ABC Family: All-New Episode Of Melissa & Joey For Comedy Wednesday


Don’t miss this WEDNESDAY’S all-new comedy hour on ABC Family for a night of flashbacks! Tune-in starting at 8/7c for a hilarious episode of Melissa & Joey with special guest star Matthew Lawrence. Mel is less than thrilled when Joe’s mom (guest star Faith Prince) drops by, but it’s Joe who hits the roof when his estranged brother Tony (guest star Matthew Lawrence) turns up unannounced. Meanwhile, Lennox insists on helping Ryder get into college even though he has plans of his own.

Joey Lawrence and guest star Matthew Lawrence will be live tweeting the 5/28 episode using their handles @JoeyLawrence and @_ReptileMan. Ask them your questions using #MelissaandJoeyChat!

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Check out the promo for the upcoming episode below:

ABC Family: All-New Episode Of Melissa & Joey For Comedy Wednesday (April 9th)


ABC Family is airing an all-new, exciting episode of Melissa & Joey next WEDNESDAY at 8/7c guest starring Elisa Donovan (Clueless, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch) and David Lascher (Blossom, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch). The premise of the episode is: Against Mel’s better judgment, Joe agrees to act as a wingman to his recently divorced friend Charlie when they go out to a bar. There, Joe meets Darcy (guest star Elisa Donovan) who doesn’t know he has a girlfriend. Meanwhile, Zander (guest star Sterling Knight) decides to move in with two female co-eds at his college, much to Lennox’s chagrin.

Be sure to tune in to the Live Chat — Elisa Donovan and David Lascher will be live tweeting the 4/9 episode using their handles @RedDonovan and @DavidLascher. Ask them your questions using #MelissaandJoeyChat!

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Don’t forget to tune-in to ABC Family’s comedy hour next WEDNESDAY with an fantastic episode of Melissa & Joey at 8/7c.


ABC Family: All-New Episode Of Melissa & Joey Tonight At 8/7c For Comedy Wednesday


ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey airs an all-new episode tonight at 8/7c. In this weeks episode, Mel is completely on Joe’s side when he’s involved in a hit and run, until she discovers the other driver is her beloved hairdresser, Calista (guest star Yvette Nicole Brown). Meanwhile, Ryder tries to win Stella back (guest star Samantha Logan) with a grand romantic gesture during class—much to the frustration of her teacher (guest star Andrew Lawrence).

Be sure to join the Live Chat because Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence and Andrew Lawrence will be live tweeting the 4/2 episode using their handles. Ask them your questions using #MelissaandJoeyChat!

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Be sure to tune in TONIGHT at 8/7c to watch an all-new episode of Melissa & Joey.


ABC Family: Elisa Donovan & David Lascher – Melissa & Joey


ABC Family’s Q&A with Elisa Donovan & David Lascher – Melissa and Joey

Moderator                           How did you feel when you were approached about being a part of the show, and coming back to work with Melissa Joan Hart?

Elisa                                       I was just thrilled at the whole plan.  At first I didn’t know that David was going to be on the show, and then when I got the script, I just thought, this is just fantastic.  Because there’s obviously such a history between all of us, and to come back and all work together as adults was just fantastic.

We used to talk about very different things, and now we talk about our kids and what schools they’re going to go to. It’s just been a whole different experience, and it was wonderful.  David and I have worked together a ton.  The first show I ever did, the first sitcom I ever did was Blossom, and I don’t think we crossed paths on that, but David was clearly on it.  He was on it for far longer than I was.  But, we have a lot of crossover, David and I.

David                                     And then Clueless we did together. Melissa and I have kept in touch and our families are close, and Elisa and I always keep in touch through text.  When I got called to do the show, I was thrilled to be working with Melissa again, like old friends coming together.  And then I saw that the role was to play Joey’s bitter divorced friend, who has nothing nice to say about married life, and how great his single life is again, and he wants to go out partying and looking for girls.

When Elisa showed up it was just a great reunion.  It was so nice to work together again as grown-ups with a different perspective.

Moderator                           Have you ever been approached to work on any other projects in the past together, as well?

Elisa                                       We haven’t, have we?  I don’t think so.

David                                     No, not since Sabrina, no.

Elisa                                       Right—I get everything sort of crossed in my mind, because I forget thatSabrina and Clueless were—I sort of forget which one came first.  I think Sabrina was the last time.

David                                     Yes.  They were both at Paramount, too, which makes it confusing.

Elisa                                       Right, exactly.  The stages were almost opposite each other, so it all does kind of mesh together.

David                                     It was one long decade.

Moderator                           What are some of your fond memories of working with Melissa on Melissa and Joey and Sabrina?

Elisa                                       Melissa is just a very rare breed of person that has been in the business since she was so young, and yet she’s been able to maintain such a sense of normality and kindness and genuineness about her, and a great spirit.  But yet she’s a total pro.

I just enjoy working with her, and when we did Sabrina I felt more like her big sister, in a sense.  I kind of felt like I was looking out for her—I mean, which is absurd, because I’m not that much older than her.  But I felt sort of maternal towards her, and now we’re far more equals in terms of our families, and it just has been a really nice experience all around.

I’m not sure specifically what I would say, but that’s my general experience.  So, it’s always fun, and she really is—she’s funny and easy and a pro, you really can’t ask for much more than that.

David                                     I remember when we were on Sabrina, it was like a big family.  Melissa’s mom Paula was like—because my family’s back East—was like a mother to us.  And literally, her front door to her house was always open to me and my whole group of friends. I had friends that would go over there for game night when I wasn’t even there.

Everyone would just be coming and going, and Melissa was always having people over, and so were me and my wife, and it was like a big family.

Elisa                                       Yes, they always had Christmas parties.  It was very much like a big family, that’s really true.  Very inclusive, and Melissa always had these Christmas parties for the girls which, sadly, David was not invited to. The manicures and the massages and the music and wine.  It was just super fun, and you showed up in your pajamas.  It was really fun.

David                                     And now we go to CPK with the kids.

Moderator                           What do you both miss most about being on the show Sabrina?

Elisa                                       It’s funny as I look at it now, as I’m older.  I think there was such a magical—obviously, no pun intended—magical quality to this show that is really rare. I’ve had people that have grown up now and tell me how much it meant to them, because it was so extraordinary in that way, and it gave them a sense of creativity and magic, really.  And that part of it now, as a parent, I feel like, “Oh, I would love to be a part of that sort of a show again” where you’re contributing to young kids’ interest and excitement about television and creativity and storytelling.

It’s really fun to work with friends.  When you work on a series like that for a while, you really do, as David said, become a family.  And I miss that part of it, the everyday, being together and laughing, and we have gag reels from that show that are pretty hilarious, that I feel like should be one day aired somewhere.  So, I think those are the things I miss.

David                                     Yes, I also really enjoyed being on a show that played to the younger teenage audience, because really they just enjoy it.  They’re not cynical or jaded about it, the audience just loved the show, and I really loved watching the relationship between my character, Josh, and Sabrina develop from this friendship. I was her boss for my first season, and then watched it develop kind of naturally into a romance over two or three seasons.

It’s really a treat to do that kind of series work where it really spreads out over a number of years, and happens almost in real time.  And also working with such close friends, it was just such a special thing.

Moderator                           If you could guest star on any current show other than Melissa and Joey, what would be your pick?

Elisa                                       Oh, I would say Brooklyn Nine-Nine or The Mindy Project.

David                                     Well, I know it’s not on the air anymore, but I just finished watchingBreaking Bad, and I would love to do something on that dark, twisted type of show.  And comedy-wise I would love to do Modern Family.  I think that show’s hilarious and really pushes the envelope.

Elisa                                       Oh, yes.  Modern Family too, I agree. Oh, or also Nashville.  I love Nashville.  I can’t sing, but I can really pretend to sing.  I can lip-sync super, super well.

Moderator                           Who has been your favorite character to play?

Elisa                                       Oh, goodness.  I would say this character Gail Evans.  I did a web series for NBC called In Gail We Trust, and she was a Midwestern insurance agent who basically was a therapist to all of these wacky people in this small town.  I mean, she wasn’t really a therapist, she was an insurance agent, but in selling the insurance she was kind of helping people guide their lives. I loved this character because I just based it on my mom.

So, all of my instincts—and my mom is not from the Midwest, but she has this same very sunny, always positive, a little bit wacky, but very, very positive vibe—you know, would go to any lengths to see the sunny side of things.  So, it was not only really easy for me to play, it was very fun because I just thought of her.

David                                     I’ll say, too, one that’s very dramatic but was very meaningful to me was a movie I did for Starz and Encore called A Call to Remember, with Joe Montegna and Blythe Danner playing my parents who were holocaust survivors.  It takes place in the ‘60s, and it was a true story, and I played the writer of the screenplay, and it was really about the pressure that’s put on second-generation kids of survivors, and how much pressure their parents put on them to make their lives meaningful.  Just working with Joe Montegna and Blythe in such a serious subject matter was one of my highlights.

And then on a more mainstream note, being on Blossom, I got to play over a few years this really tough guy, this Italian guy named Vinny who only Blossom saw a softer side in him.  So, I loved playing a tough guy who had a real soft spot for his girl.

Moderator                           Can you give a brief description of your upcoming roles on Melissa and Joey?

Elisa                                       I play a woman who David’s character and Joey meet in a bar. Joey is being the wing man for David’s character. Then I wind up being the museum curator at an event that Melissa has to attend and speak to me at, and she discovers that the two of us have been in contact, and then you’ll see what happens after that.

David                                     I play Charlie, who is Joey’s recently divorced friend, happily divorced friend, which was so much fun to play, because Joey’s in a committed relationship, and I am constantly talking about how great it is to be single again and find other women attractive again.

Moderator                           What does it mean to you to continue to have such an impact on your fans throughout the years?

Elisa                                       I feel incredibly grateful and humbled by the whole thing, truly, because life moves on and we do all sorts of things. Your life gets bigger, and there are children and family and all of these things involved. I’m constantly amazed at the impact that the work that I’ve done has had on people.  Because I don’t walk around thinking “I’m so-and-so from such-and-such of a project,” I walk around thinking I’m myself, and then I’m approached daily—I mean, this just happened yesterday, I was in the drug store with my daughter.  And of course it usually happens when I have sweatpants on and my hair is up and I’ve got zit cream on my face or something.

But it happens all the time, and I think, wow, it’s a really special thing that we’ve been a part of things that have really shaped people’s—I don’t know about shaped their lives, but just kind of shaped part of their socialization and growing up—I feel it’s really special. I feel like there’s an interesting responsibility to that, and it’s really meaningful, and I love it.  I always love when people come up and say hi, and I never feel bothered by that.  So, it’s special, I think.

David                                     Yes, I agree.  It is a special thing to have been part of somebody’s childhood, and what’s really cool for me is that those audiences from the ‘90s are growing up as we are.  So, more specifically, I have a film that I’ve written and directed that in April is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, which is a whole new endeavor for me, and then in June the Austin Television Festival is having a Hey Dude reunion, which is the first series I ever did on Nickelodeon, and the whole cast is coming back, and all the writers. I’ll be able to go to Austin and promote and tell all these fans of the show who are now in their 20s to look out for this more serious piece of work that I’ve done. It’s great to have those fans that you had when they were younger; they sort of grow up with you and your work.  It’s not like they just go away. It’s a special thing to grow up with your fans that you had when you were younger.  I really appreciate how awesome that is.

Moderator                           Would you guys ever consider doing a formal reunion?

Elisa                                       Oh, sure.  I would love to.

David                                     Yes.

Elisa                                       It’s always fun, and you grow up with your fans, then you all come across each other as adults and then you can find yourselves in similar situations.  It’s just a really nice way for people also to see that actors are normal people too.  That we have lives and we have challenges and we have successes and we have families and we have friends—you know, I just feel like that aspect of it is important, too.

Moderator                           Were there any funny behind-the-scenes moments while filming this episode of Melissa and Joey?

David                                     I had my 11-year-old daughter there who was running around backstage, eating the craft service and hanging out. That was kind of special for me.  And then just being with Joey and Melissa—you know, Joey and I did Blossom for so long, and Melissa from Sabrina, it was almost like having two friends from two different parts of your life in one situation.  It was just surreal, but really in a great way.

Elisa                                       Also, especially having Melissa directing, there was such a shorthand between us because we’ve worked together for so long that it just makes it extra fun, and extra special.

And a funny thing, I think, between the two of them—the two of them as people, Melissa and Joey, have both been in the business for so long, and it’s almost like they have this brother-sister kind of relationship in real life.  It’s sort of funny, because they’re both such professionals and have been doing this for so long, and it’s just fun to work with the two of them together.

Moderator                           If you could pick anyone past or present to work with, who would it be and why?

Elisa                                       I always say Susan Sarandon.  I’m just such a tremendous fan of hers.  I just think she is so talented and so unusual, and has such depth and heart and humor, and I would love to play her daughter.  I would love to play anything opposite her.  And Gary Oldman. That seems so random, but I’ve always loved him, and I think he’s super talented. Matt Damon, I’d love to work with Matt Damon.

David                                     You know what, I’ve been really loving Alexander Payne’s movies, you know SidewaysThe Descendants and Nebraska, and just been thinking a lot about his work lately.  I’d love, as an actor, to work with him.  He’s got such a great voice as a storyteller and a director.  And for an actor, I’d love to work with George Clooney.  He makes it look so easy.

Moderator                           Elisa, how was it being more rivalries with Melissa, instead of her good friend, like on Sabrina?

Elisa                                       Well, it was a change.  Like I said, first of all, just to be playing adults was really nice.  And on Sabrina we were friends, but Morgan was a bit over the top. I would say she was a challenging person to be friends with.

So, in this case it was fun, because as you’ll see in the episode, when we do cross paths in this way, we have an understanding with each other.  It’s more that Joey’s the one that has to answer to the issues at hand.  So that was fun, to not have to be catty about it, but actually to turn it on him, because he’s the one who makes the mistake, really.

Moderator                           What is it like filming in front of a live studio audience?

Elisa                                       Oh, it’s so much fun!  I adore it, I love it, because there is just an unmistakable energy that is in the room from the second that you walk on to set, and it just imbues you with so much energy.  I love it.  It’s like doing theater.

David                                     Yes, it’s really exciting.  The energy—it’s a little nerve-racking.  It’s a nervous energy, but it definitely keeps you awake and makes you bring your best A-game, and when you get a laugh from a live audience, there’s nothing like it.  It brings it to another level.  It’s exciting!

Moderator                           How did your guest appearances on Melissa and Joey kind of get started?

Elisa                                       In my case, they called and asked if I was available to come and do an episode.  I live out of town, so when I work I go down to LA, [it’s usually] for periods of time.  But at that particular moment I was at home in San Francisco.

So, they called and asked if I was available and interested, and I said, of course, and that was that.  And then Melissa e-mailed me and I e-mailed her back, and we were like, “Yay, I’ll see you Wednesday!”

David                                     Yes, me too.  I just got a call saying, “Are you available to do the show?”  And they sent over a script, and my first feeling was like, “Oh, ABC Family, this will be a great kid’s show, my kids will love it.”  And then I read the script and I was like, “Wow, this is edgy!” There’s some edgy subject matters, and it was just really funny.

The scripts are so well written, and I was just thrilled to do it. Then I went back and did a couple more, and it’s just been fun.

Moderator                           Do you have any other projects coming up?

Elisa                                       I am doing a couple of web series at the moment. I’ve done the voice for Cheryl Sandburg’s best-selling book, Lean In.  It came out last year, and they are releasing another book April 8, that is specifically geared toward graduates, Lean In for Graduates.  So, that is available then.

David                                     I’m just finishing my first film that I wrote and directed, called Sister, that’s premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, with Barbara Hershey and Reid Scott and John Heard.  So, I’m really excited about that!

Moderator                           How did the Hey Dude reunion come about?

David                                     This girl Caitlin from Austin Television Festival called me and said that Graham Yost, who was our head writer, was helping her put together a Hey Dude reunion.  I guess they do a reunion every year of an older show, and she said that everyone in the cast is coming back, and it’s going to be on June 5 at the Austin Television Festival.  So I’m excited!

Moderator                           [Elisa] How does it make you feel to know that you are such a role model to young ladies?

Elisa                                       Oh, thank you so much!  I really feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but it’s really my pleasure to share my experience with girls, because I feel incredibly lucky that I have overcome the challenges that I have in my life, and I feel like it’s just vital for young girls to understand that their individuality and their brain and their spirit and their goals and their vision and their creativity are the things that matter, and their exteriors are secondary.

We live in a society where that is just very, very difficult to remember.  So, I just really like to remind them, as often as possible.  My advice would be to continue to cultivate your spirit and your mind and your intelligence and your expression, and to go forward with strength, and that is what will make you most beautiful.

Moderator                           Are you fans of the Disney Theme Parks?

David                                     Oh yes, my kids love it!

Elisa                                       I haven’t brought Scarlet yet, because she’s not quite two, but I have been told by all of my friends that Disney Parks are going to become my good friend.

David                                     Oh, yes.  There’s no way around it.

Moderator                           What’s your favorite Disney Park around the world?

Elisa                                       Disneyland.

David                                     Disneyland.

Moderator                           What’s your favorite Disney ride or attraction?

Elisa                                       Pirates of the Caribbean.

David                                     Small World.

Moderator                           What is your favorite food or restaurant, within a Disney Park?

David                                     I think we ate at Downtown Disney last time.

Elisa                                       I loved the Mickey Mouse shaped popsicles!

Moderator                           What is your favorite Disney character?

David                                     I would say Ariel. I have two daughters, so I know every song in her repertoire.

Elisa                                       I would say Ariel also.

Moderator                           How did the cast welcome you all to the show?

Elisa                                       Oh, with huge open arms!  I was so excited, I felt like I’ve never had such a warm welcome from every direction, because not only did I know Melissa, Joey and David beforehand, and Paula (Melissa’s mom), obviously, there also were other crew members that had worked on Sabrina. David Kendall, who created the show, worked on Clueless, the series.  So he and I had known one another for years, and it was just like this continual, happy, hugging, laughing, wonderful environment.

It was a complete joy to me.  I mean, I’ve never had that experience before where everywhere I turned was like, “Hey, how are you?”  And then on the stage across the way, Donald Faison was shooting his show, and I just thought, this is just madness, this is just so much fun, everywhere I look.

David                                     Yes, there was a lot of hugs and a lot of laughs.

Moderator                           Who would you guys say was the biggest jokester on set?

David                                     Myself, Elisa, Joey and Melissa were just cracking each other up the whole time, just bringing up old stories.

Elisa                                       We were just laughing the whole time.

Don’t forget to tune-in to ABC Family’s comedy Wednesday’s at 8/7c for all-new episodes of Melissa & Joey! And for more information about the cast and upcoming episodes, click here.


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