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Morning File: Locklear on "Melrose," More "Glee," Other

By admin Published: September 22, 2009

As she did with the original "Melrose Place," Heather Locklear will ride to the rescue of the new version in November. That, and other items, after the jump.

From The CW:

Heather Locklear will reprise her role as scheming vixen Amanda Woodward of “Melrose Place,” which airs Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on The CW. Locklear will make her debut appearance on the show Tuesday, November 17.
“We’re ecstatic to have the chance to bring Amanda Woodward back to ‘Melrose Place,’” said executive producers Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer. “Heather’s involvement in the show is something we’ve been working on for some time as we couldn’t imagine creating and producing this show without the iconic character’s inclusion.”
Locklear joined the popular 1990s series of “Melrose Place” at the end of season one and stayed on throughout the series’ successful seven-year run. She joins original castmates Laura Leighton, Thomas Calabro, Josie Bisset and Daphne Zuniga in the updated version for The CW.

Fox has given "Glee" a full-season order. The official word:

FOX has ordered a full season of the critically acclaimed comedy GLEE, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company.
“The response we’ve received to GLEE has been remarkable,” said Reilly. “It’s already got the makings of a cultural phenomenon. I’ve seen all 13 episodes, and Ryan Murphy, his team and the talented GLEE cast have knocked our socks off with their incredible work. We’re happy to pick up this gem of a show, and can’t wait to see what they’ll do with the rest of the season.”
“It’s fantastic to be the first show picked up and that this underdog series, like its characters, will get the chance to keep singing,” said series co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy. “There are so many more stories to tell. We’re grateful for the incredible passion shown by everyone involved – the unbelievable fans, the cast, crew, our partners at the network and studio and even music artists and labels.”
In the next episode of GLEE, airing Wednesday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Kurt (Chris Colfer) takes center stage when he tries out for the football team in order to impress his dad. Sandy (guest star Stephen Tobolowsky) and Sue (Jane Lynch) join forces to carry out their plans for disbanding the Glee Club. Meanwhile, Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Finn’s (Cory Monteith) relationship is tested when they receive some life-changing news
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Wednesday's episode is a good one, by the way, and a noticeable improvement on last week's. Plus it includes a nice performance by Mike O'Malley as Kurt's dad.

Simon Baker, currently on a roll as star of "The Mentalist," attracted a lot of fans as star of "The Guardian." The first season of "The Mentalist" is on DVD today, and "The Guardian" will arrive in late October. The announcement:

THE GUARDIAN, the captivating legal drama starring Simon Baker, debuts on a six-disc DVD set featuring all 22 riveting first season episodes on October 27 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.
When a hotshot corporate lawyer has a run-in with the law and is sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service, he becomes The Guardian - a part-time child advocate at Legal Aid Services, where one case after another is an eye-opening instance of kids caught up in difficult circumstances. THE GUARDIAN garnered a host of industry acclaim with Simon Baker earning a Golden Globe nomination for the lead role. The series also featured Alan Rosenberg and Dabney Coleman.
THE GUARDIAN: The First Season is a six-disc set presented in Full Screen with English Stereo Sound. The DVD is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated 14A in Canada. The total running time is approximately 972 minutes. The SRP is $49.99 US/ $54.99 CAN.

Also, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" comes to DVD and Blu-ray on Dec. 1. There will be several different packages, per Fox:

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
The Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack includes a high definition version of the film with over an hour of mayhem, mischief and monumental magic of outrageously funny features – including an interactive museum scavenger hunt game, gag reel, 12 deleted scenes with an alternate ending, “Cherub Bootcamp,” “Phinding Pharaoh With Hank Azaria” featurettes – a Digital Copy and a standard DVD. The pack is available for the gift-giving price of $39.99 U.S. / $49.99 Canada.

Monkey Mischief
The limited edition “Monkey Mischief” double DVD boasts a second disc including over 30 minutes of entertainment complimenting the bonus materials featured on the first disc, including cast and crew commentary, six deleted scenes with an alternate ending, a gag reel, and more. The holiday two-pack DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.98 U.S. / $45.98 Canada.

Single Disc
The Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian single disc DVD has one hour of special feature laughs from favorite stars including commentary by cast and crew, featurettes, six deleted scenes with an alternate ending, and a gag reel for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada.

Catching up on some Monday night viewing I did not see in advance:
A so-so "Two and a Half Men," with the exception of Conchata Ferrell, who always makes me laugh; I've had issues with the committed-Charlie storyline (not least because his fiancee doesn't fit with the rest of the show), and those remain. Nice cameo by Eddie Van Halen, though.
"Big Bang Theory" made me laugh a couple of times, but was uneven at best; the stereotypical behavior of Sheldon's mother was especially grating. The show was smart to have cast Laurie Metcalf as Sheldon's mom, since she could make a bad role seem better.
"Dancing With the Stars" got off to an unsurprising start, with especially good work by Aaron Carter and Donny Osmond, and Tom DeLay smiling more in two hours than he probably did in years of meetings with Democrats; the judges were nutty, as usual, and even sitting with the other women contestants (who perform tonight), Macy Gray looked as if she couldn't wait to be somewhere else.

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