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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Eddie Cibrian tonight on Dirty Sexy Money

Here’s a little treat for Halloween night. Hottie Eddie Cibrian is dressing up as a towel-clad hunk for his role on Dirty Sexy Money tonight. OK, so he’s not really dressing up so much, as dressing down, but whatever, semantics.

The point is, Cibrian is back on the tube. It’s not clear for how long he’s staying or how he’ll fit in with the Darling family, so catch him while you can. (It’s no secret I have a little crush on Cibrian and his dimples, so please indulge me while I share this news.)

Blair Underwood is also amping up the tension on the show. And the Darlings make me laugh on a weekly basis. I’m enjoying Dirty Sexy Money more each week, how about you? And no, it’s not just because of Cibrian’s upcoming six-pack.

Dirty Sexy Money airs on ABC on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.

Sayonara Sabrina: Dancing With the Stars shocker

Wow, I need to take a moment here to pick my jaw off the floor. I DID NOT see that coming.

In the biggest vote-off shocker in the history of Dancing With the Stars, Sabrina Bryan, the best dancer this season thus far, failed to even make it to the finals.

Bryan consistently scored high with the judges and was near perfect in every single performance. On Monday, judge Len Goodman took her to task for her fox trot, calling it “too hard and aggressive.” Had he known that America was going to jump on his tough-love bandwagon, then perhaps he wouldn’t have been quite so critical of her.

I wasn’t the only one in shock that Sabrina was shown the door. She was on the verge of tears, as utter dismay registered on her face. The judges gasped and Bruno grasped his head in surprise, as Carrie Ann’s mouth dropped open. When asked to comment on the fact that Sabrina and Mark and Cameron and Edyta were in the bottom two, Carrie Ann said she was devastated to see the foursome there.

Bruno screamed, “It’s madness. It’s total madness. She’s the most consistent (Sabrina) and he’s the most improved (Cameron.)” Len declared that Sabrina should be in the finals.

When Sabrina’s name was called to go home, the crowd erupted in boos. Carrie Ann started crying. Bruno stood up holding his hands out in disillusion. Never, in five seasons, have I seen such a sad ending to the show. Even host Tom Bergeron was choked up.

Based on talent, I think it’s clear to everyone that Marie Osmond and Jane Seymour should have been in the bottom two. So, the question is, did Marie’s fainting episode and Jane’s fire problems spur the sympathy votes? Or are these older ladies just more popular with the voters who watch this show?

Jane and Tony’s jive wasn’t up to the standard we’re used to seeing. Jane’s kicks didn’t seem to have the fast-paced pump motion required for the jive. Granted, she is 56, so she gets a 10 for effort. And Marie and Jonathan’s Paso Doble was passable, but not notable.

Jane had yet another problem this week: a case of food poisoning. Seriously, can this woman catch a break? I think someone put a curse on her. Jane was absent from the results show and her partner Tony had to dance the group dance alone and face the spotlight alone.

I was also shocked to find out that Mel and Maks had only practiced a total of six hours for their sexy rumba, compared to the other couples who had practiced 20 hours for their routines. Mel and Maks scored the only triple 10s of the night. I wonder if the judges knew how many hours Mel and Maks had practiced before they gave those scores? Somehow, I doubt it.

Jennie and Derek’s dirty dancing mambo got Bruno fired up. They scored three nines. The judges told Helio and Julianne they were back on track with their fun cha-cha-cha. And Cameron and Edyta didn’t win Len or Bruno’s love for their Pocahontas-inspired samba.

That’s what happened in a nutshell. I’m still too much in shock to fully digest that Sabrina is out of it. Did the fact that she had dance training tick off voters? That could explain her situation, but not Cameron’s. Why was he in the bottom two? I never in a million years would have thought racecar driver Helio would be more popular than a soap star.

The real loser here is us, the viewers. Love her or hate her, Sabrina’s dances were one of the highlights of the show each week. They were so full of energy and difficult choreography that she mesmerized. The fact that she won’t be there for the freestyle is a real travesty. I love Jane and Marie. But let’s face it; their dances are dull compared to tigress Sabrina.

Perhaps this will inspire the Dancing With the Stars folks to tweak the rules and give voters less of a say in who goes home. In previous season, I worried that popularity would rob a deserved winner of the title, especially when Master P and Jerry Springer stayed for weeks. But, voters always came to their senses in time. But in this case, America was ridiculously wrong and proved it Tuesday night.

Nip/Tuck returns tonight

One of my favorite primetime shows returns tonight with a whole new look. Nip/Tuck goes Hollywood this season. Christian Troy and Sean McNamara have moved from Miami to Beverly Hills and are trying to rebuild their plastic surgery practice.

In a hilarious twist, Sean and Christian are acting as consultants on a medical TV show called Hearts and Scalpels. The irresistible Bradley Cooper is that show’s star.

There are plenty of other guest stars lined up this year. Rosie O’Donnell, John Schneider, Portia de Rossi, Lauren Hutton and Daphne Zuniga are signed on.

For those of you worried about the other show regulars, don’t. Creator Ryan Murphy has said that Kimber, Julia, Matt and the gang will end up in California, too.

I’ve also heard a rumor that Julian McMahon may be doing some pushups naked this season. Isn’t that reason enough to watch?

This season looks to be a lot more fun than those past. I’m optimistic that the show will lighten up a bit this season. Nip/Tuck took such a dark turn during the Carver debacle, that I quit watching for a few episodes.

Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. on FX to see how Christian and Sean handle the Hollywood crowd.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

First look: A Bones Halloween

Trick or treat?

I’m hoping you chose treat, because I have a yummy one for you. Bones’ Emily Deschanel dressed in a Wonder Woman costume. The girl is rocking that red corset and those boots.

“Bones” and the rest of the “squints” are trading in their lab attire for Halloween costumes on this week’s episode. Zach is a cow; Angela is Cher and Camille is Cat Woman. I’m not sure who or what Hodgins is supposed to be, but it doesn’t matter because this episode looks like more fun than a plastic pumpkin full of candy.

At first, I thought Booth was dressed as Clark Kent, to Bones’ Wonder Woman, but it appears that he, in fact, is going to the Halloween party as a nerd. (I like my idea better.)

For those of you who can’t wait until Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX to see the Halloween-themed episode, I’ve got clips here and here. (I’m hoping “Bones” does the Wonder Woman spin because that would be cool.)

And does anyone know where I can get that Wonder Woman costume? (Hanging head in shame.) Yes, I have a thing for Wonder Woman; Deal with it. My Wonder Woman costume from third grade just doesn’t fit anymore, despite my feeble attempts to make it. The bulletproof bracelets and magic lasso are still rockin’ on though. So bad guys, beware.

Friday, October 26, 2007

October Road returns

I’ve been asked the following question more than any other the past few months: “When is October Road coming back?”

I finally have an answer for you – November 22, after Grey’s Anatomy, according to TV Guide.

So, Megan, Tim, and the rest of you October Road fans, mark your calendars. You can rest easy that your show is coming back and in the foreseeable future. But, with a title like October Road, I would have thought October would have been the ideal month to air the show. I’m just saying.

I still have the stack of DVDs ABC sent me of the previously aired episodes of October Road, and I promise to get caught up before the show starts, so we can talk about it here at Tube Talk.

Critics bemoaned the success of October Road, but it was a hit with TV viewers for its killer music and “you can’t go home again” story.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Attention L.A. Nip/Tuck fans

It’s days like these I wish I lived in Los Angeles.

I received an invitation to go hang out at the new Hollywood & Highland McNamara/Troy offices tonight. Unfortunately, I’m on the East Coast, so I won’t get to tell my favorite plastic surgeons what I “don’t like about myself.”

But, if you live in the L.A. area, you’re in luck. Nip/Tuck’s Dylan Walsh (Sean McNamara) and Julian McMahon (Christian Troy) will be meeting with fans to sign autographs. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Hollywood & Highland Center-Hollywood Plaza Level 2.

If you can’t make the event, you can watch it live through streaming video here.

Any loyal Tube Talk readers who attend, please report back here to give us the 411.

Nip/Tuck returns on FX October 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

Scrubs’ Bill Lawrence chats live tonight

Scrubs’ fans, tonight following the season premiere of Scrubs, head over to NBC to chat live with executive producer Bill Lawrence.

Lawrence will be taking your questions in a live blog. So, if you have questions about the characters, the sets, the writing, here’s your chance to ask.

Scrubs returns for its final season tonight at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.

I’ve seen the first episode and it’s packed full of Scrubs goodness. From Turk trying to choose his favorite candy bar to the janitor’s new girlfriend, the laughs are still going strong in the final season.

Also, Lawrence is asking for fans’ help in how to end Scrubs. That’s right. He hasn’t decided yet, and is looking for ideas. Check out his plea for help here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Commentary with a Co-ed: Dean Cain's visit to Smallville

by Ashley Gouveia

If you asked me why I decided to write about Smallville this week, I would narrow it down to two little words: Dean Cain! I couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite men guest appearing on my favorite show, now could I? Not only did ‘Cure’ have Dean Cain, but it was also my favorite episode so far this season.

Chloe wanted to be cured of her deadly meteor ability. Who can blame her? I would too, if I woke up with a toe tag every time I used it. So, she called upon the help of Dr. Curtis Knox, played by Cain. He said he could cure her by performing a brain operation. However, the bad part was, it would erase six years of her memory. If my calculations are correct, that would mean everything that’s happened on Smallville would be wiped. Chloe, no!!

In my favorite scene of the episode, Clark gave her his “You’ll forget me,” plea to not go through with it. How cute was that? Allison Mack and Tom Welling never cease to amaze me at how natural and sincere they portray their respective characters.

I loved the interaction between Knox and Lex throughout the episode. It’s been a while since we had a character who can really give Lex a run for his money. The two of them throwing intellectual jabs at each other was great to watch. But in true Smallville fashion, Knox wasn’t who he appeared. He was an immortal man that wanted Chloe’s heart to keep the love of his life alive forever. Only Dean Cain can make me loathe and empathize with such an evil character. Please bring him back Smallville powers that be!

We also saw the end (thank you!) of Chloe and Jimmy and the beginning of the Kara/Jimmy relationship. I don’t know if I care that much. Jimmy was already giving googly eyes at Kara even before he broke it off with Chloe, so I say good riddance. Lana is certainly not wasting any time screwing her relationship up with Clark. She’s already keeping secrets, which she blamelessly told Kara was the reason for their many breakups. I’m rolling my eyes right now.

I’m really curious to see where the Martian Manhunter/Kara storyline is going. I have two theories on that. Either Kara was really naive to her father, Zor-El’s evil ways or Martian Manhunter was the one who was lying. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy seemed a little weird to me.

The pacing of the episode was finally better than previous ones this season. We got a lot of setup for what I think is to come later on. Tonight, I think we’re in for a more light-hearted hour. It should be fun! What did you think of last week’s episode? ’Til next week.

Commentary with a Co-Ed is a weekly column at Tube Talk new every Thursday.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Marie Osmond collapses and Mark Cuban goes home

Can you say drama? It was a crazy week for Dancing With the Stars, with one contestant passing out cold and another worrying about the California fires possibly destroying her home.

It’s easy to forget that Dancing With the Stars is a live show. Normally, the routines are so smooth and the production so slick, it feels like the show is taped. But that came to a screeching halt Monday night, when Marie Osmond passed out cold as she faced the judges, following her routine. Half the audience laughed, assuming she was just using her wacky sense of humor to do a joke. But, it became clear quickly it wasn’t a joke, as her body was still and the crowd grew silent. Her partner Jonathan and host Tom Bergeron quickly yelled for a commercial break, as alarm registered on the judges' faces. She came too during the break and apparently uttered an “oh, crap” on realizing she’d fainted on live television. Osmond explained that she sometimes passes out when she gets winded. Her partner later said that she’d had a difficult week, with flying to Canada, performing two concerts, and battling a light case of asthma, aggravated by the smoky air in California.

I noticed during her routine that she seemed off of the beat. It looked like she’d missed some steps and was breathing hard. She seemed out of synch with the music. Then, she strangely jumped up and down excitedly before facing the judges.

By popular demand, I’ve included the video at the end of this column for those of you who missed it.

Since Osmond was the first competitor, the fainting seemed to set an odd tone for the entire night. Everyone seemed a bit on edge. I’m sure all the contestants were rattled, after watching their teammate lying on the floor for 30 seconds unconscious. It showed in their dances. Honestly, I wasn’t wowed by anyone’s routine. Maybe it’s just that I don’t like rhumba. Too much thrusting and gyrating for me. (Wow, I just sounded like Len Goodman.)

The best of the bunch were Cameron and Edyta and Mel and Max, but everyone else seemed a little off. Even crowd pleasers Julianne and Helio got harsh comments from the judges, as Goodman compared their chemistry to that of him and his dentist. Ouch!

Despite a fun routine to the I Dream of Jeannie music, Mark Cuban was sent home Tuesday. It wasn’t a shocker, as he’s clearly the least talented dancer there. The question is, should Osmond have been the one to get the boot? If she admittedly stops breathing in times of stress and physical exertion, I don’t imagine that she should be dancing. She could get hurt, I would think, if she passed out during a routine. Perhaps, voters kept her on for that reason. Maybe they want to see if she’ll go down again. Or perhaps her collapse garnered the sympathy vote.

Speaking of sympathy vote, I feel for Jane Seymour. What else can happen to this woman? She lost her mother recently, and this week, her family was evacuated from their home, due to the raging fires in California. She said earlier that her husband was going to fight the flames, but it’s not clear if he eventually evacuated or not. She deserves the sympathy vote, if you ask me. Then again, Bruno and the judges told her she looked like Edyta at times. So, maybe I shouldn’t sympathize with a 56-year-old, whose body is compared to a 20-something professional dancer.

There were some familiar faces in the crowd this week: Tori Spelling (cheering on pal Jennie Garth); Florence Henderson (no idea why she was there); Jennifer Esposito (an ABC plant to promote her show Samantha Who); Heather Mills (perhaps she missed the ballroom); Rebecca Budig and Bob Guiney (cheering on pal Cameron Mathison) and Alfonso Ribeiro (perhaps he’s hoping to be a contestant.)

And what’s a week of Dancing With the Stars without a verbal tiff between Bruno and Len? It was Sabrina and Mark who got the judges fired up this week, as Len said their rhumba had too many tricks and over-the-top postures. Bruno jumped on Len as soon as the words left his mouth, with Len firing back, “It’s not Cirque de Soleil out there. Don’t talk to me sunshine.”

I thought Sabrina and Mark had excellent chemistry and a good routine. Even Bergeron urged them to, “Get a room.” I’ve been saying since week one, that Sabrina was the best dancer. I still stand by that, but as my pal Becky recently pointed out, Bryan had ballroom dance training before she joined the show. Check it out here at YouTube. So, is it really fair to compare her to Cameron, Helio and Mark Cuban who had no dance training? I don’t think so.

I’m throwing my weight behind Cameron. And no, it’s not just because he’s hot. He’s improved so much, and it’s clear he didn’t know how to dance when this all started. That, and his soap fan base, could help him win the competition. Plus, Edyta has been on since season one, and I’d say she’s earned that mirror-ball trophy.

On a side note, I can’t help but giggle when Helio is interviewed because he always manages to work in the phrase: “I am a racecar driver” in his broken English. We get it Helio; you are a racecar driver. Still, it’s adorable, and so is he.

Next week, Osmond should be the one sent home. Hopefully, it won’t be on a stretcher!

Check out Osmond’s collapse here or just hit play below.

Pushing Daisies picked up for full season

Never underestimate the power of pie.

ABC has just ordered a full season of Pushing Daisies, according to E!Online. The pie maker and his group of friends are apparently a hit with viewers and the network.

As you know, I’ve been gushing about this show since it debuted. It’s my favorite new show of the season. Plus, it has the cutest set ever to be used on a television show. The Pie Hole pie shop set is actually in the shape of a pie.

Incidentally, does anyone else crave pie after watching this show? I haven’t had such pie yearnings since my beloved Ed and his friends met for pie in Stuckeyville.

So, get your celebratory pie and raise a fork because the best new show of the season, that is both whimsical and delightful, is pleasing the masses. I’m off to find a piece of banana cream or a chocolate meringue.

Moonlight gets order for more scripts

Fans of the vampire show Moonlight, I have good news. CBS has ordered four more scripts for the show, according to E!Online.

It’s not a full-season order yet, but it’s a positive sign. From the response I’ve received here at Tube Talk about this show, I’m sure that many of you are thrilled about this news. Discuss below!

Scrubs’ Zach Braff and Bill Lawrence interview (Part One)

As the final season of Scrubs gets ready to launch Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC, show star Zach Braff and creator Bill Lawrence recently participated in a marathon conference call with journalists and bloggers.

Braff and Lawrence seem to still love Scrubs as much as we do. The duo was funny and witty, as you’ll see in the following transcript.

I pretty much begged Lawrence to bring back Turk’s air band, which he claims he’d forgotten. So, I’ve done my job as Tube Talk Girl to get Turk rocking again. Hopefully, Lawrence will remember our conversation when writing future episodes.

Here’s how our exchange went down, followed by questions and answers from other journalists on the call. (The transcript has been edited for clarity and length.)

Jennifer Biller: The fans loved the musical episode and Turk’s air band performance. Will we see any sort of musical moments this season?

Bill Lawrence: I forgot about Turk’s air band performance. That made me laugh. Maybe we should bring back that air band.

Jennifer Biller: Please! We would love it.

Bill Lawrence: That was funny and you can take credit for it.

Zach Braff: Bill’s a giant fan of Ted’s a cappella group.

Bill Lawrence: Oh, yeah, they sing "Who Are You" by the Who this year in a way that’s really, really funny. We always do big musical things in this show partly because I’m a musical theater nerd and Zach is, too, but also partly because there’s a ton of talented people on the show as far as singing and dancing goes. So without a doubt, we’ll do it again before the end of the year.

Jennifer Biller: Great! And I can’t believe no one has asked this question, but what projects do either of you have lined up after Scrubs is finished?

Bill Lawrence: Zach, go.

Zach Braff: I don’t know. I mean, it’s hard - I want to direct something, so I’m working on directing my second movie, whatever that’s going to be. I’m not quite sure yet whether it’s something I write or something I adapt. And then Bill and I are talking about doing a - producing a television show together, so that’s something I’m really excited about.

Bill Lawrence: I’m contractually obligated to do for the next four years to try and create TV shows for ABC, and so initially I’m thinking about something maybe with cave women. I think that might be funny and interesting.

Jennifer Biller: Bill, I have one request. If you get Scott Foley back (as you mentioned you’d hope to do earlier,) please put him back in that wetsuit!

Bill Lawrence: Oh, yeah you like that? I like Scott. Man, he was funny on our show. He’s such a good dude. The only thing that’s kept us from having him back on the show is he’s got his own show that they’re out shooting guns and on location all the time, you know?

Jennifer Biller: I have one final question. Zach, since my site is a TV-related site, what do you watch on television?

Zach Braff: I watch a lot of guilty pleasures, so I don’t know if I can reveal of them to you.

Jennifer Biller: Oh, come on. It’s a shame-free zone.

Zach Braff: I love Lost. I’m going to start with the reputable stuff. I really love Lost. I watch every night now my new ritual is I watch Keith Olbermann on Countdown.

Bill Lawrence: Oh, now you’re just trying to sound smart.

Zach Braff: That might reveal my politics. So those are the reputable shows I watch. Oh, and also I love 30 Rock and I love The Office. I watch those every week.

Bill Lawrence: Zach was going to give you guilty pleasures, I think. I’m waiting to hear America’s Top Model.

Zach Braff: No. Well, I love the Tim Gunn Design Show - Project Runway.

Bill Lawrence: And I want to give props out. The entire writer’s room is obsessed with Dexter right now. It’s really well-written. It’s a cool show.

Story tidbits and revelations

Question: Bill, I'm just wondering if it's possible that the janitor will get a name and if it's possible to clear up two mysteries at once? We'll find out his real name is Jimmy Hoffa?

Lawrence: Yes...oh yeah, that would actually be funny if he was actually him. I could steal that and take credit for it. I always promise Neil Flynn, the guy that plays the janitor, two things: That by the end of the show he'd have a name, and he'd eventually get to have a girlfriend. So I have to make good on both of those this year.

Question: There was talk in the beginning that he was in Zach's imagination...

Lawrence: Well, yeah. I always thought this show was only going to run for one season so - in "Fight Club," it happened, you know? He was a figment of Zach's imagination and then, Neil Flynn, the second year, he's like, "This show keeps going on, I'd like to talk to some of the other actors, you know?"

Q: I’m just wondering for the final scene, if you’ve thought about it - and just tell me it’s not going to take place in the cafeteria, there won’t be onion rings and that Elliot won’t have to learn to parallel park.

Lawrence: No, you know what, that show (The Sopranos) earned doing that because they, you know, that had such gravitas. Our show - our one responsibility is for people that like the show to watch the finale and leave satisfied and happy about what they saw. You know? And it’s a burden, but that’s all we’re shooting for.

Zach Braff: You’re never going to please everybody, but…

Lawrence: Zach, I’m going to please everyone, you watch.

Q: What’s the status of (actress) Aloma Wright on the show? The rumor had gone around for a while that she would be playing Laverne’s alcoholic sister, but I’ve heard…

Lawrence: Well here’s the scoop, man, and you can totally help me out with that because, you know, I have a feeling that I’m going to get a lot of crap from our fan base. So, I wanted to get this story out, which is basically when I killed Aloma last year, I would never take work away from, you know, an actress that we consider part of the family. We thought last year would be the last season. So when I killed Laverne, it was because we basically said "Hey, what’s a good, dramatic arc for the end of the year since we’re kind of ending up the show." And once we got there, we had already written the stuff, but we had been told by our studios that the show would continue for another year. So I promised her that she would come back. I don’t want people to get mad at me. She returns as a nurse named Shirley. She looks slightly different but she still looks like the same actress. But the only thing we’re doing is that only Zach’s character thinks the two of them look alike.
Braff: I wanted them - there was talk, and we haven’t done this yet, but she would be a coquettish atheist.
Lawrence: And then there’s a lot of talk too that because she’s a new character that some of the writers think that we should kill her yet again - but this time nobody cares.
Braff: Yeah, "Did you hear (Shirley) got run over by a car?"
Lawrence: It was "She got hit by a bus. Hey do they have any donuts?" ... I figured "Bewitched" had two different guys play her husband, so I can have someone as a joke come back as a different character.

Q: Zach, is there any side of J.D. that hasn’t been explored in the show yet that you’d like to see explored in the final season?

Braff: That’s a good question. I feel like there’s seven years worth of sides of J.D. I don’t know. I think we - I like it when we explore his love of (Donald Faison as Turk). I think we can always have more of that.
Lawrence: Zach’s already doing it even though he’s not saying it - (the) ending of this show will be unsatisfying for people if they don’t feel like his character has finally grown up, you know? And, you know, one of the things it’s tough about being lucky enough to go on this long is that you can only do the young, you know, the young kind of man child who hasn’t matured yet for so long before, you know, Zach’s coming to me and be like Bill, I’m - you know, my character is 30 years old now. I think he might not wear cartoon t-shirts or jammies to bed, you know. And so we’re trying to make him a little more mature.

Q: What was your favorite episode or moment on the show?

Braff: There’s so many - I mean, that’s a really hard question to ask. But I guess because it’s most recent, I would say the musical was the most fun to do. And then I - and then, you know, I really like the ones I direct just because I have so much more invested in them. And so I really like the Wizard of Oz and the one that - I don’t know which one it was called, but the one where Donald and I go on a quest to find Heather Graham so I can - so J.D. can have sex with her.
Lawrence: I like it when we bridge the gap between kind of broad, goofy comedy and emotional episodes, so my two faves - I like the one at the beginning of the the first year of the show, that has so much meaning to me because we had three different patients and they all died. Each character had a patient. We killed all of them. And - because I thought it was a way to tell people that might watch the show early on that it was going to be different than your average sitcom. And I liked the same way where we killed Brendan Fraser. I like it when we kill people. ... And then I have a favorite joke. I don’t know why I’m just rattling this off. My favorite joke is Sarah Chalke is putting on red - bright red lipstick and she says to John McGinley -- Dr. Cox - she says, “Does this lipstick make me look like a clown?” And he says, “No, it makes you look like a prostitute that caters exclusively to clowns.” And that was one of my favorite jokes of all time because of how sad Sarah looked when he said it to her.

Q: I know there’s like a huge fan contingent that wants J.D. and Elliot together. Bill, how do you and the writers feel about it? Do you think that they belong together?

Lawrence: Zach always says there’s no way you can satisfy everybody because, you know, if you go on to our fan sites there’s a lot of people that want them together and then there’s a lot of people that say that’s not what this show is about. And so they don’t want them together. And what I think - I think the answer is right in the middle, which is we pride ourselves - this show was never a will they or won’t they show, you know? It was not Ross and Rachel or, you know, Moonlighting - are these characters ever going to end up? And I think that if we were to end this series on, you know, Zach going to the airport to keep Rachel - or to keep Elliot, you know, from flying away…
Braff: Even better, Rachel.
Lawrence: Yeah, everybody would feel cheated, you know, because that’s not, you know, what this show has been about. It’s been about all the relationships. That being said, you know, Zach and Sarah as actor and actress, have made people invested in this. So I am going to resolve it, but I’m not going to make that the end of the series. I think that it’ll happen before people expect it to happen. I think I put a lot of clues what I’m going to do along the way.
Braff: You’re giving away too much right now.
Lawrence: And I think that I’ve found a way that might - you know, that people will be, I think I’ve found a way through it that people will be satisfied. Zach always says you can’t make everybody happy, but…
Braff: You’re going to.
Lawrence: …that’s my psychological weakness. I’m going to.

First look: House

Can’t wait for tonight’s episode of House? Then, take a peek at this clip from tonight’s show. Enjoy!

Is anyone else enjoying the guy who isn’t really a doctor as much as I am? Here’s a quick scene also from tonight’s show featuring House and the doctor-who-isn’t-really-a-doctor.

Viva Laughlin cancelled

In what may be the quickest cancellation ever, CBS has yanked the musical Viva Laughlin starring Hugh Jackman after only one airing. Dismal ratings apparently led to the decision.

My question is will the talented Eric Winters now head back to Brothers & Sisters? I’ve missed him as Rob Lowe’s brother. The Brothers & Sisters show honchos have said they’d love to him back, so let’s hope.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Joshua Jackson to join Grey’s Anatomy

I’ve dreamed of writing this headline, and now it’s happened. I woke up this morning to read the news at Variety that former Dawson’s Creek cutie, Joshua Jackson, is headed to Grey’s Anatomy as a doctor.


Yep, Pacey in a lab coat. Does it get any better?

Jackson will join the show in episode 11 for a multi-episode arc. Let’s hope it turns in to a permanent gig.

Loyal Tube Talk readers know I’ve been lobbying to get Jackson on Grey’s Anatomy or The Office for years. Does this mean I get a cut of his paycheck?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Heroes' Tim Kring interview

Here is part two of the conference call scoop with Heroes’ Tim Kring. Enjoy!

Q: Tim, I just wanted to ask you about the danger of overpopulation. And if you’d never kill anybody if people start to wonder, you know, if crying wolf too often, particularly with even Peter surviving a nuclear explosion. Is there a danger that you have too many characters and that you really need to kill people more often?

A: Yes, on a show like this, you have to be able to fold people in and fold people out. So the audience should fully expect to see characters leaving in the near future.

Q: I wanted to just ask a little bit about the reconstruction that you’ve done with Matt Parkman’s character, especially with the change now and his family dynamic and his wife. Will she ever come back into the story or is he really - has just gone through a reconstruction of who he is?

A: We will see the wife again shortly. But there is clearly a mystery as of now -- there won’t be in the next couple episodes -- to what happened in these intervening four months of the end of the season, season one to the beginning of season two.But clearly he went from a man who was - who’s wife was pregnant and expecting a baby to - and living in LA to a man who’s living in New York and no longer with his wife. So something happened in those - that intervening time. And we will find out about it. But yes, we will see the wife again.

Q: Our readers are really responding to the Matt, Mohinder, Molly kind of family dynamics. So I wonder if you could talk about the importance of the relationships for the rest of the season. Maybe you can touch on that family and West and Claire.

A: Well, you know, in our show the sort of secret of the show is that it really is about the relationships and really about the character. So we always try to focus all of our stories through - filter it through that idea.But, you know, in our show things change and things morph and become very complicated and different as you watch. So one of the hallmarks of the show is that nobody is really who they seem to be. So in terms of West and Claire, I’m sure there’s lots of questions that the audience has as to whether West is ultimately good for Claire or not. And we’ll just have to stay tuned. As for Mohinder and Matt and Molly, we wanted to sort of do a, in a way, our version of My Two Dads, a kind of domesticated life for these two characters who, you know, we saw circling each other all last year. And one of the interesting things that’s happening this season is the joining of different characters that we never saw last year. And Mohinder and Matt is certainly one. And, you know, Matt and Nathan last night, Suresh and HRG, Claire’s father is another one. And so it’s a continual sort of quest to try and shake things up.

Q: What exactly inspired the show? And in that vein, did you every have any favorite super heroes or super hero stories that might have acted as inspiration?

A: Well no. It wasn’t really any super hero stories that inspired the show. The show was inspired by wanting to do a large ensemble drama that tackled some issues that I felt were on everybody’s mind. And that was this idea that the world is a very complicated and dangerous place and in need of help and in need of help from us who are all ordinary and trying to think about what it was that could speak to that. And in many ways, a regular cop show or medical show just didn’t seem to have - to answer those questions in a large enough way which led me to the idea of super heroes. And that’s sort of where it came from.

Q: I just wanted to ask a more specific question about last night’s episode with the photo of the 12. Will we be seeing more of the five that we aren’t aware of yet? Have we already met some of them? And will you be using the same actors from the photograph for those roles if they show up? And as sort of like a sub question, if you could confirm whether or not Joanna Cassidy was one of the actors that was standing there?

A: Yes on almost all of those accounts. We will be seeing the people who - in the photo. I think all of them will be playing - will be the same one which I just have to tell you, the photo has got a life of its own. Because logistically it was so difficult to actually come up with this photograph that’s used now and refers to things that are shot well in the future here, it was very difficult to get that all lined up. But yes, the photo is as accurate as we can make it. And it did look an awful lot like Joanna Cassidy in there.

Q: Was Kristen Bell’s character written with her in mind or did you create the character and then go, you know who’d be good for this?

A: The character was created before we cast Kristen. And we had been talking about the character for a while and thinking about the character for a while. But when you do cast an actor, especially one that you’re familiar with their work and has as much personality as Kristen has, you try to tailor the character a little closer to who the actor is. So it’s hard to know when one starts to influence the other. But certainly the character was created and conceived long before we cast Kristen.

Q: With the possibility of a writers’ strike later this month as certainly the contract’s lapsing possibly of a writers’ strike, what kind of an impact has that had on the writing and production for you guys?

A: Well to be really honest, it has not had a lot of impact. We like everybody else, had assumed that a strike would be well after our season ended. So we never really prepared for it. The fact that we were a little ahead of other people, we started production a month earlier than most people has been mistakenly interpreted as that we were doing it because of the strike. But in fact it was that we were doing 24 episodes this year. And since our show is so much more complicated production-wise than almost any other show on TV, we just needed the extra time. So once that train starts rolling, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. You can’t speed it up and you can’t really slow it down. So in reality the strike doesn’t have a lot of effect. It clearly will have a tremendous effect if it happens. But in terms of what we’ve done up until now, no not really. I wish there hadn’t - I wish there could have been - could have done more. But… You can only write them as fast as you can write them. And we’re already moving at such a pace that we can’t really accelerate the process much (unintelligible).

Q: I was wondering how you guard against the kind of - a little bit of fan frustration setting in if the plot seems to be getting more and more complicated and there seem to be - we seem to be further away from any answers than we were, you know, three episodes ago. And also at what point in the season can we expect the foray to Canada that you’ve spoken of before?

A: Well, you know, we actually are not a show that tries to keep answers away from the audience. Our sort of feeling is that no answer is so precious that we can’t tell the audience what it is. That being said, there’s a certain amount of fun with drawing things out enough that it keeps your interest. But our show changes and morphs all the time. One of the things that we did this season that we’re - we didn’t do last season, last season we had one volume. It was called Genesis. And it was - happened to be 23 episodes long. And so one of the things that we found is that by the end of the year we were dragging a tremendous amount of story behind us that had to be paid off in that final episode which made for an episode that the expectations are so high that, you know, it’s hard to meet everybody’s expectation. So this season we’re going to have multiple volumes. The first one is called Generation, started with Episode 1 of this season and ends on Episode 11 where everything that - every answer that - or every question that is raised will be answered within these 11 episodes so that it’s one complete volume that then slingshots us into another – know, cliff hangs us and takes us across the break into another volume. So, you know, if people are feeling the frustration of wanting answers, you know, usually I think people say they want answers, but they really enjoy the idea of following the mystery and watching it twist and turn. And as for Canada, the show takes that turn in I think two episodes from now.

Heroes storyline tidbits

Q: The storyline about Micah’s new family unit focused more on him and Monica than on Nichelle Nichol’s character. Does she get more play as the story progresses? And has the cast now become jaded to meeting StarTrek cast members?

A: Well, you know, one - I - Nichelle Nichol’s character will be in the sort of support of Dana Davis character for a while. But I think we can look for around mid-season for that character to start to emerge in its own right. As for the jaded to the StarTrek, you know, it’s not really our intention to bring characters on from that show. It in a strange way has been an odd coincidence. The best people who walked in to read for both the character of Kaito Nakamura and for the - for the character of Monica’s grandmother just happened to be former cast members of that show. And it’s been a lot of fun for a certain segment of the audience to see that. But clearly there are not many others that we can tap into to. But, you know, as of now this is where we - we’re leaving it at these two.

Q: Seems like with this past episode especially, you’re starting to really kind of move the plot forward and sort of narrow the focus to a few key storylines. Can you talk about balancing the desire to, you know, kind of catch people up or bring new people in at the start of the season to kind of getting on with it and moving…

A: Well, yeah. I mean I think you very much hit the nail on the head. You know, one of the problems with starting a season is that you have to start everything at the - pretty much at the same time, or at least that’s the impulse. And on a show like ours where there’s a lot to cover, it can get a bit cluttered. But we have now settled into a pattern of telling fewer stories and I think which allows for a more - a deeper sort of experience with the show with each one of these stories. But one of the pressures becomes the balancing act of people coming in and people sitting out. So not everybody can be in every episode.And part of what happens on any show is that you enter a relationship with your viewers where you teach them how to watch your show and they teach you what they seem to be responding to. And so for us, we I think are in this process right now of teaching the audience how to get used to the idea that not everybody is going to be in every single episode. Last night’s episode was a great example of it. We had - we didn’t have Hero, Masi’s character or Milo’s character, Peter Petrelli in last night’s episode and others. But those were two big storylines that we followed from the very beginning of the season. And you watched that episode last night and it’s compelling and intriguing. And I don’t think that you really miss seeing them for one episode because you know that their stories will pick right up where they left off last time.

Interview with Heroes’ Kristen Bell and Tim Kring (Part 1)

Earlier this week, I participated in a conference call with Heroes Kristen Bell, Tim Kring, and journalists from across the world. There were so many journalists waiting to talk with Bell and Kring, we were limited to one question each. But, between all of us, we covered every topic imaginable.

Here’s a rundown of the chat, starting with my question. (By the time I got through in the call, most of the questions asked had been about Heroes, so I went a different route. Please note, this is not a transcript of the entire conference call, only the parts I found the most interesting.)

Jennifer Biller: Hi Kristen. I just wanted to say congratulations on the Heroes role and ask if you have had a chance to catch your former co-star Jason Dohring in the new show Moonlight and if you get to keep in touch with any of your former Veronica Mars cast mates?

Kristen Bell: Hi. We do actually keep in touch a lot. I just came back from breakfast about 20 minutes ago with Ryan Hansen who played Dick Casablancas and (Wakmi Tadeo) who was our DP. We went to breakfast this morning. I had not caught Jason’s show, but I have been TiVoing it. And Tim’s been keeping me pretty busy, so I haven’t caught up on all my TiVo yet. But it’s funny how many people from Veronica Mars are working on Moonlight right now. There’s a substantial (amount) of the crew and Jason, some of the ADs and stuff. And everybody got along really well on (Veronica Mars.) And so we’re all pretty supportive of each other’s careers. And we’ve maintained those friendships.

Bell dishes her new role on Heroes

Q: Do you have any connection to Peter Petrelli and whether or not your character works for the company on the show?

A: Kristen Bell: Well I’ll probably have Tim guide me through this one as well. I have a lot of information about Peter’s past.
Tim Kring: Yeah, we introduced the character and she is looking for Peter Petrelli. And I think one can assume that she finds him.

Q: Kristen, can you tell us a little bit more about your character? I mean is there any other details that you can reveal, her secret origin, her secret power, you know, anything…

A: Kristen Bell: Her name is Elle. I can’t reveal her secret powers. You’ll have to watch next Monday. But it’s a very cool power. She has ties to HRG and to Claire. And there’s going to be a very interesting dynamic I think, between her and Claire as far as what is and what is not. And I think there’s going to be a deeper relationship there than people are expecting. They’re going to see some - maybe some parallels. But she also has ties to a little bit to Suresh. And she’s a little messed up in the head which makes her really manipulative and always out to get what she wants. She doesn’t have many boundaries which I think is the really interesting part of playing this character on this particular show because the whole first season has been about these, you know, fairly good-natured people in trying to embrace these confusing abilities and being very (conflicted) as to how they should be using them. And Elle is not that way at all. She very much enjoys her power and enjoys the emotional power it gives her over other people.

Tim Kring: Well let me sort of add to that a little bit. The - this - the one thing that we will say is that, you know, we are tying this character’s side to this company that we have, you know, talked about for the last year on the show that Claire’s father was involved with. And so one of the ideas was that this character, Elle’s character is actually raised within the company. And it’s in some ways a cautionary tale of what would happen to any of our characters had they lived with their powers their whole life the way Elle had.

Q: How long can we expect to see you on Heroes? And would you be up for it being more of a long-term commitment or something where you could come back periodically?

A: Oh funny you should ask. I would be up for that. I think that this has been a great relationship so far. And there was no hesitancy with entering as far as becoming a main part of the show, just more like well from both ends it was like let’s feel each other out and see how you fit into the show and if you’re happy. And it’s been a great relationship so far. And so, you know, I’ll be one of the ones that (keeps messages that) gets cross but that I won’t get (killed). Right now I think that I am signed on for 13 which, you know, certainly to the discretion as how it fits into the major plot lines they could use me or I could just sit on the sidelines. But I - quite frankly, I hope they use me because I’m really having a good time. And then at the end of the 13 we decided to have a pow-wow and sit down and see if it makes sense for me to continue.

Q: Is there a particular upcoming episode that you’re very excited about that we should watch out for good Elle stuff in?

A: Oh wow, yes. Unfortunately it might be a little bit of a tease because I start in Episode 5, and then I don’t - I’m not in 6 or 7 which I guess is sort of part of the mystery and at least that’s what I’m saying. Episodes 8 and 9 are - have a lot of Elle. They kind of - they expose her storyline. A few of the storylines completely revolve around here. So shooting 8 and 9 was really great for me. I had a lot of stuff in 8 and 9. And so I sort of have to hold out myself to be able to see 8 and 9 and sort of really see how the character reads as far as interacting with all the other storylines.

Q: You’ve spoke of Elle’s moral ambiguity and her mental health status. Can you tell us what some of her strengths will be?

A: Oh wow, determination. And she’s a very fierce and intense personality. When she wants something, she wants it and she wants it now which I think is good when you’re working with the good guys and is really bad when you’re working with the bad guys. And I think that’s what she’ll kind of ping-pong in-between. She has an inability to decipher between right and wrong. That’s what makes her so interesting. She always thinks what she’s doing is right. But it’s because she was raised by the company and not by a normal family that you’ll sympathize with her. I certainly hope you’ll sympathize with her in trying to understand how her childhood really messed her up. And then hopefully, you know, she can get a little bit of redemption.

Q: Would you say this character of Elle will be a character that fans will love or will it become a character that fans will love to hate?

A: I think she’ll go backwards in that area. I think that they will love to hate her initially while they’re confused about her intentions. But I think that the more you find out about her the more - well I mean, I don’t know because I don’t know how it’ll read. I hope that the more you find out about here and the deeper you go into her, the more you’ll sympathize with her.

Q: Has it been fun playing this new mysterious character?

A: Oh it’s been so much fun. I have been, I think crossing my fingers in hopes that I’d get a job soon where I could play someone who was as Tim likes to call it, a little off or perhaps didn’t have the brightest and shiniest of intentions. And I think the depth at which they’ve written Elle, this character, she’s so conflicted and sort of comes across as such as vixen, it’s so much fun to play with.

Q: You’ve obviously said you’ve been a fan of Heroes for quite some time. So just wondering of all the characters on the show, which would you like most to see Elle interact with? And if you could steal one of their powers, which one would it be?

A: I would like to most interact with -- and this is for two different reasons -- for on and off camera reasons -- with Zachary Quinto. Because Zachary Quinto has been a good friend of mine for almost ten years now. And I’ve always wanted to work with him and besides the fact that he’s pretty much the coolest thing because he’s so unpredictable and so downright evil. And it’s almost hard for me to watch because it’s the polar opposite of Zach’s personality because he’s just the kindest, gentlest most giving person. I would love to see him and Elle face off one day. I think that that would be unbelievable. As far as stealing power, I don’t know about stealing anyone’s power. But the one power I would like to come up with -- because that’s the question that the cast, I think, gets most often like ‘what would your super hero power be’ -- I thought long and hard about that.
And I think mine would be multiplicity. Because I think it would be great to be able to multiply myself and cook myself dinner. I’d just be like ‘hey, clean that up’, you know? Because I always feel like if there were more of me, I could get so much more done. I’d be so much more happier.

Kristen talks Lost, geeky guilty pleasures, Gossip Girl, her favorite TV shows and more

Q: It was widely reported that you were offered a recurring role on Lost as well. Why did you decide to be on Heroes instead?

A: Well I think that the facts of the situation are that the media might have gotten a little ahead of themselves because I was not - I had been spoken to about possibly doing a role on Lost, but I was never actually offered one. That certainly would have been, you know, a wonderful opportunity. But I think I have been such a fan of Heroes from the very beginning that this sort of - this would have been the dreamiest situation I could have possibly thought up as my next job. So when Tim came forward I sort of pounced on it.

Q: What TV shows are you watching right now?

A: It’s on my Tivo. Pushing Daisies I love. I do of course support and watch our NBC line up of Chuck and Journeyman. I’ve watched the Office since it started with - I love. And I love the BBC - I watch a lot of BBC shows, don’t watch all of that many American shows. I really like Little Britain. I’m excited that that’s coming out on HBO and even (Gentlemen). Although, I’m always kind of into reruns of America’s Funniest Home Videos. That’s sort of my number one. That’s my geekiest, guilty pleasure. I’ll tell you that right there. And I don’t feel guilty about it because it’s an awesome show.

Q: Who is your favorite super hero?

A: Oh wow, my favorite super hero? Man, I like the little Pixie Girls I think because I can relate. I mean it’s great to love like She-Hulk or anything that’s like big and dominating. But for me it would be like a Harley Quinn or like Lost from Avengers -- something like that. Something I can relate to, something that I can feel I can accomplish.

Q: How do you feel now that you’re the voice of the Gossip Girl? How does that work for you?

A: Gossip Girl’s been great. I mean I’ve known Josh Schwartz for a little bit and was sort of happy when they wanted me involved in it. And it’s sort of an easy deal for me because it’s not on camera. And I’ve always dreamt about having a job where I could go and show up in my jammies. And that’s kind of what it is. But, you know, I think I love and support Josh and it’s been a lot of fun. (Kristen said she didn’t think she’ll ever appear on camera as Gossip Girl.)

Q: With the rise of shows like Chuck and a sudden emphasis on geek sub culture, I’m wondering as a female geek icon who is beautiful and brainy what your geeky, guilty pleasures are?

A: Oh wow, my geeky, guilty pleasures? (I bet) my ComiCon would be a geeky, guilty pleasure. I think the geekiest of all my pleasures at ComiCon is I’d definitely try to go around and get pictures with every single person who dresses up. Because the people come in full costume. They just fascinate me, absolutely fascinate me. And what’s even more fascinating is that if I were to come in costume like dressed as a Storm Trooper, I would kind of expect the fact that people are going to want pictures of me. And most of the time when I ask them for pictures they’re like so ‘oh, all right, just make it quick’ like it’s like so frustrating for them. And it’s so fascinating to me because I’m like well you’re the one that came in costume so don’t get angry at me. My geeky, guilty pleasures, I don’t know. I mean certainly having done Fanboys, anything Star Wars is now sort of wonderful and fascinating to me and then the - and the fact that I’m sort of still learning. And I have like all my friends are Fanboys. So it’s not so much that I’m like typically going out on my own and - as much as I am learning from them and have just been so embraced by this community that I love it. And now I’m sort of coming into my own as a Fangirl and seeking things out like the New Beverly in Los Angeles had a double feature the other night of Tron and the Last Starfighter. So I was like I kind of need to see that at least just once in my life because that seemed like an awesome double feature, you know?

Q: Can you talk a little bit about working on Fanboys and Forgetting Sarah Marshall in your film career?

A: Oh wow. Two of the best experiences over the last few years of my life. Fanboys because it was a lot of my friends involved in it. And that sort of - it really introduced me to the world of Fanboys which I now love and respect so much. It was a bunch of Star Wars obsessed guys that - and I was the only girl in the movie. And we had so much fun, I kind of can’t wait for it to come out. And plus we get to work with like a lot of people cameoed from Star Wars like Billy Dee Williams. So it was a great experience. And then certainly to be a part of when (Jed Appatow) tells me at this - (really) that this point in his career is kind of a dream come true. And now I’m really happy to call those people my friends. And I hope to be one of the people that they - one of the improv artists they draw upon in the future that can be a part of (unintelligible).

Veronica Mars mentions

Q: You were Veronica Mars for so long, I wonder do you feel - do you really miss her?Do you miss playing her or were you just sort of ready to move on?

A: So badly, so badly. I mean I miss the crew. I miss the writers. I miss actually playing the character because there was a certain ease you get when you - like, you know, when you’ve been at a job for a while and you just feel like it clicks? And you have a character like that that you’ve worked with for so long, there’s a certain part of you that is a little bit her and she’s a little bit you. And it just - it’s not only easy after a while, but it’s really fun.

Q: I’m just wondering if any of your former cast mates from Veronica Mars has prodded you about your new role and how much…

A: Oh my God, every single one of them -- every single one of them. They - we were talking about it this morning because I was having - or breakfast with Ryan Hansen who’s (unintelligible). And he of course has asked me all the questions. And we watched last night and they were all - everybody sort of texted me, was really excited because the editors and (Kim) sort of made it a really big deal at the end of the show that I was coming on. And I was so flattered, so flattered. But our whole crew watched the show. So I get a lot of text. And I kind of like to hold it over their head, I’m not going to lie. And it’s kind of exciting to go like ‘well, why don’t you just watch’. And they’re like oh Kristen.

Q: Soon you’re going to appear before millions of people worldwide and you’re not playing a teen, yeah. Is that relief? And do you hope that your Veronica Mars stance will move along with you, move on with you?

A: Yes, I certainly hope so. I have always played about ten years younger than I am which is a major blessing just even in real life. My family’s very petite and I have a young looking face and good genes I guess. I’m thankful to my parents. That being said, as an actor there are certain things that I’m going through in my own life in my late 20s that, you know, I’m experiencing. And, you know, that’s what you draw upon in your acting. And so I hope that I’ll be accepted as playing closer to my age. I know that I still look a lot younger. But I’m thankful to sort of be out of teenageville a little bit. Because I don’t dislike it at all. I’ve just had my fill of it. I’ve had a lot of it.

Q: Good morning. Kristen, you’re really a fantastic actress. You can pick and choose to work in any platform. What is it about doing television and Heroes in particular that is attractive to you creatively?

A: Oh wow. Well what attracted me to Heroes was the fact that when I caught the season premiere it was just so engulfing it’s like I couldn’t think about anything else. I mean when I’m telling you it was the water cooler conversation, I’m not kidding. Like we would come into Veronica Mars and like the entire camera crew would stand around. It’d be like, ‘yeah, but did you see what happened last night and did you see who Claire’s father is’. Like there are hooks that people are able to sink into you when telling a story that I think Tim has mastered and I think Rob Thomas mastered for the, you know, the much smaller but certainly avid viewers that we had on Veronica Mars. It makes you want to be involved, you know. And I think they’re also really smart shows and they’re a little harder to follow which I really expect. Because when you treat the audience like an intelligent member, they’re - you know, you tend to attract intelligent viewers. The medium’s for me the difference. I mean I certainly love and miss theater. Film is so much fun as well and it’s a little bit more like camp because you’re usually on location and you have a couple months of people that you get really close with and then it’s always sort of like end of the summer syndrome. With TV I really like the security. And I like the sense of family. I mean I like knowing who I work with. I work in this business because I like performing and I also really like the creative relationships. And I think coming to work with people that you love and being able to see them on a daily basis is a really special thing. And not that many people get to absolutely love what they do. And I’m lucky to be one of those people.

Other Heroes info

Q: How did it work out that you’re doing this wonderful show to begin with? Did you reach out to Tim Kring? Did the show reach out to you? And were you a fan of the show even before the opportunity came up?

A: I was a huge fan of the show. I watched it from its premiere episode. And I joked with the writers that Heroes was the water cooler conversation that Veronica Mars on set. And they had said that in many individual writer circles, Veronica Mars is the water cooler conversation now when they were working at Heroes. I think it was - I’ve certainly put feelers out there during ComiCon and let them know what a fan I was of the show I think with the secret hopes that one day I could be a part of it. And then I was just - it was ultimate flattery when they (came forward) and said we might have something for you to do.

Q: I know that Heroes has kind of like this mysterious element and there’s so many hardcore fans that always want to know leaks to the story lines. How do you kind of try to keep quiet about the storylines and then people have had to like come up to you and ask you to leak anything?

A: Yeah, of course. I mean everybody - I mean even amongst the cast, everybody’s always asking everybody else who has more information. And unfortunately going into it, maybe I just had a big old smile on my face or maybe you could just sense it, but I had a substantial amount of information and sort of all the other cast members were trying to (pick) it out of me. But I think I did a pretty good job of just smiling through it and knowing that I was lucky enough to have been told a little bit where my character was going or at least know her first arch. And it’s - you know, it’s hard because when you have secrets, of course you want to spill them. But you have to realize how important it is and how vital it is to keep them secrets and that it keeps your job and that it’s actually kind of fun when you know a little bit more information than everyone else.

Q: Kristen, you know, when I watched the preview yesterday for the new episode I had a weird flashback to when you were on Deadwood. Because when you show up on Deadwood you were this sweet innocent little girl and then we had that great ‘I’ve got a f-ing knife’ scene. And there - I was thinking about how, you know, so many of the fans of Veronica Mars have seen you for three years as, you know, the good guy, the go-getter who’s really fighting for the little guy. And then we’re going to have you as Elle as this new character who’s a lot more sinister. What do you expect a lot of your fans and the Veronica Mars fans, how do you expect them to react when they see this character? Do you interact with them a lot?

A: Well one thing I will say about Veronica Mars fans, they are extremely interactive whether it is on a street corner or whether it is on a blog. They are definitely interactive. I hope everyone will have fun with it. I mean honestly, I’ve been having a blast with it. It’s kind of - it’s a little deeper character work when you have to really figure out someone’s intentions. Because I don’t even think evil characters are evil. They always think they’re doing something right. And it’s to get to that sort of conflicted what’s the difference between right and wrong kind of point which is fun and which is cool to work on as an actor. I mean I hope everybody’s going to have fun with it because I love rooting for the underdog but it’s also - stop. Sorry, speaking of underdog. But it’s also, you know, a lot of fun to play someone who’s a little crazy.

Bell’s comments on the Heroes cast

Q: I wanted to talk a little bit about your relationship with the cast before you joined. I spoke to Hayden recently and she said she’d known you since you were eight years old. Can you talk about that and if that informs the way you and the character of Claire get along?

A: Yeah, I mean I have known Hayden since he was eight. We met in New York. We had the same agent. I was substantially older than she was, but I was just starting college and met her. And she came to some plays that I did in New York. And she was - I mean she was a lovely little girl. And even then you could tell that there was something so alarmingly special about who she was and what she was going to be able to accomplish as a performer. Even at eight years old you could tell. It was right before she was - like Remember the Titans that she was so great in. And I’ve sort of kept up a relationship with her just socially. And having joined the cast now it’s been really nice because I think really good girlfriends are so rare to find in LA. And she’s a really cool honest girl. And so we’ve sort of become closer because of the show. And we always used to joke about trying to play sisters or friends in a project. And so, you know, we might not be either of those in this show, but it’s still fun to get to work together.

Q: Was it difficult or maybe intimidating for you to join a cast that had already been working together since the show’s beginning and kind of had already gelled and kind of had their dynamic? Was that hard to jump into that and be a part of it?

A: Kristen Bell: There was anxiety and nerves certainly, but nothing about it has been hard. They are some of the nicest people I’ve really ever worked with. And having had social relationships with a few of them, I’ve sort of heard through the grapevine what a great job it was, not just an excellent show, but actually really fun to be a part of and an ensemble that really supports each other. And I think that, you know, to find that many good people in one setting is really hard to find. But clearly that speaks to what comes down through the grapevine like starting with Tim. And every time you join a different job or a different show I feel like it kind of feels like you’re changing schools like when you’re in high school. It’s that kind of anxiety, like is everyone going to like me? Is this going to be fun? Am I going to do well? And the warmth that I was greeted with, it felt like I was starting a school that all my friends already went to.
Tim Kring: I’ll - let me just add to that, that, you know, one of the interesting things that should be noted here is that there was a kind of circle of people that - around Kristen and the show Heroes of the - all these common relationships. Kristen had known several of the cast members and some for years and years with real long-term relationships.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Private Practice gets full season

ABC has ordered a full season of Private Practice, according to E!Online. That means Addison, Pete and the gang are probably here to stay. (Sorry to all of you Grey’s Anatomy fans that were hoping Addison would end up back at Seattle Grace soon.)

Private Practice has been doing fairly well in the ratings. Last night’s show averaged about 12 million viewers.

Private Practice is the second new show of the fall to get a full season order. Gossip Girl on the CW was the first.

E!Online is also reporting that CBS is giving a full order to The Big Bang Theory, too. Really? The Big Bang Theory? Wow. I didn’t see that one coming.

Are you enjoying Private Practice? Do you like Addison’s new life? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tonight’s TV

There is so much good television planned for tonight it’s almost an embarrassment of riches.

James Van Der Beek (formerly known as Dawson Leery) guest stars tonight on Ugly Betty and Dean Cain (the former Superman) guest stars on Smallville. If that’s not enough to get you excited, or convince you to get a TiVo, how about this. Jim and Pam spend the night together at the Schrute family farm, while Michael wants to declare bankruptcy on The Office.

Here’s what I’ll be watching tonight:

8 p.m. Ugly Betty on ABC, Smallville on CW, My Name is Earl on NBC
9 p.m. The Office on NBC, Grey’s Anatomy on ABC
10 p.m. Big Shots on ABC

Scrubs’ Zach Braff and Bill Lawrence interview scoop

I just got off the phone with Scrubs’ Zach Braff and Bill Lawrence.

It was the longest conference call I’ve ever done, but it was worth it. I’ve got mega scoop on the new season.

The janitor will finally get a name and a girlfriend. A giant fairytale episode is in the works, based on the Princess Bride. More musical elements are planned. (I suggested Turk’s air band.) Tom Cavanagh, Elizabeth Banks, and perhaps Scott Foley, will be back for guest appearances. JD will mature, and the JD/Elliot coupling will be resolved.

Whew! See? I told you I had plenty of scoop. And that’s not the half of it. I’ll be posting the transcript soon.

I asked Braff which TV shows he watches. (Lost, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and his guilty pleasure is Project Runway.)

Check back to find out what they’ve got planned after Scrubs, what their favorite episodes are, and what souvenirs they want to take home from the Scrubs set. See ya soon.

Scrubs’ JD and Elliot on again?

That’s a headline I never thought I’d write, but after last season’s finale, the question of a JD and Elliot coupling is a very real possibility.

In this new promo from NBC, fans get a look at the JD/Elliot love story. Don’t expect the zany antics of the hospital docs to be showcased; This promo is all romance, similar to the ones last season for Pam and Jim of The Office.

Commentary with a Co-ed:Supernatural

by Ashley Gouveia

The war has begun.

All Supernatural fans know what I mean by that. Due to the opening of Hell at the end of last season’s amazing finale, demons of all kinds were unleashed on the world. Of course, it’s now up to the hottest TV brother duo to put them back where they belong. Hopefully, they can do this before my Dean’s one-year-to-live plan runs out. Or Sweeps, whichever one comes first.

This show keeps getting more and more exciting every week, and, more frightening. The seven deadly sins and freaky kids are just the beginning. This is probably the season we’ll learn more about Mama Winchester and her knowledge of the Yellow Eyed Demon. There has to be a reason why all her friends ended up dead. Any guesses?

With every new season, there are new characters. The first one was introduced as a blonde butt-kicking demon hunter. No, it’s not Buffy. Although, that would have been pretty great. I’m talking about this new girl, who’s actually a demon. I knew she was too obnoxious to be a good guy. But she seems to want to help Sam find out about his mother and save his brother. Jury’s still out on her.

I’m probably in the minority but a character I‘d like to see return is Jo. She kind of annoyed me at first when they portrayed her as a cocky hunter trying to prove herself. But her last appearance was actually enjoyable. It’s a known fact that she had feelings for Dean, and who doesn’t, right? I think it would have been nice to see “Casanova” Dean fall for someone for longer than one episode.

I keep hoping that Jeffrey Dean Morgan may make another appearance as Papa Winchester. I got myself all excited when I heard he was coming back for the finale of last season. Then all we get of him was a mere glimpse before he was whisked away again. I guess you wouldn’t be chatty either if you were in Hell, but it would have been great to see father and sons reunited again.

Is Sammy still same old Sammy? The Yellow Eyed Demon hinted to Dean that maybe the brother he brought back from the dead isn’t 100% Sam. Is he part demon? Is that just something that YED wanted Dean to believe? We can definitely look forward to more answers as season three progresses. Maybe we can at least get some more hints during tonight’s new episode. I can’t wait!

Commentary with a Co-Ed is a weekly column at Tube Talk new every Thursday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sneak peek: Moonlight

From the number of e-mails I’ve received, it’s obvious that many of you love the new CBS drama Moonlight.

Check out this sneak peek from Friday’s show “Fever.”

Here’s the official description: Mick is injured in his search for a young woman who is believed to be hiding in the desert. But when the scorching sunlight depletes Mick's vampiric ability to heal himself, Beth must rush to help him.

Moonlight airs on Friday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

It’s lights out for Pretty Boy Floyd

He may be undefeated in the boxing ring, but on the dance floor, Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather couldn’t get a knockout. He was sent home from Dancing With the Stars Tuesday.

Those of you voting, I applaud your efforts. You made the right choice. Mayweather had an incredible work ethic, but he just couldn’t seem to master the ballroom posture. He always seemed to be slouched over, leading with his head, which is perhaps good in boxing, but not so great on the ballroom floor.

The judges said the Paso Doble was his best dance But, apparently for voters, he didn’t float like a butterfly when it came to dancing.

More shocking than Mayweather’s departure was the fact that Mel B and partner Maks were in the bottom two. Judge Carrie Ann audibly gasped in surprise when the red light went on Mel B. This does not bode well for Scary Spice, considering her scores have been among the top of the leader board every week. Where are the Spice Girls fans to vote for Mel? In fact, where are the actual Spice Girls to vote for Mel?

Cameron Mathison and partner Edyta were chosen to do this week’s encore dance. It was a beauty. The two were given the theme music to Superman for their Paso Doble. Playing up the Superman angle from judge Bruno’s comments two weeks ago, Mathison emerged with a giant C on his chest with a cape, before erupting into a powerful and thrilling Paso. (Bruno had joked previously that the perfectly handsome Mathison looked like Superman, but sometimes danced like Clark Kent.)

For the first time, we actually saw one of the professionals stumped about a routine. Edyta was so perplexed by the odd Superman music, she was struggling to make the choreography powerful enough to fit the music. The flustered pro and Mathison seemed irritated with one another, and at one point he simply said he didn’t want to do that move. Ouch! (Shouldn’t the celebs always listen to their partners?) Any sign of strain was gone by the time Tuesday night rolled around. There were no traces of Clark Kent in that dance routine and with a score of triple nines, it sent Superman “flying” to a whole new level.

Julianne and Helio also were at odds about their dance. He didn’t want to learn the dance the way she was trying to teach it. He likes to write everything down and learn the entire routine before perfecting the details. She prefers to perfect each part as she goes. They worked it out, and Helio said he would trust her to teach him correctly.

The best dance Monday night was hands down Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas. They earned the first perfect score of the season for their incredible routine, and rightly so. At this point, I don’t see how anyone can out-dance Bryan. She’s definitely a “cheetah” on the dance floor.

Everyone, including Mark Cuban who usually ends up with the lowest scores, gave great performances. But, that didn’t stop Carrie Ann from busting on Jennie Garth, Jane Seymour and several other dancers for using lifts. Jane argued vehemently that her toe never left the dance floor, but Carrie Ann disagreed.

Did you spot Ian Ziering in the audience? It’s about time somebody from the Beverly Hills 90210 gang showed up to support Jennie.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Kristen Bell dishes her new Heroes role

I just got off the phone with the newest addition to Heroes, Kristen Bell, and the show’s executive producer Tim Kring. They had plenty to say about Bell’s upcoming role, previewed on last night’s Heroes.

Bell is signed on for 13 episodes to play Elle, she said. But don’t expect her to be the sweet young girl that we’re used to seeing Bell portray.

“She's a little messed up in the head, which makes her manipulative and out to get what she wants," Bell said of her new character. “She very much enjoys her power and the emotional power it gives her over other people."

Kring explained that Elle was raised by the Company, which is a different experience than the other heroes have had.

“This is in some ways a cautionary tale about what would happen to any of our characters had they lived with powers their whole life," Kring said.

Elle will have ties to HRG, Claire and Suresh, Bell said.

As for the large, growing cast that has some fans concerned, the style of the show lends itself to flux, Kring said.

“The audience should fully expect to see people leaving,” he explained.

I asked Bell if she had watched her former Veronica Mars co-star Jason Dohring on his new show Moonlight and if she still kept in touch with her other co-stars. She said that she has Moonlight on her TiVo, but hasn’t watched it yet, and yes, she still keeps in touch with the Mars gang. In fact, she’d just had breakfast with Ryan Hansen (Dick) this morning.

Bell also discussed the widely reported news that she was going to join Lost. She said that there were discussions but she was never formally offered a role.

I’ll have a complete transcript of the interview up in the next day or two, so check back to hear Bell’s thoughts on everything from her “geeky guilty pleasure” to which superhero she’d like to be.

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