As one of former president Bill Clinton's "other women," Gennifer Flowers has suffered a tarnished rep. But next to her fellow scandal-ridden contestants on tonight's Weakest Link airing at 8 pm/ET on NBC she looks downright tame!
Indeed, Flowers a torch singer who penned the torrid tell-all Sleeping with the President: My Intimate Years with Bill Clinton joins quite a rogue's gallery of infamous faces here. These include figure-skater Tonya Harding, O.J. Simpson houseguest Kato Kaelin, TV bride Darva Conger and child star Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes). And in an exclusive interview with TV Guide Online, the Southern belle is gracious yet very plainspoken when it comes to this, er, rather eclectic lot.
First off, Flowers insists she w
Further proof that movie stars in search of quality roles are turning to TV in increasing numbers: James Marsden who played visor-wearing mutant Cyclops in the box-office smash X-Men joins the cast of Fox's Ally McBeal on Oct. 29 when the show kicks off its fifth season.
For his part, Marsden sees little difference between the two mediums. "I've always been a big fan of good work, and I don't think it needs to be separated by television and film," he tells TV Guide Online. "And [Ally creator] David E. Kelley was [someone] that I've always really wanted to work with, because as an actor, you want good dialogue... it helps you shine.
"I still have every intention of maintaining a film career as well," adds the 28-
Those eye-catching billboards promoting ABC's critically acclaimed spy caper Alias featuring a provocative image of the show's leading lady, Jennifer Garner, sporting a candy-apple dye job have been stopping traffic nationwide since making their roadside debut in August. Garner herself slammed on the breaks the first time she saw the IMAX-sized work of art.
"It really knocked me off my feet," recalls the 29-year-old Texas native, who was driving with her actor-husband, Scott Foley (Felicity), at the time of the sighting. "Even though I was expecting it, and I knew that they were out there and I knew what they looked like, I was completely overwhelmed and thrilled.
"But it's really not that big of a deal," she ad
You want to see a real E.R., folks? Forget the prosthetic wounds and doctors-in-love dramatics on NBC's version. The Learning Channel's Trauma: Life in the E.R. airing Mondays at 8 pm/ET is an hour-long crash course in emergency medicine that may leave you ready to check yourself into a hospital, STAT.
The reality show's gory scenes apparently aren't meant to be gratuitous. "We are not there to do an exposé," notes exec producer Liane Thompson. "Our focus is on the caregivers and whomever [they] may treat." Still, the show does log 180 to 200 hours of footage from a month-long stay in a trauma unit, eager to give viewers an uncensored, all-access pass. And with its scalpel-wielding docs facing every woe from detached earlobes to head scalpings, Trauma is hardly for couch potatoes with weak stomachs.
Behind the scenes, Thompson laughs, "no one has passed out... yet. [Though] some of our crew, I'm sure, b
Poor Diane Ogden. Last week, the 42-year-old mail carrier from Lincoln, Nebr., was Survivor: Africa's first castoff and the first victim of many safari snowjobs to come. Natch, we mean the silly controversy that arose when she snacked on beans with a peckish Clarence Black whilst their fellow Borans were fetching water. Since then, she's also taken flack both for falling ill and sporting an illin' hairdo. In this exclusive interview with TV Guide Online, the postal worker fires back at her critics not literally, mind you! and defends her good name.
TVGO: What's it like going from humble civil servant to quasi-celebrity status overnight?
Ogden: It's pretty wild! It's another adventure; I'm always willing to try something new. Like, I've told a few people I want to learn to ride a motorcycle. That would be my [dream] mode of travel and I want to travel all over the world, starting in the U.S. Life's too sho
Following the events of Sept. 11, the last thing that any American wanted from TV was more reality. So God bless Fox: In Toni Ferrari, the volatile vixen of its "see-worthy" dating game, Love Cruise: The Maiden Voyage, the network gave us anything but. Why, the S.S. Mandalay scarcely had left the dock before the 27-year-old fitness trainer revealed a
personality that seemed as artificially enhanced as her figure. She turned on the waterworks each time a contestant even her archenemies got banished to Loser Island, and erupted into tirades against her fellow phonies with such abandon that her eyes bulged. And although she herself failed to rock the boat and sail away with the prize in Tuesday's season finale, she'll always be a winner in our book. Her outsized histrionics made us laugh at a time when that was exactly what we needed.
Drew Barrymore can't seem to catch a break when it comes to promoting her latest film, the Penny Marshall-directed dramedy Riding in Cars with Boys (opening tomorrow). First, she had to face the media at the film's Oct. 7 press junket mere minutes after news broke that American-led military action had commenced in Afghanistan. And days later, in the midst of rehearsals for Saturday Night Live at NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters, the actress learned that anthrax had been detected in the building. (The assistant to the network's top newsman, Tom Brokaw, tested positive for the skin form of the disease.)
The 26-year-old Charlie's Angels star joked about her run of bad luck d
When Sherry Stringfield exited her role as ER's Dr. Susan Lewis in 1996, rumors of hard feelings abounded. Having just signed a new three-year contract entailing "more" cash than she earned before, the actress whose first episode airs tomorrow night at 10 pm/ET on NBC finally is setting the record straight.
"The first thing in this business is you can't take anything personally," Stringfield says. "ER changed my life nothing can ever take that away. When I left, they didn't believe I was leaving to get a life. They thought, in a very business sense, that I was leaving to further my career or perhaps capitalize in some way on the ER fame. So they put some serious restrictions on me [doing other projects].
"My attitude then was, 'Fine, I'm leaving to not work. That's the whole point.' What am I, an idio
This summer, when Justin Long reported back to work as Warren Cheswick, the adorably awkward everyteen of NBC's quirky sophomore sleeper, Ed, he had no idea what to expect. However, he knew exactly what he wanted from the new season (now underway Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET): girls, girls and more girls!
"I would like for Warren to get a girlfriend," the 23-year-old insists to TV Guide Online, "but it's so much fun toying with that very adolescent trait of just sheer indecisiveness and confusion. Were he to settle down, I think it would really just screw around with his dynamic.
"So," he concludes, "maybe even more girls should enter the picture."
Unfortunately, by the time Ed wound up its first season, Warren's
dance card was already pretty full. Though he had gotten over his crush on
teacher Carol, he had bungled his romance w
David Hasselhoff's planned Baywatch reunion movie is in desperate need of CPR. Scheduled to begin filming this week in Hawaii, the Fox TV pic tentatively titled Baywatch Blast has been pushed back to spring, if it happens at all, TV Guide Online has learned. The reason? Well, that all depends on who you ask.
A Fox spokesperson says the events of Sept. 11 caused the delay. "The special deals the production company had with the airlines and the hotels couldn't be fulfilled because of what happened," the rep explains. "And [some] castmembers felt uneasy being out of the continental United States at this time."
However, a source tells TV Guide Online that many actors refused to sign on the dotted line after they learned that Hasselhoff the franchise's executive producer and star offered "favored nations" contracts to some of Baywatch's more popular alums. "There were three payment