What's 33 years between soap gigs? Plenty! Eric Roberts got his first major role in 1977 — at age 19 —playing skirt-chaser Ted Bancroft on Another World. On July 23, he will return to daytime TV as ruthless attorney Vance Abrams on The Young and the Restless. In the interim, he exploded as a major film star via Star 80 and The Pope of Greenwich Village, won an Oscar nomination for Runaway Train, and scored on TV series like Less Than Perfect and Heroes...
AMERICA CELEBRATES JULY 4th AT FORD'S THEATRE
(Friday, 9/8c, ABC) Modern Family breakout star Ty Burrell hosts the annual gala event at the historic Washington, D.C., theater, with the Obamas in attendance and an eclectic roster of performances from Kelly Clarkson, Renee Fleming, Lionel Richie, George Lopez and, from Broadway, Memphis star Montego Glover and Mary Poppins' Laura Michelle Kelly and Gavin Lee...
In the age of the instantly downloadable single, musicians rarely have the opportunity to perform their deep cuts on TV. Which is what makes PBS' Soundstage such a gem. "We want people to experience more than just the one song on iTunes," says exec producer Don Maggi. In tonight's Norah Jones concert (10/9c), that includes selections from...
Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue
In the young-cops drama Rookie Blue (airing tonight, 9/8c on ABC), Missy Peregrym plays a wet-behind-the-ears officer trying to make a name for herself on the force. But the 28-year-old actress has already made an impression on TV fans, turning up in such diverse series as Smallville and Life as We Know It. We asked Peregrym for her thoughts on Rookie's Andy McNally and her two other most notable roles, on Heroes and the much-missed Reaper.
Turning Blue "It's a rare thing to have a female lead on a TV show. I was excited to play...
James Franco, General Hospital
Cheers to James Franco for achieving the impossible: getting me to watch a soap opera.
I hadn't dialed up a daytime drama since my brief, inexplicable high-school addiction to the recently snuffed-out Guiding Light, but I caught a bit of James Franco's bizarre turn as nutso performance artist Franco on General Hospital last fall, and I tuned back in to see his return. He didn't disappoint: Resurfacing in Port Charles as a...
Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel
OK, so I've been avoiding America's Got Talent since the season started, mostly because Howie Mandel's put-on sincerity gives me the hives. But I caved and tuned in to last night's Chicago auditions and will never get that hour back. Seriously, this is a show?...
Hunter Parrish and Alexander Gould
Showtime's Weeds is hitting the road in a Winnebago when it returns for its sixth season on August 16. And while that means longtime favorite Elizabeth Perkins will no longer be seen as neighbor Celia, lead character Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) will not be traveling solo. Hunter Parrish, who plays Nancy's eldest child Silas, tells me...
Harriet Sansom Harris
To help explain how the villainous Paul Young is a free man and back living on Wisteria Lane after being sent away for murder, ABC's Desperate Housewives has called upon Frasier alum Harriet Sansom Harris to appear again on screen as wicked Felicia Tilman. "We are definitely going to show Harriet on the show," a source confirms to me exclusively. "We will be using her to clarify how Paul got out of jail."...
While NBC has hinted at plans to continue The Office once star Steve Carell exits at the end of the upcoming seventh season, some of the show's co-stars feel it might be best to close up Dunder Mifflin for good.
"It's been a funny show, but enough with it already," Oscar Nunez (Oscar) tells me. "I'm surprised we were able to make it wonderful for as long as we did...