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'Gilligan's Island' Star Russell Johnson, AKA The Professor, Dies At 89

January 16th, 2014 11:02pm EST
Russell Johnson obituary
Gilligan's Island star Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley on the classic TV sitcom, has died.

The actor passed away at his Bainbridge Island, Washington, home from Kidney failure on Thursday. Johnson's publicist, Michael Eisenstadt, confirmed the news.

"Gilligan's Island" co-star Dawn Wells broke the news on her Facebook page, posting an image of herself with Johnson and the show's star, Bob Denver.

"My 2 favorite people are now gone," she wrote, referring to Johnson and Denver. "The professor past (sic) away this morning. My heart is broken."

Denver died in 2005 from com...
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Josh Gad To Write & Star In 'Gilligan's Island' Movie

December 18th, 2013 8:49am EST
Josh Gad
The popular 1960s television series "Gilligan's Island" is heading to the big screen. Actor Josh Gad is co-writing and starring in the upcoming project.

Benji Samit and Dan Hernadez are helping Gad write the script. Lloyd and Ross Schwartz, the offspring of the show's creator Sherwood Schwartz, will be executive producers.

Additional details about casting have not been released.

"Gilligan's Island" aired from 1964-67 and featured seven castaways trapped on an island - Gilligan (Bob Denver), the professor (Russell Johnson), the skipper (Alan Hale Jr.), Ginger the movie star (Tina Louise),...
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'Gilligan's Island' Sets Sail For The Big Screen

March 3rd, 2010 6:07pm EST
Bob Denver
Beloved TV series "Gilligan's Island" is heading for the big screen thanks to a new Warner Brothers film project.

Studio bosses have greenlighted a new movie based on the popular sitcom, which aired on TV between 1964 and 1967.

Casting details have yet to be announced but, in an interview last year, original series creator Sherwood Schwartz suggested "Juno" star Michael Cera should play the title role, made famous by Bob Denver, in any remake.

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The Emmy's 60th Anniversary: Fans Get To Vote For Best Comedy And Drama Moments

August 28th, 2008 11:27am EDT
All In The Family
As a means of celebrating its 60th Anniversary (really, are we just going to have a garish celebration for any year ending in 0 or 5 now?) Emmy has decided to name the most memorable moments from both Drama and Comedy on TV.

The best thing about this countdown is that the fans get to decide. On the Emmy website are a list of 20 funny moments and 20 serious scenes just begging for your vote. You only get to choose one in each category, so you're going to need some help. You'll find it below as each category is narrowed down to the five best. Also listed are some moments that shouldn...
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Reverse Typecasting: What Happens When An Actor's Current Role Destroys Past Work

March 26th, 2008 12:02pm EDT
James Gandolfini
Typecasting is an actor's worst nightmare. The last thing a professional wants to happen is getting pigeonholed into the same role time after time following a breakthrough performance. Usually this happens at the beginning of a career, such as the case of Bob Denver. Denver was Gilligan for the rest of his career and essentially the rest his life. In fact, we dare you to think of one role Jim Nabors played other than Gomer Pyle (a prize to anyone who shouted out "Lugs Harvey in Stroker Ace").

In recent years, we have noticed a new phenomenon. In the past it was not as common for actors...
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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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TV Remakes We'd Like To See, Vol. 1: 'Gilligan's Island'

January 4th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Gilligan
It seems that these days television has been hurting for some new show ideas, and with recent remakes of old shows like Battlestar Galactica (huge hit!) and The Bionic Woman (tanked!) we thought we'd come up with some of our own ideas for remakes, complete with new casts but the same 'ol plot lines. Well, maybe we'd update the plots to reflect the times...

Gilligan's Island

The old 60s hit show that critics jeered and audiences cheered would make for great TV viewing these days. With reality shows like Survivor and, of course, the short-lived reality series The Real Gilligan's Islan...
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TV Land Airs Halloween Marathon Oct. 28

October 27th, 2007 9:00am EDT
The Amityville Horror
TV Land goes bobbing for answers to some of entertainment's darkest mysteries on Sunday, October 28 from 7PM - 10:30PM (all times ET/PT) with a special Halloween marathon of TV Land's hit original series, "TV Land Myths and Legends."

Celebrate All Hallow's Eve with over three hours of Hollywood's most mystifying secrets and bizarre rumors. From deceased munchkins and the Poltergeist curse to haunted film sets and lifeless Bond girls, TV Land will have you on the edge of your seat.

TV Land Myths and Legends features appearances by celebrities -- many of whom had a direct connecti...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 8

March 8th, 2007 3:00am EST
Micky Dolenz
Happy Birthday to "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (1977), "Scooby-Doo" actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (1976), TV actress Andrea Parker (1969), singer Shawn Mullins (1968), Kathy Ireland (1963), "The Practice" actress Camryn Manheim (1961), TV/film actor Aiden Quinn (1959), British singer Gary Numan (1958), former Eagle Randy Meisner (1946), Monkee Micky Dolenz (1945), English actress Lynn Redgrave (1943), Canadian actress Susan Clark (1940), New York Yankees pitcher/author Jim Bouton (1939), pianist Dick Hyman (1927), dancer/actress Cyd Charisse (1921), "Gilligan's Island" skipper Alan ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 25

February 25th, 2007 3:00am EST
Sean Astin
Happy Birthday to "Malcolm in the Middle" actor Justin Berfield (1986), "Lord of the Rings" actor Sean Astin (1971), "Fun with Dick & Jane" star Tea Leoni (1966), WWE star Ric Flair (1949), Beatles guitarist George Harrison (1943; d. 2001), "Little House on the Prairie" mom Karen Grassle (1942), actress Diane Baker (1938), "Gilligan's Island" millionaire Jim Backus (1913; d. 1989), Marx Brother Zeppo Marx (1901; d. 1979), and French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841; d. 1919).
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 11

February 11th, 2007 3:00am EST
Jennifer Aniston
Happy Birthday to "The New World" actress Q'orianka Kilcher (1990), Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland (1981), R&B singer Brandy (1979), Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda (1977), soul singer/pianist D'Angelo (1974), America's sweetheart Jennifer Aniston (1969), wrestler/fighter Ken Shamrock (1964), singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow (1962), actress Carey Lowell (1961), Brazilian songwriter Sergio Mendes (1941), American actor Burt Reynolds (1936), "Gilligan's Island" movie star Tina Louise (1934), funnyman Leslie Nielsen (1926), Hungarian-born actress Eva Gabor (1919; d. 1995), boxing champ Max ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 9

January 9th, 2007 3:00am EST
Dave Matthews
Happy Birthday to Spanish PGA golfer Sergio Garcia (1980), Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean (1978), South African born singer/bandleader Dave Matthews (1967), Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell (1967), Nip/Tuck actress Joely Richardson (1965), "Vera Drake" star Imelda Staunton (1956), American country singer Crystal Gayle (1951), New York Doll David Johansen (1950), Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (1944), British actress Susannah York (1942), singer/activist Joan Baez (1941), "Gilligan's Island" actor Bob Denver (1935; d. 2005), Green Bay Packers legendary quarterback Bart Starr (1934), "The Good...
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Daddy Warbucks Is The Richest Fictional Character

November 21st, 2006 12:18pm EST
Annie
Daddy Warbucks from Annie has topped the Forbes "Fictional 15," an annual listing of the wealthiest fictional characters. Santa Clause was eliminated from the list this year because Forbes was inundated with letters from children insisting the jolly man is "real."

According to Forbes, Warbucks, an ex-U.S. Army general turned industrialist, is worth $36.2 billion, thanks to the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and because of a contract to provide oil-well maintenance in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Fictional 15 are:

1. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (Annie)

2....
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 8

March 8th, 2006 3:00am EST
Micky Dolenz
Happy Birthday to "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (1977), "Scooby-Doo" actor Freddie Prinze Jr. (1976), TV actress Andrea Parker (1969), singer Shawn Mullins (1968), supermodel Kathy Ireland (1963), "The Practice" actress Camryn Manheim (1961), TV/film actor Aiden Quinn (1959), British singer Gary Numan (1958), former Eagle Randy Meisner (1946), Monkee Micky Dolenz (1945), English actress Lynn Redgrave (1943), Canadian actress Susan Clark (1940), New York Yankees pitcher/author Jim Bouton (1939), pianist Dick Hyman (1927), dancer/actress Cyd Charisse (1921), "Gilligan's Island" sk...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 25

February 25th, 2006 3:00am EST
Sean Astin
Happy Birthday to "Malcolm in the Middle" actor Justin Berfield (1986), "Lord of the Rings" actor Sean Astin (1971), "Fun with Dick & Jane" star Tea Leoni (1966), WWE star Ric Flair (1949), Beatles guitarist George Harrison (1943; d. 2001), "Little House on the Prairie" mom Karen Grassle (1942), actress Diane Baker (1938), "Gilligan's Island" millionaire Jim Backus (1913; d. 1989), Marx Brother Zeppo Marx (1901; d. 1979), and French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841; d. 1919).
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Today's Celebrity Birthdays, Feb. 11

February 11th, 2006 3:00am EST
Jennifer Aniston
Happy Birthday to Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland (1981), R&B singer Brandy (1979), Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda (1977), soul singer/pianist D'Angelo (1974), America's sweetheart Jennifer Aniston (1969), wrestler/fighter Ken Shamrock (1964), singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow (1962), actress Carey Lowell (1961), Brazilian songwriter Sergio Mendes (1941), American actor Burt Reynolds (1936), "Gilligan's Island" movie star Tina Louise (1934), funnyman Leslie Nielsen (1926), Hungarian-born actress Eva Gabor (1919; d. 1995), boxing champ Max Baer (1909; d. 1959), and inventor Thomas Alva Edi...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 9

January 9th, 2006 3:00am EST
Dave Matthews
Happy Birthday to Spanish PGA golfer Sergio Garcia (1980), Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean (1978), South African born singer/bandleader Dave Matthews (1967), Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell (1967), Nip/Tuck actress Joely Richardson (1965), "Vera Drake" star Imelda Staunton (1956), American country singer Crystal Gayle (1951), New York Doll David Johansen (1950), Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (1944), British actress Susannah York (1942), singer/activist Joan Baez (1941), "Gilligan's Island" actor Bob Denver (1935; d. 2005), Green Bay Packers legendary quarterback Bart Starr (1934), "The Good...
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