We did laugh at one of her responses. When she was told, "You do not play that standard common-sense wife with the buffoon husband," Travis responded with, "No, I go after him and call him on his stuff." Which, of course, is the textbook definition of the common-sense wife with the buffoon husband.
According to Deadline, 'Friday Night Lights' star Kyle Chandler is being courted to star in a new FX drama, 'Powers.' The show is a procedural that takes place in a world where superpowers are normal (not to be confused with TV Squad's most-anticipated fall pilot, '17th Precinct,' a procedural that takes place in a world where magic is normal), and Chandler is reportedly reading the script now.
Chandler's 'FNL' costar Connie Britton has already signed on to star in Ryan Murphy's 'American Horror Story' at the network, meaning the Taylors could soon be network costars, if not on the same show. (Hey, take what you can get. It's way more real than those recurring 'FNL' dreams ...)
In other TV news ...
• BET's 'The Game' went out with a bang last night. The recently revived sitcom got 4.4 million viewers for its season finale, more than twice what it averaged when it aired on The CW. In other ratings news, ABC's 'Body of Proof' premiered well, attracting an audience of 13.9 million viewers in the post-'Dancing With the Stars' time slot. [THR, NY Times]
• 'Good Morning America' host Juju Chang is leaving the show -- to report for 'Nightline' full time. Replacing Chang as news reader on 'GMA' is ESPN anchor Josh Elliott, who has been co-hosting the morning edition of 'SportsCenter.' [TV Guide]
• Your obligatory Charlie Sheen news update: the king of winning will appear in a guest spot on Drew Carey's new GSN improv show, 'Improv-a-ganza' -- but the cameo was filmed way back in the pre-tiger blood days of January. [EW]
The Countess will play an art lover who poses semi-nude for a painter.
According to the New York Post, De Lesseps' episode airs Feb. 23. The Bravo star also appeared in an episode of 'Royal Pains.'
In other TV news ...
• Lori Loughlin has spoken out about her departure from The CW's '90210.' "I have enjoyed the past few years working on '90210' and adore all of the cast and crew, as well as the team at the CW and CBS TV Studios. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful show." Loughlin will leave the series at the end of the season. [E! Online]
• David Eigenberg will guest on 'Private Practice.' The 'Sex and the City' star will play the husband of one of Addison's patients. [TV Guide]
• NBC has ordered pilots from stars Chelsea Handler, Jack Black and Whitney Cummings. Handler's pilot is based on her book, 'Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea.' The E! comic is attached to executive produce, but not star. Cummings' pilot is about a historical reenactment park. Black's pilot follows a writer who puts himself into strange situations. [The Wrap]
According to Deadline Hollywood, Fox is in talks to pick up a half-hour comedy starring Hewitt that's being described as a female 'Big Bang Theory.' Walt Becker, director of 'Wild Hogs,' will write the project with 'Nancy Drew' writer Tiffany Paulsen.
Becker has a fraternity comedy at TBS titled 'Glory Daze' and Hewitt can next be seen as a guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU' and NBC's 'Love Bites.'
In other casting news ...
• Lee Tergesen will guest star on 'Castle.' The 'Oz' star will play Gates, a suspect in the Triple Killer ("3XK") case, the season's big investigation. Look for Tergesen to first pop up in episode seven. [Ausiello Files]
• Judd Nelson has been tapped to play Chris, Lyndsey's ex on 'Two and a Half Men.' Look for Nelson to appear in the fourth episode of this season. [Fancast]
• Geoff Stults will play a very well-endowed beau of Robin's on 'How I Met Your Mother.' The 'Happy Town' actor will debut in this season's fifth episode. [TV Guide]
Butler clarified the latter scenario by describing a charming scene from the movie where Myers and Nancy Travis go on a date in San Francisco and use everything they come across as part of their night out.
Watch the video after the jump.
Did you watch it, and if you did, will you miss it?
|Yes. It was good and we need more family sitcoms.||533 (42.8%)|
|No, let's make room for another show.||217 (17.4%)|
|What's a Bill Engvall?||496 (39.8%)|
However, TBS has a throwback family comedy, one in The Cosby Show mode, and they're sticking with it. TBS's The Bill Engvall Show has just been given a third season renewal. The sitcom will be back in the summer 2009 with ten new episodes.
I've watched The Bill Engvall Show and enjoyed it. It's meant to evoke Cosby, but I also found a lot of Everybody Loves Raymond and Home Improvement in it as well, and that's a good thing. Engvall's a funny guy, and he's greatly aided in the show by sitcom vet Nancy Travis as his smart, attractive spouse.
Look, a family sitcom that's NOT on Disney or Nickelodeon which been renewed for another season! How unique!
TBS has ordered up a second season of 10 episodes of The Bill Engvall Show. The comedy, which entered the television landscape back in July, premiered with fairly strong ratings and remained the number two sitcom among adults 18-49 on ad-supported cable (fancy talk for basic cable) for the rest of its freshman season.
I don't think I would be stretching the truth too much if I said that the family sitcom is pretty much dead on network television. I mean, with the exception of According to Jim and perhaps Two and a Half Men, there has been a dearth of successful family comedies on the air since the departure of Everybody Loves Raymond and Arrested Development a few years ago.
Where has Tim Meadows been since leaving SNL in 2000? Well, most recently he had some guest-starring roles in The Office, Everybody Hates Chris, Help Me Help You and According to Jim.
Anna mentioned back in November that TBS was creating a pilot for Blue Collar comedian Bill Engvall, best known for his "here's your sign" routine. Now we know that the new series will be called The Bill Engvall Show (what else?) and will star Engvall and Nancy Travis. Engvall will play Will Pearson, a family counselor and father of a teenage daughter and two boys. Travis will play his wife, Susan.
Much like a majority of Engvall's comedy, the new show promises to be a simple, family-friendly comedy shot in typical multi-camera fashion in front of a studio audience. The series debuts sometime this summer.
Fans of Engvall's stand-up can also catch him March 25 at 9:00 p.m. on Comedy Central in a new special: Bill Engvall: Fifteen Degrees Off Cool.
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