Hal Sparks, Wayne Brady, Lucy Lawless and Carly Patterson, Celebrity Duets
You've seen them dance. You've seen them lose weight. You've even seen them ice-skate. Now it's time for celebrities to grab a mike and start singing. The contestants on Fox's Celebrity Duets will have a little help from well-known recording artists such as Clint Black, Macy Gray and Chaka Khan, so we're hoping the audience will be spared the torture of another William Hung. But with Simon Cowell wearing the executive-producer hat, anything is possible.
The show (premiering Aug. 29) is hosted by Wayne Brady and features eight celebrity "nonsingers" — wrestling champion Chris Jericho, actress Lea Thompson, Queer Eye lifestyle expert Jai Rodriguez, Xena's Lucy Lawless, actor Cheech Marin, Olympian gymnast Carly Patterson, Fresh Prince's Alfonso Ribeiro and comedian Hal Sparks. The warbling wannabes will be competing for $100,000, to be donated to the
It's crunch time in the network scheduling rooms, as many questions are being asked about next season. Will Grey's Anatomy go to Monday nights? Will Lost start in November, to cut down on repeats during the season? Is Wayne Brady getting another show? The answers will come next week. We hear there wasn't a lot of laughing during the executive screenings of most of the season's comedy pilots, but here's what industry insiders say are the hottest of that tepid lot. (Click here to read about the drama-pilot buzz.)
NBC: The Peacock network is only expected to add two sitcoms. One is the still-untitled show from Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey — a workplace comedy set behind the scenes of a
Tracee Ellis Ross, Girlfriends
Don't hate Girlfriends' Joan Clayton because she's beautiful. And has a successful business. And a great house. And, according to recent episodes, a great hookup for free clothes. When tonight's season finale gets under way (at 9 pm/ET on UPN), the lawyer-turned-sports-bar-owner will be a heartbroken mess because, well, after Joan dumped two of the three — yes, three! — guys she was dating, she got kicked to the curb by the third. Will Toni, Maya and Lynn be around to pick her up? Girlfriends star Tracee Ellis Ross dishes (sort of) about her character and (definitely) her own opinions on life.
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Per the Hollywood Reporter, Bree Turner (Bring It On Again) and Tamala Jones have joined the CW comedy pilot Flirt, starring Wayne Brady as the lone male employee at a women's magazine.... Marisa Coughlan (Pumpkin) and Kaley Cuoco (Charmed) play sisters in an untitled ABC comedy.... Nadia Dajani (Emily's Reasons Why Not) joins Teri Polo and Jennifer Aspen as new moms in ABC's Welcome to the Jungle Gym.
The CW network has gotten serious about its Flirt, picking up the sitcom that casts Wayne Brady as a women's magazine's only male employee — or, for short, rare beef.... L.A. Law alum Susan Ruttan is returning to series TV — or at least trying to. She's going to work on NBC's untitled comedy about a couple of brothers boarding together. She will not be playing either man.... A role is being developed for America's Next Top Model diva Eva Pigford on Fox's proposed The Wedding Album drama, which stars Nip/Tuck's Bruno Campos. Sixties babe Connie Stevens has also come aboard.... Strong Medicine's Rosa Blasi has affixed herself to NBC's Inseparable pilot starring Christine Baranski and Ed O'Neill.