Fans of quality television couldn't help but feel defeated when HBO opted not to pick up Sports Night, the critically acclaimed dramedy that ABC axed last May. But series star Peter Krause admits he was "secretly praying" the show wouldn't be brought back to life.
As the actor explains, had another network acquired Sports Night, he would have never been able to head Six Feet Under HBO's upcoming drama series from American Beauty's Oscar-winning scribe Alan Ball. "I greatly enjoyed Sports Night, but I really felt like I wanted to make a bit of a shift," Krause tells TV Guide Online. "I was happy to move on."
If Krause was looking for a change of pace from Sports Night, he certainly found it. While the ABC series was set behind-the-scenes of a SportsCenter-type show, Six Feet Under delves inside the funeral home biz. "The subject matter was more along the lines of the things that I'm interested in," read more
In a unanimous vote, Debb Eaton the 45-year-old corrections officer from Milan, New Hampshire was the first contestant booted off Survivor: The Australian Outback last night as CBS's highly anticipated reality sequel premiered following the Super Bowl. "It's a dubious distinction," Eaton said on The Early Show this morning of being the Sonja of the group. "I wasn't that happy about it, but it's a game." Eaton admitted she was put off by her tribemate's candid conversations in which they discussed everything from pre-marital sex to masturbation. "I tried to think of every single thing that could possibly happen to me, and I was ready for everything, but I never expected that," she said, adding that producers portrayed her "as more aggressive" than she was. Early Show host Bryant Gumbel went on to ask Eaton about her romance with her stepson, a "scandal" the tabloids recently broke. "You don't choose who you fall in love with," she read more
At first glance, The Mole's Anderson Cooper appears no different than any other reality host. But the former TV journalist says if viewers look closer, they'll see that he is actually the antithesis of Survivor's Jeff Probst and Big Brother's Julie Chen.
"I think you just have to go with your instincts, and I knew from watching Survivor what I did not want to be doing," the ex-ABC News correspondent tells TV Guide Online. "And certainly, from Big Brother, I knew what I really didn't want to be doing."
Prior to signing on to the series, Cooper sat down with executive producers Scott A. Stone and David G. Stanley and co-executive producer Clay Newbill to discuss how he envisioned his role as host. And while some critics described his persona as too intense, Cooper admits he's relaxed a bit since those initial episodes.
"The first couple [of] days, I wasn't used to being around 10 people co read more
Critics be damned! The Wedding Planner the atrociously reviewed romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey debuted at the top of the weekend box office with a $14 million gross. It replaced Save the Last Dance, which after two weeks at No. 1 slipped to second with $10 million. Rounding out the top five were Cast Away (No. 3 with $8.9 million), Traffic (No. 4 with $6.5 million) and Sugar & Spice (No. 5 with $6 million). read more
Actress Beverly D'Angelo and companion Al Pacino welcomed the birth of twins, a boy and a girl, on Friday... Veteran character actor Sandy Baron best known for his role on Seinfeld as the grumpy retiree at odds with Jerry's dad died Jan. 21 of emphysema. He was 64. Michael Ausiello read more
Coming off of its big Emmy and Golden Globe wins, The West Wing is now setting its sights on the TV Guide Awards. Finalists for the third annual TV Guide Awards were announced today in Los Angeles by Frasier's Jane Leeves and JAG's David James Elliott, and NBC's White House drama led the pack with six finalist nods, including Drama Series of the Year, Actor of the Year in a Drama Series (Martin Sheen), Actress of the Year in a Drama Series (Allison Janney), Supporting Actor of the Year in a Drama Series (Rob Lowe and John Spencer) and Supporting Actress of the Year in a Drama Series (Stockard Channing). Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond tied for second with five finalist nods, followed by read more
R&B singer/Moesha actress Brandy is a signature away from starring as Dorothy in Fox's hip-hop TV remake of The Wizard of Oz, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project tentatively titled The O.Z. will also star Queen Latifah (Glenda the Good Witch), Busta Rhymes (the Cowardly Lion), Little Richard (the Wizard), Ginuwine (the Scarecrow) and R&B group IMX (the flying monkeys). In the update, Dorothy is a hip-hop musical producer based in Los Angeles who, following an earthquake, finds herself (and Toto, natch) in a place called Big O.Z. read more
Tom Cruise is attached to star in and produce the World War II film The War Magician, based on David Fisher's 1983 book about a British magician who believed the basic principles of magic could be used to fight the Germans. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Magician will be Cruise's next project after Minority Report, which is scheduled to go before the cameras in April. read more
Anheuser-Busch's commercial featuring comic Cedric Kyles squirting beer all over his dream date was voted the best Super Bowl spot in USA Today's ad meter (which polls 119 adults). It was the third year in a row that the beer maker had the most-liked commercial. E-Trade's ad featuring a superhuman security guard was second, followed by Visa's multiplying rabbits. Among the losers were Blockbuster's DirecTV pitch, any spot by Verizon and Subway's ad with miracle dieter Jared. read more
Like any performer making the leap from music to movies, Beyoncé Knowles will likely face an uphill battle convincing critics that she's got what it takes to pull it off. But the Destiny's Child lead singer who will make her acting debut in the MTV made-for-television movie Carmen: A Hip Hopera had to first prove herself to her colleagues.
"I was nervous at first because I didn't know what to expect," she tells TV Guide Online of her initial days at work on Carmen. "I'm like, 'Okay, I'm going to be this singer coming in there that knows nothing about acting.' But I think I got it. It's really not difficult, it's easy."
Knowles credits director Robert Townsend, as well as leading man Mekhi Phifer (Shaft), with helping her make the transition. But it's her Destiny's Child group mates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland to whom she really owes a debt of gratitude. "They're read more