Question: Who sings the Enterprise theme song, "Faith of the Heart?" It isn't Rod Stewart, but could it be Scott Bakula, aka Captain Jonathan Archer?
Televisionary: It could be, I suppose. But it ain't.
"Faith of the Heart," written by Diane Warren
and originally performed by Rod Stewart
for the Patch Adams
soundtrack, is sung by rising UK opera star Russell Watson
during the show's opening credits. Watson comes from humble beginnings, initially earning a living as a bolt fitter in Manchester and practicing his singing on the side. From there, "The People's Tenor" (I love that name a tenor for the rest of us) has come into his own as a bestselling singer and was even named a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.
Now, if only one could say the same for the song itself, which has created quite a storm in the Trek community. I
Here's a naughty slice of Tinseltown life from Scott Caan, son of actor James Caan... Might he be following in his partying papa's footsteps?
"Human behavior is strange," Caan tells TV Guide Online. "I'm still figuring out why I do certain things probably because of image. You know, like a part of me doesn't really like to go to parties at the Playboy Mansion and try to score trashy girls. But it's like I feel like a man if I do it, or I'm supposed to do that stuff. But it's not really what you want to do. I'm trying to live up to an image."
Cracking a smile, he slyly adds: "That's not true, I like to go home with trashy girls."
So much for true confessions. But speaking of chasing shady ladies, Caan has a twisted (albeit fun) time playing a crook with an incestuous yen for his sister a scantily
Fox's brash new family satire The Bernie Mac Show (premiering Wednesday at 8:30 pm/ET) may be polarizing critics, but few would argue that the original King of Comedy struck gold casting his scene-stealing co-stars: "Adopted" whippersnappers Camille Winbush, Jeremy Suarez and Dee Dee Davis.
"We looked at some talented kids," the comic-turned-actor tells TV Guide Online, "but the individuals who made it earned it." Adds Kellita Smith, who plays Mac's wife on screen and off: "They are amazing. They are [wise] beyond their years."
But will they be sticking around? Given Bernie Mac's clever premise reluctant parents (Mac and Smith) take in his drug-addicted sister's three
Aficionados of Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer suspect that like most TV weddings, the ex-demon's impending nuptials to Xander will hit a snag. "I really don't know if they will ever get to the altar," her portrayer, Emma Caulfield, tells TV Guide Online. "I don't know if [the writers] know, actually! But obviously, if Anya got her powers back, I would imagine domesticity would be out of the question."
Indeed, it is ironic that a man-hating demon whose full-time job was avenging spurned women could now crave marital bliss herself! Then again, such supernatural love matches have worked before. Think of Bewitched's Samantha and Darren or I Dream of Jeannie's bottle blonde and her Major Nelson!
"I think it could be fun," concedes Caulfield. "I don't think it would be normal... It would be [producer]
As the title skirtchaser of Shallow Hal, funnyman Jack Black goes gaga for a plus-size gal who looks like lithe Gwyneth Paltrow through his hypnotized eyes. "It's a simple, sweet message," he says. "Inner beauty is what counts. It's easy to say, but our society's obsessed with image and it's an important message."
That's all well and good, but still, isn't it rather incongruous that the beautiful person within Hal's hefty honey just happens to be a skinny blonde? "I see what you're saying," he cracks. "You have a very good point. The movie's a fraud!"
Turning slightly more serious, he points out: "In the end, he still sees the real her and he says, 'Wait a second, I love her.'" (By the by, we're not betraying any plot twists here, folks. As with many flicks these days,
The ads promoting the new six-episode season of Britain's campy comedy import Absolutely Fabulous (Monday, 9 pm/ET on Comedy Central) proclaim that "Sin is in, Sweetie." But as the show's creator and star tells it, two of Patsy and Edina's favorite bad habits are out.
"I just didn't have quite the desire to smoke as much," writer-director Jennifer Saunders (Edina) tells TV Guide Online. "People kept saying to me, 'Do you want a cigarette?' In the last [season], I remember being desperate to smoke all the time, and this time I just felt, 'I can't be bothered to smoke anymore.' Also, the same with the drinking. The drinking is kind of 'By the way' instead of so highlighted."
Fans of the man-hungry, pill-popping misfits need not worry: The tag-team addicts didn't lose any of their trademark edge during AbFab's five-year hiatus. Patsy (
Diehard X-Files fans are still recovering from last May's shocking season finale, which found Mulder and Scully sealing their eight-year-long (frustratingly platonic) partnership with a humdinger of a kiss. Further setting X-Philes' hearts aflutter was the strong inference that the baby boy Scully (Gillian Anderson) had just delivered was fathered by David Duchovny's UFO chasin' alter ego. But now, on the eve of the show's two-part ninth-season premiere (Part 1 airs Sunday at 9 pm/ET on Fox), reality has begun to set in: Mulder's gone (Duchovny's off making movies), leaving Scully nursing a broken heart — not to mention one downright spooky tot. And if that wasn't bad enough, the single mom also has to contend with the warrior princess herself —
Storm clouds are gathering over Laura Innes's ER alter ego Dr. Kerry Weaver and we're not referring to the secret surrounding her sexual orientation. Next week's action-packed episode "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain" finds the stern doc caught in the middle of a raging thunderstorm.
"I'm stuck in an ambulance with a pregnant woman who's been stabbed," the Emmy-nominated actress-director explains to TV Guide Online. "We're trapped by live electrical wires that have fallen down. It was very intense and I got to be an action lady for a while."
As thrilling as the elaborate sequence was to shoot, Innes concedes that the special effects were toll-taking. "I did hate the rain part," she sighs. "You're standing out in the cold and you hear them say for the 75th time, 'Start the rain machines!' You think, 'No, please!' A crew member cam
Best known as Cuban lothario Luis Rivera on Suddenly Susan, Nestor Carbonell seems typecast as a Hispanic hotpants. Not that he minds it all that much. "Susan was a really great break for me," the actor tells TV Guide Online. "It opened other doors, including The Tick" his new comedy debuting tonight at 8:30 pm/ET on Fox. "I would not have been able to work on The Tick had it not been for Suddenly Susan."
A cleverly-done superhero satire, The Tick starring Seinfeld's Patrick Warburton as the titular bugman finds Carbonell in a familiar role. "I play a character named Bat Manuel," he laughs. "This is a real parody of the Latino stereotype. Again, a real skirtchaser who makes no bones about it."
In 1994, Rob Morrow shocked many by exiting the quirky drama Northern Exposure, for which he had earned two Emmy nods. Since then, aside from a role in Robert Redford's Quiz Show, he has kept a relatively low profile, something which is about to change as the actor-director delivers projects to the small, big and really big screens.
For starters, there's Maze (opening Friday in 10 cities), a film that originally premiered on the Starz network. The drama which finds Morrow serving as both director and star tells the tale of a brilliant artist, afflicted with Tourette's syndrome, who is conflicted by feelings for his best bud's girl.
"I initiated this film about six years ago, and turned d