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Meredith Baxter met wife during sobriety calls

December 16th, 2013 3:10am EST
Meredith Baxter
Newlywed Meredith Baxter first met her wife over the phone after she sought out a companion to talk about her struggle with sobriety.

The former Family Ties actress tied the knot with contractor Nancy Locke earlier this month (08Dec13), eight years since they first spoke.

Locke tells the New York Times that a pal gave her Baxter's number as she tried to overcome her addiction issues.

While Locke only knew her sober phone friend as 'Meredith', the pair spent the next five months talking on the telephone - before the relationship turned into a romance.

Baxter adds, "I knew she was a contr...

Meredith Baxter marries longtime partner

December 8th, 2013 8:40pm EST
Meredith Baxter
Actress Meredith Baxter has tied the knot with her longtime partner Nancy Locke.

Baxter obtained a marriage licence in Beverly Hills, California on Friday (06Dec13) and exchanged vows with Locke on Sunday afternoon (08Dec13) in Los Angeles.

The 66 year old and her new bride kept the affair intimate, with just close friends and family, including Baxter's five children from previous relationships, in attendance.

During the reception, Locke's band took the stage and the lovers even wowed guests with their first dance as a married couple after taking lessons for its big day.

Gushing about h...

Michael J. Fox nearly quit acting over Matthew Broderick rivalry

November 28th, 2013 8:40pm EST
Matthew Broderick
Michael J. Fox nearly gave up on acting early in his career after repeatedly losing out on roles to Matthew Broderick.

The Back To The Future star struggled to find a job in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, and had to consider giving up his Hollywood dream and moving back to his native Canada as his debts mounted up.

However, Fox's luck changed when he landed a role in comedy TV series Family Ties, but only because the producer's first choice, Matthew Broderick, was unavailable.

Speaking at the Casting Society of America's annual Artios Awards, Fox says, "In 1982, I was desperate to have ...

Check Out 'Family Ties: The Complete Series'

November 7th, 2013 5:57am EST
Family Ties
1980s sitcom "Family Ties" centered on the events in the lives of Elyse and Steven Keaton, former flower children of the '60s and the liberal parents of three conservative children: Alex, Mallory, and Jennifer.

The series, set in Columbus, Ohio, showed the "generation gap" in the family and depicted Elyse and Steven's attempts to cope with their shallow, materialistic children.

Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman and Tina Yothers starred. A fourth child, Andrew (Brian Bonsall), joined the family in the 1986-87 season.

"Family Ties: The Complete Series" contain...

Michael J. Fox remembers Gary David Goldberg at memorial

July 1st, 2013 8:32pm EDT
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox, Diane Lane and Judith Hill were among the mourners who attended a Hollywood memorial service for Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg on Saturday (29Jun13).

The private ceremony took place on the same Paramount studios lot where the late TV boss staged the classic 1980s sitcom and Fox, who launched his career on the show, paid a touching tribute to his former mentor.

He told the invited guests, "Gary was loved by many, including me."

Oscar winning lyricist Alan Bergman paid tribute to Goldberg in song, before Hill closed the service with a rendition of Amazing Grace.


'Family Ties' Creator Gary David Goldberg Dies At 68

June 24th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Gary David Goldberg
Gary David Goldberg, creator of hit TV series' Family Ties, has died after a battle with brain cancer.

The writer passed away on Saturday at his Montecito, Calif., home at age 68, family members confirmed to The Los Angeles Times.

Goldberg's classic 80s show launched the career of Michael J. Fox and won him his second Emmy Award for outstanding writing in 1987.

His first came in 1979 for The Mary Tyler Moore Show spinoff Lou Grant. He also penned episodes of such shows as M*A*S*H and The Bob Newhart Show, and created comedy Spin City, which also starred Fox, in 1996.

Fox played the repu...

Michael J. Fox To Star In New NBC Series

August 21st, 2012 8:23am EDT
Michael J. Fox
Two-time Emmy nominee Michael J. Fox is returning to television on a new show from NBC. The untitled comedy will center on Fox as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges - including Parkinson's - all loosely drawn from the actor's real life, according to an official press release from the network.

Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, commented, "(Fox) is utterly relatable, optimistic, and in a class by himself, and I have no doubt that the character he will create and the vivid family characters surrounding him will be both...

Michael J. Fox Turned To Booze To Cope With His Parkinson's Disease

March 30th, 2012 2:44pm EDT
Michael J. Fox
A devastated Michael J. Fox initially turned to alcohol to cope with his Parkinson's disease diagnosis.

The Family Ties star discovered he had the degenerative disorder back in 1991 and confesses he took to the bottle to drown his sorrows.

He tells Parade magazine, "For a time I dealt with it with alcohol, which turned out to be a disaster. I'd always been kind of a partier, but this was the first time I was drinking in order not to feel something. It had a dark purpose."

The actor eventually quit drinking for good and now Fox credits his wife of 23-years, Tracy Pollan, with helping h...

Tom Hanks To Guest-Star On '30 Rock'

March 26th, 2011 6:44am EDT
Tom Hanks | Photo Credits: Columbia Pictures
Tom Hanks is returning to his sitcom roots.

The two-time Oscar-winning actor will appear in an upcoming episode of 30 Rock, Hanks announced on Twitter.

"RadioMan delivers msg from T.Fey. Result? I'm on 30 Rock! Thanks, RMan Hanx," he wrote. Hanks...

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Producer Told Meredith Baxter She Had A Drinking Problem

March 3rd, 2011 8:44am EST
Meredith Baxter
Beloved TV mom Meredith Baxter didn't realize she had a drinking problem until a concerned producer insisted she seek help.

The "Family Ties" star started drinking heavily as her abusive marriage to actor David Birney fell apart, but she never thought it was a big issue until she got drunk for a nude scene in a movie.

She recalls, "I had a job that was really difficult for me... I was working in Canada and alcohol had just become a way to make it (life) OK and I was doing a movie and they were pushing me to do something in the nude, and I didn't want to.

"I thought, 'Well, the only way t...

Meredith Baxter Says Ex-Husband David Birney Hit Her

March 1st, 2011 1:43pm EST
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Meredith Baxter said ex-husband David Birney hit her.

"It was so sudden and unexpected, I couldn't tell you which hand hit me, or even how hard," Baxter wrote in her new memoir Untied, according to People. "I do recall thinking, 'I'd better not get up because he's going to hit ...

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Our Favorite Child TV Stars- Where Are They Now?

September 28th, 2010 9:00am EDT
Saved by the Bell
Don’t pretend you don’t still think about how dreamy Zack Morris was ladies, or how all of you guys loved how much Sam loved sports on Who’s the Boss. I still lie awake at night wondering what Malcolm-Jamal Warner from The Cosby Show is up to these days. Love them or not, the shows we grew up with were a part of our childhood that we will never be able to shake. If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite childhood stars are up to post 80’s fame, we did a little digging and found out for you, are they still acting or did they return to the "normal" life?

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'Family Ties' Star Brian Bonsall Arrested For Marijuana Use

February 20th, 2010 5:24pm EST
Family Ties
Former child star Brian Bonsall is in a lot of legal trouble after violating the terms of his probation by openly using marijuana.

The Family Ties actor was arrested in Boulder, Colorado and appeared in court on Friday.

His defense attorney told the court the actor needs marijuana for headaches and has applied for a medical marijuana card.

Bonsall, 28, also pleaded not guilty to an assault charge and a failure to report charge involving another case.

He is accused of repeatedly hitting a friend in the head with a broken stool in December of missing a court hearing in 2007 in ano...

Our Favorite Short Celebrities

February 3rd, 2010 2:39pm EST
Reese Witherspoon
In honor of our shortest month, February, we compiled a list of some of our favorite short celebrities - starting with the lovely Reese Witherspoon (5' 2").

Verne Troyer, 2' 8"

Notable Works: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Love Guru

Danny DeVito, 5'

Notable Works: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Be Cool, Drowning Mona, Batman Returns

Gary Coleman, 4' 8"

Notable Works: Diff'rent Strokes

Mickey Rooney, 5' 3"

Notable Works: Boy's Town, Baby Face Nelson, The Black Stallion

Peter Dinklage, 4'5"

Notable Works:...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Talented & Naturally Likeable

December 19th, 2009 7:20pm EST
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Golden Globe nominated movie (500) Days of Summer will be released on DVD on Tuesday, December 22. The film's main character, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, may only be 28 years old,

but he has been in Hollywood for almost all of his life and we hope he's not going anywhere soon.

Joseph began acting as a child appearing in several made-for-television movies and a few episodes of Family Ties but made his film debut in Beethoven in the early nineties. In 1994, he was cast in the lead role in Disney's Angels in the Outfield and had a recurring role on the hit series Roseanne for the next few y...

Meredith Baxter To Write Her Memoirs

December 17th, 2009 12:40pm EST
Meredith Baxter To Write Her Memoirs
Sitcom star Meredith Baxter will reveal all about her life on the small screen and her decision to come out as gay in a new memoir.

The 62-year-old Family Ties actress opened up about her secret life for the first time last month, revealing she has been living with building contractor Nancy Locke for four years.

The book, which has yet to be given a title or release date, will chart Baxter's career, which has included spells on TV and Broadway as well as her three failed marriages and her romance with Locke.

A spokesperson for publishers Crown says the memoir "will present a ful...

Meredith Baxter To Marry Partner?

December 11th, 2009 8:29am EST
Meredith Baxter
Former Family Ties star Meredith Baxter is reportedly set to wed her longtime partner, after revealing she's gay during a recent interview.

The veteran actress, who has been married three times, 'came out' to People magazine last month, and confessed she had been secretly living as a lesbian for seven years.

The 62 year old revealed she has found love with building contractor 54-year-old Nancy Locke, who she moved in with in 2007.

And now the couple are set to make their union official, according to the National Enquirer. An effort to legalise gay marriage in Baxter's home state of...

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,...

Actors Who Have Transitioned From TV To Film

August 25th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Jennifer Garner
For some actors, it is hard to make the crucial transition into film as a television star. Especially if you are typecast as a certain character and most people can't think of you as anyone else (for example, Matt LeBlanc as Joey on Friends). Television actors put their careers on the line when they leave their steady jobs to branch out into the film world, and they either make it or they don't. Here are the top television stars who managed to hold their own in the film world.

Will Smith- Before he was one of the top A-list movie stars, Will Smith was known as the Banks' troublemaking co...

Exclusive: Nancy Travis Talks 'The Bill Engvall Show' And More

July 8th, 2009 10:20am EDT
Nancy Travis
Nancy Travis joined us to discuss the upcoming season of "The Bill Engvall Show" -- premiering July 18 on TBS; an interview with co-star and SNL alum Tim Meadows will publish later this week -- and soon the conversation turned into an interesting elucidation of the current state of situation comedies on television. Oh, and, of course, about her experience on "So I Married an Axe Murderer."

Nancy Travis: Hi, Mike. How are you?

Mike: Good! How are you doing, Nancy?

Nancy Travis: I am good; I am very good.

Mike: So, how did you get involved with "The Bill Engvall Show"?

Nancy Tr...

New TV On DVD, March 10

March 10th, 2009 8:00am EDT
The Girls Next Door
Holly, Bridget & Kendra comment on all 16 episodes of The Girls Next Door season 4. Also on DVD: Caroline in the City season 2, Family Ties season 5, Get Smart season 2, South Park season 12, and The Starter Wife season 2.

'Dancing With The Stars' Fantasy Cast

February 6th, 2009 9:40am EST
Dancing With The Stars
Season 8 of the hit reality show, Dancing With the Stars premieres March 9th but more excitingly, the cast will be announced on February 9th! DWTS isn't just for has-been teen idols and D-list stars anymore; everyone wants to get on the hit show! It boosts the star's popularity and they end up getting in incredible shape! Celebrities on the show go from almost forgotten to back on top nearly overnight!

When the press announces the celebrities that will be dancing on the show, the list always seems so random, but after the first episode all the pieces of the puzzle start to come togeth...

Flashback 1984: A Look At Actors, Films & Music

January 26th, 2009 4:57pm EST
Where has time gone by? 25 years ago seems like yesterday, and 1984 was so happening! Here's our flashback moment of a few actors, films, and music that were popular in 1984. So, with that said, what were you into in 1984? Let us know!

Top Actors/Actresses

Molly Ringwald

In the film Sixteen Candles, actress Molly Ringwald had every girl wanting to design her own prom dress in 1984. Young, bright, and fresh, she was the essence of teen coolness.

Daryl Hannah

Are mermaids sexy? Well, one certainly was when actress Daryl Hannah starred in 1984's ...

'Spin City': The Complete First Season Now On DVD

November 4th, 2008 6:00pm EST
Spin City
Step inside the inner sanctum of one of the most sharp-witted and funniest political machines ever. Meet Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty and the quirky City Hall staff members from Spin City as they expertly spin their gaffe-prone Mayor Randall Winston and the City out of daily near-misses. >From dealing with the Mayor's problematic wife to catching a nudist roaming inside the City Hall to losing a deceased police dog just hours before the wake, this idiosyncratic office family goes the distance in this popular ensemble television comedy.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning televisio...

New TV On DVD, Aug. 5

August 5th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Family Ties
Season four of "Family Ties" is now on DVD. During this season, Alex meets tutor Ellen, and they fall in love. Just like real life! Mallory also brings home Nick to meet her family for the first time.

Our Favorite Canadian Actors

July 3rd, 2008 9:47am EDT
Pamela Anderson
Given that the United States and Canada closely share days of pride in their country on the calendar, it seemed only logical to single out the many wonderful people that our neighbors to the north have proudly shared for all to enjoy. Following are some of the many comedic, talented, and gorgeous celebrity men and women that call Canada "home."


Dan Aykroyd

Born in Ottawa, Ontario on July 1 (Canada Day!), Aykroyd's face has been seen on many a movie screen. He started his comedy with Second City Stage Troupe in Toronto and moved on to pursue an acting caree...

Top 10 Corniest 80's TV Theme Songs

May 12th, 2008 9:02am EDT
The Facts Of Life
In today's TV climate, several shows don't even bother with theme songs (Lost, for example). Or the songs are barely a blip on the screen (Grey's Anatomy). That wasn't the case 20 years ago.

If you're a child of the 80s, there's something nostaligic about the decade's TV theme songs. But there's also something really hokey about them too. Here's our list of the corniest 80's TV theme songs:

10. Facts of Life

This song is really stupid, but you have to admit that the guys here on Scrubs nail it to the point where it's hard to say whether or not it should even make the list. ...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

May 5th, 2008 8:44am EDT
How I Met Your Mother
Monday, May 5

Gossip Girl (The CW, 8 p.m.) - Someone's coming out of the closet. And on this show, he or she will probably do it wearing a fabulous outfit.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) - Barney auditions SNL's Will Forte for the position of his rebound bro.

Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9 p.m.) - The writers of CSI take a stab at "Two and a Half Men." Literally. No need to worry. George Eads is on the case.

House (FOX, 9 p.m.) - House becomes convinced that a soap actor (Sex and the City's Jason Lewis) is sick and takes to diagnosing him for fear that his fave chara...

Where Are They Now: The Cast Of 'Family Ties'

April 8th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
Family Ties
Family Ties, a wildly popular 80's show about an Ohio family, originally premiered on NBC Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in 1982. Steve and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter-Birney) were products of the 60's love and peace hippie movement. They were smart and professional; Elyse was an architect and Steve was in public television. Their politics were liberal.

Oddly enough, their offspring included the ultra-conservative Alex (Michael J. Fox), who was into all things Wall Street and Republican, and Mallory (Justine Bateman), who was an airhead into designer jeans and boys who were ...

The Fall Of The Great American TV Theme Song

March 13th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Green Acres
What happened to it? A catchy, sing-a-long theme song used to be part of the fun of watching a show. A great theme song could get you excited and in the mood to watch a show. Sometimes the theme song was the best part of a bad show. A theme song that caught your attention could get you to check out a show you weren't normally watching.

Theme songs used to tell what the show was about, like The Brady Bunch. The opening was the only way viewers knew the show was about a stepfamily. We would never have known WHY Gilligan and the gang were on the island or HOW those Hillbillies made it to...

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