While fashion postmortems and true Hollywood stories still make up the bulk of its programming, E! has added some gravitas by tapping journalist Laura Ling as the new host of its documentary series E! Investigates. Tonight at 10/9c, Ling — who endured 140 days of captivity in North Korea after being detained while reporting along the Chinese-North Korean border in 2009 — examines the struggles faced by military wives when their husbands return home from combat. "These spouses are experiencing their own posttraumatic stress. They say goodbye to their husbands, and when they return, often they're not the same," says Ling, whose ordeal helped her bond with the wives.
OK, Bravo really needs to do a Battle of Its Network Stars. They tried something similar back in 2005 with various reality vets from Survivor, The Apprentice, et cetera, but watching last night's Fashion Show — which tasked the designers with making-under the flashy-trashy Real Housewives of New Jersey and Orange County — it became clear the network that's given us so many catfights, bitchy confessionals and borderline personalities has a treasure trove of "stars" within its own ranks to pit against one another.
Jill and Thomas
Bad cab luck reared its ugly head again on The Amazing Race finale — this time costing Jill Haney, 27, and Thomas Wolfard, 30, a chance at the $1 million. After being in second place for most of the leg, the couple fell to third when they got into a cab with a driver who didn't know English — or what the Internet was apparently. "He said he didn't know. How much worse luck can you possibly have?" Thomas tells TVGuide.com. "But the race kind of reflects life experiences, and sometimes you have good days and sometimes you have bad days. Sometimes you go in the wrong direction, you have communication barriers. Everything went wrong. It's kind of how it is." Though they've made their peace with their third-place finish now, the two say they're still upset they never had a chance to catch up to Nat and Kat thanks to the linear structure of the leg.
Mandy Patinkin will return to TV in Showtime's new drama pilot, Homeland, the network announced Wednesday.
The erstwhile Inigo Montoya and former Chicago Hope and Criminal Minds star will join Claire Danes on the project. Based on Gideon Raff's Israeli series Hatufim (Prisoners of War), Homeland will revolve around U.S. Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who is found 10 years after going missing during the invasion of Baghdad.
Claire Danes eyeing lead role in Showtime's Homeland
Danes will play Carrie Anderson, a driven CIA case officer who handles threats ...
"It is a calling," says Annie Lobért, sounding like a preacher. Though the blonde hair and a generous helping of makeup make her appear more showgirl than altar girl, Lobért is doing God's work with Hookers: Saved on the Strip, a three-part Investigation Discovery miniseries that began last week.
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