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As the finale nears, we look back at Rosie Larson's gamut of potential killers

By Kenny Herzog Jun 14, 2012 12:08PM
While "Mad Men" fans audibly groaned at that AMC series' recent anticlimax, audiences who stuck with the network's other spring drama, "The Killing," have been taken on a fun and suspenseful journey these past 12 weeks. Still, it's been a long slog since America was first made privy to the Rosie Larsen case and sucked into the claustrophobic world of Seattle criminal justice, and viewers are antsy for revelations during this coming Sunday's season finale. 


Those same committed couch potatoes may not even remember each and every suspect creator Veena Sud and her writing team have introduced over the past year. Which is why we've exercised our due journalistic diligence and collected 10 of Rosie's most viable, and seemingly implausible, potential killers. That, and to help narrow down exactly how we got from creepy high school boyfriends to scheming political insiders. Oh, "Killing."
 
Jasper Ames (Richard Harmon)
Remember when it appeared this was an open-and-shut case about a brooding teen misfit who took advantage of Rosie during a Halloween dance? Oh, if only it were that simple. Turns out Jasper's just a spoiled brat under his wealthy daddy's strict governance. Although still a creep.

Michael Ames (Barclay Hope)
Speaking of the duplicitous Ames clan, papa Michael's got his fingerprints all around the edges of Rosie's murder. His largess ensured Jasper stayed out of Seattle PD's crosshairs, but Michael himself is deeply involved with Mayor Adams and Chief Jackson's shady waterfront dealings, which we now know are directly connected to Rosie's untimely death. Jury's still out on this silver fox.

Chief Nicole Jackson (Claudia Ferri)
This no-nonsense Wapi casino owner and proud tribeswoman is also known for inflicting domestic abuse on partners like her head of security/girlfriend,​ Roberta, in addition to ordering the savage beating of snoopy Detective Holder. Then again, 5.0's been lurking around on account of Nicole's ties to Mayor Adams and his whole waterfront shenanigans. As of this writing, Ms. Jackson indeed remains a Chief suspect.

Mayor Lesley Adams (Tom Butler)
Mayor Adams already ranks high in the pantheon of oily, snake-like TV politicians, and even forged damning photographs of his nemesis, Councilman Darren Richmond (more on him in a bit), driving the car that Rosie's body was discovered in. As of last week, it seems the Mayor is only guilty of being a greedy slimeball, but that greed also led to all this waterfront/casino drama, which indirectly resulted in Rosie's death. 

Councilman Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell)
It's still unclear whether criminally exonerated, recently paralyzed, suicide-attempt-surv​iving (yeah, he's had a rough go) mayoral candidate Darren Richmond is actually the wizard behind the curtain of Rosie's tragic demise. But we do know he's had a thing for escorts, that Rosie volunteered for his campaig, and that his aides, Gwen and Jamie (definitely more on them later), are starting to make Mayor Adams' tactics look passive aggressive. We shall soon discover how far "Orpheus" descends.

Bennet Ahmed (Brandon Jay McLaren)
Rosie's favorite teacher and confidante also chaperoned that fateful Halloween dance, participated in Councilman Richmond's youth-outreach programs and may or may not have been the last person to see Rosie alive. Turns out, he wasn't, nor was he involved in any impropriety with Rosie, as Holder and Linden initially suspected. Too bad Rosie's dad, Stan Larsen, didn't get the memo. He and his mentally unhinged friend/employee Belko Royce (see next entry) nearly beat Bennet to death. Stan has tried to make amends with the still-recovering educator, to no avail.

Belko Royce (Brendan Sexton III)
Nothing spells red herring like a shadowy loner who lives with his tyrannical mother and secretly obsesses over protecting the teenage daughter of his best friend and boss. Belko may have beaten one falsely accused suspect (Bennet) and shot and paralyzed another (Richmond), before slaying his mother and eventually shooting himself while in prison, but one heinous act he didn't commit was Rosie's murder. And if he did, it's not likely we'll get a confession.

Terry Marek (Jamie Anne Allman)
No one's been presumed innocent in "The Killing," not even Rosie's family. And for a while there, least of all Aunt Terry, who it turned out was Michael Ames' mistress, an escort for Ames and Richmond's service of choice and a generally resentful younger sister to Rosie's grieving mother, Mitch. Alas, Terry's merely a lonely, depressed and confused young woman, but not, as it appears, a niece-murderer. 

Janek Kovarsky (Don Thompson)
Stan Larsen was never really a suspect, but his past indiscretions may have played a hand in his daughter's death. We discover early on that Stan and Belko were affiliated with mob leader Janek Kovaesky's outfit in a past life. Eventually, Stan makes the near-critical mistake of turning to Janek for assistance in exacting revenge for Rosie's death, and we learn that Janek's goons may have been tangentially involved in the events leading to her passing. Good thing Janek's angry teen hitman Alexi took Kavorsky out after discovering the kingpin ordered his father's killing some years ago. Phew.

Gwen Eaton and Jamie Wright (Kristin Lehman and Eric Ladin)
Currently Linden and Holder's primary leads, Gwen was definitely the one driving the car Rosie's body was dumped in, and Jamie was positively at the construction site where Rosie was killed on that Oct. 5 night. It's all related to a hush-hush collusion with Michael Ames to double-cross the mayor and secure the waterfront for Richmond. What we don't know is whether Richmond knew of their dirty deeds, and who actually inflicted the mortal wounds and left a 16-year-old girl for dead. These two either got in over their heads, followed orders and got caught in a pickle, or are wolves in slightly less-wolf-y clothing. Or all of the above. We'll find out in just a few days.

"The Killing" season finale airs Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
 

Geek alert: 'Mythbusters' hosts lend their voices in this special episode

By MSN TV Partner Thu 2:24 PM
Loads of fans are getting their geek on at Comic-Con this weekend. For the rest of us, there is the upcoming "Star Wars" themed "Phineas & Ferb" special episode. The animated stepbrothers and their friends will find themselves in a parallel universe, during "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". Expect encounters with the major players, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

MSN TV has this exclusive image of "Mythbusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as members of the Empire:

Creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh expressed their excitement about adding Savage and Hyneman to the cast: "We’ve been wanting to do something with them for ages, because they are the living adult versions of Phineas and Ferb in the real world. We ran into them at Comic-Con last year and knew that they worked on the original 'Star Wars', so when this opportunity came up we asked if they could come voice a few characters for us. It was really cool for us; we're hoping it was cool for them."

It's definitely cool for us!

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.
 

The animated host reveals her thoughts on new twists for Season 16

By MSN TV Partner Jun 24, 2014 9:07AM
Last week CBS announced some new twists in the upcoming season of "Big Brother" and also introduced the new cast. Just in time for the two-night premiere, MSN TV has exclusive photos of host Julie Chen hamming it up for the cameras. Chen also shared a little bit more insight into what to expect this season.

Photos: Reality TV villains

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn which of the new twists will have the most impact on Houseguest survival week after week:
Julie Chen: "I think "Battle of the Block" will have the most impact on a Houseguest's ability to survive.  First, those competing in it will literally be fighting for their lives in the game.  Second, it will get one of the HOHs (Head of Households) into BIG trouble.  Let’s just say that if I were HOH, I would nominate two weak players."

Video: Meet the new 'Big Brother' houseguests


Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS
On the rooms and design of this season's tree house theme:
"My favorite room in the urban tree house this year is the honeycomb room.  It's cozy and secluded.  A perfect spot to 'buzz' with your alliance members about your team's strategy.  The room has a door you can close for piracy from others.  This is key to have in the house if you want to scheme!"

Video: Take a tour of the 'Big Brother' Tree house

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn her most memorable "Big Brother" interview:
"One of my memorable Big Brother interviews was last year with Aaryn.   I had to check my feelings and ego at the door and set aside any personal bad feelings I had for her ugly comments.  I had to do my job and be fair and straight despite how personally offended I was.  It wasn't easy, but it was memorable." 

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS

"Big Brother" premieres June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

(Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS) 

Wayne Brady's improv skills nab a nomination for best original song, a first for the show

By MSN TV Partner Jun 18, 2014 11:06AM
The Daytime Emmy Awards are around the corner, and CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" has three nominations. In addition to Best Game Show, host Wayne Brady is nominated twice. No surprise that Brady picked up his fifth nomination for Best Game Show Host, but thanks to those stellar improv skills Brady also finds himself in the Best Original Song category. With the help of keyboardist Cat Gray, watch Brady create this impromptu tune for adoring fan and contestant Daphne:
Over the years, Brady has collected a number of Emmy nominations, and won twice for Best Talk Show Host (for "The Wayne Brady Show"). He also won a Primetime Emmy for his work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway."

The current version of "Let's Make A Deal" has been nominated for Best Game Show twice. This is the first time the show's been nominated in the Best Song category.

"Let's Make A Deal" airs weekdays on CBS. The 41st Daytime Emmys Awards will be live streamed at 8PM ET on June 22 at www.daytimeemmys.net.


 

No sparkles here. "This is absolute, pure horror."

By MSN TV Partner Jun 17, 2014 1:10PM
Earlier this month we shared the trailer for FX's "The Strain", the vampire thriller from director Guillermo del Toro. Today, courtesy of Xbox Video and FX, we are showcasing two behind-the-scenes clips.

Learn more about the story of this modernized vampire world and hear from the cast and crew, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin, as well as director del Toro and executive producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost").


The Season Pass for "The Strain" is now available on Xbox Video.

"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
 

Plus, watch a DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide"

By MSN TV Jun 10, 2014 9:24AM
Just in time for the 5th season premiere, MSN TV is giving away the Season 4 DVD of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles". At the end of Season 4, the popular series left us wondering last season if Jane (Angie Harmon) might be pregnant.

Season 4 is also the final season featuring cast member Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide last year. Young played detective Barry Frost, and the "R&I" will pay tribute to the actor the first two episodes of the upcoming season.

Watch our exclusive DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide" where you get more insight behind the Paddy Doyle storylines. Then enter our giveaway:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

3. Email msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on June 16, 2014 and we'll select two winners at random by 12 p.m. PT June 17, 2014.

Other details:
Open to U.S. residents only but no P.O. Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway. The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

"Rizzoli & Isles" Season 5 premieres June 17 at 9PM ET/PT  on TNT. "Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season" is now available in stores and online.

 

Exclusive pics gives perspective from Drew Carey's suit lapel

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 11:17AM
This week is Socially Awesome Week on "The Price Is Right", where followers have been and will be participating via Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

For Tuesday's Pinterest show, host Drew Carey wore a camera on his lapel, which snapped candid shots throughout the taping. Get a first look at a few of these photos from the episode, first on MSN TV:

In the dressing room, Mr. Carey sans glasses!
Photo Credit: CBSGetting ready for the cameras:
lPhoto credit: CBSSpinning the wheel:
Photo credit: CBSCool prizes:
Photo credit: CBSTuesday will also feature a sweepstakes where fans will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip to Hawaii via Pinterest.

Other highlights from this week includes Friday's "You Decide" show, which will feature fan-driven content decided by the show's Twitter audience. "The Young and The Restless" stars Melissa Ordway and Daniel Goddard will appear as guest models as well. 

Watch a preview here:
For all of the shows social handles, www.priceisright.com

"The Price Is Right" airs weekdays 11AM ET, 10AM PT on CBS. The special Pinterest episode airs June 3.
 

Official extended trailer for the upcoming vampire horror series

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 9:06AM
This summer, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan brings their best-selling vampire horror novels to the small screen. Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro star as members of a special CDC team sent in to investigate unexplainable viral outbreaks.

Thanks to our friends at Xbox Video, see the official extended trailer for FX's "The Strain" before it is available anywhere else:



The Season Pass for The Strain is now available on Xbox Video.

More "The Strain"
| "The Strain" on Facebook

"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

What summer premieres are you excited for? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
 

It's Coronation Day for the 'Ellen' cuties

By MSN TV May 19, 2014 10:00AM
Sophia Grace and Rosie made a viral splash with their sassy rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" on 'Ellen'. The YouTube clip where the girls meet Nicki has received over 76 million views since their first appearance on Ellen's show three years ago.

The young British girls have a new movie coming out this week, 'Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure', where they attend the coronation of a new queen. Scroll down to watch clip of one of their sweet appearances on "Ellen", and then enter to win both the DVD and a signed poster from the little stars!

How to enter:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

3. Email msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.​​com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on May 23, 2014 and we'll select five winners at random by 12 p.m. PT May 27, 2014.

Other details:
Open to US residents only but no PO Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway. The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

Good luck!