Fans of "The Matrix" trilogy surely remember Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, a perpetually black-clad ass-kicker. But after that? Sure, she popped up in "Chocolat" and "Memento," but largely seemed to fall off the pop culture radar. But Moss is back in a big way with "Vegas," the new drama on CBS (premiering Tues. Sept. 25 at 10:00 p.m.). Set in the 1960s, the inspired-by-a-true story series will be focused on mobster Vincent Savino ("The Shield"'s Michael Chiklis) duking it out with an old-school cowboy sheriff, Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid). However, there will still be plenty of room for Moss' assistant district attorney Katherine O'Connell, an iconoclast who exists in a time when there weren't many women working, much less as lawyers. I spoke to Moss at the TCA press tour about the show, her recent low-profile (and the reasons for it) and why she won't be taking her three children -- Owen, Jaden and Frances -- to the set anytime soon.
The actress says she's ready to dig into her new CBS series
The second time around, no one's waltzing to perfect scores right away
We're back with an all-star season of "Dancing with the Stars"! So, it's double-starry, since they were stars to begin with (by the definition of this show and, in some cases, only this show) and now they are all-star stars. I think everyone should get a little star sticker for their forehead, don't you? There isn't a lot of time to dwell on the starriness of the proceedings, though, because thirteen performances must be shoehorned into two hours. Still, that doesn't stop co-host Tom Bergeron. He blithers about how fabulous our dancers are. They’re the best of the best! Creme de la creme! The people you most want to see dancing! Okay, okay, if we're already watching, Tom, there's no further need to sell us. All-stars, got it.
Whether or not Melissa's a stripper, Teresa's the one who's exposed
So, the finale of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" kind of called to mind a drunken argument outside a college bar, which would be more amusing if any of these people ever a) went to college or b) were in their early 20s, when such abject stupidity seems to come with the territory.
The former Superman plays a vegan nurse on new show
Superman is coming to TV… sort of. Brandon Routh, who starred in 2006's "Superman Returns" as the Man of Steel, is taking a comedic turn as Wyatt, the boyfriend of Michael Urie's high-strung character Louis on "Partners." The show, which premieres Sept. 24 (CBS, 8:30 p.m.), comes from "Will & Grace" creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, follows the bromance between straight man (literally) Joe and his best friend Louis. Routh's character, a vegan nurse, is the calm to Louis' storm, though in the pilot that seems to mean delivering unintentional punchlines. I spoke to Routh at the TCA press tour this summer about playing a vegan nurse who may or may not have been raised Amish, playing it straight (and gay) and why he never gets sick of "Superman" questions.
Grace is getting a little sick of her brother Nate's complaining
Brothers and sisters don't always get along, but on the new episode of "Mob Doctor" (Fox, Mondays at 9:00 p.m.; episodes also available on iTunes, Hulu and Fox on Demand for free), we see one pair who have slightly weightier problems than who ate the last Pop-Tart.
Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) is a promising surgeon who finds herself pulling bullets out of mobsters to pay off the dangerous debt of her brother Nate (Jesse Lee Soffer). In this clip, Grace puts Nate squarely in his place -- and we're pretty sure he won't be popping by her work to vent his spleen (unless he literally needs to vent his spleen -- she is a doctor, after all) for a while.
The designers must create a costume for the Rockettes
Judging from last week's promo, the theme for this week is the word "bitch." It's like "Sesame Street," but a little naughty! Oh, and there will be Rockettes. I can't get too excited about a challenge focused on dressing Rockettes, because that seems to have as much to do with sophisticated fashion as drag or NASCAR.
Anyway, given that Ven is still in the competition, "bitch" is probably the nicest word I can come up with for a theme this week. Weren't you more than a little disappointed he didn't get booted out last week? I'm fairly certain that his crappy attitude has cemented his place in the final three, however, as he gives us all a reason to watch simply to root against him. I hate the idea that "Project Runway" is becoming so conditioned in these ratings-grabbing ways. Remember when it used to be about talent? But let's get to the show. I'm going to try live blogging this week, so bear with me!
Co-star Amy Adams was the one who said 'we need to cut'
For "Saturday Night Live" fans, Justin Timberlake's finest comedic moments may have come in that Emmy-winning video in which he bears a very, um, special gift tied with a bow ("Dick in a Box"). But for those who are more interested in seeing his subtle side, "Trouble with the Curve" features Timberlake as Johnny "The Flame" Flanagan, a former big league pitcher who fantasizes about becoming a sports announcer. He's also paired up with two major league talents -- three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams as buttoned-up lawyer Mickey, and Clint Eastwood's aging, cranky baseball scout Gus. Still, despite Timberlake's credentials, the job didn't come easy -- and even once he got it, it almost gave him pneumonia.
The new Lifetime movie could be just the thing for Lohan
While Lindsay Lohan will probably always be a blonde (or, to go way back, a redhead) to most of us, judging from her poster for the Lifetime movie 'Liz & Dick' (currently set for November), Lohan pulls off jet black very, very well. Not only does she smolder in the new poster, it seems the role of Elizabeth Taylor was one she was meant to play. Just look at the text next to her.
Wolfgang Puck joins the judges' table
Eliana admits her routines with Cyrus had to be
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Eliana Girard were announced as the winners of "So You Think You Can Dance" last night -- and no one seemed more surprised about this than Chehon and Eliana themselves. The two classically trained ballet dancers were not early favorites. Chehon seemed to be permanently stuck in the shadow of fan favorite Cyrus Spencer, the street dancer with no professional training who was never in the bottom three, while Eliana only seemed able to step into the spotlight once she was unpaired from Cyrus and later danced with all star Alex Wong. The winners spoke to reporters in a conference call about their unexpected wins, Cyrus, and why they think ballet is getting more respect this season.