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Mary Steenburgen to Visit '30 Rock,' Elisabeth Moss Eyeing BBC Miniseries Lead and More Casting News

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 3rd 2011 9:15AM
Mary SteenburgenWe're still not sure when NBC's '30 Rock' will return to our screens (fingers crossed for early midseason), but when it comes back, expect an extra injection of hilarity from Mary Steenburgen.

According to EW, Steenburgen will guest-star as Charlotte, the "highly spirited and attractive" mother of Elizabeth Banks' character, Avery.

In her multi-episode arc, expect to see WASP-ish Charlotte going head to head with Jack (Alec Baldwin).

Hit the jump for more casting news.

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'Cheers' Reunion Alert! Rhea Perlman to Co-Star With Kirstie Alley

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 7th 2011 2:00PM
Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman reunionIt's a 'Cheers' reunion on Kirstie Alley's new ABC sitcom!

According to Deadline, Rhea Perlman will co-star opposite Alley on 'The Manzanis.'

The new show sees Alley star as Angela Manzani, a very opinionated mother whose family clashes with their new neighbors. Perlman will play Angela's mother-in-law, Camille Manzani.

After 'Cheers' Perlman and Alley shared the screen one other time, in an episode of Alley's Showtime series 'Fat Actress.'

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Cast Wish List: Who Are Your Picks?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 17th 2011 10:30AM
Dancing With the StarsThe quest for the mirrorball trophy -- and pop culture relevance -- is upon us once again.

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 is right around the corner. Though ABC won't announce the cast until Aug. 29, we've heard plenty of casting rumors -- Kristin Cavallari, Snooki, Queen Latifah, Tiffani Thiessen, Chynna Phillips, Rob Kardashian -- but can't resist weighing in with our own dream contestants.

Last season saw Kirstie Alley charm the American public with her resilient 60-year-old moves, Chelsea Kane go from Disney star to 'Dancing' dynamo and Hines Ward win it all. Which celeb has it in 'em this fall to top Kane's Viennese Waltz? Alley's sexy Samba?

From the Playboy boss to ABC's newest talk show star, read on for our list of dream 'Dancing' contestants and weigh in with your picks!

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Kirstie Alley Gets ABC Sitcom Pilot

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 3rd 2011 4:00PM
Kirstie AlleyAfter charming audiences with her cha cha cha on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Kirstie Alley is poised to waltz her way into a new ABC sitcom.

AOL TV first reported Alley's desire to return to comedies -- she told us about possible projects with TV Land and HBO -- but Deadline reports she's landed a multi-camera sitcom called 'The Manzanis.'

Described as a new take on 'Roseanne,' the project follows a family, led by Alley's opinionated wife and mother character, as they move to a "repressed country club town."

The project is written by Marco Pennette ('Caroline in the City') and Dave Flebotte ('Ellen'), with the duo also executive producing. Alley's manager Jason Weinberg and Aaron Kaplan ('Good Christian Belles') are also expected to join the project as executive producers.

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Kirstie Alley Calls Letterman Out for All the Fat Jokes He's Told About Her (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 29th 2011 9:50AM
Kirstie Alley, 'Late Show with David Letterman'It was all fun and games for David Letterman all those times he was cracking jokes about Kirstie Alley's weight on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). Remember this one?

"Kirstie Alley joining 'Dancing With the Stars.' If you don't already own one, now might be a good time to get a wide screen TV."

Kirstie Alley does, and she brought notes of several of his cracks at her expense for her appearance on his show.

Letterman said he felt he had her implied approval, since she'd said "it's okay" about them on an earlier appearance. "I said it's okay, so that was like go ahead and tell 50 of them?" she asked.

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Kirstie Alley Shows Jimmy Fallon a Sexy Cha Cha (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 10th 2011 10:15AM
Late Night with Jimmy FallonKirstie Alley may not have won the mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing With the Stars,' but she's still Jimmy Fallon's favorite. Alley stopped by 'Late Night' (weekdays, 12:35AM on NBC) and Fallon proclaimed her the "Clay Aiken" of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

"You were the fan favorite," Fallon said. "You were the real winner."

Still working her 'DWTS' moves, Alley got Fallon up from behind the desk to teach the talk show host how to cha cha.

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Kirstie Alley Sets the Records Straight on the Men in Her Life (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 27th 2011 4:30PM
Kirstie Alley on 'The Wendy Williams Show'Kirstie Alley's apparent chemistry with her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy on 'Dancing With the Stars' sparked a few rumors about the pair. On today's 'Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Alley spoke about her romantic interests and taste in men, but sidestepped answering Williams questions about Chmerkovskiy in any direct manner.

Williams surprised Alley with a photo of her with a younger man. Alley said the man was 20 years old. "I don't do 20," she said. "I didn't when I was 20 and I don't now." Alley also said she figured she and Chmerkovskiy would be good for a couple of years, when Williams asked if he were a good lover.

Alley dodged the question a bit, saying that she and Chmerkovskiy are just really good friends, and that they have an "incredibly special relationship." Personally, she added, she thinks that Williams is "banging him."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Runners-Up Visit 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 26th 2011 1:00PM
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy seemed to have developed the closest relationship of any of the celebrity/dancer couples on 'Dancing With the Stars' this season, and it showed today on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). They appeared on the show along with Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, the other runners-up from Tuesday's results show.

Even though Alley and Chmerkovskiy lost the Mirrorball Trophy to Hines Ward, Chmerkovskiy said he was happy with how they finished. Alley, not so much. "I think you're an idiot," she said as Chmerkovskiy rolled his eyes. "When you don't get it ... I realize that it's just a Mirrorball, but I was devastated."

Ballas has already won two, one fewer than Derek Hough, who is Regis Philbin's partner of choice, should he ever get on the show.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Finalists Talk About the Season (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 25th 2011 1:15PM
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson on 'Dancing With the Stars'Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward took home the Mirrorball Trophy last night on 'Dancing With the Stars,' and today he and his fellow finalists were on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) talking about this past season.

Ward revealed that dancing scared him so much that he has generally avoided it altogether. "I've never danced in my whole life," he said. "I was so scared I didn't even go to my prom."

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said it was the hardest she's worked in her life, and she has the weight loss to prove it.

And to prove they hadn't had enough of dancing yet, Ward, Alley, Kym Johnson, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsea Kane, Mark Ballas and the 'GMA' crew got out on a dance floor for a bit of a free-for-all. And that was after apparently taking an overnight flight to get to the show. Then again, now no one is judging them when they dance, except perhaps the audience.

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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Hines Ward and Kym Johnson on Winning the Mirrorball Trophy!

by Michael Maloney, posted May 25th 2011 7:00AM
Kym Johnson and Hines WardWith the scores among the three finalists in 'Dancing With the Stars' being so close it was going to come down to who had the strongest fan base. In the end, the Steeler Nation, the fan base of the pro football team that Hines Ward plays for in Pittsburgh, turned out to be stronger than all the 'Cheers' and 'Disney' fans.

Ward and his partner Kym Johnson took home the coveted mirrorball trophy. Emmy-winning actress Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy came in second. Disney star Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas, who was celebrating his 25th birthday yesterday, came in third.

Immediately after the show, the ballroom dance floor turned into a media frenzy. ABC publicists quickly set up a press line with a white, plastic chain-link fence, separated by poles, with press on one side, stars and dancers on the other, and a flurry of interviews began.

AOL TV was on the scene to talk to the new champions, the runner-ups and other Season 12 participants.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 Finale: And the Winners Are... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 2:04AM
'Dancing with the Stars' finaleGoing into this Season 12 Finale of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) there was one round of competitive dancing left. The votes were in, though, and it was guaranteed to be a close battle. Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward were leading the judges' scores coming into the final night, but Kirstie Alley was close behind.

It was a star-studded finale, featuring guest appearances by Sara Evans, the Black-Eyed Peas and the first televised performance by The Go-Gos in five years. But it was the finalists that people were tuning in to see.


Kane and Mark Ballas tackled a Viennese Waltz, followed by a Cha-Cha-Cha by Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Ward and Kym Johnson did a Samba to close out the performance aspect of the season. But this round was a wash as far as the final results went, when the judges gave all three performances a perfect 30 score.

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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward Dish the Finals

by Michael Maloney, posted May 24th 2011 7:00AM
Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Kym Johnson, Hines Ward, Chelse Kane, Mark BallasMany times the winner of 'Dancing With the Stars' is predictable. Season 11's Jennifer Grey and Season 6's Kristi Yamaguchi were favored to win their respective seasons and, sure enough, both emerged as winners.

But this season, it's been nearly impossible to predict who's going to win.

Kirstie Alley trails both Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward (who are tied for first place) by a mere five points going into tonight's finale, but the former 'Cheers' actress has probably the biggest fan base of the three finalists. (Let's not forget that she played a Vulcan in fan favorite 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.')

Ward is a crowd favorite and has sports fans everywhere rooting for him. Kane, a Disney star, is likely supported by younger viewers, who may be more savvy when it comes to voting on-line.

The three finalists and their pro dance partners weighed in on their performances on last night's post-show press line, and AOL TV was on the scene to get their reactions.

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EXCLUSIVE! Is Maksim Chmerkovskiy Leaving 'Dancing With the Stars?'

by Michael Maloney, posted May 24th 2011 4:30AM
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie AlleyIt seems that Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars' could be a very unlucky one for fans of pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

After the finals last night AOL TV asked the bad boy of the ballroom if he'll be returning to the show when it comes back for its next installment (likely in mid-September.)

"I don't know," he shared. "It takes a lot out of you. When you invest that much of you into something that's supposed to be just work you [can] get misinterpreted. I don't know [if I'm coming back]. We'll see. Right now, I'm drained."

Chmerkovskiy, who joined the show in Season 2, has taken a break from 'DWTS' before, sitting out Season 6 back in 2008.

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Kirstie Alley Goes Aerial With Freestyle Stunts on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 24th 2011 1:26AM
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 'Dancing with the Stars'When it came to their Freestyle dance, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy decided to surprise everyone in this final performance episode of 'Dancing with the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). In a routine filled with a surprising number of lifts, Alley proved lighter on her feet than we could have ever imagined.

Sure, they weren't all perfectly executed, but the judges applauded her effort and confidence in tackling them.

"That dance sort of embodies what I think you have become, which is the new poster child for life as it should be lived at 60 years old," Carrie Ann Inaba told a clearly worn out, but euphoric, Alley.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Finalists Talk Strategy on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 23rd 2011 2:45PM
Maksim Cmerkivskiy and Kirstie Alley on 'Dancing With the Stars''Dancing With the Stars' kicks off its two-part finale tonight with three celebrity dancers left standing - Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley. The three finalists went on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) today with their dance partners to discuss their next two days and what got them there.

Ward's partner, Kym Johnson, said the pair are comfortable with the tricks they're doing. Johnson was injured while rehearsing a few weeks ago, when Ward slipped and fell on her, straining her neck. "I'm just not doing anything with my head plunging to the floor," she said.

Alley said she has lost a few dress sizes and is almost down to her ideal size.

Kane's partner, Mark Ballas, has already won twice and will celebrate his 25th birthday tomorrow during the final show. Kane presented him with a big chocolate birthday cake, which probably won't help their preparation.

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