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Sports

Joakim Noah: The People’s Princess

You know, if ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage was more like this brilliant YouTube, maybe we’d have more interest in it. I interviewed Stephen A. Smith two years ago when Quite Frankly was a promising new enterprise. It was one morning during the NBA Finals, and I think he was half asleep … yet everything he said was important!

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Action

“The Kill Point” Countdown: Part 5

I talked with actor Jeremy Davidson on the set of The Kill Point in Pittsburgh. Davidson plays the bank robber known as Mr. Rabbit (the older brother of Mr. Pig, played by Frank Grillo). Davidson’s pictured at right in this action photo from Spike. His character wears a beard, a suit and tie, and matching combat boots. Davidson looks like a natural with a shotgun, ducking in and out of the bank hallway, blasting at SWAT guys infiltrating the bank in a scene they were shooting that morning. In person, Davidson is a softspoken guy. He tells me that he’s […]

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Soap Operas

Working On My “Night” Moves, Round 5

Now that you’ve seen the sexy promos for General Hospital: Night Shift, you’re no doubt wondering who that mysterious, dark-haired doc is. Lucky for you, I met that mysterious, dark-haired doc during my day on the set, and am ready to give you the goods! Joining Billy Dee in the ranks of newbie at NS, Dominic Rains brings a breath of fresh air to those familiar hospital halls as Dr. Leo Julian, a silver-spoon guy with blue-collar sensibilities and a youthful idealism. The Iranian born actor is a relatively new face in Hollywood – you may have seen him in […]

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Reality TV

“Shaq’s Big Challenge” Premiere Live Blog!

Who’s ready for some “exploitive and cruel” fun? The Shaq’s Big Challenge premiere party live blog is going to start tonight at 9pm ET. After the jump, we’ll introduce you to the six kids Shaq is going to whip into shape, and give you some pretty interesting recipe ideas — “pizza burritos,” anyone? Then grab a 2-liter bottle of RC Cola, a garbage bag full of Funyuns, a bucket of KFC, one of those Burger King Quad Stackers and join in the live blog action! Tune in to ABC, refresh the site often, post your comments (keep them clean, it’s […]

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TV News & Program Updates

Paris Calling!

* Only Paris Hilton could find a way to appear on E! while serving time behind bars — and then complain about her media exposure. Last night, L.A. County Jail inmate #9818783 spoke via phone to Ryan Seacrest, who himself should be arrested for talent fraud, in the first installment of a two-part interview. Part 2 airs tonight at 7pm and 11pm ET/PT. “I’m so much more grateful for everything that I have,” said the wayward heiress, “even just to have a pillow at night or food. … My gratitude has gone up so much, and I just realize that […]

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Reality TV

You’re Invited To The “Shaq’s Big Challenge” Premiere Party!

Among the detritus of summer throwaway reality series season is a true gem of a show: Shaq’s Big Challenge premiering June 26 at 9pm ET on ABC. If you saw the May issue of Channel Guide Magazine, you know of our love of all things Shaquille O’Neal — especially any of his endeavors off the basketball court. In Shaq’s Big Challenge, the Miami Heat big man will help transform six obese, sedentary middle-school students in Florida into healthy, active youngsters. (ESPN’s Page 2 has an interview with Shaq about the show.) So it would be a great disservice to civilization […]

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Soap Operas

Working On My “Night” Moves, Round 4

Joining General Hospital’s regular staff of doctors and nurses is the legendary Billy Dee Williams. As head janitor Toussaint DuBois, Williams brings a little mystery to the Night Shift. I sat down with the former Lando Calrissian in his temporary digs, the dressing room normally home to John Ingle (Edward Quartermaine), for a quick chat about getting used to a faster pace, where he’d rather be on a Friday afternoon, and Billy Dee-crazy ladies. What’s the story of Toussaint DuBois? He was very well known at some point, but at some point, his life started going downhill. He bounces back, […]

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Sports

Brew Crew Is Young And Restless

* I always knew sports was filled with drama — but daytime drama? Today a few members of the Milwaukee Brewers — J.J. Hardy, Chris Capuano, Bill Hall and Jeff Suppan — are making cameos on CBS’ The Young and the Restless. Since the show is set in Wisconsin, the teammates show up in support of regular character Jack Abbott’s (Peter Bergman) run for state senate. Both Hardy and Capuano have since had injuries, so hopefully the bad acting and multiple takes of simple lines didn’t tax them too much. The Brew Crew’s appearance follows on the heels of last […]

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Drama

USA’s Burn Notice Sizzles

Occasionally there is talk about somebody wanting to do an updated remake of the British cult classic series The Prisoner, in which a spy who resigns is transported to a mysterious village, where he is trapped because he knows too much. That talk can stop for a while, since — whether intentionally or not — USA Network has effectively taken that premise and turned it into a very fun and thrilling comedy/drama series called Burn Notice, which premieres June 28. Jeffrey Donovan plays Michael Weston, a spy who — unfortunately, in the middle of a dangerous mission — is suddenly […]

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TV News & Program Updates

Sexy Rich Guys Need Love, Too

Now, I have come to realize and accept that fact that I will never get the amount or type of women that, say, a shirtless Matthew McConaughey will. And that’s fine. But why, then, are some of these rich, good-looking guys intruding into the realm of those of us who need to actually work for a date by seeking help from reality TV to find hook-ups? In what seems to be the latest trend in such programs, men who possess the elements other guys would desire, like looks, fame and money, exhibit the most extreme laziness by having the networks […]