Katy Perry, Chelsea Handler, and Robert Downey Jr. made news the week of June 20, 2008

+ NBC faltered in its attempt to adapt the Internet series quarterlife for prime-time TV, but that hasn’t stopped ABC from turning to the Web for comedic inspiration. The network is developing the online series In the Motherhood as a midseason comedy. Motherhood, which was developed by MindShare Entertainment and is sponsored by Suave shampoo and Sprint, stars foulmouthed E! talk-show host Chelsea Handler and The King of QueensLeah Remini as harried moms. ABC may even retain the series’ original conceit by encouraging its 21 million-plus online viewers to submit story ideas. ”The show’s not just about screaming kids,” promises MindShare president David Lang. One catch: Handler and Remini have yet to sign on to the project, which is still in the script stage.
+ Speaking of moms, The CW is expected to replace Marsha Mason (Lipstick Jungle), who played mother to spoiled twins in the pilot for Surviving the Filthy Rich, a new fall drama that’s based on the novel How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls. And an insider confirms that the network is hoping to lure Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Joe E. Tata (a.k.a. Nat, owner of the Peach Pit) to its spin-off. Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling have already agreed to appear.
+ There’s still no word on who will play Ryan, the newest member of the Walker clan, on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters next season. But producers are expected to introduce a new love interest for Nora (Sally Field), now that Danny Glover‘s Isaac Marshall is out of the picture. Her new beau may have ties to the mysterious son who was revealed in the season finale. — Lynette Rice

+ Pop newcomer Katy Perry has a top 5 single with ”I Kissed a Girl,” but how does singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, who had a 1995 hit of the same name, feel about its success? ”Some fans thinks it’s more of a Girls Gone Wild thing than anything shocking or empowering,” she says. ”The song is very catchy, although I do smile when a critique mentions my version in a more favorable light. Is that wrong?”
+ After an eight-year hiatus during which he was arrested for drug possession and DUI, suffered injuries in a car crash, and checked into rehab, Grammy-winning soul stirrer D’Angelo is recording his third studio album. The still-untitled disc will be released by RCA/SonyBMG this fall and will feature collaborations with John Mayer and Raphael Saadiq, who co-produced D’Angelo’s 2000 hit ”Untitled (How Does It Feel).” — Shirley Halperin and Margeaux Watson

+ Robert Downey Jr. is being courted by studios that want to help him sustain his much-heralded comeback. Following his role in the year’s highest-grossing movie (Iron Man), he’s once again on their must-have list. In recent weeks, the 43-year-old actor has had his eye on various projects, including Twentieth Century Fox’s Travis McGee (based on John D. MacDonald’s detective series), Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes update from director Guy Ritchie, Gary Ross‘ fantasy/comedy Dog Years at Universal, and Brett Ratner‘s Hugh Hefner biopic, among others. Hmmm…Robert Downey Jr. in a smoking jacket, surrounded by Bunnies? We can totally see it. — Nicole Sperling

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