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TV Junkie: Video Interviews with USA's 'Necessary Roughness' Cast; Incredible Late Night TV Tonight
Last week we went to the "upfront" presentation by the USA network so we'll be treating you to videos from the red carpet all this week. Today's featured USA show is "Necessary Roughness" which will premiere in late June, most likely on the 29th. The series (based on a true story) is about a newly divorced therapist who decides to take on football players and celebrities with bizarre yet issues as clients. Callie Thorne of FX's "Rescue Me" takes the lead as Danielle Santino (video above), the would-be therapist to the stars, with Marc Blucas (famously of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") as Matthew Donnally (video below), the trainer for the "New York bases football team" (c'mon, it's the Jets) and erstwhile romantic interest of Danielle's, and Scott Cohen as Nico Careles (video below), a kind of behind-the-scenes PR guy/enforcer.
What is an "upfront"? An upfront is an event where networks reveal their upcoming programming to current and potential advertisers. They present a lot of eye candy aka actors/actresses from the series for marketing execs to ogle at while discussing their improved demographics data, etc. Sometimes press is allowed to attend these events and sometimes they aren't. For example, I was invited to the USA and NBC upfronts (same company now) but Fox turned me down - not sure about the logic behind that as I would think you would want press to be talking about your shows year round and not just before they air and at the Emmys. Keep tuning into the TV Junkie here as we will have video of cast from "Royal Pains," "Psych," "Fairly Legal," "Covert Affairs," and more. In fact, why don't you tell me which show you want next.
Real TV fans will want to listen to Greg Fitzsimmons' podcast with Bill Lawrence, creator of "Spin City," "Clone High," "Scrubs," and "Cougar Town" - they have an incredibly funny (and informative) discussion about TV, comedy, friends, etc., a really great episode of a really great podcast you should subscribe to.
Tonight's late night offerings are epic - there is something I want to see on almost every single late night show (please scroll through the listings!): Will Ferrell, Jo Koy, Jen Kirkman, Whitney Cummings on "Chelsea Lately"; Anthony Hopkins and Demetri Martin on "Conan"; Albert Brooks and Kristen Wiig on Letterman; Jesse Tyler Ferguson on "The Tonight Show"; the trainwreck Heidi Montag will be on "Lopez Tonight"; Rob Lowe will be on Kimmel; Jeff Goldblum and Sarah Chalke will be on Ferguson; and Chelsea Handler will be on Jimmy Fallon. An unbelievable late night!
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Attack of the Show," "Mad Love," "Stargate Universe," "Nurse Jackie," "United States of Tara," "Chelsea Lately," "The Late Show With David Letterman," "Late night With Jimmy Fallon"
7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Around the Internet; actress Devin Kelley.
8:00pm Chuck NBC - Chuck and Sarah work to get Chuck's mother to the wedding alive; Morgan's best man duties include facing Vivian Volkoff
8:30pm Mad Love CBS - Tiffany decides to move away, leaving Connie in need of a job and giving Larry a chance with his dream girl.
9:00pm The Event NBC - Sterling finds an unlikely ally in Simon; Jarvis authorizes an air strike without the chief of staff's approval
9:00pm American Experience PBS/KOCE - Soundtrack for a Revolution Freedom songs relay the story of America's civil rights movement; with interviews and performances by John Legend, Joss Stone and Wyclef Jean and the Roots.
9:00pm The Chicago Code Fox - Teresa takes on the police department's corrupt promotion system; Vonda receives a package that reveals more about the Wysocki family.
9:00pm The Killing Fields TCM - (1984) Newsman Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) loses his friend Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) in the 1975 fall of Phnom Penh
9:00pm American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior Discovery - Senior is affected by Mikey's gallery paintings which depict their strained relationship
9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - Series Finale. Unable to gate for supplies, Destiny must take a stand or be left adrift.
10:00pm Nurse Jackie Showtime - Kelly wins over the All Saints staff; Kevin finds pills in a dental floss dispenser; a patient soothes Coop's depression; Jackie pockets drugs.
10:00pm Castle ABC - After a contestant in a beauty pageant is found strangled, many suspects turn up, including jealous fellow contestants
10:00pm Hawaii Five-0 CBS - After receiving valuable information from Agent Jenna Kaye, the team closes in on Wo Fat; Danny is exposed to a deadly neurological poison
10:00pm Sanctuary Syfy - Will and Henry's double date goes awry when they do a delivery of an Abnormal on the way to dinner.
10:20pm James May's Road Trip BBC America - James and Oz tour the vineyards in Paso Robles, Calif.; 4 Wines.
10:30pm United States of Tara Showtime - The Electrifying & Magnanimous Return of Beaverlamp
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actor Will Ferrell; comic Jo Koy; comic Jen Kirkman; comic Whitney Cummings.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Keira Knightley guests
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actor Anthony Hopkins; comic Demetri Martin; Amos Lee performs.
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Lupe Fiasco guests
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Albert Brooks; actress Kristen Wiig.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Singer Jennifer Lopez; actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson; BC Jean performs.
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Reality TV star Heidi Montag; comic Sinbad; Johnny Land, Brad Whitford and Chris Layton perform.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Rob Lowe; TV personality Ty Pennington; Wiz Khalifa performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Jeff Goldblum; actress Sarah Chalke.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Comic Chelsea Handler; actor Josh Gad; Ziggy Marley performs.