Devon Gummersall, State of Mind
Most people remember Devon Gummersall from his days as Angela Chase's geeky but sweet neighbor on the cult series My So-called Life, but now the actor has grown up and is portraying a lawyer on the new Lifetime drama State of Mind (premiering Sunday at 9 pm/ET). He's still the young, fresh face on the show, and he's surrounded by another great cast, including indie queen Lili Taylor. Could his humorously named lawyer Barry White have some feelings for the lovely Lili? TVGuide.com couldn't wait to find out.
TVGuide.com: I just watched your show, and it’s so cute!
Brandon Jay McLaren with Athena Karkanis, The Best Years
If you are a fan of the teen drama, the brand-spankin'-new show The Best Years will be just what you need to fill your Friday nights with fun. The series debuts on The N this Friday at 8:30 pm/ET and stars a sexy cast of college-age kids who deal with their freshman year and some pretty heavy topics right off the bat. Of course there are love triangles and quadrangles and more, and most revolve around Devon, the basketball star played by She's the Man hottie Brandon Jay McLaren. TVGuide.com was lucky enough to catch the funny (and drool-worthy) McLaren while he was in New York City for an up-close and personal one-on-one chat.
TVGuide.com: Why did you want to do this show? What was exciting about it for you?
Brandon Jay McLaren: Well, I remember when I got the script for the pilot and it just seem
Vinnie Fama, Hell's Kitchen
Vinnie Fama got his fire extinguished by Hell's Kitchen's Gordon Ramsay when his beef Wellington repeatedly came out not well at all, and his unapologetic attitude only added to his undoing. TVGuide.com asked Vinnie what all the screaming was really like and what it was like to get an egg smashed on his chest by the world-famous chef. (Hell's Kitchen airs Mondays at 8 pm/ET, on Fox.)
TVGuide.com: I've been wondering this for a couple of seasons now: What the heck is a Wellington?
Vinnie Fama: What is a Wellington? It is... um... I don't know.
TVGuide.com: OK, maybe that's why you had so much trouble with it!
Vinnie: [Laughs] It is a beef dish [that was
The Big Brother house gets an extreme makeover.
In just one week, the summer staple Big Brother is returning for its eighth season, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The house is getting an extreme makeover, featuring some "fractured fairy tale" elements reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. "We've got a bedroom where you feel very big and a bedroom where you feel very small!" says executive producer Allison Grodner. "There is a room that has five beds, but essentially you are living in a dollhouse because all of the beds are only 5 feet long and all the chairs are child-size and low to the ground. So our 6-foot-plus contestants — and we have quite a few of them — are going to be quite uncomfortable. Then in the room that is oversized, to get to the top drawer of the dresser, you have to climb up steps. It is fun and a fantasy thi
Cheryl Kosewicz, Pirate Master
The verdict is in: Cheryl Kosewicz was found guilty of associating with the wrong people on last week's Pirate Master (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, on CBS). Though the 35-year-old district attorney was selected as an officer by then-captain Joe Don, her high and mighty ways rubbed the crew the wrong way. When Louie stepped up to the helm, 'twas his mission to get rid of Joe Don or Cheryl. But when Joe Don won a royal pardon, Cheryl was thrown overboard and left adrift in the Caribbean. TVGuide.com caught up with the DA — just out of a real court case — to find out what she thought of the Pirate Court.
TVGuide.com: What's your take on your getting voted ou
Cameron Daddo, Pirate Master
Survivor and Apprentice mastermind Mark Burnett is launching his brand-new rip-roaring reality show, Pirate Master, tonight on CBS at 8 pm/ET. Host Cameron Daddo practically jumped at the chance to helm this crazy ride. The easy-on-the-eyes Australian-born actor and father of three told us all the details on this wild new ride.
TVGuide.com: You are an actor/singer/producer.... How'd you end up on a pirate ship hosting this show?
Cameron Daddo: I heard on the grapevine that Mark Burnett was doing a show about pirates. I knew someone in the office at Burnett's [company] so I th
Rob & Big
If you missed the first season of MTV's Rob & Big, you missed the chaotic lives of professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and his bodyguard/best friend Christopher "Big Black" Boykin. The hysterical duo live together in Hollywood, have a bulldog named Meaty, throw parties, and skate around town in this entertaining blend of The Odd Couple and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. The new season, which kicks off tonight at 10:30 pm/ET, features even more of their outrageous adventures, including the first episode in which the duo travel to the farm to buy a new pet — a miniature horse.
Alex Angarita, Survivor: Fiji
With the finale of CBS' Survivor: Fiji (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET) airing this Sunday and one of this season's most strategic players out of the running, it truly is anyone's game. We can't say that Alex Angarita didn't give it his all. He desperately tried to stick around by explaining to people that Yau-Man was a huge threat. Yet, alas, had already wasted the hidden immunity idol trying to save himself a few tribal councils back. TVGuide.com asked the book-smart guy and savvy player — who we think would have a real shot at being one of the Donald's Apprentices — what went wrong.
TVGuide.com: Got to say, I admire the "go down swinging" strategy.
Alex Angarita: You've got to. You can't just give up at the very end. That's just not the way life works.
Mookie Lee, Survivor: Fiji
Some guys have all the luck, and some guys just have none. That was the sitch for Survivor: Fiji's Mookie Lee. The 25-year-old Chicagoan who got stuck with the losing tribe from the get-go did his best to change his fate by aligning with a group of strong guys, but then they went and betrayed him. Mookie at one point had the hidden immunity idol, but gave it up to save his "Four Horsemen" alliance, where it went to waste. What's more, he was the only Bula Bula tribe mate that never got to live on the luxury beach. TVGuide.com caught up with Mookie after his ouster to get his take on his bad luck.
TVGuide.com: Did you know before watching it that your alliance mate Alex had voted for you?
Mookie Lee: At th
What would a show about the Pussycat Dolls be without quite a bit of catfighting? The most recent drama on The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll was stirred up when Melissa Smith made some catty comments about Chelsea's lack of dancing talent during an "interview" with host Mark McGrath. It seemed like karma came back to haunt Melissa, who was ousted before the less-skilled dancer Chelsea. But Melissa, who was also a finalist on Making the Band 3, says that she's not the vicious gal she was made out to be.
TVGuide.com: I felt really bad for you after Ron Fair's comment that you were "sexy, Vegas-y white trashy."