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Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Nell Scovell's new book tells what it's like to be a female TV writer in the "Hollywood Boys' Club"
The Sabrina, the Teenage Witch creator has been through it all, as revealed in her new book Just the Funny Parts: A Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys' Club. Scovell was one of the few female writers to work on Late Night with David Letterman, and worked with Conan O'Brien early in her career. She's also written for Charmed, The Simpsons, Murphy Brown, Newhart, Monk, the Smothers Brothers, NCIS, The Muppets -- and for President Obama. "I really want men to read the book," says Scovell. "And the ones who have already, have really enjoyed it. I think it's more eye-opening for them. Women nod along and men kind of stroke their chins. I basically lived like a guy for, certainly the first decade of my career, and I just wanted to blend in. I didn't want them to notice my gender because I wanted to stay in the room. I thought that if they don't notice that I'm the only girl here, I'll get to stay." ALSO: Scovell tells Marc Maron she inspired Sarah Silverman's writer character on The Larry Sanders Show, though they've never met.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Sarah Drew goes from Grey's Anatomy to Cagney & Lacey, joining Blindspot alum Michelle Hurd
Drew has quickly landed a pilot a week after being dropped from Grey's Anatomy, joining the CBS reboot of the classic police procedural. According to Deadline, "Drew will play LAPD Detective Cagney, Lacey’s nimble and easygoing partner and protégée. Hurd’s Lacey is athletic, polished, a former high school track and field champion. Empathetic and straightforward, she’s the more experienced partner." Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless won six acting Emmys between them starring on the original Cagney & Lacey, which won two best drama series Emmys during its seven-season run. Hurd is no stranger to reboots of popular franchises. In fact, she's had recent guest appearances on both Lethal Weapon and Hawaii Five-0.
- Emily Osment joins CBS comedy pilot 25, fueling speculation that Young & Hungry is finished
- Thomas Lennon to play Dan the Weatherman on Fox
- Charmed reboot adds two more actors
- Popular's Leslie Bibb joins Alyson Hannigan on ABC's Man of the House
- Kyle Bornheimer to star opposite Ginnifer Goodwin on ABC's Steps
- Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable to play the lead on CBS' The Code
# TOPICS: Cagney & Lacey, ABC, CBS, FOX, 25, Charmed, Dan the Weatherman, Grey’s Anatomy, Man of the House, Steps, Young & Hungry, Dave Annable, Emily Osment, Kyle Bornheimer, Leslie Bibb, Michelle Hurd, Sarah Drew, Thomas Lennon, Pilots, Revivals
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 7:31AM EST
Charmed reboot finds its third sister
The Tomorrow People alum Madeleine Mantock will play Macy, an "über-smart geneticist," on The CW reboot. She'll join fellow "sisters" Melonie Diaz as Mel, Sarah Jeffery as college freshman Madison.
- 2 Broke Girls alum Beth Behrs to star in Fox's Lee Daniels comedy pilot Our People
- Vanessa Williams to co-star in ABC cosmetics drama pilot False Profits
- Jeri Ryan to co-star in NBC drama pilot Suspicion
- Roswell adds Pretty Little Liars' Tyler Blackburn and The Originals' Nathan Parsons
- Once Upon a Time's Rebecca Mader joins NBC's Like Family comedy pilot
# TOPICS: Charmed, ABC, The CW, FOX, NBC, False Profits, Like Family, Our People, Roswell, Suspicion, Beth Behrs, Jeri Ryan, Lee Daniels, Nathan Parsons, Rebecca Mader, Tyler Blackburn, Vanessa Williams, Pilots
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Charmed reboot casts The Man in the High Castle's Rupert Evans
It's unclear whether Evans' casting -- as a professor named Harry -- would impact a potential fourth season of his Amazon series. Evans already wrapped filming The Man in the High Castle's third season.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Charmed casts Sarah Jeffery, Jennifer Lopez's Shades of Blue daughter, as the youngest of the three sisters
The 21-year-old actress will play the youngest sister, a bubbly college freshman who finds witchcraft at odds with joining a sorority on The CW revival of Charmed. According to Deadline, Shades of Blue has released Jeffery from her contract, but she'll be allowed to guest-star on up to four episodes of the NBC drama should it return for a fourth season. Jeffery joins Melonie Diaz, who was cast as another of the three sisters earlier this week.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 3:30PM EST
CW's Charmed reboot taps Melonie Diaz to play lesbian sister
Diaz, who starred in Black Panther director Ryan Coogler's debut movie Fruitvale Station, will play Mel, “a passionate, outspoken activist who loses her way in the wake of family tragedy," in the pilot for Charmed.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 5:44PM EST
Charmed reboot has found its main male love interest
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle star Ser’Darius Blain will play the "ideal boyfriend" on The CW pilot.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
Charmed reboot will have an LGBT “twist”: One of the sisters is a lesbian
According to a casting breakdown for the potential CW series obtained by TV Line, the sisters succeeding Piper, Phoebe, Paige and Prue will have the unofficial names of Macy, Mel and Madison. The casting breakdown also includes a girlfriend for Mel.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
CBS’ rebooted Magnum P.I. is expected to star a minority actor
In addition to pursuing a non-white actor to take on the role of Thomas Magnum, the proposed reboot will replace at least one member of the original all-male team with a woman. Similarly, CBS’ reboot of Cagney and Lacey is planning to cast a non-white actress in the role of Lacey. The CW’s Charmed reboot will also have a diverse cast. “This is part of an across-the-board effort by the broadcast networks this year to have casts that represent the diverse makeup of America,” says Nellie Andreeva. “What’s more, while non-white actors had often been relegated to supporting roles in the past, judging by early buzz, some predict that we may have one of the most, if not the most diverse group of broadcast pilot leads ever.” As Andreeva notes, ABC announced last year that its Greatest American Hero is being reimagined with an Indian-American female lead.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 6:10PM EST
Rose McGowan walks back saying Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano is “a lie”
McGowan accused Milano on last night's Nightline of having an ulterior motive with her involvement in the #MeToo movement. “I don’t like her,” McGowan told Nightline. “’Cause I think she’s a lie.” When Nightline tweeted her quote, McGowan responded: “Yeah, I knew this would be the pull quote, but the lie is a system, not an individual.” Meanwhile, Milano issued a statement in support of McGowan. “I am and always have been completely supportive of Rose and admire her bravery and speaking out about her experiences,” she said.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Was Charmed actually a feminist show?
Holly Marie Combs took issue with the "feminist" emphasis on The CW's planned reboot of Charmed. “Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph,” she tweeted. But according to Princess Weekes, “Charmed is a mixed bag if we want to view it through a feminist lens.” She adds that although Charmed was a “girl power” show, its insight into gender is so shallow it barely goes below the surface” and it was hardly feminist in its choice of skimpy outfits.
- Shannen Doherty tweeted her reaction to the proposed “feminist” reboot: “Their wording is terrible and a bit offensive. But, everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps with the backlash they will be more thoughtful in future….Very ignorant stupid comment. Perhaps made by a millennial that never watched the show and just read a synopsis on it.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
In defense of rebooting Charmed
The CW’s announcement that it has ordered a pilot for a “fierce, funny, feminist" reboot of The WB female-led series “sounds super millennial and I’m here for it,” says Princess Weekes. She adds: “As someone who grew up watching the show and owns the giant box set that is designed to look like the Book of Shadows, I can say that while I loved Charmed it does not age well as a series. The first four seasons are pretty good fun with some good storylines in Seasons Three and Four, but after the fourth season, everything just starts to fall apart.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
Holly Marie Combs bashes CW’s Charmed reboot and its “feminist” twist: “Don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work”
After initially throwing shade at The CW’s announcement that it had ordered a pilot for a Charmed reboot, Combs offered a lengthier response late Thursday night: “Here’s the thing. Until you ask us to rewrite it like Brad Kern did weekly don’t even think of capitalizing on our hard work," she tweeted. Referring to her, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Shannen Doherty, Combs added: “Charmed belongs to the 4 of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. FYI you will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.” On Friday morning, Combs further slammed the revival’s “feminist” twist: “Guess we forgot to do that the first go around. Hmph.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
The CW orders a “fierce, funny, feminist” Charmed reboot pilot
Originally planned as a 1970s-set prequel series to The WB witches drama that launched in 1998, the rebooted Charmed pilot will instead be set in the present day. “This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches,” says The CW. “Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.” A present-day setting, as EW notes, would leave the door open for original Charmed stars Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan to reprise their roles. ALSO: Holly Marie Combs appears to be unhappy with the Charmed reboot.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Who’s the Boss? defined Alyssa Milano’s career
With Milano making headlines in wake of the #MeToo movement, Soraya Roberts looks back at her career, from Who’s the Boss? to being one of three actresses to play Amy Fisher in the early 1990s to Charmed.