NYPD Blue's Charlotte Ross has broken off her engagement with her CAA agent-beau Jeremy Plager, TV Guide Online has learned... Newcomer Sharif Atkins has been upgraded to series regular status on ER... Nicole Kidman will play flamboyant Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine in Court and Spark, a film based on the life of the 12th-century monarch, according to The Hollywood Reporter... Hank Azaria's poorly reviewed NBC comedy Imagine That got off to a lousy start Tuesday night, drawing just 7.7 million viewers... read more
The Peacock network has renewed freshman series Scrubs, Crossing Jordan and Law & Order: Criminal Intent for a second year, it was announced Wednesday at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif. read more
CBS is prepping a CSI spinoff series based on an episode set to air later this season. The new show would revolve around forensic experts in a different city, possibly Miami. read more
Nominations for the 13th annual Producers Guild Awards were announced Thursday and A Beautiful Mind, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Moulin Rouge and Shrek will compete for best picture. TV drama nominees are CSI, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos and The West Wing. On the TV comedy side, Frasier, Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, read more
Sex is still good for HBO. Sunday's first of six new Sex and the City episodes was the show's most-watched ever. Some 7.3 million viewers tuned in to watch Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) clean out her closet. read more
Survivor is going back to its roots. The fourth installment of CBS's reality franchise Survivor: Marquesas will take place on the South Pacific island of Nuku Hiva. The show's first chapter was set on the South Pacific island of Palau Tiga. (We can only hope it's that good.) Survivor: Marquesas will debut on Feb. 28. Meanwhile, Survivor: Africa's two-hour finale airs tonight (8 pm/ET), followed by a live reunion with all 16 players. read more
Whose Line Is It Anyway? joker Wayne Brady is on a roll: His ABC variety series, The Wayne Brady Show which debuted last summer to solid reviews and respectable ratings is expected back on the network's schedule later this season. And next fall, the funnyman will be launching his own syndicated talk-variety show. Surely, it's right about time for Brady to morph into a hotshot showbiz prima donna, right? Not a chance.
"I always told myself that if I ever achieved a certain modicum of success, I was going to treat everyone the way that I wanted to be treated," the 29-year-old entertainer tells TV Guide Online. "The person that is your [production assistant] or even your co-star today could tomorrow be one of the most powerful people in Hollywood. So, you treat people with a certain dignity."
As Brady recalls, it wasn't too long ago when he was at the bottom of the Hollywood food chai read more
Professional wit Bruce Vilanch was undeniably one of TV's best assets in 2001 or any year, for that matter! So what more perfect pundit could we consult to sum up last year's best and worst highlights in entertainment? His sassy but unusually serious answer to our question may surprise you...
"I stopped picking favorites years ago," he tells TV Guide Online. "After I got friendly with people, I realized I would offend all my friends if I chose one over the other. So I've actually stopped thinking that way. We're in our fourth year at Hollywood Squares and that's fabulous.
"But it just seems that after Sept. 11, everything was a blur anyway," Vilanch adds. "I'm just amazed at how startlingly little 2001 was like the movie [2001: A Space Odyssey]. I remember sitting there in 1968, stoned out of my mind, watching the Pan Am spaceship read more
Survivor: Africa reject Teresa "T-Bird" Cooper lost out on that cool million when loony Lex finally ousted her last week. (Who didn't see that coming?) On the bright side, the 42-year-old flight attendant from Jackson, Ga., must've earned a slew of frequent flyer miles jetting to Kenya and back! "You know what, it wasn't the $1 million," she tells TV Guide Online. "I wanted the title of Survivor. To be number one out of the 16 people would've been quite an honor."
The way T-Bird tells it, it sounds possible we'll see Lex's threatening tantrums seal his own fate during Thursday night's finale. "He's really a very sensitive guy," she hints, "and I think that one vote I put [against] him early on just threw him off. It came out in his 'throat-cutting' comments. Unfortunately, because of the way he overreacted, he lost a lot of fans [amongst the tribe].
"You don't want to show that side of yourself read more
Isn't it heartening to see Barbara Eden, one of Hollywood's most gracious and lovely ladies, persevering so bravely with life in the public eye? The I Dream of Jeannie star is understandably still grief-stricken by the sudden passing of son Matthew Michael Ansara, 35, last summer. But like the Sondheim song goes, she's "Still Here" and back on TV with a guest starring role on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
"It's extremely therapeutic," Eden quietly tells TV Guide Online. "I haven't stopped working and I know I'm going to have to. I don't know what's going to happen when I do, because [acting] is a little bit like hiding. I think I'm doing well. I really don't know if I am or not, to tell you the truth. But work helps a lot."
Eden brightens up when asked about her Sabrina ro read more