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Are You Ready to Move Into the Big Brother House?

Dick Donato, Big Brother

The bigwigs behind Big Brother, including executive producer Allison Grodner, are holding open casting calls for the show's next season — which will be starting up in mid-February, a lot sooner than its typical summertime slot, thanks to the writers' strike. There are still a few days of open calls left, so if you've always wanted to bare your soul (not to mention the rest of you) on national television and live 24-hour Internet feeds, check out CBS.com. Grodner told us what will get you noticed, why nothing's too outrageous and how some former faves nearly didn't make it on to the show.

TVGuide.com: This is awfully soon for you guys to be doing casting calls again....
Allison Grodner: It's crazy, isn't it? It se read more

TVGuide.com Readers Take on Dancing with the Stars' Biggest Controversies

Marie Osmond, for one (and for many reasons), had fans talking about the Stars.

The season finale of Dancing with the Stars sure got you, the TVGuide.com readers, talking ­— and not just about Helio Castroneves taking home the mirrored-ball trophy. The results of our poll asking whether you thought Helio deserved to win made it pretty clear that not everyone was on the race-car driver's side: Less than 60 percent agreed with the outcome of this season's Dancing with the Stars. While some of you were thrilled — like richmar, who writes, "I was overjoyed to see Helio win this one" and zortil, who says, "I screamed for joy! Helio was the best amateur dancer in the finale and that, to me, is what DWTS is all about" — others were less than enthused. "Super... the bean pole who let his professional dancer read more

Scoop: Futurama's Back with Bender's Big Score!

Leela, Bender and Fry, Futurama

Good news, everyone! Fans of Matt Groening's smart, satirical animated series Futurama are getting an early Christmas present this year with Bender's Big Score — the first new content from the show since its 2003 cancellation — out today on DVD. Bender's Big Score, which guest-stars Al Gore, Coolio and Sarah Silverman, finds the gang battling a nudist plot to take over Earth. Three more original straight-to-DVD movies are forthcoming, and in 2008 the four releases will be broken up into 16 episodes for Comedy Central. Futurama's executive producer David X. Cohen talked to TVGuide.com about the DVDs' big-name guest stars and why Futurama never quite made it.

TVGuide.com: So what will be different between the Futurama DVDs and the Comedy Central episodes?
David X. Cohen: We're beginning with the four direct-to-DVD feature releases, and then down t read more

Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber Previews Razor

Jamie Bamber, Battlestar Galactica: Razor

With his lilting British accent and what can only be described as a gentlemanly demeanor, Jamie Bamber isn't much like his troubled character Lee "Apollo" Adama. The sexy actor shared his insights about the new Battlestar Galactica: Razor (Saturday, Nov. 24 at 9 pm/ET, Sci Fi), the two-hour special chronicles the first days of Apollo's command over the starship Pegasus — and, in flashbacks, the experience of its former commander, Admiral Helena Cain (Michelle Forbes), as she and her crew contend with the Cylon attack on the colonies. "Every one of us in the Galactica family has always nurtured a not-so-secret passion to try and make a movie out of the show," says Bamber. "It was great to tell a huge arc and to have a bit more money to throw at it."

New to the cast in Razor is the character of Kendra Shaw ( read more

Lisa Edelstein Spills Hot House Secrets

Lisa Edelstein, House

You couldn't ask for a better foil for the crabby, compelling leading man on House (Tuesday at 9 pm/ET, Fox) than his boss. Cuddy doesn't take House's nonsense and she knows how to keep him in check — more or less. Plus, the sizzling chemistry between Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein keeps the dialogue fresh enough to warrant a slap on the cheek. Edelstein talked about Cuddy's sex life, her relationship with House and those racy outfits she loves to wear.

TVGuide.com: House has been so busy with his candidates, we haven't gotten as much of Cuddy lately. Will we see more of her soon?
Lisa Edelstein: It's still pretty much focused on the new team, and it just starts becoming more of the regular construction of the episodes after Episode 9 [airing Nov. 27]. But th read more

Survivor: China's Youngest-ever Player Sent Home

Michael “Frosti” Zernow, Survivor: China

The former Zhan Hu players are being picked off one by one in the merged tribe, and on last week's Survivor: China (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS), it was Michael "Frosti" Zernow's turn. The impressively mature 20-year-old college student from Chicago talked about his relationship with Courtney, what went wrong for Zhan Hu and how he made the most of the experience.

TVGuide.com: It always looked like you were having such a good time out there; I was bummed to see you go.
Michael "Frosti" Zernow:
Me, too! I know that after you get back from any experience, you realize you haven't made as much of it as you could have. I mean, every night there was a beautiful sunset on the water. I tried to get the most out of every moment. I could have just sat there thinking that I didn't have any hot dogs with mustard, but I didn't want t read more

Ellen's Really Big Throwback

Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen's Really Big Show

She's done her share of stand-up, she has her own talk show, she's hosted the Oscars and the Emmys, and now Ellen DeGeneres is tackling one of her first loves: the variety show. Ellen's Really Big Show (tonight at 9 pm/ET, TBS) combines musical numbers with some of her favorite quirkier acts, like quick-change artists David & Dania and magician Lance Burton, as well as acrobats, jump-ropers and dancers, oh my! Mary J. Blige, Barry Manilow and Lyle Lovett are among the bigger stars scheduled to appear. Plus, says DeGeneres, "We have Sheryl Crow and she' read more

Michael C. Hall Reveals Dexter's Inner Secrets

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

On a rainy day, in the dark, lushly appointed Hudson Hotel in Manhattan, Michael C. Hall — the star of Showtime's addictive hit show Dexter (Sundays at 9 pm/ET) — sat down behind a chess table and talked to TVGuide.com about playing the most likable serial killer around. In Part 1 of our interview, he talks about Dexter's steamy love affair, what made him the way he is and why people want him to get back to his old habits. In the next installment, he'll share his thoughts on Dexter's nemesis and his oldest ally, plus the new movie Hall is working on.

TVGuide.com: Dexter is such an unlikely hero — I mean, he's a serial killer, but you can't really help rooting for him.
Michael C. Hall: The show allows for that empathy to exist on the part of the audience, in that he's taken this unique responsibility for his read more

The Dealing's Done for Survivor: China's Jean-Robert

Jean-Robert Bellande, Survivor: China

On last week's Survivor: China (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CBS) the professional poker player and amateur pain in the butt Jean-Robert Bellande, 37, became the second member of the jury after being surprised at tribal council. He talked to TVGuide.com about his strategy of being a "lazy jerk," the real reason Courtney hated him and why he wouldn't do Survivor again.

TVGuide.com: Your name came up before at tribal council; did you have any idea that you'd be going home this time?
Jean-Robert Bellande: Absolutely not — I always expect that my name's going to be on a ballot or two, but I really did not think this was my time to go home. I made a play for James to go, and I think that was probably the best play. As I watched the show read more

Heroes Scoop: Adrian Pasdar Spills Nathan's Secrets

Adrian Pasdar, Heroes

You can find all four exclusive illustrated Heroes covers on newsstands, or visit our Heroes webpage for a gallery of the covers, an exclusive video of artist Tim Sale at work, and much more.

In the first season of Heroes (Mondays at 9 pm/ET, NBC), Adrian Pasdar's Nathan Petrelli seemed to have it all: a loving family, a swank house, a successful Senate bid. But he sacrificed it all to save New York from nuclear apocalypse by flying off with his brother, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia), right before his bro went boom. As this season began, a scruffy Nathan seemed to have lost everything. Pasdar spoke to TVGuide.com about his c read more

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