Blake Lively continued work on the sixth season of Gossip Girl yesterday in NYC. She was joined by 7th Heaven's Barry Watson, who's playing her love interest in the new episodes. After kicking off her shoot in a blue Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, Blake changed into an Alice + Olivia orange top, printed skirt, and sky-high Louboutin heels to hit the sidewalks. Blake's no stranger to high-fashion labels and, in fact, was recently announced as the face of Gucci's Première fragrance. She was formerly in the ads for Chanel's Mademoiselle bag line, and apparently Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld doesn't mind sharing. Reports suggested a rift between Blake and Chanel, but those stories were shot down by Karl's company.
It was a rainy green faux grass carpet for last night's seventh annual Global Green Pre-Oscars Party at Avalon in LA, which meant that many of the stars rushed in to keep from getting wet. Jessica Alba in a Viktor and Rolf dress and Cash Warren huddled close under their umbrella, only stopping to take a couple of photos while Joel and Benji Madden avoided the carpet almost entirely on their way into provide the evening's entertainment. James Cameron, whose Avatar is up for a bunch of awards at Sunday's Oscars and is touted for its environmental message, took cover under an enormous umbrella to grant a few interviews on his way into the bash, which supports a cause that is obviously important to him. The inclement weather expected this weekend may mean another rainy red carpet for the Academy Awards, something the stars are used to this award season after the downpour at the Golden Globes.
Kate Hudson headed back to California after wrapping up promotion for Nine in NYC, and one of the first items on her agenda was hosting a special end-of-year party at her LA home on Friday night. It brought out her parents, Kurt and Goldie, as well as pals like Tobey Maguire, Rachel Zoe, Kate Beckinsale, and a lovey-dovey Josh Duhamel and Fergie. Her big annual bash is usually held to celebrate Halloween, but this year Kate had to move the date because of Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees being in the World Series at the end of October. Now that Kate and Alex are no longer an item, it looks like the only busy schedule she'll be taking into account for the near future is her own. She celebrated another successful shindig by getting manicures and pedicures on Saturday with her friend Sara Foster.
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After spending a long day sitting on panels and fielding questions at the TCAs, the ABC and Disney stars got dressed up and hit the red carpet last night. Despite moving filming to NYC, the Ugly Betty beauties like Becki Newton (get her look here) were representing, even with no America Ferrera. Mixing our medical shows, Kate Walsh hung all over Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence celebrating life back on ABC. Nick Lachey didn't have Vanessa on his arm but looked handsome out promoting his High School Musical reality show. Check out lots more over on Buzz from all the stars and all the fun new and familiar shows!
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Before the writers' strike essentially halted new television, the charming Samantha Who? was one of the TV season's breakout hits. The show returns tonight with its first new episode in months, reclaiming its post-Dancing with the Stars time slot — and, with any luck, the audience that fell in love with it last Fall.
Last week, I had a chance to chat with Barry Watson, who plays opposite Christina Applegate as Samantha's ex-boyfriend, Todd. We talked about his move from What About Brian, which he starred in for two years, to a half-hour comedy, as well as his career aspirations and his hopes for Todd and Samantha in the future. Here are highlights:
After What About Brian ended, did you know you wanted to do another series? And did you know you wanted to do a comedy?
No, actually — no to all of those questions, because I didn't know until they offered me the role of Todd that What About Brian was completely done yet. That was my first sign of the cancellation of Brian — that's a good title, by the way, "the cancellation of Brian." So I kind of took a couple days to kind of think about whether I wanted to jump back into another show again, but when I did the pilot, Todd's character was only in the pilot episode, he wasn't really a series regular yet, so I figured why not? It wasn't like I was held down to any contract and had to do another series, so I was like, yeah, I'll come and do the pilot. They said I had like another day to think about it, and once I got off the phone I was turning on the TV, and Don't Tell Mom, the Babysitter's Dead was on, and I was like, well, there's a sign right there, I'm going to do it.
How did Todd go from being just in the pilot to being a series regular?
I was so brilliant! [laughs] No, I don't know how that happened — I guess there was always talk that he would become more of a recurring [character] or a regular, but he was only kind of cast in the pilot. They could have kept it going, or they probably could have taken the character out after the pilot, if they wanted to, but the chemistry between Christina and me just worked and they wanted to keep me around for a little bit, which was nice.
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Most recently Christina Applegate has been seen on Broadway but the veteran TV actress is returning to primetime this fall in an ABC comedy called Samantha Who?. We got a sneak peek of the cast's chemistry at the TCAs earlier this summer and of all of ABC's comedies, this was the most promising. The show looks fun, witty and co-stars the adorable Barry Watson (from What About Brian but with the haircut!). We've been a fan of their shows in the past so we're definitely planning on checking it out when it airs. Buzz has already watched the pilot and has a review along with a clip so click here to check it out.
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The networks have announced their fall schedules, but which of the series will actually be worth watching? Throughout the summer, as I watch the pilots, I'll be posting my first impressions. A lot can change before a show makes it to air, so these aren't comprehensive reviews, just quick thoughts on how the shows look now. Today's installment: The show of many name changes, ABC's "Samantha Who?"
What's it about? Samantha Newly wakes up her coma after a hit-and-run accident with no personal memories — which means she has no idea what a horrid person she's always been.
Who's in it? Christina Applegate, Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, Melissa McCarthy, Barry Watson
The good: Somewhere between "Married with Children" and here, Applegate has grown up into a funny, appealing leading lady who knows how to sell the show's little moments. The interplay between Samantha and her mother, played by the always-awesome Jean Smart, got a few chuckles out of me. It's a single camera comedy with no laugh track, which automatically makes it less annoying than three-quarters of the comedies on TV.
The bad: The rest of the supporting characters were weak and fairly uninteresting. If the show just has Samantha discovering a new horrible thing about herself every week, it's going to get old very quickly.
Will I watch? I'm not setting a season pass just yet, but I'm planning to check out a few more episodes.
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