By Sarah Skilton
Sexy Ladies Score at the Box Office
Good things come to those who wait. After a four year hiatus from their HBO show, the women of Sex and the City hit theaters on May 30th and broke box office records. The film's $56.8 million dollar opening weekend was the biggest opener ever for both an R-rated comedy and a romantic comedy, apparently baffling everyone in Hollywood (read: men). To quote Carrie, "I couldn't help but wonder": why are the suits so stunned? Every woman I know made plans to see the flick en masse in drunken groups on opening weekend. And it was fabulous.
Déjà vu Times Two
As Hollywood braces itself for the possibility of another strike (SAG's contract is up at the end of June), the effects of the writers' strike continue to reverberate. For example, there are far fewer TV pilots on tap for the fall season this year, and they tend to be...familiar. Let's see, we've got an updated, slightly more multi-culti version of "Beverly Hills 90210" coming to The CW, a retread of the short-lived 1990s rom-com "Cupid", and a few imports from other countries. Australia has gifted us with a remake of their dysfunctional mom and daughter series "Kath and Kim" (now starring Molly Shannon for NBC), and New Zealand sends us a remake of their program "Outrageous Fortune." The series, now called "Good Behavior" (ABC) has been adapted by Rob Thomas ("Veronica Mars") and will star the hilarious Catherine O'Hara (A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration) as a tough matriarch who tries to change her criminal family's ways after her husband is sent to the clink. Writers and producers are even borrowing from Shakespeare: ABC's "Prince of Motor City" will follow the plot of Hamlet in a modern day Detroit setting. Known commodities present less risk, which is probably why there are so many rumors about spin-offs in the works, too. No less than five primetime shows are trying to figure out a way to duplicate their success in name, if not style. FOX's "House" is hoping that a new character introduced this fall (to be played by Michael Weston) will eventually warrant his own program, though how his role as a private investigator will tie in to the medical mystery show is anyone's guess. "Prison Break", "Gossip Girl", "The Office" and "Family Guy" have plans to spin off already existing characters into their own shows, too.
Still sad about "Moonlight" getting the axe?
Wondering where you'll find your next vampire fix? I've got you covered. Here are two juicy projects to look forward to: HBO's "True Blood", starring Anna Paquin and currently filming its second season, is scheduled to begin airing this fall. The series takes place in a world where vampires are regular members of society (albeit as part of a subculture that's discriminated against) and this December you can sink your teeth into Twilight, a film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's best-selling teen romance book. Perhaps your taste in bad boys runs more toward bikers. If so then you're also in luck: "Sons of Anarchy" (starring Katey Segal and the always-yummy Charlie Hunnam) received a 13-episode order and airs this September on the FX Network. The show chronicles the life and times of an outlaw biker gang in California. HBO also has a biker series in the works called "1%." Va-va-vroom! .
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