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TCA Update: Jerry O'Connell Is a Little Afraid of Tom Cruise

Posted by Sarah Rodman  July 16, 2008 02:52 AM

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Like the show they were trying to promote, the session for "Do Not Disturb" an upstairs-downstairs comedy set in a chic New York hotel didn't draw too many laughs. But it wasn't for want of the likable stars Jerry O'Connell and Niecy Nash - of "Reno 911"- and executive producer Abraham Higginbotham trying.

It's unlikely that Higginbotham, who worked on the Kelsey Grammer-Patricia Heaton sitcom "Back to You," will endear himself to his former co-stars with answers like this. When asked about the differences between the shows he said, "with this, we're trying to have some fun with a younger cast, fresher faces, and -- oh, my God. Am I going to get in trouble for that?"

When asked if he had heard from Tom Cruise about the widely seen web parody video he did of Cruise's Scientology film, O'Connell got a little nervous. "First of all, in that parody video that I did... we never mentioned anyone by name or any specific group by name. It's funny that you made that assumption. Possibly because of the way my hair was combed or the turtleneck I was wearing. No, there has been no contact, thank goodness. I'm kidding. No, I'm not. I'm actually scared."

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