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Although Men In Trees wrapped this summer, Tupper and Heche are "thrilled" to be welcoming their first child together, a representative for the couple tells Usmagazine.com
The actors were both married when they were cast to play on-screen lovers in the U.S. drama, but they came out as a couple after Heche filed for divorce from Coley Laffoon in February 2007.
Heche then fought a bitter custody battle with Laffoon over their six-year-old son Homer, which ended in June. »
Anne Heche and boyfriend James Tupper are expecting their first child together, her rep confirms to People. "They are really thrilled," says the rep. The couple, who met on the set of ABC's Men In Trees, began dating in 2007. Tupper, 43, told People at the time he was "not ready to rush into marriage [but] never met anyone like her. There's something really comforting when you can truly connect with someone and be understood." Heche, 39, has a 6-year-old son, Homer, from her marriage to Coley Laffoon. The two separated in early 2007 and reached a divorce settlement in June. Related Article: . 2007: James »
- Eunice Oh
Lara Spencer of "The Insider" is on the set of "Samantha Who?" with Christina Applegate and her new boyfriend on the show! Christina's character, Samantha, cozies up to the super-cute "Men In Trees" actor James Tupper who plays her love interest. He describes his character an "advocate for the angel" in Samantha. Click on the video to see more with this on-screen couple and don't forget to watch "Samantha Who?" Mondays on ABC.
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Ricky Schroder has signed to direct "Hellhounds," a telefilm that will air next year on Sci Fi Channel.
The movie, set in 500 B.C., stars Scott Elrod ("Men in Trees") as Kleitos, a Greek warrior who with his companions fights against the hellhounds of Hades to rescue his bride from the Underworld and bring her back to life. The telefilm, written by Paul A. Birkett, is said to be full of CGI and special effects.
"Hellhounds," which begins shooting Sunday in Romania, is a co-production between Canada's Muse Entertainment and Romania's S.C. Studiourile Media Pro. Muse's Michael Prupas will executive produce along with Rhi Entertainment's Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. Rhi will distribute.
Schroder said the project is his fifth with the Halmis, following January's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," which aired on Ion Television.
"Twenty years ago, the Halmis and I collaborated on 'Lonesome Dove, »
- By Kimberly Nordyke
Additionally, Cynthia Stevenson is set to co-star opposite Bob Saget on the CW's new comedy series "Surviving Suburbia," and actor-comedian-impressionist Mike MacRae has joined the cast of TBS' late-night sketch comedy series "Frank TV."
Adams will play Tanya, an artsy single woman.
"Suburbia" centers on Keith (Saget), a misanthropic family man in suburbia trying his best to be left alone. Stevenson ("Men in Trees") will play his wife.
On "Frank TV," MacRae, who recently signed with New Wave for management, will play several characters in sketches. »
- By Nellie Andreeva and Kimberly Nordyke
Latest: Actress Anne Heche has won her battle to reduce child support payments to her ex-husband.
The star was granted a reprieve in the monthly payments of $14,978 (GBP7,489) to her ex-husband Coley Laffoon for their six-year-old son Homer, and now the full extent of her financial win has been decided.
According to an order signed on Friday and obtained by TMZ.com, the actress' monthly payments have dropped from almost $15,000 (GBP7,500) to a more manageable $3,700 (GBP1,850).
Heche will no longer have to pay for all her son's private school fees either - the new order declares she'll share the burden with her ex-husband Coley Laffoon.
The actress has also been ordered to pay Laffoon a lump sum divorce settlement of $275,000 (GBP137,500). »
Actress Anne Heche has revealed that she can't afford to pay the $$15,000 per month that she owes in child and spousal support.
In court papers Heche admitted that the cancellation of her TV show Men In Trees was responsible for her financial troubles.
She said: "Since January 18, 2008, I have been unemployed and had no income from employment except for one very short-term contract for a movie role (Spread) for which I received a total of $$6,500, . . . »
- Simon Reynolds
Actress Anne Heche has blamed the cancellation of TV series Men In Trees for her inability to pay child support.
The star was granted a reprieve in the monthly payments of $14,978 (GBP7,489) to her ex-husband Coley Laffoon for their six-year-old son Homer.
But Heche has been ordered by a judge to provide up-to-date income and expense information for the case - as she claims she also can no longer afford to pay Homer's school fees, the mortgage on her house in Canada where Men In Trees was filmed, the rent on her California home, and car expenses.
In court papers, she says, "I am continuing to look for work, but I have no offers pending and the impending strike by the Screen Actors Guild reduces my prospects for work even further,
"Since January 18, 2008, I have been unemployed and had no income from employment except for one very short-term contract for a movie role for which I received a total of $65,000 (GBP32,500) approximately the amount I received for one episode of Men In Trees.
"I do receive some residuals from previous acting work. However, the amounts are nominal and are offset by recurring business expenses that must be paid whether or not I am working." »
Anne Heche says she can no longer afford to pay the nearly $15,000-a-month in child and spousal support because she's unemployed after the cancellation of Men In Trees. "I am continuing to look for work, but I have no offers pending and the impending strike by the Screen Actors Guild reduces my prospects for work even further," Heche, 38, writes in court papers. A judge Wednesday gave her a temporary break, saying she didn't have to pay her next support payment to her ex Coley Laffoon, 34, covering the month of July. But Superior Court Judge Gail Ruderman Feuer ordered the actress »
- Mike Fleeman
For broadcast series still hoping for a renewal, last week was rough sledding.
CBS' Shark and ABC's Women's Murder Club returned to post about a 2.0 rating among adults 18 to 49, joining low-rated outings by fellow bubble shows Moonlight (CBS), Boston Legal (ABC) and Reaper (The CW).
But with most scripted series struggling from a writers strike ratings hangover, the networks seem inclined to give some of the lagging shows a second chance this fall.
Here's how things stand:
-- Men in Trees: Producers of ABC's drama were recently told the show will not return for a third season. Last year, the show scored a surprising early renewal, but last month averaged only about a 1.6 demo rating.
-- Boston Legal: A recent episode of Legal hit a series low but, then again, what show hasn't? Given a strong lead-in, Legal tends to hold a reliable number. It's also an Emmy darling. A likely pickup.
-- Reaper: The word on CW's cult-favorite supernatural dramedy has turned unexpectedly positive. Though recent episodes have pulled about a 1.1 rating, the CW needs a suitable Thursday night partner for Supernatural as next season is expected to be the last for Smallville. Plus, after adding DVR use, Reaper ratings often climb a higher percentage than any other series, and CW executives are fond of the show. »
WASHINGTON -- Justine Bateman will testify before Senate Commerce Committee staffers Tuesday at the panel's Future of the Internet hearing.
Like many independent producers, the actress is concerned about the ways and means that people will be able to deliver content in the future, committee aides said. That Bateman has a recurring character in the ABC sitcom Men in Trees -- which is set in Alaska, the home state of senior GOP Sen. Ted Stevens -- is just a coincidence.
Bateman will be joined on the panel by WGA West president Patric Verrone, who has his own views about Internet distribution -- one of the key sticking points in the recent Hollywood writers' strike.
The hearing comes as Washington policymakers delve into concerns over network neutrality issues. Last week, the FCC conducted a hearing at Stanford University on the hot-button issues revolving around control of the Internet by the big network companies.
"There are going to be big decisions made by Congress over how the Internet is going to grow and thrive, and they have important views about that," a staffer said when asked about the witness list. »
The two-hour debate (10.7 million, 2.7/7) won the 8 p.m. hour, then fell into third place overall for the second half. At 10 p.m., Men in Trees was on par (6.1 million, 1.6/4).
Fox won the night thanks to Idol, which matched its lowest rating in five years (22.7 million, 8.5/21). At 8 p.m., comedies Til Death (5.8 million, 2.0/7) and Back to You (7 million, 2.4/7) returned to originals, with Back up 14% from its prior season average and Death down 9%.
ABC is giving Murder a chance.
For the return of freshman series Women's Murder Club, the network is shifting the series from Fridays to a higher-profile Tuesday night slot.
The move is the latest chapter in production plotline that's had its twists and turns this season. Last fall Murder received by mixed critical reviews and struggled in its Friday time period, but was thought to still have growth potential. The writers strike interrupted production, and co-creators co-showrunners Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, along with exec producer R. Scott Gemmill, were let go in February.
ABC said they would give the series a second chance if producing studio 20th Century Fox Television could land another qualified showrunner. Enter Robert Nathan ("Law & Order"), who took over Murder for its remaining three episodes this season.
Murder returns April 29. To make room for the show, ABC will shift Boston Legal from Tuesdays at 10 p.m. to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. The network also announced that Men in Trees will return Wednesday, May 28 following the run of Boston Legal. »
Fox won the night with Idol (25.4 million, 9.7/25). Lead-in Moment of Truth had a season low (10 million, 3.9/11), though still dominated the 8 p.m. hour.
NBC had Law & Order franchise repeats (averaging 7 million, 1.8/5 for the night).
The Fox ratings release was cheeky: "'Moment of Truth' Wins Big ... There Were No Survivors." Fox's game show held its time period premiere rating from last week despite the increased competition from CBS' top-rated reality veteran.
Truth (10.9 million viewers, 4.2 rating among adults 18 to 49 and a 12 share) was the second highest-rated show for the night after American Idol (26.1 million, 9.8/25), which hit another season low during its annual dipping phase.
CBS was second, with a modestly rated Survivor (11.6 million, 3.8/11). The upside: the show gave Big Brother (6.2 million, 2.4/6) a push for its best Wednesday episode of the season. At 10 p.m., CBS aired a repeat.
Lifetime execs were given tapes of the dramas but ruled out picking them up, sources said.
The two series have limped in the Nielsen ratings this season. The past two episodes of Road aired back-to-back March 10 to a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. Trees, starring Anne Heche, still is running fresh episodes, with its most recent March 12 outing scoring a 1.7.
Despite a save-the-show campaign launched by Road fans, the fate of the offbeat drama seems pretty much sealed at ABC. Meanwhile, Trees has a shot at coming back as it's said to enjoy solid support at the network. »
Between losing the Idol lead and Daylight Savings Time corroding the 8 p.m. hour this week, Moment (10.4 million viewers, 4.1 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49 and a 12 share) also earned its lowest Wednesday rating to date, as expected. But the show was Fox's highest-rated non-Idol series in the time period in more than a year and was up 17% from when Moment aired as an 8 p.m. special without Idol on Monday, Feb 25. At 9 p.m., Idol (26.6 million, 10.1/25) was roughly on par.
NBC was second with Deal or No Deal (10.2 million, 4.1/12), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (7.8 million, 1.9/5) and "Law & Order" (11.7 million, 3.3/9). The veteran flagship series won the 10 p.m. hour with its highest rating in nearly two months.
Tupper, who recently signed with ICM for representation, will portray the star whose career was launched with roles in Welles' classic Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. He starred in several Alfred Hitchcock films and memorably tangled with Welles in the 1949 thriller The Third Man
Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. adapted the screenplay from Robert Kaplow's 2003 novel, which follows a teen (Efron) who is cast in Welles' 1937 Broadway staging of Julius Caesar opposite Cotten. Principal photography has begun in the Isle of Man, London and New York.
Marc Samuelson, Anne Carli and Linklater are producing the film with financing from the Isle of Man Film Commission and Framestore Feature. Steve Christian, John Sloss and Steve Norris are executive producing, and Sloss' Cinetic Media is handling domestic sales. »
The pair will mix it up in the tale of a womanizer and the lover he scorns. Kutcher's Katalyst production company is producing.
Heche has had a career resurgence on ABC's Men in Trees. The series returned to the air Wednesday with 11 episodes in the can, giving Heche free time before the show likely resumes shooting in the summer.
With only a minor hiccup in the recasting, the Los Angeles-based production begins shooting with Heche immediately.
Katalyst's Jason Goldberg and Peter Morgan are producing, with Barbarian Films' Aaron Kaufman exec producing.
Spread is directed by David Mackenzie, who along with Kutcher is repped by Endeavor.
The script was written by Jason Dean Hall. »
The singing competition dipped slightly after last week's Nielsen spike, but otherwise ruled the night in usual fashion. Idol (27.4 million in the preliminary ratings, 10.4 adults 18 to 49 rating and 26 share) was followed with an original of Back to You (12.3 million, 4.4/11).
NBC (averaging 9.7 million, 2.6/7) was second for the night in the demo. ABC (6.6 million, 2.4/6) came in third, with Men in Trees (5.7 million, 1.7/5) making its time period premiere at 10 p.m. and coming in last place for the hour.
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