Stuffed with Thanksgiving turkey? Tired of flag football with your family? Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to stay put on the couch all weekend long. Check out our roundup of all the marathons, specials and football games on tap. All times are Eastern (ET).
Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo
It's hard not to want to believe in talents like Alfonso Cuaron (of the amazing Gravity) and J.J. Abrams (no TV explanation necessary). These two very busy visionaries lend their names, and Cuaron his directing chops (in the pilot episode, anyway), for NBC's otherwise painfully derivative Believe (Monday, 10/9c), which plays like one of those middling Stephen King melodramas about supernaturally gifted children on the run for their lives.
Cuaron elevates the stock clichés with visual motifs of a butterfly providing mystical guidance and a dizzying flock of pigeons (my idea of a living nightmare) subduing a Big Bad Female Assassin in a loft. It's a handsome looking pilot, even at its most predictably familiar. And as Bo, the spunky little girl whose psychic and paranormal gifts seem to have no end — or, maddeningly, definition — Johnny Sequoyah is agreeable company, never too cute even when the script calls for Bo to be cloyingly precious. Because believe it or not, Believe feels it necessary to squelch the chase-thriller elements with schmaltzy subplots reminiscent of Fox's short-lived Touch. Bo knows goodness, and in between close calls as she eludes her well-funded potential kidnappers, she somehow finds time to inspire a young doctor to get past his crisis of confidence.
Dora the Explorer has come to life — sort of. And parental discretion is advised.
Nine months after scoring one of its biggest hits ever with a parody Dora movie trailer, CollegeHumor has turned the send-up into a three-part miniseries, Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion.
"We did the movie trailer, and we loved the video, but the response was better than we had hoped," Sam Reich, CollegeHumor's president of original content, tells TVGuide.com. "With so many people asking for it to be a real thing — we don't really have that permission to release a Hollywood film —we said, 'What's the biggest version of this that we can do?' And the answer was web series ... and luckily all the stars aligned. ... This is one of the most ambitious things we've ever done."
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Caitlin Sanchez, the voice of Dora the Explorer, has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Nickelodeon that claims that she didn't receive her promised cut of Dora revenue.
"Caitlin traveled around the U.S., promoting the Dora Brand, and making over one hundred interview personal appearances... Defendants have never compensated her for her promotional work," the 35-page lawsuit states.
Driving a stake through the heart of the lover of the king of Mississippi may not have been the wisest career move for Eric, but when it's compared to Russell's casual decapitation of the Magister, well, at least he did it in part to avenge his family's death. In any case, vampires killing vampires can't be considered good PR, especially with the passage of an equal-rights amendment in the offing, and you can bet that's what's on spokes-bloodsucker Nan Flanagan's mind when she stops by Fangtasia looking for answers.
Read on for previews of Dora the Explorer, Next Food Network Star, The Real L Word, Top Shot, Army Wives and Roast of David Hasselhoff.
Dora the Explorer
Think you know everything about Dora the Explorer? As the bilingual adventurer celebrates her 10th anniversary — with Dora's Big Birthday Adventure (Sunday, 8/7c, Nickelodeon) — here are some things you may be surprised to learn...
Dora the Explorer
School is nearly out and soon the kiddios will be home for summer vacation, a time to have fun and chill at the pool, beach, park, library and, our favorite spot, in front of the TV. Here are our picks for the hottest shows of the season.
Dora the Explorer courtesy Nickelodeon
Thank goodness my sons have moved on to Wolverine, War Machine and whatnot. Nick Jr. on March 14, at noon/ET, will premiere Dora Undercover Spies, a new hour-long movie featuring that ageless explorer. Then, later that night, The N will debut Degrassi in Kenya, a documentary in which seven of the series' cast members team up with Free the Children, a nonprofit educational organization.The Degrassi adventures continue (and get a bit less altruistic) on April 4, when The N unveils The Degrassi Spring Break Movie, which promises "breakups, makeups and mayhem." Well, of course it does.
Kathleen Herles, Dora Saves the Mermaids
Having twin almost-five-year-old sons, how could I possibly pass up the opportunity to talk to Dora the Explorer herself, aka voice actress Kathleen Herles. Here is where it gets funny, though: I assumed that, a la Bart Simpson, Kathleen would be some middle-aged lady. Nope. Ms. Herles is but a teen. As Nickelodeon presents the new original movie Dora Saves the Mermaids (premiering Monday at 7 pm/ET), Kathleen shared a look into el mundo de Dora. ¡Vamanos! (As they say.)
TVGuide.com: I have to say, when I learned just a moment ago that you were only 16, I had to rejigger my questions a bit….Kathleen Herles: [Laughs] Yeah, I'm 16….
TVGuide.com: So I come home the other day and my sons say, "Daddy, you’ve got to record the Dora and the mermaids movie!" They must have caught a commercial.Herles: Awww! That's so cute!
Alec Baldwin's abrupt decision to leave CAA for as-yet-to-be-determined pastures may have been fueled in part by a video spoof posted at FunnyOrDie.com, a website cocreated by another CAAer, Will Ferrell, and placing poor Dora the Explorer on the receiving end of his answering-machine harangue. "Baldwin asked CAA to take it off [the site], and they didn't," a source tells the New York Post's Page Six. Others, though, contend that Baldwin parted ways with the 10-percentery because they still pimp his ex-wife, Kim Basinger. Baldwin's rep quips about the video spoof, "Three-year-olds everywhere are upset that Dora... and her friends are being dragged into this." Or as Swiper would say, "Oh, man!"