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Acting Up on the Awards Circuit

I guess actors don’t watch The Wire, either. Today’s announcement of the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were a bit, well, “SAG”-gy with usual suspects (not to beat up on a woman whose talk show just got mercifully canceled, but one last nod for Megan Mullally for Will & Grace seems like such ancient history). The most aggravating snub, as it has been in the list of Producers Guild and Writers Guild nominations, is a complete shut-out for HBO’s The Wire. Tied for most disappointing is a lack of recognition by many of these artistic branches for NBC’s Friday Night Lights, a show that could really use this kind of spotlight. NBC’s small-town drama did earn a slot among the WGA’s new-series contenders. Another puzzling omission: It's as if FX (most notably Rescue Me and The Shield) didn't even exist this year.Maybe because The Wire is filmed in Baltimore, and Friday Night Lights in Texas, these shows fall off the Hollywood radar. A rea... read more

Daytime Talk: Mullally Out, Mike and Juliet In

After less than five months on the air, Will & Grace alum Megan Mullally's syndicated daytime talker has been silenced, with original and repeat episodes to air through January. A replacement has not been announced.... Fox is putting the finishing touches on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. Hosted by Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy, the program will feature the standard morning mix of lifestyle and entertainment news. The hourlong show premieres Monday, Jan. 22, at 9 am/ET, on most Fox stations. read more

Lucky '07: Stars Share Their New Year's Resolutions

Vanessa Marcil, Matt Dallas and Rob Lowe

As the old year gives way to the new, TV Guide resolved to get the scoop on some celebrities' New Year's resolutions — and here is what we found out. Rob Lowe, Brothers & Sisters"I always make one resolution, and I haven't come up with it yet [as of early December]. Last year's was to be more aware of how I speak to people, whether it's my kids, my wife or coworkers. It's always a self-betterment thing, something that I can do to change myself in a good way, and that I will actually be able to do on a long-term basis." Jack Coleman, Heroes"I'm going to work on being more disciplined, because now there are a lot more demands on my time. And on getting everything done t read more

Press Tour Diary: NBC Day 1

I know NBC is in the ratings crapper, but that's no excuse for the sorry breakfast spread the Peacock had waiting for us this morning. They essentially threw a few croissants and pastries on a tray and called it a meal. No eggs. No Rice Krispies. No bagels. Pathetic! Good thing I had a stash of Balance Bars in my room.EXECUTIVE SESSION9:06 am: Kevin Reilly walks out on stage to what sounds like a porno soundtrack. 9:07 am: Reilly's self-deprecating jokes about NBC's misfortunes are diluted by the fact that he is reading his speech directly off a teleprompter in the back of the room. 9:08 am: Scoop: David Hasselhoff still has a job! A new cycle of America's Got Talent will return in January. Additionally, NBC is producing webisodes of Bill Lawrence's YouTube phenom Nobody's Watching with the intention of picking it up as a series later this season. 9:12 am: Scoop! NBC will air a Madonna concert special in November. 9:13 am: Scoop! Andre Braugher will do a six-episode arc on ER. 9:17... read more

Is the Spanish maid on Will & ...

Question: Is the Spanish maid on Will & Grace the same person who played one of the nuns on The Flying Nun? She reminds me of Sister Sixto.Answer: And for good reason, since both roles are on actress Shelley Morrison's resume. Younger viewers know the Bronx native only as El Salvadoran housekeeper Rosario, who takes no flak from snotty Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) on the hit NBC comedy. However, Morrison has enjoyed a 40-year-plus acting career and her credits include not only Puerto Rican nun Sister Sixto on The Flying Nun, which ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970, but also more than 150 TV guest spots, 65-plus plays and big-screen roles in such movies as Fools R read more

Please help settle a bet ...

Clockwise from top left: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Seinfeld

Question: Please help settle a bet between my brother and myself. The loser has to buy tickets to a Braves game. I say Larry David showed up on Seinfeld a few times, but my brother says he didn't. What do you say? Who's right?


Answer: Assuming your brother has to buy a ticket for you, Phil, I say enjoy the game. Your brother may not have recognized him, but David did pop up on the show during its eight-year run, which started in May 1990.

Most fans know that Seinfeld cocreator David (Fridays, Curb Your Enthusiasm) provided the voice of George Steinbrenner on the show. That alone, I'm thinking, wouldn't settle your bet since your bro might try to read more

BATHROOM HUMOR

Will & Grace's Eric McCormack and Debra Messing

Having successfully performed a live season premiere — even working around a last-minute and conspicuous injury to Megan Mullally — NBC's Will & Grace is ready to dip into that well again. On Jan. 12 the sitcom, now in its eighth and final season, will stage another live episode, in which Karen throws herself a lavish birthday soiree only to spend the evening crammed in the bathroom with her three buds. (And no, I don't mean Vicodin, Paxil and Xanax.) read more

My husband says that Karen of ...

Question: My husband says that Karen of Will & Grace appeared in a Seinfeld episode as one of George's girlfriends. I don't think so. Can you verify this? Thanks.


Answer: Get ready to change that line of thinking then, Lili. Hubby's right on this one.

Megan Mullally, who picked up an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2000 for her work as Karen Walker, snotty socialite and assistant to Grace (Debra Messing) on the hit comedy, did indeed lend her talent to the Seinfeld crew in a Season 4 episode. As hubby says, she played Betsy, one of George Costanza's (Jason Alexander) brief love interests (if the word "love" ever applied to him) in the episode "The Implant."

If you recall, the main story was that Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) dumped a girlfriend (Teri Hatcher read more

GREEN LIGHT

Megan Mullally's NBC talk show is inching closer to reality. The daytime gabfest has been cleared to air in the country's four gayest markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Can Provincetown be far behind? read more

I was very excited to be able...

I was very excited to be able to write about attending tonight's West Coast season-premiere live broadcast. I've been anticipating this for weeks, ever since I knew I was going. A good friend works on the show, so I've been to approximately 40 tapings. But I was extremely nervous, so you know I was really looking forward to this night. Due to the multiple takes, normal tapings take about four hours. The writers often rewrite the scenes to make them funnier, so the actors flub their lines and director Jimmy Burrows is a perfectionist. So knowing this was live, I wondered how they could possibly do it ,since they couldn't do scenes over and over and only had a half hour — twice — once for each coast. Truth is, they've been rehearsing this for four weeks to get it down pat, and the script had gone through so many changes, it had to be perfect. Well, you didn't have to be in the live studio audience to be able to enjoy it, but it certainly made it even better. I c read more

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