How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

14 Series See New Seasons
Sunday, March 25, 2007 1:47 PM | By Errol Lewis

( — The ABC Television Network seems to have faith in its current crop of television shows as it becomes the first network to renew the majority of its series for the 2007-08 television season.

On Wednesday, ABC announced that it has ordered second seasons for critical darlings “Brothers & Sisters,” “MEN IN TREES” and “Ugly Betty,” along with returning shows “The Bachelor,” Boston Legal,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Lost.” They join the already renewed “America’s Funniest Home Video’s,” “Supernanny” and “Wife Swap.”

“We have had a strong year, with two of the season’s breakout hits, ‘Ugly Betty’ and ‘Brothers & Sisters,’ and the solid performance of ‘MEN IN TREES,’” said Stephen McPherson, President, ABC Entertainment during the networks March Development Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. “We are pleased that viewers have invested in these new favorites along with our returning series. These shows provide us with a substantial foundation to make 07-08 our best schedule yet.”

In addition to its returning series, ABC is developing 29 potential series for next season. The 13 drama potentials include such shows as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” the television spin-off of the popular 2005 film starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off starring Kate Walsh’s character, Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, who decides to move to Santa Monica, CA to work at the prestigious Oceanside Wellness Group.

Of the 16 comedy hopefuls, the “Untitled Sachs & Judah Project” starring Scott Wolf, “The News” starring Jay Harrington and “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” starring Jane Curtain, are among some of the more highly anticipated new comedies vying for a spot on ABC.

The ABC Television Network will announce its 2007-08 Fall Schedule to Advertisers and members of the press at Lincoln Center in New York City in May.

Pictured: Calista Flockhart courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABC

  • Brothers & Sisters
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Ugly Betty
  • Desperate Housewives
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  • Wife Swap
  • Supernanny
  • The Bachelor
  • Boston Legal
  • Lost

    By Venus Stone-Cutter

    ( — Teen actor, Chace Crawford, signs on with the CW network to co-star in the upcoming teen drama, “Gossip Girls.”

    Natalia Livingston

    The CW network has found it’s leading male for their upcoming teen drama, “Gossip Girls.” Chace Crawford, (“The Covenant”) will star along side Blake Lively (“Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants”) and Leighton Meester (“Surface”) in the yet-to-be released pilot. Crawford will play Nate, the rich boyfriend of Blair (Meester), and the object of Serena’s (Lively) affection.

    In a previous report, “Gossip Girls” was taken from the popular book series of the same name, which weaves the story of New York’s rich and spoiled through the eyes of an anoymous blogger. It is through the blogger’s eyes that viewers will see the friendship of Serena and Blake unfold. Although close friends, both girls are in constant competition with one another; and Nate happens to be the one they are competing for.

    Crawford got his acting start in the Lifetime television movie “Long Lost Son,” in the title role of Mark, a young boy thought to have drowned in a boating accident, only to be discovered to be alive and living with the father that staged the accident. He currently wrapped up filming on the upcoming film “Loaded,” which stars Jesse Metcalef (“Passions,” “Desperate Housewives,”) Monica Keena (“Man of the House,”) and Nathalie Kelley (“The Fast and the Furious.”) and will start filming its sequel “Reloaded.”

    Taylor Momsen (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”) has also been selected to star in “Gossip Girls.” Her character has not yet been determined at this current time.

    Crawford’s movie, “Loaded” will hit theaters November of this year. No word yet, however, as to when the CW pilot will hit airwaves.

    Friday, March 9, 2007 1:47 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Former “Days of our Lives” heartthrob and “Wildfire” cowboy, Eric Winter, has signed on to star in the Hugh Jackman produced CBS drama pilot “Viva Laughlin!”

    “Laughlin!,” tells the story of Ripley Holden, played by Lloyd Owen (“The Young Indiana Jones;” “Coupling”) and his family as they try to a run a casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Winter has signed on to play Det. Peter Carlyle. Character description is unavailable at this time.

    Also set to star in the potential series are Carter Jenkins (“Surface;” “Everwood”) as Jack, D.B. Woodside (“24;” “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer”) as Marcus, Ellen Woglom (“The O.C.;” “Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior”) as Cheyenne, Mädchen Amick (“Freddie;” “Joey”) as Mrs. Holden and P.J. Byrne (“The Game”) in an unknown role.

    Since leaving “Days of our Lives” in 2005 after playing Rex Brady for three years, Winter has guest-starred in five episodes to date of ABC Family’s “Wildfire.” He has also appeared in such shows as “Love, Inc.” and “Pepper Dennis.”

    Along with serving as an executive producer, Hugh Jackman, who got his start in television starring in the Australian series “Correlli” as Kevin Jones, is set to guest-star in the series. His character is not yet known, but it is said that his character will play a pivotal role in the direction of the series.

    Bob Lowry and Peter Bowker created the project and will serve as executive producers. Paul Telegdy and John Palermo will also serve as EP’s along with Gabriele Muccino, who will direct the pilot.

    BBC Worldwide Productions, CBS Paramount Network Television, Seed Pictures and Sony Pictures Television will produce the project for CBS.

    • Days of our Lives
    • Hugh Jackman
    • 24
    • Buffy
    • The Vampire Slayer
    • Joey
    • The Game
    • Eric Winter
    • Viva Laughlin
    • Wildfire
    • Lloyd Owen
    • The Young Indiana Jones
    • Coupling
    • Carter Jenkins
    • Surface
    • Everwood
    • D.B. Woodside
    • Ellen Woglom
    • The O.C.
    • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
    • Mädchen Amick
    • P.J. Byrne
    • Freddie

      By Errol Lewis

      ( — Vanessa Marcil is ready to give a makeover for Cosmopolitan magazine.

      Vanessa Marcil

      Marcil, who plays Sam Marquez on NBC’s “Las Vegas,” has signed on as a judge in the upcoming Head & Shoulders “Head-Turning Hair” contest. Procter & Gamble Distributing Company will serve as Sponsor. Other judges include trendsetter Shawneelle Prestidge and Head & Shoulders celebrity stylist James P. Hayes.

      According to Cosmopolitan magazine, 80% of its readers found that Head & Shoulders shampoo products provided them with the best “Head-Turning Hair.” The magazine then wanted to find out who was the best head-turner.

      By January 31, Women 18 and over were required to submit a recent photo of themselves, within the last six months of date of entry, and a statement of 50 words or less telling Cosmo’s judging panel and Procter & Gamble under the supervision of D.L. Blair, Inc, an independent judging organization whose decisions are final on all matters relating to the contest, why they were a head turner.

      One of ten finalists will receive a three-day, two-night trip to New York, where they will receive a makeover from the Head & Shoulders Style Squad, complete with hair and make-up plus a consultation with a wardrobe stylist, and will take part in an advertising photo shoot that will be featured in the the June issue of Cosmopolitan. The remaining nine will each receive a Head & Shoulders gift basket.

      Return To ‘Vegas’ For Another Year
      Saturday, March 3, 2007 7:21 PM | By Errol Lewis

      ( — While NBC has enough problems on its schedule with such low-rated fare as “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” the network can at least smile at the fact that they have one constant player on their schedule. The network has decided to renew gambling drama “Las Vegas” for a fifth season.

      “Vegas,” which premiered in September 2003 revolves around an elite surveillance team who oversee the behind-the-scenes action going on in one of Vegas’ premiere casinos and hotels. The series stars Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo, “All My Children”) and Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, “General Hospital”).

      “The cast and producers have consistently given us what we want from ‘Las Vegas’ – pure entertainment – and we’re looking forward to another fun ride next season with the show,” said Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

      Not returning for the series’ fifth season will be James Caan, who plays Ed Deline, and Nikki Cox, who plays Mary Connell.

      “I’ve had a wonderful four years, worked with great people and made friends for life working on ‘Las Vegas, ‘ but I’m eager to return to where my heart is, which is film, and due to the show’s schedule, I missed some great opportunities to do that,” Caan said in a statement. “I wish the show and everyone involved with it continued success.”

      Cox’s departure is due to an apparent budget cut the show will undergo to be able to produce a fifth season. Cox is said to be “very sad and shocked,” according to her spokesperson.

      For the season “Vegas” is averaging 9.0 million viewers and a 2.8/8 in Adults 18-49, up 8 percent over NBC’s average the year before. The program ranks #1 in its Friday 9:00 PM timeslot.

      The series also stars Molly Sims and James Lesure (“Alias” and “NYPD Blue”).

      Pictured: Josh Duhamel courtesy Chris Haston/NBC

      • Las Vegas
      • Vanessa Marcil
      • James Caan
      • Josh Duhamel
      • Nikki Cox
      • Molly Sims
      • James Leisure
      • Kevin Reilly

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