Michelle Heller


Josh Radnor Dishes on the Little Show That Could

Josh Radnor and Britney Spears, How I Met Your Mother

It's been quite a week for struggling cult favorite How I Met Your Mother (Mondays on CBS at 8:30 pm/ET). First it was revealed that Ted's (Josh Radnor) dermatologist crush, Stella, would be played in a multi-episode arc by Alicia Silverstone, leading a lot of fans to theorize that she was indeed the future Mrs. Mosby. Then later in the week we learned that Stella would instead be played by Scrubs' Sarah Chalke, and, in a casting shocker that was truly legendary, one Britney Spears will be playing Stella's Ted-loving assistant, Abby (about which Radnor told us, "The only thing 'scandalous' about all of this is how non-scandalous it is"). Before the first post-strike Mother read more

The Wire's Cast Celebrates a New CD! Plus: A Hero in the Midst?

Jamie Hector, The Wire

Fans of the fiery final season of The Wire (Sunday at 9 pm/ET on HBO) know that drug kingpin Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector) is an ice-cold killer who, after one particularly dastardly murder two weeks ago, is hiding out from revenge-seeking stickup artist Omar (Michael K. Williams). Recently, though, Marlo's portrayer, Jamie Hector, did surface... for a signing of the new Wire soundtrack at the HBO store in Midtown Manhattan. At the signing, Hector told TVGuide.com that he'll be moving from street-corner killing to supernatural evil-doing — as the new "villain" on Heroes. (NBC reps, however, wouldn't confirm this casting news.) But the soft-spoken actor wouldn't reveal much about himself or his new character's superpower. "It's not good," he says simply. Sounds like his character on The Wire.

Hector's rig read more

The Wire's Lester Freamon Is Still Following the Money

Clarke Peters, The Wire

McNulty has his ladies, Bunk his booze, but The Wire's (Sundays, 9 pm/ET, HBO) Lester Freamon is all about the cash money — the cash money laundered by Baltimore's drug kingpins and corrupt politicians, that is. He may be the master of The Wire's namesake operation — the wiretapping op that listens in on Baltimore's corner drug scene — but Det. Freamon is still ambitious enough to dig deeper, right into the drug dealers' account books and the local politicians' very well-lined pockets. TVGuide.com recently rooted out Lester's portrayer, Clarke Peters, to tap into the show's final season, eavesdrop on the cast's many off-set antics, and get all up in the all-business Lester's very personal business.

TVGuide.com: So the series is ending, how does it feel?
Clarke Peters:
I've had about four months to get used to it. read more

"The Last Waltz"

Karen Ive got a car Theres moreHow great was that opening dream sequence The whole wedding congregation turned to look at Hank during the Forever hold your peace line and he looked back like What Please as you were But then of course he does the grand romantic gesture anyway as only a Hank can Tonight was so funny so incredibly romanticA lot happened and I think everyone grew up a little this episode Becca got her first period and her dad handled the f--k out of that s--t by getting in a supermarket fight for tampons hilarious and oh so Moody She then played appropriately enough Only Women Bleed at the reception a startling choice for its very adult lyrics its very unromantic vision of marriage and the fact that Bill actually let Beccas band play in the first place Meanwhile Mia grew a heart and lied to everyone about her sexual relations with Hank in order to protect Becca But Hank grew up the most by stepping back and le read more

"Turn the Page"

I wasnt looking forward to tonight because I could tell by the previews that this episode was going to be very Mia-centric and Ive found this whole manuscript-thieving storyline to have more logical holes in it than a hunk of Swiss Also as you all know I just dont like Mia But the episode had some sweet and charming moments so lets go ahead and focus on thoseFirst the big news Becca moved in with Hank at her own request I found it strange that we had to wait almost the whole episode to find out why she wanted to move in with her dad and that neither of her parents really pressed her for a reason her explanation only came up when Mia asked about it Karens attachment to her daughter was palpable and her angry accusation that Hank had manipulated Becca into moving out was alarming but understandable Even better was his reaction I would never f--k with her head yours yes but not hers Her sneaking into Hanks house late at night to check on Becca a read more

Aliens in America's Dan Byrd Has a Message of Hope for the Nation's Nerds

Dan Byrd, Aliens in America

He might be Medora, Wisconsin's biggest dork ever, but Aliens in America's (Mondays, 8:30 pm/ET, The CW) Justin Tolchuk manages to have a pretty adventurous life anyway. So far we've seen him get on school television, earn some major locker-room cred for his pillow-talk skills, and even crash a rockin' pizza-bagel party. All that and Justin's school year has hardly even begun. TVGuide.com caught up with his portrayer, Dan Byrd, to get some advice on getting girls, getting into "clubs" and getting out of scrapes with the law.

TVGuide.com: Dan, I wanted to congratulate you on being the eighth most bangable girl in Medora.
Dan Byrd:
[Laughs] Well, thank you, thank you. I'm not sure that warrants congratulations, but thanks.

TVGuide.com: So what were you like in high school — were you every bit as dorky as J read more

Men Are Mad for Mad Men's Joanie

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Talk about va-va-va-voom. Joanie, Mad Men's (Thursdays, 10 pm/ET on AMC) frisky, flame-haired office manager, is not your average secretary: She's so hot, in fact, that the company president and her roommate are after her. But could there be some flaws behind that flawless lip liner? TVGuide.com chatted up her portrayer, Christina Hendricks, to find out about Joanie's secret life goal, her vast "rotation" of men, and how to tell when your dress is tight enough.

TVGuide.com: So Joan is my favorite Mad woman — is she yours, too?
Christina Hendricks: [Laughs] I'm sure every girl in Mad Men says the same thing because all the roles are so great, but when I read [the script] I was like, "Ooh, this is the best girl part." And it's really different from any other character I've gotten t read more

"Filthy Lucre"

After last weeks death-of-dadKaren-and-Hank-did-the-deed shocker of an episode tonight couldnt help but feel like a bit of a letdown But still this was an awfully large letdownAfter several weeks back east on the Moody family spread Hank returned to the Los Angeles airport coincidentally on the same plane Bill was on Waiting for her two knights in dented armor was of course Karen who after their recent cogrieving sex act treated Hank to the sight of a make-out session with Bill Granted she certainly has every right to make out with her fianc but I still found the scene distasteful and drawn out not to mention unbearably awkward That clunker of a scene was followed by another clunker in which Becca practiced with her band while the fam looked on Yall know I love Becca but that song was terrible and her dads dopey dancing was even worse So yeah Ill say it I agree with Bill I wouldnt let Becca play at my wedding either But hey that doesnt make read more

"California Son"

Sorry for the delay in posting Californicators but this episode was such a turning point in the season I just had to invest a little post-sick day time into making it just rightSeveral of you have posted comments saying that this was the best ep of the season and Im inclined to agree So much real vulnerable depth was added to our Hank through the mirror of his relationship with his caring but deeply flawed father Hank gets news that his father has passed away and through flashbacks we got to see the source of many of Hanks bad habits and attitudes But more importantly we saw where his self-hatred is coming from and why hes so determined to be a devoted dad and life partner His greatest fear is being a failure in those two roles as his father was before him The guy was a womanizer a drinker critical as hell bitter angry and prone to calling women Sex on a stick in front of his preteen granddaughter Truly a creep So Hanks act isnt an act its the resu read more

"Girls, Interrupted"

This evening Charlie and Marcy furthered their sexual-experimenting experiment by 1 mocking each others dairy habits maybe Charlies sex drive would increase if he stopped drinking soy milk 2 breaking a coupla dozen sexual-harassment laws and 3 attempting a threesome that involved nipple clamps and a trip to the emergency room But hey dont they allWell as the precocious Becca noted earlier tonight all good things must eventually come to an end Although her screen scenes in this episode were relatively short they represented some important growing-up moments for her Shes starting to see her fathers flaws and although shes sensitive enough to know how much he loves her shes also smart enough to realize that she cant always rely on him Hanks devastated look when she said Eventually you just kinda have to say f--k you absolutely broke my heart The last thing Hank ever wanted to do was let his kid down and now he has to accept that he has Of course hes read more

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