– Here's a behind the scenes preview for Shameless' second season, which premieres on January 8th at 9 p.m. on Showtime (and probably TMN/Movie Central):
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– Emilie de Ravine (Roswell, Lost) has been cast as Belle on Once Upon A Time.
– ABC may have cancelled Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, but they still want to keep Vanessa Williams. The actress has signed a talent holding deal with the network which will see her headline her very own new hourlong or half-hour project for next fall. Let's hope she gets to play someone other than Wilhelmina Slater.
– Nick Jonas will play a deadbeat dad on Last Man Standing. ABC should have got Justin Bieber instead.
– Bollywood star Anil Kapoor has bought the rights to the Indian version of 24. The Slumdog Millionaire star appeared in season 8 of the Fox hit will play the Indian version of Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer.
– My picks for tonight:
Boo! to ABC for pre-empting their comedies and Revenge in favour of The CMA Awards.
On Up All Night (8 p.m. on NBC and CTV2): Chris (Will Arnett) and Reagan (Christina Applegate) have a romantic night away — their first night away from Amy. While babysitting Amy, Ava (Mayra Rudolph) connects with Reagan and Chris' neighbour, Kevin (Jason Lee), a single dad who is the complete opposite of her boyfriend, Julia (Chris Diamantopoulos).
On American Horror Story (10 p.m. on FX Canada): Vivien (Connie Britton) learns about the house's first residents. Ben's (Dylan McDermott) visitor causes him to further unravel while Constance (Jessica Lange) and Moira's (Frances Conroy / Alexandra Breckenridge) history is revealed.
Over in late night: Rob Lowe is on Strombo; Adam Sandler and Peter Gabriel are on Letterman; Sarah Hyland is on Leno; Robert Pattinson and Freida Pinto are on Kimmel; Dominic Cooper is on Fallon; Death Cab for Cutie are on Daly; Mindy Kaling is on Chelsea; Joel McHale and Cheryl Hines are on Conan. For more late night listings, click here.
Lingering comments, questions and concerns from week 9
-Man oh man, what an ending to a Sunday of football! Those last four games were about as good as we’re ever going to see. I’d take the Pats-Giants game as the best because who would’ve thought that Eli Manning would out-Brady Tom Brady? Joe Flacco did the same on Sunday night against the Steelers. Certainly those two are among the elite QBs, right? Eli has a ring but people keep questioning him. Flacco still needs to prove that he’s clutch in the playoffs to most people.
-Speaking of amazing: how about that Aaron Rodgers? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone play at the level he’s at right now. Maybe Brady in ’07? I’d still take this year’s Rodgers. He just seems to have every single trait that you look for in a quarterback. Some say he’s re-inventing the position. Sure it’s only half of a season but his game seems a little ridiculous right now. Who challenges them in the NFC? Right now I’d have to bet on a Packers-Ravens Super Bowl.
-I’m proud to say that my picks held up pretty well from last week. Although, a more convincing win from Bryan’s 49ers would have been nice to see. I guess next time I’ll pick against the Colts to lose big. Anyone still doubt Manning is the MVP?
-I wasn’t impressed in the Cowboys win over the Seahawks. The offense looks so out of whack without Miles Austin. Also, it took terrible plays from Seattle’s QB Tavaris Jackson for the Cowboys just to make the game seem like a blowout. It’s weird. I’m more optimistic after a loss than after a win. I do like DeMarco Murray but we’ll have to see what he can do when he doesn’t get plays that he likes. As a Cowboys fan, I really hope this is the running game we’ve been looking for.
Full slate of great games this week! No teams in their bye week so it’s going down:
Raiders AT Chargers (-7)
Steelers (-3) AT Bengals
Broncos AT Chiefs (-3)
Jaguars (-3) AT Colts
Bills AT Cowboys (5.5)
Texans (-3) AT Buccaneers
Titans AT Panthers (-3.5)
Redskins AT Dolphins (-4)
Saints AT Falcons (pick)
Rams AT Browns (-2.5)
Cardinals AT Eagles (-13.5)
Lions AT Bears (-3)
Ravens (-6.5) AT Seahawks
Giants AT 49ers (-3.5)
Patriots AT Jets (-1.5)
Vikings AT Packers (-13.5)
Game of the week
-New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers-
An underlying subject: this game could determine playoff seeding OR even home field if they end up playing somewhere in January. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself OR maybe I’m trying to jinx the Giants. The Giants, especially Eli, looked really impressive last weekend when they went on the road and beat the Patriots. The Niners’ are a great home team but it’s going to be a tough battle with a great road team, the Giants. I’m leaning 49ers, especially if they get an early lead. Their defense can stop a potential Giants comeback.
Upset pick of the week*
-Oakland Raiders over San Diego Chargers-
How many people in San Diego dislike Rivers right now? His play is SO erratic but as a neutral fan, it’s fun to watch. Yes, they almost beat the Packers but it just seems like the entire team is on a downturn. On the other side, the Raiders HAVE to get better right? I think Carson Palmer has had enough time with the offense so they can be somewhat on the same page. At least enough so he doesn’t throw three picks. I think the Raiders can ride Michael Bush heavy enough to drive the offense to a win.
Close call of the week
-Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Interesting match-up between two rivals in the north. They played on a Monday night about a month ago and wouldn’t you know it; that’s the last time the Bears lost. They’ve slowing been improving every week, including not letting Cutler get sacked…in back-to-back games! On the other hand the Lions are coming off a needed by week. Their offense looked a bit inconsistent so they’re going to try to get things on track but it’s going to be tough doing that in Chicago. The Lions are going to be without Best but I still think this game can be good and go down to the wire.
STONE COLD Steve Austin LOCK of the week
-Philadelphia Eagles over Arizona Cardinals-
I think the Eagles are angry at themselves for blowing a 4th quarter lead against the Bears this past Monday night. They’re looking to make a statement against a terrible Arizona defense. The Cardinals are most likely going with back-up Skelton and while his name is cool, his game is not. Two safeties in one game against the Rams last week? C’mon man! Vick has also been great in bouncing back from losses so I expect him to exploit the Cardinals offense and have a huge game along with McCoy on the ground.
*I made this pick before last night’s game, I promise. So, just so it doesn’t seem like I’m taking the easy way out I’ll go ahead and make another upset pick: Carolina Panthers over Tennessee Titans. I like Cam off a bye week and the Titans have only won once in the past month and that was against the Colts.
Lingering comments, questions and concerns from week 3
-If I would’ve told you before the season “Hey, two of the last three unbeaten teams are going to be the Bills and the Lions” you would’ve thought either a) I was clinically insane or b) we took a time machine into the early 90s. Now while I do miss the 90s, it’s true right now in 2011. The Buffalo Bills AND the Detroit Lions are two of the teams that are still 3-0. Most people had the Lions making a huge leap this year because of their abundance of young talent but these Bills? C’mon now. I knew they had it in them to beat the Patriots but they did it in the most exciting fashion. I just think next time they need to refrain from having the winning score be a field goal in the last minute…I’m sure Bills fans would agree that they don’t want to go through that sort of suspense.
-While I’m proud of my Raiders pick, I completely missed on my Eagles-Giants pick (I see you Gabbo) so now I have no idea what to think about either team. The Giants were able to work the “elite” Eagles secondary with big plays like it was nothing. Tack on the Vick injury and the Eagles looked completely lost on offense. I also don’t know what to think of the Vikings. It’s now three weeks that they’ve had a fourth quarter lead, only to give it up and lose in the end. Just hand it to Peterson and waste time when you have a lead. If only it was that simple, right?
-I’ve always been fascinated with obscure scores when it comes to NFL games. This week featured two: A 13-8 win for the 49ers over the Bengals (did anyone watch that boring game?) and my Cowboys being too out of sync to score a touchdown but still beating the Redskins with SIX field goals. On a side note, I’m completely terrified and not looking forward to what Calvin Johnson AKA Megatron is going to do to our secondary. Even if he is on my fantasy team.
Enough of my complaining. This week’s games:
NFL Week 4 Preview
Lions AT Cowboys (-1.5)
Saints (-7) AT Jaguars
49ers AT Eagles (-9)
Redskins (-2) AT Rams
Titans AT Browns (-1)
Bills (-3) AT Bengals
Vikings (-2) AT Chiefs
Panthers AT Bears (-6)
Steelers AT Texans (-3.5)
Falcons (-4.5) AT Seahawks
Giants (-1) AT Cardinals
Dolphins AT Chargers (-7)
Broncos AT Packers (-12.5)
Patriots (-4) AT Raiders
Jets AT Ravens (-3.5)
Colts AT Buccaneers (-10)
Game of the week
-New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens-
A great matchup to end Sunday’s day slate. I don’t see the Jets winning this game in the end but I do like this to be a very physical game. The Ravens have showed potential of being the AFC’s best team and last week, their passing game came alive. The Jets running game needs to be established early on in this game in order to beat the Ravens. Last week they were burned by the running game, so look for Ray Rice to be used early and often by Baltimore.
Upset pick of the week
-Oakland Raiders over New England Patriots-
The Patriots, led by THE Tom Brady, losing two in a row? Yes, I’m taking it. I’m riding these Oakland Raiders, especially against finesse teams like the Patriots. It’s inconceivable to think that Brady will throw four picks again but the Raiders are the kind of grind-it-out team that can sort of bully the Patriots. Oakland’s defensive line can get to Brady as well. Look for McFadden to have another monster game and as long as Jason Campbell doesn’t make huge mistakes, I’m taking the Raiders.
Close call of the week
-Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys-
I know. I said that I’m terrified that of Calvin Johnson but my Cowboys just seem to be caught in close games. It’s been nine in a row now where Dallas’ games are decided by three points or fewer. Dallas has been able to grind out games this season and if they can keep Romo somewhat protected against the beast Suh, then the Cowboys are going to be able to control the ball and the clock. Double team Johnson, double team Suh and well…let’s hope the Cowboys receivers know what the hell they’re doing this time.
STONE COLD Steve Austin LOCK of the week
-Green Bay Packers over Denver Broncos-
Even though the Packers have been in close games so far this season, they have come out victorious. I see this game as one where the Packers can finally get their defense together against a stale Broncos offense. If the Packers are going to be seen as the elite team in the NFL, this is the game to prove it. Look for Rodgers to establish a lead early due the matchup problems they present against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos could cover late but I see this one over by the 3rd quarter.
*NOTE: If my writing is completely off or any of these picks sounds absolutely crazy it’s because I’m fighting a throat infection at the moment. It doesn’t help that my girlfriend is a med student so she’s “being an expert” and giving me all kinds of medicine to make me feel better.