Genie Francis, The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love
In December 2007, Daytime Emmy winner Genie Francis and Ted McGinley helped give Hallmark Channel its highest-rated original movie of the year. This Saturday at 9 pm/ET, they and the cabler will look to repeat that success with The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love, in which Francis' advice columnist thinks about heading for a wedding and tries to bond with her long-lost daughter, all the while following the emotional mission a brand-new missive sends her on.
Francis spoke with TVGuide.com about the new notes she hopes the follow-up will hit. She also opened up about how her troubled times as a teen phenomenon make her feel for today's super-scrutinized starlets. Plus: Genie's take on soaps' budget-crunching, and her General Hospital future. Read it all, after the jump.
The Biggest Loser, Daniel Wright
At 454 pounds, Daniel Wright was the heaviest contestant in Biggest Loser history. He quickly proved that he was in it to win it -- if only his partner, David, had felt the same. Instead, David made it clear that he would rather continue his weight-loss journey at home. Just one week shy of the return of the at-home contestants, Daniel was voted out. TVGuide.com asked the 19-year-old student about his favorite healthy recipe and how it felt to have a "5 foot-nothing" woman terrify him. The Biggest Loser: Couples airs Tuesdays at 8pm/ET on NBC.
TVGuide.com: How did it feel to find out that while you were working your butt off at the ranch, Dave was at home eating fried foods and smoking?
Dan Wright: I know how hard it is to try to [lose weight] at home. I've tried for years and I haven't been successful yet. So my heart was just hurt knowing that he was going through the same struggles that I had been going through a month earlier.
TVGuide.com: What's the biggest lesson you learned on the ranch?
Wright: To understand what food is, and to put it in its place. I use it as a crutch. The ranch helped me realize that I can turn to completely different things — not just food.
TVGuide.com: Going back to that last work-out with Jillian, what was going through your head when you fell and she just kept screaming at you to get up?
Wright: I was thinking that I'd like to be at home eating ice cream on my couch. What in the world?...
Like most J.J. Abrams shows, Fringe is characterized by mysterious characters and dense, intricate plots. Fringe's mystery man of the moment is the elusive Mr. Jones (Jared Harris). When Harris sat down with TVGuide.com, we couldn't help but ask him how he thinks Jones is involved in "the pattern," how long he thinks he'll be around and what his creepy fixation with Agent Dunham (Anna Torv) is all about?
See the video after the jump!
Tom Cavanagh, Trust Me
Are you buying what Tom Cavanagh and Eric McCormack are selling this Monday at 10 pm/ET? In the new TNT dramedy Trust Me, TV's former Ed Stevens and Will Truman play Connor and Mason, creative partners at a (modern day, ahem) ad agency. As the series kicks off, the buds' professional and personal bonds are tested by the departure of a cold body and the arrival of a hot blonde. Can TV's newest ad men draw eyeballs? Cavanagh gave us a sneak peek.
TVGuide.com: I think you and I last talked during your Love Monkey days.
Tom Cavanagh: That show [about an indie music label] was a massive success. [Laughs] But thank you for your support!
TVGuide.com: Better to have a show go off the air and have a few people saying, "Darn it," than...
Cavanagh: Yeah, we got that a lot. We shot it in New York, and ...
Scott Foley and Mira Sorvino, The Last Templar
Who needs a stunt double? Not Mira Sorvino in the new globetrotting, treasure-seeking NBC miniseries The Last Templar (Sunday , 9 pm/ET; Monday, 9 pm/ET). The Oscar-winner solved mysteries, kicked ass and definitely felt the pain.
"Five teeth. Five teeth were broken," Sorvino said about her on-set mishap while filming a violent boat scene. But she wasn't the only one suffering on the set.
"During the scene where she lost her or was banged in the teeth we ...
After 11 seasons, America's Next Top Model has seen hundreds of wannabe cover girls, dozens of over-the-top photo shoots and more than its share of drama. And according to the show's creator and host, Tyra Banks, the world is a better place because of the show's existence. "It has really educated everyone on what takes a good picture, and people understand there's talent involved," Banks said at Oxygen's launch party for the network's weekly Top Model marathon. America's Next Top Model Obsessed airs Sundays, all day, starting at 11 am/ET.
TVGuide.com caught up with some of your favorite winners, judges and fan favorites from the reality competition to find out what their most memorable moments are from Top Model history. ...
In part two of our interview with Mary McDonnell (President Roslin) and Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama), the actors discuss being in "different stages of grieving" about the end of Battlestar Galactica (Fridays, 10 pm/ET, Sci Fi). Also, Olmos says that fans will "be very happy, but sad" with the way the writers crafted the conclusion of the show. Watch the entire video below to find out what questions McDonnell and Olmos want answered this season and so much more after the jump!
Enrico Colantoni, Flashpoint
CBS' hit series Flashpoint (Fridays at 9 pm/ET), which follows the lives of elite cops within the Strategic Response Unit, has returned for its second season after debuting with strong Friday-night ratings. Enrico Colantoni, who plays the SRU's Sgt. Gregory Parker, tells us what distinguishes his series, teases upcoming storylines and reveals what goes on when the cameras aren't rolling. Plus, Veronica Mars' dad dishes about the upcoming movie.
TVGuide.com: How does Flashpoint differ from other law enforcement shows?
Enrico Colantoni: There's a heightened adrenal rush and sentimental experience that has little to do with cops and robbers. It has more to do with watching our characters struggle with a particular situation and how that affects them directly. I find myself quite moved by the human aspect in our scripts that show what these guys are going through and how much they care. Every week we deal with people having a bad day and it's hard not to feel for them.
TVGuide.com: You guys tackle some extreme storylines. What situations can we expect in upcoming episodes?
Colantoni: Friday's episode is about ...
Radhika, Top Chef
Radhika Naren Desai made the mistake of becoming her team's leader during Wednesday's "Restaurant Wars" challenge on Top Chef; trying to "make people happy" may have been what landed her on the chopping block. Naren Desai, an executive chef from Chicago, tells TVGuide.com why she decided to take on the front-of-house duty, what was behind her defeated appearance at the Judges' Table and why she was so good at "Quickfires."
TVGuide.com: Why did you let Jeff stay in the kitchen if you initially wanted him on front-of-the-house?
Radhika: He was just a little reluctant and really wanted to be in the kitchen. I just wanted to make people happy and didn't want to force him to do anything he didn't want to do, which, in hindsight, I should have. I had very little experience with front-of-house work but thought that because it was my concept, I'd be able to explain it and pull it off. It definitely wasn't easy and really was exhausting. I did the best I could under the circumstances.
TVGuide.com: What was going through your head during Judges' Table?
Radhika: I was just really exhausted. ...
Kristin Kreuk with Tom Welling, Smallville
"A lot of tears" is what Kristin Kreuk promises when Lana Lang bids the CW's Smallville (if not Smallville, Kansas) a final farewell. As the original cast member's final three episodes unspool, TVGuide.com welcomed the chance to chat with Kreuk about Lana's super secrets, her big-screen butt-kicking, and the change that she hopes to bring to the world — one small step at a time. (Smallville airs Thursdays at 8 pm/ET.)
TVGuide.com: Word has it that Lana might have left town last spring under rather different circumstances than she led us to believe. True?
Kristin Kreuk: Very true. There's a lot of stuff going on with Lana that nobody knows except for her. The audience will slowly begin ...