Ray Romano at "The Grand" premiere by Mark Sullivan/WireImage.com
Some of television's most familiar faces were on hand in Hollywood Wednesday to promote their new poker-themed movie, The Grand. The heavily improvised film profiles six poker players who reach the world famous Grand Championship of Poker.Cheryl Hines, currently on break from Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Ray Romano play a married couple in the flick and had a very unusual way of preparing for their roles. "Well, we lived together for eight weeks before we started shooting," Hines said, jokingly. As for Curb coming back to television, Hines seemed positive. "Let's just say it's a good possibility," she said.Romano may also be coming back with his own TNT sitcom. Though he couldn't give many details, the show is "about men in mid-life. It's, 'Write what you know, and write what you cry about.' That's my philosophy," Romano said.Television funnywoman Estelle Harris, known mainly for her role as George's mom on Seinfeld, got to share some screen time with her former television son Jason Al...
Duckman courtesy CBS DVD
For years fans of the 1994 animated series Duckman, which aired on USA Network and starred the voice of Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, have been clamoring for a DVD release. At TVGuide.com-owned TVShowsOnDVD.com, the series is among the top 100 most-wanted programs not yet released on DVD, and fan petitions have garnered more than 7,000 signatures requesting the cartoon's home video release.Now CBS DVD's Executive Vice President and General Manager, Ken Ross, has revealed in an interview with trade publication Video Business that Duckman will indeed come to DVD at last! "There has been a level of fan demand for this show for a long time... we really had to wrap our brain around figuring a way to do it," he was quoted as saying.I've discussed this with Everett Peck, who originally created the character for comic books before it was adapted into a TV series. Peck confirms that a release is indeed in the works, with Season 1 and Season 2 (both of which were short seasons) being combined ...
Jason Alexander, CMA Awards nominee
"You mean you don't think of me synonymously with country music?" Jason Alexander laughs when asked how he came to be nominated for a trophy at Wednesday's CMA Awards (8 pm/ET, ABC). Best known, of course, for his iconic role as George Costanza on Seinfeld, Alexander has been branching out as a director, helming episodes of the CW's Everybody Hates Chris and Oxygen's Campus Ladies. But it's his work behind the camera on Brad Paisley's music video "Online" that scored him his first CMA nomination. The hilarious clip stars Alexander (who also appeared in Paisley's video for
Julia Louis-Dreyfus by Monty Brinton/CBS; Jason Alexander by Jesse Grant/WireImage.com
Old Christine meets up with an old friend when Jason Alexander guest-stars on an episode of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' CBS comedy this season. Alexander will play a lizard handler for children's parties with whom Christine goes out on a date.... Starting Sept. 23 Ian Ziering guests on three episodes of Lifetime's Side Order of Life, which stars Jason Priestley. Ziering plays Jenny's possible cell-phone mystery man.... Jeremy Davies (Rescue Dawn) has landed a recurring role on ABC's Lost.... The Reporter also says that 18-year-old Steven Christopher Parker is joining ER in the recurring role of a nervous and emotionally fragile intern. Oh boy, someone grab a mop.
Seinfeld courtesy Sony Pictures Television
On Nov. 6, as the final batch of Seinfeld arrives on DVD, so will a boxed set boasting all nine seasons. Seinfeld: The Complete Series delivers 180 episodes on 32 discs, all for a suggested list price of $283.95 not that there's anything wrong with that. After all, the set includes a 226-page coffee-table book filled with photos, quotes, trivia and personal reflections from Jerry Seinfeld, a compilation previously only shared by him with his cast mates. The book, in turn, contains a DVD featuring a roundtable discussion between Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and series creator Larry David, the first reunion of its kind for the group, held on the ninth anniversary of the May 1998 finale. Among the plethora of DVD extras 104 hours in bonus features, peeps! is a reedit of "The Betrayal," the famous "backwards" episode, this time going forward. Not included in all this: a marble rye. Still, that's a whole lotta nothing!
Jason Alexander (who got his start as a Broadway hoofer) recently seized the reigns of Los Angeles' Reprise! theater series. For his first offering, he's thinking of starring in a reading of The Odd Couple opposite Martin Short. "I want to do an absolute crowd-pleaser," Alexander told Playbill.com (which must be why he nixed the idea of a Bob Patterson adaptation).... A musicalization of 9 to 5 will enjoy a star-studded reading later this month, as West Wing's Allison Janney channels Lily Tomlin and Bebe Neuwirth takes on Roz, the office suck-up. The Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Dabney Coleman roles will be filled by stage vets Stephanie J. Block (Pirate Queen), Megan Hilty (Wicked) and Marc Kudisch.... Even in death, Law & Order's Lenny Briscoe gets justice: The Snapple Theater Center is rechristening its third-floor house as "The Jerry Orbach Theater." Snappleholic Michael Ausiello is green with envy. Reporting by Raven Snook
Who's doing what this pilot season, per Variety/the Reporter: Jason Alexander (um, Seinfeld) is an internal-affairs agent on the hunt for "bad apples" in ABC's untitled cop comedy. Tia Carrere (Wayne's World) will guest (and potentially recur) as Molly Stanton's boss on Fox's untitled comedy also starring Lacey Chabert. Jud Tylor (What About Brian) is a churchgoing contestant on the CW's Dash 4 Cash, set behind the scenes at a reality show. Alex Borstein (Family Guy) has joined ABC's The Thick of It, says the New York Post.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, The Class
I suppose you could say that Jesse Tyler Ferguson is so happy with his gig on CBS' The Class (Mondays at 8:30 pm/ET) that he could, well, kill himself. But that's more his character's domain. Playing hapless Richie Velch on How I Met Your Mother's sister show, he has dabbled with despair-filled attempts on his own life, but seemingly has been saved by the love of a good woman, Lina (Heather Goldenhersh). The only problem until now, aside from his tendency to run people over, is Richie's wife, Fern (Roseanne's Sara Gilbert). TVGuide.com asked Ferguson for a look at what's ahead.
TVGuide.com: The guy who writes our
Lisa Edelstein, House
On TV, Lisa Edelstein has scored with everyone from George Costanza to Frasier Crane. Will Dr. House be next? TV Guide asked her about the Fox drama's second-season cliff-hanger, her party-girl past and more.
TV Guide: Right to it: Dr. Lisa Cuddy, your character on House [Tuesdays at 8 and 9 pm/ET], is looking for a sperm donor to have a baby, and House (Hugh Laurie) has been nixing all the anonymous donors. Will she ask him to donate?
Lisa Edelstein: She walked into House's office, clear
Vanessa Williams, A Capitol Fourth
Of all the leading men in the multimedia career of Vanessa Williams, Kevin Clash is — by far — the least recognized.
In fact, this strappingly handsome, soft-spoken and unassuming African-American gentleman may be the most famous anonymous star in the celebrity universe. For Clash, a puppeteer since his childhood in Baltimore, provides the voice and movements for Elmo,