Summer Series: ABC's saucy new drama, Mistresses, finally has a premiere date. The nighttime soap, starring Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes, and Jes Macallan as a group of friends trying to navigate the dating world and maintain worthwhile relationships, will debut Monday, May 27 at 10 PM ET/PT on ABC. Monday nights will be relationship-centric on the network this summer, as The Bachelorette will also premiere in May. The annual dating reality competition will premiere at 9 PM ET/PT on the 20th before moving to its regular 8 PM time slot the following week. Meanwhile, Scott Foley announced on Twitter that his seven-episode Fox comedy, The Goodwin Games, will debut Monday, May 20 at 8:30 p.m. The comedy, about dysfunctional siblings competing to earn their father's fortune, was originally slated for midseason. [ABC/Twitter]
Touched By an Angel...of Death: Ring the death knell for Touch, because all signs point to cancellation for the struggling Fox drama now that star Kiefer Sutherland has been offered another show. The actor has reportedly been offered the lead in NBC's drama The Black List, about the world's most wanted criminal who suddenly decides to turn himself in, along with everyone he's ever worked with. The offer is in second position to Touch, with means Sutherland is contractually obligated to keep his old job if the drama is renewed for a third season, but this new offer combined with Touch's less-than-stellar Friday night ratings likely mean it won't be back. But anything's possible! [Entertainment Weekly]
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Boomerang: Aussie Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) is heading back to TV. He's reportedly firming up a deal to star as Felicity Huffman's husband in Fox's drama pilot Boomerang, about a family of government assassins. He'll play the ex-CIA boss of the family business, which also includes his wife and two grown sons. [Deadline]
Sonuva: Donal Logue is officially returning to FX's Sons of Anarchy for Season 6 as a former U.S. Marshal with a grudge against the SAMCRO gang. Creator Kurt Sutter said Logue was contracted for at least 10 episodes, and only appeared in three of those during Season 5. [Zap2it]
Robocop: Michael Ealy has landed the lead in the new Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman scifi pilot about Los Angeles policemen and their robot partners (seriously). Set in the near future, the show is described as an "action-packed buddy cop show where all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like android." Ealy will play the robot half of the main partnership, Dorian, "who understands humanity more than" his partner, the yet-to-be-cast John Kennex. [Deadline]
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Gone Campin': USA has greenlit a brand new reality series called Summer Camp. The show sounds sort of like a fantasy camp for...camp, wherein 16 adults go back to a lakeside retreat and compete against each other in crazy competitions inspired by traditional camp games. At the end of the eight episodes, they'll face off in an Olympic-style "Campathalon." The new series will air in the summer, which is coincidentally (or completely logically) when NBC is premiering its new summer-camp-set drama, Camp. [Deadline]
Narc: HBO has added The Hurt Locker and Flight actor Brian Geraghty to the cast of Boardwalk Empire for Season 4. He'll play a prohibition agent "with ulterior motives" assigned to Atlantic City. [Deadline]
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In other words Prada--based on the bestselling novel by Lauren Weisberger--unfortunately plays upon the sitcom-y boss-from-hell scenario in which the young flunky manages to one up her superior in some valiant way. There are no surprises save for the fact that its set in the world of high fashion invoking all the fabulousness that entails and incorporates the amazing Streep as Miranda Priestly editor-in-chief of THE fashion magazine Runway. Oozing contempt and demanding perfection Miranda at first terrorizes her new assistant Andy (Anne Hathaway) an impressionable lass who wants to be a serious journalist and has no desire to be a “Clacker.” But that lasts for all of about 10 seconds. Andy is soon wearing those Jimmy Choo stilettos and clacking across the floor with the best of them--and the better she gets at her job the more her personal life falls apart. Naturally Andy wises up and realizes life isn’t about Dolce Gabbana and the rest of the gang. Still maybe she could keep one Prada handbag. You know just to remember the experience. Streep is having a nice little resurgence this year with two spectacular performances. In Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion she plays the sunny yet heartbroken half of a singing sister act--and in Prada she’s Satan incarnate. Quite a switch but in the ever-so-capable hands of the Oscar winner it’s a flawless transition. The best part of Streep’s Miranda is all the things she doesn’t say. It’s the searing looks the languid move of the hand--and the hushed tones. This isn’t Kevin Spacey’s screaming lunatic producer in Swimming with Sharks; this is about the threatening quiet and the sacrifices Miranda makes to be lonely at the top. Hathaway as a lovely Audrey Hepburn look-a-like manages to keep her head above water but still hasn’t quite gotten rid of her Princess Diaries gee whizzed-ness. But there’s potential. In supporting roles Stanley Tucci makes a memorable appearance as Miranda’s right-hand man at the magazine doling out snarky but sage advice to our heroine while Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage) plays nice as Andy’s patient boyfriend. The only other real standout star of Prada is the clothes. And the shoes. Oh and the handbags hats belts scarves and other accessories. Director David Frankel--a HBO flunky himself having directed several episodes of Entourage Sex and the City and even HBO’s hit mini-series Band of Brothers--captures this high-powered world of trend and style succinctly giving all fashionista wannabes everywhere a brief but meaningful inside peek. But the real kudos go out to costume designer Patricia Field (an Emmy winner for her work on Sex and the City) who must have had a lot of fun with Prada. She magically produces designs from Valentino (who also makes a small cameo) Donna Karan Bill Blass Galliano and of course Prada. It must be like a painter being given permission to recreate a Picasso or a Monet. Prada is predictable it’s true--but with Streep’s streaked white Cruella De Vil and all the great fashion it’s worth its weight in Versace.