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Carrie Preston Previews Her Different 'Law & Order: SVU' Role and 'Good Wife' Future

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 15th 2011 3:00PM
Carrie Preston Law and Order SVU InterviewCarrie Preston describes herself as a chameleon actress, and for good reason. Known for serving up drinks with a side of sass as Arelne on HBO's 'True Blood,' Preston has used her hiatus from the popular vampire series to book a series of dramatic roles on top network shows.

After a recent stop on 'The Good Wife,' in which she received raved reviews (both AOL TV and EW thought she deserved an Emmy nomination), Preston will next be seen on NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU.'

In 'Educated Guess' (Wed., Nov. 16, 10PM ET on NBC), Preston plays Bella, the aunt of a troubled young woman, Gia, played by Natasha Lyonne. Bella and her husband George (Tim Guinee) took in Bella's sister, Diane (J. Smith Cameron) and Gia after some family problems.

"All the series regulars are wonderful on this show and it was really fun having these guest stars to share the experience with," Preston told AOL TV.

So, is her 'SVU' character like Arlene or her 'Good Wife' character Elsbeth Tascioni? Not so much, Preston said.

"She's much more uptight and has some co-dependency issues and some controlling issues, I think," Preston said.

Find out what else the 'SVU' guest star had to say about working on the show, her future on 'The Good Wife' and what's next on 'True Blood' below. Plus, exclusive first-look video of Preston in action with the 'SVU' detectives.

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Cheryl Burke on 'Dancing With the Stars': 'It's Just a Show, Not a Real Competition'

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 14th 2011 4:55PM
cheryl burke dancing with the starsRob Kardashian isn't letting big sister Kim Kardashian's divorce drama get in the way of his dancing, says his 'Dancing With the Stars' partner, Cheryl Burke. Instead, he's focused on making it to the finals, a feat he never thought possible back in week one.

"He's gained so much confidence in himself," Burke tells AOL TV. "He's not even the same guy that he was in week one, and he's just proved to everybody that he is really talented."

Now, Kardashian is one of four celebrities vying for the Mirror Ball trophy and eternal ballroom glory, but he's not letting the pressure get to him. "He likes to keep everything light," says Burke. "It's just a show, not a real competition."

With the semi-finals kicking off this week (Mon., Nov. 14 at 8PM ET), AOL TV chatted with Burke about Kardashian's improvement, the judges' harsh criticisms and her close friendship with the Kardashian family.

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'Pan Am' Cast Previews Sunday's Action-Packed Episode

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 11th 2011 1:30PM
Take four very spirited stewardesses, two manly pilots, a hostile war zone and tropical storm conditions and mix them together. What do you get? 'Unscheduled Departure,' an action-packed episode of 'Pan Am' (Sun., Nov. 13, 10PM ET on ABC).

"This is actually my favorite episode," Margot Robbie told AOL TV on the New York set of the ABC drama. "I think it's my favorite episode so far. Berlin, I really, really love, but this one I literally couldn't put the script down, and I'm not just saying that."

Unscheduled Departures Pan Am Preview

In 'Unscheduled Departures,' the crew encounters serious turbulence -- both inside and outside the plane -- on the way to Caracas, Venezuela. A passenger suffers a heart attack and it turns out there's no doctor on board the flight. Ted (Michael Mosley) and Colette (Karine Vanasse) venture out on their own to find help.

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Meet the 'All-American Muslim' Families & Watch Our Exclusive Preview (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 11th 2011 12:30PM
The Jaafars & The Amens, 'All-American Muslim'What's the image you have in your head when you hear the term "All-American"? Does it look anything like the Jaafars or the Amens?

If not, TLC's new series 'All-American Muslim' might change your point of view. The show (premieres Sun., Nov. 13, 10PM ET) looks at the lives of five Muslim American families from the Dearborn, Michigan area, home to one of the most active Muslim communities in the country and the largest mosque in North America.

I sat down with members of two of those families -- parents of four Mike and Angie Jaafar, and Suehaila and Shadia Amen, sisters who are only a year apart in age but could not be more different, Suehaila, 32, is single and still lives at home, while her pierced and tattooed sister, Shadia, who has a son, Adam, from a previous marriage, is planning her second wedding -- to an Irish-Catholic guy who's converting to Islam.

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'Vampire Diaries' Star Michael Trevino on Getting Close with Klaus & the Rift with Caroline

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 10th 2011 12:00PM
Michael TrevinoMystic Falls has been painfully bereft of everyone's favorite werewolf-turned-hybrid for the past two weeks, but thankfully, all of that is set to change with tonight's action-packed midseason finale.

Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) has been one of the most dynamic characters on 'The Vampire Diaries' thus far, evolving from misunderstood jock to angst-ridden lycanthrope to his new position as Klaus' (Joseph Morgan) right-hand hybrid over the course of three seasons. Where he'll end up next is anyone's guess, but according to Trevino, it's sure to be a compelling ride.

We caught up with the actor to get the scoop on Tyler and Caroline, his new bromance with Klaus and what fans can expect when 'TVD' returns from its two-month hiatus in January.

Proceed with caution, spoilers ahead!

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Alexander Skarsgard On His 'True Blood' Menage a Trois

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 9th 2011 6:30PM
Alexander Skarsgard is well aware that he can't be the scoundrelly yet, at times, amiable, vampire Eric Northman forever. That's not to say that he hasn't enjoyed his time on 'True Blood'; he has, even if that does include filming an occasional ménage à trois with real-life husband and wife Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin. But he also realizes that continuing to play the versions of Eric Northman he's continuously offered -- "without the fangs," he admits -- is, as Skarsgard puts it, "creative suicide." In other words: nothing a Lars von Trier movie won't fix.

Read on for an excerpted Q&A with Skarsgard, and check out the entire conversation over at Moviefone.

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'Glee' Stars & Producers Reveal Their Favorite Musical Numbers

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 9th 2011 12:00PM
'Glee' 300th What's your favorite 'Glee' number?

Not so easy, right? That's a question that's sure to spark a heated Gleek debate. With close to 300 performances so far in the show's three seasons, there's definitely plenty to choose from.

At a taping of the show's big diva mash-up for the 300th song, the cast and crew shared their own personal favorite numbers, ranging from 'Trouty Mouth' to Lady Gaga and every Broadway homage in between. See which numbers struck a chord with them after the jump.

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Chris Cooper: 'The Corrections' on HBO Will Make Jonathan Franzen Proud

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 9th 2011 10:30AM
Chris Cooper The CorrectionsChris Cooper won an Oscar playing a hirsute orchid-hunter in Spike Jonze's 'Adaptation,' and he's set to star as the villainous Tex Richman in this Thanksgiving's highly anticipated 'The Muppets,' but early next year he'll set his sights on the smaller screen. Cooper is scheduled to begin shooting the HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's best-selling novel 'The Corrections' in 2012.

In the series, directed by Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Whale'), Cooper plays Alfred Lampert, a Midwestern father who -- over the course of 30 years -- copes with the disintegration of his family and his health.

During a publicity tour promoting 'The Muppets,' the actor shared some thoughts with AOL TV on filming 'The Corrections.'

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'Happy Endings' Preview: Fred Savage, a Steak Me Home Tonight Commercial & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 2nd 2011 3:30PM
Tonight's episode of 'Happy Endings' (Wed., Nov. 2, 9:30PM ET on ABC) is one I've really been looking forward to. Fred Savage -- yes, Fred Savage of 'Wonder Years' and 'Princess Bride' fame -- not only directed this episode but also stepped in front of the cameras for a quick cameo playing himself.



I visited the 'Happy' set while they were shooting this episode, titled 'Lying Around,' which finds Savage randomly interrupting a date that Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) is on. We'll also see Dave (Zachary Knighton) taking his food truck to the next level. Yep, that's right, we're talking about a Steak Me Home Tonight commercial. Only problem? Dave is horrible on camera, and Max (Adam Pally) might not be that great behind the camera either. (Couldn't they have gone super meta and had Savage direct the commercial within the show, too?)

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'Community' Star Chevy Chase Previews This Week's Episode, 'Advanced Gay'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 2nd 2011 11:00AM
Chevy Chase, 'Community' - 'Advanced Gay'Sometimes I only have to hear the title of a 'Community' episode to know I'll love it. That's the case with this week's 'Advanced Gay' (Thurs., Nov. 3, 8PM ET on NBC).

I'd heard about 'RuPaul's Drag Race' stand-out Shangela guest starring, but when I visited the 'Community' set and saw rainbow flags everywhere and a script with that fabulous title on it, I got really excited.

And finding out that Shangela's scenes would be with Greendale's most inappropriate, unfiltered, racist, gaycist student, Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase)? People, it doesn't get more awkward than this.

So I broke my 'Community' set visit streak -- no matter how many times I've been on that set, I never seem to talk to Chase -- and got a little scoop about Pierce's lesson in advanced gay from the man himself. Keep reading for more ... including Chase spouting terms like "a gay," "a straight" and "a tranny" in the most Hawthorne-ian of ways.

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Q&A: Whatever You Do, Don't Offer 'Boardwalk Empire' Star Michael Shannon a Shot of Whiskey

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 31st 2011 12:20PM
Michael Shannon's intense portrayal of the frightening, puritanical Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden on 'Boardwalk Empire' reached a dramatic apex in Sunday night's 'Age of Reason' episode. Thrust into a state of anguish and guilt over an agent he thinks has been burned to pay for his sins, Van Alden watches his web of lies unravel as his wife discovers the twisted game of house he's been playing with Lucy.

We talked to Michael Shannon about the difficulty of playing such a deathly serious character and discussed whether the jig is up for Van Alden in Atlantic City. Shannon revealed that his biggest challenge as Val Alden wasn't whipping himself or drowning Agent Sebso but downing a shot of whiskey. The Academy Award-nominated actor also divulged his personal beverage of choice (yes, it contains alcohol) and shared the key to ID'ing Van Alden as the father of Lucy's baby. Read on for the full interview!

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'Wilfred' Stars Share Season 1 Secrets from One of TV's Quirkiest Shows

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Oct 30th 2011 2:00PM


Jason Gann has just curled up on my lap. I'm not sure why I'm so surprised. He does, after all, play a dog on the popular show 'Wilfred,' co-starring Elijah Wood. Unsure of what to do, I awkwardly pat his head.

"OK, that's enough of that!" he says, and jumps over to his designated chair across from me. The lovely actress who plays Wilfred's owner on the show, Fiona Gubelmann, takes the seat next to him. She looks at Gann, laughs and shakes her head, as Gann is now feigning sleep as he stretches out clumsily on his chair.

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'True Blood' Star Kristin Bauer Gets Even Witchier for 'Once Upon a Time'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 29th 2011 11:00AM
Kristin Bauer on 'Once Upon a Time'Fairy tale fans, make room for Maleficent!

'True Blood''s resident bitch in heels, Kristin Bauer van Straten, is stopping by 'Once Upon a Time' (Sun., Oct. 30, 8PM ET on ABC) to play someone even witchier. Maleficent is best known as the dark and twisted villainess of 'Sleeping Beauty,' but on ABC's new fairy tale drama, she'll face off with Lana Parilla's Evil Queen.

I caught up with Bauer -- who teased me with 'True Blood' Season 5 knowledge before I could even beg for it -- to hear more about the self-proclaimed "Mistress of all Evil" and her equally evil TV rival.

She also teased a possible return to the fairy tale land, and admitted which fellow guest star made her go all fangirl.

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5 Things to Know About 'Glee' Newbie Damian McGinty

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 28th 2011 6:00PM
Gleeks, say hello to McKinley High's latest heartthrob: Rory Flanagan, played by 'The Glee Project' winner Damian McGinty.

Fans of the Oxygen reality competition show swooned over the 18-year-old former Celtic Thunder singer, partly because of his dreamy Irish accent, but mostly because of his adorably clumsy footwork and his velvety smooth voice.

Next week's 'Glee' (Tues., Nov. 1, 8PM ET on Fox) marks the much-anticipated arrival of McGinty as McKinley High's new Irish foreign exchange student, but he's not exactly receiving the warmest welcome.

"Rory is very sweet and really innocent, and it's kind of sad because he wants to fit in and he always has a smile of his face, but he's just getting continually bullied," McGinty told us. "He's getting thrown off lockers and pushed into lockers. It's quite sad. He just wants friends and for people to like him." See? Adorable.

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Alton Brown Talks 'The Next Iron Chef,' Retiring 'Good Eats' and Why He's Not Cool Until He Appears on 'MythBusters'

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 28th 2011 4:30PM
It's hard to imagine the Food Network without thinking of Alton Brown. For 13 years, viewers of all ages invited Brown and his Peabody Award-winning show 'Good Eats' into their homes. After nearly 250 highly entertaining and deliciously appetizing episodes, Brown decided to hang up his apron and retire his popular show.

But the self-described "mastermind" (or at least that's what it says on his business cards) has a few more tricks up his sleeve, including several 'Good Eats' specials, continuing to offer smart commentary on 'Iron Chef America' and returning as host of Season 4 of 'The Next Iron Chef' (premieres Sun., Oct. 30, 9PM ET on Food Network).

We caught up with Brown to talk about the upcoming season, saying goodbye to 'Good Eats' and why you should never call him a chef -- unless you want to insult him.

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