2009 has certainly been a year to remember, especially for these women that entered motherhood for the first time. While many were not so surprising, others left us shocked and excited. Ellen Pompeo and Sarah Michelle Gellar battled it out in the maternity gear while Katherine Heigl pleasantly surprised us with her new bundle of joy. It's time for you to show your favorite new mom some love and vote for her. Who will you choose?
New sitcom Accidentally on Purpose premieres tonight on CBS, with Jenna Elfman in the lead role as a San Francisco movie critic who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand (Elfman went totally Method: she just announced her real-life pregnancy). Playing her best friend? British actress Ashley Jensen. Jensen has struck comedy gold on both sides of the Atlantic, earning an Emmy nomination for her work alongside Ricky Gervais in Extras and making a splash as Betty's best friend (and Wilhelmina's surrogate) in Ugly Betty. Jensen and I chatted at the CBS/CW party at the TCA press tour about how she landed the role (after getting horribly lost on the way to her audition) and how she'll play a party girl despite being pregnant in real life. Here are highlights:
- On her character, Olivia: "She's a party animal girl, sort of the cheeky, sassy, witty one who kind of is independent and doesn't need to be tied down. She seems to have a boyfriend in every place that she works . . . which is good fun to play!"
- On playing pregnant on Ugly Betty and now being pregnant: "I've been pregnant for over two years! This [belly]'s a little bit more difficult because I can't remove it at lunchtime. I said to someone earlier, 'If I'd realized what it was like to be pregnant and wearing four-inch heels, I may have walked a little bit different in the last season of Ugly Betty.' I was just strutting about!"
To hear her Ugly Betty highlights, how she stumbled into meeting Ted Danson and how she feels about using her own accent on TV, just read more
It may be hard to top hot dog eating contests and faux pregnancies, but the networks are going to have to find a way to come up with more clever pregnancy fodder to inject into their story lines with the number of network ladies firing up buns in their ovens. ABC has quite a few expectant mamas in its lineup while NBC, CBS, and Lifetime aren't too far behind in the baby bump race. Tiffani Thiessen plans to put parenthood on hold since she's signed on to a new show, but she may find inspiration in these fuller tummied leading ladies.
In addition to learning about two of the leads in the CW's Body Politic, there's plenty of other casting news making me smile today, including:
- Ugly Betty's Ashley Jensen is jumping to the CBS comedy Accidentally on Purpose, which stars Jenna Elfman as a woman who finds herself suddenly pregnant after a fling with a younger man. Betty producer Silvio Horta confirmed that Jensen won't be a regular on the show next year but said she's still "a member of the Ugly Betty family" and could pop up from time to time.
- The ethereal Miranda Otto has been cast as one of the leads in A Marriage, a drama from the My So-Called Life creators about "a marriage that works." Bruce Greenwood will play her husband, with Kay Panabaker and Nick Eversman as their children.
- I was glad to see that Dirty Sexy Money's Zoe McLellan had landed a role in the political drama House Rules, but what's even crazier is who else has a role: Anna Chlumsky, the My Girl girl! McLellan plays a new congresswoman, while Chlumsky plays an aide to the speaker of the house.
- Skeet Ulrich is back on CBS in a pilot called, well, Back. He'll play the lead in the show, in which his character returns to the family that reported him missing after Sept. 11.
Ugly Betty is almost back! America Ferrera and Ashley Jenson took a break on the set in LA yesterday and — lucky us! — we only have to wait one more week before Betty is back on the air with new episodes. I don't want to say anything, but Christina doesn't look very pregnant here, hmmm. I wasn't shy about how annoying I started to find Betty during the first half of the season, but you know what they say — absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I can't wait to have Betty back on Thursday nights.
America Ferrera, Becki Newton, and Rebecca Romijn were just a few of the Ugly Betty cast members who grabbed signs and rallied around their writers on the picket lines yesterday. The strike can't be easy on any of the parties involved, but we bet the writers were happy to get lots of support. As for the show, we were loving Posh's super short guest spot last night. Hopefully, the writers and producers will get this whole thing settled soon because we don't know how we'll deal with no next episode if it ends with a cliffhanger like last night.
More of the cast taking to the picket lines so just read more
- Prince Charles and wife Camilla visited the states this weekend. While there they met with Meryl Streep, received an award from Al Gore, and shot some hoops. All in a days work for a Prince - People
- Record mogul Scott Storch is evidently upset that Lindsay, Britney or Paris didn't make it to his birthday party last month. Even after LL got all that bling from him. Just shows money doesn't buy friends. - Page Six
- Friends of Isaiah Washington are saying that he's not anti-gay, he just has an anger management problem and flips out on everyone. Sounds just like another excuse. - R&M
- Ugly Betty's Ashley Jensen eloped with her longtime boyfriend actor and writer Terence Beesley last week in Big Sur. Congrats to them both! - People
- The comedy spoof Epic Movie debuted at the box office this weekend with $19.2 million while Smokin' Aces came in second with $14.3 million. Guess the Oscar nominations last week weren't very inspiring. - AP