For former Ally McBeal star Gil Bellows, landing the role of a former Notre Dame quarterback drafted to play for the Buffalo Bills in TNT's upcoming Second String was easy. Of course, looking the part was another matter.
"I recently became a father, so the level of my athleticism was quite minimal," the actor admitted at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. "In fact, I was heartily enjoying eating ? and just laying around the house and playing with my daughter... enjoying the spoils of fatherhood and celebrating with my wife the fact that we had a child. I was lazy and quite out of shape. So it was kind of a transformation for me."
As if that wasn't tough enough, Bellows also had to worry about the professional players sharing the field with him forgetting to pull their punches. Fortunately, the cast made sure the big boys didn't feel the need. "I think that they knew they could have put a lot of punishment on us if they wanted
Let's get one thing straight: If you see Tom Selleck's name on a ticket, it'll be for a movie and not a campaign.
The actor may play a presidential hopeful in TNT's upcoming Running Mates and he may not hide the kind of views that got him ambushed by Rosie O'Donnell, but that's where his political involvement ends.
"I'm interested in politics. I find it fascinating and this subject comes up every so often, which is flattering," the actor said at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA, when asked if he'd ever want to run for office. "But my answer [is] always, I'm already a public figure. I know what that's like. Why would I want to turn it up a couple of notches? That's what we do to our candidates."
What's surprising is that Selleck, who co-stars with Faye Dunaway, Nancy Travis, Laura Linney and Teri Hatcher and plays a Democratic candidate in the cable movie, takes issue with those who portray him
Fans of Sci Fi Channel's Farscape take note: It looks like flyboy John Crichton (Ben Browder) and Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) might finally get their romance off the ground.
"They'll get together," confirmed executive producer David Kemper at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. But some sexual tension is expected to remain as sparks start flying in the upcoming story arc "Look at the Princess," three episodes that begin airing July 21 (9 pm/ET).
Browder likes the fact that his character and Black's never quite get there. "The show itself is not about Crichton and Aeryn and their relationship," he said. "That's one particular aspect of the show. It's an aspect that I love. I think it's fantastic and you could throw me in a room with Claudia any day and I would be happy to act with her."
Also on hand at TCA was Farscape's Virginia Hey, who told reporters she's so committed to her role as alien
Actor Andy Garcia has a message for Americans who agree with the recent decision to send Elian Gonzalez back to his native Cuba with his father: Before you judge, know your facts.
"The propaganda arm of the Cuban government has made a great impact on what they would like people to perceive as going on in Cuba," the actor told attendees of the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. "For me, it's important to shed a more accurate light on what's going on down there because there is a portion of American society that's not quite aware, [that's] been spoonfed through the propaganda machinery the wrong situation and images."
Garcia's best illustration is jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, whom Garcia portrays in HBO's For Love or Country (due in November). For Sandoval, who made a daring escape from the country himself, the Gonzalez case is simply a tragedy. And anyone that doesn't think so should try living there.
"Nobody wants th
While most actors knock themselves out to look their best for auditions, TV legend Abe Vigoda looked awful when he auditioned for the part of hangdog detective Phil Fish on the classic sitcom Barney Miller.
"I was jogging five miles and I was very tired," the actor recalled at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. "I had my shorts, I was perspired, and my agent came running up to me and he said, 'Abe, a Danny Arnold wants to see you. They're doing a pilot entitled Barney Miller and they'd like you to immediately go up there.' And I said, 'But I'm not dressed for it. I have to take a shower.' And he says, 'No. Immediately.' " I went to Studio City, there was Mr. Arnold.... He looked at me and he said, 'You look tired.' So I said, 'I am tired. I've been jogging five miles.' And he said, 'You know, you look like you have hemorrhoids.' And I said, 'What are you, a doctor or a producer?' And just like that, he said, 'You'
In a town where even the worst role gets the response, "Hey, at least you're working," Freaks and Geeks star Linda Cardellini might add, "Hey, at least I'm canceled." It seems her show, despite its lackluster ratings and bet-you-can't-find-it-now scheduling, is helping her just the same.
"A lot of people who listen to the critics and a lot of people who have a chance to see a lot of television and all the things that are out there really respect our show," the actress told assembled reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. "I'd been working for a little bit of time before this and really hadn't been noticed. Suddenly now, people are taking notice and it's been really wonderful for my career."
More people will take notice now that, as TV Guide Online reported, Fox Family has picked up multiyear rights to the 18 Freaks episodes originally produced for NBC (three of which were never aired). Fox Family would love to produc