The Bold and the Beautiful can be wildly goofy and trash-tastic — and we do love that! — but the CBS soap turns deadly serious for its 6,000th episode on February 7. That's when stage 4 lung-cancer patient Stephanie Forrester, played by Susan Flannery, and several actual lung-cancer survivors — including Desperate Housewives star Kathryn Joosten and Chinese opera diva Zheng Cao — will attempt an intervention to convince Nick (Jack Wagner) that he needs to deal with his addiction to cigar smoking. TV Guide Magazine got a rare chance to speak with the ultra-private, four-time Emmy winning Flannery — herself a cancer survivor — and got her take on this groundbreaking story.
Dr. Mike Dow
Whether they shoot heroin, compulsively tan or sleep with a hair dryer on the bed, loving someone with an addiction is a 24-hour challenge. So we asked My Strange Addiction's specialist (and Freaky Eaters counselor) Dr. Mike Dow for tips on being part of the solution instead of the problem.
TV Guide Magazine caught up with Forest Whitaker on the set of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, the CBS spin-off debuting February 16 in which he stars as FBI Agent Sam Cooper. He was happy to talk about his new procedural and also about Brick City, the Peabody Award-winning reality show that he produces about the struggles of Newark, New Jersey and its mayor Cory Booker. The riveting series — a sort of nonfiction version of The Wire — returns for Season 2 on February 6. (Sundance Channel, 8/7c)
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Now that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills two-part reunion has wrapped, we figured this would be the perfect time to look back on the ladies' first season and what they left us with last night. Other than a burning need to see the upcoming "Producers' Cut" of the Dinner from Hell that Andy Cohen tweeted about last night. Hurry up and schedule that thing, Bravo! Until then, chew on these goodies...
Betty White, Robert Redford
It seems all the world has embraced Betty White — except for Robert Redford. Long the object of Betty's unattainable affections, the movie star turned down an offer to guest star on Hot in Cleveland's February 16/23 two-parter, which finds Betty's character, Elka, traveling to Los Angeles to hunt down the Sundance Kid.
Ten years ago, New York actress Debi Mazar (Entourage) vacationed in Florence, Italy, where she met Gabriele Corcos, a gifted jazz drummer with a lilting Italian accent and a head full of old-school Tuscan recipes passed down by his mother and grandmother. Soon they were married, living in L.A. with two daughters, Evelina and Giulia.
Somewhere along the way, the couple got the idea of translating their passion for cooking into a popular online vlog, the five-year-old "Under the Tuscan Gun" (underthetuscangun.com).
Stephen Mangan and Matt LeBlanc
The February 6 episode of Showtime's Episodes makes jokes about an issue that television comedy has long avoided: rape. The storyline finds Matt LeBlanc (playing an overly clueless version of himself) at a rape prevention benefit, struggling to uncork a bottle of wine — oblivious to the survivor onstage relating the story of her brutal attack. Wickedly funny or brazenly insensitive?
Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof
In the Dharma dumps this week, Lost fans? Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse feel your pain.
This would have been the week that Lost returned to the airwaves after its typical eight-month hiatus. But now that midseason is upon us, and there's no sign of Jack, Sawyer, Locke or Hurley on the horizon, reality has finally set in: The show's not coming back, Kate! It's not coming back!
As the usual Lost return date approaches, Lindelof tells TV Guide Magazine that he's been hearing more from wistful fans coming to terms with their island fever.
"Yes, there has been some ...