A million leggy models/bartenders/aspiring red carpet hosts are having a little cry on the inside as George Clooney prepares to marry lawyer Amal Alamuddin in a reported 4-day fete in Venice. WE tv shares the same sentiment as they announced a “Bye George!” Roseanne marathon, airing Clooney-centric Roseanne episodes starting Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. E.T. To those around the world who are still holding a candle for the Cloonz, here’s a nostalgic look back at some of Clooney’s great romantic roles in past and recent history.
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You can’t go home again — unless you’re a television star.
ABC announced a big shocker Thursday: Isaiah Washington, who played heart surgeon Dr. Preston Burke on three seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, will soon reprise the role he left in 2007. Washington exited the show after his contract was not renewed, following accusations that he had used a homophobic slur in reference to his then co-star T.R. Knight. He is set to return in a May episode, which will coincide with Sandra Oh’s departure from the medical drama. (Washington played Oh’s love interest on the show; their story ended with Burke leaving Oh’s Cristina Yang on their wedding day.)
Washington is just one of several actors who have reprised a well-known role. Here’s a roundup of some of TV’s most notable returns:
Roseanne debuted 25 long years ago — but even now, tales of its explosive backstage drama are still circulating. And on yesterday’s edition of The Talk, one of the sitcom’s stars revealed that she underwent her own share of personal turmoil on set — while dating her onscreen love interest, no less.
Long before creating The Talk for CBS, actress Sara Gilbert got her start playing Roseanne‘s sarcastic Darlene Connor. In the sitcom’s fourth season, her character started dating David Healy, played by future Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki — and soon enough, Gilbert and Galecki were a real-life item as well. “I thought he was super cute and I had a total crush on him,” Gilbert said yesterday on The Talk. (It’s currently the show’s “secrets week.”) “And we started dating and he would come over and we would, like, make out. And then I would start to get depressed.”
Why? Because Gilbert was slowly realizing that she was actually a lesbian — and to Galecki’s credit, she says, he was extremely understanding when she broke the news. “[I] eventually told him I thought it was about my sexuality, and he was super sweet about it,” she said. Though Gilbert eventually began dating a woman, she remained in the closet “for years” — and Galecki continued to keep her secret. “I always felt so scared,” she recalled. “If it came out, what could happen? Could I lose my career? Will I ever be able to play a straight role again?”
Ah, social media — how did we ever stalk our exes without it?
Of course, checking in on a former love carries big risks — as Roseanne Barr discovered a few days ago, when someone informed her that her ex-husband Tom Arnold had recently tweeted about getting rid of some old wedding videos.
Though Barr and Arnold divorced nearly 20 years ago — and both have been married at least once since — there still seem to be some raw feelings between them. So when Barr responded to Arnold’s message with a tart tweet of her own, he replied in kind, leading to a drawn-out sparring match filled with spiteful accusations (“You sold my grandmother’s sewing machine”), dismissive condescension (“Yes mother dear”), and outright hostile insults (“For christ sakes. I remember when you used to be a comedian”).
Don’t worry, though — it all ends on a positive note, with Roseanne congratulating Tom on the recent birth of his son Jax, and even doing the kid’s star charts, or something. Good; to paraphrase comedian Morgan Murphy, I hate it when Mom and Dad fight.
The London Olympics, it must be noted, are just a little over halfway finished, and the major focus will now shift from the swimming pool to the track and field stadium and team sports. World-record holder Usain Bolt will attempt to make history today in the 100 meters, the Dream Team is still on course for gold in hoops, and the American women’s soccer team has its eyes set on an Olympic threepeat. For those of you numb from Bob Costas’ measured tones tucking you in at night, however, there are plenty of other gold-medal-caliber entertainment options this week. By plenty, I mean seven. So you may as well just succumb to the Olympic spirit, vow not to harp about NBC’s tape-delayed coverage, and try to mix in a little Full Metal Jacket Blu-ray or The Bourne Legacy in between all the U-S-A! chants. Good luck with that.
SUNDAY, AUG. 5
Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago
Olympics Primetime: Who is the World’s Fastest Man?, NBC
Lollapalooza might be the best example of Olympic counter-programming ever conceived. I doubt many folks in Chicago for the weekend festival have been obsessively following the sweaty jocks 4,000 miles away. Tonight, the festival closes with performances from Jack White, Florence + The Machine, and Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Community‘s Donald Glover), among others. You can watch a live stream online.
Sometime around 4:50 p.m. ET, Usain Bolt will defend his title as the World’s Fastest Man in the men’s 100-meter final. He coasted through his preliminary heat — winning despite nearly stumbling out of the starting block. NBC’s primetime coverage will surely celebrate his repeat gold, or the crowning of a new champion.
MONDAY, AUG. 6
Pete Seeger on The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.
Olympics Primetime: Men’s 400-meters final, NBC
I have this hope that Colbert’s sit-down with the 93-year-old folk legend will be as electric as the host’s interview last year with Maurice Sendak, who died earlier this year. (Hmm…, maybe “electric” isn’t the right word for Seeger.) But can they close with a duet of “This Land is Your Land”? Please.
American sprinter and 2008 Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt injured himself in his qualifying heat, so the 400-meter title is wide open. So far, no one’s come within a second of Michael Johnson’s 13-year-old world record.
TUESDAY, AUG. 7
Full Metal Jacket 25th Anniversary Blu-ray
Olympics Primetime: Final day of men’s and women’s gymnastics, NBC
Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam epic wowed critics with its stark portrayal of Marine boot camp and the multitude of contradictions that soldiers faced in southeast Asia. A new Blu-ray looks back, and passionate fans can dig even deeper with Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary app, which chronicles the actor’s own tour of duty with the unknowable director.
In London, hard-luck gymnast Jordyn Wieber goes for gold in the women’s floor exercise, and three other golds will be handed out during the last night of gymnastics competition.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8
Dallas season finale, TNT, 9:00 p.m.
Olympics Primetime: Women’s beach volleyball final
Tonight on Dallas!
Please let Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings make the beach volleyball final: May-Treanor has not yet thanked everyone she has ever met since she was 7 years old during her post-match heart-to-hearts with the camera!
THURSDAY, AUG. 9
Childrens Hospital season premiere, Adult Swim, 12:00 a.m.
Olympics Primetime: Women’s soccer final, NBC
As someone who’s been to a hospital once, let me say that Childrens Hospital is the best, most realistic medical docudrama on television. These doctors — heroes actually — make other, similar shows seem like a childish game of Operation.
The U.S. women’s soccer team faces Canada in the semifinals, and the winner of that game will face either France or Japan — yes, the same Japanese team that thwarted the Americans at last year’s World Cup — in the gold-medal game. It’s unlikely that NBC will tape-delay the entire game in primetime, so tune in for it live at 2:45 p.m. ET.
FRIDAY, AUG. 10
The Bourne Legacy out in theaters
Olympics Primetime: Women’s 4×100 relay and men’s 4×400 relay finals, NBC
Finally, Jeremy Renner’s got his own blockbuster vehicle. After driving shotgun in Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol and squeezing in to the back seat for The Avengers, the two-time Oscar nominee takes the wheel from Matt Damon in this unique “sideboot” of the Bourne franchise. “You think Jason Bourne was the whole story?” says a bad dude in the trailer. “There’s a lot more going on here!”
Olympic relays are high-stakes affairs, especially since American women sprinters have an infamous reputation for dropping the baton. In the men’s 4×400, medical marvel Oscar Pistorius, who lost his own legs and runs on prosthetic blades, will compete for South Africa.
Jeff Ross Roasts America, Comedy Central, 11 p.m.
Olympics Primetime: Men’s 50K walk, 4 a.m. ET
Somehow, Jeff Ross has made insulting people to their faces a noble deed. As the Roastmaster General, he produces many of the Comedy Central roasts that help pay for many celebrities’ continued addictions. On Saturday, he sets the mood for Sunday night’s ritual tar-and-feathering of Roseanne with this one-hour special documenting his cross-country tour.
On the Olympic front, I’m calling you out, posers. You think you’re an Olympic fan? But just how committed are you? Wake up early to see a stampede of skinny men wiggle for 50 kilometers as if they’re racing for the last Porta-John in London. Watch this whole race and earn the right to light the torch in Rio 2016.
SUNDAY, AUG. 12
Olympics Primetime: Closing ceremonies and men’s basketball final
Will the Spice Girls reunite for the closing ceremonies, book-ending the Games with the Beckhams? Will One Direction, Pink Floyd, Annie Lennox, The Clash, George Michael, and Russell Brand perform? Will the Queen bungee-jump from Big Ben?
More importantly on these shores, will America’s NBA stars be smiling as they take their final Olympic stadium bows? LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and the rest of the undefeated American have already been tested, nearly losing to Lithuania (population: 3.2 million). On Sunday morning at 10 a.m. ET, they’d better be playing for — and winning — gold or an entire nation will welcome its hoops squad like the city of Cleveland greeted the Miami Heat.
Presidential candidate Roseanne Barr penned a short editorial for The Daily Beast this morning in which the erstwhile sitcom star took issue with pundit Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney having “never worked a day in her life,” though perhaps not the way you thought she might.
Barr disclaimed that she didn’t want to fall into the “working mom versus stay-at-home mom” dialogue, but her disdain for Rosen’s unfortunate words was clear: Barr was less upset about what the statement conveyed about motherhood than she was dismayed that the comments were giving Mitt Romney fodder for winning sympathy among American women. In other words, Rosen’s Romney attack is presumably making Mitt and Ann look much more appealing than Barr believes they should be.
“It’s a shame that Rosen lobbed the Romney campaign a fat political softball they could smack over the gender fence,” wrote Barr. “After the Republicans had alienated at least half the voting public by all but condemning birth control, suddenly Rosen’s remark enabled them to self-righteously assume the role of defenders of American motherhood.” READ FULL STORY
Roseanne Barr is going to have an awfully busy year ahead of her. In addition to running for president of the United States of America and maintaining all the upkeep that comes with running a macadamia nut farm, the Emmy-winning actress/comedienne is also finally making her long-anticipated return to prime-time television.
20th Century Fox Television confirmed to EW that Barr has a deal in place for a new sitcom called Downwardly Mobile, which she will write and star in. Barr will work with her longtime boyfriend Johnny Argent on the project, as well as Roseanne’s Nuts executive producer Steven Greener, who will hold the same title for this series. READ FULL STORY
This Week's Cover: The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years. Roseanne, Harry Potter, Buffy, Homer, more!
In nine groundbreaking seasons, the brash blue-collar mom Roseanne Conner tackled taboos and took no guff from anyone on Roseanne — least of all her family. Now, as part of Entertainment Weekly’s 20th-anniversary Characters Issue, counting down the 100 greatest characters of the last two decades, Roseanne Barr shares with EW what her sitcom alter ego — and the rest of the Conner clan—would be up to in 2010. While some of what Barr muses about below may contradict what she’s previously stated in a personal blog post on the subject, we’d like to think what we have here, straight from Roseanne’s fingertips to this post, is the final say on the matter: READ FULL STORY
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