Britney Spears, Katie Couric, Christina Aguilera
Is there nothing that television can't make us do? Britney Spears did her best impression of a pop star, making us doubt her icon status. She didn't say a word, but Katie Couric — for a moment — made us forget the real news. And Christina Aguilera did what we thought was impossible: She made us fall in love with the Grammys again. Check out our Top Moments of the week ...
Samantha Who's mother, Regina, has a secret sister — and she's being played by Tony-winning actress Christine Ebesole, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Whoa, what, Who? A "secret sister"? Well, it's complicated. It turns out that Regina ...
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Monday's ratings recap:
Shrek and the Grinch gave ABC the win for the hour, averaging 11.44 million total viewers. Repeats of Big Bang ("Pants must be worn at all times in the time machine!") and Mother (each drawing over eight mil) placed second.
Chuck claimed third with 7.25 mil, gaining 10 percent on this night of lighter competition, while Sarah Connor truly seized the moment, surging 26 percent to 5.83 mil, its largest audience since Sept. 22. Gossip Girl (3.08 mil) inched up 200K from its Nov. 17 season low.
Heroes flirted with eight mil (and won the back half of the hour), gaining 100 thou week-to-week. With her flashy Dancing lead-in now gone, Samantha Who? stumbled to the tune of 43 percent, averaging just 6.8 mil across back-to-back episodes.
Prison Break (5.8 mil) added 550K, while the first of Privileged's Monday "try-outs" delivered 2.2 mil, up 40 percent from its most recent Tuesday outing.
Even opposite a CSI: Miami repeat (see news story on Khandi Alexander's return visit), Boston Legal (8.4 mil, -300K) and Worst Enemy (4.03 mil, -220K) each slipped.
Mary-Kate Olsen on Samantha Who?
Jeers to Mary-Kate Olsen for her lifeless guest shot on Samantha Who? Read, discuss and vote on this complete jeer after the jump.
James Tupper on Samantha Who?
Two big treats are on tap this week for the forsaken Men in Trees fans. First up is the arrival of James Tupper on ABC's Samantha Who?, starting tonight at 9:30 pm/ET. TV's former "McTreemy" plays an environmentalist who strikes Sam's fancy, so much so that Tupper's visit has been extended through, well, whenever. In this Q&A, Tupper lets us know what's what with Who, compares Christina Applegate to real-life lady love Anne Heche, and previews his big-screen turn opposite Zac Efron.
TVGuide.com: In this week's Samantha Who?, "Sam strives to stick to her path of morality, but her handsome first client - played by James Tupper — throws her off course." How so?
James Tupper: First of all, I have to say it's really weird to see that word, "handsome." We all have our way of seeing ourselves in the world, and I grew up in a big family where everybody ignored me. It's just so strange. It confuses my ...
Christina Applegate in Samantha Who?, Molly Shannon and Selma Blair in Kath & Kim
Two more shows can breathe a little deeper now that they have received full-season (or almost full-season) orders.
ABC has ordered seven new episodes of sophomore comedy Samantha Who?, bringing the full-season count to 20, two shy of the usual order. (The network isn't "forgetting" about Sam, but rather says the smaller order is only a result of having a wealth of midseason shows, like Scrubs and According to Jim (groan), on deck.)
Receiving the traditional "back-nine" pickup is NBC's Kath & Kim, starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as a dopey mother-daughter duo. More details on these shows and their pickups after the jump.
Kristen Bell, Hayden Panettiere, Heroes
9 pm/ET NBC
Last week's episode left several characters in perilous positions as Nathan and Tracy were captured by a much-changed Suresh, and Peter's reunion with his dear old dad left him trapped and — even worse — stripped of his powers.
Read on for previews of Raising the Bar, Gossip Girl, Samantha Who? and Paranormal State.
It's fun, sure, but it's not necessarily easy playing a sitcom lush. Jennifer Esposito of ABC's Samantha Who? (Mondays at 9:30 pm/ET) reveals the perils of pounding mock-tails, hints at what makes outrageous Andrea tick, and previews big tension with upcoming guest star Mary-Kate Olsen. Plus: Esposito shares the surprising reason why one costar wants to kill her.
Read our full Q&A, after the jump.
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
9:31 pm/ET ABC
In the Season 2 opener, there are two major problems when Sam teams with her mom in a dance contest: Her mom's nemesis (Cybill Shepherd), who is also in the competition, has a partner who's a ringer (Mark Ballas from Dancing with the Stars). More important, whereas Sam was a very good hoofer before the coma, post-coma Sam can't remember how to dance. — Fred Mitchell
Chuck 8 pm/ET NBC
My Own Worst Enemy 10 pm/ET NBC
SpongeBob SquarePants 8 pm/ET Nickelodeon
Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery 9 pm/ET HBO
TV's most affable amnesiac is back, and she is, I suppose you could say, "forgetter than ever." But what exactly is new with ABC's Samantha Who? Melissa McCarthy, who plays Dena, the angel on Sam's shoulder (to Jennifer Esposito's gin-swilling devil), shared with us a peek at Season 2's possible catfights and very special guest stars. Plus: McCarthy hails series lead Christina Applegate as "a tough cookie" who didn't let breast cancer get the best of her. Read on for our full Q&A.