When ABC pushed back the sophomore season premiere of The Job from September to January, naturally, there was speculation that the network had lost confidence in Denis Leary's critically-acclaimed cop comedy. But according to Leary, the Gotham-based series owed the delay to Sept. 11, not the disappointing ratings that plagued its debut season.
"We shoot on-location in downtown New York," the show's creator and star tells TV Guide Online. "A week [after the attacks] we knew there was no way we were going to make it on the air until January at least. Which in retrospect is a good thing, because I had neither the time nor the interest to watch something new."
The unexpected hiatus was no break for Leary, however. He spent his downtime raising $1.2 million for the The Fund for New York's Bravest a branch of the Leary Fire
These days, John Cameron Mitchell thinks a lot about acceptance. It's at the heart of the actor-writer's directorial debut, the cathartic musical travelogue Hedwig and the Angry Inch. And, as the movie hits video-store shelves tomorrow, it also will decide the ultimate profitability of his creation. Are Middle American audiences planning a Blockbuster night going to embrace the main character, an East German transsexual rock singer, when even she has trouble doing so?
The Sundance Film Festival prize winner certainly hopes so. "When you see something like The Rocky Horror Picture Show on cable all the time or on Broadway, it makes me think that people will remember that the details of the story are really just that details," the 37-year-old native of El Paso, Tex., tells TV Guide Online. "The more specific
No maybes about it: Young Reagan Dale Neis star of the WB's Friday night sitcom Maybe It's Me has made it in Hollywood. And no one's more surprised than the 19-year-old actress herself.
"I sort of figured that my career would start with tiny bit parts like I was getting, which was two lines here and two lines there," the onetime Malcolm in the Middle guest star tells TV Guide Online. "My next big prayer was that I could get up to five lines in an episode. I was totally willing to work my way to whatever I ended up getting, and then Maybe It's Me [came out of nowhere]."
Of course, it's possible the show's casting director initially wanted to meet with the Alberta, Canada native just to get the inside scoop on her catchy moniker. "[In America], everybody wonders if I was named after [former] President [Ronald Reagan]," she e
At a recent World AIDS Day event where Emmy-winning West Wing director Paris Barclay was honored as one of 20 black "Heroes in the Struggle" this question arose: Might his issue-oriented series ever address the impact of AIDS on African-Americans?
"That would be a great storyline," said Barclay's pal, Dulé Hill, who plays presidential aide Charlie Young on the show. "I think it's something we should bring to [creator] Aaron Sorkin. I would like to see that."
Scoffed Barclay: "Aaron ignores everything that doesn't come from his own mind. I found the best strategy is to go to [writer/producer]
Here's one more name you can add to the list of celebs touting their Big Apple pride: Julia Stiles. The Save the Last Dance actress a native Gotham girl and a Columbia University coed rejoices, "More than ever, [I'm] proud to be a New Yorker!"
About the tragic events of Sept. 11, Stiles confesses to TV Guide Online that she was shaken up over the destruction of her hometown. Stiles, whose parents live near the former site of the World Trade Center, was touched on a very personal level. "I grew up in that neighborhood, and seeing all the news footage and recognizing every street corner was really terrifying and upsetting," she sighs. "I went back to the block that I grew up on and not seeing the Twin Towers outside my window right down the street was really weird."
You'd think the devastation would drive the starlet straight to the West Coast
Anyone who witnessed West Wing First Lady Abigail Bartlet's reaction to her husband-in-chief's decision to run for a second term earlier this season knows that Stockard Channing has that whole psycho thing down pat. But if you thought she was mad then, wait until you see her lose control in The Business of Strangers, her new indie, opening Friday in New York and Los Angeles.
In the film, the Emmy- and Oscar-nominated actress plays a high-powered female executive who goes into meltdown mode while cooped up in a hotel room with Julia Stiles. "I had to get down and dirty and ugly and strange," she tells TV Guide Online. "I knew I had to go someplace I'd never really [gone] before and
One of Matt Damon's fave scenes in the casino caper Ocean's Eleven (opening tomorrow) didn't even feature him! He just loved watching cardsharp co-star Brad Pitt hustle TV's teen idols like Joshua Jackson and Holly Marie Combs (Charmed), who play themselves in a poker game. "It was great," he laughs. "Reminded me of my days in Rounders, some poor pro still trying take a sap's money."
Damon has his own sucker-swindling fun as Ocean's ace pickpocket, Linus Caldwell. The star even dreamed up a clever plan for
What has Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless been up to since our beloved heroine signed off sans her head? TV Guide Online caught up with the actress at the grand opening of Build-a-Bear Workshop's new Hollywood store where celebs from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mary J. Blige created and donated personalized stuffed animals for an auction to benefit First Book, a children's literacy charity.
We begin with the burning question: Will Lawless reprise her X-Files guest role as killer fembot Shannon McMahon? When last seen, the resilient robo-vixen had suddenly awoken in her watery grave clearly leaving the door open for a return. Even so, Lawless has no plans to come back anytime soon. "I'm halfway thr
At the Manhattan press junket for Vanilla Sky, Cameron Crowe's new romantic thriller (opening Dec. 14), Penélope Cruz was chatting up a room full of reporters when Tom Cruise appeared in the doorway calling, 'Hola, Hola!' Cruz then gasped, jumped from her seat and bolted from the room to follow her beau down the hall. She sheepishly returned moments later to apologize for exiting without a good-bye.
Apparently, such is the whimsical real life/reel life romance of the handsome Vanilla stars. But contrary to widely-circulated rumors, Cruise insists they didn't become intimately involved during the film's production. Says he: "I wasn't falling in
Standing just 4'0" tall, Danny Woodburn can state with great certainty that there are, in fact, small roles. Since the actor broke into showbiz a decade ago, his career has been full of 'em, from Tony the Elf in 1996's Jingle All the Way to Kramer's diminutive rival, Mickey Abbott, on Seinfeld. However, when Special Unit 2 offered him a part that was a little supernatural that of Carl the Gnome he expressed a few big concerns.
"I had some trepidation originally," he confirms for TV Guide Online. "But I justified [coming onboard by reminding myself] that I was not going to be the only one in makeup. There are creatures-of-the-week from all different walks of life, in all shapes and sizes.
"Plus, I realized that this character is sort o