Comebacks are big news this fall — James Spader enjoyed one on Monday with the splashy premiere of NBC's The Blacklist — and nowhere is this more true than on Thursdays, with three high-profile comedy vehicles for beloved stars from sitcoms past. And while conventional wisdom has long suggested that it's easier to create new stars on TV — Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison, anyone? — than to build new shows around old favorites, what really matters is giving them material that lives up to the billing.
In his own words, the TV icon opens up about why he's turning his real life into a family sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show.
I started to think about doing my own show as a result of my guest-starring roles on Boston Legal, Rescue Me and The Good Wife. I was feeling good that viewers accepted my characters and could distinguish them from me, for whatever brief amount of time. And then it just clicked with me that acting is what I do. It's what I like to do. So I'd better have a really good reason for not doing it.
Anne Heche has signed a first-look producing deal with Universal Television, TVGuide.com has learned. The pact includes an acting component as well.
"Anne has proven, time and again, to be both a wonderfully gifted actor and a hard-working producer with fantastic taste. We're looking forward to working together on all fronts," NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement.
Anne Heche is staying at NBC, but she's got a shiny new gig.
The actress has booked a multi-episode arc on The Michael J. Fox Show, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Check out photos from all the new network shows
Heche will play Susan Rodriguez-Jones, the new...
It's going to be a long off-season, especially where network TV is concerned, if the offerings don't soon improve from the dregs on display on this inauspicious opening night. Think of it as an excuse to catch up on repeats — or to dive into your DVR and/or On Demand archive to see what's new to you.
The only advice I have after enduring the pilot episode of NBC's woeful comedy Save Me is: Save yourself. This shrill parable of redemption, being burned off in back-to-back episodes (Thursday, 8/7c), is like a spiritual Enlightened for the tone deaf. Anne Heche, at her most manic (and that's saying something), stars as Beth Harper, a heroine possessed with an unbearable lightness of being — or you could just stop at unbearable — when she is suddenly transformed from an "angry drunken bitch" (her words) into a cockeyed optimist seemingly filled with a holy spirit after nearly choking to death on a sandwich.