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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)

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

February 23rd, 2011 10:40am EST
The Cosby Show
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...
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The Demise of the Black Sitcom

August 13th, 2008 9:15am EDT
The Bernie Mac Show
African Americans have come a long way in a relatively short time in the entertainment industry. From Hattie McDaniel becoming the first black actor to win an Academy Award in 1939 to the trailblazing success of Sidney Poitier in the 1960s, African Americans have consistently broken through show business barriers on the march towards equality. As Frederick Douglass once said, "Without struggle, there is no progress."

Over the years, progress was certainly made in Hollywood, especially on the small screen. In fact, the year 1990 saw a great influx of black talent on television. That...
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Where Are They Now?: 'A Different World'

February 14th, 2008 11:00am EST
A Different World
"A Different World," a half-hour sitcom about students at fictional Hillman College, was on the air from 1987 to 1993. It was the creation of Bill Cosby and originally served as a spin-off venue for then Cosby kid Lisa "Denise" Bonet.

However, it wasn't until Lisa Bonet was booted from the show (due to a pregnancy) that "A Different World" really took off in popularity. Fueled by a core ensemble cast of likeable characters - Dwayne, Whitley, Freddie, Kim, Jaleesa, Ron, and Walter - "A Different World" was in the top 10 shows in the Nielsen ratings for five of the six years it aired.

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Quintessential Dinosaur Hunter 'Turok' Debuts On DVD Feb. 5

January 18th, 2008 10:08am EST
Turok: Son Of Stone
A great warrior in a lost land is about to find his destiny when Turok: Son Of Stone charges onto DVD for the first time February 5th from Genius Products and Classic Media.

Presented by The Weinstein Company, this Gold Key Production draws on the original 1950s comic book series, as well as influences ranging from Frank Miller to Akira Kurosawa, to create a dark, intense, epic reimagining of Turok®'s origin story. For the generation of fans who grew up on Turok video games as well as new devotees of the legendary franchise, this film is a chance to peer into the heart of the hero - a...
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The Game Stars In 'Tournament Of Dreams,' On DVD April 24

April 19th, 2007 9:30pm EDT
Tournament Of Dreams
For some young adults, dreams may be all they have to live for, especially when living in the inner-city. Tournament Of Dreams is a touching American journey that follows six young ladies on the Woodlyn High School Lady Cavaliers Basketball Team as they strive to achieve their dreams, while facing the adversities of life head-on.

When the school's principal (Debbie Allen; A Different World, Fame, Everybody Hates Chris) is faced with the threat of having their basketball program canceled, the team and faculty members must go beyond a dream and search for a miracle to save their program...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 10

March 10th, 2007 3:00am EST
Carrie Underwood
Happy Birthday to "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood (1983), Czech supermodel Eva Herzigova (1973), NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth (1972), singer Edie Brickell (1966), football player Rod Woodson (1965), "A Different World" star Jasmine Guy (1964), Swedish singer Neneh Cherry (1963), Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament (1963), "Basic Instinct 2" star Sharon Stone (1958), Boston guitarist Tom Scholz (1947), mobster portrayer Joe Viterelli (1941; d. 2004), actor/martial artist Chuck Norris (1940), jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke (1903; d. 1931), American actor Sam Jaffe (1891; d. 1984), and actor Bro...
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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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Celebrity Birthdays, March 10

March 10th, 2006 3:00am EST
Carrie Underwood
Happy Birthday to "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood (1983), Czech supermodel Eva Herzigova (1973), NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth (1972), singer Edie Brickell (1966), football player Rod Woodson (1965), "A Different World" star Jasmine Guy (1964), Swedish singer Neneh Cherry (1963), Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament (1963), "Basic Instinct 2" star Sharon Stone (1958), Boston guitarist Tom Scholz (1947), mobster portrayer Joe Viterelli (1941; d. 2004), actor/martial artist Chuck Norris (1940), jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke (1903; d. 1931), American actor Sam Jaffe (1891; d. 1984), and actor Bro...
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