19 items from 2012
At this point of the year, month and week, it had better be looking a lot like Christmas.
With the much-anticipated holiday upon us, television is doing its part, presenting attractions that reflect the spirit of the season in a variety of ways ... some funny, some serious and some simply built for all-out yuletide fun. Here's a roundup of much of what's still left for viewers on the virtual Christmas tree otherwise known as a TV screen.
ABC: This year's "Cma Country Christmas" special, with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland back as host for the third consecutive year, gets a repeat Sunday, Dec. 23 -- and later that day, the Julie Andrews-starring holiday-season perennial "The Sound of Music" also returns. Monday, Dec. 24, sees repeats of the animated specials "Disney's Prep & Landing" and "Shrek the Halls." And Christmas itself is packed with TV tradition Tuesday, Dec. 25; the morning is marked by the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, »
Clint Eastwood’s memorable cameo at the recent Republican National Convention was supposed to be kept secret. But it’s widely known that Obama Campaign Co-Chair Eva Longoria, formerly of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, is scheduled to speak during this week’s Democratic National Convention. After stumping for Obama in 2008, and hosting Florida’s Women’s Summit in early August, the Latina activist will be one of 9 women addressing the convention from the podium in Charlotte. But far less publicized is that Kal Penn will host a portion of the DNC’s official gavel-to-gavel livestream. That’s right, the 35-year-old Harold & Kumar stoner star and one-time Houseregular who also worked on Barack Obama’s first campaign and on his arts policy committee and later in his White House. Now he’s back in the thick of Democratic politics. The Indian-American from New Jersey has been visiting 2012 battleground states drumming up Obama support among young voters. »
- NIKKI FINKE
Fran Drescher is back on television after spending many years as The Nanny. On Happily Divorced, she's playing Fran Lovett, a Los Angeles florist whose husband Peter (John Michael Higgins) comes out of the closet after 18 years of marriage. They amicably divorce but, because of the economy, they must continue to live together in their house. Fran is back on the singles scene and so is her ex-husband. The TV Land sitcom also features the talents of Tichina Arnold, Rita Moreno, Valente Rodriguez, Robert Walden, and D.W. Moffett.
Happily Divorced was renewed for a second season of 12 episodes and those started airing in March. TV Land later increased that order to 24 installments and the remaining 12 are expected to air sometime this fall.
Meanwhile, the first season of Happily Divorced has been released on DVD and I have a copy for »
There was a mini reunion of "The Nanny" at GLAAD's "Bravo Top Chef Invasion" event earlier this week.Star Fran Drescher and her on-screen mom Renee Taylor were all smiles posing together on the red carpet. Fran, now 54, looks as good as ever and Renee, 79, hasn't aged a day.It's been nearly 20 years since the sitcom first aired. When “The Nanny” premiered in 1993, audiences instantly fell in love with Fran Drescher’s hilarious New York accent and nasal tone.The show aired for six seasons and featured a variety of celebrity guest stars, including Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Chevy Chase and Donald Trump!Seeing the mother-daughter duo together again made us wonder what the rest cast has been up to since the show ended. The cast member who's undergone the biggest transformation definitely has to be Madeline Zima, who went from adorable Grace on "The Nanny" to going topless as promiscuous teen Mia on "Californication. »
- tooFab Staff
Update: Selena Gomez has replaced Miley Cyrus as Mavis, Count Dracula's daughter. Cyrus was "forced to exit" but no details on why or who did the forcing. It seems hard to believe that her schedule was too busy since voiceover is the least time-consuming acting gig with the biggest financial payout...plus, is it just me, or does it seem like Cyrus isn't That busy these days?
Nov. 7, 2011 -- Miley Cyrus will give her voice to Mavis, the daughter of Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) in Hotel Transylvania. In the movie, Dracula builds a resort for monsters and their families. Andy Samberg will voice Jonathan, a boy who is a guest at the resort who becomes a love interest for Mavis.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
McCluskey won Joosten two Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2008, but she was also well known by fans of TV’s The West Wing as the President’s executive secretary Dolores Landingham, who convinced the Chief to run for a second term.
Joosten, who made the move to Hollywood to be an actress later in life, was celebrated by Cracked.com as one of “5 Famous People Who Succeeded Long After They Should’ve Quit.” After a career as a nurse, Joosten pursued acting when she was a single mother of two in her forties. »
Previous: TV Land Orders 12 More Episodes Of Fran Drescher Sitcom ‘Happily Divorced’ New York, NY – May 1, 2012 – TV Land has extended the second season of its original sitcom, “Happily Divorced,” starring Fran Drescher, picking up 12 additional episodes, it was officially announced today by Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. This episode order takes the second season total to 24. The back-order of season two will debut later this year. The first 12 episodes of the second season are currently in premieres airing Wednesdays at 10:30pm Et/Pt on TV Land. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Fran and the rest of the amazing cast and crew on ‘Happily Divorced’,” said Jones. “This show uses humor brilliantly to communicate and relate with the audience. We feel so fortunate to have a show that can create social change through laughter. “Happily Divorced” stars and is inspired by the real-life story of sitcom »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: TV Land has ordered 12 additional episodes of Happily Divorced, bringing the sophomore season of the sitcom starring Fran Drescher to 24 episodes. Season to date, Season 2 of Happily Divorced is averaging 1.5 million total viewers. The comedy opened its second season last month with 1.4 million viewers, down from 2.4 million viewers for its series premiere last summer. The first part of the show’s second season concludes on June 6. Based on Drescher’s real life, Happily Divorced stars The Nanny alumna as a woman who re-enters the dating world after finding out her husband is gay and juggles her relationship with her current boyfriend and ex-husband. Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobsen, who previously co-created together The Nanny, are the writers/executive producers. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Executive Producer: Wendy Douglas.
Cast: Theresa, Larry Sr., Victoria and Larry Jr. Caputo.
Air Date: Sun. at 10 p.m. on TLC.
When Theresa Caputo reveals that she is a medium and says “I talk to the dead,” some people are going to quirk their eyebrows and say “really?” To prove it, however, is still subject of the adage: do you believe? In the case of the "Long Island Medium," that should also include: do you trust this Fran Drescher wannabe?
While this television show is not "The Nanny" in disguise, the fact that she is “way out there" really has to be seen to believed. Sometimes, people may wonder if they are watching Gene Simmon’s "Family Jewels" instead; the conflicts she has with her family are clearly evident and that is the most entertaining aspect of this show. To see her deal with paying clients is quite boring.
- email@example.com (Ed Sum)
Another week, another solid episode. Following up from last week’s “47 Seconds,” Castle returned with "The Limey." The hour featured great guest stars, forward movement and some hot looking people. Let’s discuss.
International Love. The weekly case focused on the murder of a British model who had been looking for clues to the murder of her doctor boyfriend. The victim found herself in the company of a rapper and British Consulate director who was played by Charles Shaughnessy from The Nanny. The case was pretty standard. Typical twists and turns, but interesting and entertaining nonetheless.
How hilarious were the two rappers?!? Biggie Slim and Nikki J? Classic Castle humor. The other best thing about this installment? Well, that would be...
McSteamy McScotland. Hello, Brett Tucker! Where have you been hiding? Apparently on several episodes of Spartacus, which I will now be catching up on. Tucker played Detective Colin Hunt and he played him well. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Courtney Morrison)
Exclusive: Nickelodeon is finalizing a deal for a pilot order to a comedy starring iCarly‘s Jerry Trainor for its Nick At Nite nighttime block. Titled Wendell & Vinnie, the multi-camera project was created by Emmy-winning writer-producer Jay Kogen (Frasier). It stars Trainor as Vinnie, an irresponsible goofball who becomes the guardian to his conservative genius 12-year old nephew. Kogen is executive producing the pilot with Aaron Kaplan (Terra Nova, Gcb). While there has been speculation that the upcoming season of long-running comedy iCarly will be its last, Nickelodeon has not made a final decision yet and Trainor, repped by ICM and the Burstein Co., could perceivable do both series. He also voices the lead character in an animated Nickelodeon series, T.U.F.F. Puppy. This is the second original pilot for Nick At Nite, following the October pickup of Daddy’s Home starring Scott Baio. Like Daddy’s Home, Wendell & Vinnie was »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Actress Fran Drescher helped an American gay couple tie the knot by officiating at their wedding ceremony on Tuesday.
The former The Nanny star presided over the nuptials of the pair, known only as Tom and Russell, at Xl Nightclub in New York City.
Drescher took to her Twitter.com page to share snaps of the happy couple and their two kids, writing, "Mazel tov Tom & Russell!"
She added, "Tom & Russell hav (sic) been together for 20 years, that's what I call dedication... What an amazing day! Tom & Russell are incredible! Feel so lucky to have been included in their big day!"
Drescher plans to marry two more gay couples who won her Love is Love contest, which she hosted to highlight the importance of marriage equality.
The topic is especially personal to the TV star - she separated from her husband of 18 years, producer Peter Marc Jacobson, in 1996 after he 'came out' as gay. »
Remember the little girl from The Nanny? Well, that little girl, Madeline Zima, is all grown up and sharing the screen with Lukas Haas (Inception) in a unique romantic comedy premiering at the SXSW film festival later this month in Austin. The two mopey-eyed hipsters in the poster are Zach (Haas), a young, rich Hollywood type who becomes entranced with a girl called Crazy Eyes (Zima).
- Laura Hertzfeld
TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor will appear in this season’s 19th episode, titled “47 Seconds,” as an activist who is critical of an anti-Wall Street movement and witnesses a bombing of a protest rally in a New York City Plaza.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
- Megan Masters
Actress Fran Drescher has turned wedding officiator to marry three gay couples in New York City next month.
The Nanny star is hosting the Love is Love Gay Marriage Contest in the Big Apple on 6 March in a bid to highlight the importance of same-sex equality, and she has obtained her minister license so she can properly preside over a few ceremonies.
She says, "I'm proud to be an American and I admire our constant strive towards liberty, justice, and equality for all. It is our duty to recognise that injustice exists and shift national consciousness to correct that injustice.
"Marriage equality is our opportunity to uphold our constitutional values, to stretch beyond our comfort zone and mature into a better version of ourselves. It is only by example that we may continue to be a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world. This is a no brainer, people; after all…love is love."
Fans wishing to be formally married by Drescher can submit an essay detailing their love story on Facebook.com and the actress will select the best candidates.
Drescher launched the campaign on Valentine's Day.
The topic is especially personal to the TV star - she separated from her husband of 18 years, producer Peter Marc Jacobson, in 1996 after he 'came out' as a gay man.
In June, New York became the sixth state in America to allow gay unions. »
Well, she's not the first. The Nanny's Fran Drescher shared a story with the Huffington Post about being encountered by an extraterrestrial who implanted a chip in her. And she was being serious, no cackle laughs involved. "You know, it's funny because Peter [Drescher's ex-husband] and I both saw [aliens] before we knew each other, doing the same thing, driving on the road with our dads," she told HuffPo. "We were both in junior high. A few years later, we met, and we realized that we had the same experience. I think that somehow we were programmed to meet. We both have this scar. It's the exact same scar on the exact same spot." That's kinda weird, »
If you ever run into Fran Drescher, be careful what you say in her presence … they might be listening. The "they" to whom we refer: aliens, the ones Drescher says abducted her and implanted a chip into her hand. The star of "The Nanny" and the TV Land sitcom "Happily Divorced" tells The Huffington Post that, in her younger years, she was abducted by aliens. And she was not alone: Drescher says her ex-husband, "Happily Divorced" producer and writer Peter Marc Jacobson, was also abducted by other-world beings. Also read: Mayan Filmmaker »
- Kimberly Potts
Actress Fran Drescher is urging fans to check the chemical content of everyday household products in a bid to stave off cancer.
The former The Nanny star, who survived uterine cancer, has launched the Trash Cancer website to help consumers become familiar with toxins found in skincare, food and cleaning agents.
The site also features survivors' stories, healthy recipes and government petitions to ban carcinogens.
In a video clip, Drescher explains, "We have to start thinking about the products that we clean our home with, that we put on our skin and what we put into our mouths. There are so many toxins that we expose ourselves to that are now being linked to many different health issues like infertility, developmental issues and, of course, cancer.
"You can start to recognise what chemicals are on the 'iffy' list, what chemicals are considered carcinogens... so you can make better, more informed decisions for you and your family. We want to live a preventative lifestyle, find out what the causes of cancer are and eliminate them.
"If given the choice and you have some education and information, you may choose one product over another. Just become an educated consumer, be a medical consumer. Learn the early warning whispers of the cancers that might affect you, and the tests that are available." »
'Cheeky cockney' character actor who graced British screens for more than 60 years
While working on the classic Ealing comedy Hue and Cry in 1947, the actor Harry Fowler, who has died aged 85, was given sage advice by one of his co-stars, Jack Warner: "Never turn anything down … stars come and go but as a character actor, you'll work until you're 90."
Fowler took the suggestion and proved its near veracity. Between his 1942 debut as Ern in Those Kids from Town until television appearances more than 60 years later, he notched up scores of feature films and innumerable TV shows, including three years as Corporal "Flogger" Hoskins in The Army Game.
He never attained star status but created a gallery of sparky characters, including minor villains, servicemen, reporters and tradesmen enriched by an ever-present cheeky smile and an authentic cockney accent. He was Smudge or Smiley, Nipper or Knocker, Bert or 'Orace, as »
- Brian Baxter
19 items from 2012
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