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8 Questions With … Kate Flannery

1. What has been your strangest fan encounter? Kate Flannery: I had a seventh-grader from Florida who somehow found my number on the Internet, and he was calling me and asking to party with Meredith [her character on The Office]. His name was Sheldon and his voice hadn’t changed. 2. You’re at a magazine rack and can pick three magazines. What are they? I’m going to say Interview, New York magazine and Vanity Fair. 3. What’s your favorite sports team? I’m a Philadelphia girl, so I’m going to say the Philadelphia Eagles. They need a break. And [there’s] the fact […]

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Magazine Archive

TV Show Dogs!

Canine chaos hits television this month with the return of two annual favorites — The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, airing Feb. 12-13 on USA Network, and Puppy Bowl III, airing Feb. 4 on Animal Planet. With this kennel full of cuties in store for our TV screens, that got us fetching recollections of some other memorable mutts we’ve seen over the years on various sitcoms, dramas and even commercials. Here, divided by groups like at Westminster (though slightly less snobby; we actually recognize Jack Russell terriers and mixed breeds!), are some of our favorite dogs from TV history: Working […]

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Commentary

Your TV Compatibility Guide

It’s not your fault. Sometimes you and the characters on your favorite show just … grow apart. Maybe you didn’t have as much in common with Bree or Edie as you thought you did. Or you’re finding yourself increasingly attracted to Dexter Morgan. Whatever the situation, the good news is that there are plenty of fish in the TV sea — you just need to find the one that’s right for you. And that’s where our TV compatibility guide comes in: We’ve screened hundreds of potentials and have classified them by personality to help you find that perfect somebody who […]

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Paul Blackthorne Plays A Magic Man In SCI FI Channel’s “The Dresden Files”

If you’re familiar with Paul Blackthorne, it’s likely from his days as a biological terrorist. The 37-year-old Englishman threatened to unleash a deadly virus on Los Angeles as villain Steve Saunders on the third season of 24. Now Blackthorne’s back on TV, playing a good guy — at least, relatively speaking — as crime-solving wizard Harry Dresden in the new SCI FI Channel series The Dresden Files. “He has an element of reluctance to him,” Blackthorne says of Dresden. “He’s not your out and out ‘let me save the world’ kind of hero; he’s more of the ‘well, I suppose […]

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7 Questions With...

8 Questions With … Christian Clemenson

1. What has been your strangest fan encounter? Christian Clemenson: There was this one lady — and this was early on — who met me in the produce department at Ralph’s, which is a local supermarket. I had just appeared on television playing somebody who sells burglar alarms, and she actually thought that I was a burglar alarm system salesman. … She proceeded to ask me about what I recommended for her situation, and I did actually offer her advice. 2. You’re at a magazine rack and can pick three magazines. What are they? I’m always going to pick The New […]

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Interview

Nora Roberts Discusses Her Lifetime Films

If romance novelist Nora Roberts were not a writer, she says she would probably have to work in retail for minimum wage since, she asserts, “I have no other talent.” Fortunately for Roberts’ many fans, she sticks with what she does best and, with over 100 novels published, is one of America’s most prolific writers. Now her fans can see four of her books come to life onscreen. These Lifetime original movies include Angels Fall, premiering Jan. 29 on Lifetime, and Blue Smoke, Carolina Moon and Montana Sky, airing on the network in February. Roberts was happy to discuss the […]

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Golf Great Nick Faldo On The PGA’s Playoffs

When asked what the PGA Tour hopes to accomplish by instituting a new playoff format for 2007, Nick Faldo’s tell-it-like-it-is style is evident. “It’s all [TV] ratings, isn’t it?” the six-time major tournament champion and current golf TV analyst says. “And obviously they’re competing against football at the end of the season.” Taking a cue from NASCAR’s playoff system, the PGA will try to end its season with a cheer instead of a polite whisper. In the new format, players will accumulate points from January to August to qualify for a four-tournament playoff starting in late August and ending with […]

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Awards Shows

Rolling Out The 2007 Awards Season

“We get a nice break around Christmas,” Access Hollywood‘s weekend co-anchor and correspondent Tony Potts told me when we spoke in late November, speaking for himself and all the other entertainment journalists who cover the red carpet and awards ceremonies. “Then we all know, before we leave on Christmas, as soon as we get back it starts up like a machine.” Well, that machine gets activated Jan. 9 with CBS’ coverage of the People’s Choice Awards. “It always starts with the People’s Choice Awards,” said Potts, “which to me is a good way to start off the awards season.” Potts […]

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Drama

Courteney Cox in Dirt

What did it take to bring Friends‘ Courteney Cox back to series television? A show featuring scintillating stories of celebrity scandal, a schizophrenic paparazzo with a cat-shrine darkroom, and a whole lot of mess that would never fly with Monica Geller. And what will it take to make viewers tune in to the Jan. 2 premiere of Cox’s new FX series, Dirt? Reread the above, then add a sexy cast, an insider’s look at Hollywood, and the opportunity to see Cox in a whole new light. The character that will surely scuff the sitcom star’s wholesome image is Dirt‘s manipulative, […]

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Remembrances 2006

James Brown (b. 1933) (musician) Memorable works: “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”; “I Got You (I Feel Good)”; “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)”; “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine)”; “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”; “Living in America”; “Please, Please, Please”; “Night Train” Joseph Barbera (b. 1911) (producer/writer/director) Memorable creations (with William Hanna): Tom and Jerry; Huckleberry Hound; The Flintstones; The Jetsons; Scooby-Doo; Yogi Bear; Jonny Quest; Secret Squirrel; Magilla Gorilla; Top Cat; Quick Draw McGraw Other memorable works: Good Will to Men (1955 animated short, Oscar nominee); Space Ghost (1966-68); The Banana […]