Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars
What? Kristen Bell is here, in the Big Apple, to promote the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her comedy Fifty Pills? Say no more — I'm there. After all, not all of us can rub elbows with her on the set, as Ausiello did during his turn as an extra on Veronica Mars (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET). Radiating sunniness and warmth, Bell had much to discuss in addition to Pills, in which she plays a coed whose mild-mannered beau gets roped into dealing Ecstasy "for just one day," to pay off a student loan. (Been there, done th-... um, crazy concept, I meant to say!) TVGuide.com asked the actress about her numerous new film roles as well as, of course, the up-in-the-air fate of her UPN series.
West WingThe Sopranos aren't the only long-lost friends returning tonight. After almost two months, The West Wing is back. Remember when there used to be actual television seasons, starting in the fall and ending in the summer? Honestly, George Lucas wasted less time between Star Wars episodes than these guys. Now the lame-duck series can finally begin its swan song. For longtime Wing fans, the show's cancellation is bittersweet. It's definitely time to wrap it up, but we just hope the series goes out with a bang, not a whimper. Well, this episode definitely starts off in the "bang" category with a Josh-Donna kiss, breaking the West Wing's longest-standing taboo before the title sequence! Was anyone else surprised at how cool
Tricia Helfer, Battlestar Galactica
Question: Battlestar Galactica is my favorite show on television right now. It's so well done and feels so real for a sci-fi show. But whenever I bring the show up to my friends, they always laugh. I've noticed that because the show is in the sci-fi genre, people don't give it a chance. Do you think that this is going to change, or will the stereotype always be there for this show? Also, how is this show doing with ratings? Is it gonna stick around for a long time?
Answer: Battlestar is doing just fine, and there's no reason to think Sci Fi will pull another Farscape with this one. And while we're on the subject, tonight's episode (Feb. 24) is one of the best hours of TV in any genre you're likely to see all year. So many twists and revelations, including a welcome return to the Cylon-occupied planet of Caprica. It's smart, suspenseful, surprising — just a wow of an episode. But, as Mike suggests, just try convincing your friends who look at you like you're wearing Vulcan ears when you
Question: This season had many incredible new shows — Desperate Housewives, Lost, Veronica Mars etc.— but I am a little worried. With what happened to The O.C. during its second season (Marissa becoming a lesbian, the George Lucas cameo, Marissa shooting Trey, Kirsten being a drunk), I am anxious that some of my favorite shows will fall down creatively, too. I loved The O.C. in its first year because it was hip and fresh and knew what kind of show it was, but now I feel like I'm watching Beverly Hills, 90210 repeats. Matt, let's hope that the brilliant shows that debuted last season come up with the goods this season.
Answer: Amen. At this time of year, I am full of hope that the shows I love will continue to deliver (look at the turnaround on Gilmore Girls last season), but also feel a bit of trepidation that, after a long summer of expectation, we'll be in for a letdown. What I really fear is that people will be too anxious to jump on the "sophomore slump" bandwagon if the first new
Donald Trump has hired Star Wars mastermind George Lucas to appear in the upcoming fourth season of The Apprentice. According to Advertising Age, Lucas will decide which team comes up with the better concept to promote the DVD for Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. A lightsabre duel between Omarosa and Ereka Vitrini, perhaps?
Bald is beautiful. And, if you're Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum, it's also very lucrative. As the follicularly challenged Lex Luthor on WB's smashing Superman drama, Rosenbaum has spent four seasons toying with the Teen of Steel's circle of friends. Tonight (at 8 pm/ET) he gets a dose of his own villainy in an episode that finds a pair of Lexes on the loose. That gives Rosenbaum a reason to talk to TVGuide.com about everything from acting with himself to the lighter side of going to the dark side.
TVGuide.com: So is the world ready for two Lexes?
Michael Rosenbaum: Best episode of the year, man. This experiment goes wrong and all of a sudden there's two of me running around.
TVG: It's a Luthorpalooza!
Rosenbaum: When I first heard about the episode, [executive producer] Greg Beeman told me, "Man, you are in every scene... every page." Then I got the script and 47 pages out of 50 are me. I