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Television's Dearly Departed, The 11 Saddest TV Deaths Of All Time

June 21st, 2014 11:00am EDT
Television's Dearly Departed, The 11 Saddest TV Deaths Of All Ti
For most viewers, mourning the death of a favorite television character can be almost as traumatic as mourning the death of a family member. Viewers become so close to these characters over time, that they become like family. Most times, a character death is one a fan sees coming due to illness or an episode-long situation. The deaths that are most difficult to take are those fans do not see coming. In the "spirit" of great television, we honor the dearly departed characters that never saw it coming...the 11 saddest television deaths of all time.

1. Lt. Colonel Henry Blake, "M*A*S*H"

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9 Best TV Series' Adapted From A Feature Film

April 30th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Best TV Series' Adapted From A Feature Film
More often than not, a popular television series will be capitalized upon in a quick-release feature film that often becomes a forgotten fragment of an actor or actresses work. But, there are even fewer great television series that are based on a movie. In fact there are so few that 9 was the magic number for this list. A great television series has to capture the audience's attention and make them want to tune in weekly, despite the myriad of choices they have. These in particular, did the job and well.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Series and Film)

There are very few people who recall th...
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Photographer And 'M*A*S*H' Star Allan Arbus Dead At 95

April 23rd, 2013 8:57pm EDT
Allan Arbus
Former M*A*S*H star Allan Arbus, who played show's sarcastic psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman, died at his Los Angeles, Calif., home on Friday. He was 95.

Ironically Arbus served in the U.S. Army before beginning his acting career, serving as a photographer. He married his childhood sweetheart, photographer Diane Arbus (born Nemerov) in 1941, who he teamed up with on many advertising photo shoots for the likes of Vogue, Glamour and Harper's Bazaar magazines.

After his marriage ended Arbus found success as an actor, starring in a few movies after landing a role in Robert Downey Sr.'s "Grea...
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'Cheers' Tops Poll Of Best TV Theme Songs

April 18th, 2013 8:25pm EDT
Cheers
Two decades after the last episode of Cheers, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" still resonates as the best TV theme song, according to readers of TV Guide Magazine. The mag asked readers to help them find the 60 best themes since the dawn of television, and some of the choices may surprise you.

Of course, Cheers' theme being on the list isn't too much of a shocker - it was actually featured in several other shows on the list as a joke or reference and some of its episodes are considered the best of all time. TV Guide also rated the show the 18th greatest in a recent list.

The Mary Tyle...
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5 Best And 5 Worst Movie-To-TV Adaptations

September 4th, 2012 2:07pm EDT
Friday Night Lights
A Beverly Hills Cop TV show seems like a sure-fire hit, especially with Eddie Murphy involved. However, it's not as easy as it seems to make a great film into a recurring TV series. Here are the 5 Best and 5 Worst Movie-To-TV Adaptations:

Best

The Odd Couple: Originally based on a play, the film (starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) would be the fourth highest-grossing movie of 1968. The show would find similar success; the episode "Password" is ranked #5 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. Jack Klugman and Tony Randall would share three Emmys between them for their work....
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Alan Alda Choked, Set Himself On Fire & Was Nearly Crushed On Stage

February 24th, 2012 9:20am EST
Alan Alda
Alan Alda regularly snubs offers to hit Broadway because the theatre is a dangerous place for him - he was almost killed onstage three times.

The M*A*S*H veteran starred in a number of theatre productions in his youth, including "The Apple Tree," which earned him a Tony Award nomination in 1967, but Alda eventually turned his back on his thespian pursuits - because he couldn't escape his string of bad luck.

He recalls, "I was playing Job from the Book of Job, from the bible. I was very young, I was 24. I was about 40 years too young to play him. So I had all this crepe hair on my face and...
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Loretta Swit Sued Over Art Business

January 15th, 2012 5:00pm EST
Loretta Swit
M*A*S*H star Loretta Swit is facing legal action from investors in her art business who claim she has failed to pay back their money.

The actress, famed for playing Major Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan in the TV show, has set up her own company and she allegedly used a loan of more than $10,000 from a firm called Heath Solutions, Inc to help pay for it.

Bosses at Heath Solutions allege she promised to pay back the money, along with a further $44,000 which they invested to help her develop her company website.

The investors have filed a lawsuit against Swit in a bid to have the cash returne...
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Remembering 'M*A*S*H' Star Harry Morgan

December 7th, 2011 6:40pm EST
Harry Morgan
As Colonel Sherman T. Potter might say, “Mule muffins.” Lovable character actor Harry Morgan died this morning at the age of 96. His family said he had battled pneumonia recently.

Morgan hadn’t acted on TV or film since 1999, after appearing in a sitcom called ‘Love & Money’ and doing a guest arc on ‘3rd Rock From the Sun.’ But his career spanned approximately six decades. In addition to his iconic TV roles on ‘Dragnet’ and ‘M*A*S*H,’ he appeared in dozens of movies dating back to 1942.

The Norwegian-blooded actor was born in 1915, just three years after the Titanic sank and less than a y...
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Top Ten TV Goodbyes: Who Makes The List?

May 20th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
The Office Goodbye Michael
With Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’ last month, it’s time to reflect on big goodbye episodes. I thought ‘The Office’ pulled off his departure well, although I’m not sure how I feel about the future of the show.

Here’s my top ten list of other shows that have successfully sent a character off in style. The rules: it is a true “goodbye” episode with a major character or star departing. If it happens off-screen, it doesn’t count. So that’s why I’m not including some obvious departures, such as Rhoda Morgenstern, Frank Burns, Coach Pantusso, etc.

Here they are. Do you agree?

10. T.R....
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Classic TV Comedy Icons: Where Are They Now?

January 28th, 2011 11:16am EST
Hot In Cleveland
In the season premiere of TV Land’s ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ Betty White’s character, Elka, found herself in jail. A slim cell mate who called her “fresh meat” turned around and turned out to be none other than Mary Tyler Moore. The cameo was more a wink at the two icons’ history together, with the characters noting it had been 33 years since they’d seen each other – exactly as long as it had been since Moore and White worked together on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’

This sequence made me wonder – what are all the iconic TV actors from the glory days up to? Aside from this cameo, Moore re-eme...
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And The Best TV Christmas Episodes Ever Include...

December 17th, 2010 12:20pm EST
The Office
It’s quite hard to narrow down the best TV Christmas episodes ever. To help accommodate this dilemma, I am limiting myself to three classic TV specials – cartoons, variety shows, what have you. The rest will be regular TV segments from some of your favorite series. Here, in my opinion, are my favorite Christmas episodes of all time. Are they the best? Not necessarily. With a certain degree of schmaltz, you can’t always expect the best. In descending order:

10. ‘The Office’ – ‘Christmas Party’ – Dec. 6, 2005

This series’ first Christmas episode features the “Yankee swap” in which Mi...
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Alan Alda Returns To '30 Rock' With Relish

December 9th, 2010 10:38am EST
Alan Alda
Alan Alda returns to ’30 Rock’ tonight, Dec. 9, as Milton, the father of Jack (Alec Baldwin). Alda, who has guested twice before, returns in the episode ‘Christmas Attack Zone’ in which Liz (Tina Fey) and Avery (Elizabeth Banks) apparently convince Jack to tell his mother (Elaine Stritch) two secrets – one of which involves his father.

In a conference call, Alda says Jack gets his mother and Milton together at a holiday dinner in a vengeful sort of way. “And he doesn’t expect what happens after that,” Alda teases, in what he calls a “backwards holiday story.”

Alda, who over the course o...
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'Beauty And The Beast' Stars: Where Are They Now?

October 1st, 2010 9:37am EDT
Robby Benson
Possibly Disney's crowning jewel in the company's "renaissance" -- the period from the late '80s to the late '90s that produced wildly popular and widely acclaimed animated flicks that became classics -- "Beauty and the Beast" is being released on DVD and Blu-ray in a combo pack on October 5.

The combo pack includes all kinds of goodies and extras: fully-restored footage (it's the first time it'll be in high def), a sing-along mode, games, a virtual tour of the castle, deleted scenes (including a never-before-seen one), and more.

Until last year's "Up," 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" was...
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TV's Six Most Satisfying Finales

May 20th, 2010 11:13am EDT
TVs Six Most Satisfying Finales
While ABC’s claim that Sunday’s LOST finale is “the Television Event of the Decade” may be a bit hyperbolic, there’s no denying the excitement... and anxiety… that surrounds the final episode of a beloved TV show. Rabid fans of any series demand not just closure, but emotional resonance. After all, we’re saying goodbye to good friends here, not just clearing space off the DVR schedule. With that in mind, here’s our list of the Six Most Satisfying TV Finales of All Time.

SEINFELD “The Finale” (1998)

Granted, the much-maligned two-part ending to the legendary show about nothing is not the f...
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'Boston Legal' Season 5 Comes To DVD May 5

April 22nd, 2009 12:24pm EDT
Boston Legal
Please rise for the closing season of pure legal chaos at the law firm of Crane Poole & Schmidt, as Boston Legal Season 5 rests its case on DVD May 5 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. This final installment of the show that put a facetiously refreshing spin on the legal drama genre tackles timely and controversial judicial and personal issues without objection, including the 2008 presidential election, Mad Cow disease, gay marriage rights and health regulations for an unapproved Alzheimer's drug.

Headlining the outstanding ensemble cast are James Spader (Secretary, Sex Li...
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The 7th Annual TV Land Award Show Honorees

March 24th, 2009 12:31pm EDT
Married...With Children
TV Land announced today that it will pay tribute to "M*A*S*H," "Married...With Children," "Home Improvement," "Magnum PI," "Knots Landing" and "Two And A Half Men" at the 7th Annual TV Land Awards.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the two-hour show will tape on Sunday, April 19th at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City and will air on TV Land during a special presentation of TV Land PRIME on Sunday, April 26th at 8PM ET/PT.

All of this year's honorees are cultural icons representing a cross-section of classic and modern television that viewers love. Below are details on this y...
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Super Bowl XLIII Was Most Viewed Program In History

February 3rd, 2009 1:27pm EST
Super Bowl
Super Bowl XLIII is now the most viewed television program in U.S. history with a total audience of 151.6 million viewers, according to official national ratings data released today by Nielsen Media Research.

"It's always incredibly satisfying to amass large audiences, but this television record simply reaffirms the power of the Super Bowl and the National Football League," said Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. "Everyone associated with the NFL should feel a great sense of pride in this accomplishment and in providing a day of enjoyment to American families - es...
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Interview: Nicole Sullivan Rocks!

January 12th, 2009 10:56am EST
Nicole Sullivan
(TJAGS weekly column) It was 9:30 PM, on a Thursday night, and I was in the middle of dinner and (more than a few) drinks at a local establishment. My phone starts vibrating in my left pocket, I don't recognize the number. I sheepishly answer and on the other end is the unmistakable voice of Nicole Sullivan (MADtv, The King of Queens, Rita Rocks) asking if this was a good time to speak. Our interview, scheduled earlier in the day, had been postponed -- I had thought, wrongly -- to another day.

She did not want to impose and explained we could reschedule. "Nonsense," I said, "we can st...
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'Law & Order' Returns For 19th Season Nov. 5

October 28th, 2008 11:37am EDT
Law & Order
"Law & Order," the 1997 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series, the record holder for the most consecutive Best Series nominations (eleven, tied with "Cheers" and "M*A*S*H") and the longest-running drama series currently on television, returns for its 19th season Wednesday, November 5, 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on NBC.

In the season premiere titled "Rumble," a stockbroker is beaten to death in broad daylight, causing a "rumble" of epic proportions between the deceased's family and the faction responsible for his death.

Upcoming episodes include:

-November 12 - "Challenged...
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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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Ten Years Later: Still Bitter About 'Seinfeld' Finale, Reunion Needed

September 18th, 2008 11:05am EDT
Seinfeld
If a tree falls in the woods and 76.3 million people are there to watch it, will it make a noise? Yes! It will! It will make the most horrendous thud that can possibly be imagined. This is what happened in May of 1998-- yes, over ten years ago-- when the series finale of "Seinfeld" aired.

Jerry Seinfeld, over the years, has dropped coy hints that there is a possibility that the Seinfeld cast may reunite for a one off movie or reunion special. This needs to happen. The final episode of "Seinfeld"-- what many would agree is a landmark series in the history of television-- is, in a word,...
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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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Five Top Show-Changing Moments: 'Lost,' 'Twin Peaks' & More

February 27th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Lost
Every so often, there comes a shocking or unexpected moment in a television series that leaves the show forever altered. These show-changing moments are not simply unique plot twists or ambitious story arcs; they are episodes or scenes that ultimately prove to be watershed moments for the series in which they occur. The impact of a show-changing moment on a series can be positive or negative - and sometimes a verdict can't be reached until long after the show has ended.

We have comprised a list of the top five such moments. The way in which each of these instances affected the five ...
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When Enough Is Enough: Worst TV Spin-Offs

February 26th, 2008 2:21pm EST
Saved by the Bell: The New Class
The logic behind the spin-off is very sound. Take a beloved character or concept from a pre-existing series and create an entire new show. You have an established character or brand and thus a built-in fan base. It makes perfect sense, no?

Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is not quite that simple. Certainly there have been spin-offs that attracted both fans and critics and managed to create a legacy all their own. Shows like "Frasier," "Angel," and "The Jeffersons" instantly come to mind. But for every successful spin-off, there have been dozens of miserable failures...
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In The End: Best Series Finales

February 20th, 2008 1:15pm EST
Star Trek The Next Generation
The series finale. There is nothing quite like it in television. Many shows aren't given the luxury of a proper final episode, instead they are canceled prematurely and often without advanced notice. Often times those series exit after airing just a normal episode, or even worse - a cliffhanger. Then there is another group, and it consists of popular and long running series' that either go out on their own terms or are given warning of their impending doom.

We are not going to concern ourselves with the first group; after all it is hard to criticize the creative decisions of writ...
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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.

TV...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 4

November 4th, 2007 3:00am EST
Diddy
Happy Birthday to rapper/producer Diddy (1970), actor Matthew McConaughey (1969), Survivor host Jeff Probst (1962), actor Ralph Macchio (1961), hyper comedienne Kathy Griffin (1961), Night Court actress Markie Post (1950), First Lady Laura Bush (1946), photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946), M*A*S*H* actress Loretta Swit (1937), Everybody Loves Raymond actress Doris Roberts (1929), Honeymooner Art Carney (1918), and humorist Will Rogers (1879).
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Big Screen To Little Screen: Some Series Shine Will Others Fail

October 22nd, 2007 12:56pm EDT
Buffy
Often we don’t realize that our favorite TV shows began as vehicles on the big screen. Many of television’s best programs started that way. Then again, so did some of the worst.

In 1974, Ellen Burstyn starred in the Oscar awarded Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The movie was such a success that it was turned into “Alice,” complete with Vic Tayback as Mel. Unfortunately, it was Polly Holiday who made the sitcom a success. By the time she left the show and was replaced in 1980 by the original Flo, Diane Ladd, the damage had already been done. The series soon met its demise.

In 1992...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 29

September 29th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Les Claypool
Happy Birthday to Playboy Playmate/Baywatch actress Erika Eleniak (1969), Primus bassist Les Claypool (1964), "Desperate Housewives" actor Roger Bart (1962), singer Jennifer Rush (1960), comedian Andrew Dice Clay (1957), Grand Funk guitarist Mark Farmer (1948), TV host Bryant Gumbel (1948), jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (1942), "Deadwood" star Ian McShane (1942), "Young Frankenstein" actress Madeline Kahn (1942; d. 1999), "M*A*S*H" actor Larry Linville (1939; d. 2000), singer Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), director Stanley Kramer (1913; d. 2001), English actor Trevor Howard (1913; d. 1988), actor/...
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Alan Alda To Release Memoir Sept. 4

July 14th, 2007 8:12am EDT
Alan Alda
After actor Alan Alda recovered from a nearly fatal intestinal obstruction, he decided to live as if he'd been given a second life. To make his new life as meaningful as possible, he wanted to remember those rare moments when a special stillness had come over him, the kind that hits you when you hear something that goes to the core of who you think you are.

These were moments when he'd had some understanding about the meaning of his life, his reason for living — the central questions that Alda grapples with, as he looks back over his life in "Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself...
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