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September / october 2006:

Fall TV Preview
by Gerri Miller




As we enter the fall, we bid a fond farewell to the usual summer fare that has been invading our television sets: Reruns, more reruns, and the umpteenth competition reality show. But now it's September and that can only mean one thing: Ok, yes, besides Rosh Hashanah. It means it's the start of the new television season.

And like all television seasons since the dawn of time, it also means that you'll be seeing plenty of Jewish stars dotting your screen. From Amanda Peet in Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip to Brad Garrett in his new sitcom 'Til Death -- and all the members of the tribe in between.

  • Brad Garrett
  • Lisa Edelstein
  • Jennifer Westfeldt
  • Amanda Peet
  • Marla Sokoloff
  • Scott Wolf
  • Howie Mandel
  • Jordana Spiro
  • Greg Grunberg
  • Victor Garber
  • Jeffrey Tambor
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • The Young & the Jewish
  • So we dispatched our Hollywood correspondent Gerri Miller to the annual Television Critics Association's month-long love-fest where reporters get to hang out with the actors they write about. For 18 fun-filled days, each network rolls out the stars and the soirees, touting all their new shows and giving access to the people behind them. Gerri battled the goody bags and the publicists to get to this season's Jewish stars. She got past the party line ("I'm really proud of this new show") to find out about their recent trips to Israel (Jeff Goldblum, Lisa Edelstein), their nagging mothers, (Scott Wolf), and their bad bar mitzvah memories (Howie Mandel).

    So sit right back, set your TiVos, and enjoy AJL's second annual Fall TV Preview. But read it quickly ... because in the ever-changing ether of television, a show may get canceled at any moment. Y'know, God forbid.



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