Laura Allen with Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, The 4400
USA Network's The 4400 tugs at the heartstrings this Sunday at 9 pm/ET when it stages a most unlikely reunion between the recently returned Richard and his late wife, Lily (who, in the guise of Tippi Hedren, died from old age at the start of Season 2). How can this be? It's The 4400! Still, TVGuide.com invited Laura Allen to shed more light on the emotional get-together, as well as tease the new-and-improved second season of FX's Dirt.
TVGuide.com: What was your reaction when you got the call to swing by The 4400 again?Laura Allen: I heard about it this spring when I was in New York. I always thought there would be an opportunity to go back there, becaus
Alicia Minshew and Thorsten Kaye by Donna Svennevik/ABC
All My Children will cast deaf actors and actresses as part of its story concerning Kendall (Alicia Minshew) and her son Spike, who suffered extensive hearing loss in a car accident, as was announced Monday by ABC Daytime president Brian Frons. First up is Bob Hiltermann, a deaf actor who will play Walter Novak on the Aug. 15 episode. "This story line gives us the opportunity to explore the emotional challenges and real-life decisions facing the parents of a child who has been permanently injured," says Frons in a statement. "We will go on a heart-wrenching journey with our characters as they learn about the medical options and obstacles facing their child."One Life to Live's Kassie DePaiva, whose son JQ was born profoundly deaf and at age 18 months received his first cochlear implant, has been consulting AMC, and JQ himself (now age 10) will appear as a guest on Erica Kane's "New Beginnings" talk show in the Sept. 20, 21 and 24 episodes.
Age of Love host Mark Consuelos
Does age matter? That's ostensibly the question at the heart of Age of Love, NBC's new dating series premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET. Hosted by former daytime star Mark Consuelos, the reality show takes 30-year-old Aussie tennis hunk Mark Philippoussis and sends him a-courting with women from two very separate age groups: the "kittens" (aka gals in their twenties) and the "cougars" (ages 38 to 48). TVGuide.com asked Consuelos, the man who gets to call Kelly Ripa his wife, for a look at the semicontroversial program.
TVGuide.com: The last we "spoke," it was you crashing my Q&A with Kelly, tryi
Chandra Wilson cohosts SOAPnet... Live from the Daytime Emmys.
She's not just blowing smoke. Unlike certain self-proclaimed soap nuts who don't really watch soaps (hi, Rosie), Grey's Anatomy star Chandra Wilson takes in four hours a day: All My Children, One Life to Live, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless. And she's taking that passion to the red carpet. Wilson and former OLTL stud Ty Treadway will cohost the two-hour
Kelly Ripa hosts the TV Land Awards.
When it comes to the increasingly large small-screen, Kelly Ripa has done it all. Soap opera? Check. Daytime talker? Check. Prime-time comedy? Check. Saturday Night Live stop-bys? Check. So who better to oversee this Sunday's TV Land Awards (9 pm/ET) than one of this reporter's most favorite funny girls? TVGuide.com relished the chance to speak with the Live with Regis and Kelly cohost about "remaking" Laverne & Shirley, boogying with the Brady Bunch, stealing someone else's belly button and much, much more.
TVGuide.com: I'm nervous to talk to you, because I always get afraid that Q&Aing a funny person won't yield appropriately funny material. Do you ever have that same concern on Live?Kelly Ripa: I do, I do. I have what I like to refer to as "posttraumatic talk-show disorder," where I'm like, "Oh, that didn't go well. I should have done this this way and that that way...." It'
Question: I realize that soap operas are not your regular beat, so I understand if you don't respond to my question. I'm curious, though: Do you have any thoughts on NBC's cancellation of Passions to add another hour of Today, and on the talk that its other soap, Days of our Lives, will be canceled once the network's contract with the show expires in 2009? I figure the motives for these moves are similar to NBC's earlier announcement that they were giving up the 8 pm prime-time slot to inexpensive shows. I read how you feel about the prime-time decision. Do you feel similarly about the daytime decision? I know that soaps have had a rough time of it in the last decade or so, and it's my understanding that NBC has historically been less patient and more aggressive with their daytime lineup. Is the situation with soap operas that bad? Do you think NBC is setting a precedent that the others will follow?
Answer: Kelly, you're right that daytime soaps are absolutely not my beat, but this does
Abigail Spencer, Angela's Eyes
If a crazy man pressed a gun against your forehead and threatened to pull the trigger, would you call his bluff? FBI agent Angela Henson does just that in the first minutes of Lifetime's Angela's Eyes, premiering Sunday at 10 pm/ET — and all because of her would-be assassin's pupils. Alas, the lady fed's mad skills betray her in the bedroom (or at least en route to), as she deduces that her beau has an ex-wife under wraps. It's intense and fun stuff, and TVGuide.com was thrilled to chat up series star Abigail Spencer about it. Now remember, as she greets us, this gal doesn't tell any lies....
Abigail Spencer: I love TVGuide.com, hi! TVGuide.com is my best friend's favorite site so she reads your stuff
Alana De La Garza, CSI: Miami
Are Horatio Caine and Marisol Delko heading for a wedding on CBS' CSI: Miami (Mondays at 10 pm/ET)? Perhaps even en route to "happily ever after"? Or, in light of the nasty line of work that the good lieutenant is in, might this story go from a vow... to a kill? TVGuide.com rang Alana De La Garza, who plays Horatio's lady love, to get up to speed on CSI: Miami, a possible Smallville encore and her other TV adventures.
TVGuide.com: We go back a few years, Alana, and you haven't been keeping me posted on your TV gigs this season. Instead, I get press releases saying, "Alana's do
Our Entertainment News guy Matt Webb Mitovich spotted Jeff Branson (Jonathan, All My Children) taping on location outside New York's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday afternoon. In the scene, Matt told me, Jonathan was handing out flyers desperately trying to find Lily, who's played by Daytime Emmy nominee Leven Rambin. Branson was heard shouting, "She doesn't like the color red!" Sounds like Jonathan's autistic girlfriend will go missing sometime during AMC's May-sweeps period. Scoop!
General Hospital is recasting Jax.... Eden Riegel returns to All My Children as Bianca on May 24.... AMC's Eva La Rue (ex-Maria) is among the soap stars nominated for ALMA Awards.... Walt Disney Co. has announced the April 17 launch of Soapnetic, a high-speed Internet channel for soap-opera fans.... Come back and read Friday's Soaps News for a dishy report on Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar, which airs May 2 on CBS.