In the penultimate episode, the mystery races towards the finish line with a series of implausible scenarios
Are these really our only two choices? A turgid, mood-heavy, slow-moving slog with occasionally powerful moments, or a fast-paced and fairly suspenseful story made up almost entirely of utterly implausible occurrences? In the space of one hour, we find out that Terry is a prostitute, Darren Richmond (at the very least) frequents her escort service, and that Holder and Linden can magically trace back and find an erased message board posting in less time than it takes to say "Pimp My Feet."
The police: Apparently making up for tons of lost time and energy, the cops are somehow able to find out that Rosie was stopping off at the Indian casino to make large deposits of cash to an account in her aunt Terry's name, determine that Terry is an escort for an organization called Beau Soleil and obtain the description, email and a first-hand account of a violent customer who drove the girls down to the river and talked about "what it would feel like to drown." All in one (1) day. It is one thing to explore red herrings and well-intentioned but misguided police work early in your series; it is another to throw a bunch of brand-new (and largely clichéd and ridiculous) information in your last two episodes.
The family: Not much here, other than Aunt Terry being part of the oldest profession. That was some seriously contrived conflict between Mitch and Stan, which will surely resolve itself in next week's finale, when he finally tells her about the new house (like people do in real life). One grace note: Jamie Anne Allman's gut-punch of a scene where she connected "Orpheus" fascination with drowning and Rosie's death, and cold fear just washed over her face.
The campaign: Sigh. Is this why they hired Billy Campbell? To morph into the faceless specter of murder, who also inexplicably uses the same email address to arrange his appearance schedule and solicit for sex? It is hard to believe that this isn't another final fake-out from the producers who brought us Bennet Ahmed and his secret ring of Somali super-heroes, although it is obvious something strange is going on with Richmond. The photos and the prostitute's story are all pointing towards some kind of secret life, but murder? Stay tuned for next week.
- As long as we are cataloging farfetched situations: Holder manages to make an appointment that very night with the one particular girl who posted the warning about Orpheus, and also gets her to come to his hotel room alone, despite never having been a client of Beau Soleil.
- Michelle Forbes was really giving a powerful performance; too bad the writing has left her in the lurch for the final stretch.
- On the good side: The grainy lighting and overcast sky really made that scene in Drexler's house with the overhead pool particularly creepy. He's certainly one to watch in the final analysis.
- "Maybe none of us knew her." Sadly, I don't think we ever will either.
Veteran actress excited about her latest mom role on ABC Family
By Mekeisha Madden Toby
Special to MSN TV
Actress Amy Pietz doesn't wear mom jeans and she doesn't cotton to many of the mom roles written by Hollywood scribes.
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"I've always turned down mom roles unless they're quirky or really weird," Pietz said. "I'm not interested in playing a mom wearing sweater sets."
Of course, Pietz has made exceptions. She dazzled fans as matriarch Franny Tolchuck on The CW's beloved and short-lived comedy, "Aliens in America."
And then there's the mom role Pietz rejected that she wishes she hadn't.
"I turned down 'Modern Family' for some crazy reason," Pietz, 42, confessed at ABC's summer TV press junket last month in Burbank, Calif. She could've played Claire Dunphy on the critically acclaimed comedy, a part that earned Julie Bowen, 41, an Emmy nomination.
"That was not a good decision," Pietz said. "but it wasn't written the way I wanted to speak."
Pietz, who is best known for her turn on "Caroline in the City" (1995-2000), is getting a second chance of sorts in her new role as Meredith King. She's the mom on ABC Family's new sci-fi drama "The Nine Lives of Chloe King."
"I've never done sci-fi or action," Pietz said. "Yet, at the same time there is a 'Gilmore Girls' type relationship (between Chloe and Meredith).
"I read the first three pages of the script and it sounded like me. And I thought, 'I can do this.'"
Just look at Craig T. Nelson. He turned down the role of Jay Pritchett on "Modern Family," much to the delight and benefit of Ed O'Neill. But Nelson redeemed himself with a solid role on NBC's "Parenthood." The same good fortune could easily befall Pietz.
After all, "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" certainly has a lot going for it and that includes a built-in fan base. The show is based on a series of books of the same name from author Celia Thomson and follows Chloe (Skyler Samuels, "The Gates"), a teenage girl who learns she is a descendant of an ancient race. Chloe's bloodline blesses her with extraordinary gifts including enhanced hearing and senses, speed and agility.
"I watched it with my stepdaughter and she was scared and thrilled," said Pietz, who recently married and became a stepmom and is using both of her new roles to evolve.
"I had no experience with teenagers until this year," Pietz said. "And now I've got two. I've got a TV one and a real one and they're both helping me out because I understand this is real. Their issues are real and they deserve weight and care."
"The Nine Lives of Chloe King" premieres Tuesday, June 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
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President Barack Obama coming to 'Today'
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Here's the lowdown on which daytime shows will be hanging out with Jim Carrey, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Fran Drescher, Emma Roberts, Barry Manilow, Katie Holmes, Chord Overstreet, Kendra Wilkinson, Chris Pine and the "Hot in Cleveland" ladies during the week of June 13-17. Amid all the stars, don't miss Anne Curry's first big get as "Today" co-host: On Tuesday she sits down with President Barack Obama!
All guests are subject to change.
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"Live with Regis and Kelly"
Monday: Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, guest co-host Joy Philbin
Tuesday: Betty White, Blake Lively, Jeff Gordon, Jordin Sparks
Wednesday: Ryan Reynolds, Larry the Cable Guy, guest co-host Kristin Chenoweth
Thursday: Jim Carrey, Michael Bolton
Friday: Cory Monteith, Ryan & Tatum O'Neal, guest co-host Kara DioGuardi
"The Ellen Degeneres Show"
Monday: Jimmy Fallon, Chord Overstreet, Kendra Wilkinson
Tuesday: Chris Pine, Kelly Osbourne
Wednesday: Katie Holmes, Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, Onerepublic performs
Thursday: Kaley Cuoco, Keith Urban, Bethenny Frankel (Rebroadcast)
Friday: Christian Slater, La Toya Jackson, Jennifer Hudson & Savannah Robinson (Rebroadcast)
"The Gayle King Show"
Tuesday: Barry Manilow, Tatum O'Neal
Wednesday: Angela Bassett
Thursday: The Beatles Show
Friday: Liza Minnelli, Fran Drescher
Monday: Margaret Cho; Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper
Tuesday: Jada Pinkett Smith; Peter Gallagher
Wednesday: Scott Bakula
Thursday: Mira & Paul Sorvino, Tiffani Thiessen (n)
Friday: Sarah Ferguson, Willie Garson
Monday: Jada Pinkett Smith
Tuesday: President Barack Obama, Fran Drescher ("Happily Divorced"); musical guests Jackie Evancho with David Foster
Wednesday: Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves & Wendy Malick
Thursday: Diane Sawyer; musical guest Chaka Kahn
Friday: Chris Rock & Bobby Cannavale
Monday: Jackie Evancho performs.
Tuesday: Blake Lively, Jada Pinkett Smith, Rocco Dispirito
Wednesday: Ryan Reynolds, Kara Dioguardi.
Thursday: Jim Carrey, Paula Deen
Friday: Kenny Chesney performs live on the plaza -- twice!
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On the heels of announcing she's returning to daytime in 2012 Katie Couric visited "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night. America's sweetheart promoted her NY Times Best Seller, "The Best Advice I Ever Got," talked about her move to ABC News and shared the promo for her spoof-tastic new reality show, "Katie Plus Eighty."
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The late night visit was quite the love fest, with Katie and Jimmy clearly excited to hang out for the first time. They dished and giggled about Disneyland, Katie's book and the essay Kimmel wrote for it, and the ABC welcoming committee.
"Mickey hasn't called. Minnie called me, though. So has Happy and Goofy," Couric quipped. "Everyone's been incredibly warm and welcoming and gracious. So far so good."
The real fun came when Couric started talking about her new daytime gig. After she and Jimmy shared a laugh over her "ambushing" Sarah Palin, they shared something even better: a promo for Couric's upcoming reality TV show, "Katie Plus 80."
"I'm particularly excited about that, Jimmy," Katie said of her new faux reality show. "That's really what clinched the deal for me. I thought people really deserved an inside look at my life, because it's so fascinating. When they offered me that, I said, 'yeah, absolutely. I definitely want cameras in my house.'"
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AMC releases photos of upcoming season
Can't wait for the next season of AMC's "The Walking Dead"?
Well, AMC released a "first look" photo of Season 2, which should hopefully tie you over for at least a couple of more weeks. You can find more photos here.
"The Walking Dead," currently in production in the greater Atlanta area, will return with 13 new episodes in the fall on AMC.
Executive Producer/Writer/Director Frank Darabont says, "At this moment, I'm standing on a stretch of post-apocalypse interstate in Georgia, littered with abandoned cars and blessing my good luck to be reunited with our amazing cast, and our fantastic directors and crew. Across the board, there are none better. It's great to be shooting again. I think we've embarked on a great season."
What do you think? What would you like to see in Season 2?