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The exiting Brothers & Sisters actor joins the NBC comedy next month as one of two state employees (the other being Party Down‘s Adam Scott) brought in to fix Pawnee’s budgetary crisis. Executive producer Michael Schur likens it to “an action movie where the FBI shows up and the local cops say, ‘This is our jurisdiction! And the FBI says, ‘Not anymore!’” But Lowe’s character, Chris Traeger, wins everyone over with his “very optimistic, positive, forward-thinking” attitude, explains Schur, who hints that he “very quickly falls into a romantic entanglement” with one of the locals. “I don’t want to spoil who it is because it’s kind of a surprise.”
season 6 finale airs in less than a month, so what better time to get executive producer Katie Jacobs on the horn for a quick status report on Huddy, Luddy, and all things in between? That was meant as a rhetorical question but I’ll go ahead and answer it anyway: There is no better time, silly! READ FULL STORYHouse‘s
Question: Will Grey’s Anatomy address Izzie’s whereabouts at all? Or are they just going to pretend she never existed now that Katherine Heigl isn’t returning? —Mickey
Ausiello: They’re definitely not going to pretend she never existed. In fact, I’m told the Izzie issue will be addressed during May sweeps. For her part, Katherine Heigl thinks her Jan. 21 farewell — while not originally intended to be her last episode — oddly works as a bookend to Izzie’s story. “Even though there’s a part of me that would like to go back and do the quick Izzie farewell,” she says, “I also think that my last scene — where Meredith says to Izzie, ‘Don’t go, we’re your family,’ and Izzie’s response was, ‘No you’re not, you’re just a bunch of people I worked with, and I can find that anywhere’ — was kind of tragic and appropriate all at the same time. When I was playing the scene I was really trying to convey that, for Izzie, that was a lie that she had to tell herself to have the courage to move on.”
Question: I’m on my hands and knees begging for some True Blood news! —Nick
Ausiello: The show is currently shooting episode 6, penned by executive producer Alan Ball. And guess what? It contains what Ball describes as an “intense” Sookie/Eric moment. “Let’s put it this way,” he adds, “I think people will have strong feelings about it.” In possibly related news, Ball told TV Guide that “Sookie is sexually drawn to [Eric] because she’s had his blood. But there is another reason he’s drawn to her, one that will be revealed this season.” READ FULL STORY
CBS announced today that Julianne Moore will return to As the World Turns on April 5. The news was first reported by EW.com. Moore’s appearance will be a walk-on; she’ll greet her character’s parents and wish them well.
The Oscar-nominated actress got her start on ATWT in 1985 by playing half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes – a depiction that earned her a Daytime Emmy in 1988, the year she left the show. ATWT will end its 54-year-run in September. Here’s a sneak peek of her reunion: READ FULL STORY
Carrie Fisher and Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Cheryl Hines have joined the cast of the ABC pilot Wright vs. Wrong, sources confirm. Written by MadTV alum Stephnie Weir, the project stars Debra Messing as a right-wing political pundit. Hines plays her liberal rival and Fisher her manager.
NBC’s not ready to say goodbye to the daytime soap genre just yet. The network just announced today that it picked up Days of our Lives for its 45th season, which will keep the sudser on the network through the 2010-11 television season. The show is averaging 3.3 million viewers — up 10 percent over last season — and is tied for second place among women 18-49 and women 18-34. Says Bruce Evans, the network’s senior vice president of drama programming, “The producers, cast and crew have worked tirelessly to make Days the ratings success it is today. Today’s renewal is a true testament to all of their hard work. We could not be more delighted for them and for the multiple generations of fiercely loyal Days of our Lives fans.”
Days will celebrate its 45th anniversary on Nov. 8.
Word of the pickup on Days couldn’t have come at a better time for the ailing soap opera genre, which is preparing for the departure of As the World Turns in September. With more fans abandoning the day part (total viewer averages for soaps on the Big Three have dropped 20 percent since 1999), the networks have been in cost-cutting mode lately, with many of the daytime actors having to take hefty pay cuts. Even Days now operates under a lean $1 million-per-week budget after dropping pricey stars like Deidre Hall.
But there can be an upside to making soaps leaner and meaner. NBC co-chairman Marc Graboff told EW in January that “when you force budget cuts, you force creative decisions that are good for the show.”
Ashley Tisdale has finally graduated from high school! The CW confirmed today that the High School Musical alum is joining the cast of Hellcats, a dramedy in the works for fall from executive producers Kevin Murphy and Tom Welling. (Yep, that Tom Welling from Smallville.) Think Bring it On — the ensemble drama focuses on the world of competitive college cheerleading.
Hellcats is one six dramas the CW is developing for its fall lineup. The others include Betwixt (a thriller based on the novel of the same name), Nikita (an update of La Femme Nikita), Nomads (young backpackers earn money overseas by working for the CIA), an untitled project from Amy Holden Jones (about Harvard Medical School students), and an untitled project that takes place in Wyoming (a sudser about a family living on a horse farm).
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