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Elizabeth Mitchell Makes Triple-Duty Work for Her

Elizabeth Mitchell ABC photo

Elizabeth Mitchell ABC photo

Elizabeth Mitchell says her friends are teasing her “that I’m taking all the jobs.”

Actually, it’s just two plum jobs — Dr. Juliet Burke on “Lost” and FBI agent Erica Evans on “V” — that have Mitchell flying high these days. The double-duty work might generate stress for someone else in her shoes, but she’s simply focusing on “the good stuff. They put me on a plane and pick me up. It’s quite a luxury, compared with taking the subway and having to walk for eight blocks.”

She notes, “I understand there are elements that make things complicated — having a four-year-old, not getting to see my husband as much as I want. But, I’m not a person to get caught up in stress. When things aren’t perfect, I just figure, ‘We’ll work it out.'”

Elizabeth works it out by taking son Chris with her on her series locations and spending off-time with the youngster and her actor/husband Chris Soldevilla at their get-away home on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Mitchell, who played Mrs. Claus in the last two installments of “The Santa Clause,” and was Dennis Quaid’s co-star in the big-screen “Frequency,” reveals she and her husband discovered the retreat in a flight from L.A. to Vancouver when they were over the Seattle area, looked down “and Saw the San Juan Islands — perhaps the most beautiful places I’d ever seen. We knew right then that that was the area when we wanted to settle down.”

She expects “Lost” to finish production in late March or early April, “with the last script probably arriving with eight armed guards.”

She’s proud of ABC for dropping the show after this, its sixth season, reasoning, “It was brave of the network to make it as good as it could be and then letting it go. Networks and studios want to make money, of course. And, I think ABC’s artistic integrity was pretty cool to let ‘Lost’ go.

“Maybe it will start a trend with the other studios — dropping series when they are as good as they can get. I don’t follow the numbers all that much, but I know ‘Lost’ hung onto the core group it really wanted, Overall, ratings might have slipped, but it has been doing well with the demographics, and those are what matter.”

MOVING ON: Nicole Sullivan tells us she’s disappointed about the cancellation of her sitcom “Rita Rocks,” but when one door closes, another one opens.

“I think I saw the writing on the wall. Lifetime was a great place to be, but the second season, they put us on at a bad time. The programming department sort of messed up.

“We had a really good audience the first season, but the second season never took off. I’m really bummed, but at the same time, when nobody’s watching your show, it’s pretty depressing,” says Sullivan of the cancellation. “Now, I’m working on a new show for CBS called ‘Tick/Tock.’ We’re in the preliminary stages right now. It’s about a woman who is looking for love and she has a 10-year-old son. We’ll see what happens. I just feel blessed to sort of always get some gigs in TV.”

In the meantime, Sullivan is keeping busy with voice-over work on shows like “The Penguins of Madagascar,” which is airing its half-hour special, “Dr. Blowhole’s Revenge,” tonight (2/15) on Nickelodeon. “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris has joined the regular cast for the special episode.

“I’ve known him for years. He’s just such a great performer that it’s really a treat to watch him come up with stuff for the character. He could read a phonebook and be interesting, and the writing of this show is so solid that when you add the two, it’s just a winner. Plus, whenever you add in a talent like Neil, it just brings your own game up. You become better,” says Sullivan. “It’s a really cute episode. People of all ages will enjoy it.”

CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN ENDING: It now appears that, indeed, “Heroes” has breathed its last as a network offering with no long goodbyes — or any goodbyes, or an ending, even. But, as series star Masi Oka points out, regardless of the show’s renewal — or not — no doubt we haven’t seen the last of his Hiro Nakamura or the rest of the show’s characters.

He’s convinced “that even if NBC dropped it, it would have an ending on a different medium, would continue on as a comic series, a web series, whatever. Somehow, it would be part of the great trans-media movement.”

THE INDIE WAY: Ryan Merriman tells us that “Home of the Giants” is finally on its way to an April 6 release — on DVD. The Haley Joel Osment starrer, about a hometown basketball hero, has been awaiting distribution since 2007 — despite enthusiastic reviews and favorable festival response.

Handsome Merriman’s just been seen starring with Lacey Chabert in the Hallmark Channel’s fun romantic movie “Elevator Girl,” which gets an encore airing this Friday (2/19). He has a second feature awaiting release as well, “The 5th Quarter” — which also stars Aidan Quinn and Andie MacDowell. “It doesn’t have a release date yet,” he says, “but hopefully will soon!”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Even Masi Oka Doesn’t Know If ‘Heroes’ Will Die

Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura  NBC photo

Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura NBC photo

When “Heroes” airs tonight (2/8), it will either be the swansong episode of the show, or merely the final segment for the season. “To be honest, none of the cast is sure,” says Masi Oka, a.k.a. time manipulator Hiro Nakamura to fans of the NBC series.

He goes on to say, “We shot the episode without a real ending, without a cliffhanger. It may have been edited differently, but as we shot it, there was nothing to make it different from other episodes.”

He notes. “Things are not going easily for the network, and we’ll have to see what pilots they pick up before we know what will happen to ‘Heroes.’ For the sake of everyone, I hope a decision comes sooner rather than later. We have an amazing crew who have to decide whether to take new shows or to remain in limbo until a word comes down as far as ‘Heroes.’ I will respect the choices they make.”

Oka says firmly, “Without a doubt, ratings have dropped on the show. But, I would like to see it continue out of respect for the fans who stuck with us from the beginning.”

He makes the point, “We were given a second chance after the Writers Strike, but the writers on the series made a bold choice — bringing in new characters and new story line that didn’t connect with the audience. Maybe if the stories had been executed differently, things would have been different, but viewers simply didn’t act the way we wanted.”

The actor/digital effects artist says that no special screening of Monday night’s episode of “Heroes” is planned for the series team. “We finished production and went our separate ways in January and I feel sad that the cast may not have had a chance to say goodbye to a very talented crew.”

HUMOR, NOT GENDER: Some male comedians are intimidated by funny women, but not Steve Agee, who stars alongside Sarah Silverman in “The Sarah Silverman Project.” He thinks women are finally coming into their own in comedy, and rightfully so.

“It’s been happening over the past few years with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It seems like there are more and more better parts for women coming along. I like to think Sarah’s a part of making that happen,” claims Agee about his popular, but controversial co-star.

He says she’s certainly created a very welcoming atmosphere on the set of their show, where it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, just as long as you’re funny.

“I don’t have a lot to compare it to, because this is my first real TV gig. I feel like I hit the jackpot jumping into this show with people I already knew and have it be a hit,” notes Agee about the Comedy Central show returning for a new season February 4. “Luckily, we have a lot of freedom on there too. We can go do weird, abstract things, but then come back to reality. It’s kind of limitless.”

HE’S GOT THE LOOK: “Caprica” may be having ratings challenges, but it still looks awfully good, including the sartorial splendor of the men in clothes inspired by the past.

“That’s the Glenne Campbell wardrobe,” notes Esai Morales, speaking of the costume designer “Caprica” inherited from its predecessor show, “Battlestar Galactica.”

The styles don’t have anything to do with another planet, which is what “Caprica” is, but no matter. “One of our directors thinks the coolest look ever was the ’40s — when the men were men and the dames were dames,” says Esai.

As far as whether wardrobe like that helps him get into the right mindset to play a character, he says, “Absolutely, if you allow it to. Just as it does for people who aren’t actors, who are very affected by their ‘social skin,’ which is what I call clothes.”

RuPaul is back for another fun-filled season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on Logo where you can see some of the most colorful drag queens on television, but if you want to look like a star, he tells us to check out his new book.

“I have a book called ‘Workin It!: RuPaul’s Guide To Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style.’ It approaches style from the inside out instead of the outside in. I’m so proud of it,” says RuPaul. “It really speaks to finding your own frequency. Everybody has their own frequency and it’s about clearing away the blockage that inhibits the transmission of your frequency.”

RuPaul, we can certainly hear you loud and clear!

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster