Damian Holbrook


Idol's Burning Questions Answered!

"Chris Daughtry" is the answer to what burning question?

As American Idol's "elite eight" await their fate, TV Guide calls a time-out to ask — and get answers to — some of the more-popular-than-ever contest's burning questions. Such as:

1. Is it us, or are Paula and Randy trying to be tougher this season?
Seems so. "People aren't stupid," says American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, explaining that Simon's brand of brutal honesty has rubbed off on both of his less-acidic sidekicks. "Paula and Randy are not just going to sit there and say, 'Oh, you're wonderful' when they know some of the singers aren't." So that explains why Pollyanna Abdul keeps getting tongue-tied: She's just trying to find the sweetest insult possible without having to "dawg" anyone!

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Idol's Burning Questions Answered!

"Chris Daughtry" is the answer to what burning question?

As American Idol's "elite eight" await their fate, TV Guide calls a time-out to ask — and get answers to — some of the more-popular-than-ever contest's burning questions. Such as:

1. Is it us, or are Paula and Randy trying to be tougher this season?
Seems so. "People aren't stupid," says American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, explaining that Simon's brand of brutal honesty has rubbed off on both of his less-acidic sidekicks. "Paula and Randy are not just going to sit there and say, 'Oh, you're wonderful' when they know some of the singers aren't." So that explains why Pollyanna Abdul keeps getting tongue-tied: She's just trying to find the sweetest insult possible without having to "dawg" anyone!

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The Most Shocking One Tree Hill Ever?

Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray, One Tree Hill

For three seasons, One Tree Hill has been a quiet WB gem among the likes of the quippy Gilmore Girls and the big fun of Smallville. Equal parts addictive teen soap and absorbing family drama, the series is set to gain some well-deserved attention with a school-shooting episode, airing tonight at 8 pm/ET, that could be written off as one of those "very special" clichés if it weren't so... very special.

"It's big on a number of fronts," says executive producer Mark Schwahn. "I felt a sense of responsibility [in telling this story] that I don't know if I've ever felt before. This episode deals with something that is happening in the real world — the rise of violence in our schools. And to have the opportunity to address something that's happening now, alm read more

The Sunny, Funny Side of Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney

Ahhh, the City of Brotherly Love. Home of soft pretzels, Gary Heidnik and now, something just as delicious and sick: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Created, written by and starring Philly native Rob McElhenney, the comedy (airing Thursdays at 10:30 pm/ET) about a trio of borderline racist, homophobic pals running a bar in the town's trendy Northern Liberties section may be the bawdiest thing to hit FX since a pair of plastic surgeons started nipping and tucking everything in sight. Here, the disarmingly innocent-looking McElhenney opens up to a fellow local boy about offending the masses, avoiding the censors and what all he has up his sleeve.

TVGuide.com: You went to St. Joe's Prep, right? What is a nice, private-schooled, Irish-Catholic boy like you read more

Secrets Behind the Blow Out Finale

Alyn Topper

Let's face it: The only people who can get away with talking behind your back are hairstylists. (And Linda Tripp, but we hate her.) So imagine when the man in the mirror is one of Jonathan Antin's own. That's right — in between making the world more gorgeous, one head at a time, in both Beverly Hills and his Chicago hometown, Alyn Topper, Blow Out's top-notch triple-threat — cut, color and style — squeezed me into his packed schedule to take a little off the top and tell all about what we didn't see during the season and on last week's reunion special.

TVGuide.com: How has it been for you guys here at the 90210 salon? With that huge glass front and all the tourists on Rodeo Drive, it must be like the window to the world now.
Alyn Topper:
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Tammy Faye Keeps the Faith

Tammy Faye Messner

She’s been everything from a Bakker’s wife to a Surreal Life housemate, but the one thing Tammy Faye Messner refuses to be is unhappy. (And for a woman who has been spoofed since she first rocked the airwaves with her holy-roller high jinks, that’s saying a lot.) While braving her toughest battle — colon cancer that spread to a lung — Messner filmed Tammy Faye: Death Defying, a poignant, highly personal documentary with which she is now touring film festivals.

TVGuide.com: What inspired you to make this film?

Messner: I wanted to help people. Whether it’s AIDS or cancer, having a disease like this is a scary thing and I thought people needed to see what goes on. I wanted to take the fear away.

TVGuide.com: You had a hefty number of fears yourself, right?

Messner: Sure I did! I read more

Smallville Devil's Star Wars Connection

Bald is beautiful. And, if you're Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum, it's also very lucrative. As the follicularly challenged Lex Luthor on WB's smashing Superman drama, Rosenbaum has spent four seasons toying with the Teen of Steel's circle of friends. Tonight (at 8 pm/ET) he gets a dose of his own villainy in an episode that finds a pair of Lexes on the loose. That gives Rosenbaum a reason to talk to TVGuide.com about everything from acting with himself to the lighter side of going to the dark side.
TVGuide.com: So is the world ready for two Lexes?
Michael Rosenbaum:
Best episode of the year, man. This experiment goes wrong and all of a sudden there's two of me running around.

TVG: It's a Luthorpalooza!
Rosenbaum:
When I first heard about the episode, [executive producer] Greg Beeman told me, "Man, you are in every scene... every page." Then I got the script and 47 pages out of 50 are me. I read more

Smallville Fears Dr. Quinn


Whoever said that beauty is skin deep has obviously never met Jane Seymour. Our favorite Medicine Woman has been quietly lending her off-camera artistry to a spate of good causes, including the Red Cross and child-abuse groups, while behaving very badly as Genevieve, the wicked mother of Lana's beau (Jensen Ackles) on Smallville. Proving that charity starts at home, the still-stunning mother of six took a time-out from a painting powwow at her home and dial up TV Guide Online to dish everything from promoting women's health to playing women from hell.

TV Guide Online: Is this a bad time? It sounds like you've got a full house right now.
Jane Seymour:
We've got a whole group of artists here [and] a whole bunch of costumes. My two daughters, who are actresses, [are] dressed up... they were [1930s-era] flappers a moment ago. I just put my hair up in a Gibson and did something, as usual, very Victor read more

Star Jonesing for the Riverses


As any true fan of the Emmys knows, the arrivals are almost holier than the show itself. It's our first look at who's wearing what, who's had some work done — and who needs to — not to mention where we find proof that certain former costars aren't so cozy anymore. And for years, the keepers of that sacred land have been the mom-daughter mess of Joan and Melissa Rivers. Tacky, tough and maybe a little tanked, the red-carpet commandos made every mistake in the book. And we loved them for it. So much so that we hired them away to the TV Guide Channel. Unfortunately, due to a few legal loopholes, our picky pair had to sit out this season's kudosfest, leaving Payless queen Star Jones to fill their shoes for Live from the Red Carpet, E!'s annual parade of pretty people piling into L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium. And while she probably won't win a statue for cloying her way down the carpet, there were a few bits leading up to TV's 56th annual p read more

Heather Locklear's New Flight Plan

Behold the healing power of Locklear. Dynasty. T.J. Hooker. Melrose Place. Spin City. The woman who puts the heat in Heather has been lending her lucky charms to struggling shows since the days of shoulder pads and shoot-'em-up weddings. Now, the deliciously dishy bombshell is back with a brand-spankin'-new drama, NBC's airport-based LAX, and she's packing a seriously sexy supporting cast. So get ready to assume the upright position.


TV Guide Online: Do you ever work with ugly people?
Heather Locklear:
I know! It's a little crazy. [Laughs]

TVGO: Between you, Blair Underwood, Paul Leyden (ex-Simon, As the World Turns)....
Locklear:
You can get me out of there. But the rest....

TVGO: Are you kidding? Woman, don't you realize you are still hot?!
Locklear:
Well, thank you!

TVGO: Then, of course, there's Blair.
Locklear:
I thought that was such a read more

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