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?
Justin Hartley, Smallville
Talk about going green! Smallville (8 pm/ET, the CW) gets another shot of sexy superheroics tonight when Justin Hartley's Green Arrow fires back into town for an all-new hour that also introduces the Emerald Archer's future fishnetted paramour, Black Canary (played by newcomer Alaina Huffman). As usual, the hilarious Hartley was all laughs when we talked to him about (barely) suiting up for his triumphant return.
TVGuide.com: So based on the script for tonight's episode, they didn't waste any time amping up the hotness between Oliver and Lois, huh?
Justin Hartley: Oh, yeah! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Because every reunion should be done in a towel.
Hartley: Well, I hate to disappoint some people, but that whole towel thing changed a bit. I'm sure some people, including my mother, are thrilled, bu
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
For seven seasons, Bryan Cranston goofed off as Malcolm in the Middle's oddball dad, Hal. Now, he's returning to series TV with Breaking Bad (premiering Sunday, Jan. 20, at 10 pm/ET on AMC), an hour-long dramedy whose humor is a bit darker — he's a chemistry teacher who turns to churning out homemade crystal meth after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. We talked with Cranston about his trip to the dark side and to hear about some of his career highlights.
TV Guide: Are you ready to take some heat for this show's touchy subject?
Bryan Cranston: Heat? Bring it baby! [Laughs] Some people call Bad an edgier Weeds and there is some truth to that… but pot makes it kind of tame, which is right for the tone of that show. With ours, crystal meth really ups the stakes.
Elizabeth Berkley, CSI: Miami
It's a good time to be Elizabeth Berkley. Not only is she beginning a six-episode stint as a shady lady on CSI: Miami (10 pm/ET, CBS) tonight, but repeats of her classic kid-com Saved by the Bell are also debuting on The N tonight at 6 pm/ET. We spoke with the perky Berkley about her old days, her new gig and what she's got kicking around for the future.
TV Guide: OK, it's so cool to be talking to Saved by the Bell 's Jessie Spano. She was my generation's feminist, our That Girl.
Elizabeth Berkley: Yeah! [Laughs] And there's a new generation watching it now. The N is beginning to show it.
TV Guide: There's actually a marathon today! The same day you start on CSI: Miami. What's with this CSI character?
Berkley: Let's just say that [she's] Horatio's
Carson Kressley, How to Look Good Naked
After five seasons of keeping a queer eye on messy straight guys, Carson Kressley is turning his attention to the ladies for How to Look Good Naked (tonight at 9 pm/ET, Lifetime). The new makeover show offers women of all sizes tips for accepting their bodies, so we rang up the always-colorful Kressley to chat about his Naked ambition.
TV Guide: Why this show now?
Carson Kressley: Because Drew Carey got The Price Is Right. [Laughs] No, when I saw [the U.K. version of Naked], I thought, "Wow, I'd get to do something I always wanted to do — women's makeovers — and help people feel good about themselves." It's a little less superficial.
TV Guide: And it's really emotional.
Kressley: There were times, growing up gay, that I didn't love myself. So I
Space 1999 - 30th Anniversary Edition Megaset courtesy A&E Home Video
On the third day of my Holiday Gift GuideI showed more love of DVDsThree sci-fi classicsTwo horror remakesAnd an FX drama you have to see!Stargate SG-1 The Complete Series Collection Oh lord, I dont know if you should watch it or bench press it, because this set is ginormous! 54 discs and 9900 minutes of interstellar space-and-military action from the effects bonanza that currently holds the record for the longest-running sci-fi series ever. Not too shabby, considering that the Richard Dean Anderson vehicle first blasted off on Showtime before jumping over to the Sci Fi network after five seasons. Throw in a few cast changes, about a gazillion warring alien races and knockout features on everything from the sets to the sci-fi convention culture and you have the sort of collection that could honestly consume an entire month. Not that there is anything wrong with that!Buy it now!Space: 1999 The 30th Anniversary Megaset So its 1975, Im 6 ye...
Nick Lachey, Clash of the Choirs
Imagine Idol with more spirited harmonies and you've got Clash of the Choirs (tonight at 8 pm/ET, NBC), a four-night competition among amateur ensembles coached by Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, Blake Shelton, Kelly Rowland and Nick Lachey. We talked to Lachey about his troupe, and fame's highs and lows.
TV Guide: How did you pick your choir?
Nick Lachey: We had, like, 400 people audition, and had to taper that down to a more reasonable 50 or so. Then I came in and heard [those], one by one. It just came down to blend and making all of those voices sound good as one unit.
TV Guide: Are they doing any of your songs?
Lachey: I think every artist is going to have their choir do one of their own songs, so I think we're gonna do "What's Left of Me".... That'll be a co
On the second day of my Holiday Gift GuideThere are more TV shows on DVDThat yall need to find under your tree!Like
The X-Files: The Complete Collectors EditionNow, I wouldnt call myself a collector, but I dug this show in a big ol way. And how could you not? David Duchovny has never been cooler, Gillian Anderson gets hotter as the seasons go on (the red hair simmas down, too) and the mythology is relatively easy to follow. And this set? Forget. About. IT! When they say complete, they aint messin around. Each season has a making-of featurette, theres a 60-page episode guide and the deleted scenes are to die for. Oh, and the "Fight the Future" movie is in there, so you get the whole continuity thing. Honestly, this is one of those sets that every company should check out when planning full-show releases. Just be careful. Once you start sorting through the 201 episodes for one of those couch-devouring f...
Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, Gossip Girl
Take that, Nielsens. Turns out the mighty ratings system has met its match in a plucky little lady named Gossip Girl (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET, CW). She may not have the biggest numbers, but raging word of mouth, mad style and a rules-rewriting DVR draw have made the CW's snazzy adaptation of the novels — Dynasty, 90210 by way of the Big Apple — the stuff teen dreams are made of. And that's the sort of rep every girl would die for.
1. It's the smartest ensemble this side of Fashion Week.
Teen soaps usually have one weak link (no names, please!), but not in this cast. Blake Lively, as sassy Serena van der Woodsen, lives up to her name; Leighton Meester's broken-doll sadness saves Blair from bitch cliché;