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Hal Sparks: Meet One of Entertainment's Most Dynamic Personalities

March 18th, 2013 11:40am EDT
Hal Sparks
Hal Sparks may be one of the most versatile personalities in the entertainment industry. He’s an actor who currently stars in the Disney XD series Lab Rats, a successful stand-up comedian and the front man for the band Zero 1 – and on top of all that, he’s an outspoken guy who’s actively working to leave an impact off-stage, too. BFTV recently caught up with the multitalented Hal during a break in shooting the second season of Lab Rats to shine some light on an underappreciated star.

With such a diverse resume, it’s hard to pick where to start when discussing the Kentucky native, even if y...

TV on DVD Roundup: 'Blue Mountain State,' 'The Real L Word' And More

October 20th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Blue Mountain State
Here's what's new in the world of TV on DVD: college mayhem, archaeologists, starship captains and lots of sex. Read on for looks at Blue Mountain State, The Captains, The Real L Word, Queer as Folk UK and more...

Blue Mountain State: Season Two (Lionsgate)

Spike's original series Blue Mountain State is one of my guilty pleasures. It's vastly inappropriate and doesn't always make sense, but it doesn't pretend to be anything other than a hilariously good time. In season two, slacker QB Alex Moran (Daytime Emmy winner Darin Brooks) is stuck trying to keep egotistical "star player" Ra...

Summer Preview: 'The Real L Word'

June 5th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
The Real L Word
Showtime's The Real L Word raises an interesting question: do viewers want to see the real versions of what they loved as fiction?

Some people do; there's a market for documentary series about police just as much as there is one for the police procedural. (See my summer preview of A&E's The First 48: Missing Persons.) With The Real L Word, it's a different kind of series - it's not focusing on a profession, but a lifestyle. Showtime is hoping to entice those die-hard fans of The L Word into following the stories of real lesbians. Season one was greeted with mixed reviews; season two w...

Hal Sparks Helps Save Man With CPR

August 5th, 2010 2:18pm EDT
Hal Sparks
Former Queer As Folk actor Hal Sparks was hailed a hero on Wednesday night after saving the life of a fellow air passenger when the man collapsed at Los Angeles International Airport.

The comedian launched into action when he saw an elderly male fall to the ground in the Delta Airlines terminal at around 11pm. He performed CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on the man and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while a woman helped to give chest compressions until paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the victim to the hospital.

Sparks took to his Twitter.com blog moments after th...

Bruce Campbell And Sharon Gless Appreciate Their Place In 'Burn Notice'

August 13th, 2009 12:06pm EDT
Burn Notice
With seventy years show business experience between them, actors Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless seem just about over it. A beloved B-movie icon, Campbell spent much of his career

either fighting off the undead in movies like The Evil Dead and Maniac Cop, or bouncing around several starring roles in well-received, yet quickly cancelled television shows like "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." and "Jack of all Trades." Sharon Gless couldn't be any more different. The last of Hollywood's contract players, Gless hit it big as NYPD detective Christine Cagney in the CBS hit "Cagney & Lacey"...

What's New On Showtime?

May 12th, 2009 9:51am EDT
Nurse Jackie
Showtime has been around for a few decades, but for some time it never quite managed real competition against its rival, HBO. Things have changed. In the past few years it has definitely blossomed with movies, both famous and independent, and quality television programming.

Past popular shows "The L Word" and "Queer As Folk" paved the way for current programming like "Dexter," "Weeds," and "The Tudors." So what's up for Showtime this year? Let's take a look!

Nurse Jackie

Premiering on Monday, June 8 at 10:30 PM, "Nurse Jackie" stars Edie Falco as the title character. Exhaust...

Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

June 20th, 2008 1:52pm EDT
The Ruins
1.) Starpulse user djvandeusencade asks, "I read the book 'The Ruins' and loved it! I see that it came out on [the big screen], but when will it be available on DVD?"

Based on the novel by Scott Smith, director Carter B. Smith's Yucatan-set thriller follows four American tourists as they unwisely venture off the beaten path while vacationing in Cancun. When a friendly German tourist implores the Americans to help search the jungle for his missing brother, the group becomes hopelessly trapped in a nightmare scenario that seems too strange to be true. The film will be released on DVD Ju...

Summer TV Preview: Forget the Beach, Cable Is The Place To Be

May 30th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Law and Order CI
While the cable networks still lag far behind the broadcast networks in the ratings department (well, four of them anyway), they have made great strides in terms of matching, and often times exceeding, the big dogs when it comes to quality original programming.

At no time of the year is this trend more evident than in the summer. While the broadcast networks are unsurprisingly going with a bevy of unscripted fare (including entirely too many reality competition shows), the cable networks are once again proving to be the place to turn for quality, original, SCRIPTED programming.


Celebrity Fashion Review: Some Stars Are Good Candy, Others Are Bad

April 7th, 2008 12:34pm EDT
Renee Zellweger
Reviewing celebrity fashion is like being in a candy store. You have your good candy and your bad candy. Good candy like Jolly Ranchers, Starburst and M&M's (with peanuts, of course) makes your mouth water and leaves you wanting more. Bad candy such as jawbreakers could make you crack a tooth, and sour candy makes you feel like your tongue might explode. Check out this week's fashionably good and fashionably bad candy:

Good Candy

At the Los Angeles premiere of her movie "Run Fatboy Run" on March 24, Thandie Newton was a vision to behold sporting a beautiful fuchsia colored dres...

Sexiest Shows On TV

March 17th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
The L Word
Feeling a bit frisky? With spring right around the corner many of us are getting an extra boost of energy into our sex drives. While we can mention several healthy ways to channel that energy, instead we'll point you in the direction of the television, which in winter provided you with warmth and this season will provide you with a new spring in your step.

So take a look at some of the sexiest shows on television, and remember, your TV can't judge you. Your TiVo, on the other hand, can and will.

Nip/Tuck (FX)

The only show on TV that will have you feeling naughty one minute ...

New TV On DVD, Nov. 20

November 20th, 2007 8:00am EST
Set in Las Vegas, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation focuses on the activities of the Crime Scene Investigations Bureau. Working the overnight shift, the characters deploy state-of-the-art forensic technology to solve unsolvable crimes. Season seven is now on DVD. Also in stores: season two of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels and Charles in Charge; season five of The Doris Day Show; and the complete series of Chappelle's Show, Queer as Folk, and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.

Celebrity Birthdays, September 25

September 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Heather Locklear
Happy Birthday to rapper T.I. (1980), "Queer as Folk" actor Hal Sparks (1971), Ween guitarist Dean Ween (1970), "Entrapment" actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969), "Men in Black" star Will Smith (1968), "The Sopranos" actress Aida Turturro (1962), "Spin City" actress Heather Locklear (1961), "Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2" actor Michael Madsen (1958), "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (1952), "Somewhere in Time" actor Christopher Reeve (1952; d. 2004), "Star Wars" star Mark Hamill (1951), English actress Felicity Kendal (1946), "Romancing the Stone" actor Michael Douglas (1944), classical pianist Glen...

Tom Skerritt Stars In 'Killer Wave' Miniseries; Premiering On ION, Sunday August 5

August 1st, 2007 4:04pm EDT
Killer Wave
Killer Wave is an action-disaster miniseries about a conspiracy theory regarding the manufacture of fear for profit. In the story, a large corporation hatches a scheme to devastate American cities on the East Coast with the intent of winning a multi-billion dollar contract from the government to build a sea wall along the eastern seaboard. Marine engineers John McAdams (Angus MacFayden) and Sophie Marleau (Karine Vanasse) try to find the perpetrators of these "natural disasters," but they have to evade both the FBI and paid assassins chasing them. Meanwhile, the rogue corporation's CEO, Vic...

Season 4 of 'The L Word' Debuts Sunday

January 6th, 2007 8:02am EST
The L Word
In episode 401 "Legend in the Making" of The L Word, Bette kidnaps baby Angelica until a custody agreement can be brokered with Tina; Shane jilts Carmen at the altar and spirals out of control; Helena's mother cuts her off.

The series focuses on a tight-knit group of very attractive lesbians, all living and working in Los Angeles. The Showtime series is sometimes described as Sex and the City meets Queer as Folk.

The fourth season kicks off Jan 7 at 10 p.m.

Celebrity Birthdays, September 25

September 25th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Heather Locklear
Happy Birthday to rapper T.I. (1980), "Queer as Folk" actor Hal Sparks (1971), Ween guitarist Dean Ween (1970), "Entrapment" actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969), "Men in Black" star Will Smith (1968), "The Sopranos" actress Aida Turturro (1962), "Spin City" actress Heather Locklear (1961), "Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2" actor Michael Madsen (1958), "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (1952), "Somewhere in Time" actor Christopher Reeve (1952; d. 2004), "Star Wars" star Mark Hamill (1951), English actress Felicity Kendal (1946), "Romancing the Stone" actor Michael Douglas (1944), classical pianist Glen...

New TV on DVD, May 30

May 30th, 2006 8:00am EDT
The third season of Alf is now on DVD. Known on his home planet Melmac as Gordon Shumway, ALF crash-landed in the earthbound garage of the Tanner family: dad Willie, a social worker, mom Kate, and children Lynn and Brian. ALF moves in with the family and has a bad habit of breaking things, poking his huge nose into other people's business, and doing his best to make a meal of the family's pet cat. Also out this week: Numb3rs season one, Queer as Folk season five, and Dukes of Hazzard season six.