General Hospital, James Franco
James Franco couldn't be cooler — and hotter — these days. The guy has earned the reviews of a lifetime for his performance in 127 Hours. He's considered a shoo-in Academy Award nominee for best actor. And he and Anne Hathaway have been picked to co-host the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, February 27. But he's not forgetting about General Hospital! Franco, who twice appeared on the ABC soap as a serial killer, has agreed to return for a two-episode stint airing the Friday before the Oscar telecast and the day after. It'll serve as a teaser for a longer story arc ...
Myth: Barack Obama has better things to do than appear on a television series. Fact: Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, better known as the MythBusters, have been recruited for the White House campaign to get kids excited about science. And so tonight the president shows up ...
Whether she's suited up as stripper-turned-lawyer Lisa Tyler on The Defenders (Wednesday, 10/9c, CBS) or submerged in teen angst as the East Dillon Lions' equipment manager Jess Merriweather on Friday Night Lights (Wednesday, 9/8c, DirecTV), Jurnee Smollett makes multitasking look good...
Dear Gossip Girl powers-that-be,
You need to make Dan and Blair happen. It's been nothing but Bluck, or Chair or whatever folks call them for long enough, and if we can't have Dan and Nate (truly GG's best couple), we will happily take a Humphrey-Waldorf mashup.
It used to be that celebrity beefs were settled privately by their handlers and fan gripes were reserved for chat rooms. Now, with much of Hollywood hitting the social-network scene, these formerly undisclosed matters are on display for the world to weigh in on. The revolution is being Twitterized.
Whether it's Joan Rivers ripping on Lindsay Lohan, Suze Orman calling out the Kardashian sisters for hidden fees in their debit card (they've since dropped the project) or Kanye West blasting Matt Lauer, Twitter has become a public thunderdome where celebs can show their true colors in 140-character splashes free from publicist spin.
She plays Ditzy Glee cheerleader Brittany, who broke out from the back of the choral room with such quips as "Dolphins are just gay sharks." Overwhelming fan adoration led writers to delve further into Brittany's brain, and tonight at 8/7c on Fox, the glee club learns their clueless friend still believes in Santa. "It's my Christmas gift," beams Morris, 23. "The episode's such a good message for younger teens who take Christmas for granted."
For Della Reese, tonight's Detroit 1-8-7 (10/9c, ABC) is a dual homecoming: The episode marks her return to both series TV and to her native Detroit. The 79-year-old actress, who resides in Los Angeles, hasn't appeared in network prime time since Touched by an Angel left the air in 2003, nor, she admits, has she visited Motown in 20 years.