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Hollywood Exclusive: Joely Fisher and Edie Falco

hollywoodexclusive1Joely Fisher was relieved when she learned that her Fox sitcom "Til Death" had been granted a fourth season — but she's certainly had plenty of other things happening at home to keep her mind off business. For one, she's got five kids to look after, including a recently adopted daughter named Luna.

"I have two stepsons who are 23 and 21. Skylar, who I gave birth to, just turned 8. I have a 3 1/2-year-old daughter, True, who I gave birth to as well, and I have an adopted daughter now who is almost 11 months old. I run the gamut of issues from 23 to 11 months. I go from changing a diaper to double dating. It's crazy," she notes, but Luna has certainly been a much-welcomed addition to her and husband Chris Duddy's full house.

"We talked about it before, and we told the kids this may happen, and it happened very quickly because we went through a private adoption [agency], and they work in particular with emergency cases where there's a baby and it doesn't have somewhere to go," she explains. "We had done all the proper channels, but this baby came along, and she was meant to be ours. She's a joy. We're all in love with her." Now Fisher is back to work with TV mate Brad Garrett and the rest of their "'Til Death" team, and she has high hopes that they can turn things around for their funny sitcom.

"We didn't know whether we'd return. It's a show that most people stomped into the ground and thought was buried, so it was a lovely surprise to hear we were coming back," she says. "Considering what's happening in television, it's a good thing. There are great scripts coming and a new show runner. And luckily, there isn't a whole lot of pressure. We can only do better. We can't really go down from where we are."

GOING THE EXTRA MILES: With her "Nurse Jackie" due to resume production next month, Edie Falco is bracing herself for the biggest challenge she faces as the star of the Showtime series — "the hours. The hours of work were really crazy long during the first season. I didn't have the stamina to start with, and I kind of worked up to it," she admits. "In the beginning, my knees would literally buckle at the end of the day."

Even so, despite playing the title character, she balks at mention of the fact she is now carrying a show. "I never thought of it as 'carrying.' Carrying has a ring to it that sounds sort of oppressive," she says.

"Even when I was on 'The Sopranos,' I was sad when they'd talk about something funny that happened when I wasn't there. Now I'm in every scene, every day. I'm a bit of a control freak, so it works out perfectly," she notes with a smile. "It's as I would have it." Falco is looking great — tan and relaxed — these days. She took a leave from her seaside family vacation to attend this week's television critics press tour, where we caught up with her at the CBS-Showtime-CW party. "I am resting up as we speak," she said.

As for what viewers can look forward in the life of her pill-popping emergency room nurse to this coming season? "More of the same." She smiles. "But a little bit different. I've been offered opportunities to get a little peek into what's happening next year, but I'm not interested," explains the actress. "I'll wait until the scripts are ready."

HE ADS: Jonathan Goldsmith is having a blast with his role as Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World. He tells us he loves the character, is being greeted with a smile wherever he goes and considers the hit campaign "an absolute blessing" in his life. But as far as those Internet sites in which people concoct their own funny "most interesting man" tidbits, he admits they're not really for him. "I have no computer skills," says the avid sailor, who lives on his boat. "People will call and tell me about them, and I've looked a couple of times. But when one of them supposedly had me as a porn star, I tuned out." The journeyman actor has a long list of film and TV credits ("Go Tell the Spartans," "MacGyver," etc.) — but only his beer is XX-rated.

THE SECRET'S OUT: Looks like the big winner of "The Secret Life of The American Teenager" is John Schneider, who departed the ABC Family series earlier this year and his character was snuffed out in a plane crash. The Brenda Hampton-created drama started off looking almost like a TV counterpart of the touching, first-class film "Juno," boldly going into the territory of a 15-year-old girl's surprise pregnancy. But this season there've been some hilarious bits that, unfortunately, weren't intended to be funny — such as baby John's tremendous growth spurt. It appears as if he went from newborn to at least a year old between seasons, a time jump that would have been OK, except it also means that Molly Ringwald's poor character has been pregnant around 13 months or so, and counting. And somehow the gang has moved from merely being obsessed with sex to soapy silliness surrounding sex. A randier bunch would be hard to imagine — and that's not just the high schoolers on the show, it's the "adults" as well. Those public service spots regarding teen sex are looking mighty disingenuous these days.

The shark's been jumped.

With reports by Emily Feimster.

To find out more about Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith and read their past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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