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Legendary TV Cowboy And World War II Hero James Arness Dies At Age 88

June 3rd, 2011 4:22pm EDT
James Arness
Legendary TV cowboy James Arness has died, aged 88.

The actor played Marshall Matt Dillon in beloved TV western series Gunsmoke.

The Minnesota-born World War II hero was the older brother of actor Peter Graves, who encouraged Arness to seek out a career in showbusiness after he was discharged from the army with leg and foot injuries sustained in battle.

He became an announcer at a Minneapolis radio station and later found fame in Hollywood after following a friend out to Los Angeles to find work in the movies.

He was studying theatre when he was cast as Loretta Young's brother in 1947 f...
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NBC Cancels 'Law & Order'

May 14th, 2010 8:52am EDT
Law & Order
Long-running cop show "Law & Order" has been canceled after 20 years.

Dick Wolf's highly-successful New York-based drama premiered in America in 1990 and went on to spawn two separate spin-offs - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." A Los Angeles-based "Law & Order" is still being planned.

But the original has been scrapped.

TV executives at NBC have decided not to take the original format into it 21st season, confirming to E! Online that the show has been axed.

"Law & Order" has narrowly missed out on being crowned the longest-running TV drama in hist...
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Behind-The-Scenes Look At 'Law & Order' With The Stars Of The 20-Year-Old Series

November 5th, 2009 10:14am EST
Law & Order
"Law & Order" is about to break a record as the longest-running primetime drama in American television history. The current record holder is "Gunsmoke," which ran for 20 seasons as well, and since "Law & Order" is about to hit that benchmark it is only a matter of time before they break it altogether. It is most certainly the longest lasting show currently on TV, with one of the most consistent fan bases that follows it and the two spin-off series. Honestly, over the years it seems like the show can do not wrong, taking on serious and controversial cases on a regular basis and commenting re...
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Most Overrated/Underrated Secondary Simpson Characters

June 6th, 2008 12:29pm EDT
Simpsons
This week the voice cast of "The Simpsons" signed a deal guaranteeing them each around $400,000 per episode and also that the show will run through its 20th season, tying "Gunsmoke" for the longest-running episodic primetime series in history.

With the exception of Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa, each voiceover artist on the series serves as a utility player, voicing dozens of characters each. For example, Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer, provides the vocals for Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby and several more characters, while Bart's voice, Nancy Cartwright, plays nearly e...
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Fox Renews 'The Simpsons' For 20th Season

June 3rd, 2008 9:16am EDT
The Simpsons
FOX has ordered an historic 20th season of The Simpsons, which will tie the series with "Gunsmoke" as the longest-running series in the history of primetime television. "The Simpsons" airs Sundays (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Created by executive producer Matt Groening, "The Simpsons" is the longest-running primetime animated series in history and the longest-running comedy series currently on television. In 2007, "The Simpsons" celebrated an unprecedented 400 episodes, and the long-awaited "The Simpsons Movie" was released in July and has grossed $526 million worldwide to date. Additi...
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New TV On DVD, May 27

May 27th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke holds the distinction not only of being the longest-running TV western series, but also the longest-running dramatic series in network television history. Season 2, volume 2 is now on DVD. Also in stores: Rawhide season 3, volume 1.
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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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New TV On DVD, July 17

July 17th, 2007 8:00am EDT
The Incredible Hulk
Season one of The Incredible Hulk is now on DVD. It centers on Dr. Bruce Banner, a scientist whose lab experiment goes wrong. Banner winds up turning into a seven-foot muscular being with green skin whenever he undergoes extreme stress. Also on DVD: season one of Gunsmoke.
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 20

February 20th, 2007 3:00am EST
Kurt Cobain
Happy Birthday to NBA star Stephon Marbury (1977), The Darkness drummer Ed Graham (1976), Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell (1975), late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain (1967; d. 1994), supermodel Cindy Crawford (1966), vocal basketball star Charles Barkley (1963), "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer (1955), socialite Patty Hearst (1954), English actor Anthony Stewart Head (1954), actress/model Jennifer O'Neill (1948), "Peter Pan" actress Sandy Duncan (1946), English actress Brenda Blethyn (1946), "The Fifth Element" actor Brion James (1945; d. 1999), film director Mike Leigh (1943), songwriter/artist Bu...
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Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

December 25th, 2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 26

May 26th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Lenny Kravitz
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979), South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971), "The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966), rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964), "General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962), comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), film and tv actress Margaret Colin (1957), "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949), country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949), "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949), Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948), British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993), The Band drummer Levon Helm (1942), jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926; d...
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At a Loss for Summer Programming? Check Out TV Land

May 18th, 2006 4:33pm EDT
TV Land will feature a Little House on the Prairie marathon
TV Land is in high gear as it kicks off the summer with new originals, the addition of favorites such as The Jeffersons, classic marathons such as Little House and the Prairie, and other programming throughout August. Over the course of the summer, the network will premiere brand new episodes of “TV Land's Top Ten” and unveil the new series "My First Time."

In addition, the network will showcase movies such as Grease, Caddyshack and "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company."

Below is a detailed list of summer programming for TV Land:

TV Land's Top Ten (s...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 20

February 20th, 2006 3:00am EST
Kurt Cobain
Happy Birthday to NBA star Stephon Marbury (1977), The Darkness drummer Ed Graham (1976), Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell (1975), late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain (1967; d. 1994), supermodel Cindy Crawford (1966), vocal basketball star Charles Barkley (1963), "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer (1955), socialite Patty Hearst (1954), English actor Anthony Stewart Head (1954), actress/model Jennifer O'Neill (1948), "Peter Pan" actress Sandy Duncan (1946), English actress Brenda Blethyn (1946), "The Fifth Element" actor Brion James (1945; d. 1999), film director Mike Leigh (1943), songwriter/artist Bu...
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New TV on DVD, Jan. 3

January 3rd, 2006 7:59am EST
Gunsmoke
Go nostaligic with the new TV shows out on DVD this week. Check out All In The Family the complete fifth season, Silk Stalkings season four, Hunter the complete third season, Have Gun Will Travel the complete third season, "Alien Nation" the complete series, and Gunsmoke 50th Anniversary Edition, volumes 1 and 2.

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