Tamera Mowry-Housley reunited with her TV mum Jackee Harry on Tuesday (07Oct14) when the veteran Sister, Sister actress appeared as a guest on the former child star's U.S. talk show The Real. The pair played mother and daughter, alongside Tamera's twin sister Tia, on the hit teen sitcom for five years from 1994.
If you're like many-a-'90s kid, you've probably been having mixed feelings about the upcoming Boy Meets World series Girl Meets World. And even though there's plenty to be nervous about (after all, we're sure to be a little disappointed if we're expecting it to be just like Boy Meets World), there's plenty to get excited about too. Cory and Topanga are still together and still adorable, and Mr. Feeny will make some guest appearances, so we have that to look forward to. Ben Savage recently took to Instagram to share a photo of the entire main cast, which gives us a look at the new Matthews family:
The Matthews children are Riley (played by Rowan Blanchard), and little Louis (played by August Maturo). Sabrina Carpenter, Corey Fogelmanis, and Peyton Meyer round out the cast.
It's hard not to fall in love with this family -- they're adorable, right? There's still no premiere date for Girl Meets World, but it's going down sometime this year. Hopefully we'll get a trailer soon so we can really see what this is all about. And Jackée Harry better make that trailer.
Paramedics were called to the set of U.S. comedy The First Family on Thursday (26Apr13) after actress Jackee Harry slipped and fell on set. The Sister Sister funnywoman, who plays the First Lady's sister in the White House-based show, was on her way to shoot a scene when she took a tumble.
TV bosses called in paramedics to check over the star to be on the safe side, but she was given the all clear and rested in her trailer after the accident, according to TMZ.com.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, Melissa Joan Hart was the object of many a pre-teen boy's crush and practically every young girl's aspiration. From Clarissa's killer wardrobe and keen insight to Sabrina's cutie boyfriend and magical powers, Hart had — and could explain — it all.
But now it's 2013 and Hart is ready to leave her goody two-shoes image behind. "A lot of people still remember me as Clarissa and Sabrina," Hart says. "I do have my new show, [ABC Family's] Melissa and Joey, which is a fun adult comedy, but that's still having trouble getting as many eyes as shows like Sabrina [the Teenage Witch] did or having the cult following that Clarissa [Explains It All] did. So people a lot of times still think I'm on this kid show or still playing a safe child."
Hart wants to transition her more mature persona from television to the big screen with the romantic comedy Darci's Walk of Shame (the title itself hints at some PG-13 subject matter), a film for which she is seeking funding on Kickstarter. "This character is one of these flawed women who can't quite get it right, is trying to find love and be the person she should be, and she ends up one morning waking up after her sister's wedding in Thailand and realizing she made a mistake," she says. "I love playing these flawed women, and I get to do that on Melissa and Joey, but to be able to do that on the big screen in a big, broad comedy would be so exciting."
Hart was presented with the script by Tibor Takács, the director of the first Sabrina movie. Despite Hart's interest, they haven't been able to get the film off the ground. "We brought it around and tried all the traditional ways to get this movie made but it wasn't working out for us, we were having no luck," Hart says. "A lot of people shy away from romantic comedies unless it's got a big box office name at the front of it, and when Veronica Mars had great success on Kickstarter we thought that might be a good way to let the fans speak for themselves and sort of decide who they wanted at the helm of the movie."
But leaving things up to the fans isn't without its own set of stressors. "It's a risk. I'm asking other people to take a leap of faith and get involved and if we don't reach our goal it all goes away. So there's a very real possibility we might be in Thailand later this year shooting the movie, but there's also a very real possibility we won't," Hart says.
In Veronica Mars' Kickstarter campaign, Kristen Bell played to her show's cult following and our culture's general obsession with all things nostalgic. While Hart is correct that she has legions of dedicated fans — ones who, as Hart says, "Grew up with [her], that feel like [she's] a part of their family or a good friend, and they really protect [her]" — Darci's Walk of Shame is a whole new project entirely, with none of the built-in sentimentality.
Would Hart consider casting fellow Sabrina or Clarissa alums in Darci to appease her fan base? "I hadn't thought about that, necessarily," she says. "But I always try to go back to my friends before I find new people, for sure. I already talked to a friend of mine about playing the male lead role in it, depending on when this happens and if it happens."
Hart continues, "I'd love to work with Soleil [Moon Frye] or Elisa Donovan or some of those people. The hard thing with that, though, is it's not a Sabrina movie. So it's still hard to put Sabrina people into it and not have people go, 'You keep doing the same thing over and over again.'"
So, why not just do a Sabrina movie? Or a Clarissa one, at that? With not only the success of Veronica Mars but also other nostalgia-driven projects like Disney's Girl Meets World pilot and the CW's launch of The Carrie Diaries this year, the demand for the resurrection of old material has never been higher. But Hart simply isn't interested.
"That's tough for me. I do want to move forward. I want to play new characters, I've played those characters for so long, and they were kids," she says. "I think in theory it sounds great to say, 'Let's see how they grew up,' for a one-off episode or something. But I don't think you want to see those shows come back as Sabrina, the Middle-Aged Witch. I just don't think it'll be as appealing as people say."
"I think even the theory of like a high school reunion — it sounds great and then you go and everyone is old and fat," Hart says. "And you're like, I didn't like these people when I was in high school, why am I hanging out with them now? So I think in theory it sounds great, but when you do it it's just sad."
That being said, Hart doesn't fault others who are eager to bring back her beloved characters, including Clarissa creator Mitchell Kriegman, who has a new Clarissa-centric novel, titled Things I Can't Explain, in the works. "We did a pilot for CBS which never went, so [the book is] probably Mitchell's idea of what he would have done in that pilot, that he has been tossing around in his brain for so long that he just wanted to get it down on paper, I'd imagine," Hart says.
But for all her efforts to move forward in her work, Hart knows the reality is that she must also look back. Her memoir, Melissa Explains It All, is set for an October 22, 2013 release.
There are 32 days to go in Melissa Joan Hart's campaign. Fans can pledge over at the Darci's Walk Of Shame Kickstarter page.
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Of all the travesties in the world – the floundering of BitCoin, the destabilization of Cyprus, Crash winning best picture – the greatest travesty of all is that Emmy winner and 227 star Jackée Harry does not have a place on television to appear regularly. Well, that's all about to change.
As if reviving Boy Meets World wasn't enough to satiate your nostalgia, the updated version Girl Meets World has added Ms. Harry (because we are all so incredibly nasty) to the pilot episode, according to the Huffington Post. There's still no word on who she is going to play, but it is sure to be amazing. Can I suggest a sassy principal for Cory and Topanga's daughter? This might put the breaks on a Sister, Sister reunion, but I think we can all live with that. And if you doubt her comedic chops, check out Nurse Jackée. You'll thank me later.
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Kidney surgery wasn't enough to keep Steven Spielberg from making an impassioned plea for diversity. The 53-year-old director skipped the red carpet arrivals but mustered the strength to make it to the podium at the 31st NAACP Image Awards on Saturday in Pasadena, Calif.
Only a few days after having a kidney removed, the filmmaker -- looking no worse for his recent wear -- urged his peers in the industry to continue to "expand the opportunities of the portrayal of diversity in all medium." His call to action came after receiving the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Vanguard Award for his "pioneering courage to promote social justice through creative endeavors."
"A couple of days ago, I was in the hospital,'' the director said. ``This is the first time I've been out since my operation and it feels like a dream, an absolute dream.''
Spielberg was praised by the NAACP for tackling issues of diversity in films such as "The Color Purple" and "Amistad" -- even if more than a decade ago, questions as to whether Spielberg, as a white guy, was qualified to direct the story of black women in "The Color Purple" seemingly undermined the flick's chances for the 1985 Academy Awards. (It got 11 nods -- and zero wins.)
The night's big-screen acting awards, meanwhile, went to "The Best Man's" Nia Long and "The Hurricane's" Denzel Washington. The former pic was also the overall winner for outstanding motion picture. Washington's award, after his Golden Globe win for best actor, bodes well for his Oscar chances as wrongly imprisoned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.
Less recognized by the NAACP on the night of the Image Awards were the accomplishments of the television industry. The group had previously announced that it had trouble finding enough minority characters on the small screen to honor. On the television front (such as it was), "ER's" Eriq LaSalle and "The Steve Harvey Show's " Steve Harvey were the winning actors in the drama and comedy categories, while "Touched by an Angel's" Della Reese and "Sister, Sister's" Tia and Tamera Mowry were the recognized actresses for drama and comedy series, respectively. Overall, "The Steve Harvey Show" was tapped best comedy, "Touched By an Angel" best drama.
Another notable winner: Rosa Parks. The real-life crusader, whose refusal to move to the back of a Alabama bus in 1955 sparked the modern-day civil rights movement, was honored for her work as an actress in a guest spot on CBS' "Touched By an Angel."
The Image Awards honor the work of minorities in film, TV, music and books. The awards will be presented in an April 6 telecast on Fox.
Here's a complete list of the 31st NAACP Image Awards winners:
Outstanding Motion Picture - "The Best Man" Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture - Denzel Washington, "The Hurricane" Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - Nia Long, "The Best Man" Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Terrence Howard, "The Best Man" Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Angela Bassett, "Music of the Heart"
Youth Actor/Actress - Jurnee Smollett in "Cosby"
Outstanding Comedy Series - "The Steve Harvey Show" Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - Steve Harvey, "The Steve Harvey Show" Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series - Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry, "Sister, Sister" Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Cedric "The Entertainer," "The Steve Harvey Show" Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Jackee Harry, "Sister, Sister" Outstanding Drama Series - "Touched by an Angel" Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series - Eriq La Salle, "ER" Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series - Della Reese, "Touched By an Angel" Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Clarence Gilyard, "Walker, Texas Ranger" Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Rosa Parks, "Touched By an Angel" Outstanding Television Movie/Mini-Series/Dramatic Special - "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie/Mini-Series/Dramatic Special - Sidney Poitier, "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn" Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie/Mini-Series/Dramatic Special - Halle Berry, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series - Shemar Moore, "The Young and The Restless" Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series - Tonya Lee Williams, "The Young and the Restless" Outstanding Variety Series/Special - "1999 Essence Awards" Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special - Steve Harvey, "It's Showtime at the Apollo" Outstanding News, Talk or Information Series - "BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley: Black Men in Crisis" (BET) Outstanding News, Talk or Information Special - "True Life: I Am Driving While Black" (MTV) Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/Special - "Teen Summit" (BET) Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/Special - Lynn Whitfield, "The Planet of Junior Brown"
Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction - "Blues: For All Changes" by Nikki Giovanni Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction - "Yesterday, I Cried" by Iyanla Vanzant Outstanding Literary Work, Children's - "If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks" by Faith Ringgold
Outstanding New Artist - Eve - "Ruff Ryder's First Lady" Outstanding Male Artist - Brian McKnight - "Back At One" Outstanding Female Artist - Whitney Houston, featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price - "Heartbreak Hotel" Outstanding Duo or Group - Destiny's Child - "The Writing's On The Wall" Outstanding Rap Artist - Will Smith - "Wild Wild West" Outstanding Jazz Artist - Quincy Jones - "From Q, With Love" Outstanding Gospel Artist - Traditional - Vickie Winans - "Live in Detroit II" Outstanding Gospel Artist - Contemporary - Yolanda Adams - "Mountain High ... Valley Low" Outstanding Music Video - "Wild Wild West" - Will Smith (directed by Paul Hunter) Outstanding Song - "Spend My Life With You" - Songwriters: Eric Benet, George Nash Jr., Demonte Posey (Artist: Eric Benet) Outstanding Album - "The Best Man - Music from the Motion Picture" - Various Artists (Columbia).
Pilot for a comedy series, based on the Sandra character of the NBC show "227." Sandra moves to New York City and becomes the floor manager of an upscale health club full of available men and an odd assortment of employees and customers.