George Takei, Heroes
Does stunt casting get more brilliant than this? On this week's episode of NBC's Heroes (Mondays at 9 pm/ET), Masi Oka's Hiro Nakamura — a Star Trek-crazy fanboy — will come face-to-face with his father, a powerful Japanese industrialist. The role will be played by the beloved Trek icon George Takei (aka Sulu), with whom TV Guide recently spoke as part of its current Heroes cover story.
TV Guide: This is a Trekker's wet dream!
George Takei: Isn't it marvelous? I'm a big fan of Heroes. In fact, I like to think we bla
Genevieve Cortese, Wildfire
It's not just the little show that could. ABC Family's Wildfire (Mondays at 8 pm/ET) is the little show that changed an entire cable network. Despite a premise that sounds sappy — troubled girl befriends horse and starts a new life — this series doesn't shy away from the hard topics (drugs, sex, suicide) and has pulled strong ratings, especially with teens and young women, since its 2005 debut. It proved that the channel could be more than just a repository for sugary repeats, and soon ABC Family was launching more original programs with edge (Kyle XY, Fallen, the new Lincoln Heights). Wildfire, which kicked off its third season this month, has already been renewed for a fourth.
Tonight on Heroes, H.R.G. asks Mohinder, "Are you on the list?"
First there was "Save the cheerleader, save the world." Now we have, "Are you on the list?" But the current catchphrase for NBC's Heroes (returning from hiatus tonight at 9 pm/ET) could just as easily have been, "Peter is the bomb." That's what Vince Manze suggested. As president and creative director of the NBC Agency, the marketing firm that handles Heroes, Manze is responsible for the show's attention-grabbing slogans.
"I brought up the idea of ‘Peter is the bomb' at a group meeting, and it got lots of laughs," recalls Manze. "Then I said, ‘Hey, I'm serious!' It didn't fly." Since the slogan was due to hit the air in December, when Heroes was moving into six weeks of repeats, Manze also thought of a Santa Claus tie-in — something along the lines of, "Are you on my list?" That didn't fly, either.
This, after all, is a wei
Peter Krause and Julianna Margulies, The Lost Room
America loves it when an average Joe suddenly exhibits superpowers — witness the success of the Spider-Man movies and NBC's white-hot Heroes. Now Sci Fi Channel is taking that premise one crazy step further. In The Lost Room, a sprawling $20 million, six-hour miniseries (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET), it's not the people who have amazing abilities, it's the simple, ordinary objects. There's a comb that stops time, a nail file that induces sleep, a pen that can microwave a body and — the big-ticket item — a key to a 1960s motel room that will open a portal to any destination in the world. Crime lords covet these objects, as do millionaires and religious crackpots, because to possess one is to possess its power.
But all Peter Krause wants to possess right now is some bug repellent. The actor, in his first
They fly. They regenerate. They read your thoughts. But can the superpowered freaks and geeks of NBC's Heroes do battle with Fox's monolithic 24? Come January, the two megahit serials will go head-to-head, so Heroes creator Tim Kring is jam-packing his Dec. 4 mid-season finale (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET) with several seismic shocks, including the death of a character, a hero turning traitor and a prophetic painting of Hiro (Masi Oka) raising a sword to do battle with a gigantic... OK, we won't give it away. But here's what we can tell you:
· Before Heroes goes into repeat mode (it returns Jan. 22 with new episodes), Kring promises lots more insight into what — or better yet, who —
Tricia Helfer and James Callis, Battlestar Galactica
Acting on Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica (Fridays at 9 pm/ET) can be torture. Case in point: Fan favorite James Callis is lying in a beautiful, zen-like chamber on the show's soundstage in Vancouver, but the visual serenity of the locale is repeatedly shattered by his head-splitting screams.
This week's episode finds Callis' character, Gaius Baltar, held prisoner by the Cylons, who suspect he has information about a virus that could kill them. When a full-body electroshock — administered by the ruthless Cylon ringleader D'Anna (Lucy Lawless) — doesn't elicit the desired confession, she chooses a wicked-looking item that pierces the eardrum. His screaming begins anew.
After three-plus hours of this sadism, lunch is called,
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, General Hospital
They set the country on fire. On November 16, 1981, General Hospital's Luke and Laura said "I Do" to a record audience of 30 million viewers. Exactly 25 years later to the day, the now-divorced soul mates will marry again. Will lightning strike twice? TV Guide caught up with five-time Emmy winner Anthony Geary, 59, and Genie Francis, 44, who is making a brief return to GH after a four-year absence, to get their take on the pressures of fame and their upcoming nuptials — the ultimate soapy sweeps stunt.
TVGuide.com: What made GH, and especially the wedding, so hot and memorable back in the '80s?
Tony Geary: The soap medium had become pretty staid – it was like radio w
Behold Star Trek's "new" Enterprise.
Star Trek purists, take a deep breath! On Sept. 16, the iconic ‘60s series will return to syndication for the first time since 1990, but with a startling difference: All 79 episodes are being digitally remastered with computer-generated effects not possible when Gene Roddenberry created the show 40 years ago. The news could cause Roddenberry loyalists to have a collective cow, but the longtime Trek staffers in charge of the makeover say they're honoring the late maestro's vision, not changing it.
"We're taking great pains to respect the integrity and style of the original," says Michael Okuda, who spent 18 years as a scenic-art supervisor on Star Trek films and spin-offs. "Our goal is to always ask ourselves: What would Roddenberry have done
Big Brother 7: All-Stars host Julie Chen
Voyeur alert! CBS' Big Brother — that wildly addictive, Orwellian peep show — will launch its seventh season tonight at 8 pm/ET with Big Brother 7: All-Stars, featuring 12 of the show's most popular houseguests. During the kickoff, host Julie Chen will introduce the 20 semifinalists, then unveil which six were picked by fan votes and which six were chosen by executive producers Allison Grodner and Arnold Shapiro. The winner collects half a million bucks — but not bef
He still connects with the dead, but now John Edward is getting up close and personal with the living. On his just-debuted documentary-style WE series, John Edward Cross Country (Fridays at 10 pm/ET), the famed psychic is conducting public séances — just as he did on Crossing Over — only this time he'll go home with the people who get readings.
TV Guide: Clearly this new format is a cooler experience for the "chosen," but what's in it for you?
John Edward: It's grounding me. I've always done my readings and split, but Cross Country is forcing me into a deeper realization of what I do. I follow up on the people, hear their personal stories, and learn how the reading affected their lives and changed their views on spirituality. There's a lot of emotion and healing. I've never had this kind of intimacy in my work.
TV Guide: Crossing Over started six years ago on Sci Fi, home of the weir