Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Molly Shannon and Tina Fey
In their oral history of Saturday Night Live, Live from New York, Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller revealed an unfortunate legacy of sexism. Many of the show's female writers and cast members, chief among them Nora Dunn, told of difficulty in getting skits on the air and of generally being taken seriously by their male counterparts. That was then… and now six prominent alumnae will back on the tube this fall in five successful returning shows and one promising newcomer. (Also, a series of six special all-politics Thursday episodes of SNL begin October 9 at 9:30 pm/ET on NBC.) In the meantime, let's check in with these smart, talented women.
After the jump, see who made our list of today's most successful female Saturday Night Live
"Poor Ned!" says Lee Pace, of the romantic piemaker he plays on ABC's fantastical Pushing Daisies (Wednesdays, 8 pm/ET, ABC). You think you have problems with your love life? Ned's current romantic entanglement is a doozy, boasting a very unusual obstacle. Because of his special gift (he can bring things back to life with just a touch, but if he touches them again, they die forever), his one true love, played by Anna Friel, is one big hands-off zone, due to having once been deceased. Can you imagine? Pace tells us how Season 2 will examine Ned's sexual frustration, his dysfunctional families— both literal and figurative— and Chuck's biggest secret of all.
"With the sudden departure of Misty, what will happen tonight?" asks Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron. What indeed? Here's what I'm almost positive will happen: I'm going to have to sit through 58 minutes of filler only to find out that nobody is going home.
First up, Maks and Edyta perform the routine that Maks and Misty had planned before her injury, as a tribute to Maks' fallen partner. It was pretty cute; I would have liked to have seen it. Also, I love the song, Metro Station's "Shake It." Not a bad cover by the band.
Here's how the judges' scores shook out last night:
9. Cloris and Corky
8. Rocco and Karina
6. Susan and Tony
6. Cody and Julianne
4. Lance and Lacey
4. Toni and Alec
3. Maurice and Cheryl
2. Warren and Kym
1. Brooke and Derek
Misty May Treanor
Misty May-Treanor has withdrawn from competition on this season's Dancing with the Stars, after a painful foot injury has sidelined her indefinitely.
The Olympic gold medalist appeared on crutches during Monday's telecast to describe her injury. While practicing the Lindy hop with partner Maks Chmerkovskiy, she heard a pop, and thought she had collided with the judges' platform. "It just felt like nothing was there, like I didn't have an ankle," she told the crowd.
Misty May-Treanor appeared on Monday's Dancing with the Stars to announce that she'd be leaving the show due to a painful foot injury. Before we heard that sad, terrible news, though, we watched the remaining nine pairs take on the Viennese waltz and the jive. Host Tom Bergeron conspicuously didn't say whether there would still be an elimination on Tuesday, so tune it to find out if we're down to eight couples a week early…
Last week's season premiere of Desperate Housewives attracted 18 million viewers (about the same as last season's premiere), besting a football game and Cold Case. The real test, of course, will be the ratings for Sunday's episode, as the curiosity factor of the five-year fast-forward dies down.
Mary-Alice's ghostly voiceover was not nearly as thematically tight on Sunday, a practically nonsensical ramble about how great it is to have good neighbors or something. Of course, this being Marc Cherry's show, this tidy monologue was turned on its ear by the episode's close, as we see how each of the housewives has her own share of dirty laundry with which, more so than groceries or missorted mail, they will ultimately need help. Let's rifle through their unmentionables, shall we?
Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger
It has been a busy week. Britney Spears was released from a psychiatric hospital. We finally got some answers from Heath Ledger's toxicology report. And today, Feb. 8, as it happens, is the anniversary of Anna Nicole Smith's death. Throughout this tumultuous year, our users’ opinions have often been as provocative as the news itself, so now we’re turning the spotlight on them. Here’s our list of some of the best user comments from the most shocking scandals of the last 12 months:
1. Anna Nicole Smith dies. (Feb. 8, 2007)
"Anna Nicole certainly chose some very difficult paths in her life. I respe