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Three wannabes took a huge step toward American Idolatry this week when the Fox competition named the first of this season's Top 12 finalists. Make the jump to get a glimpse of each contender, as revealed in a conference call with reporters the day after getting their nods
I want my own Eliza Dushku. Or at the very least, I may want to gift a favorite nephew with one for his birthday. But just how much does it cost to "hire" an "active" for an "engagement"? In this third slice of my sit-down with Joss Whedon, the creator of Fox's Dollhouse (Fridays at 9 pm/ET) reveals the approximate ballpark figure for Echo's oh-so-specialized services — shattering my own best guesstimate in the process.
Other topics covered in this video:
• Joss and Fox famously went back and forth on what Dollhouse is "about," scrapping and reshooting the pilot in the process. Which moment from the early episodes is truest to Whedon's vision?
• Does the original Dollhouse pilot still exist somewhere? Or are we seeing pieces of it in this week's episode, which offers a bit of an origin story for Harry Lennix's Boyd?
• And the biggie: Is it true that Whedon is done with network television, having gotten a taste of "freedom" with Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog and his upcoming feature Cabin in the Woods?
Get Joss' candid answers, after the jump.
What makes a teen queen's heart throb? Here in Part 2 of our sit-down with Demi Lovato, the star of Disney Channel's brand-new Sonny with a Chance (Sundays at 8 pm/ET) reveals her two celebrity crushes — one of whom she would actually prefer to work with than date.
Demi also discusses her past affinity for hardcore metal, and rumors that she has dated one Jonas brother or another.
Watch the full video Q&A, after the jump.
Shanon, The Biggest Loser
When Shanon Thomas called her mom for advice on how to cook an Easter ham, the 29-year-old never would've thought she'd end up on The Biggest Loser: Couples (Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET, NBC).
Just days into the start of the weight-loss series' seventh cycle, with her mom Helen as her partner, a twist sent Shanon packing only to return weeks later to compete again at the ranch. Her final exit came in Week 7 when, up for elimination against her mother, she again chose to go home and let Helen stay.
TVGuide.com spoke to the massage therapist about what changes she has since made at home, and why scrubbing floors makes a great workout.
Did Britney Spears really almost appear on Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
Why was Anya afraid of rabbits?
Was Drusilla a potential slayer?
Will Buffy reunite with Angel anytime soon?
And how are things looking for a Serenity 2 movie?
I brought your questions about Buffy, Angel and Firefly to Joss Whedon, when he dropped by to talk up his new Fox series, Dollhouse. Make the jump to see what Joss had to share about the above topics and others.
It's virtually impossible to tell whether Lost's Ben Linus is a good guy or a bad guy. As much as we keep churning out the theories, TVGuide.com turned to Michael Emerson himself for his thoughts on Ben's upcoming storylines. How much of Ben's past will we see during the time jumps? Will we ever meet Annie? Have we already?
TVGuide.com: Has Ben's revenge mission against Charles Widmore been trumped by getting the Oceanic 6 to return to the island?
Michael Emerson: I think Ben has not forgotten what Charles Widmore has done to him, and I think he's going to try to take care of that business at the same time as he's taking care of the larger mission.
Does Nancy O'Dell have a leg up on her Dancing with the Stars competition? You certainly seem to think so, but the Access Hollywood hostess has her doubts. "I don't know if I'm a good dancer or not!" she tells TVGuide.com. "I'm so nervous." O'Dell, who will release a pregnancy book, Full of Life: Mom-to-Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant, on April 14, is paired with Tony Dovolani on Season 8 of the ABC hit, which premieres March 9 at 8 pm/ET. The statuesque blonde took time out of her busy schedule — she's still shooting Access! — to chat about her parquet concerns, who she considers her stiffest competition and why her husband may be sleeping on the couch.
Amy Sedaris, The Closer
Is The Closer gaining its own mentalist? This week on the TNT series (Mondays at 9 pm/ET), Strangers with Candy's Amy Sedaris guest-stars as FBI agent Fritz's sister, Claire. His clairvoyant sister, that is. Will this self-appointed seer make Brenda a believer? Sedaris shared a look at what's to come.
TVGuide.com: How does Amy Sedaris come to be on The Closer? Who knows who?
Amy Sedaris: Can you believe it?! My agency in Los Angeles was like, "What shows do you like?" I said, "Well, I love The Closer," because I'm a Kyra Sedgwick fan. People always think that we look alike.
TVGuide.com: When your casting was announced, many of our readers wanted you to be Brenda's sister, not Fritz's.
Sedaris: That's what I thought, but she doesn't have a sister. But I think it's funny that Fritz ...
Life is imitating art for Worst Week star Erinn Hayes — hopefully not too much though. Hayes is pregnant on the show and in real life, but unlike her character, Mel, the actress doesn't have to worry about an accident-prone husband wreaking havoc everywhere he goes, especially not when a baby is about to be born. On the eve of Worst Week's finale — in which, yes, Mel does give birth — Hayes chatted with TVGuide.com about what mishaps to expect from Sam (Kyle Bornheimer), why she wants to get in on the stunt work and how she perfectly timed her on- and off-screen pregnancies. Worst Week airs Mondays at 9:30 pm/ET on CBS.
TVGuide.com: I understand Sam goes to the wrong hospital when you're in labor, but that can't be the only thing that goes wrong.
Erinn Hayes: No, that is not the only thing! The episode is ...
The 14th installment of The Amazing Race kicks off Sunday (CBS, 8 pm/ET) as 11 teams dash around the world toward the finish line and the $1 million dollar prize. TVGuide.com checked in with Murtz Jaffer, editor of InsidePulse.com and host of Reality Obsessed, to get his take on the teams to watch, what's up with those pit stops, and why patience is the key to victory.
TVGuide.com: Who are your teams to watch?
Murtz Jaffer: There's one team that I'm favoring and that's...