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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (a.k.a. Chuck and Larry) is a 2007 comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. The film was released on July 20, 2007 in the U.S., August 16, 2007 in Australia and on September 21, 2007 in the UK and Ireland.

Lawrence "Larry" Valentine (Kevin James) and Charles "Chuck" Levine (Adam Sandler) are veteran FDNY firefighters. Chuck is single while Larry is a widower trying to raise a daughter (Tori) and a son (Eric) (Cole Morgen). Larry, being distracted by his sadness and obsession over his wife's death, fails to change the primary beneficiary of his pension from his wife to his children within the deadline. His only option is to marry someone, but he finds no woman whom he thinks can be trusted with the charge of his children.

Larry, inspired by an article about same-sex domestic partnership rights, decides to register Chuck as his partner, making him Larry's beneficiary and caretaker of Larry's children. Chuck is reluctant but agrees on grounds that Larry saved his life. Although they register the partnership in New York, on the advice of their lawyer Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel) they are legally married in Niagara Falls, Ontario when it becomes clear that their case is likely to be investigated.

After Chuck's first morning with Larry, Larry discovers that specialist Clinton Fitzer (Steve Buscemi) has been sent to investigate the partnership. Fitzer indicates that he doubts the partnership's legitimacy.

During a shopping trip, Chuck runs into Alex, who invites the couple to a gay costume benefit party. After the party ends, the participants are confronted by an anti-gay rights group (transparently based on the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas), whose leader Jim (Rob Corddry) calls Chuck a faggot. Chuck then strikes him, provoking applause and the attention of a tabloid newspaper.

The next morning, Chuck and Larry are called to speak with their Captain, Phineas Tucker (Dan Aykroyd), who warns them that they face consequences if their domestic partnership claim is false. Chuck and Larry are subsequently shunned by the other firefighters, who react to the news with homophobia. Chuck is also approached by Fred Duncan (Ving Rhames), an intimidating fellow firefighter whom the others have long feared for his power and intensity, and who now confesses his own homosexuality.

Chuck and Alex become more attracted to each other despite their better judgment, but soon it emerges that as many as sixteen women have told the tabloids that they have recently had sex with Chuck. Chuck and Larry are summoned by Tucker, who reveals that the other firemen have been passing around a petition with the intent of having the two of them transferred to another division. He puts the two on separate shifts to alleviate the complaints of the others. Larry, indignant, reminds the others that he and Chuck have saved many of the men's lives and lent money to several of them, and challenges their homophobic reaction.

Meanwhile, Chuck and Larry's court case becomes a media spectacle. Chuck and Larry's fellow firefighters attend in support, and apologize for their ill-treatment of the couple. During the court case, Chuck and Larry are badgered by Fitzer, who attempts to reveal that their partnership is a fraud by asking questions designed to reveal or imply flaws in their arguments. His ultimate demand is for the men to kiss to prove that their relationship is physical; this is interrupted by Captain Tucker, who reveals that they are lying but tells the judges that their lie has helped everyone around them and hurt no one. Fitzer replies that the law has nevertheless been broken; in a Spartacus-inspired sequence, the firefighters all claim that they helped Chuck and Larry break the law and should also be jailed, hoping that the show of solidarity will discourage any attempts at punishment. This fails and all are sent to jail.

Later, Councilman Banks (Richard Chamberlain) shows up and offers to free Chuck and Larry if they admit to a misdemeanor and agree to raise funds for AIDS research. The fundraising scheme takes the form of a calendar featuring the firefighters and the Canadian wedding chaplain in erotic poses. Fred Duncan is then seen marrying Alex's brother Kevin (Nick Swardson). All the ceremonies take place in Canada, where Chuck and Alex make amends and Larry meets another woman, suggesting he is starting to move on from his previous marriage. Singer Lance Bass makes an appearance to play a song emphasizing the importance of freedom.

The MPAA initially rated the film R for "some crude sexual humor and nudity". Universal appealed the rating, but it was upheld. Upon losing the appeal, Universal edited the film: this version was rated PG-13 for "crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references".

The film was released on both DVD and HD DVD Combo Format on November 6, 2007.

On the movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 14 percent critic rating from 145 reviews, with a 13 percent Cream of the Crop rating based on reviews from major news outlets.

The film was ranked the #1 "worst" film of the year according to Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum. She writes, "I now pronounce this a witless, squeamish message comedy about two straight men pretending to be gay. Adam Sandler gets his knickers in a twist straining to be at once unexpectedly homo-friendly and typically hetero-jokey. Unclench, buddy." The magazine also rated the film a 'C-' upon its release.

Newsday's John Anderson said in his review, "What were they thinking? Simple: They weren't." David Ansen of Newsweek said, "There is something to be said for a movie that may end up preaching gay propaganda. If only the laughs were bigger, smarter, and more frequent than they are." Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote, "Sporadically funny, casually sexist, blithely racist and about as visually sophisticated as parking-garage surveillance video." And Variety's Brian Lowry dubbed the film "relentlessly juvenile and awash in stereotypes." The film received eight Razzie nominations, including Worst Picture, but did not "win" any.

The film grossed $34,233,750 in its opening weekend in 3,495 theaters, an average of $9,795 per theater and managed to gross a total of $119.6 million domestically.

As of December 2007, the film has grossed approximately $184,866,019 worldwide.

The film was screened prior to release for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). GLAAD representative Damon Romine told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "The movie has some of the expected stereotypes, but in its own disarming way, it's a call for equality and respect".

According to Alexander Payne, the writer of an initial draft of the movie, Sandler took many liberties with his screenplay, "sandlerizing" the movie, in his own words. At some point, he didn't want his name attached to the project.

Critics have also said the character played by Rob Schneider is a racist depiction of Asian men, labeling his portrayal as yellowface.

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Next (film)

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Next is a 2007 film, the original script is very loosely based on the science fiction short story The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick. The film is directed by Lee Tamahori and stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel. The film was released on April 27, 2007.

Cris Johnson (Nicholas Cage) has the power to see two minutes into his future and works as a magician in Las Vegas with this talent, along with some moderate amount of sleight of hand. He notes, however, that by the nature of seeing the future, every time he views it, it then changes. His ability is an innate talent he does not understand, but for a long time, Cris has been seeing a vision of a woman walking into a diner, far more than two minutes in his future. He knows the woman in his vision will arrive at 8:09, but does not know what day or if it is AM or PM, so he has been going to this diner twice a day every day to meet her and find out why he can see her further than two minutes in the future. After drawing the suspicion of a Las Vegas casino by winning ten thousand dollars in a series of small, coincidental hands, Cris slips by their frustrated security, thwarting a robbery on his way out. The following day, after evading a group of FBI agents led by FBI Agent Callie Ferris (who are attempting to bring him in to help with an anti-terror investigation), Cris finally sees Liz (Jessica Biel), the woman from his dream. After attempting to introduce himself repeatedly--each time seeing his advance fall flat, then changing his actions and thus the future--he charms her enough to get a ride from her to Flagstaff, Arizona. Cris is, of course, not headed there, but, thanks to his future sight, knows she is. When a road is washed out, they are forced to stay at a hotel on the edge of a cliff.

Agent Ferris tracks them and assembles a large team to bring Cris in. The terrorists, who have been watching the FBI, also follow, hoping to kill Cris before he can help the authorities. Agent Ferris confronts Liz while she is walking near the hotel and persuades her to drug Cris so that they can bring him in peacefully. Instead, Liz warns Cris, who tells her about his secret. When she asks why he will not help the FBI stop the terrorists, he tells her about the limitations of his ability. He can only see his future, and only two minutes in the future, but that he can see much further on matters concerning her. When Cris tries to escape, he is arrested, and the terrorists kidnap Liz.

In custody, Cris is strapped to a chair with his eyes held open and forced to watch television until he can have a vision that helps the FBI. When he sees a report of Liz being strapped to a wheelchair with explosives and blown up, Agent Ferris promises to help save her as long as Cris will help her.

Cris uses his future visions to find the terrorists and lead a tactical team on a raid to stop them. When they arrive, Cris is able to walk right up to the terrorist leader by seeing where the bullets will go and dodging them. After killing the terrorists and saving Liz, they realize that the bomb has already been moved. Agent Farris shows a seismograph to Cris hoping that he will see any tremors caused by explosions before they happen. Just then, he starts yelling that it is happening now, and in the distance, the bomb goes off, destroying everything around them.

Then we see Cris and Liz sleeping on a bed in the hotel. It is before Liz can go outside to be confronted by Agent Ferris. Cris is reflecting that "every time you look into the future, it changes... because you looked at it." Because the nuclear weapon the terrorists had could hurt Liz, Cris has been able to see a day into the future, and is, as he lies there, exploring different possible courses of action, doing what, he reveals to Liz, is his duty that he has evaded for a long time, using his power to save people, now that he, having found Liz and love, has the courage to do so.

Gary Goldman and Jason Koornick initially optioned the science fiction short story The Golden Man by Philip K. Dick. Goldman wrote a script treatment that he and Koornick presented to Nicolas Cage's production company, Saturn Films, but Goldman ended up writing the screenplay on spec.

The original story's protagonist was a feral, non-sapient golden-skinned mutant in a post-nuclear world.

This first draft had more similarities to the short story, detailing the efforts of a government agency to capture and contain a precognitive mutant.

To provide greater interaction between the opposing parties (as well as create a leading role), Cris was changed from a feral animal whose existence threatened humanity's into a more familiar and understandable social outcast. A romantic subplot was added: the character of Liz Cooper, who in this draft was not only destined to be the love of Cris's life, but a mutant as well (born in Love Canal) and the only woman he has ever met with whom he can have children, herself incapable of procreating with normal humans.

As the original short story had a distinct tone of racist paranoia, the motivation for the pursuit of Cris was changed from an ironclad policy of exterminating mutations to a manipulative Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent's obsessive search for unconventional assets in the war on terror, though the DHS began exhibiting this paranoia as their efforts to control Cris prove increasingly inadequate.

To drive the point home, in comparison to the script's Machiavellian depiction of the DHS, Cris possesses a respect for life that even surprises the gentle and compassionate Liz. Though he nearly drives Liz away when he breaks a passing car's windshield with a rock, he does it anyway rather than let its reckless driver crash it through a baseball field filled with children. He is amazingly reluctant to respond to situations violently, doing everything he can to avoid confrontation and only using his abilities in increasingly potent ways to counter the authorities' increasingly extreme attempts to capture him. He never threatens them with any degree of harm throughout the pursuit, and does everything he can to prevent casualties even while he and Liz are trapped inside the fortified and fully staffed Las Vegas DHS.

However, his enemies are skilled tormentors, and eventually they drive him to the breaking point: when the DHS learns that Liz is pregnant with his child, they coldly decide to have her executed at a pre-determined time, thus pre-emptively proving to Cris their determination to possess him. Even then all his efforts are focused on securing Liz's safety: an objective which the DHS, though only with great difficulty, is able to prevent him from achieving. Then and only then does he make his first and only counterattack on those who have abused him so relentlessly and thoroughly. He demolishes the Las Vegas DHS headquarters with a barrel of C-4 agents had seized earlier in a warrant-less search. His abilities, of course, ensure that Liz and he are the only survivors.

But one constant throughout the script was the knowledge that Cris is running for his life. The script begins with Cris's seemingly infallible abilities informing him that the authorities will settle for nothing less than total control of his abilities. Cris thus constantly flees the DHS, sure that if he is captured he will be imprisoned for the rest of his life. This theory is never challenged: even as the film ends, Cris believes he is trading his freedom for the life of a son whom he will never know.

Saturn Films had the script extensively rewritten, and in the process almost completely eliminating its anti-authoritarian themes. Though Cris remained a meek social outcast, he is somewhat less sympathetic. The attitude with which he applies his abilities is almost arrogant at times, and though still relatively peaceful, he is far more prone to applying violent solutions. The DHS's role was replaced with the far less controversial Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Despite a somewhat disturbing scene in which Cris experiences his worst nightmare – strapped into a chair with his eyes wedged open with the possibility of spending his remaining life thus – the authorities are carefully portrayed as sympathetic, and Cris as uncooperative and belligerent. Their insistence on Cris's obedience was reduced to the point that the authorities were the ones offering their assistance in rescuing Liz (whom they neglected to arrest despite her efforts to sabotage Cris's capture) from the terrorists. This leads to the film's greatest variation from the script – a confrontation with the terrorists (who now speak with French or German accents) but still give no clue as to their motivations. During the confrontation, Cris willingly supports the FBI with his abilities in a series of sequences similar to those in the script, only with the authorities as allies instead of antagonists.

This was the script Saturn Films brought to the attention of Revolution Studios. Revolution Studios acquired the screenplay and in November 2004, Revolution Studios hired Lee Tamahori to direct the film, titled Next, with actor Nicolas Cage cast in the lead role as a man who has the ability to see into the future. Filming was to begin in Summer 2005. In December 2005, actress Julianne Moore was cast as the federal agent who seeks people to help prevent future terrorism and uncovers Cage's character as a potential candidate. In November 2005, Initial Entertainment Group negotiated for rights of international distribution of Next, which had a target release date of 2007. In February 2006, actress Jessica Biel was cast as the love interest of Cage's character.

In May 2006, Starz! Entertainment's 14-episode reality television miniseries, Looking for Stars, gave 200 contestants the opportunity to earn a speaking role in Next, which was won by actor Marcus Welch.

Next originally was to be distributed by Sony Pictures, set to be released on September 28, 2006, but that studio dumped it in January 2007, and Paramount Pictures subsequently picked it up and released the movie on April 27, 2007 . Paramount previously released another film adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story, Paycheck, and owns the US rights to yet another, Minority Report, via its acquisition of DreamWorks.

The film opened at #3 at the U.S. box office, grossing $7.1 million in 2,725 theaters in its opening weekend. In its eight-week run in the United States, it grossed a total of $18 million and has a combined worldwide gross of $64.7 million. Compared to other films based on Philip K. Dick stories, Next grossed less than Minority Report, Total Recall, Paycheck and Blade Runner – but performed better than Impostor, Screamers and A Scanner Darkly.

Next received mixed reviews. As of September 10, 2007 on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, 30% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 108 reviews (32 "fresh", 76 "rotten"). On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 42 out of 100, based on 23 reviews.

The film was subject to the heckling of Bridget Jones Nelson and Michael J. Nelson in an October 2007 installment of Rifftrax.

Sections of the movie were filmed in the San Bernardino Mountains in California. Mountain Locations used in production of the movie included Crestline, Running Springs and Big Bear Lake. The hotel featured in the movie, "The Cliffhanger", is actually a restaurant in the Crestline area that has remained closed for some time. The restaurant, located on a cliff, overlooks the City of San Bernardino. In order to make the restaurant look more like a hotel, a facade was attached to the building. The facade is the section of the motel where Johnson and Liz Cooper were staying. Interior shots were filmed elsewhere. Following the end of production, the facade was removed. However, remnants of the signage placed and the paint works conducted remain intact. The property has been fenced off and a for sale sign has been posted. Running Springs served for scenes shot in the town. Scenes (in which a vehicle was rolled off the side of a cliff) shot in Big Bear Lake were shot at a campground. Due to the terrain located on the side of the cliff the Cliffhanger is located on, the producers decided to finish the scenes at the campground in Big Bear Lake.

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Nailed (film)

Nailed is an upcoming "politically charged romantic comedy" that is currently in production from filmmaker David O. Russell co-written by Kristin Gore. The film stars Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Marsden, and Catherine Keener. It was filmed in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

Alice Eckle (Jessica Biel), who accidentally gets a nail lodged in her head, travels to Washington to fight for better health care. While there, she falls in love with the young senator, Howard Birdwell (Jake Gyllenhaal), who takes up her cause.

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Julianne Moore

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Julianne Moore (born December 3, 1960) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning and four time Academy Award-nominated American actress.

Moore was born Julie Anne Smith at Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, North Carolina, the daughter of Anne, a psychiatric social worker who emigrated from Dunoon, Scotland, and Peter Moore Smith, a military lawyer, judge, helicopter pilot and army colonel. She has a younger sister, Valerie, and younger brother, novelist Peter Moore Smith III. Growing up as an "army brat" she lived in several places across the United States and Germany. Moore attended Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany, graduating in 1979. She received her Bachelor's degree at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University.

Moore began starring in feature films in the early 1990s, mostly appearing in supporting roles in films like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Benny and Joon, , and The Fugitive. Her part in 1993's Short Cuts gained her critical acclaim and recognition, and she was cast in several high-profile Hollywood films, including 1995's romantic comedy Nine Months, and 1997's summer blockbuster The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Her role in the well-reviewed independent film Safe also attracted critical attention.

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Moore appeared in a series of films that received Oscar recognition, including her roles in Boogie Nights (Best Supporting Actress nomination), The End of the Affair (Best Actress nomination) and her two 2002 films, Far From Heaven (Best Actress nomination) and The Hours (Best Supporting Actress nomination). During this period, she also appeared in the commercial successes Hannibal (replacing Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling) and The Forgotten, in Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and in the Coen Brothers cult hit, The Big Lebowski.

Her film Freedomland opened in February 2006 to mixed reviews. Another film, Trust the Man, is directed by her husband, Bart Freundlich, and also features her son, Caleb. In March 2006, it was announced Moore would make her Broadway debut in the world premiere of David Hare's new play The Vertical Hour. The play opened in November 2006 and was directed by Sam Mendes. Also in 2006, Moore appeared as Julian Taylor in the film Children of Men. She most recently appeared opposite Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel in Next, a science fiction action film based on The Golden Man, a short story by Philip K. Dick; and the controversial incest film Savage Grace. 2008 saw the premiere at Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival of Blindness, a thriller from director Fernando Meirelles, starring Moore and Mark Ruffalo.

In October 2007, she published her first children's picture book, entitled Freckleface Strawberry.

It was reported that in May 2008, she would appear on the ABC show Desperate Housewives as the sister of Marcia Cross' character, Bree Hodge. Michael Ausiello of TVGuide.com later reported this to be false.

Moore is a celebrity spokesmodel. She has been a spokesmodel to Revlon since 2002. She has appeared in print ads and commercials that also include Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Kate Bosworth and Jessica Alba. She is signed to IMG Models in New York City.

Moore is married to director Bart Freundlich whom she wed on August 23, 2003. The couple, who have been together since 1996, have two children: a son, Caleb Freundlich , and a daughter, Liv Helen Freundlich.

She is a pro-choice activist and during the 2004 presidential election donated $2,000 to John Kerry's presidential campaign. Since 2002 she has been involved with the TS Alliance to raise awareness of tuberous sclerosis and is an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children's programs in the United States.

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Summer Catch

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Summer Catch is a 2001 romantic comedy starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel, Montel C. Joiner and Matthew Lillard. The movie takes place on Cape Cod, however, the majority of it was filmed in North Carolina.

Freddie Prinze Jr. plays Ryan Dunne, a local baseball prospect who gets an opportunity to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Chatham Athletics. Dunne was born and raised in Chatham, Massachusetts, and dreams of playing in the major leagues. He helps his dad with his landscaping business and takes care of Veteran's Field, where the Chatham A's play. Ryan falls in love with Tenley Parish (Jessica Biel), whose family vacations on the Cape on Shore Road in Chatham. Ryan is distracted by Tenley, and feels a lot of pressure from scouts, family, the Parish family, friends, and Montel C. Joiner.

Former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal, center-fielder Doug Glanville and outfielder Pat Burrell, along with former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. make appearances in the end of the movie.

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Easy Virtue (2008 film)

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Easy Virtue is a social comedy based on Noël Coward's play of the same name. The play was previously made into the silent movie Easy Virtue (1928) by Alfred Hitchcock. This version is directed by Stephan Elliott, written by Elliott and Sheridan Jobbins, and stars Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

The film was screened at the Toronto Film Festival, Rio Film Festival, MEIFF, Rome Film Feast and London Film Festival prior to its 7 November release by Pathé in the UK. Jessica Biel makes her musical debut singing two tracks which are featured on the soundtrack album to the film which was released on November 3, 2008 in stores and on iTunes.

A glamorous American widow, Larita, marries a young Englishman, John, in the South of France. On the spur of the moment, they go to England to meet his parents; his mother, Mrs Whittaker, takes a strong dislike to their new daughter-in-law, while his father, Jim, finds something of a kindred spirit in Larita. A battle of wits ensues.

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7th Heaven

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7th Heaven is an Emmy-nominated American drama television series, created and produced by Brenda Hampton. The series premiered on Monday August 26, 1996, on the WB Television Network, the first time that the WB aired Monday night programming, and was originally broadcast from 1996-2007. The series finale was scheduled for May 8, 2006; however, the show was renewed by the CW Television Network when the intended final episode received high ratings. The 11th and final season premiered on Monday, September 25, 2006 and ended on May 13, 2007. In January 2008, 7th Heaven started airing in syndication on The Hallmark Channel and WGN but before that, it also aired in syndication on ABC Family. 7th Heaven is the longest running series that has ever aired on The WB network, the longest running family drama in television history and the longest running show produced by the late Aaron Spelling. The show tells the story about a Protestant minister's family living in the fictional town of Glenoak, California.

The central characters are the Reverend Eric Camden (Stephen Collins), his wife Annie Camden (Catherine Hicks), and their seven children Matt (Barry Watson), Mary (Jessica Biel), Lucy (Beverley Mitchell), Simon (David Gallagher), Ruthie (Mackenzie Rosman) and the twins David (Lorenzo Brino) and Sam (Nikolas Brino). The Reverend Eric Camden is the senior minister of the Glenoak Community Church, whose Protestant denomination is typically never disclosed (with the exception of an episode that was narrated by Simon in Season 8; in a Season 11 episode in which Annie comments on how Protestants can't have a confession; in Season 6 episode 15 when Matt tells Sarah Glass that his father is Protestant).

In at least one episode, the Disciples of Christ denominational logo (St. Andrew cross and chalice) was displayed prominently on the front of the church's pulpit. Many of the church scenes were filmed at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of North Hollywood. Although the logo display was likely unintentional, there appears to be nothing about the Camdens' brand of Christianity that would be negated if they were not a part of the Disciples of Christ. The reason for the display of the Chalice is most likely due to the rental agreement of the church. On the wall hanging left to the pulpit, the church's logo is present (blue logo with a cross/anchor symbol). The church (First Christian Church of North Hollywood), has noted that when the cast was on set, they often went into the church office to observe how church staff really act.

In an earlier online show guide from Warner Brothers Television, the back story for Eric Camden described him as being an Episcopal Priest leading, with his Bishop's permission, a non-denominational church. Some people find this interesting in light of Stephen Collins' real-life attendance at an Episcopal parish in the Pacific Palisades area.

The family originally consisted of five children (Matt, Mary, Lucy, Simon, and Ruthie), but in the third season, Annie gave birth to twins, Sam and David. Three of the children (Matt, Mary and Simon) moved away from home. Simon went to college, and Matt married and pursued his career as a doctor. Nevertheless, the house is always full; Lucy, her husband Kevin, and their daughter Savannah all live in a house behind the Camdens. Frequent house guests also find the Camden house a home of their own. Due to dissatisfaction with the show and her image, Jessica Biel was slowly written out of the show starting in 2000 and, after an appearance on September 22, 2003 she did not appear again until the Season 10 finale on May 8, 2006. On the other hand, Matt and Simon have regularly found themselves involved with the family since they moved out and Simon (David Gallagher) returned for most of the ninth season and the entire tenth season. Beverley Mitchell (Lucy) is the only star that appeared in every episode, of 7th Heaven for its entire run.

Each episode deals with a moral lesson or controversial theme that the family handles either directly or indirectly. Some range from the traumatic (e.g., Eric's sister came to visit and the children found out that she was an alcoholic) to the somewhat trivial (e.g., in one episode, every child acquired an addiction, with even Ruthie being addicted to gum). Beyond the moral lesson in each show, there are also longer-running story arcs. The first episode involved Lucy's (lack of) period. In the later seasons, Eric had to deal with his wife entering menopause and his daughter Ruthie needing a training bra. The topics are usually approached from a socially and politically conservative Protestant Christian point of view (devoting almost all of Season 9 to the alleged need not to have pre-marital sex while, however, several pre-marital episodes occur, including a Season 10 episode where Eric mentions that his parents had to marry because his mother became pregnant with him and most recently Ruthie disclosing that she lost her virginity while in Europe over the summer, although it was revealed to be a lie), although the series avoided touching "hot button" issues (i.e. affirmative action, abortion, and homosexuality). A 2004 episode about the importance of voting on election day seemed to suggest that men in the family were voting for incumbent president George W. Bush, while the women were voting for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, although the script went out of the way to make sure that no mention of either candidate was ever made directly by name, leaving the viewer to decide and the message of the episode simply being "vote, no matter who you vote for". However, in the same episode in which Matt discloses that the family is Protestant, he also discloses to Sarah that his father is a Democrat. Along with the show's family-oriented storyline, this conservative nature has been responsible, in part, for the show's longevity—appealing to an audience who are rarely targeted. This appears to extend even to the question of the denomination of Eric's church ("Reverend Camden", in the vocabulary of the program's producers and writers).

The show is reliant on the very special episode concept, attempting to introduce contemporary social issues to lend greater emotional resonance to episodes. These episodes do in fact lead to high ratings for the show. The January 24, 2005 episode, which featured the birth of Lucy's daughter Savannah, garnered 7.99 million viewers—the highest WB rating since 2003. Another example included the would-be series finale, now simply known as the Season 10 finale, which scored 7.56 million viewers on May 8, 2006.

Jessica Biel played daughter Mary from the show's beginning. However, gradually dissatisfied with her "goody goody" image, Biel eventually posed for semi-nude photographs for Gear magazine of which the producers of the show did not approve. During the fifth (2000-2001) season, her character had gone through a rebellious phase, and this storyline was used to write Biel out of the show, sending Mary to her grandparents' house in Buffalo, New York for some tough love to counter her rebellious behavior. During Season 6 (2001-2002), Mary returned home, but the differences between Biel and the producers led to Mary leaving home full time and becoming a flight attendant.

Biel returned for five episodes during Season 7 (2002-2003), including Lucy's wedding episode and the season finale. She then appeared in the second episode of Season 8, which aired on September 22, 2003, when she revealed to the family that she had married Carlos Rivera (Carlos Ponce) whom the Camdens assisted in returning home to his family in the Christmas episode Here Comes Santa Claus in Season 3, and was pregnant with his child. After a nearly three-year absence, it was announced on April 3, 2006 that Jessica would make a triumphant return for the season finale And Thank You, reuniting all nine Camdens for the first time since the Season 7 finale Life and Death in April 2003. So she never really left.

While she was away, from 2003-2006, Mary has had major storylines off-camera, including giving birth to son Charles "Charlie" Miguel Rivera in 2004, and then subsequently divorcing her husband and signing away custody of her child in the May 2005 ninth season finale Mi Familia. Her on-screen ex-husband Carlos Ponce, made several appearances during her absence to deliver these stories. Minor stories or tidbits include Mary taking a political stance in Season 9 by sending her husband to the voting booth and attending rallies, sending Lucy a baby shower gift, going through job training in London, relocating to Chicago following her divorce, and most recently, helping Simon in Season 10 with financial difficulties. However, she has clearly maintained a connection with Carlos and Charlie, and up until the divorce was made known, kept in contact with her siblings semi-regularly at least.

Her appearance in the Season 10 finale, though limited, shed light on events taking place during the last few months. Mary graduated from college the same weekend as Matt and Sarah, reunited with husband Carlos, and was pregnant with twin girls. Although she was not with the family, her conversation with her husband during the episode revealed that Mary's reunion with the family would take place during Matt and Sarah's graduation ceremony. All of this brought resolution to the estrangement that had been present since Season 5. In the Season 11 premiere it is revealed that Mary had the twin girls over the summer. She and Carlos also returned to New York for reasons unknown. She got a job teaching and was going to coach basketball.

7th Heaven was the most watched TV series ever on the WB. It holds the record for the WB's most watched hour at 12.5 million viewers, on February 8, 1999; 19 of the WB's 20 most watched hours were from 7th Heaven. On May 8, 2006, it was watched by 7.56 million viewers, the highest rating for the WB since January 2005. When the show moved to the CW, ratings dropped. Possible reasons for the decline include an aired "Countdown to Goodbye" ad campaign for the last six months of the 2005-06 season which promoted that season as the final season ever; though the New CW Network announced the series' unexpected renewal, it didn't promote the new season strongly via billboards, bus stops, magazine or on-air commercials. Lastly, the network moved 7th Heaven to Sunday nights; the returning viewers may have thought the series was removed from the schedule. The show had a season average of just 3.3 million on the new network, losing 36% of the previous year's audience. It was the third most watched scripted show on the CW. Overall, it was the seventh most watched show.

Although originally produced for Fox in 1996, the show aired on The WB. It was produced by Spelling Television, and distributed for syndication by (corporate sibling) CBS Paramount Television. Its producers, including Aaron Spelling, considered it wholesome family viewing, incorporating public service announcements into the show. The final season of 7th Heaven was shown on the inaugural season of The CW. The show wrapped production on the final episode March 8, 2007 about one month before most shows film their last episodes of the season. This was due largely to the fact that after ten years of working together, the actors, producers and crew had gotten production down to a well-oiled machine, slashing costs repeatedly and routinely coming in well under budget. This resulted in 7th Heaven filming episodes in shorter time during the final seasons.

7th Heaven stopped airing on The CW Television Network in September 2007. The show then aired on the ABC Family television network until 2008. As of 2008 the show is airing on the Hallmark Channel with the new 'network-shortened' opening credits. It started airing on WGN on September 8, 2008.

After much deliberation within the now-defunct WB network, it was made public in November 2005 that the tenth season would be the program's final because of high costs, which were revealed to be due to a poorly-negotiated licensing agreement by the WB network a few years earlier. The program's future was hanging in the balance and it was entirely in the hands of the newly-established CW network whether to renew it for an eleventh seasonal run. In March 2006, the main cast of characters were approached about the possibility of returning for an eleventh season.

After further consideration by the CW network, it was decided—three days after the airing of its "series finale"—that 7th Heaven would be picked up for an eleventh season, which would air on their network in the Monday-night slot that had helped make it famous. Originally the show was renewed for thirteen episodes, but on September 18, 2006 the renewal was extended to a full twenty-two episodes.

Along with the show's unexpected, and last-minute, renewal came some changes. The show's already-low budget was moderately trimmed, forcing cuts in the salaries of some cast members and shortened taping schedules (seven days per episode instead of the typical eight). Furthermore, Mackenzie Rosman, who played youngest daughter Ruthie Camden, did not appear in the first six episodes. She had appeared in every episode of the series prior to that. Catherine Hicks missed three episodes in Season 11, as another cost-cutting move. Additionally, for the first time since joining the cast in 2002 as a series regular, George Stults was absent for a few episodes at the beginning of Season 11. Stephen Collins and Beverley Mitchell ended up being the only two cast members to appear in every single episode of 7th Heaven's 11 seasons.

Also, after airing Monday nights at 8/7c for ten seasons, plus the first two episodes of Season 11, the CW unexpectedly moved 7th Heaven to Sunday nights as of October 15, 2006. The Sunday/Monday lineup swap was attributed to mediocre ratings of shows on both nights. While 7th Heaven did improve in numbers over the CW's previous Sunday night programming, it never quite hit its Monday-night momentum again, and the shows that replaced it in its slot on Monday night never matched what it had achieved in that time slot.

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