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July 26, 2005



Two things worth noting:

1. Until this week, report was that Alias would likely run 8 then break, then another (longer) run later in the season, due to Garner's pregnancy.
2. I expect it to flip back to Wednesdays at 8 fairly quickly after it gets demolished on Thursday, and George Lopez and Freddie Prinze prove non-competitive. It's also possible they'll try it against L&O and CSI:NY on Wednesday at 10--Invasion seems doomed to me.

Oh no! Despite claims that intricate plotlines on television are making Americans smarter, I for one cannot hold all the show's nuances in my head over a two week break, let alone two months!

Tung Yin

1. Smarter does not necessarily mean better memory.

2. It's simply more satisfying not to have long gaps between the shows. We thrive on regularity.


Regarding pregnancies on TV shows, it's actually fairly common in recent years for actresses to get pregnant during a show's run and most of the time, the producers work around it and rarely incorporate it into the show. When Shelley Long got pregnant, the producers of Cheers kept her in an apron and behind the bar. When Gates McFadden on Star Trek:TNG was pregnant, they worked around it by, in the words of Jonathan Frakes, who directed several of the episodes, "shooting her from the boobs up." On Frasier, they explained Jane Leeves' expanding size by explaining it was the result of an eating binge she'd gone on out of the joy of finally being together with Niles. When she gave birth, they sent Daphne off to a fat farm to lose the weight (in one episode, Frasier asks Niles how Daphne was doing and Niles replies, "wonderful. She's already lost 8 pounds, 9 ounces," which I thought was quite funny and clever). But most of the time, they do what the producers of Will and Grace did when Deborah Messing was pregnant, or Seinfeld, during Julia Louis-Dreyfuss' two pregnancies--cover them in black, baggy clothes and ignore it.

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