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You can’t go home again — unless you’re a television star.
ABC announced a big shocker Thursday: Isaiah Washington, who played heart surgeon Dr. Preston Burke on three seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, will soon reprise the role he left in 2007. Washington exited the show after his contract was not renewed, following accusations that he had used a homophobic slur in reference to his then co-star T.R. Knight. He is set to return in a May episode, which will coincide with Sandra Oh’s departure from the medical drama. (Washington played Oh’s love interest on the show; their »
- Stephanie Robbins
Tony winner and Frasier alum Bebe Neuwirth is returning to series television. The actress has signed on to co-star in CBS' political drama Madam Secretary, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Created and written by Homeland's Barbara Hall, the drama centers on the personal and professional life of a maverick female secretary of state (Tea Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Neuwirth will play Nadine, the chief of staff to Leoni's Elizabeth. The role marks Neuwirth's return to series television following roles in Frasier, Cheers, Deadline,
- Lesley Goldberg
Congratulations to Kelsey Grammer and his wife, Kayte! The couple are expecting their second child together, according to reports, meaning Grammer is going to be a father of six. He and Kayte, his fourth wife, are also parents to 19-month-old daughter Faith Evangeline Elisa. The Frasier star also has two children, 12-year-old daughter Mason and 9-year-old son Jude, with ex-wife Camille Grammer; a daughter, 22-year-old Kandace, with an ex-girlfriend; and a 30-year-old son, Spencer, from his first marriage. Plus, Grammer is grandfather to Spencer's 2-year-old son, Emmett. So...big family! And that's the way Grammer likes it. The five-time Emmy winner (see, he only does things »
Kelsey Grammer is adding to his brood!The 59-year-old actor is expecting his second child with wife Kayte Walsh, a source confirmed to Us Weekly. The cute couple attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, but the expecting mom's baby bump was hidden under her black gown. Kelsey and Kayte are already parents to daughter Faith, 19 months. They had initially announced they were expecting twins, but tragically lost their baby boy.The former "Frasier" star is already dad to Spencer, 30, Greer, 22, Mason, 12, and Jude, 9, from previous relationships. He is also a grandfather to Spencer's son Emmett, 2.Congrats to the growing Grammer family! Click "Launch Gallery" above to see more expecting celebrities. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and British singer Charli Xcx recreate the ’90s film “Clueless” in their new video for “Fancy” — and it doesn’t miss a beat. Watch below. The video nails the details of the movie starring Alicia Silverstone as teen queen Cher Horowitz, who struts the halls of Beverly Hills High School with her besties Dionne Davenport (Stacey Dash) and Tai Frasier (Brittany Murphy). Azalea plays Cher, rocking her plaid yellow skirt-suit for much of the video, while Charli Xcx wears her curls like Tai. Dionne makes an appearance behind the wheel of a BMW, where she nearly kills her boyfriend and Cher in one of the film’s most famous scenes. There’s also plenty of iconic shots of the high school and wild parties. The themes in "Clueless" are a perfect fit for the infectiously catchy single “Fancy”, in which Azalea raps “I just can't worry »
- Whitney Phaneuf
Go On standout Sarah Baker is joining her NBC co-star Matthew Perry in his new pilot, the multi-camera CBS comedy The Odd Couple, a take on the Neil Simon’s classic. Co-written and executive produced by Perry, Odd Couple centers on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger. Baker will play Oscar’s assistant Sam, who spends most of her work day on the phone apologizing to assorted high-and-mighty people who have been offended by Oscar’s latest rant. I hear the part was written for Baker, which was Perry’s idea based on the comedic chemistry the two had on Go On. Written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. Baker, repped by Pakula/King & Associates and 3 Arts, will next been seen opposite Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Perry is co-writing, executive producing and starring in the reboot of the classic Neil Simon play that spawned a successful movie and TV series. "Frasier" writer Joe Keenan is co-writing with Perry, who is set to play the messy Oscar Madison half of the disparate roomies. The fastidious Felix Unger has not been cast yet, but Zap2it has some suggestions.
"The Odd Couple" has seen many big and small screen iterations over the years, most notably the 1968 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau and the 1970 TV series starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
“The Odd Couple” could be coming back to the small screen … in Matthew Perry form. Also read: Pilot Season 2014: TheWrap’s Complete Network Guide CBS has given a pilot order to a reboot of the Neil Simon play-turned TV series, with former “Friends”-ter Matthew Perry starring, as well as co-writing and executive producing. Perry is co-writing the half-hour project with Joe Keenan (“Desperate Housewives,” “Frasier.”) Also read: Jamie Lee Curtis Joins CBS’s New Drama Pilot CBS Television Studios is producing the project, which is also being executive produced by Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum, as well as Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman. »
- Tim Kenneally
Neil Simon’s classic The Odd Couple is getting closer to a primetime return with a pilot order by CBS to the multi-camera version starring, co-written and executive produced by Matthew Perry. The project, which had a script commitment with penalty, is a new take on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and the neat freak Felix Unger. It was written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, the latter replacing original co-writer Danny Jacobson. The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and two of its top pods, Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. It marks Friends alum Perry’s return to multi-camera comedy after two single-camera shows — ABC’s Mr. Sunshine, which he also co-created, and NBC’s Go On. Simon’s play The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway in 1965 with Walter Matthau as Oscar and Art Carney as Felix and spawned a successful 1968 movie in »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Felix and Oscar took a big step forward to being back in prime-time.
CBS has greenlit a pilot for its The Odd Couple remake starring Matthew Perry. There’s no story details yet, with CBS simply saying the project based on Neil Simon’s Broadway classic about two mismatched roommates — the perfectionist Felix Unger (not yet cast) and lackadaisical Oscar Madison (Perry). There’s previously been a 1965 play version, a 1968 film and a 1970-75 series (starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall).
The Odd Couple marks Perry’s third attempt in recent years at a new sitcom project, following ABC’s »
- James Hibberd
The half-hour comedy will star the “Friends” alum as the messy Oscar Madison, the sometimes-friend and sometimes-foil to neat freak Felix Ungar. This project marks Perry’s return to multicamera work, as his recent TV roles have included appearing on “The Good Wife” and “Cougar Town” and starring in the short-lived “Mr. Sunshine.”
CBS had announced a script commitment plus penalty to a reinvention of this project in December.
“The Odd Couple” originated as a theater production and was adapted into the 1968 Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau feature film before seeing two runs on ABC, the first of which starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. »
- Whitney Friedlander
It's official: CBS' reboot of The Odd Couple -- starring Matthew Perry -- is moving forward. CBS on Tuesday picked up the multicamera comedy, which received a script plus penalty commitment in December, to pilot. Friends alum Matthew Perry and Joe Keenan (Glee, Frasier) will pen the script for the pilot based on Neil Simon's Broadway play. Mad About You's Danny Jacobson was previously attached as a co-writer on the project and is no longer involved. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Perry will also executive produce the CBS Television Studios comedy alongside Timberman-Beverly's Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman
- Lesley Goldberg
The telepic based on Diana Lopez’s novel Choke follows a teenager who flirts with disaster after being introduced to the “game” of intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain to get high. Freya Tingley (Hemlock Grove) stars in The Choking Game as Taryn, who is just starting her senior year when a charismatic new girl claims her as a “breath sister” as they take “flights” together. Frasier alum Peri Gilpin also stars in the Lifetime Original as Taryn’s mom, who tries to help after sensing that something is seriously wrong with her daughter. Directed by Lane Shefter Bishop and written by Jen Klein, the telefilm from Orly Adelson Productions is executive produced by Jonathan Eskenas, Lane Shefter Bishop, Marilyn R. Atlas and Orly Adelson. Related: Lifetime Develops Movie About Jesus’ Early Life With ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Producer »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
In an era where actors seem to be migrating away from movies to television, David Hyde Pierce transitioned to theater 10 years ago when the hit comedy Frasier went off the air. In 2007 he won the Tony for Curtains, a musical in which he played a Boston cop investigating a murder in a theater. And in 2013 he was nominated for his performance as Vanya in Christopher Durang’s smash hit comedy, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, which won the Tony for Best Play. Pierce returns to the play as director for its Los Angeles run at the Mark Taper Forum through
- Jordan Riefe
As a box-set binger, I’m pretty content to be late to the party. Once a show has finished, or at least fulfilled the greater part of its final episode run, you can see its arc with the kind of hindsight you never get when tuning in every week - and you can also see when it’s struggling.
This brief list is inspired mainly by my recent introduction to Prison Break, the second season of which triggered off a host of associations with other ‘problematic seasons’ in my TV drama binges of the last few years.
There are no ‘desperate last season’ entries here. A show might finish on a high note - such as Angel - or a desperately inconclusive cliff-hanger - such as the remake of V. In the case of something like The X-Files, it might finish in the middle of an unprofitable reboot. Regarding short-lived »
Sid Caesar, at once one of the greatest improvisors and one of the most rigorous sketch-comedy artists in television history, has died at the age of 91. His friend Larry King revealed Caesar’s passing Wednesday on Twitter.
Caesar was a modest dynamo, a man who disappeared into his comedy as though it was his escape from reality. A New York-born nightclub performer, he helped to usher in the dawn of the TV revolution. His 90-minute Saturday night variety program, Your Show of Shows, premiered in 1950. The live broadcast became a hit that lasted four years and immediately morphed into Caesar’s Hour, »
- Ken Tucker
The old characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show come blazing back into life with a zany adventure through important historical eras
Here's a likable, surreal and often funny animated feature written by Craig Wright and directed by Rob Minkoff (noted for The Lion King). It's derived from a recurring segment of the old 1960s Us TV show Rocky and Bullwinkle – a segment that I have to admit was absolutely unknown to me until now. Mr Peabody is a super-intelligent beagle (voiced by Ty Burrell) resident in a spectacular New York apartment who has been granted the right to adopt a human boy: this is seven-year-old Sherman (voiced by Max Charles). Mr Peabody is a finicky and precise but very caring foster parent, with a slight resemblance to Dr Niles Crane in the 90s TV show Frasier, as played by David Hyde Pierce. He wants to complete young Sherman's historical »
- Peter Bradshaw
Michael Kitchen will reprise the title role of Christopher Foyle in three new two-hour films, set to air on ITV in 2015.
Inspired by real events in the early Cold War, the new series will see Foyle (Kitchen) immersed in the dangerous world of espionage in his role as a Senior Intelligence Officer for MI5.
"We are delighted to see the return of Foyle's War to ITV," said ITV's Head of Drama Series, Jane Hudson. "Anthony Horowitz has written three outstanding episodes and the audience are in for a real treat."
The new series of Foyle's War will shoot in Liverpool, doubling for post-war London, until April. »
Paul Mazursky will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2014 Screen Laurel Award to honor his lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for motion pictures.
Mazursky will receive the honor at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles.
“Paul Mazursky’s talents as an actor (he was in Stanley Kubrick’s first film) and filmmaker (one of the signature directors of the 1970s) should not be allowed to obscure a central fact: he is among our greatest living screenwriters,” said WGA West VP Howard Rodman. “‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,’ ‘Blume in Love,’ ‘Harry and Tonto,’ ‘Next Stop, Greenwich Village,’ ‘An Unmarried Woman’ – five films in six years, any of which can make you laugh and cry, break and mend your heart. His voice is strong, unique, hilarious, wise, unmistakable.”
- Dave McNary
Camille Grammer doesn't have to worry about her ex anymore. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 45, has been granted a permanent restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Dimitri Charalambopoulos, who allegedly assaulted her in a Houston hotel room just days after she underwent a radical hysterectomy for endometrial cancer, reports TMZ. Grammer was given a temporary restraining order in October after she claimed that Charalambopoulos, 36, repeatedly slammed her head into furniture during an argument. Grammer claimed that the 6'2" fitness trainer also squeezed her nose and covered her mouth in an effort to silence her and prevent her from breathing. »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
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