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America Ferrera Joins 'The Good Wife,' 'The Game' Grabs Record Ratings and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 12th 2011 6:20PM
America Ferrera'Ugly Betty' star America Ferrera is joining 'The Good Wife.' But, it's not as a new lawyer or poor soul of a client: Ferrera is joining the cast as a romantic interest for Eli (Alan Cumming).

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ferrera will play Natalie, a graduate student who catches Eli's eye. The Emmy-winner will appear in an episode next month along with 'Seinfeld' veteran Jerry Stiller. This is Ferrera's first TV gig since the end of 'Ugly Betty.'

"It's thrilling to have two actors who combine such dramatic and comedic ability," Robert King, co-creator and executive producer of 'The Good Wife,' said in a statement. "We've been watching and loving America for years now on 'Ugly Betty,' and it'll be fantastic to see her take on a completely different role - especially one that puts her across from Alan Cumming."

Stiller will play a judge who has a problem staying awake while on the bench. His character will preside over one of Diane's (Christine Baranski) cases. So far Stiller is just contracted for one episode.

"And Jerry Stiller is our dream judge," he said. "It was great when we got to stop saying 'We need a Jerry Stiller-type in the role' and just got Jerry Stiller."

In other TV news ...

John Goodman has joined the cast of 'Damages.' Goodman will play a CEO of a shady military contractor and a defendant in a wrongful death suit after an incident in a war zone. [USA Today]

'NCIS' pulled in its biggest audience ever: 22 million viewers. The CBS drama, now in season 8, helped the network win the night in overall viewers. [CBS]

In other surprising ratings news, the return of 'The Game' on BET was seen by 7.7 million viewers. The former CW show averaged less than 2 million viewers during its third season. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Jerry, Anne and Ben Stiller Attempt Charades on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 16th 2010 6:35AM
Jerry Stiller Plays Charades on 'Late Night'Jimmy Fallon must've thought the Stiller family would ace a game of charades on 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC). Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara could use their comedy and improv skills against Fallon and son Ben Stiller, actors/funnymen in their own right.

But Jerry abandoned the main element of charades: acting. For 'It's a Wonderful Life,' he tackled the first word by saying, "It starts with a--" and creating an "i" with his arms, then motioning a "t" and then drawing the outline of an "s" with his finger. "I'm giving you three letters," he told his wife. Fallon burst out laughing. Time ran out before Jerry could, well, spell out the other words. "I've made a living from being a nitwit," he said, unfazed.

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News Roundup: Frances Conroy to Guest on 'Grey's Anatomy,' Jerry Stiller Visits 'Seinfeld' Home and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 27th 2010 5:00PM
Frances Conroy'Six Feet Under' star and Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy is scrubbing in for a guest stint on ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy.'

According to TV Guide, Conroy will play Eleanor, a woman who blacks out just as she enters a laundromat to see her husband folding another woman's underwear. "Whether or not she really blacked out is an issue," 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes told TV Guide.

TV Guide is also reporting the season 6 DVD set of 'Grey's,' which hits shelves Sept. 14, will feature an extended version of the finale. In the additional 18 minutes, viewers will see Lexie get thrown out of an ambulance, Callie singing to a patient, Bailey giving a monologue to Mary (guest star Mandy Moore) and Mary's husband (Ryan Devlin) giving a speech about Mary.

In other TV news ...

Investigation Discovery's new series 'Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?' received the network's highest ratings for a series premiere. The Wednesday night premiere was seen by 649,000 people. [Live Feed]

'Final Destination' star Devon Sawa will play Nikita's nemesis on the new CW show. Sawa will play Owen, a spy that has skills to match Nikita's. [Zap2It]

Comedian and 'Louie' star Louis CK's new stand-up special will screen in 8 cities. On Sept. 8, viewers can head to locations in Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia to see it or wait for the special to air on Epix before heading to Comedy Central. [Entertainment Weekly]

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The Equalizer: Season One - DVD review

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 3rd 2008 2:29PM

The EqualizerDid you know they're making a big screen version of The Equalizer? It's true, and it seems like a really bad idea to me.

Not that there's anything wrong with the show (as you'll see in my review after the jump) it's just that this type of lone, ex-spy hero bit has been done to death in the past 20 years, and there's nothing really special about it anymore. And like all big screen versions of a TV show, it's not only going to miss the boat by just being BIGGER than the show (big name stars, celebrity villains, explosions, explosion, explosions), it's going to miss the point of what makes an audience love the original TV show in the first place. It's not the plot or how they did the show, it's that the show came at a certain time (in our lives and TV-wise), in a certain way, and it starred a certain person. Just look at the Charlie's Angels movies or that horrid Beverly Hillbillies movie. It's not that either of the original shows had original plots or any incredible innovation, it's that they were of a time, the way we experienced them.

So I cringe when I hear there's going to be a big screen Equalizer. Thank God we have the DVDs of the original.

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Strike photo of the day: Jerry Stiller!

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 11th 2007 5:19PM

Jerry StillerI saw this picture over at Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily site and I had to post it here. It's Jerry Stiller on the picket lines in New York City, supporting the writers during the current strike.

But something strikes me as wrong about the photo. It's fine and dandy that it says "Solidarity," but wouldn't it be even funnier if it said "Serenity Now!"? His famous line from Seinfeld not only fits the situation but would also illustrate that, hey, that line was actually written by a television writer. I'm sure that someone in that picket line must have said that to him during the day.

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TCM is letting celebrities pick the movies in November

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2007 10:36AM

Martha StewartWe first told you about this back in August, and now the complete list is out: Turner Classic Movies is letting celebrities program the network for the month of November. Each celeb is picking three or four films, and here are a few of the more interesting choices (it started Thursday with Alfred Molina's picks).

Whoopi Goldberg likes A Face in the Crowd and Funny Girl. Jerry Stiller likes A Night At The Opera. Kermit The Frog loves dancing to Singin' In The Rain and The Band Wagon. Martha Stewart would probably have some decorating ideas as Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

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Moffett in, Cullen out on CW's Life is Wild

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 28th 2007 1:22PM

Brett Cullen as Goodwin on LostBrett Cullen has been replaced in the new CW series Life is Wild. This really comes as very little shock since I can't think of anyone who was looking forward to this series.

Cullen is being replaced by D.W. Moffett who was most recently seen on the summer series Hidden Palms. You may also remember Moffett from such forgettable series as Skin & For Your Love.

Personally, I think Moffett is a little young to play a seasoned veterinarian and father of a teenager, but I'm sure his youth had a lot to do with the recast.

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The King of Queens: China Syndrome, Parts 1 & 2 (series finale)

by Joel Keller, posted May 14th 2007 10:02PM
The King of Queens finale
(S09E12 / S09E13)
Last month, I wrote a post praising The King of Queens for not making their 200th episode into any kind of "special" episode, just doing the same goofy but funny comedy the show has always done. There was no character development, no great revelations, no massive earth-shattering changes, and no story arcs. I expected them to do the same for the finale; just show another day in the life of the Heffernans and fade to black.

We got none of that; in fact, everything I listed above was exactly what we got, not only in this one-hour finale, but the two episodes before that. Drama isn't this show's strong suit, and it made for a finale that was wildly out of character in comparison with the rest of the series.

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The King of Queens' 200th episode same as the other 199... is that so bad?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 10th 2007 2:20PM
The King of QueensBelieve it or not, The King of Queens aired its 200th episode last night. They didn't do anything special to celebrate it. No guest stars, no plot twists, no revelations; Kevin James and company just did the same thing they've been doing since 1998, which is put on a funny show that will never be compared to The Office, but it won't be compared to According to Jim, either.

The plots? Doug and Carrie wonder how Deacon and Kelly can afford a vacation home when they can't, and do their best to try to find out. Also, Arthur coaches Spence in the art of finding a new job, then swoops in and steals a position Spence was looking to get. Nothing different than we haven't seen before, and the humor was the same: some laugh-out-loud moments, a few chuckle-worthy moments, mostly generated by the actors' timing and skill rather than the script itself.

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King of Queens' latest season to be last

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 23rd 2006 9:32AM
King of QueensCBS has announced that, after nearly a decade of being on the air, King of Queens will end after its current season runs out in May. Now that Will & Grace and That 70s Show are out of the picture, the program is currently the longest-running sitcom on air

Although the show still experiences some decent success in ratings and only recently got their first Emmy nomination (a nod to star Kevin James, this year), I think it's time to pull the plug. I actually used to find the show relatively enjoyable (compared to similar sitcoms like According to Jim), but the whole "Check out the fat guy with the hot chick!" thing began to wear thin a few seasons ago.

Ooh! Here's an idea: A wacky sitcom all about a fat wife and her super-hot husband. Haha, I'm just kidding... We've already seen that on Roseanne, with Roseanne Barr and that smokin' super-fox John Goodman.

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This Saturday is Festivus: It's real and it's spectacular

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 18th 2006 4:48PM

Festivus bookWho would have thought that something mentioned in an episode of a sitcom nine years ago would become such a phenomenon?

Today's Boston Globe has a piece about the holiday of Festivus, the holiday-alternative first mentioned on an episode of Seinfeld in 1997. Show writer Daniel O'Keefe's family celebrated it in his home when he was a kid, and he still celebrates it today. But he's not the only one. More and more fans of the show are holding Festivus celebrations every year. O'Keefe wrote a book about it, as did Allen Salkin, and the name has become not just a pop culture craze but a real, solid holiday like any other. OK, maybe not like any other, but it's something that people are really starting to celebrate. (I can sense morons like Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson cringing - Festivus is just another war on Christmas!)

Even TV Squad celebrates it every year (the official Festivus day is December 23). Don't forget to enter our contest by midnight tonight!

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Review: Dangerfield gets the Legends treatment in fun documentary

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 9th 2006 11:24AM
Rodney DangerfieldThe ill-fitting blue suit and red tie. The sweat-soaked shirt. The bulging eyes and fidgety manner. The rapid-fire jokes about getting "no respect." Rodney Dangerfield was in the Pantheon of comedy greats for all those reasons, but his fantastic stand-up comedy was just a part of his legacy, as we find out in the fun Comedy Central documentary Legends: Rodney Dangerfield, which airs Sunday night at 9.

This is the first in CC's Legends series, where the lives of comic giants are examined through interviews with the stars that were influenced by them. In this episode, the mega-stars come out to talk about the man they equally admire and are indebted to: Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Chris Rock, Robert Klein, Bob Saget, Stiller & Meara, Bill Murray, Jay Leno, Norm MacDonald, Jeff Foxworthy, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bernhardt, Susie Essman, Ray Ramone, Bill Maher and Rob Schneider all provide commentary on how Rodney influenced their careers from afar, and how gracious he was with his knowledge and advice.

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Oldies but goodies getting stars on Hollywood Blvd

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 24th 2006 2:24PM
jerry stillerFor 2007, it looks as though the Hollywood Walk of Fame is going retro! This year's recipients in television have been busting their chops for decades. Former C.H.i.P.S star (and current reality television fodder) Erik Estrada is getting one. So are Jerry Stiller, Kiefer Sutherland, Barbara Walters, and Law & Order creator Dick Wolf. There were more than 200 nominees (also in movies, recording & theater) and the committee in charge of Hollywood immortality chose 23 stars.

Other recipients include P. Diddy (or whatever they're calling him now), Matt Damon, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shania Twain, Lily Tomlin, and Crystal Gayle. The full list is here.

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