Before she made it to Hollywood, actress Rachael Harris, of Reno 911 and The Hangover, was a kid growing up in Ohio. While she wasn't great in the traditional school subjects, she loved playing the cello. She credits her music classes for keeping her engaged in school, and it's that experience that helped prompt her to advocate on behalf of The Creative Coalition, a nonpartisan nonprofit that lobbies for funding the National Endowment for the Arts. We caught up with Rachael at the Republican National Convention last week, where she was hoping to get the word out about the value of the creative community. Watch now and tell us if you agree that there's value in funding arts education.
Just like many of you, I was dismayed at the cancellation of ABC's Miss Guided starring Judy Greer. I love watching her and I thought overall it was a fantastic ensemble comedy. From my poll results, it also looks like some folks are none too pleased to see Notes From the Underbelly go, too, but as sad as these cancellations are, take heart: Judy Greer and Rachael Harris (from Notes) have already scored new gigs — and on HBO, no less!
The two will star in HBO's half-hour pilot Suburban Shootout. Hollywood Reporter has more:
Based on the critically praised British series, Shootout is a dark comedy about a woman (Greer) who escapes the city for suburban bliss only to find herself caught between two rival gangs of homicidal housewives as they vie for control of their idyllic town.
In addition to Greer and Harris, so far the cast is rounded out by Kelly Preston and Reno! 911's Kerri Kenney (Deputy Trudy Wiegel!). Man, HBO is on such a roll with the female-led programming this year. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us.
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I'm utterly ambivalent about ABC's new comedy, "Notes From the Underbelly," which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. before moving to its regular Wednesday time slot. And maybe that's appropriate, because the show is about the utter ambivalence its main characters feel toward having a child. Based on a novel by Risa Green, the show focuses on Andrew (Peter Cambor) and Lauren (Jennifer Westfeldt), who want to have a baby before it's too late, then — after quickly getting pregnant — immediately decide it's too soon.
"Notes" isn't terrible; there were a lot of moments I liked in the first three episodes, and it's amusing, if not laugh-out-loud funny. But overall, the show seems flat, with one-dimensional supporting characters and jokes that don't quite hit the mark.
The best part about "Notes" is the central couple, who view parenthood with a mix of curiosity, excitement and total dread. Lauren is by far the show's most interesting character, mocking her pregnant friends' over-the-top doting while longing, at least a little, to be one of those moms herself. But "Notes" falls apart with its stereotypical supporting characters, so read more