Ex-Philly actor Tom Everett Scott has signed on to do five to eight episodes of ER. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will play Eric Wyczenski, an Air Force air-traffic controller who comes to Chicago to visit his sister, nurse Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney). He'll first appear in the third episode of the season.
Don't hold your breath for that in-the-works Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series. According to Buffy creator Joss Whedon, the spinoff's prospects remain sketchy. "Every day it changes," he tells TV Guide Online. "Today, it's not so good." What's the problem? "I can't really go into it, but it's all about contracts and finding a home for it and financing. A lot of really boring stuff."
Mariah Carey will release her comeback album on Dec. 10, MTV News reports. The as-yet-untitled CD her first project with hip-hop label Def Jam reportedly will touch on many of the pop diva's recent problems (read: Glitter).
What's our fave thing about watching American Idol? Definitely those personality clashes between the talent judges. "Boy, do they clash," Paula Abdul sighs, adding that fellow panelist Simon Cowell is "evil, evil, evil!" Here, TV Guide Online gets Paula and Randy Jackson to reveal why they despise Simon and vice versa!
If Abdul ever sang on Idol, the songbird says she'd do "the theme song for Simon 'Coldhearted Snake.'" Ouch! Still, Simon feels justified in judging the show's contestants harshly, as opposed to her touchy-feely approach.
"My attitude is, if someone's going to criticize me, tell me to my face," the Brit insists. "I find Paula patronizing. It's as simple as that. Paula is more damaging than I am to these contestants because a lot of people just shouldn't be singing for a living.
"I met som
American rock legend Jimi Hendrix has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time by readers of Europe's Total Guitar magazine. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page ranked second, followed by Eric Clapton in third. Modern musicians making the cut include Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine (No. 13) and late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain (No. 14).
Jennifer Aniston's burgeoning movie career is interfering with her day job on Friends. The Emmy nominee, who's winning raves for her performance as a miserable discount store employee in The Good Girl, was slated to direct the sixth episode of her hit NBC sitcom this season. However, scheduling conflicts with her next film the spiritual comedy Bruce Almighty, in which she plays Jim Carrey's girlfriend have derailed those plans. "I'm no longer [doing it]," she tells TV Guide Online. "We may try to push it toward the end of the season, but I don't know if it'll make sense then." A Friends rep says it's "too early to tell" whether Aniston will get another shot behind the camera in the spring.
While Veronica's Closet is deservedly dead, we can't fault its cast for trying to keep their careers alive. Kirstie Alley plugs away at those Pier One furniture ads, bless her. Kathy Najimy still does movies, plus Peggy's voice on King of the Hill. And this fall, their old co-star Daryl "Chill" Mitchell gets one helluva second chance on NBC's Ed.
"I was in a motorcycle accident in November, which left me paralyzed from the mid-chest down," the actor recalls. "This show is a great blessing. It means more to me than just a job it's my first job back after my accident. It was all about, 'Will I be able to produce..
ABC's Mole franchise may not be dead after all. Buoyed by the decent ratings turned in this summer by Mole 2: The Next Betrayal, the network is considering a third installment, Variety reports. Meanwhile, during last night's Mole 2 finale, Bill was revealed to be the spy.
Bruce Springsteen's media blitz last week paid off big-time. His latest CD, The Rising, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, selling 526,000 copies. That ranks as the biggest opening-week tally in Springsteen's career.
Fans of NBC's soap opera Passions are in mourning this week. On
Monday night, popular actor Josh Ryan Evans died in a San Diego hospital of a congenital heart condition. The 3-foot, 2-inch soap star who played heroic Timmy was only 20. In a shocking parallel, Evans's
character also died of heart failure in the hospital on Monday's
"This could be a first for all of showbiz, not even soaps," says TV
Guide soap columnist Michael Logan. "It's like being onstage in a death
scene and dying while you're doing it. I can't think of anybody ever having
In actuality, Timmy's death scene was taped last month, just before Evans
took a six-week leave. Passions had planned to bring Timmy back from
the dead at the end of this summer. (Nevermind that Timmy's heart is being
donated to the show's heroine, Charity, who is played by Molly