In the weekly Idol conference call, it's common for the discussion to focus on how disappointing it is to the contestant to have been voted off. But last week's eliminee, Stefano Langone, seems to be thrilled to be out. Every answer he gave eventually came back around to how he left exactly when he wanted, he sang what he wanted and he was saving all of his best stuff for after the show. He took a break from networking to straighten us out about he's about to blow up in a big way. Boom goes the dynamite!
This weekend is the 200th Syfy original Saturday-night movie, Scream of the Banshee, and while the monster in it looks to live up to the standards set by Megashark, the star of the movie has a pedigree all his own. He's Lance Henriksen, star of dozens of science-fiction and horror movies, including a few bona fide classics and the TV series Millennium, and we got to sit in on a conference call with him to talk about the movie, his love of Westerns, and what he'd be doing if he wasn't acting.
This season of American Idol is in its millionth week, and yet, it is still going on. If you cared about the recently ousted Michael Lynche, then I am sorry for your loss. If not, then... well, I don't blame you. Regardless, I joined a media call with the large and in-charge contestant to get his take on how much being eliminated sucks. And, understandably, it apparently sucks a lot. Fair enough.
We're sure this won't be Leonard Nimoy's last interview ever, but it may very well be his last interview about acting. The thespian formerly known as Spock has announced his retirement from acting after 60 years, and will cap his career with a swan song as mysterious genius William Bell in tonight's season finale of Fringe. He was only able to give us a few key details about the episode, including whether we'll see an Alternate Bell and whether he'll resolve his relationship with Walter Bishop, but he also weighed in on Star Trek and on his long, storied career over the course of his conference call. So until we start covering his erotic photography exhibitions, enjoy these last words from the man, and live long and prosper, Mr. Nimoy.
Somewhere, an American Idol is crying. Actually, they're probably all crying, either due to a frustrating rehearsal, missing their family or something mean Simon Cowell said, but one in particular, Didi Benami, has become known for shedding tears at the drop of a hat. And now that she's been voted off the show after a so-so rendition of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," she's either weeping tears of joy at the lack of viewer support or tears of happiness for not having to be in any more Ford commercials. Either way, we spoke to her as part of a conference call, and she talked about how Idol is like Los Angeles, why she lived in her car and how she's really not that emotional a person under normal circumstances. Try not to cry too much.
Last week saw the elimination of quirky, bearded, occasionally hospitalized favorite Casey Abrams, and we were interested to hear what he would have to say in his exit interview. Unfortunately, he was pretty sedate the whole time (unlike the rarin'-to-go Stefano), but his closing statement stuck with us: "Don't take yourself too seriously. Take music seriously, but not yourself." While the interview was far from a laugh-fest, we couldn't help but chuckle at some of his laid-back, world-weary responses. Here are the funniest.
As I pointed out last week, the vast majority of American Idol contestants work their post-elimination media calls completely off of a script, never daring to say anything negative about anything, from their performances, to the judges, to Seacrest's hair. But every once in a while, you get a person who breaks from the routine and actually dares to share genuine opinions on things. Paul McDonald, if you couldn't tell from the rose suits, is one such person. Read on for the alarmingly genuine (as far as Idol calls go) highlights of his call.
This weekend, the highly anticipated HBO series Game of Thrones finally debuts, and while there are legions of fans of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels waiting with excitement, other readers are just as eager to nitpick every little detail. At the same time, many HBO viewers may be tuning in for some good drama with a dash of fantasy with no knowledge of the complex mythology of the books. Fashioning a satisfying television show that satisfies these different audiences was a huge undertaking (one several years in the works) that fell squarely on the shoulders of writer-producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss. The duo recently talked to us and other journalists on a media conference call to address concerns and let fans new and old know what to expect.
Law & Order: Los Angeles returns next week, with two very familiar faces in new roles. Alfred Molina's D.D.A. Ricardo Morales will be taking a demotion to rejoin the police force, and New York A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa (Alana De La Garza) will be moving to L.A. On the eve of this rejiggered procedural's second go-round, we talked to the two of them about their new jobs, and what's in store for the new season.
This week, Grey's Anatomy embarks on a time-honored departure episode tradition: the musical episode. Featuring the cast singing songs that have defined the show over the years, "Song Beneath the Song" takes place in Callie's post-car-accident mind, so though the episode may be a risk, at least it'll all be just a dream (I'm guessing) in the end. To promote the big event, I talked to Little Grey herself, Chyler Leigh, about the songs, the grind of doing a series for seven long years, Lexie's new relationship with Avery and more. Read on for the whole shebang.