HBO releases Season 5 preview, sets stage for Russell's return
It's been a big couple months for "True Blood" buzz. First, HBO announced that "Law & Order: SVU" ex-pat Christopher Meloni would be joining the cast. And just last night, coinciding with the premiere of their dark-horse drama "Luck," the network posted a new "True" teaser online, and got fans even hotter and more bothered for Season 5, which is still at least a handful of months away.
Madonna's 'Anderson' appearance, Super Bowl fever and more
February sweeps are almost upon us, which means this is a good time for daytime celeb stalking. The week of Jan. 30 includes Madonna's 'Anderson' appearance, as well as visits from Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, Dr. Phil, Neil Patrick Harris, Snooki and JWoww, Regis Philbin, John Stamos, Julianne Moore, Drew Barrymore and Daniel Radcliffe and music from Adam Levine & Gym Class Heroes, Gavin DeGraw, Kellie Pickler and Flo Rida. Your fave talkers are also feeling Super Bowl fever, while Valentine's Day is also getting some attention, already.
Schedules subject to change. Original airdate and repeat notation provided when available.
Mon: Erin Brokovich, Jen Romolini
Tues: Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner
Wed: Katherine Heigl
Fri: Drew Barrymore, RoseMarie Terenzio
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Channing Tatum; guest-host Dan Abrams
Tue: Rachel McAdams, guest-host Daniel Radcliffe
Wed: Jennifer Lopez, guest-host Howie Mandel
Thurs: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni JWoww Farley, guest-host Peter Facinelli
Fri: Leo Laporte, Girl's Night Out: New York Recap, guest-host DL Hughley
Bing: Watch clips and episodes of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: John Krasinsk, 2Cellos performs
Tues: Simon Baker, Kristen Bell
Wed: Drew Barrymore, Octavia Spencer, Flo Rida performs
Thurs: Michelle Obama, Daniel Radcliffe
Fri: Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Joan and Melissa Rivers
Tues: Sherri Shepherd, Carter Oosterhouse
Wed: Michelle Obama, Susan Lucci
Thurs: Michael Symon, Carter Oosterhouse
Fri: Buffalo Bills' George Wilson, San Diego Chargers' Takeo Spikes and Cleveland Browns' Josh Cribbs
Mon: Neil Patrick Harris, Nancy Travis, nutritionist Heather Bauer, Pat Harvey guest co-hosts
Tues: Kunal Nayyar & Simon Helberg, Sara Leibowitz, Pat Harvey guest co-hosts
Wed: Dr. Phil, Nancy O’Dell guest co-hosts
Thurs: John Stamos, Stacey Tisdale; guest co-host Kelly Osbourne
Fri: Daniel Radcliffe, Guy Fieri; guest co-host Kelly Osbourne
Mon: Jennifer Lopez, Joy Bauer, James Citrin, Christy Whitman and Rebecca Grado
Tues: The Professionals, teenage Jerry Maguire, Jill Martin, Joy Bauer, Bobbie Thomas
Wed: Mark Bittman, Puppy Bowl
Fri: Adam Levine and Gym Class Heroes perform, Gym Class Heroes perform
Mon: Stone Phillips, Regis Philbin; Gavin DeGraw performs
Tues: John Stamos
Wed: Julianne Moore; Kelli Pickler performs
Thurs: Lisa Kudrow, Steve Van Zandt
Fri: Woody Harrelson, Carmen Wong Ulrich
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Jessica Alba, Terrell Owens,
Tues: S. Epatha Merkerson, Suzanne Johnston (wife of the NY Jets owner Woody Johnson)
Wed: Dermot Melroney, David Custer
Thurs: Mystery Guest
Fri: Daniel Radcliffe, Snooki & JWoww, chef Kevin Roberts
'Chuck' grump Casey talks about calling it a day after five seasons of hijinks
“It’s going to be different than anything we’ve ever done before on ‘Chuck,’” says Fedak. “It’s going to be a two-hour finale and the first part of it is called ‘Chuck Versus Sarah’ and the second part’s called ‘Chuck Versus the Good Buy.’ Everything’s at stake. All of our characters are at a crossroad and it’s going to be interesting to see how it all falls out. Everyone in this finale is going to be forced to make a decision in regards to what their future holds – the answers to all those questions.”
Bing: More about "Chuck"
Regarding filming the two-hour finale, “there were a lot of tears,” says Adam Baldwin, who played grumpy agent John Casey on the show. “I didn’t cry, but I watched a lot of the younger people cry, being the cold-hearted bastard that I am. It was uplifting and bittersweet and yet it was a sense of accomplishment because we had, against all odds, persevered and been lucky enough to keep going. We made it to five years when we didn’t even think we were going to make it past that first season.”
Fedak says that the show’s finale will embrace what the five-season run was really about – not secret agent antics, but something deeper. “I think ‘Chuck’ spoke to people,” he says. “It’s about every man who steps up to the plate and decides to be a hero. And the other thing is, it’s a show about family. It’s about a group of people who come together and flow into a family unit. I just can’t imagine a better family than this group, from Casey to Chuck to Morgan to Sarah.”
Here’s a sneak peek of Friday night's finale:
The two-hour "Chuck" finale airs Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Will you be watching?
A revealing interview with the Material Girl on her film, her secrets, her past -- and a marriage proposal?
Bing: More about "Anderson" | More about Madonna's "W.E."
Since the interview was shot ahead of time, Madonna also shares her reaction to her Golden Globe nominations (she ultimately won Best Song, but not Best Score), as well as the pressure of being a moviemaker. Here's a sneak peek.
The "Anderson" Madonna interview is set to air in daytime on Thursday, Feb. 2.
The '30 Rock' star flaunts his best British accent for 'Morgan Tonight'
Host was toasted, he admits to ESPN2
Guess what was spinning as fast as the wheel? Pat Sajak's head!
The host of "Wheel of Fortune" since 1983 says he and sidekick Vanna White would get blotto before taping old episodes of the show. On their two-and-a-half hour breaks, they'd hit Los Arcos -- a Mexican restaurant near their Burbank, Calif. studio -- to slam margaritas.
"Vanna and I would go across and have two or three or six and then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet," Sajak told Dan Le Batard of ESPN2's "Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable" recently.
"They're really great tapes to get a hold of."
Sajak, 65, said he would "be hesitant" to have a drink now, but "when I first started and was much younger and could tolerate those things, we had a different show then."
Was that show better or worse?
"I have no idea if the shows were any good," Sajak said, "but no one said anything, so I guess I did OK."
Check out the video:
Unfortunately, Batard did not follow up by asking what we're now dying to know: whether Sajak ever hooked up with a drunk, younger Vanna White.
"Wheel of Fortune" airs weekdays in syndication.
Rumors swirl around a series of Rainn Wilson's own
Former '24' star spills on returning to TV, working with kids and parenting angst
It’s only been two years since he wrapped up the long-running action drama "24," and already Kiefer Sutherland is back on TV with another action-packed hour. But unlike Jack Bauer, his character on the new drama "Touch" -- which premieres Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX -- is confounded by the fact that his son can apparently predict the future before it happens. MSN TV caught up with the actor and new dad to talk “Touch,” parenting angst and working with kids.
MSN TV: Can you tell us a little bit about the premise of the show?
In the beginning of the story we discover Martin who has a son named Jake who in the course or our story we realize has been misdiagnosed with severe autism and in fact is actually just a truly, truly evolved human being that is years and years beyond where my character is and our society is at. And in an effort to communicate with my son, I discover that he has this unbelievable skill set that allows him to interpret numbers and symbols in a way that kind of explain our past and to some degree predict our future and that’s where we start the show off. My journey, very much like the Chinese fable that the story is based on, which was called, “The Red Thread” and the red thread is basically a red thread that is loosely looped around the ankles of all the people that are supposed to come in contact with each other over the course of a lifetime. This thread can stretch and it can bend, but it cannot break, and somehow in our society we have broken this and my son is taking me on a journey to try and put the thread back together.
What made you decide to make the return to TV?
It was a combination of things. I had an unbelievable experience on "24." We shot 198 episodes and I was as excited about shooting the 198th as I was the first. And so that combined with this script, it wasn’t even really a choice anymore. It was something that I knew I had to do. I remember thinking about it really strongly when I was crossing the street in New York and the person who I work with, Susan, I remember saying to her, ‘If we don’t do this, how are we going to feel in September watching it knowing all of its potential and how great we both think it can be.’ And that answered my question for me. I didn’t want to be sitting there watching this fantastic show in September if I had had the opportunity to be a part of it. It certainly is daunting thing having “24” been not only the great experience on a personal level for me, but it was an incredible success. It’s nice to have that in your pocket and let it be, but this was certainly something I just couldn’t say no to, so I think it’s been a little longer than two years, but it feels a lot shorter than that now, I have to say.
When did the project come to you?
It was funny. I was doing a play in New York on Broadway. I had a film that I knew I was going to go do and so I read Touch almost reluctantly. I don’t think I was completely ready to go back to television yet. I was enjoying some of the different opportunities that I had had. I think it was around page 30, I remember going, “Oh....” I just knew I would be so remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity that Touch was. I identified with him out of the gate. There was something interesting because obviously this is very different than “24.” Yet there is a real similar through line in the kind of character of the man. Jack Bauer would be faced with unbelievable circumstances in the course of a day and he would never win completely. And this guy is never going to win either. He’s never going to have the quintessential relationship of a father and a son. Yet he perseveres and that’s a great character statement. So I identified with him greatly on that. I think one of the things, one of things that moved me the most about the piece was that I felt that Martin was terribly alone; and I think that that’s going to be an aspect of the character and certainly through the piece as well. So that’s going to play into it in a large way.
You’re a parent yourself. Could you relate?
As a parent as well, there’s just the sense of responsibility combined with not knowing what to do all the time. Even though this is again a heightened experience, I think every parent feels that. I certainly can speak for myself and say that I have during Camelia’s pregnancy with Sara – for nine months I’d have these great fantasies of how I was going to be the greatest dad on the planet. And then she was born and a kind of fear came over me like none other that I’ve ever had in my life. I was confronted with the fact that I really didn’t know what I was doing and it was something that I was going to have to figure out as I went. And I really relate to Martin on that level and just the dynamic between he and the son I just find so extraordinary. So for all of those reasons, those were the first things that grasped me.
What was it like working with David Mazouz, who plays your son?
He’s an amazing young actor and he’s an amazing young man. He does something that I think it would be impossible to try and teach an actor to do. He has very limited physical response to anything that I do. He doesn’t talk and yet I can feel his presence even if he’s not looking at me. I can always sense that he’s listening and I think that comes across to the viewer as well. That’s a real gift. He was the first boy out of about 25 young people that I read with and I remember thinking because I was doing the play at the same time, so I could only do five or six or seven kids a day. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this kid is amazing. If the other kids are going to be like this, we’re going to find an amazing kid.’ And I remember it was around the tenth kid, I was still thinking — and all of the kids I have to say were fantastic, but there was something really special with him and then obviously we should just hire the first kid and I’m thinking around 20, I say no, the first kid was still better. And then I read with close to 30 kids and I was finally like, ‘Would you guys just please hire the first kid?’ He was just amazing and so that bond kind of started right away.
You worked with some great actors on “24.” Anyone you’d really like to work with on this one?
We’re working on episodes five and six right now, but I certainly have conveyed to Tim Kring, our writer, that my father [Donald Sutherland] is someone who I would very, very much like to work with. My father knows of this piece and I certainly have talked to him about it. We certainly do not have a script or a story or anything like that, but it certainly is open. I think one of the things that’s so attractive about this piece is really Tim Kring’s writing and character development. They give people an opportunity to show some stuff that they might not normally get and I would be honored to be able to do something like this with my dad.
There’s a bit of a sci-fi element at play here. Are you a believer?
I do believe that there is a cause and effect and a ripple effect upon everything everybody does and these have positive consequences and negative consequences. If you start to focus on the kind of minutia of that, it’s really quite extraordinary. "Should I get on the elevator now or should I wait?" Obviously we can’t live our lives like that. But I do believe very strongly that all of us and all of the other things in the context of our planet with Mother Nature, all of these things absolutely have a profound effect. Some of the effects that can be felt are small and some of them are very large and it was really interesting to do a show that focused on that.
"Touch" premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.