They're watching you! No, it's not paranoia — it's the premise of NBC's summer psychological thriller Persons Unknown (premiering Monday at 10/9c on NBC).
Created by screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), the 13-episode series ...
Dora the Explorer
School is nearly out and soon the kiddios will be home for summer vacation, a time to have fun and chill at the pool, beach, park, library and, our favorite spot, in front of the TV. Here are our picks for the hottest shows of the season.
Giada de Laurentiis
Spicing up Season 6 of the cooking competition The Next Food Network Star is the goddess of Italian cooking (and host of her own Emmy-nominated series) Giada de Laurentiis, who takes on the role of mentor to the 12 contestants vying for celebrity chefdom.
After starring in several unsuccessful series, Mark Feuerstein can safely say his luck has changed now that he's playing doctor-for-hire Hank Lawson on USA's summer hit Royal Pains, which returns tonight for a second season of fun in the sun.
TVGuide.com: Aaaayyy, how cool is it that Henry Winkler is playing Hank's scam-artist dad?
Feuerstein: Hank's pretty squeaky-clean, so with the addition of Henry Winkler as the father, I feel like Hank gets a little dirt under the fingernails. You see the anger from all the years of abandonment—it all comes out!
Jane Kaczmarek, Raising the Bar
Steven Bochco, the mastermind behind NYPD Blue and L.A. Law, assembles another top-notch cast for Raising the Bar (Mondays at 10 pm/ET, TNT), a new legal drama about New York prosecutors, defense lawyers and one no-nonsense judge played by Jane Kaczmarek. We caught up with former Malcolm in the Middle mom to discuss her new show, working with Zack Morris and her duties as a real-life mom.
TV Guide: It's good to see you back on television again!
Jane Kaczmarek: [Laughs] It's been long enough that I was able to travel and spend some time with my children — I waited really long to have kids. You wait that long and you want to be there. I did not want to put in the kind of time I had to put into Malcolm in the Middle. I passed on a lot of stuff until something came along
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
It's a year of milestones for Kevin Bacon: The actor turned 50 (!) on July 8, he celebrates his 20th wedding anniversary with Kyra Sedgwick in September, and it's been 30 years since the release of his first movie, Animal House. Tonight, he sits in the director's chair for a third time on Sedgwick's hit series The Closer (Mondays at 9 pm/ET, TNT).
TV Guide: Did you handpick this episode?
Kevin Bacon: It doesn't really work that way, but I definitely lucked out 'cause I got a really interesting and cool script. It's a story that revolves around Sanchez and the murder of his brother. Raymond Cruz did a fantastic job — showed colors that I knew he had in him, but he still surprised me.
TV Guide: What about Brenda?
Bacon: [Sanchez] has sort of a vigilante streak to him [and] when he starts to exhi
John Slattery, Mad Men
Smoke, drink and be merry. That's the motto ad executive Roger Sterling lives by, even after suffering two heart attacks last season on AMC's critical darling Mad Men (Sundays at 10 pm/ET, AMC). We asked for some insight into the character from John Slattery, the Emmy-nominated actor who plays him.
TV Guide: How lucky do you feel to be on this show?
John Slattery: It's the best job I've ever had! Every time I read a script, [Roger] always has something to say that I can't wait to do.
TV Guide: Are the glowing reviews at all surprising to you?
Slattery: Sometimes you're surprised that other people like what you like — and the fact that everybody seems to think it's even better this season.
TV Guide: What's the secret of Mad Men's success?
Slattery: I don't think it's a
Joel McHale, The Soup
Soup's on! Joel McHale has picked the year's best clips from his series that celebrates TV at its most embarrassing and packed them into four The Soup Presents specials airing Monday nights at 10/pm ET through July 21. We asked the funnyman to give us a taste.
TV Guide: What show are you most embarrassed by on E!?
Joel McHale: Where do I start? Thank God Dina Lohan has a show! What a wonderful network we are to give that woman a platform.
TV Guide: Any E! celebrities you're afraid to run into?
McHale: I don't know what I would do if I ran into the Girls Next Door. I would feel like a rancher, wrangling crazy, blonde, orange-skinned creatures. They don't even know what [The Soup] is. They're way too concerned with dressing their dogs up and having photo shoots with them.
Piers Morgan, America's Got Talent
“An amazing collection of talent and some of the most deluded people in America,” promises America's Got Talent (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET, NBC) judge Piers Morgan, when asked what viewers can expect when Season 3 of the competition where anything goes gets underway tonight. We chatted with him about the new season, being tough on the contestants and... wrestling with Sharon Osbourne!?
TVGuide.com: America's Got Talent was kind of a surprise hit when it debuted two summers ago. What do you think is the appeal of the show?
Piers Morgan: I think it's the only show on American TV where you can be any age and have any talent at all. I think it's something the whole family can enjoy because we have people who are 90 years old taking part and even down to a 4-year-old this year. I think it's got thi
Bobby Flay, The Next Food Network Star
As if the restaurants, cookbooks, TV shows, and the line of sauces and rubs weren't enough, now Southwestern cuisine king Bobby Flay takes on responsibilities as host and head judge of The Next Food Network Star, which kicks off Season 4 Sunday night (10 pm/ET, Food Network).
TV Guide: There seem to be a lot of tears this season.…
Bobby Flay: They're never ready for how intense it is. This is what's great about these finalists — they are so passionate and they want it so badly that it gets really competitive.
TV Guide: What's your take on judging the contestants?
Flay: Being critical without being hurtful us the best way to go about being a judge.
TV Guide: Tonight's first challenge is: "In one sentence give your culinary point of view." What's yours?