Among the 8 million people who watched Chris Parnell's debut as George W. Bush last weekend on Saturday Night Live was his wildly popular presidential predecessor, Will Ferrell. Now, for the first time, the 35-year-old funnyman who left NBC's sketch comedy in May to focus on his film career casts a vote of support for his replacement.
"I thought he was fantastic," Ferrell tells TV Guide Online, adding that he had no inkling exec producer Lorne Michaels was going to elect Parnell as the new commander in chief. "I was pleasantly surprised. I think Chris is kind of a surprising choice, but once I saw it, great choice."
After spending three years in the Oval Office, Ferrell knows a thing o
Die-hard Friends fans are aching to know: Is this really the final season? NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker has hinted he's willing to make the sitcom's sextet who already earn $24 million a year even richer if they'll stay longer. In an exclusive interview with TV Guide Online, hottie Matt LeBlanc gives us his very candid take. Joey's portrayer also dishes his short-lived triangle with Ross and Rachel, those spin-off rumors, and his own new movie and wedding plans. Fasten your seatbelts, kids!
First off, can the Friends be enticed to do a 10th season? "I've heard all the things that [Zucker] said," he says. "I've heard that there's a big proposal coming... I just think it feels like it's time. Nobody wants to ride it into the ground. I think the show being as popular as it is in its ninth season is
As Sex and the City's all-too-brief fifth season wrapped last month, Carrie had an all-too-chaste visit with Mr. Big. In an episode entitled "The Big Journey," the randy columnist dropped by Big's Napa Valley digs in hopes of sampling his, er, grapes. But at first her ex refused Carrie sex, valuing her heart over her libido. Drat!
"That was one of my favorites," Chris Noth aka Mr. Big tells TV Guide Online, chuckling. "When he was in the wine country, he was drinkin' a lot of wine out there. He may have a problem!"
Since Ms. Bradshaw can't interest Big in a cheap tryst, much less a relationship, their romance looks dead. Will Sex's writers bring Big back in season six? "I don't know what they're up to," Noth shrugs. "They always come tell me if we're going to do it or not, so I leave it up to them. If we can organically find a
Apparently, the meek shall inherit the ER. On tonight's episode of NBC's medical drama, mild-mannered med student Michael Gallant finally lives up to his name when, after suffering months of abuse at the hands of the arrogant Dr. Pratt, he musters up the courage to strike back.
"Pretty much, he takes a stand," explains Sharif Atkins, Gallant's relieved portrayer. "He's been really a by-the-book, follow-the-rules, do-what-you've-been-told kind of guy. A good soldier. But part of being a leader and part of being your own person is knowing when to follow and when to lead and then knowing when to take the lead."
A disagreement over how to treat two different patients causes the Army recruit to snap... or as Atkins puts it, "come into full bloom." As a result, the Gallant/Pratt power struggle is forever altered. "Not that he'll cease be
With its very own pantheon of bitchy schemers, Survivor's drama rivals that of the daytime soaps. Just think of sharp-tongued Sue Hawk and Playboy poseur Jerri Manthey! The latest shady lady to join their rotten ranks is Survivor: Thailand's fourth castoff, Ghandia Johnson. "I bring the drama," she proudly tells TV Guide Online. "Somebody's gotta do it, damn it it might as well be me. S--t, I knew I was a bitch, full on. You need villains. If every day's a sunny day, then what's a sunny day?"
Hey, at least she's honest. Some Survivors try to whitewash their dirty deeds in interviews, blaming exec producer Mark Burnett's editing for their unflattering portrayals. But while Ghandia was trés two-faced in Thailand, she feels no need to be a hypocrite after the game's over. "Even though it was the evil Ghandia, it's still Ghandia," laughs the 33-y
Hmm... The stressed-out, overachieving college senior Katie Holmes plays in Abandon just happens to be named Katie, too. Coincidence? Nope! The film's writer-director, Stephen Gaghan an Oscar-winner for his Traffic screenplay is a die-hard fan.
"It's the furthest thing from a coincidence that exists in the movie business," quips Gaghan, who makes his feature directorial debut with this psychological thriller (opening Friday). "I wrote Abandon for Katie Holmes... Every movie I've written, I wrote with actors in mind. I wrote that policeman role in Traffic for Benicio del Toro. I'm goofy, but I
When Giancarlo Esposito last worked for Fox, he co-starred in Darren Star's short-lived 2000 drama, The Street. "It was fitting for the time, since everyone was investing on Wall Street," he tells TV Guide Online. "I regret that we didn't get a chance to see how the decline of all that would've affected the firm!"
Funny thing: On The Street, Esposito played the managing director of a brokerage firm. Now, he's got the same job title at the law firm on David E. Kelley's girls club debuting Oct. 21 at 9 pm/ET. Basically, his Nicholas Hahn character bosses around Gretchen Mol
A long time ago, in a galaxy not too far away, Jonathan Jackson was allegedly on George Lucas's short list of actors to take over the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. At one point, Newsweek even said the former General Hospital teen idol was a virtual shoo-in to play the boy who would be Darth Vader. In the end, the force turned out to be with up-and-coming thesp Hayden Christensen and Jackson couldn't have been happier.
"I personally wasn't even that excited about doing it, just because I didn't know how comfortable I'd be having my face on Pepsi cans all over the world overnight," Jackson confesses to TV Guide Online. "So, I actually
Look out, Katie Holmes! As the missing college boy in Abandon opening Friday Charlie Hunnam may or may not be stalking the Dawson's Creek star. Either way, he sure has his share of disturbing psychotic outbursts! His evil side is new to those who've only seen Hunnam as the suave theater major in Undeclared or the sexually adventurous gay teen in the U.K. version of Queer As Folk. The blond Brit tells TV Guide Online that his inspiration for madness came from an unlikely source...
"I see my mom in my performance when I get really angry," he reveals. "I just remember her [anger] when, as a child, I'd do something horrible to my brother or something. I've told her this but she probably wouldn't be too thrilled that I was telling you!"
Um, maybe we shouldn't analyze that one too much further. But speaking of seeing red, did Hunnam lose his cool when Fox cancelled
Popular alumna Sara Rue is one of young Hollywood's nicest up-and-comers. But these days, the 23-year-old star of ABC's Less Than Perfect (airing tonight at 9:30 pm/ET) is wary of interviewers. "If you write that I'm 'plus-sized,'" she warns TV Guide Online, "I'll hunt you down and kill you! [Journalists] have just made up my size. I've gotten everything from size eight to size 14, so that's a big range."
For the record, Rue says she wears a size eight that's hardly overweight. As Perfect's perky "Claude" Casey, she's a naïve fish-out-of-water who works in a shark-infested TV newsroom. "She's sweet, wide-eyed and feels less glamorous than these people," Rue explains. "It's not a weight issue and people have made a huge deal about that. Actually, it pisses me off, to be quite frank with you. It's not why they cast me, so they say. They weren't looking for someone overweigh