CROSSING JORDAN PICKED UP FOR 4TH SEASON

3/30/04

NBC's "Crossing Jordan" has come back stronger than ever, winning NBC it's highest adult (18-49) ratings in three years in it's new Sunday night time slot (More information on Sunday 29th ratings at NBCMV.com). Following this news, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker announced today that "Crossing Jordan" has been picked up for a 4th season (2004-2005). Here is the report from Reuters:

Jordan' Gets Early Pickup for 4th Season
Tue Mar 30, 2004 04:22 AM ET

By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Crossing Jordan," which recently returned to NBC's schedule following an eight-month hiatus to accommodate the pregnancy of star Jill Hennessy, is crossing into Year 4 with an early pickup for next season.

In its four airings in its new Sunday 10 p.m. slot, the crime drama has averaged a 4.8 rating/13 share among adults 18-49 and 13.1 million total viewers. The show has dominated the post-"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" time period with a 41% margin of victory in 18-49 and 39% in total viewers.

"For three years, we've been looking for the right show to pair with 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' and we've finally found it in 'Crossing Jordan,"' said Jeff Zucker, president of the NBC Entertainment, Cable and News Group. "The show has clearly earned this early pickup and signals the strength and stability of our new Sunday night schedule."

In addition to Hennessy, who stars as strong-willed medical examiner Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, "Jordan" co-stars Miguel Ferrer and Jerry O'Connell.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

FAT SLAGS OPENING IN THE UK (Edited 4/27/04)

3/30/04

According to IMDB.com, the movie "Fat Slags" was originally scheduled to open in the UK on April 9th, 2004 - but it seems the April release date has been pushed back. In a recent talk show appearance Jerry said the movie may be coming out 'next year'. Fat Slags is based on comic strip characters from the adult themed comic book "Viz." Directed by Red Dwarf veteran, Ed Bye, the film stars Fiona Allen and Sophie Thompson as the corpulent couple who scour the land for unwitting men to force themselves upon. Jerry O'Connell plays the part of rich bachelor, Sean Cooley - a possible love interest of one of the Slags.

UPCOMING APPEARANCE - ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW (schedule change)

3/25/04

According to the Late Night TV Page Jerry is scheduled as a guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show on Wednesday March 31st. Check your local listings for show time and station. The episode also reairs on Oxygen on April 7th.

UPCOMING APPEARANCES - CELEBRITY YEARBOOK & CROSSING JORDAN

3/25/04

The E! Network is re-airing "Celebrity Yearbook" on Saturday March 27th. Check your local listings for station and show time.

Saturday, 27

Celebrity Yearbook
60 mins.

The high-school days of celebrities are recalled via their high-school yearbook photos, interviews and insights from friends. Included: Heather Locklear, Faith Hill, Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore, Mariah Carey, Jerry O'Connell, Natalie Portman, David Duchovny, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Lopez, John Belushi, Lenny Kravitz, Goldie Hawn, Ben Stein, Eugene Levy and Kirsten Dunst.

NBC will be airing an all new episode of Crossing Jordan on Sunday March 28th.

Sunday, 28

Crossing Jordan
Second Chances
60 mins.

While Jordan and Macy try to determine if a woman's death was accidental, Woody and Devan (Jennifer Finnigan) believe that they've solved a 20-year-old missing-child case. Woody: Jerry O'Connell. ADA Wolcott: Susan Gibney. Det. Seeley: David Monahan. Van Marshall: Steve Hofvendahl. Michael Goddard: Marc Vann. Althea Hurd: Pamala Tyson. Macy: Miguel Ferrer. Jordan: Jill Hennessy.

JERRY'S BROTHER SPOTTED AT THE BEVERLY HILLS COURTHOUSE

3/25/04

Jerry's younger brother Charlie got this mention in Ted Casablanca's column at EOnline.com:

THE AWFUL TRUTH
March 11, 2004

To my Sunset Strip honeys, I'm telling ya, use the crosswalk to get to
Sky Bar, or you'll get a damn ticket--even if you have celeb DNA
trickling in your veins.

Jerry O'Connell's kid bro, Charlie (who has done some acting himself),
received a most plebeian citation for jaywalking across congested
Sunset Boulevard. And when it came time to appear before the judge,
Charlie and his brawny buds made a runway out of the Beverly Hills
Courthouse, showing up looking like frat bros in wedding suits.

Could that be why the dudes got off--despite some cockamamy tale how
they were all just looking out for some drunk pal? What has that judge
been imbibing?

-Ted Casablanca

JERRY TESTS WELL WITH CROSSING JORDAN AUDIENCE

3/10/04

The following mention was taken from About.com Primetime TV:

Jimmie makes the case for four series you may not be watching

Slap! for Jill Hennessey for her catty behind the scenes behavior. After some focus group testing on the NBC series Crossing Jordan, Jill Hennessey allegedly went batty -- and catty -- when it turned out that the favorite character and actor involved with the series was not her. In fact, Jerry O'Connell's Woody was selected as the favorite by the test groups -- receiving almost twice as much acclaim as any other actor or character on the show.

This allegedly led to Hennessey demanding that her part be juiced up for Crossing Jordan's midseason return -- and Jerry's character to be minimized. It looks like the proposed Woody spin-off may not have been such a bad idea after all.

- Jimmie Manning

CROSSING JORDAN - NEW EPISODES

3/08/04

The following is a list of new Crossing Jordan episodes for March 2004. (Several episodes do feature Jerry's character Woody Hoyt)

CROSSING JORDAN
SLAM DUNK

03-12-2004 10:00PM

JORDAN SLAMS OPEN AND SHUT CASE--While serving as a juror, Jordan (Jill Hennessy) discovers that the medical evidence used against the defendant is questionable, bringing to a halt D.A. Walcott's (guest star Susan Gibney) pursuit of quick justice for an alleged cop killer. Macy (Miguel Ferrer) is caught between the two women in his life -- Jordan and the D.A. -- who both need his assistance to provide further forensic evidence to prove only one of them correct. Steve Valentine and Jerry O'Connell also star..

CROSSING JORDAN
'TIL DEATH DO US PART

03-14-2004 10:00PM

I DO LEADS TO DEATH FOR HUSBANDS AND WIVES -- Investigating the murder of a badly beaten wife, Jordan (Jill Hennessy) reunites with a former high school boyfriend (guest star Anthony De Santis) who is now a Catholic priest and may be involved in this woman's death. While Woody (Jerry O'Connell) searches for the victim's missing husband - the prime suspect in the homicide - Jordan discovers she was having an affair, and presses her former first love to break his vow of secrecy and reveal his knowledge of the events leading to this crime. Meanwhile, Garrett (Miguel Ferrer) handles his own case of alleged matrimonial murder when he investigates a widow who has lost five husbands in just over a decade. Kathryn Hahn, Steve Valentine, Ivan Sergei and Ravi Kapoor also star.

 

CROSSING JORDAN
IS THAT PLUTONIUM IN YOUR POCKET, OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME?

03-19-2004 10:00PM

NEW CORONER FACES DEADLY DANGER FIRST DAY ON THE JOB--With no autopsies assigned to her on her first day as a pathology resident in the Massachusetts State Coroner's Office, Devan Maguire (Jennifer Finnigan) takes Lily's (Kathryn Hahn) task of notifying the wife (guest star Cyd Strittmatter) of a murder victim that her husband has been found shot and with traces of radioactivity on his body. But once she arrives at the couple's home, she is taken captive by armed men and must determine the connection between the dead man, a Geiger counter found in his home, and her kidnapping. Back at the morgue, Macy (Miguel Ferrer) receives a visit from FBI Agent Scannell (guest star David Ramsey) who seems more interested in keeping a dangerous secret about the dead man and missing plutonium than protecting the city of Boston. Ravi Kapoor, Steve Valentine, Jerry O'Connell and Ivan Sergei also star..

 

CROSSING JORDAN
DEAD OR ALIVE

03-21-2004 10:00PM

MACY INVESTIGATES FUGITIVE RAPIST--When Macy (Miguel Ferrer) receives a photo indicating that a wealthy heir accused of rape and murder (guest star Anthony Starke) five years prior is striking again in Mexico, he travels there to prove that the man responsible for the recent heinous crime is the same man he investigated years before. Back home, Woody (Jerry O'Connell) works the case with the original detective (guest star Jsu Garcia), though both must turn to Jordan (Jill Hennessy) to get information they need from a reluctant witness (guest star Sarah Joy Brown). Ravi Kapoor, Steve Valentine, Kathryn Hahn, Ivan Sergei and Jennifer Finnigan also star..

 

UPCOMING APPEARANCE - JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (Schedule Update)

3/04/04

Jerry was originally scheduled as a guest on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show on the evening of Friday March 5th - early morning Saturday March 6th. The schedule seems to have changed - the Late Night TV Page and the Jimmey Kimmel Live web site have Jerry scheduled on Friday March 12th (early Saturday March 13th). Tickets for the Friday March 12th show are still available - go to 1iota.com for ticket information. Check your local TV listings for show time and station. To see a photo of Jerry from his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel in 2003 visit the abc Jimmy Kimmel web site (Thanks to Megan for the link).

Jimmy Kimmel Live
60 mins.

Friday March 12th

Kevin Nealon(Guest Co-host)
TBA(Guest Announcer)
Jerry O'Connell, music performance from Cee Lo

JERRY IS MISTAKEN FOR A HOODLUM

3/04/04

Jerry originally told this funny story on the Sharon Osborne Show - which was then written up at SFGate.com:

The Daily Dish!
Wednesday, March 3, 2004

HALLIWELL'S EX KICKED OUT OF PARTY OVER GUN MISTAKE
Geri Halliwell's actor ex Jerry O'Connell was recently barred from a Hollywood party for turning up with an unloaded gun.

The "Kangaroo Jack" star forgot to hand over his gun after leaving the set of his TV drama "Crossing Jordan," in which he plays a cop, and a security guard found the weapon when he frisked him outside the party.

O'Connell says, "I rolled into the party in my suit and they were frisking people as they walked in and I wasn't thinking anything of it. And the guy frisked me and he was like, 'Yo man, what's this?' and I had my gun there and my badge.

"It's a real gun, but it's not loaded. I said, 'This isn't mine, you see I'm an actor,' and he was like, 'We have a gun, we have a gun.' I was running back to my car."

O'Connell managed to stash his TV gun in his car before returning to the party. He adds, "I came back and they wouldn't let me in the party. They thought I was like a hoodlum."

 

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