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For Danny Bonaduce, It Takes a Child Star to Know One

Danny Bonaduce, I Know My Kid's a Star

If you’re the parent of a budding child star, who do you call to learn how not to screw up your kid? Someone whose parents pulled a doozy on him. Enter Danny Bonaduce, host of I Know My Kid's a Star (Thursdays at 10 pm/ET), VH1’s new reality competition featuring 10 parent-child pairs fighting for $50,000, a management contract and their ticket to stardom. We caught up with Bonaduce for the inside scoop. You once said, "Being a child star is great. It's being a former child star that sucks." Why host a show that helps usher kids into that field?
Danny Bonaduce: Being an ex-child star is not a given. It’s not an automatic that you go from teen star to rehab. Just because Todd Bridges and I are idiots does not condemn an entire industry. As host and read more

Raisin Stars Breathe New Life into a Classic

Sean Combs and Audra McDonald, A Raisin in the Sun

"Hello, my wife," jokes Sean Combs, welcoming the beautiful Audra McDonald to the executive floor of his Sean John and Bad Boy headquarters in New York City. They haven't seen each other in about a year, since filming wrapped on A Raisin in the Sun, the ABC TV-movie version of Lorraine Hansberry's classic tale of domestic strife during the fledgling civil rights era (Feb. 25 at 8 pm/ET). The film reunites the cast of the hit 2004 Broadway revival — Combs, McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan — as a family nearly torn apart over how to spend a $10,000 insurance check. Combs' Walter Lee Jr. wants to open a liquor store, while McDonald's Ruth and Rashad's Lena want a new home  —  that happens to be in a white neighborhood.

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Blair Underwood on Money, Marriage and Mickey Mouse

Blair Underwood

Dirty Sexy Money, The New Adventures of Old Christine, In Treatment... pretty soon it will seem like everywhere you look, there's Blair Underwood. Not that we'll mind. The hardest-working man in TV dishes about his three cool roles, marriage and being hot for teacher. Which real-life billionaire is your Dirty Sexy Money character, Simon Elder, most like?
Blair Underwood:
I see him as a chocolate Richard Branson because of his incredible vision for the future and the fact that he's not intimidated by anybody. He has more money than the Darlings put together. He's very comfortable in his own skin. He's not bound by America's notion of what he should be because of h read more

Amazing Race's Final 3: The Last Pit Stop

TK and Rachel, Amazing Race 12

A few days after America saw them finish first on The Amazing Race 12, $1 million winners TK and Rachel still had no clue when they would get their cashable grand prize check, whether taxes would be taken out of said check first or if it would be divided equally in two. They knew nothing. And much like they were last July when they raced 30,000 sweltering miles through eight countries and four continents, the Zen masters didn't really seem to care. "We got the big [mock] check," said Rachel who recently quit her job at her parents' flower shop. "But the real check, we don't know." But, TK added, "We should be hearing something soon." You were pretty mellow until the very end when you two actually seemed to get agitated in the last cab ride.
Well, we got really lost. It wasn't particularly portrayed that way, but our cab driver didn't really know where he was going. We got turned read more

The Amazing Race: Are Nate and Jen Still Together?

Jen and Nate, The Amazing Race

When they weren't fighting each other, Jennifer Parker and Nathan Hagstrom fought hard to stay in The Amazing Race 12. But, alas, luck would not have it and Taiwan was their last stop. They were eliminated after they took a local resident's advice that taking a subway would be faster than dealing with traffic in a cab. That decision dropped like a nail in the coffin of their nearly three-year relationship. Why? Read on. (Amazing Race's season finale airs Sunday at 8 pm/ET on CBS.) Ousted on your birthday. Ouch. Did you get to celebrate in any way?
Jen: Once we got back we went out with family. But being in Taipei, Taiwan, that was enough for me. Speaking of Taipei, you two know Taiwan and Thailand are two differ read more

The Amazing Race's Dating Goths Stay Upbeat to the End

Kynt Cothron and Vyxsin Fiala, The Amazing Race

As Amazing Race fans know, no team was eliminated this week. But to tide you over till the next episode, here's an interview with America's favorite ousted racing Goths, Kynt Cothron and Vyxsin Fiala. Alternately called the Pinks, Team Goth or "the Freaks," the heavily eyelinered pair gave us a bright glimpse of the Goth side — until they got lost in Italy and were forced to face a new race penalty (the speed bump) in India. But like the "Goth Energizer Bunnies" they like to call themselves, Kynt and Vyxsin kept going and going. And just when it looked like they might pull off one mother of a comeback, they U-turned the wrong team, then forgot to grab all their gas-delivery receipts. Like Kynt would say, "Oh my Goth," that sucks. You two rocked the yoga speed bump but then you blew the U-turn. How the heck did you pick Gramps and Nick over Nate and Jen?
Kynt: It seems so e read more

Amazing Racers' Forbidden Ticket Landed Them Off the Map

Azaria and Hendekea Azene, The Amazing Race

Brother and sister engineers Azaria and Hendekea Azene seemed like a final-three team for sure. They won three of the first five legs and often operated like a well-oiled genetically linked machine. But they showed up at an airport gate with a forbidden business-class ticket and it was back to start. Just goes to show you can never get too comfortable on The Amazing Race 12 (Sundays, 8 pm/ET, CBS). Once more for the record: Please explain how you ended up with the wrong type of ticket to Dubrovnik.
Luck. The ticketing agent ended up giving us business class even though Azaria said economy. Did you do any "Hey it wasn't our fault" begging that they didn't show on camera?
No. I don't even know if we remembered that we'd said economy.
Everything happened so quickly.
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A Blonde Farewell on The Amazing Race

Shana Wall and Jennifer McCall, The Amazing Race

Their bickering and poor navigation skills may have gotten Shana Wall and Jennifer McCall (aka the Blondes, Part 2) ousted from The Amazing Race 12, but it's their videotaped words that haunt them. On the road, they were full of zippy one-liners and quips they found funny in the moment. But as they've played back in prime time, they've painted the women in an unflattering light, teaching us all a lesson: Be careful what you say when you're on The Race, as your words may be used against you. What do you do in your daily lives that allowed you to take time off for the Race?
Jennifer McCall: Neither of us could just take off. I'm a legal assistant. I had to do six weeks worth of work to cover myself so I wouldn't lose my job. I had to work almost 18-hour days to make up for the time that I was gone. And Shana made big sacrifices.
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Amazing Race Castoffs Give Advice to Future Competitors

Lorena Segura and Jason Widener, The Amazing Race

In the fourth leg of The Amazing Race 12 (Sundays, 8 pm/ET, CBS), the powers-that-be replaced the dreaded Yield with a new surprise — the U-Turn, a tool that allows one team to send a trailing team back to do the other half of the detour they intentionally chose not to do. It's evil. And when the Blondes used it, actors Lorena Segura and Jason Widener became its first victims even though they technically did nothing wrong. Talk about bad luck. What did you think when you saw last night's episode and realized that the Blondes had a case of mistaken identity when they activated your U-Turn?
It was just bad luck. [Laughs] They saw T.K. and Rachel but they thought it was Lorena and I. If they'd have known that was T.K. and Rachel…
… they wouldn't have used it.

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Amazing Race Clergy Couple Are No "Wimps for Jesus"

Kate Lewis and Pat Hendrickson, The Amazing Race

They've survived cancer, the muddy hills of Ireland and a stubborn donkey, but it was a mild form of hunting that did the lesbian California couple in. Episcopalian minister Kate Lewis and deacon Pat Hendrickson became the second team eliminated from The Amazing Race 12 when they lost precious time searching for a marked two-wheeler in a bike garage in Amsterdam. Ah, the married ministers. You two have been together 10 years?
Kate Lewis: Yes
Pat Hendrickson: I just wanted to say that we actually refer to ourselves as partnered clergy as opposed to married ministers. Why partnered? Is it because gay marriage is not yet legal in most states?
Pat: We have received the blessing of our union in the church. But that's different from [being] married legally. Which we cannot be in California.
Kate: And we want to make the political point that we're still not married.

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