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Jane Kaczmarek Joins 'Whitney,' Bobby Cannavale Checks in to 'Nurse Jackie'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 11th 2011 5:30PM
Jane KaczmarekJane Kaczmarek knows a thing or two about playing an outspoken mom on sitcoms. She's taking that skill she honed on 'Malcolm in the Middle' to NBC's new series 'Whitney.'

According to Deadline, Kaczmarek will replace Beverly D'Angelo as mom to Whitney Cummings' title character. The Emmy nominated actress will appear on a recurring basis. D'Angelo played the role in the pilot episode sent to media outlets, but the scenes will be reshot with Kaczmarek in the role.

After 'Malcolm,' Kaczmarek moved to drama and appeared on TNT's 'Raising the Bar' as Judge Trudy Kessler.

Earlier this summer she appeared in an episode of FX's 'Wilfred.'

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As 'Wilfred' Spins its Wheels, Wilfred Makes Ryan Hit Jane Kaczmarek's Car (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 5th 2011 4:59AM
'Wilfred' - 'Pride''Wilfred' (Thu., 11PM ET on FX) is starting to fall into a familiar pattern, and it's not necessarily a great thing. The show has a great premise, but it's time for them to stop spinning their wheels and start doing something with the long-term narrative.

We get that Ryan is the ultimate slacker and that Wilfred is trying to kickstart him into gear doing something, but we're just not getting anywhere.

This week's attempt had a fun guest star in Jane Kaczmarek, but at the same time I was thinking 'Wilfred' is too new to need to start bringing in guest stars to save it. We're not talking late run 'Will & Grace' here.

Ryan is in love with Wilfred's owner, and yet nothing's been done on that front except a tease in one episode. In fact, the episodes in general seem disjointed, as if there really is no larger story. Just Wilfred gets Ryan in trouble, Ryan weasels out of it, reset to page one.

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Emeril Lagasse Cooking Up New Series, Mike Tyson 'Breaking In' to Primetime, and More

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 14th 2011 12:45AM
Emeril Lagasse is back in the kitchen -- but he won't be dishing out the food. The Cooking Channel announced Wednesday a May 5 debut for 'The Originals With Emeril,' a new series that sees Lagasse hitting the road to pay tribute to iconic food establishments that have helped shape the country's culinary landscape. While the restaurant business is risky, challenging and faddish, and the life of a restaurant can sometimes be short, every city has cherished institutions that have stood the test of time. In each 30-minute episode, Lagasse will visit a new city and go behind-the-scenes at three historic eateries -- speaking with the chefs and customers to help reveal their fascinating stories.

The Cooking Channel also revealed several other new primetime offerings, including shows that look at street food, pastry chefs and Spanish foods: 'Eat St.' (premiering April 12), 'Unique Sweets' (April 24), 'From Spain With Love' (May 27) and 'Hook, Line & Dinner' (June 7).

The Food Network, meanwhile, also announced a slew of new series: Ashley Vicos' 'Have Cake, Will Travel,' premiering April 26, 'Best in Smoke' (May 8), 'Crave' (June 20) and, later this year, 'Heat Seekers,' 'Tough Cookies,' 'Chef Hunte' and 'Sugar High.' [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Celebrity 'Jeopardy!' Contestants and Schedule

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 20th 2010 1:15PM
Jeopardy and Wheel of FortuneThe game show 'Jeopardy!' has announced the semi-finalists for its Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament, in which celebrities compete for $1 Million to go to the charity of their choice. The list of celebrities and the charities they will sponsor is as follows:

May 3
Pat Sajak (Vietnam Veterans of America)
Jane Curtin (U.S. Fund for UNICEF)
Harry Shearer (Common Ground Relief)

May 4
Michael McKean (International Myeloma Foundation)
Charles Shaughnessy (1736 Family Crisis Center)
Isaac Mizrahi (Good Shepherd Services)

May 5
Neil Patrick Harris (Food on Foot)
Jane Kaczmarek (Clothes Off Our Back)
Cheech Marin (Hispanic Scholarship Fund)

The winners of each round will move on to the 2-day finals, on May 6th and 7th.

It must have been easy for the studio to get Pat Sajak since both 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' are produced by Sony Pictures Studios. The line-up on May 4th isn't as interesting as the other two dates (Andy Richter had to drop out for that day due to his appearances on Conan O'Brien's tour), but the other two days pretty much rock, celebrity-wise. I'm secretly hoping that NPH wins it all but I have no idea how good each of the contestants are at 'Jeopardy!'.

Tell us: Who do you think will win?

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TV Casting: Bristol Palin to Guest on 'Secret Life of the American Teenager'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 23rd 2010 11:51AM
Bristol PalinThe 'Secret' is out: In what will be her acting debut, Bristol Palin is set to make a cameo on an upcoming episode of ABC Family's 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager.' She'll play herself in the episode, which will have her working at a music program for teen moms. "I am thrilled to be on this show and to be part of a program that educates teens and young adults about the consequences of teen pregnancy," she said in a statement. Top that, Levi. [ABC News]

More casting news after the jump.

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actress

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:02AM
Julia Louis-DreyfusMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the women who made us laugh the most during the decade.

Since Lucille Ball, television has been a bastion of funny ladies, and the '00s were no exception. Like Lucy, many of the women on this list played second fiddle to no one. And those that weren't the stars of their own shows managed to steal the scene anyway the moment they got in front of the camera.

The '00s will probably go down in television history as one of those decades where the sitcom sputtered and almost died -- again! But it's alive and well now, with an amazing turn-around in 2009. But, as this list proves, it was never truly in danger. Throughout the decade these women provided plenty of laughs in both the hour and half-hour formats, proving that as long as we want to laugh, there will be brilliant actresses around to crack us up.

Here's our list of the top funny ladies of the decade:

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Goodbye Raising The Bar

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2009 12:06PM
Raising The Bar
I don't know how many people will miss TNT's Raising The Bar. It was one of those shows that you never really heard people talking about - fans or critics - even though it had a pretty high-profile cast, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Jane Kaczmarek. The 2008 premiere actually grabbed over 7.7 million viewers, but that number dropped 50% for the second season premiere, so the writing was on the wall.

TNT has canceled the legal drama. There are still a few episodes that haven't aired yet and they will probably be shown sometime in early 2010.

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TNT Cancels 'Raising the Bar'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 1st 2009 10:50AM
That jolting sound you hear is the smack of a metaphorical gavel.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, TNT has sentenced 'Raising the Bar' to immediate cancellation, with a low probability of appeal.

The struggling hourlong legal drama, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek, premiered in 2008. It was then returned for a second season, with episodes that began to air last June. 12 of season 2's 15 episodes have been broadcast thus far -- the last being Aug. 24 -- so the cancellation will leave fans wondering when the final three will air, or if it's get-the-DVD time. A look at the TNT's webpage for the show literally shows nothing.

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Raising The Bar: Hair Apparent (season premiere) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 9th 2009 9:03AM
Raising The Bar

When TNT's Raising The Bar first started, my first reaction was, what the hell is going on with Mark-Paul Gosselar's hair? And now they went and actually made an episode about it, where he got it cut off (that's him with the new 'do above). I bet fans of the show hated the hair and wanted it gone.

What did everyone think of this second season opener?

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The CW and FOX get a head start, TNT is all new

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 1st 2008 8:56PM
raising the barIt's kind of nice when the networks spread out their premieres, ensuring me a fighting chance at sampling most of the new shows. Call me crazy, and you definitely wouldn't be the first, but I have this weird obsession with trying to catch at least one episode of virtually every new major show that premieres and, if at all possible making that the pilot episode. It's allowed me to see a lot of great shows, and a lot of stinkers. But it makes this time of year a busy blast, too!

I also try to keep up with returning shows to see what they've done in their off-season. If it's one I watch, then I want to see if they've tweaked the formula in any way; and if it's one I don't, then I'm always interested to see if they've come up with something to pull me in. With tonight the unofficial start of the fall season, we see the newest networks, FOX and The CW getting an early start by returning three prominent shows. We also say goodbye, maybe forever, to one of the most enjoyable new shows of the summer while TNT takes the chance to bow a new series.

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Raising the Bar -- an early look

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 26th 2008 1:00PM
raising the bar
TNT's original dramas are kind of hit or miss for me. I'm absolutely in love with The Closer, but have zero interest in Saving Grace, despite its good reviews and Holly Hunter's Emmy nomination. It was while I was watching The Closer that I saw the ads for Raising the Bar, TNT's newest series, which premieres on Monday, September 1 at 10 pm. I've got to say, I had the same reaction when I first saw promos for Saving Grace: "meh."

I love a good lawyer show, but there was something about Raising the Bar that just struck me as bland. I really didn't know if I'd even bother checking out the premiere. However, when I got the chance to see the first three episodes, I decided to jump on it. This way I could check it out at my leisure, but more importantly, I could figure out just what the hell is going on with Mark-Paul Gosselaar's hair.

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Natalia Cigliuti joins TNT's new legal drama

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 18th 2008 6:04PM
Natalia CigliutiNatalia Cigliuti has joined the cast of Raising the Bar, a new legal drama from TNT. She will play public defender Roberta "Bobbi" Gilardi. Joining Cigliutti are Mark Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue), Gloria Reuben (ER), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Teddy Sears (Ugly Betty), Melissa Sagemiller (Sleeper Cell), Currie Graham (Boston Legal), J. August Richards (Conviction) and Jonathan Scarfe (Into the West).

Cigliuti will co-star with Gosselaar. Her character Bobbi, a Brooklyn native, is brought in to help with the strenuous workload at the public defender's office. Gosselaar flirtatiously calls her "Bobbi from Brooklyn" and takes an interest in his new co-worker.

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Report: Bradley Whitford was "almost" new ADA on L&O

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 14th 2007 8:05AM
bradley whitfordAccording to the entertainment reporter over at Fox News, actor Bradley Whitford "almost" got the role as the new Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order. Sam Waterston is vacating that position to play the District Attorney, now that actor Fred Thompson is leaving the show to run for president.

Everybody got that? Good.

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Help Me Help You: Pilot (series premiere)

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 26th 2006 10:02PM
Help Me Help You(S01E01) It's kind of surprising, in a fall season that has so many buzz-worthy pilots, that a new comedy staring Cheers legend Ted Danson is getting very little attention. It might be because his new show, Help Me Help You, is in a no-win slot against procedurals like NCIS and L&O:CI, and, after the playoffs, House. But overlooking the show is a mistake because, while the premise isn't exactly fresh, its still a pretty funny show. Why? It's all in the writing and execution, my friends; the right choice of actors and writers can overcome any shortcomings that the actual idea behind the show may have.

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Kaczmarek may appear on new Danson sitcom

by Adam Finley, posted May 15th 2006 11:25AM

jane kaczmarekJane Kaczmarek, who played mom on Malcolm in the Middle, and who should be kept on TV as long as she has the ability to stand and recite her lines, may have a recurring role as Ted Danson's wife on the new series Help Me Help You, which I mentioned back in March and which was recently picked up by ABC. Kaczmarek will appear in the pilot episode as Danson's wife, and there is talk of bringing her back for other episodes. Heck, I hope they give her a fulltime role, as she's one of the most impressive actresses I've seen on TV in a long time. She played one of the best moms on TV, and her occasional role as a judge on The Simpsons always cracked me up.

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