If Saved by the Bell grad Mario Lopez wants to survive the talk-show wars, he may need more than cute dimples and a game smile. First off, we strongly encourage the co-host of NBC's The Other Half an all-guy version of The View debuting Sept. 10 to size up his competition. Because even as he readies to return to TV, the hunk's clearly tuned out.
Asked how Half whose regulars include Dick Clark and Danny Bonaduce will differ from other chat shows on the air, Lopez tells TV Guide Online: "There's really nothing like it. There's no other men on daytime." Hmm... Actually, Mario, a few gents like Regis Philbin, Maury Povich and Montel Williams might take exception to that assertion!
To narrow it down a bit, how is Half different from, say, the blatant View rip-off Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, which also features male co-hosts offering a "g
When it comes to solving the eternal mystery of what women really want, four years of playing hubby to Annie Potts on the female-dominated Lifetime series Any Day Now (airing Sundays at 10 pm/ET) have given Chris Mulkey more than a little insight. And now, he's ready to help his fellow man figure out the fairer sex. "I'm opening up a Collier Sims Academy for the Right Male," he chuckles to TV Guide Online in character, "and we're going to train those guys!"
Certainly, ladies across the country will rush to enroll their spouses on hearing the institute's founding father speak. "Since the show began, I've learned an incredible amount of patience," he admits, adding words designed to send shivers down the female spine, "as well as the ability to listen."
And while the actor says there's no big secret behind what makes his alter ego such a great mate ("He's steadfast, has a conscience, a good heart and is just a
With Star Trek: Voyager's Jeri Ryan headed to Fox's Boston Public this fall, Trekkers need a new alien voluptuary to fix their tricorders on. Clearly, newcomer Jolene Blalock will ably fill her form-fitting catsuit as Vulcan officer T'Pol on UPN's Enterprise. Surprisingly though, she nearly turned her nose up at the idea of wearing Vulcan ears!
"I passed on the [Trek prequel] three times without reading the script," she confesses to TV Guide Online. Whether her agent persuaded the 26-year-old actress via neck pinch or mind meld we'll never know, but she came to her senses and got on board with the high-profile project. "Had I passed on this," she says, "it would've been the dumbest move of my life. Talk about regrets! I'm so fortunate to be chosen for this part."
When Gloria Reuben was recruited for CBS's upcoming CIA thriller The Agency (airing Thursdays at 10 pm/ET beginning Sept. 20), she knew full well that the network planned to schedule the show opposite her alma mater, NBC's still-potent ER. But incurring the wrath of her former colleagues was hardly her primary concern. "I thought, 'They must really feel confident about this show,'" she laughs to TV Guide Online.
Well, Tiffany execs no doubt feel more secure about The Agency's chances now that they have stolen one of the medical drama's most valuable alums. Surely, Reuben who left ER in 1999 to sing back-up for Tina Turner on the pop diva's world tour feels a smidgen of guilt about going to work for the competition, right? "I never really thought about it that way," she admits. "I'm certainly not forbidden to do any show Thursday night
Ever since snagging her supporting actress Oscar for 1992's My Cousin Vinny, Marisa Tomei along with the likes of Mira Sorvino and Tatum O'Neal has been held up as an example of the "Supporting Actress Curse." Popular lore says her past victory precludes any chance of achieving commercial success or lead actor status again. But almost a decade later, with a slew of films slated for next year, Tomei doesn't feel she's under any sinister spell.
"My Cousin Vinny was my second movie!" she tells TV Guide Online. "[I wasn't on] the usual path, where you're working and you've done a whole bunch of movies, and you win an Oscar and a whole bunch more open up. I wasn't doing any movies, and
World Wrestling Federation women's champ Ivory (aka Lisa Moretti) doesn't know from shyness. Don't forget, this is a gal who joined the cast of WWF Smackdown! airing Thursdays at 8 pm/ET to vie with giantess Chyna over a male grappler called "Sexual Chocolate" Mark Henry. Coming face to face with a TV Guide Online reporter, she grins menacingly: "If you ask me how did I get started wrestling, I will kick your ass."
Of course, Ivory's had years of practice at such splashy showboating. Children of the '80s may recall her former incarnation as Tina Ferrari of TV's GLOW that's Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling where she battled beauties with gimmicky monikers like The Fabulous Moolah, voodoo queen Big Bad Mama and headcase Dementia.
"GLOW was like Hee Haw with ladies wrestling," Ivory laughs. "It was hokey and fun. It became a really popular show, so I can't go
There'll be more woo-woo in the Windy City in October, when UPN's sci-fi cop show, Special Unit 2, kicks off its second season. What's that? You never knew (or cared) there was a first season? You're not alone. Still, leading man Michael Landes best known as cub reporter Jimmy Olsen from ABC's Lois & Clark is awfully cute and nice, so gaze at his pretty picture and see what he has to say for himself, why don't you?
TVGO: Special Unit 2, huh? For those who were watching the other hunks on Ed or Dawson's Creek when you were on last season, what's it all about?
Landes: It's a super-secret division of the Chicago police force that deals with paranormal, out-there beings. It's less X-Filesy and more like Men in Black or
For someone who claims to be publicity shy, legendary filmmaker Woody Allen is everywhere these days talking up his latest movie, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (opening Friday). Turn on NBC's Today show, and there he is shooting the breeze with Katie Couric. Open up The New York Times, and presto he's on the cover of the "Weekend" section. Heck, you might even run into the four-time Oscar winner at your local jazz club as he tours with his band in a cross-Curse promotion. (A classy and palatable marketing campaign designed by DreamWorks the studio behind the pic apparently coaxed Allen out of his celluloid closet.) Fearing that such an opportunity may never present itself again, TV Guide Online sat down with Allen and gave him a chance to clear up some long
Sports-related injuries are unavoidable on a baseball movie, but Matthew Lillard that slash-happy, rubberfaced fiend from Scream and Serial Mom feels lucky to have survived the filming of Summer Catch (opening Friday).
After buddy Freddie Prinze Jr. helped him get cast, the boyish 31-year-old actor showed up on Catch's North Carolina set suffering from severe headaches. "There was literally nothing I could take I thought it was sinuses," he tells TV Guide Online. "I called my wife and told her I was dying."
Turns out, he really wasn't exaggerating: Doctors discerned that the actor's pain was caused by