There's more turmoil on the set of Mark Burnett's semiautobiographical WB sitcom Commando Nanny. According to The Hollywood Reporter, exec producer Rachel Sweet has left the troubled production for unspecified reasons. The comedy has been put on hold until a replacement can be found.
Has Star Jones' upcoming wedding of coinvenience hit a snag? According to the New York Post, ABC has put a halt to The View cohost's on-air plugging of her wedding suppliers to make sure it doesn't violate FCC rules. Jones allegedly got all of her wedding accoutrements including invitations, flowers, dresses and makeup for free in exchange for publicity. "I have done nothing illegal, immoral or unethical," Jones told the Post, "and more importantly, nothing ABC has not agreed to and signed off on." Asked if there was anything in her wedding that she actually paid for, she barked, "My wedding is my business it's not your business!" And if you don't believe her, proceed to starandal.com.
Susan (Teri Hatcher) has the most rotten luck. I mean, nothing spoils a romantic evening like a giant German shepherd nearly choking on a gravy-soaked earring. (Then again, since Mike is casing the neighborhood, maybe this interruption isn't so bad after all.) You can be sure such an untidy calamity would never happen to red-haired Bree Van De Kamp. Is there anyone better to play the archetypal housewife than Marcia Cross? She just reeks of plastic perfection. Good luck with that marriage counseling, by the way. If things get too tense during a session, you should either sew on another button or whip off your wig, revealing a disgusting six-inch scar (that's of course for Melrose Place fans everywhere). Since it's advice-giving time, I'd like to also suggest to Mary Alice's widower to be more careful the next time you're weighing down a trunk to throw in the lake. C'mon, dude, that's just sloppy.
On HBO's gritty Western Deadwood, Kristen Bell raised viewers' eyebrows as Flora, the ill-fated con artist and sometime prostitute. Over the course of three episodes, she schemed, connived — and died one of the most disturbing deaths ever seen on TV. (Flora was brutally beaten and gunned down by Powers Boothe and his crew. Not nice.) Now, she's the teen private eye on UPN's Veronica Mars (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET), a troubled girl who lost her virginity whilst unconscious from a date-rape drug. Yikes! Guess this actress isn't into light roles.
"I got it bad on Deadwood," Bell concedes with a chuckle. "That was brutal. I mean, I've been very lucky that the parts I've played have been very deep. I don't think that any character that I've been allowed to play has been easy — neither one of these roles."
Comparing Flora and Veronica, Bell points out that "they're both very strong girls. Unfortunately, Flora was a little
CBS's Without a Trace is taking aim at Fox's apocalyptic plastic-surgery pageant, The Swan. In an episode airing Oct. 28, Showgirls refugee Elizabeth Berkley will play an ugly-duckling reality-show contestant who vanishes following her transformation. "We're [going to explore] what drives women to do this," says Trace creator Hank Steinberg. "We're also taking a little shot at reality TV." For her part, Berkley didn't have to sit through hours of makeup to get unpretty for her pre-op scenes. "We actually cast a completely different actress to play her before [going under the knife]," says Steinberg. Next, Trace makes Swan host Amanda Byram disappear! (We hope.)
Ellen DeGeneres' coming out more than seven years ago had the most positive impact on society's perceptions and attitudes toward lesbian and gay people, according to a just-released survey conducted by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. The survey also asked gay folk which celebs regardless of their sexual orientation they would most like to see "come out." Gay men picked Colin Farrell, while lesbians chose Hillary Rodham Clinton. Bisexuals, meanwhile, couldn't decide.
Last week's premiere of Desperate Housewives seduced 21.3 million viewers into ABC's wicked web. The mysteries of Wisteria Lane left 'em with many questions, too. Like who's the familiar-lookin' guy playing Mike Delfino, the neighborhood's resident sexy, single plumber? That's Nashville-born actor James Denton, 41, who has previously starred in The Pretender, Philly and Threat Matrix. Every nighttime sudser needs a shady stud to tantalize the ladies, and he sure fills the bill. While we're eagerly awaiting the next episode (Sunday at 9 pm/ET), Denton clues us in on what's up Mike's sleeve.
TV Guide Online: Who's more right for you on the show, Nicollette Sheridan (Edie) or Teri Hatcher (Susan)?
James Denton: Teri's character, Susan, is a better fit for him. But the last thing he needs is to really fall in love, because he's there on a mission. So I think he might be better served by spending a few nights at Edie's house, no strings at
After both of her fellow Practice alumni, James Spader and William Shatner, took home Emmys last month, Boston Legal barrister Rhona Mitra could have been forgiven had gold fever turned her green with envy. But instead, she awarded creative Emmys of her own to everyone associated with the whip-smart David E. Kelley spin-off (Sundays, 10 pm/ET on ABC).
"I spray-painted a flamingo gold and put it outside the makeup trailer to sort of represent an Emmy for everybody," the 28-year-old London native tells TV Guide Online. "I named [the plastic bird] Emmy, and she laid eggs that were gold, so everyone got their own mini-Emmy."
As far as Mitra was concerned, she was already a winner, simply because she was invited to cross over from The Practice to the new legal drama. "I was rightly chuffed. If James was [bound for Boston], I absolutely wanted to be wing man. Mischief seems to go very well with us," she notes, reca
Here's something I never thought I'd write: You have to watch The Mountain! Actually, just the Nov. 3 episode. That's when
James Marsters guest-stars as the father of the Penn Badgley character. According to a WB rep, there's "a chance" Marsters could recur which would mean you'd have to watch more than one episode of The Mountain. Scary but true.