Judge Lynn Toler
Time's change. So does Divorce Court. The landmark show — currently nominated for a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program — has always been about unhappily marrieds. But there's a big shakeup coming this fall. We got the deets from the judge who has presided over the syndicated hit since 2006 — the wise, funny and (dare we say it?) adorable Lynn Toler.
It's official: Hell froze over! After 20 years as one of the soap world's most acclaimed stars, General Hospital's Laura Wright — who plays bitch-on-wheels Carly Jacks — has at long last been nominated for a Daytime Emmy. (The awards air June 19 on CBS.) TV Guide Magazine spoke with the four-soap vet to find out what finally went Wright.
Paris Hilton may have been a staple of reality television almost since its inception, but when her new Oxygen show The World According to Paris premieres on June 1, even she will be entering new territory. "There's a lot of things in the show that I'm like, 'Oh my God, I cannot believe I'm going to allow this on television,'" she told TV Guide Magazine at the premiere party on May 17.
For the girl who has always wanted to show her fans a picture of perfection, airing her more vulnerable moments, including arguments with boyfriend Cy Waits, was not an easy ...
Atticus Shaffer is having Lego flashbacks. "It was a Star Wars set," he says with a groan that makes him sound 70, not 12. "Something like 1,035 pieces. It took me three days to put together." Shaffer only had a few last bricks to click when... Crash! Meowww! "My cat jumped on it and destroyed everything." Shaffer scrunches up his shoulders, tosses up his hands. "So you just start rebuilding."
The adorable young star of The Middle is tenacious like that. At a Lego store near where the ABC sitcom shoots in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, Shaffer is recalling his most memorable projects:
There's not much that Fox, sitting so pretty, and coming-from-behind NBC have in common. But as each network demonstrated in their noisy Upfront presentations on Monday, music is key to their future.
NBC has The Voice and the midseason musical drama Smash. Fox has Glee (which opened the Upfront with a Warblers number and a diatribe by Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester), American Idol (which closed the show with a medley sung by this season's also-rans, accompanied by So You Think You Can Dance veterans) and the upcoming fall "tentpole" The X Factor, which will take over Idol's Wednesday and Thursday berths. This newest network singing competition was the centerpiece of Fox's event, with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and the rest of The X Factor talent taking the stage — with Randy Jackson tagging along until Simon shooed him off, and Paula Abdul cooing "I love you, Simon," when prompted to speak.
The Peacock has finally found its voice. But as a critical new season of rebuilding beckons, they've got to be careful not to wear it out.
That was the takeaway from NBC's cautiously optimistic kickoff to Network Upfront Week on Monday, as new NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced, "Today is the start to the road to recovery," while warning the turnaround could take years. Unspoken was the acknowledgement that it could hardly get worse. While not everything on the new season's slate looks like a winner, NBC is once again showing signs of life. And by midseason, when the new shows look to be much stronger, the buzz is likely to get much louder.
James Frey, Oprah Winfrey
As a worshipful fan wearing a red cape and tiara brandishes a large sign that says farewell, oprah, the queen of talk, the object of her devotion is across the street on her Chicago set chanting in triumph, "Twenty-five years, twenty-five years, twenty-five years!"
It's eight episodes prior to the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show and all 315 audience members are supercharged, knowing it's their last chance to attend a taping. During ad breaks, Winfrey — her casual jeans and tee offset by a gold-spangled cardigan and shoes — grabs every opportunity to remind them of the extraordinary number of years the show that changed daytime TV has been on the air...
Kym Johnson and Hines Ward
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba wasn't the only one in tears Monday night after watching football great Hines Ward and Kym Johnson conquer the Argentine tango on Dancing With the Stars. Many in the audience were crying, too. Just before the dance, they had witnessed Friday's rehearsal footage and the dance trick that went horribly wrong, sending Johnson to the hospital...
It all came down to the wire, yet CBS, Warner Bros. TV and creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre pulled it off: Two and a Half Men will be back in the fall, and with a new star: sitcom veteran Ashton Kutcher.
Kutcher is set to take the Carnegie Hall stage on May 18 as CBS presents its post-Charlie Sheen plan to advertisers. It's a major coup for the show, as CBS wasn't about to announce the return of Two and a Half Men without a plan firmly in place.