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Paul Reiser Blames Lack Of Promotion For Sitcom Failure

April 27th, 2011 8:06am EDT
Paul Reiser
Comedian Paul Reiser has blamed TV bosses for failing to promote his recently axed sitcom and airing it in the same time slot as American Idol.

Executives at NBC cancelled Reiser's self-titled show after just two episodes last week due to low ratings. The former Mad About You star insists the new series needed more advertising and admits he doubted whether it could ever succeed going up against hit TV talent show American Idol.

He tells talk show host Jay Leno, "I get a call: 'Come back on TV, make a show for yourself, people out there miss you.' So I came up with the show, they said, '...
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Interview With Paul Reiser, Star Of 'The Paul Reiser Show'

April 11th, 2011 10:20am EDT
Paul Reiser Show
Paul Reiser hasn’t been on television in a while. That’s the case in real life, and it’s also the case on Reiser’s new NBC sitcom, “The Paul Reiser Show,” which the actor co-wrote and produced. Like a diet version of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Paul Reiser Show” follows a fictionalized version of Reiser’s life 11 years after the end of his star making role in “Mad About You.” Struggling with his fading celebrity and with a wealth of free time, Reiser spends his days wrestling with his kids’ school projects, hanging out with a disparate group of chuckleheads that he calls his friends, and t...
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Paul Reiser Comedy Replaces 'Perfect Couples'

March 28th, 2011 7:30pm EDT
Paul Reiser
Paul Reiser's NBC comedy project has finally found a home, and a date. His show will premiere April 14, displacing the network's 'Perfect Couples' to bubble show purgatory. With two episodes left to air, its odds for renewal are not good.

Reiser's show, cleverly titled 'The Paul Reiser Show,' will feature him as a guy named Paul Reiser, who lives with his wife and kids and hangs out with other dads. It's a single camera comedy, and the first major TV project for Reiser since 'Mad About You' ended in 1999.

The announcement comes on the heels of NBC's announcement last week that it renew...
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Seinfeld's "Uncle Leo" Len Lesser Dies at 88

February 16th, 2011 9:34pm EST
Len Lesser, best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's beloved Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, has died. He was 88.

The veteran character actor died on Wednesday from pneumonia related to cancer. He was surrounded by friends and family in his Burbank, Calif., home at the time of his passing.

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'Episodes' Advance Review: Making Fun Of The Hand That Feeds You

January 5th, 2011 10:23am EST
Episodes
My week of Showtime previews continues with a look at Episodes, the second new series that the network will debut on January 9 (the first being Shameless). Episodes focuses on a British couple named Beverly and Sean (Green Wing costars Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan) who experience culture shock when their successful UK television series is adapted for an American audience. As a fan of many British shows, several of which have been butchered in American translation - in fact, Episodes rings amusingly like the story of the Brit sitcom Coupling - I have to say this is a neat and probably ...
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Move Over NBC, USA Is Stealing Your Glory

July 10th, 2009 12:02pm EDT
USA
In the world of television, the big networks - NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX - are typically considered to be the "A" team, or the major leaguers of TV stations. Now they have a bit of competition.

The network we are most confused by is NBC. NBC used to be a ratings powerhouse with its "Must See TV" marketing campaigns. Weeknights were appointment television nights for millions of viewers tuning in first in the genesis of it all, the 1980s with Hill Street Blues, The Cosby Show, Cheers, and LA Law. The 1990s came in strong with ER, Friends, Frasier, Mad About You, Seinfeld, and the last of...
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Top Celebrity Freak Outs - Can They Bounce Back?

July 2nd, 2009 2:52pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Celebrity is something of a double edged sword. On one hand you could make millions and be adored by fans all over the world, but it also means the loss of privacy and the constant nitpicking of the mainstream critics. One slip up is all it takes for your face and words to be scattered over magazines and blogs, but sometimes the controversies are worth being taken to task for.

Here's a look at some of the celebrities who lost their mind or temper at the wrong time, and whether or not they have managed to bounce back from the incidents. What do you think of these moments in celeb history...
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'Spin City': The Complete First Season Now On DVD

November 4th, 2008 6:00pm EST
Spin City
Step inside the inner sanctum of one of the most sharp-witted and funniest political machines ever. Meet Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty and the quirky City Hall staff members from Spin City as they expertly spin their gaffe-prone Mayor Randall Winston and the City out of daily near-misses. >From dealing with the Mayor's problematic wife to catching a nudist roaming inside the City Hall to losing a deceased police dog just hours before the wake, this idiosyncratic office family goes the distance in this popular ensemble television comedy.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning televisio...
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The Top Ten Oddest Athlete Cameos

March 6th, 2008 11:45am EST
The Fridge in G.I. Joe
We have to say, the process of compiling a list of the best athlete cameos has been done to death. We get it; Keith Hernandez was hilarious in Seinfeld (he was), and Mr. Burns' All Star softball team episode of The Simpsons is a classic (it is). We wanted to delve a bit deeper though, really flesh out some more obscure and odd cameos' from our favorite stars in the world of sports.

10. Wade Boggs - Cheers

- Arguably the greatest stunt Gary's Old Town Tavern ever pulled on the gang at Cheers. In an effort to "bury the hatchet" Gary sends over what everyone at Cheers assumes is a Wa...
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What's So Funny 'Bout 'Aliens In America?'

October 2nd, 2007 1:27pm EDT
Aliens In America
Two musicians from very different backgrounds -- PJ Olsson, CBS Records artist, and Salman Ahmad, musician, poet and founder of Pakistan's most popular band, Junoon, united to record a new version of the Nick Lowe song "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding." The song will be featured as the main theme title song and as part of a promotional campaign for The CW's new critically acclaimed comedy series Aliens In America. The series, which premiered Monday, October 1 (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET), is the story of the Tolchuck family, whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival o...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 15

June 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Ice Cube
Happy Birthday to "Doogie Howser, M.D." star Neil Patrick Harris (1973), Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte (1972), actor/rapper Ice Cube (1969), "Friends" star Courteney Cox (1964), "Mad About You" star Helen Hunt (1963), baseball Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs (1958), "According to Jim" star Jim Belushi (1954), "Earnest" actor Jim Varney (1949; d. 2000), Air Supply singer Russell Hitchcock (1949), Spencer Davis Group bassist Muff Winwood (1943), singer Harry Nilsson (1941; d. 1994), country legend Waylon Jennings (1937; d. 2002), musician Errol Garner (1921; d. 1977), Western actor Lash LaRue...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 30

March 30th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to singer Anna Nalick (1984), rapper Paul Wall (1980), jazz singer Norah Jones (1979), Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968), "90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964), American singer Tracy Chapman (1964), rapper MC Hammer (1962), "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957), "Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950), new wave singer Lene Lovich (1949), Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945), Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940), "Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937), "Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930), Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853; d. 1890), and Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1...
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New TV on DVD, Feb. 6

February 6th, 2007 8:00am EST
Charmed
In season 7 of Charmed, the Power of Three continues to work in mysterious ways as the sisters adapt to the arrival of baby Chris. Paige continues her quest for the perfect man while Phoebe desperately searches for the father of her future daughter. Finding time to juggle multiple romances while fighting the forces of darkness becomes increasingly challenging. Also on DVD: Baywatch season 3 and Mad About You season 3.
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 15

June 15th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Ice Cube
Happy Birthday to "Doogie Howser, M.D." star Neil Patrick Harris (1973), Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte (1972), actor/rapper Ice Cube (1969), "Friends" star Courteney Cox (1964), "Mad About You" star Helen Hunt (1963), baseball Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs (1958), "According to Jim" star Jim Belushi (1954), "Earnest" actor Jim Varney (1949; d. 2000), Air Supply singer Russell Hitchcock (1949), Spencer Davis Group bassist Muff Winwood (1943), singer Harry Nilsson (1941; d. 1994), country legend Waylon Jennings (1937; d. 2002), musician Errol Garner (1921; d. 1977), Western actor Lash LaRue...
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New Lewis Black Stand-Up Special Airs Tonight on HBO

June 10th, 2006 9:00am EDT
Lewis Black
Lewis Black, a savagely funny observer of modern life, returns for his second HBO solo special when the all-new comedy event "Lewis Black: Red, White And Screwed" debuts Saturday, June 10 (10:00-11:00pm ET). Taped recently before a sold-out house at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., the act features Black’s observations on subjects including the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina & FEMA, gay marriage, the Dick Cheney shooting, President Bush, and even fossils & evolution.

Lewis Black received a Grammy nomination earlier this year for his “Rules of Enragement” CD. He was named Best Male...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 30

March 30th, 2006 3:00am EST
Eric Clapton
Happy Birthday to singer Anna Nalick (1984), rapper Paul Wall (1980), jazz singer Norah Jones (1979), Canadian singer Celine Dion (1968), "90210" actor Ian Ziering (1964), American singer Tracy Chapman (1964), rapper MC Hammer (1962), "Mad About You" star Paul Reiser (1957), "Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950), new wave singer Lene Lovich (1949), Cream guitarist Eric Clapton (1945), Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto (1940), "Bugsy" actor Warren Beatty (1937), "Addams Family" actor John Astin (1930), Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853; d. 1890), and Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1...
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James Marsters & Nick Lachey Among Guests on WB Shows

January 16th, 2006 3:44pm EST
Nick Lachey
The WB Network welcomes a sexy and intriguing celebrity guest roster to kick-off its midseason, including Nick Lachey, James Denton, Kelly Carlson and James Marsters. The announcement was made today at the network's Winter 2006 Television Critics’ Association Press Tour.

Actor Nick Lachey guest stars on TWINS in an episode entitled "Himbo," which will air February 24 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET). Lachey will play Charlie Solik, a former underwear model and Arnold Undergarments’ new Marketing Director, hired by Farrah (Molly Stanton). This is Lachey's second guest appearance on the network afte...
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