Last week, actress Kristy Swanson and Olympic medalist Lloyd Eisler saw their on-the-ice partnership result in a championship on Fox's Skating with Celebrities, as they edged out sportscaster Jillian Barberie and pro John Zimmerman. While Swanson balked at discussing her and Eisler's reported off-rink romance — "I don't really want to get into my personal life," she deferred — everything else was fair game in this TVGuide.com Q&A.
TVGuide.com: Wasn't there a gossip item weeks ago that Jillian Barberie and her partner had won Skating with Celebrities, and it leaked out because there would be hubbub since she had training as a kid...?Kristy Swanson: I know that ever since we shot the last episode, we had to keep [the outcome] a secret. There were photographs of us wearing the medals and holding the trophies, and the producers were afraid that it could getread more
Skating with Celebrities Why is it that I saw more falls during the recent Olympic ice-dancing competition than during the entire season of Skating with Celebrities? I don't care if the Torino routines were technically and artistically more difficult — it's just not right. And speaking of the recent global games, I was so out of the loop. I had no idea that Sir CrankyPants was actually Sasha Cohen's coach. Plus, I had no clue that Jillian's partner, John Zimmerman, was married to Italian Olympic skater Silvia Fontana. But back to business. Much like Sunday night's inflated Dancing with the Stars finale, this baby could have been wrapped up in about 20 minutes. But no, the show insisted on parading all the eliminated contestants and their partners back for a couple more rounds of free-skatin' filleread more
Olympics: Women's Figure SkatingLike your average Winter Olympics fan, I was hoping the figure skating in Torino (Turin, to you Shroud fans) would feature the Wrath of Kwan, with Michelle finally capturing the elusive gold medal. That was not to be, so all the U.S. pressure falls on Sasha Cohen, who should definitely be played by Alexis Bledel in any potential future TV-movies (the Shaun "Flying Tomato" White gig will, naturally, go to Carrot Top.) Let's just hope the ladies' programs go smoother than the ice-dancing competition, which featured more crashes than your average drivers-education movie.
Some of the night's highlights:Kimmie Meissner, U.S.: the second performance of the night sets the tone for the Americans as Meissner nails the combo of a triple lutz into a triple toe-loop. This, apparently, is very hard. Up untread more