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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.

Are Sarah and Hank getting back together?

By MSN TV Partner Fri 10:51 AM
In this sneak peek of the "Parenthood" season finale, Hank (Ray Romano) impresses Amber (Mae Whitman) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) with his Hank-like concern as they deal with Ryan's hospitalization.

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This clip, along with the promo clip NBC showed for next week's episode, hints at a reunion for Sarah and Hank. Are you rooting for the couple? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The season finale of "Parenthood" airs Thursday April 17 at 10PM ET/PT on NBC.

Get a glimpse of Marsden’s character in the animated show starring Jack McBrayer

By MSN TV Partner Mar 25, 2014 10:04AM

In a new episode premiering March 31, James Marsden will guest start on Disney XD’s “Wander Over Yonder”.

Marsden reunites with "30 Rock" co-star Jack McBrayer in this episode where the hero Sir Brad Starlight (Marsden) enlists Wander (McBrayer) as his goofy sidekick and Sylvia as his noble steed on his quest to save Princess Demurra from the evil Dragon King, King Draykor.

See this pic first on MSN TV: Wander is ecstatic to fulfill his fairytale dream of rescuing a princess, but Sir Brad Starlight is not interested in sharing the spotlight and reminds Wander at every turn that there's only room for one hero.

“Wander Over Yonder” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD


Kim Kardashian, Wendy Williams hear what regular folk really think about them

By MSN TV Partner Mar 18, 2014 9:18AM
In the the new series from Oxygen, "Celebrities Undercover" will feature two celebrities concealing their true identity with the use of prosthetic make-up to find out what unsuspecting fans and friends really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas.

The season premiere will feature Kim Kardashian, and executive producer Wendy Williams will get a taste of her own medicine as well. In this clip watch Kim K. undergo an impressive make-up overhaul in prep for undercover work: going to a group job interview as a Kardashian fan hoping to become her own new assistant. 

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Other stars features this season include T-Pain, Fantasia, Joey Fatone, Lil’ Kim, Chili, Anthony Anderson, Jaleel White, Adrienne Bailon, Ice-T and Coco.

"Celebrities Undercover" premieres March 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.


Host Justin Willman and Disney stars dish on the new show and offer up advice

By MSN TV Partner Mar 14, 2014 11:15AM

(Disney's Win, Lose or Draw /Adam Taylor, Disney Channel)By Minh Nguyen

It didn’t take long for memories of the original “Win, Lose or Draw” game show to come flooding back as soon as we stepped foot on the set of Disney’s resurrected show of the same name.  Gone was the ‘80s living room set, replaced with bright vibrant colors, fun props and technology everywhere. Host Justin Willman (“Cupcake Wars”) commanded the stage as Disney stars Dove Cameron and Joey Bragg from “Liv and Maddie” battled it out against each other with their teammates.

The premise is pretty simple: two teams of three players (with the Disney stars on each side) compete in drawing contests to win prizes. Thrown into the mix are special challenges (like Shake, Rattle and Draw; Sit and Spin; The Wand) that take advantage of oversized props and fun gadgets. This season will also feature stars from Disney shows "Kickin' It," "Lab Rats," "I Didn't Do It,"  "Austin & Ally," "Jessie," "Dog With a Blog" and "Mighty Med" as well as stars from "Teen Beach Movie."

Over lunch, we were able to speak to Willman, Cameron and Bragg.

For people that aren’t familiar with the original game, how are you describing this to them?

Willman: The simple idea is just that it’s drawing Charades. You get your teammates to guess what you’re drawing. We have a team of writers who write these clues, and the words that they have to draw are so clever.

It's super high-tech, so the old original version was more markers on pads of paper, which was great at the time but here they have these massive touch screens and tons of software they designed just for the games that’s completely interactive.

Contestants have to do a bunch of crazy challenges in round two. Like drawing with a helmet on, where they can’t see anything or drawing with a unicorn stylus and that makes it way tougher but also much more entertaining to watch.

How are you enjoying being a part of the show?

Willman: As a live performer, I’m used to having that instant gratification of a live audience and this feels a lot like that. We’ve got 150 screaming kids, who are having the time of their lives just being there. It’s great because the jokes get instant payback. The excitement, I feed off of it. Even if it’s first thing in the morning, I don’t even need to have my coffee. As soon as that crowd starts to roar, I’m ready to go. It’s a blast.

Bragg: I like the rapid round. I can’t remember what it’s called. Where there’s one person drawing, and two people guessing, then we just switch.

Cameron:  I think the best part for me has actually been, (I know this sounds like such a canned answer), but has been getting to meet these kids. There was this great moment where, it was at the end of the first round when they all kind of flooded in and they hugged us. And some of them were crying, and I wanted to cry. We didn’t realize the gravity of how huge this really is, and “Win, Lose, or Draw” has been great that way. We’ve gotten to interact with a lot of kids.

Justin, what’s the best advice you ever received?

Willman: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

Dove and Joey, you guys seem really polished. What kind of advice do you have for kids that get stage fright?

Bragg: Well, I was doing stand-up comedy, and I don’t mean to be that guy, but it’s one of the hardest things to go up there and say stuff that you’ve written. You don’t have music backing you. I wanted to do something that I’m going to remember. And I think a lot of that is “I’m going to embarrass myself,” but you’re never going to see those people that are watching you ever again. Just do it!

Cameron: I always had a fear of cameras because I grew up on stage. Most things in life are one of those things where once you try it, you realize how OK it is. I just don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways. So, yeah. Just have fun. Do what you please.

“Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw” airs Mondays through Thursdays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.


She still lives with her parents!

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:55AM
Later this month, "Extra" host Maria Menounos will premiere her new reality show. "Chasing Maria Menounos" will give fans a peek into her life, including living with her longtime boyfriend and her immigrant parents.

In this interview with Oxygen's On-Air Personality Susie Castillo, Menounos reveals more about her upbringing and what to expect on her new series. Watch this first on MSN TV:

"Chasing Maria Menounos" premieres March 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

Princess Aslaug brings surprise and intrigue to this scripted drama

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:17AM
Season 2 of History's "Vikings" is underway. Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) revealed she was carrying Ragnar's (Travis Fimmel) child, sending rippling effects into his kingdom. In this video extra, Sutherland talks more about her character and how filming went the second time around.

"Vikings" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.

"It's not a good day, Mad Max"

By MSN TV Partner Mar 12, 2014 9:56AM

In this "Parenthood" clip, Max (Max Burkholder) wrecks havoc for Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Hank (Ray Romano) when he barges into the studio, interrupting their workflow.

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Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The classic game show has been upgraded with newer technology

By MSN TV Partner Mar 3, 2014 11:36AM

Who remembers the celebrity game show, "Win, Lose or Draw"? Disney Channel has recreated a kids version of it, premiering Monday, March 3. (The show will air Mondays through Thursdays).


On "Disney's Win, Lose or Draw" Disney Channel and Disney XD stars team up with kid contestants to compete and win prizes in a battle of drawing skills, creativity and wits. Justin Willman hosts the contemporary version of the popular game show, which also features new technology such as motion-control illustration, interactive multi-touch screen displays and other fun challenges.


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 "Disney’' Win, Lose or Draw" premieres Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.