If you want a taste of what's ahead on this Thursday's "Project Runway," here's a clip that promises drama a-plenty. As you may have heard, the designers get what seems like a straight-forward (and glamorous) challenge -- but soon discover it's not so obvious or easy when they learn who they'll be dressing. I expect our remaining designers will be put to a test that's actually (gasp!) somewhat relevant to their futures, as dressing up difficult people is, at least for any big name designer who dresses a celebrity, is just part of the job.
The designers have their work cut out for them with difficult clients
New CW show blends police procedural with romance in this '80s show reboot
Some fans of retro TV may remember "Beauty & The Beast" as an '80s TV show starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, but the CW hopes a new reboot premiering Thurs. Oct. 11 (9:00 p.m. ET) will freshen up the concept. This time around, the beast isn't a lion living underground, but a former soldier (played by Jay Ryan) who's been subjected to experiments while serving in the military. "We talked about the idea… of a super soldier gone bad," Executive Producer Sherri Cooper told an audience of press tour journalists. And don't get too comfortable with this beast basically being a good guy, either. "He's going to become beastlier [as the series continues] and we're going to explore story wise what the reasons are [for him to change]. He is going to get worse…"
Sarah Rue reveals her 'Real Housewives' inspiration
Reba McEntire is returning to network TV with a new ABC sitcom, "Malibu Country," which follows an aging country star as she tries to resuscitate her career after leaving her cheating husband. For McEntire, her character's struggle to remain relevant in the music world after 40 (McEntire is 57) rang true. "I think [ageism] is a problem and it is hard to stay on the radio… the regime has changed drastically in this last year." Ironically, she's turning to the notoriously ageist arena of Hollywood for help. She's "doing the television show, staying out there in front of the audience, keep the fans coming from music to TV" to remain in the spotlight.
She explains why African Americans are underrepresented in design TV
HGTV "Design Star" competitor Danielle Colding didn't waste any time after winning the competition series. She already has a new show in the works and spoke to HitFix about her time on the show, why African Americans are underrepresented in design television and what her toughest challenge was.
Carson Kressley, Kristie Alley, Pamela Anderson and more return to dance again
At the TCA press tour ABC announced the list of returning celebrity hoofers we'll see on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" -- Melissa Rycroft, Bristol Palin, Helio Controneves, Pamela Anderson, Drew Lachey, Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Shawn Johnson, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Apolo Anton Ohno and Emmitt Smith will make up the first twelve star dancers. Kyle Massey, Carson Kressley and Sabrina Bryan will be fighting for the 13th slot, which will be decided by voters on abc.com. Executive Producer Conrad Green urged the audience to log on after showing a video of Caron Kressley campaigning for votes.
Hayden Panettiere says her witchy character is 'very different' from Taylor Swift
At the TCA Press Tour panel, the cast and creators of the hotly anticipated ABC drama "Nashville" were quick to assure the audience that the show was not a piece of countrified puffery. With Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) and documentarian R.J. Cutler calling the shots, the series already promises much more than fluff. "[Television] is new for me, and I'm actually loving it," said Khouri. "With a feature, you do it and it's over… [With a series], I can plan for characters to do thing long into the future. The writing is at a faster pace than I'm used to, but that's the only problem."
It's a candy challenge -- but some designs are downright distasteful
Time for the unconventional challenge! And possibly some drama. And some crying. But that's only if we believe the promo from last week, though I don't think all of that cray-cray will be coming at us right away. Still, I'd welcome some tears and hysteria, only because the unconventional challenge is so often miserable. We've gotten some miraculous outfits out of this one (I recall a pretty stunning plastic cup dress a while back), but mostly it's just torture -- for the designers as well as us. But let the week of stiff, weird, unwearable designs begin!
The forecast for soaps isn't great, but the stars remain hopeful
Things are looking, if not rosy, at least stable at ABC's daytime sudser "General Hospital" as the show enters it's 50th year. It's a nice change, according to star Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer). "I think we were all pretty emotional to get 24 [Emmy] nominations when we were so shaky a year ago… We've been living on death row."
Kick-ass performances can't save a pair of stellar dancers
So tonight's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" is going to be tough for me to assess based on having met so many of the dancers a few nights ago at the Fox press tour party. I didn't get to meet everyone (though yes, one of the people I spoke to is in the bottom this week -- FYI, I'll be writing up those interviews soon), but everyone I did meet was pretty adorable. I'd hate to see any of them go, as I still think this season may have the most consistently amazing dancers of the series. But, as we all know, only two can win this, so let's get to the dancing.
'All the Right Moves' goes behind the scenes of the dance world
Who can resist watching skilled dancers do their thing? Oxygen is hoping the answer to that is no one, as they will be launching a new docu-series dedicated to the art on Tues. July 31 (9 p.m., 8 p.m. central). Here's your first taste of "All the Right Moves," which chronicles Emmy-nominated choreographer (and "So You Think You Can Dance" alum) Travis Wall's efforts to start a dance studio called Shaping Sound with his friends Teddy Forance (a "Dancing with the Stars" dancer), Nick Lazzarino ("SYTYCD" season 1) and Kyle Robinson (featured on "Dancing with the Stars"). I expect great dancing, tears and (given this clip) occasionally embarrassing full-body high fives. Works for me!