Archive for September, 2007

Walnut Creek Bachelorette

The 25 bachelorettes hoping to lasso rich Texan Brad Womack were revealed today, and one of them is from Walnut Creek.

Sheena, 23, is an internet marketing executive who wasn’t in the promos for the show, which begins at 9:30 Monday (Sept. 24) on ABC.

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SHEENA got a picture on the ABC site. Does that mean she’s in the 15?

They do, however, mention an eye-catching beauty who has a secret past, an outspoken vixen dubbed “McNasty” and a devout Christian woman who is also a streaker.

The 90-minute opener cuts the herd down from 25 women to just 15 potential soul mates. In the premiere, one introduces herself in Greek, two talk freak sports injuries, an acupuncturist diagnoses him by examining his tongue and a news anchor decides to interview the bachelor in order to wow him.

And one shows off her webbed toes. Creepy.

The 25 women are:

Bettina, 27, a realtor who currently resides in Washington, DC.

DeAnna, 25, a realtor who currently resides in Neunan, GA.

Erin, 25, a publishing sales executive who currently resides in Tampa, FL.

Estefania, 26, an executive assistant who currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

Hillary, 27, a registered nurse who currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Jade, 24, a boutique sales worker who currently resides in Nashville, TN.

Jenni, 27, a Phoenix Suns cheerleader who currently resides in Wichita, KS.

Jessica, 27, a news anchor who currently resides in Lady Lake, FL.

Juli, 24, a law student who currently resides in Chicago, IL.

Kim, 31, a realtor who currently resides in Woodbridge, CT.

Kristy, 29, an acupuncturist, who currently resides in Chicago, IL.

Lindsey, 25, a model who currently resides in Livania, MI.

Lori, 33, a biology teacher who currently resides in Annapolis, MD.

Mallory, 24, a nanny who currently resides in Honolulu, HI.

Melissa, 28, an event planner who currently resides in Westchester, NY.

McCarten, 26, an account manager who currently resides in San Diego, CA.

Michele, 30, a realtor who currently resides in South Brunswick, NJ.

Morgan, 24, a graduate student who currently resides in Tempe, AZ.

Natalie, 25, a law student who currently resides in Duncanville, TX.

Rigina, 31, an account representative who currently resides in San Diego, CA.

Sarah, 23, a bar manager who currently resides in O’Fallon, IL.

Sheena, 23, an internet marketing executive who currently resides in Walnut Creek, CA.

Solisa, 25, an esthetician who currently resides in Georgetown, TX.

Susan, 35, a project analyst who currently resides in St. Charles, IL.

Tauni, 31, an ER nurse who currently resides in St. Louis Park, MN.

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And the Emmy winners are:

First, let’s just say that those censors had their work cut out for them tonight. At first, I thought it was just because something was going wacky with the East Coast telecast I was watching.

And to think when we wrote about the Emmys going Code Blue, we thought it would just be a little Emmy winning song by Justin Timberlake. Justin was a no-show, but the Code Blue was in full effect.

First, Ray Romano, who seemed to think he was playing some comedy club, got a little frisky with language associated with having sexual relations when he accused his “Everybody Loves Raymond” wife Patricia Heaton of bestowing her favors on Kelsey Grammer, who plays her former lover on the new Fox series “Back to You.”

That got blacked out.

Then you had sweet Katherine Heigl mouthing a profanity when she was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama. Oh, Katie, Katie, Katie.

Things kept going black and there were a lot of cutaways. You know when Jon Stewart gets away with saying bastard on primetime that the words others were saying had to be pretty bad.

Sally Field? Well, at least the ill-fated Oscar speech of “You like me. You really like me” now takes a back seat to her acceptance speech when she started forgetting her lines and ended with having the lord damn….well, we’re not sure what because it all went black.

Here’s a list of the winners, which didn’t include the big Sopranos win I had predicted. Look, if I could see into the future, I’d be living in Las Vegas right now.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy:
Jeremy Piven won again for his work as Ari, the abrasive agent in “Entourage.” You can’t argue with giving the statue to Piven, because he was great.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama:
Terry O’Quinn, who did a swell job as Locke in “Lost,” didn’t get my vote however. (I did like his speech in which he said that when he’s “rolling in the muc” he thinks about the “Desperate Housewives” baking cookies on Wisteria Lane. And getting a better paycheck. Yet, he still believes he has the best job in the world.
I chose Michael Imperioli because I thought, hey, last chance with “The Sopranos.” Guess the Emmy voters didn’t care.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy:
Jaime Pressly of “My Name is Earl” took home the trophy and looked fabulous.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries/movie:

Thomas Haden Church for AMC’s “Broken Trail.” If you didn’t see the miniseries, you missed out on a great ride. Church choked us up with his teary tribute to his dad, who gave him his love for Westerns, and to “Wings” producer David Angell and his wife, who died on one of the planes on Sept. 11. But why does he insist on talking about his need to pee?

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama:
Katherine Heigl takes home the statue. “My own mother said I didn’t have a shot in hell of winning this,” she says. Mom looked a little shocked, but it all worked out in the end.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series:
Late Night with Conan O’Brien”

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program:
Rob Marshall for “Tony Bennett: An American Classic” on NBC.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a miniseries/ movie:
Who else? The man, Robert Duvall. First Emmy win, because he lost out in his first nomination in 1989 for “Lonesome Dove.” Duvall paid presenter Kiefer Sutherland a compliment for being “a good horseman.” Which he is. Everybody loves a Western, as Duvall says, “the Western is here to stay.” So let’s start making more.

Outstanding Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special:
Broken Trail

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series:
Alan Taylor, “The Sopranos.”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:
David Chase, “The Sopranos.”

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program:
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special:
“Tony Bennett: An American Classic”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a miniseries/movie:
Judy Davis, “The Starter Wife.” Not here, but sure she’ll be thrilled, ”says Marcia Cross.

Outstanding Made for Television Movie:
“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” Producer Dick Wolf, who thanked his very pregnant wife for not going into labor.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or movie:
Helen Mirren in “Prime Suspect: The Final Act.” “Oh, come on music. I’ve been talking enough.” Never enough, Helen.

Outstanding Directing for a miniseries/movie:
Phillip Martin “Prime Suspect”

Outstanding Writing for a miniseries/ movie:
Philip Deasy, “Prime Suspect”

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Individual Performance in a Variety, etc. :
Tony Bennett.

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series:
Richard Shepard, “Ugly Betty”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series:
Greg Daniels, “The Office” Can we be any happier?

Outstanding Reality Competition Series:
“Amazing Race” wins again. Guess the category wasn’t fixed despite the Emmys being on Fox.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy series:
Ricky Gervais, “Extras.” He wasn’t there, so Stewart says, “Ricky Gervais couldn’t be here tonight, so instead we’re giving it to our friend Steve Carell.” Who should have won it in the first place.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Sally Field. YEAH! Nice speech too until she started getting applause from those who thought she was done. She should have quit while she was ahead.
“I have to finish talking,” she says, then couldn’t remember what she wanted to say about the war. She babbled on until saying that “If mothers ruled the world, there wouldn’t be any God d…(blanked out of my broadcast).”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
America Ferrera in her first Emmy win. Couldn’t happen to a nicer person. My only regret is that I didn’t go with my gut instinct and put her down as the winner.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
OK, the one guy I never thought would win it. James Spader, who won it for the same role on “The Practice.” But he gave a great speech. “I feel like I just stole a pile of money from the mob.” “I’ve been to a lot of concerts and these are the worst seats I’ve ever had.”

Outstanding Comedy Series:
“30 Rock” “I’d like to thank our dozens and dozens of viewers” says creator/star Tina Fey. Maybe there will be dozens and dozens more now.

Outstanding Drama Series:
Finally, Helen Mirren spins around the stage with the name of the series, “The Sopranos.”
OK, I finally got one right.

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Let the Emmys begin

Well, at least you can’t say Fox didn’t use their turn at bat to flog their new fall line-up.

I’ll admit I laughed at parts of the opening song, “If you want it you can find it on TV’,” with animated “Family Guy” stars Stewie and Brian.

Loved the slam on “Cavemen,” but no one left unscathed. The hit on “Sopranos” when they same “and you never know how it’s going to (black screen).” Host Ryan Seacrest kept things moving along nicely, giving shots out to the crowd both in the audience and viewers.

The thing I like the most about Ryan hosting is that he doesn’t do a lot of it. Ellen DeGeneres is the best, so if Fox had to put “American Idol” in the spotlight, at least they let Ryan have as little airtime as any host in recent history.

The bang-bang we get four big awards: the Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Drama then Supporting Actress in a Comedy, followed by Supporting Actor in movie/miniseries before the first half hour has passed.


We’ll talk winners after the West Coast portion airs. But I can say that so far, my predictions have flopped miserably. Now I know why I don’t go to Vegas.

Wow. About 50 minutes in and it’s moving right along. Now we’ve got Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera singing “Stepping Out with My Baby.’ X-tina shows what happens when you do things right in your career, Britney. Oh, and there’s def a baby bump there.

What I like is we have some serious moments that work, like the “Roots” tribute with the regal Queen Latifah, then some chuckle moments with “The Office.” Still, the acceptance speeches have left a bit to be desired.

Oh boy, Jersey Boys coming up…This is the first time in memory I haven’t looked at my watch after the first 90 minutes of an Emmy show and wished someone would put me out of my misery…I’m not saying this is a fantastic show, but at least it seems to be moving along at a fairly brisk clip and not taking itself too seriously.

But is that a good thing?

The Jersey Boys are here. “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” and OK, I don’t know the title to the next song…“Who Loves You Baby?” Maybe. Help me out.
The songs come with clips from “The Sopranos.” An hour and 45 minutes and I’m actually tapping my toes. Maybe I’m just going delirious.

Now the “Sopranos” cast is on the stage. That’s one big cast. Lots of applause. Then commercial…that’s it? Just a bow? Odd little filler that….and when we come back, everyone seems a little surprised. I’m just wondering what it was all about.

Resident ranger Louis Black on my favorite topic _ those horrid promo crawls telling you what show is coming on next that ruin our viewing experience of what’s going on NOW.

There have been a lot of awards handed out, yet I repeat that in respect to no spoilers, I’m not going to start posting the winners until after they are announced on the West Coast…like you couldn’t get them early….

Oops. Bad sign. Ryan just showed up in a period costume. As Wayne Brady says, “looking like a medievel pimp.” Oh, now Wayne has selected Rainn Wilson and Kanye as the “randomly selected” participants to see who will win the opportunity to give out an Emmy. The category: “Songs of Kanye West.”

Fox keeps on flogging its shows. This is starting to look more like amateur night as things roll along.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, together again. Gotta love it. They’re talking about the “Green Emmys.”
“This baby runs on alternative fuel…Al Gore tears,” says Stephen with his leaf blower in hand.
Is bastard allowed on broadcast television? Guess we’ll find out on the West Coast broadcast. And the boys? Not as funny was we thought…

The roll of those no longer with us always gets to me.
Wow, only 10 more minutes until we’ve hit the three-hour mark. Will they bring it in on time?

OK, the guy I never thought would win, just won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, but by golly he gave great speech….It’s now 8 our time, 11 back east. So much for an early curtain.

Hey. Only 11 minutes over. Must be a record.

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Big Brother comments:

Since this is a pilot project, there’s bound to be a few glitches. No. 1 is that the comments aren’t posting to the right anymore, so I’m going to just start posting them inside this blog item.
And sorry about outing you Candace….

Oh. My. God. Sue, you have outed me. That was a PRIVATE conversation!!!

Well, it is fascinating what with all the action on BB8 ending for the most part on Thursday, and this father/daughter duo having to stay in the house, with absolutely nothing to do, until Tuesday. They’re earning their money, these two. And honestly, can’t BB up the prize money? After taxes, the winner doesn’t get much. You couldn’t assure me of a win and coop me up in this house, with these people, and as a capper, have me spend five days alongside a pouty daughter who’s a poor sport unless she wins, and then she’s magnaminous and tells people she loves them.

Not like I watch the show closely or anything.

Sadly, though, Evel Dick has slowly descended into insanity today, taking his boredom and frustration out on first the washer that appeared to not be working, and then giving up and hosing down the backyard for no apparent reason. He later moved to a long soak in the hot tub with a Marlboro Red, every once in a while chuckling to himself. Which was rather creepy. Then he got out of the hot tub, sat down on in the backyard and screamed, “WHAT WAS THE SCORE OF THE JETS GAME?” He went on to rant that the first they he wanted to do when he got out was to sit down with a (expletive) newspaper. Good news for those of us in this business. Through it all, Dani has slept – apparently pouting from a bad night last night when the pair got questions from the jury, and Dani, thinking her dad is going to win, supposedly accused him of campaiging against her (his daughter, mind you) and then pouted in bed. She has amazing fortitude.

But really, I’m only casually watching this stuff. I swear.

Oh wait! Dani is up and about! Must return to the live feed….

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Emmy makes Big Brother wait

With the Emmy’s going on tonight, there’s not much going on at the Big Brother house.

Or is there?

Candace Murphy’s watching the live feed and talks about what’s going on. Also, for those who want to fill in the blanks, “Big Brother” offers a recap show tonight. What were your favorite moments from the show?

In the meantime, here’s the column I wrote about visiting the Big Brother house in July:

THERE HE WAS, just a few feet away from me, singing and dancing around the room all by himself while he busily packed his bag in anticipation of moving.
As I edged closer to the two-way mirror, the tattooed rocker turned to check himself out in the mirror and suddenly I was nose-to-nose with Evel Dick.


Watching CBS’ “Big Brother” is one of the guiltiest of pleasures, but actually going into the “Big Brother” house to lurk along the “camera cross” that weaves around the domicile and enables the cameras to keep close tabs on the inhabitants is, well, mesmerizing.

And makes you feel just a little bit sooty.

This is the eighth season of the reality show, which began with modest ratings in July before picking up steam in the last few weeks.

In a summer that has shown weak ratings all around the remote, “Big Brother” has actually started to show some life, with ratings in the all-important 18-49 demo up 33 percent this week. The show’s finale will air on Sept. 18.

In addition to the broadcast show, the premium cable/satellite network Showtime Too offers nightly live coverage from 9 to midnight. That feed is edited only for slanderous statements, and, for cost considerations, music that Dick or someone else might hum.

Do you have any idea what they get for a few bars of “Happy Birthday to You”? Well, that’s another column.

A few weeks ago, “Big Brother” producer Allison Grodner took five TV critics on a grand tour of the “Big Brother” house. We wore black so that the housemates couldn’t see us behind the mirrors. The house is located on the CBS lot, and it’s not so much a house as a warehouse.
Inside, some bleary-eyed editors keep tabs on a bank of monitors 24/7. They mark the most interesting story trends, which they weave together for the thrice-weekly telecasts. Although the editors say they don’t have favorites, they obviously appreciate people like Dick, who is always offering some fireworks, and crazy Jen, the Hollywood nanny who’s crazier than an inbred Chihuahua.

The reality show, in which reality plays a very small role, follows the housemates around, recording their every move — and that includes a potty cam that Grodner assures has such poor quality you really can’t get any detailed shots.

In our peek around the place, there was a narrow escape from seeing one resident emerge from his shower.

The roommates are given surreal “tests” that range from Queen of Hearts croquet to hanging upside down on pendulums. The group also must earn its food in contests and can be reduced to eating something known as “slop.”

So, of course, we asked Grodner if her team could whip up a little slop for us to taste. It’s not really all that bad, especially if you grew up with a mom who couldn’t quite make a proper bowl of oatmeal. The unflavored multigrain hot mash might not be too bad with a dollop of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

Grodner says her team literally lives in the building, devoting its entire life to the show while it’s on the air. The team eats, breathes and lives the experience, which is not unlike monitoring zoo animals.

This year’s theme for the house is “Alice in Wonderland,” so the props have kind of a whimsical feel about them. Inside the house, there are doors so small you have to stoop to go through them, big and small beds that look like you just entered the home of the Three Bears and a giant tea cup in the yard where the people can just hang out.

The only place the housemates can see real sunlight is in the yard, where the roof has been cut out of the warehouse. There’s a little pool and other toys for them.

As we walked around the narrow dark hall, which looked and smelled like a Halloween haunted house, we peered in to see Jen snoozing at 6 at night. It was like waiting for the bear to wake up at the zoo. You almost wanted to tap on the glass to see what would happen.

The “front” of the house, where the evicted guests go to be interviewed by Julie Chen, has mock stained glass, faux topiary and statues.

“I get the hot sheets every day, where someone logs the hot quotes, the headlines of what happens. It’s like a soap opera,” Chen says. “On Wednesdays, we go over everything and see what questions we want to ask (after the eviction).”

Chen calls the show “performance art,” which is as close as you can get to describing what happens in the house. Each person is consciously putting on a show for the audience — and for their fellow housemates.

This season, the twists included putting in Eric as “America’s Player,” which means he gets instructions from people logging onto the Web site suggesting he do certain things, such as give Jessica the silent treatment, or to make sure a certain person (Dustin, for instance) gets put up for eviction. The other twist was having three couples in the house who were once close and are now on the outs. One pair was Dick, at 44 the oldest resident, and his estranged daughter Daniele, 20.

“I want to see Dick stay in the house because of the relationship with his daughter,” Chen says. “And Jen is just fun to watch. I would like to hang out with her because she’s just fun and I would be very disappointed if Jen was voted out.”

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Emmy’s tonight: Let’s chat

I’ll be blogging the Emmys live right here, and we’re talking really live, starting at about 5 p.m. on the West Coast and 8 p.m. for the rest of you, since the West Coast event is tape-delayed for us. Come and join in the commenting. We’ll mock at will.

So here’s a quick list of the major categories, with our choice for who should win. And we’re not hedging with that silly who-will-win, who-should-win, who-could-win stuff that allows you to have three chances to get it right.

Lead Actress

in a Comedy Series

Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”

Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”

Great field, but Parker lit up the screen this season.

Lead Actress

in a Drama Series

Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters”

Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”

Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Patricia Arquette, “Medium”

Minnie Driver, “The Riches”

Edie Falco, “The Sopranos”

They’re all winners in our book, but this is Falco’s year.

Lead Actor

in a Comedy Series

Ricky Gervais, “Extras”

Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”

Steve Carell, “The Office”

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Charlie Sheen, “Two and a Half Men”

Love them all, but have to go with Alec Baldwin.

Lead Actor

in a Drama Series

James Spader, “Boston Legal”

Hugh Laurie, “House”

Denis Leary, “Rescue Me”

James Gandolfini, “The Sopranos”

Kiefer Sutherland, “24”

Anyone other than Gandolfini? Fuggedaboutit.

Supporting Actress

in a Comedy Series

Jaime Pressly, “My Name is Earl”

Jenna Fischer, “The Office”

Holland Taylor, “Two and a Half Men”

Conchata Ferrell, “Two and a Half Men”

Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty”

Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds”

We’ve got to go with Perkins, although Taylor and Ferrell are our sentimental favorites.

Supporting Actress

in a Drama Series

Rachel Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters”

Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”

Chandra Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy”

Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy”

Aida Turturro, “The Sopranos”

Lorraine Bracco, “The Sopranos”

All strong performances, but Wilson stands out.

Supporting Actor

in a Comedy Series

Kevin Dillon, “Entourage”

Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”

Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”

Rainn Wilson, “The Office”

Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”

You’ve got to go with Wilson, if only for the bat episode.

Supporting Actor

in a Drama Series

William Shatner, “Boston Legal”

T.R. Knight, “Grey’s Anatomy”

Masi Oka, “Heroes”

Michael Emerson, “Lost”

Terry O’Quinn, “Lost”

Michael Imperioli, “The Sopranos”

Oka was the break-out star of the year, but Imperioli did some of his best work this season and deserves the Emmy.

Outstanding Comedy


“The Office”

“30 Rock”

“Two and a Half Men”

“Ugly Betty”

No contest: “The Office.”

Outstanding Drama

“Boston Legal”

“Grey’s Anatomy”



“The Sopranos”

C’mon. “The Sopranos.”

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Shamelessly flogging my vodcast

Only four vodcasts under our belt and I think we’re getting better.

I’ve been using writers at the paper for the first three, then a guinea pig, er, friend, agreed to be the beta for our first civilian interview.

Thanks Angie, who is a sophomore at Monte Vista High School in Danville, for helping out. You did a great job. Chick Chat video

Comments? Offers to volunteer to be on the show? C’mon down.

You can read the review of “Gossip Girl” on the TV page

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Taylor Made for Pepsi

Taylor Madison may only be 7, but she’s already in an Emmy nominated commercial.

The Livermore second-grader scored big time when she was cast in the snazzy Pepsi Pinball commercial, one of the best we’ve seen. If you haven’t checked it out, a young guy steps out of a store and gets smacked by a giant pinball and begins careening down San Francisco city streets and parking garages.

About 10 seconds into the commerical you see Taylor give him the stink eye as he whizzes past the car she’s riding in.

The awards were handed out last Saturday and Pepsi lost out to Ellen Degeneres’ American Express ad with all those cute critters. We still think Pepsi should have scored a win with this innovative commerical.

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CBS additions

Want to know who’s who when your CBS shows come back this month? We also discover that there is life after “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for one actor.

Here’s a quick rundown from the network:

CRIMINAL MINDS Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT

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Emmy Award nominee JOE MANTEGNA will join the cast of CRIMINAL MINDS starring as FBI Special Agent David Rossi, an original member of the Behavioral Analysis Unit who took early retirement to go on lecture and book tours, and has volunteered to return to the unit.

Mantegna is scheduled to make his first appearance in the sixth episode of the season.

“We are all THRILLED to have Joe Mantegna joining our family. He’s an incredible actor, a genuinely nice person and, as a fellow Chicagoan, I can tell you he makes fantastic Italian Beef sandwiches and Chicago Style Hot Dogs,” said Executive Producer Ed Bernero.

And the reliable actor isn’t likely to skip out on the show like Mandy Patinkin.

CSI: NY Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT

A.J. BUCKLEY will become a series regular after recurring for two seasons as Adam Ross, a CSI Tech guru out of Seattle. Specializing in Computer Forensics, Ross is the go-to scientist for the latest technological applications needed to solve crimes in Manhattan.

“He was hired by Mac Taylor to stay ‘one step ahead’ of the criminals in New York City, who often use more complicated technology than the average crime lab in the country. Therefore, Ross is the X-factor in crime solving and necessary ‘ringer’ to fight the most complex and sophisticated crimes,” said Anthony E. Zuiker, Creator and Executive Producer of the CSI Franchise.

GHOST WHISPERER Fridays, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT

JAY MOHR will become a series regular, playing Professor Payne who provides an encyclopedic knowledge of the spirit world, as well as genuine concern for Melinda’s (Jennifer Love Hewitt) safety as she puts herself in ever greater danger to protect those she cares about — even though he hides his concern behind an ever-present irreverent sense of humor.

“We’re thrilled to have Jay as a series regular this year. He’s a terrific actor who is fun to work with for the same reasons he’s fun to watch: he brings humor, energy, creativity and spontaneity to the set and to his role. He also brings sports commentary and sometimes donuts,” says Executive Producer P.K. Simonds.

SHARK Sundays, 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT

KEVIN ALEJANDRO joins the cast as Sebastian’s (James Woods) newest team member Danny Reyes, an edgy and aggressive young deputy district attorney who earned his stripes in the Organized Crime Unit.

“Kevin Alejandro is an incredibly dynamic and intelligent actor who brings great energy and attitude to the legal team,” says Executive Producer/Creator Ian Biederman. “Danny plays by his own rules — which both endears him to Sebastian and creates great conflict.”


SHARK Sundays, 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT

KEVIN POLLAK joins the series in the recurring role of brash and cunning newly elected District Attorney Leo Cutler.

“Kevin Pollak is a superb actor who infuses the role of Leo Cutler with wit and a moral ambiguity that is a perfect fit for the show. Leo’s an outstanding foil for Sebastian and the team,” says Executive Producer/Creator Ian Biederman.

WITHOUT A TRACE Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT

Golden Globe nominee HENRY THOMAS (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Gangs of New York”) will join the series in a recurring role as Jack’s (Anthony LaPaglia) evil nemesis, and the leader of a human trafficking group who the FBI team is pursuing.



JESSICA LUCAS (“The Covenant,” “The L Word”) is set to guest star in four episodes of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION beginning Thursday, Oct. 11. She plays the role of Veronica Lake, aka “Ronnie,” a young, overzealous new CSI in training, who is extremely bright, albeit naïve. After graduating from one of the top criminalistics programs in the country, she was offered positions at numerous crime labs, but chose Vegas due to its increase in crime rates. Now that she’s entered the throws of solving real crimes, she’s about to find out that in searching for the perpetrator of a crime, she could easily become his next victim.

WITHOUT A TRACE Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT

JAMES MARSTERS (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) will guest star in a five episode arc beginning with the season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27. He will play Grant Mars, a detective who helps Vivian (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) with an unsolved case.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT Mondays, 9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT

Golden Globe nominee HEATHER LOCKLEAR (“Spin City”) will guest star in two episodes later this season as Barbara, the sister of Audrey (Megyn Price) who comes to town to visit. During her stay, Barbara announces that her marriage, which Audrey has always idealized, may be over. While Audrey has a difficult time dealing with the news, she is even more surprised to learn that her sister has agreed to go on a date with Russell (David Spade).

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Testing “Nashville”

Fox’s “Nashville” had a few fun moments in it, but I’m just not sure what’s going on. Everyone seems to be looking for a career in country music, except the one dude whose dad rents/sells jets.

Looks like slimey Clint Moseley is just a guy trying to get lucky in front of the cameras. And by lucky, I mean get a little action with the ladies. And so far, he’s been pretty gosh darn lucky.

I’m wondering what former quarterback Terry Bradshaw thinks about his little girl Rachel getting played by this guy? I keep thinking there’s going to be a major tackle in his future.

And poor Matt Jenkins, who got dropped from his record label and now seems to be getting the boot from Mika Combs, who has a boyfriend back home in Kentucky. Yet, she seems awfully cozy with ol’ Clint.

So, right now I’m testing out embedding a non-You Tube clip here. Let’s see how it works. Should it be lower resolution? How long does it take to load?

The first one introduces the cast:

This one tells you what Nashville is all about…for them.

Help me out here, OK?

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