There was a parade of stars at this Summer's TCA press tour from new and returning shows, and several of them stood out to us in particular. Because they looked hot. Yes, whether it was a longtime crush or a new face on our radar, we couldn't help but notice these swoon-worthy TV stars on the TCA stage. Click through to perk up your day with some small-screen eye candy.
There is a slew of dramas this year in the lineup of new Fall shows. But if you'd been at this Summer's Television Critics Association Press Tour, then you might have thought they were all comedies, because the jokes were flying. When actors took the stage for their respective panels, few could resist tossing in a one-liner, while some were just naturally predisposed to fire off some gems (especially those named Jimmy and who have their own late-night show). Click through to read some of the funniest quotes from the network TCA.
Showtime's serial-killer drama Dexter is back for its seventh season Sept. 30, and the cast and showrunners came to the TCA this week to talk about its return. Stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter, who play adoptive siblings Dexter and Deb, and their latest guest star, Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski, talked about the changes we'll see now that Deb knows the truth about Dexter. We also learned about Strahovski's character, so read on to find out about that and what else we can look forward to in season seven — which will probably be the next to last.
- The outcome of Deb finding out about Dexter's secret will be huge. In the season six finale, Deb walks in on Dexter in an awkward moment: right in the middle of his latest kill. Now that she knows his secret, Hall says it's a game-changer: "One of the things we've always been able to count on [is that] Dexter's secret is his own, and it's not anymore." Obviously Deb will struggle with what to do now that she knows her brother is a murderer, because even though she knows what Dexter has done is wrong and she's a police officer, Deb "was already trapped in this web of acceptance for him."
- Yvonne Strahovski's character has some secrets. Strahovski plays Hannah McKay, a woman who meets Dexter when she's helping the Miami Police. And as expected, she'll be quite mysterious: Strahovski said Hannah "has a dark past that is slowly revealed."
- It's gonna be a good one. Hall compared this season to the two seasons of Dexter that he considers the best: season one and season four (which featured John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer). "This season feels as genuinely informed by everything that's come before." He remarked on a feeling of "arrival," while Carpenter also jumped in to say "Can I add 'dangerous'? It's very dangerous this year."
- Deb may be in danger. Given that Dexter has certain urges and a dilemma on his hands with his sister knowing what he's done, Deb could be Dexter's latest victim. Exec producer Scott Buck made it sound like it's not out of the question. "Dexter's a serial killer. The thought has to at least have crossed his mind that it would be an easy solution to this whole problem."
It may still be Summer, but we're already getting excited about Fall TV. In this episode of The Buzz, BuzzSugar editors Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal are breaking down the new shows — and hot guys — headed to The CW this season, including a very good-looking Beast in Beauty and the Beast, an arrow-wielding superhero, and a heartthrob doctor. Intrigued? Watch and get the details!
Weeds is heading into the home stretch, with its eighth and final season currently airing on Showtime. The cast came together one last time at the network TCA to talk about the bittersweet goodbye and how the show will leave the indomitable Botwin family in the season finale come September. We were promised that the final episode will answer a lot of questions and that it was "very carefully planned," but Mary Louise-Parker added that it's a beautiful ending, even if it's not the most satisfying.
- Creator Jenji Kohan talked about the beauty of being able to write a proper season finale, since they got the news about the cancellation before the final episode was written. She stressed that the show is "ultimately about a family," and she hopes that the finale reflects that sentiment.
- Weeds is known for its epic cliffhangers, but don't expect the finale to leave us hanging. Kohan said that it's more of a wrap-up than a cliffhanger.
- Though Elizabeth Perkins has said she won't appear in the final season, you can plan on seeing lots of other familiar faces from over the years popping up in the episodes to come. Kohan said, "We wanted to bring back everyone we could, and everyone who said yes, we're bringing back."
- The whole cast was pretty emotional, but Parker only had the highest praise when discussing the final episode, saying that it was "beautifully written" among other things. She said, "I just cried when I read it. I think it's beautiful. I don't know if she [Kohan] brought things together in a way that was really satisfying because it's an end. But she managed to bring things together in a way that's not a total happily-ever-after thing, but there was hope in it, and some sort of benediction."
- Hunter Parrish also got a little choked up, sharing his favorite Weeds memories (he said his favorite scene is back in season one when Nancy is watching her sex tape with Judah), and even accidentally referred to Parker as "Mom" on the panel. It was clear that the love was mutual; Parker gushed about Parrish's talent in the final episode, calling it "one of the best pieces of acting I've ever seen."
- Kohan joked about ruining Alexander Gould's childhood, as he was only 11 when the series started airing. Gould seems to have nothing but fond memories of playing Shane, though. He said, "I think I've loved every minute of playing Shane, who is such an extreme character in every sense of the word. With the show winding down, I'm just so glad to have had the experience. I think that Shane ends up in a really neat place."
Homeland is one of the most intensely dramatic shows on TV, but that doesn't mean the cast takes themselves too seriously. Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, who play adversaries Carrie Mathison and Nicholas Brody, respectively, took the stage at TCA to talk about season two of their gripping political drama. While we did hear some juicy tidbits about the upcoming episodes, the most surprising thing about the session was that the panelists were so funny. Read on to find out the jokes that were cracked about President Obama's love for the show, Danes's pregnancy, and more.
- Lewis established himself as the comedian of the panel, even as he described his character's challenges in the upcoming season. Where Brody had "a degree of damage, which elicited some sympathy" in season one, Lewis said that won't be the case this year, which he put very frankly: "He's more knowingly juggling balls this season. . . . But, essentially, he's everybody's b*tch. He's pretty f*cked."
- Danes's pregnancy came up, not just in terms of whether it would affect the show (it won't; Danes said that "Carrie remains fervently not pregnant") but also through a joke from Lewis. When she was asked about shooting Carrie and Brody's love scenes, Danes mentioned that the scenes were memorable, but Lewis had a funnier answer. He pointed at Danes's baby bump and said, "And look what happened."
- Showtime execs were very proud of reports of Barack Obama saying that Homeland is his favorite show, and Lewis shared a story about how he met Obama and asked when the president even had time to watch TV. He got Obama to spill, with Lewis quoting the president: "Saturday afternoons. Michelle and the girls go play tennis, [and] I go to the office, pretend I'm going to work, and go watch Homeland."
We've been giving you a sneak peek at some of the new series coming to TV this Fall, and in this episode of The Buzz, BuzzSugar editors Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal are breaking down some of the biggest offerings from CBS. From a sexy Sherlock Holmes to a sitcom with a Will & Grace vibe, take a look at what's ahead and tell us which show you're going to watch!
The 2012 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour rolled on yesterday in LA after over a week of small-screen fun. Lea Michele supported Glee at the Fox party, which also brought out The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling. Joshua Jackson chatted up Fringe and Rachel Bilson partied on behalf of Hart of Dixie with 90210's Matt Lanter. Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton had high hopes for their new program, Nashville, and Sophia Bush talked One Tree Hill.
They weren't the only ones out — click through to see Aisha Tyler, Zooey Deschanel, Whitney Cummings, the Downton Abbey cast, and many more.
The Summer TCAs continued in LA yesterday with a panel for Showtime's Homeland. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Morena Baccarin sat down to chat about their drama, which returns to the small screen on Sept. 30. Claire and Damian chatted about their characters' complicated relationship, though they didn't spill any secrets about upcoming episodes. Claire and Homeland were also honored at the television event, with Claire grabbing an individual drama honor and the show picking up the award for outstanding new program.
Claire's awaiting the arrival of her first child with Hugh Dancy, but she already has exciting news to celebrate. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Homeland, while her costar Damian got a best actor nod.
The Television Critics Association's Summer press tour is starting to wind down, but we still have more scoop for you on what's coming to TV this Fall! In today's episode of The Buzz, Becky Kirsch and Shannon Vestal are taking a closer look at what's ahead on ABC, including new supernatural show 666 Park Avenue and Nashville, the series that goes behind the scenes of country music — some are speculating that one of the characters may even be based on Taylor Swift! We have that, plus more info on this year's Emmys show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Will his longtime rival Matt Damon make a cameo? Watch to hear what he says.