Finola Hughes, How Do I Look?
Fear not, fashion disasters! Finola Hughes is intent on making the world a prettier place one wardrobe at a time as the host of Style Network's upbeat makeover series How Do I Look? (new episodes air Monday at 9 pm/ET). Here, host and sartorial stunner Finola Hughes reveals her secret for keeping her composure, and admits to some of her own style missteps.
TV Guide: How do you keep a straight face with Look's pre-makeover messes?
Hughes: Well, I take a deep breath. [Laughs] I think every person who comes on has a tremendous desire to change. Once we show them where their [errors] come from, it sort of liberates them in a way.
TV Guide: After seven seasons, who's tougher to fix — men or women?
Hughes: Oh, the guys are pushovers! They're just happy if t
Zoe Lucker, Footballers' Wives
You'd have to go all the way back to Dynasty's Alexis Colby to find a saucier British TV import than Tanya Turner of BBC America's Footballers' Wives. To mark the fifth and final season premiere of the campy soccer-and-sex sudser (airing tonight at 8 pm/ET), we rang up Tanya's alter ego, Zoe Lucker, to talk about wild women, wacky ensembles and working with the original queen of mean.
TV Guide: Obviously, Tanya is a man-eater. But she's also a romantic.
Zoe Lucker: I felt very strongly about that. If you play the straight bitch, then you're not going to have people on your side. I always maintained that the reason Tanya behaves the way she does is because of the way she's been treated. She basically wants to be loved by the right person.
TV Guide: And has she! How many husbands so
Erik Estrada in CHiPs
No offense to the current crop of motorcycle cops cruising the City of Angels, but the California Highway Patrol has never looked better than when Erik Estrada was riding high as Officer Francis Llewellyn "Ponch" Poncherello alongside Larry Wilcox's Jon Baker on CHiPs (1977-83). For six years, the blow-dried and beloved sex symbol broke racial barriers and battled NBC, while forever cementing his status as an icon on wheels. So in honor of the show's Tuesday debut on DVD, we rang up Estrada to get the dish on CHiPs — including Ponch's nationality switch, and the money dispute that almost got him "Olympically" canned.
TVGuide.com: Let's talk about the first season of CHiPs, which just came out on DVD. It's about damn time!
Erik Estrada: I know. Through the years people would come up to me and say, "W
Jaclyn Smith, Shear Genius
Let's cut to the chase: Jaclyn Smith is pure heaven. And now that the former Angel has spread her wings into reality TV — as host of Bravo's hairstyling competition Shear Genius (Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET) — we decided to have a little coif-y talk.
TV Guide: First off, you look amazing. You have the body of a 20-year-old.
Jaclyn Smith: Boy, you're sweet. I like hearing that on a stressful day.
TV Guide: Now obviously, you know hair....
Smith: Well, I definitely have a point of view, and I've learned a lot from [Shear judges] Sally Hershberger, José Eber and
Doug Jones, Gay Robot
As far as culty pleasures go, Gay Robot may very well take the cupcake. An unsold TV pilot that's found new life online (at MySpace.com/GayRobot), the feyest droid since C-3PO is both proof of the power of the Internet and a perfectly twisted comedy that, well, even cable isn't ready for. And that is just how Doug Jones likes it. The affable actor behind the motorized man-lover may not be a familiar face, but there's no doubt that he's caused a few jaws to drop with his heavily disguised turns in everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth to this summer's
Mischa Barton and Benjamin McKenzie, The O.C.
After four seasons and countless fistfights, the Newport group is hanging it up with a finale that executive producer Josh Schwartz promises will "offer real closure." So what better way to say goodbye to The O.C. (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET) than a look back at the Fox serial's best moments?
1. "Welcome to the O.C., Bitch!" — "Premiere," 8/5/03
Luke's bon mot to new punching bag in town Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) quickly became the signature line of the series. Says Schwartz, "Kids from Orange County say they're from ‘the O.C.' like it's ‘the Ukraine.' I always found it funny so I gave Luke that line."
2. Marissa Dies — "The Graduates," 5/18/06
Tori Spelling, Smallville
Meteor freaks, beware! There's a slippery new villain hitting the CW's Smallville (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET) in the form of Tori Spelling. So we went right to the Beverly Hills, 90210 grad for the scoop on her super guest spot.
TV Guide: Rumor has it you're playing a gossip columnist, which is kind of funny considering....
Tori Spelling: [Laughs] I love it. I thought if anyone should play a gossip columnist trying to get the dirt on innocent people, it should be me! [Laughs] That's my life every week.
TV Guide: And you get to have superpowers?
Spelling: Yeah. My character has Kryptonite powers…. So I can turn myself into water.
Becki Newton, Ugly Betty
Becki Newton gives mean girls a good name. As Amanda, the cruel but couture-blessed receptionist on ABC's Ugly Betty (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET), Newton has turned insults into an art form and taken a spot beside America Ferrera as the freshman hit's other breakout-star-to-be. Since she's so good at answering the phones, TV Guide decided to ring her up.
TV Guide: Amanda's definitely not above stealing the show, huh?
Becki Newton: Honestly, I thought that, on a weekly basis, I'd be at the round desk being mean to Betty whenever she walked in. The fact that I get to go into different rooms and harass other people? It's amazing.
TV Guide: On the Jan. 4 episode, the staff raids Christina's closet for free clothes. Have any o