American Dreams

2002, TV Show


Ashley Williams Replaces Eliza Dushku in Bird Dog

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams has been tapped to star in TNT's Bird Dog, replacing Eliza Dushku as the lead, has confirmed.

Williams, 32, will play Gail McGrath, a cop who is forced to partner with her estranged father, also a policeman, who will be portrayed by... read more

Brittany Snow Joins David E. Kelley Pilot

Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow is heading back to NBC: The American Dreams alum has scored a role in Kindreds, David E. Kelley's dramedy pilot for the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Life Unexpected Creator: Cate and Baze Are Not Soul Mates

Life Unexpected

Whenever a new show premieres, audiences tend to pick out the couple that's meant to be together. On Life Unexpected, it's easy to choose Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) as soul mates because they have a child together, but executive producer Liz Tigelaar doesn't quite agree. Tigelaar discussed the story behind the new CW series, what's next for the relationships on Life, and what we'll learn about Lux (Brittany Robertson)...

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Mega Buzz on Housewives, House, Smallville & More!

Marcia Cross by Danny Feld/ABC; Hugh Laurie courtesy Fox; Tom Welling by Michael Courtney/The CW

Senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor answer your questions!I'm glad to hear that Desperate Housewives' Gaby is staying frumpy, if only for a bit longer. Any other scoop to share? — JillMatt: I almost forgot that I had gleaned this from my TCA party talk with exec producer Bob Daily (I blame my third Cape Cod...), but now here it is: Bree won't make do with just one kid for long. We will see Joy Lauren back as Danielle Van De Camp very soon — and not in flashback.At House's TCA session all I saw was Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps and the "new team." Does that mean that Jennifer Morrison (Cameron) and Jesse Spencer (Chase) are no longer part of the show? — KerryMickey: Very observant, Kerry, but I'm told their absence is not significant. Both Morrison and Spencer remain series regulars. In fact, an upcoming ep promises to shed new light on the couple. Any romantic relationships for Dr. House this season? — StephanieMickey: There's a ru... read more

Pilot News: Dreams Girl Feels the Hurt

Vanessa Lengies by Jean-Paul Aussenard/

Vanessa Lengies, who in my semi-humble opinion was one of the very best things about American Dreams, has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot This Might Hurt. In the prospective medical practice-set series, says the Reporter, Lengies will play Lily, a receptionist who is "sweet, naive and disarmingly sincere" and has a strange predilection for go-go boots. — MWM read more

So, the DVD with the ...

Question: So, the DVD with the never-before-seen series finale of American Dreams is just sitting on your desk, huh? What are the chances of you burning it and mailing me a copy?

Answer: The chances are about as good as you appearing on the cover of TV Guide's Sexiest Stars issue next month. [Beat] Uh-oh. Me screwed now.  

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Viva Is Dead; Long Live the Race!

Lloyd Owen in Viva Laughlin by Robert Voets/CBS

Since almost no one watched the second and final episode of CBS’ misbegotten quasi-musical mess Viva Laughlin, let me share with you a headline that appeared at the start of Sunday’s episode: “Viva Craps Out.” I kid you not. (The headline was referring to the fictional casino, not the show. But really. Did they already know this was coming?)And then there was this bit of dialogue, as casino owner Ripley Holden (Lloyd Owen) surveys his customer-free casino (prophetic, that) and asks his mousy accountant, “How long can we hold out?” The answer: “A week, tops.”Viva Laughlin didn’t even last a week. Episode 1 crashed and burned Thursday with a plum CSI lead-in, and Episode 2 (which was of even considerably worse quality than the pilot) caused nary a ripple Sunday night. With the ever-fatal combo of lousy ratings and blistering reviews, CBS made the only logical move and canned it. After a CSI repeat this Sunday, The Amazing Race will return o... read more

I'm a 45-year-old mother ...

Question: I'm a 45-year-old mother concerned about today's programming. It seems all there is to watch is blood, murder and sex. Whatever happened to funny family shows? You cannot sit down as a family and watch TV anymore. I'm not sure whom the networks are trying to appeal to, but do they realize that there are still generations of families with kids watching TV at 8 pm? This is a sad state of affairs when I can't even let my 15-year-old sit down with me to watch TV. We're reduced to Nick at Nite! When there is a good show, the networks cancel it. Look at the history: American Dreams, Yes, Dear, all replaced with sex: Two and a Half Men, the CSIs, Grey's Anatomy. And how many nights can they shove Dancing with the Stars down our throats? I'm just disgusted that when I sit down to relax, there's nothing to watch anymore. Answer: Unfortunately, I can't give you much hope. These days, the networks' idea of "family" programming takes the form of the more benign reality programs, like read more

I just watched the Friday ...

Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights

Question: I just watched the Friday Night Lights pilot, and I have to say that, from the eight or nine new dramas that I've seen, it is by far the best of the bunch. I definitely feel Friday Night Lights fills most of the gap left by the late, great American Dreams. I was wondering how you think it will do in its time slot. It has some pretty formidable competition, all established shows in Fox's House, CBS' NCIS, ABC's Dancing with the Stars and CW's Gilmore Girls. I believe Friday Night Lights is definitely worthy of breaking out. NBC is on a roll this season with its new shows. Answer: Without getting into how you've seen this already (I can't keep track of what's out there for download or from Netflix), I absolutely agree that Friday Night Lights is "worthy" of breaking out. It's one of my favorite fall pilots, and I love that it's not about crime-solving or courtrooms or kidnappings. It's that rarity about real people in an authentic place and time, not nostalgic like American read more

OK, it's June '06: Where's ...

Question: OK, it's June '06: Where's the update on your "super-secret" American Dreams surprise?

Answer: Damn, I was hoping you'd forget. Sadly, I have no news. Depressing, I know.  

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Premiered: September 29, 2002, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A nostalgia-drenched show about 1960s life for a Philadelphia family, frequently featuring cameos by 21st-century entertainers portraying singers and other figures of the period. Daughter Meg is a regular dancer on 'American Bandstand.' This isn't a surprise, since Dick Clark was one of the executive producers. Though generally well-received, critics carped about inaccuracies. The biggest one: 'Bandstand' moved to L.A. in February 1964, less than three months into the 'Dreams' time line.



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