Taraji P. Henson and Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight rarely takes on dramatic acting roles, but when she does, she makes them seem effortless. Case in point: the Lifetime holiday movie Seasons of Love, in which she plays Angie, the gracious matriarch of an affluent family, whose husband of 35 years dies on New Year's Eve. The Grammy-winning R&B icon swears that singing and acting are as different as, well, Knight and day.
Melissa Archer, Greg Vaughan
Red alert! Melissa Archer, the flame-haired fan fave from One Life to Live, will hit NBC's Days of Our Lives Dec. 5 as Serena Mason, a globe-hopping medical journalist who had a romance with Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) several years ago in Africa. Their love affair ended when Eric chose to enter the priesthood. But now that he's been defrocked — thanks to that sordid incident where he was raped on tape by psycho-villain Kristen DiMera (Eileen Davidson)— he's one available heartthrob! TV Guide Magazine sat down with Archer to score some exclusive intel.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Alien
He's not just any alien. The Dec. 2 episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will finally reveal that its mysterious blue man from outer space — the one whose rejuvenating blood saved the life of Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) — is a member of the humanoid Kree race. Yes, that's the same alien species that gave us Lee Pace's character, Ronan the Accuser, in the Marvel movie blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. But all this means bupkis to Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team.
Anthony Geary. Jane Elliot
It's about damn time! Daytime drama's lion king, Anthony Geary, heads back to General Hospital this week after a six-month absence and TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive look at the ABC promo heralding his return.
Get your brain around this. On Nov. 27, it will be one quarter of a century since Peter Bergman joined CBS's The Young and the Restless as the ruthless but maddeningly lovable Jack Abbott. "In some ways it seems like I got here only yesterday," says Bergman. "But then I'm on the set and look over at Hunter King [who plays Summer] and realize I was already on the show four years when she was born! What the hell?" To celebrate Bergman's milestone, TV Guide Magazine asked the three-time Emmy winner to look back over his run, pick his favorite scenes and give us the scoop on each. Check out the awesome clips!
What the hell has she done now? Days of Our Lives' Melanie Jonas, the heart-tugging crisis queen played by Molly Burnett from 2008-2012, will return to the NBC soap Nov. 21 — and she's in big trouble! TV Guide Magazine gabbed with the dishy, delightful, two-time Emmy nominated Burnett to get the lowdown. Make sure to check out the exclusive clip below!
He scared the bejeesus out of Americans with his nuclear-war cry, "We will bury you!" But when Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the United States in 1959 he was much more of a pussycat than an evil Commie dictator.
PBS's American Experience will track Khrushchev's bizarre trek in Cold War Roadshow (Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9/8c), a one-hour documentary that offers fascinating insight into the human side of our chilling face-off with the U.S.S.R.
She was the biggest star on the planet and could do what she damn well pleased — and that included taking a job on a daytime soap! It's been 33 years since Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor stunned Hollywood by appearing on ABC's General Hospital as villainess Helena Cassadine, who campily crashed the wedding of Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) and put a curse on them that lasts to this day.
One's in the slammer, the other is walking the streets. But which is the real serial killer? Franklin & Bash star Mark-Paul Gosselaar is guesting in a season-long arc on CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation that has him playing Death Row inmate Jared Briscoe — aka the Gig Harbor Killer — and his twin brother, real-estate magnate Paul Winthrop, a pillar of the community who might be a sociopath and the true culprit. In the show's Nov. 16 episode (10/9c), the Briscoe-Winthrop case proves so daunting that even Patricia Arquette's character, Avery Ryan, from the upcoming spinoff CSI: Cyber, will show up to offer advice. (Check out the exclusive clip below!). What's Gosselaar's take on all this? TV Guide Magazine spoke with the actor about his unconventional showcase.
Robert Michael Morris
He Plays: Mickey Deane, personal hairdresser and trusty confidant to has-been actress Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) on the HBO comedy The Comeback. "Mickey isn't just a great friend to Valerie," Robert Michael Morris says. "He's much more like a mother — and he has the patience of a saint." Make that a Saint Bernard. "We should all have a pal who is as unconditionally loyal," he adds. "Fans always say, 'Valerie is so mean to Mickey!' but he doesn't see it that way. He would walk through fire for her."