Personally, I always thought that Alan Ruck getting cut from the cast of FOX’s “Drive” was a good thing. As any “Bueller” fan knows, he just can’t keep his cool around fast cars.
Happily, though, the Piermont resident (and former “Spin City” castmember) isn’t going to be totally absent to sitcom city this year. Reportedly he’ll be starring with Jennifer Coolidge (a regular in Christopher Guest’s flicks — the one with the lips that look like they’ve been stung by a nest of hornets) in a ABC show called “Family of the Year,” about — you guessed it — a clan that has won the title of “family of the year” for 10 years running.
“Jennifer Coolidge & Alan Ruck Join ABC’s ‘Family'” [TV Fodder]
(Ruck photo: Mark Vergari / InTown Westchester)
In an interview with TV Guide, the Rockland native had a few interesting nuggets for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Brothers and SistersÃ¢â‚¬? fans.
+ Originally, his character, Kevin Walker, was written to be married with a son. The writers scrapped the idea before filming.
+ KevinÃ¢â‚¬â€who already served in AfghanistanÃ¢â‚¬â€will be redeployed to Iraq right around the season finale.
+ The cast gets along like a real family. Says Annable: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I actually just spoke with Balthazar and Matthew [his brothers on the show] last night, a few hours after shooting a big family scene, and I was like, “Is it weird that we miss each other?” [Editors note: Yes, it is]
+ Annable IS dating GreyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kate Walsh, but doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really want to talk about it with millions of strangers. What??!?!! Ã¢â‚¬Å“Let’s kind of shy away from that,” he told the magazine. “It tends to sort of take over [the conversation], I’m starting to learn.Ã¢â‚¬?
+ Annable, who was named by TV Guide as one of televisionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sexiest stars last week, says he was extremely flattered and completely terrified by the honor. Ã¢â‚¬Å“No one really considers themselves sexy, and if you do you may have some problems! [Laughs] Everybody’s giving me a lot of flak on set because I am the Ã¢â‚¬ËœbabyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ of the group, so I was embarrassed to tell anybody about it. But now I’m going to make a T-shirt out of it and wear it to bars!Ã¢â‚¬?
If you ever thought Judge Judy’s estimated $25 mil per year was high, just imagine how much the former Putnam resident could get if she baited Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump into small claims court.
Yes, that’s right, as reported by Broadcasting & Cable, Rosie O’Donnell is believed to be asking for a $40 million annual salary from ABC. That’s $5 mil more than B&C says Dr. Phil gets (or $5 less, if you’re going by Forbes’ numbers), but the message is clear: South Nyack’s most infamous borderline personality has raised ratings and generated buzz, and now “The View” better pony up to keep her from jumping over to CBS. With her contract running out in June, the clock’s a ticking.
Although Rosie hasn’t responded directly to the rumor yet, she did make a video post to her blog a few days ago in which she responded to one question: “How long do you plan to stay on The View?”
We’ll save you the trouble of watching. Ro’s answer, in short: “We’ll take a family vote in May and decide then.”
“Rosie O’Donnell Takes a Long View” [Broadcasting & Cable]
(AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
While stars like Nicole Kidman, Toby Maguire, Steve Carell, Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Mandy Moore, and Justin Timberlake were busy wiping the green googly glob from their delicately treated celebrity skin, one starlet attending the Nickelodeon event yesterday, wisely made some arrangements to avoid the showÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time-honored tradition of sliming famous faces.
According to USA Today, Heroes star Hayden Panettiere called her agent before hand to make sure she wouldn’t get slimed (apparently, she was concerned about ruining her expensive Stuart Weitzman shoesÃ¢â‚¬â€but couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t she have changed into a pair of sneakers before going out on stage?).
The former Palisades resident will begin shooting Fireflies in the Garden, co-starring Julia Roberts, tomorrow in Austin, Texas. The film tells the story of a family Ã¢â‚¬Å“torn apart when faced with an unexpected tragedy,Ã¢â‚¬? according toÃ‚Â Hollywood .com.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Officially, the AP captioned this pic of Hillary Clinton as follows: “Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York reacts to seeing and old friend during a campaign stop at the National Education Association New Hampshire, in Concord, N.H. …”
Yada, yada, yada. What fun is that? Now that our blog’s comment functionality is back up and running, I’m confident that our faithful Suburbarazzi readers can do much, much better.
(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
After the Ã¢â‚¬Å“War on TerrorÃ¢â‚¬? and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“War on Christmas,Ã¢â‚¬? the conservative-leaning cable news channel has a new battleÃ¢â‚¬â€the Ã¢â‚¬Å“War on Rosie.Ã¢â‚¬? Bill OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly and John Gibson have both gone off on tirades against the dangerous liberal, Rosie, recently. But Friday on Hannity and Colmes, the network seemed to take the animosity to new heights. In the bottom right corner of the screen, there was a Rosie-head graphic thatÃ¢â‚¬â€IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not making this upÃ¢â‚¬â€literally had steam coming from it, as Hannity attacked Rosie for her rant the day before where she lit into co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck for continuing to support the War in Iraq (and seemed to come uncomfortably close to giving support to people who think there might be conspiracies behind the recent British soldiers hostage crisis in Iran and even the attacks on 9/11).In a take-it-or-leave-it compliment, the conservative talker kind of had nice things to say about RosieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s predecessor, IrvingtonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Meredith Vieira (now at the Today Show).
<blockquote><div>Meredith Vieira was well-informed, thoughtful, smart. Rosie has none of those qualities.</div></blockquote>
Of course, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to take a man lecturing us about being well-informed and thoughtful seriously when his show has a cartoon Rosie bobble head graphic and a guest, Curtis Sliwa, who says Rosie is the Ã¢â‚¬Å“wicked witch of the westÃ¢â‚¬? (see Youtube, forÃ¢â‚¬â€again, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not making this upÃ¢â‚¬â€his Rosie as Wicked Witch impression).
After the jump, Rosie tips her toe in the waters of conspiracy-theory-nuttiness.
The media mogul would support the left-leaning mayor of New York (who also owns a home in Armonk), were he to run as an independent. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bloomberg would be my choice,Ã¢â‚¬? the decidedly conservative Murdoch allegedly said, according a source for Daily News gossip hounds, Rush and Molloy. “He said Bloomberg would be the most efficient President. That he attracts good people,Ã¢â‚¬? the source said.
Murdoch, according to the paper, said he expects Bloomberg to get in the race.
<blockquote><div>Bloomberg has the bug. I expect him to run as an independent. If the polls show he has even a 5% chance of winning, he’ll run. He’s the type of guy who will spend a billion dollars of his own money.</div></blockquote>
Murdoch was less full of praise for Mayor MikeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Westchester neighbor, Hillary Clinton.
<blockquote><div>I don’t think Hillary is electable. Soccer moms don’t get her.</div></blockquote>
The paper noted that if the mayor did throw his hat in as an independent and Giuliani and Hillary got their respective partiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ nods, it would be a three-way race between New YorkersÃ¢â‚¬â€2/3s of whom happen to be Westchester residents.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)