Ben 10: Race Against Time courtesy Cartoon Network
Cartoon Networks expansion into live-action programming takes another giant step in November with Ben 10: Race Against Time, a feature-length version of the networks popular animated series.Ben 10 follows 10-year-old Ben Tennyson, who, thanks to an intergalactic device called the omnitrix, can transform into 10 different superpowered aliens. Keeping the occasionally mischievous Ben on track are his cousin Gwen and his Grandpa Max. In Race Against Time, Graham Phillips (Evan Almighty) and Haley Ramm (X-Men: The Last Stand) play Ben and Gwen, while veteran actor Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy) plays Grandpa.Directing the movie is Alex Winter, perhaps best known for his role in front of the camera as Bill from Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure. Winter knows the scrutiny on this project will be tough especially from his 8-year-old son, Leroy. "I had him and his entire second-grade class watching over me, like an amalgamated studio chairma...
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Lee Majors has got game. Quite literally. The Six Million Dollar Man has been drafted as the new coach of the Sabers football team on the CW's The Game. Insiders report that Majors has at least a three-episode arc that will start Oct. 1. His character will really shake things up for the team during a season that will see one star player turn to steroids and another get caught up in a media controversy. In other Game news, Greek's Scott Michael Foster will pop in on Oct. 22 as Kelly's slacker little brother who comes to couch it at her place after being released from rehab. Reporting by Rochell D. ThomasMore TVGuide.com casting news: Exclusive: Sopranos' Edie Falco Gets a Piece of 30 Rock, Exclusive Friday Night Lights, Trace Casting Scoops, Exclusive: AS-P Casts a VIP on Jezebel James, CBS' Randy Men Woo ER's Wen, Janeane Garofalo
OK, now this sounds funny: Per the Hollywood Reporter, in the Fox pilot Me & Lee?, Jamie Kennedy will play a guy whose aches and pains are are cured when he undergoes "bionic" back surgery in the basement of Six Million Dollar Man star Lee Majors' Bev Hills mansion. According to the plot, Farrah's ex who'll play himself built a secret lab down there after his series work left him fixated on bionics. In other casting news, Tom Wilkinson and David Morse have been added to the ensemble cast of HBO's John Adams miniseries, in which Paul Giamatti plays the second U.S. prez. Wilkinson will play ol' Ben Franklin; Morse, George Washington.
Joan & Melissa LIVE at the Academy Awards5:30: I'm so glad my colleagues over at the channel have decided to go blue for the red carpet. Setting the tone for the evening, Joan Rivers begins with a slightly disturbing scene in which she spreads 'em for Matt Dillon in Crash and groans a lot. And she warns us that there are many more such scenes from the nominated movies to come. Next she gives a nod to Isaac Mizrahi's infamously presumptuous Golden Globes coverage at rival E!. "I would never be so presumptuous!" she declares while she pokes Lisa Rinna in the boob. Instead of groping her interviewees, she'll be using cards to indicate whether they are wearing underwear and/or have real breasts. This'll be interesting.
5:33: Joan gives her own thank-you speech tailor-made to offend her entire crew: "We are color-blind here at TV Guide. Right, black person?" Then she fills the time
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Question: I can't believe my buddy and I are having this argument, but our excuse is it started after a few beers during a football game. We don't agree on exactly what was bionic in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. Can you lay it out for us? They could both run fast and one had supereyesight, as I remember. And didn't he have superhearing, too? Thanks.
Answer: Why the shame, Charlie? Wear your fascination with the trivial proudly — it beats watching the game.
For the record, astronaut Steve Austin (Lee Majors), "a man barely alive" after his test plane went kerflooie in the March 1973 TV-movie that spawned the show, was made "better than he was before — better, stronger, faster" when he was given bionic legs, a new right arm and a left eye that allowed him to see g
Question: A few of my friends and I have a bet going. I thought Markie Post played Colt's boss on The Fall Guy. They say she wasn't even on the show. Who's right? Please settle this for us! Thanks.
Answer: I'll answer this for you, Shane, even though you ignored my usual rule about telling me what's at stake in your bet. (Take a look at Denice, above, playing Gallant to your Goofus.)
The good news is you're right. Colt Seavers (Lee Majors), Howie Munson (Douglas Barr) and Jody Banks (Heather Thomas) took their bounty-hunter marching orders from a succession of folks, including Big Jack (Jo Ann Pflug), Terri Shannon (Post), whose character's last name became Michaels later in the show, and Pearl Sperling (Nedra Volz).