It's been a banner year for Pat Monahan, who's been riding high in the pop charts with his band Train's Grammy-nominated single "Hey, Soul Sister." And now, the lead singer is poised to become a preschool rock star, lending his voice to a lion choo-choo conductor with mad storytelling skills in Sprout's new animated series Driver Dan's Story Train.
I always look forward to the December mornings when nominations for the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards are announced. I phone up my favorite stars to offer my congratulations — and land some juicy scoop in return.
This year I was most excited for Glee's Chris Colfer, who at age 20 is up for a Golden Globe (airing January 16 on NBC) and a Screen Actors Guild Award (airing January 30 on TNT and TBS). After coming out of the closet and battling homophobia, will Chris' Kurt finally find love with Blaine on the February 8 Valentine's Day episode? I hear the two will be crooning Robin Thicke's "When I Get You Alone" outside a Gap store as Blaine prepares to profess his love. "There might be a development," hints Chris.
Blake Edwards Tribute (Monday, 8/7c, TCM)
Turner Classic Movies pays homage to the late filmmaker, who died earlier this month, with a five-film festival featuring several of his most iconic movies: Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring the divine Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly; Days of Wine and Roses, starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick as an alcholic couple; The Pink Panther, the comedy that introduced the world to Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau; and Victor/Victoria, Edwards' last great success, starring his wife Julie Andrews in a comedy about gender and sexual confusion and Le Jazz Hot. Andrews, Robert Preston and Lesley Ann Warren were all nominated for Oscars.
Viewers of the CBS hit Blue Bloods may feel like they've gone through a time warp when they see executive producer Leonard Goldberg's credit on the screen. One of network TV's most successful execs, he oversaw programming at ABC in the 1960s, produced such hits as Charlie's Angels and Starsky & Hutch with Aaron Spelling in the 1970s and was responsible for some of the most memorable made-for-TV movies of the '80s before heading into film. Goldberg, who turns 77 this month, told us what it's like to be back on the front lines of prime time.
With Amanda Seyfried hitting it big on the big-screen with roles in Mamma Mia!, Dear John, Letters to Juliet and the upcoming Red Riding Hood, and Aaron Paul raking in awards for his high-profile leading role on AMC's Breaking Bad, the young actors have had little time left for...
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour
The Hub, a cable-TV network for kids and their families that launched in October, decks its lineup with Christmas Day programming. There is something for everyone, including those in the mood for some chills, which is exactly what the first episode of the new series R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour delivers. Based on the horror anthology of the same name, this Twilight Zone for viewers ages 7 and up begins with a fright-astic tale called "A Creature Was Stirring," about a little boy who finds an acid-spitting monster under the tree when all he asked for was some bonding time with his unmerry relatives...
From searching for the Freemasons' involvement with the long-missing White House cornerstone to discovering the truth behind the curious death of explorer Meriwether Lewis, best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer and his three-person team of investigators travel the country to solve American history's biggest mysteries in Brad Meltzer's Decoded (Thursday, 10/9c, History). In the process, they do something Meltzer considers even more important — "Bring alive what history is."
TV Guide Magazine: What would make for the ideal episode of Decoded?
Meltzer: It would be real, not something that's been done 5,000 times...
It's Christmas in Who-ville! Charles Dickens pretty much invented our modern concept of Christmas and now his fellow Brits are messing with it. Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, the latest in a series of crazy-popular holiday specials, will find the kindly, time-traveling doc, played by Matt Smith, working some Ghost of Christmas Past-style magic. The plot: Harry Potter favorite Sir Michael Gambon guests as a Scrooge-like nasty, Kazran Sardick, who does his evil best to destroy the spirit of Christmas in an interplanetary city called Sardicktown. In the ultimate humbug, a space liner carrying newlyweds Amy and Rory (series regulars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) is about to crash there, and the all-powerful Sardick will do nothing to help them. To the rescue — and down the chimney — comes the Doctor to set the jerk straight...
Who better to perform a design miracle than Nate Berkus? On today's Nate Berkus Show (check local listings), the Oprah protégé helps a woman turn her tiny apartment into a dream retreat by showing her how less can be so much more. And since this is the season of giving, Berkus interrupted his recovery from an emergency appendectomy to share his tips for an elegant Christmas in a space-starved home...
OK, kids, you've been (mostly) good all year, so here's your chance to give us some feedback on some of the TV we've seen this season — and what you'd like to see in 2011. And don't worry, nobody is being graded for this little quiz. Except maybe the shows themselves...