It had all the makings of a holiday camp classic. Lifetime's seasonal TV movie The Christmas Consultant stars David Hasselhoff as a green bow tie-wearing, bespectacled holiday hero who helps an overworked and overstressed family get through December.
But after bad reviews and a low-rated Nov. 10 premiere (just 1.5 million viewers), Lifetime quietly began scrubbing additional airings of the TV movie. Pre-emptions included a big Sunday primetime screening on Dec. 2. As a result, The Christmas Consultant wasn't set to air again until Dec. 25 at 6/5c — Christmas night, when presumably fewer viewers are watching TV or too juiced up on nog to appreciate it.
Then a funny thing happened:
Comedians Wayne Brady and Caroline Rhea will guest-star on ABC Family's Baby Daddy, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Caroline Rhea, Beth Grant and Ann Walker in Sordid Lives: The Series courtesy Logo
What could be bad about any project that puts '80s icons Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John together in one scene? Add the outrageous Leslie Jordan and Caroline Rhea, toss in Bonnie Bedelia and veteran actress Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men) and you have Logo's Sordid Lives: The Series. Based on the 1996 play and 2000 film of the same name, the half-hour show chronicles a "dysfunctional family" in Winters, Texas. And yes, there's the Logo-obligatory handsome young wannabe actor (newcomer Jason Dottley) who's struggling to come out to his Republican Baptist family. Look for Sordid Lives to premiere on Wednesday, July 23, at 10 pm/ET. Ileane Rudolph
The Ausiello Report scooped on Monday afternoon that Ugly Betty's Brett Cullen has been cast as Tim Riggins' estranged dad on Friday Night Lights. Click here for a bit more.... Comedienne/Biggest Loser host Caroline Rhea and Sam Huntington (Superman Returns' Jimmy Olsen) have joined the cast of Fox's Two Dreadful Children, voicing the mother and one of the twins, respectively.... Brittany Ishibashi, a guest star on this week's The Office, has joined the cast of the Lifetime pilot The Madness of Ava, starring Ever Carradine as a "female House."
Per the Hollywood Reporter, Kaley Cuoco and Caroline Rhea have been cast in Fat Like Me, a Lifetime movie based on the true story of a teen who, as part of a news exposé on obesity, goes undercover at a high school wearing plaid a fat suit. Rhea plays Cuoco's mom.... As reported in Tuesday's NCIS Feature, Once and Again alum Susanna Thompson's first airdate as Gibbs' new love interest has been pushed back to Nov. 7.... Political wavemaker Arianna Huffington wants your vote on which zinger ABC should use when she guests on Help Me Help You later this season. Go here to review the options.
So Matt won The Biggest Loser. Was anyone surprised by that? Nick decided to bail on the live finale. Another shocker. And Pete won the "you are not quite the biggest loser but you are still a way-thin runner-up" competition. That one was so obvious when he walked out on the stage. The siblinglike rivalry between Seth and Suzy continued as they were neck and neck for the No. 2 spot behind Matt, but at least they got a little bit of cash for their efforts. Regardless, they both looked amazing and kinda hot, as did most of the contestants, who almost all seemed to shed some major poundage before this finale. The only person who looked a little off all night was Caroline Rhea. Really people, who did her hair? And the best part of the whole night