‘White Collar’ Preview Clip: Mozzie Goes ‘Storage Wars’ and ‘Decoded’

In this preview clip for tonight’s White Collar episode, “Identity Crisis” Mozzie (Willie Garson) gets his “Yuuuuup!” on, bidding on an abandoned apartment building with June (Diahann Carroll).

Okay, thankfully Mozzie didn’t go Dave Hester in that clip but whenever I watch A&E’s Storage Wars, I wonder about the eccentrics that have enough cash flow to bid on storage units, or in this case, an abandoned apartment. This only builds our curiosity of the fascinating Mozzie, who we never know what he’s up to on any given moment, as well as how he acquires some of his antiquities. Now we know. We love these Mozzie-centric episodes and who doesn’t love an appearance with June?

Now this latest purchase by Mozzie is just the beginning of one of Mozzie’s adventures as he’s bound to find something in this apartment that will lead him, Peter (Tim DeKay) and Neal (Matt Bomer) on an American treasure hunt.

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We can’t help but notice the multiple nods to novelist, TV host and part-time comics writer, Brad Meltzer who wrote the popular story Identity Crisis for DC Comics. Also Meltzer is the author of several American treasure hunt-conspiracy fiction novels such as Book of Fate, Book of Lies, and The Inner Circle. These works led to Meltzer having his own television series on the History Channel, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded where his team of knowledgeable experts investigate unsolved historical mysteries.

Given the nods to Meltzer and his work, we can’t help but think tonight’s episode is going to satisfy White Collar fans who love the conspiracies that consume Mozzie’s head, and are fans of the Da Vinci Code, National Treasure, and Meltzer’s work. It should be a lot of fun! Tune into White Collar tonight on USA at 9/8C.

POLL: Would Matt Bomer playing Christian Grey in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ be ludicrous?

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Who is Bret Easton Ellis? He’s the author of the best selling novels Less Than Zero and American Psycho and he went on a twitter blast today against White Collar star, Matt Bomer, saying he would NOT be a good choice to play Christian Grey, the central character of the erotic best-selling novel by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey. It is the first part of a trilogy (Book Two: Fifty Shades Darker and Book Three: Fifthy Shades Freed) and has sold over 40 million copies combined worldwide, outselling the Harry Potter franchise. Fifty Shades has been sweeping the world since 2011 and has taken off recently in the States, inspiring women to race to the bookstores of all kinds to rouse their their curiosity and libido, and it is the next book-to-movie adaptation that’s being fast-tracked in Hollywood.

While no one has been cast yet, speculation has been soaring with Bomer, The Vampire Diaries‘ Ian Somerhalder, and True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard as the names volleyed around by fans. The latter two have expressed interest in playing Christian. Meanwhile, Bomer has yet to comment one way or the other. Actresses to play Anastasia Steele have ranged from Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, and Elizabeth Olsen but not Kristen Stewart.

Ellis lobbied hard to write the screenplay but was taken out of the running by the film’s producers. THR is reporting that Veena Sud, Dan Fogelman, Karen Croner, and Kelly Marcel are in the running. While campaigning to write the screenplay, Ellis publicly suggested Somerhalder, Ryan Gosling, Alex Pettyfer and porn star James Deen, who is currently the star of his latest film, The Canyons with Lindsay Lohan. Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Stewart and Lena Dunham were the top of his list of those who could play Ana and David Cronenberg was his ideal director. Since being eliminated, he also chimed in his opinion of the idea that Bomer could play Christian over 15 tweets which have been gathered in the paragraph below.

50 shades of greyOkay. Let’s finalize this. Matt Bomer is totally hot and a very good actor. He is NOT right for Christian Grey and it complicates the role. Fifty Shades of Grey: Matt Bomer: I don’t care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG. Fifty Shades of Grey: Matt Bomer is NOT about discrimination. It’s about an intensely straight actor wanting absolutely to screw Ana Steele. Fifty Shades of Grey: the most popular book on the planet having Matt Bomer–a gay actor–play Christian Grey is absolutely ludicrous. Why? Jesus, the homophobia over Matt Bomer not being Christian Grey is so unsettling and aesthetically retarded. He’s NOT right for Christian G. Okay I’ll say it. Matt Bomer isn’t right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He’s great for other roles but this is too big a game. And I think if Matt Bomer wants the role which I doubt the international press tour will be an embarrassing fiasco. He’s not CG. Never… I am NOT discriminating Matt Bomer because of his sexuality. Fifty Shades of Grey demands an actor that is genuinely into women. Get it?!? I actually think it’s cool that women want Matt Bomer as Christian Grey. It means that we’ve moved beyond stereotypes and that gay is hot…I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar. And that is why no to CG…Look, all actors are GAY: they put on make up and pretend to be someone else. That’s just a fact. Rock and roll. Deal with it. Scientology? Would anyone watch Brokeback Mountain if it stayed true to the original story where both characters are hideously ugly? No. Homo beauty WIN? Hollywood is the most homophobic place in the entire world. Why Brokeback Mountain was a hit was because it starred two beautiful actors instead of two real ugly characters from the story. Producers. Final word: there is no way in hell that the makers of “Fifty Shades of Grey” will hire an openly gay actor to play Christian Grey. Period.

First let’s get one thing straight, Ellis is right about Hollywood being homophobic. Many actors stay in the closet long in their careers for fear that they’ll be discriminated because of their sexuality. That being said, times are changing and in pockets, Hollywood is slowly becoming a friendlier place where actors can feel comfortable coming out and know there are plenty of roles for them to play regardless of the sexual orientation of the character. Roles are becoming more diverse and the list of actors who have been brave enough to come out publicly, have been applauded for doing so and from the outside looking in, their careers appear to be secure for the meantime, but one would have to sit down and speak with each individual to see if that truly is the case. I wouldn’t be so quick to say that Bomer wouldn’t be considered.

Ellis tried to compliment Bomer in his backhanded tweets, but then said this project is “Too big a game” for Bomer. I say, give him an equal chance to audition. Why rule out him immediately if he looks the part and can act the part? Let’s give credit to whomever will be the writer of the film if they keep the character edgy and masculine, and then the ability of the actor will help determine how memorable that portrayal is. There is a subplot in Fifty Shades where Christian’s mother is surprised to see her son is having sex with Ana because she had never seen him with women before, believing he was gay. Perhaps that is why Bomer is being considered, because he could play up that aspect of Christian’s character? Needless to say, it would be interesting to be a fly in the room where the producers and castings are discussing. Does Bomer being openly gay really complicate the viewer? Would he have been more acceptable to play Christian had he never come out?

Who knows why Ellis felt the need to divulge such feelings, especially in such a manner? Maybe he is just drumming up more publicity for The Canyons, or maybe it’s just him being bitter about being passed over. It’s been said that he compared Grey to his main character in American Psycho, Patrick Bateman. One could see why he’s not being chosen as the screenwriter. Twitter can be both useful and cringe-worthy, but here’s the big question, do you think Bomer could be convincing as Christian Grey? On USA’s White Collar, Bomer plays Neal Caffrey, a razor sharp, stylish white collar crook who is straight and has several on-screen romances with some lovely leading ladies. There’s a bit of a bad boy in his character and that along with his good looks is partly why he has so many fans. Many White Collar fans can attest to Bomer’s acting skills and are completely sold on his performance from the show. Others may not. We’re certainly fans of Bomer and White Collar, but the question might be better framed, is Bomer right for this particular role?

So as the debate rages on, the Fifty Shades of Grey film moves forward. Would Bomer, if he’s interested, be truly given the chance to play Christian Grey or at least audition for the part? Or will being gay be a roadblock not only for the film’s producers but for the millions of readers (a large portion of which are women), wanting to see the story acted out on the big screen? Knowing Hollywood and how they think about the Benjamins, Universal is most likely debating–if Bomer is even being considered–whether or not straight women would go to see him play Christian Grey?

Answer our two polls below and share your thoughts below on if Bomer deserves a shot to play Christian Grey and if not him, then who?



Movie Review: Magic Mike – The Thrills Are Cheap; So What’s Wrong With That?

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Would it matter If I said Magic Mike was a bad movie? Are there persuasive enough words to scare off those who are jumping up and down to see Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Kevin Nash (WWF/WWE wrestler), and Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) strip down to thongs? I didn’t think so. And as you continue shaking your head no, I can honestly say that Magic Mike is a good time, even though it’s not necessarily a great movie.

Tatum is “Magic Mike,” an entrepreneur with bad credit, living out the dreams of young men by having a casual sexual relationship with a liberal psych major (Olivia Munn). Mike also moonlights as a stripper at Tampa’s finest establishment for male revue, the Xquisite. He also gets a percentage of the club’s cover admissions so what little spare time he has, Mike uses it to rope in any prospecting customer on foot. The thought being, if Xquisite succeeds, so does everyone it supports.

His eyes go “cha-ching” when he stumbles upon Adam (Pettyfer), a typical directionless 19-year old who reminds Mike of his younger self, opening to him a world no young man could resist: money, women, and life as one continuous joy ride. Xquisite takes him in instantly, run by a rowdy, former feature dancer, Dallas played impeccably by Matthew McConaughey.

Adam saves the club on this night after one of the dancers becomes intoxicated; to everyone’s surprise he is a born natural. Scratch that, Adam has no inhibitions, showing that he has the skills and the body to be successful in this line of work. His dancing on the other hand, leaves much to be desired, but it’s nothing that Dallas’ boot camp can’t correct, and thus, “The Kid” is born. Adam’s responsible, older and maternal sister Brooke (Cody Horn) doesn’t see Mike’s influence on her brother as a good thing. Mike makes a promise to her to take care of Adam–an obvious premonition of bad things to come.

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Mike fell into the industry too but refuses to let it define him, even though he’s been doing it for several years. His real passion is finding discarded objects and creating new furniture out of it. Breaking Bad‘s Betsy Brandt makes a brief but memorable performance as a banker who Mike visits for a loan to start his business, but fails to exhibit a reputable job history or the financial strength, despite bringing $13,000 in cash. As Brooke eloquently says to Mike, “That’s a lot of ones.”

EDITOR’S PICK: Read our interview with BETSY BRANDT who talks about MAGIC MIKE and her scene with Channing Tatum.

In the span of a few months, a surge in business allows Dallas to unveil new plans to move the club into a larger space in Miami, where the bigger market entices everyone to take one tiny step closer to their dreams. New opportunities allow Adam’s irresponsibility to foster and that’s where the party bus hits the brakes.

There’s been plenty of stories about strippers, or just the classic tale of a young adult working the discreditable job to pursue their real dreams, like Coyote Ugly, for instance. They exploit the ups and humble the audience with the downs, leaving an unclear picture of the road ahead. Some are more hopeful than others, and even though there are far fewer stories like this about men than women, there isn’t much new brought to the table–well, except for a penis pump.

Some of the most amusing details of the story are not explored, or simply, not examined far enough. Like, where are the gay patrons and/or dancers? Where was a scene of Mike actually making his custom furniture? His passion is only confirmed by his knowledge of industrial designers, as if there was a set designer baseball cards released. We see clues around the apartment that he does in fact have a passion for creating incredible things out of found objects–we just don’t see him exercise that talent. Perhaps that’s the point. That his passion was merely a hobby and that he doesn’t know what he wants out of life, and that kind of uncertainty doesn’t always translate.

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Reid Carolin wrote the script, inspired by Tatum’s actual beginnings in the entertainment business as male revue dancer. Steven Soderbergh directs and his flair for the visual is present and know, this is a much more successful venture than Haywire. Still, it’s almost as if they didn’t quite see what gold could have been mined had they pursued one of the other subplots or went completely into a bit of fantasy like The Cooler or a hip Ocean’s 11 or Tarantino-esque ending could have put a better seal of approval. Is Magic Mike trying to paint the highs and lows of stripping? Is it showing one man’s exit out of the industry and another’s entrance, or neither? We’re not really sure where Mike is at by the film’s end.

What is pursued and not so subtly, is Mike’s hopeful romancing of the stone–both figuratively and literally–in Brooke who has as much flavor as instant mashed potatoes. Appearing to be so put together in the first half, Mike concedes nearly everything in the second. Nevermind if Adam continues his wicked inclinations in Miami, where temptation is amplified. Both Brooke and Mike would have to deal with them–eventually, but there’s no room for that in a rush to make the audience go “awwww.” In fact by the film’s end, I found myself wanting to follow Dallas and the dancers to South Beach instead of being left in Tampa with Mike and Brooke.

Above all of this complaining, the dancing is fun, admirably athletic and wildly entertaining. To my knowledge there were no stunt actors and that makes it even more pleasing. And while he could still use work as a dramatic actor (Mike’s stammering apology to Brooke is one of the most painful scenes to watch this side of Human Centipede), Tatum deserves all the credit as an electrifying dancer (which he first showcased his skills in the Step Up films), and the comedian we enjoyed in 21 Jump Street.

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If there’s anyone who earns his tips in this movie, it’s McConaughey, who ignites every scene he’s in, and I’m not talking about his abs–which are prominently paraded throughout. Yes he’s a one trick stallion but he is the most vivid of many characters who are portrayed honestly. He gives the film texture, some teeth, and even sings a pretty good tune or two. And for those wondering, McConaughey does eventually take the stage in a fitting climax to send the crowd home with a happy ending. (Ugh. I knew writing this review would have its problems.)

Women and gay men will line up to see the film with not a care for the story, but the real challenge at the box office is getting straight men to see it too, because that’s what’s going to keep the film out past a month. I sat in a screening of 400 people and I’m not exaggerating when I say that men accounted for 10% of the audience. It does act out several young male fantasies, probably more so than what most women would ever want to admit to knowing the behavior of the tipping extras in the film. There are even more naked breasts (Munn) than exposed packages seen on the screen. Oh and some dweeby college frat boys get a righteous fist-pounding. So, chest-beating macho men, that should be enough reason to see it, right?

But that’s the difference. Where women could be satisfied with seeing almost everything and filling in the blanks with their mind, so too are the paying customers of the Xquisite Male Revue. And I’m sure there will be women perturbed at the double standard in the lack of full frontal nudity. Yet, women know revue is a cheap thrill and happily go home to their men at the end of the night. When do we ever see or hear about women trying to save a male stripper from his industry, or falling in love after a private dance? And don’t worry guys, they’ll come home to you too after seeing this movie. They’ll probably tell you that like the adult industry, Magic Mike had its highs and lows, as noted above, but they’ll be smiling inside knowing they got their share of cheap thrills because that more than anything is what will stick with them.

Magic Mike
Starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Screenplay by: Reid Carolin
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: June 29, 2012


6.0 / 10

Giveaway: USA Network Summer Prize Package – Celebrate the Burn Notice Season 6 Premiere

There’s nothing like this time of year : warm weather, barbecues and your favorite USA Network shows return for the Summer. Tonight, Burn Notice kicks off its sixth season and we’ve got a prize package to celebrate.

ENTER TO WIN a USA Network Summer Prize Package!

One Winner will receive:

· Custom Magnet Set
· Logo T-Shirt
· Baseball Hat
· S5 DVD of Burn Notice
(Premiere on Thursday, June 14 at 9/8c)
· S3 Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Royal Pains
· S1 & S2 DVD of Covert Affairs
(Premiere on Tuesday, July 10 at 10/9c)
· S3 DVD of White Collar
(Premiere on Tuesday, July 10 at 9/8c)

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By entering, you certify that you are 18 years of age and that you reside in the United States. The winner will be contacted via email or Twitter direct message and will have 48 hours from the point of contact to claim their prize. The contest ends on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11:59PM PST. No Purchase necessary. The number of entries will determine the odds of winning.

DVD Review: White Collar Season 3 – The Con Just Keeps Getting Better

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Procedurals can fall into a pattern and there’s not too much to differentiate one season from another. That’s why USA’s White Collar continues to be one of the better shows of its kind. It’s not afraid to mix up the chemistry and threaten the harmony that hangs over the success. To mark the Season 4 premiere, USA released the White Collar Season 3 DVD for those who need to catch up and for those diehards who want to ramp up to the new season with a marathon of the best season yet. A major theme this season was all of the major relationships were reset, namely with Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and his co-workers Peter Burke, Diana Barrigan, and Clinton Jones (Tim DeKay, Marsha Thomason, and Sharif Atkins) or Neal and Mozzie (Willie Garson), while others were just beginning, like Neal and Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton).

At the end of season two, we find out that the art from the Nazi sub was never destroyed but moved to a remote location by Mozzie. While Neal and Mozzie monitored their stash from afar, Peter’s suspicions and trust were tested by someone he felt was becoming his most trusted friend. The writers didn’t want viewers to be content, too relaxed in the bromance they had created for the two lead characters. Neal also juggled a budding relationship with insurance investigator, Sara Ellis who he was able to rope into a few capers, and his long standing friendship with Mozzie, who believed that Neal was fooling himself to think he could walk away from the life of crime.

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The relationships, especially between the men, put the most charming qualities of White Collar at risk and kudos to creator Jeff Eastin and the writers for being brave enough to initiate this change and execute it in a way that actually strengthened those bonds by the end of the season. There are some wonderful moments between Neal and Diana, Clinton and Neal, and Mozzie and Elizabeth. Just when you think that this season is going to tear everyone apart, the cast comes out looking even more honest and trusting. As for the shippers out there, I felt that the Neal-Sara relationship played out truthfully and even though she has her detractors, I think Sara was an excellent paring for Neal. And the Burke marriage is a rarity in television, one that every couple should be envious of.

Each supporting character was given their own episode to shine, including Mozzie, Barrigan, Jones, and even Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen) had her own caper and more of the backgrounds developed. Each character spotlight was to show how Neal affected their lives in a positive way, and how strong of bonds he was building, while leading a straight life. In the mid-season finale, “Countdown” an exciting arc featuring the return of Matthew Keller (Ross McCall) who eventually kidnapped Elizabeth. And that episode was topped even better by the season finale, “Judgement Day,” which created a new adversary in Agent Kramer (Beau Bridges) and forced Peter to defy his superiors for one heck of a cliffhanger.

EDITOR’S PICK: Read our WHITE COLLAR Season 4 Expectations

Season three also saw some great guest-castings including Game of Thrones’ Lena Heady, Dollhouse’s Eliza Dushku, Beau Bridges, Ross McCall, and Ernie Hudson. Tim DeKay got behind the camera for the first time for ep. 315: “Stealing Home” and Andrew McCarthy helmed ep. 313: “Neighborhood Watch.” This was a season where you could not miss an episode because each one built on top of the previous one, stacking the chips higher and higher.

It’s not difficult to get roped back into the series whether you’ve seen them all before like me, or you are experiencing each season on DVD. There aren’t enough shows that can keep you genuinely invested in all of the characters, leading and supporting, with smart twists and a tone that cleverly blends comedy and drama into one. These characters continue to grow and challenge the audience with thrilling new spins on the confidence game and turns in their personal lives. Sadly, no blu-ray has been offered since Season One, but the show has some remarkable cinematography and still looks stunning on standard definition.

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There’s a small handful of extras and they include:

  • Interrogation Room: A Trivia Challenge With The Cast (5:44)
  • Jeff Eastin: @ddicted (3:50)
  • Gag Reel (6:48)
  • Deleted Scenes (3:11)
  • Audio Commentary on “Judgement Day” featuring: Jeff Eastin, Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, and Willie Garson

All of the extras are geared towards the “Collared” fans who are well aware of creator Jeff Eastin’s addiction to twitter, the charismatic camaraderie amongst cast members and the gag reel is pretty good too, especially if you’ve developed a soft spot for this cast (which is very easy to do).

There is a handful of deleted scenes and while I enjoyed the audio commentary on “Judgment Day,” (more of an amusing party variety than informative), I think viewers would have been happier if there were more of them. If not on each of the 16 episodes, then at least one on each disc couldn’t have been too much to ask, could it? I wouldn’t be asking for more if I didn’t have a good time with with the one and commentaries always add value for repeat viewings. We get the feeling that the cast is one big family, and the commentary confirms that sentiment. This season would have been especially fun had each supporting actor been able to contribute a commentary for their individual episode. Getting other writers like Jim Campolongo, Joe Henderson, Channing Powell and Alexandra McNally to record on episodes they wrote is another suggestion that would have earned a higher score with me.

This season 3 box set will still satisfy most White Collar fans but greedier ones–like me–will be hungry for more extras. Still, what should be celebrated are the 16-high quality episodes that look brilliant the second time around (even on DVD) and seeing Season 3 again stirred up a lot of excitement for the Season 4 Premiere that will air on the USA Network, Tuesday, July 10, and that’s all you can ask for in a TV DVD.

White Collar Season 3 [DVD]
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Starring: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason, Sharif Atkins, and Hilarie Burton
Written by: Jeff Eastin, Channing Powell, Joe Henderson, Jim Campolongo, Alexandra McNally, and more.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 5, 2012
8.0 / 10

Look Back at May 2012: USA Network Stars Shine in New York City (Photos)

Here’s a look back at the USA Network celebs who gathered in New York City this May.

Click thumbnails to enlarge and browse gallery:

Stars in attendance included:
Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), Michael Ealy (Common Law), Warren Cole (Common Law), Sonya Walger (Common Law), Jack McGee (Common Law), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Kan Matchett (Covert Affairs), Peter Gallagher (Covert Affairs), Michael Trucco (Fairly Legal), Baron Vaughn (Fairly Legal). Virginia Williams (Fairly Legal), Ryan Johnson (Fairly Legal), Callie Thorne (Necessary Roughness), Marc Blucas (Necessary Roughness), Mechad Brooks (Necessary Roughness), Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals), James Wolk (Political Animals), Brittany Ishibashi (Political Animals), Carla Gugino (Political Animals), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Campbell Scott (Royal Pains), James Roday (Psych), Dulé Hill (Psych) Timothy Omundson (Psych), Ryan Johnson (Fairly Legal), Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Tim DeKay (White Collar), Gabriel Macht (Suits), Gina Torres (Suits), Sarah Rafferty (Suits), Patrick J. Adams (Suits), Meghan Markle (Suits), Kirsten Nelson (Psych), and Brooke D’Orsay (Royal Pains).

Summer TV 2012: 20 New and Returning Must-See Shows

The month of June is upon us and now that Memorial Weekend is past we can dig our heels in for summer television. Plenty of shows are returning with new seasons in the coming weeks and we’ve gathered the ones you should be tuning into and even discuss the marketing behind their new seasons. As usual, beware of spoilers!

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20. America’s Got Talent (Season 7)
NBC, Mondays at 8/7c

Summer started early for NBC and America’s Got Talent as we’re already three weeks into the auditions. While there’s a healthy amount of dance groups, comedians, magicians, singers, musicians, stuntmen and bizarre acts all vying to be Las Vegas’ next million dollar attraction, the main reason to watch this show is Howard Stern. Whatever impulsive reaction middle America had towards the Sirius XM Radio personality at the first announcement of him becoming a judge, they should know by now that the King of All Media is a pretty darn good judge who explains himself, gives constructive criticism, has complete charm and control of the room, has a much warmer heart than what he’s given credit for and he does have an eye for talent.

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19. Necessary Roughness (Season 2)
USA, Wednesday, June 6 at 10/9c

Personally, what this show has going for it is that it’s completely different from the fleet of procedurals, courtroom dramas, and reality series.  When Callie Thorne got a Golden Globe nomination as a therapist with all of the answers at work but was a mess at home it raised eyebrows. Additional allure comes when we’d like to guess which current NFL diva wide receiver inspired Terrence King (Mehcad Brooks), but because the show is based on the life of Dr. Donna Dennenfelser and her no-nonsense advice to high profile clientele, we can’t help but wonder if Dani’s other cases resemble anyone from the real world. This season we’ll find out how T.K. survives that season one finale (you know he will), and Dani will begin treating another football player.

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18. Suits (Season 2)
USA, Thursday, June 14 at 10/9c

Fans of Suits will be tuning in on the premiere to see if Trevor (Tom Lipinski) let Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) big secret out and if he does, what are the consequences he’ll be facing? Look for Margo Martindale to square off against Harvey (Gabriel Macht) in the courtroom and we finally get to see what the hotshot lawyer does in his off time.

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17. Weeds (Season 8 )
Showtime, Sunday, July 1 at 10/9c

Season 7 ended with a gunshot and come the first of July, we’ll find out who was at the receiving end of that sniper bullet. Now the show would like you to believe it was Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise-Parker) but that wouldn’t be fun, would it? Botwin is just one of the possible victims along with Andy (Justin Kirk), Doug (Kevin Nealon), Shane (Alexander Gould), and Silas (Hunter Parrish). And like any good cliffhanger involving a shooting, we must find out who pulled the trigger. Hence, the tongue and cheek poster above. One of the other things on the minds of Weeds watchers, is will this be the final season?

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16. Common Law (Season 1)
USA, Fridays at 10/9c

Already two weeks into its first season, this new buddy detective drama from USA already has the network shine on it. The idea of L.A. detectives going to couples therapy to work out their issues puts a new spin on the procedural. Snappy dialogue, funny situations, and two crazy lead characters played by Michael Ealy (Travis) and Warren Kole (Wes)–this show is already a hit in my book. Jack McGee is terrific delivering those cringe-worthy lines as the father-like Captain Sutton and who else wants to see Sonya Walger to find a long-term permanent TV home?


Premiere Dates Set for ‘White Collar,’ ‘Burn Notice,’ ‘Suits,’ ‘Necessary Roughness,’ ‘Covert Affairs,’ & ‘Royal Pains.’

While the networks are playing the shell game with what pilots they’re going to go forward with, USA is locking up the premiere dates of its entire summer lineup which includes heavy hitters like White Collar, Covert Affaris, and Burn Notice while series on the rise, Suits, Royal Pains, and Necessary Roughness also get time slots. Take note of new lead-in partners Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness on Wednesday nights to give viewers a lot of therapy and medicated troubles.

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Series Starting in May:
• Common Law finally debuts on May 11 and run on Friday nights at 10PM.

Series starting in June:
Royal Pains Season 4 kicks off on June 6, Wednesdays at 9PM.
• Necessary Roughness Season 2 will begin on June 6, Wednesdays at 10PM.

• Burn Notice Season 6 will see the first episode with Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) behind bars on June 14, Thursdays at 9PM.
• Suits Season 2 will begin the following week on June 14, Thursdays at 10PM.

Series launching in July:
Covert Affairs Season 3 in a time change will lead-in White Collar, Tuesdays at 9PM.
White Collar Season 4 will anchor USA’s summer lineup on Tuesdays, at 10PM.

Political Animals will air on Sundays in July but it has yet to be announced when the premiere date will be. This will be a six-part miniseries, from Greg Berlanti (Everwood) that stars Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, patterned off of Hilary Clinton. Elaine keeps her plates spinning at work and at home while an ambitious D.C. journalist, played by Carla Gugino aims to ruin Elaine’s career.

Michael Weston, Laurie Williams & Laura Vandervoort Join List of ‘White Collar’ Season 4 Guest Stars

There are lots of White Collar news today, but beware of some spoilers as you read the following guest-castings.

Neal Caffrey is not the only master criminal to keep Peter Burke worrying at night. The Hollywood Reporter announced Tuesday afternoon that Michael Weston (House) will play David Cook, another over-confident crook who has eluded Peter’s since he became an FBI Agent.

Weston will guest star in the episode titled, “Diminishing Returns” which could be the Season 4 premiere or a later episode. If it is the premiere, that would make sense since Mekhi Phifer as Agent Kyle Williams will be the man sent out to retrieve Neal and Mozzie in some remote island in the Caribbean, not Peter. Joining Weston is Laurie Williams (Blue Bloods) as Rina Oaks, a gem trader and Cook’s fence for stolen goods.

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Both Weston and Williams join a growing list of guest-stars that already includes Phifer, Gregg Henry (Hung), Mia Maestro, and perhaps today’s biggest news, Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V). That’s right, Supergirl herself was seen locking lips with Matt Bomer wearing Neal Caffrey’s trademark hat on the set in New York City and sharing camera time with Willie Garson AKA Mozzie. Vandervoort is rumored to be playing a socialite who stands to inherit a large sum of cash when her husband dies. Given what’s already on the plate for Caffrey in Season 4, he’s now going to be romantically involved with Maestro’s character on the remote island, Vandervoort’s socialite, and potentially still hold a candle for Hilarie Burton’s character Sara Ellis in Season 4. Neal is going to be a busy-busy man.

It was announced Tuesday morning that White Collar is returning to USA with new episodes on July, 10 to launch Season 4.

Burn Notice Season 5 and White Collar Season 3 DVDs Slated for June Release

Right before the barbeque grills fire up this summer, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the latest seasons of USA Network’s hottest series on DVD.

You can nab both Burn Notice Season 5 and the recently concluded White Collar Season 3 on June 5, 2012 on DVD. Sorry – if you’re looking to see Michael Westen (Jeffrey Campbell) and Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) in hi-def, you’re out of luck: no Blu-ray release for these two (Fox only tried hi-def with Burn Notice’s second season).

Here’s some notes on the extra content that will be included with these releases:

Burn Notice Season 5 DVD:

* An extended episode
* Deleted scenes
* Gag reel
* The villains of “BURN NOTICE.” Fans will celebrate the best of the “worst,” by exploring the “BURN NOTICE” bad guys and get unique insights from the actors who play them along with a snarky rebuttal on their deeds from “BURN NOTICE” star, Bruce Campbell!

Season 5 Synopsis:

The suspense, betrayal and intense action make Season 5 of “BURN NOTICE” a must-see! Master-spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) has just rejoined the CIA as consultant but after being framed for the murder of a close friend, partners with Kim Pearce (Lauren Stamile) to clear his name. After increasingly dangerous and criminal missions, Michael comes face to face with the man who burned him and the one closest to him who knew about it all along.

White Collar Season 3 DVD:

* Never-before-seen bonus footage including:
* Deleted scenes
* Gag reel
* Commentary on “Judgment Day,”

* “WHITE COLLAR” trivia challenge for fans and a hilarious intervention caught on tape by the cast and crew with showrunner Jeff Eastin who’s overzealous tweeting gets out of hand!