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Kim Clijsters wins tour year-end championships!

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The 2010 season ended Sunday for women’s tennis with reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters beating the top ranked Caroline Wozniacki to take the WTA Championships in Doha.

Clijsters came out of a three-year retirement last year and has done quite well for herself winning back-to-back US Opens. She won a total of five tournaments this year, more than any other player on tour except for Wozniacki who won six.

“It was a tough match,” Clijsters said after earning $1.4 million with the win. “I’m glad I won and it must be disappointing for Caroline, but I don’t know how many more years I’m going to keep doing this.”

Clijsters won her 40th career title after victories in Brisbane, Miami, Cincinnati and at the U.S. Open this year. She became the fifth player in WTA history to win the season-ending tournament three or more times, joining Martina Navratilova (8), Steffi Graf (5), Chris Evert (4) and Monica Seles (3).

I’m hoping to see either Clijsters or Wozniacki emerge as the dominant player next season in a sport that desperately needs one. Serena Williams, winner of this year’s Wlmbledon and Australian Open, has slipped to fourth in the rankings.

Serena has been out of the game since early July with a foot injury but doesn’t seem capable of a full effort at any tournament unless it is one of the sport’s four grand slams. It would be nice to see someone with commitment and guts enough to be a number one player week in and week out who every0ne fears.

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Saturday Night Live: Guest host Jon Hamm and Jason Sudeikis lock lips during parody of “Chips”

Is Jon Hamm the new Alec Baldwin of Saturday Night Live?

The handsome star of Mad Men hosted for the third time last weekend and showed, once again, that he’s game for anything.

In case you missed it, here is the night’s gayest sketch. He and Jason Sudeikis play a pair of motorcycle cops who seem kind of clueless about having the hots for each other (love Hamm’s blond wig!). On each call, they get distracted and never make it to the crime scene and insist on sharing the same motorcycle.

It keeps building until finally they just start kissing and one of them says: “That felt good as hell — I can’t wait to tell my wife!”

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Monday Morning Man: George Stephanopoulis!

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When George Stephanopoulos was named anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, succeeding Diane Sawyer, I thought the network had made a big mistake.

It’s not that I didn’t have a lot of respect for George, I just thought he was the perfect fit for the Sunday morning show This Week. I also thought Chris Cuomo, who had been so good as GMA’s news anchor, should have been given the reigns.

But Cuomo is doing great work on 20/20 and much to my surprise, George is a wonderful host on GMA. He mixes his hard news skills (he remains the network’s chief political correspondent) effortlessly with the lighter fare and the show has thrived.

What a life he has led for a man of 49. Before beginning his news career, he was senior political advisor to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and went on to become White House Communications Director. Ater two years, he was moved to the job of senior advisor on policy ad strategy.

George left the Clinton administration after the first term and went on to write the best selling political memoir All Too Human: A Political Education. He then became a political analyst for ABC and a new career was born.

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Showtune Sunday: Bette Midler as a scary witch singing “I Put a Spell on You” in “Hocus Pocus”

When Hocus Pocus first came out in theaters in 1993, I didn’t bother to go see it even though I was and am a big Bette Midler fan and have seen most of her movies – even Jinxed!

Well, once my niece and nephew were born (they are ages 8 and 11), Hocus Pocus became one of our Halloween traditions and I’ve now seen the movie more than any other Midler flick except maybe Beaches and The First Wives Club.

The film is just a hoot and so is the Divine Miss M as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, the leader of the Sanderson sisters. She is the eldest and is highly sensitive to people calling her ugly and has a very short temper. The other two sisters are played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

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Ricky Martin opens up to Oprah on Tuesday

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Boy, Oprah Winfrey sure is going out with a bang.

It’s the last year of her daily syndicated talk show and just last week, I watched superb hours with Jane Fonda and with the entire cast of The Sound of Music.

This week kicks off with an interview with Portia de Rossi on Monday then Tuesday, Oprah welcomes Ricky Martin!

This will be Ricky’s first big TV interview since officially coming out earlier this year and he is promoting his new book, Me, out on the same day as the Oprah interview. He invited Oprah’s cameras into his home and he will also discuss becoming a father (he has twins via surrogate mother).

Ricky’s new single The Best Thing About Me Is You will be out later this year followed by a full album early next year.

Here is a preview of his interview with Oprah:

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Morning Man Classic: Don Grady!

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You never forget your first crushes – even if you didn’t quite realize they were crushes at the time!

All I knew was that as a kid, I couldn’t take my eyes off of some of the TV stars from the 70s like Kent McCord, Ricky Nelson, Michael Douglas and today’s Morning Man Classic: Don Grady!

He played handsome Robbie Douglas on the CBS comedy My Three Sons which starred Fred McMurray as a single dad raising three boys with the help of a male housekeeper/nanny (first played by William Frawley of I Love Lucy fame then by William Demerest). The show ran from 1960 until 1972.

Grady had already gained fame before the series as one of the original Mousketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club show which also featured Annette Funicello. In 1995, I covered a rare reunion of the group at Disneyland (all but an ailing Funicello were present) and I was thrilled to meet Grady who was just ageless looking much like he did as Robbie Douglas!

Well, he’s now 66 and still looking as handsome as ever.

Following the conclusion of My Three Sons, Don dabbled with acting for a little longer, but soon brought his career full-circle and returned to his original love: music. His resumé includes scores for film, DVDs, Universal Studios theme park attractions, and original albums. His most recent release is Disney’s Princess Christmas Album, which sees him writing and producing holiday compositions that combine classic Disney characters with Christmas celebration.

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Ron Howard says gay joke in “The Dilemma” stays in: “I believe in sensitivity but not censorship.”

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The Dilemma, a comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Queen Latifah, does not come out until January but it has been a hot topic for several weeks now because of a controversial gay joke.

Anderson Cooper noticed the joke in the movie’s trailer earlier this month and complained about it a few times on his CNN show and during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In a scene in the trailer, Vaughn’s character says in a workplace scene: “Electric cars are gay.” He goes on to make clear that he doesn’t mean “homosexual, gay, but, you know, my parents are chaperoning the dance, gay.”

GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) wants the studio to remove the joke from the movie entirely.

The film’s director, Oscar winner Ron Howard, wrote to Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein this week about the controversy and made clear that he does not intend to remove the joke from the movie. Here is an excerpt:

So why was the joke in the movie?  Our lead character of Ronny Valentine has
a mouth that sometimes gets him into trouble and he definitely flirts with
the line of what’s okay to say.  He tries to do what’s right but sometimes
falls short.  Who can’t relate to that?   I am drawn to films that have a
variety of characters with different points of view who clash, conflict and
learn to live with each other. THE DILEMMA is a story full of flawed
characters whose lives are complicated by the things they say to and hide
from each other.  Ronny is far from perfect and he does and says some
outrageous things along the way.

Was it in the script or was it a Vince Vaughn ad lib?  Vince is a brilliant
improvisational actor, but in this case It was always in the script.  THE
DILEMMA is a comedy for grown-ups, not kids.  It’s true that the moment took
on extra significance in light of some events that surrounded the release of
the trailer and the studio made the decision to remove it from advertising,
which I think was appropriate.  I believe in sensitivity but not censorship.
I feel that our film is taking additional heat as an emblem for many movies
and TV shows that preceded it that have even more provocative
characterizations and language. It is a slight moment in THE DILEMMA meant
to demonstrate an aspect of our lead character’s personality, and we never
expected it to represent our intentions or the point of view of the movie or
those of us who made it.

FILE UNDER: Controversy, GLAAD

Dr. Phil weighs in harshly on what he labels a “non-apology” from homophobic Arkansas school official Clint McCance

drphil11.jpgEven though much of Anderson Cooper 360 was devoted to the foiled terrorist attack aimed at two Jewish centers in Chicago, our silver-haired host was sure to carve out some time to follow up on Thursday’s exclusive interview with Clint McCance, vice president of the Midland School District in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas.

McCance made some of the most horrific comments on Facebook that I have ever seen in responce to a request that students wear purple in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth who might be considering suicide:

Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the face that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.

He also wrote when responding to comments: “No because being a (slur) doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives.  If you get easily offended by being called a (slur) then don’t tell anyone you are a (slur). Keep that (expletive) to yourself.  I don’t care how people decide to live their lives. They don’t bother me if they keep it to thereselves.  It pisses me off though that we make a special purple (gay slur) day for them. I like that (slur) cant procreate.  I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die.  If you aren’t against it, you might as well be for it.”

He said a lot more. He uses the words “queers” and “fags” left and right and Anderson Cooper quoted him verbatim because he wanted to remind people of the ugliness of the words and the power they have over kids.

When I watched McCance’s interview with Anderson Thursday, I thought his apology for his language was an honest one because he was honest enough to say that he didn’t know if he would ever use that kind of language again and that he didn’t know what he’d do if one of his kids turned out to be gay. He did not go back on his comment that he would run them off.

My thought was that he was ignorant and homophobic but that maybe was on the road to learning about just how twisted he is.

But Dr. Phil McGraw, who Anderson had on the show last night, watched the interview and did not feel McCance even apologized and does not seem sorry for anything except for the fact that his bigoted comments have become a national story.

Said Dr. Phil: “My concern is that, because this is getting so much attention….the downside of it is that gay, lesbian transgender and questioning youth right now can say ‘see that’s how they really feel’ and we drive them further back.”

Here is the segment:

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Happy 32nd birthday to Matthew Morrison!

Nothing against my choir teacher in high school, but it he looked like Matthew Morrison, I probably would joined the group well before my senior year!

Matthew is the adorable Will Schuester on Glee and he has won our hearts with his soulful acting and his top-notch singing and dancing. I love when truly talented people like Matthew, who starred in several musicals on Broadway, reach the level of stardom that they deserve.

At the start of Glee’s stupendous run last year, I talked to Matthew about the character of Will and he said: “I love it that he’s a regular guy and that he has moments where he fails and things just don’t go right. He has to kind of dig himself out of a hole but he always tries to keep a positive attitude.”

Matthew, who has recorded a solo album that will be out in February, turns 32 years old today. I hope he is having a wonderful day that includes some singing and dancing.

PREVIOUS POST: My Chat With “Glee” leading man Matthew Morrison.

FILE UNDER: Birthdays, Glee

Saturday Morning Man: Mark Consuelos!

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We don’t see Mark Consuelos every day on Live with Regis & Kelly but we feel like we know him pretty well.

That’s because the hunky actor’s wife, Kelly Ripa, talks about her life with Mark and their three kids so much. It seems like a happy family and whenever Mark subs fior Regis Philbin, the chemistry between these two former All My Children co-stars is so apparent.

Mark was paying Mateo Santos on All My Children in 1995 when he met Kelly who played Haley on the show. Their characters became involved on-screen and a real-life romance had also developed. They eloped in Las Vegas in 1996.

The couple left the show in 2002. While Kelly does her morning gig, Mark appeared in the films The Great Raid and My Super Ex-Girlfriend and did guest stints on the Lifetime series Missing and on ABC’s Ugly Betty and appeared on Third Watch, Friends, American Family and on Ripa’s sitcom Hope & Faith.

He has an eclectic group of famous friends: It was Mark who performed the wedding ceremony of Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky and it as he and Kelly who helped Neil Patrick Harris throw a surprise 35th birthday party for Neil’s partner David Burtka earlier this year.
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Carson Kressley will have OWN show!

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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was only the beginning for the dynamic Carson Kressley.

The funniest member of the memorable “fab five” from that Bravo series continues to see his star rise. Deadline Hollywood reports that Carson will headline a show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

He is already set to co-host Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search For the Next TV Star, which will premiere on OWN at its January launch.

Now he’s signed for a second show, a makeover series called Carson-Nation. It will begin production next month for a March premiere.

Carson-Nation is from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition creator/executive producer Tom Forman and Relativity Real. It will feature Kressley traveling around the country “to makeover America one town at time and to make peoples lives better.”

He recently headlined Lifetime’s How To Look Good Nakedand co-hosted ABC’s True Beauty.

FILE UNDER: Daytime TV, Out Stars

Jeremy Bloom is a hunk with a heart

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Jeremy Bloom was born with many gifts.

He’s a two-time Olympian and three-time world champion in skiing and played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburg Steelers.

He also happens to be so good looking that he’s done a lot of modeling and often topped various “hottest athlete” lists.

What I did not know about this man is that at 28, he is already committed to giving back. I saw a profile Jeremy Hubbard did of Bloom for ABC News that really left me impressed. He is the founder of the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, which grants wishes to senior citizens in need. It’s kind of like helping people with their “bucket list” and it’s a really fine idea.

Here is a LINK to the story.

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FILE UNDER: Sports

Chris Evans heats up EW cover as Captain America!

Chris Evans was just warming up when he played Human Torch in a pair of Fantastic Four movies.

The actor is now headlining Captain American which we get a preview of in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.

During a break in shooting in London, Evans explained to EW that he was reluctant to accept the call of Captain America, in part because he had already portrayed a Marvel-ous mystery man. Of course, he also worried about the potential cost of failure, but he also worried the potential cost of fame should the movie be a hit.

“At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—-ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!’” After declining the part three times, Evans took a meeting with Marvel execs and Johnston and was dazzled by their plans for the movie. He still felt wary about suiting up for Captain America — but then he had an epiphany. “I was just scared,” he says. “I realized my whole decision making process was fear based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear.’” Evans signed a six-picture deal with Marvel to play the character, and he has no regrets: “I can’t believe was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”


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FILE UNDER: Guy Candy

Ellen to straight people: ‘We need your help now.”

ellen-degeneres-joins-american-idolEllen DeGeneres may be one of the funniest people on television, but she knows when to get serious.

Ellen has been a very vocal proponent of same-sex marriage and more recently, she has spoken up about a series of bullied gay teens who committed suicide.  The recent hateful, anti-gay remarks filled with slurs posted on Facebook by an Arkansas school board member named Clint McCance has Ellen calling out for everyone – straight and gay – to stand up against this kind of hate.

“It would not be acceptable if someone used the n-word,” DeGeneres said in an interview that aired Thursday on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°. “When the civil rights movement happened, it took not just the community of blacks to make a change, but white people needed to step in and say this is unacceptable. We cannot tolerate this and treat any citizen with lesser value. And, I think, as a gay person, I would like to personally ask every heterosexual person out there who is appalled by this to – we need your help now. This is absurd and he should resign.”

McCance told Anderson Cooper in an interview on the same program that he did plan to resign.

In the interview, DeGeneres also tells Cooper she does not think McCance’s views are justified by his Christian faith, which he referenced in his controversial Facebook postings.

“It gives religion a bad name,” says DeGeneres. “And I think Jesus is – Jesus is the one who taught not to judge and to love everyone. So I don’t know what kind of religion he follows, but that is not [being] a good Christian.”

FILE UNDER: Controversy

Homophobic Arkansas school board member Clint McCance tells Anderson Cooper he plans to resign

The string of recent suicides by gay kids has focused a spotlight on the bullying epidemic in this country. While we have seen compassion from many, we are seeing the true colors of others like Clint McCance, vice president of the Midland School District in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas.

He has made some of the most horrific comments on Facebook that I have ever seen from a grown man. He was responding to a request that students wear purple in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth who might be considering suicide:

Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the face that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.

He also wrote when responding to comments: “No because being a (slur) doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives.  If you get easily offended by being called a (slur) then don’t tell anyone you are a (slur). Keep that (expletive) to yourself.  I don’t care how people decide to live their lives. They don’t bother me if they keep it to thereselves.  It pisses me off though that we make a special purple (gay slur) day for them. I like that (slur) cant procreate.  I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die.  If you aren’t against it, you might as well be for it.”

He said a lot more. He uses the words “queers” and “fags” left and right and writes that if one of his two children were gay, he’d run them off. And, of course. he is doing all of this because the bible tells him so.

The backlash was instant and McCance says he has had death threats and had to have his wife and kids go into hiding.


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Anderson Cooper has been covering the hell out of the story this week and last night, landed an exclusive interview with McCance. I was just riveted to it. The man knows he went too far and said: ”I made some very ignorant comments and did not realize just how ignorant they were. I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments. I’m sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum.”

As you watch the interview, you’ll see that McCance is just now processing all of this. He’s not ready to say he’ll not kick his kids out if they are gay but the one things he seems to get, I think, is that his words are exactly the kind of thing that can push vulnerable kids over the edge.

Obviously this man has no business having anything to do with a school district and, I think, should get some counseling. It chills me to the bone when i see this kind of ignorance but it’s out there, all over the place. I’m glad people like Anderson Cooper are reporting on it in an intelligent and thoughtful way.

FILE UNDER: Controversy

Betty White stands up for same-sex marriage: “I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business.”

Betty White for president!

The 88-year-old superstar, a 2010 Emmy winner, has no problem speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage and does so in the latest issue of Parade Magazine: “I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”

The interview covers lots of things like Betty’s eating habits and the secrets to her longevity. She also wants you to know that she’s no cougar despite her oft-stated lust for the 14 years younger Robert Redford: “I’ve always liked older men. They’re just more attractive to me. Of course, at my age there aren’t that many left!” Apparently, that hasn’t presented much of an obstacle. “I’ve enjoyed the opposite sex a lot,” says White, whose beloved husband of 18 years, Allen Ludden, died in 1981. “Always have. Always will.”

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“I Love Lucy” Friday: Lucy misses ship to Europe!

'You found 'Mother's Little Helper' in my housecoat? Impossible!' Ricky busts a guilty-looking Lucy.

Lucy is heading to Europe on a big ocean liner with Ricky, Fred and Ethel.

Of course, things go wrong from the start.

The boat is about to depart and Lucy runs down the plank once more to give Little Ricky a kiss goodbye (he’s staying back in New York with her mother). The boat starts to edge away from the dock and as she’s about to leap on, her skirt gets caught.

Her only option is to be lowered onto the deck of the ship via helicopter.

It’s not until she is up in the air that Lucy realizes exactly how she will make her big arrival.

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Friday Morning Man: Timothy Adams!

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My apologies for the erratic posting schedule in recent days, I’ve got all kinds of things going on this week!

To make it up to you, I present an extra smoking hot Morning Man by the name of Timothy Adams, an actor who is best known for his roles on Sunset Beach, One Life to Live and Rescue Me.

But something else that has gotten him a lot of attention is being a cover model for hundeds of romance novels. Think of him as a Fabio who can actually act!

He the is the subject of a profile this week in the New York Post and I want to share some of it with you:

Twelve inches. That’s the size of Timothy Adams’ shoulder-to-waist ratio. “It helps with the romance covers,” he shrugs.

So does his chiseled 6-foot-1 visage of rippling biceps, tousled sandy locks, penetrating blue eyes and heaving pecs.

New York’s newest Fabio has ravished the covers of more than 100 romance novels in the past seven years. The Jersey-born, East Village-dwelling hunk’s scorching body of work includes “My Immortal Assassin,” “Sins of the Highlander,” “Welcome Home, Cowboy,” “Caressed by Ice” and that literary classic, “Unfinished Business with the Duke.” Adams ticks off his titillating roles: “I’ve been a gladiator, a cowboy, a dad, a tycoon, sometimes shirtless, sometimes with costumes, sometimes with women in a clinch.”

Adams, who’s 43 and still working steadily, says he came late to the pulsing flesh world, shooting his first cover at age 36. His secret to scoring that first naughty novel? “I looked really good with my shirt off,” he says simply. “Broad shoulders, six-pack all year round, nonstop action going on — that’s what it takes.”

It also takes plenty of effort, although for Adams, exercise is “a lifestyle for me — I don’t think about working out. When you’re hungry, you eat, when your body needs to work out, you train.” To that end, he rides his bicycle everywhere he goes, rain or shine, biking between Manhattan and Brooklyn several times a week and carrying armfuls of groceries as he goes. He runs up stairs and notes, “I walk on my hands and do pushups on my hands whenever I feel like my muscles need to be activated.”

He also trains private clients about 10 hours per week, scuba-dives and teaches a twice-weekly group class in “dynamic functional flexibility.”

Adams certainly isn’t letting his steamy success go to his hunky head. “It’s just work at this point,” he says, admitting he’s never actually read any of the books he clinches for. “I saw one of them once in CVS; I looked at the cover, laughed and left.”

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Designing Women Thursday: Celebrating birthday Annie Potts with one of Mary Jo’s funniest scenes

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The great Annie Potts, who played Mary Jo Shively for all seven seasons of Designing Women, turns 58 today.

She was brilliantly funny from the first episode of this show until the last and her character of Mary Jo grew so much as a person over the run. In the end, Mary Jo was strong and confident and a force to be reckoned with.

But in this episode, which was the show’s pilot, Mary Jo was still a bit raw over her divorce from her womanizing ex-husband, a gynecologist named Ted who was now dating her co-worker Suzanne.

This scene is just a classic as Mary Jo tells the girls about how she tried to be sexy for her ex but, “You can only do so much, with what you have.”

Jim Courier chosen to captain US Davis Cup team!

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Jim Courier played his pro tennis career at the same time as all-time greats Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

While he may not have won as many big titles as his two fellow Americans, he did have many high points. Jim managed to reach the number one ranking for several stretches in the early 90s (58 weeks total), he won the French Open twice, the Australian Open twice and made it to the final of Wimbledon in 1993 and of the US Open in 1991.

(One area where Courier as far superior to Agassi ad Sampras was in the legs department! Courier has the best legs of all players on tour except for Sweden’s Stefan Edberg whose legs were legendary).

Jim was also a member of the winning U.S. Davis Cup teams in 1992 and 1995 and this week, he was named Captain of the team, replacing longtime captain Patrick McEnroe who is stepping down after more than a decade.

“I’ve always known, once I got a taste of playing Davis Cup, if I were given an opportunity to be the captain, I would certainly want to take it,” Courier said Wednesday during a news conference in New York.

Agassi called Courier an “inspired choice” as captain.

“Jim has the experience, integrity and focus needed to bring the U.S. Davis Cup to new heights,” Agassi said in a statement Wednesday. “I know first hand that a man with Jim’s credentials as a warrior and a champion will bring out the best in our players and our fans.”

Jim has either won or played in the championship round of al of the sport’s major championships. He was one set away from winning his third straight French Open title in 1993 when he ran out of gas in the fifth set against Sergi Bruguera. He made the Wimbledon final the next month but lost to Sampras. He never won another major title or even reached another slam final.

The 40-year-old Courier retired from the professional tour in 2000 and was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. He coached the U.S. team under McEnroe in five series from 2001-03. He has become one of the best television commentators in the sport and I would like hear more of his insightfulness and less of John McEnroe’sendless chatter at some of the majors. Are John and Mary Carillo really the only two people who can do the job? I’m so over them!

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