Ever have a moment when you're watching 30 Rock and you think: Is Tracy Morgan acting in this scene or did they just leave the camera running when he was hanging out in his dressing room? You're not alone!
The producers of 30 Rock are capitalizing on this art-imitates-life quality of the Tracy Jordan character — they've both worn court-mandated ankle bracelets, for example — by using unaltered footage of a 2007 Morgan interview with Chicago's WGN and passing it off as a Jordan appearance. The interview, which we will charitably call "spirited" (watch and judge for yourself), includes at least one Obama shout-out, two scenes of Morgan removing his shirt and one offer to impregnate the co-anchor.
The footage will appear as part of the April 23 episode of 30 Rock.
Chris O'Donnell and Mark Harmon
CBS has issued its official press release and first photos for the two-part NCIS episode that will serve as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.
Titled "Legend," the episode kicks off April 28 and concludes May 5. In one of the photos, Mark Harmon's Gibbs is seen walking-and-talking with O'Donnell's Special Agent G. Callen.
The setup: When the discovery of a Marine's corpse becomes a matter of national security, Gibbs' team must ...
Josh Holloway (Lost), Lisa Edelstein (House) and Shenae Grimes (90210)
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I like Sawyer and I love Juliet, but I really need this Sawyer/Juliet thing to be over soon on Lost. — Claudia
MATT: I on the other hand have taken a shine to "Suliet," so it is with some glee that I tell you that there will be a bit more idyllic "playing of the house" — as well as a little smooching! — before the action-packed ramp-up to the May 13 season finale. It kind of makes you wonder to whom Kate might turn since Jack, I am hearing, is going to only become more unlikable.
Please bring Heroes' Daphne back. She was a super hero, and her complex personality and fantastic look made her one of my favorites. — Cordialea
TIM: Brea Grant's speedster may return in some capacity, but you'll have to accept that she is, in the words of imaginary flying partner Greg Grunberg ...
By royal (NBC) decree: Let it hereby be known — from the halls of Shiloh to the hills of Port Prosperity — that Kings ain't doing so well in the ratings. As a result, the network has bumped the show from its Sunday time slot and is moving it to Saturdays at 8 pm/ET beginning April 18. An extra hour of Dateline will take over Kings' Sunday spot.
While a move to Saturday is never a good sign for a show's longterm health, an NBC rep confirmed that the network plans to air the series' eight remaining episodes. As for a second season, don't bet the kingdom on it.
As Ian McShane's Deadwood character might say: Motherf---er!
Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute:
• Which Gilmore gal soon will be showing up on Wisteria Lane, and which Desperate Housewife does she have it in for?
• Ghost Whisperer sinks its teeth into a NYPD Blue alum for a vampire storyline.
• Reader question answered! "Is The Unit on the move?"
Watch and discuss the new MMM after the jump!
Peter Gallagher, Kathleen Turner
Californication's Hank Moody has a new literary contact and a new antagonist in the third season of Califonication, courtesy of new castmates Kathleen Turner and Peter Gallagher.
Maybe it's us, but the sultry-voiced Turner (Body Heat, War of the Roses) seems like the perfect choice to play Charlie's (Evan Handler) sexy and tough new agency head — who has a thing for him. Turner is slated to appear in 10 of the season's 12 episodes. Let the awesomely awkward sexual harassment begin!
Meanwhile, Hank (David Duchovny), who will be blundering his way through his role as a single parent to Becca (Madeleine Martin) this season, takes a new gig as a university professor. As reported last week, Numbers' Diane Farr will join the cast as a sexy teacher's assistant who gets her naughty on with Hank in several episodes.
OC's Peter Gallagher will play a dean of students who has a contentious relationship with Hank in eight episodes. Read on and comment after the jump!
Meat Loaf with Hugh Laurie, House
If you come away from this Monday's episode of House without recognizing the actor who played the central patient, Meat Loaf will consider his guest-star turn a job well done.
"I started as an actor," not a musician, he points out. "People don't realize it, but I did the Rocky Horror movie before [the album] Bat Out of Hell." And when he tells people he was in Fight Club, some tend to doubt him. (He played Bob.)
Relishing his ability to vanish into a role, he says, "My ideal situation is for people to watch House ... and not even know it's me."
Meat Loaf checks into the hit Fox drama as a long-ailing man whose ...
Tara writer-producer Diablo Cody
As United States of Tara concludes its first season (Sunday, 10 pm/ET on Showtime), our leading lady is on the cusp of confronting a possible key to her multiple personalities, with her family (mostly) there to support her. Tara's (Toni Collette) decision to go off her medication for Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) has had significant impact on everyone around her. Each family member seeks closure, while new questions are raised. TVGuide.com caught up with Diablo Cody — the series writer and co-producer with Steven Spielberg — to get her take on the final freshman episode, find out where the show's going next season, which alter was the toughest to tackle — and why it was compared with her Oscar-winning script for Juno. Plus: Check back next week for the scoop on Cody's 90210 appearance with Tori Spelling and more.
Read it all, after the jump.
Evangeline Lilly, Lost
Featured in this week's Getting Lost video:
• Did Kate make a massive mistake by revealing the truth about the Oceanic survivors to Sawyer's babymama? See what Cassidy's portrayer had to say.
• Is Kate correct in her belief that Claire is alive? Get the latest word from Emilie de Ravin herself!
• Next week in the episode "Dead Is Dead," Ben summons the Smoke Monster for a "meeting." See what one Lost expert has to say about ol' Smokey's origins.
• I pass along TVGuide.com readers' best theories as to where/when Daniel Faraday currently is. This week's Burning Question then asks for your thoughts on other "missing" characters.
Watch and discuss this week's getting Lost after the jump!
Teri Hatcher, Gale Harold
Gale Harold will be returning to Desperate Housewives in May, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Harold (Queer As Folk)'s Jackson Braddock will resurface in the May 3 episode, and sources are describing his stay on Wisteria Lane as...