I spent the evening with a TV star, who ironically was also on TV when I got home. The star was Jim Beaver who is currently in the new series Harper’s Island and is also a recurring actor on Supernatural. Jim was out at my local bookstore to promote his new book Life’s That Way.
The book is actually a series of emails Jim wrote for his family as his wife was dying from cancer. Her diagnosis came only six weeks after they learned that their daughter was autistic. Jim wrote unabashedly about his fears and grief and in doing so, he unknowingly aided hundreds of other people who were going through the same thing.
His emails were passed from family to friends and friends of friends and soon strangers in foreign countries were writing him to say how much those writings meant to them. It’s a poignant tale, certainly sad, but a real beacon for anyone dealing with the slow loss of a loved one.
On a somewhat lighter note…(I can’t believe I just said that) Harper’s Island knocked off three more people last night bringing the body count to five in just two weeks. This week they tried to cram in too many little stories and I hope that’s not the norm. At the end, they showed a crazy trailer for the series loaded with all kinds of action and frights!
And it was so funny to see Jim Beaver as the sheriff on the show after just seeing him in person at the bookstore. I love living in Los Angeles.
Tonight On TV –Friday, April 17
Fox gives the whole night over to Prison Break starting with the season finale from last year and rolling into the new, and final, season.ABC is all new with Wife Swap, Supernanny, and 20/20.CBS is in reruns with Ghost Whisperer, Flashpoint, and Numb3rs.The CW is also in reruns with Everybody Hates Chris, The Game, America’s Next Top Model.NBC has two hours of Howie Do It, then it’s Dateline.
Over on cable
Emmy Lou Harris guests on Dog Town on National Geographic.HGTV has new episodes of Myles of Style and Bang for Your Buck.Mistresses is new on BBCAmerica, then switch to SCI FI for the BBC series Primeval.Sunday, USA Network has the premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 9 and In Plain Sight at 10. Don’t miss our interviews with the stars of both shows – premiering April 18.
News and notable
TVLand’s She’s Got the Look is returning for a second season this June.The Amazing Race will return to CBS for a fifteen season this fall.We’re happy to report that Gale Howard is returning to Desperate Housewives after his near-fatal motorcycle crash. His first episode back will air on May 3.Chandra Wilson told the New York Post that there will be some bombshells in the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy.Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J will make their NCIS debut on April 28 in preparation for their spin-off series.Photo credit:
Harper’s Island — Pictured (L-R) Elaine Cassidy as Abby Mills and Jim Beaver as Sheriff Mills. Photo: Chris Helcermanas-Benge/CBS
Prison Break — Pictured: Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, R) learn the dangers of hitchhiking as they make their way to Miami/Fox
The Amazing Race — Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS