Jonathan Reiner


Comedy Central's Got Game


What do you call a cross between the Travel Channel, Let's Make a Deal and Double Dare? Comedy Central calls it Don't Forget Your Toothbrush! The offbeat game show, starring Mark Curry (Hangin' With Mr. Cooper), premieres June 20.

The series asks that the studio audience bring their luggage and passports to its tapings just in case they're chosen to participate in a wacky game and win a trip to some exotic locale. "It's somewhere between a game show and a sketch comedy show, where the contestants are playing a part," executive producer Andrew Golder tells TV Guide Online. "It's also sort of a hybrid with the reality genre and things like Survivor."

Playing Don't Forget Your Toothbrush isn't like coming on down on The Price Is Right. "Contestants come in for an interview, essentially," Golder explains. "They fill out a fairly extensive form ? it's five pages long and asks for some general information like names o read more

Brady Kid Cast as Soap Schemer


Move over, Marcia! Beloved Brady Bunch ingenue Maureen McCormick has joined the cast of Passions, NBC's deliciously innovative daytime soap, as Rebecca Hotchkiss, on-screen mother to a character played by Susan Lucci's real-life daughter!

"Rebecca is manipulative and calculating," McCormick tells TV Guide Online. "She wants to control everything! She wants money, power and, from what I can see, to take over the Crane empire. I've already had a small fight with Pilar [the Cranes' housekeeper], who I've heard is always very nice, so the actress who plays her was really excited to do that."

McCormick's soap character, who debuts July 5, obviously comes from luxury, but the actress doesn't have the luxury of time working on Passions, which tapes one episode a day. "Oh, it's overwhelming! I want to go back and redo everything," she confesses. "I'm a perfectionist, read more

Lily Tomlin's Nashville Memories


This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Robert Altman's Nashville, an American allegory that helped define the '70s, and wacky comedian Lily Tomlin is taking the opportunity to fondly recall her unorthodox role and the eventful, angst-filled making of the film.

"I found out sometime later that Louise Fletcher was supposed to have been Linnea [the gospel singer with deaf children]," Tomlin tells Premiere. "Louise's parents were deaf, and she knew sign language. Ironically enough, Michael Douglas came to see me around that time for Nurse Ratched [in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which Douglas produced]. I never got the part; Louise got the part. And somehow I wound up with Linnea.

Tomlin was not read more

A Ghost of a Chance on All My Children


Veteran soap actress Ellen Wheeler is usually too busy to reflect upon, revisit or recreate her many soap roles. The statuesque blonde has won two Emmys, played dual roles on two East Coast shows, done stints on Dark Shadows and The Bold and the Beautiful in L.A., and is currently winning raves for her work as a director on As the World Turns. Therefore, it's a little odd, you'll agree, that All My Children asked her to reprise the role of Cindy Parker for one day ? especially since Cindy died of AIDS in the late 1980s.

"Of course I was very surprised to hear from AMC," Wheeler tells TV Guide Online. "I knew even before I got to talk to them that it must be something supernatural because there's no other way for her to be there." Wheeler's instincts are correct: She plays a friendly ghost on today's episode, comforting Cindy's husband's current wife, who thinks he's dead.

Confusing, but also exciting. "That was maybe the dear read more

Age Before Beauty for Celebrity Drinkers


Yes, Leonardo DiCaprio is 25 years old and can legally knock back a few brewskis, but a majority of Americans say the baby-faced actor is the celebrity of drinking age most likely to be asked for ID when buying alcohol.

A recent study by Anheuser-Busch indicates that 86 percent of Americans believe that ID-checking is an excellent or good way to reduce underage drinking, and 55 percent of those polled think Leo is the celebrity most likely to be carded. Runners-up included Will Smith, Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow. Will Smith? The man is 32 years old!

The poll, conducted by the Data Development Corporation, reveals that it's not unusual for folks in their 30s to be carded, though. Nine in 10 young adults (ages 21 to 39) say they have been carded when buying alcohol, meaning that bartenders and shopkeepers are doing their part to prevent underage drinking.

The read more

Soap Vixen Saves (Your) Face


Soap vixen Catherine Hickland spends most of her time as trying-to-save-face Lindsay on One Life to Live. So it's no surprise that the actress/
entrepreneur is endorsing Renaitre, a glycolic skin cleanser, May 27 at 1 pm/ET on QVC.

"You don't sell something that you don't use ? that would be pretty bad! I swear by this," Hickland tells TV Guide Online. "I have been using glycolic products for about three years. I was getting them from my dermatologist and it was costing me a fortune, but I still did it because with what my skin goes through every day I need to be using the best products I can."

Hickland's motives in this endeavor are far from selfish, though. "I would love to be able to have women who can't afford to go to a dermatologist and pay those prices be able to get the same quality [that I get]," she explains, adding that the cleanser is not just for women. "Not only read more

Mindy Cohn's Facts of Animation


Mindy Cohn, known to millions of Gen-Xers as bouncy Natalie Green on the long-running sitcom The Facts of Life, is entertaining a new generation of couch potatoes thanks to her role as type-A terror Nancy on the Fox Family Channel cartoon The Kids From Room 402.

"The producers probably won't like this, but I always describe her as Peppermint Patty on acid," Cohn tells the TV Guide Channel. "She is so high-strung and so intense, and I really love playing her because I'm very much that way. She's very dramatic and everything is just very important and very crucial. It's her way or no way, but she's not a bully. She just is very demanding ? and she'll grow up to rule the world, I'm convinced. So that's Nancy."

A far cry from her days as neurotic Natalie ? especially since Cohn doesn't have to spend hours in hair and makeup. "It's the best! You don't care what you look like as long as you sound right," she explains. "There's a different kind of camaraderie read more

Bernadette's Hair-Raising Stories


Beloved Broadway Kewpie doll Bernadette Peters is fostering a furry, ferocious creature. "My husband went with a friend to a shelter to get a dog and found this female pit bull whose throat was slit," she tells Spa Finder magazine. "It was either done on purpose or she'd had a collar on too long.

"We took her to the vet and we were going to find her a home, but of course I had to keep her. I couldn't throw her out again," Peters explains. "People don't realize what an amazing dog a pit bull is. In World War I it was America's most decorated and beloved dog. They're very loyal and affectionate. Stella is the gentlest dog ? all she wants to do is cuddle".

The 52-year-old actress, known for her terrific tresses, admits she does have some trouble with her luscious locks: "My hair does come out of my head curly," she says with a laugh. While such an affliction doesn't mean much in the read more

Notes From the Emmy Pressroom


Sexy Susan Lucci hosted the evening, but the other Susan ? Susan Flannery (Stephanie, The Bold and the Beautiful) ? walked away with the Outstanding Lead Actress statuette at the 27th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, handed out Friday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York. You only saw half the show if you just watched the telecast, so here's a look at what some of the winners said to the press backstage:

Flannery, who has played B&B's steel-willed matriarch for 13 years, was just as cool as her soap character when she realized she'd won Emmy gold ? but her pal wasn't so calm. "When they said my name, I hugged Ian Buchanan (ex-James, B&B) and he was shaking! And I thought, 'Wait a minute, who won?' "

Actually, Flannery maintains that all five nominees in her category are champs. "We had lunch today ? Hillary [B. Smith, Nora on One Life to Live read more

Emmy Voters Snub Regis Philbin


Move over, Susan Lucci! It's Regis Philbin's turn to be an Emmy loser. The hyperactive ham lost the race for Outstanding Talk Show Host (along with partner Kathie Lee Gifford) and was seriously snubbed in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host.

The man who single-handedly saved ABC lost out to Bob Barker (The Price Is Right) and Tom Bergeron (Hollywood Squares), who tied for the trophy. Bergeron is well aware that every American was rooting for Reege, the beloved host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. "Oh, God, I know ? not the least of them me! I don't know who the judges are or what they were drinking, but I'm glad to accept this award," he said with a laugh.

Millionaire wasn't a total loser, though: It did win for Outstanding Game Show. Executive producer Michael Davies admitted that Millionaire's phenomenal popularity is a double-edged sword. "I apologize for part of it and I'm very happy a read more

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