Showbiz Moms & Dads
Finally, in the midst of this vapid void of mind-numbing entertainment, a show comes along that speaks to the human condition.
No, seriously. Raise your hand if your parents never tried to live vicariously through you, their talented little superstar. Now raise your hand, parents out there in cyberspace, if you never decided that your child was destined for fame before they could even spell the word fortune. Yeah, that's what I thought. (Okay, I confess. My hands never left the keyboard.)
To be fair, Little Ms. Jordan is a success story with a couple of sitcom roles under her belt, but Mama needs to make a choice: Either pay for some therapy now, for yourself, or you'll be paying for therapy for your little girl down the road. Your daughter is doing great, now put down the whip. Sure you're the best of friends and you always will be, but if your social life centers on dragging your 8-year-old to a salsa class
Starship's "We Built This City" was named the worst song ever by Blender magazine, which describes the 1985 hit as "the truly horrible sound of a band taking the corporate dollar while sneering at those who take the corporate dollar." (Well, duh.) Other tunes making the mag's "50 Worst Songs Ever!" list include Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy Breaky Heart," Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight," Limp Bizkit's "Rollin'" and Madonna's "American Life." In related news...
Is Clairol about to drop the F-bomb on Omarosa? A spokeswoman for the haircare giant, which on Friday shot an Herbal Essence shampoo commercial featuring the Apprentice diva, tells TV Guide Online that they filmed "multiple endings" to the spot and Omatrocious "may or may not" make the final cut. "No decision has been made at the moment." Clairol may be having second thoughts in the wake of Monday's New York Post story in which Om's Apprentice rival, Ereka Vetrini, blasted the company for aligning itself with the controversial, concussion-prone figure. "You can be sure I won't be using [their] products anymore," she said. Responds the Clairol rep: "We certainly listen to every one of our consumers."
NBC is toying with the idea of mounting an Apprentice spinoff centered on winner Bill Rancic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is in talks with executive producer Mark Burnett about a show that would follow Rancic as he oversees his grand-prize gig: the construction of the 90-story Trump International Hotel and Tower in his native Chicago. But according to the New York Times, financing for the $700 million high-rise project has yet to come through, and some doubt it will. "There is a lot of healthy skepticism about it," says real estate attorney Anthony R. Licata. "That said, Trump has made a career of proving people wrong. I would never bet against the guy." Meanwhile...
There's nothing like a dame, especially when her name's Helen Mirren. The accomplished 58-year-old actress, recently honored by the British government, is back as a tough Brit copper named Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness. This time, Tennison investigates the brutal murder of a young Bosnian refugee. The second half of this two-parter — airing on PBS's Masterpiece Theater — runs Sunday at 9 pm/ET.
TV Guide Online: Congratulations on being made a Dame of the British Empire last summer. Did the Queen tap you on the shoulder with a sword?
Helen Mirren: I got my honor from Prince Charles, but men get tapped, women don't. It's a great honor that comes from [my] country. It's very sad that a similar thing doesn't exist in America.
TVGO: What are you most recognized for over here?
Mirren: There's a section of the public who absolutely know me for Prime Suspect, another for Calendar Girls
Last week, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien — whose fate was likely sealed by Lex's recent ouster — became Boston Rob's latest victim on Survivor: All-Stars. The 50-year-old Marquesas alumna scrambled until her last minute to sway votes, but failed. Now an All-Stars jury member, Kathy tells TV Guide Online all about her strategy, Rob's backstabbing, and why she was the one who decided to keep Amber around.
TV Guide Online: You were such a power player in the beginning. What happened?
Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien: I was working it, but I guess [getting voted off] is what happens when you trust a friend. Other than that, I think I played a pretty good game.
TVGO: What made you think Rob could be trusted after he betrayed Lex?
Kathy: I helped with that Lex decision, unfortunately. I was the one that instigated that whole Amber idea. I thought it gave us more options to bring Amber over. Hindsight is 20/20
Star Wars fans will get a first look at Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) morphing into Darth Vader when the Star Wars Trilogy DVD collection hits stores on Sept. 21. The digitized boxed set will preview a sequence from Star Wars: Episode III in which Anakin slips into Vader's new duds. "What we want to do is give people a sense of what it was like when Darth Vader steps back on the set again," Lucasfilm's Jim Ward tells USA Today. "It's one of those moments that happens only once in the lifetime of a saga." Another once-in-a-lifetime moment: Watching Padmé glue a pair of Cinnabons to her daughter's head. We better see that, too.
Since the WB's airing fresh episodes of Gilmore Girls again, fans need to know: What's next for Lorelai and Rory's love lives? Here, TV Guide Online serves up exclusive dish on their big romantic developments leading up to Season 4's big finale on May 18. "Our season finale will be pretty big for both of our girls," says GG creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. "Big changes are happening. We're shooting it now, and it's really satisfying. We'll leave you in cliff-hanger mode for next year."
First off, it's clear Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Digger aren't forever material. Notice how she's always distracted by Luke, even when Digger does serious things like offering Ms. Gilmore her own key to his apartment? And isn't it convenient that Nicole cheated on Luke offscreen, leaving him all single?
"We're going to deal with 'Will they or won't they?' [between Lorelai and Luke] a little bit more seriously than we have in the past," Sherman-Palla
Kevin Spacey who won an Oscar for playing a criminal mastermind in The Usual Suspects was suckered by a humble con artist last weekend. The actor told BBC Radio his cell phone was snatched in a London park by a young man with "some sob story" about needing to phone home. Spacey initially told cops the thief attacked him but later admitted he'd chased the guy, only to trip over his own dog and bump his head on the pavement. Next to The Life of David Gale, this has to rank as one of the most embarrassing experiences of his life.
As first hinted in TV Guide magazine, fired Practice star
Dylan McDermott is headed back to the ABC drama for a showdown with his successor,
James Spader, a show rep now confirms. The actor will reprise his role as legal eagle Bobby Donnell for a two-episode arc airing May 2 and 16. "There's a lot of conflict in the office involving [Spader's character]," says co-star
Camryn Manheim, "so we need our old friend to help resolve it."