When author Jennifer Weiner set out to cast ABC Family's State of Georgia, the first show she had created, she was looking for a girl who was big in every way. She says she hit the jackpot with Raven-Symoné, but had to re-jigger the character after Raven, who was the plus-sized female with a knack for physical comedy she was looking for, lost 30 pounds.
Question: What do you think about the new season of Rock Star? I was surprised how good the first week was. Last season it took the singers a few weeks to start sounding good, but this season it seems like just about every one of them has the potential to win, especially some of the very talented female singers. I'm glad I've finally been able to find some quality summer viewing not on cable!
Answer: And how refreshing that they spared us those insipid and humiliating audition episodes by jumping right into the competition. I agree: The first week's performances, especially from the women, blew me away. Unlike American Idol, which props up icky losers like Kevin Covais way past his expiration date, the cast of Rock Star all seem to deserve to be there. The eliminations are going to be excruciating a little further down the line, because these people almost all have star potential. Because I'm on the West Coast for the next few weeks, covering the TCA Press Tour and focusing on the