- MTV to deliver 12-hour 'Jersey Shore' marathon
- Cybill Shepherd placed on Lifetime's 'Client List'
- The Chicago Code: City of crime
Posted: 03 Jan 2012 07:12 PM PST
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Start warming up your fists now, ''Jersey Shore'' fans, because they're going to be doing a lot of pumping on Thursday.
Prior to the premiere of the fifth season of its runaway well-tanned hit reality series on Jan. 5, MTV will air an all-day ''Jersey Shore'' marathon, starting at 9:30 a.m. Given that ''Jersey Shore'' doesn't make its bow until 10 p.m., that's a whole lot of GTL for viewers to immerse themselves in like so much fake-bake and hair gel.
In addition to episodes from previous seasons, the marathon will include sneak peeks of Season Five - which sees Snooki and the gang returning to Seaside Heights, N.J., after their diplomatic sojourn to Florence, Italy - throughout the day. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the ''Jersey Shore'' crew will host a series of ''wraps,'' reminiscing about their favorite moments while hanging out at the Beachcomber Bar & Grill. (Fans of reality TV carnage will recall the Beachcomber as the site of Snooki's beatdown by rage-addled schoolteacher Brad Ferro.)
As for what to expect from the Season Five premiere, MTV promises (or is that threatens?), ''a drama storm brews due to their unresolved issues left over from their time overseas. Mike threatens to destroy Snooki's newly rekindled relationship with her boyfriend Jionni and the roommates worry about Vinny as he starts to withdraw.''
And speaking of combative situations, at 12:05 a.m., MTV will air a sneak preview of its documentary series ''Caged,'' which follows the knock-down drag-out lives of amateur mixed-martial arts fighters. ''Caged'' will premiere on Jan. 9 at 10 p.m.Full content generated by Get Full RSS.
Posted: 03 Jan 2012 05:45 PM PST
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former ''Moonlighting'' star Cybill Shepherd has signed on as a regular for Lifetime's upcoming series ''The Client List,'' TheWrap has confirmed. Shepherd will reprise her role as the mother of the main character, who'll be portrayed by Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Based on the 2010 Lifetime movie of the same name, which also starred Hewitt, ''The Client List'' will follow a Texas housewife named Riley who, after being abandoned by her husband, takes a job at a day spa and discovers that her new workplace offers illicit services along with massages to its clients. Hewitt is also executive-producing the series, which has been greenlit for 10 episodes, via her Fedora Films production company.
Shepherd, who in recent years has had recurring and guest-starring roles on a number of series, including ''The L Word'' and ''Eastwick,'' last had a starring role in the small screen with her sitcom ''Cybill,'' which went off the air in 1998.Full content generated by Get Full RSS.
Posted: 04 Jan 2012 01:21 AM PST
The Chicago Code goes beyond solving cases.
IF there is one thing that Shawn Ryan can do brilliantly, it is to turn a cliche inside out and give it a totally fresh take. He is, after all, the brain behind The Shield, a cop show in which the protagonist is a police officer who walks a very murky line in upholding the law.
Now, Ryan does it again with another cop show, The Chicago Code, reworking that standard formula while stepping away from The Shield's blueprint. Ryan chooses to make his three main characters here as dedicated police offcers – one of them is even a by-the-book sort.
Far from being lost in the crowd, the audiences discover good people working in this profession are the opposite of a dime a dozen. Hence, "the character" that is really put under the microscope is the city Chicago. A town that's historically rich for its tales of corruption – flourishing organised crime, crooked cops earning more on the side than from their salaries, ugly racial unrests and not-so-honest politicians. At the same time, it's also a city that knows how to punch back.
In The Chicago Code, every turn of events that happens in Chicago is controlled by the corrupted and ambitious Alderman Ronin Gibbons (Delroy Lindo channeling creepy with sharp three-piece suits, practised smiles and mock concern).
Gibbons may be the second most powerful man in Chicago after the mayor, but it's public knowledge that he is actually the most powerful man in Chicago, what with his connection with government departments and, erm, the Irish mob. In short, he is not a man to be taken lightly.
Wanting to have a puppet in the police force, Gibbons appoints Superintendent Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals). But he soon comes to regret his decision when this woman of mixed marriage – who grew up watching more than her fair share of what the town can do to common people – decides to make city corruption her priority, which directly means an investigation on Gibbons.
Naturally, Gibbons undermines Colvin, forcing her to look into the matter unofficially with the help of her former partner, detective Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke) and his partner Caleb Evers (Matt Lauria).
What The Chicago Code proves is that a cop show doesn't solely have to rely on solving cases but it could be an intriguing and intricate game of cat-and-mouse when the villain is someone who hides in plain sight and yet can get away, literally, with murder.
The series pulsates with urgency, from the great opening credit accompanied by a song performed by Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan to the clever dialogue, all set against the backdrop of Chicago.
That same energy reverberates with the actors, especially Clarke. The Aussie actor plays Wysocki like a man possessed when he is on a case – there is no slowing him down.
Credit also goes to Beals for pulling off the superintendent role convincingly although – it must be said – her character is not explored fully other than as a someone with admirable work ethics. Even with so much seriousness and multi-layered storylines embedded within the show, The Chicago Code has plenty of unexpectedly funny moments courtesy of Wysocki – be it because of his complicated personal life or his interaction with his partner while riding in the car (sometimes during high-speed chases).
If there is a flaw in the series, it lies with the subplot involving two supporting characters – partners Vonda Wysocki (Wysocki's niece played by Devin Kelley) and her partner Isaac Joiner (Todd Williams). Actually, there is no obvious purpose or reason for these two characters to even be in the series other than to suck the energy out of a scene.
With only a minor hitch in an otherwise absorbing series, it is very frustrating to discover The Chicago Code did not survive past 13 episodes of its first season. At least the series does give some sort of closure even if it's a pity it ended so soon.
The Chicago Code airs on Fox Crime HD (Hypp.tv) at 11pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.Full content generated by Get Full RSS.
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