Amy Sherman-Palladino



Fox Keeps Things Stable - and Welcomes Back Kelsey

Past experience has shown that it's wise to write down the new Fox schedule in pencil. There's always a change or two (or three) by the time the fall rolls around. But stability was the message for the 2007-08 season: Prison Break, 24, House, Bones, American Idol, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and the Sunday animation block will all return in their same time periods next season. Sure, Fox always falters when the season begins, but the network is about to finish No. 1 in viewers aged 18-49 for the third season in a row.As far as new shows, Fox is trying to regain the edge it seemed to abandon in this past season's development (which was dismal). The most promising attempt is on Monday at 9 pm with K-Ville, starring Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as two cops in post-Katrina New Orleans. We were puzzled when a reporter asked entertainment president Peter Liguori if doing such a show was exploiting a disaster. What should a contemporary show filmed in New Orleans be about? Mardi ... read more

Live Fox Upfront Coverage

Anthony Anderson in K-ville by Rebecca Brenneman/Fox

3:50: Fox upfront. The words still send shivers down my spine. As you recall, the network's presentation last year was widely considered to be the single most grueling upfront in the history of upfrontmanship. The post-traumatic stress still hasn't worn off.3:51: Good news. Fox has clearly learned from their mistakes. In stark contrast to last year, the check-in process was easy-breezy. Even better, the air conditioning is working! Now if we can wrap this thing up in under two hours, almost all will be forgiven.4:01: I'm in complete denial about the VM thing, BTW. Just thought I'd share. Ooooh, the show is starting... with a 24 parody!4:05: Jack Bauer urges Fox president Peter Liguori to keep this year's presentation under an hour! LOL!4:06: They're bringing all their stars out onstage. Fox always has a good talent turnout at these things. 4:08: Well, most years they have a good turnout. The only Prison Breaker in attendance is Sucre (Amaury Nolasco)!4:09: No Kiefer Sutherland, but ... read more

Fox's Fall Features AS-P's Return (and Sarah Connor's)

Fox's pickups for the fall include the Terminator-inspired, sci-fi The Sarah Connor Chronicles; K-Ville (concerning cops in post-Katrina N.O.); and New Amsterdam (about an immortal homicide detective), says the Hollywood Reporter. Comedy-wise, Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton's Back to You (FKA Action News) has been officially ordered to series, as have Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's The Return of Jezebel James (starring Parker Posey) and The Rules of Starting Over (courtesy of the Farrelly Brothers).FALL TV UPDATE: The fates of Law & Order and CI decided!A new blog — "First Look: The Hottest Fall TV" — starting Monday morning will serve as a veritable clearinghouse for all official upfront announcements/schedules. Bookmark it now! read more

Gilmore Exclusive: Rory Finally Meets Her Idol!

Say what you want about this season's Gilmore Girls, but show-runner Dave Rosenthal has succeeded in at least one area where Team Palladino failed: He's arranged for Rory to finally come face-to-face with her longtime idol, Christiane Amanpour!According to multiple Girls sources, CNN's internationally renowned newshound will make a cameo in the show's May 8 season (and likely series) finale. Amanpour's scene is still being written, so all that's known at this point is that she will be playing herself. As anyone with a passing interest in Gilmore Girls knows, Amy and Dan were relentless in their bid to lure Amanpour to Stars Hollow during their six-year reign. They almost succeeded in getting her late last season, but a scheduling conflict derailed things at the 11th hour. They left shortly afterwards and, well, the rest is history. Whatever mixed feelings they have about the show these days, I gotta think this news will put a smile on their faces. Now, regarding the small matter of ... read more

Fall 2007: Parker Posey Is AS-P's New Lorelai

Oh, if this isn't a match made in TV heaven, I don't know what is: Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has tapped fast-talking Parker Posey to star in her Fox pilot The Return of Jezebel James. Per the Hollywood Reporter, the indie darling will play an infertile book editor who asks her estranged kid sister to have her baby. "I can't believe it's happening," AS-P said of landing the picky actress. "The character runs the gamut of emotions from laughing to flipping out to breaking your heart in 22 minutes, and only one in a zillion people has enough skill and charm to pull that off. Parker Posey is that person." I couldn't agree more. In other pilot-casting news: • Scream king Matthew Lillard has joined NBC's Area 52, a comedy about G-men babysitting an alien.• Anthony Anderson will topline Fox's K-Ville drama about cops in post-Katrina New Orleans.• Katheryn Winnick (House's recent rape victim) has been added to Philadelphia General, a Fox drama revolving arou... read more

Fox Likes Gilmore Creator's New Sister Act

Fox has given a green light to The Return of Jezebel James, a comedy pilot from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The project follows two estranged sisters, far apart in age, who reunite after one of them agrees to carry the other's baby. "They never forged any relationship [growing up], and now they're forced into... not only negotiating over the carrying of the baby, but also over who they are," Sherman-Palladino tells Reuters. The tentatively titled Jezebel James marks a return to outright comedy for AS-P, who cut her teeth on ABC's Roseanne.Lo and behold, the Ausiello Report has a bakery-fresh Q&A with AS-P regarding Jezebel. Perhaps the biggest treat since the free Au Bon Pain breakfast News Corp. gave us downstairs this morning. Dive into it (the Q&A, not my plate of eggs and bacon) here. read more

Scoop! Gilmore Girls Creator "Returns"

She's baaack! Gilmore Girls' beloved, loquacious creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, just got the green light from Fox to begin production on her new comedy, The Return of Jezebel James. And whom did she call first? I'm not gonna toot my own horn, but if you read on, you'll figure it out for yourselves, as I get the ousted genius to dish not only on her upcoming series but also on her former one. She isn't watching, but c'mon, AS-P simply wouldn't be AS-P if she didn't have something to say about it.Ausiello: How's unemployment?AS-P: It's fantastic! I'm so good at it! I never knew I had a talent for something like this!Ausiello: Well, it sounds like you're headed back to work. Tell me about the new show. AS-P: It's called The Return of Jezebel James, and it's basically a sister buddy comedy. It's about a very successful, very driven, very problem-solving kind of woman who's a young-adult book publisher. She has her own imprint. And she decides to have a baby on her own, and the doctor s... read more

Marty's Back! Wayne Wilcox Talks about Being the Gilmore Girls Nice Guy

Gilmore Girls' Wayne Wilcox

Wayne Wilcox is living his dream: acting on stage and on camera, and for all those Gilmore Girls fans, he's as surprised as you are about his return to the popular CW series (Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET). Introduced years ago as Rory's shy Yale classmate Marty, Wilcox is back to "heat" things up and make young Ms. Gilmore think twice. caught the busy actor during some downtime to talk about Marty's return and the new play that he "had to do." Plus, you won't believe how he landed on Gilmore Girls in the first place! Read on for the goods. Are you ready for Thanksgiving?Wayne Wilcox: Yeah, I just cleaned my stove today, actually. Are you celebrating at your place?Wilcox: No, but I am making the turkey and a couple pies. read more

People have spent quite a bit ...

Question: People have spent quite a bit of time criticizing Studio 60 and its writer Aaron Sorkin for being too smart or for making them feel stupid. The thing is, Amy Sherman-Palladino writes just as many obscure references into her scripts that are never explained. Why is it OK for her to do so without criticism, but not Sorkin? Viewers have been so quick to criticize him, either because The West Wing was such a success or because of his personal battles. Yet we don't hear the same amount of flak thrown at Gilmore Girls and other shows that are just as smart. I would rather look up something that I don't know rather than suffer through one more reality show, procedural or any program that caters to the lowest common denominator. I like my "trashy" shows, but I get a lot more out of people like Joss Whedon, Rob Thomas, the Palladinos and Aaron Sorkin than I ever will out of some of the shows that manage to become hits. If people only want television that they already know everything ... read more

September 26, 2006: Danes' Pains and Automobiles

No matter how many inn reservations Luke Danes made, no matter how much cool stuff he packed for a romantic honeymoon, no matter how long he stood there with those puppy-dog eyes begging for forgiveness, nothing called off his quickie wedding plans faster than Lorelai?s one line: ?I slept with Christopher.? Even I was equally blindsided by her flat, emotionless admission. But that?s probably because I was watching the entire episode on the edge of my couch, judging every line, analyzing every shot, hoping our girls would be handled with care by new show-runner David Rosenthal. But when the screen went dark, and the credits flashed, my eyes immediately welled up. (Yeah, yeah, I?m a big softie. You guys knew that already.) But you know what? Those tears were really, really good news. The show is going to be OK. Actually, it?s going to be way, way better than OK. David got it down right out of the gate! The real Lorelai never minced words when she was hurting, so of course she was goin... read more

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