Complete Savages

2004, TV Show

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I demand information on the ...

Question: I demand information on the new season of The O.C.!Answer: Well, here it comes! As I reported in Entertainment News last Friday, Autumn Reeser (Complete Savages) is joining the cast as bitch-on-wheels Taylor Townsend, a new rival for Rachel Bilson's Summer. (If you're thinking, "Hey — Autumn/Summer, that's ingenious," you're a little late to the party.) Well, what I didn't tell you in Friday's Entertainment News was the reason they're rivals. (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!) In the wake of shooting Trey, Marissa gets kicked out of Harbor and is forced to attend public school — leaving what series creator Josh Schwartz calls a huge "power vacuum" at Harbor. " read more

Invisible Man Reappears

When he signed up to appear in the Sci Fi Channel flick Larva (premiering Saturday at 9 pm/ET), leading man Vincent Ventresca knew that the feature's creatures were likely to steal scenes from him. "They do kind of upstage me," he admits to TV Guide Online with a chuckle. "They're not like worms, that's for sure!" Luckily, the Complete Savages regular was fine with ceding the spotlight to the monsters' mashing. "My biggest fear going into this project was that it wouldn't seem suspenseful, because it would seem so ridiculous. But everyone really committed to what was at stake, and consequently, it works. I'm really proud of it." Needless to say, the onetime Invisible Man star is not among those performers who turn up their noses at fantastical fare. "I've always just wanted to be a part of something that ultimately seemed like it mattered, and that's what's so great about a sci-fi audience," he explains. "It matters to them! read more

Mel Gibson's "Favorite Son"

Although his boyish good looks guarantee he'll be the breakout brother from Mel Gibson's testosterone-fueled family sitcom Complete Savages (premiering tonight at 8:30 pm/ET), Erik Von Detten wants us to know that he's more than just another pretty face. "How could you not take [being cast as 'the hot one'] as a compliment, right?" he jokes with TV Guide Online. "But my character is also gullible... and he's very dim-witted. At the same time, he thinks he's so smart that it gets him into trouble. I take more pride in playing [those qualities]." Got it. In any case, we've known for some time that the almost-22-year-old was destined to be more than Celebrity Mole material. (Anybody else get chills remembering his portrayal of a preppie murderer on Law & Order: SVU?) However, as versatile as Von Detten is, even he came down with a case of the jitters auditioning for Savages' Oscar-winning executive producer (who also dire read more

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Premiered: September 24, 2004, on ABC
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Premise: A single dad tries to instill some independence (along with domestic skills) in his five teen boys in a sitcom loosely based on executive producer Mel Gibson's real-life family experiences.

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