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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...

Ted Danson confirms Woody Harrelson mushrooms myth

February 6th, 2014 3:10am EST
Woody Harrelson
Actor Ted Danson has confirmed a TV myth that he and Cheers co-star Woody Harrelson once had a scare while taking hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The star was asked about the story during an appearance on U.S. chat show Conan on Tuesday night (04Feb14) and initially denied it, but he eventually revealed that the two pals got high on a cast boat trip off the coast of California.

He recalled, "We were in the harbour, I hadn't had any breakfast, I have the munchies and Woody says, 'Have you ever tried mushrooms?'

"I have a free day, I'm on a boat... I will be called upon by nobody, I'm not respon...

Actor Dan Gerrity dies

December 8th, 2013 8:40pm EST
Actor Dan Gerrity has died at the age of 59.

The New Jersey native suffered a fatal heart attack in Santa Fe, New Mexico on 20 November (13).

He established himself in theatre in the 1980s, starring in productions of Cliff Jones musical Something's Rockin' in Denmark and Ionescopade, while he later appeared in the critically-acclaimed Bouncers in 1986 and in Stand-Up Tragedy in 1990.

Gerrity also enjoyed a career onscreen, appearing on hit sitcoms Cheers, The King of Queens and Frasier, while he exercised his dramatic chops with roles in Dallas, Knots Landing, Murder One and The West Win...

Woody Harrelson was Brando's chess chum

October 16th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Woody Harrelson
Actor Woody Harrelson used to be movie legend Marlon Brando's chess buddy.

The former Cheers star struck up a friendship with his hero over the chess board - and admits he always let the big man win.

He says, "Those were good times. Marlon did sometimes cheat a little bit... He made the move and it was the wrong move and then I'd take advantage of it and he'd insist on getting the move back.

"I'd argue for a bit and then I'd be like, 'I'm arguing with Marlon Brandon...! Yeah, you can have the move back.'"

Woody Harrelson launches eco-friendly paper line

June 20th, 2013 3:21am EDT
Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson is helping to save the world's trees by launching his own eco-friendly line of paper.

The Cheers star has invested in the Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. company, which uses a wheat-straw waste and wood fibre alternative to tree pulp to make paper.

The line of conservationist stationery has been 15 years in the making, and Harrelson claims that by replacing two packs of traditional paper with his product, users will save one tree.

Harrelson, a long-time environmentalist, says the new paper is "going to be great for our future". The line will be sold in the U.S. through retailer...

Kirstie Alley ordered to modify labels on diet products

June 19th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley has been ordered to modify her diet plan's advertising campaign after a U.S. judge ruled ads were misleading.

Marina Abramyan filed a lawsuit against the former Cheers star's Organic Liaison company last year (12) over allegations she purchased weightloss items which did little to help her shed the pounds, as promised.

The unhappy customer also accused Alley of misleading the public by claiming she whipped her body into shape with the pricey products, even though much of her slim down has been credited to her stint on U.S. reality show Dancing With the Stars.

Both p...

George Wendt to join Cheers/Seinfeld reunion sitcom

June 16th, 2013 4:37pm EDT
George Wendt
Actor George Wendt has joined the mini-Cheers cast reunion on Kirstie Alley's new namesake sitcom.

The TV veteran, who played barfly Norm Peterson on Cheers, will be a guest star on Kirstie, which will also feature Rhea Perlman.

Wendt will portray Perlman's ex-husband on the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The casting news comes just days after producers revealed there would be a Seinfeld reunion on the show - Jason Alexander and Michael Richards will also have roles.

Alexander will reportedly play a theatrical agent and Richards a talent driver. Alley will star as a successf...

'Cheers' Tops Poll Of Best TV Theme Songs

April 18th, 2013 8:25pm EDT
Two decades after the last episode of Cheers, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" still resonates as the best TV theme song, according to readers of TV Guide Magazine. The mag asked readers to help them find the 60 best themes since the dawn of television, and some of the choices may surprise you.

Of course, Cheers' theme being on the list isn't too much of a shocker - it was actually featured in several other shows on the list as a joke or reference and some of its episodes are considered the best of all time. TV Guide also rated the show the 18th greatest in a recent list.

The Mary Tyle...

Danny DeVito & Rhea Perlman Split Up After 30 Years Together

October 8th, 2012 11:53am EDT
Danny DeVito
They were one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples — and now Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman have split, RumorFix is reporting.

Entertainment Tonight broke the news after covering the Cheers 30th Anniversary Reunion dinner.

Rhea. who starred on the 80s sitcom, and Danny had been married for more than 30 years and have three children together.

There is no explanation for the separation.

Ted Danson Recalls Skipping Work & Getting High With 'Cheers' Cast

September 28th, 2012 9:24am EDT
Ted Danson
Several years ago, Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, George Wendt and John Ratzenberger didn't show up to the set of "Cheers" because they wanted to get high.

The actors called in sick and went boating off the coast of California instead. Danson told GQ magazine, "The guys were just (like), 'Let's play hooky.' We'd never done anything wrong before. John had a boat, so we met at Marina del Rey at 8 a.m. We all called in sick."

Their leisurely day off turned bad quickly after too much drug use and a hurricane caused problems.

"Woody and I were already stoned, and Woody said, 'You want to try so...

'Game Of Thrones' Wins Big At TCA Awards

July 30th, 2012 8:53am EDT
Game of Thrones
While many people were watching Olympics coverage, there was another notable happening in the television industry over the weekend.

"Game Of Thrones" won the coveted Program of the Year prize at the 2012 Television Critics Association Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Other big show winners included "Breaking Bad" and "Downton Abbey." "Homeland" actress Claire Danes and comedian Louis C.K. won the top acting awards.

David Letterman was honored with the Career Achievement Award, and the TCA paid homage to "Cheers" by presenting the beloved series with the Heritage Award.

The winne...

Matthew McConaughey To Join Woody Harrelson In Detective Series?

April 11th, 2012 8:48am EDT
Matthew McConaughey & Woody  Harrelson
Woody Harrelson is heading back to TV for a cop show with his pal Matthew McConaughey.

The pair has signed on to star in "True Detective," an eight-episode series currently being shopped to cable networks. If the show gets the green light, the actors will play detectives hunting for a serial killer in Louisiana.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, subsequent seasons will feature new casts and storylines.

"True Detective" will mark Harrelson's first lead role in a small screen series since his days as bartender Woody Boyd in "Cheers." He also made several cameo appearances in "Will & Gra...

Ted Danson Eyeing 'Downton Abbey' Role

March 6th, 2012 8:35am EST
Ted Danson
Actor Ted Danson has reached out to the makers of Downton Abbey in the hope of landing a cameo role after becoming "completely hooked" on the TV show.

The former Cheers star reveals he and his wife Mary Steenburgen love the British period drama and dream of appearing in the series.

He tells Britain's Radio Times, "We're watching the second year and my wife and I are completely hooked. It's so sad that you guys only make six or seven episodes a year...

"If we could go to England, the two of us, and be in Downton Abbey, we'd be the happiest people on the planet."

However, Danson could...

NBC Developing 'The Office' Spin-Off About Dwight Schrute

January 26th, 2012 8:32am EST
Rainn Wilson | Photo Credits: Trae Patton/NBC
NBC is planting the seeds for a spin-off of The Office centered on Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and the Schrute family beet farm, Deadline reports.

The series, which would tentatively launch in early 2013, would follow Dwight's life outside of Dunder Mifflin at his family's beet farm and bed and breakfast. The beet farm has been featured in several episodes stemming back to Season 2, with The Office and Parks and Recreation executive producer Mike Schur playing the role of Dwight's business partner and...

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Kelly Preston Raves About Kirstie Alley's 'Brilliant' Diet Plan

December 9th, 2011 4:20pm EST
Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston has heaped praise on Kirstie Alley's "brilliant" new diet plan after revealing she's living proof of the program's success.

John Travolta's actress wife has shed 39 pounds since giving birth to their son Benjamin last year and Preston has now hailed the former Cheers star's Organic Liaison products for helping her get back into tip-top shape.

During an appearance on Good Morning America on Friday, she said, "You know my best friend, Kirstie Alley, she created a program that is so brilliant. It is the first USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) certified organic weight-loss...

Our Favorite TV Bosses In Honor Of National Boss' Day

October 17th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Favorite TV Bosses
Usually celebrated on Oct. 16, National Boss' Day is being observed today because yesterday was a Sunday.

In honor of the non-secular "holiday," Starpulse is honoring some of our favorite television bosses.

Check out the slideshow below (in no particular order), and tell us who YOUR favorite boss is!

Rhea Perlman Joins Kirstie Alley’s Sitcom 'The Mazanis'

October 10th, 2011 8:19am EDT
Rhea Perlman
Former Cheers co-stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman are reuniting for a new TV comedy series.

The pair, famous for their roles as manager Rebecca Howe and mean-spirited waitress Carla Tortelli in the long-running hit, are now teaming up for a new small screen project.

Perlman has signed up to appear in Alley's new pilot The Manzanis, about an American Italian family living in a quiet New Jersey neighborhood.

She will play the mother-in-law of Alley's matriarch character.

Ted Danson Gives His Thoughts On Joining The Cast Of 'CSI'

September 20th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
There’s no stopping the CSI juggernaut, not even the loss of the lead investigator. When Grissom (William Petersen) left, Langston (Laurence Fishburne) was there to lead the team. Now he’s left and D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) is leading the crime scene investigators of Las Vegas.

We’ve seen Danson get serious recently as Arthur Frobisher in Damages. He’s still most famous as a comedian, in Cheers, Becker and still Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bored to Death. Danson left his Martha’s Vineyard summer home early to get to work on CSI and speak with the Television Critics Association about it thi...

Kirstie Alley Slams Tabloid's Bulimia Allegations

September 20th, 2011 2:52pm EDT
Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley is preparing to take legal action against tabloid editors after discovering they are publishing an article alleging her massive weight loss is the result of an eating disorder.

The former Cheers star, who has struggled with weight issues for years, has been shedding the pounds ever since she was forced to shape up as a contestant on TV show Dancing With the Stars earlier this year.

She recently claimed to have lost an impressive 100 pounds since March after adopting a new healthy diet and strict exercise regime, and Alley showed off her new slim physique when she walked th...

Kirstie Alley To Take Over The Catwalk At Fashion Week

September 13th, 2011 11:34am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley will make her catwalk modeling debut at this year's Fashion Week in New York.

The Cheers star, who shed 90 pounds in a major health overhaul during her recent stint on TV show Dancing With the Stars, will flaunt her new body on the runway for her designer pal Zang Toi's show on Tuesday.

And Alley can't wait to support her longtime friend by donning his clothes for all to see.

She tells Entertainment Tonight, "I've known Zang since 1993. I did the cover of Redbook (magazine) and I wanted something really beautiful... he just has the most beautiful clothes, period."


Ted Danson To Replace Laurence Fishburne On 'CSI'

July 13th, 2011 3:33pm EDT
Ted Danson
Former Cheers star Ted Danson is stepping in to replace Laurence Fishburne on hit TV drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

The Matrix actor's contract on the series expired at the end of season 11 earlier this year, two years after he was cast to replace series regular William Petersen.

TV bosses have now appointed Danson as the show's chief investigator in a bid to boost ratings, and executive producer Don McGill knew the former Cheers star was perfect for the show as soon as his name was brought up.

He says, "From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he cou...

Kirstie Alley To Launch All-Organic Weight Loss Program

June 21st, 2011 2:27pm EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley has created an all-organic weight loss program.

The former Cheers star has shed a total of 90 pounds in a dramatic health overhaul and she's vowing to help others get their bodies back in good shape with her new Internet-based company Organic Liaison.

During an appearance on The View on Tuesday, she says, "I was so desperate because my main thing was I wanted to have a lot of energy, so I worked with scientists and different experts in the world of organic (food)."

"There's actually science behind all these chemicals... causing you to gain weight. (So) I have a ...

Kirstie Alley Slams Toyboy Claims

June 3rd, 2011 11:30am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley has laughed off a report she has traded her 21-year-old boyfriend for another toyboy lover.

The Cheers star, 60, dumped her young beau after discovering he still lives with his mother, according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.

The publication reports she has now taken up with another young man, and the feature is accompanied by photographs of the actress out on a lunch date with her unnamed admirer.

However, Alley took to her blog on Friday to laugh off the claims, sarcastically suggesting she has a string of toyboy lovers.

She writes, "Every sin...

Top Ten TV Goodbyes: Who Makes The List?

May 20th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
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With Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’ last month, it’s time to reflect on big goodbye episodes. I thought ‘The Office’ pulled off his departure well, although I’m not sure how I feel about the future of the show.

Here’s my top ten list of other shows that have successfully sent a character off in style. The rules: it is a true “goodbye” episode with a major character or star departing. If it happens off-screen, it doesn’t count. So that’s why I’m not including some obvious departures, such as Rhoda Morgenstern, Frank Burns, Coach Pantusso, etc.

Here they are. Do you agree?

10. T.R....

Kirstie Alley Threatens Lawsuit Against Twitter Imposter

May 19th, 2011 8:09am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley has threatened to launch legal action against a user who she's accused of "impersonating" her.

The former Cheers star is a regular blogger on the social networking website, and she recently became aware of another member with the username Kristie Alley.

And she's fired off an angry message to warn the mystery writer to stop "using my name" - vowing to "go after" the blogger for apparently passing herself off as the star online.

In a post on her Twitter page, Alley writes, "Hey @kristie_alley If u tweets paid Ads using my name... Imma (sic) sue u... Im...

Dancer Partner Says Kirstie Alley Needs To Eat More

May 11th, 2011 8:31am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley has been reprimanded by her professional dance partner on hit show "Dancing With The Stars" for not eating enough in between rehearsals.

The larger-than-life former "Cheers" star, who has faced a constant battle with her weight over the past decade, fell from a stage during a rehearsal routine and collapsed in pre-taped footage.

Her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy blamed Alley's poor eating habits for her mis-steps, explaining she wasn't eating enough to keep her blood sugar levels up.

He asked, "How many calories are you on now?" to which the actress responded, "1,400." The da...

Which Shows Suffered When Their Leads Left? Which Thrived?

April 2nd, 2011 8:38am EDT
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As The Office prepares to say goodbye to Steve Carell's Michael Scott and Charlie Sheen appears to have been relieved of his duties on Two and a Half Men, the question on most viewers' minds is simple: Will the shows be as good without them?

There's basically only two ways it can go.

For every Cheers or NYPD Blue, there is a Beverly Hills, 90210 or Designing Women.

So, we want to know:

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Dancing With the Stars Backstage Report: How the Competitors Stay Injury Free

March 22nd, 2011 10:32am EDT
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Dance expert Benji Schwimmer — he's the brother of pro Lacey and the winner of the second season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance — has already picked his champion of the new season of Dancing With the Stars: 60-year-old Kirstie Alley.

"She just redeemed her career," he said after watching the Cheers veteran light up the ballroom with ...

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Who Is Your Favorite 'Dancing With The Stars' Winner?

March 7th, 2011 5:00pm EST
The twelfth season of "Dancing With The Stars" begins March 21, and reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson is an early favorite to win. She'll be competing against hip hop star Romeo, boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard, Disney star Chelsea Kane, "Karate Kid" Ralph Macchio, supermodel Petra Nemcova, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, talk show hostess Wendy Williams, WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, former "Cheers" star Kirstie Alley, radio personality Mike Catherwood.

Take a look back at the previous 11 seasons and see who won the coveted mirror ball tropy. There were four athletes, six w...

'Dancing With The Stars' Cast Leak: Who's Competing On The 2011 Season?

February 28th, 2011 2:30pm EST
Kendra Wilkinson
The names of six of 11 candidates allegedly competing on the 2011 season of "Dancing With the Stars" was just published on The group includes a wrestler, reality show favorite and a couple of lesser-known stars.

Here's half of the purported lineup: wrestler Chris Jericho, rapper Lil' Romeo, Hugh Hefner's ex and E! reality show honey Kendra Wilkinson, former "Cheers" star Kirstie Alley, talk show host Wendy Williams, and Disney star Chelsea Kane.

ABC is making the official announcement during tonight's new episode of "The Bachelor." (UPDATE! CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL CAST LIST HERE!)...

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