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Help Me Help You: ABC Says Goodbye to Group Therapy

14 December 2006 12:59 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It looks like "The Doctor is Out" at ABC. The network is readjusting its Tuesday night schedule and its little surprise that the new Ted Danson comedy has been sent packing.

Help Me Help You was an offbeat sitcom about best-selling author and therapist Dr. Bill Hoffman (Cheers' Ted Danson) and his therapy group of misfits. The patients were ably played by Dear John's Jere Burns , Charlie Finn, Jim Rash, Darlene Hunt, and Suzy Nakamura. Ironically, Dr. Bill was probably more eccentric and self-obsessed than his collection of quirky patients. It didn't help that he had to cope with his 22-year old daughter (Lindsay Sloane), his ex-wife Anne (Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek) and her ever-sympathetic boyfriend Kenny (Thomas F. Wilson).

The quirky sitcom debuted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 on ABC. It followed the hugely successful Dancing with the Stars. Help Me drew an estimated 8.5 million households that night »

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Alley Ate with "Wild Abandon"

7 November 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Cheers star Kirstie Alley was desperately trapped in a vicious cycle of binge eating and consumed massive amounts of food every day. The star, who lost 75 pounds on the Jenny Craig diet plan, unveiled her newly svelte figure on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday wearing a mauve-colored bikini. She says at her worst she would binge uncontrollably eating, "Twenty sugar-free Popsicles. Twelve grape sodas. Chips. Two burritos. A tostada. I was eating six, seven, eight thousand calories a day." The 55-year-old star tells Life magazine, "I had a holiday mentality. I ate with wild abandon." Alley says the motivation to start losing weight began with a simple thought, "I'm old, I'm fat. What am I worth?" The star tells Winfrey that she has more confidence now than she did in her younger years adding, "I was so introverted about my body. When I looked back on my movies and things (I thought), 'Wow, you had a really nice body.' But, at the time, I was (feeling) not good enough." The star insists her life is back on track adding, "I feel happy with the way I look and feel. For me, that's the greatest thing that's happened." »

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Shelley Long Speaks Out About Overdose

13 January 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Cheers star Shelley Long has spoken out for the first time since her November 2004 accidental drug overdose, to tell fans her worst days are behind her. The actress was struggling to cope with the break-up of her 23-year marriage to Bruce Tyson when she overdosed, leading many to believe she was attempting suicide. But Long has always maintained, through publicists, that the overdose was unintentional. Speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, the actress tells news show Extra she is working again - on a new TV movie - and keen to get on with life. She says, "I'm doing really well. We all have our struggles. We have these days where we have to put one foot in front of the other and hope that we can get one foot in front of the other. I've had a few of those days in the last couple years and I still have them (but) I'm hanging in there. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel." »

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A&E adding Simmons to reality set list

12 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Rocker Gene Simmons, champion drag-racer John Force and Las Vegas car salesman/infomercial star Chop are among the personalities featured in several new real-life series in production at A&E Network. Also on the cable network's slate is an in-production series of 13 short films that take place in an elevator, along with several other projects in development, including a sketch-comedy pilot featuring George Wendt of Cheers fame. In addition, Peter Facinelli (Six Feet Under) has been tapped to star in the movie Touch the Top of the World, based on the story of the first blind man to climb Mount Everest. A&E has begun principal photography on the movie, a production of Jaffe/Braunstein Films and Sony Pictures Television. »

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