Can they do this to Jennifer Love Hewitt? Can they deprive a leading Generation Y icon of her weekly network TV outlet? Apparently so.
Fox today announced its new fall schedule, and Hewitt's show -- the "Party of Five" spinoff "Time of Your Life" -- wasn't on it. The network won't tell you what that means.
We will. She got axed.
Oh, the fates they can be cruel.
Was it only yesterday -- or perhaps 15 minutes ago -- that the one they call Love was the leading lady of her era?
Oh, well. Next!
Overall, Fox will introduce nine new series, including "The X-Files" spinoff, "The Lone Gunmen;" a new (untitled) drama from Writer Inc. Michael Crichton; a new school drama from Producer Inc. David E. Kelley, "Boston Public;" and "The $treet," one of those young-people-today dramas that networks think are really cool until they realize nobody else does and they cancel the thing three weeks later (see: "Wasteland," "The Heights," "The Round Table," etc.).
Other shows getting pink-slipped by the network are: the young-people-today drama "Get Real" and the animated comedy "Family Guy."
Here's a night-by-night look at the overhauled Fox:
SUNDAY: "Futurama," "King of the Hill," "The Simpsons," "Malcolm in the Middle," "The X-Files" MONDAY: "BOSTON PUBLIC," "Ally McBeal" TUESDAY: "That '70s Show," "Titus," "DARK ANGEL" WEDNESDAY: "DON'T ASK," "SCHIMMEL," "THE $TREET" THURSDAY: "THE LONE GUNMEN," UNTITLED MICHAEL CRICHTON PROJECT FRIDAY: "FEARSUM," "Night Visions" SATURDAY: "Cops," "America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back"
"Ally McBeal" is getting a new friend: Indie guy. James LeGros James LeGros, the so-called Brad Pitt of the indie film world, is set to join the cast of Fox's hit lawyer show -- a sort-of testosterone reinforcement as series stalwart Gil Bellows prepares to exit.
According to reports today, LeGros will bow on the show in May (as in, yes, the May sweeps). The 37-year-old actor will play a thirtysomething lawyer name of Mark Albert. In USA Today, "Ally" creator David E. Kelley says he sees the LeGros character (and a couple of other new ones still to come) as rocking the boat at the all-too-precious firm of Cage/Fish Associates.
The LeGros casting comes at a time of relative upheaval for the still-young, still-popular series. By the end of this -- its third season -- "Ally McBeal" will have said goodbye to Bellows (as lawyer Billy Thomas) and Courtney Thorne-Smith (as lawyer Georgia Thomas). The status of Lisa Nicole Carson (as prosecutor Renee Radick) is fuzzy. She's still with the show; she just hasn't been on the show much since -- per her own account to the National Enquirer -- she did a stint in a New York psychiatric ward after living like "a one-woman party" around the holidays.
Being an indie dude, LeGros isn't really best known for anything, although he has starred in a number of films, including "Living in Oblivion."
HEATHER'S SPIN: Heather Locklear is terribly happy with "Spin City," is terribly happy about the sitcom's impending move from New York to Los Angeles to accommodate new star Charlie Sheen and is just terribly happy. So a rep for the actress tells the New York Daily News, denying rumbles that Locklear is, um, not terribly happy (or optimistic) about the prospects for the ABC sitcom after Michael J. Fox departs at the end of this season.
CUT OUT: This item was going to be about how Mark Fuhrman, the Los Angeles police detective disgraced on the stand during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, had been hired as a consultant by ABC morning news show "Good Morning America," except now he's not. Protest from staffers nixed the deal that would have seen the ex-cop turned author on the dole as a paid consultant for his expertise on a Connecticut homicide allegedly involving a member of the Kennedy clan, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.