"Carnivale," "Sopranos" and "Dead Zone" News, Oh My!

Casting calls and news items in the TV community come in each day here to FilmJerk.com. Amy Lawrence catches the minutiae that falls through the cracks, and discusses them more in depth than most of them probably deserve. Today’s call includes notices on my favorites “Carnivale,” “The Practice,” “Nip/Tuck,” and several shows with “Dead” in their titles.

The Bold and the Beautiful: New character Elizabeth Shumaker is a 45ish African American lawyer.

Carnivale: Episode 9 is called “Insomnia,” and we find out why Apollonia is comatose. She was raped by an evil tattooed man who we will learn more about in later eps. *coughheistheultimateevilcough* Episode 11 is called “Day of the Dead.” Ben and Ruthie get engaged, but, but, oh, I can’t tell you what happens but it’s not good. Ben can save the day, but will her Lodz buys a poisonous snake, and, we find out that Brother Justin is a past inmate of a mental institution. Does this mean his religious powers are all in his head? Is it September yet because I can’t wait to see this show.

Cracking Up: Molly Shannon and Chris McDonald have been cast in this pilot by Brad Grey for FOX about a psych student who takes a summer job as a live-in counselor for a bunch of rich crazies.

Dead Like Me: In “Sunday Mornings,” dead George saves Charlotte from suicide (saving people is part of her job in the afterlife) and they become fast friends, until George finds out Charlotte’s love is George’s father. This show will either be good creepy, or “Touched by an Angel” sappy.

The Dead Zone: Johnny helps Park Ranger Randy Turman find a downed plane by seeing it’s location after touching a piece of the wreckage. He probably should have touched Randy to find out what his real deal is in episode 217, “The Mountain.”

The L Word: The L word doesn’t stand for “love” but “lesbians” for this forthcoming Showtime series. Tim invites fiancee Jenny to live with him, not realizing that his neighborhood is a hotbed of lesbians, one of whom, Marina, seduces Jenny unbeknownst to Tim.

Law and Order: Criminal Intent: Earl is an ex-detective who is now a securities dealer, and also a hit man for the mafia. Earl married his hit’s widow, but now could be un-masked as her husband’s murderer. Worse yet, the dead husband, Dan, gets audited by the IRS. Both Earl and his wife panic as their lives could be ruined as Earl’s murdering ways, and Dan’s mob connections are exposed in this episode called “But Not Forgotten.”

Luis: Luis Guzman is “Luis,” the crotchety — but I’m sure lovable — owner of a donut shop and landlord of the apartments above the shop. This is filming as a pilot for FOX, which has been given the green light for fall. I am deeply uninterested.

Monk: “Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy.” The man who is trying to buy out Tiffany Magazine is murdered, but playboy Dex, the current owner of Tiffany and our prime suspect was busy cavorting at the Tiffany mansion at the time of the murder. How ever will Monk prove his case? I cannot believe that anyone cares.

Nip/Tuck: Nanette Babcock is a severely depressed woman who wants an extreme make-over for her high school reunion. Ethics, schmethics, the plastic surgeon’s of Nip/Tuck are up for it, until the practice’s new counselor nixes Nanette’s surgeries with tragic results. Also, Matt’s circumcision fails to impress his girlfriend, and the docs are getting sued for leaving an instrument in a patient. All this and more from these inept surgeons in the episode “Nanette Babcock.”

The Peacemakers: Episode 102 is called “No Excuse.” In this one, sheriff Tom Berenger and Pinkerton detective Peter O’Meara investigate a murder in what is not the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Port Charles: The show is seeking it’s own little “American Idol,” a blonde pretty chickie who can sing pop songs. The role is recurring so expect some painful musical numbers.

The Practice: The cast has been decimated and casting for the new lawyers begins. As we reported last week, one is a 20-something paralegal who takes law courses at night. She’s sassy and adorable and ambitious and…whatever.

Reno 911: This “COPS” spoof needs a Kenny Rogers look-alike, a stripper, and a drag queen. This could possibly be the perfect joke set-up.

The Sopranos: Episode 506 is called “In Camelot” (Can you hear the song nowr Can your) and has several scenes at an AA meeting. There’s also a funeral, and some flashbacks to Tony at 16.

The Young and the Restless: They need strippers and lots of ’em! And, they want dancers with strong acting skills. Acting turned on and interested when some balding, married guy puts a dollar in your pants is a skill, rightr