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This episode is a more comedic script than the rest of the shows. Everyone has a fun character to play and some great one-liners. Tim [Hutton] gets to dress up as a priest, which Beth [Riesgraf] and I both agree makes him seem strangely attractive. We're filming in a really over the top house. It makes me wonder how a location scout pitches for a 'mafia style, vulgar, nouveau riche house' without offending anyone? This is, after all, somebody's home, albeit someone who has an upholstered leopard skin mini-chaise for his dog.
I had a little car crash on the way to work. Someone was ...
Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) and Carlos Bernard (24)
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Got any scoop on Grey's Anatomy's MerDer? Do you have any idea when we'll see the McMansion being built? — Emilee
MATT: In lieu of talking drywall (there's no foreseeable movement on Der's dream home), may I interest you in some drama? It turns out that the death row inmate who is admitted to Seattle Grace this week could do some damage to your MerDer. Guest star Eric Stoltz teases that during his three-episode arc, "I certainly insinuate myself into their relationship and am the source of not a little strife."
Any word on dates for the final three episodes of Pushing Daisies? — Kathy
MICKEY: ABC is contractually obligated to air the remaining episodes, but I've also heard that they might burn them all off ...
Beth Riesgraf in "The Stork Job."
I love the script for "The Stork Job." It's a big emotional episode for Beth [Riesgraf], but there's really cool stuff for all of us to do. Comedy, big action sequences, car chases, and a massive explosion. The explosion was set up at the San Pedro docks. I was hanging out in Tim [Hutton]'s trailer when someone came over and said. 'They're about to set off the explosion. Do you want to go watch?' Tim had to talk me into it. We got there just in time to slip into the video tent and slide in beside the director. The explosion was huge with ...
One of the things you have to get used to, working on a TV show, is filming out of sync. Although this episode airs [several weeks into the season], it was actually the first one that we shot. One of the things you have to be acutely aware of when shooting episodes out of order is your character's relationship with the other characters. Luckily, in this episode it's not too relevant since we don't relate to each other much. The characters are almost exclusively focused on the "job."
The action in "The Bank Shot Job" takes place in one day, mostly in and around one location: the bank. The benefits of this ...
The Leverage crew hail their billboard.
Thank you for all your comments. I'm so excited that people are tuning in and loving the show. Last week, the five of us were all in L.A. for one night. We met up at Tim [Hutton]'s hotel and had a great evening catching up and celebrating the premiere's success. After midnight and a few glasses of wine, we all climbed up onto the scaffolding of our billboard on Sunset Boulevard and had a passerby take this photo of us. Now you can see that we really are goofballs ...
Sara Ramirez (Grey's Anatomy), Balthazar Getty (Brothers & Sisters) and Jared Padalecki (Supernatural)
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I heard a rumor that Sara Ramirez has been offered a TV show in which she will star. While I question the reliability of the source, I hope this is true. She is a talented actress who does not get any recognition or decent writing for her Grey's Anatomy character. — Michelle
MATT: "Que sera, Sara?" you ask? Ramirez's rep tells the Buzz, "We haven't heard that rumor" about her being courted for a series of her own. In the meantime, I'm told that Grey's' bi-curious Callie will pick up where she and Erica left off, this time with the pediatric surgeon being played by Jessica Capshaw beginning Jan. 8. But contrary to what you may have heard elsewhere, these two ...
Mark Valley (Fringe), Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy)
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Is there any indication that Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is going to adjust her stories because of all of the recent negative feedback? — Heidi
MATT: I doubt that Rhimes will alter any master plans, especially when it comes to the Izzie/Denny "romance" which, though polarizing, seems destined to serve some greater purpose. Now, speaking of "negative feedback," I've got at least one source telling me that T.R. Knight's apparent disenchantment with Grey's might not necessarily result in him exiting the series early. Wouldn't it be refreshing to see cooler heads prevail?
The John Scott character on Fringe is such a joyful enigma; maybe one of you can convince the producers to bring him back from the dead? — Susan
MICKEY: [Peeking out from behind a giant Chinese fan] You know who else is a joyful enigma, Susan? Me! When I asked my friends o' Fringe about John Scott's possible reanimation ...
I've now learned that the most stressful day of filming a TV series is the first day of a new episode. You haven't quite banked the one you just wrapped and are wondering, "Did I do that right?" "Could I have done that better?" You're not familiar enough with the new script to feel confident and absorbed in it yet, and you've heard enough murmurings about the next one to be absolutely terrified. So on the first day of a new episode you've got three scripts in your head, which in my case also means an average of five or six accents.
I opened the script for "The Two-Horse Job" with trepidation. I knew that I was going to have to ...
The Amazing Race 13
Just a few Sunday snippets, as CBS' procedurals took a knee:
The CW's first rerun of Jericho delivered 1.13 million total viewers.
NBC's football coverage won the 8 o'clock hour and averaged 12.18 million viewers for the night (down 10 percent from last week). Extreme Makeover (10.35 mil) dropped 890 thou, while the finale of Amazing Race 13 (10.57 mil) performed eight percent better than the close of Cycle 12. TNT's The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice averaged 5.44 mil over its two-hour run.
Housewives flirted with an audience of 16 million, up 370K.
Rising 480K to 10.67 mil, Brothers & Sisters enjoyed its largest audience since the season opener. TNT's Leverage premiered to five mil and gave the cabler its "best delivery ever of adults 18-49 for an original series telecast during the broadcast season," says the press release. (Don't miss cast member Gina Bellman's TVGuide.com celebrity blogs.)