There are best friends... And then there's Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King. For the past 30-plus years, King has encouraged, coaxed and kidded around with Winfrey, on screen and off. (Who else can get away with poking fun at the talk superstar for, say, forgetting how to pump her own gas?) She appears regularly on Oprah, serves as editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine and has now morphed her satellite radio program, "The Gayle King Show," into a series on the newly hatched OWN network. We ordered up a round of straight talk with her at NYC's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where King made it clear why she's the kind of gal you want in your corner...
With a tongue every bit as sharp as her scissors, Tabatha Coffey is on a mission to save America's failing salons from themselves — one hapless hairdresser at a time. (Season 3 of Tabatha's Salon Takeover concludes on February 21.) We sat down with the feisty Aussie import over drinks at NYC's Beauty Bar for a peek at her — yep — many layers.
Is Emily a lock to win The Bachelor?
It's only a month into the new season of ABC's dating competition, and already there seems to be a clear frontrunner for Brad Womack's heart. Emily Maynard, the blonde Southern belle who lost her previous fiancé to a plane crash and found out days later that she was carrying their child, has been getting the lion's share of attention from Brad — and ruffling the other women's feathers in the process.
The Good Wife
Why is "phone" used as a verb on The Good Wife?
CBS' taut legal drama The Good Wife, starring Julianna Margulies, takes place in modern-day Chicago... But you'd never know it to hear the characters talk. (Sample dialogue: "Let me know when he phones!") We counted several occurrences of this phrase during a recent scene, with folks of every age and creed hilariously bandying about variations on the awkward verbiage. Whatever happened to the word ...
Caroline Dhavernas, Michael McKean
Can coconut water actually be used for medicinal purposes?
On the January 12 premiere of ABC's new docs-in-the-wild drama Off the Map, supply-strapped M.D.s Ben (Martin Henderson) and Lily (Caroline Dhavernas) pluck coconuts from a tree in the jungles of South America and administer the water intravenously to an ailing patient. Possible?
"Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!" says Dr. Glenn P. Kelley, a cardiologist in Metairie, Louisiana, who confirms that ...
Jackie, Brad Womack
Did the women not seem surprised that Brad Womack is the Bachelor?
Learning that Brad Womack — the Bachelor who's on Round 2 of the ABC dating competition — was this season's main man should've been a jaw-dropper for his harem. And yet when the ladies stepped out of the limos to meet him during the January 3 premiere, one after another seemed armed with a pithy remark. First contestant Chantal O'Brien even slapped the guy — which leads us to believe that either she had a heads-up about who she was about to encounter, or else ...
Camille Grammer, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Rumors are swirling that controversial Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer — who just scored a reported $50 million divorce settlement from Kelsey Grammer — will call it quits at the end of the series' freshman season. According to her rep, Howard Bragman, the former MTV dancer hasn't hung up her stilettos just yet.
"Camille hasn't made a decision and won't until after the reunion show [airing in late January]," he tells TV Guide Magazine...
There's a total lack of telephone etiquette on screen. Nobody ever says "goodbye" when the conversation is over — they just hang up. Why? — Scott Kenward, Miami
So why do TV characters sign off without so much as a sayonara? According to Pen Densham, a Hollywood-based screenwriter (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) and author of the new script manual Riding the Alligator, proper farewells during scenes often end up ...
Yvonne Strahovski and Zach Levy
Are the license plates that I see on Chuck the same ones I've seen way back on The Rockford Files and Columbo? Is this the equivalent of those 555 phone numbers? — Gary Land, via e-mail
Bingo! Odds are, you probably have spotted the same license plate on multiple shows, confirms Chuck prop master Scott Bauer.
"The California DMV allows productions to use certain sequences that have not been issued to the public," he says. "The PCE is used as a passenger license plate and ...