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Cheryl Hines, Carrie Fisher Join Debra Messing in ABC's 'Wright vs. Wrong'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Mar 24th 2010 4:45PM
Carrie FisherABC has nabbed two more funny ladies for its political comedy 'Wright vs. Wrong.' According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star Cheryl Hines and Carrie Fisher have signed on for the network's pilot.

As previously reported
, the single-camera comedy stars Debra Messing ('Will & Grace,' 'The Starter Wife') as Evelyn Wright, a strong-minded conservative political figure whose on-air confidence and ambition contrasts with her off-air insecurities and shortcomings. Hines will go toe-to-toe with Messing as Evelyn's liberal rival and sworn enemy, while Fisher will play as Evelyn's no-nonsense manager.

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Spring TV: Which Pilots Will Crash and Burn?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 23rd 2010 5:32PM


There are two groups of people who get really excited about pilot season: L.A. actors hoping for a break and television writers. Being a member of the latter category, I admit to a tingly feeling creeping over me as word of the shows in development at all the big networks are starting to leak out. While most people are attributing feelings of renewal to the change in the weather, I'm happily anticipating what J.J. Abrams has in store for us this fall.

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'Almost Famous' Star Joins ABC Comedy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 9:00PM
Patrick FugitThe new shows keep rolling off the assembly line, including this one starring actor Patrick Fugit.

The actor has been picked up for a new sitcom pilot from ABC called 'Wright vs. Wrong' along side 'Will & Grace' actress Debra Messing.

Messing plays a conservative pundit juggling her "public persona despite facing her own vulnerabilities." Fugit plays a writer to the pundit, described as a "liberal NYU graduate." Think of it as an 'Odd Couple' but with more accusations of being a closet communist.

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Debra Messing Signs on for ABC Comedy Pilot

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:30AM
Her brief foray into more dramatic fare -- the rare USA Network failure that was the 'Starter Wife' series -- didn't pan out, so now 'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing is going to try to make viewers laugh again.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Messing has signed on to play the lead role in 'Wright vs. Wrong,' a cleverly-titled sitcom pilot about Evelyn Wright, a conservative pundit whose personal life is under scrutiny because of her public image.

Messing, who received an Emmy nomination for the underrated 'Starter Wife' and won an Emmy (out of five nominations) for her role as wacky interior designer Grace Adler on 'Will & Grace,' will also act as an executive producer on 'Wright vs. Wrong,' along with actress/writer Stephenie Weir ('MadTV'), who penned the pilot, and 'Arrested Development' producer Mitch Hurwitz.

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Debra Messing Will Be All 'Wright vs. Wrong'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:29AM
debra_messing_hand_face_smileGrace is ready to try again. Actress Debra Messing has signed for a new television show called 'Wright vs. Wrong,' a sitcom for ABC, and if you think this is going to be anything like 'Will & Grace,' think again. (Although if they're smart, it better be just as funny!)

The premise of the pilot for 'Wright vs. Wrong' is that Debra plays Evelyn Wright, a strong-minded, ambitious political personality who espouses the conservative, right-wing agenda. However, while she has this tough, conservative personality for the public, behind the scenes she's consumed by her foibles and flaws.

So she's half-Grace Adler, the flawed, foibled part. Grace's politics, at least what she tried to articulate in her goofy way, was of the liberal lefty variety.

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TV News Daily: Debra Messing Returns to NBC

by Thomas DiChiara, posted Apr 21st 2009 12:00PM
Debra MessingDebra Messing is returning to NBC.

The actress, who shot to stardom with the Peacock's hit series 'Will & Grace,' is returning to the network with a new comedy, in which she'll star as a laid-off CEO tackling the toughest job of her life: being a full-time wife and mom.

In other news, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are getting their very own 'Keeping Up' spinoff on E!, and 'Ugly Betty' is returning to the ABC lineup a week earlier than originally planned.

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.

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All-star cast joins Debra Messing on The Starter Wife

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 1st 2008 3:10PM
Debra Messing will star in The Starter Wife Debra Messing's Emmy-award winning miniseries The Starter Wife is getting some new cast members. Joining the former Will and Grace star are David Alan Bashe of Lipstick Jungle, Danielle Nicolet of Heartland, Brielle Barbusca of Hope & Faith, and Hart Bochner of Die Hard.

The USA original series follows the post-divorce hi-jinx of Molly Kagan (Messing) as she embarks on a new chapter in her life. USA is bringing back the hit miniseries for ten episodes this fall. Messing is now executive producer as well.

Bashe will play Molly's ex-husband, Kenny Kagen. Nicolet will play Liz Marsh, Molly's new friend and wife a a pro-baseball player. Barbusca will play Jaden, Molly and Kenny's daughter. And Bochner will play Molly's new love interest and writing class teacher. Returning for guest appearances is Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds who plays Molly's former boyfriend Lou Manahan.

The series will premiere on USA in October. What do you think? Will The Starter Wife work as a full-fledged series?

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USA Network upfront: old characters, and a few new ones - AUDIO

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 27th 2008 12:01PM
USA NetworkLast night, USA Network invited some of their favorite advertisers -- and a few reporters -- to their upfront presentation, held at The Modern, a sleek restaurant and lounge located at New York's Museum of Modern Art. It was an opportunity for USA and NBC Universal executives to crow about the network's continued success as well as let advertisers know what's coming up in 2008 and how they can combine their advertising message with the unique "characters" that USA offers.

All that's well and good -- be ready for more product placement and ad pods that other networks have recently adopted -- but the best part about an upfront presentation are the stars that the network drags out to schmooze and booze with those advertisers. And USA brought the big guns, including Tony Shalhoub from Monk, Debra Messing from The Starter Wife, Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell from Burn Notice, Dulé Hill, James Roday, and Corbin Bernsen from Psych, Kathryn Erbe and Chris Noth from Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the WWE's Triple H and Shawn Michaels, and Mary McCormack from the network's new show In Plain Sight. I got to speak to a few of them; audio of those interviews is after the jump.
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USA gives series order to The Starter Wife

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 22nd 2007 11:21AM

Debra Messing will return to her role as Molly Kagan in The Starter WifeGood news for Debra Messing and all of the others involved in the miniseries The Starter Wife. After garnering some pretty decent ratings and several Emmy nominations, USA Networks has given a full series order to the comedy-drama based on the successful novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer.

Former Will & Grace star Messing will return as Molly Kagan, the former Hollywood wife who is now experiencing a second chance at life after her recent divorce. Also returning will be the executive production team of Grazer, Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott. There is no information as to when filming will begin for the premiere season of The Starter Wife or when the first episode will air.

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And now, a post about Debra Messing's breasts

by Bob Sassone, posted May 2nd 2007 3:23PM

Debra MessingEveryone knows that Debra Messing has small breasts, including Messing herself. But NBC execs wanted her to have bigger ones.

At a panel discussion during the Tribeca Film Festival, the Will & Grace star disclosed that she wore "chicken cutlets," a form of silicone breast enhancer, when she shot the pilot of the show. But when the show was picked up by NBC, she didn't want to wear them anymore. After seeing the next couple of episodes, the president of NBC called the producers, wanting to know where her breasts went. They wanted her breasts back, but she refused to wear them.

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Starter Wife gets going on USA - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 13th 2007 12:03PM
Starter Wife - or could it be the alternator?The USA six hour miniseries The Starter Wife presented a half and half panel as the closing event at Friday's TCA ... half of the panel was here in Pasadena, the other half in sunny and gorgeous Australia. Based on the novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer, the series is being shot down under, which doubles as Malibu, and follows the trials and tribulations of Gracie Pollock (Debra Messing) as a freshly dumped (via cell phone just beofre her 10th anniversary) "starter wife".

The miniseries is airing a bit oddly, if you ask me. Not that you did, but since I'm telling the story here, let's pretend like it happened. They're airing the first episode as a two hour show, and then four one-hour episodes after that. All on the USA Network this May. While that may be a bit odd, the show looks like it'll pull in fans of Sex and the City, and is directed by veteran Jon Avnet.

It also stars Joe Mantegna who had the two zinger quotes of the evening:
  • Joe Mantegna, on starter wives: "I've been on the same starter wife for 32 years."
  • Joe Mantegna: on hearing writer and executive producer Josann McGibbon say that she'd been bitten by a leech in Australia, but that it wouldn't have happened in Los Angeles: "Did you just say there's no leeches in L.A.?!"

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Debra Messing stars in USA mini-series

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 11th 2007 2:38PM
debra messingDebra Messing will star in The Starter Wife mini-series on USA Network this spring and summer. She'll play the "newly single and utterly fabulous" Molly Kagan. The series is based on the novel by the same name, about how the 40-something Kagan redefines herself after getting a divorce.

The whole thing is part of Ponds' anti-aging campaign, as Ponds is co-producing the flick. The organization is hosting a contest in advance of The Starter Wife to find the five 40-something women "who best embody the Pond's brand of grown-up beauty."

The six-hour event premieres May 31 and runs through June 28.

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Family Guy: Whistle While Your Wife Works

by Brett Love, posted Nov 13th 2006 10:31AM
Family Guy(S05E05) I'm beginning to think of this as the Brian & Stewie show. Again this week, their story was much better than the Peter story. With Peter's injured hand, the setup was good, but it kind of headed downhill from there. The opening with Quagmire smuggling the fireworks into the country ("Yeah, that's just as fun."), Chris playing David Koresh and the heavy handed FBI agent, and Stewie ignoring Peter's missing fingers while asking for more juice was great. Finally something for Meg to do too.

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Will & Grace: The Finale (series finale)

by Richard Keller, posted May 18th 2006 11:31PM

The cast of Will & Grace(S08E23) There are those who are die-hard fans of Will & Grace, which premiered on the NBC schedule back in 1998. Then there are those who despise the show, which is about the relationship between Grace Adler (Debra Messing) and her gay friend Will Truman (Eric McCormack). The fans love the back-and-forth between the two characters and the dynamic of their relationship. Those who hate the show may be uncomfortable with the subject matter (homosexuality) or the cartoon-ish characterizations of Will and Grace's friends Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) and Karen Walker (Megan Mullally ), or the fact that it's just not funny.

I fall under neither category. I liked Will & Grace, but was not a huge fan. I'd watch it if I happened to see something interesting going on, and I'd laugh at a few of the lines (not as heartily as I would laugh during an episode of Scrubs, though). Yet, Jack annoyed me sometimes and the influx of guest stars on the show was somewhat distracting. In fact, over the last few years I didn't really follow it at all.

However, as this would be the last episode of the series, I decided to give it a review. My opinion on the last show of the series? Meh.

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