Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio
Cheers to Ralph Macchio for proving he's alive and kicking on Dancing With the Stars.
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The all-grown-up Karate Kid could've been this season's Steve Guttenberg — an '80 relic who remains irrelevant. Instead, he's like the male Jennifer Grey — a movie star who's been out of the picture for years but returns triumphantly to have the time of his life.
Ty Pennington has found the most extreme home of them all: The high-end auction house.
The host of TV's long-running feel-good reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Pennington has now signed on to host The Great Big American Auction — which just landed a pilot order from ABC. (Pennington's not moving far: ABC is also the network behind Home Edition.)
Think of Great Big American Auction as a more contemporary Antiques Roadshow. In this case, Great Big American Auction will feature personal treasures with a historic, artist or pop culture bent, all being auctioned off to the higher bidder (and all with a personal story to boot). Among the examples: A near-mint copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1; a ring once owned by Elvis Presley; and an autographed Les Paul guitar being auctioned off to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research.
The show is also touting a fully intact
Dr. Drew Pinsky is finally practicing a little work/life balance.
Well, to be honest, it's more of a work/work balance. But for workaholic Pinsky, at least it's an acknowledgement that something had to give. As he turns even more attention toward TV, Pinsky confirms that he has wound down his medical practice.
Twenty-three years after nurse Colleen McMurphy hit China Beach, Dana Delany is getting back into medicine as an ME on new drama Body of Proof. One of TV's most talented actresses cutting up corpses to solve crimes? We could just die! Here's why we dig her — whether she's playing house (Desperate Housewives) or doctor.
1. She's a bookworm.
Tom Welling and Erica Durance
It's fitting that when a visitor arrives to the Burnaby, British Columbia, set of Smallville, he's quickly escorted to the Phantom Zone. The extra-dimensional prison created for planet Krypton's worst criminals is known for being nearly impossible to escape — a perfect metaphor for the show's desire to prevent leaks about the plot of the upcoming series finale. After 10 years on the air, there is, to put it mildly, intense anticipation for Clark Kent's final journey toward becoming Superman, set for May 13. (The last batch of new episodes begins Friday, April 15.) The big question, of course, is "Will he or won't he?" Will he put on the iconic costume of the comic-book legend? Will he finally learn how to fly? Will he be called Superman?
Jessica Capshaw and Sara Ramirez
And the May sweeps weddingpalooza continues.... On May 5, Grey's Anatomy's Callie and Arizona celebrate their fairy-tale wedding, which is held in the woods, officiated by Miranda and boycotted by one bride's disapproving parent. (Mark steps in to save the day.) But what I'm more curious about is why Derek and Meredith are no-shows. Rumor has it...
KaDee Strickland and and Paul Adelstein
Coming out of the worst year of their lives, rape survivor Dr. Charlotte King and her knight in shining armor, Dr. Cooper Freedman, make their rollercoaster romance legal on the May 5 Private Practice. The entire Oceanside Wellness staff (including best man Violet and maid of honor Amelia) gathers for the sunny Pacific Palisades wedding, which may not go down as planned.
There are best friends... And then there's Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King. For the past 30-plus years, King has encouraged, coaxed and kidded around with Winfrey, on screen and off. (Who else can get away with poking fun at the talk superstar for, say, forgetting how to pump her own gas?) She appears regularly on Oprah, serves as editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine and has now morphed her satellite radio program, "The Gayle King Show," into a series on the newly hatched OWN network. We ordered up a round of straight talk with her at NYC's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where King made it clear why she's the kind of gal you want in your corner...
Anna Deavere Smith
On tonight's episode of Showtime's addictive Nurse Jackie, wacky hospital administrator Gloria Akalitis becomes obsessed with luring Michelle Obama to All Saint's Hospital to give it a little boost. Akalitis may not have an in with the First Lady, but Anna Deveare Smith, who plays the eccentric former nurse, certainly does.
On March 30, the actress was one of 20 accomplished women at the White House for the annual celebration of Women's History Month. ...
Captain Jack is back! After a break of nearly two years, John Barrowman's omnisexual immortal time traveler and his alien-fighting organization will finally return for a new season of Torchwood on Friday, July 8. Subtitled Miracle Day, the 10-episode adventure moves to the show's new U.S. home, Starz.
When last seen in the summer of 2009 the Torchwood unit was decimated and its U.K. hub destroyed as the heroes successfully saved Earth's children from fearsome aliens and cowardly humans....