In his 26-year career, Curtis Armstrong has played all kinds of characters. But, as he was raised to pop-culture prominence by his portrayals of oddballs and outcasts most notably, Booger in 1984's B-movie classic, Revenge of the Nerds he wasn't the least bit insulted when the Sci Fi Channel offered him the role of Pig Boy, a half-human/half-Porky tabloid staffer on the wacky new series The Chronicle.
"Absolutely, this is the logical career progression for me," the classically trained graduate of Michigan's Academy of Dramatic Arts tells TV Guide Online. "What can I say? I'd certainly auditioned for more disgusting parts.
"The great thing about Pig Boy," he continues, "is that I don't have to play [his porcine side] at all. It doesn't manifest itself I'm not snorting or whirling around in mud. And I think he only squeals in read more
Celebrating a landmark birthday helped self-proclaimed hermit and former Profiler Jamie Luner come to a few conclusions about life. "When you're 22 or 23, you think the world revolves around you, and I felt that way for a long time," she confesses to TV Guide Online. "But I just turned 30, and I love it! You realize, 'Whoa, baby, you ain't all that.' And you're not! You're just a woman out there doing something she loves."
After heating things up on such sudsy ensemble fare as Melrose Place and Savannah, the actress found that taking the lead wasn't all it was cracked up to be. "Don't get me wrong, Profiler was a great experience, but it was more work than anyone could imagine," she sighs. "Once I finished that show, I said, 'I can do anything!'"
Instead, Luner opted to do nothing. "I really needed to separate myself from the business, and now I'm ready to get back in."
But rather than make a big TV commitment, she opted read more
Like many guys in young Hollywood these days, Freaks & Geeks alum James Franco appears offbeat, rather broody and terribly concerned with being taken seriously as an actor. Ah, youth. Fortunately, those qualities came in handy for playing the original sexy brooder, James Dean, in TNT's James Dean biopic (airing Sunday at 8pm/ET).
Asked why he prefers portraying edgy boys, the 23-year-old sighs impatiently to TV Guide Online: "Easily, they're more interesting. You always want to deviate from the norm." He certainly does that in Dean, which doesn't whitewash the hungry thesp's rep for opening doors in Tinseltown by cozying up to gay male producers.
"I didn't have a problem with playing it," says Franco, "and I thought it was nice how we [included] Rogers Brackett" as played by read more
An opening weekend gross of $69 million can buy a lot of bananas. Yet anyone familiar with Planet of the Apes director Tim Burton knows that the preferred fruit of his labor is the satisfaction in presenting an unmistakably unique vision to moviegoers.
"That whole thing about 'successful movies,' 'personal versus studio movies'... It's all the same to me," he attests. "I feel close to every film I make, though there may be a few that feel slightly more personal."
In terms of critical and audience acceptance, "every movie that ever came out from me could have gone either way, as far as my mind was concerned," the auteur behind Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and two Batman films adds. "But read more
As the captain of UPN's upcoming Star Trek prequel series, Enterprise which is set a century before the Kirk administration (or 150 years from today) Scott Bakula has the distinction of being the franchise's first commander-in-chief. Still, the former Quantum Leap hero concedes that he'll never truly be No. 1 that honor belongs to William Shatner.
"In my mind, he's the first and the last really," Bakula tells TV Guide Online. "He's the ultimate guy... You'll always live in the shadow of Shatner. But if we can achieve a little of what [his original 1966-69 series] achieved, we'll be doing a good job."
Alas, if the seasoned time traveler was hoping to avoid comparisons between his Capt. Jonathan Archer and Shatner's Capt. James T. Kirk, he's out of luck. Although in a recent TV Guide story, Enterprise co-creator and executive producer Rick Berm read more
This spring, Three's Company fans everywhere enjoyed a titter when a Nick at Nite rerun viewer complained he'd seen far more of John Ritter than anyone ever needs to. "Yes, his scrotum falls out of his [boxer] shorts," a network rep sighed of one saucy episode from which the blooper was excised (ouch!) for future airings. Now, Company co-star Richard Kline is having his say on the matter!
"They saw John's testicles," he laughs to TV Guide Online. "I spoke to John about that in New York. He couldn't believe it! It's a little scary to be anatomically incorrect on television."
Asked if SAG guarantees Ritter any special royalties for his, uhm, extra screen time, Kline grins: "You'd have to ask him. But cable residuals being what they are, I don't think we get much of anything."
Kline who played open-shirted, medallion-wearing lothario Larry on the '70s series is surprised (however relieved) that somethin read more
In Planet of the Apes's most self-referential moment, ape army leader General Thade visits his father's bedside, where the withering patriarch, with his last breaths, unveils a symbol of humankind's inventiveness: a firearm. Yet, since the ailing elder is played by original Apes star Charlton Heston the president of the National Rifle Association, natch it's a scene that Thade's portrayer, Tim Roth, almost was not a part of.
"It was difficult for me, because of the whole NRA thing," admits the actor. "I'm aware of [Heston's] reputation, but I've got two kids. In fact, it has taken away from his reputation as an actor, to be honest.
"Everyone is welcome to their politics, I completely agree with that," Roth adds. "But [th read more
Master thespians of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Edward Norton's caliber often are said to disappear into their roles. But the feat that Just Shoot Me co-star Enrico Colantoni achieves in TNT's upcoming James Dean biopic (airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET) is, for some reason, trumpeted a bit less frequently.
"I played Elia Kazan with a wig and a fake nose," he tells TV Guide Online. "Elia Kazan has a big ol' honker."
A busy star of stage and screen, The West Wing's Stockard Channing never expected to tie herself to a TV gig. But when the show's third season kicks off this fall, her First Lady/presidential physician Abby Bartlet will go from recurring to regular status. She's come a long way, baby!
"The first episode I did was this little thing," Channing cheerily tells TV Guide Online. "And it turned out, it had a tremendous impact. People wrote letters... or whatever it is they do.
"It's like something taking root," adds the current WW Emmy nominee. "And now [my character] has become enmeshed to the degree that it seemed appropriate for me to be officially part of [the show]. It's really wonderful and I don't have to be embarrassed about being in a wonderful hit, you know?"
Asked whether we'll be seeing more storylines devoted to Abby now, Channing pleads ignoran read more
Partridge Family alum Danny Bonaduce recently checked himself into rehab and that's where he'll be when he isn't co-hosting his L.A. radio show and yet another TV talk show, The Other Half. (Unlike his failed solo talk effort, Danny!, Half's an all-male knockoff of The View, with Dick Clark filling Barbara Walters's heels.) Explains Bonaduce: "I come out to do my job and then I go right back in."
No stranger to rehab, Bonaduce kicked his widely publicized drug habit 10 years ago, managing to plea bargain his way out of jail terms for substance abuse and assault. This time, the troubled celeb got a wake-up call about his persisting drinking problem while on a recent cruise to Spain. "I was eating pie out of the tin and drinking beer at eleven o'clock in the morning," he recalls. "My wife said, 'Are you sure this is how you want to be known? The fat drunk guy on TV?' I said, 'You're right. Let's get back and I read more