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Spin-Off Copies? No, These 9 Shows Were Real Hits!

April 15th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
The Simpsons
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...

Sally Struthers accepts plea deal in DUI case

September 6th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Sally Struthers
A DUI case against U.S. TV veteran Sally Struthers has been dismissed after the actress agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors.

Struthers was arrested a year ago (Sep12) after she was stopped by police on her way home from a Maine theatre, where she was appearing in a local production of 9 to 5: The Musical.

The All in the Family star has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of driving to endanger and she was ordered to pay more than $1,000 (£667) in fines and fees. Her driving licence has also been suspended for 30 days, according to the Portland Press Herald newspaper.

Sally Struthers faces September trial for DUI arrest

August 4th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Sally Struthers
Beloved U.S. TV star Sally Struthers will mark the anniversary of her 2012 DUI arrest by preparing for a court hearing about the alleged judgment error.

The former All in the Family and Gilmore Girls star, 66, was arrested for drunk driving in Oguinquit, Maine on 12 September (12), but has maintained her innocence ever since.

She'll face the charges against her after jury selection is complete in York County Superior Court in Alfred. The process begins on 23 September (13), according to the Associated Press.

The case was originally scheduled for a bench trial in York District Court, but ...

Jean Stapleton's first theatre to be renovated in her honour

June 9th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Jean Stapleton
A Pennsylvania theatre where Jean Stapleton first trod the boards is set for a makeover in her memory.

The All In The Family star passed away last month (May13) at the age of 90, and on Wednesday (05Jun13) the lights on Broadway were dimmed in her honour.

Now bosses at the Totem Pole Playhouse, where Stapleton got her break in the 1950s, have announced a renovation project, despite putting the $5,000 (£3,225) overhaul on hold last year (12).

Stapleton met her husband William Putch at the playhouse when he landed the role of director in 1953, and they went on to work on more than 300 prod...

Sally Struthers remembers onscreen mum Jean Stapleton

June 7th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Sally Struthers
Sally Struthers has paid a touching tribute to late actress Jean Stapleton, calling her former onscreen mother "a walking, living angel".

The All in the Family matriarch died on 31 May (13) at the age of 90, and her TV daughter has spoken out to share her fond memories of the star.

Struthers tells she last saw Stapleton when she visited her at her New York apartment, which she reveals was painted "buttery yellow" and was just as "cheery and happy as Jean was".

She adds, "This is the first I've been able to talk without crying... Jean lived so in the present. She was a Christi...

Beloved U.S. TV Star Jean Stapleton Dead At 90

June 2nd, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Jean Stapleton
Veteran U.S. TV and stage actress Jean Stapleton has died, aged 90.

The actress passed away on Friday (31May13) of natural causes at her home in New York City, according to multiple reports.

Stapleton will best be remembered as Archie Bunker's long-suffering wife Edith in hit 1970s sitcom All in the Family. She won three Emmy Awards for the role.

She also portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1982 film Eleanor, First Lady of the World and appeared in You've Got Mail, opposite Tom Hanks, and Michael, starring John Travolta.

She famously turned down the chance to take the lead in Murder, She...

Beloved TV Star Jean Stapleton, Who Played Edith Bunker On 'All In The Family,' Dies At 90

June 2nd, 2013 9:02am EDT
Jean Stapleton obit
Beloved TV actress Jean Stapleton passed away Friday in New York City at the age of 90.

The actress, who won three Emmy Awards for her role as Archie Bunker's "dingbat" wife Edith on "All in the Family," died of natural causes, according to her family.

Stapleton played the character for nine seasons on "All in the Family" and reprised the role on the show's 1979 spinoff, "Archie Bunker's Place."She grew tired of the role after one season and asked producer Norman Lear -- whose casting her in Family made her an instant star -- to write her out of the show.

Edith's death came off-screen an...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - 5 Breast Cancer Plots, TV-Style

October 1st, 2012 2:07pm EDT
Sex and the City - Samantha Cancer Story
Years ago, women avoided the topic of breast cancer. Unfortunately, their silence proved to be deadly. That's why breast cancer awareness is so important. Hollywood has given its two cents by using some of TV's most-beloved characters in our war on the disease.

Edith Bunker -- All in the Family

Norman Lear sitcoms are known for being revolutionary. It's no surprise that in 1973, he used All in the Family to break the breast cancer barrier. In a special Christmas-themed episode, Edith Bunker was hiding a dark secret. After going through the motions of denial and fea...

Celebrity Fans Pay Tribute To 'Jeffersons' Star Sherman Hemsley

July 25th, 2012 9:01am EDT
Sherman Hemsley
Following his death on Tuesday, many celebrities paid tribute to "The Jeffersons" star Sherman Hemsley, including Josh Duhamel, Kevin Smith, Denise Richards and Lenny Kravitz.

Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas, from apparent natural causes. He was most famous for his role as George Jefferson in sitcom "All in the Family" and spin-off series, "The Jeffersons," which featured a predominantly black cast.

Kravitz, whose late mother Roxie Roker was Hemsley's co-star on "The Jeffersons," wrote, "Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of A...

'Laverne & Shirley' Actress Betty Garrett Dies

February 13th, 2011 3:55pm EST
Betty Garrett  | Photo Credits: Todd Williamson/
Betty Garrett, best known for her TV roles in Laverne & Shirley and All in the Family, has died, according to The Associated Press. She was 91.

Garrett died Saturday, probably from an aortic aneurysm, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her son, Garrett Parks, told the news agency. She had checked into the hospital the day before with...

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Top Ten Most Offensive TV Shows Ever

March 16th, 2010 10:14am EDT
Top Ten Most Offensive TV Shows Ever
A few months ago, MTV's Jersey Shore came under attack for representing Italian-Americans in the wrong light with all the tanning, hairstyling, and use of the slang terms "Guido" and "Guidette." Some critics have gone so far as to call the MTV reality program the most offensive TV show ever. But when it comes to the most offensive shows ever, Jersey Shore isn't even on the radar. Let's take a look at ten TV shows that sparked controversy during their run on television, and truly are the most offensive ever.

10. Jackass (MTV, 2000-2002)
Jackass aired for only three seasons on MTV, but durin...

'Cheers' Tops TV Theme Song Poll

January 9th, 2009 8:44am EST
The hit theme to 1980s sitcom Cheers has topped a new poll of beloved TV tunes. Songwriters Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo's "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" beat the "Suicide Is Painless" theme from M*A*S*H and the tune to Sanford And Son in the new Paste magazine survey.

Also showing up in the top 10 are the themes from All In The Family, Hawaii Five O and Gilligan's Island.

What's your favorite TV tune? Leave a comment below!

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

The Emmy's 60th Anniversary: Fans Get To Vote For Best Comedy And Drama Moments

August 28th, 2008 11:27am EDT
All In The Family
As a means of celebrating its 60th Anniversary (really, are we just going to have a garish celebration for any year ending in 0 or 5 now?) Emmy has decided to name the most memorable moments from both Drama and Comedy on TV.

The best thing about this countdown is that the fans get to decide. On the Emmy website are a list of 20 funny moments and 20 serious scenes just begging for your vote. You only get to choose one in each category, so you're going to need some help. You'll find it below as each category is narrowed down to the five best. Also listed are some moments that shouldn...

Bad Dads & Rad Dads On TV

June 13th, 2008 8:44am EDT
The Brady Bunch
Back when television was young, TV fathers were portrayed as all knowing and in control. Fathers knew best. They dispensed unchallenged wisdom. They were calm and smiling and never seemed pressured by any circumstance. They were always clad in a shirt and tie, even while relaxing at home.

The TV fathers of the 50s and 60s had a ready answer for their children, all who sat with rapt attention to the father's every word. "Gee, Dad," said Wally of Leave It to Beaver, "I never thought about it that way." The Brady kids would also express the same types of revelation after a counseling ses...

ABC Stresses Stability, Not Ingenuity, With 2008-09 Schedule

May 14th, 2008 8:28am EDT
Ugly Betty
NBC got a jump start on the other broadcast networks with its "in-front" presentation last month, which occurred a full six weeks before the traditional upfront period. At that time NBC, mired in last place amongst the Big Four (poor CW barely registers as a blip and therefore does not count), presented a bold, dynamic and risky 2008-09 year-round schedule.

In the weeks that followed, there was naturally some speculation as to whether or not the other networks would follow NBC's lead and change the rules of the game. ABC, which unveiled its 2008-09 plans yesterday, was the first to...

'The Simpsons' Is The Number One Comedy

April 29th, 2008 12:22pm EDT
The Simpsons
Cartoon classic The Simpsons has been named the best comedy TV show of all time in a new poll. Editors at AOL Television named the long-running animation top of a list of 50 of the greatest small screen funnies, claiming, "The townsfolk of Springfield... have become engrained into modern pop culture."

Seinfeld was named second, followed by All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Cheers. None of the top ten shows are still running - and only six of the top 50 are currently on the air; The Office (14), South Park (16), Curb Your Enthusiasm (18), 30 Rock (20), Scrubs (40) and Fa...

What's The Best Show On TV Right Now? Starpulse Writers Weigh In

April 21st, 2008 8:33am EDT
Best TV Show?
What makes a TV show great? Is it the number of viewers or awards it has received? Not necessarily. In its last season, less than 3 million people tuned in to an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but it is unarguably one of the best sci-fi/fantasy shows of all time. In seven seasons, the show won just one Emmy - in 1998 for outstanding makeup. Guess what other fan favorite won just one Emmy (also for outstanding makeup)? Gilmore Girls.

Despite both series' original and witty screenwriting, they never received the props they deserved. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lauren Graham bo...

Unnecessary and Unwanted: The Worst TV Cast Additions

March 5th, 2008 3:33pm EST
Ted McGinley
You know them, you loathe them. They are the unnecessary, obnoxious and often just plain annoying mid-series additions to established shows. Sure, there are times when a compelling, fresh-faced character is introduced and breathes new life into a series. Unfortunately, those instances are few and far between. Like with most of the television industry, the bad in this case far outweighs the good.

What follows is a list of the worst cast additions** in the last 30 years. Each and every one of the characters mentioned below was detrimental to the series in which he or she appeared. Som...

The Ultimate TV Lineup: 'Star Trek,' 'Cheers,' 'Buffy' & Much More

January 29th, 2008 2:58pm EST
Get Smart
Imagine this: through some temporal anomaly, rift in the space time continuum, or other such unique phenomenon, we are transported to an alternate reality. This new world is strikingly similar to our own, with one major exception. The television industry.

In this time-compressed universe, every show in the history of television is currently in production. All original actors/writers/producers are alive. Each show is exactly as it was in its prime, although the number of episodes in each show's original run is irrelevant.

In this brave new world, where every series is in ex...

TV Land To Air Classic Christmas Episodes Dec. 24 & 25

December 24th, 2007 8:00am EST
All in the Family
Jingle Bells ring when TV Land rolls out a collection of classic Christmas episodes during TV Land's 8th Annual Merry-thon. The 24-hour celebration airs Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, December 25 from 5:00pm - 5:00pm (ET/PT).

The marathon will feature some of America's favorite television families including -- The Ingalls, The Jeffersons, The Bunkers, The Bradys, and more.

Tune in as the Ingalls recall their fondest memories of Christmases past, Louise help George find the father he never knew, Cindy ask Santa for help and Edith and Archie feast on a holiday dinner.


Eva Mendes Fights For TV Series

October 23rd, 2007 12:59pm EDT
Eva Mendes
Actress Eva Mendes has blasted network TV bosses - for ignoring her new series concept about the family of a Mexican-American Los Angeles mayor.

The We Own The Knight star got involved with the series because it's something she'd like to watch on TV, instead of all the reality shows and supernatural dramas that have taken over.

She says, "When I see shows like All In The Family and Good Times I think, 'Why don't we have shows like that anymore? They were talking about social political issues that are still relevant today and they were hysterical. Where are those shows today?' Righ...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 2

August 2nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Kevin Smith
Happy Birthday to "Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong (1977), "Clerks 2" director/actor Kevin Smith (1970), Canadian guitarist Jeff Healy (1966), "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker (1964), singer/actress Apollonia Kotero (1959), "SNL" alum Victoria Jackson (1959), musician Mojo Nixon (1957), "The Munsters" actor Butch Patrick (1953), actor Max Wright (1943), actress Joanna Cassidy (1943), horror director Wes Craven (1939), The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson (1937), "Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole (1932), "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor (1924; d. 2001), and silver screen star M...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 28

July 28th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Lori Loughlin
Happy Birthday to San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili (1977), Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix (1976), "Saved by the Bell" star Elizabeth Berkley (1972), musician/comedian Stephen Lynch (1971), Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott (1970), "Summerland" actress Lori Loughlin (1965), singer Rachel Sweet (1962), guitar icon Steve Morse (1954), "All in the Family" actress Sally Struthers (1948), Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright (1945), First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929), America's Polka King Frankie Yankovic (1915; d. 1998), crooner Rudy Vallee (1901; d. 1986), and English author ...

Brad Garrett To Host 'TV's Funniest Moments' June 1 On FOX

May 31st, 2007 11:45am EDT
Brad Garrett
Brad Garrett will host The Museum of Television & Radio two-hour special, "TV's Funniest Moments," airing Friday, June 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The countdown will feature 30 of the funniest and most memorable moments from television sitcoms, variety, late night and sketch shows from the past six decades, as ranked by Nielsen Media Research.

Fan-favorites include "Seinfeld," "Friends," "I Love Lucy," "The Honeymooners," "All in the Family," "In Living Color" and many more.

New TV on DVD, Feb. 13

February 13th, 2007 8:00am EST
All In The Family
Remember this disclaimer? "The program you are about to see is All in the Family. It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show -- in a mature fashion -- just how absurd they are." Season six of the series is now on DVD. Also in stores: The Hills season 1, Emergency! season 3, Golden Girls season 7 and Beauty & The Beast season 1.

'Dirty Girl' Lisa Lampanelli To Release New CD/DVD Jan. 30; Win It!

January 22nd, 2007 11:30am EST
Dirty Girl
Lisa Lampanelli, "Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean," is back with her tough-talking, no-holds-barred comedy. Filmed live at the Moore Theater in Seattle, WA, her new one-hour standup special will air on Comedy Central on January 28, 2007. Her Dirty Girl CD and Dirty Girl DVD will be released by Warner Bros./Jack Records on January 30. Hailed as a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen, Lisa Lampanelli masterfully delivers her outrageous, uproarious and completely politically incorrect comedy yet again.

To promote the new special and CD/DVD release, Lisa will ...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 19

January 19th, 2007 3:00am EST
Dolly Parton
Happy Birthday to Japanese singer/songwriter Hikaru Utada (1983), "Full House" actress Jodie Sweetin (1982), Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina (1979), "Joey" actress Drea de Matteo (1973), actor Shawn Wayans (1971), NFL linebacker Junior Seau (1969), tennis star Stefan Edberg (1966), "8 Simple Rules" actress Katie Sagal (1956), Mexican comedian Paul Rodriguez (1955), stage and screen actor David Patrick Kelly (1952), English singer Robert Palmer (1949; d. 2003), country singer Dolly Parton (1946), actress/singer Shelley Fabares (1944), 60s singer Janis Joplin (1943; d. 1970) stage actor/sin...

Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

December 25th, 2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...

'The Jeffersons' Star Mike Evans Dies of Cancer

December 23rd, 2006 10:33am EST
The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons and All In The Family star Mike Evans has died after a battle with throat cancer. He was 57. The North Carolina-born actor died at his mother Annie Sue Evans' home in Twentynine Palms, California on December 14, his niece Chrystal Evans confirmed.

After studying acting at Los Angeles City College, Evans landed the role of Lionel Jefferson in 1970s comedy show "All In The Family," and then spin-off "The Jeffersons" in 1975. Evans left The Jeffersons for four years to star in sitcom Good Times, which he created and co-wrote with Eric Monte, but returned in 1981.

In ...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 2

August 2nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Kevin Smith
Happy Birthday to "Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong (1977), "Clerks 2" director/actor Kevin Smith (1970), Canadian guitarist Jeff Healy (1966), "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker (1964), singer/actress Apollonia Kotero (1959), "SNL" alum Victoria Jackson (1959), musician Mojo Nixon (1957), "The Munsters" actor Butch Patrick (1953), actor Max Wright (1943), actress Joanna Cassidy (1943), horror director Wes Craven (1939), The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson (1937), "Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole (1932), "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor (1924; d. 2001), and silver screen star M...

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