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FRIDAY ROUNDUP! (July 2010, wk 5)

Every other week this summer, The Signal will be offering up a Friday Roundup: a collection of mini-reviews, TV news, interesting links and varying television-related thoughts that weren’t big enough to merit a full post on their own.  Enjoy!

Reviews, Thoughts and Other Ruminations

Covert Affairs: Very, very USA Network, and I mean that both in a good way (breezily charming, fun escapism) and the bad (very skippable, not that much meat on its bones). Piper Perabo is very good as the green CIA field agent pulled ahead out of training, and Christopher Gorham uses his charm as a blunt instrument to make the show a lot better than it deserves to be. Other actors I enjoy here from past series I’ve loved include Peter Gallagher as the tough CIA boss and Kari Matchett as his wife and Annie’s superior. Anne Dudek is wasted in a side role, but anything that pays that wonderful actress’ bills is okay by me.

News

Glenn Close is Untouchable: FX’s fantastic legal drama, Damages, which has been on ratings life support since its first season, has been picked up for seasons 4 and 5 by DirectTV (DHD, 19/07/2010). Between this (with Glenn Close as continual deserving winner of Emmys’ Best Dramatic Lead Actress) and DTV’s heavy Emmy campaign that finally scored noms for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights, I have to wonder if their aims to break into the public consciousness are based around Emmy wins…

New Show Casting Bits: On Harry’s LawNate Corddry will be replacing Ben Chaplin (DHD, 21/07/2010) in a revamped version of the same character from the pilot; in the same light, Jonathan Sadowski has replaced Ryan Devlin in $#*! My Dad Says (DHD, 22/07/2010). Supporting Criminal Minds actress Kirsten Vangness has signed on to pull double duty, with series regular roles on both the original and the spinoff (DHD, 19/07/2010). Alfred Molina (AP, 24/07/2010) and Corey Stall (Los Angeles Times, 29/07/2010) have joined Law and Order: Los Angeles, while Off the Map had added Rachel Lefevre (Ausiello, 22/07/2010) and dropped Enrique Murciano (27/07/2010) from its own.

Living in Chaos: Troubled CBS pilot Chaos, starring Freddy Rodriguez, has been picked up for midseason (DHD, 21/07/2010), despite its actors’ options running out a while back. Bizarre.

Good News for In Plain Sight Fans: The Witness Protection drama has been renewed for two more seasons (DHD 28/07/2010), bringing the total count to five.

Making an Impression: A trio of formerly-recurring figures are getting the bump to series regular: Caterina Scorsone on Private Practice (TV Guide, 21/07/2010), Joe Manganiello on True Blood (DHD, 22/07/2010) and Eric Christian Olsen on NCIS: Los Angeles (Ausiello, 27/07/2010).

The First Lady (… on Human Target): Indira Varma has been cast as the show’s very first female series regular (Live Feed, 23/07/2010), after a year on the air.

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