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Friday, March 31, 2006

Invasion marathon on ABC Family

Did you see the lights? If you didn’t, now is your chance. ABC is giving you the opportunity to catch Invasion, the best new drama of the season, if you missed out from the beginning. Thank you, ABC!

ABC Family will air 10 previously aired episodes, including the pilot, back-to-back in an Invasion marathon Saturday, April 15, from noon to 9 p.m. E.T. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate tax week then by watching a show about aliens and government conspiracies. Can you?

I’m not above begging you to watch this show. Please? I’m hoping – and I’ll bet ABC is too – that the marathon will help boost interest when Invasion returns to its regular schedule on ABC on April 19.

For more information on the marathon, check the ABC Family Web site. It has detailed descriptions of each episode airing and a good recap of the show’s premise:

So, check out the lights and all the other cool happenings in Homestead, Florida. Don’t make me report you to Sheriff Underlay. I’m not above that either, you know.

Those of you who want more information on the show should check out Dave’s cool blog at ABC http://www.didyouseethelights.com/. It’s funny stuff.

To read Tube Talk Girl’s original review of Invasion, click here: http://tubetalk.blogspot.com/2006/02/invasion-theyve-landed.html.

Tube Talk Girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Grey’s Anatomy tees and Love Monkey heads to VH1

In Grey’s Anatomy news, well, I’m not sure this qualifies as news, but the ABC Web site is selling “Team Addison” and “Team Meredith” t-shirts. Cute, huh?

I’m sure you can guess which one Tube Talk Girl will be sporting. http://abctvstore.shopthescene.com/detail.php?p=8042

Love Monkey heads to VH1
“Monkey” lovers, you’ll get to see the unaired episodes of Love Monkey, Kristin Veitch of E! recently reported. VH1 will air all eight episodes that were filmed, despite that CBS canned the show after only three had aired.

On April 11 at 7 p.m. ET, the first three previously aired shows will run back-to-back on VH1. Then, on April 18, VH1 will begin airing the show weekly on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. No new episodes have been filmed. In fact, series lead Tom Cavanagh has already signed on for another CBS project titled My Ex Life.

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

One Tree Hill: R.I.P Keith and charity basketball game

They did it. They actually killed Keith. *sniff, sniff* Does anyone have a box of Kleenex? How about a 12-step program for grieving the loss of TV characters?

I watched Wednesday’s entire show thinking that they couldn’t possibly leave Keith six feet under. But, sadly, he’s still taking the dirt nap. I thought the shooting would be a dream a la Bobby Ewing. (Call it denial – yes, one of the stages of grief.) But, he’s gone folks, as in Lucas-threw-a-handful-of-dirt-on-the-coffin gone.

Kudos to the One Tree Hill honchos for making Dan the killer. That has to be on of the all-time most shocking moments in TV history. I never thought Dan was full-on evil in the past. Now, there is no question. In the famous words of Paula Abdul, “He’s a cold-hearted snake.”

As for the rest of the show, well, does anyone have some Zoloft? The show was a tearjerker, with great performances and well-written scenes from start to finish. Lucas’ guilt and Karen’s anger deserve honorable mention. And Mouth is quickly becoming my new favorite character. Yes, I said Mouth. Don’t mock me.

James Lafferty Charity basketball game
In other One Tree Hill news, those of you who are close to Wilmington, North Carolina or want to make the trip, James Lafferty (Nathan Scott) is hosting a charity basketball game this weekend, April 2 at 2 p.m. at Cape Fear Community College. Along with Lafferty, several cast members, including Lucas, Peyton, Brooke, Dan and Karen are scheduled to appear. Tickets are $20. Not a bad deal, if you ask Tube Talk Girl.

Fans can get autographs and photos after the game, according to the press release. For more information check out the the WB One Tree Hill Web site

Tube Talk Girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Grey’s Anatomy: Addison staying and “McSteamy” returning?

Addison fans, rejoice! It seems our favorite stiletto-clad doctor isn’t headed back to the Big Apple anytime soon, according to Michael Ausiello at TV Guide. So, apparently, the lovely Kate Walsh has more fans than just me. If the fact that She-Shepherd is staying in Seattle isn’t enough to make you giddy, Dr. Mark “McSteamy” is rumored to be signing on for next season. Here’s the info from Ausiello's column:

Ausiello: I think it's safe to say that Addison (who's rapidly becoming my new favorite character) will be around for the foreseeable future, especially in light of the rumor that Eric Dane (aka McSteamy) has signed on to appear in at least 13 episodes next season. Naturally, no one at ABC is confirming, but the way the Grey's writers gush about him in their weekly blog, it would hardly come as a surprise.

For Ausiello’s complete column, click here: Michael Ausiello

Tube Talk Girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Scrubs: name the baby and iTunes news

Turk and Carla are pregnant, and NBC wants us to help name the baby. Hmm…. I’m not so sure this is a good idea. I can see little Turk ending up with an atrocious moniker, just because some rabid fan made a lame attempt to be funny (Burke Turk, Roman Turk, Anita Turk.)

See? Sickos.

Seriously, this is a fun contest, so check it out at the NBC Web site: http://www.nbc.com/Scrubs/scrubs_baby/

Scrubs on iTunes
In other Scrubs news, the show is now available for download on iTunes at $1.99 an episode. Woo HOO! This helped The Office, so hopefully it will do the same for the Sacred Heart gang.

Tube Talk Girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Jason Dohring and Rob Thomas interview

How did you spend your Tuesday night? Me? Well, I was chatting with actor Jason Dohring, “Logan Echolls” of Veronica Mars, and series creator Rob Thomas. I know. Don’t hate me. I did it all for you, Tubers. Really. (Not buying it? Yeah, I wouldn’t either.) I was one of the lucky folks invited to a video press conference with the dynamic duo.

For more than an hour, they answered questions from bloggers. A special thanks to UPN for recognizing the online fans! You rock.

Here’s a quick preview for you, until I can get the interview transcribed. Rob discussed a new format for season three. Yes, I said season three. While nothing has been confirmed, he discussed the show having another season. He said that the writers are toying with the idea of introducing two or three mysteries, that run 7-8 shows each, instead of having one mystery dominate the season. That way, new viewers would be less apprehensive about jumping into the show midway. So, basically, it would mean shorter story arcs.

What do you think? It sounds good to me. I’ve loved all the mysteries so far, and if it attracts more viewers that can’t be a bad thing.

Rob is asking for your opinions on this new approach. So, e-mail me at jennifer@tube-talk.com or leave your thoughts in the comments section and I’ll pass them on to him.

Jason answered my question about the upcoming storyline with Wallace that Percy Daggs discussed during his previous interview with me. Warning: spoiler ahead. Logan and Wallace are apparently paired up in an egg drop contest that is quite hilarious, Jason said.

Stay tuned for more scoop from the press conference, including some spoilers from Jason and some info you never knew about season one.

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Grey's Anatomy: Chris O'Donnell guest stars and TV Land spoof

Move over McDreamy. Chris O’Donnell is headed to Seattle Grace, according to TV Guide.

He’s rumored to be Meredith’s new McBoytoy (love interest.) Sorry George. I’d prefer to have Mark “McSteamy” back instead, but I'll give "Robin" a shot.

As my friend Lea suggested, we need to come up with a McNickname for this new character. Pronto.

How about McLicious? Or McTasty?


OK, I’ll keep McThinking.

TV Land Awards
If you missed the TV Land Awards, I’m sorry. You missed a fun night with J.R. Ewing, the Duke Boys, Potsie and Ralph, Batman, the Cheers gang and other classic TV casts. Hollywood heavyweights Billy Crystal and Hilary Swank joined the celebration, too. Oh, did I mention Dr. McDreamy was there too? Yep, Patrick Dempsey and several of his Grey’s Anatomy costars accepted the award for Future Classic.

One of the best parts of the TV Land Awards was a parody of our favorite medical drama titled "Gray Anatomy." It spoofed some of television’s most famous classic doctors. Who got the part of McDreamy?

Well, let’s just say this classic TV doctor must have had some kind of mojo working to be so popular with the ladies because his wardrobe consisted of polyester knee-length white shorts and tube socks.

To see the hilarious Grey’s Anatomy spoof, check out the clip at Youtube.

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Bones renewed and Tom Cavanagh news

David Boreanaz will still be diggin’ up bones next fall. FOX officially renewed the freshman crime drama Bones for another season.

Yay! That means Dr. Brennan aka “Bones” will get plenty more chances to utter her trademark phrase “I don’t know what that means,” while Booth litters the conversation with pop-culture references. Buffy would be so proud. (Yeah, “Bones” so wouldn’t get that last line.)

Tom Cavanagh news
Love Monkey is barely dead, yet Tom Cavanagh has already signed on for a new CBS comedy pilot called My Ex Life, according to Zap2it. I guess it goes to show you can’t keep a good man down. Go Tom! Cavanagh will play Nick, a divorcee who shares custody of his children with his ex. Any chance that ex is named Carol Vessey?

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

The West Wing: Rob Lowe talks about his return

It’s no secret that Rob Lowe is returning to The West Wing. For Lowe’s thoughts on his return, check out this interview at Zap2it. http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-roblowewestwingreturn,0,4055625.story?coll=zap-news-headlines

I’m hoping Sam steps in for Leo, to fill the vice-presidential slot. A Santos/Seaborn ticket - now that’s something that would rock the vote. The female one, anyway.

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Veronica Mars moves back to Tuesdays

Veronica Mars returns to its original Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot starting April 11, UPN announced Thursday.

Can I get a woo hoo? Maybe the show will do a little better now in the ratings. Not going head-to-head with two of the most popular shows on the tube, Lost and American Idol, can only help Veronica and her pals. That’s the hope of the network and legions of fans that are praying the show gets picked up by the new CW network.

UPN will air repeats of the new shows on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. for the first couple weeks, until viewers get used to the new schedule, according to the UPN press release. Bravo UPN!

The Veronica Mars season finale is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9.

In other Veronica Mars news, I’ll be chatting with series creator Rob Thomas and luscious Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) on Tuesday, so send me any questions you have about the show and the characters. Send those questions to jennifer@tube-talk.com or leave them in the comments section. (And no, “Logan, how did you get so gorgeous?” does not qualify as a good question! he he he)

And in one final bit of Veronica Mars news, UPN is offering dedicated fans the chance to be seen on national television. Here’s the press release from the network about this cool offer. Good luck!

"Every week, get a group of friends together for a Veronica Mars viewing party and shoot some video of your event. The tape can include anything you want: sound bites of your friends talking about their favorite characters, you saying why you love Veronica Mars, or a group shout-out to your friends and family in your hometown. But keep it clean, because your tape could end up airing on UPN during an episode of Veronica Mars!

Every week starting in April, tune in to Veronica Mars on UPN to see if your party is chosen as the featured party that airs during that week’s episode. Even if your party doesn’t make it on UPN, make sure to check out UPN.com to see if it is online. Creativity counts and don’t forget to express why you are the biggest Veronica Mars fan. This is an excellent opportunity to convert your friends into Veronica Mars fans! Please keep in mind that if your video is broadcast on TV, it will need to be brightly lit and the audio will need to be clear. Also, in order to ensure that we can use it, the video can’t include any copyrighted materials, such as logos on clothing, music or television programming playing in the background, or signage, like posters, paintings, photographs, and etc. The featured parties will run during a commercial break and UPN’s producers will be editing your footage into an on-air promo, so the tape only needs to be a few minutes long. Finally, depending on your home video camera, VHS, mini-DV or DVD are best. In order for UPN to be able to use your tape on air or on UPN.com, you and all of your friends at the party need to sign releases and provide a current photograph of each of you so we can identify who everyone is.

If you are interested in submitting a tape, please email Sienna Sanders ssanders@mprm.com or Chelsea Hettrick chettrick@mprm.com to get a copy of the releases as well as the mailing address for where to send your tape. We can’t wait to see your tapes! Happy viewing."

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Grey's Anatomy: Trailer park trumps Beverly Hills

Izzie scares me. Anyone who can make tough-gal Christina back into a wall like a little girl has my respect. The next time Alex goes off on George, someone page Izzie. I think she could take him.

Sunday’s Grey’s Anatomy wasn’t my favorite, but that scene where “trailer park” Izzie threatened to kick Christina’s “pampered Beverly Hills ass” has got to be one of the show’s best ever. I’m talking up there with “O’Malley, stop looking at my va-jay-jay.”

As for the rest of the drama, hmmm…who was it that said 7 was a lucky number? Apparently deaths come in threes and sevens in hospitals, according to the Seattle Grace interns. Good to know. I’ll be sure to ask how many patients have checked out permanently the next time I end up in the emergency room.

This is what we discovered this week: Alex is a jerk when he’s hurt. Burke is superstitious about his surgical caps. The chief is an alcoholic. And Izzie is falling for her patient, Denny.

This is what I discovered this week: “juju” is an African term meaning magical power attached to an object. Thank you Random House: http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20010510. And Addison, otherwise known as She-Shepherd, is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters.

Sorry. I know the show is titled Grey’s Anatomy, and by default I shouldn’t like the heroine’s arch-rival. That said, She-Shepherd is sympathetic. She brought hot chocolate, “juju,” for everyone and is making an effort with Meredith. Yep, She-Shepherd is growing on me. A lot. Sure, He-Shepherd is still making eyes at his “lusty intern.” And the two of them have major chemistry. But, I like that the Shepherds are trying to work out their issues instead of heading for the big D.

Again, the program is called Grey’s Anatomy, so I’m not holding out any realistic hope that the Shepherds will make it. But, seriously, you have to admire a woman who can work all day on her feet in three-inch stilettos with her husband's ex-lover and still manage to share the "juju."

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Entertainment news: South Park's Chef, Lisa Rinna and '80s music

Remember when you could believe everything you read in the newspaper? (Insert your own joke here.) Well, two stories that made headlines recently are allegedly untrue. Fox News is reporting that Isaac Hayes did not quit South Park due to a dispute with the show creators over Scientology. Hayes is recuperating from a stroke and did not release the statement attributed to him in the published stories, Fox News claims. Get the full story here: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,188463,00.html

The next piece of news involves Dancing With the Stars participant Lisa Rinna. Despite that the New York Post reported on page six that Rinna would replace Samantha Harris as the new cohost next season, it’s not true, according to E!Online. Rinna’s husband, Harry Hamlin, told reporter Kristin Veitch that Rinna has not been asked to host the show and doesn’t know where that rumor originated.

And finally, this doesn’t exactly qualify as “news,” but I’m noticing a cool, new trend on some of my favorite shows: retro music. Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves ‘80s music. First, Bones’ gorgeous David Boreanaz and his partner were rocking out to Foreigner’s Hot Blooded. Then, Ryan, Seth and The O.C. gang showed some Foreigner love when Seth hired a Foreigner cover band to blast Waiting for a Girl Like You. (OK, so Foreigner was more like the late ‘70s, but no matter.) Getting into the ‘80s spirit, my boys at Las Vegas, Danny and Mike, crooned a hilarious version of Ebony and Ivory. I’m sure you can guess which one sang each part. And Madonna’s Like a Virgin was blaring in the background in one scene, too. I love this trend. Somebody cue George Michael’s Faith.

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Monday, March 20, 2006

One Tree Hill: Is Keith dead?

I’m a little late in discussing the One Tree Hill school-shooting episode, (blame it on a backed-up TiVo and not enough hours in the week) but wow, what a powerful hour of television.

Now, say it with me, “Keith can’t be dead. Keith can’t be dead.”

I finally watched the school-shooting show last night, and I don’t think One Tree Hill has ever been better. Other shows have done school violence episodes, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But OTH managed to depict the fear, helplessness and terror that certainly would occur when a classmate starts shooting at students in the hall and takes several hostage.

The beauty of the story was that it taught us a lesson (hopefully,) without being preachy or unrealistic. It simply showed us the journey of one student who had been bullied and beaten relentlessly by his classmates and how that treatment, coupled with problems at home, manifested into an angry, hurt and desperate young man.

The writers weaved the story so brilliantly that it was easy to understand why the shooter was so full of fury. Kudos to the actor playing Jimmy, for his portrayal of the despondent, gun-waving student. He made the audience feel his pain and, dare I say it, even sympathize with his situation.

Today’s public school systems are spending big bucks on anti-bullying and character education programs, vehemently trying to prevent another Columbine. It’s interesting that one hour of a popular teen drama could illustrate the cause and effect of bullying so succinctly when many of those programs can’t. That episode of One Tree Hill should be required viewing for all students. Bravo!

As for the ending, when Dan went all homicidal and shot poor, defenseless Keith, well, I’m still picking my jaw off the floor.

Oh, “Danny,” If Keith kicks it, there will be no place you can hide from Lucas, Deb and Tube Talk Girl.

Those of you who missed this fantastic episode can catch it in rerun Wednesday, March 22, on the WB.

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Dawson's Creek and Summerland in syndication

Apparently, Dawson’s creek didn’t run dry after all. Dawson, Pacey and Joey are heading back to the small screen in reruns. If you haven’t heard, The N network recently bought the rights to the former WB shows Dawson’s Creek and Summerland, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

I know what you’re thinking. The N Network? I hadn’t heard of it either, but if they’ve got the Creek, I’m in. Apparently, Dawson’s Creek will start airing this fall. The N network is a spin-off of Nickelodeon. The N is offered through digital cable providers, as well as DirecTV and Dish Network. To see if you can get it, check out the network’s Web page here: http://www.the-n.com/footerPage.php?id=1202#. Scroll to the footer of the page and click on “Find the N on your TV” on the left.

Those of you who never got on board with Summerland, you can try out all 26 episodes beginning May 1 on The N.

To read Tube Talk Girl’s previous thoughts on Summerland, click here: http://tubetalk.blogspot.com/2006/02/summer-surfing-reno-911-and-two-and.html and here

Additional note: Dawson’s Creek is currently rerunning now on TBS, for those of you who get that network. Thanks to Give Me My Remote for reminding me!

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

More Veronica Mars interviews

Veronica Mars may be “rich dude Kryptonite,” but we love her anyway.

It’s been a good month for fans of this charming show. In addition to Tube Talk’s interview with Percy Daggs III, my pal at Give Me My Remote scored an interview with Jason Dohring, aka Logan. Check it out here:
http://www.givememyremote.com/remote/?p=351. She also has some neat photos and stories from the Bloggers Press Day here: http://www.givememyremote.com/remote/?p=300.

Another cool blogger friend, who is the author of Random Acts of Television, also attended the press event and has some fun stories. Check them out here:

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Veronica Mars Interview! "Wallace" chats with Tube Talk

by Jennifer Squires Biller

Veronica Mars fans, you asked for it and you got it: An exclusive interview with Percy Daggs III, better known as Veronica’s best pal and sidekick, Wallace Fennel.

That’s right, Tubers, Percy took time out of his busy schedule to answer Tube Talk Girl’s most probing questions. (And some that weren’t so probing, too!)

Read on for this fun interview, in which Percy discusses the possibility of a Veronica/Wallace hookup, the storyline he hopes to get and what he never wants to do at Java the Hut.

Prepare to laugh. This guy is a riot.

Jennifer: Your character went from being duct taped to a flagpole in his skivvies, in the pilot, to basketball star/Mr. Smooth Operator with the honeys this season. How did that happen?

Percy: Smooth Operator, huh? That's funny. He's no Don Juan, but he has his methods (A charming smile might be his secret weapon.) It's scary for a teenager to go to a new school and have to adjust, especially in a new city and state (Especially a place like Neptune.) And unfortunately for Wallace, he wasn't given a chance from the start. Then the one person who did, happened to be the person the whole school loves to hate. Once the school noticed he could do something well that benefits all of them, then they began to accept and enjoy him. Although Wallace may be comfortable with that, I believe he understands why he is treated differently, and that's why he remains so loyal to his BFF.

Jennifer: Can you tell us anything about the rest of the season that won't get you in trouble and result in Wallace being the next big murder mystery?

Percy: We DEFINITELY don't want that to happen. Well, at least I don't. You said earlier Wallace has a couple honeys lately? His love life is blossoming, but where there is honey there might be honeybees. Wallace might get stung in the heart a little bit. Maybe.

Jennifer: Wallace and Veronica have great chemistry. Do you think there's a possibility of a Wallace/Veronica hookup, or is their relationship more of a sibling nature? (I get this question all the time from readers.)

Percy: I think they are more of a sibling nature. Their parents did date for a minute. Speakin' of that, what did Keith do to my momma? I haven't seen her in a while...But I think they (Wallace and Veronica) make great friends, but you never know, some of the best relationships start with friendship first. All her other boyfriends aren't really around so I'm cool with being buddies!

Jennifer: Wallace/Percy has some nice pipes, as he demonstrated with his rendition of Papa Was A Rolling Stone. Will we see Wallace belting karaoke at Java The Hut anytime soon?

Percy: Thanks for the compliment. I think I love singing more than people love to listen to me. But I'm decent. No Luther Vandross, but I try to make it do what it do. Oh, uh, naw, I'm stayin’ away from the Hut!

Jennifer: IMDB has your age listed as 24. Assuming that's correct, what's it like playing a teenager in high school?

Percy: Hey I need all my time; I’m only 23. I look very young, so I still get carded at liquor stores sometimes. It's okay. It's interesting to revisit some of the teenage emotions and things that we used to deal with when we were that age. Our cares are different, ya know? Sometimes it's nice to get to the set and Wallace's biggest problem is how he can get a kiss from this girl or help Veronica with this case, instead of how am I gonna pay this bill or post this bail. (Editor’s note: Jennifer is shocked into silence.)

Percy: I'm kidding. I've never been to jail, but you get the point!

Jennifer: Speaking of high school, were you a freak, geek or a jock?

Percy: I don't know how this will sound but I can't really say. I was just me. I played sports at a school with a great sports reputation. Go Poly! I was on the speech and debate team and in the honors academic program. I knew all the gangsters and at-risk youth, because I grew up with them and my high school was in the heart of a tough community. And I did commercials, which was kind of unique for a high school kid. And I was crazy. I used to do some really silly stuff at lunch to make people laugh. So I guess I was a freak, geek and a jock!?

Jennifer: Speaking of freaks and geeks, you were on one of my all-time favorite shows: Freaks and Geeks as Mathlete #2. I loved that episode. What was it like working with the freaks and geeks?

Percy: I had fun filming that show. It was a good show, too, but I didn’t really spend too much time with them. But I do remember the ones I met were nice people.

Jennifer: Tell us about your audition for Wallace. Who did you test with? Did you think you had the part when you finished?

Percy: I tested with one other young man, and he has a difficult name to say and spell. Kristen Bell was in the room reading with each of us. I was nervous, but the good kinda nervous. If I don’t get that feeling in my stomach I think that I'm not humble or just don’t want it bad enough. I wasn't sure if I had the part or not, but I was sure that I had done my best. I tend to be really hard on myself, but win or lose I was satisfied with my effort that day. After that though, I had to test again alone. I think twice more. I had to have unshakeable faith for this part. It's been quite a journey, too.

Jennifer: The episode where Wallace “was on the case” to find out who hit Jackie's car was one of our favorites. Any chance Wallace will chuck his job at the Sac-N-Pac and start moonlighting at Mars Investigations?

Percy: Honestly, you should help me by blogging the Hell out of that. I have no idea what the chances of that are, but that is what I saw for this character when I first read the script. I think that is a great, better yet, the right direction for Wallace Fennel. Hopefully the writers think so too.

Jennifer: Speaking of Jackie, is she really a ho or just misunderstood?

Percy: I would say misunderstood. While she played the field while her and Wallace were dating, you don't really see her having much of a ho-ish nature. I think Veronica's love life is more interesting than Jackie's, from what we see as an audience.

Jennifer: Where do things stand with Wallace and Jackie?

Percy: Well in Rashard and Wallace go to White Castle, she helped him get exonerated for murder, but they aren't back together by no means. But patience, Daniel-son (laughing.)

Jennifer: Veronica Mars has some of the smartest, funniest dialogue on the tube. Do you have a favorite line? (Here's mine: Veronica: “Got any enemies you know about?” Wallace: “Well, there's the clan.” )Yes, sadly, I can quote Veronica Mars dialogue. OK, your turn.

Percy: I love how much you love us. Trust me it's appreciated. Ummm, I don’t know if I should because a couple of my favorite lines are in upcoming episodes. But uhh, let me think...awww, I don’t know.

Jennifer: Are the two earrings you wear just for the character of Wallace or are those all Percy?

Percy: My style. But funny thing, it kinda happened by accident. We were about to film the first episode, and I had filmed with my earrings in and I hadn't decided whether or not I wanted them for my character. I had to finish the episode with them. I justified continuing with them, by thinking that besides the fact that many of young African-Americans have them. I remember that I wanted one and my mom made me ask my father. He thought they were feminine and asked for one good reason why he should let me. I told him that some of the most influential, prominent and respectable black leaders in society have an earring, and Michael Jordan was in my list of names. Wallace loves basketball. Why not? By the way, my dad has an earring now...(laughter)

Jennifer: Do you have a storyline you'd like to see for Wallace? Who would you like to work with more and why?

Percy: That's already on the show? Well one of them just happened. Wallace and Logan spend some time together soon. Jason plays an interesting character, and they haven’t spoken to each other since the pilot. Neither has Weevil and Wallace. They are both good at what they do and the way the characters would relate to each other would be interesting.

Jennifer: Do you have any fun blooper stories?

Percy: Naw, not really. As fun and crazy as I can be, that's a really sad statement, too.

Jennifer: Wallace's dad was introduced this season. Will we be seeing more of the Fennel family?

Percy: I don’t think so. Well at least not this season. It's the Veronica Mars show, so unfortunately we only get to see into Wallace's family once or twice a season. Hopefully, we get to work together a little more next season, if possible. I miss Cress and Erica. They are great to work with. My real life brother plays my little brother too.

Jennifer: This is the part of the interview I get all Barbara Walters on you. Please have a tissue ready. Who do you most admire on the set? (Feel free to be Switzerland, if you think this question will put a price on your head. I don't want Jason Dohring, Francis Capra or Enrico Colantoni coming after you.)

Percy: (Laughing) I admire the cast for the same reason really. Despite any differences we may have or problems we may encounter on the set or in our personal lives, I admire them all for remaining so passionate about what they choose and have been chosen to do, and for being able to put out their best effort to make the show as good as it can be for the rest of us and for themselves.

Jennifer: Who has had the most influence on your life?

Percy: That's hard to say. My mother and father have been very influential in my life, for the foundation of faith, morals and principles they have instilled in me. Whether in separate households, they both, and including they rest of my family, have always shown me unconditional love. My big brother as well. He is a couple years older than me, but as my brother and peer he has always lived a lifestyle that a lil' brother can look up to and try and live up to.

Jennifer: Are you single? (This is the second most popular question I get!)

Percy: Fashizzle. Yeah, no girlfriend.

Jennifer: Let's talk about Kristen Bell for a minute. She made my list of Emmy snubs this year. http://tubetalk.blogspot.com/2006/02/emmy-nominations-2005.html She was so robbed. What's it like working with her?

Percy: It's a pleasure. She is always focused and ready to work, quick-witted and funny. We always have a good vibe when we are on set together. Honestly, she has helped me improve on being very camera savvy. And knowing the names of every single crew member and guest star. Hey, she is there more often than I am! And, oh yeah, she was robbed. She definitely dedicates a lotta time and effort to this show and executes her role very well. Real clean and consistent work.

Jennifer: You've been on some really cool shows: NYPD Blue, The Guardian, Boston Public and the aforementioned Freaks and Geeks. What's been your favorite gig?

Percy: A movie you may have not seen. It's called Blue Hill Avenue and it was my first film. I was 18 years old and had to move to Canada for a little over a month. I was headed to college but made a serious choice at a turning point in my life, so I was very grateful for the experience and the opportunity to grow and be my on my own. I made some lifetime friends and learned a lot from several actors that I really admire, for example Allen Payne and Clarence Williams III.

Jennifer: If you weren't acting, what would you do?

Percy: I would be in college earning my degree and playing college b-ball. I really got serious hoop game...I was taught not to limit myself to one thing or one title. A plumber can be a plumber, a writer, a mechanic, a musician and whatever else he or she wants to be in this life.

Jennifer: Your name, Percy Daggs, is very unusual and cool. Is it a family name?

Percy: It is. I’m the third but even my great grandpa was named Percy, but he never took on the Sr. suffix or I would be the fourth. I was asked if I would use a different name for entertainment a few times by my family and others, and I could never do that. I can play a character with another name but this is my name. It means something to the people that know it and it means something to me. I follow a line of very respectable, loving and generous gentleman that I pray that I live up to the name for the way these men lived their lives. I would never want to disrespect them by changing it. But I do want my first-born child to be a girl so I don’t have to feel the pressure of my Pops and my family to name a son, Percy. He probably wouldn't mind if I didn’t though.

Jennifer: Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows?

Percy: I really don’t watch much TV at all. If I do, I’m probably watching sports, Sportscenter, Judge Mathis, The Sopranos, The Wire, the History Channel, or maybe a game show or something. All time favorites are Martin, Sanford & Son, and In Living Color, to name a few.

Jennifer: Is there anything fans, including Tube Talk Girl, can do to help get Veronica Mars picked up for next season?

Percy: Write in. Tell others how much you love us. Buy a few thousand copies of the first season and pass them out! I’m kidding. Naw, you help us a lot by doing what you do and just talking about one of the hottest unknowns in television. Speaking of unknown, you can steal a couple Nielson boxes if you feel like it. Just if you feel like it though.

Jennifer (laughing): Is there anything I haven't asked that you would like to say to the billions of fans and important network executives who are going to read this interview? (OK, so there aren't billions of fans, and the important network executives don't care about this blog, but a girl can dream, right?)

Percy: Of course a girl can dream...(laughter.) Hey you never know Joss Whedon and Stephen King have love for us. I would like to say that I appreciate you all, thank you for taking an hour out of your life every week that we are on to be entertained by us. Network execs...Let's make money together.

Jennifer: Can you sing the Veronica Mars theme song? (Just kidding. But, seriously, you know I can!)

Percy: We used to be friends, a long time go...dada dadada, dada dadadada....(More laughter.) I will send your regards to the cast and thanks for the interview. It was very honest and fun, and I enjoyed answering your questions. Take care! Peace and blessings to all of you. I'm out.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

South Park: Chef quits

Listen up, children. Chef will no longer be serving up food or advice to Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and Stan.

Isaac Hayes, the oh-so-smooth voice of Chef on South Park, has asked to be let out of his contract, citing the show’s jabs at religion as the reason.

"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins," Hayes said, Zap2it recently reported. "Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored. As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."

Show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have said they’ll honor the request and wish him well, but struck back at Hayes’ comments, nonetheless.

"This has nothing to do with intolerance and bigotry and everything to do with the fact that Isaac Hayes is a Scientologist and that we recently featured Scientology in an episode of South Park, Stone says. "In 10 years and over 150 episodes of South Park, Isaac never had a problem with the show making fun of Christians, Muslims, Mormons and Jews. He got a sudden case of religious sensitivity when it was his religion featured on the show."

Goodbye Chef. We’ll miss you and your famous words of wisdom, such as this gem:

“Don't do drugs kids. There is a time and place for everything. It's called college.” - South Park Chef

Get the complete story on Hayes’ exit here: http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-isaachayesleavingsouthpark,0,7327949.story?coll=zap-news-headlines

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Reunion news

Yes, FOX canned the show, cruelly, in the middle of the murder mystery, before telling us who killed Sam. (Don’t get me started.) Nonetheless, for the other 10 people - other than me - who got sucked into Reunion, this may bring you some solace.

Scoop diva Kristin Veitch at E!, has provided recaps of the next four episodes that FOX filmed but never aired.

For those of you who even care at this point, check it out here: http://www.eonline.com/Insider/Boards/ann.jspa?annID=443

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

The West Wing: Josh and Donna "It was bound to happen sometime."

After a too-long hiatus, The West Wing came back with a bang Sunday. The long-suffering fans of Josh and Donna finally got to see some love. (Well, a kiss at least, coupled with some longing looks and an outright pass by the lovely Ms. Moss.)

Fans of this couple have waited more than six years to see Josh make a move. So, who cares if it was Donna who slipped him her room key? I don’t blame her. Clearly, Josh can’t take a hint. His indecisiveness is enough to test the patience of a saint. I’m surprised he didn’t call Joey Lucas to do a poll on whether dating your coworker is a good move for a future relationship.

I couldn’t help but chuckle at Donna’s response to the kiss and Josh’s awkward apology for it being inappropriate. “It was bound to happen sometime,” she said. Gee, I’m not so sure, Donna. I don’t think it would have happened if the show weren’t ending this season, considering the prior history of Josh and Donna. But, alas, all’s well that ends well, right? And here’s hoping this story will end well.

Those of you who checked out of The West Wing after season four, you should come back for the end. It’s good again. Really. If the Josh/Donna pairing isn’t enough to entice you back, how about Rob Lowe’s Sam Seaborn? He was in the previews at the end of Sunday’s show.

Those of you who missed this fantastic episode, Bravo is airing it at 8 p.m. tonight. You’re welcome.

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Grey's Anatomy: I found Duncan Kane!

Someone call Sheriff Lamb or Veronica Mars, Duncan Kane is in Seattle. And he’s not himself. He’s an obsessed hockey player who went all kinds of crazy and chopped off his own finger.

I was pleasantly surprised to see actor Teddy Dunn, formerly Duncan Kane, of Veronica Mars, make a guest appearance on Sunday’s Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve missed him since he left Neptune. (Come home soon!)

Sunday’s episode had some other great moments. For those of you who missed it, here’s a quick recap: George cut his hair to symbolize cutting Meredith out of his life. Addison flirted with a patient’s husband who thought she was pretty, because her own husband is indifferent to her. Izzie got closer to her favorite heart patient, much to Alex’s chagrin. Burke and George bonded as roommates, much to Christina’s chagrin. And Natalie Cole guest starred as a patient whose impending death made her live for the first time in 12 years. Good stuff.

I know I’m in the minority here, but I love Addison. I was glad to see Derek admit that he did play a part in their marital problems. (Note to McDreamy: Ignoring your wife is the quickest way to send her in the direction of a “dirty mistress.”) Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but it seemed like McDreamy was indeed noticing his wife for the first time in a long time. Thank you Natalie Cole.

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Angel star Christian Kane in concert

Lindsey alert! Those of you in the Nashville area can catch Angel and Close to Home star Christian Kane in concert tonight. Lucky folks!

Kane’s self-titled band, Kane, will perform in a country showcase for some major record labels tonight at 6 p.m. at 12th & Porter (114 12th Ave. N.), according to the press release. There is no cover charge. The band has invited all Kane fans to attend and show their support.

If you live even remotely close to this area, do whatever you have to do to get there. (And when I say whatever, I’m talking make-a-deal-with Lilah, of Wolfram and Hart, kind-of whatever.) You won’t regret it. I saw Kane in concert in Chicago a couple years ago and it was unforgettable. (Click here for the recap of that event that featured David Boreanaz: http://tubetalk.blogspot.com/2006/02/saying-goodbye-to-angel-in-person.html)

Those of you who remember Kane from Angel certainly remember Lindsey and his evil hand singing at Lorne’s club. His style is country. Yes, country. Now, before you make some joke about country music and me in a pickup truck picking up momma from prison, hear me out. Kane country is a little Garth Brooks, a little Chris LeDoux and a whole lot of rockin’. It’s good stuff, people.

Don’t believe me? Judge for yourself. Check out a sample of their music at their official site: http://www.kanemusic.com/news/index.html or at their My Space page http://www.myspace.com/kanecountry.

As for me, I’m looking for one of Lorne’s portals to jump through that can beam me to Nashville in mere minutes. See ya there!

Tube Talk Girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Invasion returns tonight!

It’s tough being an “Invasion” fan. The erratic schedule is enough to drive even the most dedicated viewer in search of the orange lights for some relief.

For those of you trying to keep up with “Invasion” and its inconsistent schedule, the show returns tonight at 10 p.m. ABC will air two episodes before putting the show on a six-week hiatus, again.

Yes, I’m bitter. But, what can you do? We are the network’s bitches.

For some scoop on what may happen in Homestead, check out this cool interview with creepy Sheriff Tom, actor William Fichtner, at TV Guide online: http://www.tvguide.com/News/Insider/default.htm?rmDate=03082006

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Oscars 2006

You know it’s going to be a strange year at the Academy Awards when Jessica Alba is on your best-dressed list and Gary Busey is the first person you spot on the red carpet. Seriously, not a good sign.

This year’s Oscars was full of surprises: favored "Brokeback Mountain" did not win Best Picture, a rap group took home the Best Song prize for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” and Steve Carell looked gorgeous in fake eyelashes. (Who knew?)

Here’s a rundown of some of the best and worst moments:

  • Best skit: The opening montage that showed how show host Jon Stewart was chosen. Billy Crystal and Chris Rock poked their heads out of a tent, a la “Brokeback Mountain”, saying they were “too busy” to host. Then, Steve Martin and David Letterman gave child rearing as their excuses for not having time. Whoopi Goldberg answered with a simple “Oh, Hell no.” Mel Gibson responded, “Not me.” Even the voice of Mr. Moviefone turned down the gig, before the offer was pitched to Jon Stewart. Hmmm…somehow I don’t think this was entirely fiction.
  • Worst skit: Ben Stiller meandering around the stage in a green leotard presenting the award for visual effects. Need I say more?
  • Worst snub: Cutting off the microphones on Best Picture winner Paul Haggis, during his acceptance speech for “Crash” at the end of the show. Um, hello? The Best Picture category is the reason we watch this show for 12 endless hours, and to miss the payoff is insulting to the winner and the audience. Oh, but that’s right, they couldn’t save time elsewhere because they needed 10 minutes for the Academy president to ramble on about the evil of DVDs.
  • Best joke of the night: Jon Stewart for this gem: “I do have some sad news to report. Bjork couldn’t be here tonight. She was trying on her Oscar dress and Dick Cheney shot her!” (For those of you who don’t get this joke, do a Google image search for Bjork’s swan dress from the Oscars a few years ago.)
  • Jon Stewart rules: I don’t care that MSNBC and other media pundits reported him an Oscar-host failure akin to David Letterman. Clearly, those folks are out of touch with mainstream America. True, many of those in attendance didn’t seem to appreciate his humor. Still, how can you not love a guy who jokingly accused violinist Itzhak Perlman of “finger synching” and summed up “Walk the Line” as “Ray” with white people.
  • Best ad-lib: Actress Jennifer Garner tripped on her dress and almost fell on her way to the podium to present an award. Recovering, she quipped, “Thank you. I do my own stunts.”
  • Scene I never thought I’d see at the Oscars: Dancers dressed as pimps and hookers acting out a street hustle during Three 6 Mafia’s performance of the nominated song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” After the rap group claimed the win for Best Song, a shocked Stewart quipped, “I think it just got a little easier out here for a pimp.”
  • I wish I could quit you: During Best Supporting Actor George Clooney’s acceptance speech, the camera panned to fellow Best Supporting Actor nominee Jake Gyllenhaal who looked disappointed at his loss. My husband Chad offered this explanation: “Yeah, he kissed a man and didn’t win. I’d be upset too.”
  • Kidman confusion: Nicole Kidman’s dialogue, when presenting Best Supporting Actor, had me confused from the get go. She started her speech with, “And the first Oscar of the night goes to a man who first came to prominence in a television show playing an emergency room doctor, or to…” It made me think she just forgot to announce the nominees and went straight for the winner. As it turned out, the award went to Clooney, who “first came to prominence in a television show playing an emergency room doctor.” The conspiracy theorist in me says that Kidman’s beginning dialogue was a heads up to her pal Clooney that he was the winner. But the reality is that it was probably just poor speech writing.
  • Mind if I look at your Winchester?: I’m still spinning from the sarcastic montage of classic westerns that Jon Stewart introduced when questioning the sexuality of the classic cowboys. The montage featured legendary cowboys such as John Wayne, Paul Newman, and others inspecting each other’s guns and one other. I’ll never be able to watch an old western the same way again. Hilarious.
  • DVD backlash: First the Academy president took a swipe at moviegoers, or the lack thereof, by saying that the only way to truly enjoy a movie is at the theater with a big screen, a room full of strangers, and sound blaring at us from all sides. Then, Jake Gyllenhaal wished us good luck in trying to enjoy "Ben-Hur" on a TV or portable DVD player. Dare I call them movie snobs? Note to Hollywood: Sure movies are better on the big screen. But, Smalltown, USA rarely gets the selection of films that you do, as they open in “limited release.” And not everyone has $40 to spend on an evening out for two movie tickets, popcorn and sodas. So, we pick and choose which ones to drop our cash on and which ones to wait for the DVD. By the way, I’m still waiting for my refund for “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
  • Dawson’s Creek alert: Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams) and Joey Potter’s roommate, Audrey (Busy Philipps) who is now brunette, were seated in the front row for the ceremony. Did they forget to call Dawson?
  • Everybody loves George: The best running joke of the night was the fact that apparently everyone loves George Clooney. Several winners paid tribute to him. Three 6 Mafia gave him a shout out during their acceptance speech. Winner Corine Marrinan thanked the Academy for seating her next to Clooney at the luncheon, and makeup winner Howard Berger joked, “I’m just glad Clooney doesn’t do makeup.” Even host Stewart got in on the gag after Clooney won an Oscar, “Doesn’t he have ENOUGH?”
  • Cutest skit: Chicken Little and his friend Abby Mallard, the duck, presenting an award for animation. Abby, upset that she has no pants in her costume and that Disney consistently refuses to give the duck characters pants, went on a political rant that even Mickey Mouse and Pinocchio have pants. In an effort of protest, Chicken Little ripped off his pants, only to realize he was naked in front of a billion viewers. Horrified, he quickly crafted a makeshift pair of pants out of the winner envelope. Too cute. Disney, you have been warned.
  • Red carpet arrivals, not: The arrival interviews are usually one of my favorite parts of the show. Not this year. E!’s coverage with host Isaac Mizrahi was atrocious. He interviewed only a few celebrities, and when he did, the questions were silly and predictable. Ryan Seacrest was the best part. Why isn’t he down on the red carpet? Oh how I miss Kathy Griffin and Joan and Melissa. Hence, I clicked over to my TiVo’d TV- Guide-Channel arrivals with Joan. She didn’t fare much better. Unless I missed it, I didn’t see her interview Reese, Joaquin, Charlize and the other big-name nominees. Did the stars decide to boycott the interviews this year, or am I just watching the wrong channels?
  • Fashion Smashion: The theme this year was Return to Glamour. Too bad the ladies didn’t get the memo. These were the least glamorous Oscar fashions I’ve seen in years. Several dresses were boring colors: beige, ecru and off white. Others were black, boring and safe. My best-dressed list includes Salma Hayek in a gorgeous teal number, Jennifer Lopez in olive green, and Jessica Alba in a beige number with a small train. My worst dressed list is a shock, even to me. Michelle Williams’s bright yellow frock was painful, despite that her face and hair were beautiful and flawless. And Charlize Theron, who can never look bad, missed the mark with her dress featuring a hideous, gigantic bow on one shoulder. Where are Halle and Renee when you need them?

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How I Met Your Mother renewed

Have you met Ted?

If you haven’t, no worries. CBS renewed the sitcom How I Met Your Mother on Monday. So, there is still time for you get acquainted with Ted, Barney and the gang.

Those of you who haven’t found How I Met Your Mother, (Seriously, what is wrong with you?) let me introduce you to Barney Stinson and his blog: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/how_i_met_your_mother/barneys_blog/. If this doesn’t get you to watch this show, nothing will.

Those of you who are already fans of the show, (How cool are you?) you have the chance to meet the cast and ask some questions at The William S. Paley Television Festival Monday March 13 at 7 p.m. Click here for details. http://www.cbs.com/primetime/how_i_met_your_mother/meet_cast.shtml.

Catch How I Met Your Mother Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Skating With Celebrities: Yeah. I went there.

At the risk of alienating my friends and setting myself up to be ridiculed until I’m nursing-home bound, I admit I’ve been watching Skating With Celebrities.

Go ahead, laugh, if you must. But who out there could resist the lure of Different Strokes’ Willis (Todd Bridges) attempting a triple “sow cow?” You know that’s must-see-TV.

After weeks of watching B-list celebrities learn that the ice rink can be a quick ticket to the emergency room, actress Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and her partner, skating-professional Lloyd Eisler, emerged as the winners of the competition. Not unscathed, however. One week, Swanson took a face-first header into the ice, in what can only be described as a death spiral (even if that isn’t the technical skating term for the crazy move that had Eisler twirling her by a leg and an arm, like a lasso, only a few inches from the ice.) Swanson was bleeding from the chin and stunned, but vowed she wouldn’t give up until she slayed the competition. OK, my words, not hers. But, that is one tough chick.

And so were the rest of the competitors. Bruce Jenner also did a face-plant into the ice that proudly earned him multiple stitches. Celebrity journalist Jillian Barberie had blisters and bruised ribs. And in the unintentionally funniest moment I’ve seen this year, Jenner and partner Tai Babilonia accidentally skated entirely off the ice rink, up onto a stage. Babilonia looked like she was tiptoeing through the tulips as she tried to regain her footing, before stepping back down to the ice. Priceless. Full House funnyman Dave Coulier emerged healthy, but his skates weren’t as fortunate. He filed off his toe picks to make them more like his hockey skates and easier to maneuver. Hilarious.

See what you’ve been missing? You’re not mocking me now, are you?

I admit the lure of this show was the prospect of these celebrities flattening themselves or possibly achieving grace, beauty and success on the ice. In the end, they did both.

The skate-off finale between Eisler/Swanson and Barberie and her professional partner, John Zimmerman, had some hold-your-breath moments. Eisler attempted a one-armed, above-the-shoulder lift that almost went awry, and Barberie tried a double axel that landed her succinctly on her rock-hard derriere.

I give both couples a 10 for effort. As for me, I’m inspired. If they ever have a Skating With Television Critics, I’m so entering. I’m already doing research. I found a Web site that explains how to do a “sow cow” (salchow), lutz and a toe loop http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/skating/skating3.html#para3.

Look out Slayer, I’m coming for you.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The West Wing: "Play it Again, Sam," Rob Lowe returns

Sam Seaborn is coming home. And Ainsley Hayes, too. Pardon me, while I do the Dance of Joy. Actor Rob Lowe is returning to The West Wing for the final two episodes, Zap2it reported Wednesday.

Actress Emily Procter also will reprise her role as southern-lawyer Ainsley Hayes. Finally! I’ve been lobbying for years to get Ainsley out of that basement office that she disappered into in 2002, never to be heard from again. She was one of my all-time favorite West Wingers, ever since she bested Sam. (Sidenote on Procter: Smallville fans, did you know she played Lana Lang on Lois & Clark in the 1996 episode Tempus, Anyone? Interesting, huh?)

A slew of other familiar faces will return to The West Wing for the remaining episodes, including Timothy Busfield, as CJ’s love interest Danny Concannon, Marlee Matlin, as pollster Joey Lucas, and Mary Louise Parker, as lobbyist Amy Gardner. And I’d better get to see some Josh and Donna love, or I will be certifiable.

As for Lowe, it’s about time he came home. He should have returned years ago. (Oh, please, like you were watching Dr. Vegas.)

The West Wing returns with new episodes Sunday, March 12. Go Santos!

For the complete story on some other familiar faces scheduled to return, check out http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-westwingalumnireturn,0,4998375.story?coll=zap-news-headlines.

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Dancing With the Stars: Lisa Rinna named new cohost

She may have lost the dance trophy, but Lisa Rinna scored the ultimate win. The New York Post reported Wednesday that Rinna is replacing Samantha Harris as Tom Bergeron’s cohost on Dancing With the Stars.

That’s good news for you, the home viewers, who’ve had to suffer through some uncomfortable backstage interviews with previous cohosts. Neither of Bergeron’s former coworkers matched his personality or skills. They often cut off the contestants and never seemed at ease joking with the celebrities. Rinna is a natural. She has stellar talk-show skills, as evidenced by her Emmy nominations for her gig on Soap Talk.

Congratulations Lisa! Somewhere, Tatum O’Neal is calling her agent.

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Smallville: Chlark or Chlois Shippers, some of you are about to be very happy

Smallville fans, if you haven’t heard, Clark and Lana are finished, stick-a-fork-in-them-done. Supposedly, Lana will start spending more time with a certain follicly-challenged billionaire we all love to hate.

Clark is supposedly romantically headed either toward Lois or Chloe, according to E!Online’s scoop diva Kristin Veitch . In her Monday chat, Kristin answered this question about the possibility of a Chloe/Clark or Lois/Clark relationship.

Q: From trillian0921: “On Smallville--will there be any Clark & Lois relationship this season? Is Chloe going to absorb Lois in some sort of meteor-related disaster so he can be with his true love, Chlois?”

A: “Ha! Wouldn't that be fantastic? I can tell you that Clark and Lana are over, over, over--at least for a good while. And it's looking good for him and one half of the Chlois concoction!”

For Kristin’s complete chat transcript, click here: http://www.eonline.com/Gossip/Kristin/Trans/Archive2006/060227.html

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