"How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" gets its shot


PASADENA, Calif. -- The cast of the series "How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" has waited a long time to get on the air. It originally was shown to TV critics in June, but has been on the sidelines waiting for an opening all these months.

The wait is over for the series with the longest name in TV. "HTLWYPFTROYL" launches tonight at 9:30 [WTEN, Channel 10, Albany-Schenectady, N.Y.].

"Scrubs" star Sarah Chalke plays Polly, a single mom who's recently divorced. She and her daughter, Natalie (Rachel Eggleston), move in with her eccentric parents, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (Brad Garrett).

Garrett, a veteran of TV comedy from his days on "Everybody Loves Raymond," never gave up on the show.

"We knew we were going to be a mid-season show. I was happy to wait if it meant getting such a great time slot," says Garrett of his series being scheduled to air after ABC's monster comedy hit, "Modern Family."

The idea of living with one's parents after a certain age is an alien concept to Garrett, who jokes he moved out in the middle of the night and never looked back.

"I moved out right after conception, pretty much," he says. "I moved out when my mom was on her third marriage and my dad was on his sixth. So I actually asked to become a foster child. I left when I was 16 and then moved back briefly, and then I ran out. Actually, the title of my life is twice as long as the name of the show."

Chalke also was 16 when she left home the first time. The Canadian actress moved to Los Angeles after being cast on "Roseanne." She would spend four nights in Los Angeles and three nights in Canada. After "Roseanne," she moved in with a childhood friend and gave herself six months to find success or move home. Two months later, she was cast in "Scrubs."

If the show is a success after all these months of waiting, it could mean a huge change for executive producer Claudia Lonow. The series is based on her life: She's lived with her parents for the past 15 years.

She decided to go with the long title because that's the way she felt her life was going.

"My daughter is about to go to college, and I have no plans to move out as of yet," says Lonow, "and I feel like maybe they should move out since I moved out last time."

Lohan stopping by Letterman show

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lindsay Lohan will be a guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" next week.

CBS says she will pay Letterman a visit on the April 9 telecast. It will be her first "Late Show" appearance in six years.

Lohan is promoting her guest appearance on Charlie Sheen's FX sitcom "Anger Management," which will air two days later.

Lohan and Sheen have also recently worked together in "Scary Movie 5," which is opening this month.

CBS newsman Pitts moving to ABC

NEW YORK (AP) -- Veteran correspondent Byron Pitts is jumping from CBS to ABC News, where he will be chief national correspondent and a fill-in anchor for various broadcasts.

Pitts spent 15 years at CBS News, where he covered political conventions and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. ABC News President Ben Sherwood said in a memo to his staff announcing the hire that Pitts "has a unique talent for stories about people and communities facing the longest odds."


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