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Leading ladies who generate the most laughs!

This list of my favorite leading comedic actresses is the last of a series spotlighting performers of the 2006-07 TV season.

  • America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty ” (ABC): To successfully navigate “Betty’s” tricky mixture of comedy and drama — not to mention the comical physical mishaps that punctuate Betty Suarez’s work days — is enough of an accomplishment. To make it look effortless, now that’s talent.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS): It’d be easy to make Christine seem like kind of a loser. Yet Louis-Dreyfus imbues this muddling Everywoman with such warm humanity that it’s impossible not to laugh with her, even as you’re laughing at her a little too.
  • Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (NBC): Fey, one of TV’s most incisive comedy writers, doesn’t have the biggest range in the business, but, as fictional comedy writer Liz Lemon, she doesn’t have to. She’s wisely focused on Lemon’s twisted, complicated relationship with NBC executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). Lemon’s no fool, but Donaghy keeps her flummoxed, and so far the antics of those two have given an intriguing anchor to this addictive comedy.
  • Anne Heche, “Men in Trees” (ABC): With that Hepburn-esque diction and those flawless cheekbones, Heche brings a welcome dose of spikiness to what could otherwise have been a rather feckless romantic comedy. Yet Marin Frist’s cool, brainy exterior hides a surprisingly tender heart, and that tension gives this pleasing escapism the texture that it needs.
  • Jenna Fischer, “The Office” (NBC): Fischer has had lots to work with as Pam has grown up, ditched Roy and found her spine. It was hard to see Pam and Jim put off their (I hope inevitable) relationship, but this season gave the subtle and able Fischer a chance to shine, and that’s a good thing.
  • Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds” (Showtime): Though Mary-Louise Parker has many fans of her work in “Weeds,” I find it a bit enigmatic for my taste. I really tune in for the sensational cast surrounding Parker, and foremost among them is Perkins, who took what could have been a stereotypically shrill suburban matron (and possibly the worst mom on TV) and made her both fascinating and funny.

If you’re wondering where Lauren Graham of “Gilmore Girls” is, see my best dramatic actresses list on the Watcher Web site (other lists there: best leading actors in dramas and comedies).

Weeds Season 2 (R1) in July.

 

Lionsgate Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Weeds: Season Two on 24th July 2007 priced at $39.98 SRP. Starring Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon, “Weeds” examines family life in the suburban neighborhood of Agrestic, California, where recently widowed Nancy Botwin (Parker) is finding it hard to make ends meet while raising her two sons. Funnier, darker and more daring, the second season picks up where season one left off. Nancy’s budding business continues to grow, but keeping up with the neighbors in this suburban utopia isn’t easy. She’s joined up with a few of her closest friends, and together they’re facing life’s highs and lows – because even in paradise, nobody’s perfect.

Timed to coincide with the third season premiering in August on Showtime, Weeds: Season Two includes all twelve episodes presented in anamorphic widescreen with English DD5.1 Surround audio and optional English and Spanish subtitles.
The Extras include:

  • 7 Episode Audio Commentaries featuring cast and crew
  • Trivia Tracks on all episodes with out commentaries
  • “Cream of the Crop” featurette with Craig X Rubin
  • “Slangin: 101 Ways to say Weed” featurette
  • “Conrad’s Grow Room” featurette hosted by Romany Malco
  • “Tools of the Trade” featurette
  • Huskaroo Commercials in English and Spanish
  • Gag Reel
  • “Little Boxes” musical montages
  • “Jammin Nation” extended musical performance by Rocky Dawani
  • Showtime original content

*Source: DVD Times

Comedy supporting actress contenders for an Emmy nomination!!

The Nominations for the 59th Primetime Emmy® Awards will be announced Thursday, July 19, at 5:35 AM PT from the Goldenson Theatre on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences plaza in North Hollywood and according to Variety, here the contenders list for Comedy supporting actress for an Emmy nomination:

Jenna Fischer, “The Office”: Fischer shines in putting her character Pam’s internal battle over her tortured love life on display each week. On a rare half-hour with multiple comedy actress contenders, Fischer leads the way.

Alyson Hannigan, “How I Met Your Mother”: Never nominated for an Emmy despite her respected work on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Mother,” Hannigan keeps the comic wheels turning on the relationship-driven CBS sitcom.

Melora Hardin, “The Office”: Hardin’s scenes as the beleaguered superior (and lover) of Steve Carell’s Michael Scott have been so winning, her only problem has been not being in every episode.

Elizabeth Perkins, “Weeds”: Mary-Louise Parker may be the star, but Perkins, at least up to now, is the breakout thesp awards-wise. With two Globe noms and one Emmy nom, voters are impressed with Perkins’ turn as the unstable suburban mom.

Jamie Pressly, “My Name Is Earl”: Nominated last year, Pressly hasn’t lost any of her “oh, snap” as Joy. Though the show itself seems to have lost a little of its freshman luster, Pressly has crackled on.

Weeds returns as regular series.

According to ComingSoon.Net, Andy Milder has been promoted to a series regular on Showtime’s “Weeds” for the dark comedy’s upcoming third season, which kicks off August 13. Milder has been recurring on “Weeds,” playing Dean Hodes, legal counsel for the suburban drug cartel and husband to Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins). Mary-Louise Parker stars as a pot-dealing mom. Earlier this week, Showtime said Mary-Kate Olsen would join “Weeds” in a co-starring role as a devoted Christian girl.

As well, Carrie Fisher will join the cast of Weeds when season three begins August 13. Fisher will play a divorce lawyer retained by Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins). Awesome!

SHOWTIME’S ‘WEEDS’ FOR 3RD SEASON!!

Showtime has announced that the third season of “Weeds” will start August 13. Announcing at the same time that Matthew Modine will have a recurring role.Modine’s character reportedly will have business and personal interaction with Mary-Louise Parker’s Nancy and Elizabeth Perkins’ Celia.

Also guest starring in the third season will be Zooey Deschanel as Justin Kirk’s character’s slightly deranged ex-girlfriend, Cat, as well as Carrie Fisher, who will play Arlene, Celia’s divorce attorney.

“Weeds” has been nominated for four Golden Globe awards, including best television comedy.

Weeds – Season 2 (R1) comes to DVD and Blu-ray in July!!

There is some news for the second season of Weeds, which will be released for DVD and Blu-ray on July 24. The sets include:

  • Exclusive marijuana mockumentaries
  • Commentaries by cast and crew
  • Trivia tracks
  • Musical performances
  • Gag reel
  • Showtime original content
  • …and more

Lionsgate has set the SRP for either set at $39.98, choosing not to add a premium to the Blu-ray set. I hope to have artwork soon.

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