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Veg Celeb: Elaine Hendrix

Best known for her roles in Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion and Disney’s The Parent Trap, this actress has a reputation as a matchmaker—a pet matchmaker, that is. So much so that she’s teamed up with Sideshow Network for The Pet Matchmaker Podcast. The vegan and animal activist here answers questions about pets and the people who love them.

TV Talk: Saving Africa's Giants with Yao Ming

Premiering this Tuesday on Animal Planet, Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming doesn’t flinch from showing the mutilation perpetrated by poachers of ivory and rhino horn. But it also offers hope in the form of animal survivors of black market profiteers, and the people committed to rescuing them. Using the wattage of his global stardom to shine a light on the scandal of wildlife trafficking, basketball icon Yao Ming hosts the documentary. Here, we pose questions to Peter Knights, executive director of the nonprofit WildAid, which advocates an end to the illegal wildlife trade; WildAid co-produced the program.

Veg Celeb: Charles Halford

Co-starring in the new NBC series Constantine, Charles Halford appeared recently in HBO’s Emmy-winning drama True Detective opposite fellow vegan Woody Harrelson. Also a detective show—though with an otherworldly bent—Constantine is inspired by the DC Comics series John Constantine: Hellblazer. The show debuts this Friday, just in time for Halloween.

TV Talk: Years of Living Dangerously

Not known as a bastion of treehuggers, the Pentagon earlier this year noted threats to national security from global climate change. Climate change has also been implicated in the recent ebola outbreak. So, the title Years of Living Dangerously isn’t all that much of an exaggeration for the nine-part Showtime series that won 2014’s Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Now available on DVD, the series tracks such actors as Matt Damon and Jessica Alba and journalists as Mark Bittman as they take to the field to investigate flashpoints of our changing climate. After viewing Disc 1—which includes the episodes “Dry Season” and “End of the Woods,” featuring Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Don Cheadle—I asked Joel Bach, an executive producer on the series and an alum of 60 Minutes, a few questions.

Veg Celeb: Linda Perry

Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project puts other talent reality shows to shame in that it truly is unscripted. Authenticity was one of the requirements for songwriter-producer Perry to sign onto the VH1 show. Debuting this summer, Make or Break follows the co-writer of such hits as “Get the Party Started” and “Beautiful” as she mentors aspiring music-makers vying for a deal on her label, Custard Records.