Bridget, The Girls Next Door
I am but a mortal man. So after three seasons of taking on all three of The Girls Next Door at once (!), this time around I'm spending quality one-on-one time with each of Hugh Hefner's gaggle of girlfriends. Up first, just as the Season 4 premiere arrives on Sunday at 10 pm/ET, is Bridget "The Smart One" Marquardt, who in this Q&A previews an emotional opener, teases her next wild get-ups, and reveals which of the other Girls — Holly or Kendra — she would most want to be her girlfriend. (And I do mean girlfriend.)
Bridget Marquardt: I'm sorry we missed you while you were in L.A.!
TVGuide.com: Ah, that was sort of a pipe dream, I asked the publicist, "Since I'm going to be in L.A. anyway, do you think I could meet up with the Girls at the mansion?" And she was like, "Sure!" Cue my jaw
Shrek the Halls' "Gingy," voiced by Conrad Vernon
As entertaining as the big green guy and Donkey are, for this pop of twin 5-year-old boys, it's the ancillary fairy-tale critters who make the Shrek films full of adult-targeted chuckles. On the occasion of ABC's Shrek the Halls special premiering tonight at 8 pm/ET, TVGuide.com chatted with Conrad Vernon, the voice behind Gingy the Gingerbread Man, and the director of Shrek 2 and the much-anticipated Monsters vs. Aliens.
TVGuide.com: When I stopped to think about it, it dawned upon me that Christmastime cannot bode well for the Gingerbread Man.
Conrad Vernon: [Laughs] No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t. I haven't seen the whole [ABC special] yet but I've definitely seen my part in it, and it's kind of horrifying — but that’s fine.
Adam Baldwin, Chuck
While Zachary Levi's unlikely spy tries to make the best of an impossible situation – none to easy when your CIA handler is as smokin' as Sarah! – it's up to Adam Baldwin's Casey to keep everyone in line and on target. The Firefly alum gave TVGuide.com a sneak peek at what's ahead on NBC's buzzworthy Chuck (airing Mondays at 8 pm/ET). Plus, what is Zachary Levi really like when the cameras stop rolling?
TVGuide.com: It's nice to see Chuck ticking back up in the ratings.
Adam Baldwin: Yeah, yeah, I mean we have really tough competition on Monday nights. The sports guys [watching Monday Night Football], hopefully they'll be finding us [when the NFL season is over]. So we're all full of high hopes. And then… there's the writers strike.
TVGuide.com: And then there's the writers strike. How many episodes did you get done?
Baldwin: We will complete the initial order of 13. They banged out Episode
Emily VanCamp, Brothers & Sisters
Kitty Walker is heading for a wedding on the Dec. 2 episode of ABC's Brothers & Sisters. With the big day nearing, TVGuide.com invited Emily VanCamp, who plays Kitty's stepsis Rebecca, to preview the nuptials, as well as weigh in on certain rumblings of on-set romances.
TVGuide.com: First off, I want to say that you are very pretty.
Emily VanCamp: I thank you!
TVGuide.com: You also appear to be very tall....
VanCamp: I am pretty tall, actually.
TVGuide.com: As much as I wanted to bump into you at TV Guide's Emmys after-party, a part of me was like, "Man, she'll be towering over me."
VanCamp: [Laughs] That's hilarious!
Austin Nichols, Friday Night Lights
Cue up the '80s David Lee Roth, because Friday Night Lights' Julie Taylor is going to want to be "kept after school" once she meets the new teach in town, played by John from Cincinnati himself, Austin Nichols. TVGuide.com invited Nichols — who, fittingly, hails from Austin, Texas — to preview what's ahead. Plus, he reveals that Cincinnati's mysterious John might still be floating around out there... somewhere. (Friday Night Lights airs Fridays at 9 pm/ET, NBC.)
TVGuide.com: Considering that you are a Texas native, do you feel Friday Night Lights gets it right?
Nichols: No doubt in my mind. I'll be perfectly honest — I had
Judah Friedlander, 30 Rock
In case you haven’t noticed, this week nearly every morsel of NBC's prime-time lineup has gone green, sprinkling eco-friendly messages wherever and whenever possible. How will the gloriously irreverent 30 Rock (Thursdays at 8:30 pm/ET) tackle such a heady subject matter? Think "Ross Geller in a foam mascot suit." TVGuide.com caught up with Judah Friedlander, who plays "TGS" scribe Frank, to get a sneak peek.
TVGuide.com: As we neared the end of last season on 30 Rock, how confident were you that the show would get renewed?
Friedlander: Well, after they renewed us I was pretty confident we would get renewed. I was still holding out a bit, but I was pretty confident. Literally, man, I had no idea, dude. I had no clue.
TVGuide.com: Is the vibe on the set any different now that you have gotten
Miguel Ferrer, Bionic Woman
Can Jaime Sommers be made even stronger, better and faster? After an explosive start, NBC's Bionic Woman (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET) in recent weeks has slowed down a bit. Cue a major tune-up at the hands of Friday Night Lights whiz Jason Katims and new show-runner Jason Cahill (The Sopranos). Miguel Ferrer gave us a fresh look under the Bionic show's hood.
TVGuide.com: So, not much time off between TV gigs for you, eh?
Miguel Ferrer: No, there wasn't much of a break [since Crossing Jordan], that's true! That's how I wanted it. I want
Kathleen Herles, Dora Saves the Mermaids
Having twin almost-five-year-old sons, how could I possibly pass up the opportunity to talk to Dora the Explorer herself, aka voice actress Kathleen Herles. Here is where it gets funny, though: I assumed that, a la Bart Simpson, Kathleen would be some middle-aged lady. Nope. Ms. Herles is but a teen. As Nickelodeon presents the new original movie Dora Saves the Mermaids (premiering Monday at 7 pm/ET), Kathleen shared a look into el mundo de Dora. ¡Vamanos! (As they say.)
TVGuide.com: I have to say, when I learned just a moment ago that you were only 16, I had to rejigger my questions a bit….
Kathleen Herles: [Laughs] Yeah, I'm 16….
TVGuide.com: So I come home the other day and my sons say, "Daddy, you’ve got to record the Dora and the mermaids movie!" They must have caught a commercial.
Herles: Awww! That's so cute!
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Prison Break
Thus far on Fox's Prison Break (Mondays at 8 pm/ET), it would seem that the "B" in Company operative Susan B. Anthony's name stands for "beeyotch." But perhaps there is a method to her meanness? Indeed, TVGuide.com confirmed just that in this Q&A with Jodi Lyn O'Keefe.
TVGuide.com: I was a bit nervous getting ready to talk to you, but Dominic Purcell assured me you're not nearly as fierce as Susan B.
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe: No, I'm not at all. I'm actually a pretty big pushover.
TVGuide.com: How familiar were you with Prison Break before joining the series?
O'Keefe: I was a huge fan, so it's pretty unnerving to be a cast member now.
TVGuide.com: Especially since this show doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to female characters and love interests.
O'Keefe: [Laughs] See, thankfully I'm not a love interest.
Tobin Bell, Saw IV
Just when you thought he was out... they pull him back in. Over the course of three Saw films, Tobin Bell has created a compelling and brilliant criminal mastermind who's never at a loss for a wicked way to lead a ne'er-do-well to his or her death. Arriving in theaters on Oct. 26, just in time for Halloween, comes Saw IV, a rather "unexpected" additional follow-up for Bell's John Cramer... all things considered. TVGuide.com asked the actor to tease just how it is that Jigsaw might be around to kill again.
TVGuide.com: Considering how Saw III ended, how is it that you're in Saw IV?
Tobin Bell: Well... Saw... Saw plays with time a lot. They fill in pieces. Saw