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What to Watch Thursday, March 26

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 26th 2009 5:00AM
In the Motherhood'In the Motherhood'
(8PM, ABC) series premiere
Fake pregnancies, 'mannies' and staycations ... all just part of a day in the life of 'In the Motherhood,' an adaptation of the Internet comedy about three friends with radically different styles of parenting.

Rosemary (Megan Mullally) is the most free-spirited of the bunch, which makes it all the more surprising that her teenage son Syd is a responsible kid.

Her newly-divorced pal Jane (Cheryl Hines) struggles with her caring, but quirky manny Horatio (Horatio Sanz), while Jane's uptight sis Emily is finding out that, despite all her efforts to build the perfect life with the perfect husband in the perfect home, her children are not at all perfect.


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TV Squad Ten: Girl Crushes

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 13th 2009 10:02AM
brenda lee johnson the closerThere's a reason why when you watch The Mentalist, there are always subtle close ups of Simon Baker's eyes or of his mouth when he's talking. The producers know he's hot and they know women are watching. Between him, the cast of Friday Night Lights, and a whole other list of DILF's, there's a lot of male eye-candy on TV right now. But what about the women? Of course television is filled with hot chicks, but who do other women like to watch?

There are certain female characters who, when you watch them, you just want to hang out with. Either you think she'd be a good friend, or exciting to have around, or maybe you just kind of want to be her. This, my friends, is a Girl Crush. Here is my list of Top Ten TV Girl Crushes.

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Gilmore Girl set for ER finale

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 1st 2009 9:00PM
ABI've been pretty hard on NBC of late, like calling for Jeff Zucker's head when NBC announced it will present Jay Leno every weeknight in prime time next fall, but I think I'm going to have to tip my cap to the network for how ER is coming to an end.

Not only have the producers lured George Clooney and Juliana Margulies back for a last go-round, they've also cast Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon for a guest turn. George, Julianna and Susan will all appear on ER on March 12.

I'm curious to see their appearances, but here's the casting that will have me definitely tuning in: Alexis Bledel is booked for ER two-hour finale on April 2.

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ABC to shelve Betty for a while and to give new timeslots to comedies

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 26th 2009 5:02PM
Samantha Who
Fans of Samantha Who? have been wondering what would happen to their favorite amnesiac as ABC, who first said it would resume the show's second season in January, decided to shelve the series until it finds a slot for it. Well, the network has finally announced when SW? would return: Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. Yes, your eyes are not playing a trick on you: Ugly Betty will be shelved... for a few weeks. Oh and while they were at it, ABC's Power That Be decided that Scrubs would also move nights starting in March!

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I don't get Tim Russ on Samantha Who?

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 3rd 2009 10:02AM
Tim Russ of 'Samantha Who?'I like Samantha Who? I think it's a quirky and fun show with a pretty clever premise. What I don't get about it is Tim Russ' character. Don't get me wrong, I like Tim Russ. As a sci-fi geek, I think I'm pretty much required to. After all, Star Trek: Voyager came on while I was in college (I know, I'm aging myself here), and I'm glad to see him getting the work. I'm just not sure what the point of his role is.

As Frank, the doorman of the building Sam lives in, he has a working knowledge of what kind of a person she was pre-amnesia, but only Dena really didn't know "bad Sam." Samantha didn't seem to have any sort of special relationship with Frank then, and the writers haven't developed one now.

Did they just forget about him, or quickly realize they didn't know what to do with him? It's a weird thing on an otherwise solid show. Can you think of any other cases like that?

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A Brady and a Broadway blonde check in to Samantha Who?

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 5th 2008 5:08PM
Flo HGuest stars can be good and guest stars can be not-so-good, but this one sounds like a winner to me. EW's Michael Ausiello has an exclusive report that Florence Henderson will be on Samantha Who?

And if you think Christina Applegate kind of looks like she could be related to Florence, you're not alone. The Brady Bunch veteran has been cast as Samantha Newly's grandmother, Jean Smart's mama. And if that's not blonde goodness and potential hilarity for you, TVGuide.com has another exclusive; Christine Ebersole will play Sammy's aunt. In the very same storyline!

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What to Watch Monday, Dec. 1

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 1st 2008 5:00AM
gossip girl'Gossip Girl'
(8PM, The CW)
The annual Snowflake Ball provides the Upper East Side teens with an opportunity for romance, but, as usual, exactly who'll be, ahem, Ball-ing with who is up in the air.

Serena is happily ensconced in her new relationship with artist Aaron, but when his ex-girlfriend shows up at the gallery and starts making plans with Serena's ex, Dan, Miss van der Woodsen gets jealous.

Meanwhile, Nate finds himself in a love triangle with pals Jenny and Vanessa, and Chuck and Blair meet a pair of lookalikes and counsel them on how they -- the dopplegangers -- can make a relationship work where they -- the real Chuck and Blair -- can't.


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What to Watch Monday, Nov. 24

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 24th 2008 5:00AM
Samantha Who and Boston Legal'Samantha Who?' and 'Boston Legal'
(9:30PM and 10PM, ABC)
Guess who's coming to dinner?

At the Newly home, it's Samantha's new boyfriend Owen, who's going to get to know Sam's 'rents during a family meal. But Owen gets a case of foot-in-mouth disease when he meets Sam's dad -- a chicken farm owner -- and makes disparaging remarks about chicken farm owners.

Meanwhile, it's about turkeys on 'Boston Legal,' when Shirley plans a cozy Thanksgiving dinner for herself and Carl, but instead -- and here's where the turkeys come in -- ends up hosting a dysfunctional pseudo-family affair when Alan and Denny and the office gang want in on the festivities, too.


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What to Watch Monday, Nov. 10

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 10th 2008 5:00AM
gossip girl'Gossip Girl'
(8PM, The CW)
When Chuck and Blair have suddenly emerged as the most likable characters on the show, it may be time for their fellow Upper East Siders to rethink some of their life choices.

Like, say, Dan, who was so jealous of little sis Jenny's renegade fashion show success that he's decided to deploy whatever means necessary to launch his writing career. Dan's plan: Pretend to befriend Chuck's papa Bart Bass.

That alone is enough to tick Chuck off, but when the junior Bass finds out that Dan's ulterior motive is to dig up Bart's nastiest secrets for a Vanity Fair mag article (yes, we're just going to pretend it isn't ridiculous that a high schooler would be assigned a major VF expose) ... let's just say there's nothing scarier than a baby Bass scorned.


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What to Watch Monday, Nov. 3

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 3rd 2008 5:00AM
saturday night live'Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008'
(9PM, NBC)
Is it as important as tomorrow night's election coverage? Duh. But it's undoubtedly more fun, as the Not Ready for Primetime Players unspool two hours of very primetime-worthy political skits.

Recent sketches (Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, Fred Armisen as Barack Obama and, of course, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin) and clips from the 'SNL' vaults -- Chevy Chase as a bumbling Gerald Ford and Will Ferrell's numb-skulled Dubya, for example -- pepper the election eve special.

And there will be some new surprises from the show that's been the go-to series for political satire this season. We'll just be happy to see Poehler's 'Palin Rap' again.


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ABC books a full season of Samantha Who

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 1st 2008 1:27PM
Christina A Sam WhoI can't say I've been thrilled with some of the announced pick ups for the remainder of the season. NBC's faith in Knight Rider, for instance, has me scratching my head. Here's one that I can get behind: ABC has given Samantha Who a full season pick up.

The Christina Applegate single camera comedy -- which includes Jean Smart's Emmy-winning supporting performance as Sam's alternately attentive and annoying mother -- has had a terrific sophomore season thus far.

I'm not talking about the ratings, although ABC is pleased that the show has been doing a good job holding onto the strong lead-in from Dancing With the Stars (although this is not a scintillating edition of Dancing). For me, Samantha Who is just as funny as last year, but now things are getting more complicated and interesting.

Just last week, for instance, Sam was given an experimental drug to -- hopefully -- help her reclaim lost memories. Through flashback flashes we learned a lot more about Todd and Sam's relationship and how they've gotten to where they are. The episode was packed with emotion and funny bits of business, and yet in the end we were still on that precipice, waiting for Sam to remember that she loves Todd.

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Christina Applegate Interview for 'Samantha Who?'

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 3rd 2008 6:00AM
Christina Applegate"Every time I go to [an event], I try to find [a dress] that's different and new. That's sort of how I live my life ... it's always about never repeating myself."

AOL TV talked to 'Samantha Who?' star Christina Applegate shortly before she revealed she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Applegate, a former Emmy winner and current nominee, underwent a double mastectomy and plans to resume shooting her series this month.

As she prepares to appear on 'Stand Up to Cancer,' we share her thoughts on lighter topics, like fashion, good Sam/bad Sam and the chances of a Bundy reunion.

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Jean Smart Interview for 'Samantha Who?'

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 27th 2008 6:00AM
Jean Smart"We do have fun when we do our flashbacks, because Christina gets to be bad Samantha, and I get to be even worse Regina!"

Jean Smart's played a designing woman, a crazy-like-a-fox First Lady and a brassy love interest for fussy Frasier.

Now, as Christina Applegate's hilariously self-involved mama Regina on 'Samantha Who?,' she's racked up her sixth Emmy nod.

She talked to AOL TV about her mother of a role, whether she really offed the Prez on '24' and playing mommy to two hot stars on the big screen.


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Christina Applegate is cancer-free

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 19th 2008 2:02PM
Samantha Who standingWhen it was revealed to the media recently that actress Christina Applegate had cancer, it was a shock. She is only 36 years old, but as anyone whose life has been touched by cancer, this disease touches the young and the old and everyone in between.

Today, the star of ABC's Samantha Who? was on Good Morning, America to explain what's happening with her, and Christina declared that she is now cancer-free. "Absolutely 100 percent clear and clean. It did not spread. They got everything out, so I'm definitely not going to die from breast cancer."

In an exclusive, candid interview, she revealed that three weeks ago she had a double mastectomy to remove all traces of breast cancer. She will have reconstructive surgery over the next eight months to replace her breasts.

I really admire Christina Applegate. I've liked her a lot on Samantha Who?, but to do what she did today makes me like her even more. She didn't have to face the media and talk about her cancer. It takes courage to share your story.

And having a positive diagnosis, to be able to say you're cancer-free, doesn't make it any easier to talk about the fear you face when you were told that you have cancer and must undergo a difficult surgery or chemotherapy or radiation.

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What to Watch Tuesday, Aug. 12

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 12th 2008 5:55AM
'Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood'
(10PM, Oxygen) 3rd season finale
She's moved back to her 'hood -- both on this show and on the upcoming CW remake of 'Beverly Hills 90210.'

Now, Tori Spelling and hubby Dean McDermott close the 'Home Sweet Hollywood' season by bringing baby daughter Stella home from the hospital to meet brother Liam, and officially christening their new abode with a housewarming party.

No worries that this is the end for Oxygen's highest-rated series, however; though Tori is headed back to '90210' and is penning 'Mommywood,' a book on mommyhood, it's likely that Donna Martin graduates to another season of 'Tori & Dean,' too.

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