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A 'MOMMY' HAS A BABY ON BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES OF 'THE MOMMIES' AIRING SATURDAY, FEB. 5, 8 P.M. ON NBC

 Marks Julia Duffy's Debut As A Series Regular
 HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Drama, chaos and laughter surround


the early arrival of Caryl's (Caryl Kristensen) new baby on back-to-back episodes of "The Mommies," a Speer/Grossman Production in association with Paramount Network Television for NBC. The episodes titled "Five Minutes Apart" and "Bringing Home Baby" air Saturday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on NBC.
 In the first half-hour, the Mommies' perfect friend Barb (Julia Duffy) and Caryl are cashing in on a day of beauty when their plans are thwarted as Caryl goes into labor. With mud packs on their faces, Caryl and Barb race to the hospital, and since the baby arrives before the doctor, Barb dons scrubs and delivers the baby herself.
 During the second half-hour, Caryl brings the baby home, and when her friends Marilyn (Marilyn Kentz) and Barb hire headstrong nurse Judy (special guest star Edie McClurg) to care for the baby, the plan backfires because conflicting philosophies cause Marilyn and Barb to butt heads with Judy. However, the luxury of full-time help prompts Caryl to consider going back to work part-time from home.
 The episode marks Duffy's debut as a series regular after several highly rated guest star appearances. One of television's most honored actresses, Duffy enjoyed a very successful seven seasons as Stephanie on the hit CBS series "Newhart," with seven Emmy Award nominations, three Viewers for Quality Television Awards, five American Comedy Award nominations and one Golden Globe nomination. Duffy has also starred in the television series "Designing Women" and "Baby Talk," in addition to her roles in the mini-series "Children in the Crossfire," "The Covergirl and the Cop," "Menu for Murder" and "Sooner or Later."
 McClurg is a very popular motion picture and television performer. She has appeared in such smash feature films as "A River Runs Through It," "Mr. Mom," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Her television credits include "The Hogan Family," "Drexel's Class," "Seinfeld," "Roseanne," "The Golden Girls" and "WKRP in Cincinnati."
 "The Mommies" stars Marilyn Kentz (Marilyn Larson), Caryl Kristenson (Caryl Kellogg), David Dukes (Jack Larson), Robin Thomas (Paul Kellogg), Ashley Peldon (Kasey Larson), Shiloh Strong (Adam Larson), Sam Gifaldi (Danny Kellogg), Ryan Merriman (Blake Kellogg), Jennifer Blanc (Tiffany) and Julia Duffy (Barb Ballantine).
 "The Mommies" is a Speer/Grossman production in association with Paramount Network Television and is taped before a live studio audience in Hollywood at Paramount Studios.
 The Paramount Television Group is part of the entertainment operations of Paramount Communications Inc.
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 /CONTACT: John A. Wentworth or Trisha Cardoso, Media Relations of Paramount Television Group, 213-956-5965; or Dana Henry or Pam Golum of The Lippin Group, 213-965-1990/


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