When TVGuide.com caught up with David Boreanaz at last year's Comic-Con, he had just shot the pilot for the Fox series Bones and was scheduled to film the next batch of episodes as soon as he got back to L.A. At that point, no one had any idea how the show would fare in the ratings. What a difference a year makes. Returning to San Diego a few weeks ago, the former angsty vampire was all smiles, secure in the knowledge that his character, FBI agent Seeley Booth, would be solving forensic crimes opposite Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) for another season. After appearing at a Bones panel disc
Jaime Pressly, the trailer-park princess of NBC's My Name Is Earl (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET), talks to TV Guide about boys, bras and why she's been labeled another B-word.
TV Guide: What is the secret to making Joy work: her accent, hair or clothes?Jaime Pressly: Honestly, you can't separate them. I mixed three or four accents together so she sounds like the biggest trailer-park queen in the country. Her hair is a character unto itself. Her ridiculous clothes are a nice little icing on the cake.
TV Guide: Joy and Earl are often at odds. What are you guys really like on the set? Pressly:
Question: What has happened to Boston Legal? I have been watching it from the beginning and all of a sudden the show is spouting left-wing, anti-Bush rhetoric. On March 14 they went over the top. I've been a fan of David E. Kelley's shows for years, but if this keeps, up I won't be able to watch anymore. I really resent their using the show to push their political agenda. If I want a one-sided political dialogue, I'll watch my local network news. I'm totally disgusted and I hope the ratings reflect this.
Answer: Actually, Boston Legal's ratings are pretty robust, maybe because the show pushes people's buttons. I haven't watched the show lately, but this gripe hardly surprises me. Kelley has used his TV courtrooms for years to rant against controversial political and social policies (not just Bush's), and I'm surprised you haven't picked up on it earlier. (I know I've addressed questions about it before.) While I find his agitprop as heavy-handed as his sophomoric sex comedy and
Maybe it's just a coincidence: As President Bush's approval ratings are tanking, Chris Matthews' ratings are surging. Compared to a year ago, the February audiences for his MSNBC show, Hardball, doubled at 5 pm/ET, and the repeat at 7 was up significantly as well. If that's too early for you, Hardball is getting a special repeat airing at 11 pm the week of March 6. Soon the show will be hitting the road to cover the major 2006 races in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The president's misfortunes mean there's a strong chance the House could end up back in the control of the Democrats, making it a compelling year for political junkies. But when it comes to politics, every year is compelling to Matthews, who recently spoke with the Biz.
TVGuide.com: It's been said that President Bush likes the sport of politics — that's what gets his blood pumping. Do you think he cares about low approval ratings or what people think about him now that
"Scorecards here! Get your American Idol scorecards here!" Now that all — OK, most — of the screamers and howlers have been shown the door, Season 5 of Fox's ratings-magnet reality competition is all set to really begin. As you settle in front of the tube for the first two nights, print out this page and keep it handy for the skinny on who's who among the 24 semifinalists.
The male singers scheduled to perform tonight at 8 pm are: BOBBY BENNETT (19, Denver, Colo.) has been singing since the age of 7. He dreams of becoming a performer so he can make people forget about their troubles for a little while. Before making the Final 24, Bobby worked at Target. KEVIN COVAIS (16, Levittown, N.Y.), a junior at Isla