The Biggest Loser, Amanda "Mandi" Kramer
When Mandi Kramer gained two pounds in Week 10 of The Biggest Loser: Couples, she knew that either she or her sister Aubrey would be sent packing. Unable to convince the rest of her Blue team to send home Ron, a weak player but also a member of a strong alliance, she made the decision to leave the ranch and let her sister continue to compete for the $250,000 grand prize. TVGuide.com caught up with the 30-year-old mother of two about her time on campus, what she learned from her trainers and why she gained weight in a week that she appeared to work extra hard.
TVGuide.com: What made you decide to be sent home?
Mandi Kramer: I realized that Aubrey needed to stay more than I did. I like to work out and exercise and she doesn't so much. I was hoping the more she stayed, the longer she stayed, it would get more ingrained in her head.
TVGuide.com: Was there any team discussion about voting off Ron?
Kramer: We had talked about it during...
Kelli Williams with Tim Roth, Lie to Me
Following weeks of cruising comfortably on American Idol's coattails, Lie to Me now must face a hard truth: It has the burden of kicking off Fox's Wednesday line-up. Kelli Williams (who with Tim Roth plays a top-notch deception detector) previews the show's 8 o'clock debut.
TVGuide.com: As nice as it was to have the Idol lead-in, are you now nervous about having to kick off the night at 8 o'clock?
Kelli Williams: There's always a little concern when they start moving your show around, but it's good that we're at least on the same night. But yeah, I have one little concern. We were worried that maybe we'd lose some of the more adult themes, but so far so good!
TVGuide.com: Speaking of Idol, I have noticed that Simon Cowell often uses his middle finger to scratch his nose. Discuss.
Williams: Oh, he's consciously flipping people off! That's interesting... For a couple of months ...
Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model
Tyra Banks has kept the Top Model momentum going, with last week's ratings up 11 percent over those of the previous season premiere. And according to the show's host, the 12th cycle is as — you guessed it — fierce as they come.
TVGuide.com: How does this season differ from past seasons?
Tyra Banks: Well, we are back in NYC for Cycle 12, and this season is fiercer than ever — seriously! The girls are actually put up in an apartment on the Upper East Side — which is so Gossip Girl! We have a really strong and unique mix of girls. There's also some very special celeb appearances ...
Paget Brewster, Criminal Minds
This week on CBS' Criminal Minds (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), Paget Brewster steps front and center when a rogue priest conjures up demons from Prentiss' past. Brewster gave us a preview of the episode, as well as mooned over upcoming guest star Alex O'Loughlin.
TVGuide.com: I hear we're getting a healthy helping of Prentiss this week.
Paget Brewster: Oh my god, it was exhausting! [Laughs] When you're on an ensemble show and you're messing around with everybody every day and you're not in every scene, and then all of a sudden you're in every scene, it's rough. I would not want to be Hugh Laurie.
TVGuide.com: The episode is titled "Demonology" and it says, "Prentiss has a personal connection to one of the victims in a series of deaths with religious overtones." Man, you can almost hear the thunderclap in the background.
Brewster: Basically we discover that a priest is performing exorcisms ...
Crippled by a torn meniscus, Nancy O'Dell watched the Dancing with the Stars premiere from the sidelines instead of waltzing up a storm on the floor with Tony Dovolani. "That was tough because I so wanted to be a part of it," she tells TVGuide.com. O'Dell was replaced by The Bachelor's No. 2 gal, Melissa Rycroft, who netted a score of 23 with 48 hours of rehearsal. See what O'Dell has to say about her substitute, and get an update on her knee. We'll be checking in weekly with the Access Hollywood host and almost-contestant to get her take on Season 8, so be sure to come back next week.
The Amazing Race
Sunday's Amazing Race 14 introduced a new twist to the globe-trotting series — the blind U-turn, which ultimately eliminated dating couple Amanda Blackledge and Kris Klicka. Though they didn't know it at the time, unsuspecting mother-son duo Margie and Luke pulled the dirty deed on them. Just how dirty was it? Read on to find out, and also to get their response to Jaime and Cara's taunting.
Tyler Labine, Reaper
Reaper's returned and it's looking to harvest more laughs — at the expense of Sock (Tyler Labine). The wisecracking sidekick is back for a lot more action this time around that doesn't exactly include demon-hunting. What does it include? Him, his sister-in-law, a steamy shower and a whole lot more. See what else Labine has to say about the scandalous new season, his apparent new "addiction" and why Reaper (Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET, the CW) is better than Lost. Wait, what?
Scott Hamilton has no regrets about participating in NBC's Celebrity Apprentice (Sundays, 9pm/ET). Although his elimination came early, in week two, Hamilton called it a life experience he's "absolutely grateful for." TVGuide.com checked in with the Olympic gold medalist to find out how it was to work with some interesting personalities, who should've been fired, and why he decided to take on Trump's tasks on television.
TVGuide.com: What happened?
Scott Hamilton: My strategy was never to be project manager, especially on a marketing task, so early in the game. When your name comes up from your team and they're looking at you, if you say no, there's blood in the water. They're going to smell it and jump all over you. I felt somewhat trapped, so I did it and I thought I'd make the most of it, and I tried to pull these guys together as a team. I did the best that I could, I made the error that cost our team the win, but when I look back on everything, we were really close.
One might think it can be a lousy lot in life to be regularly berated by House's titular crankpot, but at least one actor actually relishes every barrage of barbs. Peter Jacobson (aka Dr. Chris Taub) gave TVGuide.com a look at the new batch of episodes kicking off this Monday (8 pm/ET, Fox) and their accompanying guest stars. Plus: Jacobson remembers monkeying around in a very nutty way.
TVGuide.com: As of late on House, there seems to be a little less "the spleen must have an aneurysm" medi-babble, and a bit more on Taub's home life.
Peter Jacobson: Yeah, and there are three or four episodes coming up where we're going to get a little more into that. We're also going to dive more intensely into House's abuse of Taub, which is fun. It's fun to read, fun to act, and fun to watch!
TVGuide.com: Where do things stand with Taub and his wife? Are they going to go for kids?
Jacobson: At this point I'm not sure where were going to go with that. That issue is still hanging a bit, but we do get into more of Taub's inner turmoil.
TVGuide.com: In this week's episode, "House suspects that Wilson and Taub are hiding something from him." Why?
Jacobson: I can't reveal too much, but I will say that ...
There's no Dancing with the Stars results show on Tuesday, but it will still be a big day for two pros. Derek Hough and Mark Ballas' band, the aptly named, five-person Ballas Hough Band (formerly Almost Amy), will release its first album, BHB — fulfilling a lifelong dream for the BFFs. "I'm just really proud of ourselves and so happy that our perseverance and our determination eventually got us to where we wanted to be," Hough tells TVGuide.com. But don't think Dancing's not important to them either. Ballas is paired with gymnast Shawn Johnson for Season 8 (premieres Monday at 8 pm/ET on ABC), while Hough has his own petite partner in Lil Kim. See what else Hough has to say about his new disc, why Korn will always have a special place in his life and how you can hang out with him every week (well, if you're in L.A.).