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Queer as Folk Cutie Returns


Queer as Folk devotees know Charlie Hunnam from the original — and frankly, far superior — British series that preceded Showtime's American version. Hunnam sizzled up TV screens as Nathan, a 15-year-old school lad embroiled in a steamy gay affair with a 29-year-old ad exec. Now, he's joined Undeclared — debuting tomorrow at 8:30 pm/ET on Fox — a college comedy from Freaks and Geeks creator Judd Apatow.

We're just curious... Does Hunnam approve of the American QAF? "No, I haven't seen it," he admits to TV Guide Online. "I'd like to see it. I don't have Showtime!"

Surely though, Apatow must've snapped up the 21-year-old actor after catching his much-ballyhooed performance across the pond? "I'm sure he watched the first few read more

Tragedy Affects Men in Black 2


The sequel to Will Smith's Men in Black — currently in production and slated to bow July 4, 2002 — was to feature a rip-roaring special effects finale, set at the foot of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Unfortunately, the destruction of the towers in last week's terrorist attack required director Barry Sonnenfeld to alter his climactic scene in the interest of good taste.

"It's so slightly different," Sonnenfeld tells TV Guide Online, denying talk of a major script rewrite. "The ending took place at the base of the World Trade Center and will now take place at some other New York icon, but we hadn't shot any of the ending."

MIB 2 was mostly filmed on location in Man read more

How West Wing Won Over Dreyfuss


He has portrayed a senator (in The American President), the Commander in Chief (in the TV-movie Fail Safe) and a secretary of state (in an upcoming TV-movie about the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan). As such, it's fitting that what ultimately led Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss to star in CBS's The Education of Max Bickford (premiering Sunday at 8 pm/ET) was television's acclaimed look at White House life.

"The West Wing was pretty persuasive," says Dreyfuss of what made him commit to a series. "When I realized that one could write like that about a subject like that, and that the quality could remain so high, my fear went down."

In fact, it is Dreyfuss's hope that Max Bi read more

Music To A Country's Ears


Bruce Springsteen, he whose name is synonymous with "Born In The USA," on Friday night came to mourn with the USA. As the opening act for "America: A Tribute To Heroes" — the live telethon broadcast on dozens of networks to benefit the families of those victimized by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — The Boss used the all-too-aptly titled "My City Of Ruin" to urge this country to "Come on, rise up."

And sure enough, from there on, scads of performers — over 80 in total — rose up for the star-spangled television event. One by one, and sometimes in pairs, celebrities from all crafts were revealed from shadows to pay spoken tribute to those who lost their lives and those rescue workers who strive to find lives. To kick off the evening, Tom Hanks quoted United flight 93 passenger and apparent hijacker attacker Jeremy Glick, saying, "We're going to try to do something." And though, as Hanks added, the stars on hand were "not heroes, merely artists, read more

Gonzo the Great: The TV Guide Online Interview


At the MuppetFest! convention being held shortly to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show, there will be spectacles galore. Squealing children... eye-popping exhibitions... heartwarming performances. But perhaps no sight at the Pasadena (Calif.) Civic Center will prove to be as memorable, or as poignant, as that of a little bird with purple plumage, a crooked beak and a fearless gleam in his eye that he probably would never realize all heroes possess. That's right — Gonzo the Great may not be able to fly, but, by always aiming for the clouds, in his own unique way, he soars.
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How West Wing Won Over Dreyfuss


He has portrayed a senator (in The American President), the Commander in Chief (in the TV-movie Fail Safe) and a secretary of state (in an upcoming TV-movie about the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan). As such, it's fitting that what ultimately led Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss to star in CBS's The Education of Max Bickford (premiering Sunday at 8 pm/ET) was television's acclaimed look at White House life.

"The West Wing was pretty persuasive," says Dreyfuss of what made him commit to a series. "When I realized that one could write like that about a subject like that, and that the quality could remain so high, my fear went down."

In fact, it is Dreyfuss's hope that Max Bi read more

Tragedy Affects Men in Black 2


The sequel to Will Smith's Men in Black — currently in production and slated to bow July 4, 2002 — was to feature a rip-roaring special effects finale, set at the foot of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Unfortunately, the destruction of the towers in last week's terrorist attack required director Barry Sonnenfeld to alter his climactic scene in the interest of good taste.

"It's so slightly different," Sonnenfeld tells TV Guide Online, denying talk of a major script rewrite. "The ending took place at the base of the World Trade Center and will now take place at some other New York icon, but we hadn't shot any of the ending."

MIB 2 was mostly filmed on location in Man read more

MTV Tackles Osama bin Laden


Longtime MTV newsman Kurt Loder's Manhattan crib is located three blocks from where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood, and he admits his neighborhood has been transformed into a "horrific, terrible" mess. What's more, as a result of his pad's proximity to the crime scene, he's only been allowed to return once since last Tuesday.

"I can't get home. I'm sort of locked out and I just don't know what's going on," he sighs to TV Guide Online. "I was back once Friday night for 15 minutes and gathered up some clothes and then I had to leave again." Miraculously, Loder adds, his apartment escaped with little damage. "But there's like a half inch of dust over everything because we left the windows open," he explains, adding that the inconvenience is but a small price to pay. "I feel very, very fortunate."

As it is, Loder probably wouldn't have been spending much time at home this past week anyway. The author and former Rolling Stone editor is b read more

Law &#038 Order Beauty's Back


When TV viewers last saw Law & Order alumna Jill Hennessy, the brunette beauty was playing Jackie Kennedy Onassis in March's NBC miniseries, Jackie Ethel Joan: Women of Camelot. But don't expect any ladylike reserve in her performance on Crossing Jordan (debuting Monday at 10 pm/ET). Marking her return to primetime crime, Hennessy is the series's title medical examiner — sort of a female Quincy with anger-management issues.

"[Jordan is] so, dare I say, mildly unstable," she enthuses. "It's like a little acting playground — I get to express everything! I get to work out stuff that I would be afraid of exposing in my personal life, because this character is so uncensored. She's so unrestrained; she gets everything off her chest."

Her thespian skills aside, can this 31-year-old actress with supermodel looks really be belie read more

Musicians Aid in Relief Effort


As the nation struggles to come to grips with last week's devastating terrorist attacks — the worst in U.S. history — artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Britney Spears are stepping forward to lend some much-needed support.

Jackson currently is writing and producing an all-star "We Are The World"-type ballad and will donate all proceeds generated by its worldwide distribution to the relief effort. "I believe in my heart that the music community will come together as one and rally to the aid of thousands of innocent victims," said Jackson, who hopes to raise $50 million. "There is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now, and through this effort each one of us can play an immediate role in helping to comfort so many people."

Spears, Destiny's Child, M&#253a, 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake and Backstreet Boy read more

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