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Chris Isaak's Co-Star Tells All


Chris Isaak's self-titled Showtime series — airing Mondays at 10 pm/ET — isn't quite as semi-autobiographical as the rock star/actor would have you think. At least not according to co-star Kristin Dattilo, who plays his angsty, sleep-deprived manager, Yola.

Aside from mining his own adventures for the show's quirky plotlines, Dattilo tells TV Guide Online, "Chris has brought on a lot of people from his life who really were band members and ex-girlfriends. So I know it's not supposed to be his real life, but it so is. He's in such denial!"

Yes, but surely Isaak doesn't really seek advice from that nude blonde oracle who lives in the aquarium? Quips Dattilo: "Actually, I think in his real life he does speak to a lot of naked women."

As if working on The Chris Isaak Show — which has just been renewed for a second season — weren't surreal enough, the actress has her soap star sibling's troubles to contend with. Her brot read more

X-Villain: Where There's Smoke...


On The X-Files, fluke worms grow to be Rock-sized, sharks walk on two legs, and UFOs take off more regularly than airline flights. In other words, anything can happen. So, although his character, the nefarious Cigarette-Smoking Man, took what appeared to be a fatal fall in last year's finale, William B. Davis believes that viewers might not have seen the last of him.

"[My fate] was left deliberately ambiguous," the actor tells TV Guide Online. "At the end of the season, they really didn't know if the series would be continuing. Once they found that it was, they didn't want to engage the new character [Doggett] in the old stories... so they've gone in a different direction.

"I don't know what their thoughts are now on those loose ends," he adds, "including me at the bottom of the stairs!"

Whether at last the villain really was served his just desserts, his portrayer doesn't see a little thing like his passing read more

Outback Champ Running on Empty


She braved 42 days of starvation, boredom and backstabbing, yet Survivor: The Australian Outback's $1 million victor, Tina Wesson, is finding it difficult to outlast another menacing foe: The media. Last Tuesday, after five days of non-stop interviews and appearances, the 40-year-old Tennessee nurse passed out after boarding a flight en route from New York to Los Angeles.

"It has just been very, very busy," Wesson tells TV Guide Online. "I've talked to my family like 10 minutes since I won. It's just you get up in the morning and you go until bedtime — it's a lot harder than I anticipated."

After being checked out by doctors, Wesson — who says her mini-spell can be partially blamed on a mild sleeping pill she had taken — was able to make the cross-country trek. However, she admits, "I still kinda feel like I've been hit by a train."

Well, if Wesson thinks she has it rough, the soft-spoken mother of two should step into the shoes of read more

V.I.P. Vixen Mouths Off


As one of the shapely starlets of Pamela Anderson's popular jigglefest, V.I.P., Natalie Raitano knows from drama. Not so much the bullet-dodging, car-chasing sort — her stunt doubles handle that fuss and muss. Still, her daily life isn't all posing for photo shoots with big guns and tiny bikinis. In a telephone t&#234te &#224 t&#234te with TV Guide Online, Raitano boisterously opens up about her struggles as an actress and an animal lover — and her vow to defend gal pal Pam from tabloid tattletales. — Daniel R. Coleridge


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Heath's Courtly Lady Love


Actress Shannyn Sossamon has come far since 1999, when she was first discovered while deejaying at Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday party. Now, the whole world can see her busting a move with Aussie heartthrob Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale (opening Friday).

She's especially fond of one romantically hip dance number they did to David Bowie's "Golden Years." "Heath's a good dancer and I'm a good dancer, and it just felt magical," Sossamon enthuses to TV Guide Online. "[It was] like we were filming a musical way back when. It really felt magical."

Prior to being cast in A Knight's Tale, Sossamon confesses that — like most American moviegoers — she wasn't too familiar with Ledger's work. "I knew he was in that movie 10 Things I Hate About You, but I didn't know who he was," she admits. But clearly her fair-haired co-star has left quite an impression on her. "He's just cool," she gushes. "He's awesome. He's really charming read more

Heath's Courtly Lady Love


Actress Shannyn Sossamon has come far since 1999, when she was first discovered while deejaying at Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday party. Now, the whole world can see her busting a move with Aussie heartthrob Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale (opening Friday).

She's especially fond of one romantically hip dance number they did to David Bowie's "Golden Years." "Heath's a good dancer and I'm a good dancer, and it just felt magical," Sossamon enthuses to TV Guide Online. "[It was] like we were filming a musical way back when. It really felt magical."

Prior to being cast in A Knight's Tale, Sossamon confesses that — like most American moviegoers — she wasn't too familiar with Ledger's work. "I knew he was in that movie 10 Things I Hate About You, but I didn't know who he was," she admits. But clearly her fair-haired co-star has left quite an impression on her. "He's just cool," she gushes. "He's awesome. He's really charming read more

V.I.P. Vixen Mouths Off


As one of the shapely starlets of Pamela Anderson's popular jigglefest, V.I.P., Natalie Raitano knows from drama. Not so much the bullet-dodging, car-chasing sort — her stunt doubles handle that fuss and muss. Still, her daily life isn't all posing for photo shoots with big guns and tiny bikinis. In a telephone t&#234te &#224 t&#234te with TV Guide Online, Raitano boisterously opens up about her struggles as an actress and an animal lover — and her vow to defend gal pal Pam from tabloid tattletales. — Daniel R. Coleridge


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Lone's Last Shot?


If you have yet to sample Fox's quirky X-Files spinoff, The Lone Gunmen, tonight's finale may be your last shot. After a strong start in March, Gunmen's three conspiracy-obsessed computer geeks have watched their viewership disappear faster than data on an "I Love You" virus-infected hard drive. But it's not all doom and gloom. Last week's episode retained a best-yet 86 percent of its adults 18-49 lead-in from Police Videos (granted, a small victory, but a victory nonetheless), and in a recent USA Today poll, Gunmen ranked second only to the WB's Roswell as the struggling series viewers most want to see return next fall. Still, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the show needs to flex some ratings muscle tonight. But short of hacking into Nielsen's mainframe, what is series creator Chris Carter to do? Well, a little stunt casting couldn't hurt, that's for sure. — Michael Ausiello


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Lone's Last Shot?


If you have yet to sample Fox's quirky X-Files spinoff, The Lone Gunmen, tonight's finale may be your last shot. After a strong start in March, Gunmen's three conspiracy-obsessed computer geeks have watched their viewership disappear faster than data on an "I Love You" virus-infected hard drive. But it's not all doom and gloom. Last week's episode retained a best-yet 86 percent of its adults 18-49 lead-in from Police Videos (granted, a small victory, but a victory nonetheless), and in a recent USA Today poll, Gunmen ranked second only to the WB's Roswell as the struggling series viewers most want to see return next fall. Still, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the show needs to flex some ratings muscle tonight. But short of hacking into Nielsen's mainframe, what is series creator Chris Carter to do? Well, a little stunt casting couldn't hurt, that's for sure. — Michael Ausiello


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Rosie's Right Hand Man


John McDanielThe Rosie O'Donnell Show's giddy bandleader — has quietly emerged as a daytime heartthrob, thanks to those "magic fingers" of his.

"Oh stop!" McDaniel balks at the suggestion, letting loose his hearty, sugar-laced cackle. A music lover since age five and the proud owner of over 3,000 albums, O'Donnell's accompanist isn't one for straining his Yamaha's ebony and ivory keys. "The music is never meant to call attention to itself," he tells TV Guide Online. "It's only to support the company [of a show]."

At home, however, McDaniel's dinner guests often do call attention to themselves with their impromptu performances. Fortunately, his neighbors — who've become accustomed to his star-studded shenanigans — never really complain. "I have a big loft," he laughs. "Can you imagine someone yelling for that Carol Burnett to shut up?!"

O'Donnell's name will be noticeably absent from busy McDaniel's datebook once she departs read more

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