The Amazing Race
Despite going from first to last, Ivy League a cappella singers Connor Diemand-Yauman and Jonathan Schwartz ended their Amazing Race run on a high note, serenading Phil Keoghan at the Pit Stop. "We knew we wanted to sing for Phil and we knew it would be poetic if we sang if and when we were eliminated," Schwartz tells TVGuide.com. "Because it was on our graduation day [from Princeton University], we thought it was a cool, ironic moment. There was no sadness, no tears." But there were still moments the 22-year-olds "would rather forget" on the show's first-ever trip to the Arctic Circle.
TVGuide.com: That was one of the happiest eliminations I've seen with you singing. You obviously knew you were last, right? How far behind were you?
Connor: Oh yeah! It was relatively close. When you keep things ...
Scott Caan, Alex O'Loughlin, Masi Oka
After four seasons as Heroes' Hiro Nakamura, Masi Oka wanted his next major TV character to be completely different.
But he soon found some unexpected similarities between Hiro and medical examiner Max Bergman, his new recurring character debuting tonight on Hawaii Five-0.
"First of all, [the role] was all English-speaking, although it does sound like I'm speaking a foreign language because of all these medical terms," Oka tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. Like Hiro, Max has some super-special abilities: He's a MENSA member and a piano prodigy...
Adam Rodriguez, David Caruso, Jonathan Togo
CSI: Miami's 200th episode is appropriately called "Happy Birthday." But while a celebration usually is marked with cake and streamers, CSI: Miami commemorates the occasion by showing a darker side of policing and putting our upstanding team in a difficult situation.
"This episode is special in that we cross over into a grey area for cops, where you're trying to do the right thing, and you are the good guys, but you have to do grey area things to get your information," says Eva La Rue, who plays Natalia Boa Vista. "[The suspects] have beaten an 8-month-pregnant lady, and left her for dead by the side of the road, and we have found one of the guys, but not the other. He won't give up his friend, so he gets roughed up a bit."
The entire cast agrees...
The Talk, CBS' new daytime talk show, will welcome model Christie Brinkley and Jennifer Lopez, among others during their first week of taping, CBS announced Friday.
Brinkley will be the show's first guest, followed on Tuesday by...
David James Elliott
One of CBS' biggest stars is coming back to the network! David James Elliott, who starred as Cmdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr. on JAG from 1995-2005, has been cast on CSI: NY. And it's an awesome role.
David will play Russ Josephson, the ex-husband of Sela Ward's new investigator, Jo Danville. (Expect Jo to crack a joke about being Jo Josephson.) David will debut in an early January episode he is now shooting, and producers tell me there's a possibility he could come back for more...
On the Blue Bloods set, it's not uncommon to see fake handguns, mock suspect files, claustrophobic interrogation rooms ... and dance numbers?
"We have dance-party Fridays!" Jennifer Esposito tells TVGuide.com after grooving and clapping with the crew to Donnie Wahlberg's beatbox tune in between takes. "It's our little way of ...
On this week's Criminal Minds, the BAU searches for a serial killer who goes after married couples, while Garcia gets stretched too thin when she tries to fill JJ's shoes.
Drop your buffs, because it's time for a tribe shake-up! Jeff Probst broke the news a little early to the remaining 16 castaways this week, and not everybody was thrilled with the new company, especially Marty. The episode begins with Marty gloating about his successful ousting of Jimmy T and how he is now solidly in control of the older Espada tribe. His confidence is shattered when the tribes meet at the reward challenge and shuffle up, with Jane, Marty and Jill heading over to La Flor while Chase, NaOnka, Alina and Benry hop over to Espada. With that, Probst announces the battle of the ages is over and the Medallion of Power is no longer a factor in the game. MOP, we hardly knew ya! And it doesn't take long for Espada's losing streak to end, as they successfully catch golf balls traveling through a giant Survivor-like Plinko board to win three chickens to bring back to camp.
With CSI in production on its 11th season, creator Anthony Zuiker realized his show needed "event" episodes, he says, "to fight for every eyeball you can." To that end, he's written tonight's chilling installment — his first CSI script since one he wrote in 2006 for CSI: NY.
"I desperately wanted to go back to CSI because I sorely missed it," explains Zuiker, who also launched a popular book series. In 2009, he released Level 26: Dark Origins, featuring lawman Steve Dark hunting down a crazed serial killer named Sqweegel...
Go ahead and stare at Simon Baker. Gawk at his curly golden locks and his winning smile. He doesn't mind, really.
"It doesn't bother me because I know time is ticking," the 41-year-old Baker tells TVGuide.com. "I've been doing this for almost 20 years, and I'm able to see myself age on film. Eventually I know what I'm going to become — I've seen my father."
When Bruno Heller was looking to cast a leading man to play the role of Patrick Jane in The Mentalist, he was won over by Baker's looks as well. But he quickly learned there was much more beneath the surface. "What Jane does is get in people's physical space and inside their heads, and in order to do that, you have to be someone that people want to be close to, whether they know it or not," Heller says. "It needed a very magnetic personality playing the part.
Look back at Simon Baker's most memorable roles
"Simon has a physical and mental grace. He's always switched on — he's always alert, always alive," Heller continues. "If you watch him working on a stage, he's never just going through the lines. He's always looking for the extra grace notes. It's actually a much tougher job. Very few actors can do the hard physical work that must be done on a show like this."
But back in the late 1980s, when Baker first began acting in commercials in his native Australia, he laughed at the idea of considering acting a form of labor...