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Feeling Lost? Here's Our Guide to John Locke

Terry O'Quinn as Lost's Locke

Our favorite castaways thus far have been on the island a few months, but for Lost fans, it's been more than 260 days since Jack's super-freaky flash-forward. As the Jan. 31 season premiere (finally) draws closer, TVGuide.com is offering daily profiles — "refreshers," if you will — of the key players in ABC's island-based odyssey. 

Locke, by the "Numbers": John Locke (played by Terry O'Quinn) was brought up in foster care after his 15-year-old mother abandoned him. Later he met his mother, Emily Locke, while he was working in a toy store. He also soon tracked down his biological father, Anthony Cooper, and the two bonded. It was later revealed that meeting his mother was not a coincidence, but a con planned by his father, who was in need of a kidney transplant. Locke read more

Feeling Lost? Here's Our Guide to Sayid Hassan Jarrah

Naveen Andrews as Lost's Sayid Hassan Jarrah

Our favorite castaways thus far have been on the island a few months, but for Lost fans, it's been more than 260 days since Jack's super-freaky flash-forward. As the Jan. 31 season premiere (finally) draws closer, TVGuide.com is offering daily profiles — "refreshers," if you will — of the key players in ABC's island-based odyssey. 

Sayid, by the "Numbers": Resourceful, levelheaded and possessing many skills that have come in handy on the island, Sayid Hassan Jarrah (played by Naveen Andrews) became an early leader among the survivors. A former communications officer in the Iraqi Republican Guard, he became an interpreter and torturer for the U.S. military when his unit was captured during Desert Storm. After the war, he returned to Iraqi service and soon encountere read more

Feeling Lost? Here's Our Guide to Hugo "Hurley" Reyes

Jorge Garcia as Lost's Hurley

Our favorite castaways thus far have been on the island a few months, but for Lost fans, it's been more than 260 days since Jack's super-freaky flash-forward. As the Jan. 31 season premiere (finally) draws closer, TVGuide.com is offering daily profiles — "refreshers," if you will — of the key players in ABC's island-based odyssey. 

Hurley, by the "Numbers": Of all the characters on the island, Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (played by Jorge Garcia) is perhaps most connected to — and wary of — the numbers, the code that had to be input every 108 minutes at the Swan station (and which appeared on the outside of the hatch). Hurley first encountered them when he was committed to the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute a read more

Feeling Lost? Here's Our Guide to Benjamin Linus

Michael Emerson as Lost's Ben

Our favorite castaways thus far have been on the island a few months, but for Lost fans, it's been more than 260 days since Jack's super-freaky flash-forward. As the Jan. 31 season premiere (finally) draws closer, TVGuide.com is offering daily profiles — "refreshers," if you will — of the key players in ABC's island-based odyssey. 

Ben, by the "Numbers": Although he was not, as he claims, born on the island, Benjamin Linus (played by Michael Emerson) has been there an awfully long time. His mother, Emily, and his father, Roger, went hiking in Oregon when she was pregnant with him and something went wrong; Ben was born prematurely and his mother died during labor. Roger never forgave Ben for it. An unhappy alcoholic, Roger was recruited to work for the Dharma Initiative by Horace, the man who picked up the read more

Lisa Rinna Sounds Off on Hollywood's Beauty Obsession

Lisa Rinna

The newly crowned queen of the red carpet — her first foray into awards-show interviewing for the TV Guide Network, at last year's Emmys, was a grand success — is no stranger to the demands of being a star. She gives her take on our Body Talk special series by telling TVGuide.com what she thinks of the J. Love bikini pics, why it's tougher being a young star now than ever before and what she really thinks of plastic surgery.

TVGuide.com: Do you think there's too much pressure on stars to look a certain way?
Lisa Rinna:
There is an absolute pressure; the way the Internet is now, with YouTube and the fact that everywhere you go, there are video cameras... no matter what, you're going to get it. I think there's more pressure than there's ever been in keeping your nose clean and going about your business in a way that is attractive. Especially for those young girls who [the cameras] follow all the time so they can't even make a wrong turn. It is really an awful ti read more

The Latest Sole Survivor, Todd, on How He Won the Million Bucks

Todd Herzog, Survivor: China

On Sunday's season finale of Survivor: China, Todd Herzog, the 22-year-old flight attendant from Pleasant Grove, Utah, beat out his two biggest allies, Courtney and Amanda, to win the grand prize. The next day, he told TVGuide.com about his strategy, those immunity idols and what he plans to do next.

TVGuide.com: Congratulations! So tell the truth — did you pretty much know you were going to win?
Todd Herzog: I had no idea. I thought it was Courtney — for months I thought it was her. She surprised everybody. She came out there expecting to go home first, second or third, and instead she made it to the final three. This girl did an amazing job for the kind of person she is; she just took everybody by complete surprise. When it came down to the final vote, she owned at tribal council. Between me and her, we both did a really good job answering questions, and I felt kind read more

Tiki Previews Tonight's Giants Game — and Sets the Record Straight

Tiki Barber, Today and Football Night in America

When the New York Giants' star running back and biggest play-maker Tiki Barber announced that he was going to retire after the 2006 season — during the 2006 season — there were plenty of questions about his dedication to the sport and his team. All of which blew up out of control when Barber's book Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond was published in September. In it, he spoke frankly about Giants coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning. Now the guy with the photogenic smile is a correspondent for Today and a commentator on Football Night in America (tonight at 7 pm/ET, NBC, followed immediately by the Giants vs. the Washington Redskins game) — and he's setting the record straight on his Project Runway appearance, read more

Survivor: China's Latest Castoff Reveals His Secret Desire

Erik Huffman, Survivor: China

Even though everyone liked him and he never really seemed that big a threat, 26-year-old Erik Huffman was sent home on last week's Survivor: China (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS), the latest former Zhan Hu tribe member to be sent packing. The musician and part-time model spoke with TVGuide.com about what he desperately craved in China, learning to appreciate the small things in life and his relationship with fellow Southern cutie Jamie.

TVGuide.com: You seemed to have a really tough time out there. What was the hardest part for you?
Erik Huffman: There were a lot of hard things, honestly; showing up in a place where there's really no food, having to build a shelter, feeling like our team was an underdog from the beginning. It always felt like we were in an uphill battle. Life around camp was hard because we kept losing. It got even harder after the merge, when we were outnumbered. I just felt lik read more

Michael C. Hall Talks About Dexter's Dark World

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

In the first installment of our talk with Michael C. Hall, star of Showtime's hit Dexter (Sundays at 9 pm/ET), the actor told us about what makes the likeable serial killer tick. This time we hear about Dexter's closest allies and his biggest foe, his complicated relationship with his dead father, those evocative voiceovers, and what's up next for Hall.

TVGuide.com: Tell us about Dexter and his sister, Debra (played by Jennifer Carpenter). It seems like she's the most steady person in his life.
Michael C. Hall: From the beginning, he says, "If I had feelings for anyone, it would be for Deb." She was there from the beginning for him. And while the door was maybe closed in her face or she stayed home, she was around for all of the years of mentoring or whatever you want to call it, whatever went on between Harry and Dexter. And in a read more

Law & Order: CI's Vincent D'Onofrio Finally Goes Off the Deep End

Vincent D’Onofrio, Law & Order: Criminal Intent

There's never been a TV cop quite like Detective Bobby Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Thursdays at 10 pm/ET, USA). His investigative techniques and powers of observation are unparalleled, and his insights verge on the manic genius (with emphasis on the "manic"). Throughout the series' six-year run, the question has come up time and again whether or not Vincent D'Onofrio's character actually is bonkers. In tonight's "Untethered," one of Goren's most harrowing storylines to date, he gets himself admitted into a mental ward to investigate his nephew's allegations of torture and murder in an isolation room known as "Heaven"... and proves just how insane he can really be. TVGuide.com talked to D'Onofrio about the show's new network, what it was like shooting at New York's Rikers Island prison and how he plays it crazy.

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