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What Celebrity Would You Like To See On ‘The Muppets’?

9/22/2015 8:06am EDT
10 Celebrities Who NEED To Guest Star On 'The Muppets'
The latest small screen version of Jim Henson’s creations is coming to ABC, debuting this Tuesday, September 22. The Muppets have always been known for their celebrity cameos, and this iteration looks to be no different. Simply titled “The Muppets,” the show is a mockumentary about the behind-the-scenes production of “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” a fictional talk show airing after “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Elizabeth Banks and Tom Bergeron are appearing as themselves on the premiere, and plenty more Season 1 guests have already been announced. That still leaves room for plenty more cameos, so here a...

Fred Willard's Lewd Conduct Case Dropped

9/19/2012 6:34pm EDT
Fred Willard
Veteran actor Fred Willard is in the clear over charges of lewd conduct after completing a court-ordered sex education course.

The This is Spinal Tap star was arrested for allegedly masturbating while watching a porn film at Hollywood's Tiki Theater in July, but he insisted it was all a big misunderstanding and managed to reach a deal with authorities to avoid formal prosecution.

As part of the agreement, lawmakers told Willard the case would be dropped if he completed an Alternative Prosecution Program consisting of a two-week course.

The funnyman has since fulfilled his part of the ...

8 Embarrassing Celebrity Arrests

8/9/2012 1:00pm EDT
Randy Travis
It's difficult enough getting arrested when you only have your friends and family to worry about. But when you're famous, the whole world learns about your indiscretions.

Earlier this week country star Randy Travis was arrested in Dallas, Texas, on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Travis was completely naked at the time of his arrest, and reportedly threatened to kill the Texas troopers who took him into custody.

His mug shot (above) shows him with a black eye and dried blood on his face. Sadly, it's Travis' second arrest this year. In February, he was booked for public int...

Fred Willard's Show 'Trust Us With Your Life' Pulled From ABC Schedule

7/31/2012 9:12am EDT
Fred Willard
Fred Willard's TV show has been cancelled just weeks after the actor was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct.

Bosses at ABC network have decided against airing the remaining few episodes of the funnyman's improvisation series Trust Us With Your Life and will replace it with reruns of Wipeout. The series was one of the channel's lowest rated shows.

The move comes after the Anchorman star was detained by police on suspicion of masturbating during a porn film at the Tiki Theater in Los Angeles earlier this month.

Willard has maintained his innocence since the incident and will avoid pr...

Fred Willard Tweets Review Of XXX Film

7/23/2012 3:07pm EDT
Fred Willard
We always knew Fred Willard had a sense of humor. The actor, who was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct after cops nabbed him in a Hollywood adult theater, tweeted about the situation.

"Wait til u hear my version; much more PG. & my review, lousy film, but theater would make a terrific racquetball court. Full story 2 follow," he posted.

He also assured fans that while his Market Warriors gig on PBS was canned, his hosting job on ABC's Trust us with Your Life was still secure. "I was not fired from TUWYL so B sure 2 watch Trust Us Wtih [sic] your life Tues, ABC 9."

Fred maintained his...

Fred Willard Could Avoid Prosecution Over Lewd Conduct

7/22/2012 8:07pm EDT
Fred Willard
Actor Fred Willard has been offered the chance to enrol on a counselling course after he was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct last week on Wednesday.

The This is Spinal Tap star will avoid being formally charged if he completes a "pre-filing diversion program", according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

Spokesperson Frank Mateljan tells the Los Angeles Times, "I want to stress this was and is a filable case, and should the defendant choose not to enrol or not complete the program, we have the option of filing criminal charges within a year... Should he complete the course...

Fred Willard Says His Lewd Conduct Arrest 'Did Not Happen'

7/20/2012 1:50pm EDT
Fred Willard
Actor Fred Willard has spoken out following his arrest for lewd conduct on Wednesday, calling the incident the result of "a big misunderstanding."

The This is Spinal Tap star was taken into custody after undercover vice officers allegedly caught him masturbating while watching a porn film at Hollywood's Tiki Theater.

The headline-grabbing bust cost him his job as narrator for PBS reality TV show Market Warriors but, speaking to on Thursday, the star maintained his innocence.

Willard told a TMZ cameraman he is doing "fine" and "keeping busy," adding, "It's all being straightene...

Actor Fred Willard Busted For Lewd Conduct In An Adult Theater; Fired From Job At PBS

7/19/2012 7:30pm EDT
Fred Willard
Funnyman Fred Willard was arrested on Wednesday night after undercover police officers reportedly caught him masturbating in an adult movie theater in Hollywood.

Police making a routine walkthrough at the Tiki Theater around 8:45pm Wednesday night caught the star with his pants down and booked him on misdemeanor lewd conduct charges. The 78-year-old Best in Show star we was released shortly after, probably not the type of release he was hoping for on such a night.

Willard has since been fired from his job as a narrator on the PBS series Market Warriors, a spinoff of Antiques Roadshow.


Who Should Win 'So You Think You Can Dance'? (According To Robert, Kent, Martha & Ade)

8/10/2011 2:25pm EDT
Who Should Win 'So You Think You Can Dance'
I hit the red carpet at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles for featuring the So You Think You Can Dance dancers, Fred Willard, Ioan Gruffudd and more! This star-studded event raised funds for a permanent home for Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats.

This was such a fun night and I had a blast one the red carpet with everyone, but I was the most excited to get the dirt on the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance! Watch here:

Who is your favorite? In case you couldn't tell from the video - I'm Melanie all the way!

What's Back In TV Land: Our Favorite Returning Fall Shows

8/24/2010 4:32pm EDT
Vampire Diaries, CW
It's that time of year again, when we all set our DVRs and get ready for a night in with our favorite returning TV shows! Here's just a few to look forward to when September finally rolls around.

The Vampire Diaries, CW

Thursday, September 9, 8/7c

When "The Vampires Diaries" aired last fall it managed to become much more than just the supernatural "Gossip Girl'' that many had expected. It was a well-written, well-acted series that was intriguing enough to make you want to tune in every week. Its first season was a sexy, violent ride that once a week made the new vampire craze a little...

'Glee,' HBO's 'The Pacific' Land Massive Emmy Nominations

7/8/2010 10:26am EDT
Hit TV musical "Glee" is set to be the toast of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards after landing a massive 19 nominations.

The comedy about a group of high school students in a choir club will fight for the Outstanding TV Comedy prize against "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office" and "30 Rock," which has taken home the title for the last three years.

"Glee's" leading stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele have been nominated in the male and female categories for the outstanding comedy actor awards, while their co-star Chris Colfer has received a best supporting...

Cast & Crew Talk 'Modern Family' At PaleyFest

3/2/2010 11:15am EST
Modern Family
"The way I see it, 'Modern Family' is the story of these three families that is being told documentary style," co-creator Steven Levitan explained during opening night of PaleyFest 2010 last Friday. "But that is apparently up for debate. The thing is, if I believed these families would allow cameras into their homes, into their children's rooms, for these intimate moments, I wouldn't like them as much!"

Funnyman Ty Burrell, who plays hapless dad Phil Dunphy, agreed, adding that he likes that the show hasn't tried to explain the breaking-the-fourth wall elements of the show. He doesn't cons...

Patricia Heaton Q&A On Her New ABC Series 'The Middle'

8/26/2009 10:12am EDT
Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton is back with another TV comedy. Now, we know what you're thinking. She already tried to follow up Everybody Loves Raymond with Back to You, that newsroom comedy. Well, this one is back in her wheelhouse.

ABC's The Middle stars Heaton as a married mother raising her family in middle America. Each of her kids have their own special demands, and the first episode already has her wearing a Superwoman costume for a last minute school presentation.

As a working mom herself, Heaton knows The Middle is all too real. She was happy to share her experiences, both real and dramat...

The News Hits The Fan In 'Back To You'; Season One On DVD Oct. 14

10/3/2008 5:30pm EDT
Back To You
Breaking news . . . the first season of the uproarious workplace sitcom Back To You Season One debuts on DVD October 14thfrom Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Directed by James Burrows, the multiple Emmy® Award-winning force behind Friends and Cheers, Back To You follows two bickering co-anchors Chuck Darling (Kelsey Grammer; Frasier) and Kelly Carr (Patricia Heaton; Everybody Loves Raymond) who share a past and are now forced to share an anchor desk.

Ten years after conquering Pittsburgh TV, Chuck returns home after a disastrous career turn in Los Angeles. Desperate ...

TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations On July 17, Part 2

7/15/2008 10:42am EDT
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Enough drama, time to laugh! The Emmy nominations are upon us, two days away in fact, so it's time to round out our suggestions to The Academy's blue ribbon panel. In the final installment, the focus turns to comedy and the actors who make us laugh every week.

This category is far more loaded than the drama section with far fewer obvious mistakes on the ballot and a ton of strong performances from the men and the women (rather than watching the ladies struggle with substandard material from their mostly male counterparts. Yes, I will clamor for more female writers and directors every...

'WALL-E' Earns Accolade as 2008’s First Perfect Film

6/26/2008 9:24am EDT
(Hollywoodchicago) – While perfection can be characterized in many ways, there’s only one way to define perfect in the world of film: a picture that has everything you could ask for with nothing you could cut. Though this is a highly unlikely proposition, “WALL-E” has become 2008’s first perfect film and one of the best Pixar projects of all time.

The man with the ingeniously imaginative story and the decisive direction to be credited with every inch of success “WALL-E” is destined to reap is none other than Andrew Stanton.

Indeed, Stanton is intimately familiar with w...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

9/18/2007 3:00am EDT
Lance Armstrong
Happy Birthday to "Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979), rapper Xzibit (1974), Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973), "X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973), "The Matrix Revolutions" actress Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971), New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967), "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964), "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961), Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002), Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949), "A Mighty Wind" actor Fred Willard (1939), singer Frankie Avalon (1939), "Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933), actor Jack ...

Check Out 'Head Case' Tonight On Starz

4/18/2007 2:16pm EDT
Jason Priestley on Head Case
Meet cutting edge therapist Dr. Elizabeth Goode. She's brash, unconventional, judgmental, but undeniably thriving as the therapist to Hollywood's maladjusted celebrity elite. Boldly brandishing her own unique mental insight and technique, Dr. Goode's days have rapidly become filled with a literal "who's who" from the world of entertainment, sports and music.

Having recently moved her practice to Los Angeles, Dr. Goode currently shares office space with philistine Freudian shrink, Dr. Myron Finkelstein, whose own practice is floundering due to a rash of recent patient suicides. He is m...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

9/18/2006 3:00am EDT
Lance Armstrong
Happy Birthday to "Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979), rapper Xzibit (1974), Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973), "X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973), "The Matrix Revolutions" actress Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971), New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967), "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964), "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961), Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002), Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949), "A Mighty Wind" actor Fred Willard (1939), singer Frankie Avalon (1939), "Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933), actor Jack ...

Upcoming Guests on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'

6/18/2006 9:00am EDT
Adam Sandler
This week's and next week's guests on David Letterman's couch include a politician, a few musicians, a socialite, a comedian, some movie stars and much more:

Monday, June 19

Actor Adam Sandler; Julie Chen, host of CBS' Big Brother

Tuesday, June 20

Nicole Richie; actor Brandon Routh

Wednesday, June 21

Actress Amy Sedaris; musical guests Morningwood

Thursday, June 22

Actress Meryl Streep; musical guests Yellowcard

Friday, June 23

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

Monday, June 26

Actor Kevin Spacey

Tuesday, June 27

Actress Anne Hatha...

Check Out 'William Shatner in Concert' This March on TV Land

2/15/2006 8:00pm EST
William Shatner
TV Land will air a new episode of "Living in TV Land" on Wednesday, March 22, with "Living in TV Land: William Shatner in Concert." The program offers an intimate look at Emmy Award-winner and pop culture icon William Shatner as he walks viewers through television's first "musical-reality hybrid show" combining musical performances with segments exploring the reality of his every day life.

TV Land will air an encore presentation of this episode on Wednesday, March 29, in its regularly scheduled timeslot of 10 p.m., and the series will air as half-hour installments through May 3, 2006.

Bravo Humorously Presents Celebrity Autobiographies

11/2/2005 11:30am EST
Tommy Lee
Bravo shows why the literary works of Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee can be both compelling and downright hilarious in the one-hour comedy special, "Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words," premiering on Bravo Thursday, December 15. The special offers a refreshing and unique look at the many layers of celebrity culture through the performances of renowned comedians, according to Bravo President Lauren Zalaznick.

For the first time, the buzz-worthy live show is coming to Bravo with an original special featuring some of America's most notable celebrities and comedians reading fr...