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'White Collar' Returns, 'The Following' Begins

 
 
   
Jan. 22 brings a new season of White Collar on USA starring Magic Mike vet Matt Bomer. It would appear that Matt's guest appearance on Glee last year is still paying off. He will co-star in Glee creator Ryan Murphy's film version of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart. The HBO production, to air in 2014, will feature Bomer with Julia Roberts, The Avengers' Mark Ruffalo and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons.

For younger readers, The Normal Heart looks at efforts to bring attention to the AIDS crises in the early 1980s. Roberts will play Dr. Emma Brookner, the wheelchair-bound doctor whose patients are among their earliest AIDS victims. Ruffalo has the lead role of Ned Weeks, who watches helplessly as those around him fall one-by-one, and Bomer is the reporter, Felix Turner, who falls in love with Ned. 

Matt is currently filming actor/director Jack Plotnick's sci-fi comedy Space Station 76. You should remember Plotnick as the hot, nerdy journalist whom Ian McKellen coerced into removing his clothes in Gods and Monsters. Sure he's done much more, but you always remember your first—as in, wet spot. The nostalgic-looking film features a '70s-style look at the future and costars Watchmen's Patrick Wilson, Mockingbird Lane's Jerry O'Connell, Blossom's Michael Stoyanov and Lord of the Rings' Liv Tyler.

I was surprised by HBO's Girls for its Golden Globe wins mainly because I gave up watching it after the third episode of season one. If I wanted to be around such whiny, immature and unlikeable characters, I'd get a job at Starbucks. Having learned that the adorable Andrew Rannells was getting a larger role on season two, I tuned in and was amply paid with scenes of him 90 percent nude except for frontal. Gorgeous face, sexy bod and a talented actor. Just added him to my Christmas list.

FOX's serial killer thriller The Following has the distinction of beating NBC's serial killer series Hannibal to a premiere on Jan. 21. The Following features Kevin Bacon, Episodes vet James Purefoy, Dexter's Billy Brown and X-Men's Shawn Ashmore. Purefoy will also join the beautiful Natascha McElhone in Heaven and Earth, sort of a Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman-meets-Yentl true story of James Miranda Barry, the first woman doctor, who had to masquerade as a man.

Celebrity watcher alert. The premiere of Movie 43 comes to Grauman's Chinese on Jan. 23. Now a pause for you to ask what the hell Movie 43 is. It's a compilation comedy sketch film featuring cameos by Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Chris Pratt, Uma Thurman, Gerard Butler, Josh Duhamel, Seann William Scott, Anna Faris and Naomi Watts, to name a few. But the cavalcade of stars doesn't end with the cast—the list of segment directors is just as varied, including The Hunger Games' Elizabeth Banks, Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk, Knocked Up's Steven Brill, House of Lies and son of Dominick, Griffin Dunne and The Three Stooges' Peter Farrelly, among others.

Fans of Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog won't want to miss its star Felicia Day when she makes a return guest appearance on the Jan. 23 episode of Supernatural.

New episodes of Project Runway with new judge Zac Posen filling in for Michael Kors begin Jan. 24 on Lifetime.

Missing in action without plot explanation, Ashley Fink returns as Lauren Zizes in the Jan. 24 debut of new Glee episodes. But the actor I'd really like to see return is Max Adler, who gave such a knock-out performance as the troubled Dave Karofsky. Hard to forget him in last year's episode, in which he attempted suicide to Darren Criss' moving rendition of "Cough Syrup." Max appeared on the Jan. 16 episode of American Horror Story: Asylum.
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