Question: I don't know if you listen to podcasts at all, but Ron Moore's latest podcast for Battlestar Galactica's "Black Market" episode had me scratching my head. He stated that this episode was not one of his favorites, and his rationale was that when you have to do 20 episodes a season instead of 13, not all of them can be good. At first I was really insulted by this comment, because it seemed like a cop-out. But then I started thinking about other shows, particularly 24, which always starts off great and ends really well but gives us four or five episodes in the middle that are just not up to par (stalking cougars and loud cell-phone ringers while chasing the bad guy, for example). Or could it be that now that RDM is developing other projects, his time is just far too split to keep each show up to par (yes, I am talking to you, J.J. Abrams, and your big red dodge ball of death!). So my question for you, the TV all-knowing god, is: Is it really difficult to produce 20 stellar ...
Josh Holloway, Lost
Is Sawyer, the sexy bad boy on ABC's Lost (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), turning all good on us? Not if Josh Holloway has anything to say about it — and does he ever, in this TV Guide interview!
TV Guide: In this week's episode, Sawyer finally gets some more flashback love. It's about time! Josh Holloway: I know! Of course, he got shot, so he was kind of out of commission for awhile. Now he's healed enough to be back in the game.
TV Guide: By the Lost time line, though, it's only been a matter of days since he was shot by the Others, right? Holloway: In reality, he wouldn't be able to use his damn arm. I guess those antibiotics are workin'. That Jack is one wonder doc
Eddie Cibrian, Invasion
This is truly a bizarre TV season, ain't it? ABC announced on Wednesday a flurry of changes going into effect post-February sweeps. Most notably, Invasion will be shelved for six weeks starting March 22 to make room for the new drama The Evidence. Other arrivals and departures: Supernanny returns March 6 at 9 pm/ET, followed by the premiere of Miracle Workers; Commander in Chief (as previously reported) last airs March 7, then returns April 18 to finish its shortened 19-episode run; Idol snarkmeister Simon Cowell's American Inventor reality show debuts March 16 at 8 pm; and What About Brian, a new drama exec-produced by Lost cocreator J.J. Abrams, gets a sneak peek April 2 after Desperate Housewives, the night before it claims its Mondays-at-10 time slot. (Miracle Workers, we hardly knew ya).
Bryan Cranston and Frankie Muniz, Malcolm in the Middle
Friday, Jan. 13, turned out to be a truly bad-luck day for Malcolm in the Middle. That's when the cast members learned that the Fox sitcom, now in its seventh season, had gotten the ax.
"There was some sadness," Bryan Cranston, aka Malcolm's bumbling dad, Hal, tells TVGuide.com, adding that he and his TV wife, Jane Kaczmarek, shared an embrace and a few tears upon learning their fate. "We realized it's about how much fun you have along the way," philosophizes the actor, who felt that Malcolm could have easily gone on creatively for another year. "But I can't complain. We'll have done 151 episodes. It's been fantastic. It's going to be good
Question: So can you give us some hints on what will happen on the final episode of Alias? Something we don't already know.
Answer: Get this: I'm leaving TV Guide's Globes bash and who should I bump into but my favorite TV titan of all time, J.J. Abrams, who informs me that his wife gave birth to their third child, son August, seven days ago. (No, that's not the big news. Keep reading….) After congratulating him and gushing over his baby pics (shocker: he's cute!), I got down to business and asked him if there was any chance he might find the time in between editing Mission: Impossible 3 to write the series finale of Alias. His response nearly caused me to pass out. "Actually, [MI3] is almost done, so yeah, we're talking about it. And I might direct it, too."
Hey, speaking of passing out, I think I'm due for a nap.
Question: You've been lacking in the Lost scoop lately.... Got anything for us? Answer: Gathering intel on our favorite castaways has been my primary goal this past week, Erin. But trust me when I tell you it has not been easy — particularly at the Globes, where the cast was basically threatened with bodily harm if a spoiler made it past their lips. Still, I managed to glean a few morsels out of 'em. Among them:
* Yunjin Kim revealed that Sun will get another flashback episode this season. "We start shooting it next week," she said, "but I haven't seen a script yet, so I don't know what happens."
* Dominic Monaghan confessed that "it looks like" Charlie is hitting the powder again and offered this preview of next Wednesday's Charlie-centric outing: "We're going to be seeing a lot of stuff about how Charlie is responding to the rest of the group pushing him away."
The Big Four announced a flurry of pilot orders on Wednesday, offering a possible glimpse at the fall 2006 season. ABC gave the nod to Six Degrees, a drama about the intertwined lives of a group of strangers (sound familiar?), to be executive-produced by (here's a clue) Lost cocreator J.J. Abrams. CBS ordered Jericho, which chronicles the chaos that occurs in a small town isolated from the rest of the world by a nuclear disaster, and Orpheus, about a young man whose girlfriend is immersed in a cult. NBC gave the green light to Crossing Jordan creator Tim Kring's Heroes, in which seemingly everyday people realize they have superpowers, and Seeing Red, about a cop who gets help from dead crime victims. Fox's Faceless, meanwhile, finds a federal prosecutor going undercover as a criminal to bring down an underworld organization. My TiVo is already giddy.
Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Match Point
Jonathan Rhys Meyers had no idea what he was getting into — literally — when Woody Allen cast him in the romantic thriller Match Point, now in select theaters. "I had never read the script when Woody offered the role to me," the actor tells TVGuide.com. "And I just accepted. For any young actor to be in a Woody Allen film, you're just going to do it regardless of what it is."
Once Rhys Meyers did peruse the script, he was hit with another surprise. "I was like, 'If I get four or five good scenes, I'll be gold.' And then it dawned on me how much work I had to do in this!"
And how. Match Point features Rhys Meyers as Chris, a former tennis champ who latches on to new Brit bud Tom (Matthew Goode
Jennifer Garner, Alias
Shortly before Thanksgiving, ABC executives called Alias creator J.J. Abrams in China — where he was directing Mission: Impossible 3 — to
Question: In light of the recent news of Alias' impending cancellation, I was wondering how you feel the show will be written about in future television-history books. For me, Alias was love at first sight and I have been a loyal follower since the days of double agency and SD-6. While the show has had a glitch creatively in recent years (and I think you would agree), it is still safe to say that Alias is one of my all-time great TV love affairs, if for nothing else than the first two seasons alone. I will be a devoted viewer until the very end.
Answer: I'm with it from start to finish as well, out of loyalty if nothing else, but here's an idea: Let's start referring to Alias' departure as a "retirement," not a "cancellation," OK? Five years is more than most cult shows get, especially on a major network. The fact that the producers are getting the opportunity to plot out an actual series finale is something to celebrate, not mourn. But to address the larger issue: When we look back on