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Pilot News: Fred Savage Is a Millionaire, and More

Fred Savage is a Single White Millionaire ready to settle down in a CBS comedy pilot, says the Reporter.... Amy Smart (Smith) has the lead in (grammatically incorrect title alert!) Meant to Be's, a CBS drama about a woman who upon dying en route to her honeymoon becomes a "Meant to Be," meaning she must help others set their lives straight before she can go to Heaven.... Michael Cassidy (Hidden Palms) has joined the CW's How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, playing the beau of a Yale-educated gal hired to tutor two heiresses. read more

Gwen's Going B-a-n-a-n-a-s Over New Bun, and More Baby Talk

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Pop diva Gwen Stefani is pregnant with child No. 2 with husband Gavin Rossdale. As if their 20-month-old Kingston wasn't already the coolest toddler in town, they'll now have an opp to repeat the performance with this sophomore effort.... Dixie Chick Martie Maguire's also with child, which will be her third with husband Gareth Maguire. The music star, 38, had twin girls in 2004.... And even though it was only yesterday that Fred Savage was a nerdy teen on TV, he is somehow about to become the dad of a second child for him and his wife, Jennifer Stone. We'll check back in 2018 to see how those real-life wonder years are treating him with two tweens in the house. — Anna Dimond read more

Was This TV Season Harsh to New Shows?

Reunion, Love Monkey and Commander in Chief

Reunion. Threshold. E-Ring. Invasion. Emily's Reasons Why Not. Love Monkey. Commander in Chief. Heist. What do these shows have in common? They all debuted at some point during this soon-to-wrap TV season, yet each saw their run either cut surprisingly short or handicapped by irregular scheduling. Was 2005-06 the worst year ever to sample a new show? Were the networks especially hasty in deciding the fate of freshman series? TVGuide.com consulted a panel of experts with unique points of view to examine this strange little season gone by. Are New Shows Getting Short Shrift?Jeff Bader, executive vice president of ABC entertainment programming and scheduling, dismisses the suggestion that prime time is a crueler-than-ever proving ground for new series. " read more

SMALL WONDER

Fred Savage (Crumbs, The Wonder Years) and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting their first child in August. You snooze, you lose, Winnie. read more

American Idol Overall, this was...

Percy Daggs III, Veronica Mars

American IdolOverall, this was not the most exciting edition of American Idol this season. The audition process is going into overdrive with the cutesy montages, and I think the "zombie" one finally pushed me over the edge. I wonder if the judges regret giving Alison Schoening a second chance — I guess a near-death experience is a good reason for double audition time. The panel was a bit too lenient in Austin, letting "fit model" Ashley Jackson through to Hollywood. She sounded better singing with her mouth closed and she really needs to look into a career in ventriloquism. I'm also not too sure about Ronnie "RJ" Norman; his "Ain't No Sunshine" was competent but much less spectacular than he thought i read more

Laugh Tracks
Hoping for a merry mid-season

Reports of the death of the TV sitcom were, thankfully, premature. New critical hits like My Name Is Earl, Everybody Hates Chris and the steadily improving The Office have set a high bar for the new and returning comedies that entered the fray this month. Just getting Scrubs back on the air after an inexcusable fall hiatus is reason enough to celebrate, while some of the newbies hope to fill the romantic-comedy void left by Sex and the City and Friends. Here’s my quick take on the mid-season comedy crop. (I dismissed NBC’s generic buddy romp Four Kings in an earlier column.) ScrubsTuesdays, 9 pm/ET, NBCHeard it before? Thankfully, yes. The antics are as fresh as ever now that this endearingly irreverent medical comedy has returned — finally — with back-to-back episodes of bawdy slapstick and barbed verbal w read more

ABC MAKES MID-SEASON MOVES

Dancing with the Stars champs Alec Mazo and Kelly Monaco

As part of its mid-season shake-up, ABC has announced that Season 2 of Dancing with the Stars will premiere Thursday, Jan. 5 at 8 pm/ET with a two-hour special, then air 90-minute installments starting the following week. (Take that, Earl!) Dancing's half-hour results show airs Fridays at 8, starting Jan. 6. Also on the new schedule: Hope & Faith moves to Fridays at 8:30, to make room for the new drama In Justice, debuting Jan. 6, and the dysfunctional-family comedy Crumbs, starring Fred Savage, Jane Curtin and William Devane, bows Thursday, Jan. 12 at 9:30. read more

I miss Winnie Cooper, too, but...

I miss Winnie Cooper, too, but not during this show. I'm tired of all The Wonder Years references. Where did they even live? was there crack? And did Fred Savage have that mole then? Who cares, they had it made. It's nice to have a Thursday-night show to look forward to, like when we had The Cosby Show, but where's Robin Givens? And show me a brother wearing a Cosby sweater today, I'll totally outblack him – while delivering a child and showing him clips of the best family comedy since his. Everybody's second episode settled us in a bit, with a family we kinda liked already. We know the parents are tough, but now we like them even more. Chris shines in his oldest-child role, forced to be something, and thankfully for us, he chose the funny. If anyone interviews him, ask if he made up "ghetto snob" then or now. The family is more of a character, too, and thank god we've lost our infatuation with dysfunction, because read more

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