Question: I am truly nervous about Las Vegas' next season, since the ratings had been truly awful this last year. Josh Duhamel's show used to create some impact on Monday night, but the move to Fridays made it impossible for the show to keep up the good work. Friday night is not made for young, fresh shows. This fall, NBC is developing some interesting options (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Heroes, etc.), so I am scared that these potential hits could help the network dismiss Las Vegas easily. What do you think? I appreciate all the help you could give me, since Las Vegas is my favorite show and the only reason I stay home on Friday nights.
Answer: Well, if it kept you at home on Fridays, then it did its job. Honestly, I wouldn't fret too much about this one. While it's true the show was more visible and successful on Mondays, NBC is actually kind of paying the show a compliment by treating it as a utility player. Moving it to Fridays, where it will be paired, at least initially, with
On Showtime's Huff (Sundays at 10 pm/ET), Paget Brewster plays the forlorn and fed-up wife of Hank Azaria's sad-sack psychiatrist. Could she be playing someone more different from the hottie Friends' Chandler stole from Joey? TVGuide.com spoke to the actress about her Huffing and puffing,
Cheryl Ladd, grandmother? Have we come to that point? Sort of, but not really. In the Hallmark Channel presentation Though None Go with Me (premiering Saturday at 9 pm/ET), Charlie's onetime Angel disappears behind old-age makeup to play Elizabeth Leroy Bishop, a woman who relates stories from her colorful and oft-times turbulent life — Amy Grabow plays Elizabeth as a young woman — to a grandchild. As anyone who has seen Ladd on Las Vegas knows, it must have taken a lot of powder to make this heavenly beauty look anything but robust.
TVGuide.com: Look at you, playing grandma to some twentysomething girl!Cheryl Ladd: [Laughs] Yep!
Question: Hey, Matt, what was up with that worthless, homophobic B-story on Las Vegas on March 31, with Mike and Danny posing for a calendar they later are horrified to find out is popular with gay men? Is that a little Brokeback-lash? It really put me off the show, which I tape in favor of watching Close to Home. I'm not sure I'll be taping it anymore. Do you have any insight?
Answer: I have no great insight, because I'm not watching Vegas these days. (Not a judgement call. It was just never part of my weekly menu, and now that it's on Fridays, like most everything else on that night, it's out of sight, out of mind for me.) But this hardly surprises me. Gay jokes like this are still very easy punch lines, especially among macho characters like these. Which brings me to this sour reaction to my own recent attempt to make light of a male-bonding situation.
Sonia writes: "Matt, I am disappointed in your answer to the question about the relationship between House and Wilson on April 3.
NBC's Las Vegas is MIA this Friday night (to make way for a Heist encore), but Nikki Cox could probably use the free time, anyway. The red-hot redhead, after all, is busy making plans for her wedding to fellow actor (and Vegas guest star, natch) Jay Mohr. Still, she found time to talk with TVGuide.com about the evolution of Vegas' Mary, the "rumored" pillow fights she has with her female costars and more (meaning Mohr.)
TVGuide.com: I saw you the other day on the cover of InStyle Weddings looking all pretty....Nikki Cox: All "gussied up." [Chuckles]
TVGuide.com: Is what I saw you in your actual wedding dress?Cox: No, my dr