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Blogging in a Winter Wonderland

Excuse me if this blog is a little bleary-eyed, but I'm on an early-morning plane back to Vancouver after attending the ABC All-Star Party last night. It sounds like a sporting event, but it's really just a gathering in a hotel ballroom where actors mingle with TV critics, get photographed in pretty clothes, and eat free sushi. I must say, I did feel like I was "on the TV" when I stood on the red carpet in a borrowed dress, watching the flashbulbs pop. A few minutes later, I had to go back and do a live interview at the beginning of the whole press line, which involved sneaking past the back of the red carpet, my cream high-heeled boots sinking into the dirt of the flower beds. The universe always has a way of keeping me humble.This week's episode of Men in Trees [Thursdays at 10 pm/ET] is "History Lessons," or as we called it, the never-ending rummage sale. What will be about 15 minutes on screen took us days to shoot. Luckily the rummage sale was hosted by Mai (Lauren Tom), so we ... read more

Where Are We? Where Do We Go?

So. Hi. Happy 2007. Been a while since I've posted on the inner workings of Brothers & Sisters [Sundays at 10 pm/ET, on ABC], the oddly popular serio-comic series of which I am the titular creator. We're closing in on the home stretch of our first season here, with six more episodes to write and nine more to shoot. (ABC ordered an extra three episodes, to make up for having never aired the original pilot and scrapping an episode early on, so that instead of a back nine, we have a back 12.)And where are we headed for the remainder of the season?Kitty Walker's relationship with Senator McAllister will deepen and prove more challenging, more public, more difficult. Now that we signed the absurdly talented Rob Lowe as a special guest star, McAllister will be given a much bigger outline in the life of the Walkers — and indeed the political life of the country. His ambitions to higher office will thrust the family into an uncomfortably public light, and Kitty will be forced to de... read more

January 21, 2007: The Riggins Family

One of the great things about my job is the travel — touring America, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the real communities that intertwine to create the very fabric of American society. This week we roll the bus into Raleigh, North Carolina, and without exception — from everyone we met — we got such a feeling of giving and community through the altruism of these strangers coming together to help this one amazing family. Maybe it's a Southern thing — you know, that famous Southern hospitality. It sure taught me a thing or two about what it means to truly be selfless, to not have very much but still find it within yourself to give.Our family, the Riggins, will always have a special place in my heart. Linda Riggins is a phenomenal human being. She gives and gives of herself to the family and her neighbors. She is a superhero. I can't say enough about her, through all the troubles in her life that she battles every day. Her husband, William, is legally bl... read more

January 18, 2007: Oscar's Return

Hello, Office fans. The Office drunk with the red hair here with all the Golden Globe news for Dunder-Mifflin fans. Do not mourn our loss the other night, friends. Do not. No, we did not walk away with a statuette. But we did walk away with the hearts of millions! At least that's what I tell myself. Everyone was so excited to see us there. Even real movie stars watch The Office. And how bad can you feel dolled up in a designer gown?!This week's episode is about Oscar's return ("The Return"). How ironic that the Golden Globes and "Oscars" are both in the same week! If I tell you what happened that day you would not believe it. I had a hectic day of hair and makeup. (In all honesty, I went to someone new, and I kind of felt like I looked like Phyllis Smith and Rashida Jones in last week's episode, when they drove out of the beauty parlor.) Beauty can be stressful, especially because I am getting used to Meredith's minimal documentary-style makeup. I wore a copper-colored satin dress b... read more

Happy New Year!

CBS' The Unit is back from holiday hiatus with a new episode [airing this Tuesday at 9 pm/ET]. In "The Broom Cupboard," the unit is assigned to protect a Texas senator who is touring in a hostile country. And Jonas is given a secret assignment by the president, played by William H. Macy, while Molly, Kim and Tiffy plan a surprise for Crystal.I spent the holidays back in Dallas. I love taking long walks every day through my neighborhood. Rolling hills and wide open sky. I think that limitless horizon inspires a body to dream — I can’t help but to wander off on your own way. I remember as a child catching hell a few times for being a little “off the beaten track,” but I got Texas grit in my veins.... I kept stepping. Sometimes you have to make your own individual path.Audrey Marie “Hepburn” Anderson knows about that sky. She’s another fellow Texan from Fort Worth. Audrey is eclectic. An inventive cook and a great photographer, she makes her own funky... read more

January 14, 2007, Episode: The Noyola Family

Good morning, Noyola family! Every time we roll into a new city, we are filled with nervous anticipation to meet the next family. That morning bus ride is always an exciting time for us designers. It’s our first look into the lives of the families we are about to meet — our first time to formulate what we plan to do for them over the next seven days. It is our first chance to learn about them and their story, and — my favorite part — the first chance to help make a difference in the lives of people who need it most. You never know what the family story will hold. Many times we are met with tears. This family, the Noyolas, however, only elicits smiles from all of us as we near the house. The Noyolas are a wonderful family that has overcome tough times and has grown into the type of family that all of us would love to know. Dad had a tough past, and Mom stayed by his side over the years. They both made a conscious decision to turn their lives around and be the very... read more

January 11, 2007: "Traveling Salesmen"

Happy new year, Office fans. Meredith here. Last week's episode was on during my vacation, but now I am back! This week's episode is "Traveling Salesmen." Have you seen the promos with Phyllis and Karen with big hair and too much makeup? Hilarious. Pennsylvania women have it going on. I'd like to give more away, but I can't — I can't remember much. It's not just the booze. I have to fit 10 pounds of news in a five-pound bag! We shot it eight weeks ago, and we've had a break for the past eight weeks. And in those eight weeks we all traveled and did cool stuff, like get talk shows and do Vegas gigs and get nominated for two Golden Globe Awards (one for Steve Carell and one for best comedy). We also got nominated for two SAG Awards (one for Steve Carell and one for Best Ensemble in a Comedy). While children are starving in Africa, I am working hard on getting my dress — the SAG Awards do not refer to our aging bodies. Too bad, after all those Christmas cookies.As most of you... read more

As Time Goes Dubai

I am currently blogging to you from a hotel room in the Middle East, listening to all the songs on my iPod that begin with "H," and enjoying a tarte tatin I just transported from Paris. This is the glamorous half of my winter vacation — the second half will be spent sleeping on an air mattress in an Ohio basement with my boyfriend and his two brothers. But for now I'm in a city called Dubai, which is located in the United Arab Emirates, next to Saudi Arabia and just across the Gulf from Iran. It is also the current residence of my grandmother, and my parents and I have traveled here for some much-needed grandma face time. As to why my grandmother is in the Middle East, I don't think I can really explain the whole story of my crazy family without going all the way back to the Russian Revolution, and part of that explanation could lead to the indictment of certain family members, so I'll leave that one for my memoir. Right now I'm sitting in a Marriott in the middle of the desert... read more

How I Got My Shows... (Part 2)

So, in my last blog I talked about how I got my Nickelodeon show Beyond the Break. (By the way, the second season starts this Friday night! So make sure to TiVo and watch.)But I wanna tell you how I became the new face of G4... I got a call from my hosting agent one day about an audition. Just like any other day, this was just another audition. I went into G4, not knowing exactly what the audition entailed. I saw a bunch of pretty girls sitting reading scripts and primping with their compact mirrors. I looked over the script briefly, but in hosting auditions, I usually try not to overthink and just go in and be myself. My name was called and I went into a very small room — there was a camera, a camera operator and the casting director. They had a script for me to read and then asked me to improv stuff about entertainment headlines — I think I talked about Britney driving with her baby in her lap.A week later my agent called and said G4 wanted to see me for another show, Fo... read more

Jan. 7, 2007, Episode: The Fullerton-Machacek Family

Go Big Red! This week's gig takes us to Lincoln, Nebr., home of the Huskers. It was a little cold, but absolutely beautiful. After getting to know this community, I understand why it's called the heartland of America. We're here for a very special purpose — to unite two families into one and build them their dream home. We have Mom, Teresa Fullerton, and her three children — Tucker, Brianna and Chelsey — and Dad, Kenny Machacek, and his two — Erika and Justin. Kenny and Teresa desperately want to be married and create one big family. But for the last four years, they have been splitting their time between Kenny¹s very cramped house and Teresa's even more cramped apartment. They tried to sell Kenny's house to buy a bigger one; however, there are serious structural and foundation problems with Kenny's home, making that option impossible. It's pretty cool if you think about it; so many families are always going in separate directions with soccer practice, ... read more

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