Former Roseanne spitfire Sara Gilbert has not soured on TV despite making a failed comeback attempt last year on CBS's short-lived clunker Welcome to New York. In fact, the sister of Little House on the Prairie's Melissa Gilbert says that if anything, her passion for the small screen has intensified of late.
"I think I really see myself doing TV [now] more than ever," the actress tells TV Guide Online. "I love TV so much. It's the most fun... just to get a new thing every week and have the [live] audience come in and to get to work with those actors. It's just awesome."
And while much of her career has been built on playing sarcastic sidekicks like Roseanne's Darlene a role that netted her two Emmy nominations Gilbert wants to expand her repertoire. That may explain why
As Hollywood errs on the side of sensitivity in light of recent world events, it's surprising to find NBC's Crossing Jordan airing Mondays at 10 pm/ET ranking as one of TV's top-rated new shows. With all the real-life horror on the news, do people really get escapist pleasure from watching Law & Order alumna Jill Hennessy perform autopsies in a coroner's office?
"I sure would hate to second-guess anyone," co-star Miguel Ferrer son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney tells TV Guide Online. "And not primarily because I want the show to work. Of course I do. But more importantly,
NBC's rescue-worker drama Third Watch acknowledges the Sept. 11 tragedy tonight with an unusual two-hour special (airing at 8 pm/ET). Stepping out of character, the cast visits real-life New York City firefighters, cops and paramedics to talk about their World Trade Center ordeal. ("It's our own very minor version of the USO," says exec producer John Wells, who also helms ER and The West Wing.) In the next two weeks, Watch returns to scripted drama, with its characters facing the tragedy in their own fictional Gotham.
As he mulled the pros and cons of doing tonight's special, Wells tells TV Guide Online, "we didn't have a lot of cons. We had a different problem on West Wing, where it is a fictionalized White House that is not involved in c
The National Organization for Women (NOW) may want to dispatch one of its crusaders to the set of the WB's new "Sex and the City for gents" comedy Men, Women & Dogs. In the show's debut episode airing Sunday at 8:30 pm/ET surfer dude Eric (Niklaus Lange) french-kisses his loyal pooch Betsy, and before catching his breath, plants a sloppy one on his girlfriend Michelle (Heather Stephens). And if female viewers find that revolting, Stephens says the reality was far more eww-inducing.
"[Niklaus] had sardine oil and chicken-flavored baby food all over his mouth to make sure that the dog would lick him," the actress groans to TV Guide Online. "So, the dog licks him, he jumps into bed, pulls me in and I get a humongous mouthful of chicken and
So you want to be a talk-show host? Well, count on Iyanla Vanzant arguably the best of this season's new crop of chatterboxes to give you the straight skinny. Sure, her executive producer is polished patrician Barbara Walters, but you'll get no Hollywood spin-doctoring from Vanzant. She may've started out as a best-selling author (Yesterday, I Cried; In the Meantime) and Oprah guest staple, but she's the first to admit her new job's a challenge.
"Some days it is," she sasses to TV Guide Online. "[Doing] all of these technical things, while trying to cover a relevant topic with a living guest in front of you... it's more than a notion. Like where to look and what to say and to remember not to yell because the microphone is on my bosom and I can blow the sound man's ears off! Or to turn the mike off before I go to the bathroom and things like that."
Chuckling, the Iyanla host realizes she has a w
Rising starlet Brittany Murphy whose haunting Don't Say a Word catchphrase "I'll never teh-ell" is proving to be this year's "Show me the money!" is plenty forthcoming when grilled about her newest big-screen leading man, controversial rapper Eminem. The 23-year-old actress recently met the Real Slim Shady in preparation for her role as his girlfriend in The Untitled Detroit Project, an upcoming drama loosely based on the Grammy winner's life.
"He's great. I adore him so far," Murphy gushes to TV Guide Online. "He's a good person. He's an honest person and he's funny and talented and really lovely to be around."
That's all well and good, but can the potty-mouthed lyricist cut it as a thespian? The odds certainly are not in his favor: When it comes to making the jump from music to movies, for every
In his post-Moonlighting years, Bruce Willis became a megastar in a string of action thrillers, starting with 1988's Die Hard. Unfortunately, the recent real-life terrorist attacks have soured his taste for battling baddies onscreen. "I'm not an action hero anymore," Willis declares to TV Guide Online, "and I think it would be inappropriate for me to compare anything that happens in Hollywood and the entertainment industry to the tragic loss of life on Sept. 11.
"I know people who died in that tragedy," he continues. "It's impossible to wrap your mind around what happened there. What happens in Hollywood isn't real it's about diversion. What I'm trying to do is just entertain people. I'm proud to be an entertainer."
Willis hopes moviegoers will find his screwball comedy
When did Jennifer Aniston know that husband Brad Pitt was the one for her? "Pretty immediately," she grins. "Maybe it was when he asked me to marry him. I just went, 'Oh okay. That makes sense.'"
Though too famous in her own right to be thought of as simply Mrs. Brad Pitt, the Friends star a two-time Emmy nominee for supporting actress in a comedy recalls the first time someone did just that.
"I was sitting in a dentist's office at 7 o'clock in the morning," Aniston says. "[Brad] took me to get my wisdom teeth pulled out. We were sitting in the waiting room at the crack of dawn, and I'm scared to death because I'm going under. The woman opens the door and says, 'Um, Mrs. Pitt?' And we both were like, 'Wow!'"
Aniston clearly doesn't mind sharing such sweet stories wit
Lions and leopards weren't the only menace that the 16 players on Survivor: Africa had to, well, survive. With malaria-bearing mosquitoes in the air and scorpions crawling on the ground, the show's behind-the-scenes medical team was on constant alert and saw enough patients to pack a season of ER!
Five hours from the nearest city, Survivor doctor Adrian Cohen and team of six medics ran a field hospital in the Kenyan scrubland. With contestants and crew totaling nearly 400, the day-to-day maintenance was high. But don't expect to see any of that medical drama on the air. "If they cut themselves and needed to be stitched up, you would not see that," Cohen tells TV Guide Online. "If it's part of the reason that they leave the show in a dramatic fashion, then you will."
While he's tightlipped about details, we're relatively certain there are no sudden exits like t
In Joy Ride, a harmless practical joke sends a lonely trucker on a psychotic rampage. Of course, leading stud Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious) knows pranksters always run the risk of retaliation, but he still loves messing with people.
"My buddies just got their sweetest revenge," shares the 28-year-old actor, who tasted his own medicine on the golf course when a pal asked for one of his Calloway balls. "I reach in my bag, and something doesn't feel right... I say, 'What is it, man?' and it's a toad. I jumped a mile!"
While traveling to pick up his dream girl (Leelee Sobieski) in Ride, Walker stops to bail his mischievous older brother (