July 22, 2007
New York -- Patty Hewes frightens Glenn Close. No wonder: Hewes is an ice-eyed trial lawyer and serpentine liar who disdains white-collar violence in favor of open sadism. She never settles for $100 million, in other words, when she can put everyone through hell for a nickel more. But Close is Patty Hewes, the central character in Damages, a cloak-and-dagger legal thriller that begins Tuesday on FX. In 40 years in theater and movies, Close has appeared as Norma Desmond, Cruella de Vil and Alex Forrest, the Medusa-haired bunny boiler of Fatal Attraction.
January 10, 2006
Michael Chiklis (above) stars as corrupt cop Vic Mackey in the fifth-season premiere of The Shield (10 p.m.-11 p.m., FX).
December 28, 1993
Merrill Lynch leads in munisMerrill Lynch & Co. ranked first among municipal bond underwriters in 1993 as the federal government investigated the industry's sales practices.Merrill managed 458 bond issues totaling $34.8 billion this year, according to preliminary figures from Securities Data Co./Bond Buyer. Those issues accounted for 12.3 percent of the total $284 billion of municipal bonds sold through Thursday. Merrill overtook Goldman, Sachs & Co., which ranked first among municipal underwriters last year.
July 30, 2000
One of the most oft-asked questions of a film critic, especially this summer, is, "How does this stuff get made?" "This stuff," of course, refers to the dreck that regularly opens at the googol-plex every Friday. How it gets made is chronicled with vicious, mean-spirited, hilarious cynicism in "Action," a failed Fox comedy series that started rebroadcast on the FX Networks cable channel June 20. The first eight episodes of the show, which stars Jay Mohr as a rapacious movie producer and Illeana Douglas as a prostitute-turned-development-executive, chronicled the greed, lust and narcissism that fuel the movie business.
October 20, 2007
Damages gets an all-day marathon today; its season finale airs Tuesday. While the intricately plotted legal thriller starring Glenn Close and Ted Danson has garnered a passionate following, the viewership has not been as sizable as FX had hoped, putting the show's return in doubt. But network executives promise there will be a satisfying conclusion. And one factor that could persuade FX to give the program a second shot: the possibility that the drama will rack up some major awards. (8 a.m.-8 p.m., FX)
March 12, 1996
During this most holy of college basketball weeks, Fox is stealing some of CBS' thunder with a former hoopster turned baseball man.The network is expected to announce today that Dave Winfield has been signed as a studio analyst for the network's baseball coverage, which begins in early June with a weekly game.Winfield, who played baseball, basketball and football at the University of Minnesota, played for a host of major-league teams, most notably the New York Yankees, and most recently with the Cleveland Indians, from whom he retired after last season.