"Crisis": With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars,
As with "Hostages," the president is involved as well as a political vendetta of sorts, but creator Rand Ravich ("Life") has given himself a lot more room to move. Heading off for a field trip from their prestigious private school, a group of disparate teenagers (including the president's son) is taken hostage. Only one gets away, through the super-cop effort of
Back at command, agent Susie Dunn ("666 Park Avenue's"
The action moves back and forth between the taken (who include a parent played by
"Doll & Em": #ILoveEmilyMortimer, and for those who feel the same, catching her new six-episode comedy series on HBO is a no-brainer. Especially since she plays a version of herself.
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Which, as anyone who has ever hired a friend to do just about anything will tell you, is not such a great idea.
There is, of course, the obligatory send-up of Los Angeles, tricked out here with appearances by the likes of Susan Sarandon,
Although much of the action here is particular to the Hollywood life--
"Episodes": As one Hollywood send-up begins, another ends; This Sunday is the season finale of Showtime's "Episodes." For three years, British couple/writing team Beverly (Tamsin Greig) and Sean (Stephen Mangan) have struggled to make the American version of their boarding-school-centric show, "Lyman's Boys," which is almost immediately changed to a low-brow comedy called "Pucks" starring Matt LeBlanc (Matt LeBlanc) as a dense hockey coach.
Now with "Pucks" finally coming to an end, the three must decide what their next steps will be--Showtime has, fortunately, renewed "Episodes" for a fourth season. It's silly and soapy and only occasionally scathing but the four leads (Kathleen Rose Perkins often steals the show as TV executive Carol Rance) are terrific, and there's something oddly endearing about a television show about making a television show. Showtime, Sunday, 10:30 p.m.
An earlier version of this story neglected to mention Azazel Jacobs as a co-writer of "Doll and Em."