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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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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 9th 2009 6:01PM
Woody WoodpeckerHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

It occurred to me doing this post that I haven't seen - or even thought about - The Woody Woodpecker Show in probably 20 or 30 years. I'm not sure I'd go out and buy a bunch of DVD sets for the show, but a "favorites" collection might be good to own. He was never one of my favorite cartoon characters though. I was a Bugs Bunny kid.

The Baron I got in the mail last week. It was a British series from the 60s that starred Steve Forrest (yup, the one from S.W.A.T.) as an antiques dealer who was really a spy. I'll have to check it out this week and see how it is.

  • The Baron - Complete Series
  • The Best Years - Season 1
  • Bonanza - The Collection

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5 Questions With: Joe Mantegna

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 9th 2008 5:30AM
"I've been around long enough and am rational enough to understand that all I did was to hop on a fast-moving train that was already doing pretty well."

He's known for big-screen roles in 'The Godfather III,' 'Up Close and Personal' and 'Three Amigos,' but Joe Mantegna has also made his mark on the tube, nabbing three Emmy nominations for miniseries 'The Rat Pack,' 'The Last Don' and 'The Starter Wife.'

This season, Mantegna's a triple threat on TV, continuing as newest 'Criminal Minds' leader David Rossi (after replacing Mandy Patinkin last year), popping up in 'The Simpsons' season premiere as Springfield mobster Fat Tony and reprising his 'Starter Wife' miniseries role in USA's spin-off weekly series.

Mantegna talked to AOL TV about the success of 'Criminal Minds' (one of the only shows to actually win new viewers this season), how the O.J. Simpson murder trial inspired the name of his character and the upcoming nuptials of one of his TV alter egos.


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What's On Tonight: Swingtown, Rita Rocks, 20/20, Sanctuary

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 24th 2008 4:05PM
  • Stargate AtlantisBravo has a Swingtown marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, then new episodes of The Ex-List and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has new episodes of Deal Or No Deal, Crusoe, and Life.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, followed by a new episode of The Game.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • There's a new Real Simple, Real Life on TLC at 8, then a new What Not To Wear.
  • Also at 8: Cartoon Network has a new Secret Saturdays.
  • At 8:30, Lifetime has a new Rita Rocks.
  • Food Network has a new Rachael's Vacation at 8:30.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Stargate Atlantis, followed by a new Sanctuary.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Clone Wars at 9, then a new Ben 10: Alien Force.
  • Hallmark has the movie Ladies of the Night at 9.
  • At 10, USA has a new episode of The Starter Wife.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's On Tonight: Crusoe, Smackdown, Everybody Hates Chris, The Soup

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 17th 2008 4:02PM
  • LifeAt 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, then new episodes of Supernanny and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, followed by new episodes of The Ex-List and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has the two-hour series premiere of Crusoe at 8, then a new Life.
  • The CW has new episodes of Everybody Hates Chris and The Game.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetworkTV has a new Smackdown at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Secret Saturdays at 8.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Stargate Atlantis, then a new Sanctuary.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Clone Wars at 9, followed by a new Ben 10: Alien Force.
  • At 10, USA has a new episode of The Starter Wife.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.
  • STARZ has the series premiere of Crash at 10.
  • Also at 10: The N has a new Degrassi, then a new South of Nowhere.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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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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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 10th 2007 6:14PM

I Dream of JeannieHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The Addams Family - Vol. 3
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - Complete Book 2
  • Bones - Season 2
  • Charmed - Season 8
  • Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends - Season 2
  • Fraggle Rock - Season 3
  • Goosebumps - Say Cheese and Die, It Came From Beneath The Sink, and Night of the Living Dummy
  • Grey's Anatomy - Season 3 (Extended)
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Season 4
  • Jericho - Set 2
  • Judge Judy - Justice Served
  • Las Vegas - Season 4
  • Masada - Complete Miniseries
  • McHale's Navy - Season 2
  • Prime Suspect - Prime Suspect 7
  • The Starter Wife - Complete Miniseries
  • Supernatural - Season 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Fast Forward, Vol. 2
  • Tom and Jerry - Spotlight Collection, Vol. 3
  • Two and a Half Men - Season 1

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It's official: Joe Mantegna takes over on Criminal Minds

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2007 12:53PM

Joe MantegnaIt's not going to be Harvey Keitel or Geena Davis or Michael Keaton or even Rosie O'Donnell. The new person in charge on Criminal Minds is Joe Mantegna.

The CBS show hired Mantegna over the weekend, ending speculation over who would replace Mandy Patinkin, who has already left the show and will not be making anymore appearances. Besides classic movies such as House of Games and Bugsy, Mantegna costarred on the USA series The Starter Wife earlier this summer, was on the gone-but-not-forgotten drama Joan of Arcadia, does the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons, and made a poor substitute for Robert Urich when they made those Spenser movies on cable (nothing against Mantegna, he was quite good, it just wasn't Spenser, you know?).

No word yet on how they'll write out Patinkin or how Mantegna's character will join the team, though some episodes are already done and Patinkin's abscence will be explained in the season premiere.

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What I'm watching this summer: Meredith's list

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Jun 20th 2007 10:34AM

EntourageSummertime and TV in my house means three things: Watching new summer programming, catching up on TV shows I missed during the conventional September-through-May TV season and baseball, specifically Boston Red Sox baseball.

In fact, on summer evenings, my TV is most likely tuned in to a baseball game. But when the Sox are not playing -- or when they're getting clobbered or if they're playing a really late west coast game -- I turn on other shows such as:

1. Entourage. Yes, they're spoiled adolescents. They're narcissistic. They play video games all day and party all night as if they're entitled to live lives of luxury. But the guys from Entourage greatly amuse me and I love hating Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending June 10

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2007 3:38PM

SpongeBob Here are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. The Sopranos* (HBO)
2. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
3. House of Payne (TBS)
4. Nextel Cup Racing (TNT)
5. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
6. The Starter Wife (USA)
7. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
8. Shrek (TBS)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
10. Ned's Declassified (Nickelodeon)

* After America's Got Talent, The Sopranos was the most watched show on TV last week, network or cable.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending June 3

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 7th 2007 8:37AM

Debra MessingHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. NBA Playoffs - Cavaliers/Pistons (TNT)
2. The Sopranos (HBO)
3. NBA Playoffs - Cavaliers/Pistons (TNT)
4. NBA Playoffs - Cavaliers/Pistons (TNT)
5. The Starter Wife (USA)
6. Yankees/Red Sox (ESPN)
7. NBA Playoffs - Cavaliers/Pistons (TNT)
8. NBA Playoffs - Cavaliers/Pistons (TNT)
9. NBA Playoffs - Spurs/Jazz (ESPN)
10. WWE Monday Night RAW (USA)

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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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