Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria
When ABC announced in early January that such network hits as Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Castle, Modern Family, Cougar Town and The Middle would be back for the 2011-12 season, one fan fave was conspicuously missing from the rescue boat. At a presentation of ABC's winter programming, new ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee told reporters he "wasn't quite there yet" regarding a renewal for Desperate Housewives, leaving fans to fret that they were about to spend their final months with Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gaby.
Now in its seventh season, the primetime soap continues to be a lucrative international ratings winner...
The lovely Jane Seymour has been added to the cast of Castle's upcoming episode set in the world of a fictional daytime soap opera. Jane will play the elegant Gloria Chambers and joins a growing guest cast that includes All My Children favorites Cameron Mathison and Rebecca Budig and The Young and the Restless' Corbin Bernsen.
Though Jane has never appeared on an American daytime soap...
Betty White, Robert Redford
It seems all the world has embraced Betty White — except for Robert Redford. Long the object of Betty's unattainable affections, the movie star turned down an offer to guest star on Hot in Cleveland's February 16/23 two-parter, which finds Betty's character, Elka, traveling to Los Angeles to hunt down the Sundance Kid.
Stephen Mangan and Matt LeBlanc
The February 6 episode of Showtime's Episodes makes jokes about an issue that television comedy has long avoided: rape. The storyline finds Matt LeBlanc (playing an overly clueless version of himself) at a rape prevention benefit, struggling to uncork a bottle of wine — oblivious to the survivor onstage relating the story of her brutal attack. Wickedly funny or brazenly insensitive?
On March 3, Fox's The Simpsons will begin recording voice talent for their 23rd season!
Executive producer Al Jean tells me that episodes coming this fall will feature characters voiced by guest stars Kiefer Sutherland, Jane Lynch, Andy Garcia and science fiction and comic book author Neil Gaiman (Coraline).
"Jane plays ...
NCIS' Michael Weatherly has been growing his hair to the "pompadour" look he sported back in 2003 for a March episode that explores the origins of his Agent DiNozzo. Among the reveals: the first Gibbs-DiNozzo head slap...
On The Big Bang Theory's February 10 episode, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) shares a kiss with a wealthy benefactor to the physics department — played by Jessica Walter (Arrested Development), age 70. "The amount of making out I do on this show is ridiculous," says Johnny, 35. He's not kidding. Next up: Aarti Mann returns as Raj's sister Priya, who'll now be dating Leonard after their previous one-night stand. "Raj is not going to be very happy about that," says actor Kunal Nayyar. "I forgave Leonard [after they first hooked up] because she didn't want [something serious], but now..."
In other romantic developments, Bernadette finally lays down the law with Howard...
With Lois and Clark's wedding day approaching, the Smallville gang, including Chloe (Allison Mack), heads to Metropolis' version of Las Vegas on the February 25 episode for a wild bachelor/bachelorette party weekend that becomes one big, er, Blur!
"It's our fun Hangover episode," says executive producer Brian Peterson. "Clark won't remember what happened the night before." With Supes impervious to the effects of alcohol, it's a spiked bottle of champagne sent by Zatanna that sparks the insanity...
ABC is hoping it has the next Mad Men with Pan Am, an early 1960's-set drama focusing on the sexy stewardesses (as flight attendants were known back then) of Pan Am's state- of-the-art aircraft, The Majestic. Though just a pilot at this point, the project is in very good hands, with West Wing director Tommy Schlamme charged with bringing this world to life. Our flight crew includes Maggie, Kate, Laura, Colette, charming pilot Dean and his co-pilot Ted.