Army Wives courtesy Lifetime
Army Wives' top lieutenant is stepping down. Show-runner Dee Johnson was relieved of her duties over the weekend, sources confirm to me exclusively. Johnson's ouster the result of creative differences with producer ABC Studios marks the third show-runner change the Lifetime drama has weathered in a little over a year. Samantha Corbin-Miller was the first to go AWOL in Dec. 06. She was replaced a few months later by Jeff Melvoin (Alias), who stuck around until last August, at which point Johnson took over. This latest exec shuffle couldn't have come at a worse time: Army Wives which ranks as Lifetime's No. 1-rated drama series of all time is only two weeks into production on its highly anticipated 18-episode second season.
Home Improvement Season 8 courtesy Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
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Question: There's a whole case of Diet Raspberry Snapple waiting for you if you can tell me when Army Wives is returning.
Answer: I'm hearing production starts in March with original episodes kicking off in June. And I'm all about the sugar-free Red Bull these days. Get with the program, Maggie.
Catherine Bell, The Good Witch
Catherine Bell's trading in her army-wife stripes tonight for some supernatural potions in Hallmark's original movie The Good Witch (9 pm/ET). Best known for her roles as Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie in JAG (NBC: 1995-6; CBS: 1997-2005), and currently as Denise Sherwood in Lifetime's Army Wives, tonight she plays the enchanting Cassie Nightingale, a newcomer to a small town who can't decide if she's a witch or not. We spoke with Bell about the film and Wives' upcoming season.
TV Guide: This is one of the more lighthearted roles you've done.Catherine Bell: It's very different. That's exactly why I decided to do it. She's a little portion of my personality, actually, which is funny because I've played all these women who
Question: I often wonder if, as a critic, you can put aside your own personal tastes when it comes time to review a show. I wonder this because I can tell how well done and creative the FX dramas are, but they are so graphic and depressing that they don't interest me in the least. (I did try to watch a few.) I've been reading your reviews for years, and it seems to me that as long as a show is "quality," you are willing to give it at least a mildly good review. Do your personal tastes affect your reviews, or do they always run to shows that are well done, no matter the subject matter? Just curious.
Answer: Interesting question. And so happy to take a breather from strike worries. Also a tough question, because it's probably impossible to separate "personal taste" from critical analysis. I try to approach each show with as open a mind as possible, making myself aware of the specific target audience a show is designed for (in the case of something like Army Wives, for example, which i ...
Question: Do you have any info on when Army Wives is returning?
Answer: It's TBD. Production on Season 2 — which was about to begin when the strike hit — has been postponed indefinitely. In other words, it's going to be a long time until you see a fresh episode.
Question: I'm just wondering how summer television (specifically The Closer, Burn Notice and Army Wives) will be affected by the strike? Also, will the fall TV shows air originals during the summer, or will they end abruptly and pick up where they left off in the fall?
Answer: If I knew, I'd tell you. But I'm not a fortune-teller, so the answer, as it is with most strike-related issues, is: We have to wait and see. If the strike goes on too long into the new year, it will affect the production start dates of series that were planned for the summer, and their runs may also be affected. What happens after that is anyone's guess. As for the network prime-time shows that have been airing since fall: Again, it depends on how many episodes they'll be able to produce once the strike is over and how soon they'll be ready to air. It's possible some regular-season shows could run into the summer, but everything hinges on when everyone can get back to work ...
Question: I'm a faithful reader of yours, and I'm hoping that you might share what you've heard about the possibility of Lifetime's Side Order of Life returning for a second season. It didn't seem to get much attention after its premiere, but I found it to be a charming little show for Sunday evenings to help me ease back into the work week. I particularly enjoyed Diana-Maria Riva's performance as Vivy. It was great to see a strong yet vulnerable woman fighting a devastating disease with such grace and aplomb, not to mention being treated as sexy and desirable without being skeletal-thin! There was enough resolution in the finale that I can accept it as the series ending, but I would enjoy checking in to see how these characters have proceeded with their lives. Any word on its fate?
Answer: No word yet. Lifetime is currently in development mode, shooting two pilots (one with Lorraine Bracco and one with Beau Bridges and Anne Archer), and I'm told that once they're completed, the
Brigid Brannagh courtesy Lifetime Entertainment
She won rave reviews for her feisty portrayal of a cop turned surrogate mom on Army Wives. But Brigid Brannagh isnt content to take a hard-earned break while her critically acclaimed Lifetime show is on hiatus. I just got back from New Orleans doing K-Ville, Brannagh told TV Guide at the Los Angeles premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie Matters of Life & Dating. The actress plays a gal in a robbery gang in an upcoming episode, scheduled to air Nov. 12. Cole Hauser, who plays Anthony Andersons partner Trevor, revisits his less-than-perfect past. Cole Hauser had a previous identity, reveals Brannagh. Basically, myself and the other members of our gang are part of that identity. Its kind of a glimpse at his former life.So how exactly does being a hardened criminal compare to life on an army base? Shes in fabulous outfits, gushes Brannagh of her K-Ville cameo. Army Wives doesnt have qu...
OK that was just too much fun to watch I loved the lighter vibe of Bad Day at Black Rock There was Sam tripping every which way he could Bela was introduced there was a Gordon sighting and Sam and Dean were working the case together for almost the entire hour The only time they were apart was when Dean parked Sams bad luck-having butt at the motel in order to go off and snag the cursed rabbits foot back from sneaky Bela Plus Dean got to whip out this one-liner Im BatmanThe recap featured Gordon which means we were treated to a surprise appearance at least for me from Army Wives star Sterling K Brown It was good to see Gordon again especially behind those bars Hes still heavy on the crazy talk hes preaching the bad word that Sam Winchester must die and someone actually listens to him We were introduced to Bela in a great way She was so smooth when she dressed up like a waitress and swiped the rabbits foot from Sams coat pocket The scene at he