Question: I was wondering if you could take a break from your Veronica Mars/Lost scoop column and let me know the current situation with Arrested Development. Are ABC and Showtime seriously interested?
Answer: Yes, they are seriously interested, but nothing can happen until Fox actually cancels the freakin' show. I have a sneaking suspicion that Peter Liguori is intentionally stalling to avoid getting lynched at press tour next month.
Veronica Mars' Kristen Bell and Harry Hamlin
Question: Yay, Wallace is back on Veronica Mars! What else can we look forward to when the second half of the season kicks off?
Answer: The show is working on its own version of "Aaron Echolls: The E! True Hollywood Story" to be cut into an upcoming episode, and exec producer Rob Thomas needs our help. You see, the spoof is supposed to feature an interview with the actor playing Echolls in the TV-movie "The Aaron Echolls Story," but in a funny twist, Rob is having a tough time casting the role. "We actually attempted to book Peter Gallagher," Thomas says, "but we didn't have enough money in our budget for Peter's agents to 'take it seriously.'" Now this is where we come in. Rob is curious who AA readers think should "play" Harry Hamlin's evil alter ego. Although he admits "it's doubtful we'll actually be able to book their top choice, we may give it a shot." OK, guys, it's not every day that the man in
Veronica Mars' Teddy Dunn and Kristen Bell
While fans wait for fresh episodes of UPN's Veronica Mars to return in January (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), they want to know: Why wasn't Meg asked about the bus crash before she died? What did happen between Duncan and Kendall? And what's up with Mac and Beaver? In an exclusive Q&A, Mars creator Rob Thomas once again provided the answers to these and other burning questions from TVGuide.com readers.
Question: Why didn't Veronica and Duncan ask Meg about the bus crash when they visited her? — B.J.
Rob Thomas: Originally, in the first draft of the scene, they did. Meg could only remember one pertinent detail. I felt, however, that it was awkward and a bit insensitive for Ver
Question: Nice choices for the AFI Best 2005 TV shows. What were the criteria for that? Were comedies and reality shows not considered, or are they just not that good? Did the shows have to premiere before a certain date? I know it isn't really a concern of the major networks to create quality TV (which is perhaps why CBS has the same show on every day of the week: CSI, Numbers, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, ad nauseum), but do they care that the "best" shows are, except for four, not on the major networks? Will the Emmy voters ever be presented with a ballot that reads more like this list than CSI, Law & Order and The West Wing?
Answer: For those who missed the announcement, the American Film Institute list of the year's 10 best programs (for which I was privileged to sit on a jury comprised of critics, industry professionals and academics) is as follows (alphabetically): Battlestar Galactica, Deadwood, Grey's Anatomy, House,
Steve Guttenberg in Meet the Santas
What a year it has been for Steve Guttenberg. In the past few months alone, he has scored a recurring role on Veronica Mars (as politico Woody Goodman), gone (upside-)down with the ship on NBC's The Poseidon Adventure, and now he's back making merry (and trying to get married) in Hallmark Channel's Meet the Santas (premiering Dec. 17 at 9 pm/ET), a follow-up to the 2004 TV-movie in which his Nick Claus met his would-be missus (played by Crystal Bernard). But as busy as he is, Guttenberg always finds time to play a real-life gift-giver to those in need, and that's one of the topics TVGuide.com spoke to him about in this Q&A.
TVGuide.com: Does it make an actor feel all warm inside doing a holiday movie like Meet the Santas?Steve Guttenberg: It m
Question: The Golden Globes are my favorite awards show, mainly because they put TV and movie stars all together under one roof — and give them lots of booze. They can always be counted upon for great moments! But if one thing always irks me, it's the supporting actor TV category, which doesn't differentiate between drama, comedy or miniseries. And we end up with a field like this for Best Supporting Actor: Naveen Andrews, Lost; Paul Newman, Empire Falls; Jeremy Piven, Entourage; Randy Quaid, Elvis; Donald Sutherland, Commander in Chief. Seriously? We're putting Jeremy Piven's delightfully shallow superagent up against Andrews' painstaking dramatic portrayal of a tortured (no pun intended) former Iraqi soldier? In the same category? I am sure they must do this to get the time down on the program, but if they must lump TV-movies and miniseries together, can't they at least separate between comedy and drama (two drastically different media)? That would only add two awards to the program, ...
Question: I'm sooo angry right now. Mariska Hargitay wasn't nominated for a Golden Globe. What gives?
Answer: Now, you know I love my Marish, but she won last year. The Golden Globes have always been about the next big thing, hence the first-time nods for such AA faves as Grey's Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Matthew Fox, Prison Break, Wentworth Miller, Everybody Hates Chris, My Name Is Earl and Steve Carell. It almost makes up for the absence of Veronica Mars, Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop, Kristen Bell, Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl, Battlestar Galactica and Mary McDonnell. (I said "almost.")
The trial of Logan's father for the murder of Lilly Kane on UPN's Veronica Mars (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET) sure seems open-and-shut. So why can't we seem to shake what Daddy Far-From-Dearest said to his son during their Nov. 9 jailhouse heart-to-heart? Is there more to the show's original mystery than meets the eye? Aaron's portrayer, L.A. Law alum Harry Hamlin, talked to TVGuide.com about that, his Dancing wife and showing the funny to Adam Sandler.
TVGuide.com: Has the whole Veronica Mars gig turned out to be as fun as you hoped it would?
Harry Hamlin: I actually had no hopes going into it, but it turned out to be really great. I'm not doing that much right now but am
Question: I was watching last week's Veronica Mars when they showed Logan's e-mail address — email@example.com — on screen, and I decided to send off a message. Would you believe he wrote me back in character? Was this a staff member?
Answer: After receiving your tip, I did what any self-respecting TV sleuth would do: I sent "Logan" an e-mail myself to see if you were telling me the truth or just spewing tall tales between bong hits. Lo and behold, within seconds I received a response from Logan that went like this:
I already have the tapes and destroyed them. If you want to hound someone, why don't you hound Veronica Mars. She can be reached at: upn.com/shows/veronica_mars/
Cool, eh? Well, the plot thickens. Moments letter, another e-mail ca
Question: I just wanted to write you a brief thank-you note. I've come to respect your opinions about television during the last few years, and I've seen you rave about the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series, as well as Veronica Mars. So within the last two months, I picked up the DVD sets containing the first seasons of each show, completely blind, and solely based on the positive buzz both these shows have attracted. I was blown away by how amazing these shows are. It really takes the sting out of losing Alias in the spring. It just goes to prove that when one door closes, another one opens. Incidentally, that might be something helpful to pass along to your readers: Don't be afraid to try new television shows. Always strive to sample what might interest you. If you'd told me a year ago that I'd be watching and loving Veronica Mars and the new Battlestar Galactica this Christmas, I'd have scoffed. Don't you agree that it pays off to constantly try to sample new shows?