When she wasn't busy raising hell as Sami on Days of Our Lives, hosting The Biggest Loser and being a wife and mom, Alison Sweeney somehow managed to knock out her fourth book — the frisky, funny beach read, Scared Scriptless (arriving June 3 from Hyperion). TV Guide Magazine spoke with Sweeney about her latest literary venture, her upcoming exit from Salem (she swears she's coming back) and why she has never — not even once! — been nominated for an Emmy.
So You Think You Can Dance will grand jete into its 11th season on Wednesday (8/7c, Fox), and, as usual, executive producer and judge supreme Nigel Lythgoe is shaking things up. He tells TV Guide Magazine all about it.
Gavin Houston, Aaron O'Connell
It's slammer time for Wyatt Cryer when The Haves and the Have Nots returns Tuesday and the druggie heartthrob — played by former Calvin Klein underwear model Aaron O'Connell — has lots to think about. He's been arrested for the hit-and-run death of a little girl and for leaving a second victim in a vegetative state, crimes he committed while driving high as a kite. But Wyatt has a very powerful and conniving daddy with a big, fat checkbook.
Wyatt Nash, Rose McIver
The chickens have come home to roost. Lifetime scored huge ratings last January with its gothic freakfest Flowers in the Attic, based on the 1979 V.C. Andrews best seller. Now comes Petals on the Wind. Inspired by Andrews's follow-up novel, the movie leaps ahead 10 years to find brother-and-sister lovers Chris and Cathy Dollanganger (this time played by Wyatt Nash and Rose McIver) trying hard — and failing — to bury their lust for each other.
Don't mess with Gordon Ramsay. The no-baloney supercook and restaurateur launches Season 5 of Fox's MasterChef on Monday, May 26 (8/7c) and will try to keep his cool as he takes the contestants out of the kitchen and into the field for an array of epic challenges. He gave TV Guide Magazine all the dish.
TV Guide Magazine: This season you have your competitors preparing food for hundreds of U.S. servicemen, catering a lavish beach wedding and taking command of a hot Hollywood restaurant. Isn't this a bit much for home cooks?
Ramsay: We're really pushing our people this season by making it real — not reality TV. Cooking for more than 500 Marines on a military base out in the desert would be a tall order for anyone trying to break into the restaurant trade, like the people on Hell's Kitchen, and it's even more difficult for our home cooks. We don't want them to perfect just one dish. We want them to perfect an entire Michelin-style restaurant! But those who can't take it don't make it.
Look who's coming out of her coma! Suds goddess and two-time Emmy winner Gina Tognoni has won the hotly contested role of Phyllis Summers on CBS's The Young and the Restless. The character, originated by Michelle Stafford, has been hospitalized and off the show for a year. A rep for Y&R tells TV Guide Magazine that Tognoni's audition and take on the character was "flawless."
Comfort food doesn't need to be heart-attack food, according to Carla Hall, who recently published her second cookbook, Carla's Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World (Atria Books). The Nashville native and cohost of ABC's The Chew gave us the Hootie Hoo!
Kristin Lehman, Louis Ferreira. Brendan Penny
It's not a whodunit, it's a whydunit! ABC's Motive returns for its sophomore season on Wednesday, May 21 (10/9c), doing what most crime shows wouldn't dare: The killer is revealed in the opening moments of each episode.
"It's so much more compelling than having eight suspects," says Dennis Heaton, showrunner of the Canadian import series. "When things happen in life — whether it's something as tragic as a death or as trivial as a parking ticket — one of our most important questions is: 'Why did this happen?'"
In a first for daytime drama, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful went all the way to the Middle East for the wedding of Brooke Logan and Bill Spencer (Katherine Kelly Lang and Don Diamont, pictured below). The exotic adventure, shot in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, airs May 23 through June 3 and includes an uninvited guest — Brooke's ex-hubby Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye), who is determined to stop the I do's. In a wet-and-wild twist, Ridge falls out of a helicopter and into the Persian Gulf and disappears. But is it before or after he gets to the ceremony? Kaye told TV Guide Magazine all about it. Well, almost all.
It's a different kind of toy story. Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Tom Cavanagh head the voice cast of Disney Junior's first original movie Lucky Duck, which will have its premiere on the channel Friday, June 20 (7/6c). The animated musical film — about a trio of misfit tub toys in search of the kids who love them — will then get a replay the following morning, Saturday, June 21 (9 a.m./8c) on Disney Channel.