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Melissa Joan Hart Joins Off-Broadway Play

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart is joining the cast of the off-Broadway show Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

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The play, based on the best-selling 1995 book of the same title by Ilene Beckerman, uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and poignant stories. Nora and Delia Ephron adapted the book for the stage.

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Preview: The Return of John the Gardener

Busted! Eva Longoria and Ricardo Antonio Chavira by Danny Feld/ABC

A hearty welcome to Gaby's old gardener, John Rowland (Jesse Metcalfe). Gaby won't exactly be receiving her old fling with open arms, but he is back...just in time to see Gaby and Carlos deal with Edie, who has pieced together their secret. Bree's secret is looking shaky, too, now that Phyllis Van De Kamp (Shirley Knight) is onto her. And Wisteria Lane's new gay couple (Tuc Watkins, Kevin Rahm) had it rough enough last week when Susan was trying to be nice. Now they'll meet the neighborhood association. The issue at hand is their yard decorations, and some folks aren't even trying to be nice. — Paul Droesch read more

Bombshells in the 'Burbs

Episode Recap: "If There's Anything I Can't Stand"The biggest news of the episode was not the arrival of Bob and Lee — life partners (no, Susan, not business partners) who moved into the Applewhites' home. No, it was the deepening Mayfair mystery. Aunt Lily wasn't long for this world once she moved back in with them. We witnessed Katherine's quickly dissolved bedside manner when Aunt Lily expressed a deep desire to tell Dylan what "happened in this room." So, it appears Aunt Lily conspired with Katherine Mayfair to do something in that bedroom (with the gash in the wood floor) that at her life's end she deemed a mistake that shouldn't have been covered up and kept from Dylan. Sadly, Lily didn't get the chance to tell Dylan why she doesn't remember living on Wisteria Lane — or did she? Lily's final desperate act was great drama (and Bach helped): In her final wheezing moments, she scribbled something on a piece of paper at her bedside, folded it several times, and as she to... read more

Daydream Believer

I've been traveling the last week and a half from L.A. to Dallas to Atlanta and back. Still working off little sleep, I find myself daydreaming. I used to walk and talk in my sleep when I was a child. Would wake up and find myself out of my bed, down the stairs in the living room on my rocking horse, or other places. I've done it a couple of times as an adult, had conversations with friends on the phone that I don't recall and waking up in a different room. I wake up slightly disconnected for the rest of the day. Having roamed while asleep, I then dream while I'm awake. I associate travel with dreaming. Fall into a reverie on trains and planes. When I come to, I'm in another city, another time zone, and sometimes feeling that no time or space has passed at all.I was in Atlanta last Tuesday when CBS aired The Unit's double-header evening of "Sub-Conscious" and "Johnny B Good." "Sub-Conscious," written by Daniel Voll, explores the dreams of unit wife Kim Brown (played by Audrey Marie ... read more

Doris Roberts Loves Post-Raymond Life

Doris Roberts, Our House

After nine years — and four Emmy wins! — as Everybody Loves Raymond's exasperating Marie, Doris Roberts decided to mix things up a bit. She returned to the big screen in the semi-raunchy Grandma's Boy, then switched from tickling funny bones to warming hearts with the Hallmark Channel movie Our House (premiering Saturday at 9 pm/ET). Roberts spoke with about her real-life-tinged turn as a wealthy widow who opens her manse to the homeless, as well as her upcoming reunion with her TV son, Ray Romano. So after years of making everybody laugh on Eve read more

Shirley Jones Is Batty, I Tell Ya!

Shirley Jones

In Hallmark Channel's Hidden Places (premiering Saturday at 9pm/ET), Sydney Penny (All My Children, The Thorn Birds) plays Eliza, a Depression-era farmer's widow who, when times get very bleak, is offered assistance by a handsome stranger named Gabe (Jason Gedrick). Can she trust this angelic drifter? Helping usher things along is Eliza's Aunt Batty, played with a flourish by Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones. welcomed the chance to talk with the woman best know as Oklahoma's Miss Laurey — even at the risk of spontaneous warbling. I was a stagehand for my high-school's production of Oklahoma, so forgive me if I sudd read more

Hey, Matt! First off, great ...

Question: Hey, Matt! First off, great column, great advice and great analysis, so thank you from a true TV fan! I wanted to know what you think about Desperate Housewives so far this season. For me, it has been quite a disappointment as I think (like you noted before) that the housewives are definitely going over the top. Also, they seem to have erased their memories of last season! Zach and Paul have easily been forgotten, except, apparently, by Mike in Episode 3. Andrew and Danielle took Rex's sudden death so easily, it seemed ridiculous, and what about Andrew's sexuality? They never officially blamed anyone for Mrs. Huber's death. It seems to me they are trying to take the show over the top and are forgetting the original mysteries that made it as amazing as it was. What do you think? Answer: First off: You're welcome. And while this pains me to say it, since I try to be a patient fellow and not the sort to jump on derisive bandwagons, Desperate Housewives has been downgraded, at ... read more

Does no one at TV Guide like ...

Question: Does no one at TV Guide like Desperate Housewives anymore?

Answer: Huh? You'd be hard-pressed to find someone here who doesn't like those crazy Wisterians. Heck, even I — arguably one of the show's most attractive high-profile detractors — came around and praised last week's season premiere. Too bad the romance was short-lived; Housewives reverted to its old habits on Sunday's show. Everything I loved about the premiere vanished in Episode 2, most notably the clever writing. The whole extortion subplot with Carlos and Gabrielle played like an embarrassing D-story from the final days of Melrose Place, and the Susan-Karl-Edie triangle went from zero to nowhere in six seconds. At least the writers had the good sense to have Bree backhand Shirley Knight. Now that's entertainment. BTW, does any read more

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