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
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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
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.
SUNDAY, AUG. 12
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‘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
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.
When 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?
"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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