If there’s anybody who knows the power and potential of American Idol, it would be Adam Lambert. The show has opened doors and created opportunities for Lambert beyond his wildest dreams, from hit albums and sold-out tours to serving as frontman for the legendary band Queen. With a new album, Velvet, coming out next month, Lambert told us he’s forever grateful to Idol for not just the opportunities it’s given him, but the lessons it taught him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Lambert)
Through their eight seasons on Homeland,Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin have been part of stories high on political intrigue, infused with a heightened sense of realism by the real-life intelligence personnel who have consulted with the stars, writers, and producers over the years. Having been privy to those conversations and those stories, Danes and Patinkin told us they feel like they’ve gained a much more informed and enlightened view when it comes to talking about politics and current events. (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Danes & Mandy Patinkin)
Over the course of six seasons, Schitt’s Creek has become a cult hit. Along the way, it’s also become a critics’ favorite, earning four nominations at last year’s Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series. For the Levys, Schitt’s Creek is also a family affair. Dan Levy created the series, and he co-stars on the show with father Eugene and sister Sarah. When he first conceived of the show, Dan says he was initially reluctant to get his famous father involved, but ultimately realized there was no better man for the job. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dan Levy)
THIS IS US -Pictured: Mandy Moore as Rebecca — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
Between her music, acting, and voiceover careers, Mandy Moore’s been working steadily since the age of 15. At the moment, she’s enjoying success in every phase of her career — This Is Us has, of course, been a phenomenal success; she continues to do the voice of Rapunzel in the animated “Tangled” TV series; and she’ll be touring behind a brand new album while she’s on her This Is Us hiatus. If it sounds like Moore’s having the time of her life, well, she is. And she told us that the joy she gets from working on This Is Us has everything to do with that. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mandy Moore)
Sometimes, “reality TV” seems too contrived to truly be reality. And most of the time, that’s an accurate statement. Even Extreme Makeover — seriously, with all the red tape homeowners have to go through to make minor alterations to a house, how can the show do a major reconstruction on a big-time fixer-upper in just a week? Turns out, Jesse Tyler Ferguson was just as skeptical when he joined the show. And he says he was equally as shocked when he learned the truth. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jesse Tyler Ferguson)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sunday nights on HGTV.
The idea of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, of course, is for somebody to try to find their soulmate using a casting director, after bars, online dating, and singles mixers have all fallen through. Peter Weber, the current Bachelor, says that even though he’s struggled in the past to find “the one,” he wants to inspire fellow singles to never give up on finding the right person. (Click on the media bar below to hear Peter Weber)