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X-Men Star Braves the 19th Century... and Then Vampires!

Anna Paquin, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

This Sunday at 9 pm/ET, HBO premieres Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a wrenching adaptation of Dee Brown's history of the hardships the Indian nations suffered in late-19th-century America. In it, the quirkily charismatic Anna Paquin plays Elaine Goodale, the wife of a Dartmouth-educated Sioux (SVU's Adam Beach) who devotes her life to the tribe. The Oscar winner spoke with us about the film.

TV Guide: How would you describe Elaine?
Paquin:
She's strong and modern. Most people weren't interested in working with native populations at that time, but she spoke the language fluently and lived on the reservation. She knew the culture from the inside.

TV Guide: Wha read more

Up Close with the "Shiftiest" of NBC's Heroes

Missy Peregrym, Heroes

With Nathan's election looming, you can bet that Linderman's secret weapon — "illusionist" Candice Wilmer — will play a big part in the outcome of tonight's Heroes (9 pm/ET, on NBC). TV Guide spoke with the woman behind Candice's many faces: 24-year-old Canadian actress Missy Peregrym.

TV Guide: If, like Candice, you could make yourself look like anyone, who would it be?
Missy Peregrym:
[Laughs] I'm a huge fan of Celine Dion, so probably her.

TV Guide: And if you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Peregrym:
[Laughs] I would love to be able to transport. Not back in time or anything like that, but go wherever I wanted to go, whenever.

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Amanda Tapping Eyes Stargate SG-1's Final (TV) Days

Amanda Tapping, Stargate SG-1

This Friday night, the members of Stargate SG-1 (8 pm/ET, on Sci Fi Channel) will get a shock when they discover that one of their own has been brainwashed by the evil Ori. Amanda Tapping, who plays gutsy astrophysicist Samantha Carter on the long-running series, spoke with us about SG-1's final tales and her transfer to Stargate Atlantis.

TV Guide: What's this about Daniel Jackson becoming a Prior of the Ori?
Amanda Tapping:
I could tell you but then I would have to kill you. [Laughs] Poor Daniel has really been through it. He's ascended, and now he's a Prior. The Ori is a fundamentalist religious group, and Daniel gets tortured into their ways. It's a good team episode about us trying to save our f read more

Does Larry's Return Mean Kathy Najimy's Numbers Is Up?

Kathy Najimy with David Krumholtz, Numbers

This Friday, April 27, on Numbers (10 pm/ET, CBS), Peter MacNicol returns as Charlie's chum Larry while Six Feet Under's Jeremy Sisto guests as a federal attorney in a story dealing with a death-row inmate whose motives for revealing the locations of missing bodies are questioned by Don (Rob Morrow). Holding down the fort in MacNicol's absence (he defected to 24 for much of the year) was Kathy Najimy, who tonight makes her last appearance of the season as Charlie's academic superior, Millie French.

TV Guide: Were you good at math?
Kathy Najimy:
When I was younger I wanted to be a mathematician, but I think that's read more

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Embraces Old Christine's Adventures

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine

Combining a caustic tongue with knockabout (and knockout) vulnerability, Julia Louis-Dreyfus struck TV gold again — Emmy gold — as a lovable divorcée in CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine (Mondays at 8:30 pm/ET). The affable actress talked to us about the show's success, her Saturday Night Live days and the Seinfeld legacy.

TV Guide: Congrats on your Emmy for Christine. Did you ever put much stock in that supposed Seinfeld curse?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus:
None. That's ridiculous.

TV Guide: Christine has a lot on her plate juggling work, romance and family. What makes her unique?
Louis-Dreyfus:
That she read more

The Con Is On as Eddie Izzard Plays Filthy Riches

Eddie Izzard, The Riches

FX's new series The Riches (Mondays at 10 pm/ET) stars comic Eddie Izzard as Wayne Malloy, the silver-tongued patriarch of itinerant grifters who appropriate the identity of a dead couple, always living one step away from getting caught. Izzard talked to TV Guide about this unusual TV clan, his comedy and the art of the con.

TV Guide: Do you see a moral ambiguity in The Riches' setup, since the Malloys are appropriating a dead man's life?
Eddie Izzard:
Yeah, well, I don't find it so morally ambiguous in the fact that [the deceased] wasn't using it. [Wayne and his wife Dahlia, played by Minnie Driver] are jackals, they are scavengers, so it is a criminal waste to waste all that stuff that's in the car; someone else is only gonna get it. And from that read more

Mary McDonnell: Will Galactica's Prez Get Emmy's Vote?

Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica

In Part 1 of TV Guide's interview with Mary McDonnell, the accomplished actress teased the shocking wrap-up of Battlestar Galactica's third season (the finale airs Sunday at 10 pm/ET). Here, in Part 2, the topics are vipers, U.S. presidents, and whether a show such as BSG — and herself, in particular — can ever convert Emmy buzz into grabbable gold.

TV Guide: You seem to have a flair for playing women who persevere in the face of extraordinary personal hardships — Passion Fish, read more

Mary McDonnell Previews Galactica's Trial and Tribulations

Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica

Don't let that soft voice fool you. Mary McDonnell is one iron maiden when it comes to leading the survivors of a decimated civilization as President Laura Roslin on Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica (Sundays at 10 pm/ET). As the season finale nears and Emmy buzz begins building, TV Guide welcomed the opportunity to speak with the accomplished actress. Here, in Part 1 of our Q&A, McDonnell previews the big trial and even bigger tribulations to come.

TV Guide: Is Roslin's motivation for trying Baltar (played by James Callis) vengeance or justice?
Mary McDonnell:
Oh, I think it's justice. I think there is a tremendous personal frustration with regard to the man himself because of what she's been through read more

Meet the Faker: James Roday Takes Our Psych Exam

James Roday, Psych

One of TV's most appealing new sleuths is fake psychic Shawn Spencer of USA's Psych (Fridays at 10 pm/ET). The tongue-in-cheek cases of James Roday's boyish, temple-tapping Sherlock have rapidly become a Friday-night mainstay on the cabler, which has already renewed the series for a second season. Roday talked with us about "faking it" and much more.

TV Guide: Shawn is a really charming and noble con man. Does conning people come naturally to you?
James Roday:
I'm going to have to say no. I try to live my life with the "honesty is the best policy" philosophy.

TV Guide: Are you a free spirit like Shawn?
Roday:
I wish there were more of Shawn in me. I have a lot of respect for people who live from moment to moment and go places on a whim.

TV Guide: Why does Shawn even bother to pr read more

Meet History Channel's Very Own Indiana Jones!

Josh Bernstein, Digging for the Truth

Tonight, fearless Josh Bernstein goes Digging for the Truth (9 pm/ET, History Channel) behind the unsolved death of Egypt's youthful King Tutankhamun. We spoke with the survival instructor about that and other mysteries....

TV Guide: Your show is the History Channel's highest-rated original series. Is it the adventure, your good looks, what?
Josh Bernstein:
[Laughs] I think it's a combination of things. One is the cinematography. The fact that it is shot in high-definition makes it look just so stunning. Second, the archaeological mysteries — hopefully they're compelling. And third, I think, is the adrenaline component... the diving, the exploring, the going to extremes to bring these mysteries to life.

TV Guide: What do you keep in your satchel?
Bernstein: That is the o read more

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