* William Shatner doesn’t understand why CBS insists on “bleeping out” the first word of his new Twitter-inspired sitcom, $#*! My Dad Says. “They should [just] call it s—,” he cracked. “It isn’t a terrible term. It’s a natural function.” (Funny story: I’ve been referring to the show as s— ever since I watched the pilot.)
* Shatner doesn’t do his own tweeting. “I’ve hired a young man out of college,” the Star Trek icon admitted. “He does the mechanics, but I very carefully modulate what I say.”
* Blue Bloods, starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, is more than just a police procedural. “It’s also a family show,” maintained exec producer Robin Green. Having seen the pilot, I can vouch for this.
* Mike & Molly, starring Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, is more than just a sitcom about fat people. “It’s a show about people trying to make their lives better,” insisted exec producer Chuck Lorre, “and find someone they can have a committed relationship with.” Having seen the pilot, I can vouch…that it’s a sitcom about fat people. But it’s funny. And honest. And Gardell and McCarthy are fantastic together.
* Amid the flood of weight-related questions during the Mike & Molly panel, this one for McCarthy made me cringe the most: “Where are you getting Molly’s clothes? What particular designers or outlets?” (Note to reporter who asked said question: Please come to the courtesy counter to claim your Whatchoo Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis? award.)
* According to Jim Just. Won’t. Die. Jim Belushi revealed during the Defenders panel that his new legal drama (costarring Jerry O’Connell) shoots on Jim’s old soundstage. “I’ve got the same dressing room,” he shouted. “I’m so excited!”
* Sara Gilbert is a lesbian—although you’d never know it reading the press notes for her upcoming View-like gabfest The Talk, since they failed to mention her significant other even though her cohosts’ husbands were all listed. “I’ve been acting my whole life and I’ve never really discussed my personal life,” responded the Roseanne star. “This is a talk show. So obviously I’m going to be discussing my life more, and I felt that the first place I wanted to do it wasn’t in a CBS press release. It just seemed impersonal, and I felt like I’d rather come in person and talk to you about all that stuff here.”
* Fellow Talk-er Holly Robinson Peete announced that the one topic she won’t be discussing is her daughter’s menstrual cycle. She then continued to discuss her daughter’s menstrual cycle. In a room full of journalists. “I’m bummed because I think the stories of my husband dealing with this are priceless,” she said. “[But] she said I couldn’t talk about that.” And a promise is a promise!
* Want to piss off a TV critic? Turn the temperature down to 43 degrees and disable the wireless. And don’t do anything about it after people complain. Thanks, Mr. Hilton! (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman)