2005, TV Show


Falling Up
The nets reveal their strategies for next season

Brad Garrett, 'Til Death

After attending the networks' upfront presentations all week, the Biz has this analysis of the coming season. (Click here for next fall's grid and new-show descriptions.) CWYou've got to wonder what went wrong in CW's new-series development process if the network had to bring back 7th Heaven — even though the show lost a reported $16 million for WB this past season. But the decision to have CW's inaugural schedule made up of established shows from WB and UPN may end up being a blessing. Many of the shows have small but rabid followings, and promoting new shows on a new network will be tough. The fans of shows like One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars will track  them down on their own. Viewers in the 18-to-34-year-old demographic that CW targets don't watch networks, they watch shows. (According to recent survey, only one in four 1 read more

Housewives' Woodard Tries Something New

Alfre Woodard in Something New

In the romantic comedy Something New, in theaters today, Sanaa Lathan plays an upwardly mobile African American who, despite cries of foul from friends and family, finds herself falling in love with Simon Baker's hunky landscaper. Helping the conflicted miss sort through her feelings is Desperate Housewives' Alfre Woodard, playing mom to Lathan — as she did in Love & Basketball. spoke with Woodard about Something New's important message, the certain something she brings to the table, and, of course, life on Wisteria Lane. Just recently, I interviewed your Something New read more

Just saw your website for the ...

Question: Just saw your website for the first time. Gosh, you are an egomaniac! I always wondered. Answer: What's that you ask, Marissa? What are my picks for the 10 worst shows of 2005? I thought you'd never ask! 1. 2005 MTV Video Music Awards: A three-hour pile of overproduced horse poop. Note to viewers: Next time the VMA host feels the need to repeatedly tell you that "anything can happen," trust me: Nothing will.2. The War at Home: Turns out War is hell and horribly written.3. The West Wing (debate episode): Just like a real presidential debate, only duller.4. Saturday Night Live: The women still rock, but the rest of the show feels about as desperate as one of Horatio Sanz's midskit giggle fits.5. Queer as Folk ser read more


In his quest to shepherd a full 90 percent of all prime-time television programming, prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer (The Amazing Race, E-Ring, Close to Home, Without a Trace, the CSIs) is teaming with Seabiscuit writer-director Gary Ross on a medical drama for NBC, Variety reports. The series, about a rogue researcher tracking a mysterious illness, is titled Invisible. No, not Inconceivable. Shame on you! Invisible. Write it down. read more

I understand Inconceivable ...

Question: I understand Inconceivable has been canceled — say it isn't so! Where can we write in to voice our protest?

Answer: That's a good one, Harriet. You had me right up until the part where you were going to write in and protest. You're good.

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Macon, Ga., Mayor Jack Ellis is asking local businesses to cough up an estimated $75,000 to pay for a concert by homegrown celeb Little Richard Saturday.... ER grump Eriq La Salle has signed a year-long development deal with CBS, Variety reports…. NBC has yanked Inconceivable for the week and, if we're lucky, forever.... Funnyman Nipsey Russell has died at the age of 80. A fixture on the game-show circuit, the cancer victim also struck gold as the Tin Man opposite Michael Jackson in The Wiz. read more


Jennifer Love Hewitt's Medium clone, Ghost Whisperer, hooked a solid 11 million viewers in its debut Friday. The CBS drama ranked as the night's most-watched show. NBC, meanwhile, got a decent performance out of feel-good reality show Three Wishes, which bowed at 9 pm with 8.6 million viewers. Less impressive was the 10 pm premiere of NBC's Inconceivable: The fertility-clinic soap arrived stillborn with 6.4 million viewers. read more

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