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Blythe Danner Joins 'Up All Night,' Snoop Dogg Sitcom in the Works & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 16th 2011 4:30PM
Blythe DannerBlythe Danner is staying 'Up All Night' with Christina Applegate.

According to Deadline, Danner will play Applegate's mother on the NBC comedy about new parents.

Danner is no stranger to playing mom to an NBC star. The Emmy winner recurred on 'Will & Grace' as Will's (Eric McCormack) mother.

'Up All Night' debuted to strong ratings, grabbing 3.7 million in the coveted 18-49 demographic and a total of 10.9 million viewers.

In other casting news ...

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Contestant Nearly Vomits During 'Shedding for the Wedding' Challenge (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 24th 2011 8:55AM
'Shedding for the Wedding' Premieres with Dance-Off'Shedding for the Wedding' (Wed., 9PM ET on CW) combines elements of 'The Biggest Loser: Couples' with 'Bridalplasty': The couple that wins each week's physical challenge gets one element of their dream wedding (nay plastic surgery).

And the engaged couple that together loses the most weight by the end of the competition wins the ultimate prize: their free (and televised) fantasy wedding.

In the premiere episode, host Sara Rue offers up the first challenge -- a dance-off of sorts. Each of the nine overweight couples must bring their combined heart rate up to 225 beats per minute during the first song. "We will be raising that heart rate higher and higher" with each dance number, Rue explained, and ousting those who don't measure up.

At 325 BPM, Taylor pushes herself so hard she starts to retch. But it isn't enough for she and Peter to stay in the fight dance. Another team wins the challenge, and is rewarded with the free wedding-day attire of their choosing.

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Sara Rue Talks 'Shedding for the Wedding' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 17th 2011 12:00PM
Sara Rue, 'Shedding for the Wedding'As a Jenny Craig spokesperson, actress Sara Rue knows all about trying to lose weight in front of the public eye. As a bride-to-be, she knows there's added pressure to look good on your wedding day.

"You've got a goal in sight. You've got a date," Rue says, with the date for her own May nuptials fast approaching. "You have an idea of how you want to look on your wedding day ... It's a pretty powerful motivator."

Which makes her the perfect host for 'Shedding for the Wedding' (premieres Wednesday, Feb. 23, 9PM ET on The CW), a new reality weight-loss show that helps engaged couples get healthy together. But unlike some other weight-loss series, this show focuses on more than competition.

"It's not just about losing weight. It's about these couples coming together and sort of bonding and becoming even closer before their weddings," she explains.

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Casting Roundup: 'Rules of Engagement' Books Sara Rue and Joan Collins, Robert Patrick Heads to 'Big Love' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 6th 2010 4:00PM
Sara RueSara Rue is heading back to TV -- aside from those Jenny Craig commercials, that is.

The 'Less Than Perfect' and 'Popular' star has booked a recurring role on 'Rules of Engagement' as Brenda, the surrogate mother for Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price).

Deadline Hollywood also reports that 'Dynasty' veteran Joan Collins will pop up this November as Bunny, Russell's (David Spade) mom.

In other casting news ...

Mary Lynn Rajskub is heading to 'Modern Family.' Rajskub will play Mitchell's ex-girlfriend from his closeted days. [TV Guide]

Robert Patrick has been tapped to join HBO's 'Big Love.' Patrick will play Bud Mayberry, the leader of a fringe polygamist group. [Ausiello Files]

'Sopranos' star Drea de Matteo will play Will Arnett's stepmother on 'Running Wilde.' Look for the actress to pop up as Didi next month. The role is potentially recurring. [Ausiello Files]

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Sara Rue to Host Weight-Loss Show for The CW

by Audrey Fine, posted Aug 3rd 2010 10:10AM
Sara Rue Jenny CraigScootch over Jillian Michaels, there's a new kid on the weight-loss block.

According to the LiveFeed, Sara Rue, of 'Popular' and 'Less Than Perfect' fame, is set to host 'Shedding for the Wedding,' a midseason reality show on the CW.

Rue, who lost 40 pounds in six months on Jenny Craig and has appeared with Valerie Bertinelli in ads for the chain, will oversee the shenanigans that ensue when 10 couples who want to slim down in time for their big day hole up under the same roof for three months. And, borrowing a page from 'The Biggest Loser,' each week the couple that loses the fewest pounds will be banished from the house.

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Behold the Unrelenting Horror of (Gulp!) McG's 'Spaced' Remake

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 23rd 2010 11:03AM
Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin and Jessica Hynes on the BBC sitcom
There are very few moments in American history when the unrepresented and disenfranchised masses of society manage to muster together enough courage and strength to topple the high watermark of oppression. They seem to come along once in a millennium, but when they do, they give you this warm and fuzzy feeling inside that maybe life doesn't suck as much as you thought it did and everything, like the movies, may actually turn out alright in the end, closing credits, fade-to-black.

The early days of the American colonies saw the uprising of the Boston Tea Party in which angry settlers grew tired of unreasonable taxation. The mid 20th century saw the sluggish but eventual snowballing steamroll of the Civil Rights Movement. And I like to think that the new millennium's moment of triumph goes to the total destruction and annihilation of Fox's 'Spaced' remake. Granted, I'm not setting the bar very high, but it's only been ten years. Baby steps.

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Jason Alexander the latest Jenny Craig pitch man

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 6th 2010 3:29PM
seinfeld_jason_alexander_shrinkageNobody can accuse Jason Alexander of not being honest about himself. The actor has not been happy with the way he's been looking of late and he's going to do something about it. Jason Alexander is the new spokesman for Jenny Craig. Not only is it "no soup for you," Jason, it's also no more big salad, too. (Unless the size of Jenny Craig meals have been supersized and nobody told me about it!)

Jason is the latest Jenny Craig celebrity pitcher, joining Sara Rue and Valerie Bertinelli. I can't wait to see Jason in a Speedo like Valerie in the bikini! No, seriously, Jason's goal with the diet is clearly all about shrinkage. He wants his old waistline, the one that made George Costanza such a catch.

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Goodbye Eastwick (and hello The Forgotten, for now)

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2009 12:01AM
Eastwick
I don't want to say that I'm psychic or anything (I'm not, though I can bend spoons), but I had a feeling that Eastwick wouldn't last beyond one season after I saw the new shows at the ABC upfront. I don't know why or how I thought that, probably a combination of the plot, the time slot, the network it was on, and how programming on the networks is these days, but I just didn't think it would last.

And now it looks like it won't. ABC has declined to order more episodes of the series. This isn't an official "cancellation" but it's a very bad sign for the show.

There's more news coming from ABC too, and this is actually surprising: they've ordered 5 more episodes of The Forgotten. That's a show I thought would be gone quick too. It still could be, since ratings aren't great (though better than Eastwick's) and it hasn't exactly been critically-acclaimed.

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Review: Eastwick - Red Ants and Widows

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 5th 2009 1:52PM
Cybill Shepherd on Eastwick(S01E07) "You say cursed like it's a bad thing." - Darryl to Roxie

Eastwick continues to gel a little bit more with each episode, and it's fun seeing the witches discover and hone their powers.

In last night's episode, I kept thinking that none of what happens should come as any big shock to the witches. For instance, Kat shouldn't be amazed that Joanna says she can move things with her mind, because she's made the weather change, for goodness sake.

But maybe they're trying to make the women more real by not jumping into things. If something weird happened in real life, you wouldn't automatically think, "oh, I'm a witch." You'd probably think it's just a strange coincidence, or at the most, there are forces in the world we know little about.

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Review: Eastwick - Bonfire and Betrayal

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 29th 2009 3:28AM
Eastwick: Bonfire and Betrayal
(S01E06) "It's like you've stepped out of a 70's porno and into my life." - Roxie to Darryl


It's Halloween, and there's no better place to be than Eastwick. Unless you've got an insane pastor on your tail who's bound and determined to make you pay for your past sins (see photo above).

But first, the celebration! Everyone decorates coffins, fills them up with whatever's been bothering them this past year, brings them to the giant witch statue, and watches them burn. Sounds like a party, doesn't it?

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Review: Eastwick - Mooning and Crooning

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 22nd 2009 5:07AM
Eastwick: Mooning and Crooning
(S01E05) "The inner animals of our citizenry will be released." - Darryl

As some of us have said on previous Eastwick reviews and comments, the show seems to be moving along at a snail's pace. But -- as some of you have also said -- that's not always a bad thing. Let things simmer. Let the plot slowly unwind itself. Let the characters evolve organically. Let's just hope it doesn't simmer too long.

But we definitely got lots of simmer with this episode, especially the scene with the red-hot Jaime Ray Newman as sultry Kat atop the piano. I kept thinking about how Darryl's blonde attorney was talking down to Kat, saying her hair was lifeless and such. There was nothing lifeless about her on that piano.

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Eastwick: Fleas and Casserole

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 15th 2009 4:05AM
Eastwick - Sara Rue(S01E04) "No, they're boob-iful." - Penny's response when Joanna asks if her boobs are weird.

I'm reluctant to get too invested in Eastwick, because I have a feeling it might be canceled and then I'll just be ticked off. On the other hand, it's getting better, and once again, they twisted things just a little bit in the last 20 seconds of the episode.

But first, let's talk about what's going on with each of the witches:

Kat. Oy, it makes me so mad that she keeps going back to Raymond, even though he's an absolute ass. And I would NOT have fired Ivanka the tigress lawyer. Kat needs her, and I have a feeling her bird's nest plan to let the kids stay in the house and have her and Raymond take turns staying there won't work. He's too much of an ass. Why doesn't she just cast some horrible spell on him? I know ... the kids. On the flipside, it might be fun having her stay at Joanna's.

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Eastwick: Madams and Madames

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 8th 2009 4:25AM
Eastwick: Madams and Madames
(S01E03) Eastwick is definitely getting more interesting, even though my husband came in during the last half, said he was creeped out, and promptly declared the show a "dragedy." I think that's a step up from last week when he called it "dribble" (or "drivel" - either one works).

The fact that Roxie kept seeing a dead Gus at every turn was a little creepy. Hey, all she needed to say was "I'm sorry," and he'd go away. Since "screw you" didn't work, she finally made the right call at the end, when she went with her daughter to return something of Gus's to his mom. Then Gus the ghost disappeared.

Hmmm ... I wouldn't have minded him sticking around for another episode or two; maybe Roxie could have found a way to torture him a little more for almost raping her daughter. Oh wait, he's dead, so there's that. Anyway, I'm guessing there will be more ghosts in this show.

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Eastwick: Reaping and Sewing

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 1st 2009 5:26AM
Eastwick: Reaping and Sewing
(S01E02) About half-way into this episode of Eastwick, my husband came into the room and said, "This is mind-numbing dribble, posing as a plot." My husband never minces words, and while I'm usually the good cop in the relationship, I have to agree with him on this one. It IS mind-numbing dribble. At least, this episode was. I'm a little sad about it, too, because the show seems like it could work. Don't you think?

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Eastwick: Pilot (series premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 24th 2009 4:25AM
Eastwick: Pilot
(S01E01)
Is it bad that my favorite character on Eastwick is a supporting character? That would be the fabulous Sara Rue, who starred in Less Than Perfect from 2002 - 2006. I loved that show! She's done other stuff since then, but that's what I remember her for. in Eastwick, she plays the sideline character of Penny, a co-worker of Joanna's (Lindsay Price). Hopefully, Sara will get plenty of screen time.

Let's talk about the show. Eastwick is based on the John Updike book The Witches of Eastwick, which spawned the 1987 movie by the same name, starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Of note is that Veronica Cartwright, who played Felicia Alden in the movie, is playing the part of Bun Waverly in this new series. There was also a 2002 TV movie starring Marcia Cross that perhaps had three or four viewers.

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