Felicity

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Oteri Plans 2008 TV Return, Courtesy of J.J. Abrams

Cheri Oteri by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com

Could this be off the shelf? Even though TV Guide had heard the J.J. Abrams/Cheri Oteri half-hour comedy was shelved a few weeks ago, Oteri tells TV Guide she’s back working with Abrams on the project. SNL alum Oteri spoke to TV Guide on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the premiere of her indie film Park (which also stars Dirty Sexy Money’s William Baldwin, and Ricki Lake). Abrams, currently at work on the latest Star Trek feature film, is best known for Lost, What About Brian, Alias and Felicity, all of which displayed some comedic elements, but he has yet to produce a half-hour comedy. Abrams did, however, direct an episode of NBC’s The Office this year."I met him years ago," Oteri says of Abrams. "He said, 'I’ve always wanted to do a comedy and I only want to do it with you.'"According to Oteri, the project is slated for 2008. "Working with him is just a dream come true," she says. As for dream cast mates, Oteri’s leaving that to Abrams. "He’s got such great in... read more

Did you catch the Felicity ...

Question: Did you catch the Felicity reference on Friday Night Lights? Now give us some scoop, please.


Answer: Felicity reference? First I'm hearing of it. Please e-mail me at once with a full explanation. And in return, I'll share with you this quote I cribbed from Damian Holbrook's interview with FNL boss Jason Katims concerning the future of Landry and Tyra. "Eventually, they have to [figure out] whether this connection they have was born solely from their circumstances, or whether there is something lasting that comes out of it; that's their next step. And the step after that would be, even if they do admit that there’s a real connection, is Tyra willing to go public with that? Because that would completely and totally change the way she is seen in the world."

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I'm not even going to attempt ...

Question: I'm not even going to attempt to argue with Julie H.'s recent statement that drugs, alcohol and sex play a part in most high school experiences, considering that none of those things had to do with mine (and I'm 23), but I do want to address the somewhat roller-coaster trend of these teen dramas. I personally loved The O.C., so when I heard about Gossip Girl, I thought it would be a comparable replacement. When I watched the premiere, I (and after reading reviews, it seems that I am the only one) was severely disappointed. It was boring, predictable, at times unbelievable and insulting. After a benchmark-in-the-teen-drama-sector show like The O.C., and after failed attempt after failed attempt at remaking it (Life As We Know It, Summerland, Hidden Palms), what can these shows do to surprise us? I realize that a show about a bunch of poor kids with parents who love them would probably not even show at upfronts, but can't we move in that "normal" direction? Answer: Stephanie, do I ... read more

Post Mortem: The WB and UPN

Sarah Michelle Gellar by Richard Cartwright/FOX

It seems like a more innocent time, when a haircut could rock an entire network. But that's what happened when Felicity star Keri Russell's trademark curly locks were shorn during a summer hiatus in 1999. The early WB fave was never the same after that follicle debacle. Susanne Daniels, who was the creative executive behind many of the network's early successes, and Variety deputy editor Cynthia Littleton have recounted the wild ride of the short-lived six network era in Season Finale: The Unexpected Rise and Fall of the WB and UPN (Harper Books). When reading the story, it's hard to believe two over-the-air broadcast networks were launched only a dozen years before we made a habit out of watching TV on our computers. Both UPN and the WB (which merged to become the CW last year) were born out of their studio-owners' fear that once the government allowed the established networks to produce their own series, they would be shut out of prime time. That never happened. But the youth-orie... read more

CW at TCA: Sophomore Success?

Ray Wise and Bret Harrison in Reaper by Michael Courtney/The CW

It took a year, but the CW (the network cobbled together from the ashes of the WB and UPN) is finally starting to look like a real network, albeit one aggressively and obsessively focused on the 18-34 youth market. Which no doubt is causing more than a few existential crises among those longtime vets of the TCA press tour who said goodbye to that demo a while ago.Dawn Ostroff, the network’s relentlessly perky entertainment president, took a “no regrets” approach to her upbeat presentation Friday morning. She’s serious about tapping into trends with her programming and with various online/digital offshoots (especially where the new teen soap Gossip Girl is concerned), but otherwise, there’s something kind of refreshing about a network that doesn’t take itself too seriously.There was loud laughter in the room during clips of the CW’s various lightweight reality shows, including a first look at the new twist on guilty-pleasure fave Beauty and the Geek... read more

I am counting down the days ...

Question: I am counting down the days till I get My Boys back. Got any scoopage to get me through the next few weeks?


Answer: The first three episodes are chock-full of fun cameos. In the July 30 season premiere, Kenneth the Page (aka 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer) stops by. The following week, Felicity's Ian Gomez guests. And on Aug. 6, Scrubs' Travis Schuldt plays a new Cubs pitcher with eyes for P.J. And remember that girlfriend of Kenny's I mentioned a few weeks back? Well, she's played by the fraktabulous Nicole Sullivan.

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Exclusive: Keri Russell on Marriage, Motherhood and Scrubs!

Zach Braff and Keri Russell by Trae Patton/NBC

I never thought I'd say this, but my 19-second cameo as Dr. Kim's insanely irresistible obstetrician is not the biggest thing to happen to Scrubs this season. No, that honor belongs to my reigning BFF Keri Russell, who on April 26 returns to her small-screen roots with a two-episode arc as an old friend of Elliot's. To mark the occasion, I did something I haven't done since I misplaced her digits nearly two years ago: I got her on the phone. Since last we connected, my beloved Felicity grad died in Tom Cruise's arms, posed nude in Vanity Fair, became the new face of CoverGirl, turned 30, became a waitress, was the toast of Sundance, got pregnant, married a carpenter and made out with Zach Braff. Long story short: We had much to discuss. You've been busy since last we spoke.[Laughs] I've had a few life changes.Congratulations on the wedding...Thank you.… and the baby.Thank you.How's everything?Everything is really good. It's a really fun, exciting time in my life, that's for sur... read more

The recent discussion about a ...

Question: The recent discussion about a potential fast-forward for Veronica Mars got me thinking about how shows have a hard time making the leap from a high-school setting to a college setting. Beverly Hills, 90210 and Dawson's Creek took creative nosedives once the gangs left high school. Buffy's college years were such a struggle that she had to die before the show got interesting again. Saved by the Bell: The College Years? Well, who cares, really. But, in fact, we rarely see any shows set in higher education at all. I can only think of two recent examples: Undeclared and Felicity. Undeclared was just OK but lacked the heart of Judd Apatow's true gem, Freaks and Geeks. Felicity is the one example of a show that made the genre work. Why do you think this is? Answer: I can't believe you left out The Bedford Diaries, one of the last (and worst) duds in the WB's short history. Shows fail for all kinds of reasons, but generally, when a show moves its characters to college after we've come ... read more

Love Notes: Keri Felicitously Weds Deary Beau

As a Greg Nelson-channeling Michael Ausiello found himself detained at the door by guards, Keri Russell — who recently announced that she was in a family way — spent Valentine's night tying the knot with longtime beau Shane Deary at a NYC restaurant, as close friends looked on, reports Us.In other affairs of the heart, Season 3 Dancing with the Stars champ Cheryl Burke is currently tangoing with Matthew Lawrence, the actor brother of her onetime Dancing rival Joey. "Cheryl is very happy," a source tells People. read more

November 13, 2006: "This Isn't Life.... It's Limbo."

After an extra week to digest the news of Angelo's death, What About Brian returns in a somber state. We open at Angelo's service and with Dave trying to remember the lighter moments of his friendship, mixed in with a little lesson for everybody: Life's too short. But sadness quickly turns into the quirky tone that usually resonates in this show, as Karen creates a schedule for the friends to rotate looking after Nic. Despite Brian breaking up with her after the service, I have an unsettling feeling that she's not completely gone. But how long is she going to stick around? Because I'm really missing sweet, levelheaded Julie from Felicity while I'm watching Amy Jo Johnson play this irritating part.William Devane is stirring the pot as Nic and Brian's father. Their family history is slowly unfolding — the mental health of their mom, the blame placed on their dad. Brian clearly still holds a grudge, and I'm quickly reminded of the sometimes-rebellious Matt we used to see on 7th He... read more

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Premiered: September 01, 1998, on WB
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A smart (when it wasn't soapy) series about an idealistic student getting lessons in life and love at a Manhattan university after following her high-school crush east from California. Throughout most of the series' run, she was emotionally torn between somber Ben (the home-town guy) and sensitive Noel (her resident advisor). A doctor's daughter, she also struggled to decide if she should follow in his footsteps or pursue her first love, art.

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