Quote of the Weekend:
"Hart to Hart wasn't only a TV show. It's right here in the pool."
An enamored Flavor Flav to cast mate and giantess Brigitte Nielsen on The Surreal Life
Jack & Bobby
Just when you were thinking it was Jack (Matt Long) who was going to be president, it swung back to Bobby (Logan Lerman). And then back and forth and back and forth, until it finally landed on the younger dude. The pseudo, purposely vague documentary was a crafty device to keep us guessing until the end. And while it's debatable whether they should have given away that info at the end of the very first episode, I'm hardly convinced that it was a good idea to establish that Courtney (Jessica Paré) does hook up with Jack who dies (!) before eventually settling down with Bobby in the future. I mean, the producers of Smallville
Since 2000, former soap stud Brian Krause has played Leo Wyatt, the Halliwell sisters' handyman who became their whitelighter, otherwise known as a guardian angel. Over the years, Krause has played out lotsa drama on the WB witchfest — and we ain't just talkin' about his short-lived off-screen relationship with Alyssa Milano following his divorce. As Leo, he's endured a rocky marriage to that cranky Piper (Holly Marie Combs) that looked finito last season. But there's hope for the supernatural spouses yet in Season 7, which kicks off Sunday night. Read on for the magical details....
TV Guide Online: Leo was promoted last season to an elder whitelighter, wasn't he?
Brian Krause: Right. One of the other elders, Gideon, was bad and I terminated him. So then I made the choice to come back down from the clouds to be more proactive in protecting my children and the charmed ones. I haven't turned my back on the elders, but I keep a warier eye
Poor Christine Lahti. You'd think being married to a former executive producer of The West Wing would guarantee her a role in any of his future projects. Not necessarily. According to the Emmy-winning actress, her husband, Thomas Schlamme, didn't initially see a part for her in Jack & Bobby (debuting Sunday). That's his new WB drama about a conflicted single mom raising two boys — one of whom is destined to be president of the United States. Here, the 54-year-old Chicago Hope alumna talks about her role as future first mother Grace McCallister, and how she persuaded her husband to keep it all in the family.
TV Guide Online: In the pilot episode, Grace smokes pot. Any reservations about playing a professor, a woman of influence, who uses marijuana?
Christine Lahti: It's probably not good for her. Certainly not for the kids. No, [I don't have any] reservations. In fact, one of the things I loved about her the most is that she'
ER's Noah Wyle is confirming rumors that he'll hightail it out of County General at season's end. "I've just got other stuff going in my life right now," he told E! News Live. "I've got a son, I've got family and friends that said goodbye to me 12 years ago and are wondering when I'm coming back." You'll be back when your agent says you'll be back and not a moment sooner!
A CBS spokesman confirms that the network has scrapped plans to air a Madonna concert special this fall. "She wanted to do a two-and-a-half-hour-plus commercial-free format," says a network rep, "and we wanted a two-hour format with commercials." In related news, TV Guide Online has learned that the Eye Network has again postponed the new season of The Amazing Race this time until late October. "We want to give a little more space between the finale of Race 5 and the premiere of Race 6," says the rep. "We think the audience likes the breather." On the bright side, John Goodman's heinous new sitcom Center of the Universe will debut as scheduled on Sept. 29. Phew.
How's Matt LeBlanc doin' this morning? Not too shabby, considering the respectable debut Joey made Thursday night. His heavily hyped Friends spin-off averaged nearly 18 million new friends, easily outpacing ABC's NFL Opening Kickoff and CBS's Big Brother 5. But compared to last year's Friends opener, Joey was off by 6.6 million viewers. The show's real test will come next Thursday when it goes head-to-head with Survivor: Vanuatu. Meanwhile, The Apprentice lost some business from last season. The 90-minute premiere drew 14.3 million viewers, roughly 4 million fewer than Omarosa and Co. attracted in their debut. In related news....
Is Smallville big enough for two Lois Lanes? We'll find out when big-screen Lois, Margot Kidder, guest-stars in the Sept. 22 season premiere the same episode that marks the arrival of teenage Lois Lane (Erica Durance). Kidder will play Bridgette Crosby, an emissary to Dr. Swann. Unfortunately, Kidder's Superman costar, Christopher Reeve, who originated the role of the mysterious doc, will not appear with her in the episode. But exec producer Miles Millar doesn't rule out a reunion later this season. "That's definitely something we'd like to do," he tells TV Guide Online.
Entering the Big Brother 5 house with her look-alike sister, Natalie, Adria Klein thought that surely two heads would be better than one. But boy, was she ever mistaken: Once the "twin twist" was revealed, the Alabamans' fellow contestants wanted nothing more than to knock their noggins together! That sentiment only increased when "A," as she was nicknamed, nominated, then personally eliminated, her own ally, Will. (Talk about your bad Karma Electra!) The 30-year-old fitness professional was finally sent packing last week (in a unanimous decision, we might add), but not before confirming her flatmates' worst fears — that, despite their protestations of individuality, she and her sibling would be bloc-voting for the grand-prize winner. Here, apparently out of threats for the moment, the Bible-thumping back-stabber shares her story with TV Guide Online.
TV Guide Online: What did you think of this season's "Project DNA (Do Not Assume)" tw
The Surreal Life producers are developing a series for this season's breakout screwballs Flava Flav and Brigitte Nielsen, Variety reports. Meanwhile, VH1 has given the go-ahead for a fourth season of the has-been romp. Monday's third season premiere attracted 1.7 million viewers, ranking as VH1's highest-rated original series debut on record.