The Retro Report: A Fun Look Back at Brittany Snow and Other News of 2005

Herbie J Pilato

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According to The Hollywood Reporter in November of 2005, writer-producer Caryn Lucas was hired to write a 30-minute TV show for ABC that starred former American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis. The then-new program, from Paramount Network TV and studio-based Grammnet Prods., was somewhat taken from the singer's real life. "Constantine has just got it," Lucas said at the time. "None of it needs to be made up. He has a wonderfully funny, rich family life."

As documented by People Magazine also in November of 2005, then-41-year-old thespian Jennifer Beals (then of Showtime's L Word series, and formerly of the iconic film Flashdance) and her hubby, Ken L. Dixon, recently had their first child, a healthy baby girl. "The family is very happy and Jennifer and the baby are doing great," revealed her representative at the time. The infant's name had not been disclosed.

According to what Zap2it.com relayed in 2005, NBC's then-American Dreams star Brittany Snow had been cast in then-new segments of the FX's series Nip/Tuck. The new character was to have a somewhat bitter perspective, which was quite different from Snow's good-girl image in family-oriented Dreams.

Also in November 2005, The Hollywood Reporter said Fox was working with Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox TV on a 30-minute property featuring thespian Christopher Kennedy Lawford. The then-untitled project was to be written by scribe/producer Mark Reisman (of Frasier fame) and was somewhat based on the reality of Lawford, the off-spring of Peter (Rat Pack) Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, sister of President John F. Kennedy. Lawford would take the lead as one of the younger Kennedys who finds his political place somewhat late in life.

As The Associated Press revealed in November 2005, The Miss America Pageant relocated from Atlantic City to Las Vegas at the Aladdin hotel-casino. "What we wanted to do is find a new host city that has all glitz and glamour Miss America is known for," said Art McMaster, the pageant's CEO. "Obviously Las Vegas is right at the top of this list." The pageant, which will air on CMT on January 21st, has been challenged by various issues, financial, and otherwise, as ABC dumped the show in 2004, leaving the historic special contract-less for the first time since 1954. CMT then stepped up to the plate, and as net's VP of Programming at the time, Paul Villadolid, said, Vegas was selected, partially because it's a "first-class production town."

Zap2it.com also revealed in 2005 how the Sci-Fi Channel had then renewed its heralded show Battlestar Galactica for a third season. Galactica's good news arrived a few weeks following the renewal of Sci-Fi's double dose of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis.

Geeze, thank goodness these shows weren't on NBC in 1969 - 'cause we all know what happened to a sci-fi series in those days on the peacock network, don't we? Well, don't we? Talkin' about the original Star Trek series, of course, which NBC canned after only three seasons.

Now, that was a complete lack of foresight.

And how was your week in 2005?

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, GLAMOUR, GIDGETS AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, DASHING, DARING AND DEBONAIR, and NBC & ME: MY LIFE AS A PAGE IN A BOOK, among others. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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