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TCA SAYS THEY'RE A-OK

HBO's The Sopranos, Angels in America and Fox's Arrested Development were big winners on Saturday, when the Television Critics Assoc. — whose esteemed members include our own Michael Ausiello — handed out their annual TCA Awards. Other critical darlings included Deadwood baddie Ian McShane, Ricky Gervais of BBC's The Office and The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. read more

BEAM THEM UP, SCOTTY!

Man, we hope those Federation uniforms have elastic waistbands. According to Enterprise executive producer Rick Berman, Star Trek captain William Shatner has approached him with "a great story idea," in which (naturally) he'd play a prominent role. Although UPN says talks are underway with the actor — a regular on fall's Practice spin-off, Boston Legal — an insider at ABC, the network that currently signs his checks, counters that no formal offer has been made. In other Enterprise news, Star Trek: The Next Generation alumnus Brent Spiner has signed on to appear in three episodes (four through six, for you Trekkies who just have to know!) as the evil Dr. Soong, great-grandfather of Spiner's TNG character, Data. read more

FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET...

...Warner Bros. has found a director to replace McG at the helm of its forever-in-the-works Superman pic: Bryan Singer, who led the X-Men to cineplex success. Perhaps McG won't have to look too far for a new job, however. read more

SHORT CUTS

Lindsay Lohan is on board to headline a new romantic comedy with Nick Cannon, the hottie who made hearts beat faster in Drumline... Russell Crowe is being sought to headline Eucalyptus, based on the novel by fellow Aussie Murray Bail... As a result of their upcoming merger, Sony and BMG will be laying off 2000 staffers worldwide. But on a lighter note, each one of them will be given a copy of the Will & Grace CD as a lovely parting gift. read more

HELP WANTED

Narc director Joe Carnahan has decided that working on Tom Cruise's next movie really is a Mission: Impossible. Due to "creative differences," he's quit the second sequel, which previously was to have been steered by Seven director David Fincher. read more

DO THE HUSTLER!

There goes the neighborhood; here comes the fun! (And by fun, we mean moral decay, of course.) This Friday, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt will open a high-end sex shop in South Florida. Local government officials tried to keep the doors of Hustler Hollywood closed by changing a city zoning law, but when threatened with a lawsuit, they decided their new motto should be "Smut for all, and all for smut!" read more

Quote of the Weekend: "Pete Rose...

Quote of the Weekend:
"Pete Rose thought BET was named after him... LeBron, if you'd gone to college you'd be laughing at that right now." — Host Jamie Foxx making friends on the ESPY Awards.

SUNDAY

The ESPY Awards
The real honors should go to the presumably overworked editors who cobbled together a lengthy stream of flashy, quick-cutting montages that were used for the seven-minute opener and each of the night's categories. I got exhausted just thinking of those poor bastards in dark cutting rooms until, I bet, the wee hours of the morning. As for the rest of the show, host Jamie Foxx, who seemed to be his own biggest fan at times, reprised his heartfelt musical overture to Serena Williams called "I Wanna Be Your Tennis Ball." He had three other guys harmonizing with him, and I, like Samuel L. Jackson in the front row of the audience, found myself unintentionally humming along.

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THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE...

...have ground to a halt. Courtney Love was expected to be sentenced in absentia last week in one of the umpteen cases pending against her, but the judge decided to wait until she had recovered from her mystery ailment and could be told in person to stand in the corner until further notice. Meanwhile, Robert Blake was granted a two-month delay in his murder trial because he hired a new lawyer. Gee, is that all it takes? read more

HASTA LA VISTA, HUMOR!

Things were going so well for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mariel Hemingway had just won the role of his wife, Maria Shriver, in A&E's upcoming biopic, See Arnold Run; Austria had just announced plans to release a $1.25 stamp bearing his likeness on July 30, his 57th birthday... and then this had to happen. At a rally on Saturday, he jokingly called certain Democrats "girlie men"; in turn, certain Democrats called his remark sexist and homophobic. Frankly, I don't see what all the fuss is about. If I had a nickel for every time I said that anyone who can't get TV Guide Online's news up on time is a girlie man, I'd have enough change to buy California. read more

Amazing Race Exes Get Evil

It's often said that time heals all wounds. Apparently, that maxim doesn't hold true for Alison and Donny, the bickering couple who went from first to last during the second leg of The Amazing Race (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET on CBS). In this exclusive Q&A with TV Guide Online, the estranged pair of losers air their grievances and let loose with a few well-aimed barbs. This unpleasant exchange is about as real as reality TV gets, Race fans. Buckle your seatbelts!

TV Guide Online: Alison, why did you decide to do another reality show so soon after Big Brother 4?
Alison:
I got an e-mail from CBS asking if Donny and I wanted to do The Amazing Race together. I asked him, and he said he wanted to do it. Of course, I wasn't going to be the one to hold him back from winning $1 million and I was also all about trying to win $1 million. So we mutually decided to do it.

TVGO: Aside from the obvious, how did the two experie read more

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