Life Unexpected star Kristoffer Polaha has signed a deal with CBS and CBS Studios in what may be the final nail in the coffin for the struggling CW drama, according to Deadline.
The 33-year-old was offered a deal with CBS — to headline a new project next fall — the day the CW opted not to pick up the back nine episodes of...
Question: Apologies if you've already touched on this subject, but I'm wondering if you've seen Pepper Dennis and, in particular, the absolutely wonderful Brooke Burns. Pepper is kind of a half-baked show with a lot of potential it hasn't yet realized. But Brooke Burns as Pepper's lovelorn younger sister suffering through a divorce is just delightful. She brings real pathos and depth to her character. It's a career reinvention along the lines of Jaime Pressly's in My Name Is Earl. As the ratings for Pepper Dennis would seem to spell doom, I wanted to at least make sure Brooke Burns' work gets some deserved attention.
Answer: Consider it done. I was pleasantly surprised by both her and Rebecca Romijn in the few episodes I've seen (haven't been keeping up; the ratings are dreadful and there's too much else on). I agree with you that the show is only about half there in terms of what it could be, but that's not the fault of its two leading ladies. Given how terrible I thought Brooke Burns
Brooke Burns, Pepper Dennis
If Murphy Brown and Ally McBeal had a baby, she'd probably resemble the title character of WB's new Pepper Dennis (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET). But as pretty as series star Rebecca Romijn may be, the top story here, in this intrepid reporter's opinion at least, may be Brooke Burns, cast against type as the sexy newscaster's wholesome sister, Kathy.
TVGuide.com: I have to say — and I hope this doesn't forfeit me any dinner invites from Rebecca Romijn — you are the most fun thing about this show.
Brooke Burns: Oh, stop! You say that to all the nurses! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: No, really! What a fun role for you.
Burns: It's such a great role, is
Question: In a recent posting, John W. said he was surfing all channels and only reality was on during the summer. I agree on how pathetic it is, but does anyone remember a little filler show that aired two summers ago? Reality wasn't such a hit, and there was nothing else on, so people watched a show called The O.C. Wouldn't you think networks would look at things like that and throw a decent show on during the summer? Thankfully, there's FX providing us with some entertainment.
Answer: Yes, FX rescued me this summer, all right. And no question, The O.C. was the perfect show to be launched in the summer. Those with especially long memories will remember that Fox also scored big when it started Beverly Hills, 90210's second season in the summer of (gulp) 1991, which helped that show become a long-running hit. But for every one of those, there's a piece of unwatchable flotsam like last summer's North Shore — and virtually every other show Fox premiered last summer, during its disastrous
Tinseltowners like Michael Jackson spend megabucks to attain the perfectly chiseled facial features that Jay Kenneth Johnson was born with. Who is this cutie? Soap-opera fans know him by only one name. "I think I'll always be called Philip," he tells TV Guide Online, laughing. "They watched me every day on Days of Our Lives and they always think of me like that."
He's not complaining. His Days fame helped win him the role of Christopher on Fox's new nighttime soap, North Shore (Mondays at 8 pm/ET). "It's very hot and sunny here," he says via phone from the set in Waikiki, Hawaii. "I get a tan while I work." Don't rub it in, Johnson. Guess we needn't ask if he misses his old daytime digs...
"I've caught the show a few times," he says. "It got pretty crazy there for a while with Deirdre Hall turning into a serial killer, but I guess it's working for them. I definitely miss it a lot and I would never count out g
If Fox makes a hit of its new Hawaii-set soap, North Shore (premiering tonight at 8 pm/ET), then its other prime-time sudser, The O.C., could be missing one of its mischievous minxes when it returns in November. That's because O.C. hellion Hailey and North Shore trouble magnet Tessa are both played by Amanda Righetti, the hardest-working vamp since Heather Locklear. "I guess I'm sort of on a roll here!" Righetti tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "I'm hoping that I can do both shows, but it's going to really depend on scheduling. It's like, 'Don't make me choose!'"
Like any actress who deserves her SAG card, Righetti wants nothing more than to stretch as an artist. But for now, she doesn't mind being Fox's go-to bad girl; for all their pot-stirring, pampered Hailey and streetwise Tessa are very distinct, she says. "Tessa came from a broken home and has had to fend for herself for a lot of her life. She's found her niche i