17 items from 2007
In another sign that ABC plans to keep Samantha around, the network announced that the freshman comedy, now airing after Dancing with the Stars Mondays 9:30 p.m., will slide back to 9 p.m. beginning Nov. 26, the night of the one-hour final performance show of the current DWTS cycle. As previously announced, Samantha will be paired in the 9 p.m. hour with returning comedy Notes From the Underbelly. They will be followed by sophomore drama October Road, which will premiere in its original post-Grey's Anatomy Thursday 10 p.m. slot Nov. 22 before moving to Monday Nov. 26.
ABC is making another scheduling move in November, swapping newsmagazine 20/20 and the well-reviewed but low-rated sophomore dramedy Men In Trees. Beginning Nov. 2, "Men" will air at 8 p.m., while "20/20" will return in its traditional 10 p.m. slot.
Based on an idea by best-selling author Cecelia Ahern, Samantha, from ABC Studios, has emerged as the highest-rated freshman comedy this season. »
James Mangold has signed with CAA. Mangold, who co-wrote and directed the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, most recently directed 3:10 to Yuma, the Western drama starring Russell Crowe now in theaters. His writing-directing credits include the films Kate & Leopold, Girl, Interrupted and Cop Land. On the TV side, his credits include executive producing and directing ABC series Men in Trees. Mangold had been repped by WMA. »
Anne Heche is getting serious with new love and co-star James Tupper - they're living together in Vancouver, Canada. Heche's estranged husband Coley Laffoon filed for divorce from her in February after five years of marriage - a month after the actress' romance with her Men In Trees co-star Tupper went public. Tupper tells local newspaper Vancouver Sun they have bought a house together in the West Coast city, enthusing "it feels a little bit like heaven." He says, "We are just exploring our relationship and it has been going very well. Where is it going? I don't know. Ask me again in a year." Heche is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with Laffoon, who has been granted primary physical custody of their son Homer. »
Actress Anne Heche has filed a request to change child custody arrangements between herself and estranged husband Coley Laffoon. At present, the Volcano star must give her ex two weeks' notice when she plans to spend time with their five-year-old son, Homer. But Heche wants to change that, and instead be required to give a fortnight's notice if she doesn't plan to see the child, according to court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday. She contends, "Occasionally I have breaks in my work schedule that would permit me to travel to Los Angeles for up to four days. I request an order that when one of these breaks occurs, I may spend the time with Homer in Los Angeles on seven days advance notice to Coley. I never have more than seven days advance notice of such breaks and therefore cannot give more notice." Heche is currently shooting the second season of TV series Men In Trees in Vancouver, Canada. During Wednesday's hearing, Laffoon agreed to move out of the Los Angeles home the couple once shared by September 2. Heche has been granted joint legal custody of her son and will spend every other weekend with Homer when she's in Los Angeles, where the youngster attends school. Heche was also ordered to pay $15,000-a-month in child and spousal support - and pay for 90 per cent of the cost of Homer's private-school tuition, medical bills and extracurricular activities. »
Anne Heche has publicly thanked the cast and crew of her TV series Men In Trees for helping her cope during her recent marriage split. The actress split from husband Coley Laffoon last year and is now dating co-star James Tupper, and she admits she wouldn't have been able to get through a difficult few months had it not been for her TV "family." She explains, "One of the things that has been so great to me this year is finding a family and finding that there are other people around you who help support and love you through difficult times and don't judge you and allow you to make mistakes. This cast of people and this crew of people on Men In Trees have developed such a loving family supportive group that I've learned to trust a family that was so necessary in my life." »
After nearly 20 years at 10 p.m. Fridays, "20/20" will move two hours earlier to 8 p.m., the network said Wednesday, making way for the new drama The Women's Murder Club and the returning drama Men in Trees.
ABC News found out about the change Tuesday, and executive producer David Sloan said Wednesday that he thinks "20/20" will do just fine at 8 p.m. He said he hopes the strength of "20/20" will help launch the other dramas.
"The network recognizes and acknowledges that "20/20" has been the top-rated show on ABC -- and sometimes on all networks -- on Friday," Sloan said. "It is a very, very reliable delivery platform for audiences and in the demo."
"20/20" debuted June 6, 1978, at 10 p.m. Tuesday and moved a year later to 10 p.m. Thursdays. That's where it stayed until Sept. 18, 1987, when it moved to Friday nights.
A judge has awarded Anne Heche a cache of furniture, including a footstool and a yellow armchair, in her ongoing divorce battle with estranged husband Coley Laffoon. Laffoon filed for divorce from Heche in February after five years of marriage - a month after the actress' romance with her Men In Trees co-star James Tupper went public. In documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on July 10, Laffoon claimed he returned to the Los Angeles home they alternately shared to find a footstool, rugs and a king-size bed missing. He accused the actress of taking the items and attempted to prevent her from removing any other possessions from the house. But Heche insisted the items belonged to her before the marriage and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick C. Shaller has agreed, ruling she may keep the furniture and linens. Judge Shaller also ruled Laffoon shall have "temporary exclusive use and occupancy of the residence." »
Actress Anne Heche has been accused of stealing furniture by her estranged husband Coley Laffoon. Laffoon filed for divorce from Heche in February after five years of marriage and a month after the actress' romance with her Men In Trees co-star James Tupper went public. In documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Laffoon claims he returned to the L.A. home they share between them to find a footstool, rugs and a king-size bed missing. He accuses the actress of taken the items and wants her prevented from removing any more possession from the house. However, Heche denies the allegations, insisting the items belonged to her before the marriage. Laffoon was recently granted primary physical custody of their five-year-old son Homer. Heche is allowed to visit Homer on alternate weekends. »
Anne Heche's estranged husband Coley Laffoon has accused the actress of resorting to lies to win custody of their five year old son Homer. Laffoon filed papers yesterday at Los Angeles Superior Court which refuted Heche's claims she had a close relationship with her son - calling her statements "replete with blatant falsehoods." Court papers claim, "(Heche's) credibility should also be called into question as a result of her mental instability which was highly publicized in her 2001 autobiography entitled Call Me Crazy." Heche had accused Laffoon of frequenting strip clubs, playing poker and ping-pong and watching online porn while they were together. However, he hits back in the documents, claiming, "(Heche is) desperately trying to throw mud against the wall hoping that something will divert the eyes of the Court away from the true facts of this case. The truth is that Heche loves to play poker, too," adding, "I have never been preoccupied with sexually graphic material...(Heche) and I occasionally watched porn when we were together." He also claimed the last time he went to a strip club was with Heche and her Men In Trees co-star James Tupper and his wife. The filing also states, "I did not know at that time that (Heche) was having an affair with James, nor did James' wife." Laffoon filed for divorce in February after Heche's romance with Tupper hit the headlines. »
Anne Heche's estranged husband has won the first round in the couple's bitter divorce battle. Videographer Coleman Laffoon has been granted shared temporary custody of the couple's five-year-old son Homer and Los Angeles Superior Court authorities ignored the actress' plea to terminate the court's jurisdiction over spousal support. Instead they awarded Laffoon $19,000 in child and spousal support for May. But that's not quite the figure Laffoon had in mind - he filed papers earlier this month asking his estranged wife for $33,000-a-month in spousal support. Laffoon filed for divorce in February after Heche's romance with Men In Trees co-star James Tupper hit the headlines. »
Anne Heche's mothering skills have been called into question by her estranged husband as part of his bid for joint custody of their son, Homer. Videographer Coley Laffoon has filed papers in Los Angeles, calling the Men In Trees actress an unsuitable mother, who refuses to seek help for her reported psychological issues. Laffoon, who filed for divorce in February, claims the actress' "bizarre and delusional behavior" could be a problem if she wins full custody of the couple's five-year-old. In the court documents, obtained by Tmz.com, Laffoon claims Anne once didn't put Homer in a car seat and she often swears in front of the child. The cameraman, who met Heche while shooting a tour documentary about her ex-lover, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, is also asking for $33,000-a-month in spousal support. »
ABC surprised more than a few people when the network renewed Men in Trees for a second season. Great, but where did it go?
Marin Frist (Anne Heche) is a best-selling author and relationship coach who helps women find the right man, using her own life as an example. On a plane trip to attend an Alaska conference, she finds out that her finance has been cheating on her and realizes that she doesn't know as much as she thought she did. Marin decides to stay in the remote town (where the ratio of men to women is 10 to one) so that she can truly learn how to find and keep a good man, and write a new book. The cast also features Abraham Benrubi, Emily Bergl, Seana Kofoed, Suleka Mathew, Derek Richardson, Sarah Strange, Cynthia Stevenson, Lauren Tom, James Tupper, and John Amos.
Men in Trees debuted on September 12, 2006 on ABC. »
With Tuesday's announcement from Fox Broadcasting Co. that the Wednesday results edition of American Idol would expand to a full hour for three upcoming episodes beginning April 11, that would have hurt "Notes," which was scheduled to premiere at 9:30 p.m. April 11 (HR 3/12).
Notes now shifts to Thursdays beginning April 12, when back-to-back episodes will air from 10-11 p.m. That in turn also will give it Grey's Anatomy as a lead-in.
But Notes will uproot Men in Trees, which originally was scheduled to return to the air in that time slot. ABC is still determining when to reschedule Trees, which could still return in that slot if Notes underperforms.
Sources indicate ABC is even considering holding the outstanding episodes of Trees until next season in order to minimize its amount of repeats.
Also to be determined is if and when new drama October Road will return to the schedule; it was scheduled to occupy the Thursday 10 p.m. »
In one fell swoop, ABC has picked up three freshman and eight returning series for next season.
Dramas Grey's Anatomy, Lost and Boston Legal, dramedy Desperate Housewives, reality series Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and The Bachelor and late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live also have also been picked up for next season, joining recently renewed America's Funniest Home Videos, Supernanny and Wife Swap.
"We have had a strong year, with two of the season's breakout hits, 'Ugly Betty' and 'Brothers & Sisters,' and the solid performance of 'Men In Trees,'" said ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson, who made the pickup announcement at the network's March development meeting with advertisers Wednesday. "We are pleased that viewers have invested in these new favorites along with our other returning series."
Though the pickups for hits like Grey's, Lost, Housewives, Betty, Dancing and Home Edition have been widely expected, the early vote of confidence for freshmen Men In Trees and Boston Legal, which have developed smaller but devoted fan base, was somewhat of a surprise. Remaining on the fence is another drama with limited following, sophomore What About Brian. No half-hour comedy made the cut for an early pickup, though veterans According to Jim and George Lopez are considered strong candidates to return. »
Meanwhile, the network's benched Six Degrees, which launched in the fall in the 10 p.m. Thursday slot, will return with original episodes on a new night, Friday.
Road, from ABC TV Studio and GroupM Entertainment, is guaranteed huge sampling as its premiere will air after an original episode of ABC's top series, Grey's Anatomy.
At least one more original episode of Grey's is expected to lead into Road, which has been booked for four episodes for now. If the show's initial run is successful, the network is expected to air the entire six-episode order of the midseason drama before the time slot's regular occupant, Men in Trees, returns.
Road stars Bryan Greenberg as a young, popular author who goes back to his hometown to get over his writer's block. Laura Prepon and Tom Berenger co-star in the series, which is executive produced by Gary Fleder, Scott Rosenberg, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. »
Actress Anne Heche has spoken out about her relationship with James Tupper - but has refused to confirm she is dating her Men In Trees co-star. Heche, 37, split from her husband of five years Coleman Laffoon earlier this month, and she has been linked to Tupper in the US media ever since. The 37-year-old admitted she has "chemistry" with Tupper on TV show Entertainment Tonight Sunday. She said, "We have a beautiful relationship. I think people like to read a lot into the chemistry we have on the show, and I think it's fantastic. We have a lot of chemistry. We love each other, we're like a family here, we all go out on the weekends. I'm obviously going through something personal in my life, and I don't know what is going to happen in the future." A spokesperson for Tupper confirms he split from his wife Kate in November last year. »
Actress Anne Heche has separated from her husband of five years Coleman Laffoon to be with her Men In Trees co-star James Tupper, according to media reports in the Us. Heche, 37, wed movie cameraman Laffoon in 2001 - a year after ending her long-term relationship with chat show host Ellen DeGeneres. Her publicist Lisa Kasteler says, "They have requested that they be allowed their privacy at this time." Kasteler refused to comment on her client's love life any further, but a spokesperson for Tupper confirms he split from his wife in November. Heche and Tupper are currently shooting Men in Trees together in Vancouver, Canada. She plays a New York author, while he plays a rugged Alaskan ranger. »
17 items from 2007
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