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Which Shows Suffered When Their Leads Left? Which Thrived?

April 2nd, 2011 8:38am EDT
Steve Carell | Photo Credits: Paul Drinkwater/NBC
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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Beverly Hills, 90210, Cheers, Designing Women, NYPD Blue, Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen, Steve Carell, The Office
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Notable 2010 Celebrity Deaths

December 31st, 2010 8:00am EST
2010 Celeb Deaths
Fortunately, 2010 wasn't a big one for celebrity deaths. In 2009, several notables died, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Farrah Fawcett.

May was a particularly bad month, in which stars such as Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper passed away.

Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress and fiancee of reality star Tila Tequila, died January 4 from diabetic ketoacidosis.

"All My Children" patriarch James Mitchell died on January 22, weeks shy of his 90th birthday. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.

"Poltergeist" star Zelda Rubenstein di...
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New TV On DVD, Aug. 11

August 11th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Californication
Season 2 of Californication centers on novelist Hank Moody who struggles to raise his teenage daughter with his on-again/off-again girlfriend in Southern California. His obsession with truth-telling and self destructive behavior both destroy and enrich his career. Also on DVD: Adam-12 season 3 and Designing Women season 2.
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An Open Letter To Paul Abdul: Leaving 'Idol' Is A Bad Idea

July 22nd, 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...
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New TV On DVD, May 26

May 26th, 2009 8:00am EDT
The Closer
On the fourth season of The Closer, murderers are not the only ones giving Brenda a hard time. An ambitious newspaper reporter interferes as he tries to get a story on the Priority Homicide Division, resulting in disaster for the squad. Also on DVD: Law & Order: SVU season 9 and Designing Women season 1.
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'30 Rock' Recap: The Most Schizophrenic Episode Ever…

January 9th, 2009 10:22am EST
30 Rock
Liz is still baby crazy as the seventh episode of 30 Rock's third season finally returns after an extended holiday hiatus, and suddenly there are babies everywhere- from the Rockefeller Plaza lobby to the sidewalk outside.

She taps the head of what she assumes to be a little boy, only to have Peter Dinklage turn around and hit on her because he likes "aggressive, slightly nerdy" women. Probably because she is afraid of seeming like… height-ist, just the way Wayne Brady thought she was racist when she wanted to break up with him in season one, she agrees to go for a drink with the rand...
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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, September 13

September 13th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Fiona Apple
Happy Birthday to "Boy Meets World" actor Ben Savage (1980), singer Fiona Apple (1977), Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney (1975), Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (1967), sprinter Michael Johnson (1967), British drummer Zak Starkey (1965), Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (1961), jazz guitarist Joe Morris (1955), record producer Don Was (1952), actor Raymond O'Connor (1952), Village People 'cowboy' Randy Jones (1952), "Designing Women" actress Jean Smart (1951), "Gimme a Break" actress Nell Carter (1948; d. 2003), former Chicago singer Peter Cetera (1944), British actress Ja...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 30

July 30th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Hilary Swank
Happy Birthday to "Million Dollar Baby" star Hilary Swank (1974), "Dodgeball" actress Christine Taylor (1971), Canadian comedian Tom Green (1971), film director Christopher Nolan (1970), actress Vivica A. Fox (1964), "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow (1963), Food Network host Alton Brown (1962), "The Matrix" star Laurence Fishburne (1961), director Richard Linklater (1960), The Damned drummer Rat Scabies (1957), "Designing Women" actress Delta Burke (1956), singer/actor Frank Stallone (1950), "The Professional" star Jean Reno (1948), "Ghostbusters" actor William Atherton (1947), California Governo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 25

May 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Ian McKellen
Happy Birthday to "Batman Begins" bad guy Cillian Murphy (1976), Baltimore Oriole Miguel Tejada (1976), Fugees singer Lauryn Hill (1975), "Undeclared" actress Monica Keena (1974), "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" actor Jamie Kennedy (1970), "Volcano" actress Anne Heche (1969), "Austin Powers" star Mike Myers (1963), The Jam singer Paul Weller (1958), actress Connie Sellecca (1955), Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine (1948), "Yoda" actor Frank Oz (1944), singer Jessi Colter (1943), "XIII" star Ian McKellen (1939), "Designing Women" star Dixie Carter (1939), opera singer Beverly Sills (19...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 13

September 13th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Fiona Apple
Happy Birthday to "Boy Meets World" actor Ben Savage (1980), singer Fiona Apple (1977), Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney (1975), Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (1967), sprinter Michael Johnson (1967), British drummer Zak Starkey (1965), Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (1961), jazz guitarist Joe Morris (1955), record producer Don Was (1952), actor Raymond O'Connor (1952), Village People 'cowboy' Randy Jones (1952), "Designing Women" actress Jean Smart (1951), "Gimme a Break" actress Nell Carter (1948; d. 2003), former Chicago singer Peter Cetera (1944), British actress Ja...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 30

July 30th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Hilary Swank
Happy Birthday to "Million Dollar Baby" star Hilary Swank (1974), "Dodgeball" actress Christine Taylor (1971), Canadian comedian Tom Green (1971), film director Christopher Nolan (1970), actress Vivica A. Fox (1964), "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow (1963), Food Network host Alton Brown (1962), "The Matrix" star Laurence Fishburne (1961), director Richard Linklater (1960), The Damned drummer Rat Scabies (1957), "Designing Women" actress Delta Burke (1956), singer/actor Frank Stallone (1950), "The Professional" star Jean Reno (1948), "Ghostbusters" actor William Atherton (1947), California Governo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 25

May 25th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Ian McKellen
Happy Birthday to "Batman Begins" bad guy Cillian Murphy (1976), Baltimore Oriole Miguel Tejada (1976), Fugees singer Lauryn Hill (1975), "Undeclared" actress Monica Keena (1974), "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" actor Jamie Kennedy (1970), "Volcano" actress Anne Heche (1969), "Austin Powers" star Mike Myers (1963), The Jam singer Paul Weller (1958), actress Connie Sellecca (1955), Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine (1948), "Yoda" actor Frank Oz (1944), singer Jessi Colter (1943), "XIII" star Ian McKellen (1939), "Designing Women" star Dixie Carter (1939), opera singer Beverly Sills (19...
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Catch More Classic Sitcoms on Nick at Nite

May 3rd, 2006 11:59am EDT
Tim Allen stars in Home Improvement
Nick at Nite will add even more hit shows to its line-up of popular comedies like The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Roseanne with the addition of A Different World, Designing Women, Newsradio and Home Improvement. The new series rollout will begin in July and continue through September.

"Nick at Nite is the premier destination for sitcoms like Home Improvement that have a strong appeal to the Nick at Nite audience," states Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land and Nick at Nite. "These programs represent the perfect fit for our viewers and we are thrilled to add them to our alrea...
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