According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has cast the actress as the lead in its comedy pilot, 'Happy Endings.'
The sitcom, written by David Caspe, centers on a couple who break up at the altar. Though not together anymore, the former bride and groom still want to share their four best friends, which creates a complicated social circle.
The March 23 episode was supposed to be the season finale, but ABC is pulling the show before then and the March 9 episode will be the season finale instead (no episode on March 16 either). And since ABC doesn't seem to have enough faith in the show to even let a couple more episodes air, we can pretty much bet that those "season finale" tags will be changed to "series finale" tags.
Maybe Slater should star in one of those 'NCIS'/'CSI'/'Criminal Minds' spinoffs that seem to happen every year. I can picture that.
Rather than letting Christian Slater's new crime procedural run its course, the network plans to pull the March 23 episode, originally designated as the show's first season finale, and has dubbed next week's episode the season (and probably series) ender instead, the Live Feed reports.
This follows the Alphabet's earlier decision to replace the March 16 ep with a 'FlashForward' clip show (ouch).
Looks like Elisha Cuthbert doesn't plan on spending too much time as Kim Bauer on '24,' because she's joined The Forgotten Network. All she has to do is "show up," so how hard can that be?
Watch the video after the jump.
On 'The Forgotten,' Cuthbert's Maxine Denver joins a team led by Slater of non-professionals who help law enforcement identify Jane and John Does. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series, which premiered in the fall, marks a new television venture for Cuthbert, who's best known as Kim Bauer, daughter of Jack Bauer on Fox's '24,' and for the movies 'Old School,' and 'Love Actually.'
We chatted with Slater and Cuthbert about the similarities between 'Quiet Man' and 'The Forgotten' -- besides the dead bodies -- and about how 'The Forgotten' has started to solve real-life John and Jane Doe mysteries.
(S01E15) Why has this season of 'The Office' been so off-kilter? There have been promising episodes but very few that hit the mark. In fact, the only episode that can hold its own with classic 'Office' episodes is the Pam-Jim wedding, and I'm starting to fear that the show really is trying to figure out where to go from that high point.
And Jam may be the big problem here. They're not interesting anymore. But I'll get to them later.
So Dunder Mifflin is now owned by a company called Sabre. We don't quite know what they're all about except that they sell printers and they have a feisty CEO played by Kathy Bates. And in exchange for saving the branch's ass, they've asked for a few very reasonable changes. You'd think that even Michael Scott would embrace those changes. You'd be wrong.
"I was working from the time I was nine years old. So, school was not very important to me; it wasn't a great priority," Slater said. "And then, when I had kids, I want them to obviously get a full education ... I didn't want to lose the argument. So, I figured the best thing to do is to go and at least take some action, get the GED."
Watch the video after the jump.
Cuthbert first appeared on the scene with mini roles in 2003's 'Old School' and 'Love Actually.' She then worked on other film and television projects, including appearing as a judge on the Canadian version of 'Project Runway.' In 2010, she'll breathe life into the animated cat Cleo, a cartoon kitty with wealthy feline parents, in Imagi Entertainment's 'Cat Tale,' along side Jerry O'Connell and Billy Idol.
I don't want to say that I'm psychic or anything (I'm not, though I can bend spoons), but I had a feeling that Eastwick wouldn't last beyond one season after I saw the new shows at the ABC upfront. I don't know why or how I thought that, probably a combination of the plot, the time slot, the network it was on, and how programming on the networks is these days, but I just didn't think it would last.
And now it looks like it won't. ABC has declined to order more episodes of the series. This isn't an official "cancellation" but it's a very bad sign for the show.
There's more news coming from ABC too, and this is actually surprising: they've ordered 5 more episodes of The Forgotten. That's a show I thought would be gone quick too. It still could be, since ratings aren't great (though better than Eastwick's) and it hasn't exactly been critically-acclaimed.
If you haven't seen our game before, we give you a picture from a recent episode of a TV series and you provide the caption!
Last week's winner is Jesse with this: "I've won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize!"
This week's picture is from Curb Your Enthusiasm:
(S07E04) "Was there a stipulation on the gift certificate? Three hundred dollars and "take me"?" - Susie
I was afraid this might happen. As exciting as it is, even the long awaited Seinfeld reunion doesn't have the power to sustain an entire season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. After last week's reunion, I expected a lull and with that in mind, there's really no reason to be disappointed because this episode had some very funny moments. Unfortunately, not even Christian Slater's caviar addiction could save the day with such fond memories of last week's landmark half-hour still on my mind.
Slater is back starring in a new series, The Forgotten, produced by CSI head honcho Jerry Bruckheimer. The ABC procedural follows a team of amateur detectives who work murder cases involving unidentified victims, or John and Jane Does. Slater plays former cop Alex Donovan, whose search for his missing daughter inspires him in the field.
I got the chance to talk with Slater about The Forgotten, his new career in TV, and what one of his most famous big screen characters would think about his latest role.
After visiting the set of 'the forgotten' on Stage 21 on the Warner Bros. lot in L.A., I got a better sense of the sets -- from Tyler's artist's loft to Lindsey's beautiful home and the industrial police precinct. But I also got the chance to talk to the stars, including Christian Slater, who already shared with us how happy he is to be part of an ensemble, unlike his last blink-and-it-was-cancelled drama 'My Own Worst Enemy.'
"It's not a me show," Slater reiterates with a smile, "it's really a we show." He also admitted that this part is closer to him than any character he's ever played, a fact that the entire cast echoed since their characters aren't superheroes or cops -- they're just everyday people, donating their time to help solve mysteries.
Keep reading to get all the highlights from the set, including who's the funniest, the most painful part of the job, how the show is helping to bring awareness to this issue and -- network tie-in alert! -- the cast's big plans for 'Dancing With the Stars.'
Who's kissing in the institution on 'House'? And what's in store for the latest leading lady on 'Grey's Anatomy'? Plus: Christian Slater explains why his new TV role won't be your worst enemy (zing!), and Julianna Margulies talks political scandals and the 'Sex and the City' movie sequel, all in under four minutes. How can you resist?
Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com -- who knows, I might just give you an answer on the show. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong
In the film Winona Ryder's character Veronica goes from being a "Heather," the popular clique in the school, to systematically murdering them and making their deaths look like suicides. Suddenly, suicide becomes the "in" thing. And all of this because she was tricked into doing so by the new "bad boy" in town.
Ultimately standing up to him, Veronica does the right thing in the theatrical ending, but there's lots of death, suicide attempts and darkness along the way. I'm not sure how well that translates to TV, though Buffy the Vampire Slayer had lots of death and darkness in a high school and it did okay. There's a way to do a very serious story about the emotional turmoil and cruelty of high school, but it's a tightrope that has to be walked very carefully.
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