VIDEO: Edward James Olmos Dishes on "The Plan" for Battlestar Prequel

Sadly, Friday has arrived, which means the end of Battlestar Galactica is near. But, you can dry your eyes, weepy fans, because we still have the two-hour prequel movie to look forward to this fall. wraps up our fabulous video series with Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell with a discussion about "The Plan." Here, Olmos dishes on the idea behind the movie, how it felt to direct himself, and more! Watch the video after the jump!

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Battlestar's Fifth Cylon: Finale Will Leave Fans "Spinning"

Kate Vernon, Battlestar Galactica

In case you haven't given our video Q&A with Kate Vernon a watch already, here it is again, timed to this week's series finale of Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica.

After recapping for us how she came to learn that Ellen Tigh is the fifth Cylon, Vernon weighs in on the impact of that choice. Compared to making Gaeta or Dualla the missing link, she says the Ellen reveal "gave them a lot to play with."

Vernon goes on to tease the big finale, saying, "I wouldn't have thought of this ending in any lifetime. ... It will forever leave fans, in their imagination, spinning their own stories."

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Shawn Johnson "Shocked" By Judges' Naughty Request

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas

If you cringed when the Dancing with the Stars judges' called for more naughtiness in 17-year-old Shawn Johnson's dances, imagine how she felt. Will she be more naughty now? Find out her answer, as well as her thoughts on the dance-off and what she and "sister" Lil Kim have planned off the dance floor. read more

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Is Real World's Ryan Headed Back to Iraq?

The Real World: Brooklyn's Ryan, a 23-year-old veteran of the Iraq war, had settled into a life of pranks, filmmaking classes and fun when he got an unexpected call from his brother back home in Gettysburg, Pa.: The Army was ordering him back to Iraq. Ryan, who said in his audition tape that he considered the U.S. presence in Iraq "worthless," talked to about his reality TV days and going back to war during a break from training in Mississippi. Check out the exclusive preview, and then see what he had to say.

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The Biggest Loser's Cathy Calls Daughter Kristin a "Trooper"

Cathy Skell

Cathy Skell has spent years fighting addictions to alcohol and food, but her latest addiction is one she doesn't want to kick: spinning. She was eliminated in week 11 of
The Biggest Loser: Couples after her Blue team lost the weigh-in and had to vote someone home. Fearing a tie would end with her daughter and ranch partner Kristin sent packing, Cathy volunteered to go. spoke with the 49-year-old mom, about losing 78 pounds to get down to 215,  how it felt to complete a half-marathon, and if chewing gum really helps to curb those cravings. What went through your head when you were given the challenge to run a half-marathon?
Cathy Skell:
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VIDEO: Jasmine and Jorge Reflect on their Idol Run

Jorge Nunez, Jasmine Murray

Not long after being trimmed from American Idol's Top 13, Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez came by the offices to reflect on their admittedly brief experience on America's No. 1 TV program.

Among the topics we covered:

• If Jasmine had to do it all over again, would she still sing "I'll be There"?

• What was Jorge's actual first pick from the Michael Jackson catalogue?

• Are the sequestered Idol contenders aware of the "scandals" (e.g. XXX-rated 800-numbers) going on in the "outside" world?

• Does the Judges' Save element double the devastation for a departing singer? Plus: Jasmine's message to whoever winds up getting saved.

• What's next for each of the young castoffs?

See what each had to say, after the jump. read more

Viral Gords? Sure! But Can Better Off Ted Manufacture Laughs?

Jay Harrington with Portia De Rossi, Better off Ted

Veridian Dynamics, the ethically impaired conglomerate at the heart of ABC's Better Off Ted (premiering Wednesday at 8:30 pm/ET), can weaponize a pumpkin, develop a desk chair that improves job performance and freeze-dry a staffer just for sport. But can the new comedy produce big laughs? Jay Harrington, fresh off playing doctor with Private Practice's Addison, gave a look at the workplace wackiness to come. I was saying to Tim Daly recently that extended guest arcs, like the ones you and Jayne Brooks both had on Private Practice, almost seem like a "proving ground" for actors. Like ABC is wondering, "Hmm, let's see if we want this actor to front our new series...."
Jay Harrington: Yeah, there's some comparison to a Triple-A farm system, if you will. [Laughs] In addition to that and Desperate Housewives [Harrington played Susan's beau, Dr. Ron], I had done a pilot for ABC two years ago that didn't go anywhere. It was good; it just wasn't good enough. I enjoyed the Better Off Ted pilot. It has a dry, Scrubs-like humor.
Harrington: It does, thank you. I'm a fan of myself. [Laughs] And since the pilot, we've ... read more

Will Lost's Juliet Find Herself Betrayed by Sawyer?

Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost

When last we tuned into ABC's Lost, (at least some) fans were pleasantly surprised to see Juliet and Sawyer find a groovy kind of love there in the 1970s. But can their romance stand the test of "time" — especially now that Kate is back in the mix? Elizabeth Mitchell shared a look at the twists ahead. We're sneaking this Q&A in just before the producers lower a "cone of silence" onto the cast members, at least until you have filmed the season finale. Pretty crazy, huh?
Elizabeth Mitchell: Yeah, pretty much! Once again, it's one of those highly secret, highly crazy, "You think it's one thing but it's another thing" kind of endings. There are still about six pages missing [from the finale script] that only the people involved in it have. I'm worried now, that you don't have those six pages.
Mitchell: [Laughs] I didn't have the six pages last time, or the time before that. I was like, "Tell me, tell me! No, don't tell me." It seems like these next nine episodes will be a lot to digest.
Mitchell: They will. "LaFleur" was one of those little "eyes of the storm." You've been storming, you've been ... read more

Nancy O'Dell: Melissa's Background Can "Work Against" Her

Nancy O’Dell

Maksim Chmerkovksiy thinks Melissa Rycroft's ballet and cheerleading experience gives her an "unfair" edge on Dancing with the Stars, but he may not be considering the other side of the coin, Nancy O'Dell says. Find out what else she has to say about the second week of Dancing and who she thinks might get the first heave-ho. 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.
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DVD Dish: Doug Hutchison Talks about Entering Punisher: War Zone

Doug Hutchison as Punisher: War Zone's Loony Bin Jim

The third time was the charm for a certain Marvel Comics vigilante when Ray Stevenson stepped into the title role in Punisher: War Zone. To mark the big and banging action pic's arrival on home video (shop for the two-disc Special Edition DVD or Blu-ray format), Doug Hutchison — who plays Loony Bin Jim, the psycho bro of master villain Jigsaw, and now appears on Lost as Horace Goodspeed — gave us a peek inside his first "graphic" experience as an actor. Plus: Hutchison shares his take on one of cinema's greatest comic-book villains, Heath Ledger's Joker.

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