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Dixie Carter in 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

Dixie Carter co-stars with Mia Dillon in Arsenic and Old Lace, which officially opens at Houston's Alley Theatre on Oct. 10. Gregory Boyd directs the production, which began previews Oct. 5 and will continue through Nov. 4.

Joseph Kesselring's comedy, according to press notes, "introduces the Brewster sisters (portrayed by Carter and Dillon), their nephew Teddy – who believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt, and their drama critic nephew Mortimer, who is as surprised as anyone to learn that his maiden aunts have taken it upon themselves to commit murder – with a glass of arsenic-spiked elderberry wine."

Tickets for Arsenic and Old Lace are available by visiting or by calling (713) 220-5700. The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue in Houston, TX.



Annie Potts Signs to TNT Pilot

Annie Potts has joined TNT's one-hour pilot Family Man, starring William H. Macy.

Family Man, a co-production with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment, is a light drama starring Macy as unlikely criminal John Parker: a respected father and pillar of his community by day and the leader of a bickering gang of burglars by night. Annie Potts will play Parker's wife.

Other cast members include Brendan Sexton as John's nephew, Wesley, who works with him on a computer-store robbery, and Sean O'Bryan playing John's younger brother -- likable but not the brightest bulb in the family -- who assists John and Wesley. Jennifer Aspen will play John's younger sister, a pole dancer.


Alice Ghostley Passes Away at 81

Alice Ghostley, known to Designing Women fans as our beloved Bernice Clifton, passed away on Friday at her home in Studio City after a long battle with colon cancer and complications from a series of strokes. She was 81.

With an incredible list of stage and film credits to her name, the Tony Award-winning character actress was best known on television for her roles as bumbling witch Esmerelda on Bewitched and the wacky and memorable Bernice on Designing Women, for which she received an Emmy Nomination.


Delta Burke Gets 'Bridal Fever'

Delta Burke will be co-starring in the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie Bridal Fever, currently in production in Toronto.

Delta Burke and Andrea Roth have been tapped to play two friends who are searching unsuccessfully to find a husband, before turning to a romance novelist for advice.

The telefilm will air exclusively on the Hallmark Channel in 2008.

  POSTED JULY 26, 2007

Annie Does 'Love Letters'

Annie Potts will make a two-night-only appearance at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C., starring in A.R. Gurney's funny and poignant two-person play, Love Letters, the saga of a relationship told through a lifetime of hilarious, heartfelt and revealing letters. Potts will be appearing opposite long-time friend and actor-writer James Hugh Taylor, with whom she performed in Love Letters in January in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Love Letters will be performed at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, on Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale through the theater, by calling (202) 943-1122 or (202) 877-487-8849 or visiting the box office, and online at Ticket prices are $28, $46 and $56. A 25% discount will be offered to students, military personnel and seniors over the age of 70.

  POSTED APRIL 1, 2007

'Lucky You' to Finally Premiere

After a year long delay in post production, Warner Bros. Lucky You, in which Jean Smart appears as a high stake poker player against star Eric Bana, is finally going to open on May 7th.

Lucky You features Bana as a Las Vegas poker player trying to beat the odds and his own demons in order to win a world championship. Drew Barrymore, Debra Messing and Robert Duvall also star.

**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart

  POSTED APRIL 1, 2007

Delta Leads Diabetes Awareness Campaign

Stage, screen and film actress Delta Burke is leading the BYETTA Let's Talk campaign, sponsored by Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMLN) and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY).

The BYETTA Let's Talk campaign is designed to educate people with type 2 diabetes about the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle, including taking the right medications.

The BYETTA Let's Talk campaign will launch in Boston on March 17 at the New England Spring Flower Show. Over the summer, the campaign will visit 10 cities throughout the United States. At most events, attendees will hear firsthand from Delta Burke about her experience with type 2 diabetes and how BYETTA helps her manage the disease.


Annie Potts Attached to CW Pilot

Annie Potts has been cast in the CW's untitled Maggie Friedman dramedy.

Lauren Bittner has landed the lead in the pilot; it centers on a young life coach (Bittner) who also is a witch.

  POSTED APRIL 1, 2007

Jean Signs onto 'Samantha Who?' Pilot

Jean Smart has signed on to star with Christina Applegate in ABC's comedy pilot Samantha Who?. The show centers on a woman (Applegate) who awakes from a coma with amnesia and has to rediscover her life. Jean will play her self-absorbed mother, and Jennifer Esposito has been cast as the amnesiac's best friend.

Best-selling Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern helped conceive the story for the pilot.

**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart

  POSTED APRIL 1, 2007

Linda Bloodworth Developing HBO Pilot

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's dramedy, 12 Miles of Bad Road, has been ordered to series by HBO. The hourlong series reportedly was going to be redeveloped as a half-hour but the network opted to stick with its current format. The exact number of episodes ordered has yet to be determined. Michael Engler directed the pilot while Loucas George and Doug Jackson also serve as producers.

Lily Tomlin stars as the matriarch of a wealthy Texas family whose real estate business and absurd wealth complicate the simplest family matters, says The Hollywood Reporter. Gary Cole, Mary Kay Place, Katherine LaNasa, Kim Dickens, Eliza Coupe, Leslie Jordan, Ivana Milicevic, David Andrews, Sean Bridgers, Texas Battle and Cameron Richardson also star.

The series is expected to premiere in late 2007.


Jean and Richard in 'Love Letters'

Jean Smart will be starring opposite her husband, Richard Gilliland, as one of the theatre's best-known un-married twosomes — Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner — in A.R. Gurney's acclaimed Love Letters February 10 and 11 at the historic Visalia Fox Theater in California. Ted Weiant will direct the evenings, which will benefit the Visalia Fox Theater restoration fund. Producers are The Visalia Fox Theater in association with Keion Marshall.

Love Letters, according to production notes, "chronicles a relationship solely through written correspondence. The story is about Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Gilliland) and Melissa Gardner (Smart) whose poignantly funny friendship and ill-fated romance takes them from second grade through adolescence and then into maturity and middle age." The work premiered at Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre in 1989 with Joanna Gleason and John Rubenstein and has been performed all around the world. Laura Linney and Steven Weber starred in a television version of the play.

The Visalia Fox Theatre is located at 308 W. Main Street in Visalia, CA. Tickets, which begin at $200, are available by calling (559) 625-1369. For more information, visit

**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart


Dixie's 'Desperate Housewives' Re-Air Sunday

This Sunday, January 7th, Desperate Housewives is showing a encore marathon of Dixie Carter's debut episodes before new episodes beging next week.

Dixie joined the series in November as Orson (Kyle Machlachlan) Hodge's mother, Gloria, and immediately proved herself a difficult and disruptive entity. She and Orson do not get along at all. In fact, Dixie told friend and columnist Liz Smith that her character, Gloria, was "a monster."

Series creator Marc Cherry, who had been Dixie's personal assistant during her Designing Women days, called to offer her the role he had in mind -- providing she was willing to "de-glam" for it, wearing a grey wig and carrying a cane as a reminder of her character's recent (mysterious) accident.

Only time will tell why Gloria and her son don't get along, and only Marc Cherry knows.

Desperate Housewives will air three back-to-back episodes this Sunday from 8pm to 11pm, and returns to its regular time at 9pm the following week with new episodes.

Photo Credit: Ron Tom/American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.


Jean Smart Returns to '24'

Jean Smart will be reprising her role as First Lady Martha Logan for the upcoming 6th season of the smash Fox drama 24. Jean received critical acclaim and an Emmy nomination for her performance last season.

One of the most innovative, thrilling and acclaimed drama series on television, the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning 24 stars Kiefer Sutherland as Agent Jack Bauer, who heads -- or at least used to head -- the field operations of the Counter Terrorist Unit in the United States. Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, the series is presented in a unique format where each episode covers one hour of real time with the season’s entire story taking place in one day. Once again, viewers are able to follow several key characters through a day that none of them will ever forget.

Jean joined the cast in Season Five as Martha Logan, the emotionally volatile First Lady to the petulant, legacy-obsessed President. From her very first scene until her devastating smirk in the season finale, she blew away critics and reviewers.

24 returns, kicking off its sixth season with a two-night premiere starting Sunday, January 14th, 8pm through 10pm ET/PT, and the blast-off continues on 24’s regular night, Monday, January 15th also 8 until 10pm ET/PT for a beginning total of four adrenaline-charged hours for the Season Six debut

**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart