After months of press and promotion — and a two-week production shutdown — Joss Whedon's new series Dollhouse will premiere on Feb. 13. TVGuide.com recently spoke with series co-star Tahmoh Penikett, who plays FBI agent Paul Ballard, a man with a mission to bring down the Dollhouse permanently. We asked Penikett what he thinks is really behind Paul's obsession with the Dollhouse, what it's like working with Whedon and when his character will actually meet the elusive doll, Echo (Eliza Dushku).
Dollhouse airs Fridays at 9 pm/ET on Fox.
TVGuide.com: How excited are you that the premiere of Dollhouse is almost here?
Tahmoh Penikett: I'm really excited. I'll tell you, I'm still surprised — and a lot of us are — that we're already there. It's amazing how fast [filming] the first season went by. There are a lot of things that happened over the season. It was tumultuous at times with all the speculation, and the press, and the hype and everything. I don't know. I'm just really surprised that we're almost mid-February and that we're done. We finished 13 episodes. Read on for more with Tahmoh Penikett.
Going through "make it work" withdrawals? Tim Gunn, Project Runway's Papa Bear, was on Good Morning America Wednesday to announce that he and GMA's Robin Roberts will be co-hosting ABC's official Academy Awards pre-show. See what the fashion guru had to say about Jessica Simpson's controversial high-waisted jeans, and the latest on Runway's fate.
Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker
Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker returns for its second season on Thursday, and it's no coincidence it debuts two days before Valentine's Day. But if you're rolling solo on Cupid's big day, the love guru herself, Patti Stanger, has a few tips for hooking a mate that night.
First off, don't ...
Daniel Dae Kim
ABC's Lost (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET) tied up at least one loose thread when a young Danielle Rousseau and her team fished a water-logged, dehydrated and yet very much alive Jin out of the ocean last week. Will Jin now reunite with Sawyer and the other still-stranded castaways? Will Sun learn her husband is alive before she's gone too far? And just how good is Jin's English these days? Daniel Dae Kim shares a look at the "excellent adventure" to come.
Tate Donovan always plays the nice guy. Remember The O.C.'s Jimmy Cooper? Friends' Joshua? His character on Damages (Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET, FX) might have gotten his hands dirty a time or two, but he's a regular saint compared to his colleagues. But is that about to change? We chatted with Donovan to get his take on swimming with the sharks, and to see how close his character comes to the dark side before the season wraps.
Robert Buckley with JoAnna Garcia, Privileged
This week on the penultimate Season 1 episode of the CW's Privileged (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET), Robert Buckley — who has been wowing the womenfolk as Lipstick Jungle's "eight-packed" Kirby — arrives in the recurring role of David, the boss of the start-up magazine for which both Megan and Will work. Does this editor have the "write stuff" to derail Megan's romance with Will? Buckley shared a sneak peek. Plus: Where do things stand with Lipstick?
TVGuide.com: I understand that as we speak, you're preparing to man a charity kissing booth.
Robert Buckley: That is right. I'm going to be giving out kisses ...
Jessica Lowndes has spun what was scripted as a guest spot in the pilot of CW's 90210 remake (Tuesdays, 8 pm/ET, moves to 9 pm March 3) into a full-time gig. Since then, her character, Adrianna, has been the girl who has had everything: the child-star complex, the drug addiction, the stage mom, the HIV scare and now... the unplanned pregnancy! While Lowndes is grateful for the experience, it has meant a lot of new challenges, including uglifying makeup, one painful prosthetic and her "controversial" haircut. Lowndes tells us her favorite drug flick, why she's obsessed with Elizabeth Taylor, and who might adopt Adrianna's baby.
You might remember Amanda Righetti as Hailey on The O.C. or as Jenna on Fox's promising but ultimately short-lived Reunion. Now, on CBS' The Mentalist, Righetti has settled into the still-evolving role of Grace Van Pelt, a rookie investigator whose strong morals and relative inexperience are a conflicting combination. "It's always going to be two steps forward and two steps back for Grace," she says. TVGuide.com asked her what's up with her character's on-again, off-again flirtation with Rigsby (hint: it's off again), why she ends up hand in hand with Jane (!) and how she practiced her scream for that new Friday the 13th remake.
Sarah Clarke, Trust Me
Suffice it to say that Sarah Clarke, aka 24's first and perhaps fiercest mole, always brings something special to every role. Currently, she's the missus of Eric McCormack's Mason on TNT's Trust Me (Mondays at 10 pm/ET), but don't write off her Erin Maguire as just any homemaker.
After the jump, Clarke teases changes to come for her Trust Me character, ponders her fate as Bella's mom in the blockbuster Twilight film series, and reveals whether she misses being nasty as 24's Nina.
Springfield's "prodigal son" returns when Guiding Light vet Grant Aleksander steps back into the role of Phillip Spaulding on Monday, Feb. 9. But why now, after staying away for several years?
"He finally feels like he's healthy and stable enough," Aleksander says in this video Q&A. "he may have issues to deal with [but] he's here to make amends."
Watch and discuss our full interview with Aleksander and leading lady Beth Chamberllin, after the jump.