Question: I just wanted to thank you for the hard work you do giving us the chance to talk about television. The greatness of your columns is that you really discuss television, not spoilers. You present arguments, opinions and facts regarding every TV issue, and you let us be part of this debate. I look forward to your column every week. Though it is still very early to form a proper opinion on a lot of new fall series, what do you think about Brothers & Sisters? I have been reading that the show may be a little too depressing for Sunday night. My hope knows no limits regarding this show, since I think it has a flawless cast (especially now that Sally Field has joined it). Also, I would like to know your expectations for the new season of Desperate Housewives. It is true that in its sophomore year the show took a wrong turn, but I think that it can reach perfection once again.
Answer: Gee, thanks for the testimonial. The main reason I can't discuss Brothers & Sisters with any
Patricia Wettig on Prison Break
Patricia Wettig now has something in common with 24 alum Dennis Haysbert (currently on CBS' The Unit) — neither of them are any longer playing the president of the United States for Fox.
While Wettig's Prison Break character, the crafty Caroline Reynolds, was set to play the leader of the free world in the show's sophomore season, the actress — who wasn't under contract to the Fox drama — opted instead to accept a role on B
I'm hearing that ABC is wooing Sally Field to take over the role of Calista Flockhart's mom on Brothers & Sisters, the new drama that's inheriting Grey's Anatomy's Sunday-night time slot this fall. Betty Buckley, who played the role in the show's original pilot, has been let go for creative reasons. Hmm... that probably explains why Brothers & Sisters was the only pilot ABC didn't send out to critics. To get your last look at Buckley in the part, check out this trailer posted on ABC.com.
Reunion, Love Monkey and Commander in Chief
Reunion. Threshold. E-Ring. Invasion. Emily's Reasons Why Not. Love Monkey. Commander in Chief. Heist.
What do these shows have in common? They all debuted at some point during this soon-to-wrap TV season, yet each saw their run either cut surprisingly short or handicapped by irregular scheduling. Was 2005-06 the worst year ever to sample a new show? Were the networks especially hasty in deciding the fate of freshman series? TVGuide.com consulted a panel of experts with unique points of view to examine this strange little season gone by.
Are New Shows Getting Short Shrift?Jeff Bader, executive vice president of ABC entertainment programming and scheduling, dismisses the suggestion that prime time is a crueler-than-ever proving ground for new series. "
Question: What is this I hear about Sally Field returning to ER in September? Tell me it's true.
Answer: It's true. She'll be back for at least one episode early next season, presumably to meet her new grandchild.
ERPoor Clemente. It was good that we got to see the scene where Callie Thorne's Jodie got shot by her soon-to-be-ex husband. Otherwise, I'd have been just as skeptical as Luka and the others and would've suspected the mysterious Clemente of foul play, mainly because we really don't know much about him. But now we know he really does love Jodie. Speaking of which, how about that hint of NYPD Blue-type nudity at the top of the show? We don't normally see a bit of butt crack on ER, but they've got to lure those viewers away from CBS somehow. You know I was saying "It's about time!" when Luka finally told Sam about him and Abby, but let's talk about how Sam went from "Oh, yes — everyone knows you two are together" to the utter shock on her face when he told her he and Abby were starting a fam
Tammy Blanchard has got personality — or, to be more specific, more than a dozen of 'em. The Emmy winner (for her turn as a young Judy Garland in the TV-movie Life with Judy Garland) will follow in Sally Field's footsteps by taking the title role in CBS' upcoming remake of 1976's Sybil. Jessica Lange will play Sybil's psychiatrist (previously portrayed by Joanne Woodward).