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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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Where Are They Now: Daphne Zuniga AKA Princess Vespa In 'Spaceballs'

May 21st, 2013 8:05pm EDT
Daphne Zuniga
The name Daphne Zuniga brings only two characters to mind: Princess Vespa from Mel Brooks' hilarious Star Wars spoof Spaceballs; and Jo Reynolds on Melrose Place.

In addition to playing Princess Vespa in the movie "Spaceballs," Daphne reprised her role for the short-lived animated TV series, which ran from 2007-09.

During an episode of VH1's "When Star Wars Ruled The World," Daphne said filming "Spaceballs" was quite difficult at times.

"The hardest part about doing Spaceballs was not laughing when they said 'action,'" she said.

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Where Are They Now: Andrew Shue, AKA Billy Campbell From 'Melrose Place'

April 30th, 2013 8:14pm EDT
Andrew Shue
 

Andrew Shue became a household name thanks to his role as Billy Campbell on early 90s primetime soap Melrose Place, but he disappeared out of the limelight just as quickly as he entered it.

Born February 20, 1967, in Wilmington, Delaware, Andrew grew up playing soccer and even played the sport internationally, both in Glasgow Scotland for the Queen's Park FC (Football Club) and later in Zimbabwe for the Bulawayo Highlanders. He was the only white player in the nation's soccer league, and also taught high school math while living there. He has a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College.

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The Top 10 TV Shows That Should Be Brought Back, Rebooted Or Just Re-Run

October 5th, 2012 3:07pm EDT
Miami Vice
TV remakes are either hit-or-miss, but with hollywood lacking many new ideas (seems like every other show is a crime drama or takes place in a hospital these days) we've thought of a few classic shows that we think would make the cut and stick around for a while -- if they're done correctly.

There are a number of old shows from the 70s and 80s that have been brought back in recent years, some with all new casts and edgier than their predecessors, and others featuring some of the original cast members. Others were revamped entirely, and some casting decisions killed a couple before they wer...
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Q&A: Courtney Thorne-Smith Talks 'Two and a Half Men'

April 9th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Courtney Thorne-Smith has made a name for herself in television, whether you remember her breakout role on the original Melrose Place, or her portrayal of Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal, or her stint as Cheryl on the long-running According To Jim. These days, she's brought her experience and energy to Two and a Half Men as Lyndsey MacElroy, the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Alan (Jon Cryer).

I recently talked with Courtney about what she enjoys about the role, her thoughts on the transition from Charlie Sheen to Ashton Kutcher, and if she can possibly pick a favorite part from her sma...
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Season 14 Cast Of 'Dancing With The Stars' Revealed

February 28th, 2012 11:00am EST
Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Cast
The new celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars has been released on Good Morning America, and we have the full list right here. The cast ranges from actresses to football players to musicians.

Jack Wagner is a soap opera star most known for his roles on General Hospital and Melrose Place. His pro partner is Anna Trebunskaya.

Melissa Gilbert is known for her child acting role on Little House on the Prairie, which she started when she was nine. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is her pro partner.

Donald Driver is wide receiver for the 2010 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in 19...
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Heather Locklear Released From Hospital; Rep Slams 'Attempted Suicide' Reports

January 14th, 2012 10:00am EST
Heather Locklear
Heather Locklear is in "good spirits" after she was released from the hospital in California on Friday.

The troubled actress was admitted to the Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California, on Thursday after her sister reportedly called emergency services to the star's home.

She spent a night under the care of doctors before she was deemed well enough to be released.

No further details about what caused the health crisis have been released, but a hospital spokesperson insists Locklear has made a good recovery.

The representative told reporters, "She's fine, she was mobile, she was ...
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Dan Cortese Files For Divorce

December 2nd, 2011 8:15am EST
Dan Cortese
Actor Dan Cortese has filed for divorce from his wife of 17 years.

The Melrose Place star, who has also appeared in Seinfeld, The Lottery and Veronica's Closet, married partner Dawn in 1994. The couple has two children.

Cortese began divorce proceedings at Los Angeles Superior Court last week, according to filings obtained by TMZ.com.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Cortese put their marital home in Malibu, California on the market in June.
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Heather Locklear To Wed Jack Wagner

August 12th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Heather Locklear
Actress Heather Locklear is engaged to wed actor Jack Wagner.

The former Melrose Place star began dating the 51 year old in 2007, shortly after she divorced Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora, the father of her 13-year-old daughter, Ava.

Locklear's representative confirmed the wedding news to People.com.

It will be the actress' third marriage - she was also wed to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee from 1986 to 1994.

The engagement is an early birthday surprise for Locklear - she will celebrate turning 50 in September.
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Heather Locklear's Daughter To Make Film Debut In Judd Apatow Comedy

August 11th, 2011 8:58am EDT
Ava Sambora
Heather Locklear's teenage daughter is following in the actress' footsteps - she's landed a part in Judd Apatow's new movie.

Ava Sambora, the 13-year-old daughter of the Melrose Place beauty and Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora, will make her debut in the as-yet-untitled comedy, according to TheWrap.com.

Ava will play the best pal of the movie's central teen character, Sadie, played by Apatow's daughter Maude.

The film is a spin-off of smash 2007 hit Knocked Up, with Paul Rudd and Apatow's wife Leslie Mann reprising their roles as bickering husband and wife.

Megan Fox will also star i...
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Denise Richards: 'I Didn't Break Up Richie Sambora's Marriage'

July 27th, 2011 2:51pm EDT
Denise Richards
Actress Denise Richards is putting the record straight about her romance with Richie Sambora, insisting he had already filed for divorce from Heather Locklear before she fell in love with the rocker.

Richards found love with the Bon Jovi star in 2006, soon after she ended her marriage to Charlie Sheen. Sambora was also going through his own break-up with the former Bond girl's one-time pal, Melrose Place star Locklear, and the timing of the new relationship prompted gossips to suspect that the two splits were linked.

However, Richards has hit out at the rumors and she's adamant she was ...
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TV on DVD: 'Melrose Place: Sixth Season, Volume 1'

May 3rd, 2011 4:05pm EDT
Melrose Place
Here's a blast from the past. Today CBS DVD releases the first half of the sixth season of the original Melrose Place. It's thirteen episodes from 1997 over three discs, and I have a look inside the set for you.

The Show

Full disclosure: soap operas and I do not mix. I'm just not a fan. That said, I actually watched parts of this season of Melrose, because it's the year that one of my favorite actors of my youth (that's Linden Ashby) joined the cast. If you've seen Beverly Hills, 90210, of which this show was a spinoff, you know what to expect...just with a focus on adults instead of ...
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Heather Locklear Is Simply Sexy In A Black Tank Top, Jeans

April 2nd, 2011 8:30am EDT
Heather Locklear
We spotted former "Melrose Place" star Heather Locklear and Jack Wagner at a Lakers game in Los Angeles earlier this week.

The 49-year-old actress may be dressing young, but she can definitely pull it off. What do you think?

Heather was just cast in a comedy pilot for CBS. The series "The Assistants" will focus on a group of people who work for a neurotic celebrity (Locklear) prone to wild mood swings.

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Amy Locane Pleads Not Guilty Over Fatal Car Crash

January 30th, 2011 4:00pm EST
Amy Locane
Former Melrose Place star Amy Locane has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a fatal car crash she was involved in last year.

The actress is facing charges of aggravated manslaughter and assault by automobile after she struck another vehicle as it turned into a driveway in Montgomery, New Jersey in June.

Driver Fred Seeman was airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries while his passenger, wife Helen, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Locane was arrested after cops detected alcohol on her breath, reports the Associated Press.

The 39 year old, who remains free on $50,00...
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'Tis The Season For D-List Celebs To Be Charged With Manslaughter, Get Life In Prison & Face 20 Years For Drug Charges

December 17th, 2010 8:34am EST
Amy Locane Sam Jones
Former "Melrose Place" actress Amy Locane has been indicted on charges of aggravated manslaughter and assault by automobile after she was involved in a fatal car crash earlier this year.

The star, who also appeared opposite Johnny Depp in "Cry-Baby," was driving in Montgomery, New Jersey in June when she struck another vehicle as it turned into a driveway.

Helene Seeman, a passenger in the front seat of the other car, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, Fred Seeman, was airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

Locane confessed to police she had had several gl...
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Lisa Rinna 'Scared' Before Lip Reduction Surgery Show

November 8th, 2010 1:38pm EST
Lisa Rinna
Lisa Rinna is terrified ahead of Wednesday's finale of her reality TV show Harry Loves Lisa - because fans will see all the gory details of her lip reduction surgery.

The former Melrose Place star decided to go under the knife again to reduce the size of her surgically-enhanced pout after being bombarded by negative comments over her enhanced looks.

She had an operation to restore her lips to their natural size in August and bravely let the cameras of her reality TV show in to see her with stitches in her mouth and a surgeon telling her that her mouth was not healing as expected. And Ri...
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Harry Hamlin & Lisa Rinna Were Both 'Casting Couch' Victims

October 13th, 2010 11:12pm EDT
Harry Hamlin
The original star of "Clash of the Titans" has confessed he was the target of an over-amorous casting director - and he's still reluctant to reveal all about the awkward encounter.

Actor Harry Hamlin and his wife Lisa Rinna were guests on Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday morning and when the former "Melrose Place" star attempted to dodge questions about her "casting couch quickie" - she turned the heat on her husband.

Stunned Hamlin was initially left speechless as the talk turned to him, but he revealed, "This was long before sexual harassment... Back in the 70s, there was a lot of cas...
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Heather Locklear Is 'Not Engaged'

October 8th, 2010 2:34pm EDT
Heather Locklear
A representative for Heather Locklear has dismissed reports the actress is set to wed boyfriend Jack Wagner.

Recent rumors suggested Wagner had cemented the couple's three-year relationship by asking Locklear to marry him during a party marking her 49th birthday on September 25th.

However, the former Melrose Place star isn't planning to walk down the aisle anytime soon, according to her rep. The spokesperson tells People.com, "Heather Locklear and Jack Wagner are not engaged."

Locklear has previously been married to Motley Crue star Tommy Lee and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, the...
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Heather Locklear And Jack Wagner To Tie The Knot?

October 6th, 2010 10:23am EDT
Heather Locklear
Actress Heather Locklear is reportedly planning to wed on/off boyfriend Jack Wagner after the actor proposed at her birthday party last month.

The couple has been dating since 2007 and the former Melrose Place star recently denied U.S. tabloid reports which suggested they had split earlier this year.

Wagner cemented their relationship by asking Locklear to marry him during a party to mark her 49th birthday on September 25th, according to Britain's Daily Express - and the actress accepted his proposal. A source tells the publication, "Heather never felt the time was right, but now she is...
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Lisa Rinna Undergoes Lip Reduction Surgery

October 5th, 2010 11:25am EDT
Lisa Rinna
Actress Lisa Rinna has undergone surgery to reduce the size of her upper lip, after criticism of her plumped-up pout left her feeling "hurt".

The former Melrose Place star admits she became a target for nasty comments after she went under the knife to enhance her features and fears she has become more well-known for her surgically-enhanced mouth than her acting career.

Now, she has opted for a more natural look after undergoing an operation to fix her lip in August. She tells People.com, "My lips started to define who I am. That bothered me. I took a big hit for being honest (about surg...
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Heather Locklear Goes Shopping; Looks Great At 48

September 7th, 2010 6:59pm EDT
Heather Locklear
We spotted Heather Locklear visiting the shops at the Mailbu Country Mart over Labor Day Weekend. She looked quite sexy in a loose fitting tank top and very baggy gray trousers.

Earlier this year Heather was cleared over an alleged hit-and-run incident after officials rejected the case due to a lack of evidence.

The "Melrose Place" star was alleged to have been arrested and cited after failing to alert police about a collision with a road sign in Westlake Village, California in April.

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Actress Amy Locane Charged In Fatal Car Crash

June 28th, 2010 10:12pm EDT
Amy Locane
Former "Melrose Place" star Amy Locane has been charged with killing a woman after allegedly crashing her car under the influence of alcohol.

The actress, who starred opposite Johnny Depp in "Cry-Baby," was driving her Chevy Tahoe in Montgomery, New Jersey on Sunday night when she reportedly struck another vehicle, which was turning into a driveway.

Helene Seeman, a passenger in the front seat of the other car, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, Fred Seeman, was airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. He has been listed as in critical condition.

Locane, who...
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AnnaLynne McCord: Short Skirt And A Long Jacket - Hot Or Not?

May 22nd, 2010 4:07pm EDT
Annalynne McCord
"90210" star Annalynne McCord arrived at a CW network event in New York City Thursday in a short light pink dress and white blazer. This is rather conservative for AnnaLynne, who usually prefers short, tight dresses.

AnnaLynne's show escaped the axe from CW, but the series will be moving to Monday nights in the fall, where it will provide a lead-in for the fourth season of "Gossip Girl."

According to the network, "The third season of '90210' welcomes the West Beverly kids to their senior year of high school...expectations are high, hormones are raging, and scandals are hiding around every...
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Aly Michalka Stars With Ashley Tisdale In New CW Cheerleader Drama 'Hellcats' (Hot Pics!)

May 20th, 2010 11:19pm EDT
Aly Michalka
Aly & A.J. singer Aly Michalka and "High School Musical's" Ashley Tisdale helped the CW network debut their fall lineup on Thursday. The pair will star together in a high school cheerleader drama called "Hellcats." There's no word if ageless 24-year-old Tisdale will play a high school student in this one or if they'll be giving her a more mature role though.

The show will fit into one of the vacant slots in the upcoming fall schedule after bosses at the network confirmed that the the remake of the popular 80s nighttime soap "Melrose Place" was canceled.

Hit hero drama "Smallville" will al...
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Heather Locklear Arrested For Hit-And-Run (Video)

April 21st, 2010 2:34pm EDT
Heather Locklear
Actress Heather Locklear has run into more car trouble after failing to alert police about a collision with a road sign on Saturday.

The Melrose Place star was arrested and cited for a hit-and-run following a police investigation into an incident in Westlake Village, California early on Saturday morning. Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials responded to calls of a one-vehicle crash and discovered a car had mounted a curb and knocked over a 'no parking' sign.

The investigation led deputies to Locklear's home nearby and they linked damage to her BMW to the collision, according to...
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Top TV & Movie Secretaries In Honor Of Administrative Professionals Day

April 21st, 2010 8:56am EDT
Top TV & Movie Secretaries
They work hard. They keep things in order. They are oftentimes unappreciated. In honor of Administrative Professionals Day (April 21), here are the 10 best and memorable TV and movie secretaries, receptionists and personal assistants.

TV

Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) Melrose Place

Let's do this list right by starting with some crazy. Sydney was the schizophrenic secretary who made her bitchy boss Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear) look like a princess. With all that dying, coming back to life, murdering and plenty of revenge sex, who wouldn't want this chick answering the phone and sc...
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Heather Locklear's Rep Denies Split Rumor

April 13th, 2010 8:20am EDT
Heather Locklear
A representative for Heather Locklear has dismissed reports the actress has split from boyfriend Jack Wagner.

Tabloid reports earlier this month suggested the blonde had parted ways with her former Melrose Place co-star, who she has dated since early 2007, because she wanted to spend more time with her 12-year-old daughter Ava.

However, the star's spokesperson insists the rumors are just speculation, telling UsMagazine.com that the pair "have not split."

Last year Locklear denied reports she was engaged to the actor/singer after she was spotted sporting a diamond ring.

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Katie Cassidy Makes Grey Look Good While Hosting Malawi Charity Event

March 15th, 2010 6:03pm EDT
Katie Cassidy
You may not know who Katie Cassidy is - she stars on the new "Melrose Place" and is '70's teen idol David Cassidy's daughter. One thing is for sure, this blonde beauty is on our radar and should be on yours!

The actress hosted a charity event benefiting Malawi charity H.E.L.P. at the Bank Nightclub in Las Vegas on March 12 looking hot in a gray bandage dress. In fact, she's so sexy she made our annual list of the 37 hottest female stars of the year!

Katie stars in the upcoming remake of "A Nightmare On Elm Street" with "Watchmen" star Jackie Earle Haley & "Twilight's" Kellan Lutz. The fil...
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Lisa Rinna Apologizes To Heidi Montag Over Surgery Comments

February 19th, 2010 8:33am EST
Lisa Rinna Apologizes To Heidi Montag
Actress Lisa Rinna has apologized to Heidi Montag after insisting she wouldn't allow her young daughters to look at images of the cosmetically overhauled The Hills star. Montag shocked fans after unveiling a completely new look following a string of surgical procedures, including work on her nose, chin, ears, eyebrows, cheeks and breasts.

When former Melrose Place actress Rinna was asked her opinion on the reality TV star's transformation, she admitted ripping up Montag's People magazine cover because she didn't want her daughters to see it. She told FanCast.com, "We have two girls. I d...
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The Creator Of CW's 'Life Unexpected' Spills About Mid-Season Series

January 13th, 2010 10:21am EST
Life UneXpected
These days writer and producer Liz Tigelaar is a very busy lady. In fact, with episodes of the new Melrose Place airing this fall, and a show of her own creation, Life Unexpected (but more on that in a minute), premiering on January 18th on The CW, she may be one of the most sought-after behind-the-scenes talents in Hollywood! Starpulse.com had a chance to steal a few minutes with Tigelaar to chat about the show, her stars, and how finally getting a (mid-season) air date has changed her show's arc and her own life, and why it might actually be better for her show that it didn't premiere in ...
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