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Television's Dearly Departed, The 11 Saddest TV Deaths Of All Time

June 21st, 2014 11:00am EDT
Television's Dearly Departed, The 11 Saddest TV Deaths Of All Ti
For most viewers, mourning the death of a favorite television character can be almost as traumatic as mourning the death of a family member. Viewers become so close to these characters over time, that they become like family. Most times, a character death is one a fan sees coming due to illness or an episode-long situation. The deaths that are most difficult to take are those fans do not see coming. In the "spirit" of great television, we honor the dearly departed characters that never saw it coming...the 11 saddest television deaths of all time.

1. Lt. Colonel Henry Blake, "M*A*S*H"

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9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

April 15th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
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...
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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...
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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...
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'Laverne & Shirley' Actress Betty Garrett Dies

February 13th, 2011 3:55pm EST
Betty Garrett  | Photo Credits: Todd Williamson/FilmMagic.com
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.

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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...
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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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'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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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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Celebrity Birthdays, July 28

July 28th, 2006 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 ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 19

January 19th, 2006 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...
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New TV on DVD, Jan. 3

January 3rd, 2006 7:59am EST
Gunsmoke
Go nostaligic with the new TV shows out on DVD this week. Check out All In The Family the complete fifth season, Silk Stalkings season four, Hunter the complete third season, Have Gun Will Travel the complete third season, "Alien Nation" the complete series, and Gunsmoke 50th Anniversary Edition, volumes 1 and 2.

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Americans Think Oprah Is Smartest, Halle Berry Is Best Dressed

December 29th, 2005 1:53pm EST
Halle Berry
Who made the grade in celebrity superlatives? Which hook-up of '05 shocked Americans most? Parade magazine asked Americans about pop culture and entertainment in 2005. Here are the highlights:

* If Americans were on Survivor with a group of celebrities, 35% would send Paris Hilton packing first. But trailing close behind, with 33% of the vote, is George W. Bush. Tom Cruise got 12%; Britney Spears, 9%; and Jessica Simpson, 7%.

* Smartest celeb is Oprah Winfrey, with 42% of the vote. She beat Donald Trump, 24%, Jon Stewart, 11%, Brooke Shields, 9%, Bono, 8%, and Madonna, 6%.

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