Maurice Benard and Lisa LoCicero
Wasn't Lisa LoCicero's arrival on General Hospital as ballsy Brooklyn babe Olivia Falconeri utterly fantastic? Clearly, the show's top star, Maurice Benard (Sonny), thinks so. In their first scenes together last week, the duo set off some wildly intriguing sex sparks — which makes Benard's lack of chemistry with current leading lady Megan Ward (Kate) all the more obvious and disappointing.
GH is making a huge mistake if it doesn't team Sonny and Olivia now.
You can't keep a bad man down – but you can give him a handsome new puss. As the World Turns has cast former General Hospital fave Jon Lindstrom as Craig Montgomery, the arch-scoundrel who fled Oakdale last February after attempting murder. The actor's first airdate is Dec. 3.
"Jon is a witty and immensely likable actor even when he's doing unspeakable things – as he did [playing twins Kevin and Ryan] on GH," says ATWT head writer Jean Passanante. "And that pretty much sums up Craig."
The character will return to Oakdale "with a deep desire to reconnect with his family," adds the scribe, "though his first order of business is to get himself off the hook for trying to kill Paul [Roger Howarth]. It's a big problem, but Craig is up for the challenge."
Though Craig, who first appeared in 1982, is one of the great villains in suds history, this marks the fourth recast in three years. Hunt Block was dropped from the role in 2005. His replacement Jeffrey Meeks was fired in 2007 and replaced by the original Craig, Scott Bryce, who in turn got the ax early this year.
Look for an exclusive interview with Lindstrom in TV Guide magazine.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Droid heads fly and so do the wisecracks in Cartoon Network's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A follow-up to the recent film of the same name, this animated series with kid appeal — premiering Friday, Oct. 3, at 9 pm/ET — is set against an epic battle for the galaxy between the good-guy Jedi Knights and the evil Separatists.
"The dramatic stakes are high," notes supervising director Dave Filoni, "but George Lucas gave us a mandate: Don't forget to make the characters fun." That includes the series' hero, Anakin Skywalker, who, as the future Darth Vader, took a deeply creepy turn in 2005's Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
"A lot of parents couldn't take their younger kids to see Sith because it was so dark," says actor Matt Lanter, who provides the voice of Anakin. "They're thrilled to have Clone Wars." Longtime fans may be drawn to it, too, since the series
Dogtown: Saving the Michael Vick Dogs
Old dogs can learn new tricks, even the ones trained to be killing machines by Michael Vick and his cohorts. National Geographic's Dogtown: Saving the Michael Vick Dogs (tonight at 9 pm/ET) — a two-hour special edition of the Dogtown series — looks at the miraculous techniques being used by the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah to rehabilitate pit bulls rescued from the NFL superstar's dogfighting compound. The program is sure to bring tears — mostly happy ones.
"Despite the horrors they've experienced, these dogs have made astounding progress, proof that every dog deserves a second chance," says Dogtown producer Darcy Dennett. "Best Friends has rehabilitated thousands of animals, but even they're surprised by their success with the Vick dogs."
In April 2007, police raided the Atlanta Falcons quarterback's illegal operation on his property in Smithfield, Virgini
Michael Trucco, Battlestar Galactica
He stars on Battlestar Galactica (Fridays at 10 pm/ET, Sci Fi Channel) as Ensign Sam Anders, a secret member of the indestructible Cylon race. And it turns out Michael Trucco is pretty indestructible in real life, too.
Last December 2, the 37-year-old actor and a buddy were taking an easy Sunday-morning drive on Malibu's Pacific Coast Highway when their Ferrari 360 skidded on a curve, rolled up an embankment, flipped into the air and slammed to the pavement upside down. Trucco, who was in the passenger seat, suffered a broken neck but managed to pull himself out of the car, stand upright and get away from the wreckage.
He was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center, where — after six hours of spinal surgery — doctors pronounced him a freak of nature. "They just shook their heads and said, 'This doesn't make sense,
Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Aaron Douglas, Rekha Sharma, Michael Hogan, Michael Trucco , Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica (Fridays at 10 pm/ET, Sci Fi) is back, and the new Cylons are getting in touch with their inner robots.
Prepare for the big Cylon freakout. In last spring’s season finale of Sci Fi’s Battlestar Galactica, four of the human colonists came to the rocking, shocking realization that they’re members of the cybernetic Cylon race. In other words, they are their own worst enemies! So when BSG returns for its fourth and final season, viewers will find this quartet of undercover “Toasters” — Col. Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan), “Chief” Tyrol (Aaron Douglas), Ensign Sam Anders (Michael Trucco) and presidential aide Tory Foster (Rekha Sharma) — struggling to make sense of their new identities while staying deep in the closet.
“They’re all in this together, but there’s going to be a lot of dissension and dis
Anjelica Huston, Medium
Cue the nightmares! After a month-long hiatus, Medium creeps back to the air on Feb. 18 (10 pm/ET, NBC) with another guest appearance by Anjelica Huston. The Oscar-winning actress plays Cynthia Keener, a locater of lost people, who has been waving paychecks like crazy at the show's desperate, dead-broke psychic Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette). This week the duo teams up to find a deaf girl who has been kidnapped and held hostage for millions — possibly by someone she knows. In a baffling show of paranormal empathy, Allison is struck deaf, too. But there's an even bigger mystery going on here, and we went to Huston to solve it.
TVGuide.com: What the heck is your movie-queen self doing on episodic TV?
Anjelica Huston: Well, one doesn't want to become a dinosaur! To rely on movie work these days &
Hayden Panettiere, Heroes
Will Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) die by an assassin's bullet? Was Niki (Ali Larter) truly blown to hot, blonde, gorgeous bits? Will Adam (David Anders) spend eternity six feet under? And — say it ain't so! — does badass Elle (Kristen Bell) really have an inner Girl Scout? The Dec. 3 episode of Heroes, the conclusion of the show's second volume "Generations," left us with lots of big questions. Creator and executive producer Tim Kring has the answers. And, whaddya know, he's even sharing some of them!
The fate of Nathan, who was shot during a TV press conference, and of Niki, who may have died in an abandoned building explosion, are "
Alan Cumming, Zooey Deschanel, Neal McDonough, Raoul Trujillo and Kathleen Robertson, Tin Man
The four travelers seem so familiar. One lacks courage, one has no brain, one lost his heart, and the other was brought here by a tornado. But as these ragtag pals traipse through the forest in search of their destinies, they don't break into song or meet sweet, helium-voiced witches in big, poufy ball gowns. They are in the O.Z. — aka the Outer Zone — a dictator state where bullets fly, people are horridly tortured and prostitutes peddle instant gratification on the roadside for "reasonable rates."
This isn't L. Frank Baum's nightmare. It's Tin Man (Sunday, Dec. 2 through Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 pm/ET), a radical Sci Fi Channel adaptation of his beloved book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And though it was filmed near Vancouver amid idyllic surroundings — snowcapped peaks, placid lakes — make no mistake: This six-hour, three-night redo wants to slap us out of our over-the-rai
Marcia Cross, Dana Delany and Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives
1) Katherine Versus Bree These two badass Martha Stewart wannabes had a near smackdown over who made the best lemon meringue pie. Katherine won hands down, and it was the perfect recipe for disaster. Bree’s not gonna take it anymore.
2) Same-sex Appeal New neighbors Bob and Lee caused chaos on Wisteria Lane — not because they’re lovers, but because they put a loud, tacky, blindingly metallic fountain on their front lawn. Oddly, this gay-friendly show tends to keep its gays boorish (Bree’s sulky son Andrew) or benign (Gaby’s swishy pal Vern). But Bob and Lee are uppity, snoopy and lethal. On this street, that’s called survival.
3) The Parent Trap What would Housewives be without those ghastly buttinsky parents? There’s Mike Farrell as Victor’s conniving, Joe Kennedy-esque dad Milton, Shirley Knight as Bree’s ex-monster-in-law Phyllis and, best of all, Polly Bergen as Lynet