Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Yes, America, your head is still overflowing with images and sappy tunes from last night's American Idol finale, but Fox is trying its best to stave off those summer-TV blues. That's got to be why the third season of So You Think You Can Dance premieres tonight at 8 pm/ET. To help ease the transition from belters and beatboxers to breakers and swingers, TVGuide.com rang host Cat Deeley. Though the British bombshell was herself trying to juggle duties of covering Idol for her homeland and returning to her role as the Ryan Seacrest of the dancing world, she squeezed in the time to give us a preview of this year's outrageous hoofers and her own spectacular outfits.
TVGuide.com: Hi, Cat. We're all excited for So You Think You Can Dance to return. Should we expect anything different this season?
Jaslene Gonzalez is America's Next Top Model.
Second chances are always big hits in the world of reality TV, so it should come as no surprise that Jaslene Gonzalez was anointed America's Next Top Model No. 8 after failing to make the final 13 in Cycle 7. It's also no surprise because the 20-year-old Chicagoan — dubbed "Cha-cha Diva" by "Miss" J. Alexander — never took a bad photo and was never in the bottom two in the competition. TVGuide.com caught up with the Janice Dickinson look-alike the day after her win was announced to find out what it's like to be the first Latina Top Model, why she didn't win it the first time 'round and whether she really was raised by a pack of drag queens.
TVGuide.com: Congratulations! How hard has it been to keep this a secret for so long?
Jaslene Gonzalez: It was very hard! I have such a big family, and the minute I
Ana Ortiz, Ugly Betty
In less capable hands, Ugly Betty's sister Hilda could have been a bad caricature: the pretty, talkative girl from Queens with too much makeup and a son conceived on her prom night. But thanks to the show's writers and actress Ana Ortiz, she's also a warmhearted woman the audience can root for as she tries to make something of her life. Ortiz's own life is changing pretty drastically this summer, too: She's marrying musician Noah Lebenzon in Puerto Rico on June 9. (See the TV Guide News Report for a related story.) In between wrapping the show and planning her big day, Ortiz dished to TVGuide.com about Betty's dramatic season finale and what her first year as a Suarez has been like.
TVGuide.com: Thanks for calling. I hear you're a little bit busy these days!
Ethan Suplee with Jason Lee, My Name Is Earl
Outside of the occasional threats from vengeful ex-cons and Joy, Randy's had a pretty easy life as his brother's sidekick on My Name Is Earl. But in tonight's special "Laugh 'N Sniff" episode (8 pm/ET on NBC), the Hickeys have to suck it up and get [Gasp] real jobs. It's a good thing Ethan Suplee has grown up a little faster than his character: The 30-year-old and his wife, Brandi Lewis, just welcomed their second daughter, Billie Grace, who joins 2-year-old Frances Clementine and stepdaughters Lily (9) and Bella (10). TVGuide.com spoke to Suplee about Earl's evolution, how the show actually helps him be a better parent, and how he risked his very well-being for this week's scent-sational episode.
TVGuide.com: Hi, Ethan. Congratulations! The last time I talked to you was in the fall. Now, looking back, do you have a favo
Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl
Judging by the way Joy's been carrying on for the past few months on NBC's My Name Is Earl (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET), you'd think she'd been pregnant for a year now. Jaime Pressly, who plays the trash-talking, trailer-park diva, herself isn't due until the end of May, and frankly she's a bit tired of waiting to pop out her son with fiancé Eric Cubiche. But thankfully, the 29-year-old North Carolinian didn't have a trace of Joy's ire when she called TVGuide.com to discuss Joy's impending trial (for stealing a truck and an employee from a discount store), her own impending motherhood, and how Earl has managed to avoid the
Master Shake, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
For those of you who've never seen the Adult Swim cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force, here's the most coherent summary we can come up with: It's about a giant box of fries (Frylock), a giant milkshake (Master Shake) and a wad of meat (Meatwad) who live together in New Jersey, swim in their neighbor's aboveground pool, and encounter some very odd monsters and aliens without even trying to save the world or fight crime. But for their first feature film, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, the trio unintentionally unleash the Insanoflex, a mutant exercise machine bent on world domination, and as a result they find that they might have to play heroes after all. TVGuide.com called up the oh-so-humble Master Shake to ask about his transition to film, those pesky Mooninites and his plans for a solo career.
Kal Penn, The Namesake
Sometimes being a teen-comedy icon is not an obstacle to having a serious acting career. Just ask Kal Penn. In the hearts and minds of a generation, he will forever be known as Kumar from Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, but it was a young fan of the 2004 stoner flick who lobbied for him to be cast as Gogol, the central character in Mira Nair's The Namesake (in theaters now). That youngster happens to be Nair's now 16-year-old son, Zohran.
"Zohran would bug her every night when she tucked him in for bed and say, "Mom, can you audition Kal Penn from Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle?" Penn relates.
"I didn't really take it seriously," admits
Mary Murphy (inset), So You Think You Can Dance
Time flies in the world of reality TV, doesn't it? It seems like we were just congratulating Benji Schwimmer (pictured at right) for winning Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance, and already throngs of ballroom champs, ballerinas, pop 'n lockers, hip-hop divas, lyrical artistes, tap dancers and everyone in between are lining up for auditions. According to Fox, 1,400 people showed up for the New York auditions last week, nearly triple the number of last year's wannabes. Since there is obviously more competition than ever, TVGuide.com asked the ever-enthusiastic Mary Murphy if she has any advice for the kids who want to prove their talent to her,
Cecille with Nate, Beauty and the Geek
In almost every interview we've done for this season of Beauty and the Geek, when the contestants were asked who they keep in touch with from the show, Nate Dern's name was at the top of the list. The 22-year-old Harvard student and front man for the Star Wars tribute band So Long Princess connected with all of his housemates, not just his showmance partner Jennylee. And he wowed everyone with his nice-guy ways in the season finale, when he talked all his cast mates into giving the show's prize to Scooter and Megan, rather than rewarding his partner Cecille for her selfish ways. For obvious reasons, Cecille wasn't really in the mood for interviews last week, so TVGuide.com had the Stormtrooper with a heart of gold all to ourselves.
TVGuide.com: Wow, Nate, we can't believe what you did in the finale. What was it like to watch yourself give up all that money?
Nate Dern: Once they revealed
Megan and "Scooter," Beauty and the Geek
Thanks in part to the nearly universal dislike of one half of their competition, Alan "Scooter" Zackheim and Megan Hauserman were awarded $250,000 in last week's Beauty and the Geek Season 3 finale. But the Harvard grad from Montana and the Playboy model from Florida don't owe everything to Cecille, or to Nate's surprising move to convince the other teams to vote for Scooter and Megan. When they called TVGuide.com last week, the two giddily sang each other's praises, finished each other's sentences and interrupted each other (in a nice way), proving they're still a solid team who overcame their initial prejudices and became real friends. Aww. We can feel Ceci rolling her eyes from across the country.
TVGuide.com: Congratulations! It must have been really hard to keep your winning a secret for this long.
Megan Hauserman: It was hard, but we didn't want to tell people, because we wanted i