TVGuide.com reported exclusively on Friday that soap vet Michael Sabatino will join Passions for 10 episodes as "a sleazy guy." Dying to know who? OK, he's playing J.T. Cornell, the tabloid reporter who got Ethan's paternity scoop from those beeyotches Gwen and Rebecca years ago. Look for Theresa to have an informative meeting with J.T. in Rome on May 18.
In case you're wondering, this J.T. Cornell guy is no relation to blonde bombshell Lydia Cornell
, who starred in the '80s sitcom Too Close for Comfort
. Oh, you weren't
wondering that? Um, maybe it's just me.
48th Annual Grammy AwardsAfter proudly watching my pals Kimberly Caldwell and Rosanna Tavarez on TV Guide Channel's Countdown to the Grammys, followed, of course, by Joan and Melissa Rivers on our Grammy red-carpet show, I made sure my roommate's VCR was taping Idol and my own VCR was set for Lost. All systems go! Time for the Grammys.8:00 pm The animated group Gorillaz open with their hit "Feel Good Inc.," and since I love the song, guess what? It makes me feel good. But I totally picture my mother in Chicago being very confused.8:03 The goddess Madonna enters and I'm loving every minute of it. Can I please look that fabulous when I'm 47? After a brief lip-synched intro, she sings the rest of "Hung Up" live, and her hair looks like Lydia Cornell circa Too Close for Comfort.8:13 Kelly Clarkson s
The good: I'm not the only one with serious squeaky-shoe problems. The bad: That puts me in the same class as Larry, which is never a good thing by any standard. I'm also not the only one who likes the idea of a mezuzah on the door, even though I always forget what it's for, exactly (something about reminding us of God's presence). Moving on, how can Larry not already know Cheryl's bra size? And is Jeff the first person in TV history to use the word "farkakteh" on the air? I'm betting yes. This I'm sure of, however: When my wife spotted Too Close for Comfort's Lydia Cornell as the bra saleswoman, she nearly plotzed.
Holy mackerel! I can write about Tomkat or Brangelina any day, but how often do I get to type the name Lydia Cornell? That's right, Lydia Cornell — and don't you dare ask "Who?" She was the Suzanne Somers of the Ted Knight sitcom Too Close for Comfort in the early '80s. Anyway, she's back — finally! — guesting as "a helpful Victoria's Secret salesgirl" in the Oct. 9 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sigh. Can WKRP in Cincinnati's Jan Smithers be far behind?
TV Guide Online has some good dirt for classic-TV fans today: It's no secret that former talk-show host and Hollywood Squares regular JM J. Bullock, 49, is gay. However, Monroe Ficus — his ditzy character on ABC's Too Close for Comfort — wasn't supposed to be. Still, that didn't stop many viewers from reading him that way, which caused lotsa drama behind the scenes. Now that the '80s hitcom's first season is out on DVD, Bullock thinks it's high time Monroe's skeletons come out of the closet, too!
TV Guide Online: You recently guest-starred on The Bold and the Beautiful...JM J. Bullock: Yes, my character's name was Serge. But I pronounced it "Sir-gay."
TVGO: Well, your wedding-planner guy came on to the groom (Jack Wagner). Don't you feel a little guilty for making gay people out to be ho's who are too dumb to even flirt selectively? And with Jack Wagner, for god's sake?! Ew! Bullock: (Laughs)