When Kirstie Alley stepped into the lead female spot on the hit sitcom Cheers, her fearless, bawdy, neurotic energy thwarted all predictions that she'd never fill Shelley Long's shoes. She even earned an Emmy. Since then, Alley has continued to catch the world off guard by segueing into feature films, both arty and mainstream (Deconstructing Harry, the Look Who's Talking movies), headlining popular post-Cheers series Veronica's Closet and making a name for herself as one of the most unapologetic of Scientology's brethren. Then, when her weight ballooned at age 53, she used her indomitable spirit to turn her bathroom-scale struggles into a new branch of her career: She's been a Jenny Craig spokesperson; invented her own weight-loss program, Organic Liaison; starred in a semiautobiographical Showtime sitcom, Fat Actress; and to show what it's like to be an overweight celebrity single mom of two teenagers — William True and Lillie Price — she welcomed a reality-TV crew into her hectic home for A&E's Kirstie Alley's Big Life.
American Idol 13
American Idol will pre-tape Wednesday night's performance show tomorrow, rather than have all 13 finalists sing live. In every season until now, the show has always gone live after selecting the final group. But this year, that group — the Top 13 — has become a little unwieldy.
Two and a Half Men is done with Charlie Sheen.
As the very public meltdown of Sheen continues to unfold, the powers that be behind TV's top-rated sitcom have decided that the actor has done irreparable harm to the show. As a result, CBS, Warner Bros. TV and executive producer Chuck Lorre announced Monday that they were pulling the plug on the actor for good.
The decision gives the network and studio more time to plot out a future without Sheen — if there is a future at all. Firing Sheen rather than canceling Two and a Half Men opens up the possibility of...
The courtroom is once again one of the most dramatic places on television with a trio of new programs. There's Harry's Law by writer-producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice), which stars Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates. Plus, Sarah Shahi plays an adorable ...
Despite a less than eventful fall launch, Jason Ritter is remaining "cautiously optimistic" that The Event will return for a second season. But first, he preps us for tonight's two-hour mid-season return. Last we saw Ritter's character, Sean, he had rescued girlfriend Leila (Sarah Roemer) from a kidnapping connected to what he describes as "the biggest U.S. cover-up of all time. We figured out the government has been holding a group of alien detainees in Alaska who have not seemed to age for the past 66 years."
Together, the duo also discovered that Leila's father, Michael (Scott Patterson), was actually ...
Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein
With a bum leg and a skulking aversion to just about everything, House (Hugh Laurie) doesn't seem a likely candidate to trip the light fantastic with girlfriend Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). Thank the ghosts of Fred and Ginger for dream sequences. In tonight's "Bombshells" episode, Cuddy's anxiety about her relationship with House plays out in a series of fantasies — including a Hollywood Western scene — capped by the Huddsters hitting the floor to an updated version of "Come On Get Happy."
The job of turning doctors into dancers was a snap — or at least half the job was. "For Lisa, this was a dream come true," says exec producer Greg Yaitanes. "She has experience as a dancer and singer and was willing and wonderful." Laurie? "Let's just say he had to surrender to the idea," Yaitanes says, laughing.
Fortunately, they had an inspiring coach. Mia Michaels, Emmy-winning choreographer extraordinaire of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, worked for days ...
Steve Carell just completed work on NBC's The Office; his last episode will air in late April or early May. Costar Kate Flannery (Meredith) calls his final shows "the funniest and saddest. I'm laughing or crying." The one bright spot: Four-episode guest star Will Ferrell "is the shiny object we have to distract us."
Mindy Kaling (Kelly), who's also on the show's ...
Sweet mother of gross. Family Guy, you may have outdone yourself in the wrong department.
Last night, the subversive cartoon that has never met a boundary it didn't push went so far with an onscreen attack against a baby and a dog, it's astounding that the family-group grumpies haven't stormed Fox with their pitchforks and torches.
After creating an evil clone of himself in an attempt to get back to his "world domination" days, the youngest Griffin — and Brian — met the wrath of the homicidal doppelganger in a gory, violent bit involving (among other things) dog-tail dismemberment, baby ...
Cheers to Saturday Night Live for getting the most out of guest host Miley Cyrus.
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Despite her dual role on Hannah Montana, she's not the world's most versatile actress — that's one of the running gags in SNL's "Miley Cyrus Show" sketch, with Vanessa Bayer as the always overly effusive pop star. So NBC's venerable skitcom carefully cast her in roles she could handle: herself (defending her reputation in a self-aware opening number, "Sorry That I'm Not Perfect," teaching kids how to overact for the Disney Channel and stepping in for fellow Disney ...