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Spin-Off Copies? No, These 9 Shows Were Real Hits!

April 15th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
The Simpsons
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...

Scott Baio's comedy cancelled

March 18th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Scott Baio
Former Happy Days star Scott Baio's TV comedy has been cancelled after three seasons.

See Dad Run will end later this year (14) when all 13 episodes of the final season have aired.

In the show Baio plays a successful actor, who is forced to become a stay-at-home father when his soap star wife's career takes off.

Alanna Ubach portrayed Baio's onscreen wife. The show, which debuted in America in 2012, also featured cameos from Baio's Happy Days director Garry Marshall, co-star Ted McGinley and actress Raven-Symone.

Scott Baio: 'I can't understand why anyone would try drugs'

February 24th, 2014 3:00am EST
Scott Baio
Former Happy Days star Scott Baio can't understand why young stars dabble with drugs because he was too obsessed with staying fit to pump his body full of pills and powder.

The former child star admits he was a handful at times, but he was never interested in drugs and alcohol.

He tells America's Closer magazine, "I was never intrigued by drugs or alcohol. It seemed silly to me; if you were lucky enough to be blessed with a healthy body, why would you do anything to mess with that?"

Though he can't understand stars like Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan, who risk it all by dabbling with dr...

Happy Days for Henry Winkler as he receives Freedom of the City of London

January 9th, 2014 3:20am EST
Happy Days
Happy Days icon Henry Winkler has been honoured with the Freedom of the City of London.

The veteran actor, best known for playing The Fonz in the hit 1970s comedy, was presented with the framed declaration by local officials during a ceremony at the Guildhall venue on Wednesday (08Jan14) in recognition of his extensive charity work to help those struggling with dyslexia and young people with special needs.

The 68 year old follows in the footsteps of Dame Judi Dench, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Sir Michael Caine and Bob Geldof, who picked up the same accolade in September (13).

The ...

'Happy Days' Stars Reach Settlement

July 7th, 2012 4:03pm EDT
Happy Days
Cast members from hit U.S. sitcom Happy Days have ended a longrunning feud with TV bosses after reaching an out-of-court settlement over merchandising profits.

Actors Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most and Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley launched a $10 million lawsuit against CBS network chiefs last year, accusing them of committing fraud by withholding money from sales of Happy Days-themed memorabilia which feature their images.

They were handed cheques ranging from $6,000 to $6,500 as compensation, but the stars vowed to press ahead with their case.

They suffered a setback...

'Happy Days' Merchandise Case Heads To Trial

June 11th, 2012 2:18pm EDT
Happy Days
Cast members from hit sitcom Happy Days are preparing for a court battle in their ongoing fight with TV bosses for a cut of profits from merchandising sales.

Actors Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most and Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley launched a $10 million lawsuit against CBS network chiefs last year, accusing them of committing fraud by withholding money from sales of Happy Days-themed memorabilia which features their images.

They were handed checks ranging from $6,000 to $6,500 as compensation, but the stars vowed to press ahead with their case. They suffered a setback in...

Former Sex Addict Scott Baio Plans Tell-All Book

February 9th, 2012 9:30am EST
Scott Baio
Former "Happy Days" pin-up Scott Baio is set to reveal all about his romances and sex romps with stars like Brooke Shields, Lesley Ann Warren and Melissa Gilbert in a steamy new memoir.

Baio, who played Chachi in the hit TV show and spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi," battled sex addiction for years and now he's revealing his bedroom secrets with his famous exes.

A publishing source tells the Globe magazine the explosive book will include details about the actor's alleged trysts with Pamela Anderson, Nicollette Sheridan, Denise Richards and Heather Locklear.

The insider says, "He bedded some...

Jane Lynch: 'I Had A Crush On Ron Howard'

November 15th, 2011 3:27pm EST
Jane Lynch
A tearful Jane Lynch met her childhood crush Ron Howard for the very first time on TV on Monday.

The gay Glee star has often discussed her longtime affection for Howard, who played innocent Richie Cunningham on the popular sitcom Happy Days when she was growing up, but never got the chance to meet him face-to-face.

That changed while she was promoting her memoirs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon when the host booked the two celebrities on the same show.

Expressing her delight, she said, "Like every closeted lesbian in the 1970s, I had a crush on Ron Howard. It's the truth. All gay girl...

'Happy Days' Stars Lose Fraud Fight Against TV Producers

October 20th, 2011 8:17am EDT
Happy Days
A judge in California has thrown out a claim from Happy Days cast members who allege TV bosses committed fraud by failing to pay them for merchandising sales.

A number of the sitcom's stars, including Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, and Erin Moran, filed a $10 million lawsuit earlier this year, claiming CBS chiefs owed them money from sales of Happy Days-themed merchandise which features their images.

They were subsequently handed checks with values ranging from $6,000 to $6,500, but vowed to press ahead with their case. The group suffered a setback on Wednesday when Los Angeles ...

Henry Winkler Receives His Order Of The British Empire Medal

September 15th, 2011 8:49am EDT
Henry Winkler
Happy Days legend Henry Winkler picked up an honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal at the U.K. embassy in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The actor, who played cool dude the Fonz in the beloved U.S. sitcom, was handed the medal in recognition of his work for U.K. children's charities, specifically with kids who have dyslexia.

British ambassador Nigel Sheinwald presented the OBE to Winkler during a ceremony at the embassy.

Winkler says, "I am overwhelmed to have had my work recognized in this manner, and hope to continue showing children that no matter how they learn, they ha...

'Happy Days' Stars Receive Payments From Royalties Case

July 21st, 2011 10:54am EDT
Happy Days
The cast members of Happy Days who are fighting for a share of merchandise proceeds from the hit show have received small payments from TV bosses.

A number of the sitcom's stars, including Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, and Erin Moran, have filed a $10 million lawsuit against bosses at CBS, alleging they are owed money from sales of Happy Days-themed merchandise which features their images.

The actors have now received checks from CBS, with values ranging from $6,000 to $6,500, and the group's lawyer, Jon Pfeiffer, reveals studio bosses "claimed that is the full payment for all ...

Happy 60th Birthday Robin Williams!

July 21st, 2011 8:47am EDT
Robin Williams
Robin Williams has joked his way to a milestone age - the funnyman turns the big 6-0 on Thursday.

He rose to fame playing an oddball alien in TV's Mork & Mindy and went on to take the movie industry by storm, all while juggling a successful stand-up career.

With a number of awards under his belt and a string of high-profile roles in films including "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Will Hunting," Williams has cemented his place as one of Hollywood's most hilarious - and hairiest - men.

To celebrate his 60 years, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the star:

- ...

CBS Fires Back Over 'Happy Days' Lawsuit

June 27th, 2011 9:22am EDT
Happy Days
TV bosses at CBS have fired back at the stars of "Happy Days" after they sued the company for breach of contract, insisting the castmates don't have a case.

Attorney Jon Pfeiffer, acting on behalf of the actors, filed a lawsuit against the TV executives in a Los Angeles Superior Court in April, accusing them of using the cast's photos on casino slot machines without paying them.

The stars of the hit sitcom, which aired between 1974 and 1984, were promised a five percent cut from net proceeds if their sole image was used and a two-and-a-half per cent cut if their image appeared as part of ...

'Grease' & 'Taxi' Star Jeff Conaway Dies At 60

May 27th, 2011 3:08pm EDT
Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway has died, a day after he was taken off life support. He was 60.

Conaway was hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his California home.

The actor's spokesman Phil Brock recently revealed he was found with a cocktail of "painkillers and cold medicine in his system", and doctors went on to diagnose him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection.

He remained in a coma and his family decided to switch off his life support machine on Thursday after medics admitted h...

'Happy Days' Actors File Lawsuit Against CBS

April 19th, 2011 3:23pm EDT
Marion Ross
Happy Days cast members have taken legal action against bosses at CBS network, insisting they haven't been paid for the continued use of their images.

Attorney Jon Pfeiffer, acting on behalf of the actors, filed a breach of contract suit against the firm executives in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. He accuses network bosses of using the cast's photos on casino slot machines without paying them a portion of their rightful earnings.

The stars of the hit sitcom, which aired between 1974 and 1984, were promised a five per cent cut from net proceeds if their sole image was used and...

Jane Lynch Inspired To Act By 'Happy Days' Star Anson Williams

March 16th, 2011 11:09pm EDT
Jane Lynch
Glee star Jane Lynch has Happy Days actor Anson Williams to partly thank for her first taste of showbusiness failure - because "stupid" advice he gave to her when she was 13 actually paid off.

A young Lynch called into a radio station in her native Chicago, Illinois to chat to Williams and co-star Ron Howard when they were promoting her favourite show - and she asked them for advice on making it as an actor.

Howard suggested she join school drama groups and head out to Hollywood when she was older, while Williams had a more business-savvy option.

The actress recalls, "He said, 'You go do...

Henry Winkler Honored With Order of the British Empire Medal

February 23rd, 2011 11:22pm EST
Henry Winkler
Beloved actor Henry Winkler has been honored in Britain by The Queen for his work with children's charities.

The Happy Days star has been awarded an Order of the British Empire medal.

Appearing on TV news show Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday, Winkler revealed, "I just got a letter from The Queen. It said she graciously agrees to confer on me the Order of the British Empire... I felt great.

"I'm one of four people outside of Great Britain, in the world, that has gotten it this year.

"I was told that I would never achieve. The Queen wrote me."

But Winkler won't be jetting off to Bucki...

Bryce Dallas Howard: 'I Never Watched Happy Days'

January 13th, 2011 8:30am EST
Bryce Dallas Howard
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard was baffled by school pals' questions about her director dad Ron's time on Happy Days - because she never watched the classic TV show.

The Village actress grew up unaware of her dad's acting credits, insisting she only ever knew her father as a moviemaker.

And it wasn't until she was in her early 20s that she caught up on her dad's time as Richie Cunningham after U.S. chatshow host Jay Leno gifted her with a boxset.

She tells Britain's You magazine, "I never watched Happy Days. School friends used to say, 'What did you think of your dad in the show?' But I did...

Henry Wrinkler To Write New Biography

January 8th, 2011 9:00am EST
Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler is expanding his literary portfolio with a book about fatherhood, fly fishing and photography.

The "Happy Days" star has signed a deal with Insight Editions to pen a quirky new biography, which will be published in May.

"I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography" is a "collection of everyday wisdom" on his favorite pastimes, and how his hobbies have helped him become a better dad.

Winker stepped into the literary world in 2003, after collaborating on a series of children's books about a school kid named Hank Zipzer, who is dyslexi...

Notable 2010 Celebrity Deaths

December 31st, 2010 8:00am EST
2010 Celeb Deaths
Fortunately, 2010 wasn't a big one for celebrity deaths. In 2009, several notables died, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Farrah Fawcett.

May was a particularly bad month, in which stars such as Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper passed away.

Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress and fiancee of reality star Tila Tequila, died January 4 from diabetic ketoacidosis.

"All My Children" patriarch James Mitchell died on January 22, weeks shy of his 90th birthday. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.

"Poltergeist" star Zelda Rubenstein di...

'Happy Days' Star Tom Bosley Dead At 83

October 19th, 2010 2:02pm EDT
Happy Days
Beloved American actor and Happy Days star Tom Bosley has passed away at his home in Palm Springs, California, aged 83.

Family members tell TMZ.com the star had been battling a staph infection, but further details regarding his death were unavailable as WENN went to press. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Bosley made his stage debut in Our Town with Chicago's Canterbury Players.

He later shared the stage with Paul Newman at the Woodstock Opera House in Illinois, but his breakthrough stage role came in 1959 when he portrayed New York Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in Pul...

In Honor Of Fathers Day: 10 Best TV Dads

June 19th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Mike Brady, Hank Hill, Cliff Huxtable
Since Father's Day is this Sunday, we wanted to take some time to honor some of the best TV dads of all time. So, loosen your belt, crack open a beer, plop down on the recliner and check out which fantastic fathers made our Top 10!

Ward Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver - Ward, as played by Hugh Beaumont, was THE prototypical middle-class suburban dad of the late '50s and early '60s. He was an all-American guy who worked hard all day, appreciated his wife and acted as the moral compass for his sons, Wally and Beaver. Even though the world has changed a great deal since LITB aired, Ward's influen...

5 TV Shows That (Maybe?) Should Be Made Into Movies

June 10th, 2010 9:13am EDT
5 TV Shows That (Maybe?) Should Be Made Into Movies
Turning classic TV shows into big screen movies seems to be the current forte in Hollywood. Sometimes they work (The Brady Bunch Movie, Mission: Impossible, Charlie’s Angels). Oftentimes they don’t (Bewitched, The Dukes of Hazzard, I Spy, The Honeymooners). In honor of yet another classic TV show being made into a movie (The A Team hits theaters this Friday, June 11), here are five classic TV shows that should have their own big screen adaptations – with all new casts, of course – sometime in the near future. Maybe.

Happy Days: Although set in 1950s and 1960s America, this classic sitcom r...

Henry Winkler Says Botox Is A 'Gift To The World' For Stroke Victims

June 1st, 2010 8:43am EDT
Henry Winkler
Former "Happy Days" star Henry Winkler is speaking out about the heath benefits of Botox injections, insisting the medication could have given his late mother a better quality of life after she suffered a stroke.

The actor has joined forces with Botox manufacturer Allergan, Inc. and a coalition of five national patient advocacy organizations, including National Stroke Association and the Brain Injury Association of America to launch a new awareness program.

Winkler says he signed up as the ambassador for the Open Arms when he learned of the benefits of Botox and realized the neurotoxic pr...

Scott Baio Calls In FBI Over Online 'Threats'

January 21st, 2010 9:20am EST
Scott Baio Calls In FBI Over Online
Former Happy Days star Scott Baio has called in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after he allegedly received a series of online threats. The actor came under fire after he posted an unflattering picture of First Lady Michelle Obama on his Twitter.com page, along with a caption which read, "Wow. He (U.S. President Barack Obama) wakes up to this every morning."

The post attracted a slew of negative comments from his followers, and Baio replied insisting his message was taken the wrong way. He wrote, "People need to relax and laugh a bit. Life is too short no matter what party you...

TV And Movie Objects That Would Make Great Christmas Presents

December 18th, 2009 10:01am EST
The Dark Knight
Objects are often the most important thing on a television show or in a film. They represent a character's personality or serve as a key symbol for a scene or episode. But most of all, they are highly desirable items that audiences and fans want, but probably can't have in real life. Whether it's Dark Knight's Batpod motorcycle or a sexy dress worn by Eva Longoria's character on Desperate Housewives, we would love to get our hands on these items. They would make great collectibles and Christmas presents. Here are some notable TV and movie objects that would make great Christmas presents:


Top 5 Coolest School Kids In TV & Film History

November 11th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Ferris Bueller
These are the big men on campus, guys you would like to hang out with, not just because they're cool guys, but because they have power; these kids get all the girls, they got their school principals by the balls, and most importantly, they have some serious clout.

5. Danny Zuco of the film Grease

Danny had a summer fling with a girl who looked like a heyday Olivia Newton John, she ended up going to his school the following school year, and he acted like he didn't know her, suggesting that she try the Yellow Pages to find who she was looking for. Cold blooded!

With the help of his ...

TV Shows On The Verge Of Jumping The Shark

July 15th, 2009 11:23am EDT
The concept of 'jumping the shark' is a fatal one for many involved in television. It all began in the tragic episode of 'Happy Days' in which iconic character, The Fonz, literally jumps over a shark, thus placing a death toll on the rest of the series. Decades later, some TV writers have playfully used the term in decidedly ironic tones, both 'The X-Files' and 'Supernatural' have episodes titled 'Jump the Shark' (Note: a portion of 'Supernatural's' crew are 'X-Files' alum) that tiptoe the line of throwing a series into oblivion.

We will have a few current TV shows that we believe ar...

'Happy Days' Theme Sexed Up For Porn DVD

May 6th, 2009 10:52am EDT
Happy Days
Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox's iconic Happy Days theme has been sexed up for a new porn film based on the hit TV series.

The beloved TV theme is now peppered with sexual innuendos and saucy terms for new DVD This Ain't Happy Days XXX.

The new lyrics over the popular tune are: "One girl Sunday, Happy Days/Two girl Tuesday, Happy Days/Threesome Friday, Happy Days/The chicks are fine, they'll blow your mind/they're ready to jump on you." And, "Goodbye good girl, hello wh#$% / you're giving it up then you beg for more... These girls have one thing on their mind, Happy Days."


Henry Winkler Star Struck By Springsteen

May 4th, 2009 12:59pm EDT
Henry Winkler
Actor Henry Winkler cringes whenever he recalls meeting his rock idol Bruce Springsteen - because he was so star struck, he couldn't form a complete sentence.

The 63-year-old became a big TV star after rising to fame in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, but admits he still gets tongue-tied when he finds himself in the company of legendary singers.

He says, "You know, I've seen him (Springsteen) several times in concert, and I've only met him twice and I put out my hand and I mumbled. I couldn't get a sentence out. The same thing happened with Mick Jagger. We were on the plane coming back...

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