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Rebecca Romijn Gives Us the Scoop!

Rebecca Romijn, Pepper Dennis

With a brand new series, another X-Men movie and impending nuptials to Crossing Jordan's No. 1 hottie all on tap, Rebecca Romijn is walking on air. TV Guide invited the star of WB's Pepper Dennis (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET) to comment on all the top stories going on in her life.

TV Guide: On your comedy series Pepper Dennis, you play a TV news reporter who'll humiliate herself if it means getting her story. Share some memorable real-life press encounters.
Rebecca Romijn:
Once I went to Rome to do press for X-Men 2. I was sitting on a dais, answering questions, and this guy starts throwing roses at me from the sideline and shouting things in Italian. I don't speak Italian. read more

I'm so excited! John Stamos ...

Question: I'm so excited! John Stamos is returning to ER next season as a series regular!


Answer: Now are you ready for the bad news?! There are rumblings that a (SPOILER ALERT) major character will be leaving early next season to make room in the budget for Stamos' sizable paycheck. The leading candidates are Kovac or Weaver, one of whom may end up taking the fall for hiring Clemente. But at this point, that's pure speculation. The only thing I'm (90 percent) sure of is that John Leguizamo is history. (And no, his is not the big death I've been referring to.)

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STAMOS BACK TO ER

John Stamos, ER

John Stamos, who guested on ER during November sweeps — prior, that is, to the blink-and-you-missed-it mid-season return of ABC's Jake in Progress — is set to join NBC's long-running medical drama as a series regular this fall, says the Hollywood Reporter. Stamos will reprise his role of Tony Gates, a flirty paramedic who also is a med student and a Gulf War veteran. read more

Has In Justice been canceled? ...

Question: Has In Justice been canceled? I just read on the entertainment news page that Jason O'Mara has been cast in a new show. I quite like In Justice. It's perfect for Friday night, and it would be a shame if ABC didn't give it more of a chance. Answer: When stars of "on the bubble" shows like In Justice take roles in pilots for the following season, these new roles are in what's called "second position." In other words, if In Justice gets renewed (which seems unlikely, though it's not dead quite yet), he'd have to stay with his previous show and they'd have to recast his new role or otherwise rework that pilot. Kind of like what happened to John Stamos when Jake in Progress got a pickup (what a mistake) and ER's producers had to rethink the cast-regular role they had planned for him ... read more

WITHOUT A PRAYER

Aidan Quinn in The Book of Daniel

Tuesday brought news of not one, not two, but a holy trinity of shelved series. Despite a riveting cameo by TV Guide's own former Party Boy, Daniel R. Coleridge, TNT has canceled Wanted, while ABC has brought Jake in Progress to a halt. (Think John Stamos has called ER yet to let them know he's available? Two words for you: Ask Ausiello.) Lastly, NBC has slammed shut The Book of Daniel, "due to many reasons," series creator Jack Kenny reports in a message to fans at NBC.com. Now, before the American Family Association gets all full of itself, their efforts had little to do with Daniel's demise, a reliable source tells us; rather, the ratings were just sinfully bad. read more

So is Jake in Progress ...

Question: So is Jake in Progress canceled or not? Charlotte Ross fans need to know.


Answer: At press tour Saturday, ABC prez Steve McPherson said he still believes in the show. "We would really like to find a place for it, to give it one more shot." And should it strike out for a third time, ER boss man John Wells is poised to step in and snag John Stamos for a long-term stint. "I would love to have John Stamos come onto ER," Wells tells me. "We had created that [paramedic] character on the assumption that Jake in Progress wasn't coming back this year. But it hasn't been officially canceled, so they haven't released him."

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First of all, I wanted to say ...

Question: First of all, I wanted to say that I enjoy your column. My reason for writing is that I saw Emily's Reasons Why Not and I liked it right away (which doesn't happen often). It was really cute and funny. But then I just read in the Entertainment News that it's been canceled after only one episode! Why do networks do this? You can't expect instant success. A show needs time to gain a following. It's unrealistic to expect that to happen right away. I think it would've been great with a little more time. Answer: I didn't do cartwheels over Emily, although I did think Heather Graham was, as you say, "cute and funny," but I thought it deserved more of a chance than one airing against CBS' dominant comedy lineup. (Always risky to program a new comedy against a hit comedy, and ABC has traditionally struggled to fill Mondays after football.) Given that production shut down after only six episodes, there probably isn't much incentive for ABC to burn off this series — and while we're on ... 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

Emily's Reasons Why Not Is it...

Emily's Reasons Why NotIs it just me, or does every woman resort to voodoo dolls to release some anger? And don't we all expect a yellow parrot, aka "the love bird," after our hearts have been broken? No? OK, so anyway, this series debut left us wondering if we've got the next Carrie Bradshaw on our hands. The narration, the bad luck with men, it all sounds a bit Sex and the City. But Heather Graham's cute charm and her team of quirky sidekicks — including the token gay best friend — is definitely making this show a potential mid-season hit. Let Emily's reasons be a lesson for us all, starting with why not to smoke: Grandma Beatrice. By the way, I think so far my favorite character is Glitter, Emily's backstabbing former assistant who stole her idea to get a p read more

Emily's Reasons Why Not Is it...

Emily's Reasons Why NotIs it just me, or does every woman resort to voodoo dolls to release some anger? And don't we all expect a yellow parrot, aka "the love bird," after our hearts have been broken? No? OK, so anyway, this series debut left us wondering if we've got the next Carrie Bradshaw on our hands. The narration, the bad luck with men, it all sounds a bit Sex and the City. But Heather Graham's cute charm and her team of quirky sidekicks — including the token gay best friend — is definitely making this show a potential mid-season hit. Let Emily's reasons be a lesson for us all, starting with why not to smoke: Grandma Beatrice. By the way, I think so far my favorite character is Glitter, Emily's backstabbing former assistant who stole her idea to get a p read more

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