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Julia Duffy in 'Dumb and Dumberer'

Julia Duffy has just returned from Atlanta where the she filmed scenes for the 2003 New Line Cinema release When Harry Met Lloyd: Dumb and Dumberer. Set in 1986, the film is a prequel to the 1994 film Dumb & Dumber starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Dumb and Dumberer tracks their characters, Harry and Lloyd (played as teenagers by Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson), during their high-school years as the dim duo tries to escape the "special" classes and enter "normal" high-school life. Look for it to hit theaters in July.

**Source: Yahoo! Movies.


'Mornings at Seven' with Julie Hagerty Hits Los Angeles

Julie Hagerty's recent project, a revival of Paul Osborn's family comedy, Morning's at Seven, is currently enjoying a limited run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Set in 1938 in a small Midwestern town, Morning's at Seven is an affectionate portrait of a tight-knit family, all of whom have spent their lives together, and whose existence becomes unsettled when they begin to question how they will spend their remaining years. The all-star cast includes Elizabeth Franz, Julie Hagerty, Buck Henry, Piper Laurie, Christopher Lloyd, William Biff McGuire, Estelle Parsons, Frances Sternhagen, and Stephen Tobolowsky.

Morning's at Seven closes in Los Angeles January 26, 2003. For information on tickets and showtimes, contact the Ahmanson Theatre at 213-628-2772.


'Providence' Wraps Up with a 2-Hour Finale

Friday's two-hour Providence finale will wrap up loose ends, but will leave a lot of confused fans.

This week, Syd (Melina Kanakaredes) prepares to embark on a new life with Owen (George Newbern) until a hostage situation at the ER threatens her marital bliss. Fans, however, are more concerned with the future of the series, whose cancelation seems a bit premature considering the series won its timeslot last week and helped NBC pull in the best Friday numbers of any network this season. Hmm. Could it be back after all? The Providence finale airs Friday (12/20) at 8:00pm (ET/PT).


Judith Ivey Invades 'Will & Grace'

Judith Ivey will be appearing as Grace's future mother-in-law on this week's Will & Grace, and again in a special one-hour episode the following week. This week (11/14), Grace (Debra Messing) accompanies boyfriend Leo (guest star Harry Connick Jr.) to dinner with some "friends," not realizing that he's tricked her and instead introduced her to his parents -- and she soon regrets her earlier salty dialogue and suggestive attitude. And then on 11/21, Grace and Leo impetuously take their vows at a Central Park wedding that is a ratings stunt hosted by Today's Katie Couric. Grace's pals, especially Will, are hurt that they weren't invited, but all seems forgiven when everyone -- including Grace's outspoken mom and the subdued Mrs. Marcus (Ivey) -- gather days later for a swank reception. Will & Grace airs Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on NBC.


Hal Holbrook on 'Becker' and 'West Wing'

Fans of Hal Holbrook can catch him in two network television hits this coming week. Sunday (10/27) on Becker, Holbrook appears as an obnoxious former patient that Dr. Becker (Ted Danson) makes the mistake of visiting in the hospital. Becker airs Sundays on CBS at 8pm ET/PT. Then Wednesday (10/30) on The West Wing, catch Hal in a reprisal of last season's Albie Duncan role. The West Wing airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on NBC.


Teri Garr Goes Public with Multiple Sclerosis

After struggling with symptoms for 20 years, Teri Garr revealed Tuesday she has multiple sclerosis. Garr, who didn't realize she had the disease for years because it is so difficult to diagnose, told CNN's Larry King on Tuesday night that she kept the disease secret because she was in denial and "didn't feel it was necessary to tell anybody." Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system that causes symptoms ranging from numbness and poor coordination to blindness and paralysis. It affects about 2.5 million people worldwide, most of them women. Garr is now speaking out to help other people deal with the disease. "I think now, the good news is there is a lot of good medicine out there," she said. "If I can just help people to feel better."


Gregg Henry Goes 'Balistic'

Fans of Gregg Henry (Jack Dent, DW) can find him stirring up trouble for Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. The premise: Tasked with destroying each other, an FBI agent and a rogue NSA agent soon discover that there's a much bigger enemy at work. Gregg Henry plays Agent Gant, a DIA operative gone bad who steals the perfect assassination tool. Ballistic is currently in theaters.


Judith Ivey Guest Stars on 'Queens Supreme'

Judith Ivey has just finished filming a guest shot on Queens Supreme, a seriocomic drama that delves into the chaos, infighting and colorful personalities of the people behind-the-bench and behind-the-scenes a the Queens County Courthouse in New York City. Ivey will play a woman accused of shoplifting -- and who comes before the bench of Judge Vicidomini (Annabella Sciorra). Queens Supreme stars Robert Loggia and Oliver Platt and is set as a midseason replacement on CBS in January 2003.


George Newbern Returns to 'Providence'

George Newbern (Payne, DW) continues his role of Owen Frank, love interest to Dr. Sydney Hansen, as the new season of Providence premieres on Friday, October 4th. When caring for a young victim of a bus crash prevents Syd from going to Vermont for a relaxing weekend, Owen recreates a romantic fall menagerie for her in their bedroom, and poses an important question.

Providence airs Fridays at 8:00pm ET/PT on NBC.


Patricia Heaton's Autobiography Now Available

In addition to her duties on Everybody Loves Raymond, these days Patricia Heaton is busy plugging her autobiography, Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine, which is now available at

Motherhood and Hollywood is Patricia Heaton’s humorous and poignant collection of essays on life, love, marriage, child-rearing, show business, having parents, being a parent, spousal rage, surviving fame, success, and the shame of underarm flab. She is warm, witty, and refreshingly irreverent. For more information and editorial reviews, visit


Smart and Farina Present at the Emmys

Jean Smart has joined the cast of the 54th Annual Emmy Awards, where she will be a presenter alongside In-Laws co-star Dennis Farina. The ceremony will be broadcast on NBC from 8-11pm ET/PT Sunday, September 22. For more information on the 2002 Emmys and a list of nominees, visit the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences website.

  POSTED AUGUST 19, 2002

'Rose Red' to Re-Air with Ivey

The USA Network will begin re-playing Stephen King's Rose Red on August 26-28. This adaptation of the Stephen King classic originally aired on ABC in February and features Judith Ivey as one of a group of psychic specialists assembled to wake a dormant haunted mansion. For more detailed story and character information visit the Rose Red page at ABC.


The WB Still Has Designs on Delta

Delta Burke is staying in business with The WB. Tollin/Robbins Productions and The WB network were so impressed with Delta during their mutual involvement with the defunct Saint Sass they have inked her for another development deal. The agreement includes a comedy pilot commitment from the Frog for the 2003-04 TV season that insiders say is being developed to serve as a potential companion to The WB's Reba.

  POSTED JULY 4, 2002

Claudia Foundation Goes Online

The Claudia Foundation, established in 1989 by Linda Bloodworth in honor her late mother, has finally launched its first official website! The Claudia Foundation has built a reputation providing scholarships for qualified girls in Arkansas and Missouri who would otherwise not be able to attend college. Linda Bloodworth, creator of Designing Women, has donated over one million dollars to these scholarships, which have put women in colleges and universities across the country. Information on the Claudia Foundation can now be found at Claudia

  POSTED JUNE 18, 2002

Julia Duffy On the Big Screen?

Rumors around Hollywood are that Julia Duffy will appear in scenes with Catherine Zeta-Jones in the upcoming film Intolerable Cruelty. Joining Zeta-Jones is Duffy's former Baby Talk co-star, George Clooney, Billy Bob Thornton, and Geoffrey Rush. Stay tuned for future updates.

  POSTED JUNE 18, 2002

Dixie Carter Launches Skin Care Line

Dixie Carter has teamed up with EnhanceMe® to launch a revolutionary new skin care line -- previously only available through plastic surgeons and dermatologists or at high-end spas. Details are available at and in the next issue of Belled. **Source:

  POSTED MAY 17, 2002

'Kim Possible' Premieres On Disney Channel with Jean Smart

Jean Smart's voice can be heard on the new animated comedy-action series Disney's Kim Possible. The show follows the comedic adventures of Kim Possible, an average high school student with a brain surgeon mom and rocket scientist dad, who seeks odd jobs through a website ad declaring she "can do anything." Before long she is pressed into action to combat the world's evil masterminds, which seems to worry her parents less than Kim's dating circle. Jean, of course, voices Kim's brain surgeon mother. The hip series premiered June 7th to positive reviews and breaking Disney Channel records.

  POSTED MAY 17, 2002

Jean Smart to Star With Steve Martin

While Jean's latest film, Sweet Home Alabama, is in post-production with an expected Fall 2002 release, she is set to appear alongside Steve Martin and Queen Latifah in another Disney film project, In the Houze. Martin plays a lonely man who meets a woman on the Internet (Latifah) who happens to be in prison. The woman breaks out to be with him, and proceeds to wreak havok on his middle-class life -- with Jean signed on to play Martin's wife. **Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart

  POSTED MAY 15, 2002

The WB Passes on Delta's 'Saint Sass'

Delta Burke's new pilot, rumored to be full of very edgy humor, may have been too raw for even The WB. Created by Ryan Murphy, Saint Sass featured Delta as a troubled New York socialite forced to choose between jail or community service. Community service found her overseeing a gang of hilarious hell-raisers at an all-girls prep school -- which happened to be her alma mater. Despite a pilot taping that was rumored to be "wet-your-pants" funny, the series was not picked up for the Fall season.

  POSTED MAY 15, 2002

Jean Smart's 'In-Laws' Picked-Up By NBC

Jean Smart's series pilot for Mark Reisman and Kelsey Grammer has been picked up for a Fall premiere on NBC. Jean plays opposite Dennis Farina, the owner of a trucking company and overprotective father who must deal with his new live-in son-in-law.

For series details and continued updates, visit Jean's official website at Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart.

  POSTED MAY 15, 2002

'Primetime Glick' Renewed with Jan Hooks

The Comedy Central hit, Primetime Glick, will be back for a third season in early 2003, and presumably so will Jan Hooks! The series, starring Martin Short as infamous celebrity interviewer and Hollywood legend Jiminy Glick, revolves around the fictitious talk show of the same name. Central to the show is Jiminy's unique interviewing style, which is highlighted by his unbridled enthusiasm, providing a revealing glimpse into the "truths of Hollywood." Jan Hooks appears in the plum recurring role of Dixie Glick, Jiminy's insecure boozing wife with whom he shares a torrid love affair.

  POSTED MAY 15, 2002

'Family Law' Closes Office

After three seasons on the network, CBS has officially canceled the courtroom drama Family Law -- which co-starred Dixie Carter. Though the network has been on the fence about the series' renewal, it was predictably absent from the network's Fall line-up, which was announced today.