September 23, 2013 |
Following the success of shows as disparate as "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Scandal," our nation's capital has become the thrilling center of the universe, and politics has become the new police precinct. Two of the more anticipated shows of this fall season, "Hostages" on CBS and "The Blacklist" on NBC, follow D.C.-based stories and face off, beginning Monday at 10 p.m. Which is so bad for "Hostages"; though it gets points for ambition, "The Blacklist" blows it out of the water.
August 21, 2009 |
What would you wish for if you found a rainbow-colored rock that told you to make a wish, then granted every one? Would you go for world peace, a million bucks? Or like the kids in "Shorts," would you wish for a castle and a moat protected by snakes and alligators, not realizing the complications that might crop up? Me, I'd wish that writer-director Robert Rodriguez, who brought us the finely wrought darkness of "Sin City," would set aside the kid stuff and get back to the promise of his earlier work . . . right after world peace and a million bucks.
June 26, 2003 |
Dylan McDermott is out; James Spader is in. ABC confirmed Wednesday that the actor from such films as "Secretary," "Stargate" and "sex, lies, and videotape" will join the cast of "The Practice" next season. He'll play what the network described as "a complicated and ethically challenged lawyer." Also joining the show in the wake of a major cast shake-up last month is Rhona Mitra, who will play a third-year law school student who joins the firm as an assistant. From a Times staff writer
December 14, 2004 |
Actors James Spader and William Shatner, whose roles as eccentric yet oddly endearing lawyers on "The Practice" won each an Emmy earlier this year, were honored again Monday with Golden Globe nominations for spinoff roles in ABC's much lighter "Boston Legal." Spader was nominated for best actor in a dramatic television series for his role as Alan Shore, an unscrupulous attorney who was fired from his firm and moved to Crane, Poole and Schmidt on "Boston Legal."
July 13, 2008 |
SO OFTEN, the Emmy voters get it wrong. (Have they never watched "The Wire"?) Or they reward the same guy, doing the same thing, slighting all the new kids on the block. (We enjoy him, but really, James Spader? Again?) Our Emmy wish list tips the hat to the less-watched, risk-taking champs (like "Breaking Bad's" Bryan Cranston), hands out several statuettes in the same category when they're due (to the lovely ladies of "Ugly Betty," for starters), and shines the spotlight on the quietly powerful performances that we already know voters bypassed (no January Jones in the top 10?
May 5, 2004 |
"The Practice" is closing its doors on May 16, but one of its main characters, Ellenor Frutt, played by Camryn Manheim, may live on in her own sitcom spin-off. The untitled project, created by Dan O'Shannon, will probably air in January, Manheim said Tuesday. The script hasn't been written yet, but the concept is for Ellenor, the serious and noble defense lawyer Manheim has played for eight years on "The Practice," to move back to her hometown (probably Buffalo, N.Y.
June 14, 2007 |
You can't accuse "Boston Legal" creator David E. Kelley of complacency. When production on the ABC drama's fourth season begins June 27, some familiar faces will be gone. No worries, fans: James Spader, William Shatner and Candice Bergen will be back. But their cohorts -- Julie Bowen, Mark Valley, Rene Auberjonois and Constance Zimmer -- will not be, a representative for David E. Kelley Productions said Wednesday.
November 19, 1995 |
When Jim Nashe (Mandy Patinkin, left) a former Boston fireman aimlesly squandering a $200,000 inheritance, gives a lift to Jack Pozzi (James Spader, right), a poker whiz on his way to a high-stakes game, Nashe envisions a way to replenish his pile. He'll stake Pozzi to a game with a seemingly pushover pair of lottery-winning millionaire housemates (Charles Durning and Joel Grey) and split the winnings 50-50.
December 18, 2004
"Sideways" was a nice little film, but the fact that it led all Golden Globe nominees ["Dark Horses and Desperate Wives" by Robert W. Welkos, Susan King and Elaine Dutka, Dec. 14,] testifies to the fact that this has not been a good year for great films. In fact, the film pales in the shadow of Alexander Payne's true masterpiece, 1999's "Election," arguably the best comedy of the last decade! Jack Wolf Westwood I was delighted to read of the Golden Globes nominations of William Shatner and James Spader from my new favorite show, "Boston Legal" ["Spader and Shatner: Partners in Mischief," by Lynn Smith, Dec. 14]