Jake and the Never Ending Pirates
She's taking a break from CBS' The Talk, but Sharon Osbourne has already lined up a new TV role.
Well, sort of. Ozzy's better half has signed on to guest star on the Disney Junior pre-school hit Jake and the Never Land Pirates as it returns for a second season. Osbourne will voice Captain Hook's genteel mother, Mama Hook, who scolds him after learning that her son is stealing treasure from Jake. She'll pop up from time to time in a recurring role.
This weekend, HBO fills out its summer Sunday lineup, as the final season of Entourage (begging the old "that's still on?" question) joins the red-hot True Blood and a resurgent Curb Your Enthusiasm, which airs its most uproarious episode of the season to date.
Let's take it from the top — or should I say, over-the-top — with a nod to True Blood (9/8c) for delivering the goods this season, adapting one of Charlaine Harris' best-ever storylines from the Sookie books and providing Alexander Skarsgard with a tour de force as the newly vulnerable Viking vampire Eric Northman. All memory of his majestic demonic past wiped clean by a possessed witch who's in over her head (the riveting Fiona Shaw as Marnie), Eric is like a lost child, playfully impulsive and clearly smitten by his caretaker Sookie but easily chastened and profoundly confused as to his true nature.
Flanked by some of TV's hottest talent, TV Guide Magazine Editor-in-Chief Debra Birnbaum was the envy of Comic-Con fans when she moderated a panel devoted to our Fan Favorites on Thursday, July 21...
They may not be the usual Comic-Con fodder, but nevertheless, Showtime's panels for Shameless, Homeland and Dexter filled Ballroom 20 for a day-one ending discussion about TV without borders.
Moderated by TV Guide Magazine's L.A. Bureau Chief Michael Schneider, the Shameless leg of the panel teetered on NSFW, as Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy opened up about playing members of TV's most messed up brood. "Just because people have addictions and dysfunction, that doesn't mean there isn't love in the family," said Macy, who began the session with a series of dry-witted comments about preparing to play hard-living alkie Frank Gallagher. Rossum defended the show's copious nudity. "It's nothing but a body!" she said, going on to claim that she feels she has exposed more emotionally playing devoted daughter Fiona than she has physically.
The irrepressible, irreplaceable Kim Zimmer hits the market August 2 with her autobiography I'm Just Sayin'!: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva (New American Library). It's a startling, provocative and wildly entertaining read, though who'd expect anything less from the gal who won four Emmys playing Reva "The Slut of Springfield" Shayne on Guiding Light? Zimmer, currently back on One Life to Live as the demonic Echo DiSavoy, cut loose with TV Guide Magazine on a variety of topics — from Lucci and Oprah and Alcoholics Anonymous to the precarious state of soaps!
Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley
Need a Vampire Diaries fix? Even though Season 3 doesn't premiere until September 15, now you can sink your teeth into this brand new trailer, which premiered at the Warner Brothers booth at Comic-Con. Find out what's in store for Elena, Stefan, Damon and all your favorite Mystic Falls residents. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
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Cheers to Maura Tierney for her incandescent performance on Rescue Me.
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The amazingly versatile actress returned to her recurring role on FX's firefighter dramedy as Kelly McPhee, a feisty single woman who warmed the cockles of Tommy Gavin's cold, cold heart. (They bonded over the fact that they had both lost children.) But when Tommy bumped into Kelly in a drugstore, something had changed: She'd been diagnosed with cancer — much like Tierney was in real life — and had lost much of her hair.
I have a confession to make. I've sort of known this disappointing news for a while, but out of respect to all involved have kept a lid on it. Now, with the cast and producers of ABC's new Charlie's Angels about to descend on Comic-Con in San Diego this weekend, ABC and Sonyare finally allowing me break the news officially.
In a statement provided to me exclusively, the network and production studio say, "Due to his scheduling conflicts, Robert Wagner will need to step away from his duties as Charlie on Charlie's Angels...
The stars of daytime's No. 2 soap are about to get a big dose of reality: On September 7, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful will start broadcasting in high definition, a development "that will take our show to a whole new look and level," exec producer Brad Bell tells TV Guide Magazine. "We knew back when we did all that CGI work on the Brookeberries story that it would have been so much better in high-def. Now we've got what we need to really move the show forward. And it's about time because, globally, you need to be high-def. It's now expected that you deliver your product that way." (B&B is the most widely seen daily drama in the world.)