As anchor of MSNBC's The News with Brian Williams and heir apparent to NBC Nightly News veteran Tom Brokaw who's fueled retirement rumors by taking a 10-week summer siesta on his Montana ranch Brian Williams is a rising star. But with slightly over a year left on his contract, is the ambitious, handsome newsman eyeing other options even as he waits for Brokaw to abdicate his anchor desk?
"I don't see Brian waiting on anybody," Peacock president and COO Andrew Lack tells TV Guide Online. "He's pretty busy doing what he's doing." Still, word is if Williams is made to coast too long, the anchor may jump ship. So just how high a priority is it for NBC to keep him happy?
"We're good friends and close colleagues," Lack says. "His happiness is very important to me. We have worked together very closely on his career. He's going to have a lot more opportunities at NBC and if we didn't deliver on those opportunities w
In real life, White House staffers serve at the pleasure of the president. But on The West Wing, cabinet members and coffee makers alike serve at the pleasure of a far more fickle world power: the NBC drama's opinionated audience. So, while the soaring post-mortem popularity of President Bartlett's no-nonsense receptionist, Mrs. Landingham, may enable actress Kathryn Joosten to continue to haunt the Oval Office, the prez still is going to need a warm body to field his calls. The question is: Who?
"I don't know yet, but somebody will," series creator Aaron Sorkin promises TV Guide Online. "I just haven't thought of who the character is, so obviously I haven't thought of who the actor or actress is."
For her part, the politically correct Joosten has some very specific ideas about what type of person should sit behind the desk of the dearly departed. "I told the powers that be that I thought that it should b
"Hiya, dumb babies!" If you're among the legions of Rugrats fans out there, you know that line as the signature jab of bratty ankle-biter (and TV Guide cover girl) Angelica Pickles. And after spending a decade in diapers, actress Cheryl Chase wh
You're looking to populate the next big teen romp/gross-out comedy, and think that Nick Stahl would be a fine addition to the cast; after all, he does have the high-school fright flick Disturbing Behavior on his résumé. Good fit, right? Well, don't add his name to the movie poster just yet. After all, "disturbing behavior" aptly describes the types of roles to which this young actor is drawn.
"I get sent [American Pie-type] scripts all the time," Stahl reports. "But they're just not as interesting to me. I guess you've got to see the bad stuff, though, to see the good."
Such a stance hasn't stymied his career path; rather, after a promising feature debut in Mel Gibson's The Man Without a Face, Stahl went on to face gritty
There's very little difference between director Larry Clark's world of six years ago and today. Both then (with Kids) and now (with the just-released Bully), he brought to the public a film depicting in harrowing reality the sordid life of an isolated group of teens. And both times, the Motion Picture Association of America compelled him to release his work unrated.
"There's always a battle with my films," Clark admits with a slightly exasperated yet accepting laugh. "If we were a big studio with a lot of money and big stars, Bully would get an R-rating. But since this is a small independent film, and since we're trying to reflect reality whatever "reality" is the board said 'No.'"
In fact, the MPAA issued back an unusually colorful denial. "When we asked them what we could o
Question: Please help settle a bet (there's a bottle of champagne riding on this one). I say Laverne & Shirley was a spinoff of Happy Days, but my know-it-all brother insists only Mork and Mindy was. Who's right? Thanks. Denise P., Wayne, N.J.
Televisionary: Get ready for some free bubbly courtesy of your humble sibling, Denise. Right you are.
As you say, those lovable blue-collar gals Laverne De Fazio (Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams) initially appeared as dates for Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Richie (Ron Howard
Question: When and why did Moira Kelly leave the cast of The West Wing? Thanks. Susan L.
Televisionary: The word bandied about in the biz (try saying that three times really fast) was that Kelly left the show after its first season because her character, political strategist Madeline "Mandy" Hampton, wasn't given enough to do.
Of course, more recent West Wing
cast issues have made the papers as Warner Bros. comes to terms with four of its main actors giving the studio a money-related bellyache. Allison Janney
(White House press secretary C.J. Cregg), Richard Schiff
(communications director Toby Ziegler), Bradley Whitford
(deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman) and John Spencer
(chief of staff Leo McGarry) are bucking for bigger raises. Accord
Question: Who is the good-looking African-American man on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation? He also used to be on Showtime's Soul Food.
Televisionary: That's Philadelphia native Gary Dourdan, whom you may also recognize from another Showtime series, Beggars and Choosers, or such big-screen fare as Alien Resurrection and Playing God.
Sadly, the actor has a real-life mystery to solve that of an older brother who was pushed from a motel balcony in Haiti and he says in interviews that he hopes to one day dig up some answers on that crime himself. In the meantime, however, he produces jazz music in his Venice, Calif., home recording studio and helps raise his young daughter, whom he fathered with a former girlfriend. And you're not alone in your appreciation for the man, mind you: He's got a sizable female fan following an
Rising starlet Natasha Lyonne admits she "definitely wouldn't" have done the raunchy teen comedy sequel, American Pie 2 opening August 10 if not out of her sense of obligation.
"All of [the cast] had contracts with sequel options," she explains. "By choice, I didn't have this sort of contract. But I'm not going to be the one person in the cast that doesn't come back that's just tacky. So they had to come to me and ask me to do it, but it was [only] a week of my time. And it's not necessarily that I'm such an important character in it; it's more about having everyone back, so I had respect for that."
While Ms. Lyonne opted not to pull a star trip about American Pie's much-anticipated follow-up, she can't say the same for her hot young
Turns out, Buffy the Vampire Slayer can't even buy itself an Emmy nomination. Just ask the show's creator-executive producer Joss Whedon, who reached into his own pockets to help fund an aggressive campaign to get voters' attention. With a zero return on his investment the critically acclaimed dramedy failed to get a single nod Whedon naturally is bummed.
"I feel a certain embarrassment," he tells TV Guide Online. "I feel like I just spent a lot of money trolling for a compliment that I didn't get. So I felt stupid having even gone there.
"But that's part of the business," he adds. "You're supposed to pay for an Emmy campaign. My wife is like, 'Why don't you give the money to something worthy and get an Emmy for free?' I was like, 'That makes sense, honey.' So you feel kind of like a dork having tried, because we were never meant to get Emmys. It's Buffy the