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Actor Carl Payne's wife files for divorce

April 10th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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Former The Cosby Show actor Carl Payne is heading for divorce.

The pair separated in 2012, and now it has emerged that the actor's wife of 21 years, Melika Payne, finally filed official documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court last month (Mar14), citing irreconcilable differences, according to

The couple has one son, and Melika is requesting sole physical and joint legal custody, as well as spousal support.

In addition to his work on The Cosby Show, Payne also appeared as the best friend to Martin Lawrence on all five seasons of his hit U.S. comedy series, Martin.

Bill Cosby: 'There will not be a The Cosby Show reunion'

March 11th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Bill Cosby
Actor/funnyman Bill Cosby has ruled out a The Cosby Show reunion, insisting he achieved what he wanted to with the highly-popular series and has no plans to revisit the past.

The comedian's hit series ran from 1984 to 1992 and became a big part of American culture, but despite the success of the show, the 76 year old reveals he has no desire to team up with his TV family for a revival.

He tells, "We laid out eight years of trying to do our best and we did a great job because the people came in numbers, saying the following, 'I want my house back'.

"And we took the house back...

DVD Review: 'TV Shows On DVD' Via Mill Creek Entertainment

January 29th, 2014 10:00am EST
DVD Review: 'TV Shows On DVD' Via Mill Creek Entertainment
TV old and new on DVD – game?  Then follow us as we check out the cool TV show on DVD line up available now via the folks at Mill Creek Entertainment.  Up on the review chopping block are "Good Times," "Charlie’s Angels," "Wings," "Just Shoot Me!," "Dilbert," "Bewitched," "The Cosby Show" and "Married With Children."  The boob tube gets reviewed below!







   Title: "Good Times" (Seasons 1&2)

   Grade: 4

   Cast: Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker

   Release Company: Mill Creek Entertainment



The Show: A spin-off of "Maude," ...

Bill Cosby planning small screen return

January 23rd, 2014 3:10am EST
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Bill Cosby is reuniting with his producing partner from The Cosby Show to develop a new family-centred comedy for U.S. TV.

More than 20 years after the hit 1980s sitcom ended its eight-season run, the 76-year-old actor is working on a new programme with longtime pal and collaborator Tom Werner.

Cosby has struck a deal with bosses at America's NBC network, which originally aired his Emmy-winning show, to create a new format featuring the veteran comedian as a patriarch of a multi-generational family, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The funnyman last starred on network television in C...

Keisha Knight Pulliam dismisses engagement reports

December 31st, 2013 3:10am EST
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Former The Cosby Show star Keshia Knight Pulliam has laughed off rumours she is engaged to wed her radio DJ boyfriend.

The actress, who portrayed young Rudy Huxtable on the beloved 1980s sitcom, has been dating former TV personality Big Tigger since the summer (13), and she recently confirmed they are an item via her social media blogs.

However, the stars were surprised to read reports suggesting they are heading down the aisle and decided to make light of the tabloid claims on on Sunday (29Dec13).

Tigger shared a photo of Pulliam pointing to her bare left ring finger, alongs...

Questlove: 'Cosby Show's Stevie Wonder episode inspired today's hip-hop superstars'

June 26th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Stevie Wonder
Hip-hop superstar Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson has revealed a scene in an episode of The Cosby Show helped make him the man he is today.

The Roots star admits he was so taken by the technology Stevie Wonder presented to comedian Bill Cosby and his TV kids he felt compelled to learn more - and that led him to become a rap mastermind.

And he insists he isn't the only modern hip-hop star who took notice of the pivotal Cosby Show episode.

Appearing on The Daily Show in America, Thompson says, "(Cosby kids) Theo and Denise get hit by Stevie Wonder and Stevie Wonder's way of apologising for putt...

Centric's Celebration Of Black History Month Continues With 'The Cosby Show' & Jazz

February 16th, 2013 7:57am EST
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Centric, today's 24-hour music and entertainment channel for African American and multicultural viewers, continues its tribute to Black History Month with a third weekend of special programming devoted to musical legends.

From Feb 16-17, Centric will celebrate America's favorite family with The Cosby Show & Jazz Weekend. America's beloved dad loved jazz and related forms, so episodes airing during this weekend will feature groundbreaking artists from Dizzy Gillespie and Lena Horne to Stevie Wonder, B.B. King and Miriam Makeba.

Also featured is R&B crooner Jeffery Osborne reuniting with l...

Bill Cosby & TV Daughter Tempestt Bledsoe Delight Fans On 'Jimmy Fallon' (Video)

January 7th, 2013 9:53am EST
Tempestt Bledsoe & Bill Cosby
Twenty years after the hit sitcom "The Cosby Show" went off air, Bill Cosby reunited with his TV daughter Tempestt Bledsoe on a late-night talk show. Cosby played Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable with Bledsoe portraying his third daughter, Vanessa, on the hit '80s series.

Cosby, 75, and Bledsoe, 39, promoted separate projects on the "Late Show with Jimmy Fallon," and they thrilled viewers by reminiscing about their time working together on the show, which wrapped in 1992.

The former co-stars hugged as Bledsoe stepped onstage, although she admitted she was a little embarrassed after host Ji...

Agents Sue Keshia Knight Pulliam For $350,000 In Back Payments

March 2nd, 2012 8:38am EST
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Former "The Cosby Show" star Keshia Knight Pulliam has been dragged into a legal battle by her former agents who allege she dumped them after they helped win her a lucrative TV deal.

Lawyers for bosses at Greene & Associates Talent Agency claim their clients landed former child star Pulliam a leading role in "Tyler Perry's House of Payne."

According to documents obtained by, the agents negotiated a deal that earned their star up to $20,000-per-episode before she fired them last summer.

Greene & Associates agents claim the actress owes them a commission fee from the deal and other...

Kelly Rowland Dreamed Of Growing Up In A 'Normal' Family Like The One On 'The Cosby Show'

October 9th, 2011 9:00pm EDT
Kelly Rowland
Former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland used to dream of having a normal family like the Huxtables on 80s sitcom The Cosby Show.

Kelly's been spending a lot of time 'across the pond' as a judge on the British version of The X Factor; and now the sexy singer graces the November cover of the UK issue of Cosmopolitan.

In the new issue she gets personal about her anything-but-normal upbringing in the new issue and her estranged father Christopher.

"Me and my mom didn't see eye to eye for a while," she says of her mother Doris. "I would see how close my girlfriends were to their mothers a...

Raven-Symone's 'State Of Georgia' Canceled After One Season

September 19th, 2011 8:17am EDT
Former child star Raven-Symone's TV show State Of Georgia has been axed after just one season on air.

The Cosby Show cast member played the lead in the ABC comedy drama about an aspiring actress who leaves America's south in a bid to make it in Hollywood.

Nevertheless on Friday, TV executives cancelled the show due to disappointing viewer figures.

Bosses at ABC have renewed programs including Make It Or Break It, Switched At Birth, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Pretty Little Liars.

Celebrities Who Have Been Fired From Their TV Shows

March 15th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Charlie Sheen
By now the whole world should know that "Two and a Half Men" will not feature Charlie Sheen next season. Last week, Warner Bros. terminated Sheen's contract after he publicly criticized the shows co-creator Chuck Lorre and confessed to drug use, wild partying, and a polyamorous relationship. Charlie Sheen isn't the first actor to be kicked off a successful television show. Here are some other notable celebrities who have been given the pink slip from their respective TV shows because of controversy or erratic behavior.

Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy)

Isaiah Washington ...

Watching Me On TV: Reflections About Blacks in Prime Time Past

February 23rd, 2011 10:40am EST
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I’m not old, but I am mature. I’m not in the let’s-go-clubbin’-this-Saturday-night set, but I’m still in the coveted demographic that advertisers like. I’m old enough to remember when vampires were scary—not hot. And I do have those wonderful memories of big, boxy television consoles with three major networks and some local stations with really bad programming. Color television shows were a major big deal, so much so that announcers would actually let you know—“The F.B.I.— in color!” That was probably because not a lot of folks had a color TV set. It’s also cool to see how the physical tele...

Laughing Could Kill Bill Cosby - Read Why

February 18th, 2011 8:19am EST
Bill Cosby
Comedian Bill Cosby could literally die from laughing due to a lung condition.

The beloved "Cosby Show" star, 73, admits he has to watch how much he enjoys himself because too much fun could be fatal.

He tells the Globe, "If I laugh hard, that is very, very dangerous. My lungs fill up with fluid and I start coughing. Also my stomach muscles burn."

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Five Influential African-Americans On Television

February 7th, 2011 1:33pm EST
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Happy Black History Month, everyone! Every since I graduated high school, Black History Month (and President’s Day) has had a tendency to slip past my notice. This month, however, I wanted to draw your attention to two of my favorite things: influential people, and television. And since it’s February, I wanted to give it an African-American history spin. Here is my list of five influential African-American television characters.

1. Clair Huxtable - The Cosby Show (played by Phylicia Rashād)
I know. When someone says “The Cosby Show,” the first person you think of is Cliff Huxtable, rig...

Regina King 'Not Engaged' To Malcolm-Jamal Warner

January 11th, 2011 5:37pm EST
Regina King
Actress Regina King has dismissed reports she's planning to wed former The Cosby Show star Malcolm-Jamal Warner, insisting they are not engaged.

The pals have known each other since the 1980s, and King admits their friendship has since taken a romantic turn.

However, the Ray star insists rumors the couple is soon heading to the alter are completely false.

She tells Essence magazine, "Malcolm and I have a lot in common We've both been child actors and were also blessed to be raised by incredible mothers who instilled good values in us. Things are maturing nicely. (But) no, we're not eng...

Raven-Symone Slams Nude Photo Rumors

November 9th, 2010 9:38am EST
Actress Raven-Symone is fuming after finding herself at the center of a naked photo scandal, insisting she would never strip off to boost her career.

Saucy pictures of the star pouting seductively at the camera were rumored to have been taken for an alleged female love interest before they leaked online and began circulating on gossip blogs.

However, the former child star, who played Olivia on The Cosby Show, has assured fans she is fully clothed in the snaps, which were actually taken from her page. Raven-Symone also denies having a same-sex lover and is adamant she would n...

Chris Rock's Anti-Bill Cosby Tirade Nearly Cost Him His Career

June 26th, 2010 9:41am EDT
Chris Rock
Chris Rock almost ended his comedy career before it started by taking aim at Bill Cosby on the beloved funnyman's own show.

Pal Adam Sandler invited Rock to the set of "The Cosby Show" when he was shooting a handful of episodes in his late teens - and when the pre-program warm-up comedian fell ill, Rock stepped in to keep the studio audience amused.

Sandler admits his friend was an instant hit with both Cosby and his fans - until he turned on the star of the show.

Sandler recalls, "Rock, all of a sudden, starts going, 'And what's with this Bill Cosby?' Everyone's like nervously lau...

In Honor Of Fathers Day: 10 Best TV Dads

June 19th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Mike Brady, Hank Hill, Cliff Huxtable
Since Father's Day is this Sunday, we wanted to take some time to honor some of the best TV dads of all time. So, loosen your belt, crack open a beer, plop down on the recliner and check out which fantastic fathers made our Top 10!

Ward Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver - Ward, as played by Hugh Beaumont, was THE prototypical middle-class suburban dad of the late '50s and early '60s. He was an all-American guy who worked hard all day, appreciated his wife and acted as the moral compass for his sons, Wally and Beaver. Even though the world has changed a great deal since LITB aired, Ward's influen...

Bill Cosby:'I'm Alive!'

February 8th, 2010 8:45am EST
Bill Cosby:
Bill Cosby is laughing off reports of his death, after becoming the latest in a handful of celebrities 'killed off' by internet hoaxers. Reports surfaced online earlier this month alleging The Cosby Show star had passed away - but the funnyman has been quick to assure fans he's alive and well.

In a post on his website, Cosby writes, "About 10 hours ago, an internet hoax started that said Bill Cosby is dead. The announcement of me being dead may be a VIRUS. And now ladies and gentlemen for my rebuttal. As you well know, a dead person cannot rebuttal. Therefore, I am rebuttaling to tell y...

How 'Modern Family' Is Saving The Family Sitcom

January 16th, 2010 10:15am EST
Modern Family
This article hopefully will serve as an adequate mea culpa. In a fall article we mentioned that 'Modern Family' was weak, formulaic, and full of hyperbolic stereotypes. In short, not worth staying on the ABC schedule. It did not take the recent Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Series- Musical or Comedy to change our view.

Thanks to a day off and time to kill on Hulu, we watched the second episode of the show. Needless to say, lunch was skipped, all remaining episodes were viewed, and we realized how unrepresentative a pilot can be. Now we are such unwavering fans of the show th...

Regina King Dating Malcolm-Jamal Warner

January 8th, 2010 3:05pm EST
Regina King Dating Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Actress Regina King has found love with former The Cosby Show child star Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The Ray star, who divorced her husband Ian Alexander in 2006, has shared a close friendship with Warner since their first meeting in the 1980s, and their relationship took a romantic turn in 2008.

The couple has since moved in together, reports the National Enquirer. A source tells the tabloid, "Malcolm and Regina have known each other since the '80s, but two years ago their friendship blossomed into romance. They recently found a place together in Los Angeles and (they) are living as a family...

Fictional Characters We Wish Were Real

November 12th, 2009 2:52pm EST
Fictional Characters Who Need To Be Real
While we all have dealt with our own Michael Scotts, here are fictional characters we all wish were on our plane of reality.


Claire Huxtable ('The Cosby Show')

A dramatic improvement from the current reality TV mom, Kate Gosselin, Claire would be a role model for moms and lawyers everywhere.

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Leroy Jethro Gibbs ('NCIS')

If Gibbs looked like Mark Harmon, those intense blue eyes would beat out Jack Bauer's torture tactics any day.

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Jack McCoy ('Law and Order')

Seriously, would you even ...

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

September 26th, 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,...

Essence Atkins To Wed

September 8th, 2009 9:22am EDT
Essence Atkins To Wed
Actress Essence Atkins is set to wed later this month - just 19 months after finding her beau on a dating website.

The Cosby Show star messaged Jaime Mendez on website on Valentine's Day, 2008, and the pair began a whirlwind romance.

Mendez proposed just a year after they first met - and now the pair is preparing to walk down the aisle on September 26th, according to

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TV Reunions We'd Like To See

August 28th, 2009 10:02am EDT
Party Of Five
We all have our favorite shows, especially the ones we used to beg mom and dad to let us stay up and watch. Or the shows we watched with our friends every week and discussed the next day in school because it was the most exciting event in our lives. Most of these shows are played in syndication, but the true fans want to know what's going on with our favorite characters now.

Here are the top shows that we'd love to see do reunion specials:

It's been 20 years since "Saved by the Bell," TV's first live-action Saturday morning sitcom debuted. The show started as "Good Morning, Miss Blis...

Phylicia Rashad Drops The Pounds & Feels 'So Much Lighter'

August 26th, 2009 9:49am EDT
Phylicia Rashad
Funnyman Bill Cosby's TV wife Phylicia Rashad is celebrating after losing 35 pounds in just eight months.

The actress, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, signed on as a spokesperson for diet and weightloss firm Jenny Craig last year, and she's already a big winner on the scales.

The 61 year old will show off her slimmed-down new look in a new Jenny Craig campaign, which will debut at the end of August.

A statement from Rashad reads, "The most rewarding thing about reaching my goal weight is that I feel so much lighter."

See more photos of Phylicia Rashad here!


Slideshow: Our Favorite Food Celebrities

August 14th, 2009 9:52am EDT
Julia Child
The roots of food culture and the success of a chef's celebrity status finds its genesis with culinary wizard Julia Child. The woman is a legend and a hero in kitchens around the globe, both commercial and private. She is a popular culture icon, quoted and imitated by many, from Dan Aykroyd's portrayal on Saturday Night Live, to Dr. Huxtable liberally applying her well-known accent whilst cooking a turkey on The Cosby Show.

The most recent cinematic shrine to Child, Julie & Julia, reminds cooks and chefs everywhere, man or woman, why they have a inextinguishable passion for food. We...

Move Over NBC, USA Is Stealing Your Glory

July 10th, 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...

'Raven-Symone Is Not Pregnant!'

July 10th, 2009 9:21am EDT
Raven-Symone Not Pregnant
Former child star and recording artist Raven-Symone has blasted rumors that she is pregnant or a new mother.

Symone, who began her career on the Cosby Show before starring in her own Disney series That's So Raven, whipped gossips into a frenzy on Wednesday after it was reported she had given birth to a daughter following a secret pregnancy.

However, a representative for the ex-Cheetah Girl says, "Raven-Symone is not pregnant nor did she give birth."

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