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EXCLUSIVE: Megan Mullally Says 'Karen: The Musical' On Hold

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 14th 2010 1:00PM
Megan MullallyFans of Megan Mullally and her boozy 'Will & Grace' alter-ego better pour themselves a big Karen Walker-sized glass of vodka before reading this.

In an exclusive interview with AOL TV, Mullally broke the news that her much talked about 'Karen: The Musical' is on hold ... indefinitely. "We had written permission to do the show, and that permission has now been called into question by some powers that be," Mullally explained. "So we may not be able to do it, because we may not have the rights ... which is really sad."

In the midst of a very busy day -- in Oklahoma City, picking up her mom to take her to the eye doctor -- Mullally even took the time to call back to discuss it in more detail, realizing that it's a "sensitive topic." We've held off reporting it so she could let her producing partner and costar in the project, Broadway legend Leslie Jordan (a.k.a. 'W&G''s Beverly Leslie), know. Mullally explained: "I haven't talked to anyone in the press yet because it just happened."

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Megan Mullally Talks 'Party Down' and Returning to 'Parks & Recreation'

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 22nd 2010 7:00PM
Yes, Jane Lynch has gone off to more 'Glee'-ful pastures, but thanks to new star Megan Mullally, the second season of Starz' buzzworthy comedy 'Party Down' (premieres April 23, 10PM ET), isn't missing a single drop of the funny.

Mullally, the two-time 'Will & Grace' Emmy winner, joins the Party Down catering crew -- as Lydia Dunfree, a recently-divorced mom who has moved to Los Angeles so her daughter, Escapade, can become the next big kid star. Yes, that's right, Escapade ... sounds like something Mullally's Karen Walker would name her kid.

And speaking of the scene-stealing 'Will & Grace' character, Mullally will also soon bring her iconic TV alter ego to theater stages. 'Karen: The Musical' is currently in development, and Mullally talked to AOL TV about Karen's return to pop culture (and the Karen spin-off series that could have been), her 'Party' days, her gig as the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spokeswoman, guest-starring with hilarious hubby Nick Offerman on 'Parks and Recreation' and which 'Saturday Night Live' star she helped discover.

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On the Pill: 'Nurse Jackie' and Other Characters Struggling With Addiction

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 19th 2010 2:00PM
Drugs on TV have had a strange history. There have been after-school movies, very special sitcom episodes and even entire dramas based around illegal substances.

Sometimes, drug abuse on TV is used to teach the audience a lesson, while other times writers have characters develop an addiction as a way of making them more human in a flawed sense.

One of the most recent drug abusers comes to us in the form of Edie Falco's title character on 'Nurse Jackie.' The medical drama is back with a vengeance (Mon., March 22 10PM on Showtime), and to celebrate the return of our favorite no-nonsense RN, we're taking a look at TV's other famous pill-popping characters we've come to love (despite their issues) over the years.

We're not endorsing drug abuse of any kind, but it's a fact of life for some people, including these TV characters.

Find out who made our list after the jump.

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'Almost Famous' Star Joins ABC Comedy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 9:00PM
Patrick FugitThe new shows keep rolling off the assembly line, including this one starring actor Patrick Fugit.

The actor has been picked up for a new sitcom pilot from ABC called 'Wright vs. Wrong' along side 'Will & Grace' actress Debra Messing.

Messing plays a conservative pundit juggling her "public persona despite facing her own vulnerabilities." Fugit plays a writer to the pundit, described as a "liberal NYU graduate." Think of it as an 'Odd Couple' but with more accusations of being a closet communist.

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Debra Messing Will Be All 'Wright vs. Wrong'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:29AM
debra_messing_hand_face_smileGrace is ready to try again. Actress Debra Messing has signed for a new television show called 'Wright vs. Wrong,' a sitcom for ABC, and if you think this is going to be anything like 'Will & Grace,' think again. (Although if they're smart, it better be just as funny!)

The premise of the pilot for 'Wright vs. Wrong' is that Debra plays Evelyn Wright, a strong-minded, ambitious political personality who espouses the conservative, right-wing agenda. However, while she has this tough, conservative personality for the public, behind the scenes she's consumed by her foibles and flaws.

So she's half-Grace Adler, the flawed, foibled part. Grace's politics, at least what she tried to articulate in her goofy way, was of the liberal lefty variety.

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Laurie Metcalf Cast in New Sitcom Pilot

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 17th 2010 9:29AM
Laurie MetcalfDo you get the same feeling that I do when you hear about a new sitcom pilot on FOX? Maybe it's because of years of conditioning, but there's a cringe factor whenever a new sitcom is announced. Is it going to be a crapfest? Is it going to be great but canceled quickly?

More than any other network, FOX's announcements for new shows fill one with dread. 'Strange Brew' sounds good, though. It's from the creators of 'Will & Grace' and 'Roseanne's' Laurie Metcalf has been cast as the mom. She plays an ex-drunk who runs a brewery.

It's funny how part of the plot is that Metcalf's character is trying to stop swearing. Having a sitcom on broadcast television could help with that, unless this show is going to be filled with bleeps.

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Like buttah! Megan Mullally's musical commercial

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 25th 2010 9:00AM
megan_mullally_turn_the_tub_aroundHave you seen Will and Grace star Megan Mullally in her latest production? No, not her work in the theater, including an upcoming revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart. I'm talking about her butter commercial. Yes, yes, that's Megan Mullally in the "Turn the Tub Around" I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercials.

I have to admit, when I first saw the commercial, I was stunned. It was the strangest margarine ad since William Shatner's classic Promise spots. But the more I've seen of Megan's disco-inspired musical extravaganza for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, the more I think that the whole thing is hilarious. Megan, in my estimation, has her tongue firmly in cheek.

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actress

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:02AM
Julia Louis-DreyfusMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the women who made us laugh the most during the decade.

Since Lucille Ball, television has been a bastion of funny ladies, and the '00s were no exception. Like Lucy, many of the women on this list played second fiddle to no one. And those that weren't the stars of their own shows managed to steal the scene anyway the moment they got in front of the camera.

The '00s will probably go down in television history as one of those decades where the sitcom sputtered and almost died -- again! But it's alive and well now, with an amazing turn-around in 2009. But, as this list proves, it was never truly in danger. Throughout the decade these women provided plenty of laughs in both the hour and half-hour formats, proving that as long as we want to laugh, there will be brilliant actresses around to crack us up.

Here's our list of the top funny ladies of the decade:

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What's On Tonight: 'Til Death, Sherlock Holmes, Christmas Episodes

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 25th 2009 12:06PM
  • ElfSpike is showing Bad Santa all night.
  • TCM is showing Sherlock Holmes movies all night.
  • Fox Movie Channel is showing Home Alone all night.
  • At 8, FOX has four new episodes of 'Til Death.
  • NBC has Saturday Night Live: A Very Gilly Christmas at 8.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • USA has Elf at 8.
  • ESPN has NBA Basketball at 8, the Clippers vs. the Suns.
  • WE has two Christmas episodes of Golden Girls at 8, then two Christmas episodes of Hope & Faith and two Christmas episodes of Girlfriends.
  • Nickelodeon has a Christmas episode of iCarly at 8.
  • At 8:30, PBS has a new NOW, then a new Bill Moyers Journal.
  • At 9, The CW has Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.
  • Lifetime has Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage at 9, then two Christmas episodes of Will & Grace and a Christmas Frasier.
  • At 10, Nickelodeon has two Christmas episodes of The George Lopez Show, followed by a Christmas episode of The Nanny.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Christmas Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2009 7:00PM
  • A Colbert ChristmasTBS is running A Christmas Story all day.
  • FX has Night at the Museum all day.
  • AMC is showing National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation all day.
  • Hallmark has Christmas TV movies all day.
  • Nickelodeon has Christmas episodes all day, including iCarly, Fairly OddParents, True Jackson, VP, and Drake & Josh.
  • BBC America has Christmas episodes all day, including Gavin & Stacey and Absolutely Fabulous.
  • At 6AM, Cartoon Network and Boomerang start an all-day marathon of Christmas cartoons and specials.
  • At 8, MTV2 has a Real World: Cancun marathon.
  • At 8:30, Comedy Central has A Colbert Christmas.
  • At 9, Discovery has a Mythbusters marathon.
  • Spike has a Bad Santa marathon at 9.
  • At 9:30, Lifetime has Christmas episodes of various shows, including Frasier, Reba, and Will & Grace, as well as Christmas movies.

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When Good Shows Go Bad (AKA the 'Heroes' Hall of Shame)

by Gary Susman, posted Nov 20th 2009 5:00PM
Recently, we were inspired by 'Parks and Recreation' to write a feature listing TV shows that overcame a rocky launch. Sadly, the reverse seems more common: shows that start strong but finish weak.

Our latest inspiration is the ongoing death spiral of 'Heroes.' (This week: Mohinder does something stupid! People's powers go awry at inopportune moments! Adrian Pasdar, pictured, looks like he'd rather be anywhere else!) Here's a once-inspired show that seems to be going down in flames after having run out of ideas.

Other times, shows peter out because of casting changes, bad writing or bizarre creative decisions. In each case, however, the audience feels betrayed and often deserts the show, leading to ratings death and what-went-wrong autopsies. Here's what went wrong on nine other good shows gone bad.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted May 4th 2009 6:00PM
October RoadHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

If you blinked last year, you probably missed NBC's Crusoe. It's now on DVD, and it's one of those "season one" sets that also serves as a "complete series" sets.

If you're an October Road fan, the season two set contains a 10 minute bonus episode that acts as the series-ender. It would be great if more shows did that when they're canceled.

  • The Adventures of Black Beauty - Series 1
  • Bleak House - Special Edition and Blu-ray
  • Boston Legal - Season 5
  • Crusoe - Complete Series
  • Dexter - Season 2 (Blu-ray)
  • Doctor Who - E-Space Trilogy and Battlefield
  • Earth: Final Conflict - Season 1

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Best '90s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 9th 2009 1:00PM
We know, we know ... another "best of" list.

But this isn't any old list – our Top 40 TV Shows of the '90s is just the first in a new series of countdowns in which we'll put our AOL Television seal of approval on the top 40 series of every decade.

Every other month we'll tackle another decade, going all the way back to the '50s, to recall the best comedies (hello 'Lucy'), the best prime-time soaps (do you remember who shot JR?), the best cop shows, animated series and groundbreaking TV shows.

So kick off 50 years of silver-screen bests with the greatest shows of the '90s, including everyone from 'Beavis,' 'Buffy' and 'Simpsons' to 'Freaks and Geeks' and teens on the 'Creek.'

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Trust Me - An early look - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2009 11:57AM
Trust Me
I will guess that a lot of people think that the reason why we have another cable drama set in the world of advertising is because of the success of AMC's Mad Men. And while the honors that the 60s-based show probably gave TNT execs an extra reason to look at Trust Me and put its production into overdrive, the show has actually been in the works for a while.

The comparisons are going to come though. The shows are very different. Judging from the first two episodes, they're not only different in setting (2009 Chicago vs. 1960 NYC) and tone (faster paced, with more obvious humor than Mad Men), they're not really going for anything deep or tackling any big issues.

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What's On Tonight: Ab Fab, Man Vs. Food, Christmas Eve Mass

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2008 4:04PM
It's A Wonderful Life
  • TBS has A Christmas Story all night.
  • At 8, NBC has It's A Wonderful Life.
  • The CW has The Flight Before Christmas at 8, followed by The Story of Santa Claus.
  • ABC Family has the live action How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 8.
  • Comedy Central has two Christmas episodes of Futurama at 8, then several Christmas episodes of South Park.
  • FOX News Channel has A Fox and Friends Christmas at 8.
  • Also at 8: Disney has The Santa Clause 2.
  • At 8:40, BBC America has a new Catherine Tate Christmas episode, followed by an Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie The Christmas Shoes.
  • TruTV has a new Most Shocking at 9, then two new episodes of World's Wildest Vacation Videos.
  • Hallmark has the movie The Most Wonderful Time of the Year at 9.
  • Nickelodeon has two Christmas episodes of Home Improvement at 9.
  • Showtime has a new Inside The NFL at 9.
  • At 10, Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food.
  • At 11, Lifetime has two Christmas episodes of Will & Grace, followed by two Christmas episodes of Frasier.
  • At 11:30, CBS and NBC has Christmas Eve Mass and music.
  • At 1am, ABC has Christmas Eve Mass and music also.

Check your local TV listings for more.

(Most of the late night talk shows are pre-empted or repeats tonight, except Charlie Rose.)

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