Question: You are a television addict's smack. I humbly bow and give thanks for your awesome Lost gift last week. Now, any scoop on James Marsters' deal with Smallville?
Answer: I've never been called a smack before. Hack, yes, but not smack. Regarding Mr. Marsters, as I reported in Entertainment News on Monday, he landed a starring role in Shadow Puppets, a direct-to-DVD spooker that sounds an awful lot like Saw. It's about four people who wake up in an abandoned asylum without any prior memories or knowledge of their whereabouts. They soon discover that they were subjects of an experiment — an experiment gone haywire. Tony Todd (Candyman) and Jolene Blalock (Enterprise) costar. The shoot is expected to last five weeks, after which Jimmy is expected to
Hey, folks, it's me. Ausiello. Did you really think I was going to go away that easily? Please. (Apparently, due to a stipulation in my original TV Guide contract that I was not aware of, I am required by law to make regular contributions to Entertainment News for the rest of my friggin' life.) Anyway, rumor has it that James Marsters is taking a few weeks off from Smallville to shoot the straight-to-DVD spooker Shadow Puppets. The Saw-esque thriller costars Jolene Blalock (Enterprise) and revolves around four people who wake up in an abandoned asylum without any previous memories or knowledge of their whereabouts. Naturally, I'll have more in this week's Ask Ausiello. (My contract also calls for at least one shameless plug a week in Entertainment News. Sorry, Matt.)
As T'Pol on UPN's Enterprise, Jolene Blalock does more than add va-va-voom to the Vulcan image. She's also proven the most intriguing member of that pointy-eared species since Mr. Spock. This week's episode, "Stigma" — airing tonight at 8 pm/ET — reveals T'Pol has a deadly illness, and faces discrimination from Vulcan society as a result. It's an affecting AIDS allegory, in keeping with Star Trek's passion for tackling today's social issues via sci-fi stories.
Here's the sitch: In last season's "Fusion" episode, T'Pol involuntarily did a telepathic mind meld with an emotional Vulcan — a major no-no to her logic-obsessed race. "Mind melds at this time are not accepted practice," Blalock tells TV Guide Online. "In Mr. Spock's time 150 years from now, it's totally common. But here, it's s--- upon. It's voodoo! They