Just in time for the election, Emmy-nominated firebrand Bill Maher is back with 13 new weekly attacks on the right, left and everything in between on Real Time with Bill Maher. God bless America.
TV Guide: Are you bummed you're premiering after the Olympics and the whole John Edwards scandal?
Bill Maher: Who knows what's next…it could be even better. [Laughs]
TV Guide: Do you have an election-day ritual? Do you start drinking early?
Maher: [Laughs] Depends on who's winning!
What are your thoughts on the media coverage of the campaigns?
Maher: I'm amused when pundits say that McCain has to pick a running mate who's younger than he is. You think? Who's older?!
TV Guide: Your new documentary Religulous sounds like something all faiths can hate.
Jeff Lewis, Flipping Out
With the housing market such a mess, we hit up neat-freak real-estate guru Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET, Bravo) for his top tips on how to sell your home without, well, flipping out.
1. "Pricing is everything. [List] your home 5 percent below the most recent comparable sale."
2. "Always make your house available for showings and open houses. Don't give a buyer a reason to buy the house next door."
3. "Keep your house clean and orderly while on the market. Keep your yard and lawn maintained and manicured."
4. "Respond to all offers, no matter how low. Buyers will lowball just to see how motivated you are. Don't take it personally."
5. "Since 25 to 33 percent of buyers cancel escrow, do whatever you have to do to keep your buyer happy. This may include giving a credit, doing repairs or paying a portion of your buyer's closing costs."
Check out full episodes and clips of Flipping Out in our
Laura Dern, Recount
She helped Ellen's alter ego come out on TV, inspired David Lynch and earned an Oscar nod for Rambling Rose. Tonight in Recount (9 pm/ET, HBO), Laura Dern does her civic duty playing Katherine Harris, the former Secretary of State of Florida who many feel helped turn 2000's Gore-vs.-Bush election into a debacle of questionable ethics, butterfly ballots and hanging chads.
TV Guide: So Katherine Harris was sort of a mess, huh?
Laura Dern: Oh, she's a mess. When we heard that the woman making the [recount decisions] was — by the way — cochair of the Bush for President campaign, it's amazing America didn't go "Wait a minute!" [Laughs]
TV Guide: How is it playing someone who was known as "the Body"?
Dern: [Laughs] It's always interesting playing somebody who can become the co
Sophia Bush, Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton and James Lafferty, One Tree Hill
Named after a U2 song and just as rockin', One Tree Hill has defied the critics, survived the UPN-WB merger and — with a post-high-school jump four years into the future this season — redefined its teen-soap image. Now, as the gang heads out of their fifth season (tonight at 9 pm/ET, the CW) amid a storm of adult angst ranging from Brooke's adoption heartbreak to Haley's music-career breakthrough, it's clear that OTH is one hot spot still worth visiting. Here's why.
1. It's the little show that could.
OTH has always been under the ratings radar. But thanks to its Web-savvy fans, including the 300,000-plus members of Facebook's "Addicted to One Tree Hill" site, the show makes up for its lack of Nielsen numbers with an online visibility other nets would give their repo'd bionic women for. "Viewers save [this] show…all the critics in the world can
Kimora Lee Simmons, Life in the Fab Lane
Anyone who has seen Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane (Sundays at , 11 pm/ET, Style) knows that Kimora Lee Simmons is the busiest mogul-model-mother on Earth. But whether she's running the Phat Fashions empires or running around with her two daughters, the thirtysomething Japanese/Korean/African-American beauty always has time to get her fab on.
TVGuide.com: What's harder: running Baby Phat and Phat Farm or raising two kids under 10?
Kimora Lee Simmons: It's definitely harder raising the children. I want them to grow up to be well-rounded, grounded, loving, caring, sensitive individuals. It's the single biggest challenge of my life. My work — which comes after my children — is like a child as well, so it's like I have three kids.
TVGuide.com: Do you get any sleep?
Martha Stewart, The Martha Stewart Show
The Martha Stewart Show celebrated its 500th episode yesterday, so we rang up the domestic powerhouse to say happy anniversary — and steal a few tips for around the house.
TV Guide: After 500 shows, what have been your favorite bits?
Martha Stewart: Let's see… stuffing a turkey with Russell Crowe. [Laughs] "Bring Your Bulldog Day" was fabulous. Oh, and "Martha Day," where we had only Marthas in the audience.
TV Guide: What one thing should every kitchen have?
Stewart: A stove. [Laughs] It's hard to pick one thing. Kitchens are the most interesting room in a house and there are several things you have to have…. A salad spinner is very time-saving.
TV Guide: March 20 is the first day of spring. What's your spring-cleaning like?
Stewart: It's washing windows, putting in screens… a thorough cleaning from th
Ivanka Trump, The Celebrity Apprentice
The boardroom's far from boring when Ivanka Trump hangs with her pops on The Celebrity Apprentice (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, NBC). In fact, the Wharton Business School grad may be the "dumb blonde" joke's worst enemy.
TV Guide: OK, I am loving this season!
Ivanka Trump: I think a lot of people are loving it, which has been a great relief to us all. It's been a lot of fun and I think we allowed a bit of breathing room. My father was very right — he'd been saying for a long time that it was too much. The shows were happening either concurrently, when it was Martha Stewart's and ours, or just back-to-back seasons. And I think the angle of the celebrity factor keeps it very exciting.
TV Guide: How nuts were those boardroom scenes with the celebrities fighting all the time?
Trump: We don't hav
J.C. Chasez, Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew
Having spent his formative years teenybopping around with The Mickey Mouse Club and 'N Sync, you'd think J.C. Chasez would be over the whole kids-getting-their-groove-on scene. But as the most encouraging judge on Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew (tonight at 10 pm/ET, MTV), he's proof-positive that growing up doesn't always mean saying bye, bye, bye to the past.
TV Guide: As a judge, you really know your stuff.
J.C. Chasez: I try. I've been in the business for 15 years or so and I've been dancing for at least that long. So I feel like I [add to] the show by bringing my experience and telling these young people what I think.
TV Guide: So what's your advice to the Dance Crew hopefuls?
Chasez: I think they should be
Rose McGowan, The Essentials and Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof
While The Essentials (Saturdays at 8 pm/ET, TCM) is all about celebrating classic cinema, the series gets a very contemporary cohost tonight when Charmed vet and cult-film favorite Rose McGowan joins Robert Osborne to discuss March's top-notch titles, starting with 1969's The Apartment. She can also be seen this weekend in Quentin Tarantino's 2007 action flick, Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof (Saturday at 9 pm/ET, Starz), and from what we can tell, this lovely and well-informed Rose is capable of rising to any occasion.
TV Guide: With your edgy résumé, this isn't a gig most folks would imagine you doing.
Rose McGowan: Misconceptions abound about me. I guess I'm not one of those people who demystifies everything by discussing their personal life. But there are different aspects to me and I've been really obsessed [with film] for as long as I can remember.
Kim Kardashian, Keeping Up with the Kardashians
If Keeping Up with the Kardashians (Sundays at 10 pm/ET, E!) is the Brady Bunch of reality shows, Kim Kardashian is the Marcia. Sexy, self-assured and totally sweet, the Beverly Hills bombshell-slash-stylist with the famous friends and to-die-for derriere has weathered her share of scandals. Yet she's still thrilled to be letting it all hang out as the cameras capture her blended family in action for this Sunday's Season 2 premiere.
TV Guide: Unlike some of your pals, such as Paris and Nicole, you aren't really known as a party girl.
Kim Kardashian: Surprisingly, I'm not the biggest partyer. For me, going out is about dressing up. I love the whole go-to-dinner, hang-out-with-my-friends part. And I'm not a big drinker, so if it's going to be one of those nights, I have to be prepared. [Laughs]
TV Guide: What's on tap for Season 2?