While most famous for voicing FX’s super spy, Sterling Archer, and Bob Belcher, the patriarch of FOX’s hilarious burger joint, there was a time when H. Jon Benjamin was a working actor taking bit parts on long-running series, like Rescue Me and Sex and the City.
Fans of Carrie Bradshaw and her gaggle of gals may remember when Benjamin briefly appeared on the third episode of season one but the actor reveals that he was supposed to have a much larger part on the show.
What is it about a show following a foursome of fabulous women that makes it so compulsively watchable? Sex & the City, Designing Women, Girlfriends — the formula has been a proven hit, time after time. To figure out why, we of course have to refer to the OG of female foursome TV: The Golden Girls. Following the lives of sexy seniors raunching it up in a Miami retirement community, the multi-Emmy winner introduced the four archetypes that would be the secret sauce for the success of all it’s imitators: The Witty Everywoman (ie, the leader of the pack), the Innocent (ie, the lovable airhead), the Vixen (ie, the tart who’ll steal your man and giggle about it), and the Realist (ie, the wise-cracking shade-thrower). This combination? Ratings gold.
Scandal’s Olivia Pope and President Grant are in the middle of one of the sexiest — and most flagrantly dead-wrong (hello, he’s still very married to Mellie!) — affairs in TV history. But they certainly didn’t invent the art of scandalous secret love. From Friday Night Lights’ Tim Riggins stealing Lila Garrity from his BFF; to Cersei and Jaime’s twincestuous, extra-marital boning on Game of Thrones; here are the 10 hottest affairs in TV history.
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Blair Underwood stopped by Very VH1 today to
make us swoon talk about his new NBC cop show, Ironside, and we seriously had to consider the principles of mathematics. Because, seriously, this guy is 49 years old? Is he some kind of vampire? Well, if you watch the Spreecast, you will get a sense of his maturity, but we think it’s pretty hard to tell his real age from project to project. Check out the photos from some of his memorable roles above and see if you can sort them into chronological order. Answer key after the jump.
It felt like yesterday that we were sitting down to find out if Joey and Dawson would ever go all the way or learning about the crazy life of strangers on True Life. Fifteen years ago I was definitely too young to understand what Sex and the City was actually about or appreciate the impact of TRL (then Total Request Live). The same year brought us Felicity, who won the heart of America and later lost it when she cut her hair. It was TV’s first introduction to Aaron Sorkin who launched his small screen writing career with Sports Night. It was also the year that introduced us to Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling. It was 1998. And it feels like forever ago.
Female buddy films are the Manolo Mary Jane pumps of Hollywood (i.e., so rare they’re almost nonexistent!). But the best ones — like The Heat, premiering this weekend — portray lady relationships as the complicated, rich, hilarious animals they are. From classics like Thelma & Louise to popcorn fare like Charlie’s Angels, check out our favorite estrogen-soaked casts in history.
When VH1 News spotted Sex and the City alum Willie Garson on the red carpet of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour New York premiere, we had to ask: Has he been watching the progress of the CW’s The Carrie Diaries pilot?
“I spend all my life, 24 hours a day, on White Collar now, so I don’t know what’s going on,” he admitted. Not that he’s left Carrie’s gay BFF behind for good. “I still am Stanford Blatch sometimes, if we ever make another movie. Every time I think that it’s over, the phone rings. It’s like Bonanza, it’s never going to end.”
First off, we don’t think CW’s The Carrie Diaries is going to be geared toward lifelong Sex and the City fans: We’re just a tad bit older than the network’s target demo. But as our DVRs full of Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle and Gossip Girl episodes proves, our addiction to teen-oriented TV is unshakeable. So we’re tickled that the first official photo Warner Bros. released of AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw seems like a little nod to original TV show. I mean, the tutu-like crinoline under Robb’s spectacular dress can’t just be a coincidence, right?
The new pilot and the original HBO series don’t just share their origins in the mind of Candace Bushnell. The teenage version of Carrie, whose first appearance in the YA novel The Carrie Diaries is in a pair of white patent-leather go-go boots, is already a daring stylista dying to break out of suburban Connecticut. And Warner Bros. announced that SATC alum Eric Daman is onboard to design her costumes for the new show.
Dust off your knock-off Manolos and stock up on virgin Cosmo ingredients: your new baby Carrie Bradshaw is here! Deadline reports that Soul Surfer star AnnaSophia Robb will portray the high school version of Sarah Jessica Parker‘s classic Sex and The City role in CW’s Carrie Diaries pilot. They had just better remember to give her Carrie’s massive six-inch roots. That’s all we’re saying!
If the show sticks to the details of author Candace Bushnell‘s prequel novel, the series will follow a teenage Carrie as she navigates life and love in the ’80s. Seeing as how actresses like Blake Lively and Emma Roberts were also allegedly in the running for the part, we’re interested to see how the sweetheart star of Bridge to Terabithia will mature into the sassy sex column we all know and love and watch for six hours every time we come down with the flu. On the other hand, Carrie is nothing if not a romantic optimist. She forgave Big how many times? Oh, and we couldn’t help but wonder…who will be her teenage version of Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda? Why mess with a good formula, right?
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You guys know that we have a Garth Algar-like fear of change, right? So you can imagine our trepidation about upon finding out that The Carrie Diaries is headed to the CW. We’re drawn to it…yet horrified! Based on SATC author Candace Bushnell‘s young adult novel of the same name, Deadline reports that the Sex and the City prequel reportedly “chronicles Carrie’s senior year of high school in a small New England town.” So it’ll be more like…Sex and the Suburbs? Sex and the New Hampshire municipality? Sex and the Boonies?
Diaries, which also has Gossip Girls producers on board, apparently plans to “incorporate characters, traits and developments introduced on the Sex and the City series” into the prequel. No word on whether Charlotte, Miranda or Samantha will be making a cameo, but if producers want to make up for the lack of New York on the show, there are worse ideas than bringing them back as the prep, the goth and the inappropriate gym teacher, respectively.
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