According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has made a pilot commitment to 'Us and Them,' a single camera family comedy starring Moore. A put pilot commitment means the network has to pay up if the project doesn't make it to air.
'Us and Them' follows newlyweds Annie (Moore) and Ben (yet to be cast) and the conflicts between the families they grew up with and the new ones they've made as adults.
Though Moore seems sweet, be advised: she could be "trouble" underneath it all. You know what they say about taking candy from strangers. Though in Mandy's case, it's the cookies that you need to watch out for.
On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM on ABC), Moore revealed that did get into trouble recently. She and her husband, Ryan Adams, hosted a potluck supper -- very wholesome and 1950s-ish. But one of Ryan's friends brought over a batch of cookies that contained "a particular herbal ingredient."
More casting news after the jump.
This year, the competition is so tight that it's hard to figure out who's going to be in the bottom three from week to week. So many of the contestants are really impressive in picking up the different styles, and that continued tonight.
What also continued was couples who were great last week being not so great this week. And there are still so many couples that there are only a few favorites sprinkled throughout. In other words "What have you done for me lately?" is in full effect. So what did they do?
With Mandy Moore joining Nigel and Mary on the judging panel, we were treated to a two hour extravaganza of dance dance dance! Each of the four finalists danced no less than five separate times, sometimes with only a commercial break between them. Those whiners at American Idol talk about how exhausting that show can be, but can you imagine the physical strain these dancers go through? Especially as they ramp up to a show as demanding as this finale. Thankfully, it was packed from beginning to end with amazing numbers and amazing dancing!
(S04E08) Two down and seventeen more to go until we find "America's Favorite Dancer" for the summer of 2008. Have you found your favorite yet? I'm narrowing it down, but it's a bit early yet to be picking favorites and there are still a ton of dancers left, as the lo-o-o-ong intro sequence showed us. Nigel and Mary were joined this week on the judge's panel by contemporary madwoman Mia Michaels (of the inspired "Tim Burton wedding" piece last week). And her hair was shockingly bleached very blonde.
I think I prefer Michaels choreographing than judging. She focuses almost too much on her own interpretations of the emotions in the pieces rather than what the dancers had to bring. I think she's insane and brilliant in choreography, but maybe a bit too "out there" for really constructive criticism.
(S03E01) Welcome to season three of How I Met Your Mother. If you read my Early Look post on the season premiere, you'll know that season three picks up where season two left off.
Well, kinda. Yes, Robin and Ted have gone their separate ways after a year together. Yes, Marshall and Lily have just gotten married (and I guess are back from their honeymoon, but they never say).
But something didn't happen --at least not right at the start of the episode -- that I think almost every HIMYM fan expected to happen.
When we last left the group of five intrepid twenty-somethings from How I Met Your Mother, Ted and Barney were smoking cigars after Lily and Marshall's wedding. Ted had just finished telling the tale of how he and Robin broke up. And, after some uncharacteristic sympathy, Barney gets all charged up about being a wingman for Single Ted. The season ends with Barn launching into his signature line: "Ted, my boy, this is going to be legend... wait for it..."
Well, we waited all summer. And Carter Bays and Craig Thomas know how long we waited; they named the third season premiere, which airs on CBS at 8 PM ET on Monday, "Wait For It." Was it worth the wait? Some non-spoilery thoughts after the jump.
It would seem that the talk about the choreographers stepping things up wasn't just talk as all of them delivered great routines for the dancers to perform. The criticisms were few and far between this week, from me, and from the judges. That would be Nigel and Mary as usual, joined this week by Debbie Allen. After the jump, we'll get to all of the performances, and a rant about Fox scheduling.
Today on TV Squad Daily:
- Veronica Mars fans to become Lost fans? Kristen Bell might be joining the cast of Lost next season.
- My unsolicited advice to Mandy Moore: accepting a party-girl guest star role on How I Met Your Mother was a bad idea.
- Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, we're so done hearing about your weird divorce drama.
- Charlie Rose: Nancy Pelosi
- The Daily Show: Michael Moore
- The Colbert Report: Daniel Gilbert
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Claire Danes, Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, and Ryan Adams
- Jay Leno: Josh Duhamel, David Willey, and Jason Aldean
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Debra Messing, Justin Long, and Kelly Rowland
- Tavis Smiley: Brian Steidle and Eddie Levert
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Jim Carrey, Al Roker, and Jonny Lives (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Mandy Moore and David Steinberg
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Alice Cooper and Teddybears (repeat)
- Charlie Ross: Adam Moss
- The Daily Show: Bruce Willis
- The Colbert Report: David France
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Paula Abdul, John Krasinksi, and Bryan Ferry
- Jay Leno: Michael Moore, Justin Long, and Mandy Moore
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Don Rickles and Keely Smith
- Tavis Smiley: Robin Roberts and Tip Harris
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Heather Graham, Lewis Black, and Explosions in the Sky (repeat)
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Janeane Garofalo, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, and Bob Marley
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Maria Menounos and The Format (repeat)
- Charlie Rose: Sam Nunn and Steven Bach
- The Daily Show: Steve Carell
- The Colbert Report: Toby Keith
- The Late Show With David Letterman: Mike Myers and America Ferrera (repeat)
- Jay Leno: Robin Williams, Chelsea Handler, and Big & Rich
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Evangeline Lilly and Joe Rogan (repeat)
- Tavis Smiley: Senator Chris Dodd and Mandy Moore
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Tea Leoni, Tyrese Gibson, and The White Stripes
- The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Avril Lavigne and Ioan Gruffudd
- Last Call With Carson Daly: Eric Roberts and Jill Cunniff (repeat)
Buck Mitchell [after causing the Duff blimp to crash]: This is the worst blimp crash ever!
Grandpa: Too soon!
Okay, that exchange cracked me up, as did a few other moments during this episode, such as the television show "Hunch" the family watches in the beginning of the episode which list JD Salinger as a writer in the closing credits. I also liked the "Sexy Marriage Land" song performed by Tabitha Vixx (voiced by Mandy Moore), and Homer becoming indignant towards Marge because she insists on judging him on things he's done, which is so totally unfair.
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