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Getting to Know Mildred Pierce's Scene Stealer Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

She Plays: Snobby opera star — and mega-bitch daughter from hell — Veda Pierce in the HBO Depression-era epic Mildred Pierce. "Veda craves money, status and getting even with her poor mother [Kate Winslet]," Wood says. "She is so horrible I worry that no one will feel bad for her in any way. Playing her almost killed me because I was constantly in this dark head space. There are no light moments with Veda. No relief. It's the most difficult part I've ever done."

Where You've Seen Her: Wood made a smashing transition from playing complex kids... read more

Hulu Picks Up Season 2 of Web Series Workshop, Starring Passions Vet Phillip Jeanmarie

Phillip Jeanmarie

It's smart, it's sweet, it's snarky, it's Workshop! That terrific web dramedy about a band of struggling Hollywood actors has returned for its second season and is now available via Hulu (hulu.com/workshop). This is the first time Hulu has distributed an independent half-hour series, so kudos to Nate Golon, the show's gifted creator/exec producer/star, and to Daytime Confidential gossip kings Luke Kerr and Jamey Giddens, who recently signed on as associate producers. To help kick off Season 2, TV Guide Magazine had a chat with actor Phillip Jeanmarie, who plays Workshop wannabe Adam Saltair. Of course, he's better known to the fans of Passions for his landmark work as Vincent Clarkson, the psychotic, incestuous, sperm-stealing, she-male tabloid reporter who made life in Harmony a living hell... read more

James Van Der Beek Takes on ABC Pilot in the Role of... James Van Der Beek?

James Van Der Beek

No one can accuse James Van Der Beek of not having a sense of humor, especially when it comes to himself. The former Dawson's Creek star has repeatedly made fun of his earnest character Dawson Leery on Funny or Die, and he's done such a good job of it that he might end up playing a caricature of himself full-time, if the ABC pilot called Don't Trust the Bi--- in Apartment 23 gets picked up.

"We've created this alternate character that bears a passing resemblance to me, but is much funnier than I am," Van Der Beek told TV Guide Magazine at Logo's New Now Next Awards, which he hosted in Los Angeles Thursday... read more

American Idol Backstage Report: An Emotional Stefano Dodges Another Bullet

Pia Toscano

"I'll stand by you, Pia!" yelled one distraught male fan in the crowd, echoing the lyrics of her farewell tune after the cameras stopped rolling. "I'll buy your records!" called another.

It was truly a bizarre evening on American Idol that featured the shirtless antics of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Iggy Pop — who dropped the S-bomb and pumped the microphone from his crotch, both of which were censored... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Melinda Clarke's One-Two Punch on Nikita and CSI

Melinda Clarke

Cheers to Melinda Clarke for two-timing it on Nikita and CSI 

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The O.C. and Vampire Diaries vet holds down juicy roles on a pair of Thursday at 9 p.m. dramas. She was sadly nowhere to be seen last night on the CW's spy series — back after a too-long hiatus — as Amanda, Division's master manipulator. But fear not, Amanda fans: She'll be back next week, hooking up mole Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) to a lie detector.

Meanwhile, last night Clarke reprised her recurring role on CSI as Lady Heather, the dominatrix who got a kick out of flirting with Gil Grissom (William Petersen). Now working as a sex therapist... read more

Watercooler: Gigolos...You've Got Male!

Gigolos

OK, so...yeah. Gigolos. This one is gonna be tricky.

Last night, Showtime whipped out its new docudrama about five male escorts sharing their wares around Vegas and we gotta say, the cable net sure has found a ballsy companion piece to The Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Graphic to the extreme, yet perversely intriguing at times, this thing is sure to be a full-frontal assault on the sensibilities of many more genteel viewers. After all, it's not often we see as much as Gigolos shows and the fact that the producers (including former 21 Jump Street stud Richard Grieco!) were able to shoot so much NSFW footage of the guys servicing their female clients is mind-blowing... read more

Roush Review: Upstairs or Down, You Can Go Home Again

Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard

"This house is going to see such life!" So declares the new mistress (familiar face Keeley Hawes) of Upstairs Downstairs' 165 Eaton Place, blowing out the cobwebs after years of disuse. This address is so iconic to fans of classic British TV, it's a wonder Masterpiece Classic waited until its 40th anniversary to time-warp us back for more sudsy ups and downs in this fabled London estate. (For those devoted to the original, a deluxe new 21-DVD set of the complete '70s series has been issued by Acorn Media.)

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Army Wives Moves On After a Big Loss

Terry Serpico and Catherine Bell

The shocking death of soldier Jeremy Sherwood (Richard Bryant), fatally wounded in the line of duty in Afghanistan on the March 27 episode of Army Wives, left not only the show's characters and fans shaken, but also the close-knit cast and crew. "Some were angry," admits executive producer Jeff Melvoin. "I explained, 'It's good that you feel that way, because that's what death means.'"

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Here Come the Judds

Naomi and Wynonna Judd

While the Judds' farewell tour is the impetus for this new six-part reality series about the country duo, music is only a small part of The Judds. The underlying theme is the often strained relationship between mom Naomi and daughter Wynonna.

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History Mounts New Taxidermy-Themed Alaska Reality Show

Mounted in Alaska

Hungry for yet another reality show set in the 49th State? We're stuffed — but then again, so are the animals in History's Mounted in Alaska, and that's the draw.

The show, which launches Thursday night at 10/9c on History, revolves around Alaskan taxidermist Russell Knight. The owner of Knight's Taxidermy, Knight and his team are asked to preserve wildlife ...
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