10 items from 2010
When '90s sitcom stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence teamed up for the ABC Family movie My Fake Fiance, they never expected that fans would fall so in love with the duo that it would prompt the network to create a series just for them. Why are the stars of Melissa & Joey so popular? "We've got nostalgia behind us. We've each had two successful series and the audience, more so than Hollywood, likes to see a reincarnation," Hart tells TVGuide.com.
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- Robyn Ross
Joey Lawrence Talks Melissa & JoeyJoey Lawrence blossomed into a star on the hit series Blossom and now the 34-year-old actor is starring in the new ABC Family series Melissa & Joey with Melissa Joan Hart, which currently airs on Tuesday nights at 8 Pm Et. Joey Lawrence recently held a conference call to discuss the series and you can read what he had to say below:
You and Melissa have known each other for quite some time. How do you guys maintain chemistry onscreen? You're friends in real life, but you have to have a bit of spark onscreen, too.
Joey Lawrence: Right. Well, you know that's why we get paid the big bucks there. [Laughs] It's just all part of the job when you have to play certain characters. There are areas that you have to tap into and you've got to pull from personal things in your life and try »
The former Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star returns with an all-new ABC Family series
Melissa Joan Hart was thrust into the national spotlight with her hit 1990s series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She returns to the small screen with the brand new ABC Family series Melissa & Joey, which she stars in alongside Joey Lawrence, with new episodes airing on Tuesday nights at 8 Pm Et. Melissa Joan Hart recently held a conference call to discuss the new series and here's what she had to say:
You and Joey have been friends for quite some time and you appeared onscreen before. How do you guys continue to maintain the chemistry between each other?
Melissa Joan Hart:Joey and I have a great relationship. We've known each other, like you said, for a really long time and we grew up in a very similar sort of environment, working since we were four years old, »
If you caught either episode of Melissa & Joey last night, you may have thought that ABC Family was running reruns of failed sitcoms during it’s 8 o’clock hour. Melissa & Joey is by no means offensive, and I wouldn’t even call it awful — it’s fine to have on in the background, or on mute — but it’s not good, and is a really strange programming choice for a cable network in 2010. Aside from a few stray jokes about texting and a brief shot of what looked like a Twitter account, it’s easy to think this show was made 10 years ago, »
- Emily Exton
It centers around a city councilwoman named Mel Burke (Melissa Joan Hart), who becomes the legal guardian of her teenage niece and nephew in the wake of her sister and brother-in-law going to jail for white collar crimes.
Joe Longo (Joey Lawrence) is one of the victims of said crimes. He loses his job, condo and car and instead ends up as Mel's nanny. Wacky hijinks ensue. Or at least that's what the laugh track would have us think.
The main points of our amusement in the first episode come in the form of Mel's interactions with her colleague Rhonda (Elizabeth Ho) -- they have a dueling phone conversations scene that is particularly delightful -- but overall the laughs are few and far between.
What the show is lacking is a sexual tension between the leads, »
Following the success of ABC Family‘s original movie My Fake Fiance (nope, totally serious), the dripping with nostalgic cuteness couple of Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence are back together for a new series. Melissa & Joey finds the pair, after a rather weak excuse for coming together, in a Who’s the Boss? arrangement, complete with more or less appropriately-aged kids, except that they aren’t Melissa’s… or Joey’s.
I’ll let you check out the official synopsis.
In the new ABC Family original comedy series, “Melissa & Joey,” Melissa Joan Hart portrays Mel, the grown-up former wild child of a political family who is now a local politician herself. When her sister ends up in prison and brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits, Mel must take responsibility for her teenaged niece Lennox and adolescent nephew Ryder.
Spread too thin to manage by herself, help comes in the »
- Marc Eastman
Hollywoodnews.com:Joey Lawrence reports that with a nine-week-old and a four-year-old at home, “I’m lucky if I get four hours of sleep a night” – but he’s not complaining. “Life is great, man,” he wants us to know.
Joey and wife Chandie went through a harrowing experience with their baby daughter Liberty Grace – “Libby” – who had to be delivered prematurely and kept in intensive care for five days due to complications with Chandie’s Rh disease, a blood condition of which they were unaware until she was already pregnant.
Now he’s happy to have moved on to the normal stresses of parenthood, as Libby and big sister Charli are just fine. “It’s weird being a dad. It’s really amazing. It feels like an out-of-body experience at times,” the one-time teen heartthrob says with a smile.
Joey is also »
- Beck / Smith
This week sees the release of several new movies and TV shows, some for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Of the ones coming out this week, we’re excited for a few of them in particular.
These esteemed examples of entertainment include Crazy Heart, Batman, Batman Returns, Fist of Legend, the first season of Merlin, the DVD release of the classic Battleship Potemkin and an obscure direct t0 dvd movie called Crimes of Fashion featuring Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco and Megan Fox. And, of course, the non-3D Blu-ray release of Avatar hits stores this Thursday (pictured above with Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana).
- Joe Gillis
The two stars share much in common, apart from the fact they both starred in TV hits - they competed on Dancing with the Stars and appeared as a TV couple in record-breaking 2009 television movie My Fake Fiance.
The new sitcom, which revolves around a woman (Hart) who hires a male nanny (Lawrence) to help her take care of her incarcerated sister's kids, was written for the pair. »
ABC Family continued its series pickup streak this week with a 10-episode order to comedy pilot "Melissa & Joey."
The multicamera "Melissa & Joey," starring and executive produced by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, centers on a political dynasty wild child-turned-politician (Hart) who takes in her teenage niece and pre-adolescent nephew when her sister goes to prison and her brother-in-law flees. She turns for help to a guy (Lawrence), who, desperate for a job, moves in and becomes the family's "manny."
"Melissa & Joey" was one of two comedy pilots ordered by ABC Family last fall. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
10 items from 2010