Nicole Richie no longer leads a simple life — and that's just fine with her. In January, the former reality star entered the hectic world of motherhood when she and her boyfriend, Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden, welcomed a baby girl, Harlow. (Despite tabloid headlines to the contrary, Richie says she and Madden are together.) On the professional front, the 27-year-old Richie is attempting a bit of a career reinvention, designing a line of jewelry, reportedly working on an album and even returning to TV. On Oct. 20, she guest stars on NBC's espionage comedy Chuck (8 pm/ET) as a former high-school nemesis of Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski). We asked Richie about the surprisingly physical role. — Mary Murphy
TV Guide: How did you get the role on Chuck?
Nicole Richie: I auditioned like every body else. I knew it was a really fun part and it seemed like a challenge. I get a lot of scripts to play blonde, bubbly cheerleader types. She was different than that. She has a dark side.
Read the full Q&A after the jump.
William Petersen and Gary Dourdan, CSI
TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here!
Question: I just wanted to give props to the amazing season premiere of CSI last week. I was a fan of the show from the pilot, but I stopped watching around the fourth season because the stories seemed to start repeating themselves too much. But after watching this stunning, well-produced, gripping premiere, I may have to declare once again that I am a CSI fan. So here's my question to you: Why do you think Warrick's death was so effective, while many other TV deaths aren't? Was it because Warrick Brown has been in our lives and in our homes for eight years? Was it because the characters around him acted like real human beings, and not "TV characters?" What was it about this episode that stuck with me so much? —Marcus
Get Matt's response, plus questions on The Amazing Race, Grey's Anatomy, Mad Men and more after the jump.
Ross McCall in Crash
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning (if somewhat controversial) Best Picture of 2006, Crash hits the smaller screen Friday at 10 pm/ET, on the Starz Entertainment cable channel. Headlined by film vet Dennis Hopper and peppered with salty language, racy moments and racial tension, the TV adaptation, like its inspiration, looks at the way disparate lives intersect in the melting pot that is Los Angeles.
Ross McCall, the lucky Scot who soon will get to call Jennifer Love Hewitt his wife and in Crash plays a rule-bending street cop, gave us a peek at the new series. Plus: What he finds sexy about the Sexiest Woman on TV.
TVGuide.com: This is the first original drama series produced by Starz. What about this project made you not anxious about precisely that?
Ross McCall: I worked for HBO a couple of years ago [on Band of Brothers], and shows like The Sopranos had made HBO into a booming place. So when Starz and Lionsgate decided to do their first original series, I really wanted to be a part of something that ...
Maura Tierney, ER
In its final year, ER (Thursdays at 10 pm/ET, NBC) will welcome back some old friends while other cast members make early exits. In the 15th-season premiere, Greg Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) died a shocking death, and tonight Maura Tierney's lovable but beleaguered Dr. Abby Lockhart checks out for the last time.
TV Guide: You wanted Abby to be killed off, but she won't be. So how does she leave?
See Tierney's answer and find out what's in Luka and Abby's future after the jump.
Sigourney Weaver, Eli Stone
What's the best way to create interest in a sophomore shown like Eli Stone that bounced from the bubble to a surprise second season? Stunt casting, of course! Sigourney Weaver plays Eli's therapist in the Oct. 14 season opener, and is just is one of several stars scheduled to pop us this year. (Others include Katie Holmes and singer Seal.) We chatted with Weaver about what drew her to this little show that could, whether we might see more of her character this season and what it would take to see her on the small screen in her own show.
Catch the full Q&A after the jump.
In My Own Worst Enemy (premieres Monday, Oct. 13, 10 pm/ET, NBC), Christian Slater plays two roles: Henry Spivey, a mild-mannered, suburban dad who travels a lot for work and wishes he had more time for his family, and Edward Albright, a dashing international operative who works for a top-secret intelligence agency. The catch: They share a body, and are unaware of the other's existence, initially anyway. In the pilot episode, titled "Breakdown," a malfunctioning computer chip inside Henry/Edward's head starts to "flip the switch" at inopportune moments, giving the two men unwelcome glimpses into the lives of their very different alter egos. Slater tells us why he decided to do a TV show, the difference between playing the two characters, and why people shouldn't worry about this show's resemblance to Joss Whedon's Dollhouse...
Edie's new husband, Dave Williams, is a bully, and Sunday's episode of Desperate Housewives revealed more of his subversive tactics, this time aimed at the ever-squabbling Scavos. Mary Alice's ghostly voiceover told us that bullies can be found all over – not just on the playground, and boy, was she right! Check out this list of Wisteria Lane bullies, and note that only one of them is under the age of 18. (Yes, Juanita Solis!)
Kristen Bell, Heroes
Kristen Bell may have appeared on just one episode of Heroes so far this season — but it wasn't the last we'll be seeing of Elle Bishop — nor the last of her confrontations with Sylar.
In her significant, single appearance, Elle managed to take down the show's big baddie. "I felt really good!," Bell said of her character's bold move. She spoke with TVGuide.com at Hollywood Life Magazine's 5th annual Hollywood Style Awards, where she was presenting her own stylist, Nicole Chavez, with an award.
Yet, the actress is even more excited about the intrigue and revelations to come.
Anna Friel and Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
TV Guide's Senior Critic Matt Roush takes your TV questions. Have a rant, rave or burning question about your favorite show you'd like addressed? E-mail him here.
Question: I'm devastated, but not necessarily surprised, by the early ratings for Pushing Daisies. I thought it was risky of ABC to leave a show this fragile and unique off the air for so long and expect viewers to flock to its return. It's sad that something this unique, this creative and this original just can't "click" with a general public, but my hope is that the demos are decent enough that it will make it through at least 12 episodes and give us fans a proper, affectionate sign-off. — Andrew M.
Matt Roush: Let's not suggest the show be pushing up daisies just yet, though the opening numbers were dismaying. I can only hope ABC won't let this delightful show go down without a fight (the same argument I've been adopting lately for Fox's struggling Terminator series). But I agree the out-of-sight, out-of-mind argument has been devastating for this show in particular.
More on Daisies, the great Grey's debate and a look at the 24 prequel movie after the jump.
Stephen Moyer, True Blood
Stephen Moyer curls back his upper lip, revealing one of his — surprise — natural fangs. The star of HBO's True Blood (Sundays at 9 pm/ET) explains that, in his other bloodsucker role, for the 1998 British television series Ultraviolet, "they just whitened these so the camera would pick them up." He runs his index finger down the unusually sharp canine and prods the pointed tip. Playing a vampire, it seems, comes naturally.
These days, a lot of women wouldn't mind baring their necks for Moyer. But while his character, 173-year-old reformed vamp Bill Compton, has the power to "glamour" mortals (control them through a hypnotic stare), Moyer's off-screen magnetism comes from a down-to-earth friendliness. Not to mention intense blue eyes, a cut physique and the habitual use of words like "luv" and "dahling" delivered in a British accent.
If Bill's sexiness is restrained and brooding, Moyer's is more lively ...