One of the finest cop dramas ever made, NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street is still much missed by its fans. How did Jon Seda who played plucky Det. John Falsone feel when his fictional Baltimore detective squad closed its doors?
"Sad," he tells TV Guide Online. "It was such a great cast, a lot of good people. We became more than just working associates; we were all friends. Like when I got married, Clark Johnson who played [Det. Meldrick Lewis], my partner on the show was at my wedding. I was only on for two-and-a-half seasons and it was sad for me. It was tougher for the ones who were on since the beginning. I miss it, but I learned a lot from it."
Indeed, Seda's cops-and-robbers past more than prepared him for UC: Undercover debuting Sunday at 10 pm/ET a much fluffier, flashier sort of cop show. "I've played a lot of bad guys and cop roles," he s
Don't count out the ghost of Billy Thomas on Fox's Ally McBeal just yet: The specter's portrayer, Gil Bellows, tells TV Guide Online that being employed at another network won't preclude him from haunting his former flame should the need arise. "If there's a special reason, I would go back," says the actor, whose CBS drama, The Agency, debuts tonight at 10 pm/ET. "But it would have to be a special reason."
The last time Ally producer David E. Kelley called on Bellows to resurrect Billy was in the spring, when the character was to provide "counsel" to Calista Flockhart prior to her wedding to Robert Downey Jr.'s Larry. And although Downey's arrest for
Are American moviegoers really ready for a spoof set in New York City especially one that revolves around an assassination attempt on a world leader? Ben Stiller hopes so, since that's the basic plot of Zoolander (opening Friday). Admits the actor/director: "You go through every emotion, wondering if it's right to release, much less even talk about it. It does seem so trivial in the wake of what happened on September 11th.
"I thought about it a lot," Stiller adds, "and I finally decided that even in the best of times, this movie is just a silly diversion that makes you forget about your problems for an hour and a half. Hopefully, it will be good for people to have a few laughs. We're giving them the option to do that."
Like many filmmakers nowadays, Stiller was obliged to make some last
Regarding his starring role on the new ABC drama Thieves (premiering Friday at 9 pm/ET), John Stamos an alumnus of the kidcom Full House declares that he finally has grown up, with a character he calls "the closest thing to me that I have ever done." And the actor's wife, supermodel-actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, would be the first to agree.
"When Rebecca saw me [on Thieves], she said, 'That's the guy that I fell in love with!'" he recalls. "So I was like, 'Well, okay, at least she likes it.'"
But is the model and onetime Just Shoot Me recurring star setting her sights on a Thieves part of her own? "We kind of made a pact early on to not get into each other's proj
When you think of The Muppet Show, what do you remember? Glamour? Sure. Miss Piggy wrote the book on style. Laughs? You bet, and lots of 'em, thanks to Fozzie Bear. Excitement? Pshaw. No adventurer ever threw himself into a stunt more enthusiastically or more literally than Gonzo the Great. And heart? Yeah, you read that right heart. Amid all of the comical chaos, one Muppet embodied the sweet sentiments of friendship and inclusion that were the hallmarks of the ensemble's creator, the late Jim Henson. As TV Guide Online celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show today, it seems to us that what the world needs now is more Muppets and humans like the variety program's good-natured ringleader, Kermit the Frog.
TV Guide Online: The old show
Although polls indicate that a majority of Americans want the World Trade Center's Twin Towers rebuilt, CNBC's Wall Street wiz, Maria Bartiromo, isn't ready to support such an effort. "To be honest, I don't know if I'd want to work in a building that tall," she confesses to TV Guide Online. "It's so sad to look at our skyline now, but maybe from a safety point of view... I don't know. I'm on the fence about it."
Bartiromo (aka the "Money Honey") certainly has reason to be apprehensive: The popular host of Market Week was just blocks away from Ground Zero when disaster struck. "I was in my office [at the New York Stock Exchange] getting ready to go on the air with one of my updates and I saw on TV that one tower was on fire," she recalls. "I ran outside and called my office, and [while] I was on the phone, a plane comes out of nowhere and crashes right into the second tower. I couldn't believe what I just saw."
And before she could even begin to proc
When Saturday Night Live kicks off its 27th season this weekend, it will do so without its most popular character: President George W. Bush. In fact, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have led producers to put the kibosh on political humor altogether.
"I think in some ways we've seen Bush transform into a real leader," Dubya impersonator Will Ferrell tells TV Guide Online. "There's also a collective spirit at Saturday Night Live that this is not the time to make fun of anything political or topical. We're very sensitive to that and we're going to have to play it by ear.
"Frankly," he adds, "there's only one topic that's on anyone's mind right now, so our first shows are going to be more light-hearted and character-based."
That said, Ferrell believes that the long-running sketch comedy can provide an important public service during this difficult time. "In the
Though Sherri Shepherd admits Suddenly Susan was a "sinking ship" when she joined the sitcom during its final season, the actress still adores pal and former co-star Brooke Shields. "When I was chewing gum during my wedding," she winks to TV Guide Online, "Brooke tapped me on the shoulder and made me spit the gum out in her hand. That's how wonderful she is!"
Despite her affection for Shields and wacky castmate Kathy Griffin, there's no love lost between Shepherd and Susan's writing staff, who denied her an on-screen beau due to her weight. The plus-size performer says hunky co-star Nestor Carbonell who's now on Fox's The Tick met with reluctance from scribes when he asked that his Latin loverboy, Luis, be romantically paired with her saucy secret
Meet Toni, whose store-bought bosom puts her fellow female contestants on guard right from the start on Fox's Love Cruise (debuting tonight at 9 pm/ET on Fox). "I don't mind what people say [about my plastic surgery]. Why do you think I got them?" the brassy blonde proudly declares during a round of the boat-based reality series's "Hot Seat" competition. "I wanted to make myself more attractive to men. It was my choice, my money and I did what I had to do."
Oh, to remember the simpler times of Love Boat, when the most bawdy banter stopped and started with, "Would you like to come in for a night cap?" Instead, Love Cruise in which eight eligible men share a boat with eight single women aims to make serious waves. "This is a very raucous, salacious, gregarious and even exhibitionist cast," host Justin Gunn teases TV Guide Online. "Each and every one of them is a grand personality with a lot to give."
Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman: the pioneers of entertainment's Aussie invasion. Yet Simon Baker, one peer from their homeland and the star of the new CBS drama The Guardian (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET), insists that American actors need not feel threatened by the influx of Down Underlings.
"It's just a coincidence," says Baker. "There have always been many Australians attempting to succeed on the world stage. It's just that, at the moment, a few more than usual are succeeding.
"But the ones from Down Under who speak a bit weirder," he adds with a smile, "haven't always been so prominent."
American TV audiences may have reaso