Jack Coleman, Heroes
How does a mild-mannered Dynasty vet come to be one of current pop culture's most enigmatic TV characters? What lured Jack Coleman to the role of Heroes' Mr. Bennett, aka Horn-rimmed Glasses/H.R.G.? And, for once and for all, what are this protective patriarch's ultimate intentions? TV Guide hit the actor with those hot topics and more.
TV Guide: Congratulations on being made a series regular, promoted from guest star. Were you originally signed up only for a limited number of episodes?
Jack Coleman: It was always open-ended. It was a one-page audition, but when I saw that this Horn-rimmed Glasses guy turned out to be the father of Hayden Panettiere (Claire), I thoug
Zach Gilford and Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
NBC's Friday Night Lights (Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET) should have been a shoo-in for the ratings trophy. Not only did critics almost universally adore it, but the series is about small-town high-school football, for heaven's sake. Perhaps playing Friday on Tuesday was confusing, or people just can't get into sports-centered shows, but despite its fine acting and writing, the series hasn't scored big. TV Guide talked to executive producer/head writer Jason Katims about the show's future.
TVGuide.com: There's some good news in that Friday Night Lights has been keeping its audience, right?
Jason Katims: Yes. Obviously, the ratings have not been fantastic, but the audience that came to view the show has stayed, and that's really fantastic. Now we're hoping that people start to get
Monique Calhoun, America's Next Top Model
In the season premiere, our favorite divafest, America's Next Top Model (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET on the CW), staged a photo shoot lampooning the stereotypes of bad model behavior. You know, cell-phone flinging, bulimia, drug taking and the juicy unsavory like. Yet they seem to have forgotten dirty-panty smearing. That's right — for those who missed it, this season's überbitch, Monique Calhoun, who was eliminated after missing a photo shoot and not cutting it in previous pix, did that deed on arch rival Melrose Bickerstaff's bed.
TV Guide caught up with Monique after her ousting and asked her, “Say what? Why?” First off, the 19-year-old Chicago marketing rep wants us to know that it's tough in that model mansion. Like, how could they expect her to get out of the shower after only 10 minutes?! "'I'm a lady,' I said, and I don’t know many ladies who take 10-minute showers!" she tells us with in
When we recently spied Randy Jackson at New York's Grand Central Station, he wasn't running for a train. No, American Idol's "Dawg" was hanging with Morris the Cat at a press conference for the Million Cat Rescue, 9Lives' campaign to help felines find homes. TV Guide chatted with Jackson about his love of cats, Celebrity Duets' shortcomings, and the upcoming season of Idol.
TV Guide: What's up with the Dawg and cats? Are you a feline fancier?
Randy Jackson: [Laughs] I have three dogs and now I have two cats, and they get along fabulously. I'm an animal lover in general. The Dawg is helping cats out, that's how I look at it. The Dawg is so large
Richard Dean Anderson, Stargate SG-1
While Stargate SG-1 fans are already gathering signatures to petition Sci Fi Channel to pull a 7th Heaven move and un-cancel the veteran series, it probably ain't going to happen, folks. However, there are some signs of life in the show and it's not just the MMO (massive multiplayer online) game that is due out in the fourth quarter of 2007 and that MGM, which owns the Stargate franchise, is sinking $40-50 million into. While executive producer Brad Wright tells TV Guide his "dream is to take SG-1 back to the feature it began as," we are now hearing that MGM may produce a series of TV-movies based on the mother-ship series.
"From MGM's perspective, we don't view SG-1 as a television series, we view it as a franchise, and one with a lot of vibrant life," says studio spokesman Jeff Pryor. "The fan base is fiercely loya
Christopher Meloni, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
In his seventh year playing Elliot Stabler on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Christopher Meloni snagged his first Emmy nomination. We asked the 45-year-old newbie about finally getting recognized and what his costar (and three-time nominee) Mariska Hargitay had to say.
TV Guide: How are you feeling about your first Emmy nomination?
Christopher Meloni: I'm feeling… quite honestly, the best part about it is the congratulatory calls I've gotten from friends, colleagues. I think, actually, they're a little happier than I am. [Laughs] So I pretty much
Richard Dean Anderson, Stargate SG-1
TV Guide caught up with Richard Dean Anderson on the Vancouver set of Sci Fi Channel's Stargate: SG-1, where he was making his first visit back since he left the show one and a half years ago to spend more time with his young daughter. Sitting in a mock wedding chapel, Anderson looked just fine in a tux, as he waited for a nuptial scene to begin. (SG-1 fans, you'll love it.) The occasion was special not only because of the former star's return — the first of two SG-1 and three Stargate Atlantis visits this season — but because the episode was the 200th of the decade-old show (airing Friday, Aug. 18, at 9 pm/ET). Anderson talked to us about the anniversary, why he returned and what he's been up t
Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars
In Part 1 of our Q&A with Kristen Bell, the Veronica Mars star dished on her decision to dabble in big-screen horror (with Pulse, which opened at No. 5 this past weekend) as well as the (equally scary?) prospect of real-life marriage. Here in Part 2, the actress talks about Veronica Mars' own love life, hangin' out on the Gilmore Girls set, and making beautiful music.
TV Guide: Let's talk about Veronica Mars. What have you heard about how [series creator]
Kristen Bell, Pulse
Although the third season of Veronica Mars doesn't premiere (on CW) until Oct. 3, Kristen Bell fans don't have to wait that long to catch up with their fave. In the horror film Pulse (opening Friday), Bell plays Mattie, a college student who discovers that the evil dead are coming, via the world's cell phones, computers and more. The actress called TV Guide from her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by her dogs and boyfriend — and using a land line, we have to hope.
TV Guide: Having filmed a lot of movies lately, did you want Veronica Mars to come back? Or would you be happy doing features?
Kristen Bell: Whe
Stargates' David Hewlett and Amanda Tapping
It's taken four years, but on Friday, July 28, at 9 pm/ET, the crew of Sci Fi Channel's Stargate SG-1 visits their Atlantis brethren for a crossover episode all about — what else? — saving the galaxy. SG-1's comely scientific genius, Lt. Col. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), and Atlantis' annoyingly brilliant Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) must destroy the Ori's Supergate or they'll all be prostrating before false gods before they can say, "O'Neill, help!" We talked to Tapping and Hewlett, combatively acerbic buddies in real life, about the shows and their roles.