As the captain of UPN's upcoming Star Trek prequel series, Enterprise which is set a century before the Kirk administration (or 150 years from today) Scott Bakula has the distinction of being the franchise's first commander-in-chief. Still, the former Quantum Leap hero concedes that he'll never truly be No. 1 that honor belongs to William Shatner.
"In my mind, he's the first and the last really," Bakula tells TV Guide Online. "He's the ultimate guy... You'll always live in the shadow of Shatner. But if we can achieve a little of what [his original 1966-69 series] achieved, we'll be doing a good job."
Alas, if the seasoned time traveler was hoping to avoid comparisons between his Capt. Jonathan Archer and Shatner's Capt. James T. Kirk, he's out of luck. Although in a recent TV Guide story, Enterprise co-creator and executive producer Rick Berm
Partridge Family alum Danny Bonaduce recently checked himself into rehab and that's where he'll be when he isn't co-hosting his L.A. radio show and yet another TV talk show, The Other Half. (Unlike his failed solo talk effort, Danny!, Half's an all-male knockoff of The View, with Dick Clark filling Barbara Walters's heels.) Explains Bonaduce: "I come out to do my job and then I go right back in."
No stranger to rehab, Bonaduce kicked his widely publicized drug habit 10 years ago, managing to plea bargain his way out of jail terms for substance abuse and assault. This time, the troubled celeb got a wake-up call about his persisting drinking problem while on a recent cruise to Spain. "I was eating pie out of the tin and drinking beer at eleven o'clock in the morning," he recalls. "My wife said, 'Are you sure this is how you want to be known? The fat drunk guy on TV?' I said, 'You're right. Let's get back and I
Master thespians of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Edward Norton's caliber often are said to disappear into their roles. But the feat that Just Shoot Me co-star Enrico Colantoni achieves in TNT's upcoming James Dean biopic (airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET) is, for some reason, trumpeted a bit less frequently.
"I played Elia Kazan with a wig and a fake nose," he tells TV Guide Online. "Elia Kazan has a big ol' honker."
Of course, the actor means no disrespect to Dean's East of Eden director. In fact, during production, he often consulted with his director, an expert on his real-life character. "
A busy star of stage and screen, The West Wing's Stockard Channing never expected to tie herself to a TV gig. But when the show's third season kicks off this fall, her First Lady/presidential physician Abby Bartlet will go from recurring to regular status. She's come a long way, baby!
"The first episode I did was this little thing," Channing cheerily tells TV Guide Online. "And it turned out, it had a tremendous impact. People wrote letters... or whatever it is they do.
"It's like something taking root," adds the current WW Emmy nominee. "And now [my character] has become enmeshed to the degree that it seemed appropriate for me to be officially part of [the show]. It's really wonderful and I don't have to be embarrassed about being in a wonderful hit, you know?"
Asked whether we'll be seeing more storylines devoted to Abby now, Channing pleads ignoran
It's been a while since NBC's Ed hinted at sparks between bowling-alley lawyer Ed (Tom Cavanagh) and full-figured schoolmarm Molly (Lesley Boone) but boosters of the quirky duo just won't stop asking when they'll hook up!
Molly's most recent amatory prospect dried up when actor David Eigenberg who played her book-club buddy, Jeff left the show for a full-time gig as Miranda's bartender beau on Sex and the City. So why couldn't this funny, fabulous lady explore the natural chemistry she shares with Cavanagh's Ed? Well, Boone herself has hinted that common network policy pushes the series's leading man to chase thinner girls like Julie Bowen's Carol and Rena Sofer's Bonnie. Back in February, the shapely actress told TV Guide Online: "Honestly, in TV land, the classic idea is leading-man-gets-leading-pretty-w
Now that Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes has hit theaters, star Mark Wahlberg can offer up a spoiler-free look at the rumors surrounding the film and the final scene that has tongues wagging.
Did a skimpy loin cloth like the one Charlton Heston sported in the 1968 original ever find its way into Wahlberg's wardrobe, only to be rejected? "When I first met with Tim [about the film], I said, 'I'll do anything you want,'" the actor recalls. However, he neglected to say that he would be "really uncomfortable in a loin cloth." As a result, Wahlberg had to wait six long weeks before eyeing his Apes wardrobe. "Thank God there was just a space suit,"
Question: I really hope you can help me on this one. I have searched the entire Net and have exhausted all efforts to find out from friends and family but can't find an answer. There was a TV show that aired on the educational channels in the late '80s and early '90s that was a high school drama/comedy series. All I can recall of this show was that the storylines were continuous and there was a character named Snake. I remember the stories running from the older to the younger kids. This was an excellent program that tackled serious issues for young boys and girls. It had a pleasurable mix of comedy and romance as well. I'd really like to find these episodes, so that I may share them with my children one day. But first, I'll need the name of this show, of course! Thank you very much for your time and have a nice day. Chuck
Televisionary: Ah, Chuck. Once again someone combs the entire Web before finally dropping so low as to ask your old pal Televisionary. Must I spend
Before Touched by an Angel executive producer Martha Williamson approached Valerie Bertinelli about joining the feel-good drama as a series regular, she wanted to be certain that the show would be back this fall. So, where did she go for answers? Straight to the top.
"We turned our computers off and prayed," she confessed to reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. "We said, 'Lord, what do you think about Valerie Bertinelli, because why drag this woman through this if we're not going to be back next season.' And I'll tell you, I had such tremendous peace. We picked up the phone and called right back and said, 'Let's go for it. Clearly, we're going to be back.'"
Well, apparently God didn't let Williamson down: CBS ended up renewing the show for an eighth season, and sure enough, Bertinelli agreed to sprout wings as the angelic Gloria. Still, the image of Williamson and co.
Question: Was Sarah Michelle Gellar ever on a show called Swans Crossing? Jasmyne B.
Televisionary: That she was, Jasmyne, though Gellar's snotty, rich-kid character was far closer to Cruel Intentions's dark-hearted and scheming Kathryn Merteuil than Buffy the Vampire Slayer's heroic (and, for now, martyred) Buffy Summers. (Also worth mentioning among the young cast was Mira Sorvino, who went on to win an Oscar as the statuesque hooker in Mighty Aphrodite.)
Broadcast in 1992 in its initial run, the syndicated soap opera was aimed at the pre-teen and teen market who, it was hoped, would also shell out their allowance and babysitting bucks for the line of
Question: I heard that the PAX network was making a new Bonanza series. Do you know anything about the show and the actors? Thanks. Brian
Televisionary: But of course, Brian. The Ponderosa, which kicks off with a two-hour movie Sept. 9 on PAX (9 pm/ET), is being billed as a prequel to the famous series. In it, Daniel Hugh Kelly portrays rancher Ben Cartwright as a young man, taking on the role originally played by Lorne Greene during the parent series' 1959-73 run on NBC.
takes place 10 years before Bonanza
began and it tells the story of how Cartwright and his three sons Adam (Matt Carmody
), Hoss (Drew Powell
) and Little Joe (Jared Daperis
) got their start in the ranching business after the death of Cartwright's wife. Trivia fans may also want to tune in: The producers promise to reveal how the ranch got its name, plus the reasons behind Hoss and Joe's nicknames.