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'7th Heaven’ Reruns Pulled From Up TV in Wake of Stephen Collins Child Molestation Allegations

'7th Heaven’ Reruns Pulled From Up TV in Wake of Stephen Collins Child Molestation Allegations
Reruns of The WB series “7th Heaven” has been pulled from Up TV after a recording surfaced in which star Stephen Collins appears to confess to child molestation. “As a top family-friendly network, we are deeply concerned for the families that are potentially affected by these disturbing allegations surrounding actor Stephen Collins,” Charley Humbard, president & CEO, Up said. “'7th Heaven’ has been a beloved family show and a fan-favorite on our network. We have made the decision to remove the series from our schedule effective at 5 p.m. Et today. We will continue to monitor the situation...
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Stephen Collins & Wife Split

Stephen Collins & Wife Split
Stephen Collins, of 7th Heaven fame, has announced that he and his wife, Faye Grant, are ending their marriage after 27 years.

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"My wife and I are moving forward separately in our lives," Stephen tells Et. "She has been my dearest friend and a loving mother. I know that we'll go through this process in a way that honors our family."

Collins wed Faye Grant on April 21, 1985. The couple has one child, a daughter named Kate.

Along with playing Rev. Eric Camden on 7th Heaven, Collins' other credits include Brothers & Sisters, Private Practice and No Ordinary Family. Grant, an actress, also made an appearance on 7th Heaven and subsequently starred in the Fox comedy/drama State of Grace.
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London + Wife Back Together

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London + Wife Back Together
Actor Jeremy London and his wife have reconciled after a messy end to 2008.

The former 7th Heaven star's wife, Melissa Cunningham, filed for a restraining order against her husband last August after an alleged fight.

But, according to London's representative, the order never got to court and the pair is together again.

The rep disputes tabloid claims that Cunningham was granted a restraining order and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered his client to stay away from Cunningham.

He says, "There was no order because the case never got to court. Jeremy and Melissa are very happy together."

London, 35, was slapped with a restraining order in 2004 after he was arrested for allegedly throwing his girlfriend out of his car at the side of a California freeway.

He and Cunningham were married in September 2006 and Cunningham gave birth to the couple's son Lyrik in 2007.

Actress Leigh Expecting Third Child

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Actress Leigh Expecting Third Child
Grey's Anatomy actress Chyler Leigh is expecting her third child with her actor/musician husband Nathan West.

Leigh, 26, married West, 30, in July 2002 after they worked together on the TV series 7th Heaven.

The pregnancy will not be written into the U.S. drama's storyline, according to her spokesperson, Marcel Pariseau.

He tells People.com, "They are absolutely thrilled and looking forward to the new addition to their young family."

The couple share five-year-old son, Noah Wilde, and two-year-old daughter, Taelyn.

Garth's next step is 'Girl' lead

Hot off her turn on the fifth season of Dancing With the Stars, Jennie Garth has been tapped as the female lead on CBS pilot My Best Friend's Girl.

Also joining Girl is Eric Ladin. Additionally, Shailene Woodley has landed the lead in ABC Family's untitled series from 7th Heaven creator Brenda Hampton, and Bruno Campos has joined Fox's comedy pilot Night Life.

The Sony-produced Girl centers on two best friends and co-owners of a biker shop whose relationship becomes complicated when one (Tim Peper) begins dating the ex-wife (Garth) of the other (Josh Cooke).

Ladin will play a guy described as "the world's worst salesman," who works at the shop.

Garth, who recently starred on WB Network's What I Like About You, is repped by Endeavor and James/Levy Management.

Ladin, repped by Innovative and Main Title, recently wrapped HBO's Generation Kill.

The Hampton project, described as a teen relationship series similar in sensibility to Juno, centers on a pregnant teen (Woodley).

Woodley, repped by Savage Agency and Elements Entertainment, played the title character in WB's "Felicity: An American Girl Adventure."

The ABC Studios-produced Night Life (formerly Saint of Circumstance), which is being directed by Zach Braff, centers on Wayne David Denman), a man going through a midlife crisis who quits his dead-end office job to be a paramedic on the night shift.

ABC Family brood growing

ABC has picked up the light drama pilot The Middleman to series. Also picked up to series is an untitled drama project from 7th Heaven creator Brenda Hampton.

Sources said ABC Family also is ordering to series the pilot Roommates, subject to recasting one of the roles.

Meanwhile, the cable network has opted not to renew the drama series Wildfire beyond the current fourth season.

ABC Family also is said to be high on the pilot Samurai Girl and the sophomore series Lincoln Heights, but no decisions had been made by press time.

All ABC Family orders except the Hampton project are said to be cast pickups, with details about production schedules and launch dates in flux because of the writers strike.

Middleman, from writer-producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, stars Natalie Morales as a twentysomething struggling artist recruited by a secret agency to fight comic book-type villains and Matt Keeslar as the title character, a sci-fi superhero who serves as her guide.

The Hampton project is described as a teen relationship series similar in sensibility to Juno. The show is said to have received a six-episode order.

A paranormal day at Sci Fi

A paranormal day at Sci Fi
Jeremy London and Dina Meyer are each starring in an original movie in production at Sci Fi Channel, which also has greenlighted an international spinoff of its reality series Ghost Hunters.

London (7th Heaven), Stefanie von Pfetten (Dragon Boys) and Lexa Doig (Stargate SG-1) are starring in Ba'al, about a rogue Smithsonian archaeologist, dying of cancer, who will stop at nothing to retrieve the ancient amulets of the storm god Ba'al, which could cure him or make him a god.

The film is being directed by Paul Ziller (Swarmed) and produced by CineTel Films.

Meanwhile, Riddles of the Sphinx stars Meyer (the "Saw" franchise) and Lochlyn Munro (Deck the Halls) in a story about a father and daughter who find themselves in a series of battles of mind and body with the deadly Sphinx as they attempt to decode seven riddles in an effort to save humankind.

The movie is being directed by George Mendeluk (Her Fatal Flaw) and produced by Plinyminor.

Both movies are shooting in and around Vancouver and will air as part of Sci Fi's Saturday night lineup late next year.

Vandervoort, Cassidy in CW dramas

Vandervoort, Cassidy in CW dramas
Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort has landed the coveted role of Kara/Supergirl on the CW's Smallville, and Katie Cassidy has been added to Smallville's companion series, Supernatural.

Kara/Supergirl (Vandervoort) will have a major presence on Smallville in the coming season. The character will be introduced in the show's seventh-season premiere.

Cassidy's character Ruby also will make first appearance on Supernatural's third season premiere. Ruby is a fellow demon hunter that Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) meet when they begin searching for the masses of demons who escaped from hell in the Season 2 finale.

Vandervoort is repped by Noble Caplan Abrams in Toronto and Anthem Entertainment.

Cassidy, daughter of '70s pop star David Cassidy, has appeared in such features as Click, When a Stranger Calls and Black Christmas. She also has been signed to play Lucy Ewing in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the hit TV series Dallas. On TV, she had a recurring role on 7th Heaven.

CBS tops viewership in night of repeats

NEW YORK -- CBS won Sunday night in viewership while NBC and Fox tied in adults 18-49 in a night of mostly repeats.

The top show in the demo was a repeat of Fox's Family Guy (4.5 million, 2.3/7) at 9 p.m., according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. Family Guy was the only show to break a 2 rating in adults 18-49 all night, while the bottom was tied by the CW at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. with 7th Heaven (1.1 million, 0.4/1) and Supernatural (1.1 million, 0.4/1).

One of the only originals in broadcast TV on Sunday night didn't do much better. ABC's Fast Cars and Superstars (2.1 million, 0.6/2) outrated everything at 7 p.m. including repeats of the CW's Reba (1.8 million, 0.7/3). CBS won the 7 p.m. hour with 60 Minutes (8.3 million, 1.3/5).

Fox won 8 p.m. in the demo thanks to The Simpsons (3.5 million, 1.7/6) and despite The Loop (2.6 million, 1.3/4), while CBS won in viewership with a repeat Without a Trace (6.7 million, 1.2/4).

'Wild' time at CW upfront

'Wild' time at CW upfront
NEW YORK -- Saying goodbye to veterans Gilmore Girls and 7th Heaven and cult favorite Veronica Mars, CW presented to Madison Avenue the fruits of its first full development season.

"Last season it was about establishing the network," said Dawn Ostroff, entertainment president at the CW. "This season it's about creating new hits that will better define the CW."

The network's hopefuls include four new scripted series -- dramas Gossip Girl, Reaper and Life Is Wild and the comedy Aliens In America. They join a fall schedule featuring more unscripted fare than CW and its predecessors UPN and the WB have ever lined up.

Girl group Pussycat Dolls, subject of one of CW's three returning reality series, opened the network's upfront presentation at Madison Square Garden.

The other two CW returning reality series, hits America's Next Top Model and Beauty and the Geek, will be used as launching pads for two of the network's new dramas : Reaper and Josh Schwartz's Upper West Side-set Gossip Girl, respectively.

At a news conference after the presentation, Ostroff confirmed that Veronica Mars has solved her last case in her current incarnation but that no final decision has been made on a proposed new version of the series by creator Rob Thomas in which the title character, played by Kristen Bell, is at the FBI Academy.

Hupp, Wright play moms in pair of pilots

Hupp, Wright play moms in pair of pilots
Jana Marie Hupp has been tapped to co-star in Fox's untitled Victor Fresco comedy pilot, while Sarah Wright has joined CBS' untitled Scott Silveri comedy pilot.

The untitled Victor Fresco project, from 20th Century Fox TV, centers on a 10-year-old boy who tries to navigate life in his high-achieving, overstressed family with the help of his eccentric grandfather (Tom Conti).

Hupp will play the boy's mother. She replaces Andrea Parker, who originally was tapped for the role. Parker, who was the first actor cast in the pilot, has been suffering from laryngitis.

Hupp, who co-starred on NBC's Ed, is repped by APA.

The untitled Scott Silveri project, from Warner Bros. TV, revolves around a group of people who hang out at an all-night diner from midnight-6 a.m. Wright will play a waitress at the diner who works night shifts to be able to spend the days with her young son. Wright's (Ellen Meyer Management) recent series credits include CW's 7th Heaven and Fox's The Loop.

Last calls for Fox's 'Bells,' CW's 'Heaven'

It's a wrap for 7th Heaven and David E. Kelley's midseason dramedy The Wedding Bells.

Heaven, which debuted in 1996 on WB Network and now airs on the CW, will have its series finale May 13 in its regular 8 p.m. slot.

Meanwhile, production will be shut down on Bells after completion of the seventh episode.

After receiving decent sampling in its premiere behind Idol, Bells quickly faded when it moved into its regular Friday time slot, most recently drawing 4.5 million viewers and a 1.5 rating/5 share among adults 18-49.

"While we've been pleased with the show creatively, and David's writing was first-rate, ('Bells') just didn't secure the ratings we'd hoped for," Fox said.

Four episodes of Bells have aired. For now, the network said it intends to air the remaining three segments.

Bells, from David E. Kelley Prods. and 20th TV, starred Teri Polo, KaDee Strickland and Sarah Jones as three sister running a wedding-planning business.

The hourlong final episode of Heaven, titled And Away We Go, will mark the second time the show was scheduled to have a series finale.

Dekker all decked out for Fox drama

Dekker all decked out for Fox drama
Thomas Dekker is set to play John Connor in Fox's drama pilot The Sarah Connor Chronicles, from WBTV and C2, the company of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines producers Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna.

Written by Josh Friedman, the project takes place after the events depicted in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and follows Sarah Connor (Lena Headey), a modern warrior and loving single mom to 15-year-old son John Dekker).

Dekker recurs on NBC's hit new drama Heroes as Zach, Claire's (Hayden Panettiere) friend and confidant.

He also had a recurring role on 7th Heaven and recently guest starred on Fox's House and CBS' Shark.

Dekker is repped by TalentWorks and Untitled Entertainment.

'Criminal' strips for broadcast

'Criminal' strips for broadcast
Law & Order: Criminal Intent has become the first off-network drama series to be sold as a strip in broadcast syndication since 2001.

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution said Thursday that it has cleared the show on Fox owned-and-operated stations in several major markets -- including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago -- for a fall 2007 launch. The terms of the two-year deals call for a straight 50-50 barter split, with one run per day.

7th Heaven had been the most recent off-net drama to be sold to broadcast stations as a strip. Moreover, it has been 14 years -- since 21 Jump Street -- since an off-net crime drama has been available on a weekday basis, according to the distributor. The more recent model has been to sell off-network dramas as strips in basic cable and to stations for weekend runs.

"In a marketplace where we're selling (one-hour) shows like 'House' and 'Monk' as a weekend traditional concept, we were meeting with broadcast partners who were talking about our great shows and saying they wish they were available on a Monday-Friday basis -- that got us thinking," said Sean O'Boyle, senior vp and general sales manager at NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. "There's always a need from the local broadcasters for quality content, and we're able to provide it for them."

Frank Cicha, senior vp programming at Fox Television Stations, said the show can work in several time periods, depending on the market -- including late-night, early fringe and even daytime -- and noted that the nonserialized nature of the series allows it to repeat well.

CBS bites into 'Shark' with a full season

CBS has given a back-nine pickup to the freshman drama Shark, bringing the total order for the show to 22 episodes. Meanwhile, the CW has handed out its first back-nine orders to rookie comedy The Game and the veteran drama 7th Heaven, which also have been picked up for a full season. Shark, from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV, stars James Woods as charismatic, self-confident defense attorney-turned-prosecutor Sebastian Stark. In its five airings to date, the show has averaged 14.4 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/11 share among adults 18-49, ranking No. 2 in the Thursday 10 p.m. slot. In its most recent airing, the drama scored its best rating in adults 18-34 (2.9/9) and matched it best adults 18-49 performance (4.2/11).

'Runaway' lost in shuffle as CW axes first drama

'Runaway' lost in shuffle as CW axes first drama
Runaway has run aground. The CW drama has been axed after four airings. The series from Sony Pictures Television, revolving around a family who goes on the lam after the father is wrongly accused of murder, opened to weak numbers in the Monday 9 p.m. slot behind 7th Heaven late last month. CW shifted Heaven and Runaway from Monday to Sunday last week, but the change didn't help Runaway, which averaged 1.8 million viewers in its last airing. CW has pulled the show entirely and will fill the Sunday 9 p.m. slot with repeats for the time being.

CW switches Sunday, Monday lineups

The CW is switching its Sunday and Monday night lineups. Starting next week, the network's Sunday night comedy block of Everybody Hates Chris, All of Us, Girlfriends and new series The Game will move to 8-10 p.m. Mondays. The CW will rebroadcast each comedy's season premiere on Monday, with original episodes returning Oct. 16. Meanwhile, the Monday dramas 7th Heaven and Runaway will move to Sunday nights starting Oct. 15. The new Sunday lineup will begin with a repeat airing of the previous Wednesday's America's Next Top Model at 7 p.m., followed by original episodes of 7th Heaven at 8 p.m. and freshman drama Runaway at 9 p.m.

'Heroes' saves night for NBC

'Heroes' saves night for NBC
NEW YORK -- Heroes might turn out to be just that for NBC, with the new drama premiering strongly and leading the peacock to a nightly win in the demo even as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Deal or No Deal fell from their premieres last week. Meanwhile, the CW had a rocky premiere for its first original series, the 9 p.m. drama Runaway, which drew a barely-there 2.2 million viewers and 0.8 rating/2 share in its target adults 18-34 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. At 8 p.m., the 11th-season premiere of 7th Heaven (4.2 million, 1.7/5 in 18-34) got off to a slow start on its new network, dropping more than 1 million viewers from last fall's opener on WB Network. At 9 p.m., Heroes delivered 14.1 million viewers and a 5.9/14 in the adults 18-49 demo. While it was beaten in viewers during the hour by CBS' 9 p.m. comedy Two and a Half Men (15.3 million, 4.8/12), Heroes built on its 8 p.m. Deal or No Deal lead-in (13 million, 3.8/10) by more than 1 million viewers and two rating points. Heroes finished the night a nose ahead of CBS' 10 p.m. stalwart CSI: Miami (17.8 million, 5.8/15) in the demo, though "CSI" prevailed in total viewers.

Ashlee Simpson Set To Star in 'Chicago'

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Ashlee Simpson will play murderous Roxie Hart in the stage production of Chicago in October. The 21-year-old has been offered the role and will join the cast of the show in either London or on the Broadway stage in New York City. A source close to Simpson tells American publication Us Weekly, "She will probably choose London." Earlier this year, Rita Wilson stepped into the role in New York. Although Simpson has little experience in musical theatre, she has been a back-up dancer on her sister Jessica's tour and had a role on US family drama 7th Heaven. The singer has said she wants to focus on her acting career.

TV biz to pay tribute to Spelling during Emmys

The television industry will pay tribute to the late producer Aaron Spelling on Sunday during the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast on NBC, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences officials said Wednesday. Joan Collins, Heather Locklear and Stephen Collins are among the stars of Spelling-produced shows who will take part in the tribute segment to the producer, who died in June at age 83. Spelling's long list of TV hits ranged from ABC's The Mod Squad and The Rookies to WB Network's 7th Heaven and Charmed.
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