The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Gauntlet III
Have you missed some of the action on this season of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Gauntlet III? That doesn't mean you have to miss out on the show's finale (tonight at 10 pm/ET, MTV). We’ve got everything you need to get caught up.
Does it matter if I haven't watched The Real World since Eric Nies was on it? No. Just because you don't know the players doesn't mean you can't enjoy the game. Cast members are recruited from previous Real Worlds, Road Rules (yes, it's still on!) and Challenges. Divided into two teams — this season it's Veterans vs. Rookies — they compete in crazy competitions, like running across a beam high above water while the opposite team tries to knock them off with 25-pound medicine balls. The losing team sends two players to the Gauntlet, a mental or physical contest, with only the winner remaining in the game.
Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves, Dancing with the Stars
Oh, what a long, strange trip it's been — 37 cities, 250 costumes and more than 200,000 rhinestones. But finally, Sunday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, it was time for the Dancing with the Stars tour to come to an end. "It's bittersweet but I'm happy to go home," Cheryl Burke said after she joined the cast and a few crew members for their final pre-performance cheer. "I'm going to miss everyone," added Edyta Sliwinska. "I'm just really excited to sleep in my own bed."
But first there was a show to do. And what's a final show without a few surprises? The first non-scripted moment of the evening came when the entire crew joined the dancers on stage to dance the twist. Derek Hough was mid-move when he caught a glimpse of the crew, all dressed in black, doing the moves behind him and pointed out the impromptu dance party to his partner, who quickly burst into a smile. It was the first of
Audrina, Lauren and Whitney, The Hills
On MTV's reality show The Hills (tonight at 10 pm/ET), Teen Vogue intern Lauren Conrad and her well-heeled friends bicker, wear fabulous clothes and hang out in L.A. hot spots, all with the cameras following them. The girls — and the show's executive producer — dish on how they afford those awesome digs, how often they get a break from the cameras and just how real the reality series is.
Once and for all, is the show staged?
Yes and no. "Who I am on the show is who I am in real life," Audrina Patridge says. "What you see is what you get." But it wasn't just a coincidence that friends-turned-enemies Lauren and Heidi Montag went to the trendy restaurant Ketc
Amber Heard and Taylor Handley, Hidden Palms
Hot, rich kids with equally attractive parents, a sexy California setting, and a new guy who doesn't quite fit in. Sound familiar? "Of course we're getting all The O.C. comparisons," says Kevin Williamson, the creator of the CW's brand-new Hidden Palms (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET), who was also the brains behind Dawson's Creek. "But we were just trying to make something fun and juicy, a guilty pleasure." There's Johnny, who moves to Palm Springs with his mom and her new husband after his dad's suicide and his own brief stint in rehab. He's befriended by slick Cliff and falls for gorgeous Greta, whose former boyfriend supposedly killed himself in what is now Johnny's bedroom. But if you ask science geek Liza, it was more like murder. Hooked yet?
Eva LaRue and Leslie Bibb, CSI: Miami
Tonight's CSI: Miami (10 pm/ET, on CBS) should come with a warning: Don't believe your eyes — or anything else.
In the episode, a Trump-like businessman (Eureka's Colin Ferguson) is murdered at a charity event hosted by his wife, Ashley (Crossing Jordan vet Leslie Bibb), who quickly becomes the main suspect. As the CSIs conduct their investigation, they realize that Ashley has a pair of very live skeletons in her closet: identical sisters even her husband didn't know about.
"Even I got confused," says Bibb, who plays triplets Ashley, Beth and Cayla. "I was like, 'Who am I today?' The first day of filming, I must have changed outfits at least 60 times."
A little on the sisters' backstory: They grew up short on money but no
Rachel Griffiths, Sally Field and Calista Flockhart, Brothers & Sisters
When we first met the Walkers back in September, it was like watching home videos: They reminded us of our own relatives, but with 10 times the drama and wittier banter. Here, we've got the inside scoop on the twists and turns coming up on ABC's Brothers & Sisters (Sundays at 10 pm/ET). Just make sure to check your issues at the door — the Walkers already have plenty to go around.
Nora Holden Walker (Sally Field)
Who she is: After suddenly losing her husband, William, to a heart attack and then discovering he had a mistress, Nora's become the ultimate meddling mom.
What's coming up: "Nora's defined herself as a wife and a mother for 40 years and now it's time for her to rediscover herself," says executive producer Greg Berlant
Reality stars: You love them. You hate Omarosa. At least according to a poll TV Guide conducted with Bravo, home of Battle of the Network Reality Stars (premiering Aug. 17 at 9pm/ET), which has 32 of your favorites duking it out on — and off — the playing field. "The show is an opportunity for reality stars to be themselves and not hold anything back," says Bravo's Cori Abraham. "It's not a show that's gunning for people to cry." But thankfully, they do. Here are some highlights from the poll (results rounded up to the nearest whole number).
Who is the most-hated reality star of all time?
Omarosa (The Apprentice) 50%
Richard Hatch (Survivor: Borneo) 23%
When we heard Janice Dickinson was being replaced on America's Next Top Model by '60s icon Twiggy, we were devastated. Top Model without Janice? That's like Paris Hilton without Tinkerbell.
We got right on the phone with the World's First Supermodel, who says reports of her demise have been greatly exaggerated. "I quit the show, but I'm back on it," Dickinson explains. But she'll no longer be a judge. "I'll be on in a different capacity. I was hired to be the Simon Cowell
of the show, and I fulfilled [that obligation]. Now I'm free to do [other] stuff and, trust me, the calls are coming in at a rapid rate. I'm a hot property."
The temperature starts rising July 10 with VH1's The Surreal Life, in which Dickinson bunks with professional reality villain Omarosa Manigault Stallworth. You know we're psyched about this!
"You better be," Janice cracks. "It's, like, the most rocking show there is. I didn't
Want to work for Tommy Hilfiger? Many people do. And in his new Apprentice-style show, The Cut, 16 clotheshounds fight for a chance at a job with a $250,000 salary while designing their own collection under the Tommy Hilfiger label. Hilfiger took a break from running his "global lifestyle brand" to talk about his latest venture.
TV Guide: Why recruit designers through a TV show?
Tommy Hilfiger: It's a fun idea. A lot of people think [what I do] is just about fashion design. It's much broader than that.
TVG: Some people might think you ripped off Bravo's Project Runway.
Hilfiger: [That show] was coming to fruition as we were filming and everybody said, "Oh, they're stealing your idea." In fact, we are so different, it's night and day.
TVG: How so?
Hilfiger: We're not just about designing clothes. It's about business acumen. It's about social skills. It's about dealing with celebs.
TVG: Will any of your
Best known as Special Agent Fox Mulder on cult classic The X-Files (1993-2002), David Duchovny wrote, directed and costars in House of D, with Robin Williams, wife Tea Leoni and Anton Yelchin in the lead role as Duchovny's character at 13.
"It's a coming-of-age film about what it is to grow up and how you have to leave certain things behind," says Duchovny, 44. He knows House of D
is no blockbuster, but if he draws just a quarter of his X-Files
audience, he says, "the movie would be a huge hit."
As for his Spanglish spouse's involvement, "Tea just kind of suggested herself for the part," he grins. "She was like, 'Do you think I could play the mom?' I said, 'Of course. You can play whoever you want. You can play Tommy if you want to.' But [working with me] was very nerve-racking for her because she was afraid she was going to screw up my movie. She was like, 'I'm just sitting here thinking I'm going to blo