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Matt Lauer Dons Famous 'Baywatch' Swimsuit For 'Today' Halloween Event - See More Pics!

October 31st, 2013 5:00pm EDT
The Today Show
Carrying on their annual Halloween tradition, the members of "The Today Show" morning team donned various costumes during the a.m. broadcast.

Matt Lauer made a particularly entertaining entrance as Pamela Anderson from "Baywatch." He donned the show's signature red swimsuit complete with fake breasts and a platinum blonde wig. He even jumped around in slow motion for the crowd.

Lauer's co-anchors shared the television show theme by dressing up as iconic characters from programs including "The A Team," "The Flintstones" and "Laverne & Shirley."

Check out more "Today" costumes...


Actress Zina Bethune Killed In Hit-And-Run While Helping Injured Animal

February 13th, 2012 11:31am EST
Zina Bethune
Actress Zina Bethune has died at the age of 66 following a hit-and-run horror in Los Angeles.

The screen and stage star, who appeared in Martin Scorsese's first feature film Who's That Knocking At My Door, died in the early hours of Monday morning after she was struck by two vehicles while trying to help an injured animal.

Bethune had pulled her car over in Forest Lawn Drive and was crossing the road to help the stricken creature when the first vehicle struck her, catapulting her body onto the opposite carriageway.

The actress was then struck by a second car, which dragged her body 60...

Check Out The 'Classic TV Christmas Collection' Available Exclusively Online

November 25th, 2010 7:00am EST
Classic Christmas TV
Join us in celebrating the holidays by watching a collection of never-before-released Christmas episodes from your favorite TV series, including:



-Welcome Back Kotter

-Perfect Strangers

-Eight is Enough

-Mama’s Family and many more!

This title is exclusively available online at!

Colin Farrell Struggled With Irish Accent For New Movie

May 3rd, 2010 3:30pm EDT
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell struggled to perfect his accent for his latest movie Ondine - even though he plays an Irishman.

The actor had to speak in his native brogue to play an Irish fisherman in the movie, about a man who catches a woman in his net and believes her to be a mermaid.

However, Farrell admits he was nervous about speaking in his native accent - because he's so used to acting with an American drawl.

He tells the New York Daily News, "I spent most of my childhood watching TJ Hooker and CHiPS so I was more familiar with an American accent than an Irish one. This film was one of the har...

Big Screen 'CHiPS' Will Happen Next Year, Says Wilmer Valderrama

June 29th, 2009 9:29am EDT
Wilmer Valderrama
Wilmer Valderrama is attached to star in a movie based on CHiPS, the classic Erik Estrada series about the highway patrol. The film has been in limbo for a long time, but Valderrama says it's finally ready to happen.

"Yeah, 'CHiPS' is going to happen next year," Valderrama said at a press event for his children's series, Handy Manny. "That's been a roller coaster because we had a couple of problems."

First roadblock, the writer's strike of 2007. "We couldn't do another draft so we had to wait. The writer's strike went forever," said Valderrama.

Second roadblock, a box office slump....

Erik Estrada Tackles Child Porn Crimes As Part Of New Task Force

January 22nd, 2009 9:41am EST
Erik Estrada
Former CHiPs star Erik Estrada's real-life cop exploits have paid off - he's well on his way to becoming a U.S. federal Marshall after joining an anti-internet porn task force in Virginia. The former TV cop trained to become a real crime fighter for reality TV flop Armed & Famous - and when the 2006 show was canceled, he stayed on as a lawman.

He is now a fully-trained police reserve officer in Muncie, Indiana, where the TV show was based, and his determination to become a real cop has impressed officials in Virginia.

Last year, Estrada was made a Deputy Sheriff in Bedford C...

Take A Ride With Ponch & Jon In 'CHiPs' Season 2

June 2nd, 2008 8:23am EDT
CHiPs centered on two California Highway Patrol motorcycle cops whose beat was the freeway system in Los Angeles.

With nearly 140 episodes under their “belts,” Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Erik Estrada) and Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) are back with their aviator glasses and polyester beige uniforms in "CHiPs: The Complete Second Season."

The second season includes episodes such as "Trick Or Trick," "Rally Round The Bank," "Supercycle," "Down Time," "Biorhythms," "High Flyer," "CHP BMX," and "The Greatest Adventures Of CHiPs." Ponch upgrades from his RV trailer to an apartment and gets ...

Erik Estrada's Son Arrested For Air-Rage

December 19th, 2007 11:48am EST
Erik Estrada
TV star Erik Estrada's 20-year-old son Brandon was arrested last week after an air-rage incident on a flight from Los Angeles to Memphis, Tennessee. The pilot of the Northwest Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Oklahoma City after student Brandon became agitated. He was then arrested by FBI agents.

A fellow passenger tells the New York Daily News, "He was convinced that nobody was flying the plane. He jumped up and reached over the other passengers and lifted up their window cover. Then he tried to get out the airplane. Then he tried to get into the cockpit. He ke...

Erik Estrada Wants To Be Buried A Cop

December 13th, 2007 9:05am EST
Erik Estrada
Erik Estrada is so proud of his police roots he wants to be buried in uniform. The former CHiPs star is a reserve officer after completing training he started for reality show Armed & Famous, and now he thinks of himself as a lawmaker first, actor second.

He says, "I hope 30 years from now, God willing, that when it's time to put me in my grave, I'll go in my uniform and badge."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

TV Cop Erik Estrada Was A Poseur

July 20th, 2007 11:10am EDT
Erik Estrada
Actor Erik Estrada spent years illegally driving through California for hit TV show CHiPs - because he never had a motorcycle license. The former TV cop - who played Officer Francis Llewellyn Poncherello in the cult TV show - admits he faked speeding along the California Highways in the 1970s show.

However Estrada eventually obtained his license for a recent appearance in reality TV show, Back To The Grind. The reality program invites actors to try out the roles they portrayed on TV; Estrada admits it took him three attempts to pass his motorbike test. He says, "It's much harder in re...

New TV on DVD, June 5

June 5th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Where the rubber meets the road and the bad guys meet the badge -- that's where you'll find California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon and Ponch. Set in the sun-drenched sprawl of Los Angeles, CHiPs combines action, heroics and fun in 22 season-one episodes. Also on DVD: season 1 of The Fall Guy, seasons 3 of Rescue Me, seasons 3 and 4 of The Cosby Show, season 5 of Dead Zone, season 6 of Hogan's Heroes, and season 8 of Seinfeld.

Erik Estrada To Get Hollywood Star

April 12th, 2007 4:07pm EDT
Erik Estrada
Chips star Erik Estrada is to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - and he'll arrive in style. The former TV cop will head a California Highway Patrol motorcade before unveiling 2,336th star on the Hollywood Boulevard landmark next week.

Estrada is being honored for his work as Officer Franck 'Ponch' Poncherello on the hit cop show and because he's "a shining example of Hollywood's great tradition of stardom turned to the purpose of important humanitarian causes".

As well as becoming a 20th century TV icon around the world, the actor has also served as an ambassad...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 16

March 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Flavor Flav
Happy Birthday to "Firefly" actor Alan Tudyk (1971), "Gilmore Girl" Lauren Graham (1967), singer/songwriter Patty Griffin (1964), Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav (1959), Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson (1954), French actress Isabelle Huppert (1953), English stage star Kate Nelligan (1950), stage actor Victor Garber (1949), "ChiPs" actor Erik Estrada (1949), low-budget director David Cronenberg (1943), outlaw country artist Jerry Jeff Walker (1942), game show host Chuck Woolery (1940), "Last Tango in Paris" director Bernardo Bertolucci (1940), folk-rocker Fred Neil (1936; d. 2001), comedian/act...

You Can't Miss "Armed & Famous," Premiering On CBS Tonight At 8PM EST!

January 10th, 2007 11:00am EST
Armed and Famous
Dancing is for wimps! These five brave celebrities will train to become sworn police officers with the Muncie Police Department in Muncie, Indiana. They will help clean the streets by arresting the bad guys, including drug dealers, hookers and johns, wife-beaters, burglars, the drunk-and-disorderly and more.

Who are these brave new recruits? International television star Erik Estrada ("CHiPs"), singer and author La Toya Jackson, moviestar and professional skateboarder Jason "Wee-Man" Acuna ("Jackass"), television personality Jack Osbourne ("The Osbournes"), and seven-time WWE champi...

Estrada Reprimanded By Police Chief

January 7th, 2007 7:00pm EST
Erik Estrada
Former CHiPs star Erik Estrada has been told to calm down by a Police Chief after he launched into a foul mouthed tiade at a man on new US reality show Armed & Famous.

The 57-year-old actor was reprimanded by Police Chief Joe Winkle on the show, which follows five celebrities as they train to become reserve police officers in Muncie, Indiana.

Estrada got involved in a dispute with 53 year old Randall Sims - who had been stabbed in the leg during a domestic dispute - after Sims continued mistake Estrada for Hollywood actor Emilio Estevez. The pair then traded insults at each other....

Wilmer Valderrama To Perform for Troops Overseas

November 7th, 2006 8:30am EST
Wilmer Valderrama
Actor-turned-reality TV producer Wilmer Valderrama is developing a top secret stage show for U.S. troops. The star will kick off 2007 by visiting troops stationed overseas, and he's planning a fun-filled comedy show to help relieve the tension of warfare and service.

He says, "I'm going to Germany in January to visit the troops and eventually work out a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq as well. I'm formulating a show for the troops and I'm excited to go visit our people out there. Most of my fans are out there."

Next year is gearing up to be a busy one for Valderrama - he's slated t...

Chris Evans To Play Jon Baker in 'CHiPs' Remake

October 4th, 2006 8:57am EDT
Chris Evans
Chris Evans has been cast alongside Wilmer Valderrama in the feature film version of the classic TV series CHiPs, according to media reports. Valderrama has signed on for the role of Francis 'Ponch' Poncherello, which was originally played by Erik Estrada, while Evans would play his partner Jon Baker, who was originally played by Larry Wilcox.

A source tells Latino Review, "I came across a little celebration that was going on (at a New York City restaurant) in the form of Wilmer Valderrama and Chris Evans popping open some bubbly and announcing to the crowd that Chris Evans has signed...

Erik Estrada Mentors Wilmer Valderrama for 'Chips' Remake

July 4th, 2006 4:18pm EDT
Wilmer Valderrama
Wilmer Valderrama is being coached on how to ride a motorcycle by former Chips star Erik Estrada as he prepares for his part in the upcoming big screen version of the TV classic. Estrada played Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello during the motorcycle cop show's

five-year run between 1977 and 1982, and his character is now being brought back to life by Valderrama.

Valderrama says, "Erik loves the fact that I'm doing the movie. He said, 'I couldn't ever imagine anybody else playing me but you.' He's been teaching me all these motorcycle skills and things. It's going to be a lot of fun but like...

Erik Estrada Attempts To Be a Policeman in New Reality Series

May 3rd, 2006 9:50am EDT
Erik Estrada
Erik Estrada and Loni Anderson will return to TV in a reality series where they try to tackle the jobs their famous characters played on TV. The show will premiere on TV Land this autumn.

In the new series Back To The Grind, Estrada will attempt to be a highway patrolman like he portrayed in CHiPS, while Anderson will work as a secretary for radio stations as her character did on WKRP In Cincinnati.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Celebrity Birthdays, March 16

March 16th, 2006 3:00am EST
Flavor Flav
Happy Birthday to "Firefly" actor Alan Tudyk (1971), "Gilmore Girl" Lauren Graham (1967), singer/songwriter Patty Griffin (1964), Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav (1959), Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson (1954), French actress Isabelle Huppert (1953), English stage star Kate Nelligan (1950), stage actor Victor Garber (1949), "ChiPs" actor Erik Estrada (1949), low-budget director David Cronenberg (1943), outlaw country artist Jerry Jeff Walker (1942), game show host Chuck Woolery (1940), "Last Tango in Paris" director Bernardo Bertolucci (1940), folk-rocker Fred Neil (1936; d. 2001), comedian/act...

Perfect Casting: Wilmer Valderrama To Be 'Ponch' in CHiPs Remake

December 9th, 2005 10:08am EST
Wilmer Valderrama
Actor Wilmer Valderrama has signed up to star in a remake of the classic TV show CHiPS. Valderrama, ex-boyfriend of Lindsay Lohan and Mandy Moore, will play the role of Francis Llewellyn Poncherello, originally portrayed by Erik Estrada on the show, which followed the pursuits of California Highway Patrol officers and ran from 1977 to 1983.

The role of Poncherello's patrol partner Jon Baker, originally played by Larry Wilcox, has yet to be cast. Valderrama's resemblance to Estrada has often been noted, with TLC star Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas recently describing him as "the little guy who...

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