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The Sopranos And now things get...

The Sopranos
And now things get messy. (Like the dog poop on Tony's shoe.) It's funny, I thought that strangely romantic moment between Tony (James Gandolfini) and Adriana (Drea "I got a sitcom, everybody!" de Matteo) was going to play itself out over several episodes (I guess I'm still getting used to last season's "C'mon, somethin' happen!" pace.) But nope — about 40 minutes later, Tony has a gun digging into Christopher's face as he forces him to truly believe that nothing actually happened between him and Adriana before the dreaded car accident. (Did the Feds hire that reckless raccoon to dart out in the middle of the road like that?) Man, there is something ugly churning inside Tony's battered head. As Dr. Melfi said, "For once, you want to avoid something you know that's wrong."

High School Reunion
On WB's website it says, "Will two weeks with Johnny destroy three with Brad?" (Brad is read more

LIAR, LIAR

Yep, Ashton Kutcher punk'd us. Four months after he swore his MTV prank-a-thon, Punk'd, was history, MTV announced Thursday — April Fool's Day — that the show would kick off its third season on April 25. An MTV rep confirms that the closing notice Kutcher posted in December was merely a joke. Alright, WB: It's your turn to come clean about Angel's so-called "cancellation." You got us good with that one. read more

TROY TRUMPED

Troy McClain, the 32-year-old country boy from Montana who never met a homespun simile he didn't like, got pink-slipped by Donald Trump on last night's episode of The Apprentice. That leaves only four mini-moguls — Kwame, Bill, Amy and Nick — to vie for the $250,000-a-year job with The Donald. If you've got questions for Troy, send them to me via the link at the bottom of this page and I will forward them to my trash icon since I interviewed him at 9:15 this morning. read more

CAUSE AND EFFECT

If Michael Jackson's trip this week to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of AIDS in Africa reeked of a shameless PR stunt, that's because, well, it was. According to Variety, Jacko's handlers are shopping a special to the networks featuring footage from the baby-dangler's mission on Capitol Hill. The asking price for the package, which would also include a 10-minute interview with Jacko? A cool $3 million. Not surprisingly, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are apparently showing little interest. read more

An American Dreams Nightmare


As the sophomore year of NBC's superlative American Dreams comes to a close (Sunday night at 8 pm/ET), viewers should brace themselves: Summer hiatus may bring as many changes to the series as the 1960s did to America. Here, executive producer Jonathan Prince tells TV Guide Online (almost) all about the season finale:

Meg and Sam might finally get together. Although thus far the era has made it impossible for the white American Bandstand dancer and her African-American friend to acknowledge, never mind act on, their feelings for one another, their moment could be coming. This fall, "Sam's going to college. In that world, away from East Catholic [High], so much more is possible," Prince says. "In fact, this week, you'll see a scene where someone at Penn actually mistakes Meg (Brittany Snow) and Sam (Arlen Escarpeta) for a couple... and of course, that lands on them strangely yet wonderfully."

JJ could die read more

SOUNDS FISHY...

Britney Spears postponed her concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena Thursday night due to illness. It was the lip-syncher's third postponement in as many weeks. The show was rescheduled for June 29. read more

LIAR, LIAR: PART DEUX

Speaking of April Fool's jokes, Howard Stern got into the prank business himself on Thursday when fans tuned in to his morning radio show and discovered that the embattled shock jock had been replaced by the feel-good team of Cross and Lopez. The duo — who promised "fun without the filth" — aired a taped message from the station's general manager saying he had to take Stern off the air because of FCC pressure. The punking lasted about an hour before Stern returned to the airwaves. read more

PAGING LIZA MINNELLI...

VH1 has ordered a pilot for Gaydar, a half-hour reality series in which celeb guests grill contestants to try and figure out if they are gay or straight. Well, for starters, do they watch VH1? read more

Roseanne Confesses: ''I Faked It!''


Roseanne Barr's big comeback was aborted last summer when her two reality shows — The Real Roseanne Show and Domestic Goddess — were canceled within days of each other. The ax swung soon after it was announced that the one-time sitcom queen had to undergo an emergency hysterectomy. "I had a choice between continuing on or having an organ removed," Barr says. "I immediately chose having an organ removed."

Well, there's a little more to the story than that. The reality is that ABC's Real Roseanne Show was tanking in the ratings, which didn't bode well for the then-forthcoming ABC Family spinoff, Domestic Goddess. Plus, as Barr laments, her first foray into unscripted TV "was too hard. It was all a big, big mess."

For example, Barr reveals, Real Roseanne "was totally faked. They had me doing things on that show that I never do in real life — like get out of bed and shower and exercise and talk to peop read more

COP OUT

NYPD Blue star Charlotte Ross, who's currently on maternity leave following the birth of her first child, son Maxwell, on March 23, will not be returning for the cop drama's 12th and final season next fall, TV Guide Online has learned. "She requested to take next year off and [series creator Steven Bochco] was kind enough to let her out [of her contract]," confirms Ross's manager hubby, Michael Goldman. "She's burnt on the character and burnt on drama and really also wanted to be a mom." That's all well and good, but what about the fact that Ross's Blue character is married and expecting a child with Dennis Franz's Andy? Producers will deal with that tricky matter next season. Says a show rep: "They haven't made a decision about it one way or the other at this read more

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