Jeremy Sisto, Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Jeremy Sisto is on a hunt in each of his two latest TV roles. In the Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King episode "The Fifth Quarter," (premiering tonight at 10 pm/ET on TNT), he's an ex-con laboring to stay clean while on a quest to uncover millions in buried bucks. And this fall he's in Kidnapped, an NBC drama about an abducted kid and the unorthodox, don't-involve-the-Feds tracker (Sisto) enlisted to find him. TVGuide.com chatted up the actor about tackling such nightmare scenarios.
TVGuide.com: In reviewing your résumé, I don't really see much that is inherently uninteresting. A lot of your projects seem to have an edg
Patricia Wettig on Prison Break
Patricia Wettig now has something in common with 24 alum Dennis Haysbert (currently on CBS' The Unit) — neither of them are any longer playing the president of the United States for Fox.
While Wettig's Prison Break character, the crafty Caroline Reynolds, was set to play the leader of the free world in the show's sophomore season, the actress — who wasn't under contract to the Fox drama — opted instead to accept a role on B
Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway and Harold Perrineau, Lost
Question: As you know, Lost has a new airing schedule. First six episodes, then a 13-week break, then the rest of the season uninterrupted. I myself think it's a good idea. We get a little taste of the season with the first six episodes, then we just have to be patient until February. Some think people will lose interest and that it will drop in the ratings and get canceled. I just wanted to know what you think. If ABC did ever cancel Lost, I would go crazy!
Answer: You don't have to worry about that anytime soon. And I'm glad you came to a levelheaded source for a read on the situation, which is far from dire. Yes, there will be many fans who will be loudly aggravated by any interruption in the Lost schedule, just as they got upset during the first two seasons when the show went into its confusing and frustrating pattern of repeats and originals, which this new system aims to avoid. Here's a case of a major network being forced by the times to adjust its scheduling in a pretty radical
Megalyn Echikunwoke, The 4400
A lot of strange things have been going on during this season of USA Network's The 4400 (Sundays at 9 pm/ET) and, more often than not, grown-up newborn Isabelle is at the heart of the mysterious matter. Doing our best impression of a diligent NTAC agent — at the risk of falling prey to one of Izzy's lethal choking maneuvers — TVGuide.com prodded the enigmatic beauty's portrayer, Megalyn Echikunwoke, for scoop on the back half of Season 3.
TVGuide.com: OK, I've thought long and hard about how to phrase my first question, and here it is: What the hell is happening on The 4400?!Megalyn Echikunwoke: [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Seriously, what's up with Isabelle? Who is she?
Question: Why is Fox making such a mess out of the rebroadcast of 24? First, they skipped two hours, and then the next week they skipped another 12 hours. They left out some great material: Kim's reappearance, the deaths of Edgar and Lynn, Secretary Heller. It has been very frustrating. Why the tease? They should have either rebroadcast it in its entirety or not at all.
Answer: No argument here. The experiment obviously didn't work ratings-wise (as if repeating serialized programming ever does), but what is Fox going to put on Fridays for the rest of the summer that will do that much better? Talk about generating ill will. Way to go, Fox. ...
Question: I know you are really busy at the press tour (thanks for all the detailed Dispatches), but I was just wondering if you might want to comment on the TV Week Critics Poll. Do you agree or disagree with any specific shows in the top 25? Actually, I was really wondering if you might want to comment on the fact that CBS did not have a single show in the top 25. What does that say about the American public, and CBS for that matter, that America's No. 1 network (a title they often shove down our throats) does not have a single "top tier" show? Oh, and how great is Psych? I know it killed in the ratings, so is renewal just around the corner? My guess is yes.
Answer: I'm very fond of Psych, and I look forward to returning home in a week so I can catch up on the episodes beyond the pilot. Its renewal is a lock, I'm sure. As for the TV Week poll: I'm not in the least surprised that CBS isn't represented on that list. When we make a list like this (I'm just speaking for myself), we tend
Today's big news: I woke up to find a zit the size of a Vespa parked on my face. Good times....EXECUTIVE SESSION9:04 am: ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson is wearing blue jeans that scream "rock-star network executive!"9:06 am: McPherson announces that he's going to pressure the TV Academy to let us, the nation's top TV critics, decide next year's Emmy nominees. Hey, that was my idea! (And not to split hairs, but it's only supposed to be Matt Roush and me.)9:08 am: McPherson admits if he had to do Commander in Chief over again, he wouldn't have impeached Rod Lurie and replaced him with Steven Bochco. "We would probably bring it on later in the season and let Rod prep for it a lot longer than he had a chance to. He was the voice of that show." 9:08 am: I ask McPherson what he's doing behind the scenes at Desperate Housewives to address last season's "creative collapse." Although he disagrees with the "creative collapse" part I was going to say implosion he c...
Question: I may have been out of the loop, so help me out. When I watched the Emmys in the '80s, there was no competition from HBO. When did HBO get in the picture for Emmys? Cable should have their own awards shows. If it weren't for cable shows, maybe Lauren Graham would be nominated among other snubs.
Answer: Once upon a time, there was something called the Cable ACE Awards, which bestowed prizes on cable achievement during a time when cable shows weren't allowed to the Emmy party. That seems like ancient history now. Wiser heads prevailed, and while it may seem unfair that cable (especially pay cable) operates on a less restrictive playing field, to exclude cable programming from the Emmys would invalidate the results even more than the shoddy and counterintuitive nomination process has this year. The good news is that, thanks to the spur of great cable achievement, network TV has upped its game lately, and with shows like 24, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, House,
Question: Kristin from E! Online is reporting that Wayne Palmer (D.B. Woodside) will be the next President on 24! Is it true?
Answer: All I'll say is my frienemy on the West Coast has a really good 24 mole. Speaking of 24 intel, did you hear about Chloe getting a new boss at CTU? If not, check out my Ausiello Report blog post for all the details.
Question: Which fall pilots would you deem worthy of my time?
Answer: I finished watching the last of the pilots over the weekend and I have fantastic news: For the first time in recent memory, the good fall shows easily outnumber the bad ones — at least based on the pilots I saw. As Desperate Housewives taught us, the second and third episodes tell us much more about a show's creative bones than a season premiere. With that said, here are the fall offerings that have the most FauxVo potential.
* Vanished (Fox) and Kidnapped (NBC): Among the things these two thrillers share in common: They both&