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Romano, Bakula, Braugher ‘Men’ Chemistry Fast, Says Scott

Scott Bakula ABC photo Ron Tom

Scott Bakula ABC photo Ron Tom

If Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula look like they’re having a good time together on those spots for their upcoming “Men of a Certain Age” TNT series – shown heavily during the baseball playoffs — it’s because they really are having a good time together, according to Scott.  He says he knew pretty fast that the chemistry between himself, Andre and Ray was going to work well.

 “I’d met them both before, but didn’t really get a chance to talk until we had a couple meetings.  We chatted about life and the work and the show with Ray and the other producers.  We get along great,” says Scott. 

On the show, debuting Dec. 8, they play “three guys who went to college together and all stayed buddies.  Ray’s character is separated, he runs a party store.  Andre works for his dad in a car dealership.  He’s got three kids and he’s renovating his house.  My character is an actor who has never really quite made it.  He has a temp job to keep free for auditions.  He’s done late night infomercials, B movies.  He has a 25-year-old girlfriend and a 40-year-old girlfriend.  They’re jealous of his lifestyle, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.”

Scott adds, “It’s Ray’s voice because he wrote the show.  There’s a humor and style to it that’s unique because it’s Ray.  The nature of the show is so free and easy because of Ray’s background.  We do a lot of improv work.  We fell into doing that on the pilot and the more we did it, the happier the network was.  It’s kind of, ‘Get the scene — now let’s just go play.’”

AGHAST IN THE PAST:  Mayim Bialik goes far afield from her comedic image in the forthcoming big screen “Chicago 8.”  The actress, who rose to fame as the lead of “Blossom” when she was a young teen, plays radical activist Jerry Rubin’s girlfriend, Nancy Kunshen, in the movie re-enacting the case of the protestors accused of inciting the tear gas and violence-riddled riots outside the 1968 Democratic Convention.  Says Bialik, “Nancy Kunshen was one of the conspirators, but she was not tried.  Women were not included in the criminal proceedings.  They pushed them aside in 1969.” 

 Proceedings eventually went forward with The Chicago 7 on trial, after Black Panther leader Bobby Seale had his case severed from the rest.  “He didn’t even know the others.  Orlando Jones plays Bobby Seale, who was tied and gagged in the courtroom, if you can imagine that,” says Mayim.    

 Filmmakers “used the entire transcripts of the real trial” according to her.  “Most of the movie is in the courtroom.  A lot of us did it, really, as a labor of love.  It’s a beautiful project asserting our freedom and independence and the right to speak our minds and protest if we find something is not right.”

 Bialik took on her movie part at the same time she started shooting scenes for her January-debuting recurring role in “Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and “I just hoped they wouldn’t overlap,” says the mother of two young sons, who holds a doctorate in neuroscience. 

 Mayim’s also back in funny form in the Nov. 20 episode of the Brad Garrett-Joely Fisher’Til Death.”  The show reunited her with her “Blossom” producer, Don Reo.

 “I’ve actually auditioned for Don before for the show,” reports Mayim.  “They told me, ‘You weren’t right for this role, but Don wants you for a different role.’”  And that role turned out to be…Mayim Bialik.  “I’m playing myself,” she says – as the psychiatrist who sees Doug (Timm Sharp).

 ANOTHER TONGUE:  Maiara Walsh tells us she’s having a blast playing Eva Longoria’s niece on “Desperate Housewives,” but she would like to show off her language skills at some point, especially since she’s playing a Latina.  “My mom is Brazilian so I speak Portuguese and I’m proficient in Spanish so I can understand it.  I’m hoping they’ll let me use some Spanish at some point,” says Walsh.  “Maybe I can pull Marc Cherry aside at some point and ask.”  Sounds bueno to us! 

  FRIGHTFUL DEVELOPMENT:  With “Paranormal Activity” en route to becoming a “Blair Witch” type of phenomenon, get ready for another wave of low – low – budget “docu”-horror flicks.  Casting is underway now for “The Devil Inside,” which has a young woman out to investigate what really happened when three people involved in an exorcism were murdered.  The murderer: her own mother, who she knows to be insane.

 With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Chris Kattan: ‘When You Fall on Your A–You Really Learn’

Chris Kattan has been on and off the radar since leaving “Saturday Night Live” in 2003, but he tells us it’s all good — he’s learned so much since his departure.

“It was a great experience, but it really ages you and you’ve got to move on.  When I moved on, there was a little bit of a lull in my life because to do that for eight years is a real high and then it just stops,” he recalls.  “You’ve got to go to the next thing.  If there’s nothing to catch you, it’s hard.  You fall on your ass sometimes

Chris Kattan (Photograph courtesy of Kerry Monteen/IFC)

Chris Kattan (Photograph courtesy of Kerry Monteen/IFC)

but when you fall on your ass, you really learn.”

While he does miss the show at times, Kattan finally seems to be finding his footing in Hollywood.  Not only will he be starring in the new ABC sitcom “The Middle” alongside Patricia Heaton, but he’s also got the much-anticipated mini-series “Bollywood Hero,” premiering Aug. 6, 7, and 8 on IFC.  He explains of the dramatic comedy adventure, which was filmed by the “Slumdog Millionaire” crew in India, “I try to make it as a leading man in Hollywood and that doesn’t work out so I go to Bollywood to see if it will work out there.”  Some people in the Indian community were afraid the actor would be spoofing their culture, but not so is the case says Kattan.  “It was a concern of mine to make sure it wasn’t a spoof.  This is not ‘Saturday Night Live.’  This is more ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ meets ‘Lost in Translation.’ I think it’s going to be remembered for a while.”

Still, Kattan does have some fun with the Bollywood dance numbers.  In fact, the show’s executive producers and original concept creators, Belisa Balaban and Ted Skillman, tell us they have a hunch Kattan’s been waiting a long time to get his chance to be a proper song and dance man.  They say it was fun to see him get his chance

Eva Longoria’s newest rival on “Desperate Housewives,” Maiara Walsh, is holding out hopes that the changes and additions coming up in the new season will get people “excited about the show all over again.  They’re introducing a lot of younger characters so I think that will definitely pull in new viewers.  The writing for this season is really great so far – it’s very funny and quick.  I’m impressed by how much new life they can give to this show, which is now in its sixth season,” says the up and coming actress, who’s playing Eva’s manipulative niece.  Their relationship off-camera is much nicer than on.  Notes Walsh, “Most of my scenes are with Eva and she’s a sweetheart so I feel very lucky in that regard.  Her comedic timing is ridiculous.”

Maiara Walsh in "Corey in the House" (photo from Disney Channel/BOB D'AMICO

Maiara Walsh in "Corey in the House" (photo from Disney Channel/BOB D'AMICO

THE VIDEOLAND VIEW:

The beautiful 21-year-old is certainly no stranger to comedy as she is most known for playing Meena on the Disney show “Corey in the House.” She notes that making the transition from tween projects to adult roles is not an easy one and she just hopes her young fans continue to appreciate her work.

“I loved working on the Disney show, I really did.  I never saw it as my last stop, though,” she says.  “This is letting me branch out and try different characters.  Younger fans from the Disney Channel will have to understand I’m a young woman and as an actress I like to play different roles.  It really is a great opportunity.”

CASTING CORNER: A September start in Iowa has been set for Gil Cates, Jr.’s “Lucky” dark comedy – and what a tale the indie is bound to be.  Casting is underway now for the leading lady, a young independent spirit of a gal who finds herself fired and dumped by her boyfriend (also her boss) the same day.  Luckily, her childhood friend who has always been infatuated with her has won a lot of money, so she turns her attention to him, makes him over, marries him, discovers on their honeymoon that she has true feelings for him except, unluckily, he turns out to be…a serial killer.  Well, it’s definitely a plot we haven’t seen before.

With Queen Latifah and Common set to play a physical therapist and the pro basketball player with whom she gets involved, casting forces on “Just Wright” are looking to fill subsidiary roles.  Among those are some of Latifah’s character’s unlucky in love guys, such as a blind date who’s an attractive, snappy dresser.  They seem to hit it off until he starts talking about his recently-ended relationship and she realizes she’s being confronted with a guy on the rebound.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster