Julianne Nicholson with Justin Kirk in Flannel Pajamas
A veteran of such short-lived series as The Others, Presidio Med and last season's ADA dud, Conviction, Julianne Nicholson has finally found steady employment as Chris Noth's seemingly omniscient partner on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Before landing her breakthrough gig as Detective Megan Wheeler on the NBC stalwart, the freckle-faced beauty starred in a slew of indie flicks, including Flannel Pajamas, which opens today in New York. Reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage, the film chronicles the roller-coaster romance between Nicole (Nicholson) and Stuart (Weeds'
Roseanne: Blonde and Bitchin'
Roseanne Barr. She's big, she's brash and now the no-holds-barred, plus-size comic diva is back with her first stand-up special in over a decade: Roseanne Barr: Blonde and Bitchin', premiering Saturday on HBO at 10 pm/ET. Although the self-dubbed "domestic goddess" won an Emmy and America's hearts playing a blunt blue-collar matriarch on her eponymous sitcom, her scandalous off-screen antics — dramatic plastic surgery, infamously bad singing, her inexplicable marriage to Tom Arnold — turned her into tabloid fodder. Since Roseanne went off the air in 1997, the curvy comedienne has been largely absent from the spotlight, tackling just a handful of short-lived projects (a daytime talk show, a reality series, a guest spot on this
Tideland , writer-director Terry Gilliam
Time Bandits. Brazil. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. As a writer and director, Terry Gilliam has created some of the most memorably surreal movies of the last 25 years. As a performer and animator, he was the only American member of Monty Python. And yet the sexagenarian ex-pat insists that these days he has about as much luck getting films made as Orson Welles did late in his career. While 1995's Twelve Monkeys (which Gilliam helmed but didn't pen) was a modest hit, his next picture, 1998's Fear and Lo
Eric Bogosian, Law & Order: Criminal Intent
A lot of people have the impression that Eric Bogosian is an angry guy. The perpetually black-clad, New York-based writer/performer forged that image with his ferocious solo shows — Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Pounding Nails into the Floor with My Forehead and Talk Radio, which was made into a 1988 Oliver Stone film — and his over-the-top turn as a Steven Seagal-taunting terrorist in Under Siege 2. On the right side of the law in his current role of Law & Order: Criminal Intent's Captain Danny Ross (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET on NBC), he's still as intense and
Terry Crews, Everybody Hates Chris
NFL linebacker-turned-actor Terry Crews is having a championship season. Well, sort of. Not only is he returning as Julius, the cheap-but-lovable patriarch on Chris Rock's autobiographically inspired sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (premiering Oct. 1 at 7 pm/ET, on the CW), he's also in Mike Judge's Idiocracy. Unfortunately, due to that big-screen satire's depressingly limited release — just seven markets, and not including biggies such as New York and San Francisco — few will get to see him rule the future White House until Idiocracy hits cable. While Crews is upset
Josh Blue is the Last Comic Standing.
The laughter finally died on Last Comic Standing when self-declared spastic stand-up Josh Blue was named the winner. Still, everyone involved with the show is smiling, as the fourth edition of NBC's comedic contest has earned solid ratings and has already been renewed for a fifth round, to air in the summer of 2007. Blue himself is elated (if still stunned) about his victory. (Even competitor Ty Barnett is fine with his runner-up status.) TVGuide.com called the competitive cutups to joke around about their respective runs.
TVGuide.com: Let me begin by posing a question I'm sure no one else has had the guts to ask you. How's it feel to be the Last Comic Standing?
Josh Blue: It's beyond words. It hasn't sunk in yet really.
TVGuide.com: Ty was con
Last Comic Standing's Chris Porter and Michele Balan
They say dying is easy, comedy is hard. But dying while doing comedy? This quintet of Last Comic Standing cutups wouldn't know, since they've all aced their sets so far. The five funny finalists from the NBC series (new episodes air Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET) took time out to joke around with TV Guide before yukking their way toward the season finale, airing Aug. 8.
Name: Chris Porter
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
Years in the biz: Eight
Brand of comedy: Rock and roll
On getting into stand-up: "I went to see my friend at an open-mike night and was like, I'm funnier than half these people. A month later I tried it, and it was like crack — I wanted to do it all the time."
On how the show has changed his life: "
Alia Shawkat, Not Like Everyone Else
For three gleefully loopy seasons, Alia Shawkat elicited laughs as a precocious teen on the brilliant-but-canceled Arrested Development. Now she trades silly gags for serious drama in Lifetime's Not Like Everyone Else (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET). Based on the real-life story of Brandi Blackbear — a black-clad Tulsa teenager who was falsely accused of being a witch shortly after the Columbine massacre — the TV-movie gives Shawkat a chance to show off her dramatic chops. TVGuide.com chatted with the 17-year-old about high school, witch hunts and the Emmy nominations.
TVGuide.com: Hello, Alia [pronouncing it like the name of the late singer Aaliyah]? I
Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci, Monk
The way Tony Shalhoub (who netted his fourth Emmy nod this week) and Stanley Tucci mercilessly rag on each other, it's easy to mistake them for family. But even though they played a pair of mismatched siblings in Tucci's delectable 1996 comedy Big Night, they're not related (although Shalhoub does affectionately refer to Tucci as "brother"). The two character actors forged a tight friendship back in 1989 at the Yale Repertory Theater, and have ever since gone out of their way to work together. Tucci has already cast his buddy in Big Night and
Corbin Bernsen, Psych
It's easy to take potshots at Corbin Bernsen. Although he was nominated for a pair of Emmys during his eight-year run as womanizing divorce attorney Arnie Becker on L.A. Law, his subsequent projects have been spotty. For every A-list appearance — a recurring role on The West Wing, the first two Major League films — he's made D-grade duds, numerous low-rent TV-movies and th