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Why is ABC giving Nicole Richie a situation comedy?

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 1st 2009 3:01PM
nicole_richie_necklaceIf you don't count Hank -- and I'm trying to erase the two episodes I saw from my memory banks -- ABC has had a pretty good year launching new comedies. In fact, if you go back to the spring, you can add Better Off Ted to Cougar Town, The Middle and Modern Family.

Why then would ABC be giving Nicole Richie a new sitcom? I just don't see where she's worthy of a show, let alone that she has the star appeal or talent to carry a situation comedy.

Perhaps ABC has some take on The Simple Life star that I'm missing. She's cute, yes. She's not a complete airhead judging by what I've seen of her on talk shows. But, really, aren't there better actresses -- stars -- who are more viable for a new comedy series? Stars will more talent than celebrity to their credit.

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Nicole Richie to Star in ABC Comedy

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 1st 2009 11:35AM
Nicole Richie is prepping for a major TV comeback.

Variety is reporting that the former 'Simple Life' co-star is set to produce and star in a single-camera comedy for ABC, an idea that Richie pitched herself. The untitled show will follow her as a professional woman who is trying to figure out how to juggle her family and career duties. 'Californication' writer Daisy Gardner is set to write the pilot, with 'According to Jim' alum Warren Bell serving as executive producer.

Probably known more for being a tabloid fixture, Richie's new, more settled-down life might mirror her new TV project. She's recently given birth to two children, ducking the dumb-blonde shtick that 'The Simple Life' once projected her as.

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Six spinoffs you'll probably never see ... but sure would be fun

by Debra McDuffee, posted Feb 10th 2009 1:31PM
Simon Baker and Patrick Jane in The Mentalist

The new fall pilots don't excite me very much, what with all of the cops, doctors and lawyers. But I know networks, and original ideas aren't exactly the "in" thing.

So, why can't we design some spin-offs? You know, the networks might go for some ideas based on hit shows, and we can make them a little bit unique, right? Let's add in some elements that excite us to some familiar characters and see if we can't create some new spin-off pilots better than the actual ones.

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Nicole Richie tells the truth about diamonds

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 11th 2008 11:37AM
Nicole RichieIt looks like guest-starring on Chuck isn't the biggest thing going on in Nicole Richie's TV career. The former Simple Life star has just announced that a TV show based on her 2005 novel is in the works. Richie's roman à clef, titled The Truth About Diamonds, follows Chloe Parker, the adopted daughter of a rock star who runs around with a bad crowd in Hollywood. Throughout the novel, Parker faces struggles with the law, drugs and her friends. Sound familiar?

Not only is Richie planning on producing the show, but she'll be appearing in it as well. Even though she based Chloe Parker on herself, Richie says that she won't necessarily be playing the lead, "I would definitely produce and definitely be in the show, [but] I don't know if I need to be the star of this show." Since production is still in the early stages, the details surrounding the series remain unclear, such as what network it will be on, and whether or not it will be a drama or a comedy.

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Even Paris Hilton has some good in her

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 27th 2008 1:06PM
Paris HiltonLike Darth Vader before her, good things can even come out of a person like Paris Hilton. The wealthy socialite best known for her role on television's The Simple Life as well as an amateur porn video has made an "extremely generous" donation to Children's Hospital Los Angeles for the construction of a medical building. No exact amount was specified. The new building, called the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, will open in 2010.

"The children I have met through my involvement with Children's Hospital have truly touched my heart," Hilton said in a statement. "I am proud to make a donation and lend my name to the fundraising effort to help children who are facing terribly serious illnesses."

Far be it from me to be a cynic in light of such charity, but this is a woman who has lived such a life of debauchery that the gossip rags have their own special section regarding her. I'm not sure what to think.

So what do you folks think? Actual generosity, or publicity stunt? Or maybe a little of both?

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Nicole Richie to guest star on Chuck

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 25th 2008 7:30PM
Nicole RichieThis fall Special Agent Sarah Walker will get a blast from the past as she attends her ten-year high school reunion and comes face-to-face with her old nemesis. Nicole Richie will play a spiteful and sarcastic character who tortured the special agent for years. Sarah Walker has to go to the reunion for a mission; her date, of course, is Chuck.

Executive producer Josh Schwartz says Nicole Richie is actually quite funny: "Nicole auditioned for the part and was very funny. This role is a great opportunity for her to show off her comedic skills and be diabolically evil and kick some butt."

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TV Obits: Hager, Day, Welteke, Groebli

by Bob Sassone, posted May 5th 2008 8:19AM

Jim HagerA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Jim Hager: The comedian/musician was one of the Hager Twins from the TV show Hee Haw. He appeared in other TV shows as well, including The Bionic Woman, and received a TV Land Award last year for his work on Hee Haw. He died after collapsing in a Nashville coffee shop. He was 66.

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Reality show casting calls

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 19th 2008 6:02PM

casting callsA day hasn't gone by where we haven't received some sort of tip or email asking us, the TV Squad, how to get on [insert reality show here]. Unfortunately no, Simon Cowell does not work for us, and Donald Trump isn't my BFF, so we really can't help all that much.

The folks at RealityWanted.com often send us a list of new and existing reality shows that are looking for new, er, talent, and they've given us permission to make mention of them here. We'll try to make this a regular feature as often as we get a new list.

This time we have The Bachelor, The Pick Up Artist, Teen Dream and other new shows.

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Stump the King - Anchorwoman

by Paul Goebel, posted Aug 27th 2007 2:21PM
Signing off for goodA few months ago I wrote an article about how sad it is that FOX no longer gives its new shows a decent chance to find an audience. Shows like Vanished and Drive barely get started before the network decides to pull the plug. I still feel that FOX is too quick on the trigger, however in the case of their latest fatality, Anchorwoman, they did the right thing.

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Nicole Richie in jail ... oh, wait, never mind, she's out already

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 23rd 2007 10:06PM

Nicole RichieI just got back from doing my weekly grocery shopping. It took me almost an hour and a half because of the people at the grocery store and the traffic. That's about the amount of time that Nicole Richie stayed in jail today.

The official time was 82 minutes. Seems that's all the time she had to do, apparently. Although she was sentenced to 96 hours in jail but got out rather, um, quickly, "based on her sentence and federal guidelines." Richie was sent to jail for DUI and...well, it's hard to remember what she did and what Paris did and what Lindsay did and what Britney has done.

So what did they do, just give her a tour of the jail and then release her? Did they just strip search her and do her paperwork and then it was time to leave? Did she get a meal or at least a snack in that 82 minutes?

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What's On Tonight: Comic-Con, Kill Point, Entourage, Ice Road Truckers

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 5th 2007 5:04PM
  • John From CincinnatiAt 7, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • ION (formerly PAX) has the suspense movie Killer Wave at 7.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • The CW has the new reality show Schooled at 8.
  • Lifetime has a new Side Order of Life at 8, then a new State of Mind.
  • ABC Family has two new episodes of Fallen starting at 8.
  • TV Guide Channel has Sci-Fi: Comic-Con Unleashed at 8.
  • At 9, Spike has a new Kill Point.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 9.
  • HBO has a new John From Cincinnati at 9, followed by new episodes of Entourage and Flight of the Conchords.
  • At 9:30, A&E has a new Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, followed by a new Two Coreys.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of The Simple Life Goes To Camp.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 10.
  • Showtime has the season finale of Meadowlands at 10.
  • Lifetime has a new Army Wives at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new Mind of Mencia, then a new American Body Shop.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Goodbye Simple Life

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 30th 2007 2:22PM

Simple LifeParis and Nicole, we hardly knew ye.

Actually, we knew ye way too much. But that won't be a problem anymore (at least on a weekly TV show basis). E! has canceled The Simple Life. US Magazine is reporting that producers think that everything happening in the girls' private lives is overshadowing the show. Funny, I would argue that the success of the show is based only on what happened in their private lives. Why else are people watching these two?

A source tells the mag that Nicole was also really hard to work with, saying "Paris was the one willing to do anything. Nicole was the diva."

[via TV Tattle]

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Viewers suffering from Paris Hilton overload

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 16th 2007 3:57PM
paris hiltonGood news, people! It turns out that there can be too much Paris Hilton. I was beginning to get worried there for a second after the daily news updates during her jail term and then all the attention she has received since getting out. One place she's not getting attention is on E!, where her show, The Simple Life, is pulling in crappy ratings.

E! execs said they had hoped that all the mayhem surrounding her stupid stint in jail would garner interest in the show. One exec thinks that people are more interested in what's going on with Paris Hilton right now, rather than what she's doing on a contrived "reality" show. I'm hoping the real reason is that she has finally outstayed her welcome. Over-saturated the market, if you will.

The low ratings mean that E! is seriously considering not bringing back The Simple Life for a fifth season. Hallelujah!

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What's On Tonight: John From Cincinnati, Dead Zone, American Body Shop

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 8th 2007 5:02PM
  • 4400At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Big Brother.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Dateline at 7.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Mystery!
  • USA has a new episode of The 4400 at 9, then a new Dead Zone.
  • There's a new Next Food Network Star at 9.
  • HBO has a new John From Cincinnati at 9, then new episodes of Entourage and Flight of the Conchords.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 10.
  • E! has a new Simple Life Goes To Camp at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Meadowlands at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new Mind of Mencia, followed by the premiere of American Body Shop.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Hey! That Paris Hilton person is getting out of jail today!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 26th 2007 7:30AM

PrisonIn case you haven't heard, Paris Hilton gets out of jail today. Expect so much coverage on MSNBC, CNN, and FOX News that you'll want to stick pencils in your eyes. But there are people interested in her release, so here's a quick guide:

L.A. braces itself for her release. Our own TMZ will have non-stop coverage (and will probably break all the news before anyone else). Her car was repossessed while she was in prison (anything to keep her off the roads, I say). You can buy Hilton's trash on ebay. And who was Hilton's final visitor at the prison last night? Jericho star Ashley Scott.

And don't forget she'll be on Larry King Live tomorrow night at 9 to talk about her new post-jail life trying to save orphans and dolphins.

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