The New Adventures of Old Christine

2006, TV Show


Actress Reveals How 7th Heaven Was Saved

Beverley Mitchell, 7th Heaven

Fans of 7th Heaven have grown up with the Camdens over the past 10 years and settled into the comfort of their hectic household. But before audiences had time to move on from last May's series finale, the CW announced that the beloved family drama would, surprisingly, return this fall (premiering tonight at 8 pm/ET). Just as new story lines are about to unfold, talked with Beverley Mitchell — who plays stubborn-but-honest Lucy — about the show reopening its doors, the past decade on set, and what's in store for this emotional 11th season. How does it feel to be part of the longest-running drama on television?Beverley Mitchell: Oh, it's amazing. I'm so blessed, and it's such an honor to be a part of something that I can be proud of — and some read more

What's with the diss of ...

Stockard Channing, Out of Practice

Question: What's with the diss of Stockard Channing? She was brilliant on Out of Practice. I'd rank her comic timing right up there with the comedy legends. Can you seriously see Lauren Graham playing the role so well? I can't. Comedy requires a particular ability and talent that dramatic and "light" comedic actresses can't do. Face it. Graham belongs in drama, not comedy. Channing is right where she belongs. Answer: I've got no beef with Stockard Channing, generally. She's a class act and is especially adept at the highly theatrical and sardonic sort of clowning she was called upon to do on the short-lived Practice. Even so, in my opinion (and clearly fans of this show will disagree), she has done much better work elsewhere — as is the case with everyone on that show, from her costars to the writers. I may have missed an episode or two that showcased her best work on this so-so series, but my impression was that she was pushing it a bit, forcing the sometimes cringe-inducing material. ... read more

CBS' Official Fall Sked

The big news (and the worst kept secret in the TV biz) is that Without a Trace is headed to Sunday night. The complete release is below.CBS ANNOUNCES 2006-2007 PRIMETIME SCHEDULECBS announced today the addition of four new series to its 2006-2007 primetime line-up, enhancing a line-up that will return 18 shows from last year's schedule, including six from last season's freshman class. The line-up, which includes three new dramas and one new comedy, was unveiled this morning by CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. The four new shows feature a roster of award-winning actors and executive producers and a unique mix of concepts and genres. The freshman series include a young and sexy ensemble comedy, THE CLASS, from "Friends" co-creator David Crane; SMITH, a high octane heist thriller from "ER's" John Wells starring Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen; the apocalyptic drama JERICHO, from the producer of "National Treasure," Jon Turteltaub, starring Skeet Ulrich ("Scream"); and SHARK, a ... read more

As I mourn the fact that ...

Question: As I mourn the fact that Gilmore Girls will never be the same again due to Amy Sherman-Palladino's departure, I find myself wondering how many shows left on the air are run by women. The only shows I can think of off the top of my head are Grey's Anatomy, 7th Heaven (which is almost gone) and Everwood. Are there any others? It's a shame that Gilmore Girls is losing one of the few amazingly creative women out there who are given the opportunity to be a creative force in the business. Hopefully, she will be behind another amazing show soon. One thing is for sure, Gilmore Girls won't be the same without her. Answer: You may be right, but to cut off the Amy-bashers before they chime in again, given the shaky quality of this most recent season, maybe some fresh blood will help get things back on track for what I can only hope will be its final season on CW. As for female creators, the list also includes Cold Case's Meredith Stiehm, New Adventures of Old Christine's Kari Lizer, read more

I am starting to love The New ...

Question: I am starting to love The New Adventures of Old Christine with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. To be honest, I was always hoping all the post-Seinfeld shows would fail, only because all the critics hype up their shows. The difference is that this one is actually funny and cute. I have a question, though. Why do they always have her ex-husband showing up, helping himself to stuff and walking in unannounced? That wouldn't happen to families outside of a sitcom. So what is actually supposed to be the premise? I am a little confused. J.L-D is adorable. Answer: You root against the Seinfeld cast's shows because of critical hype? Seems to me we tend to hate (for good reason) most of the shows they've done since. Christine is a notable exception. It's not an important or great comedy, just an agreeably silly and very watchable one. One of the things I like best about the show is her ex, Richard (nicely played by Clark Gregg). One of the key elements of the show's setup is that she and Richar ... read more

Hi, Matt! I just read that ...

Question: Hi, Matt! I just read that Out of Practice is going on hiatus again and may even be canceled. Please say it ain't so! I adore this show. The script is so tight. The characters and the actors who portray them are brilliant, and the show has me crying with laughter whenever I watch it. Why, oh, why won't they move it back with Two and a Half Men, where it was rating fairly well and was safe? Answer: It is true that with The Amazing Race now airing Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET, Out of Practice and the much worse Courting Alex are for now in limbo again. It's a fact that every comedy on CBS wants that time period following Two and a Half Men, but it looks like The New Adventures of Old Christine has it tied up for the rest of the season. And if the numbers (and the quality) hold, it may well inherit that slot again in the fall. Of all the shows that tried out that spot this season, Christine is my favorite, but I'd like to see CBS give Out of Practice a second chance, if only because I ... read more

When you write a review for a ...

Question: When you write a review for a show that has yet to premiere, how many episodes have you typically seen? I would think it would be difficult to judge a show based just on a pilot. Answer: Actually, it's not that difficult to judge a show based on one's first impressions. That's how most viewers do it, after all. The tricky part about reviewing off just a pilot is that when the pilot is all about setting up the premise of a show, you can't always tell from that what a regular episode would feel like. And there are times when so much more money is expended in producing a pilot that subsequent episodes never measure up. Which is why it's so valuable to have a weekly column, and especially these ongoing Web columns (including the periodic Dispatches) — the better to chart a show's ups and downs along the way. But to answer your specific question: This time of year, with mid-season shows that often have been in production for a while before they launch, I have the luxury of seeing ... read more

Am I the only one who is ...

Question: Am I the only one who is actually rooting for Lorelai and Christopher on Gilmore Girls? Their chemistry is undeniable, their witty banter endless, and I think it would be really nice for them to end up together and be a real family. Is there any hope? Answer: Check out Michael Ausiello's recent interview with Amy Sherman-Palladino and decide for yourself. I'm sure you're not the only one rooting for these exes to patch it up for good — I like the fact that ex-partners can still be friends (as in The New Adventures of Old Christine and even the Susan-Karl dynamic on Desperate Housewives). But given the ferocity of fans' feelings where Lorelai and Luke are concerned, I imagine you're still on a pretty lonely limb ... read more

Tryout Time
Mid-season highs, lows and so-sos

March Madness isn't confined to the NCAA's countdown to the Final Four. Nearly every night this month, we've seen the premiere of some new show getting a mid-season test run on network or cable. (Some are shorter than others: ABC's The Evidence is only scheduled for four episodes until Invasion thankfully returns April 19.) Here's a quick look at some of the more notable newcomers and a gauge of their long-term potential. It's worth remembering that ABC didn't introduce Grey's Anatomy until the last week of March a year ago, and we all know how well that turned out. The Loop Thursdays, 8:30 pm/ET, FoxWhy to watch: To see if Fox can launch a new noncartoon hit comedy.The lowdown: Not qui read more

New Adventures of Old Christine...

New Adventures of Old ChristineIf New Adventures of Old Christine is supposed to be about a divorced woman who has some new experiences in the dating world, then why do the jokes just seem so old? There is nothing really wrong with this show, aside from its cumbersome title, but yet there is nothing quite right, either. It is just... average. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' antics and pratfalls seemed forced or rehashed. Was there anyone watching who didn't think of Elaine's bad dancing on Seinfeld when Christine was doing her supposedly sexy shoulder shake? And I couldn't help but be distracted during several scenes in the second episode where Christine is wearing dangly earrings and one is obstructed and appears missing. It was completely the focus of my attention while she was talking to her family about her dirty se read more

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Premiered: March 13, 2006, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: The mishaps of Christine, a divorced mom who tries to move on after her ex finds romance with a younger woman who just happens to share her name.



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