As if poor Rhode Island doesn't get enough abuse, NBC has axed its feel-good Friday night drama Providence after five seasons. A two-hour series finale will air on Dec. 20. Naturally, the network describes the show's swan song as "a touching, heartwarming send-off for the entire Hansen family." In other Peacock news, NBC has picked up Sunday night newcomers American Dreams and
Boomtown for a full season.
ABC has signed a one-year talent holding deal with Marissa Jaret Winokur, the breakout star of the new Broadway blockbuster Hairspray. The pact calls for the network to develop a project specifically for the actress who previously was best known for her tiny role as Kevin Spacey's fast food sidekick in American Beauty.
Harry Potter fans are in a tizzy over speculation that J.K. Rowling, who has always maintained that her best-selling series would end with the seventh book, may do an eighth volume. According to the Scotsman newspaper, Warner Bros. has registered three more Harry Potter titles as trademarks at the UK Patent Office: Harry Potter and the Alchemist's Cell, Harry Potter and the Chariots of Light and Harry Potter and the Pyramids of Furmat. However, Rowling is reportedly near completing the long-awaited fifth installment, titled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. So that leaves two scenarios: Either Phoenix will be renamed when it hits the big screen, or Rowling is secretly plotting an eighth book.
Picture Cheers barflies Cliff and Norm as cops and you've got the basic premise of a new CBS sitcom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Eye Network has ordered a comedy pilot from former Cheers producers Dan Staley and Rob Long about a widow who runs a bar frequented by police officers.
Ever wonder what became of Michael Paré, that hard-rockin' hottie with the broody 'tude from 1983's Eddie and the Cruisers? "People my age or older ask, 'Where have you been?'" the 43-year-old says. "I kinda broke out big on that movie and I had a couple of good years. I just had really s----y managers. They started sending me out to work, but I should've taken a big break afterward. I went right from Eddie to do Streets of Fire and The Philadelphia Experiment. I was only 22, so I was burnt, man. I shouldn't have worked so much, so fast.
"It was too much pressure," the Brooklyn, N.Y. native admits. "When you're right at the peak and you burn out, everybody sees you fizzle and they say, 'He lost it.'" Turns out, Paré never stopped acting. Recently, he had small roles in Hope Floats and
Among the 8 million people who watched Chris Parnell's debut as George W. Bush last weekend on Saturday Night Live was his wildly popular presidential predecessor, Will Ferrell. Now, for the first time, the 35-year-old funnyman who left NBC's sketch comedy in May to focus on his film career casts a vote of support for his replacement.
"I thought he was fantastic," Ferrell tells TV Guide Online, adding that he had no inkling exec producer Lorne Michaels was going to elect Parnell as the new commander in chief. "I was pleasantly surprised. I think Chris is kind of a surprising choice, but once I saw it, great choice."
After spending three years in the Oval Office, Ferrell knows a thing o
What drew movie starlet Gretchen Mol (Donnie Brasco) to sign on for Fox's girls club debuting Monday at 9 pm/ET? Her switch to TV represents her stab at a career boost.
"I didn't want to define myself by the [film] medium so much," Mol says. "To wait for [good] roles to come along in movies, you could be waiting awhile. I had been playing girlfriend parts and here was a David E. Kelley script, which was interesting to me immediately. There were three strong female characters working together. If anything, we're going to have boyfriends coming in for dates!
"This is really unique for me," adds Mol, who co-stars with 90210's
As Sex and the City's all-too-brief fifth season wrapped last month, Carrie had an all-too-chaste visit with Mr. Big. In an episode entitled "The Big Journey," the randy columnist dropped by Big's Napa Valley digs in hopes of sampling his, er, grapes. But at first her ex refused Carrie sex, valuing her heart over her libido. Drat!
"That was one of my favorites," Chris Noth aka Mr. Big tells TV Guide Online, chuckling. "When he was in the wine country, he was drinkin' a lot of wine out there. He may have a problem!"
Since Ms. Bradshaw can't interest Big in a cheap tryst, much less a relationship, their romance looks dead. Will Sex's writers bring Big back in season six? "I don't know what they're up to," Noth shrugs. "They always come tell me if we're going to do it or not, so I leave it up to them. If we can organically find a
Die-hard Friends fans are aching to know: Is this really the final season? NBC Entertainment president Jeff Zucker has hinted he's willing to make the sitcom's sextet who already earn $24 million a year even richer if they'll stay longer. In an exclusive interview with TV Guide Online, hottie Matt LeBlanc gives us his very candid take. Joey's portrayer also dishes his short-lived triangle with Ross and Rachel, those spin-off rumors, and his own new movie and wedding plans. Fasten your seatbelts, kids!
First off, can the Friends be enticed to do a 10th season? "I've heard all the things that [Zucker] said," he says. "I've heard that there's a big proposal coming... I just think it feels like it's time. Nobody wants to ride it into the ground. I think the show being as popular as it is in its ninth season is
Apparently, the meek shall inherit the ER. On tonight's episode of NBC's medical drama, mild-mannered med student Michael Gallant finally lives up to his name when, after suffering months of abuse at the hands of the arrogant Dr. Pratt, he musters up the courage to strike back.
"Pretty much, he takes a stand," explains Sharif Atkins, Gallant's relieved portrayer. "He's been really a by-the-book, follow-the-rules, do-what-you've-been-told kind of guy. A good soldier. But part of being a leader and part of being your own person is knowing when to follow and when to lead and then knowing when to take the lead."
A disagreement over how to treat two different patients causes the Army recruit to snap... or as Atkins puts it, "come into full bloom." As a result, the Gallant/Pratt power struggle is forever altered. "Not that he'll cease be