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Summer TV Awards: The polls are open!


You’ve done the nominating, now it’s time to hit the polls for EW’s first annual reader-voted Summer TV Awards. (UPDATE: Polls have now closed.) And your nominees are: READ FULL STORY

Summer TV Awards: Your nominations wanted!


Feeling guilty over the amount of time you’ve spent indoors watching TV since May? Here’s your vindication: Our first annual Summer TV Awards. Help us celebrate the good and call out the bad. Copy and paste the list of categories below into a comment and write in your nominations. Come back tomorrow afternoon when the official nominations are announced and the polls open!

UPDATE: The polls are now open! (And thank you for your patience with the comments not always publishing. We’re looking into it.)

And the categories are… READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Katniss grabs the torch from Olympics, 'The Closer' says farewell

The Olympics are almost finished, but archery’s greatest heroine is set to return this week when The Hunger Games arrives on home video. Jennifer Lawrence helped the first installment of the dystopian franchise split the box-office bulls eye, cashing in more than $400 million, and the blockbuster gets a special Saturday Blu-ray release. With midnight purchase parties, it could conceivably hurt the movies actually opening in theaters and make them… Expendable.


Olympics closing ceremonies and men’s basketball final, NBC

The closing ceremonies are notoriously a pot-luck affair, with the host nation dusting off every native-born international star who missed the cut for the opening act. Muse, the Who, George Michael, and the Spice Girls seem like sure things as London hands the torch to Rio de Janeiro, but don’t be surprised if Queen, the Kinks, and Annie Lennox pop in for a medley of some sort to celebrate five decades of British music. (The Rolling Stones are not expected, which somehow makes me respect them more.)

For American sports fans who annually look forward to getting up for Breakfast at Wimbledon every July, set your alarms for just before 10 a.m. ET for Breakfast with The King. That’s King LeBron James and the U.S. men’s hoops team, which faces Spain in the gold-medal game today, a rematch of the final four years ago in Beijing, where the U.S. took the gold, 118-107. READ FULL STORY

'The Closer' season premiere react: How did he slip away again?!

The Closer‘s final six episodes kicked off tonight by pitting Brenda against one of her greatest foes. She and the boys found themselves on the trail of a rapist who seemed scarily similar to a previous suspect — Phillip Stroh (guest star Billy Burke), the lawyer who Brenda had previously accused of heinous crimes but continues to elude punishment.

Now, let me start by saying that I love seeing Brenda win. She can outwit and out-investigate the best criminals (and investigators, for that matter) and there’s nothing like watching her smile smugly at people after she screws them over. But even more compelling? Watching Brenda lose. READ FULL STORY

Cops Rock: Ranking this week's procedurals

While no one was looking, weekly procedural duty has been exported to Canada and Basic Cable. TNT provides cheap, low-calorie content with tasty sprinkles of quirk – you won’t see the cast of Criminal Minds running the Boston marathon, and Detective Stabler won’t ever keep a secret stash of candy in his desk. Meanwhile, our neighbors to the north have conquered choice tele-landscape on broadcast TV. Flashpoint carries the high-gloss aesthetic of CBS’ regular-season procedurals into the seedy corners of Toronto, while Rookie Blue is a cop version of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (which, turns out, is better than the doctor version of Grey’s Anatomy.) One imagines the out-of-work cops from the Law & Order-verse waving their fists at the Cable/Canada axis of evil: They took our jobs!

Thank Washington there’s still one red-blooded American solving crimes on a red-blooded broadcast network. Admittedly, he’s British…but what’s more American than being from Britain?


Since when were female law enforcement officials the hottest commodity on TV?

Female-law-enforcementAmerican audiences have been taken into custody by a group of no-nonsense, tight-business-suit-wearing females in the justice department. This summer it seems like every channel you flip to features a high-profile show about an impossibly beautiful woman fighting crime. These girls are powerful and well-trained, with an uncanny ability to chase down their foes in heels, and whether they’re cops, spies, detectives, or judges, these women are taking down criminals — and arresting huge numbers of viewers. Could this be the new television trend? Just take a look at the evidence from the past week:

  • The season premiere of TNT’s smash hit The Closer, which features Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, found a huge 7.7 million viewers. READ FULL STORY

Jon Tenney as Ryan Reynolds' 'Green Lantern' dad: See the resemblance?

Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos

My first reaction to the news that Jon Tenney has officially been cast as the father Ryan Reynolds’ title character in next summer’s Green Lantern movie was “Great choice! I love him on The Closer.” Then I did a little math and realized that the two actors are only 15 years apart: Reynolds is 33, while Tenney is (a young-looking) 48. But don’t fret, movie-parent-child-relationship purists: A source close to the film assures me that Tenney’s scenes as Hal Jordan’s dad, Martin, will take place early in the film when the future Green Lantern is just a young boy.

Okay, with that out of the way, let’s focus on whether they are in fact passable as relations. I say yes, particularly in the forehead/eyebrow region. And it always makes me happy when a terrific actor gets the chance to class up a superhero movie.

TV's top brass: Why so white?

ewu_logoFor our final class of our EW University course on TV Auteurs, Prof. Jennifer Armstrong is back to address the lack of diversity in our list, and in the TV industry as a whole.

Aaron Sorkin, Aaron Spelling, Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams: All great auteurs, with distinct voices and visions, who left indelible marks on television. All genuinely brilliant in their own ways. All deserving of auteur status.

And, of course, all white men.

When we assembled our list of TV visionaries to discuss in this EW U course, there was no arguing with the names we chose. We could’ve added a few more –- a David E. Kelley or a Seth MacFarlane or a Chuck Lorre -– but, guess what! Those are still more white men. Distinctive talents, sure. But when it comes to offering a broad range of perspectives, television still lags behind, you know, real life. (Movies could use a dose of perspective, too, by the way.)

What makes this disconnect even more shocking is that these days, strong leading ladies are THE thing, especially on cable. It seems all you need to do to make a hit is plunk a female star of a certain age who isn’t getting the juiciest parts these days (hi, Kyra Sedgwick!) or ever (Jada Pinkett Smith) into a sassy character who solves crimes/saves lives each week; or, on pay cable, give her a flawed character who screws up lives while baiting Emmy voters (see: Edie Falco).  And yet a large number of TV’s most commanding female characters are being created and shaped by …  men. Pinkett Smith’s Hawthorne comes from John Masius; Sedgwick’s The Closer comes from James Duff. They’re part of a long tradition: Sex and the City sprung from the mind of Darren Star (who later brought us Cashmere Mafia), Desperate Housewives from Marc Cherry’s fertile imagination. There are, certainly, a few up and coming female executive producers these days: Rebecca Sinclair (an alum of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls), who turned The CW’s 90210 remake around; Stephanie Savage, who’s given both The O.C. and Gossip Girl bite (even though she takes second billing to the more auteur-ish Josh Schwartz); The L Word’s Ilene Chaiken; and Weeds’ Jenji Kohan. Tina Fey’s one of the few female voices on the Big Four — and she’s clearly one of the most unique (not to mention critically drooled-over). But none of those ladies has gotten the chance to prove she’s more than a one-hit wonder. The only woman who could come close to entering the all-boys auteurs’ club is Grey’s Anatomy’s Shonda Rhimes (pictured above) — who, thanks to Private Practice, is the only woman and the only person of color with more than one show on network television right now. Her vision is still too new and untested — Grey’s is a surefire and distinctive hit, but Practice is far wobblier — to achieve auteur status. However, she could become a Sorkin or a Kelley over time. READ FULL STORY

'The Closer' First Look: Mary McDonnell with Kyra Sedgwick

The-closer-mcdonnell-sedgwick_lWhen Mary McDonnell guest stars alongside Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer starting Monday, brace yourself for the Clash of the Strong Female Leads of Cable. Former Battlestar Galacticapresident McDonnell (far left) plays an internal affairs investigator who gets in the way of Kyra Sedgwick’s Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson in a three-episode guest stint on the TNT drama ­starting July 20. They’ll both be poking around the deaths of two officers whose funeral they’re dressed for here. "I’m a fan of the show," McDonnell says. And as such, she geeked out on this particular sequence, which takes Deputy Chief Johnson out of her Southern Belle suits and into dress blues: “The wonderful thing for me was to be involved in the scene where we see Brenda in uniform for the first time.”

What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you psyched to see President Roslin and Deputy Chief Johnson square off? What do you think of Brenda in uniform?

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'The Closer' recap: A breathtaking season finale!

Theclosersedgwicktenney_l"You ran. You never run." With those five little words, The Closer (once again) managed to do what it does better than any other crime drama on television: inject wit and personality and heartbreaking human connection into the midst of a thrilling investigational rollercoaster.

And I use the word "rollercoaster" very deliberately. Think about the speed at which the twists and turns arrived in the concluding 15 minutes of last night’s season finale. Consider the emotional blind curves that kept popping up: Who else got choked up as the team wished each other "good luck" while checking their ammo and heading out onto the dangerous rooftop? Or when the team stoically carried Sanchez to the rescue helicopter? Or when Brenda ordered Sanchez to keep breathing? And let’s not forget the pure adrenaline rush of the final confrontation — from the moment Daniels spotted the shooter (decked out in his full body armor, looking like a vision from a nightmarish videogame) to the slo-mo shot of Sanchez using himself as a human shield to protect dear, old Provenza. I’m surprised I didn’t throw my hands in the air, close my eyes, scream wildly, and feel the wind blowing in my face — that’s how rollercoaster-y it all was.


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