Anna Belknap (Medical Investigation) joins the cast of CSI: NY on Oct. 12 as Lindsay Monroe, a "young, athletic and eager to please CSI." She replaces Vanessa Ferlito, who discloses in today's Insider that she quit NY because she "really wanted to be home in New York." Now that's some serious irony.
Picking hit television shows is like choosing lottery numbers. From network executives to critics to the guy serving bagels at the craft-services table, everybody likes to think they have the right formula for picking winners. And, ultimately, hardly anyone is right. Since it's all guesswork anyway, TV Guide Online turned to an equally knowledgeable group — professional psychics — to divine which new series will be the big hits and misses this fall. (And just to keep the survey "scientific," our ethereal experts haven't actually seen the pilot episodes of any of these shows.)
The Amazing Kreskin, Mentalist
Biggest HitMedical Investigation (NBC)"This is going to be one of the season's biggest surprises. There's a real excitement around it. It's not a reality show but it will seem very real to people."
Biggest FlopRodney (ABC)"This is supposed to be a comedy but when I'm seeing it, I am in
Where has Kelli Williams been since she exited The Practice last year? After learning she was one of six pink-slipped series regulars — including her TV hubby Dylan McDermott — the actress focused on motherhood.
"I had my third child four months after I left The Practice ," she says. "So I got to spend a ton of time with my kids [Kiran, 6, Sarame, 3, and Ravi, 1]. I worked a little bit, but it wasn't a priority to me. I just wanted to not have to go to work, be with the kids and look for something for this TV season."
By the way, she's past feeling bitter about losing her signature role as lady lawyer Lindsay Dole. "Things have a way of working themselves out," Williams shrugs. "It's never fun to be let go from a job. They say you should experience that once. It's all good in the course of life, even when it's hard. I went back and directed an episode with James Spader and my own cast mates, which