Jesse L. Martin has renegotiated his contract to return to Law & Order for a minimum of 13 episodes, says the New York Post. Similarly, FoxNews.com says that Criminal Intent's Vincent D'Onofrio and Chris Noth (and Ms. Erbe, I have to imagine) have agreed to the previously reported salary freezes, keeping their haul at $350K for each of the 11 episodes they shoot. Meanwhile, with Sam Waterston's Jack McCoy stepping up to replace Fred Thompson's Arthur Branch, the question is who will serve as the mother ship's ADA. Fox hears that L.A.-based West Winger Bradley Whitford is on the short list, but likely commands far too high a payday for the belt-tightening series.
Question: With the fall season coming to a close and the Golden Globes just around the corner, I figured I'd ask what the chances are that Studio 60 will get some nominations? Even if ratings aren't great, the critics still seem to enjoy it, and I think Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Sarah Paulson and Amanda Peet all deserve consideration. Do you think the show will earn any nods?
Answer: Truly, there's no figuring out the Golden Globes process, but in Studio 60's favor is its pedigree, due to both Aaron Sorkin and the cast. A year ago, Commander in Chief was a show already in worse disarray, and Geena Davis got a key nomination and even won. So it's possible that Matthew Perry, and possibly others, could get nominated, and maybe the show itself. But I wouldn't be surprised or disappointed if it were passed over. This year, there are much better and more consistent dramas to honor, even the final season of The West Wing, for that matter (which is beyond a long shot at this point) ...
Question: Even with all the hype, do you think Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip will survive? I ask because while Matthew Perry is pitch-perfect, proving my instincts right (he was the most talented and underutilized Friends cast member), and while the dialogue is a little bit of heaven, after the second episode, am I the only one seeing some serious cracks in the foundation? I'm having a very hard time believing any of these characters. D.L. Hughley is the only person who even remotely seems like he would be on a Saturday Night Live-style show. Everyone else lacks the spark of genius I would expect of comedians on a show on par with SNL. Amanda Peet as the president of the network, coming in with the résumé she supposedly has? Not buying it. Bradley Whitford, who was on fire in The West Wing, barely shows a spark in this show (maybe he needed a longer break before going back to series television). And would anyone really expect to see the second episode's supposed "cold open" on SNL or ...
Frankie Muniz, Malcolm in the Middle
This Sunday at 8:30 pm/ET, television bids farewell to the, um... er... what was the name of that family on Fox's Malcolm in the Middle? Whether or not it was, as lore has it, the Wilkersons, the clan was tirelessly overseen by Hal and Lois and populated by sons Francis, Reese, Malcolm, Dewey and Jamie. Has it really been six and a half years and 150 episodes since viewers first met the... bunch? Yep. And to think that a Fox rival took a pass on the promising series!
"UPN bought it," Malcolm creator Linwood Boomer recalls, "and it was over there about four months, where it went through the standard development process, which
Question: I'd just like to say that I was one of the few who did not enjoy Rob Lowe's return to The West Wing. I think fans of the show have adapted to the post-Sorkin period enough to enjoy it, but let's not kid ourselves. Many parts of the show have fallen in quality (particularly the dialogue). Bringing back Sorkin-era characters just makes them seem stilted and serves to remind me of that drop in quality (whereas I'd become accustomed to it beforehand). I mean, I honestly winced at the dialogue between Sam and Josh in the first scene. I really don't mean any offense to the current writing staff, but they shouldn't put themselves into a position where there's a direct comparison between now and the first four years because they'll always come up short.
Answer: I think you're being a little hard on what was all around a pretty enjoyable episode, but there's no question that even an improved West Wing is a diminished show when you compare it to the glittery brilliance of its early
As teased weeks ago in Ask Ausiello, The West Wing's Bradley Whitford has been added to the cast of Wing creator Aaron Sorkin's NBC drama pilot, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Whitford will play a producer-director and recovering cocaine addict on the series' SNL-style sketch show-within-a-show. Also joining Studio 60 are Wing's Timothy Busfield (playing a control-room director) and Sarah Paulson (as a Christian fundamentalist.)
Question: Is there any chance that we're going to see West Wing's Bradley Whitford join Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet in Studio 60 next season?
Answer: Both sides continue to talk, but, according to a source, "there's no firm deal by any means."
Bryan Cranston and Frankie Muniz, Malcolm in the Middle
Friday, Jan. 13, turned out to be a truly bad-luck day for Malcolm in the Middle. That's when the cast members learned that the Fox sitcom, now in its seventh season, had gotten the ax.
"There was some sadness," Bryan Cranston, aka Malcolm's bumbling dad, Hal, tells TVGuide.com, adding that he and his TV wife, Jane Kaczmarek, shared an embrace and a few tears upon learning their fate. "We realized it's about how much fun you have along the way," philosophizes the actor, who felt that Malcolm could have easily gone on creatively for another year. "But I can't complain. We'll have done 151 episodes. It's been fantastic. It's going to be good
The West Wing Bradley Whitford's not just a good actor, he's also a pretty good writer. He penned tonight's episode, which found C.J. handling palace intrigue, national politics and international crises, all while trying to squeeze in a private life. Whitford called the episode "Internal Displacement," but he might have been better off with "Lady's Night at the White House" or monster-movie style: "C.J. vs the Pompous Men." Claudia Jean had Josh trying to force her hand on the announcement of the biomolecular transporter lab (is that even a real thing?). Then she has to deal with the increasingly condescending and stereotypical ambassadors. We had the rude Frenchman, the slick German and the inscrutable Chinese guy. If those three walk into a bar, you have yourself t
Question: Any casting news/update on Aaron Sorkin's NBC drama Studio 7 (Ask Ausiello 12/7)?
Answer: Yes, there's been a major development. Sources confirm that Matthew Perry passed on playing the male lead and the role has gone to former Wingsman Steven Weber. I understand Sorkin was also pursuing Bradley Whitford, but he was tied up with his West Wing duties. Oh, and Amanda Peet turned down the female lead. Not sure who they're going after now.