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After watching parts of the ...

Question: After watching parts of the WB's farewell Sunday night, I have to say that the WB's attitude over the years had definitely changed. I for one really liked the old WB with Michigan J. Frog. Wow, so many good shows at once. I remember how the WB was determined to get that target teen audience, and they did it in every way possible. The last few years, the WB really lost its way with the addition of all those older-skewing shows like Blue Collar TV and Related. These weren't necessarily bad shows, but they weren't a good fit for the WB. Do you think that if the WB hadn't steered away from the teen crowd, it would've remained profitable? Answer: Hard to say, though the real hurdle to profitability for both the WB and for UPN (about which I received precious few letters of regret or farewell) was that both mini-networks were going after the exact same demo, in effect cannibalizing the audience. The problem for such a narrowly targeted network is that, even when the shows are ... read more

I am writing to you because I ...

Question: I am writing to you because I have faith (as much as I can in TV executives) that they read your columns because you have a lot of influence on viewers. I can only hope. Although I am crying tears of happiness that the CW executives found it in their (Grinch-like) hearts to renew Veronica Mars, I am disappointed to learn that Pepper Dennis will not be back. I don't believe they gave the show enough of a chance, putting it on WB (whose younger demographic probably didn't respond to it well) and on a night when so much else was going on. I watched the show initially with skepticism because it looked like it was going to be just silly, but the characters and story lines grew on me, and Rebecca Romijn is unexpectedly fabulous in the role. I will be sorry to say goodbye to WEIE. Another one bites the dust. I hope all the wonderful actors (and writers!) on the show get another chance on a network that won't dump them without giving them a decent break. Answer: Looking purely at ... read more

Hi, Matt! I am one of those ...

Question: Hi, Matt! I am one of those very concerned fans who fears losing great shows such as Everwood, Gilmore Girls, etc., with the WB/UPN merge. I noticed the other day that ABC Family is sporting a show called Beautiful People. What are your thoughts on the possibility of some of these shows being sold to ABC Family? They already rerun some of the WB shows, so why not take on new episodes? I know that it looks like Gilmore Girls will remain, but I can't lose Everwood. I also like One Tree Hill and was a fan of Related. I know you hated it, but week after week it improved and became one of the shows I looked forward to watching. Anyway, I was watching the show Beautiful People and wondered if there might be a place for some of the WB shows on ABC Family. Your thoughts? Also, is there anything a desperate fan can do to save our favorite shows? Do networks really pay attention to petitions? Answer: I'm not sure petitions, online or otherwise, will help the CW powers-that-be in making ... read more

Getting Cozy with Bedford's "Good Girl"

Tiffany Dupont, The Bedford Diaries

If The Bedford Diaries and its ribald undertones prove to be too hot for WB (or, ultimately CW) to handle, Tiffany Dupont can remove herself from any blame. After all, the perky brunette plays Sarah Gregory, the show's good girl on campus. (As "good" as one who boinks her teacher can be.) spoke to Dupont about being an angel amidst Bedford's hellcats. Did you actually shoot Bedford Diaries in New York City? It sure looks like it.Tiffany Dupont: Yes, we did. We had a studio in Astoria, Queens, but were shooting on location at Barnard [College] and Columbia [University]. read more

Hi, Matt! Love the column! I ...

Question: Hi, Matt! Love the column! I was wondering if there is any confirmed news, or even reliable speculation, about which current shows will be on CW in September. I've never been a fan of UPN, so personally, I'm more concerned with the current WB shows. Also, do you think that a possible reason for these individual networks' financial downfall is the money lost on mid-season replacement shows that are eventually canceled? As I said, I don't watch UPN, so I don't know if they have mid-season replacements, but it seems to me that if they just sucked it up and aired repeats instead of producing new shows to run for a couple months, viewers wouldn't lose interest in shows that go on a three-month hiatus (Everwood) and money wouldn't be lost on mid-season replacements that are just going to be canceled anyway. I did like Related, which aired in Everwood's time slot, and it was nice to see something new instead of repeats, but I'd rather have seen repeats if it meant I wouldn't have to ... read more


CW has greenlit Aliens in America, a half-hour comedy pilot about a Muslim foreign-exchange student who moves in with a Wisconsin family. "It's hilarious," CW president Dawn Ostroff tells Jack Myers', "and it carries a strong message about tolerance and understanding our differences."... Roger Bart (aka Desperate Housewives' George) is joining Tom Cavanagh in My Ex-Life, a CBS comedy about divorced couples.... Related's Jennifer Esposito has a "second position" gig, replacing Alicia Witt as the titular shrink in Fox's More, Patience.... Cloris Leachman is set to play mom to Eddie McClintock and Craig Bierko in an NBC comedy from Chris Sheridan (Family Guy). read more


Per Variety, Roger Bart (aka Desperate Housewives' George) has been tapped to join Tom Cavanagh in My Ex-Life, CBS' comedy pilot about a pair of divorced couples.... Related's Jennifer Esposito has a "second position" gig lined up, replacing Alicia Witt as the titular shrink in the Fox comedy More, Patience.... Frau Blücher! Cloris Leachman is set to play mom to Eddie McClintock and Craig Bierko in an untitled NBC comedy from Chris Sheridan (Family Guy). read more

Amanda Bynes: She's a Man, Baby!

Amanda Bynes bends her gender in She's the Man.

In the new comedy She's the Man (in theaters now), Amanda Bynes plays Viola, a soccer star forced to get her kicks by masquerading as her twin brother, Sebastian. Along the way, of course, all manner of hunky guys and ironically attracted girls find themselves mesmerized by this gal in disguise. Was Bynes able to pull it off? Should Felicity Huffman be looking over her shoulder? And more to the point, is the perky What I Like About You star ready to kick some Natalie Portman butt this weekend? Here's what Bynes shared with in a fun one-on-one. Seeing She's the Man almost — and my AP English teacher will be happy to hear this — made me want to actually read Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, on which it is loosely based. Or at least revisit the CliffsNotes read more

On the Bubble
The early word on what the networks will renew next season

Kevin James, The King of Queens

This week the networks began meeting with ad-agency execs to talk about what's in development for the 2006-07 season. That means it's time for producers of current shows with less-than-robust ratings to start worrying about getting picked up for next season. Here's what industry insiders are telling the Biz. ABC: The network's comedies are having a tough year in the ratings, but you can't cancel all of them. Rodney, Hope & Faith, Crumbs and Less than Perfect aren't likely to make the cut. According to Jim, George Lopez and Freddie have a chance of returning. Since ABC has two more hours to program in the fall now that football has moved to NBC, shows that would otherwise be doomed have a chance. We're talking Invasion and Commander in Chief. Their survival depends on the strength of the network's new-program development. CBS: Another season of The King of Queens depends on whether the n read more

Alright, I know you keep ...

Question: Alright, I know you keep saying how much you hate Related. However, I love the show (though I know it more than likely won't be returning). Do you think it's possible you don't like the show just because you're a man? It's about four sisters and their relationships! What man would be interested in that? Answer: How about the sort of man who digs a show called Gilmore Girls? Or who avidly followed the adventures of Felicity through her four years of college? Related was too cutesy and too grating (to me, anyway) to cross over, making it a failure in my book, regardless of its target audience. I should be able to watch a show that isn't intended specifically for me without getting a migraine ... read more

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Premise: The interaction of four adult sisters---the Sorelli siblings---an intelligent and quirky group living in Manhattan, who, despite their differences, are best friends. They all have a say in other's lives, which sometimes is great and sometimes not so good. Which means the show is seriocomic in the tradition of `Friends,' whose co-creator, Marta Kauffman, developed the series.



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