This is just plain cruel! Season 7 of Syfy's makeup-competition series Face Off — ominously titled "Life and Death"— will start off with two of the aspiring artists getting the ax before the contest even begins (Tuesday at 9/8c).
Sofia the First
Years before she was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ming-Na Wen voiced the title role in the 1998 Disney hit Mulan. Now she's bringing back the beloved character in Disney Channel's Sofia the First and TV Guide Magazine has the exclusive first look. The episode, airing Aug. 15, finds the feisty Chinese heroine giving strategic advice to little Sofia whose stepdad, the king, is trapped in a jaguar's den. We spoke with Wen about how it feels to be a part of Disney Princess history — even though the Mouse House had to fudge a bit!
Tony Luke Jr. and Josh Capon
It's aliiive! Culinary competition shows take a freaky turn with Spike's Frankenfood, in which amateur chefs dream up oddball food combos (peanut-butter-and-jelly fish sticks, anyone?) for a chance to get their creations on the menu at a hot restaurant. Top judge, chef Josh Capon, set aside his spit bucket to get dishy with us.
TV Guide Magazine: This is like fusion cuisine by Satan. How can you bear to eat some of this stuff?
Terry Crews is keeping plenty busy. The former pro footballer — who plays Sgt. Jeffords on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, stars in The Expendables 3 (out August 15) and is Old Spice's commercial spokesman — can now add game-show host to his résumé. The actor will emcee 170 episodes of the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire next season. Crews explains how he's juggling his moonlighting gig.
Grace Victoria Cox, Alexander Koch
Chester's Mill is having one crazy summer — and things are about to get even wilder on the CBS sci-fi hit Under the Dome. Not only is there a killer running amok, but supplies are running dangerously low and the dome seems to be sending out messages that the trapped townsfolk had better start listening to...or else.
"Is the dome bringing Armageddon to Chester's Mill?" asks executive producer Neal Baer of the recent infestation of crop-killing caterpillars and freakish weather events. "Or are the plagues and...
Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor
Gotham City to the rescue? Fox certainly hopes Gotham, its dark and stylish noir set in the corrupt, broken pre-Batman metropolis, will revive the fortunes of a network undergoing one of its most significant leadership transitions. (The architect of this fall's schedule, Kevin Reilly, stepped down in late May, and Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the Fox Studio heads who will take over network oversight in a more streamlined operation, won't start their new positions until the end of the month.)
The Gotham panel was the first and most impressive new-series presentation on Fox's day at the TCA press tour. (For more Fox news, go here.) With its revisionist twist on Batman mythology as it spills out origin stories featuring various supervillains-to-be, Gotham is the buzziest show on Fox's fall slate — airing on Mondays alongside breakout hit Sleepy Hollow won't hurt — but it's not without risk.
Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher
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Question: I have never been a fan of Two and a Half Men (tried to watch it years ago, but the only thing I found funny was Conchata Ferrell) and never understood how it has stayed on the air for so long. I saw that creator Chuck Lorre is planning on the main storyline next season to be about the two main characters (Walden and Alan, both heterosexual) "marrying" each other in order for Walden to achieve his goal of adopting a child. To me, I find this appalling on so many levels. Gay men and women (and their straight allies) have fought for so long for equal marriage rights, so having two straight men "marry" just seems like a mockery for those fighting for marriage equality. I am a little ashamed of Lorre even coming up with this idea (particularly as his biggest star, Jim Parsons, on his biggest show, The Big Bang Theory, is gay). Your thoughts? — Tim in Atlanta
The broader the better. Give it to The CW, the little network that could be forgiven for having had a Rodney Dangerfield complex in past seasons, as it enjoys a rare moment of critical goodwill. You'd almost think we were back in the glory days of The WB — whose sole remaining remnant on the current slate is Supernatural, which brought its stars out for a 10th-season victory lap. Though The CW is only launching two new shows this fall (in October), they're two of the very best...
Dean Winters, Josh Duhamel
When at first you do succeed: do it again. Imitation, not innovation, was the prevailing takeaway when CBS presented its fall prospects (and one notable midseason contender) at the TCA press tour on Thursday.
Not that the network's entertainment chairman Nina Tassler had any apologies for doubling down on what works — not when a franchise like NCIS (launching its second spinoff in September) can achieve what she called the "creative holy grail" with its global dominance, or when syndication and/or streaming deals with outlets like Hulu, Amazon and WGN add to the bottom line for shows including the acclaimed The Good Wife and Elementary and the sci-fi hits of the last two summers. "These [new] platforms aren't replacing each other. They're complementing one another and enhancing the value of the content as it moves from window to window."