Taye Diggs has elected to guest-star on two episodes of NBC's The West Wing to air in May. Diggs will play a Secret Service agent with really white teeth.
NBC has ordered 13 episodes of Father of the Pride, a Shrek-like computer-animated prime-time comedy about a family of white lions who work as performers for Siegfried & Roy. The half-hour DreamWorks-produced series is slated to debut in September 2004, the same month NBC is expected to launch the long-rumored Friends spinoff starring Matt LeBlanc.
Just when it seemed as if Tony Blair couldn't get any cooler, the Brit prime minister took time out of his busy schedule on Friday to record a few lines of dialogue for an upcoming episode of The Simpsons in which Homer and the gang visit London.
Anger Management put Hollywood in a good mood over the weekend. After four straight slumping weekends, the box office got a big boost thanks to the Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson comedy which opened at No. 1 with $44.5 million. It was the biggest April debut ever, and represented personal bests for both Sandler and Nicholson. In related news, Sandler was a favorite at Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday. He picked up orange Blimp Awards for his work in Mr. Deeds and Eight Crazy Nights. Need further proof that today's youth are seriously troubled?
Hip-hopster Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has been tapped to star as blues musician Robert Johnson in HBO's upcoming original film Love in Vain. Known as the "King of the Delta Blues," Johnson is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, despite his early death at age 27.
Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson who was arrested on Nov. 9 for being drunk and disruptive at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game was placed in an alcohol education program on Wednesday. As part of the deal, the 24-year-old actor must attend 15 hours of alcohol and substance abuse education, complete 24 hours of community service and sit through the last three seasons of Dawson's Creek.
Keeping track of all the reality shows currently on the air isn't easy. Who's still in the house? How many people are left on the island? What's Ryan Seacrest doing with his hair now? To simplify the process, we compiled this handy dandy reference guide to the most noteworthy unscripted events taking place over the next seven days. Post it on your fridge.
Nashville Star (USA, 10 pm/ET): Belt buckles and microphones clash as country sensation Clint Black makes a guest appearance on this twangy-American Idol-Real World hybrid.
The Anna Nicole Show (E!, 10 pm/ET): After presumably arguing with her lawyer again, Anna follows through on her date from the live premiere episod
When Jeff Richards got the call to audition for Saturday Night Live, he was shaken. Literally. The comic had just been in a car accident driving from Los Angeles to San Diego for another standup gig. "I was surprised I didn't crash again," he admits. These days, however, life for the man behind Drunk Girl (an overly intoxicated co-ed) and Baby K (an 18-month-old rapper), is looking far less bumpy. Even our Seven Silly Questions couldn't slow him down.
TV Guide Online: Our offices are literally two blocks apart. Why are we doing this interview over the phone?
Jeff Richards: That's a question? Oh, 'cause that's how you're asking me out, in a really weird way...
TVGO: You got me. You grew up in California and went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That's a tough school to get into. You must be pretty smart, eh?
Patrick Swayze will make what Variety calls a "dance floor cameo" in the Cuban-themed Dirty Dancing sequel Havana Nights. Swayze will reportedly tell the new dancers to "have the time of your lives," after which he'll demand to know who put Baby back in the freakin' corner!
Last month, Oscar viewers were amazed Susan Sarandon and Babs Streisand refrained from sharing their anti-war sentiments while on stage at the Kodak Theater. (Sarandon was among many stars wearing the Dove of Peace pin that night, and she flashed the peace sign with her two fingers, but still!) Now, she reveals why she didn't speak out more overtly on March 23.
"You don't think a peace sign is worth a million words?" Sarandon an Oscar winner for 1995's Dead Man Walking asks TV Guide Online. "I really didn't know what to add to what I had already been very vocal about. Everybody knew how I felt, and it was almost demanded that I be disruptive! Sorry to disappoint you."