Since her breakout role on Murphy Brown, Faith Ford has become a go-to for straight-woman roles, in no small part because of her turn opposite Kelly Ripa on ABC's Hope & Faith. To mark the first season's DVD release Tuesday, TVGuide.com caught up with the 44-year-old Alexandria, La., native. She looked back on the premiere's massive food fight between her and Ripa, plus the show's madcap costume changes and a slew of special guests, including Regis Philbin as Handsome Hal. She also talked about why her first-season teenage daughter was replaced by a then-newcomer named Megan Fox.
Who's doing what and for whom this pilot season? Per Variety and the Hollywood Reporter: Amber Tamblyn will star in CBS' Babylon Fields, a drama in which deceased people who are resurrected try to resume their lives. Good luck with that, gang. Rita Moreno will play the matriarch of a rum business-owning clan in CBS' untitled drama starring Jimmy Smits. Faith Ford is the wife of one of ABC's Carpoolers. Laura Harris (24) has copped the fourth and final lead in ABC's Women's Murder Club. But what about Brian? Krista Allen has come aboard NBC's Business Class, playing a rival soft-drink company rep.
Sunny, funny Faith Ford cut her prime-time teeth with a 10-year run as Murphy Brown's Corky Sherwood, a role for which she earned five Emmy nods. For the last two years she's been playing homemaker Hope to Kelly Ripa's flighty Faith in ABC's Hope & Faith. (Yes, it's confusing, and it always will be.) As the show readied for its hourlong third season premiere (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET), TVGuide.com spent a few minutes with the Louisiana native to discuss the Ted McGinley curse, today's crazy teens and the scene she never wants to do again.
TVGuide.com: Hope & Faith's creator, Joanna Johnson, is no longer with the show. How is that transition going?Faith Ford:
Question: Can you tell me when Miles and Corky got married on Murphy Brown and what the story was around that? I just saw an episode on Nick at Nite where they planned to renew their vows, and I don't ever remember them marrying on the show. Thanks much.
Answer: Miles and Corky got married in the Season 8 opener, "Altered States." In the episode, which first aired Sept. 18, 1995, Murphy was already facing the fact that her own wedding wasn't going to happen when Miles (Grant Shaud) and Corky (Faith Ford) dropped the bomb that they'd eloped.