As a longtime country music fan, Top Chef Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard was more than willing to serve as executive chef at the 2011 CMT Artists of the Year gala airing Tuesday (9/8c, CMT) but looked to the honorees for inspiration when designing the evening's menu.
"I got a list from each of them, of the different things they like to eat and don't like to eat," Izard tells TVGuide.com. "Taylor Swift said she liked sausage and gravy from Cracker Barrel, so I did an itty bitty sausage and gravy thing for a passed hors d'oeurve."
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski
Nerds and nudity. What more could a fan want from an episode of Chuck?
Star Zachary Levi directed Friday's episode, "Chuck vs. the Hack Off" (8/7c on NBC), in which Chuck (Levi) and his team are trying to track down a possibly devastating computer virus. "It's one of our nerdier episodes," co-executive producer Chris Fedak told reporters at a set visit this month. "There's not as many hack off jokes as you'd think [there would be]. We learn a little about Chuck's backstory, who he was before he met Sarah, a little bit about the hacker side of Chuck."
Silas Weir Mitchell
Silas Weir Mitchell thinks his wolfy Grimm character Monroe could totally take on Twilight's werewolf Jacob... but only if he didn't rely solely on brute strength.
"If you're asking if Taylor Lautner's character could kick my a--, yeah he probably could," Mitchell tells TVGuide.com. "I might have the wiles, but if he got the jump on me, I'd be dead meat. I'm older than he is, so I know some tricks, but like I said, if it were pound for pound, I'm dead."
It's a close encounter of the rodent kind on Grimm.
During a special Thursday airing (10/9c on NBC) of the fairytale-laced cop drama, Nick (David Giuntoli) gets called in to investigate the grisly death of a high school music teacher. At the school they encounter Roddy, an outcast with whom Nick needs help to question.
Ryan Seacrest and Matt Lauer
If Matt Lauer leaves his co-anchor seat on NBC's Today show in 2012, he could be replaced by... Ryan Seacrest.
The Today producers met with the American Idol host on Tuesday for preliminary talks about possibly succeeding Lauer, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lauer has been with Today since 1997 and has been thinking of leaving the show.
Science took a dangerous turn Tuesday when the Mythbusters team had an experiment go awry.
The Discovery Channel show was testing out a ballistics experiment when their cannon misfired and launched a cannonball into a California neighborhood just east of San Francisco, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The producers of The Bachelor are cracking down on spoilers.
NZK Productions and Alternative Television, Inc. are suing spoiler website author Stephen Carbone, aka Reality Steve, for the tactics he employs to get spoilers about the reality dating show, EW reports. They claim that Carbone approaches show employees or other people close to the production to "breach their confidentiality obligations."