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Cheers: Sons and Daughters

Katey Sagal in Sons of Anarchy by Ray Mickshaw/FX

Cheers to Sons of Anarchy for revving up its female roles. You wouldn't expect a show about an biker gang to be a good vehicle for actresses, but FX's new drama features three strong women: a seriously deglamorized, post-Sopranos Drea De Matteo as a pregnant meth-head; Maggie Siff (so good as Don Draper's businesswoman lover on Mad Men) as a doctor who can't put her biker-chick past behind her; and Katey Sagal (creator Kurt Sutter's real-life wife), who shines as the Sons' Machiavellian matriarch. Peg Bundy would be so proud.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Ron Perlman Rides Along with Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy by Prashant Gupta/FX

Ron Perlman has nabbed the starring role in the FX upcoming series Sons of Anarchy.He'll play the leader of an outlaw motorcycle club whose mission is to protect their California town from drug dealers and business developers. He's also the stepfather of central character Jax Teller (played by Charlie Hunnam). Perlman's role initially went to Scott Glenn for the show's pilot, but producers opted for Perlman to achieve a more darkly comedic feel.Katey Sagal and Sopranos alum Drea de Matteo have also signed onto the show. — J.R. WhalenRelated:• FX Orders 13 Weeks of Anarchy from Shield Scribe read more

Street Date Moves Closer for Joey - Season 2

Matt LeBlanc by Mitch Haaseth/NBC

The other day we posted that Joey - The Complete 2nd Season (the final 22 episodes of the Friends spin-off, including 8 that NBC never aired) is coming to DVD...in Canada.The American branch had not decided to go ahead with this release, but Warner - Canada decided to move forward with it, in the full knowledge that American fans could use these discs on any standard DVD player. Anybody with an Amazon account will be able to easily import these, once Amazon's Canadian branch lists it. TVShowsOnDVD will have a link to that once it's available.The release date given on Monday was May 13th, but since then Warner - Canada has issued a date correction notice. It seems the date they gave at first was too far off, and so they've revealed that they will release it sooner than expected. The new release date is April 15th.These episodes star Matt LeBlanc (reprising his Friends role), Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos) and Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie). Time to celebrate with a really big Joey-s... read more

Lindsay Lohan Quits Rehab Romance, More Love Notes

Lindsay Lohan by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

Lindsay Lohan and Riley Giles, a 25-year-old snowboarder (is that an occupation?) she met during her summer rehab-cation, have called it quits. As a source tells People, "She is concentrating on her life and her career".... Sopranos alumna Drea de Matteo gave birth to her and boyfriend Shooter Jennings' first child together, a girl named Alabama Gypsyrose, on Wednesday, says E!.... A bit late on this, but for the record: Brandon Routh and Supersweetie Courtney Ford tied the knot last Saturday in Santa Barbara. The best part? All the wedding ring cost him was a lump of coal. read more

Shooter Jennings Honors Country Giant Hank, Awaits Baby with Drea

Shooter Jennings, Giants

His terrific new album, The Wolf, may address his outsider status in country music, but country-rock rebel Shooter Jennings has been anything but a loner of late. He’s about to start a family with his girlfriend of six years, Sopranos actress Drea de Matteo; he’s thrilling crowds with a kickass live show on his current tour; and on Saturday night, he joins a host of rowdy friends (including Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steven Tyler) to honor the music of Hank Williams Jr. on Giants (9 pm/ET on CMT), a raucous two-hour salute to the man known as Bocephus. TVGuide.com spoke to the 28-year-o read more

Baby Talk: Sopranos Star Expecting Wee Wiseguy

Shooter scores! Drea de Matteo and longtime boyfriend/country-crooner Shooter Jennings are expecting their first child in late 2007, the Sopranos alumna's rep tells Us — but only because word had leaked out to a tabloid. "The only reason we're announcing the news is because the very rude and condescending salespeople at Veronique Maternity on Madison Avenue decided to leak this to [the New York Post's Page Six]," says the flack.... Also per Us, Mad TV alum Nicole Sullivan and hubby Jason Packham welcomed their first child, a son named Dashel, on Saturday. read more

It was recently announced ...

Question: It was recently announced that a certain cast member of Lost joined a pilot for CBS in the fall (as a guest star), and it caused massive speculation in the entertainment press. Lately I've gotten weary of these kinds of announcements — the same thing happened to characters on 24 and The Sopranos. I know actors can sometimes star in two different shows at the same time, but given that Drea de Matteo's character, for example, seemed in peril on the show, I couldn't help but figure that her character was a goner sooner or later anyway. With shows like 24 and Lost, I know that anyone could die, but are you getting tired of the rush to scoop the next person, and is revealing vital information getting in the way of enjoying a good show? Answer: As both a provider and consumer of entertainment news and commentary, I can only say that this subject is a minefield. For every person who (like you) seems to despise spoilers, there's someone else who lives for them. I fall in between. ... read more

SOPRANOS WIFE-SWAP MYSTERY

Who was that on the other end of the phone in last Sunday's episode of The Sopranos, as Tony's dream-y alter ego checked in with his wife? According to the New York Post, fans have made such guesses as Sopranos alums Drea de Matteo, Annabella Sciorra and Kathrine Narducci, but an HBO rep denies it was any of the above, advising the paper to fuhgeddabout IDing the actually not-so-famous voice. read more

I know Joey fell short of ...

Question: I know Joey fell short of expectations. It had its moments, but it also needs improvement, though I thought Matt LeBlanc did as good a job as possible to make the show work. With Friends, all six characters were good and funny from the beginning. All too often with sitcoms today, it seems the writers and actors think the goofier the character, the funnier the show. But if you look at the great sitcoms of the past, including Friends, the characters were still people and not just ridiculous caricatures. Anyway, do you think Joey can be salvaged? Answer: I hope so, but I'm not sure any fix will be anything but too little, too late. Look at that time period this season: Joey will be fighting for attention against a truly terrific new comedy, UPN's Everybody Hates Chris, as well as Survivor, The O.C., Alias and Smallville. I can tell you now that Joey and Will & Grace are fifth, maybe sixth, priority for me in that time period. But for NBC, fixing Joey is a real priority. I don't ... read more

JOEY MAKES FRIENDS

Joey

No, it's not Chandler, but Matt LeBlanc is getting a Must-See friend. After a two-month search, Miguel Nunez Jr. (Juwanna Mann) has been tapped to join NBC's Joey this fall as a self-important actor who ultimately will become best buds with Joey. Other Season 2 tweaks include Joey landing the lead on a summer blockbuster film and more of Jennifer Coolidge as Joey's agent, for whom Drea De Matteo's character will go to work. "Last year was a lot of Joey getting acclimated to life in California," explains executive producer Kevin Bright. "We'd like to move the show into a bigger, funnier mode." read more

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