Book of Mormon Tickets: The Original Cast is Breaking Up

Not that long ago it appeared the Book of Mormon (the Broadway musical, not the religious reference) was set until at least the beginning of 2013. Talks of extended contracts were in the air even after the Tony Awards showered its principle actors and actresses with nominations and wins. Well, the time to see the original Book of Mormon cast is drawing to a close, meaning anyone wanting to see Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, and Nikki M. Jones share the stage needs to get their Book of Mormon tickets now.

Josh Gad will be departing the biggest stage in live entertainment for the small screen. He will be giving television another shot on 1600 Penn, an NBC sitcom destined for the 2012 fall slate. The comedy focuses on the travails of raising a family in the White House. Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman star as the president and first lady. Gad stars as Skip, the eldest son of the first family and the first screw up, as evident by the television clip provided by NBC.

Andrew Rannells will joining Gad with NBC, though with a different program. Rannells is starring in the New Normal, on half of a gay couple who has hired a woman to be a surrogate mother. The series is the latest from Ryan Murphy, television’s latest series whisperer. The show also stars Justin Bartha as Rannells’ character’s other half, Georgia King as the surrogate, Ellen Barkin as the surrogate’s racist, homophobic grandmother, and NeNe Leajes as the Rannells’ character’s assistant.

Nikki M. Jones will be gone, but just for the summer. She is taking a leave of absence to work on a movie musical. Lucky Stiff is a musical farce being adopted and set to star Jason alexander, Nikki, Dominic Marsh, and Jayne Houdyshell. Christopher Ashley, previously of the musical Memphis, is going to direct.

There are painfully few more chances to see this cast, so hurry and find your tickets to see the Book of Mormon before a new set of stars take over and make the roles their own.

The Bachelorette Gets Engaged

This has got to be the funnest couple ever…. Kevin and Jill Heinz had their entire wedding party literally dancing down the aisle to Chris Brown’s, “Forever”. It all started out as any other wedding and now the video that shows them dancing has been viewed by over 8 million people, and they only got married back in June. Out of nowhere the video has become this huge phenomenon when all the groom did was post the video online for their friends and family to see.  Then the morning shows both “GMA” and “The Today Show” got involved and this beautiful event turned ugly. Originally the wedding couple was flown to New York and put up in a fancy hotel by ABC so that they could appear on “Good Morning America”. ABC was excited for the couple to appear on the show until they heard they had also agreed to do a pre-taped interview for the “Today Show”, that would have appeared before the live segment on “GMA”. Oh the “GMA” people were not happy when they found out. In addition to that they also found out the NBC was flying the entire weeding party out to recreate the whole dance as we. ABC had the couple’s hotel and flights cancelled and figured they would let NBC pay for them instead. The groom was shocked how ABC handled the situation. He said, “We’ve been kicked out of our room. New York is cut throat. That’s what we have learned. Regardless of all the drama, the video is hysterical, check it out here.

A big break up to share…Kim Kardashian and boy friend, Reggie Bush of the New Orleans Saints, have called it after more than 2 years. A source says the reason for the break up is “just a case of conflicting schedules and their lives going in different directions.” That’s too bad. Just this past December she made this statement when discussing marriage with US magazine. “We are totally happy, and we have a great relationship and it’s definitely where things are heading. But hopefully it will be a surprise!” We may have lost one Jonas Brother to married life but another one is back on the market, girls. Joe Jonas has broken up with his girlfriend, actress Camilla Belle.  First Taylor Swift and now Camilla Belle, Joe has this to say in a song he sang in concert in Detroit this weekend…”Get a rep for breakin’ hearts, now I’m done with movie stars.” He changed the lines which had said “superstars.” Poor Joe, he needs an average Joe instead.

Kelly Clarkson is not happy about the release of her new single, “Already Gone” which she realizes sounds very similar to Beyonce’s song “Halo”.  Kelly insisted that once she realized it she fought to keep the song from being released but unfortunately it was too late and  the situation was out of her control.  In a Canadian interview over the weekend, Kelly says, “I fought and fought to stop it but in the end, they’re releasing it without my consent.”

An honest to goodness proposal on the season finale of “The Bachelorette”. Jillian chose Ed Swiderski from Chicago. Hopefully it is true love and these two will actually make it to the altar. Ed originally left the show on week 5 after feeling stress and pressure from work but then returned because he couldn’t stop thinking about Jillian. In another twist, Reid came back, after beings sent home the previous week. He came back claiming his love for Jillian and even got down on bended knee to propose. Still Jillian sent him home and claims her heart belongs to Ed. In Ed’s proposal he told Jillian, “I want to be with you forever. I want to have a family with you. I want you to give me a hard time when we’re 80 years old. Jillian will you marry me?” Awwww…..and Jillian said , “Absolutely!” I love a happy ending! 

Carrie Underwood Sings for Our Solidiers

Being a big “Jon Plus Kate Plus 8” fan (if you hadn’t noticed), I have to say I find it very difficult to see pictures and read stories that Jon is having a great time enjoying his new life with his new girlfriend. The couple just filed for divorce last month, and he has 8 children at home, so it feels a bit, for lack of a better word, icky. Here is the latest; Jon is vacationing in France on the French Riviera with his 22 year old girlfriend, Hailey Glassman. Jon is 32. There are pictures of the couple, holding hands, drinking champagne and looking quite cozy. I wonder what his kids are going to think years from now when they see these pictures of their dad. I understand Jon and Kate are getting a divorce and things didn’t work out between them but this seems a bit over the top so soon. Here is the irony about his new girlfriend, (did I mention she is just 22???) she is the daughter of the doctor who gave Kate her tummy tuck a few years back. Anyway it is hard to look at him as the devoted father when he is out in France with his new gal pal.

Production of the new fall TV series “Parenthood” based on the movie by the same name, which starred Steve Martin back in 1989, has had a setback. Maura Tierney, from ER, is one of the stars and she is having some medical issues that are not being shared at this time. She has had to take time off to deal with whatever her problems are. The series was supposed to premier the end of September but now will not make its debut until midseason. The previews that I have seen so far for the NBC show look funny. I hope Maura is back soon and that she is going to be ok. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are the executive producers, so with that team you know this show will be a good one.

Carrie Underwood, along with John Rich and Jake Owen will be performing for the troops in an August concert at Fort Campbell Kentucky. The concert will be for both the soldiers as well as their families and is being done to honor the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division. Underwood is only dong a handful of concerts this summer because she has been working hard getting her new album ready which she hopes will be out later this year.

I think in the coming months there is always going to be some Michael Jackson news to report, so here is latest which is actually coming from Michael’s big sister, LaToya. She is saying that she believes that Michael was “murdered” and that it was a conspiracy by the people who he was surrounded by. She feels that Michael was taken advantage of and that the people in his inner circle did everything they could to isolate Michael and to keep him away from his family. LaToya says, “It will all come out. You will be shocked.” She also shares that, “He had needle marks on his neck and on his arms and more will emerge in the next few weeks. I cannot discuss that any further as I may jeopardize the investigation.” LaToya is on a mission to find out who killed her brother by supplying him with the drugs. The other issue that has LaToya all wound up is Debbie Rowe and her wanting custody of the kids. She says this about Debbie Rowe. “These are not Debbie’s kids. They don’t even know she’s their mother. Like everyone else in his life, she was motivated by money. She has always said she’s not their mother. My understanding is that she will now go after the kids. I know a few things about Debbie, and I will prevent that from happening.” Good for you LaToya on all accounts!

Another Hollywood wedding took place this weekend. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan got married in Malibu at the same place famous couple Fergie and Josh Duhamel wed. Haylie Duff was in the wedding party along with Emmanuelle Chriqui from “Entourage”. Channing stars in the new G.I Joe movie coming out August 7th along with Dennis Quiad and Sienna Miller.

Twilight Heartthrob Hit by Taxi

It was a close call for “Twilight” heartthrob, Robert Pattison, who had a run in with a New York taxi while fleeing a mob of fans. Pattison has been in New York filming his latest movie “Remember Me” and since his arrival the fans have been going nuts following him everywhere. Luckily the 23 year old was not injured and walked away on his own. It seems that no matter where Pattison goes these days he is attracting a crowd and has even hired his own security guards in addition to the ones the production company has provided for him. His new movie “Remember Me” is a love story starring Emilie de Ravin from “Lost” and 007, Pierce Bronson.

Cher is finally speaking out on Chastity’s sex change. Cher says that although it has been difficult over the years coming to terms with Chaz’s sexuality, “I respect the courage it takes to go through this transition in the glare of public scrutiny and although I may not understand I will strive to be understanding. The one thing that will never change is my abiding love for my child.” I just have to say as difficult it must be for a parent to watch a child go through this, I truly applaud Cher and wish other parents who may not show that respect towards their children, can really learn from Cher and really hear what she is saying. Mary Bono (Sonny Bono’s widow) also is supportive of Chaz and the decision he is making. She says that” Chaz has always been a loving and important part of our family who has supported us through thick and thin. This is a very difficult decision that Chaz has fully vetted, and over the past decade, has discussed the matter thoroughly and consulted therapists and medical experts. As he moves forward, I will be there to support him and love him every step of the way.” Chaz is very lucky to have those two women in his corner.

Oh say it isn’t so…Heidi and Spencer Pratt and actually returning to “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” for the season finale on June 25th. What is up with those two? Are they just drawn to trouble? The last time they were on the show they had been banished to the “Lost Chamber” for their crazy behavior and then Heidi ended up in the hospital. Well at least the show is almost over. I am sure NBC is thrilled for them to return and are hoping they stir up a little trouble/publicity. And since I am talking about Heidi and Spencer I might as well talk about the Jon and Kate’s big news out today. It seems that”Jon and Kate have an announcement” that they will be sharing with the world on the next new episode, which airs Monday night on TLC. In the new promo for the big one hour special Kate says, “Recently we’ve made some life – changing decisions – decisions that will affect every member of our family, ones that we hope will bring each of us some peace.” My guess is either divorce or ending the show to let them attempt to get their lives back in order and not in front of millions of views each week. The show has quickly been losing viewers and I have to say I am one of those.  I have been tuning in and watching bits and pieces but honestly it is too painful to watch the reality of this couple in pain. I used to watch because although they had issues at least they were happy and there was some joking around, now it is just depressing to watch them. Of course I will be tuning in this Monday for the big announcement. Any other ideas of what it could be?

Two new books will be hitting the shelves soon. The first one is a tell all book which includes some not such nice words about a very nice guy, Will Smith. Janet Huber is the author and you might remember her from her stint as Aunt Viv on show “The Fresh Prince of Bel – Air”. Her new book is titled “Perfection Is Not a Sitcom Mom” and will be out in early 2010. She accuses Will of “sabotaging any actor who outshone him.” She also explains in detail about being fired from the show and how painful that was for her. Sounds like something I just will want to run out and read as soon as it hits the book stores – NOT!! Jennifer Love Hewitt, from the " Ghost Whisperer", is also working on a book and hers will be an advice book on dating called “How I Shot Cupid” and will also be out in early 2010. Hewitt is currently dating Jamie Kennedy and has dated a long list of Hollywood guys including, John Mayer, Carson Daly and Joey Lawrence. The book promises to not only be funny but will offer really good and practical dating tips.

Brett Michaels Hurt at the Tony Awards

The Tony Awards were last night and in addition to the excitement of the awards there was also unexpected excitement involving “Rock of Love Star” and Poison band mate, Brett Michaels. He was performing with the cast of “Rock of Ages”, when he missed his mark, and he was hit in the head while some scenery was being moved down from the ceiling area. At first it was thought the hit may have broken his nose but that was not the case. He did make a trip to the ER just to make sure he was fine and thankfully he was; now that was reality TV. It was a big night though for many of the great shows and plays. “Billy Elliot” came out on top as a true shining star winning 10 awards for the night which included, Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, plus Best Lighting Design of a Musical and a few other categories. “Hair” won Best Revival of a Musical and “God of Carnage” won Best Play.  Marcia Gay Harden won Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in “God of Carnage “and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush won Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for “Exit the King”. “Shrek the Musical” won for Best Costume Design of a Musical. The amazing Angela Lansbury, who is 83 years old, won a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for “Blithe Spirit”. This was her 5th Tony Award. It was a fun show with some great musical performances and host Neil Patrick Harris from the show “How I Met Your Mother” did a fine job.

There was some frightening news for the sister of Lisa Ling and her friend who were arrested in N. Korea back in March for illegally crossing the border. The two women, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years hard labor “for the grave crime they committed against the Korean nation.” The US government is working hard to get these 2 woman released but with the very poor relations we have with N. Korea it is very difficult. The families are gravely worried, Euna has a 4 year old daughter and husband in the states and Laura may be suffering from an ulcer that has most likely worsened since these events have occurred.
Exciting news for “American Idol” winner Kris Allen – the 23 year old has signed a record deal with Jive records and you can plan to pick that up sometime this fall. Kris currently has his Idol winning song “No Boundaries” at #23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles. Not bad Kris! The American Idol summer tour starts in Portland on July 15th and Kris will be there.

NBC is not happy about the allegations that they tortured contestants from the show I’m A Celebrity Get Me out of Here”. Yes, I am referring yet again to Heidi and Spencer who have plans to sue NBC for all that they have been put through. ITV studio, which produces the show, had this to say about the torture allegations, “ITV has been producing this format around the world for many years and the health of the celeb participants are of the utmost importance. A medic and a doctor are present at the location at all times for all participants. All allegations of the celebrities being deprived of food and water are completely untrue”.  Come on people, of course they are untrue. Although perhaps what Speidi maybe have deserved for all their crazy antics…it’s NBC, they would never do anything so inhumane, even for rating. Where does this stuff come from? Crazy, but all the hoopla does make me want to tune in tonight for a good laugh. Forget reality TV I think this one has turned into a good old fashion comedy!    

Heidi Montag in Hospital

More Speidi drama ensued this weekend. “The Hills” star, Heidi Montag, is in a Costa Rican hospital. After her and husband Spencer Pratt spent some time alone in the Lost Chamber as punishment for their “behavior” upon quitting and returning to the NBC show “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”, Heidi got sick. Sources are saying that after only receiving rice, beans and water that Heidi started vomiting and has been “diagnosed with a gastric ulcer.” Spencer is currently by her side in the hospital and her family is en route to be with her in Costa Rica. Her sister in law is speaking out and is very upset with NBC and the treatment of Heidi and Spencer. On Twitter Stephanie Pratt says, “I’m really saddened to hear that NBC felt it was OK to punish Speidi so harshly – torture them as if there were criminals – that Heidi was rushed to the hospital and has an IV in her arm after being locked in a dark room for 3 days with no food or water. [Please] pray she will be OK.” I cannot say for sure but 3 days with no food or water – I am thinking she is exaggerating a bit. Most reports say it was just overnight. So does this mean the pair really won’t be back on the show this time??

Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston are both in the news this weekend but for completely different reasons. First off, Bobby Brown is celebrating the birth of his new baby boy, Cassius with his girlfriend Alicia Etheridge. This is Brown’s 5th child. He had one daughter with Whitney Houston and the others with a different woman.  Whitney has news of her own. After a 6 year hiatus she is going to be making her comeback with a new album set to be released on September 1. Collaborating with Whitney on the album are R.Kelly, David Foster, Swiss Beatz as well as Akon. Good luck Whitney. You were one of my favs in the old days!

Exciting news for two Olympic medalists, both Sarah Hughes and Michelle Kwan are graduating from college.  Kwan earned her degree from the University of Denver with a Bachelors in International Studies. Kwan is planning a possible skating comeback and might try to compete at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver if she can earn herself a spot on the team.  Hughes graduated from Yale University getting her Bachelor’s in American Studies with the focus on U.S. politics. Hughes does plan to return to the rink and do some skating exhibitions and shows. She would also like to go to law school as well as write a motivational book. She also devotes time to charity work as well.

The Obama’s were in France this weekend to commemorate D-Day which was 65 years ago.  In addition to attending the ceremonies, the Obama’s did a bit of sightseeing, as well had dinner with friends at a French bistro. The Obama’s spent time with the French President and his wife and even celebrated Sasha’s birthday over the weekend. She turned 8 years old.

They’re Back…Heidi and Spencer Want Back on the NBC Reality Show

Summer time fun has begun and the top twenty concert tours have been released based on top grosses per city here in the states. There are really no surprises especially with some of the big names touring this summer. Find your favorite and check them out this summer because more than likely they will be coming to your city. I will just rank them real quick for you to give you an idea.

1. Elton John and Billy Joel   6.Fleetwood Mac      11. Neil Young          16.Yanni Voices
2. Britney Spears                    7.Kenny Chesney     12.Lil’ Wayne             17.Celtic Woman  
3. Eagles                                  8.Nickelback              13.Motley Crue          18.Slipknot
4. Bruce Springsteen             9. Leonard Cohen     14. Jeff Dunham       19.New Kids
5. The Greatful Dead             10. Il Divo                     15.Kings of Leon       20.James Taylor

Here are just some gossip tidbits I wanted to share. First are you ready for this, the adorable little girl, Rubina Ali, from “Slumdog Millionaire” is writing her memoir. She is only 9 and luckily the book will not be about her rise to fame but rather her life growing up in Mumbai. If her reality is anything similar to the movie, I am sure it will be heart wrenching and gripping.  The book, “Slumdog Dreaming” is actually due out July 16. Something you will not want to miss Monday night…Heidi and Spencer Pratt return to the NBC reality show, “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”. After quitting 3 times and for some reason then wanting to return to the jungle, the two must spend the night in the “Lost Chamber” while the cast decides whether to vote them back in or out. I am sure NBC is praying to let them in. The ratings have never been so high with this crazy pair and their antics. They do seem perfect for each other. Do they not know that they are a spectacle… even Matt Lauer from the “Today Show” was making wise cracks about them during an interview with an NBC guy in regards to the show.  Only moments into the chamber, Spencer starts crying for a medic saying he dislocated his thumb. The medic says basically can you move it? Spencer says yes and the medic tells him to get over it he is fine.  They are a couple of babies and to watch them you just do not want to believe they are really like they are and then you also can not watch them to long without wanting to rip your own eyeballs out. Like I said you won’t want to miss Monday’s episode or maybe actually you do. Congratulations to Lance Armstrong and his girlfriend, who welcomed a new baby boy into the world, Max Armstrong, who weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces and 20 inches long. 

How bizarre are all the conflicting stories on the shocking death of actor David Carradine? So first the police suspected suicide, but Carradine’s people are insisting that is not the case. He was in Thailand filming the movie “Stretch” and had 3 more movies scheduled for when he returned. His people say, “He was too full of life” to kill himself.  Originally it looked like he hanged himself but the police do admit  that is looks suspicious. Right now the case is under investigation and at this point the police just do not know yet what happened.

Heid and Spencer Pratt Calling it Quits???

Season 6 of the hit HBO show “Entourage” returns on July 12th and has some big guest stars. “High School Musical” hottie Zac Efron joined the show and actually shot some scenes at the Niketown store in Beverly Hills today. None of the other cast members were there but a Niketown employee said Efron shot a scene talking on a cell phone and that he was really nice. Also joining Jeremy Piven and Adrian Grenier this season will be Tom Brady, LeBron James and Lil Wayne and they will all appear as themselves. I don’t know about you but I am ready for some good summer shows to start back up!!

Madonna is out and Kate Hudson is in when it comes to officially dating Alex Rodriguez (A Rod) from the New York Yankees. It seems that Kate and son Ryder followed A- Rod on the road to Dallas during a three game series against the Texas Rangers. A source says they stayed at the same hotel and even worked out together. It seems like love is in the air, now we will just see how long it lasts. Wonder how Chris Robinson, Kate’s ex and Black Crowes band member feels about baseball.

I finally got to see a monologue by Conan O’Brien and I am happy to say it was for his first “Tonight Show” gig. He was finally early enough for me to see him and I have to say he was funny. It was odd to not see Jay behind the desk but I think he did a fine job for his first night. The sketches were funny and he did a good job with guest Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam. I must admit though that my heart still belongs to Letterman. He is just my favorite and his show was funny as always. David Letterman had on Bill Cosby and his mom, who said, “Well Dave, I see you didn’t get the Tonight Show again.” You have to admit…pretty funny. I wish Conan luck in his new beautiful studio and everyone will just settle into to their favorite host or who has the best guest on that night.

The word of the day for Mr. and Mrs. Pratt is – WIMPS!!! It seems the duo cannot decide if they really really want to quit the NBC reality show, “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” or if they want to stay. Now I am not saying I could do it but I would NEVER sign up for that. What were they expecting….easy living since they are “celebrities” – it’s the JUNGLE? So quit your whining guys. Literally the first night, Monday, during the premiere they threatened to quit twice and did and then unquit and came back to Tuesday nights show. At the moment it seems like they quit but honestly I am not really sure. We will just have to wait and see. Here is a quote from Mr. Super celebrity Spencer Pratt himself…”Super- celebrities don’t belong in the jungle. They belong in Hollywood with the paparazzi.” That makes you really like the guy right?? That statement is so irritating for so many reasons… the first being that he thinks him and wifey Heidi Montag are super celebrities!!! Anyway more power to the nine celebrities’ toughing it out in the Costa Rican jungle for charity. Lou Diamond Phillips, Stephen Baldwin and Janice Dickerson are sticking around – for now anyway. Bye bye Heidi and Spencer…hurry back to “The Hills” while you still can.   

Caly Aiken Apologizes to Adam Lambert

Remember Mary Kay Letourneau (the teacher convicted of raping her 12 year old student and went to jail for 7 ½ years for the crime)? Well it really was true love, although it started out as a very disturbing story. Letourneau is now 47 (hard to believe) and her husband/student of 5 years, Vilii Fualaa, 26 are still together and happy. It is a crazy story but I have to admit I am happy for them. She did her time in prison, he waited, they have a couple of kids and through all this there are still together. The two are in the news this weekend because Mary Kay emceed the “Hot Teacher Night”,event and Vili was the DJ at the Fuel Sports Eats & Beats Bar, in Seattle.

I know this will not come as any big shocker, but Amy Winehouse has pulled out of yet another performance. This time she was supposed to perform at the 50th Birthday celebration of her record label Island on May 31st in London.  Her rep says she is not performing due to health problems. Refunds for the tickets are available. If you remember it was just 2 weeks ago that she had difficulty performing at a show in the Caribbean, not knowing the words, and just making a big mess of her whole performance. IT is just quite a sad story, such a talented, young woman who is just one hot mess! Pull yourself together Amy before it is just too late.

If you are a fan of the TV show “My Name is Earl”, staring, Jason Lee, this is your chance to help save it from cancellation. After 4 years on NBC the cast was notified of the decision to cancel the show. The cast admits not only were they upset by the decision but also caught by surprise. Well now they want to fight for their show but need the help of their fans. Although the NBC decision is final the show is trying to get FOX to pick it up but they need to let FOX know that the fans are there and will watch the show, so what better way to make your voice heard these days then through Twitter. You can go to the online petition @EarlTwition or even write to FOX and let them know why you like the show. Currently the online poll has 9,110 followers. NBC also cancelled the show “Medium” with Patricia Arquette after 5 seasons but CBS quickly picked that one up and it will air on Friday nights. So who knows what will happen with Earl, but you have to make your voice heard.

Clay Aiken, former “American Idol” runner up, really had people up in arms this week about a comment he made on his blog. After listening to Lambert sing “Ring of Fire” Aiken wrote… I” thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful and slightly frightening! I wasn’t really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me they liked him”. Now Aiken is making nice and apologizing for his words to Lambert. In his latest statement he is saying “I obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard. Any performer hopes that their music will appeal to all people, but no singer realistically expects it.  My opinion is just that, only my opinion, but for as much as some of the blogger’s seem to dislike me and care so little about my thoughts, they sure can waste a lot of their space on what I say.” Aiken does go on to say “The only person I would really dream of apologizing to is Adam. And the irony is, if he’s smart he couldn’t give a crap what I think. I do apologize to Adam for my colorful and negative choice of words. I hope he can forgive me. I imagine he doesn’t give a damn.” It keeps trying to sound like an apology but then not so sure. Anyway it is crazy how the bloggers wrap themselves up in something and won’t let it go. I think it is time though.  

New Fall TV Lineups Announced

 The fall TV schedules are starting to surface and there are some old favorites that will be missing plus several many shows with some of your old favorite celebrities resurfacing. Over at ABC, Christina Applegate and her show “Samantha Who” will not be returning, along with “According to Jim”, “The Unusuals” and big surprise “Cupid”. Coming back to TV are Kelsey Grammar, new mom Rebecca Romijn, Patricia Heaton, and one of my favorites, Courtney Cox. ABC tops the new show charts with 11 new shows, 4 of which are comedies and 6 will be dramas and only 1 will be a reality show from by Mark Burnett. The show is called “Shark Tank” and will have people trying to get millionaires to choose their ideas to fund. Cox will be playing a cougar in her new comedy “Cougar Town”, where she will be back in the dating world as a single mother. Patricia Heaton will also be in a comedy called “The Middle” where she will be living in Indiana as an average middle class family…I can feel the laughs already. “Eastwick” is one of the new dramas starring Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jamie Ray Newman who are women with unique powers that are brought together by a man who helps them realize those powers. And remember, “V” the miniseries back from the 80’s (I do), this is being remade and updated. “V” stands for visitors so it will be sci-fi and stars Elizabeth Mitchell from “Lost” who should feel right at home in that series.

 CBS will be staring the new season with 4 dramas, 1 new comedy and thankfully just 1 new reality show. Some favorite celebrities joining CBS will be Julianne Margulies, LL Cool J, Chris O’Donnell, and Jenna Elfman (remember her from “Dharma and Greg”?). Margulies will be staring in “The Good Wife” where she plays a wife of a politician who also works as a defense attorney. “Three Rivers” will be CBS’s medical drama which will focus on organ transplants and “Miami Trauma” their other medical show which follows trauma surgeons working in you guessed it Miami. Chris O’Donnell and LL cool J will be teamed together in an “NCIS” spin off and Jenna Elfman will star in the comedy “Accidentally on Purpose” where her one night stand with a man much younger then herself, gets her pregnant.

 NBC will add 4 new dramas to their lineup with two of those being medical related. They will be trying to hold on to their ER audience that is for sure. They are bringing back Peter Berg, Michelle Trachtenberg, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson (remember him from “Coach” – that seems like ages ago),Dax  Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter. Plus one of my favorites from the E! Network, Joel McHale, from “The Soup”, will be testing his acting abilities in none other than a comedy of course called “Community” which is about a group of college misfits. McHale will star along with Chevy Chase. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will be teaming up for their new show “Parenthood”, based on the movie “Parenthood. It will be about parenting and hopefully with these two funny guys at the helm this show will be hilarious. “Trauma” one of the medical shows will follow a group of paramedics in San Francisco while “Mercy” will be hospital based but the difference with this hospital show is that it will be through the eyes of the nurses. And then of course Jay Leno will be taking up a big chunk of prime time programming with his new talk show time slot every night at 10:00 (ET/PT). Shows that were renewed were “30 Rock”, “The Office”, “Celebrity Apprentice”, Law and Order: Special Victims Units “, “Friday Night Lights”, “Medium”, “Heroes” along with the new comers “Parks and Recreation”, and “Southland”. Bummer I guess “Lipstick Jungle” really isn’t coming back. I am still bitter about that one.

Fox is adding 3 new shows. One is actually an animated show from the producers of “Family Guy” which is called “”The Cleveland Show”. Another new once is called “Glee” and “Brothers” about an NFL player who returns home to his family only to realize how much he has changed while he has been away. That will star Michael Strahan who used to play for the Giants. Fox will also have a few news shows come mid season, called “Son of Tucson” and “Human Target”. And new mom, Wanda Sykes will have her own one hour comedy show on Saturday nights, so that should be a funny one. “So You Think You Can Dance” received good news when it found out that it was moving off the summer schedule and being bumped up to the prime time fall schedule. Although “Terminator” will not be back, “Dollhouse”, “Bones”, “Cops”, “Family Guy”, “America’s Most Wanted”, “Kitchen Nightmares”, ”Hell’s Kitchen””Lie TO Me”, ”Til Death”, “The Simpsons” “American Idol”,  “Fringe”, and  “24” will all be back.
Those are just some of the highlights you can expect to look forward to after a long showless summer season.