Sunday, January 23, 2011

From LA Examiner: CMT's Copies 'Reba'; More From The 'Episodes' Gang; ABC Family Bastardizes 'Mean Girls'; Allison Janney is Shameless on ABC...


"CMT turns Melissa Peterman into a Working Class hero"

Melissa Peterman stars as a-- pun intended-- Working Class single mom in CMT’s plucky original sitcom of the same name. Struggling financially in a down economy, she wants to do anything she can to give her three kids and one slacker brother (adorable newcomer Steve Kazee) the good life, so she moves them to an upscale neighborhood-- one that might be slightly out of her price range. That, in a nutshell, says it all about the series: it’s not the smartest move, but the intentions are good... [MORE]


"Episodes is the I Love Lucy of our day. What? Who said that??"

In the third episode of Episodes airing tonight, you will see a set being built for the fictional show within a show. The construction is going on just after a table read for the first episode, but the producers of the new Showtime comedy want to remind you that the focus is not really on Hollywood... [MORE]



"Mean Girls 2 stops the dancing and stops the fun"

Mean Girls 2 airs on ABC Family tonight. LA TV Insider Examiner is so obsessed with the original (that’s right; we said it!), that when we first heard this was being pushed into production we literally groaned out-loud. Why trample on perfection, right? Besides, Saved by the Bell: The New Class didn’t work, so why should we assume Mean Girls: The New Class (our not-so-affectionate title, not the network’s) would?... [MORE]


"Allison Janney brings shamelessness to Mr. Sunshine"

Allison Janneyshot roles in two very separate, very distinct pilots last season and unfortunately had to bow out of one when she found they were both going to “go” on their respective networks. Her choice was to stick with ABC’s Mr. Sunshine, which ended up getting a February premiere date, while the series she bowed out of, Shameless, premiered on Showtime earlier this month (her role was recast with Joan Cusack). Admittedly, it may be a bit too early to judge whether or not that was a smart decision for the veteran actor who seems to know what she’s doing when it comes to picking her scripts, but we asked Janney to weigh in nonetheless... [MORE]


"Tyler Labine spills the beans about sleeping with Brittany Snow in Mad Love"

CBS has a new half-hour comedy about four single New Yorkers falling in and out of love. Mad Love won't premiere until February 21st, right after How I Met Your Mother, but earlier this month LA TV Insider Examiner got to sit down with the cast to hear all about relationship drama, both on and off screen... [MORE]

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