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Returning tonight:


Boss (9pm Starz)

“Boss,” my third favorite series of 2011, comes roaring back tonight with a fascinating new (and probably not temporary) chief of staff for Chicago mayor Tom Kane.

We’re told the Lewy is getting worse. Kane’s daughter Emma is not having a blast in prison. Sam Miller prays his publisher does not alter his deal further. Daniel J. Travanti (Furillo!) is still lurking hornily about.

Kathleen Robertson fleetingly but memorably examines her own sumptuous naked breasts, as if to ensure you’re paying close attention.

The second season premiere ends with a cliffhanger that left me very keen to see what happens next.

Mitt Romney has a really fake-sounding laugh but “Boss” stars a Republican who can act! Watch this show! Thank me later!

Real Time With Bill Maher (10pm HBO)

Maher’s roundtable guests this week are Broadcast.com founder Mark Cuban, columnist Reihan Salam and news anchor Alex Wagner; talk-show host Chelsea Handler is an interview guest.


Strike Back (10pm Cinemax)

 

Premiering tonight:


A Chance To Dance (Ovation)

 

Fridays, June 15-Aug. 10, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; previous weeks in parentheses)
6.6 (8.7)(12.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Olympics
1.0 (0.8) (0.9) (1.3) (1.3) (1.2) (1.1) (1.2) (---) 20/20
0.9 (0.8) (0.7) (1.0) (1.2) (1.1) (1.1) (1.1) (---) Shark Tank
0.8 (0.6) (0.6) (0.9) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) For Better Or Worse
0.7 (0.8) (0.6) (0.7) (0.8) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) Robot Chicken
0.7 (0.7) (0.6) (---) (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (0.9) (0.9) Undercover Boss
0.7 (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (0.8) (0.6) (0.8) (1.0) (0.7) WWE Smackdown
0.6 (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (0.7) (0.6) Bones
0.6 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.6) (---) (0.6) (0.7) (0.6) Common Law
0.6 (---) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (0.5) Gravity Falls
0.6 (0.5) (0.5) (0.7) (---) (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.6) House of Payne
0.5 (0.4) (0.5) (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) Blue Bloods
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.7) (0.7) (0.9) (0.8) (0.6) (0.7) CSI NY
0.5 (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Diners, Drive-Ins
0.4 (---) (0.3) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (---) ANT Farm
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Code 9
0.4 (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) Good Luck Charlie
0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Lost Girl
0.4 (0.5) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) Say Yes To/Dress
0.3 (---) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (---) (0.3) House Hunters
0.3 (---) (---) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) House Hunters Intl
0.3 (0.3) (---) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) Randy/Rescue
0.3 (---) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 3 Days To Open
0.2 (0.2) (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.2) (0.2) (0.2) Nikita

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  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Bill's Back? Cool!!

    by Stalkeye

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    WHAT about lost girl?

    by holysin

    Um, what about lost girl? Season 3 premiers in Canada in september. It's not september. Season 3 premiers in the US in January. It's not January. So..... are you all hot and bothered about repeats or is there something happening with lost girl? Lack of information not so useful herc-dude.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Like a Boss I have changed my ID from Mr X to theconsultant.

    by Rakesh Patel

    let it be known. Really do like this series, Kelsey Grammer kills it as the menacing Tom Kane. looking forward to this one. This and american horror story were my pics of last year.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Ciaran Hinds is Mance Rayder

    by johnnyangelheart

    It is known. And Boss is great if you can get it.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    BILL MAHER IS THE CHEESE BAITED TRAP FOR THE RAT KNOWN AS JAY2517-90210!!!!!

    by I am the Terminator

    A neck and tail are about to get SNAPPED!!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    The only reason to watch the appaling looking Strike Back:

    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    Exclusive premières of two new Bob Dylan tracks. (though one's been leaked already).

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    apologies for the appalling spelling of appalling

    by Dr Eric Vornoff

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Bill Who?

    by Michael Lunney

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    can't wait for boss

    by jsfithaca

    the last two episodes of last season were some of the most gripping, shocking televsion ive ever seen. can't believe it was fucked over at the emmys

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    I saw Bill Maher in an episode of Max Headroom last night.

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    He played a ponytailed slimeball of an ex-network programmer who had invented a method of physically addicting people to television. The character was a bottom-feeding douche, which I suppose was why they cast Maher.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    @holysin - Lost Girl

    by katchoo67

    Lost Girl is on SyFy here in the states so we are still watching season 2. One of my fav. shows of the summer.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Great news for the Romney fans!

    by Hercules

    Gallup has him leading Obama by 2%: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/president_obama_vs_republican_candidates.html

  • sounds like you're trying to get a brouhaha brewing here with that Rimney post, eh? Romney can only win with Mrs. P as his running mate...... yes?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    hercules - But, aren't you a Romney fan too? you better be...

    by Michael Lunney

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Romney up by 2%, lol.

    by Norman Colson

    when someone digs up his taxes and sees how much bread he's ulling in middle class nd poor americans are gonna have a field day!!!! Damn i wish i could see strikeback tonight, but i dont have cinemax!!!! Damn you HBO!

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    third favorite series of 2011

    by punto

    what are the other 2?

  • Hope the cruise was memorable- for all the right reasons....Hope you have some good stories to share about it....

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    hey, mcgoo, how's it going?

    by Jared Parker

    are you really a romney fan, or were you kidding?

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    @katchoo67:

    by holysin

    Oooo! Thanks, I thought syfy had finished Season 2 earlier this summer. Carry on :) I quite liked how S2 played out and can't wait for S3 to start, even if it's going to be shorter than S2 (curse you syfy for shortening it!)

  • ...what facts will he distort or out right lie about tonight? who knows! never has irrelevancy been so low rated (unless u count the coward king Olbermann on the cable access channel Current).

  • fucking hack...

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    jp1 - just kidding!

    by Michael Lunney

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    whats up mcgoo? how u been?

    by jay2517

    hope uve been well. im getting ready to have a cookout with the my little ladies after i get done lifting weights. so, ill have to catch the RMLFDCETC Maher on dvr...if i can stomach it. man! it was a GREAT few months without that piece of fucking shit on "tv". damn...

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    mcgootoo

    by Hercules

    I'm guessing it'll be someone in the Quack Pack. Likely Dan Gheesing, but I'm pulling for Britney Haynes.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    I enjoyed Bullet to the Face more than I thought

    by Cobb05

    It needed a slightly bigger budget. The bad CG exterior shots kinda hurts it some. You see those and think, "ugh." And eventhough it's somewhat a spoof of noir/revenge movies, some of the acting is bad. Yes, some of that was done on purpose. But the director doesn't have the right chops to pull off the bad acting as being somewhat tongue-in-cheek. It just comes off as bad. But it's a pretty fun show. Max Williams kills it though. I hope he gets some good roles off this. He plays a great psychopath. I saw a post somewhere that said he would make an awesome Joker. He's not a big enough star for that, but this guy would make a great villian in a comic book movie. It's a fun show though. I never watched Sledge Hammer, but Alan Spencer is supposed to be a great writer and script doctor. He doesn't have an impressive imdb page, but hopefully this is a start of better things to come from him.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Hey Amigos!

    by Paul

    Yes the Disney Cruise was good, its not really my thing since I'd rather just get to where I'm going to quickly and then enjoy it, but for a cruise it was pretty great, unlimited food, pools and a water slide on the boat, every night had a Disney play (most were chessey, but fun) or magician or juggler, (later in the night both had adult shows in the adult club area which were great, I even made the mistake of sitting in the front row and getting called up to be part of the magician show, a movie theater with Disney produced shows, so I saw Avengers, Brave and People Like Us. We were supposed to stop at Costa Maya & Cosumel Mexico, but because of hurricane Errnesto we went to St Maartin east of Puerto Rico. My son and I wandered around the old city and bought stuff from the folk craft vendors. I bought a frog carved out of marble. We also found a place called "the Yoda Guy" Nick Maley one of the original Star Wars designers who had a hand in designing Yoda, Chewbacca and other Star Wars characters had a small museum on the island along with his studio so we went up to meet him since it was open to the public. Then to St Thomas in the Virgin Island we stopped and while there I took a boat out to St John to see the ruins of an old Sugar Plantation from when the Dutch owned the island. Then we went to Disneys own island Castaway Cay for beach time. Thn afterwards we did the 4 parks in Disney World (actually used to work in the Magic Kingdom in the Disney College Program so it was fun going back. Also we went to Universal Islands of Adventure, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was sooooo awesome! Dr Suess land was fun also, I hate to say it though, but Universal does a horrible job with running the park itself though, supper long lines which could easily be fixed with copying Disney's fastpass system (they have something similar, but you have to pay for it) plus he workers are unhelpful, but still Harry Potter was incredible, I can't wait until the California park gets it in 2015. So all in all a good trip.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Strike Back series 1 was great!

    by DC Films

    Sure that is a crappy promo reel for series 2, but give it a try - last series really surprised me.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Boss

    by angry kitty

    Kelsey Grammer is simply fantastic. Easily the best drama on tv. So glad to have it back.

  • what a fucking cockwad...

  • u fucking hack....

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Strike Back is so good

    by Clockwork Taxi

    Surpised it doesn't get more attention. More action in a single episode then both Expendible movies combined.

  • Couldn't get into it though, just feels like a competent action show with good production values but doesn't really bring anything new or unique to the table. Nothing really bad to say about it, but in an era like this with so many great shows like Mad Men, Game of thrones, Boardwalk empire, etc I didn't see the point in keeping with it. I might still try out the 'real' first season, the Brit one since I hear it's different from the 2nd/US one, but who knows. The BOSS premiere was solid. I still feel like that show is one hair away from something I like enough to own/rewatch but I will keep watching the new stuff.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 2:23 a.m. CST

    damn, that boss ending

    by jsfithaca

    is she dead? also those halloucinations of ezra were just the perfect amount of creepy for that scene.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    jsfithaca

    by Rebel Scumb

    Yeah, I'm actually at a loss for who might even have been shooting at them. I wouldn't put it past Kane to arrange the shooting himself to gain sympathy/support.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    i thought it couldve been

    by jsfithaca

    that black guy thats with his daughter. but yeah i wouldnt put it past kane to have arranged it himself.

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Good point about the daughter's boyfriend

    by Rebel Scumb

    Forgot he had the meeting with the gangsta guy

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    use this spell caster if you need your lost lover back

    by jenniferrushil

    i and my lover had some misunderstanding 3 months ago and he left the house with no tress, there was no way i could contact him, i searched for him i could not find him, i was desperate to get him back, crying every hour became my duty, so when i told a friend what had happened, she told me she had similar problem but a spell caster helped her, so he directed me on how to contact this spell caster, she gave me this email address prophetharry@ymail.com, so i contacted prophet regarding my problem and he said he could help me, i gave him the necessary informations which he required for and after three days of his spell was casterd, my lover who left the house came back and confessed to me that he was having another affair with another girl, he fell on his knees while begging that I give him a second chance and also apologized never to cheat on me again, so we reconciled together . The scene was unbelievable, especially from him who is a such a proud man usually! thanks to prophetharry@ymail.com for giving me all I asked for, My spells seems to work in the most powerful way. Jennifer, USA

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    prophetharry@ymail.com can bring back your lover

    by jenniferrushil

    i and my lover had some misunderstanding 3 months ago and he left the house with no tress, there was no way i could contact him, i searched for him i could not find him, i was desperate to get him back, crying every hour became my duty, so when i told a friend what had happened, she told me she had similar problem but a spell caster helped her, so he directed me on how to contact this spell caster, she gave me this email address prophetharry@ymail.com, so i contacted prophet regarding my problem and he said he could help me, i gave him the necessary informations which he required for and after three days of his spell was casterd, my lover who left the house came back and confessed to me that he was having another affair with another girl, he fell on his knees while begging that I give him a second chance and also apologized never to cheat on me again, so we reconciled together . The scene was unbelievable, especially from him who is a such a proud man usually! thanks to prophetharry@ymail.com for giving me all I asked for, My spells seems to work in the most powerful way. Jennifer, USA

  • Aug. 19, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    How is this thread about anything other

    by Itchy

    than Kathleen Robertson's perfect tits ? You are all fags. Not that there's anything wrong with that.