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Lifetime Cancels 'The Protector'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 9th 2011 5:30AM
'The Protector' S01/E01Bad news for fans of dramas about female cops. It's been announced that Lifetime has pulled the plug on newbie series 'The Protector.'

According to Deadline, the network declined to order a second series after the drama failed to catch fire with audiences.

Originally airing on Sunday nights, 'The Protector' attracted only 1.9 million viewers for its June 12 premiere. It later moved to Mondays after failing to hang onto around 50 percent of its lead-in audience.

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Owain Yeoman Points Out the Similarities Between Billy Bush and Simon Baker (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 29th 2011 2:30PM
Simon Baker on the left, Billy Bush on the right. We think. Owain Yeoman felt right at home on the set of 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) Friday, mostly because of Billy Bush's style choices. Bush was wearing dark slacks, a button-down shirt and a vest, which reminded Yeoman of one of his co-stars on 'The Mentalist.'

"I believe I have to also comment on your Simon Baker-esque wardrobe," said Yoeman. "I had noticed that you were channeling a little Patrick Jane." When the photos were shown side-by-side, there did seem to be a resemblance, even past the costume choice. "My goodness me, separated at birth," said Yeoman, calling Bush "Billy Baker."

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Tisha Campbell-Martin Likes the Chemistry on 'The Protector' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 10th 2011 5:50PM
Tisha Campbell-Martin on 'Access Hollywood Live'Tisha Campbell-Martin is a veteran of sitcoms like 'Martin' and 'My Wife and Kids,' but she's happy to be getting back to her acting roots in drama on the new Lifetime show 'The Protector.' She spoke about the chemistry between herself and star Ally Walker Friday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC). Walker plays a single mother and LAPD detective, and Campbell-Martin plays her partner.

Campbell-Martin acknowledged that while audiences might think of her as a comic actress, she got her start in more serious roles. "That is what I started out doing, was a lot of drama and musical theatre," she said, "So this is going back to my roots. But you know I'm going to slip some comedy in there."

As far as the chemistry goes, Kit Hoover called 'The Protector' a "bromance for women." Billy Bush saw it as a new 'Cagney & Lacey.' Campbell-Martin said it was so good, even men will watch it. Yes, even though it's on Lifetime.

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Casting News: 'Glee' Poised to Promote Darren Criss, Bonnie Franklin to Guest on 'Hot in Cleveland' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2010 4:30PM
Darren Criss on 'Glee'Looks like our "Teenage Dream" is becoming a reality: Darren Criss is in talks to join 'Glee' as a series regular.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Criss was first cast on a recurring basis, but after last night's gay bullying episode, he may be sticking around full-time.

If all goes according to plan, look for Criss' Blaine to be a series regular at the start of season 3.

In other casting news ...

Malcolm-Jamal Warner will guest star on 'Community.' The 'Cosby Show' veteran will play Shirley's ex-husband. [Entertainment Weekly]

Trevor Donovan will guest star on 'CSI.' The '90210' star will show up as a casino actor who claims to have been mugged. Carrot Top will appear in the episode as himself. [Zap2It]

Bonnie Franklin has been tapped to guest star on TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland.' Franklin, who costarred alongside Valerie Bertinelli on 'One Day at a Time,' will also be joined in season 2 by Melanie Griffith, Wayne Knight, Illeana Douglas, John Schneider, Jack Wagner and David Starzyk. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Rita Rocks season two -- An early look

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 5th 2009 10:25AM
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Rita Rocks
is premiering its second season on Lifetime tonight, along with Sherri Shepherd's new sitcom, Sherri. For those of you who haven't seen the show before, Rita stars Mad TV's Nicole Sullivan, who plays Rita, a suburban mom of two daughters who plays in a rock band on the side. Rounding out her garage band are her friends Owen (Ian Gomez), Patty (Tisha Campbell-Martin) and Kip (Ricky Ullman), Rita's daughter Hallie's (Natalie Dreyfuss) boyfriend.

The second-season premiere doesn't really focus on Rita's music so much. While we do still see her at practice, she's mainly dealing with mom stuff, specifically in relation to Hallie, her oldest daughter. In fact, what we have is a perennial family-sitcom classic-- the parent having to give the child "The Talk."

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Lifetime greenlights a new sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 11th 2008 7:00PM
Nicole SullivanWhen I interviewed Susanne Daniels, the President for Entertainment at the Lifetime Network, she was high on the success of Army Wives, and anxious to bring more comedy to the network.

"Viewers tell us that they love our comedies, our movies, Army Wives. I would argue that more people identify Reba and Will and Grace with our network now than the networks that launched them. And I was at the WB when Reba launched!" she said in TV Week. Well, now she's launching a new comedy, this time for Lifetime.

Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes of a new sitcom called Rita Rocks for this fall and cast Nicole Sullivan as Rita. The show will be part of a one-hour comedy block with Reba. "We've assembled a fantastic team in front of and behind the camera," said Ms. Daniels in a statement today.

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