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Link Tank: TV Blog Coalition Roundup for Jan. 23 - 25

Televisionary is proud to be a member of the TV Blog Coalition. At the end of each week, we'll feature a roundup of content from our sister sites for your delectation. This week, I took an early look at the third episode of Season Five of Lost ("Jughead") and hinted at some surprising twists to come ! I also had comments from Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse about Season Five of Lost and Team Darlton's spoiler-laden thoughts about the first two installments . (Along with my own theories and feelings about the two-hour premiere .) I shared news about Michelle Ryan ( Bionic Woman ) joining the cast of the Doctor Who Easter Special ("Planet of the Dead") and gave her my approval as the possible companion for the Eleventh Doctor next year. And recounted the recent press call with Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore and the actor playing the Final Cylon . Also, I discussed the latest installments of HBO's Big Love , FX's Damages

Eternal Romance: The Final Cylon and Ronald D. Moore Talk About Reactions, Revelations on "Battlestar Galactica"

The sound of the collective gasp last Friday when Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica revealed the identity of the fabled Final Cylon could have broken the stratosphere, so unexpected was its raw power. For those of you who saw "Sometimes a Great Notion," the end of the episode featured Colonel Tigh (Michael Hogan) experience a vision after wading out into the ocean on the newly discovered planet Earth. A vision in which he sees the face of the Final Cylon, long hidden from the humans, the skinjobs, and the other members of the vaunted Final Five. (And if you haven't yet seen the episode, consider yourself warned at this point.) Written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, the episode was gorgeous and somber and featured a jaw-dropping flashback from Colonel Tigh as he recalled the final member of their disparate group. A few days later, Battlestar Galactica co-creator/executive producer Ronald D. Moore and Kate Vernon, who plays Ellen Tigh, a.k.a. the Final Cylon, g

Saving Not-So-Private Ryan: Former "Bionic Woman" Michelle Ryan Signs On for "Doctor Who" Easter Special

Adding more gristle to the rumor mill that Bionic Woman 's Michelle Ryan will take over as the new companion for the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), the BBC today announced that Ryan will guest star in the next Doctor Who special featuring the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), entitled "Planet of the Dead," which is slated to air in the UK at Easter. Ryan will play the enigmatic Lady Christina de Souza, who "joins the Doctor on a bus trip which takes an unexpected detour into danger." "Michelle is one of the most sought after young actors in the country and we are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team," said executive producer Russell T. Davies. "As always the script is being kept strictly under wraps, however we can reveal that Lady Christina is a woman with a mysterious past who's going to have a huge impact on the Doctor!" As in she sticks around when he regenerates into Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor? Hmmm... Inboun

Channel Surfing: Harmon Ponders "Samantha Who." ABC Stirs Up Cauldron for "Eastwick," Margulies Scrubs in at "ER," and More

Welcome to your Friday morning television briefing. I'm super-excited for the weekend to be here after a hectic week and thrilled that we have a brand-new episode of Battlestar Galactica to head us into the weekend. Angie Harmon ( Women's Murder Club ) has been cast in a potential recurring role on ABC's Samantha Who? , where she will play Gigi, "the infamous (and crazy) ex-wife of Sam's current honey, Funk (Billy Zane)." Entertainment Weekly 's Michael Ausiello also alludes to the fact that Gigi plays a "critical role in the show's mythology." Hmmm... Could it be that Sam is learning just what caused her amnesia after all? ( Entertainment Weekly 's Ausiello Files ) ABC has handed out a pilot order to Eastwick , loosely based on the 1987 film The Witches of Eastwick , about three women who receive magical powers after a stranger visits their small town. Project, from Warner Bros. Television, will be written by Maggie Friedman. ( Hollyw

What Comes Around, Goes Around: The Season Five Premiere of ABC's "Lost" ("Because You Left" and "The Lie")

Yes, Lost is back. And, yes, we've all got questions. The fifth season of ABC's labyrinthine drama Lost kicked off with two back-to-back episodes ("Because We Left" and "The Lie") that set up the new format and action for Season Five. (You can read my advance review of the first two episodes of Season Five here and read what Damon and Carlton had to say about this episode here .) The two-hour season premiere also seeks to answer the two sides of a single question: do bad things happen because people leave (as Jack believes) or because people lie (as Hurley believes)? Is one truly worse than the other? And are their actions to blame for the horrors that befall them? Or is it fate? You've already read my advance review of these episodes , which teased some developments, but let's discuss now in depth. While I've already seen the third episode of the season, the usual rules apply: I won't be spoiling anything from that episode below and w

Time Travel, Red Shirts, and Alliances: More with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse from TCA

Welcome to Part Two of my write-up of the Lost panel from the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour with executive producer/showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Having asked the press not to reveal spoilers from the series' first three episodes of Lost , I followed Team Darlton's request and kept certain questions and answers out of Part One of my coverage of the TCA panel . What follows is a fairly spoiler-ridden discussion of Lost 's two-hour season premiere ("Because You Left" and "The Lie"), so if you haven't yet seen the fifth season premiere and don't want to be spoiled about some key elements, don't read any further. (You've been warned!) One of the most interesting discoveries of "Because You Left" and "The Lie" isn't just that the island has moved through time, it's that the island--or possibly just the people on the island--are constantly hopping through time, finding themselves

Fathers and Sons, Lovers and Killers: The Plot Thickens on "Damages"

While everyone is bound to being freaking out over the two-hour fifth season premiere of Lost , I'm hoping that fans of FX's Damages haven't forsaken the legal thriller this week as the series once again delivered a fantastic installment that filled in some of the blanks in the backstory between Patty Hewes and Daniel Purcell. On this week's episode of Damages ("I Knew Your Pig"), the case against Daniel Purcell mounts as the police--embodied by dogged cop Detective Huntley (Tom Noonan)--clearly thinks he is their prime suspect while Daniel makes a discovery about Christine's murder and Patty learns that Daniel is lying to her about a number of things... and possibly everything. All this and Ellen digging around into Patty's past vis-a-vis a seventeen-year-old case that involved Patty AND Daniel Purcell. Hmmm... Let's discuss. Michael. I just *knew* that Michael was Daniel Purcell's son, after that totally awkward and charged encounter bet