With the New York Jets, football's ultimate reality series found a team promising unrestricted access and story lines with all the makings of a smash hit.
"We're calling it 'Hard Knocks hits Broadway,'" says director Steve Trout of NFL Films. The sixth season of the HBO series (premiering tonight at 10/9c) follows the Super Bowl contenders through training camp to whittle 85 players down to a 53-man roster...
Hugh Laurie, Oprah Winfrey, Charlie Sheen
If you're an actor who lands a lead role on a TV series, you can count on a big payday. But it won't be as big as it used to be.
Network and studio executives tell TV Guide Magazine they've adopted a get-tough policy on salaries for stars of the new fall shows. While the salary for a lead has been $150,000 to $200,000 per episode in recent years, most deals for stars of new series were between $75,000 and $125,000. "No one broke the bank on anything this year," says one former studio head.
A case in point is a negotiation with a veteran film actor who for years has been coveted by several networks to do series TV. He was in discussions for a lead role in one of the new dramas that made the fall schedule. His asking price was $250,000. The network and the studio said no way. When the actor refused to go below $200,000, the network and studio moved on and hired someone else...
Off the coast of Oahu, Alex O'Loughlin, the trim, toned and tattooed star of CBS' Hawaii Five-0 reboot, is chopping through the waves like the former Navy SEAL he's been hired to play. His perfectly sculpted six pack glistens as he emerges on the shore wearing nothing but taut navy trunks. "I think we just shot what is going to be the most downloaded scene of Hawaii Five-0," executive producer Peter Lenkov calls out to his crew. "It sort of makes everything I do from here on moot."
Zeke and Luther star Hutch Dano stopped by TV Guide Magazine's Cubicle Confessions to share fun behind the scenes secrets from the Disney show's set! Hutch reveals which costar is the biggest prankster, his craziest fan experience and even previews his upcoming Disney Channel original movie Den Brother (premiering Friday, August 13 at 8/7c). Check it out after the jump...
Rosie O'Donnell, Oprah Winfrey
Rosie O'Donnell is joining Oprah Winfrey's family. The six-time Daytime Emmy-winning talk-show host is returning to her roots after a stab at a prime-time variety show and a tempestuous — but high-rated — stint on The View. O'Donnell, whose last TV project was the HBO special A Family Is a Family Is a Family, will launch a daily talk show on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011...
Let's get ready to rumble!
How fitting that, on the same weekend that UFC champ Anderson Silva stole, err... took the win from competitor Chael Sonnen in the octagon, True Blood's ladies of Bon Temps served up a throwdown so hard, they made that mixed martial-arts action look like tickle fight. Lord alive, they made a mess...
Wayne Brady, Ben Vereen
The second Season 6 episode of CBS's How I Met Your Mother will see the return of Wayne Brady as James Stinson — the gay, black brother of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). Wayne, who also hosts CBS's Let's Make A Deal, first introduced the character in 2006, and returned for a second episode in 2007...
Christopher Meloni, Anne Margret and Mariska Hargitay
Legendary actress Ann-Margret was recently nominated for her sixth Emmy award for her guest role in Law & Order: SVU last season, but she received another unexpected surprise on the SVU set...
Colleen Zenk Pinter
Major Spoiler Alert! We don't need to decipher the writings of Nostradamus to find out how the World will come to an end — TV Guide Magazine has the exclusive scoop from As the World Turns exec producer Chris Goutman! Look for lots of love and happy endings before the CBS soap concludes its run September 17, including two big weddings, some major romantic reconciliations and a final episode — featuring pretty much the entire cast — that's all about new beginnings....