NBC and Warner Bros. TV have pulled the sexy next-door neighbor character from "Friends" spinoff "Joey" after the writers discovered they had made her a married woman, which made the flirting scenes with Joey Tribiani seem icky.
It had been speculated ever since NBC showed the entire pilot episode to advertisers in May that, despite thespian Ashley Scott's considerable talent in rolling her eyes and keeping up low-rider pants, the Sexy Neighbor Girl role would be recast. And, according to trade paper reports, the show's creators are taking that opportunity to rethink the role and may make her single.
And, because great minds think alike, when all the broadcast networks had unveiled their new prime-time lineups last month, it was discovered that both WB and Fox had scheduled soaps, on which "Charlie's Angels" director McG is a producer, on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in hopes of attracting that large subset of young former "Friends" fans who do not understand that "Joey" is a "Friends" spinoff.
WB said it was giving the time slot to "The Mountain," about a prodigal son who returns to his family's really expensive mountain home when his grandfather dies and leaves him the ski resort.
Then Fox revealed it was moving "The O.C." there.
Because WB announced its lineup first, you'd think that would count for something. But apparently it does not, so WB has decided to move "The Mountain" to Wednesday nights at 9 and shift its two Wednesday sketch comedy shows, Jeff Foxworthy's "Blue Collar TV" and "Drew Carey's Green Screen Show," into the Thursday time slot.
"In such a fluid programming environment, you have to effectively counter-program the competition and remain agile to be competitive," WB CEO Jordan Levin said in a statement announcing the schedule change.
Mark Burnett is mad and he's getting even. The reality series producer, whose credits include "Survivor" and "The Apprentice," is miffed that Fox is developing a reality series set in the world of pro boxing because Burnett had already announced that he was doing a boxing reality show with Sylvester Stallone for NBC, called "The Contender."
So Burnett has let it be known that he's developing a music competition reality series, a la Fox's "American Idol."
But Burnett's show will search for a lead singer in a rock band. Trade paper Variety broke the news that he's talking to INXS about being the first band for which a new lead singer will be sought. INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence committed suicide in 1997 -- that oughta be an upbeat reality series.
More recently, Jon Stevens was the lead singer of the group that had hits way back in the '80s, right around the time the careers of all those aging guest judges on "American Idol" were winding down. But Stevens left late last year to pursue a career as a dweeby redhead with no rhythm who specializes in old Brat Pack songs on "American Idol." Oh, different John Stevens.
Speaking of "American Idol," its producer, Fremantle Media, has cut a deal with Mattel to do an "American Idol" Barbie doll. This is the first official acknowledgment by the producers that the show has, as many viewers had suspected while watching the most recent edition, turned into a popularity contest for little girls and their moms.
"American Idol" Barbie will come with stage accessories and three accessory pals she met during the show's open-call auditions. "AI" Barbie is scheduled to hit stores in the winter, just as "American Idol 4" is set to debut.