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Kellie Martin On 'Drop Dead Diva,' 'The Jensen Project' and Getting Killed On 'ER'

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 9th 2010 1:03PM
Kellie Martin from NBC's 'The Jensen Project'We haven't seen much of Kellie Martin in the last few years -- a couple of Lifetime movies, some guest shots, and that's about it -- but it's been for a good reason: she took the time off to figure out how to be a parent.

After her daughter Maggie was born three-and-a-half years ago, Martin told me last week, "I didn't want to get overwhelmed with having to feel like I had to work and not have this time with her." She read every parenting book she could find, but parenting was still a mystery to her. "I had no idea what to do with a kid, I mean I was clueless, so I needed some time to figure this out."

This week, audiences will see Martin twice: Fans of Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva' will see Martin guest star on July 11 as the victim of a Ponzi scheme who hires Grayson Kent to take her case. And on July 16, Martin will star in NBC's 'The Jensen Project' as Claire Thompson, a nanobiologist who works with her husband and 15-year-old son to fight evil when the project they spent years developing falls into the wrong hands. If the show, produced by Wal-Mart and Proctor and Gamble as part of their 'Family Moments' series, does well, it has a shot of being made into a series.

But before we talked about that, I needed to express my shock that the 'Life Goes On' and 'ER' star was old enough to play the mom of a teenager (she's only 35, for heaven's sakes)...

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Stump the King: The Beatles

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 31st 2008 8:36AM

The Fab FourI've gotten this question a few times, so I decided to ask you guys for help.

Ouchie Poos asks, "What tv detective type series used the beatles song "got to get you into my life" while running the end credits? The program had the same sort of setup as Department S but without the weird mysteries."

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The five worst names in the history of television

by Jay Black, posted Oct 11th 2007 10:30AM
Don't hit me, please don't hit me!My wife gave birth to our first son three months ago, so names have been on my mind recently. A name says a lot about a person: strong names help kids to grow up to be television news personalities or American Ninjas (Wolf Blitzer and Joe Armstrong, respectively). Weak names, on the other hand, lead to name calling in grade school and sad lives of quiet desperation in adulthood.

Television has given us a large catalog of super-cool names to choose from. Since TV is all about wish fulfillment, it's rare for a character to be given a truly terrible name. Sometimes, though, a terrible name slips through the network sieve and luckily for all of us, TV Squad is there to catch it. The five worst names in the history of television after the jump...

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A baby girl for actress Kellie Martin

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 7th 2006 3:04PM
kellie martinActress Kellie Martin gave birth to a baby girl over the weekend. She and her husband, Keith Christian, named their daughter Margaret Heather Christian, but they're already calling her "Maggie". Reps for the couple say Maggie weighed in at 8 pounds and was 21 inches long.

Kellie Martin, 31, is probably best known for her role as Becca Thatcher on Life Goes On during the early 1990s. She also had a memorable guest stint on ER a few years ago as Lucy Knight, who met an unfortunate end in a terrific episode.

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Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe file for divorce

by Richard Keller, posted May 27th 2006 8:45AM

Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe, happily divorcedBack in January, the lovely and talented Anna Johns reported that Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank and husband Chad Lowe had agreed to separate, but were willing to get through the tough time and come out a stronger couple. Apparently this didn't happen exactly as planned.

According to a spokeswoman for Swank, she and Lowe have decided to initiate divorce proceedings after eight years of wedded bliss. A lawyer for the couple said Swank and Lowe have made a joint decision to divorce and that they still remain friends and have the utmost respect for each other.

Ms. Swank, who has won Oscars for performances in the movies Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby was a regular on Beverly Hills, 90210 back in the late 1990's. Mr. Lowe, brother of actor Rob Lowe, played the AIDS-infected Jesse McKenna on ABC's Life Goes On back in the mid 1980's and has had appeared in many other TV series since, including ER, Without a Trace and Law & Order: SVU.

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Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe separate

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 10th 2006 1:32PM
Another Hollywood split-up. This time it's Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe. The two have been married for eight years, but it's not final. While they're splitting up, they aren't getting divorced. The official statement says, "Hilary and Chad have decided to separate, but they are hopeful they'll be able to get through this tough time." The two reportedly split sometime last year.

While we all know Hilary from her Oscar wins for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby, Chad has been an actor in tv land for a long time. Who can forget him as Jesse on Life Goes On? And, more recently, his turn as John Denver in the made-for-tv movie in 2000. Let's hope these kids work things out.

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