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Kiefer Sutherland tackles a more cerebral role in the new series Touch

Kiefer Sutherland says he wasn’t looking to come back to TV so soon after his eight-season, Emmy-winning stint on 24. But then he read the script for Touch.“It wasn’t really a choice,” says Sutherland, who was starring in a Broadway play at the time. “It was around page 30, I remember going dammit...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 6:00 AM

‘It was a way we could get inside Napoleon’s head’

Jon Heder says one of the best things about his new Napoleon Dynamite cartoon is that fans will no longer be asking him “that” question.“It’s the number one question you always get — is there going to be any more Napoleon?” says the actor, who is still best known as the awkward title character in...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 3:41 AM

Russell Crowe joins the ‘republic’

Republic of Doyle has pulled out all the stops for its third season premiere – nabbing big-time movie star Russell Crowe for a guest spot. And according to series creator/star Allan Hawco, Crowe did much more than merely show up for filming.“Russell never half-does anything,” says Hawco. “He worked...

Monday, January 9, 2012, 8:36 AM

He’s no Simon Cowell

Grammy-winning record executive/songwriter L.A. Reid admits to being a little out of his comfort zone when it comes to television.“This is, for me, sort of my first at-bat — my first barbecue,” says Reid of his experience as a judge alongside high-profile TV personalities like Simon Cowell and...

Monday, October 24, 2011, 2:12 AM

A real mystery man

Playing characters shrouded in mystery is becoming old hat for actor Michael Emerson, best known for his Emmy-winning turn as the inscrutable Ben Linus on Lost.Now he’s back in Person of Interest as Finch, a shadowy computer genius who sees the future.Emerson ain’t as lucky. Like the audience, he’s...

Friday, September 30, 2011, 3:22 AM

From Degrassi to dinosaur drama

For Landon Liboiron, getting into character on the big budget dinosaur drama Terra Nova was as simple as walking onto its impressive Australian set.“I remember the first time the whole cast walked through the gates of Terra Nova. It was just massive,” says Liboiron, who plays Josh Shannon, the...

Friday, September 9, 2011, 1:39 AM

Hiccups goes Hollywood for season premiere

Despite having starred in two hit comedies, Brent Butt is still uncomfortable calling himself an actor.“I look at myself as an entertainer who does some acting,” says Butt, who is back for season two of Hiccups, which he created and stars in with wife Nancy Robertson.“And I’ve gotten much better as...

Monday, May 23, 2011, 9:55 PM

YouTube star happy about Glee return

For viral music sensation Charice Pempengco, appearing on Glee is a bit more than just another singing gig. “I’m a Gleek,” confesses the singer, 18, who goes by the professional name of simply Charice. “So being on the show — it’s very exciting. I think it’s one of the show’s goal — to help...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 7:30 PM

Canadian actor steps into the shoes of an American icon

For Mississauga native John White, shooting The Kennedys was as much a homecoming as a learning experience.‘I moved back with the parents during filming,” says the L.A.-based actor, 29, who plays the young John Kennedy in the miniseries, which was shot in and around Toronto last year.“On days off,...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 9:33 PM

A shocking look at history's 'first crime family'

Actor Colm Feore is up for almost anything — be it a lavish TV period drama, a summer blockbuster or a small Canadian documentary series. “I do whatever it takes to keep the kids in shoe leather,” says Feore, best known for such diverse works as 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould and Pearl Harbor. “...

Friday, April 1, 2011, 8:47 PM

This is turning out to be one strange Community

Things have been getting weird on Community this season. Zombies. Animation. Barenaked Ladies bashing. And don’t forget the lesbian make-outs. What’s going on with the sophomore sitcom?“A lot of it is (creator) Dan Harmon and our writers and producers really just continuing to take great risks,”...

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 10:34 PM

Hot In Cleveland moves past built-in audience

Hot In Cleveland star Wendie Malick had a feeling early on that the series would prove a hit. And it wasn’t just the presence of octogenarian It Girl, Betty White. “We had an inkling early on because it had been so long since women who were pushing 50, 60, and even 90 had been portrayed with any...

Sunday, January 23, 2011, 10:52 PM

Denton happy with quiet success of Desperate Housewives

In seven seasons, Desperate Housewives has gone from red hot media phenomena to just another successful TV show. All of which is OK with series regular James Denton.“We’re flying a bit under the radar now, which is fine with me,” says Denton, who plays Mike Delfino on the series.“I get recognized...

Monday, January 17, 2011, 7:56 PM

Raising Hope mines the darkness for laughs

Greg Garcia says working with a baby on his series Raising Hope is a breeze. It’s octogenarian Oscar winner Cloris Leachman who can be a handful.“I asked her to stop licking me and she said no to that,” laughs Garcia, who cast Leachman as the dotty great-grandmother in the new comedy. “I’ve asked...

Friday, December 31, 2010, 7:50 PM

Canada, meet your humble Gemini host Cory Monteith

Life has changed quite drastically for Glee star Cory Monteith in the last two years. A self-described Canadian “working class actor,” Glee’s success means Monteith now has to cope with daily paparazzi and ever-present fans. Still, he ain’t complaining. “I went for coffee yesterday and a little car...

Thursday, November 11, 2010, 9:26 PM

Unravelling Sophia and The Event

Though her otherworldly character Sophia remains largely a mystery, The Event star Laura Innes says she’s finding the role an interesting challenge. “So much is unspoken. So much is unknown.” says Emmy-nominee Innes, best known as Dr. Kerry Weaver on ER. “But I love that Sophia has a back story...

Monday, November 8, 2010, 8:26 PM

Bones bombshell stirs things up on hit show

Despite a martial arts background, actress Katheryn Winnick says she won’t be engaging in any small screen fisticuffs with Bones star Emily Deschanel. Well, maybe not. “No, I don’t think there’s a cat fight,” says the Toronto-born actress, who plays the new romantic rival on the crime drama. “Still...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 10:50 PM

When the Law comes calling for Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard says he’s aware television can be viewed as a negative career move for a movie actor. But when the TV show is Law & Order: Los Angeles, the opportunity can be too good to resist.“The only hesitation is from yourself — the fear that someone is going to think that your brand is...

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 11:29 PM

A.J. Buckley brings the funny to CSI:NY

CSI: New York star A.J. Buckley is the resident comedian on a show that will never, ever be mistaken for a comedy. Still, he’s good with that.“If you look at the first season of CSI, it was darker, gloomy and really depressing. Not even one joke,” says Buckley who plays scientist Adam Ross on the...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 11:22 PM

Newcomer plays a conman with a conscience

Actor James Wolk, 25, says selling ladies’ shoes helped prepare him for the role of bigamist conman Bob Allen in the new drama Lone Star. “Bob’s greatest tool is the ability to make people believe in him,” says Wolk, who at 12 began selling shoes in his father’s store. “I learned the ability to...

Monday, September 20, 2010, 5:30 PM