August 15, 2010 |
In the HBO series "Hung," now in its second season, Anne Heche plays Jessica, the dotty ex-wife of Ray, a football coach ( Thomas Jane) who turns to prostitution so he can afford to rebuild his home after a fire. For Heche, 41, the role caps a career comeback a decade after her much-publicized breakdown and breakup with Ellen DeGeneres. She shares her new life with James Tupper, her former "Men in Trees" co-star, and sons Homer, 8, and Atlas, about a year and a half, in a Mediterranean-style home in Hollywood.
May 14, 2004 |
Bittersweet bite distinguishes "Things We Do for Love," now receiving an elegant local premiere at the Odyssey Theatre. Virtuoso playwright Alan Ayckbourn's Olivier-nominated dramedy limns the contradictions of passion with politically incorrect perception. "Things" rocked London in 1997 and spawned many regional readings, though some observers have found it more disturbing than delightful.
February 10, 2010
SERIES The New Adventures of Old Christine: Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is feeling envious of Richard and New Christine (Clark Gregg, Emily Rutherfurd) as they prepare for their new baby. Tim Meadows guest stars as a gynecologist (8 p.m. CBS). Mercy: Veronica (Taylor Schilling) gets ready for her first official date with Sands (James Tupper) (8 p.m. NBC). Faces of America With Henry Louis Gates Jr.: In this new series, DNA testing and genealogical research -- which Gates employed to help prominent black Americans trace their roots -- is used for people with a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
September 21, 2011 |
"Revenge," a new soap-thriller from ABC, begins its life Wednesday on a beach at night, during what social power broker Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) will soon describe as "the final weekend of a remarkable summer in the Hamptons. " There's a gunshot, and a body, and just up the way an engagement party. Who's getting engaged is "the lovely and beguiling" Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), seen wiping sand mysteriously from her hand. Her fiance, "tragically privileged" Daniel Grayson (Joshua Bowman)
December 2, 2009
SERIES Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares: Gordon attempts to help two friends save their failing restaurant from corporate competition on the season premiere (5, 8 and 10 p.m. BBC America). Dog the Bounty Hunter: On the anniversary of the fatal vehicular accident that claimed the life of the bounty hunter's daughter, Dog and his team hunt a target with a taste for drugs and a record of reckless driving, on the season premiere (9 p.m. A&E). Steven Seagal Lawman: This new unscripted series chronicles martial arts expert and actor Steven Seagal as he pursues his off-screen life as a deputy with Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana, a position he has held for 20 years (10 and 10:30 p.m. A&E)
September 23, 2009 |
In its first season without "ER," NBC is mounting two new medical shows. Neither focuses on doctors, however, which some may consider a relief. (I try not to focus on doctors myself.) "Trauma," which begins next week, is about EMTs in San Francisco; "Mercy," which begins tonight, follows a group of Jersey City nurses whose often messy private lives are interrupted regularly by their often thankless jobs. Haughty patient: "Nurses! What are you good for anyway?" Nurse Veronica: "Well, we do try to keep the doctors from killing you."