Samantha Who? (2007–2009)
ABC had offered to renew the amnesia comedy starring Christina Applegate if producing studio ABC Studios would cut $500,000 per episode from the show's budget for next season. (To do that, the series' producers were looking to add a third camera to its shoots, keeping the single-camera look but trimming its production schedule.)
But after running the numbers, the network brass also faced another problem -- with 10 new series picked up, four of them comedies, it had no good slots available and no ability to promote the return of "Who?"
With budget pressure, no guaranteed time slot and little chance for promotion, the network and the studio ultimately decided to pull the plug on the series.
Despite the cancellation of a string of ABC shows including Life on Mars, Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money, network chiefs are keeping faith with the comedy show. Back in October they commissioned an extension to the second season.
And Applegate is hopeful the cast will all return for season three. She tells AOL Television, "No, no. They're very hush-hush over there. Believe you me, I try to get it out of everybody as much as I possibly can. (Laughs) All I hear is just, 'Be positive.' Tough times - with the economy, even networks have suffered immensely, so you just never know what's gonna happen."
The California-born actress admits she has longed to return to theatre since her stint in the 2005 revival of Sweet Charity, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for best actress in a musical.
And while she's currently filming her U.S. TV comedy Samantha Who? in Los Angeles, Applegate insists returning to the Big Apple is among her many ambitions, because the city feels like a second home.
She says, "I've always felt so safe and good here. I felt like myself. I want to come back here and do some Broadway. I want to do small films, I want to continue with the show, I want to travel."
The former Law + Order actress will make a cameo in the comedy show, with the view to her character becoming a permanent fixture in future episodes.
Harmon will star as Gigi, the ex-wife of Samantha's current partner, played by Billy Zane, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The ABC Network is due to announce the air date for the new series in the coming days.
The picture's star, Meryl Streep, is competing for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She will go up against Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road).
Streep's Doubt co-stars Amy Adams and Viola Davis will both be battling it out for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award, against Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Kate Winslet (The Reader).
Philip Seymour Hoffman also received a nod for his performance in Doubt - he is nominated in the best supporting actor category. He will face competition from the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and British newcomer Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).
The stars competing for the Best Actor trophy include Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).
The nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 25 January.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn - Milk
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Melissa Leo - Frozen River
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Josh Brolin - Milk
Robert Downey, Jr. - Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams - Doubt
Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis - Doubt
Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Kate Winslet - The Reader
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-series:
Ralph Fiennes - Bernard And Doris
Paul Giamatti - John Adams
Kevin Spacey - Recount
Kiefer Sutherland - 24: Redemption
Tom Wilkinson - John Adams
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Laura Dern - Recount
Laura Linney - John Adams
Shirley MacLaine - Coco Chanel
Phylicia Rashad - A Raisin In The Sun
Susan Sarandon - Bernard And Doris
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Hugh Laurie - House
William Shatner - Boston Legal
James Spader - Boston Legal
Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Sally Field - Brothers + Sisters
Mariska Hargitay - Law + Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter - Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Steve Carell - The Office
David Duchovny - Californication
Jeremy Piven - Entourage
Tony Shalhoub - Monk
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Christina Applegate - Samantha Who?
America Ferrera - Ugly Betty
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds
Tracey Ullman - Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series:
Friday Night Lights
Screen Actors Guild's 45th Life Achievement Award
James Earl Jones.
The nomination is Howard's fifth, and the feelings are not old hat. "What I'm realizing is that I don't think you ever become blase about this kind of acknowledgment. It's the immediate recognition of the challenges that your most recent work presented; each time I make a film, anyone makes a film, it's a huge undertaking and two years of your life.
And Howard, used to making high-concept, big-budget, star-driven Hollywood movies, is also grasping with how much the awards season means to films that are opposite of that.
Not only does the show is picked as the candidate of Favorite TV Drama along with "House M.D." and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", the show's star Patrick Dempsey who portrays the famous Dr. McDreamy is put under the nomination of Favorite Male TV Star. Interestingly, he will battle it out with Hugh Laurie, the titular character of "House" in that category.
"Two and a Half Men" also got its share of spotlight after revealed as the contender of Favorite TV Comedy and its star Charlie Sheen is nominated for Favorite Male TV Star. Meanwhile, from the female realm,
Applegate underwent a double mastectomy in a bid to beat the disease following her diagnosis in July.
But she admits she kept her cancer secret from her co-stars.
She tells talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I told my make-up and hair people and people that are really close to me just so I had a protection wall so that no one was pushing me."
And the 36-year-old confesses she had been reluctant for a time to hug people "but now I'm good".
Applegate went back to work last week (beg15Sep08) after undergoing a double mastectomy in a bid to beat the disease following her diagnosis in July.
Smart embraced the actress before she took to the stage at Sunday's 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, where she was honoured in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Seizing the moment to hail the star, Smart said: "The answer to the question Samantha Who? is Christina Applegate - I love you. I adore her and she sets the tone for the most amazing, brilliant hilarious cast in the world."
Smart added backstage: "I've never seen an actress who's so beloved by her cast and crew. I feel very protective of her. But she's a very spiritual person and she got through (cancer)."
The series - starring creator Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan - won the Outstanding Comedy Series award, while TV series Mad Men claimed its own top honour for Outstanding Drama Series.
Fey and Baldwin each took home top honours of Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series for their roles on the show.
Fey took the stage, musing of her honours: "I thank my parents for somehow raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done. That is what all parents should do."
Historical series John Adams - executive produced by Tom Hanks - was the most-nominated show of the year, taking in five awards of its record 23 nods, including a win for Outstanding Miniseries.
Actress Glenn Close also claimed victory, picking up an honour for her lead role on dramatic series Damages.
Close paid tribute to actresses in her category: "We're proving that complicated, powerful, mature women are sexy and are high entertainment and can carry a show. I call us the sisterhood of the TV drama divas."
Best Reality-TV Competition program went to Amazing Race, the show's sixth award.
Elsewhere, the spectacular ceremony was marked by a performance from American singer/songwriter Josh Groban, joined briefly on stage by Ed McMahon during a musical salute to television history. Groban took to the stage, singing a medley of songs inspired by TV themes including songs from South Park and Gilligan's Island.
This year's show - opened by talk show queen Oprah Winfrey - was hosted by reality-tv stars American Idol's Ryan Seacrest, Project Runway's Heidi Klum, Dancing with the Stars' Tom Bergeron, Deal or No Deal's Howie Mandel and Survivor's Jeff Probst.
The full list of Emmy Award winners is as follows:
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeremy Piven - Entourage
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jean Smart - Samantha Who?
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Zeljko Ivanek - Damages
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Dianne Wiest - In Treatment
Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Louis J. Horvitz - 80th Annual Academy Awards
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: The Colbert Report
Commemorative Emmy for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety: Tommy Smothers - The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney - John Adams
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Tim Conway - 30 Rock
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Kathryn Joosten - Desperate Housewives
Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series: Barry Sonnenfeld - Pushing Daises - Pie-Lette
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Recount
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Tom Wilkinson - John Adams
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Series: Jay Roach - Recount
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Kirk Ellis - John Adams
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Eileen Atkins - Cranford (Masterpiece)
Outstanding Reality-tv Competition: The Amazing Race
Outstanding Miniseries: John Adams
Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Don Rickles - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Glynn Turman - In Treatment
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Cynthia Nixon - Law + Order: Special Victims Unit
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Greg Yaitanes - House
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Matthew Weiner - Mad Men - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Pilot)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Paul Giamatti - John Adams
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Glenn Close - Damages
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Outstanding Host for a Reality Competition Show: Jeff Probst - Survivor (Jma/Wn/)
Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock
Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men
The 36-year-old star had both breasts removed after being diagnosed with cancer in July.
And Applegate - who was given the all-clear following the operation - has returned to the set of comedy TV series Samantha Who?.
A spokesman for the star confirms to People.com that Applegate resumed filming on Monday and is still slated to present at the Primetime Emmy Awards on 21 September.
The 36-year-old star revealed on Tuesday she had both breasts removed after being diagnosed with cancer last month.
Applegate - who was given the all-clear following the operation - is now scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery over the next eight months.
A spokesperson for the star insists she will be "on a normal shooting schedule", adding that the procedure "is not affecting production".
The actress had already completed filming five episodes for the upcoming season of her hit comedy show before stopping for a summer break at the end of June.
An ABC spokesperson confirms: "They're on a scheduled hiatus and she'll be back next month. It's business as usual."
The 36-year-old star had both breasts removed following her diagnosis with the deadly illness last month - leaving her "clear" of any tumours.
After testing positive for the breast cancer gene, Applegate opted for the drastic surgery to significantly reduce the risk of the disease returning.
It also means she does not need radiation or chemotherapy treatment.
She tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "My decision - after looking at all the treatment plans that were possibilities for me - the only one that seemed the most logical, and the one that was going to work for me, was to have a bilateral mastectomy.
"So basically I had prophylactic, double mastectomies, people would say - three weeks ago.
"I didn't want to go back to the doctors every four months for testing, and squishing and everything, I just wanted to kind of be rid of this whole thing - for me. And so this was the choice that I made, and it was a tough one."
The Samantha Who? star is now scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair her breast tissue over the next eight months.
But Applegate, whose mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor, remains in good spirits - despite having to go back under the knife.
She jokes: "You know, I'm going to have cute boobs when I'm 90 so you know, there's that. I'm going to have the best boobs in the nursing home, I'm telling you. I'm going to be the envy of all the ladies around the bridge table."
The 36-year-old Anchorman star is expected to make a full recovery after being diagnosed with cancer during a regular MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, representative Ame Van Iden confirmed in a statement released to the media on Saturday.
The full statement reads: "Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. Benefiting from early detection through a doctor ordered Mri, the cancer is not life threatening.
"Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery. No further statement will be issued at this time."
It was announced last month the star would participate in the U.S. TV telethon Stand Up To Cancer on 5 September, joining Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johansson in raising money for cancer research.
Applegate is also set to compete in next month's Emmy Awards, after receiving a nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in hit TV show Samantha Who?
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