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Kaley Cuoco to Host People's Choice Awards, Lou Diamond Phillips Books 'Southland' Role & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2011 8:30PM
Kaley Cuoco People's Choice Awards'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco will host People's Choice Awards in 2012. The ceremony airs Wed., Jan. 12 at 9PM ET on CBS.

"We are thrilled to welcome Kaley as the new host of People's Choice Awards 2012," Mark Burnett, executive producer, said in a statement. "She's been making people laugh on top-rated comedy series for the last decade, first with '8 Simple Rules' and now with 'The Big Bang Theory,' Thursday's #1 show. I'm looking forward to working with her on a fun-filled, comedy-packed show in January."

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Kristin Chenoweth Says Supporting Gay Rights Doesn't Clash With Her Christian Beliefs

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:25AM
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth is probably best-known to TV audiences for her hilarious guest-star spots on 'Glee,' playing the alcoholic high school dropout April Rhodes. But come midseason she'll be hitting the small screen with a starring role in ABC's new Bible Belt comedy, 'Good Christian Belles.'

The Tony-winning Broadway star ('Wicked') also has a successful recording career, and has been out on the interview circuit lately to promote her latest album, 'Some Lessons Learned,' which is where she's courted controversy in some circles by confirming that her staunch Christian beliefs are not at odds with her support for the gay community.

In an interview with 'The Advocate' Chenoweth says that people are born gay or straight, just like they're either tall or short, and that it's not a choice. In response to a question about people who cite Christinaity as justification for passing discriminatory laws, she said "I would ask, 'What would Jesus do?'"

She added that, "It sounds so cliché and Pollyanna-ish, but I have a feeling if he were on the earth today, he wouldn't be walking around saying, 'You're going to hell' and 'You're wrong, you're wrong, you're wrong.' I think he'd be accepting and loving."

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Kristin Chenoweth Is a 'Good Christian Belle'

by Rae Votta, posted Jun 19th 2011 5:00PM
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth is returning to TV full time early next year as part of ABC's mid-season comedy 'Good Christian Belles.' In the meantime, the multi-talented actress took time away from her busy schedule this week to visit New York to co-host 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' as well as support Wendy's and their fifth annual Father's Day Frosty Weekend (June 18-19) where 50 cents from every Frosty sold benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. We chatted with Chenoweth about the campaign, plus her role on 'Glee,' her upcoming TV show and her new album.

You're set to star on a new show, 'Good Christian Belles.' What other TV show would you compare it to?
I'm glad I can't think of another show to compare it to. It takes places in a world I haven't seen before on television -- the church. You know all these women no matter what religion you are. And this is a world I know really well, growing up in the Bible Belt.

You work with Annie Potts on 'GCB,' what's she like?
She's a dream come true, exactly the kind, wonderful sweet southern woman you expect her to be. She reminds me of my aunts. I miss all my girls, we filmed the pilot and then we got picked up and we don't start filming again until the end of July.

We know it's easy, but any dream guest stars for the show?
I'm a big fan of Debbie Monk and Shawn McBride, actors who just take stuff and run with it. I also think of my friends like Molly Shannon, it would be fun to work with old friends, but also fun to make new friends.

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ABC Pilots Snap Judgment: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 1st 2011 12:00PM
One lady has a great show ... the other isn't a ladyWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review -- things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere -- we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate, in the fall or midseason. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of ABC's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are 12 shows total -- the good ('Good Christian Belles'), the bad ('Charlie's Angels') and the ugly men dressed as women (cross-dressing comedy 'Work It') -- and plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Kim Potts and Alexis Moore.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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Bette Midler Books HBO Role, Chris Hardwick Teams With BBC America and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 24th 2011 1:30PM
Bette MidlerBette Midler is heading to HBO for a role in the cable channel's new TV movie based on Phil Spector.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the legendary actress will play Linda Kenney Baden, a defense attorney for Spector during his first murder trial. Midler's last scripted TV role was in her sitcom, 'Bette,' in 2000.

'Arrested Development' star Jeffrey Tambor has also joined the cast as Bruce Cutler, a member of Spector's defense team. Al Pacino will play Spector.

Spector was convicted of second-degree murder after prosecutors argued that the record producer shot Lana Clarkson in 2003.

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From 'Bitches' to 'Belles' to 'B'? ABC's new soap starring Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts and Kristin Chenoweth has gone through three name changes before even hitting air. Originally filmed as 'Good Christian Bitches,' the show was announced to the public as 'Good Christian Belles' and will now go by 'G.C.B.' [Variety]

HBO is launching a new reality series starring Freddie Roach. The new series will focus on boxing legend Roach and his Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood. Peter Berg will direct and executive produce the series. [HBO]

Actress Phyllis Avery has died. Avery starred in 'Meet Mr. McNulty' (later retitled 'The Ray Milland Show'), 'Rawhide' and 'Perry Mason.' She was 88. [THR]

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Sneak Previews: The New ABC Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted May 17th 2011 12:20PM
Once Upon a TimeIt's a new day at ABC, with 13 new shows set to fill the fall and midseason lineup.

Get your first look at the new shows including the 'Charlie's Angels' reboot, fairytale-themed 'Once Upon a Time,' Christina Ricci's first series regular role with 'Pan Am' and Tim Allen's return to sitcoms, 'Last Man Standing.'

Be on the lookout for veteran TV faces such as Teri Polo, Krysten Ritter, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Van Camp and more.

ABC did not release trailers for highly-anticipated shows 'Good Christian Belles' and 'Missing.'

For more information on ABC's new fall schedule, including which night your favorite show will air, check out our post here.

Watch the videos after the jump.

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ABC Orders Tim Allen Sitcom, 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Good Christian Belles' & More to Series

by Chris Harnick, posted May 13th 2011 4:00PM
Tim AllenIn the wake of canceling 'V' and 'Brothers & Sisters,' ABC has ordered several new shows to series, including Tim Allen's sitcom and 'Charlie's Angels.'

The Tim Allen series, now called 'Last Man Standing' comes from '30 Rock' writer Jack Burditt. The official tagline: "Even though the world around him has declared the traditional male an 'endangered species,' Tim Fitzgerald is fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women."

'Apt. 23' (formerly 'Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23') tells the story of a young woman who moves to the big city and ends up with a hard-partying roommate. Dreama Walker and Krysten Ritter star.

Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh star in the 'Charlie's Angels' reboot.

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