THE PAUL REISER SHOW -- "The Father's Occupation " Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Paul Reiser as Paul, Amy Landecker as Claire -- Photo by: Michael Yarish/NBC

THE PAUL REISER SHOW -- "The Father's Occupation " Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Paul Reiser as Paul, Amy Landecker as Claire -- Photo by: Michael Yarish/NBC

The Paul Reiser Show is debuting tonight and it appears we’re going to be seeing a hyper reality of Reiser’s true home life.

He’ll be playing himself – with several years elapsing since his TV series ended. If you recall, it’s been several years since Reiser finished his run on his sitcom Mad About You. His home life with his therapist wife Clair (Amy Landecker) is also reflective of his real life (spouse Paula Ravets is a psychologist).

So, how much is revealed? Mostly the funniest part of Reiser’s world, co-star Amy Landecker tells HollywoodOutbreak.com. She should know, the actress had dinner at the couple’s house and got to see the family in action.

“He had me come over to the house when we were shooting the pilot so I could sort of see what inspired this wackiness,” she begins. “She was just a really sweet woman, smart, funny, capable and very supportive of him. He has these two beautiful kids who are funny and smart and outgoing and serious. I laughed so hard at dinner and he looked at me at some point and said, ‘This is why I had to turn this into a show.’ I totally get it.”

Landecker is counting the hours until the sitcom airs – and trying to keep her cool in the process.

I’m nauseous a little bit,” she confesses through her laughter. “It’s a little nerve-wracking. I’ve never been in the position where I could continue to do something I love based on whether or not other people watch it. …I feel like I’m on American Idol, although I shouldn’t say that because I don’t want anyone to watch that tonight, but I feel like it’s up to America…it’s up to America what happens for us.”

Landecker can relax, American Idol’s audience probably a bit different than fans of Reiser.

The Paul Reiser Show debuts tonight, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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With his new film Water For Elephants, Robert Pattinson stars as Jacob circus veterinarian who falls in love with Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), the wife of an ill-tempered ringmaster (Christoph Waltz).  Based on Sara Gruen’s bestselling Depression-era set novel, the picture was directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) and shot by renowned cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Amores Perros, Brokeback Mountain).

“I think it definitely has a lot of romantic elements to it,” said Pattinson, when asked what his fans should love about Water For Elephants.  “I think it’s a pretty beautiful movie, I think it’s different to a lot of other stuff that’s come out.  I haven’t seen anything like it in a few years.  When I was making it I felt like I was being transported somewhere else and hopefully that will be captured in the movie.”

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Water for Elephants opens nationwide April 22nd.

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1-21Will Ferrell (The Other Guys) reunites with his good friend Steve Carell, when he guest stars on the comedy hit The Office tonight at 9/8 central on NBC. Ferrell and Carell worked on the 2004 comedy hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Ferrell told us he wanted to guest star on The Office not just because he is a fan of the show, but he wanted to collaborate with Carell during his last season on the series. (Click on the media bar below to hear Will Ferell)

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Sally Field just 44 years ago

Sally Field just 44 years ago

While Daniel Day-Lewis will play the title role in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Sally Field has agreed to play the 16th First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln.

“I’m excited to be working with Sally for the first time,” Spielberg said. “I’ve admired her films, and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln.”

The movie will reportedly focus on Lincoln’s battles with everyone other than the Confederates and is based on the biographical portrait, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The production is scheduled after the Summer and expected to reach theaters near the end of 2012.


Ashton Shepherd Where County Grows album

Ashton Shepherd Where County Grows album

MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Ashton Shepherd will release her second album, Where Country Grows, on July 12.

Look It Up, the album’s debut single and the first song she recorded for this project, has become the fastest-rising hit of her career and currently sits at No. 21 on the Billboard country singles chart.

Where Country Grows is the much-anticipated follow-up to her 2008 debut, Sounds So Good, and captures her impressive songwriting and singing evolution she’s made over the last few years. She wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 10 songs on the new album, which was produced by Buddy Cannon.

“I felt like I had a basic plan for this record,” Shepherd says. “You’ve got your first record behind you; you’ve learned some things. Your sophomore record – I heard from all these people – is supposed to be different. It’s supposed to be another factor and define you a little more. I’m thinking, ‘How am I going to do this?’”

One new approach was to spend time with several of Nashville’s prominent songwriters, including Dean Dillon, Dale Dodson, Bobby Pinson and Troy Jones, to see if these collaborations could inspire new sounds or themes. The strategy worked.

“I was just a little scared of it, since I’d never co-written before,” says Shepherd. “Once I started, I really, really enjoyed it. I felt like we had plenty of songs to choose from. So the angle on this record was trying to define Ashton Shepherd in a different way, maybe dig just a little bit deeper and try and put some different kinds of songs on it.

“I was listening back to the record, thinking, ‘This has something for everybody on it.’ I think we’ve accomplished that,” says Shepherd, who wrote by herself two of the album’s most powerful songs – I’m Just a Woman and Rory’s Radio.

The songs from Where Country Grows have already taken her live shows in an exciting new direction.   “This record is more tempo-heavy. The first record was very country with all the ballads,” she says. “It made it kind of hard to do live shows, because you had 11 songs and six of them were ballads. Now, we’ve got a good little handful of spunky songs that I think people will really like to sing along with and enjoy on this record.”

While the serious nature of her debut album may have presented challenges with creating set lists, 2008’s appropriately titled Sounds So Good earned tremendous reviews from music critics.

While Shepherd is grateful for the accolades and attention, she remains focused on connecting with fans one song at a time. “What inspired me to be a country artist was growing up listening to country music and seeing the impact that it has on people, seeing how it can change people’s lives,” says the resident of Leroy, Alabama. “It can put a smile on somebody’s face when they turn on the radio.

“Or if it’s a sad song, it can make people feel better. Sometimes you need to hear one of those to help you climb through something that you’re going through: ‘Hey, somebody else feels sad too.’ So that’s my main thing about being in country music, trying to help people and be a part of people’s lives.”