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Lance Bass Working on All-Star Boy Band Reality Show, 'Pan Am' Re-Casts and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 17th 2011 7:50PM
Lance BassIs the age of the boy band over? Not according to Lance Bass.

The former *NSync member is putting together a reality show with Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean, New Edition frontman Bobby Brown and New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre to form the country's hottest new boy band.

"It's a really great music show, starring all your favorite boy bands. It's going to be really fun," Bass told Vulture. "They're all going to form a boy band, each, from the most talented guys in America that I've scouted, and then they'll go head-to-head in a competition to see who the best band is, so it's bragging rights for the guy in the group, for sure."

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NBC Orders Chelsea Handler Sitcom, Three Other Comedies

by Chris Harnick, posted May 13th 2011 1:45PM
Chelsea HandlerHot on the heels of renewing 'Parenthood' and 'Harry's Law' and handing out series orders to half a dozen new shows, NBC has also given the greenlight to comedies 'Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea,' 'Bent,' and 'BFF.'

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the series pickups.

'Are You There, Vodka?' is based on Chelsea Handler's life and best-selling book. It stars 'That 70s Show' veteran Laura Prepon with Handler involved as an executive producer and playing Prepon's older sister.

'Free Agents,' a workplace romantic comedy based on the popular UK series, comes from 'Party Down' co-creator John Enbom. Hank Azaria stars in the series about two co-workers who fall in love.

Amanda Peet stars in 'Bent,' a comedy about a divorced mom who does her best not to fall in love with her contractor. Jeffrey Tambor also stars in the sitcom, which may be held for midseason.

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Laura Prepon to Play Fictional Chelsea Handler, Ed Begley Jr. Gets NBC Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 16th 2011 1:00PM
Laura Prepon to Play Fictional Chelsea HandlerLaura Prepon will do her best Chelsea Handler in the NBC pilot for 'Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.' The former 'That '70s Show' star will play Chelsea Hanson, a fictionalized version of the real comedienne in the comedy pilot based on Handler's best-selling book.

According Deadline Hollywood, the project will follow Prepon's character, a young waitress who isn't afraid to share her opinions and love of drinking and sex.

Prepon recently popped up on 'Castle' and just sold her Web series, 'Neighbros' as a half-hour scripted comedy.

In other casting news ...

Peter Fonda will guest on 'CSI: N.Y.' Fonda will appear in two episodes this April as William Hunt, the former partner of Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise). [Entertainment Weekly]

Ed Begley Jr. has landed a lead role in NBC's 'Brave New World' pilot. Begley, Nick Braun and Will Greenberg will play employees of a theme park, Pilgrim Village, that specializes in recreating historical New England. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Fantastic Four's star Ioan Gruffudd has joined the cast of 'Ringer.' Gruffudd will play Andrew, husband to one of Sarah Michelle Gellar's characters, Siobhan. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Laura Prepon Sells Web Series, Plans to Direct in 2011

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 6th 2011 5:01PM
Laura PreponLoved Laura Prepon on Monday night's 'Castle'? Good, because you're going to see a lot more from her in 2011.

When we spoke with Prepon before Christmas, she said that in addition to starring in the ABC pilot 'Awkward Situations for Men,' she just sold her successful web series, 'Neighbros,' as a half-hour scripted comedy to an as-yet-unnamed network.

"[It's] really, really exciting because I'll be able to direct the pilot," she said of the show, which stars Scott Michael Foster of 'Greek' and Jamie Jorn. "We created it. I'm so excited about it because we worked so hard on that web series it's ridiculous."

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'Castle': A Movie Star (Laura Prepon) Is Unimpressed with Richard (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 4th 2011 7:20AM
Laura Prepon Guest-Stars on 'Castle'Richard Castle should be pleased: A big movie star (played by 'That '70s Show's' Laura Prepon) will be his heroine in "Heatwave" -- the film adaptation of his book series featuring the character Nikki Heat.

But it's NYPD Detective Kate Beckett -- Castle's muse for Nikki -- who inspires Natalie Rhodes. "You are exactly what I expected Nikki Heat to look like," she gushes to Beckett on 'Castle' (Mon., 10PM ET on ABC). "I'm very method, so it's all about getting inside of you, which starts with observing and noting."

"Observe and note away -- I'm already used to it," she says dryly, in Castle's direction.

As for the author/screenwriter, Rhodes isn't starstruck in the least. "I wrote 'Heatwave,'" Castle tells her. She replies, "Oh, I thought your name sounded familiar..."

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Laura Prepon Talks Peanut Butter Pretzels, Kissing Nathan Fillion and Her Guest Spot on Tonight's 'Castle'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 3rd 2011 2:30PM
Laura Prepon on 'Castle'The set of 'Castle' must be a really fun place to work -- at least, that's the impression we got after chatting with Laura Prepon about her guest spot on tonight's episode.

"I love the show, and I love the people who run it and work on it," she gushed when TV Squad caught up with her a couple of days before Christmas.

For one thing, they have peanut butter pretzels at craft service. For another, although Nathan Fillion mocked her for bungling the rehearsal of a key kissing scene, she couldn't say enough nice things about the guy.

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Scott Foley and Laura Prepon Land Major New Roles, Oprah Sued and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 29th 2010 11:50AM
Scott Foley, Laura PreponA pair of former TV stars are returning to the small screen: Former 'Felicity' and 'The Unit' leading man Scott Foley has landed a major recurring role on 'Grey's Anatomy,' while 'That 70s Show' actress Laura Prepon will appear on 'Castle.'

Foley will play Teddy's new love interest, who also happens to be a patient at Seattle Grace. Deadline reports that it's a "major recurring role," which is usually 'Grey's' guru Shonda Rimes' way of introducing characters -- so Foley might stick around the hospital longer than your typical guest star.

Prepon, on the other hand, has been cast as Nikki Heat, the main character in 'Castle''s movie/novel-within-a-show. TV Guide reports that her first appearance will be in the Jan. 3 post-'Bachelor' premiere episode.

In other TV news ...

Oprah is being sued by the author of a political guide. Charles Harris is accusing Winfrey of plagiarizing elements of his book during the 2008 presidential campaign by reading segments aloud on air. [THR, Esq.]

Taye Diggs sold a drama about the "ethically complex world of adoption" to ABC. No word on whether the 'Private Practice' star will appear in his show, which will follow Los Angeles-based lawyers, doctors and caseworkers. [The Live Feed]

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Say Cheese' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2010 11:46PM
The cast of 'How I Met Your Mother'(S05E18) Ever come across an episode of one of your favorite shows that just felt half-baked to you? Sure, it had its funny moments, but there was something about the main story that begged to be explored a bit more. Or maybe one of the B-stories looked like it had more potential but it just ended up being either a one-note joke or dropped altogether.

This episode had both. I wanted the main story of Ted always bringing around his "skanks" to group celebrations to be tied in a little more to his search for the all-exalted mother. And I also wanted to see more about both Barney's and Marshall's relative abilities in front of a camera lens. Both left me dissatisfied.

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'House' - 'Private Lives' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 9th 2010 7:15AM
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(S06E14) Usually when an episode of a long running show just goes through its tried and true motions, it feels lazy and slapped together. But in the case of 'House,' it makes for some tasty viewing, even with the vivid description of poop.

Note to self: never order the Bangkok Special before sitting down to watch 'House.'

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TV Casting: Laura Prepon Joins 'Awkward Situations for Men'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:56AM
Laura Prepon'That '70s Show' alum Laura Prepon is eyeing a return to television with a co-starring role in ABC's 'Awkward Situations for Men.' Prepon has signed on to play Danny Wallace's wife, Meg, in the comedy series, about a British TV personality who has trouble fitting in when he moves to America. Meg, meanwhile, sets up at a smoothie shop run by her former fling, played by Matt Letscher. It sounds like it'll be just as awkward for the women, too. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Hurwitz and Arnett hoping third time is the charm for new comedy

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 13th 2009 11:06AM
Will Arnett & Amy PoehlerArrested Development was a critical darling that managed three seasons of low ratings before FOX pulled the plug. Creator Mitch Hurwitz reunited with AD star Will Arnett for this past season's animated disaster Sit Down, Shut Up.

Now, they're reuniting with AD co-executive producer Jim Vallely for a third shot. This one's a live-action single camera comedy on FOX starring Arnett as a jackass. It's off to a good start; Arnett plays jackass very well.

The premise: Arnett is rich Beverly Hills stock and falls in love with a tree-hugger who hates him and every shallow thing he stands for. Just for being live-action, I think this one has potential. Arnett is waiting for the right vehicle to make him a star, and we already know what Hurwitz is capable of. Could this be their pot of ratings gold?

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How I Met Your Mother: The Front Porch

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 17th 2009 12:47AM
HIMYM: The Front Porch
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This episode proves that Bays and Thomas can do silly, sitcommy things in an episode and still take their loyal audience on an emotional ride with the characters they've grown to love.

Because of that, this was a fun one. We not only got a glimpse of what four of the gang might look like when they're seniors (Ted somehow looks 20 years younger than Marshall, even though they're the same age) but we got to find out about the joy of nightshirts and a morning broadcast that would make Al Roker jealous.

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How I Met Your Mother: Sorry Bro

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 10th 2009 1:23AM
HIMYM: Sorry Bro(S04E16) One of the biggest issues that has eaten at fans of HIMYM since the show's inception is the fact that the character the show is supposed to revolve around, Ted, is probably the most boring out of the entire Scooby gang. Because of this, stories about his quest for his soulmate -- the elusive "mother," of course -- have as equal a chance of working as they have of falling flat. It just seems like there have been very few Ted-centric romances that fans have gotten behind and rooted for. There was Robin, naturally, and Victoria the cupcake lady. The rest? All of them have had about as much chemistry and excitement as toe fungus (and, yes, Stella is in the toe fungus group).

Ted's new romance, with his super-douchey college girlfriend Karen, seems like it's another one that's destined to fail. And not because she brings out all the stupid college-kid pretentiousness that Ted barely has the strength to squash as he enters his thirties. It may be that we've kind of stopped caring about Ted's quest, haven't we?

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What's so great about October Road?

by Paul Goebel, posted May 8th 2007 12:02PM

Tom CavanaughWhat is all this talk I keep hearing about saving October Road? Is it really worth saving? I watched about as much as I could stand and I really didn't see anything worth fighting for.

First, let's look at the premise: Small town boy comes home and tries to re-assimilate into his old ways. Sounds like an unfunny version of Ed. Besides, Nick seemed to be pretty much back in the groove by the second episode.

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October Road to take the place of Men In Trees for a month

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2007 4:04PM

Bryan GreenbergThe new drama October Road will slide into the post-Grey's Anatomy slot, Thursday at 10pm, on March 15, knocking the Anne Heche show Men In Trees onto the shelf for about a month (that show will return in April).

I've been looking forward to October Road ever since I first heard about it last year, for two reasons. One, I found out a friend of mine is working on it, and two, it's about a writer who decides to go back to his hometown and the people there resent him because of all of the things he wrote about them in his books. That sounds like a great premise, though I wonder how it will translate to weekly television.

The show stars Bryan Greenberg (Unscripted, One Tree Hill, Life With Bonnie) as the writer. Also in the cast are Tom Berenger, Laura Prepon, and Geoff Stults.

[via TV Tattle]

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