LOTS of news!
First up, NBC asked Scrubs showrunner Bill Lawrence to tailor the last script written before the strike to fit an early series finale in case the writers strike continues into the new year. Lawrence refused and wrote the script as he normally would. More info here: Lambsilencer’s TV News #1
ABC Family has a new single-camera comedy pilot titled Happy Campers that starts shooting this week. It is about the experiences of a family on a cross-country road trip. Kay Panabaker (Summerland) plays the teenage daughter Dylan, French Stewart (Third Rock From the Sun) plays her father and Rebecca McFarland plays his new wife. Beth Littleford (Ben 10) plays Dylan’s mother. More info here: Lambsilencer’s TV News #2
Janine Turner (Northern Exposure & Strong Medicine) is guest-starring on Law & Order: SVU and filmed last week. More info here: Lambsilencer’s TV News #3
Several guest star castings. First up is George Segal on Private Practice. He’ll play the grandfather to Chris Lowell’s Dell.
Next up, Wallace Shawn (Yay! The Princess Bride) is guest starring on The L Word for four episodes next season. He’ll play the money guy for Jenny’s new movie “Les Girls”. Also, Kelly McGillis (Top Gun) is also joining the show in the recurring part of a military lawyer. The show comes back for a new season in January.
Finally, Gina Torres will guest star on Dirty Sexy Money, playing the ex-wife of Blair Underwood’s Simon Elder on the show. It was supposed to be recurring, but because of the strike, it will probably be just one episode.
More info for all those here: Lambsilencer’s TV News #4
FOX has postponed 24 because of the strike, wanting to wait til the strike was completely over so as to not interrupt the flow of a full season. Also, they announced that American Idol returns for a 2-night, 4-hour premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 15th & Wednesday, Jan. 16th. You can see more on that and additional premiere dates and revised schedule for FOX 2008 here: Lambsilencer’s TV News #5
Variety is reporting that Bernie Mac is returning to FOX for a new comedy pilot about “a large, opinionated guy (not unlike himself in that respect) who winds up divorced and living with his introverted twentysomething son. What’s more, he also winds up working for his son.” More info here: Variety.com