Stargate Atlantis is coming to an end on Jan. 9, and before Stargate fans blast off into the new Universe series (beginning with a two-hour movie early in 2009), TVGuide.com asked Jewel Staite to help us countdown to the end of Atlantis by telling us what it was like to play Dr. Jennifer Keller, who she bonded with most in the cast and much more.
TVGuide.com: Congrats on your Gemini Award (Canadian version of Emmys) nomination! Can you tell us about your experience filming the episode "Missing," and did you know it was special right away?
Jewel Staite: Well, I knew it was freezing cold and rainy right away! This was the first "Keller-heavy" episode we filmed, so I was excited that I finally could do some serious acting-in-peril, which is secretly every actor's fantasy. But the whole episode was shot outside in the forest, and it wasn't exactly summer time, so there were a lot of layers involved — and I mean thermal layers, not acting layers! Luckily, Rachel Luttrell (Teyla), who co-starred with me in that episode, is such a joy to work with, and she has a wickedly sarcastic sense of humor that kept me going during those long days. I'm so pleased I was nominated for that episode, but a lot of the credit goes to the director, Andy Mikita, who has such a way with actors; he just lets you run with it and trust your own instincts, and I think that's why a lot of actors in his episodes tend to shine a bit more than usual. So, thanks, Andy!
TVGuide.com: On Firefly, you played an ultra-sweet (reluctant) tomboy — what did you like most about now playing a very brainy beauty, Dr. Keller?
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Dirty Sexy Money may be "down," but it's not out. Yet. And it is in that spirit that I bring you this video Q&A with William Baldwin and Seth Gabel, aka Patrick and Jeremy Darling.
Addressing the seeming incongruence of a series about the super-rich having appeal during our current economic downturn, Baldwin says, "You might think, 'What the heck do I have in common with these people?' But when you get into the relationships, the drama ... you can identify."
"Some people call [DSM] a 'guilty pleasure,' Baldwin goes on to say. "If it is
"I didn't want to be that person who ruined Twilight," Melissa Rosenberg said one recent afternoon, days before the movie she scripted earned $70.6 million in its first weekend. That success has validated, at least financially, her decision to tread lightly on the Stephanie Meyer novel that provided the well-loved source material for the film.
Brad Sherwood, Punkin Chunkin
Do you like smashing pumpkins? Not the band, but the actual act — or more like launching a pumpkin thousands of feet into the air and watching it smash. If you do, then Punkin Chunkin (Thursday at 9 pm/ET, Science Channel) is the show — and event — for you, especially as you're finishing off that slice of pumpkin pie.
"It is basically a [special] about backyard engineers who create catapults, air cannons and trebuchets to try to launch 8-pound pumpkins ...
It's been quite a year for Taylor Hicks. After mutually splitting with his record company, Arista, in January, the former American Idol champ took his career into his own hands by starting his own label, Modern Whomp Records, and taking a little music breather to get into acting. And no, there was no From Justin to Kelly monstrosity. Hicks made his Broadway debut in Grease as Teen Angel, the one (role) that he wanted and loved so much that he's joining the musical on a nationwide tour. Before the festivities kick off Dec. 2, the man behind the Soul Patrol chatted with TVGuide.com about jump-starting his acting career, his upcoming, as-yet-untitled album and why he loves working overtime.
TVGuide.com: Let's start at the beginning. How'd you land the role of Teen Angel?
Taylor Hicks: I've been offered to do ...
While we all know that Charmed was about the bewitching Halliwell sisters and the Power of Three that kept them cooking for eight seasons, those of us who have been lucky to feast on the amazing Charmed —The Complete Series edition are fast realizing that Brian Krause's Leo was indeed the man of the mansion. So when the chance orbed in, ya'll know I was more than happy to chat with the original Whitelighter for a spell. Check it out after the jump.
Benjamin Bratt, The Cleaner
If only Benjamin Bratt's character on The Cleaner could balance work and family as well as the actor does. The show's first season – A&E has just ordered a second – ended with William Banks' wife kicking him out of the house. She's convinced that Banks, a former drug addict, has a new addiction to his job: intervening in the lives of addicts to force them into rehab.
Paula Marshall, Gary Unmarried
It took a bit longer than anyone would have liked, but in mid-November CBS finally gave a green light to a full season of Gary Unmarried (Wednesdays at 8;30 pm/ET), its freshman sitcom starring Jay Mohr and Paula Marshall as exes dealing with new significant Os. Marshall shared with TVGuide.com why the good news made her "mad," previews this week's riotous Thanksgiving episode, comes clean about "Californicating" with David Duchovny, and offers her take on TV's new shot at Cupid.
Candace Cameron, Moonlight & Mistletoe
With her new holiday movie, Moonlight & Mistletoe premiering this Saturday at 9 pm/ET on Hallmark, TVGuide.com was lucky enough to catch up with former Full Houser Candace Cameron Bure (aka D.J. Tanner) to get the scoop on her new costarring role with Tom Arnold. Of course, we couldn't let the child star leave our studio without getting in a few questions about her former TV family, including the Olsen twins, Bob Saget and more. And for an extra added bonus, find out the answer to the age-old question: What ever happened to Kimmy Gibbler?
Watch the video after the jump.
Grant Show, Private Practice
This week on ABC's Private Practice (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), Addison feels the brotherly love when Grant Show begins a stint as her studly sib. In this TVGuide.com Q&A, Show previews Archer Montgomery's first Oceanside Wellness hook-up, ponders why Swingtown couldn't keep it up, and reveals whether Jake Hanson might turn up on the CW's "new" Melrose Place.
TVGuide.com: What brings about this surprise visit from Archer?
Grant Show: I come into town because I miss Addison. When she was living in New York we were real tight, so I try to get her to come back to New York with me. In the meantime, I start a little somethin'-somethin' with Naomi — just to piss off my sister, I think! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: What is the dynamic between Addison and Archer?
Show: I don't know if you've ever hung out with rich siblings, but they have very strange relationships. Almost incestuous ...