Ted Allen, Barry Rice
Ted Allen celebrated Wednesday's landmark Supreme Court ruling by announcing a milestone of his own: The Chopped host is engaged to his longtime partner Barry Rice!
Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem
Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem are having a great day! The couple announced their engagement Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, which secures federal benefits for gay married couples and cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California.
Up All Night
NBC's Up All Night should have been a hit. The show came with a strong comedy pedigree: It starred Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph and was produced by Saturday Night Live don Lorne Michaels. At the center was what seemed to be a relatable premise for the young adults watching the network's upscale comedies: a hip, young couple adjusts to life with a baby.
But two years after creator Emily Spivey shot the pilot (then called Alpha Mom), Up All Night is all but gone, suffering the death of a thousand tinkers. A heavily touted plan to morph the show into a multi-camera sitcom is now mostly abandoned, and some of the outlandish ideas bandied about for the revamp (including one idea involving rock star...
Up All Night
More changes are happening over at NBC's Up All Night.
Linda Wallem has been hired as the comedy series' new showrunner as it revamps itself heading into the spring, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll replace Tucker Cawley, who is leaving to become a consulting producer on Fox's The Mindy Project.
Showtime has renewed Nurse Jackie for a fifth season and has tapped Clyde Phillips as the series' new showrunner, the network announced Thursday.
Cheers to Nurse Jackie for recuperating from its creative ills in Season 4.
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After spending much of its past two seasons repeating itself, Showtime's hospital dramedy has shown vital new signs of life. Jackie's cleaned up its act by sending Edie Falco's drug-addicted caregiver into rehab and forcing her to face the consequences of her actions, including her affair with Eddie (Paul Schulze). Husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa) kicked her out and is now threatening to take away her daughters — and we don't blame him.
Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem
Nurse Jackie co-creators/showrunners Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius are leaving the Showtime comedy after four seasons, Deadline reports.
A new showrunner has not ...
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the season finale of Nurse Jackie. Read at your own risk.]
Somehow, Jackie continues to avoid rock bottom. During this season of Nurse Jackie, she got around a surprise intervention and then flirted with sobriety, though not by choice — her drug dealer died, Eddie cut her off and her kid's plea for prescription drugs forced her into temporary withdrawal.
But by the end of Monday's Season 3 finale, Jackie's stars had realigned once more: She was still using, yes, but O'Hara was back on her side, she had moved into the power position with Kevin and her all-important career remained intact. Could Jackie be the world's — or just TV's -- luckiest drug addict?
Executive producer Liz Brixius says yes and no:
When Nurse Jackie returns for its second season, Nurse Mohammed "Mo-Mo" De La Cruz will not be checking back in to All Saints Hospital.
Haaz Sleiman's abrupt exit from the show, which was first reported in late December, is a result of how another character — Eve Best's Dr. O'Hara — developed, according to executive producer Linda Wallem.
Wallem says O'Hara didn't exist in the original pilot...