Good news, rugby fans — and we know you're out there. NBC and sister channel Universal Sports have reached a deal with the International Rugby Board (IRB) for the U.S. television and digital rights to the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. This will mark the first time the World Cup — like soccer, the sport's biggest event — will air on U.S. television.
NBC will televise ...
The Real L Word
The L.A. lesbians are back! But this time, they're the real thing. The Real L Word, a reality show following the loving, lusting and high drama of six high-achieving West Coast gay girls, debuts this Sunday on Showtime (June 20, 10/9c). TV Guide Magazine talked to producer Ilene Chaiken, who hopes to follow her scripted hit, The L Word, with this tasty Sapphic gumbo of ...
As I first reported last month, Vanessa Williams has inked a lucrative contract to stay within the ABC family as the newest of Wisteria Lane's Desperate Housewives. Now here are the exclusive first details about a character that couldn't be more different from Vanessa's Ugly Betty witch, Wilhelmina Slater...
Get ready for Francophrenia! When movie star James Franco returns to General Hospital, his character — serial killer and performance artist Franco — will stage an epic exhibition at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) as part of his ongoing man-crush on mobster Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). The ABC soap will shoot Franco's grand opening on location at the real MOCA and is currently seeking some 200 GH fans to show up and witness the event...
The Wizarding World of Harry Potterat Universal Orlando
JK Rowling is done telling stories about Harry Potter and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy, but Pottermania is far from over. Join TV Guide Network's Hollywood 411 as it attends the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
Audiences will get an early look at rides and see such locations as ...
Before ratings tanked, FlashForward had planned to follow through on its pilot prophecy of killing off FBI agent Demetri Noh (John Cho), reveals Gabrielle Union, who played Demetri's fiancé, attorney Zoey Andata. "Then I was supposed to avenge his death in Season 2 by representing defendants against the FBI whom I blamed for his death," Union says. But John's popularity, fueled by the success of his role as Sulu in the big-screen Star Trek, led the writers to alter his fate, thus limiting Zoey's storyline to the point that she wasn't even included in the series finale...
Virgina Madsen (Scoundrels) and Rhona Mitra (The Gates)
It's no longer news that summer is among TV's busiest seasons — but this year, cable is getting more competition than usual with scripted fare from the networks. The difference being that cable channels (USA, FX, TNT, Syfy, ABC Family and the pay giants, to name a few) tend to put their best foot forward with critically championed signature shows. The networks? Not so much.
Still, ABC is going unusually gung-ho, launching three new dramas of varying quality and distinction within a single week. Its Sunday combo of the whimsical Scoundrels and the sinister The Gates at least aims for something a bit different, while Thursday's Rookie Blue misfires with a tired arsenal of generic cop-show clichés.
Rookie doesn't try hard enough to stand out, while the Sunday shows may be guilty of trying a bit too hard...
Timothy Hutton, Leverage
For Oscar-winning actor Timothy Hutton, agreeing to star in TNT's Leverage wasn't a tough decision — at least not after he read the script.
"It was a real opportunity to play a person who had these awful things happen involving his son and the destruction of his marriage — someone who needed a real breakthrough in their life," Hutton says. "I wondered how this tragedy would manifest itself in him and the choices he would make."
Look back at Hutton's most memorable roles
Hutton plays Nate Ford, the leader of a crack team of cons who use their skills to take from the rich and powerful and give back to those they've wronged. But despite Nate's noble intentions, he hasn't always made the best choices. Case in point: When Season 3 begins (Sunday at 9/8c), Nate is in jail...