Smallville's John Glover now narrates The Drowsy Chaperone.
On the CW's Smallville, John Glover plays the scheming and sexy Lionel Luthor. But this summer he's taking a break from channeling a businessman who wants to take over the world by portraying a lovable loser who can barely make it out of his apartment: the nameless Man in Chair, aka the narrator of the delightful Broadway musical spoof The Drowsy Chaperone. A veteran character actor who honed his skills on stage, Glover has remained active in the theater, despite his busy film and TV schedule. But his turn in Drowsy marks the first time he has graced the Great White Way in over a decade. The actor chatted with TVGuide.com about his return to Broadway, his small-screen success and why he's so good at playing bad.
TVGuide.com: Although you're a theater guy, The Drowsy Chaper
James Lipton, Inside the Actors Studio
James Lipton is a man of many talents — not to mention many words. Over the past five decades, the octogenarian intellectual has worked as an actor (he appeared on Guiding Light for a decade), an author (in addition to writing for numerous soaps, he also penned two musicals and a number of books) and an instructor (as dean of the Actors Studio Drama School). Yet despite his diverse accomplishments, he didn't become a household name until he began hosting Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio 13 years ago. Not only has Lipton managed to attract showbiz's biggest and brightest names to his stage (everyone from Sondheim to
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's Christopher Meloni
Although the behind-the-scenes drama on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Tuesdays on NBC, 10 pm/ET) is settled — the show has been renewed for two more seasons and all of the regular cast members, including Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, will be back next year — the on-camera action intensifies as Season 8 wraps up with a quartet of guest star-studded episodes. Family is at the root of much of the drama, as tonight Det. Benson's on-the-run half brother Simon Marsden (creepily played by Michael Weston) resurfaces, sending her on an emotional journey to face her tumultuous past and paternity. Then next week, Det. Stabler's unstable personal life takes center stage as
Curtains' David Hyde Pierce at opening night.
Four-time Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce will always be a small-screen star due to his 11-season stint as Frasier's neurotic brother. But these days he's just a Broadway baby hoping for his first Tony nod for his work in the tuner Curtains. Although Pierce began his career on stage, he made his musical debut in the Broadway blockbuster Monty Python's Spamalot in 2005 and fell in love with the genre. Soon he signed up for Curtains, the final musical by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, the team responsible for Cabaret and Chicago. A
Andrew Dice Clay, Dice: Undisputed
Like many other old-school entertainment icons, former phenom Andrew Dice Clay has turned to reality TV to remind the public of his existence. But unlike Bobby Brown or Danny Bonaduce, who seemed to enjoy airing their dirty laundry, Clay signed up for VH1's Dice: Undisputed (Sundays at 10 pm/ET) with a very specific goal in mind: to land a gig at Giants Stadium. Though this may sound like a pipe dream, Clay won't hear it. In fact, in the second episode he fired his longtime booking agent for dubbing Clay's aspirations "a fantasy." Call him a has-been, call him a pop-culture punch line.... He'll just curse you out then continue with his plans. And that single-mindedness makes him strangely endearing, like an R-rated teddy bear with very sharp claws.
[Editor's note: For maximum amusement, be sure to imagine all of Clay's answers in
Annabelle Gurwitch, Fired!
Getting fired is never fun. But Annabelle Gurwitch's journey to the unemployment line was particularly unpleasant: Not long after she landed a dream gig in a Woody Allen play, the neurotic nebbish complained that she looked "retarded" and promptly sacked her. The comic actress — who's best known for her six-year stint as cohost of TBS' Dinner & a Movie — was devastated. How could she fight back? By mining her experience for laughs, of course! First she published a personal essay in Show People magazine. Next she organized a series of performances, both in Los Angeles and New York, where celebrities like Illeana Douglas and writer
Laura Osnes and Max Crumm, Grease: You're the One That I Want
Although we're still nine finalists away from picking the next American Idol, this past Sunday viewers chose the winners of the Broadway reality competition Grease: You're the One That I Want. When the multimillion-dollar revival of Grease opens on the Great White Way this summer, its leading lovebirds Sandy and Danny will be played by two Broadway newbies: 20-year-old Minnesotan Laura Osnes and 21-year-old Arizonan Max Crumm. Both Osnes and Crumm started out as underdogs. Osnes, who was starring as Sandy in a local dinner-theater production of Grease when she made it onto the NBC series, was initially dismissed as too innocent. In fact, judge/theatrical producer
John Waters, 'Til Death Do Us Part
The Farrelly Brothers, the Jackass boys, every contestant who's ever eaten an insect on Fear Factor... they all owe a huge debt to the schlockmeister who pioneered hard-to-stomach, in-your-face entertainment: Baltimore-based auteur/author/actor John Waters. Originally known as the director of campy, lowbrow flicks punctuated by gross-out gags (e.g., plus-size drag queen Divine eating authentic dog poop in 1972's Pink Flamingos), the 60-year-old moviemaker has enjoyed a more mellow image in recent years, thanks to a st
Jeff Goldblum, Raines
Although he's best known for his big-screen turns in both blockbusters (Independence Day, Jurassic Park) and indies (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Igby Goes Down), one of Jeff Goldblum's early leading roles was as an accountant turned private eye on the short-lived series Ten Speed and Brown Shoe, back in 1980. While he's popped up sporadically on the small screen since then — notably as Karen's nemesis/lover on the penultimate season of Will & Grace — NBC's new noir drama Raines, premiering tonight at 10 pm/ET, marks his first series-regular role in 27 years. As the title character, an eccentric but effective LAPD homicide detective, Goldblum is all quirks and quips. But when he suddenly starts seeing — and worse, talking — to the murder victi
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Plotlines ripped from the headlines. An emphasis on crime over character. The signature "dum dum." Although these are staples of Dick Wolf's venerable franchise, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET, on NBC) has always differed from its siblings. Over the past eight years, we've gotten to know a lot about the show's two main detectives: Christopher Meloni's hunky but hotheaded Elliot Stabler, and Emmy-winner Mariska Hargitay's empathetic Olivia Benson. Although the cases they work are still the series' hook, their soap-opera-like personal sagas — Stabler's unstable home life, Benson's background as the child of rape, their undeniable sexual attraction —