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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Star Jones Reynolds had gastric-bypass surgery

Star Jones Reynolds, former cohost of The View has admitted that she underwent gastric-bypsss surgery to lose weight.

Reynolds’ shrinking size has been the topic of speculation for the last two years because she evaded questions about her weight-loss method. But, finally, Reynolds is coming clean.

She discusses her weight loss in the September issue of Glamour magazine, hitting newsstands on Aug. 7.

At her heaviest, Reynolds tipped the scale at 307 pounds, the Associated Press reported. Reynolds said she went from just overweight to morbidly obese, after gaining 75 pounds after her 40th birthday.

I don’t think this is shocking news to anyone, considering how rapidly Reynolds went from a plus size to a lollipop girl. But kudos to her for finally admitting that she didn’t lose the weight the old-fashioned way.

For the complete story in Glamour, click here.

The View to name cohosts

ABC is expected to announce this week who will fill the two empty chairs on The View.

Actress Whoopi Goldberg and comedian Sherri Shepherd are reportedly in final negotiations for the jobs, according to the LA Times.

I enjoy both of the ladies, Shepherd especially. She’s fun and a bit crazy. (Not many women would admit to wanting to kill their cheating husbands on national television.) Plus, Shepherd seems to make Barbara Walters a little nervous, because she never knows what Shepherd is going to say. I can’t help but smile when Walters gets a little nervous in her chair.

Neither Goldberg or Shepherd seem to have a political agenda. In other words, both seem quite content to state their own opinions and listen to others without pushing their own politics.

ABC is expected to officially announce the cohost replacements later this week.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Smallville scoop from Comic Con

There was plenty of Smallville news out of Comic Con that I must share. Here’s the scoop, spoilers included, according to Kryptonsite and Buddy TV.

--Dean Cain will finally make it to Smallville. (Woo Hoo!) He’ll guest star in the fourth episode as an evil doctor somehow involved in curing meteor freaks.

--Green Arrow will return midseason. (Double Woo Hoo!)

--It’s unclear if Lana is truly dead. (Boo! Please give her a toe tag already!)

--Martian Manhunter will be back.

--Batman will never make a Smallville appearance, due to legal mumbo jumbo.

--Michael Rosenbaum is recovering from back surgery.

--Supergirl will give Clark flying lessons.

--Smallville/Justice League action figures are on the way, including Clark, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Cyborg and Bart.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the new season. Dean Cain, Supergirl, and Green Arrow are appointment TV for me.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Shark Week still fascinates

The Discovery Channel annual shark fest begins tonight at 9 p.m. ET with the two-hour premiere of Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever, narrated by Jaws man himself, Richard Dreyfuss. The show will tell the horrifying real-life story of the worst shark attack ever recorded, after the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in 1945.

My fascination with sharks began the summer I saw Jaws. Years later, when the annual Discovery Channel Shark Week kicks off, I’m like a kid at Christmas. There is something eerily entrancing about sharks that I cannot resist.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Shark Week, the Discovery Channel is offering 130 hours of shark programs this week until Saturday August 4.

From life-saving tips, if you’re ever under a shark attack, to the feeding habits of the mighty beasts, Shark Week has something for everyone who has ever been intrigued by sharks.

For more on Shark Week, visit the Discovery Channel Web site.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Grey’s Anatomy boss finally speaks about Isaiah Washington’s firing

Cornered by a room of television critics at the annual press tour, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes was forced to finally answer questions about the firing of cast member Isaiah Washington.

Unfortunately, the reporters didn’t press Rhimes about Washington’s claims that the homophobic slur he uttered was never meant toward costar T.R. Knight. (Washington made that comment on Larry King Live, but his former cast mates or Rhimes have yet to discuss it publicly.)

When asked how difficult it was for Rhimes to let Washington go, she didn’t mince words.

“It wasn’t. It was a decision that was a long time coming, and it felt like it was the right decision for all of us,” Rhimes said.

Rhimes also claimed that the season-finale ending, that ends with Preston Burke leaving, had been in the works for sometime.

I’m not sure why reporters didn’t ask Rhimes about Washington’s Larry King appearance, because, frankly, that’s what we all want to know. The reporters also didn’t bring up the fact that Washington claimed T.R. Knight had used the set scuffle to jockey a better position on the show.

Can you feel my frustration? Where’s Barbara Walters when you need her?

Far be it from me to ever tell TV journalists how to do their jobs, as I am but a simple lowly blogger in their eyes. But, one-on-one time with Rhimes is rare, and those questions should have been asked, in light of Washington’s attempt to clear his name.

To read more of Rhimes’ comments about the Washington situation, read the full story at TV Guide. But be warned: you probably won’t get the answers you’re seeking.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rob Thomas exits new ABC show

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas has sad goodbye to the new ABC show Miss/Guided due to creative differences, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Thomas was hired as the show runner and executive producer, but reportedly did not like the direction the sitcom was headed.

Instead, he has inked a development with ABC.

Frankly, I was looking forward to Miss/Guided simply because of Thomas’ involvement. I've been a fan of his since his days writing Dawson's Creek.

As for Miss/Guided, I’m not sure what to think.

The Next Best Thing finale

Commentary with a Co-Ed
by Ashley Gouveia

Ladies and Gentleman, Elvis has left the building! Trent Carlini, aka Heartbreak Elvis, is on his way as the newly crowned next best celebrity impersonator. I couldn’t be happier. Before last night’s live finale I had made a prediction. It was all going to come down to my two boyfriends, Blue Suede Elvis and Heartbreak Elvis. Being as I am a huge Elvis fan, how is a girl to choose between them? So I didn’t. I concluded that I loved them both equally. I was satisfied with either one of them taking home the $100,000 grand prize.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the other finalists. I loved Lucy and couldn’t get enough of old blue eyes Sinatra (who beat out Blue Suede Elvis as second runner up.) But I wanted someone to win who had the charisma, style and all around look of the celebrity they were impersonating. I feel that both Elvis impersonators had those qualities.

The winner has to be able to entertain an audience. This brings me to faux Paris Hilton. It was only a matter of time before people got sick of her magic trick act and ambiguous Hilton bashing jokes. Last night she performed the magic act with the George Bush impersonator. I felt like I was seeing the same thing from three weeks ago.

The funniest part of the night was when all the finalists performed a little song together. That was something to see. But not something you necessarily want to hear. I think this is the only show where you can see Paris, the President and Lucille Ball all singing happily together. Maybe they should leave the singing to the professionals. Speaking of professionals, the real Little Richard made an appearance as the night’s mystery guest. I kind of guessed it was going to be him. Although, it would have been great to see the real Bono perform with the fake Bono. But, oh well.

Even though in the end only one king could triumph, Donny Edwards, aka Blue Suede Elvis, is still a winner in my book. Both men captured the spirit and appeal of Elvis flawlessly. For people like me who never got to see Elvis perform live in concert, it’s really great seeing these guys impersonate him.

So Trent took care of business and walked away with the money and title of The Next Best Thing. This was one summer show that I enjoyed, and I hope it comes back for another season. Maybe next season they’ll have two Brad Pitts…hey a girl can dream.

Commentary with a Co-Ed is a weekly column at Tube Talk new every Thursday.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Michael returning to Lost

This just in from the TCA press tour: Harold Perrineau is returning to the ABC show Lost, TV Guide is reporting.

Can I get a woo-hoo?

ABC president Stephen McPherson broke the news Wednesday.

Perrineau’s character Michael was one of the original Losties and has been sorely missed since he charged off in a speedboat with son Walt more than a year ago. Walt was seen at the end of last season, when he mysteriously appeared to John Locke. But, Michael wasn’t with him.

But, Michael, be warned: Sawyer, Jack, and Kate are not going to be happy that you left them bound and gagged on the dock with those crazy Others.

Stay tuned for more news from the ABC TCA event later.

Who are TV’s highest paid stars?

It’s probably no surprise that Oprah Winfrey is the highest paid individual on television.

But what is surprising is that Scrubs’ star Zach Braff earns $6.3 million a year. (Somehow, that makes me feel a little better about his Emmy snub.)

According to TV Guide’s July 23 issue that lists TV’s highest paid stars, Oprah earns $260 million per year. It’s no wonder she has so many “favorite things,” when she’s pulling down that kind of cash.

Simon Cowell
and Judge Judy are also doing pretty well, with $45 million and $30 million respectively. It’s hard to believe that they earn that kind of dough for what they do, but there it is. Who said the world was fair?

Strangely missing from the list are Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jon Stewart. I’m not sure why they aren't listed, but I assume they are also among TV’s highest paid stars.

Here’s the complete list of bank breakers, broken down by categories:

NETWORK PRIME TIME (all salaries are per episode)
William Petersen ("CSI"): $500,000
Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men"): $350,000
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU"): $350,000
Chris Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU"): $350,000
Hugh Laurie ("House"): $300,000
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("New Adventures of Old Christine"):$225,000
Ellen Pompeo ("Grey's Anatomy"): $200,000
Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives"): $200,000

DAYTIME (all salaries are per year)
Judge Judy: $30 million
Bob Barker: $10 million
Maury Povich (per year plus profits): $7 million
Ellen DeGeneres: $5 million
Jerry Springer: $3 million - 4 million
Tyra Banks: $3.5 million

NEWS ANCHORS (all salaries are per year)
Katie Couric ("CBS Evening News" anchor): $15 million
Matt Lauer (NBC "Today" co-anchor): $12 million
Meredith Vieira (NBC "Today" co-anchor): $10 million

“Bones” to solve the “Vanished” mystery

Photo: FOX

Remember the FOX show Vanished from last season that was cancelled before the mystery of Sara Collins’ kidnapping was solved?

Well, apparently the folks at FOX haven’t forgotten it either.

According to E!Online, the Bones characters will tackle the case this season in a cool crossover. I actually watched Vanished, so I’m looking forward to seeing the mystery finally resolved. With Booth and Brennan on the case, I’m sure we’ll get some closure.

In other Bones news, apparently Zach will be back from Iraq, and Booth and Brennan will still be dodging the sexual tension.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Damages thrills

If you’re looking for an exciting new drama, then turn your channel to FX tonight at 10 p.m. for the new show Damages.

From the minute the show opens, you’ll be pulled in to the mesmerizing drama.

Part murder mystery, part legal drama, this new show takes summer television to a whole new level. Like Nip/Tuck and Rescue Me before it, Damages delivers the goods.

The cast is so impressive; it should make you tune in just to see them. Let me highlight: Glenn Close, Tate Donovan, Ted Danson and Rose Byrne, as well as a number of other familiar faces.

Close is excellent, as always, as Patty Hewes, the nation’s “most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator.” Byrnes plays her protégé, but soon realizes that the price of success is high. Close’s character is on a mission to take down Danson’s character, corrupt Arthur Frobisher.

Damages is a perfect show for summer TV fans, who are fed up with reality television.

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House scoop
Dr . House’s team of cohorts will be back this season, according to scoop out of the Television Critics Association press tour. After the finale, it appeared that House would be working with a new group of docs this season. However, Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps and Jennifer Morrison will all be back. I’m sure we have Cuddy to thank for this.

Laila Ali weds
Tough girl Laila Ali recently tied the knot, TV Guide is reporting. The Dancing with the Stars finalist married retired NFL star Curtis Conway on July 22. No word on whether her ex-partner Maks danced at the wedding.

Simpsons guest stars
A slew of celebrities have signed on to guest voice this year on The Simpsons. Jack Black, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Placido Domingo, Dan Rather, "Weird" Al Yankovic, Matt Dillon, Kurt Loder, Beverly D'Angelo, Maya Rudolph and Topher Grace will visit Springfield.

Ex-Creek star heads to CSI: NY
Kerr Smith of Dawson's Creek will be joining the cast of CSI: NY this season. As much as I love Jack McPhee, not even he could get me to watch that show.

Ex NYPD Blue star joins Jericho
Esai Morales, who NYPD Blue fans will recognize from his stint as the “boss,” will take a recurring role on CBS' resurrected midseason drama Jericho. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Morales is scheduled for six episodes.

Michael Rapaport to join My Name is Earl
Actor Michael Rapaport will play a fellow prisoner of Earl’s in the upcoming season of My Name is Earl. His character is recurring. Let’s hope that’s true. I don’t want to see Earl behind bars for the entirety of the season.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Drew Carey is the new host of The Price is Right

Photo: Courtesy of CBS

I just received an e-mail from CBS that Drew Carey has been named the new host of The Price is Right.

Take a moment to process. I know you need it. And possibly a stiff drink.

Carey is announcing the news on tonight’s episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.

“It’s a done deal. I’m the new host of The Price Is Right,” Carey said. “They approached me right after the pilot for Power of 10. I said, ‘No.’ Then they called me a month later, so I met with them and stuff and we’ve been negotiating ever since.”

Carey received the call that he had landed the job as he was about to go on the Letterman show, he said.

Honestly, I’m a little shocked that Carey scored the gig. If your comments in my previous post about Carey as a potential host are any indication, he doesn’t seem to have a lot of public support to replace the retiring Bob Barker. (With the exception of his loyal Ohio fans.)

Other celebrities who were rumored to be in the running for the job were John O’Hurley, George Hamilton, Mario Lopez and Ian Ziering.

Congratulations to Carey. Barker left big shoes to fill, but I’m sure he’ll somehow make the show his own.

Smallville’s Green Arrow lands on new CW show

Smallville's Justin Hartley (Green Arrow) is joining the CW mid-season replacement show Eight Days a Week, according to his Web site.

Hartley will join Mario Lopez and Christina Milian in the new comedy series in the part of Ben. Meanwhile, Hartley will continue in his guest role as the Green Arrow on Smallville, according to his Web site.

While I’m thrilled that Hartley has landed a permanent gig, I was hoping it would be on a show called The Justice League. (Hint, hint, CW!) But, it sounds like Hartley will be back in Smallville, so I’ll take what I can get.

Eight Days a Week tells the story of a group of young people who work for big wigs in New York, according to IMDB.

If Lopez and Hartley are in, so am I. No news yet on when the show will debut.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Meet TAMI, a new TV ratings system

At the Television Critics Association press tour, journalists were introduced to TAMI, a new TV ratings index. The term TAMI means “total audience measurement index.”

Now that TV fans have alternative ways to watch their favorite shows, (iTunes, Webisodes, TiVo, etc.) networks are realizing that their ratings numbers are not highly accurate. Shocking, huh?

I’m not sure why it’s taken this long for them to realize that Nielsen is not an indicator of TV show popularity, but I digress. (I’ll hold off on my Nielsen rant for another day.)

There hasn’t been much press on TAMI, so I can’t tell you when or if it will be used, and by whom, or if it’s already in play. I can tell you that it will measure viewers who watch on the Web and those who record programs and watch them later on TiVos or DVRs.

Kudos to the networks for realizing that the out-dated ratings system needs an overhaul. If TAMI had come sooner, perhaps we wouldn’t have had to say goodbye to some great shows. (R.I.P. Veronica Mars and Invasion.) And perhaps it will save some quality shows from the chopping block in the future.

So, I’m rolling out the welcome mat for Tami. Heck, I’m so excited, I may even bake some muffins for the “welcome” basket.

Emmy voters let us down again

by Jennifer Squires Biller

If I were to write an open letter to Emmy voters, it would begin like this:

Dear Emmy Voters,

After seeing your nominee list for the 2007 primetime Emmys, I have one question: Do you actually watch television?

Sincerely disillusioned,
Tube Talk Girl

You may think I’m being too harsh on the Emmy voters. After all, they did get several things right. (Ugly Betty, The Office, Chandra Wilson, Vanessa Williams, Sally Field, Masi Oka) But, it’s the complete shutout of several shows (Lost, Friday Night Lights, Rescue Me) and actors (Kyle Chandler, Kristen Bell, Connie Britton, and the entire Scrubs cast) that makes me think that the entire Emmy process is - for lack of a better term - a bunch of hoo-haw.

The biggest travesty is in the Best Drama category. The fact that neither Lost nor Friday Night Lights - what I would argue are the two best dramas on television - failed to make the list is beyond excusable. Lost had a few bumpy episodes this season, but as a whole, the show redefined suspense and drama. The season finale was so spectacular that TV fans are still talking about it, months after it aired. Friday Night Lights began slow, but evolved to a raw look at small-town life. It’s reliable, the one series I know will be consistent week after week.

Those two shows should have been included instead of Heroes and House. Heroes, is often uneven with its plethora of characters and stories and lacks the fluidity of more entertaining dramas. Yes, I gave the show’s pilot a perfect four-star review, but that was based on one episode. The entire season, on a whole, did not live up to the standard set in the pilot. And House is entertaining, but let’s face it, the show is Hugh Laurie, who got his well-deserved Emmy nod.

I’ve received some e-mail from outraged fans about the inclusion of Boston Legal in the Best Drama category. To all of you, I disagree. Sorry. (Ducking for cover.) Boston Legal has tackled plenty of social and political topics this season and delivered them with humor and fairness. Uber-liberal Alan Shore often goes on a diatribe for whichever cause he is fighting, but not without conservative Denny Crane countering his argument with a succinct and surprisingly logical argument of his own. Yes, the show often seems more comedy than drama, but the Emmy comedy category seems to be reserved for sitcoms, and Boston Legal deserves to fit somewhere, which brings me to my next point.

Previously, the Emmys adapted to include a category for reality television, so why can’t they add a category for “Dramedy,” the term used to describe a drama with an overture of comic elements? The landscape of television has changed, with dramas like Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy delivering an even dose of drama and comedy. It doesn’t seem right to put them in a category with such “serious” shows as 24, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos and Heroes. It’s like judging apples and oranges.
The addition of a “Dramedy” category could make room for Emmy-deserving shows like Veronica Mars and Rescue Me.

Emmy honchos, please consider adding this new category, if not to make the competition fairer, then for the sake of my sanity.

The Best Comedy category this year also left me disheartened. The omission of Scrubs is inconceivable, especially considering its sublime musical episode. What does this show have to do to get noticed on the Emmy radar, start calling itself Two and a Half Men? The fact that the aforementioned show is on the Best Comedy list baffles me. (My apologies to my cousin Kim who declares it “comedy genius.”) I guess if fart jokes and sex jokes are your idea of humor, then yes, this show would be among the best comedies. How I Met Your Mother should have been on the list. End of story.

There are so many other glaring oversights this year that perhaps it’s just best to list them. Otherwise, this column could turn in to War and Peace.

Here’s who else should have been on the Emmy nomination list:
--Tichina Arnold and Terry Crews for Everybody Hates Chris. These two deliver consistent comedy each week. (Oh that’s right, this show is on the CW, the network that apparently Emmy voters don’t get.)
--Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton for Friday Night Lights. Awesome. Enough said.
--Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, and Josh Holloway for Lost. There is no Lost without this power trio.
--Rescue Me for best drama. I dare you to watch this show and not get addicted. It’s drama, on steroids.
--Kristen Bell for Veronica Mars. Bell’s humor and intelligence shined through week after week, as Veronica sleuthed her way into our hearts.
--Michael C. Hall for Dexter. I don’t watch this show, but the clips are enough for me to know he should have been on the list.

Other Emmy nominations that make me smile:
--Scrubs songs “Everything Comes Down to Poo” and “Guy Love” for Original Music and Lyrics
--Jaime Pressly for My Name is Earl
--Tom Selleck for his portrayal of Jesse Stone in a TV movie.

For a complete list of all the nominees in every category, click here.

Now that I’ve had my say, tell me yours. What did you think of the nominations?

The Emmys will be broadcast on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

2007 Primetime Emmy Nominations

Here's the list you've all been waiting for. Stay tuned for my take on the nominees.

“Grey’s Anatomy”
“Boston Legal”

“Ugly Betty”
“The Office”
“Two and a Half Men”
“30 Rock”

James Gandolfini, “The Sopranos”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Denis Leary, “Rescue Me”
James Spader, “Boston Legal”
"Kiefer Sutherland, “24″

Sally Field, “Brothers and Sisters”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”
Edie Falco, “The Sopranos”
Minnie Driver, “The Riches”
Patricia Arquette, “Medium”

Michael Imperioli, “The Sopranos”
William Shatner, “Boston Legal”
Terry O’Quinn, “Lost”
T.R. Knight, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Masi Oka, “Heroes”
Michael Emerson, “Lost”

Chandra Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Rachel Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters”
Lorraien Braco, “The Sopranos”
Aida Turturro, “The Sopranos”

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”
Steve Carell , “The Office”
Charlie Sheen, “Two and a Half Men”
Ricky Gervais” Extras”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “New Adventures of Old Christine”
America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”

Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
Kevin Dillon “How I Met Your Mother”
Rainn Wilson, “The Office”
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”

Conchata Ferrell, “Two and a Half Men”
Jenna Fischer, “The Office”
Holland Taylor, “Two and a Half Men”
Jaime Pressly, “My Name Is Earl”
Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty”
Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds”

“The Amazing Race”
“American Idol”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“Top Chef”

“Antiques Roadshow”
“The Dog Whisperer”
“Extreme Makeover”
“Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List”
“Penn & Teller: Bullshit”

Rosie O’Donnell may play on Friday Night Lights

The producers of the NBC show Friday Night Lights want Rosie O’Donnell for a guest star and they may get their wish.

FNL executive producer Jason Katims told TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello that he wants Rosie to play an upcoming soccer coach, who is angry that the football program receives most of the school’s budget. The character is described as funny and would be on for six or seven episodes, Ausiello reported.

O’Donnell’s rep said that O'Donnell loves the show and is currently “in talks” about the role.

Normally, I’m not a fan of stunt casting, but I think O’Donnell would be great in this role. Anyone who saw her in A League of Their Own knows that she’s athletic and definitely “funny.”

For more scoop on the upcoming season of Friday Night Lights, check out these spoilers.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Good times going down on the "NightShift"

Commentary with a Co-Ed
by Ashley Gouveia

When I heard that General Hospital was creating a spin-off called NightShift I was ecstatic. What could be better than getting an extra hour of Dr. McHottie, aka Dr. Patrick Drake?


Okay, I’m going to calm myself down now, stop fantasizing about Jason Thompson, and tell you about my first impressions of the new nighttime soap.

I am hooked! It has aired only one episode, and I’m already sucked into the storylines. What I love about this show is that we get to see some of the characters that, unfortunately, don’t get a lot of airtime during the day. Frankly, we don’t get to see enough of the hospital as much as I would like. But what’s awesome about NightShift is that Patrick and Robin are in the forefront, taking on the hectic ER. Yay, it’s not all about the mob! Don’t get me wrong I like looking at Jason and Sonny just as much as the rest, but it’s nice to take a break from their storylines and give others a chance to shine.

Speaking of Stone Cold, I was wondering why Jason was even on this show. His character of being Sonny’s hit man seemed a little out of place. But when I realized that the burn victim he rescued (that Jason, always the hero!) turned out to be none other than a woman with the last name Barrett it all came together. Brenda Barrett was Jason’s wife once upon a time, and I don’t think they ever got divorced. I know Vanessa Marcil is on Las Vegas, so I’m not sure if she’s reprising the role. I really hope they don’t pull the old ‘her face was burned so we can get a new actor’ trick. Or perhaps it’s another Barrett entirely; Julia Barrett was once a presence in Port Charles.

I have to applaud whoever hired Bradford Anderson for the role of Spinelli. The guy is a genius! Spinelli has made me laugh since his first day on GH, and he continues to do so on NightShift. His interaction with everyone on the cast is filled with laugh-out-loud moments. I love his little nicknames for everyone. The Jackal certainly does not disappoint.

There was one thing, or should I say three, that were a little annoying. The new student nurses, or as I like to call them, The Pink Nurses. I guess with a new show comes new characters. But do they have to be irritating? The only one I can really tolerate is Regina. It looks like her character has a little more substance besides just flirting and gossiping. Poor girl had to be sent to the morgue when the body decides to come back to life. That’s going to take up some hours in therapy.

Think of the NightShift as a combination of Grey’s Anatomy and ER. There’s a lot of drama, both medical and personal, and constant action. This is definitely a show not to be missed. Even if you’re not a General Hospital fan you can still get hooked! NightShift airs every Thursday on SOAPnet at 11 PM ET.
Commentary with a Co-Ed is a weekly column at Tube Talk new every Thursday.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Drew Carey the next host of The Price is Right?

If you believe the New York Daily News, TV funny man Drew Carey is the guy who’ll be coming on down to replace Bob Barker as the new host.

Carey must first complete a “full-episode run through” and score high ratings as host of the upcoming game show The Power of 10 next month, according to the story.

Frankly, I’m a bit disappointed if this is in anyway true.

Not that I’ve watched The Price is Right in years, but if I were to tune back in, it wouldn’t be to see Carey. He doesn’t seem slick and sleek enough for the gig. Part of Barker’s charm was that he oozed confidence and always seemed to reassure the contestants with a fun demeanor. I don’t get that vibe from Carey at all.

John O’Hurley, Ian Ziering or George Hamilton seem a better fit.

What do you think? Am I completely wrong here, or would you watch Carey as the new host of The Price is Right?

Scott Baio is 45 and single and now we know why

The new reality show on VH1 titled Scott Baio is 45 … and Single should have been called Scott Baio is 45 and single … because he’s a jerk to women.

In the debut episode, Baio met with a life coach and did some soul searching as to why he’s middle aged and never been married. It’s evident from the first few sit-downs with his former girlfriends that Baio is a commitment-phobe who has had problems with fidelity.

Still, I can’t stop watching. Yes, I may need a life coach after watching this train wreck, but the show is uber-entertaining. It’s my new TV crack.

In the premiere, we learned that Baio hates Happy Days reunions, fan gatherings, autograph signings and all things related to his Chachi past. Frankly, that hurts a little. That show and his fans are the reason he’s living a cushy lifestyle and has dated most of the hot woman in Hollywood.

The real irony here is that Baio cashed in on those Happy Days ties throughout the premiere episode, first sitting down with costar and former girlfriend Erin Moran, attending an autograph session, calling former costar Henry Winkler, and accidentally running into Ron Howard’s brother, Clint, at his agent’s office.

Baio came off during this show as not particularly likeable. He seemed narcissistic and rude, and not just about his Happy Days background. Moran even called him out on his self-involved behavior, asking him if he even liked people. Go Joanie!

I hate celebrity-based reality television because it breaks the fourth wall. After seeing actors’ true personalities, it’s sometimes difficult to ever enjoy their character performances again.

I’ll never look at Chachi the same way, after watching this new show. Perhaps that’s Baio’s goal, to rid himself of the Chachi image that still follows him 30 years later and finally adjust to life as a normal guy.

Complicating things for Baio is the fact that his life coach has ordered him not to see his girlfriend for two months, while he sorts out his relationship issues and deals with his past. The scene where he broke the news to his girlfriend seemed a little scripted and awkward. She then turned the tables on him, telling him at the end of this journey he must commit or she’s done. In other words, cough up the engagement bling Baio or hit the curb.

Those of you who haven’t seen the show yet, Baoi has a cigar-smoking, golf-playing entourage of sorts, a group of pals who he uses as a sounding board about his latest troubles. Wonder Years star Jason Hervey is among the group, as well as one of the most annoying guys I’ve ever witnessed, Baio’s pal Johnny. He’s so completely rude I have to wonder if he’s acting over-the-top just to provide some drama.

In upcoming episodes, Baio will once again confront his past. He’ll revisit former Charles in Charge costar Nicole Eggert and former Baywatch star Erika Eleniak. And according to the previews, he and pal Johnny may be headed for a break.

Will Baio work out his issues? Will he have Happy Days again? I’m not sure, but I know I’ll be watching.

To read an interview with Baio about his new show, click here.

TCA press tour news: NBC

The Television Critics Association press tour is underway this week. First up, some juicy news came out of the NBC panel. Here are the highlights.

Karen will be back on The Office
Rashida Jones, who plays Karen, will be back this season for a handful of episodes, according to her costar John Krasinski. Office fans thought they’d seen the last of Karen, when Jim returned alone to Dunder Miflin in the season finale, but apparently Karen isn’t history yet. I’m worried that his could result in Pam walking barefoot over hot coals again.

Friday Night Lights schedule change
Friday Night Lights
has been moved to Fridays at 9 p.m. ET., bumping Las Vegas to 10 p.m. ET. I think this is a good move for both shows, as Las Vegas was always a little risqué for the 9 p.m. timeslot. Plus, call me crazy, but a show with the word “Friday” in its title seems a better fit for Friday. Las Vegas returns Sept. 28.

Jerry Seinfeld to guest on 30 Rock
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will guest star on the Oct. 4 season premiere of 30 Rock. Seinfeld will once again stretch his acting chops to play himself. Frankly, I’ve only watched one episode of 30 Rock, but if Seinfeld is visiting, I’m in.

Norman Lear producing new show for NBC
TV legend Norman Lear is producing an hour-long dramedy for the Peacock network. Kudos to NBC for snagging Lear. Perhaps there is hope for the reality TV-heavy network yet.

Earl and The Office return dates
Mark your calendar for September 27. That’s when we’ll find out how Earl is faring in jail and hopefully what happened on Jim and Pam’s date when My Name is Earl and The Office premiere.

The Apprentice goes celeb-reality
The Apprentice, which was somehow saved from the cancellation graveyard, is doing celebrity version of the show this season. Despite rumors, I think it’s safe to say that Rosie O’Donnell won’t be joining Donald and the gang in the boardroom.

Plenty of TV critics are cranking out amusing blogs and stories from the press tour. My favorites are TV Guide’s hilarious Michael Ausiello and the folks over at TV Squad.

Isaiah Washington lands gig at NBC

Recently fired Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington has landed a gig on NBC on the new show Bionic Woman.

Washington will star in five of the first eight episodes, according to TV Squad.

In addition, he’s landed a production deal with the network to star in an action drama series. Rumor has it, he has plenty of experience in both action and drama.

I kid. Good luck to Washington in his new job.

No word yet on the name of his new show or when it will air.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Dean Cain in talks to join Smallville

Yes, I’ve been clamoring for Dean Cain to guest star on Smallville for so long that you’re probably sick of hearing about it. Sorry, but once a TV crush, always a TV crush, so you’ll just have to endure.

Cain is reportedly in talks with Smallville producers about a guest role on the show, according to the TV Squad report from the Television Critics Association press tour. Feel free to do a happy dance. I’ve already done mine.

Cain was at the TCA press tour to promote his upcoming Hallmark miniseries Final Approach that will air in April 2008. The show also stars Lea Thomspon and Anthony Michael Hall.

If you’re wondering what the former Superman has been up to since leaving Las Vegas, apparently he’s busy being a dad. Photos of Cain and his son have popped up all over the Internet during the last month. The latest ones are at Just Jared and show Cain committing fashion suicide by donning a pair of neon orange Crocs.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Tube News: Jason Priestley returns to TV, Nip/Tuck news, Ian Ziering scoop, and Scott Baio’s new show

Jason Priestley returns to TV
Beverly Hills 90210 fans, Brandon Walsh has a new gig. Well, not Brandon exactly, but his portrayer Jason Priestley. He’ll star in tonight’s new Lifetime show Side Order of Life, premiering at 8 p.m. ET. The show is billed as a dramedy. I’ve seen a clip, and it’s funny. Check it out. Following Priestley’s new show at 9 p.m. ET, is the debut of another new series, State of Mind, with Lili Taylor. For more info on both shows, check out Lifetime.

Nip/Tuck news
The Television Critics Association summer press tour is underway, and scoop on the new season of Nip/Tuck is the talk of the weekend. First up, the core cast will be back, including Kimber, Liz, Julia and Matt, despite that our favorite plastic surgeons are moving to L.A., TV Guide reported. Guest stars lined up for the new season include Lauren Hutton, Jennifer Coolidge, Portia de Rossi, Olive Platt, and Bradley Cooper. Yes, that Bradley Cooper. Thank you, Nip/Tuck producers! Also, Rosie O’Donnell will return as Dawn Budge. For more on the upcoming season, check out the story at TV Guide.

Ian Ziering as The Price is Right host?
Earlier this week, the New York Daily News reported that 90210/Dancing With the Stars alum Ian Ziering is in the running for the hosting job at The Price Is Right. He had a callback and really wants the job, the News reported.

Scott Baio is 45 and Single
You know I hate touting reality television shows, but I’m making an exception when it stars one of my, and probably your, TV crushes from the ‘80s. For all of you who crushed on Chachi from Happy Days/ Joanie Loves Chachi and Charles in Charge, Baio is back on television tonight in this reality show about his love life. Rumor has it he’ll confront his former costar Erin Moran about their sordid past. I may regret telling you this, but the show kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET on VH1. I have a feeling this show is going to be like a car accident, cringe worthy but captivating.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Smallville casts Supergirl

Photo: Laura Vandervoot

Clark Kent won’t be the only alien in Smallville this season. His cousin, Supergirl, aka Kara, is joining the show to “shake things up,” series creator Al Gough told TV Guide.

Playing the part of young Kara is Instant Star actress Laura Vandervoot. She’s blonde. She’s beautiful. And she apparently has all of Clark’s abilities, and some he doesn’t yet. Supergirl can fly.

Kara was allegedly sent to Earth all those years ago in a spaceship, too. However, she’s been stuck in suspended animation for 16 years, TV Guide reported. Her story arc will include getting acclimated to Earth’s little pleasures, from iPods to shoes.

I’m sure watching Supergirl adjust to Earth will be fun, but I don’t want Clark’s story to suffer because of it. Smallville is the tale of young Superman, not young Supergirl. If Gough and the gang can manage to keep the show focused on Clark, while giving us some humor with his cousin, then great. But, I don’t want to see Clark Kent playing a supporting role to the new girl.

In related news, the new editor of The Daily Planet was cast recently, and it’s not Dean Cain. In fact, it’s someone who doesn’t look old enough to be a reporter, let alone an editor. Actor Michael Cassidy, who you’ll recognize as The O.C.’s Zach and also from Hidden Palms, won the part. He’s supposedly a love interest for Lois.

I know. I know. Lois gets around. I’ve made peace with it.

Psych returns Friday and kicks it old school

Using my psychic powers, I predict that Friday night at 10 p.m., you will sit down in front of your television and watch one of the funniest detective shows to ever grace our screens.

OK, so that’s not so much a psychic prediction as a suggestion. But the fact is, Psych returns with new episodes on USA network this Friday, and I couldn’t be happier.

Last year, I told you that Psych was one of the funniest shows to come our way. This year, it’s still true. If you don’t believe me, hit play and watch the clips at the end of this column.

I’ve already seen the premiere, thanks to the kind folks at USA, and it’s laugh-out-loud funny.

If you’re a child of the ‘80s, this show is for you. With lines like, “For the love of Lori Loughlin,” how can you not giggle?

The premiere finds Gus and Shawn entering a reality singing show contest, American Duos, that is a blatant rip off of American Idol, right down to the judges: a spaced-out clueless female, who resembles Paula, and an arrogant bully, that smacks of Simon. Gina Gershon and Tim Curry guest star, respectively.

I don’t want to spoil the show for you, but I will tell you this. When Gus and Shawn perform their final routine, you will be howling. (And probably singing that ‘80s lyric, “Shout, shout, let it all out.”) Gus does a dead on Michael Jackson, right down to the Thriller hands. Brilliant.

The quips on this show fly fast and furious, so be alert. Gus and Shawn have such great lines, you may have to rewind a couple times to get all the jokes. But you won’t mind. It’s clever, quick-witted, and fun.

Those of you who e-mailed asking me if you would recognize any familiar TV faces on this show, the answer is yes. Dule Hill, who played Charlie on The West Wing, stars as Gus. Watch his facial expressions. They deserve an Emmy of their own. L.A. Law fans will recognize Corbin Bernsen as Shawn’s father. He’s perfect in the role as a retired police detective. To get all the scoop on Psych, check out the USA Web site.

When I discussed Psych in the Tube Talk report on my weekly radio gig on Magic 106.5 earlier this week, I was trying to convince morning show host Jack Logar, and the rest of the listeners, to watch. I think these clips should help my cause. In the first one, Prince even gets a shout out. Enjoy!

Don't Forget the Lyrics is my kind of show

Commentary with a Co-Ed
by Ashley Gouveia

OK, I have to confess. I, Ashley, am a professional shower singer. I try to belt out, to the best of my ability, everything from the Manilow to the Jovi, Bohemian Rhapsody to My Heart Will Go On. I’m also known to mix it up with some of my contemporary faves like Nickelback and Lifehouse, on occasion while I’m sudsing up. So, when I heard about the new game show Don’t Forget the Lyrics, I knew this was my idea of entertainment.

The concept of trying to remember the lyrics to some of the best songs of all time while playing for a million dollars enticed me to tune in. Host Wayne Brady is icing on the cake. The guy is hysterical! I loved him on Whose Line is it Anyway?, and he doesn’t disappoint in this new gig.

Here’s the basic premise: Contestants gets a chance to win a million dollars if they remember the lyrics to ten classic songs from all different genres. In true game-show fashion, the player is also supplied with three lifelines…oops, I mean backups. The tough part is that not only does the player have to know the lyrics, they have to sing them as well. Talk about karaoke times 1,000! Singing in the shower is one thing, but in front of a live audience and millions of others at home is another. Contestants should get money just for having the guts to do it in the first place, if you ask me.

The contestant last night was Katie Moeser, a self-proclaimed geek who plans on spending her winnings on the best microscope and ant farm money can buy. I would have gone for a new car or a tropical vacation but hey, good for her. She had reached $50,000 by the end of the night. She bravely sang Madonna’s Material Girl and Jackson Five’s ABC. Brady even joined in as backup to the Jackson Five hit, which was a something to see.

The show ended with Moeser picking her next category: classic rock. Tonight, she will go on to try for the million. This show is a lot of fun to watch. Especially when you have some friends over. Everyone can sing-a-long with the contestants, without having to worry about how awful you sound or if you get the lyrics wrong. Because let’s face it, everyone makes up some of their own words from time to time.

The only thing I would change about this show is the length. A half hour is way too short for me. But, I guess that’s normal for game shows.

Tune in to see if Katie takes it all home at 8:30/7:30 ET on FOX. Until then, I’ll stick to singing in the shower and then enjoy watching the brave souls sing their hearts out for money.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

You must watch Waitress

by Jennifer Squires Biller

It’s not often I tell you what to do, Tubers. But today, I’m making an exception.

You must, I repeat, MUST watch the new Keri Russell film Waitress. Run, don’t walk, to find a theater showing this delightful little independent film about a pie maker who questions her choices in life. It’s deliciously good and made me chuckle repeatedly through its duration.

Longtime Tube Talk readers know my love for Russell’s work dates back to her under appreciated Felicity days, one of my all-time favorite TV shows. (The fact that she never won an Emmy for Felicity is still one of Emmys biggest travesties.) But, honestly, I’m not biased.

On the big screen, Russell still has that uncanny ability to show vulnerability, humor and realism - seamlessly - making the audience feel her pain and step into her dismal life as a pie maker and waitress. A less talented actress may have had problems evoking a connection to audiences, since her character Jenna is a pregnant woman with no warm/fuzzy feelings to her unborn baby, but Russell doesn’t. She pulls at your heartstrings and makes you understand her impossible situation.

TV lovers will be pleasantly surprised to see several other familiar television faces in Waitress, including Andy Griffith, Nathan Fillion and Cheryl Hines. Griffith is a delight as the crotchety diner owner, Fillion is perfect as the nervous, dreamy doctor who falls for Jenna, and Hines evokes more than one laugh as Jenna’s sympathetic co-worker.

Don’t be surprised if you have a yearning for pie when you leave the theater, especially the “I hate my husband pie.” The description alone is enough to get the taste buds watering: “You take bittersweet chocolate and don’t sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel..."

If you live in small town, USA, you may have a difficult time finding Waitress in a theater near you. I had to drive about 45 minutes to find a theater showing it, but trust me; it’s worth it. Waitress may be the sweetest little film you’ll see all year.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Scott Baio turns to reality TV to find love

Chachi has a problem.

Apparently, dating some of Hollywood’s most beautiful women has taken a toll on former-Happy-Days-star Scott Baio. The problem: He’s middle aged and single, and still unable to commit to a meaningful relationship.

How does he deal with a mid-life crisis, when his former list of girlfriends includes Heather Locklear, Pam Anderson, Denise Richards and Nicolette Sheridan? Well, let’s just say he isn’t buying a sports car.

He’s turning to a new VH1 reality show called 45 and Single that will document his eight-week adventure with a life coach, who helps Baio get to the bottom of his relationship issues. During the course of his “treatment,” he’ll confront and reconnect with several of his old flames.

His “treatment” also includes the one thing Fonzie would never approve of: abstinence. Baio tries to sort through his sordid past and discover why he’s never been the settling down type.

As much as I hate reality television, I may have to watch this crazy show. Can you imagine Baio reconnecting with Locklear or Richards or Anderson? Or even his former costar Erin Moran?

I used to have a raging crush on Chachi and later Charles in Charge. So, I certainly understand why the ladies love him. Who could resist that cute smile, that ever-present crucifix necklace, and even that ridiculous bandana he wore tied around his leg. Ah, the ‘80s!

Scott Baio is 45 and Single premieres this Sunday ,July 15, at 10:30 p.m. ET on VH1.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Tube News: Jason Priestley, The Apprentice, The Black Donnellys, and Whack an Ex

Former Beverly Hills 90210 star Jason Priestley, aka Brandon Walsh, is a daddy. He and his wife recently welcomed a baby girl. No word yet on the new baby’s name, but supposedly Brenda, Kelly and Donna are not in the running.

NBC is apparently bringing back the Donald Trump reality show The Apprentice. The show had been cancelled, but NBC changed its mind. I wonder if they actually said, “You’re not fired.” No word yet on when it will return to the schedule.

Fans of The Black Donnellys are taking a cue from Jericho fans, and launching their own food campaign to save the cancelled show. Instead of nuts, the Donnellys’ fans are sending Zesta crackers.

I enjoyed the USA mini series The Starter Wife, but this marketing tool makes me love the show all the more. Check out this hilarious game at the USA Network site that lets players upload a photo of their exes and then proceed to whack away at him/her with a stiletto, a hammer, or your tool of choice. It’s hours of fun, Tubers.

Eva Longoria marries NBA star

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria married NBA star Tony Parker in France over the weekend, twice. Once, in a required civil ceremony, and then again, in a lavish ceremony at a French castle.

Longoria’s female co-stars were in attendance, except Marcia Cross, who didn’t want to leave her new twin daughters.

But, it was friend Mario Lopez who started tongues wagging, when he showed up with his Dancing With the Stars partner Karina Smirnoff. The two were rumored to be dating while they were on the show, but had denied it.

For the full story on the Desperate Housewife nuptials, as well as a sketch of Longoria’s amazing gown, check out this link at People.

Congratulations, Eva and Tony!

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Nine returning to ABC temporarily

Remember last fall when I fell for the The Nine, and then ABC pulled it from the air without telling viewers what happened in that bank?

Well, the network is burning off the final six unaired episodes, beginning Aug. 1 at 10 p.m. ET, according to TV Guide.

But be warned: fans won’t find out exactly what happened in the bank, as the final episode does not explain everything “100 percent.” Hmmm, perhaps The Nine writers started taking tips from the Lost folks.

Is it wrong that at this point in the summer TV drought that I don’t care if I don’t get answers? Frankly, I’m just happy to have a good scripted show back on the tube, instead of the awful summer shows the networks crank out.

The fact that The Nine stars Tim Daly and Scott Wolf is just gravy.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Big Brother returns tonight, can I get a "Woo-Hoo?"

Commentary with a Co-Ed
by Ashley Gouveia

TV voyeurs and reality show lovers, it’ s that time of year again: Big Brother is back with season eight and 14 new houseguests. It’s sure to keep us entertained through the summer nights.

Big Brother is my favorite reality show and my one summer addiction. (Well, that, and any flavor ice cream I can get my hands on.) I love the show. It has a group of strangers trapped together, strategy, drama and backstabbing, just like an episode of Lost, but without Sawyer.

Every season, I wish that I could tell my favorite houseguest what to do. Last season with the All Stars, I wanted nothing more than to tell Janelle not to trust Dr. Will and Mike “Boogie.” But I had to accept it and watch as the evil doctor and his sidekick took control over the house. But not this year!

In a cool new twist, one player in the house is designated as “America’s Player.” Unbeknownst to the rest of the house, this player will take orders from the audience.

Hmmm…I hope America is kind. I can only imagine the twisted orders this player is going to receive.

After each episode, we’ll be able to cast our votes online, deciding what we want the houseguest to do. It could be either a strategic move or a personal one.

This new interactive part sounds like a fun twist. To me, it’s always more interesting when the viewers get a chance to be involved. That’s why I liked the past seasons America’s Choice.

Another twist that is sure to dish out some major drama is what many people would consider their worst nightmare. This season, some of the houseguests will be living with an enemy or rival. I don’t know about you, but if I was stuck in a house with a person I couldn’t stand, I’d volunteer to be evicted. This might be worse than the living-with-your-ex twist from season four.

It’s sure to be an interesting summer in the Big Brother house. Season eight premieres tonight 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. I’m going to be glued to my TV every week to find out who will take home the grand prize. I can’t wait!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Does ABC owe Isaiah Washington an apology?

Last night, Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington talked to Larry King about his firing from the show for using a homophobic slur. The star said he wanted to clear his name and set the record straight about what really happened on the set.

Washington told King that he did not call costar T.R. Knight the “f word.” Washington said he used the word in reference to himself, as an implication of weakness, during an argument with Patrick Dempsey. Washington was upset with Dempsey’s repeated tardiness and said a lot of inappropriate words during the argument, as both men’s tempers flared, Washington said. His comment to Dempsey was that, “You’re not going to treat me like a f-----,” Washington told King.

“I used the word, but it was never to refer to T.R. Knight,” Washington said. Yet, Washington apologized once again on Larry King Live for using the word and said he regretted the incident and that he and Dempsey had apologized to one another and had moved in a positive direction.

Washington said he was treated unfairly in the press because it was erroneously reported that he used the word against Knight, and that story was never corrected by ABC or Knight. ABC/Touchstone had not allowed Washington to talk about the incident previously, he said.

Washington was fired after a press conference for the Golden Globes, where Washington denied that he had used the “f word” against Knight. After the Globes, Washington went to counseling and did a public service announcement against homophobia.

“I’m relieved I can finally tell my side of he story,” Washington said. “I am not homophobic in no way shape or form… Patrick and I were moving in a good direction. We apologized and cleared up our frustration. He apologized to me for being late. We were men and solved this issue.”

When King pressed Washington on why the “f word” would even be in his vocabulary, Washington explained that he grew up in a gay community in New York and that the “f word was thrown around” a lot while living there, by his gay friends. He said he has the support of many in the gay community. He had even written an article a long time ago condemning homophobia in Essence magazine.

When asked if his cast mates had contacted him, Washington got teary eyed when discussing a supportive e-mail from costar Sandra Oh. He also mentioned Chandra Wilson and James Pickens’ support.

According to Washington, Knight used the incident to lobby for a better storyline and a pay hike. King asked if anyone else should have been fired, and Washington said, “I think T.R. should have been addressed, yes, because of the behavior that he promoted.”

Neither Knight or Dempsey responded to comment requests from King. Washington said he didn’t expect them too, as they are under a gag order, and Disney still writes their paychecks. “You don’t mess with the mouse,” he joked.

If this story is true, then the world and ABC owe Washington an apology. He’s now been labeled as homophobic and a difficult actor.

I wish Dempsey would issue a statement, or perhaps some other cast mates. If I had gotten myself in hot water, I’d like to think my coworkers would stand up for me, despite a gag order.

Washington came across well on King. ABC and Knight, not so much.

I wish Washington the best of luck. And I hope that someday, the show creator either speaks up in his defense or gives her version of the events.

Dana Delaney may become a Desperate Housewife

Dana Delany, of China Beach fame, could end up a desperate housewife.

Delany is in talks to join the popular ABC show Desperate Housewives, according to Michael Ausiello at TV Guide.

Delany previously turned down the role of Bree three times, so I’m not sure what could entice her to finally join the primetime soap. Maybe she’s heard about Bree’s delicious cakes.

I know Desperate Housewives has taken a beating from critics the last two seasons, but I still enjoy the show. But, if ABC wants to infuse some new life into it, via new cast members, may I suggest some new male neighbors on Wisteria Lane?

I can think of plenty of faces I would much rather see living next door to the dysfunctional housewives than Delany. How about Ed star Thomas Cavanagh or JAG star David James Elliot? If those guys are too expensive, then how about former General Hospital star Wally Kurth? He sings, he can act, and he has dimples that would make Gaby melt in her stilettos. (Gaby’s portrayer Eva Longoria actually got her start on daytime, too.)

What do you think of Delany joining the housewives? Will you tune in to watch her?

Monday, July 02, 2007

John Stamos says he is not a drunk

John Stamos wants you to know that he doesn’t have a problem with alcohol, despite that bizarre appearance on an early morning talk show in Australia to promote ER.

In the interview, Stamos seemed disoriented, made an obscene gesture, jokingly insulted the host’s dress, and exhibited other odd behavior.

Stamos talked to TV Guide Monday about the incident, saying once again it was jet lag, lack of sleep, and the over-the-counter sleep medicine Ambien - not alcohol - that triggered his strange behavior.

“I was not drinking. I did not drink either morning,” Stamos told TV Guide. “I do not have an alcohol problem. I am not David Hasselhoff. This is not a pattern.”

(I would have gone with a Danny DeVito reference, myself, but whatever.)

Stamos said he did visit a strip club and had a Guinness beer his first night down under, but that he absolutely was not drunk during the TV appearance. He had serious jet lag, due to a trek through New York, New Orleans, Japan and Greece, before hitting Australia, he said. (He had been vacationing in Greece with his former Full House cast mate Bob Saget, TV Guide reported.)

Stamos has learned his lesson about taking Ambien and not getting a full eight-hours of sleep, he said. But, he’s worried that his reputation has been tarnished.

I’m not sure what advice Uncle Jesse would give in this situation, but I’m pretty sure he’d say we all make mistakes and all should be forgiven. Besides, the horror of having that appearance forever immortalized on You Tube is punishment enough.

It’s OK, Uncle Jesse. We still love you.

To watch the video and see the original story, click here.

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