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The Ortegas Sundays 8:30pm (est)
Live from California’s beautiful San Fernando Valley ... it’s THE ORTEGAS. Based on the International Emmy-winning and hit BBC series, “The Kumars at No. 42,” this inventive new series blends comedy, reality and improvisation into one wild, unique mix. LUIS ORTEGA (AL MADRIGAL, “2002 Montreal Comedy Festival”) is the likeable young host of his very own talk show, thanks to his generous immigrant parents HENRY (CHEECH MARIN, “Nash Bridges”) and ESMERALDA (TERRI HOYOS, “Town and Country”), who built a television studio in the family’s backyard.
Each week, the family – including Luis’ darling and often uncensored grandmother MARIA (RENEE VICTOR, “Never Trust a Serial Killer”) – welcomes actual celebrity guests into their home, smothering them with hospitality and homemade traditional Mexican snacks. And once they’ve step out of the back of the house and into the television studio, the talk show begins. At this point the entire family showers their guests – who have not been prepped for the talk show portion of the show - with spontaneous and wide-ranging interview topics leaving the live audience wondering what could possibly be next. Look out Dave and Jay – Luis Ortega is on his way.
As if Luis, Henry, Esmeralda and Maria are not enough, THE ORTEGAS will introduce their friends, family, and neighbors who inhabit this crazy world called “Van Nuys.” They are all as colorful and entertaining as the Ortegas themselves.
WALLY WOLODARSKY (“The Oblongs”), GAVIN POLONE (“Hack”), JIMMY MULVILLE (“The Kumars at No. 42”) and DENISE O’DONOGHUE (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) serve as executive producers. LINDA MENDOZA (“The Bernie Mac Show”) directs this comedy from Pariah and Hat Trick Productions.
Arrested Development Sunday 9:30pm (est)
MICHAEL BLUTH (JASON BATEMAN, “The Sweetest Thing”), a widower, wants nothing more than to be a good father to his 13-year-old son GEORGE MICHAEL (MICHAEL CERA), so he resolves to quit the family business for good and move to Arizona to start a new life. But instead Michael’s eccentric family pulls him back in when his father GEORGE BLUTH SR. gets arrested for shifty accounting practices at Bluth Co. This sends the family reeling, and when their assets are frozen, this puts a major crimp in each of their lives.
LUCILLE BLUTH (JESSICA WALTER), Michael’s mother, is a flamboyant, stylish and spoiled society matron who finds herself alone in her Balboa Bay Club penthouse without the financial means to maintain it. GEORGE OSCAR BLUTH II (WILL ARNETT), “Gob,” Michael’s older, wildly eccentric brother, has devoted his life to the field of magic but now he must contend with the possibility of getting a real job in the real world. BUSTER BLUTH (TONY HALE) is Michael’s younger brother, a professional graduate student who is alternately cool and incredibly self-conscious.
Michael decides to stay in Orange County and invites his sister LINDSAY FUNKE (PORTIA DE ROSSI, “Ally McBeal”) and her family to move in with him and George Michael. Lindsay is married to the hapless TOBIAS (DAVID CROSS), a doctor who lost his license after performing CPR on a man who was sunbathing and didn’t need it. Lindsay and Tobias are the ultra-permissive parents of MAE (ALIA SHAWKAT), “Maeby,” who delights in finding unique ways to rebel against her over-indulgent parents.
Michael reluctantly finds himself having to pull his offbeat family up by their bootstraps and slowly “teach” them how to live without the family’s largess.
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT comes from Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television. RON HOWARD (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Parenthood”), BRIAN GRAZER (“The Nutty Professor 1 and 2,” “8 Mile,” “24”), DAVID NEVINS and MITCH HURWITZ (“The Ellen Show,” “Golden Girls”) serve as executive producers.
SKIN 9pm Monday
JERRY BRUCKHEIMER ("CSI," "Black Hawk Down") and JIM LEONARD ("Thieves") team to create a new, intense character drama about a world you've never seen. SKIN is the story of two young lovers, desperate to be together, but who have two warring families who will do anything to keep them apart, and almost anything to destroy each other.
ADAM (D. J. COTRONA), a 17-year-old Latino from east L.A., meets JEWEL (OLIVIA WILDE), 16, a wealthy, beautiful Westside girl, at a party. They fall for each other, passionately, purely, and completely, before they realize that their parents are at "war." Adam's Latina mother LAURA (RACHEL TICOTIN), a judge, and Anglo father THOMAS (KEVIN ANDERSON, "Nothing Sacred"), the Los Angeles District Attorney, are prominent members of the city's judicial system. And, at the moment, Thomas happens to be investigating and prosecuting Jewel's father, LARRY (RON SILVER, "Ali," "The West Wing," "Festival in Cannes"), the most successful producer of adult entertainment in Los Angeles.
SKIN is about sex and race. SKIN is about politics. And most of all SKIN is about skin: complexion, beauty, desire, attraction, obsession, and prejudice in contemporary Los Angeles. SKIN is shot through with black comedy, passion, white-collar crime, scandal, naked ambition, and action.
Cast: Ron Silver as Larry Goldman, Kevin Anderson as Thomas Roam, D.J. Cotrona as Adam, Olivia Wilde as Jewel, D.W. Moffett as Ziti, Rachel Ticotin as Laura, Pamela Gidley as Barbara
A Minute with Stan Hooper Wednesday 8:30pm (est)
“I just want to be a common man.” – Stan Hooper
“You are as common as they come.” – Molly Hooper
For ten years, “A Minute with Stan Hooper” has closed each episode of “Newsline,” America’s highest rated newsmagazine. In his “Minute” segments, STAN HOOPER (NORM MACDONALD, “Saturday Night Live,” “Norm”) has been telling real stories of real people that make up the fabric of America.
But now Stan is making his “Minute” more honest. He no longer wants to comment on life from a studio in midtown Manhattan. He wants to live in the vanishing America he has been talking about for a decade – a place where ordinary people enjoy life’s simple pleasures, where people have never heard of cappuccino.
So, Stan and his wife MOLLY (PENELOPE ANN MILLER, “Kindergarten Cop,” “Full Disclosure”) are moving to Waterford Falls, Wisconsin. Stan thinks this small town they passed through on their honeymoon 15 years ago is the embodiment of the old-fashioned values and idyllic lifestyle he has been championing in his “Minute” reports. Except that the house that Stan and Molly rent comes with a butler, GARY (BRIAN HOWE). And the local cheese mogul’s son, RYAN (ERIC LIVELY), who is dating a waitress, CHELSEA (REAGAN DALE NEIS, “Maybe It’s Me”), temporarily moves in with Stan and Molly. And that the two guys who own the local diner, PETE (DANIEL ROEBUCK, “Agent Cody Banks,” “We Were Soldiers”) and LOU (GARRET DILLAHUNT) PETERSON, are a couple. Stan Hooper is a commentator on life, whose observations and insights will solve some problems while creating others.
A MINUTE WITH STAN HOOPER is created by BARRY KEMP (“Coach,” “Newhart”) and Norm Macdonald, and produced by Paramount Television.
Tru Calling Thursday 8pm (est)
What would you do if you could relive a day?
If you’re TRU DAVIES (ELIZA DUSHKU, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), you’d save lives.
Tru is a smart, sexy recent college graduate who – when her high-powered medical internship falls through – finds herself working the midnight shift at the New York City morgue.
One night, Tru questions reality when she thinks she hears a beautiful murder victim asking for her help. But the next morning, our heroine wakes up to find that she is back at the beginning of that very same day – twelve hours before a murder that only she knows about is set to take place.
With the clock ticking, Tru is compelled to traverse the city of New York over those next twelve hours to prevent this wrongful death, while at the same time rescuing members of her own family from their dangerous and self-destructive lives.
Directed by renowned filmmaker PHILLIP NOYCE (“The Quiet American”) TRU CALLING combines the sexiness and speed of “Alias” with the procedural crime format of “CSI.” TRU CALLING is from 20th Century Fox Television and Original Television and comes from executive producer/writer JON FELDMAN (“American Dreams,” “Roswell,” “Dawson’s Creek”).
LUIS Fridays, 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT
LUIS (Luis Guzman) is an opinionated all-American Puerto Rican who rules his building like a castle and his neighborhood like he’s the de facto mayor. He’s living the American dream as the proud owner of a Spanish Harlem donut shop and the building’s landlord. But his dream is rudely disturbed on a regular basis … By corrupt cops shaking him down for free donuts. By a Chinese food delivery guy who swears he was a cardiologist back in the “Old Country” and doesn’t speak English because “this is America – you speak Spanish.” By an obnoxious elderly Irish woman who lives in one of Luis’ rent-controlled apartments. By TK (Malcolm Barrett), a young, African-American con man who harasses Luis’ customers, trying to sell them “merchandise” he found in Luis’ dumpster. And by his assistant RICHIE (Charlie Day) who pines for Luis’ head-strong daughter MARLY (Jaclyn DeSantis).
In addition, Luis’ ex-wife ISABELLA (Diana-Maria Riva) constantly reminds him why they got divorced, but somehow can’t get enough of him or his donuts. To make matters worse, Marly lives in Luis’ building with her free-loading boyfriend GREG (Wes Ramsey), an “artiste” who hopes to pay his share of the rent by selling his paintings – which isn’t likely to happen anytime soon. Luis is a man who’s got the world figured out - the world just doesn’t know it yet.
LUIS is from creator and executive producer Will Gluck and 20th Century Fox Television. Tom Saunders is co-executive producer, Ira Ungerleider, Matt Goldman and Pam Brady are consulting producers, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller are supervising producers.
Wonderfalls ~ Mid Season Replacement
Set against the backdrop of Niagara Falls, WONDERFALLS is a funny, provocative and magical one-hour dramedy about JAYE TYLER (CAROLINE DHAVERNAS), an underachieving twenty-something souvenir shop worker whose life is forever changed after she has what her family calls “an episode.” That’s when inanimate animal figures – toys, cartoon images, anything in the form of an animal – begin talking to her, and their cryptic messages set into motion a chain of events that invariably lead her into the lives of others in need. Described by its creators BRYAN FULLER (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and TODD HOLLAND (“Malcolm in the Middle”), with tongues firmly in cheek, as “Touched by a Crazy Person,” the series focuses on Jaye as she meddles in, muddles up, and ultimately betters the lives of herself, her eccentric family of overachievers, and the eclectic variety of strangers that cross her path. Over the course of this series Jaye will discover that the world around her really is a magical place, and that the seemingly random events in her life are actually all part of something much greater. WONDERFALLS is from 20th Century Fox Television and Regency Television.
Production Companies: 20th Century Fox Television and Regency Television
Executive Producers/Writers: Bryan Fuller, Todd Holland
Director: Todd Holland
Cast: Caroline Dhavernas as Jaye, Katie Finneran as Sharon, Tyron Leitso as Eric, William Sadler as Darrin, Diana Scarwid as Karen, Adam Scott as Aaron
Still Life ~ Mid Season Replacement
STILL LIFE tells the story of an American family, the MORGANS, through the eyes of JAKE MORGAN, the eldest of BEN and CHARLOTTE MORGAN’s four children. Jake was the golden child that every parent dreams of having. Following in his father’s footsteps, he decided to become a cop. And, on his first day on the job, Jake was murdered. We rejoin the Morgan family a year after Jake’s death. Jake now is our narrator, watching his family from beyond with amusement, longing and neverending curiosity as their true lives are revealed to him. Jake is not a ghost, but in many ways he is still a part of the lives of the people he loves, and he still has unresolved issues. His mother, CHARLOTTE (SUSANNA THOMPSON, “Dragonfly”), has been galvanized by tragedy to resume her dream of running for public office. His father, BEN (DAVID KEITH, “Daredevil,” “Behind Enemy Lines”), a detective, must overcome the guilt he feels for his son’s death and rediscover the lust for life he once had. Jake’s younger brother, MAX (JENSEN ACKLES, “Dark Angel”), is a 21-year-old concert of darkness and light. His love-hate relationship with Jake is revealed in a love triangle with MAGGIE (MORENA BACCARIN), the girl they both love and owner of an art gallery. EMILY (AUDREY MARIE ANDERSON, “Moonlight Mile”), Jake’s 19-year-old sister and best friend, is a haunting beauty whose life has been set adrift by the absence of her brother. She is looking for someone to give her that connection again, and the search could take her anywhere. His youngest sister, DAISY (JEANETTE BROX), is a precocious 16-year-old coming of age faster than she is ready. She is a positive, upbeat spirit buoyed by the belief that Jake is “still here.” By turns heart-breaking and life-affirming, joyful, combative and complicated, STILL LIFE is a beautiful celebration of love, life and family. MARK PIZNARSKI (“Once and Again,” “My So-Called Life,” “Everwood”) directs STILL LIFE, from 20th Century Fox Television and Original Television.
Production Company: 20th Century Fox Television and Original Television
Executive Producers: Marty Adelstein, Neal Moritz, Kip Koenig, Dawn Parouse, Marti Noxon
Writer: Kip Koenig
Director: Mark Piznarski
Cast: Jensen Ackles as Max, David Keith as Ben, Susanna Thompson as Charlotte, Audrey Marie Anderson as Emily, Jeanette Brox as Daisy, Morena Baccarin as Maggie
Cracking Up ~ Mid Season Replacement
BEN (NICHOLAS D'AGOSTO), an idealistic psychology student, gets more than he bargained for when he moves into the guest house of a wealthy Beverly Hills family. TED (CHRIS McDONALD, "Spy Kids 2," "Perfect Storm") the proud patriarch of the family, is a successful pharmaceutical executive. Ted's wife, LESLEY (MOLLY SHANNON, "Saturday Night Live," "Superstar"), is the happy homemaker and helpmate. Their three children are CHLOE (CAITLIN WACHS), the pretty cheerleader, who suffers from delusions of grandeur; PRESTON (JAKE SANDVIG), the all-American athlete, and TANNER (NATHAN NORTON), who they all consider the "troubled child." They may look like the picture-perfect clan, living the American dream in a gorgeous mansion, but on closer inspection, each member of the family proves to be crazier than the next. Ben and his fun-loving friend, LIAM (DAVID WALTON), soon find themselves playing in-house therapists to a brood of whackos. The household is the perfect training ground for a budding therapist and, although Ben is shocked by some of their more eccentric behavior, he is determined to help "fix" this family. They may be "cracking up," but they're also fascinating, lovable, and a whole lot of fun. CRACKING UP is written by MIKE WHITE, the award-winning writer and star of "The Good Girl," "Chuck & Buck" and "Orange County." The series is directed by PAUL and CHRIS WEITZ of "About a Boy" and "American Pie" fame.