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TV's Six Most Satisfying Finales

5/20/2010 11:13am EDT
TVs Six Most Satisfying Finales
While ABC’s claim that Sunday’s LOST finale is “the Television Event of the Decade” may be a bit hyperbolic, there’s no denying the excitement... and anxiety… that surrounds the final episode of a beloved TV show. Rabid fans of any series demand not just closure, but emotional resonance. After all, we’re saying goodbye to good friends here, not just clearing space off the DVR schedule. With that in mind, here’s our list of the Six Most Satisfying TV Finales of All Time.

SEINFELD “The Finale” (1998)

Granted, the much-maligned two-part ending to the legendary show about nothing is not the f...

Kelsey Grammer's Wife Camille Works The Street At The Premiere Of 'La Cage Aux Folles'

4/19/2010 1:10pm EDT
Camille Grammer
You know that thin line between sexy and prostitute? Kelsey Grammer's wife Camille Donatacci just crossed it. Hot pink high heels, a tight black dress, and major cleavage makes her look like she's ready to earn some money.

Camille showed off her look at "La Cage Aux Folles" broadway show opening in New York City last night. Her husband plays a nightclub owner in the production.

Kelsey left his family behind in Hawaii when he landed the role because he couldn't balance fatherhood with his grueling rehearsal schedule. He explained, "To be quite honest, up front I said I won't be able to be ...

Kirstie Alley Regrets Writing Cocaine-Fuelled Journal

4/16/2010 4:00pm EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley regrets writing drug-fuelled journal entries during her battle with addiction - because she once vowed to publish her ramblings while high on cocaine.

The former Cheers star, who has now cleaned up her bad habit, admits she still can't believe some of the eccentric things she did while under the influence.

She recalls, "I was a druggie. Cocaine. That is a bad drug because it makes you think you're really smart and it makes you say really stupid things. I wrote a journal when I was doing coke. It was like, 'This was so profound somebody's gonna find this one day and...

Kirstie Alley's 'Tiny' Blind Date Disaster

4/7/2010 11:37am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley has banned friends from setting her up on blind dates, after an awkward one night stand with a poorly-endowed potential suitor.

The former Cheers star was looking for a short term romance after her split from second husband Parker Stevenson in 1997, and agreed to be set up.

However, Alley regretted the brief fling after going to bed with her date just hours after they met.

She says, "I have been set up on blind dates. I can't say they're successful. The worst blind date I went on I slept with him. This was a long time ago and I slept with this guy and he was tiny...

Kirstie Alley: 'I Haven't Had Plastic Surgery'

3/26/2010 7:30pm EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley refuses to go under the knife to preserve her looks - because she is convinced her wrinkles will help her land more movie roles.

The former Cheers star, 59, insists she is content with her features and would never consider undergoing plastic surgery, especially as more and more actresses turn to the surgeon's knife to stay young in the industry.

She says, "I'm not a surgery girl, I haven't had plastic surgery. I don't wanna have it but it's hard when you see your peers and things and they have. I go back and forth and think, 'Who's gonna play grandmothers in movies...

Kirstie Alley: 'I Miss Being In Love'

3/19/2010 9:13am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley is eager to meet a man to fall in love with - but only if he has enough money to feel comfortable with her success.

The former "Cheers" star has been divorced twice, splitting from second husband Parker Stevenson in 1997 after 14 years of marriage. She is now on the lookout for romance - but refuses to waste time on pointless dates with inappropriate men.

Alley tells Larry King, "I love, and I do want to be in love with someone else in my life. I miss being in love. I miss missing someone and being in love with someone and waiting for them to call. I went on a date about f...

Kirstie Alley Attempts To Clear Up Scientology Links To Weight Loss Line

3/17/2010 11:56pm EDT
Actress Kirstie Alley has blasted reports suggesting her new diet program is a Church of Scientology initiative, insisting only 10 per cent of the project's bosses are Scientologists.

Alley, who is a Scientologist, had to defend her Organic Liaison line during an interview on national TV in America on Tuesday - and now she's speaking out to clear up rumors the weight loss program is a front for the Church.

The former "Cheers" star, who constantly struggles with her weight, has admitted "The Today Show" line of questioning took her by surprise and now adds, "That I would need to clarify or...

Kirstie Alley Launches Weight Loss 'Elixir'

2/25/2010 8:28am EST
Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley is launching a weight loss "elixir" to help overweight Americans slim down - and she has already lost 20 pounds in eight weeks on the program. The former Cheers star has founded Organic Liaison, a company to support dieters in the U.S., and developed a series of slimming remedies.

And Alley, who famously lost weight as a spokes model for diet firm Jenny Craig before piling the pounds back on, is adamant the drink works - as she's already boasting a more slim line figure since starting the program at the beginning of the year.

She says, "I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist -...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 17

10/17/2009 3:00am EDT
Nick Cannon
Happy Birthday to:

America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon (1980)

Fugee Wyclef Jean (1972)

Rapper Eminem (1972)

N Sync singer Chris Kirkpatrick (1971)

Reggae singer Ziggy Marley (1968)

Comedian/actor Norm MacDonald (1963)

Beavis and Butt-Head & King of the Hill creator Mike Judge (1962)

Country singer Alan Jackson (1958)

Cheers actor George Wendt (1948)

Superman actress Margot Kidder (1948)

Actor/comedian Michael McKean (1947)

Union Gap bandleader Gary Puckett (1942)

Daredevil Evel Knievel (1938; d. 2007)

Actor Tom Poston (1921; d. 2007)

"From Here...

Q&A: Kelsey Grammer Talks ABC's New Series 'Hank,' His Health And More

9/28/2009 10:00am EDT
Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer should mean gold for any TV series. His long run on Cheers and Frasier is legendary, and he keeps popping up as Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons. It didn't quite work out for Back to You, but that certainly wasn't his fault. His new show, Hank, could be the next winner in his stable.

Hank is a disgraced Fortune 500 honcho who has to adjust to small town sitcom life. Moving back home with his family provides a culture clash with Grammer clinging to the sort of highbrow luxuries familiar to Frasier Crane. Reality provides the humor.

Over the summer, Grammer presented the new...

80s Vs. 90s: Which Decade Was The Best In Entertainment?

9/26/2009 10:03am EDT
Eighties and Nineties nostalgia are running rampant in pop culture right now. Television networks and film companies are resurrecting TV shows and movies like 90210, Melrose Place, Halloween, and Transformers. This obsession with the 80s and 90s have lead to TV specials and debates about which decade is better. Both provided us with fascinating films to watch, memorable music to listen to, and new forms of entertainment that we still use today. But when it comes to entertainment, which decade was better?


In the 80s, there were only three major broadcast networks - ABC, NBC,...

Heather Burns Discusses The New HBO Series 'Bored To Death'

9/17/2009 11:00am EDT
Heather Burns
Bored to Death is a promising new HBO comedy that stars an excellent cast of comedic players in the form of Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore), Ted Danson (Cheers), Zach Galifianakis (Hangover) and Heather Burns (Two Weeks Notice, Miss Congeniality). We recently had the pleasure of talking with the main players, Heather Burns, and here's what she had to say about Bored to Death.

Eric Stromsvold: Based off of the trailers it appears as though you're playing a character named Leah, who is Ray's girlfriend. What else is going on there?

Heather Burns: Well, she's Ray's...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 23

8/23/2009 3:00am EDT
Scott Caan
Happy Birthday to The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas (1978), LA Laker Kobe Bryant (1978), actor Scott Caan (1976), Crazy Town singer Shifty (1974), "Star Wars Episode I" actor Ray Park (1974), actor River Phoenix (1970; d. 1993), actor/comedian Jay Mohr (1970), singer/soap star Rick Springfield (1949), "Cheers" actress Shelley Long (1949), British actor David Robb (1947), The Who drummer Keith Moon (1947; d. 1978), novelist Nelson DeMille (1943), "I Dream Of Jeannie" actress Barbara Eden (1934), actress Vera Miles (1929), singer Tex Williams (1917; d. 1985), and "Singin' In The Rain...

Learn More About SyFy's New Drama And 'BSG' Spinoff 'Caprica'

8/20/2009 10:07am EDT
Long ago, in a popular culture period far, far away, to watch or read science fiction was synonymously tied to the then derogatory term of 'geek'. Now that stereotype has somewhat weakened. One of the many reasons for this change was the Ron Moore reimagining of 'Battlestar Galactica' in 2004. 'BSG' was a hit not just amongst the typical sci-fi fan base, as it is most commonly discussed as a space opera, but to more non-traditional fans. When 'Heroes' debuted on NBC it was a break in network format. Many questioned why it was not to air on the sister channel, then, Sci-Fi, and spurred d...

August Celebrity Birthday Milestones: Oh Lordy, Look Who's 40 (And 60!)

8/18/2009 2:08pm EDT
Matthew Perry
August is a milestone birthday month for many celebrities who are turning 40 and 60. While 40 may be the new 30, and 60 the new 50, they can still be difficult birthdays to handle.

One of our favorite "Friends" is nearly over the hill. But is 40 really "over the hill" these days? And it's hard to believe one of the celebrities turning 40 was in high school in the least on TV. And let's give three "Cheers" to this star who is turning 60 but still looks youthful.

Check out the new 40 and 60 year olds in the slideshow below!

Edward Norton

Turns 40 on Aug. 18

- Click pic fo...

Slideshow: Stars Who've Added A Little Meat On Their Bones But We Love Anyway

7/22/2009 10:15am EDT
Jessica Simpson skinny and curvy
Physical appearance is a key component of a celebrity's life. Living under a microscope, celebrities face enormous pressure to maintain Godlike levels of corporeal attractiveness, especially women.

Male celebrities are definitely expected to be in good shape too, but they have a lot more wiggle room. If a man's face isn't entirely Adonic or if he consumes one too many brewskies, it's ok - double chins and love handles are not career killers for men. In fact, they sometimes do the exact opposite.

Take Russell Crowe and Tom Hanks, for example. Crowe packed on the pounds to play Jeffre...

An Open Letter To Paul Abdul: Leaving 'Idol' Is A Bad Idea

7/22/2009 9:31am EDT
Paula Abdul
Dear Paula Abdul,

I am writing on behalf of the Shelley Longs, Geri Halliwells, Wayne Rogers and Sherry Stringfields of the world when I give you three simple words of advice regarding your decision to leave American Idol: Don't do it.

I'm not really sure why you'd need me to tell you this, but based on the rumors flying across the Internet and the statements of your own manager, you're really thinking about leaving the most successful television series of the decade over some sort of personal insult. Or is it money? Nobody can really be sure what's going through your pill-filled head...

Move Over NBC, USA Is Stealing Your Glory

7/10/2009 12:02pm EDT
In the world of television, the big networks - NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX - are typically considered to be the "A" team, or the major leaguers of TV stations. Now they have a bit of competition.

The network we are most confused by is NBC. NBC used to be a ratings powerhouse with its "Must See TV" marketing campaigns. Weeknights were appointment television nights for millions of viewers tuning in first in the genesis of it all, the 1980s with Hill Street Blues, The Cosby Show, Cheers, and LA Law. The 1990s came in strong with ER, Friends, Frasier, Mad About You, Seinfeld, and the last of...

This Summer, Take A Pop Culture Road Trip!

7/8/2009 10:00am EDT
Field Of Dreams
During these hot summer months, nothing is quite as fun as jumping in your car, winding the windows down, turning the radio up, and hitting the blacktop in search of new adventures. Who's up for a road trip?

Now, before you fill up your tank, we should tell you that we're not talking about any old road trip. We're not talking about heading for the beach or the Grand Canyon. We're not talking about following the same itinerary that your parents did when you were just a kid sitting in the back of the family station wagon with no say in the matter.

Sure, the typical tourist spots are gr...

Top Celebrity Freak Outs - Can They Bounce Back?

7/2/2009 2:52pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Celebrity is something of a double edged sword. On one hand you could make millions and be adored by fans all over the world, but it also means the loss of privacy and the constant nitpicking of the mainstream critics. One slip up is all it takes for your face and words to be scattered over magazines and blogs, but sometimes the controversies are worth being taken to task for.

Here's a look at some of the celebrities who lost their mind or temper at the wrong time, and whether or not they have managed to bounce back from the incidents. What do you think of these moments in celeb history...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

5/26/2009 8:57am EDT
This week is probably the least exciting of the summer movie season so far because we don't have an epic blockbuster premiering. There are three movies coming out, two of which are mainstream releases. Pixar fans will be happy to see the group's latest animated feature, and Sam Raimi aficionados will get their fix with something that thankfully isn't another "Spider-Man" movie.

While I tend to like Pixar's movies, I never generally get super excited about seeing them in the movie theater. Aside from "Wall-E" and "Toy Story," which I saw in theaters, I've enjoyed their other films ...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 6

4/6/2009 3:00am EDT
Billy Dee Williams
Happy Birthday to "Full House" actress Candace Cameron Bure (1976), "Scrubs" star Zach Braff (1975), actress Ari Meyers (1969), "Slither" actor Michael Rooker (1955), "Taxi" actress Marilu Henner (1952), "Cheers" actor John Ratzenberger (1947), producer/director Barry Levinson (1942), master of the pan flute Zamfir (1941), "The Empire Strikes Back" actor Billy Dee Williams (1937), country legend Merle Haggard (1937), German composer Andre Previn (1929), and legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy (1866; d. 1909).

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Celebrity Birthdays, March 31

3/31/2009 3:00am EDT
Christopher Walken
Happy Birthday to "Star Wars Episode III" star Ewan McGregor (1971), AC/DC guitarist Angus Young (1955), "Cheers" actress Rhea Perlman (1948), former US Vice President Al Gore (1948), "Welcome Back, Kotter" star Gabe Kaplan (1945), TV actress Valerie Curtin (1945), "Domino" actor Christopher Walken (1943), band leader Herb Alpert (1935), "Partridge Family" actress Shirley Jones (1934), prolific actor Richard Chamberlain (1934), and Austrian composer Franz Josef Haydn (1732; d. 1809).

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New TV On DVD, Jan. 27

1/27/2009 8:00am EST
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door centers on Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's three girlfriends: Kendra, Bridget, and Holly. Although the four are no longer together, check out their antics on the season 4 DVD. Also in stores: Cheers season 11

'Beethoven's Big Break' & 'Beethoven's Dog-Gone Best Movie Pack' Arrive On DVD Dec. 26

12/22/2008 6:00pm EST
Bring together one mega-popular pooch, an all-star cast, some of today's hottest music and a barrel of bouncing baby St. Bernards, and it all adds up to Beethoven's Big Break!

Although animal handler Eddie (Jonathan Silverman) works with lots of creatures, he has a strict NO PETS ALLOWED policy and won't let his son Billy keep adorable stray dog Beethoven and his family of puppies. But when dog-nappers steal the canine star of the movie Eddie's working on, the studio big shots must quickly find a replacement and unexpectedly cast the lumbering canine as their next big star. Through h...

A Look At The Influence of 'Days Of Our Lives' On Recent Pop Culture

11/5/2008 11:50am EST
Days Of Our Lives
Back in 2004 a documentary-- not completely unlike Trekkies but for the soap opera crowd-- began filming in Los Angeles, interviewing the stars and fans alike of Days of our Lives. In honor of the fortieth anniversary of the show being on air (as well as the producer/director's college thesis project), this documentary sought to look deep into the psyches of the people who dedicated the majority of their lives to following this show. At an hour a day, five days a week, starting at a time before TiVo, it was true dedication to devote one's interest to such a show. What was found, though, ...

'Law & Order' Returns For 19th Season Nov. 5

10/28/2008 11:37am EDT
Law & Order
"Law & Order," the 1997 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series, the record holder for the most consecutive Best Series nominations (eleven, tied with "Cheers" and "M*A*S*H") and the longest-running drama series currently on television, returns for its 19th season Wednesday, November 5, 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on NBC.

In the season premiere titled "Rumble," a stockbroker is beaten to death in broad daylight, causing a "rumble" of epic proportions between the deceased's family and the faction responsible for his death.

Upcoming episodes include:

-November 12 - "Challenged...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 17

10/17/2008 3:00am EDT
Nick Cannon
Happy Birthday to Drumline star Nick Cannon (1980), Fugee Wyclef Jean (1972), rapper Eminem (1972), N Sync singer Chris Kirkpatrick (1971), reggae singer Ziggy Marley (1968), comedian/actor Norm MacDonald (1963), Beavis and Butt-Head/King of the Hill creator Mike Judge (1962), country singer Alan Jackson (1958), Cheers actor George Wendt (1948), Superman actress Margot Kidder (1948), actor/comedian Michael McKean (1947), Union Gap bandleader Gary Puckett (1942), daredevil Evel Knievel (1938), actor Tom Poston (1921), "From Here to Eternity" actor Montgomery Clift (1920; d. 1966), and scree...

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 ...

Being Green Is Great, But Is Hollywood Taking Recycling Too Far?

9/26/2008 10:20am EDT
Jerry Oconnell
Is there such a thing as a show-a-holic? A glimpse at the TV guide shows certain names keep cropping up time and time again attached to new shows. Could certain actors be addicted to starring on TV? And will they do anything to keep working whether the show is a quality one or not?

Isn't addiction classified as doing something to the point of excess, even after the point at which the person knows it's not healthy for them anymore? If the answer is yes then there are a few actors working today who show signs of needing serious career detox and rehab.

Case in point: the new TNT ser...