Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford
TV vets Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek filed divorce papers on Friday in Los Angeles, People reports. The couple married in August 1992.
"[Bradley] hopes the media will respect their wish for privacy as they focus on their children," Whitford's rep tells People.
Whitford and Kaczmarek have ...
Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins have Cabin fever.
The two are circling Joss Whedon's new horror flick, The Cabin in the Woods, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Jenkins has, in fact, already signed on while Whitford is in final negotiations.
The film is a twist on the ...
NBC can't get enough of Bradley Whitford.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy-winning star of The West Wing and the short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, is returning to the Peacock as the star and producer of a new single camera comedy pilot Off Duty. Weeds' Romany Malco will costar.
The show focuses on ...
Bradley Whitford by Art Streiber/NBC Photo
Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell (Party of Five) are set to front Burn Up, a four-hour global-warming thriller being shopped around to the networks, says Variety.... Showtime has given a pilot order to Possible Side Effects, a drama about a family that runs a pharmaceutical company, says the Reporter. Tim Robbins wrote and directed the pilot and will exec-produce the series, but will not star in it.... Versus will premiere Sports Unfiltered with Dennis Miller on Nov. 6, to air Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET.... Lewis Black has been tapped to moderate The Root of All Evil, a Comedy Central series that will "put pop culture on trial" (whatever that means).
Question: I heard a rumor that Bradley Whitford is the front-runner for the new ADA on Law & Order. Any truth?
Answer: I hear he's too expensive. According to the rumor mill, they're also talking to Michael Imperioli about filling the revamped Waterston slot. I know what you're thinking: "WTF? He's a detective!" Apparently, his character graduated from law school since last we saw him.
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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