Don Knotts Dead

February 26, 2006

“Andy Griffith says he remembers Don Knotts as a man with a brilliant comedic mind.”

“Knotts, best known as Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show,” died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 81.”

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Prediction: Little known “Freddie” is the next “Friends”

February 23, 2006

Unable to listen to another bad male singer on American Idol, I was flicking around and stumbled on “Freddie” (Wed, 8:30, ABC).

This surprisingly cute relationship-y show has been quietly running for 14 episodes. It’s charming and fun — in short, everything “Joey” should have been.

Charismatic Freddie Prince Junior is surrounded by hotties including Madchen Amick (“Twin Peaks”, and a short recurring role on “Joey”). 90210-er Brian Austin Green is the frat-boy friend.

Funny, light, and refreshing — I’m making a bold prediction that this quiet little sitcom is the next “Friends”. You heard it here first.

EW: Hanging with Steve Carell and his “Office” mates

February 19, 2006

Behold the art of The Office, perfecting workaday moments so hilariously and relatably awkward that it makes viewers both laugh and cringe.”

“NBC’s The Office has emerged as one of the struggling network’s great comedy hopes.”

Nick Lachey request spousal support from Jessica Simpson

February 19, 2006

Nick Lachey filed papers in L.A. Superior Court on Friday requesting spousal support from soon-to-be ex-wife Jessica Simpson, PEOPLE has learned. In her Dec. 16 divorce filing, Simpson, 25, had petitioned that Lachey, 32, not receive alimony. ”

“In a Feb. 7 radio interview with Ryan Seacrest, Lachey said, “The hardest part of this breakup is the media coverage.” Sorry, Nick — this is too entertaining to ignore. 😉

Alec Baldwin may be cast in Tina Fey’s “SNL” project

February 19, 2006

“Baldwin, an Oscar and four-time Emmy nominee, is in the final stages of negotiations to join [Tina] Fey in the untitled pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project is a comedy that goes behind the scenes of a sketch-comedy show not unlike “SNL.”

“Should the show make it onto NBC’s schedule, it would be Baldwin’s first series-regular role since he played Joshua Rush on “Knots Landing” in the mid-1980s.”

Galactica season finale extended to 90 minutes

February 17, 2006

“The end of “Battlestar Galactica’s” second season will come a little later than expected.”

“A half-hour later, to be exact. The Sci Fi Channel series will extend its season finale to 90 minutes — although the network says that still won’t be enough time to resolve the show’s myriad plot threads.”

Preview Sketches of Ricky Gervais (The Office) on The Simpsons

February 17, 2006

These are the first glimpses of how Ricky will look in the forthcoming episode of The Simpsons entitled ‘Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife’, written by Ricky himself.”

“These images are from the storyboard that is used by the animators to guide the making of the finished show. Obviously, they’re not the finished drawings.”

“Joey” returns, NBC extends “The Office” season

February 16, 2006

“NBC has decided to keep “The Office” open for a while longer this season, extending the show’s run into May.”

“Joey” is also returning to the network’s schedule, where it gets the unenviable task of airing opposite “American Idol.”

Sutherland insists Jack Bauer should die

February 15, 2006

“Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the lead Jack Bauer in 24, has said that he thinks the character should die.”

“The show has achieved massive success since its launch in 2001, but Sutherland says that he is more than willing to kill his character off if it would mean a good ending to the show.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets primo CBS time-slot

February 15, 2006

“The New Adventures of Old Christine,” which stars Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Seinfeld”) as the title character, a single mother with a lot on her plate, will premiere at 9:30 p.m. ET Monday, March 13.”

New French “The Office” — “Le Bureau”

February 10, 2006

The first foreign-language version of The Office has been made in French as Le Bureau.

“Ricky Gervais’ award-winning show will move from Slough to Villepinte – a well-known business park north of Paris.

Gervais office-manager character is renamed Gilles Triquet and will be played by well-known French face Francois Berleand. As in the original, the rest of the cast are unknowns.

Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s original script has been translated for the remake.”

George Clooney planning “Ocean’s Eleven” TV series

February 10, 2006

George Clooney is planning to make a television series based on the Ocean’s Eleven franchise.

The actor-director, who plays Danny Ocean in the films, is currently working on Ocean’s Thirteen.

“It’s a basic idea that would make a great 13-episode TV show,” he told Hollywood.com. “I don’t plan to appear though, but I will be the show’s producer.”

CBS “cancels” Love Monkey

February 10, 2006

“After just three episodes, none of which brought very strong ratings, “Love Monkey” has been pulled from the schedule. CBS is officially saying the dramedy is “on hiatus,” but the network currently has no plans for its return.”

The Jeffersons’ “Tom Willis” Dies

February 10, 2006

Franklin Cover, who became a familiar face as George and Louise Jefferson’s white neighbor in the long-running TV sitcom “The Jeffersons,” has died, his publicist said Thursday. He was 77.”

Andrea “Alex” Anders leaves “Joey” for CBS

February 9, 2006

“Joey’s” lovely and likeable Andrea Anders has jumped ship. She joins “The Class”, a new CBS comedy, for Fall 2006.

Is the official death of “Joey” far behind?