The Heene Family
The balloon drama that transfixed the nation — and left viewers terrified at the grim possibilities — ended happily and a bit absurdly Thursday with the discovery that the young boy once thought to have been carried across the Colorado sky had never taken to the air.
Cable news channels followed a helium-filled balloon thought to carry the 6-year-old boy, whose family was featured last year on ABC's Wife Swap, and the coverage continued for hours. The balloon landed softly, with the aptly but bizarrely named Falcon Heene not inside. That led to endless vamping and filler as reporters and experts tried to guess where he was, whether he was alive and whether it might have been a hoax.
At one point CNN broke ...
When Hollywood says zig, James Franco says: No, man, zag! The mercurial actor is joining the cast of General Hospital, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Yes, you read that right. The star of Spider-Man, Pineapple Express, and Milk (See a theme? No, because there isn't one) will join the long-running soap on Nov. 20, and will...
ABC's Modern Family (premiering Wednesday, 9/8c) is one of the funniest new sitcoms, hence its inclusion in our list of Editors' Picks for the fall. What makes it so special? Read on.
If anyone had planned it, it would have felt too soon.
On Monday's season premiere of Weeds, Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) sports noticeable ligature marks around his neck. When Andy (Justin Kirk) asks him what happened, Doug replies with signature nonchalance, "[Masturbated] with a noose," a scene we saw in vivid detail in the Season 4 finale. The premiere aired, of course, just days after reports and speculation that actor David Carradine might have died under similar circumstances. (The death remains under investigation; Carradine's manager has said he suspects "foul play.")
For Nealon, the show's apparent ability to echo current events is nothing new. "You know, it's really interesting how Weeds is prophetic in a way; it's kind of eerie," he says. He points to prescient storylines about the California wildfires and the Mexican drug wars. "We did a story about [the show's fictional suburb] Agrestic burning down, and we shoot in Valencia [Calif.], and then Valencia sort of burnt down shortly thereafter," he says.
Nealon says the latest scene was shot last year. "It was too late to have any second thoughts about it." He says the edgy scene is par for the course on a show like Weeds. "I'm never surprised by what the writers come up with," he says. "You have to be willing to pretty much do anything on that show."
Has he ever refused them? "No, not yet," he says.
Dear Andrew Shue:
According to the New York Daily News, you don't think the CW's Melrose Place remake is a good idea. You're probably right!
That said, since I've already decided it's the most important piece of television ever, I'm feeling kind of protective of it. So back off!
You've kept busy in your post-Melrose years doing some nice work for kids and moms. Stick to that. No more of this: "Melrose Place was a great show in its time, and if I were calling the shots, I would say don't bring it back," Shue said. "Leave it as it was at its time. That's the way it should be." Yes, Billy Campbell, we wouldn't want to tarnish the memory of your tour de force acting in scenes like this one. Shakespeare in the Park it was not.
Shut yer pie hole.
Never butt into Eminem at an awards show — especially not with your butt.
The rapper, who had an infamous encounter with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at the 2002 Video Music Awards, was in no mood to get cheeky with Sacha Baron Cohen's flamboyant alter ego, Bruno, at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. Baron Cohen, wearing angel wings and a scanty thong, descended on wires and staged a crash-landing upside-down onto Eminem.
"Are you ...
The Susan Boyle backlash has begun.
Most of the complaints aren't specifically about Boyle, but about the show-business touches that framed her Britain's Got Talent performance, which has been viewed online more than 30 million times.
And now she won't be Kenley Penley.
Kenley Collins, Project Runway's retro-fied Season 5 finalist, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, E! Online reports. The designer was arrested last month on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon after her then-fiancé, musician Zak Penley, 28, accused her of attacking him with her pet cat.
A Brooklyn judge ordered Collins to pay ...
Law & Order: SVU
The good news: NBC has renewed Law & Order: SVU, its highest-rated drama, for an 11th season. The bad news: The network is threatening to replace Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, according to EW's Michael Ausiello.
This shocking development comes as the two leads have reportedly banded together to negotiate pay increases in the form of a share of the back-end profits. An NBC representative told TVGuide.com that it is their policy not to comment on talent negotiations. While a hard-line threat is a common tactic in salary negotiations, it seems unlikely that NBC would follow through with the firings.
But it raises the question: Could SVU exist without its two popular leads?