Richard Madden

 Richard Madden

Credit: Discovery Channel

Interview: Richard Madden talks 'Klondike,' Prince Charming

The 'Game of Thrones' star says one scene gave him 'nightmares'

Watching the expansive three-part miniseries "Klondike," Discovery's Channel's first scripted project (starting Mon. Jan. 20 at 9:00 p.m.) will leave you cold. Literally. Thanks to cinematic imagery, storylines that highlight the high stakes (and fleeting rewards) of the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, and three nights of avalanches, typhus and murder (yup, it's all there -- the miniseries is based on Charlotte Gray's 2011 book "Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike"), you'll not only feel the cold, the intensely dangerous plight of these adventurers will send a chill through your veins. 

Bill Haskell is our intrepid main character, and his journey from naive optimist to hardened warrior is made all the more real by "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden, who knows a little something about wearing heavy, muddy costumes and facing deadly odds. Madden may finally get to ditch the dirt for his next role as Prince Charming in "Cinderella," but the Scottish actor approaches every role with the same enthusiasm -- even when particularly dangerous scenes like one he faced on "Klondike" give him "nightmares." Shortly after binge-watching "Klondike," I spoke to Madden over the phone about rolling in the mud, speaking "American" for three months straight, and why he loves having homework. 

In the movie, your character develops a wonderful friendship with Meeker (Tim Blake Nelson). 

That's what's so nice, really, is you don't expect this relationship to come together at all, actually, then these two men come together and find a real, proper and true friendship, which is wonderful, really.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Would Kenya be a good mom?

Plus, Kandi deflates an argument in the best way possible

Didn't you love the resounding silence that met Kenya's announcement she was going to have a baby? Somehow? It seems her aunts Lisa and Lori know Kenya about as well as we do, and I bet they're thinking they're going to have to call Child Protective Services if, in fact, Kenya does manage to get herself knocked up with some batch of mystery sperm as yet to be determined.

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"Downton Abbey"

 "Downton Abbey" 

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'Downton Abbey' recap: Mary makes a tough decision

Secrets and lies create problems upstairs and downstairs

This week, if you didn't have a horrible secret or a pretty crafty lie, you really weren't a part of the action at "Downton Abbey." For all the sneaking around, swallowing of feelings and blathering of half-truths, you'd think you were watching "Falcon Crest." There wasn't a lot of justice to be had for some of the nastier secrets, but what little we got was a welcome relief, if a little too pat and easily resolved, if you ask me.

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"Believe"

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Press Tour: J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron say 'Believe' is a 'story of a family'

Abrams explains the rotation of show runners

With Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") and J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek") executive producing, "Believe" is pretty much guaranteed to get some hype (see a clip here) -- and possibly eyeballs -- when it premieres on March 10 after "The Voice." The question is, of course, how the supernatural drama about Bo, a little girl with supernatural powers, who becomes a pawn as adults try to kidnap her will be sold to viewers. "We'll have procedural elements each week," executive producer Jonas Pate explained, "but then larger mythological elements will be slowly revealed."

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"Parks and Recreation"

 "Parks and Recreation"

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'Emerald City,' Katherine Heigl and a senior sitcom coming to NBC

'This isn't your grandmother's Oz' says Greenblatt

At press tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt promised that some fresh material is in the works -- though much of it with a familiar flavor. 

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Cathy Rigby in "Peter Pan"

Cathy Rigby in "Peter Pan"

NBC to air 'Peter Pan Live!' but no room for Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus

Taylor Swift isn't being considered, either

Given the spectacular ratings for "The Sound of Music Live!" despite the critical drubbing Carrie Underwood's performance received, it's no surprise that one of the first things NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt mentioned during the network's executive panel (well, right after referencing the "19 million viewers and 3 million on DVRs" the adaptation of the Broadway musical lured in) was the follow-up.

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Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Bullock

 Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock walk the red carpet at the 2014 SAG Awards

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2014 SAG Awards red carpet grades: Washington, Bullock, Roberts

Maternity wear gets a twist

The SAG Awards aren't usually the highlight of the season from a fashion point of view. If you have dibs on a really great dress, you're saving it for the Oscars or you already wore it to the Golden Globes. Let's face it; the SAG Awards only airs on basic cable, anyway. Thus, we get a motley assortment of prom dresses, summer frocks and stuff stars' stylists may or may not have found on the sales racks at the mall. In the mix, there are always a few winners, though -- as well as some fashion fails. 

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Juan Pablo Galavis

 Juan Pablo Galavis

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'Bachelor' Juan Pablo says gays 'more pervert, in a sense'

The retired soccer player is against the idea of a gay bachelor

During ABC's TCA party, "The Bachelor" star Juan Pablo Galavis told reporter Sean Daly he's not exactly keen on the idea of a gay bachelor. 

“I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he said. 

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"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

 "Sex Sent Me to the ER"

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Watch: An MMA fighter breaks his penis on 'Sex Sent Me to the ER'

It's a bloody mess

Ever heard of a guy breaking his penis? The MMA fighter we meet in the season finale of "Sex Sent Me to the ER" (airing Sat. Jan. 19 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC) has -- because he did really break his penis during an unfortunately enthusiastic round of lovemaking. Warning: this clip is not for the squeamish. Spoiler alert: Mr. Tough Guy passes out from blood loss.  

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The "Suburgatory" cast

The "Suburgatory" cast

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Press Tour: 'Suburgatory' welcomes new character, makes cuts

Jane Levy checks in via satellite and mind control

Fans of "Suburgatory" are likely thrilled that the show, which has long been on the bubble for ABC, is returning for season three. But the show won't be exactly the same, according to executive producer Emily Kapnek. Though the Shays will be welcoming a foster son to their home, there are two character we'll be seeing much less of -- Noah (Alan Tudyk) and Ryan (Parker Young). 

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