Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer executive producer John Gray promises "a big surprise ending" to the just-renewed CBS series' first season, setting the stage for a sophomore year with "darker elements." "We're not going to mess with our formula too much," he tells Sci Fi Wire. "At the same time, we don't want it to get stale." Citing as examples the mysterious entities he calls Laughing Man and Wide Brim Hat Man, Gray says, "We're going to be giving some explanation for their presence." What, they're not just ogling Jennifer Love Hewitt like the rest of us?
Question: I'm new here and I like Smurfs, so be gentle: Any information on Ghost Whisperer?
Answer: Hey, there's no shame in liking Ghost Whisperer. The shame would be in watching it live every Friday night instead of FauxVoing it and going out. That would be really embarrassing. In any event, there's tons happening in the April 7 episode, beginning with the arrival of Duane Martin (All of Us) as a love interest for Aisha Tyler's Andrea. He plays a high-school teacher who dabbles in spoken-word poetry. Also, Jennifer Love Hewitt's TV mom, Anne Archer, returns when Melinda takes a spill and winds up in a coma. When she comes to, she discovers that she can no longer see dead people and fears that she has lost the gift forever.
Brokeback Mountain scribes Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana are developing Sheriff Luke, an ABC drama — likely for fall 2007 — about a widowed lawman in a small Midwestern town.... Jennifer Love Hewitt is teaming with Oxygen to exec-produce Angry Little Girls, an animated series based on the book and website of the same name, says Variety.... Ron Rifkin has joined the cast of ABC's family sudser Brothers & Sisters, per the Hollywood Reporter.
SupernaturalDon't even get me started on the fact that after a six-week hiatus and only two original episodes, WB — nay, the future CW — throws a repeat on us. Trying to sidestep the two-hour juggernaut that is American Idol, perhaps? Who knows. Luckily, this is a really good Supernatural. It's the one where Sam and Dean investigate a haunted asylum in Rockford, Ill. The brotherly dysfunction really kicks in big time with Dean exhibiting some major daddy issues. And Sam makes it his business to alert Dean to the fact that his blind faith in his pops is way not cool, plus he's sick and tired of BossyDean, so back off. Love Dean's alias: Nigel Tufnel. Although, I admit, it took me more than just a little while to realize that Nigel
Jennifer Love Hewitt in If Only
Years ago, Ghost Whisperer star Jennifer Love Hewitt came across a script that she simply had to turn into a film. ABC Family's If Only (premiering Jan. 15 at 7 pm/ET) tells the story of Samantha and Ian, lovers who, soon after a regrettable row, are blindsided by a tragic accident that claims Sam's life. The morning after watching his sweetheart slip away, however, Ian (played by Brit Paul Nicholls) wakes to find Sam alive and back in his life, as he gets a second chance at that fateful day. The lengths to which Ian goes to save Sam from death — and himself from heartbreak — are great and romantic, but will it be enough? TVGuide.com spoke with Christina Welsh, the writer of If Only, about her and Hewitt's labor of love.
TVGuide.com: First, tell me about the genesis of I
Question: Wasn't there a TV series a few years ago about a rescue team in the Sierras (Tahoe)? It was called High Mountain Rescue Team or something similar, had Jennifer Love Hewitt in it and started after Byrds of Paradise but before Jaw Breaker.
Answer: There was a mid-season CBS series called High Mountain Rangers, but it debuted in January 1988 and breathed its last breath by mid-July, six years or so before Byrds of Paradise launched on ABC. Ms. Hewitt wasn't in it, and I'm not familiar with Jaw Breaker.
I can tell you, however, that HMR starred the ever-tough Robert Conrad as the semiretired (and tough-named) Jesse Hawkes, who'd created a team of — you guessed it — high-mountain rangers based in the Sierra Nevadas near Lake Tahoe.
Patrick Dempsey of Grey's Anatomy
TV got bigger this year. (Remember when everything seemed so much smaller?) New watercooler favorites broke onto the scene, from Grey's Anatomy to Prison Break, while familiar hits like CSI, Lost and Survivor just got better. As revelers prepare to usher out 2005 in grand style, here is what some of television's top stars have to say about their big breakthroughs.
Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy
"When I left Maine, I always wanted to be a working actor. I never cared too much about being the star. I just wanted to do the work and get on with it. I enjoy that. And there's a lot of responsibility that comes with it — you have to keep your ego in check. There were a lot of years wher
CBS has finally picked up Jennifer Finnigan's Close to Home for a full season — and, in turn, locked the freshman drama into its new Fridays-at-9 time slot, where it has been flourishing in the ethereal afterglow of Jennifer Love Hewitt's assets. Threshold, meanwhile, continues to play the waiting game. Will it be saved by the belle Elizabeth Berkley? Check out our Insider Q&A!
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Ghost Whisperer attracted a series-high 12.6 million viewers Friday, but only 8.1 million of 'em stuck around at 9 pm for Threshold. That would explain CBS' decision to test out the freshman serial thriller on Tuesdays at 10 pm beginning Nov. 22. In turn, Close to Home, which currently occupies that slot, will shift to Fridays at 9 pm.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
When Melinda Gordon sees dead people, CBS eyes ratings gold, as Jennifer Love Hewitt's Ghost Whisperer handily wins its time slot, sometimes drawing nearly 3 million more viewers than its Fridays-at-8 predecessor, Joan of Arcadia. As such, the net gave the freshman drama a ghost of a chance, ordering posthaste a full season. What led America to "catch the spirit," so to speak? TVGuide.com invited Love to whisper sweet nothings — or, at least, the answers to our questions — in our ear.
TVGuide.com: How delighted are you with Ghost Whisperer's reception? Some critics scoffed at its prospects early on.Jennifer Love Hewitt: We're more than delighted. I know everybody on the show feels really lucky and I definitely feel like, I don't know, t