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With Adopted Daughter, Joely Gets Used to Mothering Five

Joely Fisher was relieved when she learned that her Fox sitcom “Til Death” had been granted a fourth season — but she’s certainly had plenty of other things happening at home to keep her mind off business.  For one, she’s got five kids to look after, including a recently adopted daughter named Luna.

Joely Fisher and Brad Garrett in "Til Death" (photo from Fox)

Joely Fisher and Brad Garrett in "Til Death" (photo from Fox)

“I have two stepsons who are 23 and 21.  Skylar, who I gave birth to, just turned eight.  I have a 3½-year-old daughter, True, who I gave birth to as well, and I have an adopted daughter now who is almost 11 months old.  I run the gamut of issues from 23 to 11 months.  I go from changing a diaper to double dating.  It’s crazy,” she notes, but Luna has certainly been a much-welcomed addition to their full house.

“We talked about it before and we told the kids this may happen, and it happened very quickly because we went through a private adoption [agency], and they work in particular with emergency cases where there’s a baby and it doesn’t have somewhere to go,” she explains.  “We had done all the proper channels but this baby came along and she was meant to be ours.  She’s a joy.  We’re all in love with her.”

Now Fisher is back to work with TV hubby Brad Garrett and the rest of their “’Til Death” team, and has high hopes that they can turn things around for their funny sitcom.

“We didn’t know whether we’d return.  It’s a show that most people stomped into the ground and thought was buried so it was a lovely surprise to hear we were coming back,” she says.  “Considering what’s happening in television, it’s a good thing.  There are great scripts coming and a new show runner.  And luckily there isn’t a whole lot of pressure.  We can only do better.  We can’t really go down from where we are.”

Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie (photo from Showtime)

Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie (photo from Showtime)

GOING THE EXTRA MILES: With her “Nurse Jackie” due to resume production next month, Edie Falco is bracing herself for the biggest challenge she faces as the star of the Showtime series – “the hours.”  The hours of work were really crazy long during the first season.  I didn’t have the stamina to start with, and I kind of worked up to it,” she admits.  “In the beginning, my knees would literally buckle at the end of the day.”

Even so, despite playing the title character, she balks at mention of the fact she is now carrying a show.  “I never thought of it as ‘carrying.’  Carrying has a ring to it that sounds sort of oppressive,” she says.

“Even when I was on ‘The Sopranos,’ I was sad when they’d talk about something funny that happened when I wasn’t there.  Now I’m in every scene, every day.  I’m a bit of a control freak, so it works out perfectly,” she notes with a smile.  “It’s as I would have it.”

Falco is looking great — tan and relaxed — these days.  She took a leave from her seaside family vacation to attend this week’s television critics press tour, where we caught up with her at the CBS-Showtime-CW party.  “I am resting up as we speak,” she said.

As for what viewers can look forward in the life of her pill-popping emergency room nurse to this coming season?   “More of the same.”  She smiles. “But a little bit different.  I’ve been offered opportunities to get a little peek into what’s happening next year, but I’m not interested,” explains the actress.  “I’ll wait until the scripts are ready.”

HE ADSJonathan Goldsmith is having a blast with his role as Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World.  He tells us he loves the character, is being greeted with a smile wherever he goes, and considers the hit campaign “an absolute blessing” in his life.  But as far as those internet sites in which people concoct their own funny “most interesting man” tidbits, he admits they’re not really for him.  “I have no computer skills,” says the avid sailor, who lives on his boat.  “People will call and tell me about them, and I’ve looked a couple of times.  But when one of them supposedly had me as a porn star, I tuned out.”  The journeyman actor has a long list of film and TV credits (“Go Tell the Spartans,” “MacGyver,” etc.) – but only his beer is XX-rated.

THE SECRET’S OUT: Looks like the big winner of “The Secret Life of The American Teenager” is John  Schneider, who departed the ABC Family series earlier this year and his character was snuffed out in a plane crash.  The Brenda Hampton-created drama started off looking almost like a TV counterpart of the touching, first-class film, “Juno,” boldly going into the territory of a 15-year-old girl’s surprise pregnancy.  But this season there’ve been some hilarious bits that, unfortunately, weren’t intended to be funny – such as baby John’s tremendous growth spurt.  It appears as if he went from newborn to at least a year old between seasons, a time jump that would have been okay, except it also means that Molly Ringwald’s poor character has been pregnant around 13 months or so, and counting.  And somehow the gang has moved from merely being obsessed with sex to soapy silliness surrounding sex.  A randier bunch would be hard to imagine – and that’s not just the high schoolers on the show, it’s the “adults” as well.

Those public service spots regarding teen sex are looking mighty disingenuous these days.

The shark’s been jumped.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Brad Garrett Has High Hopes for Series, Tourney

Brad Garrett

Brad Garrett

Brad Garrett is keeping his fingers crossed that come Tuesday (5/19), his “Til Death” sitcom will be placed in timeslot it can live with.  “May 19 at the upfronts, we’ll know exactly where we wind up,” notes the star, whose marriage-minded comedy with Joely Fisher has managed to hang on despite multiple timeslot switches, a complete disappearance last fall, and the fact, as he candidly notes, “We’ve been ratings-challenged from the beginning.”

With encore episodes from last season set to begin airing on Sundays come July 5, “we go into production for Season 4 at the end of July for new episodes that will start airing in September.  We’re lucky to have a new season,” acknowledges Brad.  “A lot of the people who were behind our show at Fox have moved on or disappeared, but our studio, Sony, has been campaigning hard for us, thankfully.”


And when viewers tune in to the new “’Til Death” shows in the fall, they’ll see big differences, he says.  Writer-producer Don Reo (“Everybody Hates Chris,” “My Wife and Kids” has come aboard, “and his group of writers have started us in a direction we’re very excited about.”  Plus, his long-time comedy pal, Kevin Nealon, is joining the show as a recurring character.


MEANWHILE:  Nealon’s also among the notables turning out for Garrett’s celebrity poker tournament May 30 at the Commerce Casino in the Ciry of Commerce, CA — along with Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines, Mimi Rogers, Michael Chiklis, Nancy Cartwright, Joely Fisher, Jennifer Finnigan, Jonathan Silverman and Christopher Cross.  The event, open to the public, raises funds for Brad’s Maximum Hope Foundation (www.maximumhopefoundation.org), named for his son Max and daughter Hope.  The charity is dedicated to providing daily needs such as groceries and other assistance for families that have terminally ill children.  Brad notes that “Even with insurance, people are called upon to pay 20 per cent of the medical costs – which can be overwhelming with a terminally ill child.  Add to that the fact that usually one parent is there 24 hours a day – and nowadays we’re seeing so many families with unemployed parents — it’s staggering.”


The Dream Foundation, which grants wishes of terminally ill adults, is also a beneficiary of the tourney. 


Says Brad, “It’s a $350 buy-in, $10,000 in cash and prizes, free food, great drinks and music and you’ll see me and Ray taking shots at each other.”


LOOK WHO’S HELPING:  Winner of last year’s “America’s Got Talent,” opera singer Neal E. Boyd, is about to celebrate the release of his first album and he tells us it couldn’t have happened without the support of the show’s creator Simon Cowell.  “It was Simon ultimately who made this happen.  He came up to me after my audition in Los Angeles and was telling me about all of these different genres coming back.  He put together Il Divo and wanted me to listen to some of their music,” Boyd recalls.  “He’s a very good mentor and he’s got a great ear for talent and what’s going to be popular.  To have somebody like that tell you that you deserve to be there is everything.” 


Life has certainly changed for the Missouri native since winning.  “It is different.  Everybody told me it would be but me being a country boy thought, ‘It really won’t change that much.’  But now I’m in a position where I’m flying all over the country doing shows.  I’m meeting mayors or meeting people like Tony Bennett or Jamie Foxx.  It’s been surreal in the fact that all I did was sing a song and my whole life changed.”


Boyd says he just hopes to be able to inspire others with his CD “My American Dream,” which hits stores June 23.  “I really think we did something special here.  I do great songs like ‘Bring Him Home’ and ‘Ave Maria,’ but the big one that was a complete shock as to how well it sounds was ‘God Bless the USA.’  That song is so inspirational and I wanted to have an album that gave people hope because it’s tough times.  I also wanted to show that even somebody from rural Missouri can go on to become a professional singer.” 


SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW:  “The Tudors” star James Frain says although he loves stepping in the shoes of King Henry VIII’s advisor Thomas Cromwell on the Showtime series, he’s excited about getting the opportunity to work on a project his kids can enjoy.  “I’m about to go off to shoot this Disney movie ‘Tron.’  It’s lots of effects and cool stuff like that so I’m looking forward to that.  The only thing is, I’m not allowed to really talk about it.  They’re all so super secretive now,” he notes.  “I also have a De Niro movie coming out, though I was only on it for a few days,” he says of the movie “Everybody’s Fine.”  “That was like working with the king.  That’s the real king.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster