Kevinbacon_daughter_kyrasedgwick_15thannualsagawards_240 How can you tell it’s almost time for the fall season? Cable series are starting to wrap up their summer run.

Let’s take a look at two shows ending their seasons Monday night:

“The Closer” (Monday, TNT, 9 p.m.): I’m going to be honest. I was a little wary when I heard that Sosie Bacon, the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, would be guest starring for four episodes as Brenda’s troubled niece Charlie. Sure with those two terrific actors as parents, Sosie had the potential to be a fabulous actress but you never know how those kind of casting decisions are going to work out. I shouldn’t have fretted. These Charlie episodes have been the strongest this season and not only brought out new dimensions to Brenda’s character but new aspects to her relationship with Fritz and some of the more intriguing cases of the season. Bacon returns to behind the scenes and directs Monday night’s season finale which finds Brenda’s father (Barry Corbin)coming to LA to take Charlie home.

“Make It or Break It” (Monday, ABC Family, 9 p.m.): As teen dramas goes this one is definitely trying to bring the angst and the romance. The show’s strongest asset remains Cassie Scerbo as the deliciously conniving Lauren. Bad girls are always more fun when you can sometimes see their point of view and empathize with them. Sure Lauren slept with Kaylie’s boyfriend but she has had a crush on Carter since middle school.  She’s cruel to her dad’s fiancee but she does have trust issues. Scerbo pulls off the poor little rich girl perfectly. I always prefer a teen drama where the parents have their own independent story lines. The series could do more with that but it’s getting better. My biggest concern is Emily (Chelsea Hobbs). The show has put up two potential love interests who then disappeared and not really given her a lot to do but sit by the sidelines and comment on the other girls’ drama and argue with her mother over money. Here’s hoping she has more to do next season. In Monday’s finale, the girls head to Boston to compete for a shot at nationals. I’m glad the show is coming back for more episodes but it’s still far from being a perfect 10.

What do you think about “The Closer” and “Make It or Break It?” Talk about it below.

Ask TV Gal

I read that James Marsters has just been cast in an upcoming episode of the Fox television series Lie To Me, starring Tim Roth. I am so excited about this. I want to see the great actor who played Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer get some good TV roles (or his own show! ). But could you find out more about this for his fans? Thanks, Kate.

Here’s what I found out. James Marsters will appear in the third episode of the season as the Assistant District Attorney who went to law school with Lightman’s ex-wife Zoey (played by Jennifer Beals.) The cases in this episode will be a cult leader accused of tax fraud and a college basketball player accused of statutory rape. And there’s more good news for fans of James Marsters. He did get his own show. He has also been cast as terrorist leader Barnabus Greeley in the upcoming Syfy series “Caprica.” The series also stars Eric Stolz and Esai Morales and premieres January 22, 2010.

I just saw the previews for White Collar on USA network. Do you have anything more on it? It looks like an updated version of “It Takes A Thief

.” Thanks, H.

“White Collar” premieres in October on USA and stars Matt Bomer (Bryce on “Chuck”), Tim DeKay (Clayton on “Carnival”), Willie Garson (Stanford on “Sex and the City”), and Tiffani Thiessen (do I really need to tell you how we know her? I didn’t think so). Bomer plays Neal Caffrey, a master con artist/thief who FBI agent Peter Burke (DeKay) springs from jail on the condition he help him catch bad guys. In other words, the premise is very reminiscent of “It Takes a Thief.” I’ve seen the pilot and definitely think the show has potential. And it is such a different role for Thiessen — she plays Peter’s wife Elizabeth.

Where Have I Seen Them Before?

Erich Anderson was the man whose maid was murdered on “Monk.” He’s guest starred on almost every TV show but I remember him most as the mayor Ben Fisher on “Boomtown” and Felicity’s father Dr. Edward Porter on “Felicity .” Henri Lubatti was the French chef. We just saw Lubatti as the recovering drug addict who befriended Jamie and was killed on “Dark Blue.” He was also Ilija on “Sleeper Cell” and Felicity’s boyfriend David on “Felicity.”

Wendi McLendon-Cove was Vivian, the woman Michael met during the brush fire evacuation on “10 Things I Hate About You.” She was Deputy Clementine Johnson on “Reno 911!” and Lydia on “Lovespring International.”

Brad Rowe is Chloe’s ex-boyfriend Joe on “Make It or Break It.” Rowe was Ty on “Wasteland,” Dan on “Leap of Faith,” and Jack on “1-800-Missing.”

Matt Letscher is the studio boss Dan on “Entourage.” He was Nate on “Eli Stone” and Alec, the man Kitty befriended in the park, on “Brothers & Sisters.” He was also Gavin on “Good Morning Miami” and Eric on “Joey.”

And I had a delayed reaction to realizing this one. Autumn Reeser, who was Taylor on “The O.C.,” is Lizzie the agent who had the affair with Andrew (Gary Cole) on “Entourage.”

Quotes of the Week

“In your professional opinion, why are cats so underused in the film industry?” Zoey to a film critic patient (Victor Garber) on “Nurse Jackie.”

“The only thing I want to do besides help people is not kill them.” Once again Zoey on “Nurse Jackie.”

“Forgive me but I’m worried this is going to look like a halter diaper.” Tim Gunn on “Project Runway.”

“No, you can decide the cases I try and you can make me work nights and weekends and on Beyonce’s birthday, but you do not get to pick my assistant. Terri stays.” Jane to Parker on “Drop Dead Diva.”

Exchanges of the Week

“So Dan you still seeing that chick from ‘Lost?'” Johnny Drama to Dan, the studio head on “Entourage.”

“I got rid of her before the island did John. I was hitting that cutie on ‘Brothers & Sisters'” Dan’s response.

“Not Sally Field.” Drama.

“No John not Sally Field.” Dan


“How come Nate gets to be the magician? I do card tricks, too. I do great card tricks.” Hardison on “Leverage.”

“Can we talk about this later?” Nate’s response.

“Does anyone want to do my job? Huh? I get punched and kicked.” Eliot’s response. Thanks to Sean for the exchange.


“You’ve killed a man before!” Eric to Sookie on “True Blood.”

“In self-defense, Not for lunch!” Sookie to Eric. Thanks to Weiss for the exchange.

That’s all for today. I’m back on Monday with a look at the current crop of bad boys on TV (starting with Patrick on “10 Things I Hate About You.”) and the ones coming your way this fall. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at or follow me on Twitter. Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Monday.

Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal

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