Move over, Extreme Couponers. TLC is going after another quick money subculture: People obsessed with entering sweepstakes.
TLC has ordered the hour-long special High Stakes Sweepers, which follows passionate sweepstakes players as they spend their days and nights filling out contest entries in the hopes of striking it big. The new project comes fresh off the successful run of surprise hit Extreme Couponing, which has averaged nearly 2 million viewers and become a pop culture phenomenon.
Daytime's most controversial — and, now, precarious — soap is ABC's General Hospital and it has a new head writer. His name is Garin Wolf and he's been on the GH team since 1997. This isn't his first time as chief scribe — Wolf helmed the soap during the Writers Guild strike of 2007-08 — but this is certainly his most critical stint. (You'll see his work begin to air the week of July 25.) Can Wolf save GH from being swallowed whole by Katie Couric? Can he redeem child-killer Luke Spencer? Will he cut back on the mobsters? TV Guide Magazine spoke with Wolf to get a preview of things to come.
White Collar returned last night for its third season and, lord, they didn't waste any time getting right back into the action, huh? So, since we lovelovelove USA's crafty con drama and what is being set up with this Nazi treasure mystery, the Watercooler has decided to devote today's column to a chat with star Matt Bomer about what's coming up and why Neal may not be such a good guy after all. (But shhh, don't tell Peter!)
Even if you don't know how to boil water, odds are you've caught celebrity chef Curtis Stone making one of his frequent appearances on the Today show, schooling The Biggest Loser's contestants about the keys to healthy cooking or presiding over a pantheon of his peers as the host of this season's Top Chef Masters, wrapping up June 15. We met the Aussie epicure in the kitchen at NYC's Bar Americain — on loan for the morning from Stone's buddy and fellow gastronome Bobby Flay — for a heaping helping of flapjacks with a side of straight talk...
The Nate Berkus Show is currently up for two Daytime Emmys — outstanding lifestyle program and lifestyle host — no small feat for a first-season series. But Berkus has even more to crow about. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Oprah, the home-makeover whiz is turning movie mogul. And he's not starting small. Berkus is one of the executive producers of DreamWorks' hotly awaited August film The Help, based on Kathryn Stockett's bestseller about a secret sisterhood of women in 1960s Mississippi...
She said she'd only stick around a year and she damn well meant it. Emmy-winning diva Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo will conclude her current run as Brenda on General Hospital the week of July 18. The star gave TV Guide Magazine the scoop on her exit, what she really thinks about the way Brenda's return was written and the likelihood of coming back. You'll be surprised which character VGM wants Brenda to bed next!...
Who said that soap operas are dead?
Sure, maybe Katie Couric's new talk show will be the final nail for General Hospital, and yeah, the rest of ABC's daytime slate has a shorter shelf life than a week-old gallon of milk. But there are still soapy stories out there to be told... you just have to know where to look for them. Like the cable news networks. Or Anthony Weiner's boxer briefs...
Jeers to The Bachelorette's Bentley and William for making Rep. Anthony Weiner look like a stand-up guy...
Scotsman Craig Ferguson is heading back across the pond — but this time he's bringing his late night show with him!
On Monday night, Ferguson announced that the Late Late Show crew will pack their bags for Paris, France next week to tape a week's worth of shows, which will then be broadcast in the States this...