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.
Heads up, Eden Riegel fans! Bianca briefly returns to All My Children for another couple of weeks starting on May 24. Once again, the saintly lesbian comes back to Pine Valley to help her sassy sister Kendall (Alicia Minshew) during a crisis. This time the Kane women will be welcoming Kendall and Ryan's bouncing baby boy into the world.
Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria (ex-Isabella, Young and the Restless) will serve as host and producer of the 2006 ALMA Awards, which air June 5 on ABC. The awardsfest celebrates Latino artistic achievement in TV, film and music, as well as positive Latino images in Hollywood. FYI, the muy caliente nominees for outstanding performance in a daytime drama are All My Children's Eva La Rue (ex-Maria) and One Life to Live's Kamar de Los Reyes (Antonio) and Melissa Gallo (Adriana). "I'm glad my performances on AMC before I left still fall within the eligibility period," La Rue enthuses. "This is such an honor."
Set your FauxVo! All My Children diva Eva La Rue (ex-Maria) will host TV Guide Channel's TV Hunks & Babes special this Sunday at 8 pm/ET.
"The No. 1 spots went to Patrick Dempsey from Grey's Anatomy and Evangeline Lilly from Lost," La Rue reveals to TVGuide.com. "And then there's so many daytime soap hunks and babes on this special who have moved on to nighttime. Josh Duhamel, Vanessa Marcil, Shemar Moore, Julian McMahon...."
What about Eva herself? She recently left AMC and landed a regular gig on CSI: Miami as sexpot scientist Natalia Boa Vista. Shouldn't she be listed as one of TV's hottest babes? "I know! Who do you have to sleep with to be on this show, anyhow?" La Rue laughs. "At least I got to host it, so I feel included somewhat, and that's good."
Keep on reading for more Eva La Rue new
Lacey Chabert, Hello Sister, Goodbye Life!
Oh, how Party of Five's sweet Claudia has grown up. In the nearly six years since the sibling sudser aired its swan song, Lacey Chabert has gotten wild with the Thornberrys, at one point found herself Lost in Space, and then fell in with some Mean Girls. This Sunday at 7 pm/ET, Chabert stars in ABC Family's Hello Sister, Goodbye Life!, a TV-movie about a snarky coed forced to watch over her 7-year-old half sister — with barely an assist from mom Wendie Malick — when tragedy strikes.
TVGuide.com: I have to think that having Just Shoot Me's Wendie Malick play your mom was a big incen