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Fall Forecast: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Betty

Yeah, yeah, Angel Cohn, among others, beat me to blogging about our favorite new fall shows. But out of fairness to ABC, I was waiting on the screeners for Brothers & Sisters and Men in Trees, among others. Which new series most impresses me? Is it Friday Night Lights, Six Degrees or Men in Trees? Here's how my assorted expectations met reality:SundayBrothers & Sisters, ABC: Expectations were modest, as a stellar cast (Calista Flockhart, Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin, to name but a few) was balanced out by foreboding backstage buzz and shuffles. The pilot starts off slow (the first 20 minutes felt like an eternity), but by the end I was pulled in. The show is just a wee heavy-handed with the constant references to Calista's character being this Ann Coulter-type talking head. We. Get. It.The Game, CW: This one (as well as ABC's Knights of Prosperity) I have yet to watch, sorry. I never watched UPN's Girlfriends, so perhaps I'm afraid I'd be helplessly adrift with ... read more

Exclusive: Grey's Star Reveals Troubled Past

Isaiah Washington has kept his troubled past hidden ? until now. The Grey's Anatomy actor opens up about his own surprising brush with violence on the Sept. 21 Judge Hatchett in order to prove to one teen it's possible to go from street kid to superstar. "There was a time I didn't think I'd live to see 25," Washington reveals to TV Guide. Judge Glenda Hatchett (who frequently uses her show as a venue to save at-risk youth) and Washington staged an intervention to turn around the life of Hakeem White, a 16-year-old North Carolinian with a record of crime that already includes gun possession, selling drugs and slashing his own brother with a knife. Washington told White something he had never told anyone other than his wife: "I was young and dumb.... And one day I popped off my mouth to the wrong person and got shot." (He still has the bullet hole in his right hip.) Why did Washington risk his reputation to teach a lesson to a young man he had never met? "[Hakeem] needed to see that... read more

September 11, 2006: "Before the Flood"

So... the daughter, not missing Sara, is pregnant. A lot of you called that one from Day 1, so good job. But who could have known that Marcy once canoodled with married Supreme Court nominee Judge Rainer? Trés tawdry twist. But Heath Ledger Lite, aka Ben, saved her from that mess. Only to ultimately drag her into a bigger one. It's funny if not telling that the characters on Vanished raise so many questions and ask them aloud. It's almost as if they are reading the viewers' minds. "Why put a new coffin in an old cemetery?" Indeed. I love serialized thrillers as much as the next guy, but let's start answering some of these questions and soon, OK? As I said last week, if you want us to care about Sara (who, we learned this week, was actually a not-so-evil stepmom, make us care about those who purportedly miss her. Or at least the FBI agents involved. I "get" that Sara's abductor has something to do with Kelton, but to what end? And stemming from what? Take this whole "Nathan" thi... read more

The "New" Trek: Burning Questions Answered!

To mark the 40th anniversary of Star Trek's TV debut, John Nogawski, President of CBS Paramount Domestic Television, and visual-effects producers Dave Rossi and Michael Okuda held a Wednesday conference call with reporters. The hot topic, of course, was the digital remastering of, and CGI enhancements being made to, the original series (as first reported here at The highlights, in brief:• CGI tweaks are being made to both the full- and syndicated-length versions of all 79 episodes, and in both standard and 16:9 formats.• Ranging in number from 15 to 70 per episode, the CGI enhancements at most amount to "maybe a minute and a half" in screen time.• There will be no plot modifications made along the way, akin to E.T. replacing rifles with walkie-talkies.• The original original series will continue airing on G4 and TV Land for "a year or two," until remastering/CGI work is completed on all 79 episodes. The enhanced episodes start airing Sept. 16 on ove... read more

It's Official: Johnny Depp Is Fit to Be Todd

In what will be their sixth collaboration, Tim Burton will direct Johnny Depp in a film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, about a murderous 19th-century barber who seeks revenge over his wrongful imprisonment. Depp, says a DreamWorks spokesperson, is expected to do his own singing. Lemme guess — in the style of Keith Richards? read more

This Just Out... Elizabeth Vargas' Baby

ABC Newswoman Elizabeth Vargas and her husband, Marc Cohn, are the proud parents of a second son, named Samuel Wyatt, a network rep tells the Associated Press. Mom and newborn are said to be "doing incredible." Cutesy home video at 11. read more

Emmy Nominations: 24 Is Loved, Lost Snubbed

The nominees for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy awards were announced Thursday morning, and Fox's 24 led the pack with 12 nods, including outstanding drama series, while NBC's Will & Grace exited on a high note with 10 noms, the most of any sitcom alive or dead. Among the notable snubs: Lost's major players got overlooked, Veronica Mars' Kristen Bell was slighted again, and Alfre Woodard was the only Desperate housewife to get a nom. (Consolation for shouldering a C story?) Also: Where is Hugh Laurie? Jason Lee? Any of Steve Carell's Office mates? Great new voting system there. But I digress. Here's a sample:Outstanding Drama Series: Grey's Anatomy, House, The Sopranos, 24 and The West WingOutstanding Comedy Series: Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Scrubs and Two and a Half Men Lead Actress/Drama: Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Geena Davis (Commander in Chief), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Allison Janney (The West Wing) and Kyra Sedgwick (The... read more

<I>World News</i> Anchor: Gibson In, Vargas Out

Charles Gibson has been named the sole anchor of World News Tonight, effective May 29, it was announced Tuesday by ABC News president David Westin. Gibson, who will perform double duty as coanchor of Good Morning America until the end of June, will replace Elizabeth Vargas, who upon returning from her imminent maternity leave will anchor 20/20 and contribute to prime-time specials. Says Vargas in a statement, "My doctors have asked that I cut back my schedule considerably, and what works best for me and my family is to return to 20/20 as I raise my new baby and young son." The naming of Gibson to World News' anchor chair also affords Vargas' coanchor, Bob Woodruff, time to recover from the injuries he suffered while reporting from Iraq. "All of us look forward to that day [when Woodruff returns]," Westin says. "But it will be on Bob's timetable, not ours." read more

J.J. Abrams Beams Up More Star Trek

The Star Trek franchise is being given new life by the Genesis experiment Lost cocreator J.J. Abrams, the man behind this summer's Mission: Impossible III, Variety reports. The as-yet-untitled feature, slated for a fall 2008 release, will focus on the early adventures of James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy; Abrams will direct as well as help write and produce the pic. Is anyone else getting goose bumps, or am I just a big ol' Star Trek geek? Seriously, no one's Kirk Halloween costume could ever compare to mine. read more

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