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

1/29/2014 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



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Dy-no-mite! 'Good Times' Movie In The Works

3/13/2013 8:15am EDT
Good Times
Hollywood producer Scott Rudin is bringing back hit 1970s sitcom Good Times for the big screen.

The family show, a spin-off of Maude, featured John Amos and Esther Rolle as working class parents trying to bring up their three children in a poor Chicago, Illinois neighborhood.

The series, which co-starred Jimmie Walker and a young Janet Jackson, went off air in 1979, but now Columbia Pictures bosses are enthusiastic to revive the program as a movie, and they have hired Wreck-It Ralph screenwriter Phil Johnston to pen the script, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Jimmie Walker Says He's Never Watched An Episode Of 'Good Times'

6/27/2012 8:48am EDT
Jimmie Walker
Actor Jimmie Walker has never seen a single episode of his hit TV show Good Times.

The 65 year old rose to fame playing ladies man J. J. Evans on the popular sitcom in the 1970s, but despite landing two Golden Globe nominations for his work during its five-season run, Walker confesses he was too busy to see any of his performances.

During an interview on Today on Tuesday, he said, "(I) never watched it... Because I was always busy doing other stuff. I had a writing staff - as many of you may or may not know - (including TV hosts) Jay Leno, David Letterman, (comedian) Louie Anderson, all...

Bubba Smith Who Played Hightower On 'Police Academy' Dies At 66

8/4/2011 9:11am EDT
Police Academy
Police Academy star Charles "Bubba" Smith has died, aged 66.

The towering former football star, who played Moses Hightower in the film franchise, was found dead at his home in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Before he became a film star, Smith played for the Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers and Baltimore Colts, with whom he won a Super Bowl.

After walking away from his sports career in the late 1970s, he found success on TV in series like "Good Times," "Charlie's Angels" and "Wonder Woman." He also landed the lead role of Lyman "Bubba" Kelsey in 1984's "Blue Thunder."

He was ind...

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

2/23/2011 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...

Janet Jackson Reveals Stars 'Eat Kleenex' To Stay Thin

2/16/2011 11:00am EST
Janet Jackson has revealed the pressure on famous women to look good and stay slim is so intense, some stars eat tissue to stop hunger pangs.

The Nasty hitmaker is open about her own longstanding issues with food and her weight, insisting she is an emotional eater whose problems with self-esteem stem from her time as a child actor on hit TV show Good Times.

During a candid interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, Jackson admits famous females are falling victim to the pressure of looking perfect all the time due to constant scrutiny, and insists some of her peers push their body to the limits t...

Janet Jackson's Breasts Were 'Too Big' For 'Good Times'

10/27/2010 9:52am EDT
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson has opened up about her early body image issues, revealing she was just 11 when she was told her breasts were "too big" for her role on Good Times.

The singer/actress has battled low self-esteem throughout her career and she admits her struggles began when she was still a child star on the 1970s sitcom.

She recalls, "I was actually doing Good Times, and on our first day of shooting they bound my chest because they thought my breasts were too big. I got the part when I was 10, we started shooting when I was 11 - I was developing early. It made me feel that the way that I am...

Janet Jackson: 'I Was An Actress First'

10/26/2010 4:34pm EDT
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson is fighting back against fans who have accused her of dropping music for movies - because she worked as an actress years before landing her first record deal.

The singer has been showing off her acting skills in recent years, including roles in Tyler Perry's movie sequel Why Did I Get Married Too? and his upcoming drama For Colored Girls. And while the Nasty hit-maker is adamant she will return to music, she's reminding critics she got her first taste of fame with a role in 1970s sitcom Good Times - not with a record contract.

She says, "A lot of people feel I've given up ...

Janet Jackson's Weight Battle Started During 'Good Times'

3/19/2010 12:56pm EDT
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson's struggle with her figure began at the age of 10 - when TV producers asked her to lose weight for a role.

The former child star established herself as an actress on family variety show "The Jacksons" in 1976, before finding superstardom as a singer. She went on to land a role in the sitcom "Good Times" - and she believes her experience on the 1970s series sparked her ongoing battle with the bulge.

Jackson, 43, says, "When I was younger on Good Times, I was asked to lose weight. I wasn't a heavy kid on the show but I was 10 years old and developing very quickly so they wou...

New TV On DVD, Oct. 28

10/28/2008 8:00am EDT
The 4400
There are several releases this week, likely in anticipation of the holiday season: The 4400 the complete series, Brotherhood season 2, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman the complete series, The Donna Reed Show season 1, Freaks & Geeks the complete series, Girlfriends season 5, Good Times the complete series, JAG season 7, Millennium the complete series, Newsradio the complete series, Sanford & Son the complete series, Sister, Sister season 1.

The Demise of the Black Sitcom

8/13/2008 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...

The Image of Black Women in Entertainment

3/24/2008 1:17pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Where in the world are black women in today's entertainment? There is a significant dearth in quality images of African-American women in television and film. And no, Oprah's un-Godly success and stature doesn't diminish this truth.

It wasn't always like this. In 1968, Diahann Carroll starred in the ground breaking series "Julia." Heralded as being the first series to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role, "Julia" produced 86 episodes and Carroll earned herself a golden globe.

In the 70s, Pam Grier played a character that went against the typical African American fema...

The Fall Of The Great American TV Theme Song

3/13/2008 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...

Check Out Janet Jackson's 'Feedback'; New Disc Due In February

1/15/2008 4:02pm EST
Sitting across from a roaring fireplace one winter afternoon in Vail, Janet is curled up on a dark leather couch as she discusses the unlikely topic of Discipline, the title of her new album. Beyond the floor-to-ceiling window, long graceful branches of towering trees are heavy with snow. In the distance, a lift carries skiers up an imposing mountain awash in white. Janet's wearing a midnight-black sweat suit, her hair pulled back to the nape of her neck. Her body language is relaxed and her eyes are smiling. She's trim, and also a little hoarse, having just fought off a cold. The whisper-q...

Remember These Overused Catchphrases?

1/3/2008 3:50pm EST
Ever cringe whenever a television character keeps on saying the same remark over and over again? A lot of fans can't help but associate certain TV characters based on their most popular catch phrase, and this isn't always a good thing.

From "Have mercy!" to "How you doin'?" we can't help but remember certain catch phrases because these characters have used them over and over… and over again.

A good chunk of the most overused catch phrases in television history have come from the popular 80s sitcom "Full House." Just mention this show and three phrases will come to mind: Uncle Jes...

TV Land To Air Classic Christmas Episodes Dec. 24 & 25

12/24/2007 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.


Tune In To TV Land's 'Merry-Thon'

12/24/2006 9:00am EST
Good Times
TV Land presents 24 hours filled with merriment and holiday cheer when the network rolls out a collection of heart-warming Christmas episodes during TV Land's 7th Annual Merry-Thon beginning Sunday, December 24 from 6:00 p.m. through Monday, December 25 at 6:00 p.m. (all times ET/PT).

The marathon features classic TV's most-loved friends and families enjoying the holiday season as cousin Naomi joins the Evans Family for Christmas on Good Times, The Jeffersons' George and Tom discover a brand new joy, Andy and Barney decide to throw a holiday party at the jail on The Andy Griffith Show...

TV Land Special Counts Down TV's Most Memorable Quotes

11/23/2006 3:02pm EST
Billy Crystal
TV Land counts down "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases" in a week-long look at the memorable sayings from cartoons, television series, commercials and news programs over the past 60 years like Donald Trump's (The Apprentice) "You're fired" to Billy Crystal's (Saturday Night Live) "You look mahvelous!" to Walter Cronkite's "And that's the way it is."

Building on the success of 2005's "The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments," "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases" gives viewers a look inside the origins of some of pop culture's most remembered and repeated catchphrases. The 100...

New TV on DVD, Aug. 1

8/1/2006 8:00am EDT
The Comeback
Before you're glued to the television this fall with returning favorites and brand new series, catch up on some shows you may have missed the first time around. Lisa Kudrow recently recieved an Emmy nod for her role in "the complete only season" of The Comeback. Take a peek at Hugh Hefner's girlfriends on season one of The Girls Next Door. Check out season five of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Watch season five of Dallas before the movie comes out. Or get really nostalgic with Good Times season six.

TV Land Pays Tribute to 'Cheers,' 'Good Times' & Other Shows

2/22/2006 3:07pm EST
TV Land announced today that Cheers, Batman, Good Times and Dallas are among the shows that will be honored at the fourth annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV. The two-hour special will premiere on TV Land and Nick at Nite on Wednesday, March 22. The annual celebration recognizes shows and stars from television's rich history and is hosted by Will and Grace's Megan Mullally.

Several awards will be bestowed upon some of television's legendary series' and stars. The cast and crew of Cheers will be recognized with the Legend Award, Batman will be honored in celebration of it...