Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer
It's Week 3 of work on the Two and a Half Men set, and Ashton Kutcher is still getting to know his costars. Conversation drifts toward mobile phones, and Kutcher reveals there's a feature on the iPhone 5 that Apple internally calls "The Kutcher."
Why'd she do it? All My Children star Susan Lucci tells TV Guide Magazine that the scorching new chapter in the paperback edition of her book All My Life — in which she blasts ABC Daytime chief Brian Frons as "that fatal combination of ignorance and arrogance" — was written at the request of her publisher, HarperCollins.
Two-time Emmy nominee Ashley Jones is heading back to The Bold and the Beautiful as Bridget Forrester, the scandal queen who split town last year after giving birth to her father-in-law's baby. She begins shooting the CBS soap the week of September 12 and hits the air October 18.
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Marilu Henner — one of only six people in the world diagnosed with Superior Autobiographical Memory — will guest star on CBS' Unforgettable, which stars Poppy Montgomery as a woman with the same perfect-recall ability.
Marilu, who's also a consultant on the show, will play her aunt,
Guess what, ABC? A year and a half after she said she would "finish the show when my contract is up," Ellen Pompeo is open to continuing as Grey's Anatomy's Meredith. Just one problem: "I was invited for eight years — that was my contract — and no one has asked me for a day more," she says. "I know [creator] Shonda Rhimes has said the show will continue, but I wouldn't presume that they want to continue with me. You don't get dressed for the party if you don't have an invitation."
Big Brother, Cassi
She was among the first to be ousted from the Big Brother house this season, but Cassi Colvin is wanted big time by The Bold and the Beautiful! The twangy, Texas-born model will appear on the CBS soap in a role that won't require much stretching — she'll play a runway model named Cassi who is involved with the hot new "Hope for the Future" fashion line. She will tape her scenes Sept. 15, the day after she appears on the Big Brother season finale, and will air mid-to-late October.
Legendary R&B musician Sam Cooke, famous for such soulful tunes as "Twisting the Night Away," "You Send Me," and "A Change Is Gonna Come," has been booked for NBC's The Playboy Club.
Singer/songwriter Rafael Saadiq, whose stylings have been heard on film and television soundtracks since the early '90s, will play the late singer in the early 60's, shortly before his tragic murder in 1964 at age 33. He'll appear in the new drama's fourth episode, to air in October.
Special Labor Day edition, with some thoughts on the highs and lows of the holiday weekend programming:
With only two episodes to go, how will Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz, 10/9c) wrap things up? This penultimate episode jumps forward two months as the embattled remnants of the Torchwood team strike a deal with the devil to track down the "Blessing" and figure out what's behind the "miracle" that has turned the world upside down and sent everyone (including some longtime Torchwood fans) into a depression.