Dennis Miller, Joe Mantegna and Lauren Tom have joined Bonnie Hunt's untitled ABC comedy about a divorcée detective.... CBS has picked up You've Reached the Elliotts, Chris Elliott's semiautobiographical comedy about a man juggling a so-so showbiz career and his home life.... John Terry (Jack's dad on Lost) is the latest addition to ABC's Secrets of a Small Town.... Ashley Scott (who was so nasty to Jessica Alba in Into the Blue) has come aboard CBS' Jericho.... Richard Coyle (BBC's Coupling) will play Cryptic Man on CBS' superhero drama, Ultra.
A new year, another TV gig for Dennis Miller. The alumnus of Saturday Night Live, NFL Monday Night Football and HBO's The Dennis Miller Show is moving to CNBC. Starting Jan. 26, Dennis Miller — his hour-long prime-time talk show — begins airing four nights a week. As a pro-Bush Republican, he'll do nada to hide which side he leans toward in this election year.
Yet, Miller's always been an equal opportunity heckler of politicians. Why is he so outspoken in favor of the right wing lately? "Well, as far as homeland protection, I am to the right," the comic says. "I'll be honest with you — 9/11 changed me. I'm shocked it didn't change everybody as much as it changed me.
"I'm of both persuasions," he wisecracks. "If two gay guys want to get married, I could care less. If some psycho from another country wants to blow up their wedding, I expect my government to kill him preemptively!