Interview

Josh, Sara Lee, Amanda and ZZ reflect on their time on WWE Tough Enough

Josh, Sara Lee, Amanda and ZZ reflect on their time on WWE Tough Enough

Imagine starting a new job from scratch and having cameras following your every move with viewers dictating whether you stay or go. This is exactly what the contestants of the WWE Tough Enough reality show competition had to deal with the last 10 weeks. Sara Lee, Amanda Saccomanno, Zamariah “ZZ” Loupe and Josh Bredl survived eliminations, harsh critiques, physically draining challenges and training sessions to emerge the four finalists. This week it was Sara and Josh who were named Tough Enough with fans voting them as their picks to receive the $250,000 WWE contracts. Paul “Triple H” Levesque, executive vice … Continue reading

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Loretta Devine adds her spark to The Carmichael Show

Loretta Devine stars in The Carmichael Show on NBC

From her Broadway turn in Dreamgirls and starring roles in films like Waiting to Exhale and Jumping the Broom to TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Loretta Devine has the thespian trifecta when it comes to a diversified resumé. The delightfully humble Devine returns to TV in comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s new multicam sitcom The Carmichael Show (beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 9pm on NBC). The laugh-out-loud series is a modern-day All in the Family of sorts that follows the Carmichael family’s zany dynamics. Carmichael plays Jerrod, who’s hiding from his contrarian father (David Alan Grier) and Bible-obsessed mother (Devine) that his girlfriend Maxine … Continue reading

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Sara Lee and ZZ talk WWE Tough Enough finals

Sara Lee and ZZ talk WWE Tough Enough finals

Four remain on Tough Enough with two receiving $250,000 WWE contracts live 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25. Sara Lee and Zamariah “ZZ” Loupe hope it will be them. The fan favorites have survived because they have resonated with audiences. Their groundswell of support has grown, despite not progressing as quickly as the rest of the field. Where they lack in physical areas they have made up for in personality. Sara and ZZ joined their fellow remaining cast members Josh Bredl and Amanda Saccomanno in New York City for the SummerSlam week festivities. Among the activities was interacting with Make-A-Wish kids and … Continue reading

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Interview: Nathan Owens stays hopeful for his character’s relationship on “Devious Maids”

Nathan Owens of Devious Maids

Even though us Devious Maids fans had to wait a year for our favorite show to return to Lifetime, it was well worth the wait. This third season of Devious Maids included many new faces to the cast, including Days of Our Lives veteran Nathan Owens. Owens’ character, Jesse Morgan, joins the maid services in Beverly Hills with the help of Marisol and her new business. Jesse might be the first male maid we’ve seen on the show but he has a very special reason why he wants to enter this particular field of work. Jesse explains that he was previously in the military … Continue reading

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Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Full House Story” is going to be cutthroat …

Unauthorized Full House Story on Lifetime

From 1987 to 1995, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron, Jodi Sweetin, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were part of TV’s most beloved family sitcom — Full House. The series followed a widowed father (Saget) raising his three young daughters with the help of his brother-in-law Jesse (Stamos) and best friend Joey (Coulier). After a 192-episode run, ABC pulled the plug, but their story was far from over. Fast-forward to present day and you’ll find Saget’s edgy autobiography Dirty Daddy still garnering laughs, Netflix in production on the spinoff series Fuller House, and Lifetime telling the behind-the-scenes story … Continue reading

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Tanner talks about being a fighter and his time on WWE Tough Enough

Tanner talks about being a fighter and his time on WWE Tough Enough

Tanner Saraceno takes pride in being a fighter in every facet of his life. That’s why the latest contestant to go on the WWE Tough Enough reality show isn’t deterred. The 24-year-old MMA athlete out of Boiling Springs, S.C. is down, but not for the count. “It’s definitely frustrating with the hard work I put in,” he said. “I was 185 pounds, and I was at my fighting weight. When I started I realized I’m probably too small for cameras, so I started working immediately by putting some size on me. I wanted to be able to perform with bigger … Continue reading

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Finn Bálor ready for WWE SummerSlam weekend and NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn

Finn Bálor ready for WWE SummerSlam weekend and NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn

When Fergal, Prince Devitt signed with WWE in 2014 the Irishman had some trepidation. After 14 years honing his craft and making a name for himself around the world, was joining sports entertainment leader the right move to make? The answer to this question became clear. It was a resounding yes! He emerged on NXT television as Finn Bálor. The new recruit drew buzz and a growing following in a short amount of time. Then on July 4, 2015 during the Beast in the East special on WWE Network from Japan it was Bálor who captured the NXT championship from … Continue reading

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GiGi talks about her time on WWE “Tough Enough” after elimination

GiGi talks about her time on WWE "Tough Enough" after elimination

Winning multiple challenges and progressing in the ring, Giorgia “GiGi” Piscina was seen as a favorite to win a WWE contract on “Tough Enough.” However, the votes weren’t there for the loveable Aussie, who was eliminated from the reality show this week. “I would like to say I was shocked, but anything can happen at this stage of the competition,” she said. “I don’t think anybody is safe. I was ready to be in the bottom three, but definitely wasn’t ready to go home. I’m a very emotional person as you probably have seen in the previous episodes when I … Continue reading

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Composers Reinhold Heil and Charlie Clouser on scoring TV shows

Composers Reinhold Heil and Charlie Clouser on scoring TV shows

SundanceTV’s series Deutschland 83 ends its run Aug. 5 at 11pm ET, so this is a good time to get into the mind of the man who composed the musical score for the series, Reinhold Heil. In a twist, Heil and another composer, Charlie Clouser — who most recently scored Wayward Pines — both interviewed each other recently about their art and business, exclusively for Channel Guide. They chatted about everything from finding the right tone for a series to what happens when the series they have invested their creative energy in is canceled, and here are some of the highlights. Reinhold Heil: Nina Hagen, I … Continue reading

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IFC’s “Documentary Now!” is history as it never was

IFC Documentary Now!

As Comedy Central’s Drunk History revolutionized the way we look at the past, IFC’s Documentary Now! (Thursdays beginning Aug. 20) hopes to alter how we remember some of history’s most important documentary films. Former Saturday Night Live castmates Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are the creators of this new six-part comedy series that spoofs famous documentaries like Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North and Reportero. Each installment has the appearance and tone of a serious documentary (they even got Helen Mirren to introduce each episode!). But the seriousness ends when Armisen and Hader appear onscreen as parodies of eccentric … Continue reading

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