Notes from the Underbelly

2007, TV Show


Pilot Season: Stockard Channing, Kurt Fuller to Play Mandy Moore's Parents in ABC Comedy

Kurt Fuller, Stockard Channing

Mandy Moore, meet your parents.

Stockard Channing and Kurt Fuller will co-star on ABC's untitled Mandy Moore pilot.

In the comedy, newlyweds Annie (Moore) and Ben get the opportunity of a lifetime to run a hip, new restaurant in Annie's hometown. Unfortunately, it also brings her closer to her needy and high-maintenance family.

Pilot Season: Get the scoop!

Channing, best-known for her roles in Grease and The West Wing, will play... read more

Rachael Harris To Guest-Star on Fox's New Girl

Rachael Harris

Who's that girl? It's Rachael!

Rachael Harris will guest-star on an upcoming episode of New Girl, has confirmed.

The consummate comedian — whose credits include... read more

Free Agents Signs Rachael Harris

Rachael Harris

Rachael Harris will guest-star in the new NBC comedy Free Agents, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Fall TV: Get the lowdown on this season's must-see new shows

The consummate comedian... read more

Glee's Mike O'Malley and Rachael Harris Wed for Family Album

Mike O'Malley, Rachael Harris

With the success of Raising Hope, Fox is giving another domestic comedy a try.

The network has cast Emmy nominee Mike O'Malley and Rachael Harris as a married couple for the single-camera comedy pilot Family Album, Deadline reports. The project centers on Dave (O'Malley), a gung-ho ex-jock who returns from a family vacation a new man, inspired to "bond the crap out of his family." Harris will play his wife and a stay-at-home mom.

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ABC Orders Drama Series Missing for Summer


ABC has ordered drama series Missing to premiere this summer, the network announced Thursday.

Formerly titled Safe and Hall of Mirrors, Missing follows a former CIA agent who travels to Europe to find her son after he disappears in Italy while abroad for an internship. The project was written by Greg Poirier (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) and is executive-produced by Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo (The Gates).

ABC orders Pan Am, Edgar Allan Poe pilots

The network is also in the midst of ordering pilots for the 2011-12 season. On Wednesday, ABC ordered the... read more

Rachael Harris Moving in on My Boys

Rachael Harris

Rachael Harris is joining the cast of My Boys, has learned.

Harris (Notes from the Underbelly) will play Mike's... read more

"Sickest" Storyline Has Kristen Bell Hot for Heroes

Kristen Bell by Alexandra Wyman/

It was gadget-geek heaven at the Sony Cierge Spring Preview party. The event, held Wednesday at PaliHouse in West Hollywood, gave the by-invitation-only members of the Cierge program a sneak peak at the latest Sony cameras, PCs and TVs. Wearing a sparkly silver minidress, Dancing with the Stars' Stacy Keibler checked out Sony's ultra-thin OLED flat-screen television with some gal pals, while Rachael Harris of Notes from the Underbelly strolled around with her husband, actor Adam Paul. Of her ABC comedy, Harris lamented that the remaining eight episodes might not ever see the light of day. "It's disappointing," she said. "But what can you do?" Staying for the evening's big draw — the Sony PlayStation SingStar karaoke event — were Allison Janney and Missi Pyle. Before jumping onstage with Pyle to launch into Elton John's "Rocket Man," Janney told us, "I need to sing tonight because I'm doing [the stage] musical 9 to 5 and I'm trying to get my voice into shape!" The two recei... read more

Ratings: Samantha Misses Dancing's Lift

Christina Applegate in Samantha Who? by Karen Neal/ABC

8 pmWith ABC's Charlie Brown Christmas encore topping the hour (at 9.3 million total viewers), Chuck placed second with 8.36 mil, a 120K increase from last week's impressive outing. Everything else was repeats, with House (8.3 mil) nipping at Chuck's heels and delivering the best demos.9 pmWithout the Dancing stars to give her a lift, Samantha Who? is missing her certain something, this week dropping 40 percent to 7.52 mil. Similarly, Notes from the Underbelly (5.5 mil) shed 33 percent. Heroes' ersatz "season finale" fell just shy of 11 mil, dipping 860 thou week-to-week.10 pmA CSI: Miami repeat was No. 1 with 10.1 mil, followed by Life (6.6 mil, 420K better than Journeyman's most-recent journey) and October Road (5.25 mil, down 750K). read more

Ratings: Dancing's Big Jump, Chuck's In Luck

Dancing with the Stars by Carol Kaelson/ ABC

This Monday's ratings:8 pm/ETDancing with the Stars drew 24.74 million total viewers, a week-to-week increase of 1.65 mil and a 25 percent improvement over last season's final performance night. Chuck placed second with 8.36 mil, its largest audience since Oct. 1 and its best demos since the series premiere. How I Met Your Mother (8.07 mil) dipped 480K. The CW's Chris (2.28 mil, +130K) and Aliens (1.89 mil, +520K) each saw gains.9 pmCBS' Men (15.3 mil) was up 840 thou, while lead-out Rules (11.6 mil) dropped 570K. Samantha Who? (12.63 mil) was down 18 percent, and new lead-out Notes from the Underbelly only held onto 8.25 mil. Delivering 11.86 mil, Heroes soared 11 percent to an eight-week high. Girlfriends (2.28 mil, +480K) and The Game (2.8 mil, +430K) both were up.10 pmCSI: Miami was on top with 15.45 mil, a 770K drop. Journeyman (6.18 mil) edged out October Road (six mil), which shed 360 thou from last Thursday's season premiere. read more

Transplanted Trees and More ABC Schedule Notes

Anne Heche in Men in Trees by Sergei Bachlakov/ABC

Perhaps looking to break the time-slot change record set by Bernie Mac, Men in Trees is again being uprooted. The wonderful, deserving-of-a-better-audience series will air two hours earlier, Fridays at 8, starting Nov. 2. (In turn, 20/20 reclaims its 10 pm berth.)Elsewhere on ABC, Samantha Who? will move up to 9 pm Monday starting Nov. 26 — the night of DWTS' final performance show — where its lead-out will be Notes from the Underbelly. And as scooped by Ausiello, October Road returns Nov. 22 with a special post-Grey's outing before settling into its Mondays-at-10 home a few nights later.Related: ABC Says: Play It Again, Sam... antha read more

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Premiered: April 12, 2007, on ABC
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Premise: A relationship comedy about a young expectant couple and their friends. All involved feel the impact of the pregnancy and react to the changing group dynamic.


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