Serinda Swan has "Hex" appeal as Zatanna.
This Thursday, Zatanna works her magic on the CW's Smallville, and at least one person's life might never be the same as a result. What brings the DC Comics character to town? Aside from granting Chloe a birthday wish, what other tricks does Ms. Z have up her sleeve? And which of Smallville's eligible gents is she hot to cast a sexy spell on? Guest star Serinda Swan shared with us a few of her secrets.
TVGuide.com: So, "Serinda Swan" — a name as pretty as the actress who wears it.
Serinda Swan: Aw, thank you very much! I had a thespian and a hippie for parents, so they came up with unique names for my sister [Ariel] and I. A "serinda" is an ancient Tibetan musical instrument, like a flute.
TVGuide.com: When you landed this Smallville role, did you immediately start Googling to see what Zatanna looks like and what she's all about?
Swan: Only after I found out that I was Zatanna; I originally auditioned for "Cassie," which was the character's cover name. They wanted to keep this very hush-hush. It wasn't until my agent got a call from someone at TVGuide.com offering their congratulations....
TVGuide.com: That was me, kiddo. That was me.
Swan: I was thinking it was you! So yeah, then I Wikipedia'd it and ...
Aubrey Cheney was thin for most of her life, but as she watched seasons of The Biggest Loser go by, she noticed that she was packing on the pounds herself. Having the opportunity to participate in the current "Couples" season, she and her sister Mandi quickly proved to be a strong team. But after her elimination in week 12, it was time for Aubrey to go home, where her real life made it a struggle to continue in her progress. TVGuide.com caught up with the mother of five to see how she's doing now and why Bob was "the best."
TVGuide.com: During the first part of this week's challenge, Tara took offense to everyone giving her all the blocks of weight. Were you ganging up on her or was she just being oversensitive?
Aubrey Cheney: We were absolutely ganging up on her...
Alexis Grace, in all of her 4-foot-11, 98-lb. glory, came by the TVGuide.com offices this week to reflect on her run on American Idol, which many believe ended too soon.
We presented Alexis with the TVGuide.com poll in which 89 percent of the voters agree that a singer lobbying for the Judges' Save should be able to encore any past performance, rather than their most recent one. Impressed by the consensus, Alexis says, "It makes a strong point ... [though] there are arguments to be made for both sides."
In this video sit-down, Alexis also touches on these topics:
• Why she is particularly bummed about not making the cut for Idol's summer tour.
• Her plan to go "Dancing" during Motown week.
• Her favorite song by Pink, whom she has called her "dream duet."
• Did she really have 30 pairs of shoes with her at the Idol mansion?!
• And, of course, her future plans.
Watch and discuss Alexis' video, after the jump.
This week, fans of A.J. Buckley are due for double their pleasure. In addition to catching the actor on CBS' CSI: NY (where he plays lab tech Adam Ross), Buckley will reprise his role as one of Supernatural's "Ghostfacers," the CW series' version of Ghost Hunters. We invited Buckley to tease what's ahead for each of his very different alter egos.
TVGuide.com: Thank goodness for Adam Ross' street hockey hobby. It sure put him in the right place at the right time a few weeks ago.
A.J. Buckley: Isn't it crazy how that happens? It felt great just to get out of the lab, but then to also get such great material to work with, and the explosion, and doing my own stunt.... I've really been excited with where they've taken Adam this year. They're sort of peeling the layers back.
TVGuide.com: Will we learn more about Adam this season?
Buckley: Honestly, every time I read a script, he gets a bit more defined. He's coming into his own. He's going from being that nervous, wide-eyed guy to ...
Ken Baumann, Secret Life of the American Teenager
The secret of The Secret Life of the American Teenager is out: Monday's Season 1 finale included the long-awaited birth of baby John and the beginning of Amy's new life with her boyfriend, Ben. But Ken Baumann, the multitalented 19-year-old behind the role — he's written two novels, and several stories you can read here — promises plenty of other secrets await. He talked to us about a major death when Season 2 starts in June, Ben's dynamic with Ricky, the father of Amy's baby, and whether Ben will finally get to stop solving everyone else's problems.
She's recovering from knee surgery, but Nancy O'Dell's still watching and hanging out with those Dancing stars. Find out why she thinks the once-jilted Melissa Rycroft is now in the perfect relationship and who she thinks will get the boot.
The promos for Week 4 of Celebrity Apprentice touted the Dennis Rodman meltdown, but that was just the tip of the drama-berg. TVGuide.com spoke to Deal or No Deal model Claudia Jordan, the latest casualty of The Donald, to get the dirt on her battle royale with Melissa Rivers and and her mouthy mommy.
Christie Volkmer and Jodi Wincheski
Southwest Airlines flight attendants Christie Volkmer and Jodi Wincheski made their last trip around the Amazing Race globe Sunday, becoming the fifth team to be axed this season. Saved from elimination last week, the duo fell behind early in India and their extra Speed Bump task certainly didn't help matters. Find out exactly how close they were to making it to Thailand, how they kept their cool and what it was really like running in Russia in a thong.
Given everything that has happened on 24 this season, it's hard to believe the action's just getting started. Now that megalomaniac Jonas Hodges (played by Jon Voight) is back in the picture, it's time to "make some holy hell for Jack Bauer," series newcomer Michael Rodrick tells TVGuide.com. The actor, who plays Hodges' cohort, Stokes, gave us a preview of the bloody mess to come.
Throughout Heroes' "Fugitives" volume, many of the super-powered world savers have been communicating with and taking orders from a mysterious ally named Rebel. This Monday (at 9pm/ET, on NBC), the truth behind that mystery will be revealed. But before that happens, Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) has to babysit a little one seemingly connected to Matt Parkman. We caught up with Oka to get the details on this diapered distraction, what Rebel is really up to, and just when (if it all) Hiro will get his powers back. See what he had to say after the jump