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The Big C Bosses Reflect on the Final Season: We Ended It the Way We Wanted To

Laura Linney

The Big C's creator and executive producer Darlene Hunt -- much like the series' heroine, Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney) --  isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Even when the truth hurts. "Honestly, I actually always envisioned it as... read more

Laura Linney: Not Getting a Proper Ending for The Big C Was "My Biggest Fear"

Laura Linney

Although it may seem like The Big C — which wraps its four-season run this spring — is coming to an early end, star and executive producer Laura Linney said her "biggest fear" was not getting a proper conclusion to the show at all.

"I feel really good about how we finish the story, all of us together," Linney told reporters at Showtime's winter TV previews Saturday. "Certainly, the lesson that I learn over and over and over again in anything creative is... read more

Bravo Announces Four More Scripted Projects, Including a Heathers Reboot

Winona Ryder

Bravo has added four more scripted projects to its programming slate, including a reboot of the '80s film Heathers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Lifetime Nabs Eric Stoltz for Modern Love

Eric Stoltz

Eric Stoltz has been cast as the lead in Lifetime's dramedy pilot Modern Love, Deadline.com reports.

The series, from Sex and the City's Jenny Bicks, is based on a series of columns published in The New York Times. Stoltz will star as... read more

The Big C Comes Out Swinging for Season 2

Laura Linney

With a mischievous smile, Laura Linney is gleefully ruining a take. During a tense scene between her character, Cathy Jamison, who has Stage 4 melanoma, and her bipolar brother, Sean, played by John Benjamin Hickey, she makes her costar break down in giggles.

Whoever says cancer is no laughing matter hasn't seen The Big C, Showtime's irreverent comedy about a Minneapolis teacher, wife and mom who's trying not only to beat death but to live as fully as possible in whatever time she has left. The smartly written, beautifully cast show has earned a devoted fan base and critical plaudits, and three-time Emmy winner Linney has already snared a Golden Globe for her deft portrayal of the strong-willed Cathy.... read more

Lifetime Orders Modern Love Pilot

Jenny Bicks

Lifetime has ordered the pilot Modern Love, based on a series of columns published in The New York Times. The project centers on newspaper science editor Simon McElvane, who must balance his collapsing marriage while raising an adopted 15-year-old daughter. He's then given the job of editor of the newspaper's "Modern Love" column, giving him the opportunity to learn more about life and love.

The show will weave in stories... read more

Exclusive: ABC Chops Down Men in Trees

Men in Trees by Sergei Bachlakov/ABC

If this is a harbinger of the week ahead, I may be taking off on a last-minute vacation tonight. ABC has gone and canceled one of TV's most consistently heartwarming hours, Men in Trees.The sad, depressing news was just confirmed to me by series creator Jenny Bicks, who says she was informed of the network's decision late last week. "I am really proud of the work we did on MIT," she tells me. "A huge thank you to our supportive fans." Bicks believes that two years of schizophrenic scheduling ultimately did the cherished dramedy in. "I wish the show had not been moved six times and put onto two long hiatuses," she sighs. "No show could survive that."Truer words have never been spoken. As soul-crushing as this is, I managed to find a silver lining in all this: Viewers will get their happy ending. Bicks and her team prepared for Trees' possible demise by shooting an alternate series-finale ending that will now be tacked onto the show's last episode, which is slated to air this summer. ... read more

Scoop! Daisies, Trees Prep Season Finales

Lee Pace by Michael Roberts/ABC; Anne Heche by Sergei Bachlakov/ABC

Add Pushing Daisies and Men in Trees to the list of shows preparing season finales as a result of the writers' strike.Daisies creator extraordinaire Bryan Fuller informs me that the show's ninth episode — the last one for which a script is written — can function as a season finale in the event the strike extends into the new year and beyond."As we were scrambling to rewrite [Episode 9]," he reveals, "we added several elements that will put many balls into the air and hopefully encourage the audience to come back and see how they land."Fuller confirms that production on the potential season finale got under way today, which means "our crew will now be able to work through Thanksgiving." Over at Men in Trees, show-runner Jenny Bicks reports that prior to the strike, she prepared an alternate ending "in case the last episode we have written becomes our finale. We would be sad if this happened, but we are prepared." As I pointed out in my handy strike chart, MIT — which c... read more

Men in Trees Is Bloomin' Wonderful Yet Again

Scott Elrod and Anne Heche by Sergei Bachlakov/ABC

Let others wax pop-culturey about the premieres of Chuck, Reaper and Gossip Girl. The show I'm excited to see on the air — and after an unacceptably truncated first season — is ABC's Men in Trees. Uprooted from its time slot without any fanfare (and all to make room for the likes of October Road and Notes from the Underbelly), Men in Trees returns Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 pm/ET, with a rather excellent episode, which I had the pleasure of screening over the weekend. (Any quality TV that engrosses and delights my wife always gets the upgrade to "excellent.")As you may know from embracing my news blog, ABC decided to take last season's unaired episodes and use them to "supersize" Men in Trees' sophomore season, resulting in fewer repeats and whatnot. Yet the first new episode out of the gate on the 12th is not from that batch. Rather, to better ease those both familiar with and new to the Anne Heche-starrer into the new season, they shot a brand-new episode titled "A Tree Goes... read more

Exclusive: Men in Trees Snags Kelli Williams

Kelli Williams by John Sciulli/WireImage.com

Another obstacle is taking root for Marin and Jack on Men in Trees.Ex-Practice star Kelli Williams is joining the cast as a love interest for James Tupper's conversationally challenged environmentalist. But in a bit of a twist, the two won't connect in Elmo. Far from it, in fact. "Jack's going off to do a job far, far away and he's going to meet a woman named Julia," Trees creator Jenny Bicks reveals to me exclusively. "She's happily married, but they are going to bond emotionally over something very significant that happens on the high seas." Williams is on board for at least five or six episodes, beginning with this season's seventh. read more

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