Melissa Harrison, Top Chef
Cheftestant Melissa Harrison thought her seafood dish on this week's Top Chef was screaming creativity, but the judges — especially new addition Toby Young — found it to be quite the contrary. Young even went so far as to compare the dish to "cat food." Find out what Melissa thought of her unforgiving critique, Toby Young's one liners and more!
TVGuide.com: Why did you choose fish tacos for this week's challenge?
Melissa Harrison: I wanted to represent myself with a little Latin inspiration, and I thought it would be cute. I was trying to be creative, and apparently, Tom didn't think it was that creative. None of us were really impressed by anyone's dish that day. We tasted each others, and no one was carrying the torch home on that one. I do think Jamie's was the best and she deserved to win. Do I think I deserved to go home? No, but I'm home. But I have learned from my mistake and am really trying to think outside of the box.
TVGuide.com: What was it like watching Toby Young compare your dish to the taste of "cat food"?
Harrison: You kind of just want to punch him in the face, and I'm a really nice person. [Laughs] When he said that, it was like, "Wow dude, I thought you're supposed to be critiquing my food, not coming up with harsh little one-liners. Are you acting, or are you a judge?" It was the harshest critique of my career. I don't think any of us were a fan of Toby Young, but I respect him as a judge. He's a very qualified food critic in England and he did his job — but we all wished Gail was there.
TVGuide.com: How about Colicchio?
Harrison: I really respect Tom. He's a very talented person, and I think out of everyone, he's the most qualified to be judging our food because ...
Eric Stoltz in director mode, on the set of Grey's Anatomy.
When Grey's Anatomy resumes its season this Thursday at 9 pm/ET, Seattle Grace's finest will get a collective case of the heebie-jeebies when a death row inmate is admitted with critical injuries. Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction), who occasionally directs for ABC's hit medical drama, steps in front of the camera for the next three episodes to play the enigmatic serial killer. Stoltz gave us a look at the doctor-dividing dilemmas to come.
TVGuide.com: There's a bit of a disconnect between "Eric Stoltz" and "serial killer." One, are you glad there's that disconnect? And two, do you think it helps you bring something different to the role?
Eric Stoltz: [Laughs] Yes, I am happy that I really don't have much in common with killers. Absolutely. But, that being said, it's always bracing to explore what I might actually have in common with them underneath at all. Throughout the course of the day, I do have impulses to lash out at someone or to ram the car that took my parking space or yell at the cab that splashed water on me. But because I'm living in society and want to be a good person, I don't let those impulses out.
TVGuide.com: Is your character, William, remorseful at all?
Stoltz: You think he might have some remorse, but he could also be playing at having remorse, in order to get what he wants. Sociopaths tend to be ...
David Hewlett has played the arrogant and often irritating Rodney McKay on Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis since 2002. As the series comes to an end Friday (9 pm/ET, Sci Fi), David reminisced with TVGuide.com about his adventures playing the obnoxious McKay, what is was like smooching pal and cast mate Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) and the possibility of appearing in the upcoming Stargate movie.
TVGuide.com: I spoke to your costar Jewel Staite—
David Hewlett: She's a liar. Everything she says, absolute lies! Don't believe a word of it!
TVGuide.com: Good to know because she said kissing you [on the show] was kind of torturous because you're more like a brother.
Hewlett: (Laughs) OK, that's kind of true! We're kind of like Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show. You know, the two old guys in the top balcony? That's basically Jewel and I on set. Basically the ones standing there cutting up everybody on set and saying how stupid our jobs, our lives and the world is. And, we take great glee in that and usually end up cracking each other up and hopefully the people around us as well. But all the sudden [the producers] said, "You guys are in a relationship." And we were like, "What?!" The best way, honestly, to do a romantic scene in anything is...
Fire up your raptors, Battlestar Galactica fans, the final season of the Peabody Award-winning show begins Jan. 16 at 10 pm/ET on Sci Fi. If you're like us, you have so... many... frakkin' questions! The biggest one: "Will all of our questions actually be answered?" Executive producers Ron D. Moore and David Eick tease what's next for the four Cylons revealed this past season, assured us we won't need to wait the very last episode for the fifth Cylon's identity and gave some details the prequel series, Caprica, which is set to air in early 2010.
What are you most proud about the way the series ended?
Ron Moore: I would have to say that I'm probably most proud about the fact that I think we were able to answer most of the questions that we'd raised over the years. And, sort of, to resolve most of the mysteries and the grander questions of the show and at the same time give a resolution to all the character arcs and to wrap it up by the end. And, we don't save everything until...
Rose Byrne, Damages
Its first time around, FX's Damages dangled before viewers the season-long question of who killed aspiring legal eagle Ellen Parson's fiancé. Season 2, premiering Wednesday at 10 pm/ET, opens with a dead-serious Ellen talking to someone off-screen — whom she ultimately shoots. And then we flash back, in dramatic Damages style, to "Six Months Earlier." TVGuide.com invited Rose Byrne to shed as much light as she could on Ellen's dark missions of vengeance ahead.
TVGuide.com: Season 2 literally starts with a bang, doesn't it?
Rose Byrne: Yes, literally. It was a lot of fun to film. It's similar to last season, setting up the two different timelines.
TVGuide.com: Are you glad they held onto that framing device? I know there was a bit of pressure to make the show a bit...
Byrne: Clearer, yeah. We still have that catchy thing with the two timelines, to help build the mystery side of it. But I think it is clearer, not as complicated, if you will. It's not a murder, it's more about figuring out who Ellen is talking to [while holding the gun]. Over the course of the season, you can make your mind up.
TVGuide.com: How dark a place is Ellen at these days?
Byrne: Oh she's in the depths of grief and trauma and ...
NCIS' Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo and Mark Harmon. Inset: Shane Brennan
On Dec. 16, NCIS received an early Christmas present, and a most fantastic one at that — its largest audience ever, falling juuuust shy of 20 million total viewers. With Season 6 resuming this Tuesday at 8 pm/ET, TVGuide.com saw a choice opportunity to chat up the CBS series' "very happy" show runner, Shane Brennan, who revealed his "plan" for when a certain singing show returns, pondered NCIS' "overnight success" and let slip a look at his plans for fall 2009.
TVGuide.com: You have got to be a happy man.
Shane Brennan: Oh, I'm always a happy man. I'm just very happy right now.
TVGuide.com: Obviously as an executive producer, you always have the highest expectations for your show. But that said, when you get numbers like you've been getting all season, is a small part of you simply blown away?
Brennan: Yes. When you get rewarded with such great numbers ...
Vanessa Marcil, The Nanny Express
Vanessa Marcil is playing a nanny, but not the naughty type. Rather, the Las Vegas alumna took a gamble by turning things around and playing closer to her true bookworm self in the Hallmark Channel movie The Nanny Express (premiering Saturday at 9 pm/ET).
Marcil plays Kate Hewitt, an aspiring teacher who finds herself caring for the two children of a widower (Brennan Elliot). Can Kate succeed where the previous "run-out-of-town" nannies left off, all the while tending to her ailing father (Dean Stockwell)? And might she find love with her new wards' dad along the way? After the jump, Marcil shares a look at why she chose this different role.
Vanessa Minnillo, True Beauty
You've all heard it: "Beauty's only skin deep." "Beauty's on the inside." Vanessa Minnillo certainly has and now, she's out to test those notions. The former TRL VJ serves as host and one of three judges — alongside Nole Marin and Cheryl Tiegs — in ABC's new beauty competition with a twist, True Beauty (premieres Jan. 5 at 10 pm/ET). Ten becoming contestants think they're vying to be named the most physically beautiful person, but they are, unbeknownst to them, also being judged on their inner beauty, behaviors and kindness, among other criteria. Minnillo, a one-time Miss Teen USA, chatted with TVGuide.com about why she jumped onboard the series, what she thinks of the "kids'" ugly behavior and how the show can be re-tooled for future seasons.
TVGuide.com: How did you get involved with the show?
Vanessa Minnillo: My agent, who actually is now working at Ryan Seacrest Enterprises, told me about this project and I fell in love with the idea, but it wasn't until I actually sat in the room with [the producers] that I completely ...
Jon Wolfe Nelson
The L Word isn't just for the ladies. Sure, guys have been on the groundbreaking Showtime series, but none have truly had the lasting stay or impact like Tom Mater has. Originally intended as a guest star/interpreter for Marlee Matlin's character, Tom, played by Jon Wolfe Nelson, has since found himself part of the love mix with his relationship with transman Max (Daniela Sea). And with the sixth and final season approaching (premieres Jan. 18 at 10 pm/ET), things between them are just going to be more "extraordinary," Nelson teases to TVGuide.com. Find out what else the actor — a real-life interpreter — has to say about the last season, being the drama's sole source of testosterone and if he'll be part of the spinoff.
TVGuide.com: You're an interpreter. Is that how you got The L Word?
Jon Wolfe Nelson: I've been an actor for many years and for about 15 years I've been a professional sign language interpreter. When I was in New York ...
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Prison Break
Warning: The following Q&A contains spoiler information from the Dec. 22 midseason finale of Prison Break.
Has Gretchen committed her last double cross? For now, yes. Jodi Lyn O'Keefe's season-and-a-half Prison Break run came to a close this week when the former Company operative took a bullet in the belly and got carted away by EMTs, never to be seen again — this season, at least. TVGuide.com spoke with O'Keefe about her admirably extended stint on the Fox series where, like 24, nobody is ever truly safe.
TVGuide.com: You made it pretty far; 28 episodes is pretty impressive on this show.
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe: To be a bad guy, yeah.
TVGuide.com: And to be a female.
O'Keefe: That's also true. I'll give myself extra credit for that!
TVGuide.com: Are you happy that they kept Gretchen alive? Do you think it was for a reason?
O'Keefe: Yeah, I do. At the beginning of the year it was touch-and-go. There even was an article about how ...