it will stream on its broadband channel INNERTUBE. How I Met Your Mother, Shark, The Unit, The Class, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Smith will join previously announced Jericho, NCIS, Survivor, Numb3rs and all three CSIs next month. Episodes of these shows will be available for free on CBS' online broadband channel the morning after they air on the network.

To get more of today's biggest TV news and headlines, visit the TV News section at PassTheRemote.Net.

That's all for today. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the final day of Emmy week with my picks for best drama. Plus, a 4400 season finale preview and all the latest television news!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

EMMY WEEK: Best Acting in a Drama Ballots! Plus More '4400,' 'Survivor' Draws Along Lines and Pick Your Faves


Rolling right along now with the acting in a drama series categories. As we all know, the drama has been flourishing as of late and it has allowed a lot of excellent actors to really show us their chops. Of course, this makes the decision even more difficult and it makes the list of oversights even longer than usual (Kristen Bell, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Morris, etc). Here are PTR's predictions and picks for acting in the drama categories. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in PTR's Emmy polls.

Christopher Meloni — Law & Order: SVU
Denis Leary — Rescue Me
Peter Krause — Six Feet Under
Kiefer Sutherland — 24
Martin Sheen — The West Wing

Who Will Win: This is one of the toughest categories to call because it pits over-due Kiefer Sutherland and first-time nominee and deserving winner Denis Leary against each other. And then there's possible spoiler Martin Sheen as well. Leary is just so strong, so my money is on him walking away with the statue Sunday night.

Who Should Win: Leary. His emotionally troubled Tommy is just too good of a performance to ignore. Hopefully, the Academy will recognize his brilliant work this year after ignoring his performance last year.

And now it's your turn to decide which actor you would like to see take the statue Sunday night. Please vote for your favorite below in the PTR Emmy Poll.

Which actor do you want to win the drama category?
Christopher Meloni (L&O: SVU)
Denis Leary (Rescue Me)
Peter Krause (Six Feet Under)
Kiefer Sutherland (24)
Martin Sheen (The West Wing)
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Kyra Sedgwick — The Closer
Geena Davis — Commander In Chief
Mariska Hargitay — Law & Order: SVU
Frances Conroy — Six Feet Under
Allison Janney — The West Wing

Who Will Win: This is another tough category because there are a lot of probable outcomes. The Academy loves to give Janney awards and this was her last season on The West Wing. Davis would have been a favorite had her show not drastically fallen off the quality map, and she could still win this category. But, I think this one belongs to Sedgwick. Her show burst onto the scene in a big way and the Academy loves to reward film actors.

Who Should Win: Sedgwick for her incredible performance. She makes you forget that you're watching the girl from Hearts and Souls because she is Brenda Leigh Johnson. She brings emotion, humor, sadness and depth to a character that could have faded into the crime drama background.

And now it's your turn to decide which actress you would like to see take the statue Sunday night. Please vote for your favorite below in the PTR Emmy Poll. And be sure to check back all week for your chance to pick your favorites in all the major categories including your favorite comedies and dramas! The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air live this Sunday, August 28th on NBC. To vote in yesterday's comedy categories, click HERE. For Monday's reality show poll, click HERE.

Which actress do you want to win the drama category?
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Geena Davis (Commander In Chief)
Mariska Hargitay (L&O: SVU)
Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under)
Allison Janney (The West Wing)
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*USA network is bringing back The 4400 for another season. The news confirms the message from star Jacqueline McKenzie in her account over the weekend and reported here at PTR earlier this week. The fourth season will contain 13 original episodes. Shooting will begin next year with a summer 2007 premiere.

*CBS is releasing the identities of the next group of castaways for the upcoming 13th season of Survivor. This season features a brand new twist as well as a hold-over from last season. When the 13th edition kicks off next month, expect the 20 contestants to be divided along ethnic lines into four groups: African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and White. The groups will merge later on in the show. And look for the return of Exile Island, which one contestant will be banished to each week with the opportunity to find the Immunity Idol. The 20 castaways this time around include a professional volleyball player from Marina Del Ray, CA; heavy metal guitarist from New York; an actress from Los Angeles; a performance artist/rollergirl from Chico, CA; and a pre-med student from Fayetteville, NC. Survivor: Cook Islands premieres September 14th on CBS.

*And finally, unhappy with this year's crop of Emmy nominees? Wish more of your favorites were on the list? Well, Media Village feels your pain. The site has set up its own set of awards and you get to be the judge. Click on over to to vote for your favorites for comedy and drama series, acting and reality competition series. All votes must be in by September 5th. And while you're there, be sure to cast a vote for Kristen Bell and Lauren Graham!

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That's all for today. Be sure to tune in tomorrow as Emmy week rolls on with PTR's picks and predictions for Best Comedy. Plus, all the latest television news!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

EMMY WEEK: Best Acting in a Comedy Ballots! Plus 'The Closer,' Guest Star Round Up and Fox Ratings

Yesterday, it was reality shows and today we're going to look at the actors and actresses up for an Emmy Award in the comedy categories. PTR makes its picks for who will win and who should win, but this year, it truly is anyone's game. Don't forget that you guys have a chance to voice your opinions as well. So, be sure to vote in PTR's Emmy polls for whom you think should win in each of today's categories.

Larry David — Curb Your Enthusiasm
Kevin James — The King Of Queens
Tony Shalhoub — Monk
Steve Carell — The Office
Charlie Sheen — Two and a Half Men

Who Will Win: Will it be perennial favorite Tony Shalhoub or the thrice nominated Larry David? This one is hard to call, but Tony Shalhoub seems to win only in the odd years (2003, 2005), so it seems, the "odds" are for him. And what about dark-horse Steve Carell whose workplace comedy has turned into the sleeper-hit of the year? I'm putting my money on Shalhoub, despite the "evens" being against him.

Who Should Win: Carell for his special breed of comedy that he brings to the Michael Scott character. Through him and the entire cast, The Office has gone from critic fodder to critic buzz in one season.

And now it's your turn to decide which comedic actor you would like to see take the statue Sunday night. Please vote for your favorite below in the PTR Emmy Poll.

Which actor do you want to win Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series?
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Kevin James (The King of Queens)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)
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Lisa Kudrow — The Comeback
Jane Kaczmarek — Malcolm in the Middle
Julia Louis-Dreyfus — The New Adventures of Old Christine
Stockard Channing — Out of Practice
Debra Messing — Will & Grace

Who Will Win: Hollywood loves a good success story, so I'm picking Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her Seinfeld - curse - breaking turn in CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine. This show has given her a chance to shine on her own, and she has done so with great success. I can't imagine the Academy not rewarding her.

Who Should Win: Tough to call with the genre's most deserving actress left out (Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham), but in her absence, I'll go with Jane Kaczmarek. She is quickly inching toward Susan Lucci territory with her 6 nominations and no wins since 2000. Maybe her 7th will be the charm. Let's hope so since Malcolm just ended its 6-season run.

And now it's your turn to decide which comedic actress you would like to see take the statue Sunday night. Please vote for your favorite below in the PTR Emmy Poll. And be sure to check back all week for your chance to pick your favorites in all the major categories including best actor/actress in a drama and best comedy and drama! The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air live this Sunday, August 28th on NBC. To vote in yesterday's reality show poll, click HERE.

Which actress do you want to win Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series?
Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback)
Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Old Christine)
Stockard Channing (Out of Practice)
Debra Messing (Will & Grace)
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'The Closer' Gets Caught in Traffic
They always say that it's the little things that matter, and when it comes to The Closer, that couldn't be more accurate. It is the little things that separate this show from its crime drama siblings. Of course, they also say not to sweat the small stuff, a concept that has obviously never graced Brenda Leigh Johnson's ears, which is precisely what makes the little things so much fun. You know, leaving your coffee (that you just waited in an entirely too long line
to get) on the roof of your police vehicle as you back out while talking on your cell phone about a triple homicide that they need you at stat is a bad day in and of itself. But, backing into a complete jackass and then accidentally stomping on your own phone only makes matters worse. And the crowning glory of your entire day has to be when an overzealous captain from Traffic comes knocking on your office door and tells you that you were involved in a hit and run. I don't know about you, but it makes my worst days seem pretty tame! Of course, none of this would have been the pure comic gold that it was had it not been for the way that Brenda dealt with it. She really couldn't be bothered due to her time consuming case (and the fact that she felt that she did nothing wrong), and that just made Capt. Traffic even angrier. It was awesome! The case was interesting this week as well. I knew the second that Brenda arrived on the scene and found the mattresses, money and lack of drugs that the house was being used for illegal immigrants, but the tragic story behind all of the people who perished in the back of that truck was an unwelcome surprise. Loved Sanchez's tip in the interrogation room! And what about Brenda's Traffic issues? She took care of them the best way she knew how -- gave the captain an award!


*Your favorite shows have lined up some big name guest stars for their upcoming season premieres. Look for actress Kathleen Quinlan to guest star on House's September 5th premiere on Fox (click HERE for all the details of the season opener, but be warned that the link contains SPOILERS). Actor Blair Underwood will pop up on the September 18th season premiere of CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine as Ritchie's new teacher (click HERE for all the episode details, but be warned that the link contains SPOILERS). Sofia Milos will return to CBS' CSI: Miami for that show's fifth season premiere on September 18th, reprising her role as Yelina Salas (click HERE for the details, but be warned that the link contains SPOILERS). And finally, April Bowlby is now a series regular on CBS' Two and Half Men where she plays Kandi (click HERE for details on the September 18th season premiere, but be warned that the link contains SPOILERS).

*And finally, Fox opened up its season to good numbers last night. The second season premiere of Prison Break was on task with its average last year and it was good enough to win the 8 p.m. hour. Fox's new thriller Vanished opened up decently as well, winning the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers and holding onto most of lead-in Prison Break's audience. You can catch new episodes of both shows Monday nights on Fox.

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That's all for today. Be sure to tune in tomorrow as Emmy week continues with PTR's predictions for whom will/should win the best acting in a drama categories! Plus, all the latest television news.

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