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Last season, the ratings for Mike & Molly dropped once again but the sitcom was renewed anyway -- likely in part to give the series enough episodes for a syndication package. Will the numbers improve this time around? Cancelled or renewed for a sixth season on CBS?
On this season of Mike & Molly, Molly (Melissa McCarthy) pursues her career as a writer while Mike (Billy Gardell) continues working as a cop. The rest of the cast includes Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon, Louis Mustillo, Reno Wilson, Cleo King, Rondi Reed, Nyambi Nyambi, and David Anthony Higgins.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am »
Seven years before the world met Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha, there were four other women talking frankly about sex and relationships each week on TV. Sisters, which ran on NBC from 1991 to '96, chronicled the lives of the Reeds: Alex (Swoosie Kurtz), Teddy (Sela Ward), Georgie (Patricia Kalember), and Frankie (Julianne Phillips). Though the show has never been released on DVD or streaming, it has a devoted cult of fans with warm memories of the siblings who fought hard—Teddy once spray-painted "slut" on Frankie's car—but always had each other's backs. Sisters was mired in controversy even before it aired. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
When EW reunited the cast of Sisters, the beloved NBC drama that ran from 1991-1996, talk naturally turned to a certain former co-star turned Sexiest Man Alive: George Clooney. "I ran into George a few years ago and I said to him, 'I told you not to leave Sisters! Your career has never recovered," says Julianne Phillips (Frankie Reed) with a laugh. "It was great to see him. He's so incredibly sweet and kind. Just the same George as he always was." Phillips remembers their time on the set together fondly. "George was a goofball. He was the proverbial clown. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
The synergy between playwrights and actors is well-demonstrated in the Second Stage Theatre revival of Terrence McNally's 1991 comedy-drama Lips Together, Teeth Apart, but not in a good way. McNally wrote the work especially for its original performers — Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski and Anthony Heald, with Swoosie Kurtz replacing an intended Kathy Bates — and that estimable ensemble knocked it out of the park. This current production features a talented cast including America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) and Tracee Chimo, who wowed in the recent off-Broadway hit Bad Jews. But they fail to live up to their illustrious
- Frank Scheck
Actress Swoosie Kurtz, who recently released her first book, the memoir Part Swan, Part Goose, has been in the industry long enough to see a number of changes – notably that of the representation of gay and lesbian characters.
Swoosie Kurtz Talks 'Love, Sidney'
When Kurtz landed the part of Laurie Morgan in the TV adaption of Love, Sidney it was 1981. Her character, a single mother to a young daughter, lives with an amiable gay man named Sidney Shorr, who adores helping her look after her daughter Patti.
“We knew were doing something ground breaking, but I don't think we expected this kind of intense response,” Kurtz told Uinterview exclusively. “Before [Love, Sidney] even aired, we had done a few episodes and the affiliated started pulling out, and some of the advertisers started pulling out. Just hearing that there was a gay character was so astonishing.”
Sidney Shorr was played by Tony Randall, »
Swoosie Kurtz, the veteran actress of stage, film and television, known for her roles in Pushing Daisies, Sisters and Fifth of July, credits her parents for her amazing success in her new memoir Part Swan, Part Goose. “I realized after a certain point later in my life that I have been raised by two icons of the greatest generation,” Kurtz told uInterview exclusively. "My mother and me made very different choices in life, but they both worked equally well for both of us and who we were and are.”
Kurtz, born in 1944, is the only child of Frank and Margo Kurtz. Frank was both an Olympic diver and a decorated pilot in World War II. Her mother Margo was a writer and a homemaker. The couple named his daughter for his plane “The Swoose” — she is, apparently, the only person on the planet with the name. »
The messed-up machinations of bored, oversexed stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont aren’t quite as shocking in 2014 as they were when Cruel Intentions was released on March 5, 1999. (Blame Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and a zillion other glitzy/scandalous imitators.)
That said, Cruel Intentions is still an enormously entertaining teen movie, even 15 years (gulp) after its initial release — thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast, which featured future Oscar winners and future Sharknado stars alike. Well, one of each, but you get the picture. Whoever headed up this franchise had a »
- Hillary Busis
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