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J.J. Abrams, 'One Tree Hill' Creator Team for New CW Project and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:30PM
J.J. Abrams The CWEverybody wants a piece of J.J. Abrams. The in-demand producer is teaming up with 'One Tree Hill' creator Mark Schwahn for a new drama project based around a hotel.

According to Deadline, the project is one of the highest-profile projects at the network. Schwahn will pen 'Maine' (tentatively title) with both men executive producing the project. 'Maine,' described as a character-based drama, will follow the staff of a hotel and its guests.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Abrams. He started his TV career on The WB with 'Felicity.'

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Molly Shannon Elevates Passive Aggressive to an Art on 'The Middle' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 24th 2011 5:00AM
Molly Shannon, 'The Middle' - 'Thanksgiving III''The Middle' (Wed., 8PM ET on ABC) is absolutely killing it the past couple of weeks with guest stars. Last week it was Norm MacDonald as Mike's slacker brother, and this week it was Molly Shannon as Frankie's passive aggressive sister, Janet.

When the Hecks head to Frankie's family's house for Thanksgiving, Janet immediately starts to use that horrible passive aggressive technique that we all hate, and we all know someone who does it. More often than not, it's a relative who masks it with love.

So it was worth it when finally Frankie stood up to her and the two had a sincere fight, airing out the grievances that have been plaguing them most likely for years. Round it out with Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke as the parents, and these are recurring characters we can truly be thankful for.

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Larry King Gives Geoff the Robot a Voice And a Brain on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 11th 2011 5:00AM
Larry King as Geoff, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Geoff wore suspenders to honor his new voice for the night, as Larry King stepped in to provide the words for late night's only mechanical sidekick on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). Right away, you could tell he wasn't used to playing second banana.

When Ferguson did call on him, King had thoughtful and somewhat lengthy responses, which is a far cry from Geoff's usual jokes and innuendos.

"You didn't want this, did you?" King said via Geoff. "You didn't want a robot who thinks. You didn't want someone who creates of his own mind." Ferguson may not have wanted it, but we did. King's banter with Ferguson was hilarious from beginning to end.

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Molly Shannon Books 'Up All Night,' 'Chuck' Gets a Final Villain and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 25th 2011 8:45PM
Molly ShannonMolly Shannon is heading to 'Up All Night.'

The 'Saturday Night Live' veteran will guest star as Nancy, a single mom and "incompetent" associate producer on Ava's talk show. Hopefully that means Shannon and Maya Rudolph will have plenty of scenes together.

According to TV Guide, Shannon makes her debut on the Nov. 23 episode. Her role could become recurring.

Shannon will pop on 'The Middle' as Frankie Heck's sister and recently appeared as a co-host on 'The Talk.'

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Patricia Heaton On 'The Middle' Season 3, the Royal Wedding & Reuniting With Ray Romano

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 20th 2011 9:00AM
Patricia Heaton, Ray Romano, The MiddleWhen the Heck family returns on the Season 3 premiere of 'The Middle,' they'll be joined by a very special guest -- Patricia Heaton's former 'Everybody Loves Raymond costar Ray Romano.

But don't worry -- just because the ABC sitcom is now attracting guest stars like Romano, former 'Saturday Night Live' star Molly Shannon and former 'Glee' star Chord Overstreet doesn't mean the show will lose any of what star Patricia Heaton calls its "Heck style."

In the Season 3 premiere (Wed., Sept. 21, 8PM ET on ABC), the Hecks go camping -- Heck-style, of course -- and if you're thinking that sounds like a recipe for disaster, you're absolutely correct.

Below, Heaton sounds off on her hatred for camping, reuniting with Romano and which pop culture obsession Frankie will harbor next now that the Royal Wedding is over.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Sample Some Schweddy Balls Ice Cream (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 8th 2011 4:20PM
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford try Schweddy Balls on 'Today'It's been roughly 13 years since Alec Baldwin appeared on 'Saturday Night Live' with Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer for the infamous NPR Schweddy Balls sketch. The sketch has persisted enough in the public imagination that Ben & Jerry's just released a Schweddy Balls flavor, a vanilla infused with rum and fudge-covered rum and malt balls.

Wait, did you say rum? That explains why Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were eager to give it a try on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC).

Gifford didn't seem to full appreciate the subtle double entendre, though. 'Schweddy Balls' is named for its creator, Pete Schweddy, but Gifford quickly dispatched with the nuance. "I've been trying to avoid sweaty balls all my life," she said. "But apparently, this is not what you want to avoid."

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Julie Chen Teases the New Women of 'The Talk' on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 6th 2011 9:30AM
Julie Chen, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'You can always tell when Julie Chen is on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), because Craig Ferguson is on his best behavior. After all, her husband is Les Moonves, the head of the network.

He actually asked her about the new season of 'The Talk,' which has been getting a lot of press due to the cast shake-up. Out are Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini. In is Sheryl Underwood as a regular co-host.

"We just announced that joining us at the desk will be Molly Shannon from 'Saturday Night Live.'" Chen said, to Ferguson's delight. Shannon has been tapped as a guest co-host for the month of September.

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Molly Shannon Joins 'The Talk' As Guest Host

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 2nd 2011 4:00PM
Molly ShannonThe revolving door at 'The Talk' continues, and this time Molly Shannon has found a seat at the host table.

According to Deadline, the 'Saturday Night Live' veteran will guest host the daytime talk show all throughout September.

Shannon will make her first appearance on Tue., Sept. 6 alongside Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood.

Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete will not return, while original co-host Marissa Jaret Winokur departed during the show's first season.

In addition to Shannon, Kris Jenner will also act as a guest host, filling in for Osbourne from time to time.

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Molly Shannon Moves to 'The Middle' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 20th 2011 1:45PM
Molly ShannonWhen 'The Middle' returns for its third season, it'll have one very funny addition: 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Molly Shannon!

According to TVLine, Shannon will play Janet, Frankie's (Patricia Heaton) sister. Shannon is set to recur on the series.

'The Middle' returns on Sept. 21 at 8PM with Heaton's former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' husband, Ray Romano as a guest star. Romano will play a man from Frankie's past.

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Molly Shannon Talks About Her Son Yelling at Lego Darth Vader on 'Kimmel' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 23rd 2011 4:26AM
Molly Shannon, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Molly Shannon took her family to the Legoland theme park, where she discovered just how passionately her son hates Darth Vader. On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC) she talked about how she turned around to find her son confronting a life-size lego statue of the 'Star Wars' villain.

But he wasn't just staring at it. He was scolding the Sith Lord. "Darth Vader you are bad!" her son was shouting at him, according to Shannon. "I'm gonna get you! I'm gonna get you!"

We're pretty sure that's what Luke Skywalker was trying to say to him for three movies, only he didn't get to the point quite so beautifully or succinctly.

Jimmy Kimmel said her son was going to feel bad after he's seen all the films "because it turned out Darth Vader is just misunderstood."

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Chelsea Handler Lands NBC Comedy, Molly Shannon to Play An Ex-Nun on HBO and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 3rd 2010 2:00PM
Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler's already a successful talk show host and best-selling author. Now the comedian has another title to add to her resume: sitcom creator.

Deadline reports that NBC has ordered a pilot of Handler's half-hour comedy, 'Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea,' based on her book of the same name. The semi-autobiographical show follows a the exploits of a twentysomething Chelsea, who will have a different occupation than the real comedian but whose character traits will be based on Handler. Some storylines will be taken from essays included in Handler's three books.

Handler will executive produce but not star -- she's already signed on to play a scripted version of herself in a comedy series for E!

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'Sex and the City' veteran Michael Patrick King has created a new series about a straight hairdresser experiencing a mid-life crisis. The show will most likely wind up at NBC. [Vulture]

HBO is a comedy about an ex-nun that will star former 'Saturday Night Live' cast member Molly Shannon. The show will follow a woman who leaves her convent after becoming a nun when her heart was broken at 18. "It's James Joyce meets Judd Apatow -- a female '40 Year Old Virgin' with a huge dollop of Catholic weirdness thrown in," creator Tim Long said. [Deadline]

TLC ordered eight more episodes of its hit reality series 'L.A. Ink.' The episodes will be added to the second half of the fourth season of the show, which follows Los Angeles tattoo artist Kat Von D. [Variety]

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First Look: Women of 'Saturday Night Live' Go 'Real Housewives'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2010 3:20PM
Women of 'SNL'
When you add the very funny women of 'Saturday Night Live' with the hilarious absurdity that is 'Real Housewives' reunions, what do you get? Gold, from the looks of it.

Check out Bravo host Andy Cohen playing ringmaster with Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Nora Dunn, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch, Cheri Oteri and Kristen Wiig all channeling their best 'Real Housewives.' The segment is set for NBC's 'Women of SNL' special set to air Nov. 1.

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'Women of SNL' Special Adds Original Content From Tina Fey, Nora Dunn, Cheri Oteri and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 7th 2010 3:00PM
Delicious DishThe stars are aligning for NBC's 'Women of SNL' special.

The Peacock has tapped Tina Fey, Nora Dunn, Rachel Dratch, Laraine Newman, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig to create new content for the special honoring the female cast members of 'Saturday Night Live.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new material will supplement the Nov. 1 clip special that is a sort of follow-up to last season's epic Betty White-hosted episode.

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Molly Shannon's Son Packs Light for Hawaii (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 7th 2010 4:00PM
Leaving a child to pack for himself before a vacation trip seems like a sure-fire recipe for disaster. When Molly Shannon's five-year-old son Nolan was told to pack for Hawaii, he brought nothing but thirty pairs of socks and thirty pairs of underwear, she said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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Molly Shannon Talks 'Neighbors From Hell,' 'Glee' and Betty White

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 3rd 2010 5:00PM
Molly ShannonYou may think it, but your neighbors probably aren't from hell, unless of course, they're the Hellmans from TBS's new animated series 'Neighbors From Hell' (Mon. Jun 7 at 10PM ET).

What happens when a company, Petromundo, makes an oil drill that is capable of entering the center of the earth? Well, if you're Satan, you step in to do something about it by sending demons Balthazor (voiced by Will Sasso) and Tina Hellman (Molly Shannon) along with their kids to pose as a Texan family and figure out a way to stop the drill.

Molly Shannon, fresh off a 'Saturday Night Live' reunion show hosted by Betty White and verbal sparring with Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) on 'Glee,' shared her thoughts those two projects, the new series and its timely nature given the BP oil spill and what Mary Katherine Gallagher really means to her.

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