I Dream of Jeannie, Eva Longoria
TV Guide Network is taking a look at the history of sex on the small screen in its two-part special Sex on TV.
Gidget and I Dream of Jeannie pushed the envelope by showing off their stars in risqué-for-the-time bikinis; these days, shows like Desperate Housewives and Dancing with the Stars flaunt their stars nearly nude. The special will feature clips and commentary that discuss such monumental TV moments as the first same-sex kiss and the first bare bottom.
Cheers to John Schneider for getting back in touch with his rural roots on Leverage.
The impressively well-preserved actor (who was actually born in Mt. Kisco, New York) has been passing himself off as a country boy ever since he guzzled beer and claimed he was from Snellville, Georgia while auditioning for his breakthrough role as Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard.
Adrien Grenier and Sasha Grey
Adult film actress Sasha Grey makes her TV-series debut on the August 1 episode of HBO's Entourage, playing an even wilder version of herself as Vince's new long-term squeeze.
Naturally, Vince will have to defend his girl when his friends take some cheap shots. Though this is Sasha's first foray into legit TV, she has previously starred in several X-rated spoofs of TV classics...
Mike O'Malley, Glee
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Question: Mike O'Malley's Emmy nod as guest actor in a comedy for Glee is great, but what do you think about mostly dramatic parts being nominated in the comedy categories? — James (from Twitter)
Matt Roush: It's a good question. Some of the best work in the comedy categories is at least as dramatic as comedic. Mike O'Malley's poignant work as Kurt's father is a great performance but is more likely to elicit tears than laughs. He could be eclipsed by the more conventionally funny work being done by his fellow nominees (most notably Neil Patrick Harris from the same show, or Modern Family's Fred Willard, Jon Hamm's comic turn on 30 Rock, and so on). At the same time, the meatiness of the dramatic scenes in these comedy-drama hybrids (a list that includes Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara and even Monk) may give actors like O'Malley and especially Edie Falco an advantage at awards time. I'm certainly not opposed to honoring the dramatic highlights from comedy series, but it's true the line is very blurred in some of these categories...
The 10th season of Degrassi: The Next Generation (Monday, 9/8c, TeenNick) will be airing four nights a week for six straight weeks. Star Raymond Ablack says "there is no way it'll be smooth sailing" for his character, Sav, this season — which is aptly dubbed "The Boiling Point." Charlotte Arnold echoes her co-star's sentiments, teasing a big rivalry between Sav and her character, Holly J. Watch the video for more scoop on Degrassi's new season.
Pretty Little Liars
RuPAUL's DRAG U (Monday, 9/8c, Logo)
What a drag — not! This spin-off of the giddy campfest RuPaul's Drag Race is not your typical makeover show. Each week, three women of a certain type—tomboys, plus-sized gals, supermoms — tap into their inner drag queen, with the statuesque RuPaul as headmistress and Drag Race alums as style mentors and confidence boosters. Celeb judges will help crown each week's "valedictorian." Sashay away! ...
Joe Manganiello, Anna Paquin
On Sunday's episode of True Blood, Sookie and Alcide team up to combat the King of Mississippi and his werewolf army after bearing witness to Debbie's hilarious — and horrifying — "engagement party" last week. Tara has her own trouble with the king, now that Franklin has brought her against her will to Edgington Manor. A flashback reminds Eric of the importance of his mission. Sam has new conflicts with his family, while Lafayette makes a new alliance with Jesus.