Lori Acken

About Lori Acken

Lori just hasn't been the same since "thirtysomething" and "Northern Exposure" went off the air.

Madam Secretary on CBS: Tea Leoni returns to TV!

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Madam Secretary CBS Premieres: Sept. 21 Airs: Sundays at 8pm Who’s In It? Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth The Naked Truth’s Leoni returns to series television after a 16-year absence, playing Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst turned college professor (and a married mom) who unexpectedly rises to the role of U.S. secretary of state, in this drama co-executive produced by Morgan Freeman and Judging Amy’s Barbara Hall. “I’ve always really enjoyed a fish out of water — a lively fish out of water — and by about page 2 of the script, I knew that’s what this was going … Continue reading

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Syfy goes to zombie camp with The Asylum’s Z Nation

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Z Nation Syfy Premieres: Sept. 12 Airs: Fridays at 10pm ET/PT If you are heading into tonight’s premiere of Syfy’s Z Nation wondering who in their right mind would attempt a zombie show at the zenith of The Walking Dead’s popularity— uh, well, the Sharknado guys, that’s who. This is important information for several reasons. For one, it gives us e’er faithful Dead fans — and I am Activities Director of that camp around here — permission to tune in and blame it on curiosity about that pedigree. And for two, it also gives us permission to not be entirely … Continue reading

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Survivor’s Remorse — LeBron James and “Glee’s” Mike O’Malley team up on Starz

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Survivor’s Remorse Starz Premieres: Oct. 4 Airs: Saturdays at 9pm Who’s In It? Jessie T. Usher, RonReaco Lee, Erica Ash, Teyonah Parris Starz’ new six-episode laugher about the personal and professional travails of young Boston basketball standout Cam Calloway (Usher) — whose multimillion-dollar pro contract is his family’s ticket out of poverty and into a fresh set of problems — is executive produced by the sports-meets-entertainment dream team of LeBron James, his business partner Maverick Carter, sitcom guru and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner (The Cosby Show, Roseanne) and Glee’s Mike O’Malley, himself a Boston native. “Ever since I … Continue reading

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Farm Queens preview: Great American Country takes pageant girls from stage to stable

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Everything you need to know about the premise of Great American Country’s new Farm Queens is handily summed up by beauty queen turned pageant coach Juliann Sheldon in Sunday’s premiere episode: “If you can survive almost getting peed on by a cow, you can survive pageant week.” She should know. Sheldon, Miss Pennsylvania of 2011, is a veteran of longtime pageant coach (and 30-year Miss Pennsylvania pageant director) Chet Welch’s tiaras-meets-tractors beauty-queen boot camp, held on the 102-acre rural cattle farm he shares with his life partner Bob. That’s right, those of you long weary of Toddlers & Tiaras frivolity … Continue reading

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The Affair: Showtime’s irresistible drama puts infidelity in complex perspective

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The Affair Showtime Premieres: Oct. 19 Airs: Sundays at 10pm Who’s In It?  Maura Tierney, Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson (below) If you’ve ever shared a long-ago memory with a friend and discovered you each recall the same event in vastly different ways, you’ll recognize the fragile skeleton on which this exquisite drama — from House of Cards executive producer Sarah Treem — is built. At its most basic, The Affair tracks the cause and effect of an extramarital affair between author/schoolteacher Noah (The Wire’s West) and throaty-voiced, sleepy-eyed waitress Alison (a stunning Wilson) — a relationship that somehow … Continue reading

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Say Yes to the Dress Season 12: TLC reveals details, celeb guests

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Famous faces abound when TLC’s longest running primetime series, Say Yes to the Dress, launches its 12th season on Friday, Oct. 10 at 9/8CT with the show’s first ever hour-long episode. In the season opener, former Biggest Loser contestant Tumi Oguntala — who dropped 175 pounds— is also a winner at love, arriving at New York’s Kleinfled Bridal salon to find the perfect gown to flatter her new figure at her upcoming wedding.  Oguntala gets an additional, very special consultant in the form of her former Biggest Loser coach Jillian Michaels, who arrives with plenty of surprises in store for … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of Laura star Debra Messing: “Laura would never be wearing heels!”

The Mysteries of Laura Debra Messing

She gained fame as goofy-glam decorator Grace Adler on NBC’s long-running Will & Grace, then turned earnest as lyricist Julia Houston in the network’s ill-fated Smash. Now, flame-haired funny woman Debra Messing is smashing in a role that hits closer to home. The divorced mother of preteen son Roman stars as frazzled soon-to-be-a-single-mom Detective Laura Diamond in the Peacock’s new dramedy The Mysteries of Laura, which premieres Wednesday, Sept. 17 after the America’s Got Talent finale. The series, created by Jeff Rake (Private Practice, Boston Legal), boasts a Castle-meets-Moonlighting feel, blending soapy murder mysteries with comical — and sometimes poignant … Continue reading

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Andre Holland on The Knick: “I feel a really deep and personal connection with Algernon”

Andre Holland on The Knick: "I feel a really deep and personal connection with Algernon"

Andre Holland knew he was meant to play Dr. Algernon Edwards in the absorbing Cinemax drama The Knick from the moment the script landed in his hands. The problem? Holland was vacationing in Italy and had minutes to submit an audition tape if he wanted the part. So, much like his put-upon, resourceful character, Holland made magic with what he had. “My agents were like, ‘The producers are moving very fast with this and we need you to get something on tape right away!’”Holland laughs. “So I found a British couple who were also vacationing at the time and talked … Continue reading

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Forever on ABC: Death becomes Ioan Gruffudd


Forever Premieres: Sneak peek Monday, Sept. 22 at 10pm ET/PT Airs: Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT beginning Sept. 23 Who’s In It? Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Judd Hirsch, Lorraine Toussaint • Watch the Forever premiere episode online now! Elementary and Castle fans should love ABC’s engaging drama Forever, which concerns the strange existence of Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd, well cast), a dashing, deeply intuitive medical examiner working for the city of New York. Morgan’s keen understanding of life and death — and what makes people tick in the interim — comes from much more than time on the … Continue reading

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How to Get Away with Murder is another killer drama from Shonda Rhimes

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How to Get Away With Murder ABC Premieres: Sept. 25 Airs: Thursdays at 10pm Who’s In It? Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch Oscar-nominated  actress Viola Davis is an emotional chameleon in How to Get Away with Murder, the latest ABC drama from can’t-miss executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, the ladies who brought us Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal. In a role seemingly tailor-made for her, Davis plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant, ferocious defense attorney who also teaches Criminal Law — or, as she prefers to call it, “How to Get Away With Murder” — at fictional … Continue reading

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