Charles Shaughnessy and Fran Drescher
Mr. Sheffield's back... only now he's Mr. Sherwood. Twelve years after The Nanny went off the air, series stars Fran Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy are reuniting on Fran's new TV Land sitcom, Happily Divorced. But don't expect romance this time around, as Charles' character has a wandering eye aimed at Fran's gay ex-husband, Peter. Charles gives us a preview of Happily's hilarious August 17 season finale.
Cheers to Betsy Brandt for breaking out on Breaking Bad.
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As Marie Schrader, the off-kilter sister-in-law of terminally ill meth-magician Walter White (Bryan Cranston), the skilled character actress has mostly provided support — in every sense of the word — on AMC's nerve-wracking thriller. But with the latest episode, "Open House," Brandt brilliantly stepped into the ...
The trend this season at most networks is that their fall lineups are being upstaged by the anticipation for more promising shows being held for midseason (NBC's Smash and Awake, ABC's Good Christian Belles and The River, to name a choice few). As I was quoted saying in a recent critics' poll: "It's going to be like Christmas for me at midseason, but right now it's kind of like I'm opening underwear."
It's a different situation at CBS, which has such a stable and successful prime-time schedule that there's little need for midseason replacements (only a few have been announced so far, and none has generated any real buzz). At the summer TCA press ...
There's been nothing in soap history like the harmonic convergence known as One Life to Live's Dorian Lord — the perfect creation played by the perfect actress at just the perfect time — and we're pretty damn sure we will never seen anything like this again! So let's enjoy Ms. Robin Strasser while we can. The Emmy Award-winning actress will last be seen on OLTL August 25, though it's not exactly by choice. Last May, Strasser told ABC she'd need to exit the series to deal with a severely bad back that's plagued her for years. She had hoped to stay working through most of August — meaning she'd air well into the fall — but she claims the network abruptly cut her loose as part of a major summer cast purge. TV Guide Magazine spoke with Strasser about her imminent departure, what really went down between her and ABC (the network denies her version of things, but more on that later), and her plans for the future. Will the unsinkable Strasser make the move with OLTL to the Internet?...
It's showtime for Bob Greenblatt, who spent Monday at the annual TCA press tour presenting his first fall slate of new shows (many of them initiated by the last regime) as chairman of the long-beleaguered NBC Entertainment.
A far cry from Showtime, the pay channel he successfully programmed for seven years with cutting-edge buzz shows like Dexter, Weeds and The Tudors. "I certainly don't want to turn NBC into Showtime," he told the room of critics and reporters at the Beverly Hilton. "But I would love to bring some of the creative vitality to NBC that we had at Showtime. We just have to do it in a way that's really broad and commercial," as opposed to the darker niche shows that typify so much of cable. "The devil's in the details"...
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
When last seen on Desperate Housewives, Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) was in the midst of another horrible night, though this was really worse than most. She and estranged husband Tom (Doug Savant) were putting on a happy front at a neighborhood dinner party that culminated with the Wisteria Lane ladies hiding a dead body in a trunk.
Felicity tells me that the September 25 season premiere will look a lot like the memorable 9 to 5 sequence when Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton comically conspired to hide a corpse, as Lynette, Susan (Teri Hatcher), Bree (Marcia Cross) and Gaby (Eva Longoria) come together to cover up Carlos' murder of Gaby's sexually abusive stepfather.
"The whole first episode is about them being accomplices in this murder and actually burying this body," previews Felicity...