Ordinarily, the fact that CHEERS’ Ted Danson and THE OC’s Tate Donovan are doing a series would be big news. But when everyone’s favorite bunny-boiler, Glenn Close, takes the lead role in a show, she’s who all the buzz is going to be about. Heck, Close managed to practically steal THE SHIELD from the inimitable Michael Chiklis during her 2005 stint on that series (which returns, by the way, tonight on FX for its sixth season). Not surprisingly, FX is keeping Close on the payroll, having given her previously unnamed pilot – now dubbed DAMAGES – a pilot order. The new series will find Close playing a high-stakes litagator.
In other news, 7th HEAVEN’s new life has proven fairly short-lived. After airing what was billed as its “final episode” in May of 2006 and then being resurrected on The CW when it launched in September, HEAVEN will now go to its final resting place (read: eternal syndication) following the episode slated to air on Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. ET. (More on the cancellation to come — trust us, we at theTVaddict.com are planning a party!)
And it looks as if there are dark days ahead for THE BLACK DONNELLYS. Although NBC has not addressed the shows fate, a press release announced that a new reality series from Ashton Kutcher will drive the Irish boys out of their time slot beginning on April 23. While that technically means that the Mob brood are on “hiatus,” chances are good that the show won’t be coming back. It’s replacement? THE REAL WEDDING CRASHERS. You can’t make this stuff up. Trust us, we try. The reality show will focus on a team of improv actors who stir things up at wedding receptions. Don’t worry, we’re assured that the bride and groom are always in on the pranks.