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9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

April 15th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
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...
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Penny Marshall And Cindy Williams To Reunite On Nickelodeon's 'Sam & Cat'

June 27th, 2013 9:18pm EDT
Penny Marshall And Cindy Williams
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams will reunite on screen for the first time in over 30 years on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon's newest hit show Sam & Cat.

The former Laverne and Shirley have been shooting the new episode in Los Angeles this week with stars Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy, who reprised their roles from Victorious and iCarly, respectively, on the new spinoff series.

The former sitcom stars will appear in new "Sam & Cat" episode "#SalmonCat," in which Sam and Cat are ordered to rename their babysitting business because it closely resembles the name of a 70s TV series...
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Laverne & Shirley To Be Honored At TV Land Awards

March 12th, 2012 9:31pm EDT
Laverne and Shirley
Quirky TV comedy Laverne and Shirley is to be honored at the 10th annual TV Land Awards next month.

The cast of the Happy Days spin-off, which starred Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall as two Wisconsin housemates, will be the recipients of the 2012 Fan Favorite Award.

Previous recipients of the honor have included the casts of Family Ties and Home Improvement.
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Jennifer Garner Dying To Do 'Laverne & Shirley' Remake With Jessica Biel

February 10th, 2010 8:14am EST
Jennifer Garner
Garry Marshall is taking Jamie Foxx's advice and pushing forward with a movie remake of his hit TV sitcom Laverne and Shirley with new best pals Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner in the title roles.

The actresses became bosom buddies on the set of Marshall's new film Valentine's Day, prompting their co-star to suggest they'd be perfect for a "Laverne & Shirley" remake.

And Marshall admits he's committed to making the movie, which will feature cameos from his sister Penny and Cindy Williams - the original Laverne & Shirley.

He says, "We're gonna work on that. My sister Penny and Cind...
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A Girl, A Guy, & A Knife: The 30th Anniversary of 'Halloween'

October 25th, 2008 9:52am EDT
Halloween
It was October 25, 1978. Laverne and Shirley, Charlie's Angels and MASH were in the top ten TV shows. Movie theater prices were about $2.50. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John were star-crossed lovers in Grease, and John Belushi was acting a fool at school in Animal House.

Then He Came Home.

Halloween, one of the best and scariest movies of all time - if not the scariest - premiered in selected cities across the country. This independent film had one basic premise: a maniacal killer stalks teenagers on Halloween night. It is said to be one of the most effective horror movies ev...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

April 7th, 2008 9:26am EDT
Samantha Who?
Monday, April 7

Samantha Who? (ABC, 9:31 p.m.) - The charming Christina Applegate sitcom is back and Sam's moving in with ex Todd and his new girlfriend. Welcome back, TV-manufactured awkwardness!

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Patricia Arquette's real-life sister, Rosanna Arquette, guest stars as a cougar with an appetite for seducing and killing men.

Tuesday, April 8

American Idol (FOX, 8 p.m.) - The final 8 take the stage.

Beauty and the Geek (The CW, 8 p.m.) - The geeks get transformed after tonight's makeovers. There is sure to be a couple of swans in the bunch.

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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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New TV On DVD, Nov. 27

November 27th, 2007 8:00am EST
The OC
The O.C. never takes itself too seriously. Always retaining a sense of humor and self-parodying element, the show displays a keen understanding of its place within pop culture. The “Complete Series Collection” captures every episode from the four seasons of the show. Also on DVD: season three of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy.
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 22

August 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Tori Amos
Happy Birthday to Simple Plan guitarist Jeff Stinco (1978), Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough (1973), "Lost" actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967), Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley (1967; d. 2002), singer/songwriter Tori Amos (1963), Tears For Fears singer Roland Orzabel (1961), Ratt bassist Juan Croucier (1959), Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid (1958), actor Colm Feore (1958), Grateful Dead singer Donna Jean Godchaux (1947), "Laverne and Shirley" actress Cindy Williams (1947), actress Valerie Harper (1940), "Brokeback Mountain" author Annie Proulx (1935), Sci-Fi writer Ray Bradbury (1920)...
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New TV on DVD, April 17

April 17th, 2007 8:00am EDT
The George Lopez Show
In The George Lopez Show, George is an employee at a large airplane-parts factory who is promoted to manager and finds himself in the untenable position of ordering around his old pals -- not to mention his own mother, and fellow employee, the indomitable and insufferable Benny Lopez. Seasons one and two are now on DVD. Also on DVD: season six of Murder, She Wrote and season two of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy.
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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, August 22

August 22nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Tori Amos
Happy Birthday to Simple Plan guitarist Jeff Stinco (1978), Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough (1973), "Lost" actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967), Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley (1967; d. 2002), singer/songwriter Tori Amos (1963), Tears For Fears singer Roland Orzabel (1961), Ratt bassist Juan Croucier (1959), Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid (1958), actor Colm Feore (1958), Grateful Dead singer Donna Jean Godchaux (1947), "Laverne and Shirley" actress Cindy Williams (1947), actress Valerie Harper (1940), "Brokeback Mountain" author Annie Proulx (1935), Sci-Fi writer Ray Bradbury (1920)...
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