Dancing With the Stars (Monday, 8/7c, ABC)
Here we go again. Time to strap on the heels, attach the sequins and apply the spray tan. TV's giddiest dance competition returns for a new season, with the outrageous Kirstie Alley (paired with fan fave Maks) the highest-profile celeb in the cast. Her competition includes the usual suspects: athletes (Hines Ward, Sugar Ray Leonard), C-list performers (Ralph Macchio) a rapper (Romeo), a reality "star" (Kendra Wilkinson), a flamboyant talk-show host (Wendy Williams), a supermodel (Petra Nemcova) and a Disney personality few of the target audience will ever have heard of (Chelsea Kane). The mirrorball isn't the real prize for most of the contestants. Instant (if sometimes fleeting) stardom comes with the flashy territory.
Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen
It's going to be an action packed finale of Modern Family, and Julie Bowen has the bruises to show for it. "Ty [Burrell] and I actually convinced the producers after much begging and pleading to let us do a couple of stunts of our own, which weren't dangerous but they look ridiculous and they're fantastic," Bowen told TV Guide Magazine at the Milk + Bookies celebration on March 20.
As the sarcastic and strapping Sawyer on Lost there were few things that rattled Josh Holloway. Taking on polar bears, the Others, and those creepy folks from the Dharma Initiative — no sweat! But when it comes to things that intimidate the actor in real life, the smoke monster doesn't hold a candle to the cast of NBC's Community.
While devilish Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) has been busy solving crimes, angel-faced Molly Quinn has stolen our hearts as the mystery novelist's whip-smart (but refreshingly non-smartass) daughter, Alexis. Here's the evidence in our case for loving her.
We thought Gary Busey would be the must-see drama on Celebrity Apprentice, not Dionne Warwick!
Last night, the chanteuse who didn't know the way to San Jose didn't know her way around playing well with others as the teams took on a camping-themed challenge. And while yes, there were some grand Busey-isms ("I can hear my toenails grow"), his unfocused but ultimately successful stint as project manager was nothing compared to the nasty doled out by Whitney Houston's cousin at the ladies' team leader, Niki Taylor. That is not what friends — psychic or otherwise — are for, Dionne.
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Question: What is up with Saturday Night Live? Who are all these people?? There are so many people in the cast that I simply can't connect to them. Back when SNL started, the Not Ready For Prime Time Players was a cast of 7 and you really "knew" them. You knew their characters, their skits, you looked forward to Roseanne Roseannadanna and Belushi's Samurai. Now with a cast of thousands (it seems), no one really cares. I, like so many others, watch the opening, fast-forward to the musical guest (maybe), watch the news, then erase. The best thing the PTB could do would be to trim the cast, keep the ones we really like (Wiig, Kenan, Samberg, Hader, Meyers) and start writing for them, not just writing to fill the time. — Deb
CBS's The Big Bang Theory is getting another visit from a real life scientific genius. Following guest appearances by Nobel Laureate astrophysicist George Smoot and Hayden Planetarium astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Columbia University physics professor Brian Greene will play himself in the sitcom's April 7episode, "The Herb Garden Germination."
It wasn't unanimous, but on Thursday night American Idol's bubbly Latina, Karen Rodriguez, was given her walking papers. Rodriguez, 21, is the second elimination from the Top 13, and once again, the judges decided not to use their one save to prevent her from going. But Rodriguez made everyone sit up and take notice when she was the only one chosen from some 33,000 online auditions to make it into the Top 24, and when she was able to skillfully blend English and Spanish in her performances of "Hero" and "Love Will Lead You Back." TV Guide Magazine spoke to the native New Yorker about her unique approach to Idol.
TV Guide Magazine: You sang in two languages, why?
Hell to the yes!
We lead off this week's rundown with congratulations to New Directions for winning Regionals, but more to the point, to Glee for finally giving us something to sing about again, delivering an overdue winner of an episode that reminds us why we fell in love with this musical-comedy-fantasy in the first place. Seeing an episode that gets so many things right, after so many recent episodes that felt perilously off-key, has me wondering if Glee wouldn't be better off producing on a cable schedule of fewer episodes per season, allowing for more polish and less thematic incoherence. A moot point, because corporate greed and the show's own popularity would never allow it.
Over its five seasons, HBO's Big Love masterfully divided story lines between its polygamous foursome — Bill (Bill Paxton), Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin). But cocreator Will Scheffer points out, "This is Jeanne's year. Barb has been utterly transcendent." Her journey, and all the reunited Henricksons' (Amanda Seyfried is back as daughter Sarah), comes to a close in Sunday's emotional series finale as Barb is finally able to embrace her life as an independent woman/wife/mother... and priesthood holder.