Lauren Kanter


8 Simple Girl's Crimes


Actress Kaley Cuoco is used to playing the popular girl on ABC's 8 Simple Rules. But her latest role in ABC Family's Crimes of Fashion (Sunday, 8pm/ET) casts her as a fashion student who — despite a great sense of style — is more geek than chic. While navigating the ever-changing world of hemlines, Cuoco's character, Brooke, discovers that her long-lost (and recently deceased) grandfather was a mob boss. Worse yet, his Mafia family wants her to fill his shoes! They're not exactly Jimmy Choos, so she steps in the only way she knows how. Jokes Cuoco: "She makes this little mob her own — and fashion-tabulous!"

Playing an inexperienced (and unconventional) mob boss was a perfect fit for Cuoco, since the 18-year-old is completely clueless about Mafia dramas. Before filming, she didn't even know that her costar, Dominic Chianese, plays Uncle Junior on HBO's The Sopranos. Talk about out of the loop.

"I read more

Joseph Lawrence Gets Married


This week, Joseph Lawrence fans let out a collective sympathy "Whoa." The 28-year-old actor confirms to TV Guide Online that his struggling WB sitcom, Run of the House, won't return this fall for a second season. You haven't seen the last of Joey, though. He's just taped an ABC pilot, I Married Sophia, and learns next week if the series will join the network's fall lineup.

The pilot casts Lawrence as a once-successful New Yorker whose recent job loss leaves him strapped for cash. Through an illegal website, he finds Sophia — a foreign woman in need of a green card — and marries her in exchange for $10,000. He expects to take the money and run (and they say romance is dead!) but a suspicious INS agent forces the fake couple to cohabitate with her 7-year-old son. Fun, huh?

"It's a great hot-headed romantic comedy," Lawrence says. "It's all about the relationship of these two people. The chemistry is there instantly, but they fight it read more

Alyssa Milano's Charmed Future

Playing the same TV character for six years can get a little boring. Unless you're Alyssa Milano. As Phoebe Halliwell on the WB's Charmed, Milano's gone through more than enough costume and personality changes to keep the magic alive for her. "When you're a little girl and you're in this business, which I was at 7 years old, that's what it's all about — playing dress-up," Milano says. The witchy woman — who has turned into a mermaid, a mummy and the Queen of the Underworld, just to name a few — really spices things up on Sunday, when she goes undercover as a dominatrix assassin. TV Guide Online asked Milano to borrow Phoebe's premonitory powers to foretell the future of Charmed.

TV Guide Online: Charmed was recently renewed for its seventh season. Will that be the last one?
Alyssa Milano:
We're all contracted for eight years. But I think we all feel like we want to go out on top. So if our ratings are as strong as th read more

Alias Bad Boy's Secrets


It's not just viewers who are blown away by the twists and turns on ABC's spy drama Alias. Dave Anders — the show's British bad boy Mr. Sark — gets his share of surprises, too. Sark has gone from a mere recurring character in Season 1 to a major player in the North American cell of The Covenant last month. His rising status as a TV terrorist is quite an unexpected coup for this 22-year-old actor.

"In the first season, I didn't know how long I was going to be around," Anders tells TV Guide Online. "I [even] wanted to get Jennifer Garner's picture and autograph. On the picture, she wrote, 'To David: Welcome to prime time. Get comfy. You're going to be here awhile.' I was like, 'What the hell does she know? She knows something I don't!'"

Not bad for an Oregon native with only two professional acting credits on his résum&ea read more

Chris Isaak's American Tribute


When reflects on his career mistakes, his idol — the late, great '60s rocker Roy Orbison — comes to mind. "I got a call from Roy Orbison years ago, when I was out playing some hole-in-the-wall," Isaak says. "He wanted me to play on a special and I said, 'Yeah, I'd love to do it!' My manager said, 'We already booked a gig and they're depending on you.' And from wherever the hell I'm from, I went, 'You're right, they're depending on me.' Now, I realize I should have said, 'Screw them, I'm playing the Roy Orbison thing!'"

It's too late for Isaak to do a gig with Orbison, but thanks to the magic of television, he can go back in time to share in his legacy. The rockabilly guest-stars on Sunday's American Dreams to sing "Pretty Woman" — as Orbison himself.

"That [song is] so much Roy, I u read more

Kelly Clarkson Against the World


Forget ambassadors of good will. The United States is sending Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol winner, to represent in a sing-off against Idol victors from 11 other countries in Fox's World Idol. (The competition airs Christmas Day at 8 pm/ET, and the winner is announced New Year's Day at 9 pm/ET.) But before she goes to face the music in the United Kingdom, we found out what Miss Independent thinks about her global showdown, her movie misfire and whether she's destined to be a Broadway Baby.

TV Guide Online: Think you've got an edge over the other Idols, having been on a world tour?
Clarkson:
There's actually a few of us that have gone to other countries, so everybody has that benefit. I have been around in the U.K. and other countries in Europe for quite some time, but in Australia read more

Kelly Clarkson Against the World


Forget ambassadors of good will. The United States is sending Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol winner, to represent in a sing-off against Idol victors from 11 other countries in Fox's World Idol. (The competition airs Christmas Day at 8 pm/ET, and the winner is announced New Year's Day at 9 pm/ET.) But before she goes to face the music in the United Kingdom, we found out what Miss Independent thinks about her global showdown, her movie misfire and whether she's destined to be a Broadway Baby.

TV Guide Online: Think you've got an edge over the other Idols, having been on a world tour?
Clarkson:
There's actually a few of us that have gone to other countries, so everybody has that benefit. I have been around in the U.K. and other countries in Europe for quite some time, but in Australia read more

Kelly Clarkson Against the World


Forget ambassadors of good will. The United States is sending Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol winner, to represent in a sing-off against Idol victors from 11 other countries in Fox's World Idol. (The competition airs Christmas Day at 8 pm/ET, and the winner is announced New Year's Day at 9 pm/ET.) But before she goes to face the music in the United Kingdom, we found out what Miss Independent thinks about her global showdown, her movie misfire and whether she's destined to be a Broadway Baby.

TV Guide Online: Think you've got an edge over the other Idols, having been on a world tour?
Clarkson:
There's actually a few of us that have gone to other countries, so everybody has that benefit. I have been around in the U.K. and other countries in Europe for quite some time, but in Australia, Spain and Italy, I'm just now starting. And if people do know me, they don't know me, the read more

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