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Richard T. Jones to Play the New Governor in 'Hawaii Five-0'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 4th 2011 8:30AM
Richard T. JonesIt's been a busy few weeks for the 'Hawaii Five-0' casting team. Hot on the heels of the news that Terry O'Quinn and Tom Sizemore are joining the cast for Season 2, we hear that Richard T. Jones is the latest actor to start packing his beach towel and shorts.

According to TVGuide.com, the 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' star has has signed on for a recurring role as the new Governor of Hawaii.

Jones will play the previously unseen Lt. Governor, who steps in to replace Jean Smart in the governor's mansion. Her character, Governor Pat Jameson, was assassinated in the Season 1 Finale after being exposed as a traitor.

A source close to the show said that this new -- as yet unnamed -- governor will be more conservative than Jameson and keep a tighter leash on Steve McGarrett and his team.

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'Hawaii Five-0' Finale: McGarrett Discovers the Truth About the Governor (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 17th 2011 10:45AM
Jean Smart, 'Hawaii Five-0'Betrayal abounded on the first season finale of the rebooted 'Hawaii Five-0' (Mon., 10PM ET on CBS). McGarrett finally got a piece of the puzzle together when he realized the governor's duplicity and involvement with Wo Fat. This tied her to McGarrett's father's demise.

He even got an admission of guilt in the death of Laura Hills earlier this episode, for all the good it's going to do him. The Governor said she's loyal to the people who are loyal to her. It's a great philosophy, but one that isn't shared by Wo Fat.

He arrives in the nick of time with a taser to take down McGarrett, who had the governor at gunpoint. Now, what to do about him.

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Taraji P. Henson Joins J.J. Abrams Pilot, Two Board 'Wonder Woman' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 4th 2011 11:05AM
Taraji P. Henson Joins J.J. Abrams PilotTaraji P. Henson is a 'Person of Interest.' The Oscar-nominated actress will star opposite Michael Emerson on the CBS pilot.

According to Vulture, Henson will play Carter, a detective. The J.J. Abrams-produced pilot follows an ex-CIA agent who is hired by a billionaire to help fight crime in New York City. Emerson will play the eccentric billionaire.

Henson previously appeared on 'Eli Stone' and 'Boston Legal.'

In other casting news ...

Gabrielle Union has joined the cast of 'Little in Common.' The Rob Thomas comedy follows three couples who are connected via Little League sports. Union will play a very competitive lobbyist. [Deadline]

Jean Smart will star in NBC's untitled comedy about a family of doctors. Smart will play Dr. Barbara Foote, a meddlesome mom. [Deadline]

Aidan Quinn will star in 'Prime Suspect.' Quinn will play Lt. Kenny Rowe. Maria Bello stars as Det. Jane Tennison. [TVLine]

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Ed Has No Idea How to Court a Woman on 'Bleep My Dad Says' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 28th 2011 4:01AM
'Bleep My Dad Says' - 'Ed Goes to Court'Apparently, there is a woman out there that Captain Kirk can't get into bed with a few choice words. And her name is Jean Smart. Well, it's Rosemary, but she's played very charmingly by Jean Smart.

Granted, the good Captain is a little older, and has let himself go in more ways than one on '$#*! My Dad Says' (Thu., 8:30PM on CBS), but he still possesses all the confidence of his younger and more charismatic days.

These days, William Shatner's Ed is a grumpy curmudgeon, but he's also brutally honest at all times, to the point of often reducing one of his sons to tears. That honesty may endear him to us at home, but it doesn't work quite as well when he's making his moves on the ladies.

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Jean Smart Joins 'Hawaii Five-O'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 9th 2010 1:01PM
jean_smart_fox_24The other day when it was announced that Scott Caan would be Danno on 'Hawaii Five-O,' it struck me that this new revamped version of the CBS crime drama was going to be fast-tracked for the fall. It just seems like 'Hawaii Five-O' is this pilot season's 'NCIS: Los Angeles' -- a veritable sure thing.

It's even more of a mortal lock today with this addition to the cast: Jean Smart will be joining 'Hawaii Five-O' as Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson. She will be the one person to whom Steve McGarrett has to answer. This is a direct link back to the original series, in which Jack Lord as McGarrett reported to the Governor, then played by Richard Denning.

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Emmy Winner Jean Smart Joins 'Hawaii Five-O' Remake

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 9th 2010 9:15AM
Aloha, Martha Logan! Kooky former '24' First Lady Jean Smart is staying in the political game, but this time, she'll be the governor of Hawaii.

Smart, who received two Emmy nominations for her role as the wife of plotting President Charles Logan on seasons 5 and 6 of '24,' has signed on to play the completely ethical Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson in CBS' 'Hawaii Five-O' remake.

The multiple Emmy winner ('Samantha Who?'; 'Frasier') joins a 'Hawaii' cast that already includes 'Moonlight' and 'Three Rivers' star Alex O'Loughlin as Det. Steve McGarrett, 'Ocean's Eleven' star Scott Caan as Danny "Book 'em, Danno" Williams, 'Lost's' Daniel Dae Kim as Det. Chin Ho Kelly and 'Sons of Anarchy's' Taryn Manning as McGarrett's younger sister, Mary Ann.

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Jean Smart Would've "Loved to Go Back" to '24,' But Martha Logan Is Dead (Maybe)

by Nicholas White, posted Jan 7th 2010 6:30PM
Nominated for an Emmy as mentally unstable First Lady Martha Logan in '24,' Jean Smart says she wanted to return to the hit Fox show -- but it's now too late.

"Well, it's done now, I think," Smart told Moviefone at Wednesday's premiere of 'Youth in Revolt' in Hollywood, of the possibility of returning to '24.'

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Emmy Wish List: Supporting Categories - Comedy

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 15th 2009 4:29PM
emmy_statue_rightWhen it comes to the Primetime Emmy nominations, there are scads of terrific supporting performances to choose from in the comedy field. The difficulty is narrowing it down to just six actors and six actresses (which is better than last year's five each). Maybe the Emmys should take a page from the Academy Awards and double the number of nominations -- this year's Best Picture will include ten noms. That's not going to happen, but that doesn't mean my wish list discussion can't mention all those worthy comedy performers.

Last year's comedy winners, Jean Smart for Samantha Who? and Jeremy Piven for Entourage, were both multiple winners. In Jean's case, it wasn't all for the same role, but Jeremy has been pulling a John Larroquette/Don Knotts in this category. (Larroquette and Knotts dominated this category; the former winning for Night Court from 1985-88, while Knotts won five times for The Andy Griffith Show from 1961-67). My wish list would start by shaking things up.

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Samantha Who?: The Dream Job/The First Date - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 10th 2009 3:27PM
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Samantha Who? is going to be a trivia question one day. What was the name of that comedy on ABC that got good reviews and pretty good ratings and people seemed to like it and then ABC canceled it? Of course, that could probably describe quite a few shows the past several years, but I think the cancellation of Samantha Who? surprised a lot of people when ABC had their upfront a couple of months ago. Now they're doubling up on episodes this summer.

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Who has a question for the Samantha Who cast?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 24th 2009 8:01PM


Let's say you were trapped in an elevator with Samantha Who? star Christina Applegate. Just you and her, stuck between the 7th and 8th floors of a high-rise, waiting for someone to come and get the elevator moving again so you won't be late for your Pilates class. What question would you ask her?

Well, you have the chance to ask Applegate anything you want, and you don't even have to be trapped in a box. It's actually via Outside The Box, over at AOL Television. You can submit a question to either Applegate, Jean Smart, or Barry Watson. If your question is chosen they'll even use your name and where you're from. You can even leave your question in the comments section below.

I have no idea if you'd want to ask Applegate about Married...With Children or Smart about Designing Women or Watson about 7th Heaven. But if you do ask Watson something about that show, I'd like to know if Jessica Biel is still going out with Justin Timberlake or if she's available.

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ABC books a full season of Samantha Who

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 1st 2008 1:27PM
Christina A Sam WhoI can't say I've been thrilled with some of the announced pick ups for the remainder of the season. NBC's faith in Knight Rider, for instance, has me scratching my head. Here's one that I can get behind: ABC has given Samantha Who a full season pick up.

The Christina Applegate single camera comedy -- which includes Jean Smart's Emmy-winning supporting performance as Sam's alternately attentive and annoying mother -- has had a terrific sophomore season thus far.

I'm not talking about the ratings, although ABC is pleased that the show has been doing a good job holding onto the strong lead-in from Dancing With the Stars (although this is not a scintillating edition of Dancing). For me, Samantha Who is just as funny as last year, but now things are getting more complicated and interesting.

Just last week, for instance, Sam was given an experimental drug to -- hopefully -- help her reclaim lost memories. Through flashback flashes we learned a lot more about Todd and Sam's relationship and how they've gotten to where they are. The episode was packed with emotion and funny bits of business, and yet in the end we were still on that precipice, waiting for Sam to remember that she loves Todd.

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Jean Smart Interview for 'Samantha Who?'

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 27th 2008 6:00AM
Jean Smart"We do have fun when we do our flashbacks, because Christina gets to be bad Samantha, and I get to be even worse Regina!"

Jean Smart's played a designing woman, a crazy-like-a-fox First Lady and a brassy love interest for fussy Frasier.

Now, as Christina Applegate's hilariously self-involved mama Regina on 'Samantha Who?,' she's racked up her sixth Emmy nod.

She talked to AOL TV about her mother of a role, whether she really offed the Prez on '24' and playing mommy to two hot stars on the big screen.


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Supporting comedy actor and actress finalists

by Brett Love, posted Jul 4th 2008 8:50AM

Kristin Chenoweth - Pushing DaisiesHere come two more lists of the ten actors and actresses that are finalists for Emmy nominations in the supporting comedy categories. As with the other awards, there are some surprises on the list, and some notable omissions. For the ladies, the headline is that last year's winner, Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl), didn't make the cut. Surprise finalists include Conchata Ferrell (Two And A Half Men) and Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live). I don't mind seeing Conchata on the list because she is consistently funny on the show, but I don't know that there is enough to her role for her to actually garner a nomination when you consider the competition.

On the other side of the coin, the defending champ, Jeremy Piven (Entourage), is back. None of the boys over at SNL managed to make the leap from Variety to Comedy that Poehler did.

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Jean Smart: The TV Squad interview

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 16th 2008 11:02AM
Jean SmartJean Smart is one of TV's most popular and prodigious actresses. Capable of doing comedy and drama equally well, it seems that not a season passes without Jean making her mark. This past year, she was wonderful as Christina Applegate's mother on Samantha Who?

The two-time Emmy winner (for guesting on Frasier), is likely to win an Emmy nomination, which I discussed with her recently. But what about her other TV work. Here's some thoughts about 24, Designing Women and other TV memories. And find out what she thinks is the best show ever on television!

Allison Waldman: What are your memories from playing Charlene Frazier on Designing Women?

Jean Smart: There are so many. Of course, meeting my husband (Richard Gilliland). I met him on the fifth episode and we hadn't even been on the air yet. I remember the chemistry that we all had together, which was so much fun. When my character got married on the show, I found out I was pregnant, so I got it in just under the wire. Charlene was a good Baptist girl, she couldn't be pregnant without being married.

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Samantha Who?: The Birthday (season finale)

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 12th 2008 11:42PM
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(S01E15) "It's my birthday?" - Sam

Even if it wasn't an earth-shattering or intense episode, Samantha Who?'s season finale was satisfying. The episode wrapped up the Chloe/Todd relationship, clarified where Sam and Todd stand, and gave Sam another clean slate (she got the first one after when she woke up from the coma with amnesia). It also marked the first time that all series regulars shared a scene together.

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