August 15, 2009 5:00am EST
The 32-year-old TV actress, a former Roseanne regular, is "thrilled" about motherhood, according to her publicist, who has confirmed the happy news to American publication Life & Style.
The father is Chalke's fiance, lawyer Jamie Afifi. The couple became engaged in 2006.
September 19, 2008 8:43pm EST
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have churned out yet another superb season premiere, their fourth, of How I Met Your Mother (airing Sept. 22 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS), with one minor hitch: To explain anything at length about the episode is to walk a spoiler-alert tightrope!
HIMYM fans--of which there are far too few--can probably find out all the details through a rather cursory Google search if they so desire, but in the interest of preserving a little season-premiere excitement, I’ll refrain from spoiling.
I will say this, however: There are two major developments in the season premiere--and they don’t involve the identity of the title “mother” or Britney Spears, who will apparently not be returning after her multi-episode stint last season.
Here’s what’s been going on with the group since we last saw them, in the paraphrased words of Ted (Josh Radnor): Marshall (Jason Segel) is coping with unemployment while getting on everyone else’s nerves; Lilly (Alyson Hannigan) has thrown herself into her painting; Robin (Cobie Smulders) is still upholding the very low standards of Metro News 1; and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) has almost fully recovered from the bus accident we saw in the season-three finale, but something’s definitely not right about him since the injury.
And oh, right--Ted! Last season ended with him proposing to Stella (Scrubs’ Sarah Chalke), whose decision we finally learn tonight.
That two momentous revelations are unveiled in this episode are reason enough to watch; typically the show would drag such developments out for the whole season and save their resolutions (or dissolutions) for the season finale.
It’s an encouraging sign. It’s also encouraging to see that nothing much has changed from a top-notch season three: Co-creators Bays and Thomas (both former Late Show with David Letterman staff writers) find the humor amidst the drama that is yuppie living--and they do so, in my opinion and probably only my opinion, better than Friends used to.
Of course, the acting doesn’t hurt. Harris makes his womanizing Barney hard to stay grossed-out at, mostly because Harris doesn’t take him so far into sitcom-character land that it’s impossible to believe when he comes back to reality. It’s just one reason he was nominated for an Emmy, and should absolutely win.
The rest of the actors excel at being relatable--and hilarious. Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), whose big-screen career is taking off, seems to strike that balance best, but everyone else is right there with him. As for Radnor…we all know a Ted Mosby, and that’s thanks to him as much as to the writing.
Bottom line: As far as straightaway, network-television-y sitcoms go, How I Met Your Mother remains arguably the best of the dying breed.
September 13, 2008 9:00pm EST
It was this time last year that Kathy Griffin was making headlines for dissing Jesus on stage at the Creative Arts Emmys. The carrot-topped comedienne found herself in hot water for off color remarks like, "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus…This award is my god now!"
But that was last year – this year Griffin’s My Life on the D List earned her a second Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and the queen of comedy learned her lesson. Still the most brash of all the speeches, a mild “here we are again f*ckers” and “I love this Emmy, I would make love to it if I could” was the extent of it.
Afterward, Griffin admitted, “I’m trying not to get fired between now and next Sunday, because I can’t believe they are allowing me to present at the fancy schmancies (Primetime Emmys)…I didn’t want to get that call like I did last year on Monday. I [was] thinking it was a riot and then I [got] the call saying; ‘You can’t come.’ I’ve got the dress and everything. I’m presenting with the Don Rickles. I didn’t want to fuck that up.”
Griffin wasn’t the only funny woman to take the stage this year at the ceremony celebrating guest roles, reality shows and television’s top talent behind-the-scenes. Sarah Silverman took home a golden statue for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for her mega-hit “I’m F*cking Matt Damon” from her ex’s Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Silverman ended her acceptance speech by recognizing Kimmel “who broke my heart – I mean [for whom] will always have a place in my heart.”
When Glynn Turman came to visit us backstage after winning Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on In Treatment he confessed, “My wife said that I could not weld this on the hood of my car. That would be tacky she said, so I’m looking to the mantel.”
While Turman’s win was his first, the same can’t be said for Tim Conway. The veteran actor started receiving nominations in the 1960s for McHale's Navy, The Carol Burnett Show and even Coach. This year he took home another, this time for his unforgettable guest role as Bucky Bright on 30 Rock.
“I should [be back next season],” Conway says. “I did a wonderful job and brought this [award] to them, but I don’t know. They are so stuffy [laughs]. No, I had a wonderful time working with Jack [McBrayer] and Tina [Fey] and Alec [Baldwin].”
Other notable winners included Cynthia Nixon for her guest spot on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Kathryn Joosten for her role as Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives.
For a chance to watch the whole show, hosted by How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke, tune into E! next Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.
December 05, 2006 5:59am EST
Scrubs beauty Sarah Chalke is ecstatic after her long-time love Jamie Afifi proposed to her in Hawaii last week.
The Canadian couple were vacationing on the island when entertainment lawyer Afifi, 33, got down on one knee.
Chalke, who plays Dr. Elliot Reid on the medical comedy, returned to the NBC studios on Monday to resume filming on the show's sixth season.
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January 23, 2006 6:22am EST
Hollywood couple Zach Braff and Mandy Moore finally went public with their romance at the Golden Globes on Monday, with the Scrubs star declaring the beauty is "an amazing comedian."
The Garden State funnyman, 30, and singer/actress, 21, starting dating exactly a year ago, but have refused to confirm they were a couple until now.
However, the pair happily posed for photos at the Hollywood awards on Monday and Braff told of his excitement of Moore's guest role in Scrubs.
He says, "Mandy is an amazing comedian and I don't think a lot of people have gotten the chance to see her do broad, physical comedy. It really gave her a chance to show off that side of her."
Meanwhile, Braff's co-star Sarah Chalke enthuses, "They are the sweetest couple."
George Clooney and Teri Hatcher an Item?
George Clooney is reportedly enjoying a whirlwind romance with Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher--and they are getting serious.
The showbiz twosome have "quickly become close" after realizing they were neighbors, and have been seen dining at Clooney's favorite restaurant, Casa Vega, in San Fernando Valley.
A source tells British paper the News of the World, "They've been out a few times and been seen enjoying romantic dinners. "It's early days but they have become close very quickly. Things definitely look like they are getting more serious.
Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lilly Engaged
British actor Dominic Monaghan and his Lost co-star Evangeline Lilly are reportedly engaged.
Monaghan got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend on the Hawaii set of the hit series last week, to which Lilly replied "Yes, yes, yes!"
A source says, "They want to spend the rest of their lives together."
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June 30, 2003 10:46am EST
Top Story: Celebs Roast MTV's Carson Daly
Madonna, Britney Spears, Nelly, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Adam Carolla are just some of the celebs who took part in Saturday night's inaugural MTV Bash, the comedy roast of the network's Carson Daly. But it seems some of the jokes had more sting than humor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, host Jeff Ross took advantage of the show's commercial breaks to apologize to Nicky Hilton for saying that it's ironic "two sluts are named after a cheap hotel." Sarah Silverman was also spotted hugging Jennifer Love Hewitt an advertising break after blurting out that the actress really can't sing. But it was Daly that had the most wounds to lick, with celebrity friends taking jabs at everything from his relationships with actresses Hewitt and Tara Reid. "I thought I was a nice guy, but I've come to realize I'm just a big douchebag," the newly roasted Daly said. "Thank you so much for being here, let's do it next year ... to somebody else." The event will be broadcast on MTV July 13.
Putin Welcomes Seagal to Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed action star Steven Seagal to his country residence outside Moscow, The Associated Press reports. Seagal, along with Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida and France's Fanny Ardant were in Moscow for the Moscow International Film Festival, which ends Sunday. Putin, a staunch Judo enthusiast, thanked the stars on behalf of Russian fans for taking part in the festival and said he hoped they would return despite this year's relatively cool Moscow summer.
Scott Foley Returns to Scrubs
Actor Scott Foley, who recently starred in the now defunct NBC comedy A.U.S.A., is set to reprise his role on the network's Scrubs, Reuters reports. Foley appeared on the hit medical sitcom in its freshman season as an insecure patient who developed a crush on his doctor, Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke). Foley will guest star in six episodes this fall, beginning with the show's season premiere.
ABC Pulls Plug on Port Charles
ABC is canceling its daytime soap opera Port Charles as of Oct. 3. Reuters reports that although the show performed adequately in the ratings, it has been hampered by erratic scheduling on ABC affiliate stations because of its half-hour format. Port Charles, a spin-off of the network's long-running General Hospital, debuted in June 1997. ABC Daytime president Brian Frons said the network expects to place actors and crew throughout other ABC Daytime shows.
DMX Arrested in St. Kitts
Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested in Basseterre, St. Kitts, in the Caribbean Saturday for using profanity during a concert the night before, the AP reports. DMX was released on bail of $376 and left the island on Saturday afternoon, but pledged to return for his court date Monday. Organizers for St. Kitts' annual music festival said they warned DMX not to use obscenities on stage and added that the rapper signed a contract not to use indecent language on stage. DMX, however, said he never signed such a contract and would not have performed had he been forced to censor his language.
Lenny Kravitz Forms Record Label
Singer Lenny Kravitz, who remains signed to Virgin Records as a recording artist and will release a new studio album, has formed a company called Roxie Records whose distribution will go through Warner Bros. According to Billboard.com, the first signees include vocalist Dan Dyer, who is at work with engineer Matt Knobel on his debut album. Knobel worked behind the scenes on Kravitz's 2002 album, Lenny. The newly formed label is named for his late mother, actress Roxie Roker.
Clear Channel Launches Music Mag
Radio and concert giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. is launching an ad-sponsored magazine for the summer concert season. According to Reuters, Music Guide Live!, which will feature stories on recording artists, music news, touring schedules and other local information, will make its debut over the weekend at a few concerts and ultimately be distributed in more than 30 markets during the summer at Clear Channel radio station events. The company has also discussed the possibility of eventually distributing the publication through music retailers.
Role Call: Zwick Helms Fat Albert, Dangerfield Goes Back to School
My Big Fat Greek Wedding director Joel Zwick is in talks to take the helm of the live-action feature Fat Albert for 20th Century Fox. The project is based on Bill Cosby's famed '70s CBS cartoon Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The original draft of the screenplay was written by Charles Kipps and Cosby, who will also serve as the film's producer ... Comedian Rodney Dangerfield will remake the 1986 hit comedy Back to School for MGM. Dangerfield, who retained some rights to the movie when MGM bought the film library the original distributor, Orion Pictures, will not reprise his starring role in the comedy.