Doctor Octopus Leads Law & Order: LA

... Legitimate actor Alfred Molina, who you know as Doctor Octopus from the second Spider-Man movie and who I know as Satipo in Raiders of the Lost Ark ("Throw me the idol, I throw you the whip!"), is suiting up as the newest enforcer of law and order in Law & Order: Los Angeles. He'll play Deputy D.A. Morales alongside the previously announced Skeet Ulrich. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The fourth season of Mad Men drew 2.9 million viewers on Sunday, a new record for the show. But that's still disappointing, as it barely beat the previous high of 2.8 million. I was not one of those 2.9 million, because I don't watch shows that bore me to death. (Uh oh! Mad Men fight!) [LA Times]

... Dylan and Brandon are like totally getting back together SQUEEEEEEE!!! Luke Perry and Jason Priestley will costar in Goodnight For Justice, a hardboiled, violent, Western about two of history's most notorious criminals. Oh no, sorry. It's a Hallmark Movie Channel original. So expects lots of commercials for Summer's Eve. [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO's Broadway drama The Miraculous Year has added Susan Sarandon to its ever-expanding and impressive cast. Sarandon will play the director of the play at the center of the show, which also stars Hope Davis, Frank Langella, and Lee Pace. Another reason this theatrical drama may not be a prance through the daisies? It's being produced by The Hurt Locker director Katheryn Bigelow. [EW]

... We all knew this, but now it's official. NBC has confirmed that Steve Carell is leaving The Office. Presumably to do as many mediocre family-friendly movies as possible. [TV By the Numbers]

... American Idol is trying to stay relevant following the departure of the despicably charismatic Simon Cowell, so Fox is bringing back producer Nigel Lythgoe, the man with the most British-sounding name in the world. Well, except for Ian (EYE-an) Crumplebottom III of Essex. The Idol crew is also targeting Sir Justin Timberlake as a possible Simon replacement. [THR]

... It's been a while since President Obama has abused his power to get on television, but he's returning to the boob tube via ABC's The View on Thursday. Obama's spot on the ladies' chat show will be the first daytime talk show appearance by a sitting president EVAR, says ABC. It will also be co-host Barbara Walters' first day back on the job since her heart surgery. Way to ease right back into it, Babs. [Reuters]

... There's a new cast member for MTV's Jersey Shore. And she's AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! [Radar Online]


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Yeah but do you have to be so critical about Mad Men Tim, maybe you should get an outfit to match that stick up your ass
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Fred Molina always gives a good performance, even in bad movies. Kind of like Sean Connery...up until The Avengers.
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I vote for Harry Connick Jr as an Idol judge. He has lots of personality and experience.
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I agree, Mad Men is sooo boring
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Obama is a failure and a media hog.
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JT better not stoop as low as american idol. Please don't do it Justin! The Miraculous Year looks promising but I've never ever seen a trailer...whats that about...
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Alfred Molina is such a legitimate actor that he has to be referred to as Doctor Octopus at least twice. How legit is he to you?
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Nigel Lythgoe should stick to SYTYCD, why waste energy on American Idol when it's bound to start sinking without Simon Cowell?
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I never knew he played that guy in Raiders of the Lost Ark! Interesting.
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wow tim do you know how many shows ratings dont go up season to season, SO MANY! so dont get greedy.
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Wow...Tim you dislike Mad Men? What a surprise lol...anything with great acting and compelling storyline is out of the question. But hey no worries, I hear Jersey Shore is starting up again soon and this time they have a video game to keep you entertained!
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He's a good actor, might watch.
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I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark opening, and yet I think of Alfred Molina as the lead henchmen in Maverick and the team member who mates with Syl in Species before I think of him in Raiders.
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