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9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

4/15/2014 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...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

9/8/2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...

'Private Practice' Star Caterina Scorsone Welcomes Baby Girl

7/8/2012 12:30pm EDT
Caterina Scorsone
Canadian actress Caterina Scorsone has given birth to her first child. A midwife helped deliver the "Private Practice" star's baby at her home in Los Angeles. Daughter Eliza arrived on Friday.

The baby is Scorsone's first with her rocker husband Rob Giles, and they are delighted with the new addition to their family.

The couple told, "We couldn't be more in love with her and are overflowing with gratitude for this beautiful miracle."

Kate Walsh Leaving 'Private Practice'

6/12/2012 10:25pm EDT
Kate Walsh
Actress Kate Walsh will quit her hit medical drama Private Practice after its upcoming sixth season.

The star has been portraying Dr. Addison Montgomery in the Grey's Anatomy spin-off since its premiere in 2007, but she is preparing to hang up her stethoscope for good once filming wraps on the latest run of the show.

She tells new talk show host Bethenny Frankel, "This is my last season for Private Practice. It's been an incredible journey, an amazing ride. I'm hugely, hugely grateful.

"It's been a long time being Addison and I feel incredibly grateful to (creator) Shonda Rhimes and all ...

Review of ABC's 'Scandal': Have You Been Scandalized?

4/6/2012 9:20am EDT
scandal cast
Shonda Rhimes’ newest creation, ABC’s political thriller “Scandal” (based on the real life of President George H.W. Bush’s aid, Judy Smith) wants you to believe that Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a corporate fixer with some surprising and sexy ties to the President, is a superhero with a chic trench coat and stilettos instead of a mask and a cape. She can intimidate gun-wielding Ukranian kidnappers with a single monologue, identify liars with her fine-tuned internal polygraph and is armed with a set of fabulously lethal cheekbones. To gain entrance to her high-end batcave, you must be a...

Kate Walsh's 'Mid-Life Crisis' Inspired Her To Pose Nude On The Cover Of Shape Magazine

2/29/2012 11:51pm EST
Kate Walsh SHAPE Magazine
"Right now, I feel really healthy, confident, and sexy," Kate Walsh tells Shape magazine about posing nude on the cover for its March issue.

"I'm enjoying my 40s and wanted to share that. Is it a mid-life crisis? I do drive a Porsche, so maybe it is!"

The Private Practice star, 44, leaves little to the imagination - and she's very proud of it.

"I was terrified, but I really wanted to do a naked cover - especially with Shape, because the magazine is about loving yourself inside and out," she says.

So how does Kate keep her fantastic figure?

"I'd rather have a smaller serving of somethin...

Betsy Brandt Returns To "Private Practice" Tonight

1/19/2012 4:46pm EST
Private Practice
Breaking Bad star Betsy Brandt returns to ABC's Private Practice tonight.

In the episode, entitled "Losing Battles," she reprises the role of Joanna Gibson. After first meeting Violet (Amy Brenneman) in the fifth-season premiere, Joanna returns "pregnant and badly beaten, and in need of Violet's help. Joanna is a smart, successful lawyer and the ending will certainly prove more ways than one."

The episode has a special start time of 10:02 PM ET/PT on ABC.

Brandt also appeared in an episode of Brenneman's previous series Judging Amy back in 2001.

She recently completed the ...

Taye Diggs Was Born With 12 Fingers

1/9/2012 9:00am EST
Taye Diggs
Taye Diggs underwent surgery as a youngster after he was born with 12 fingers.

The "Private Practice" star, who is married to "Glee" star Idina Menzel, came out of the womb with an extra digit on each hand.

Doctors removed the extra fingers, and Diggs reveals his parents requested the procedure so he wouldn't face ridicule as he grew up.

He says, "I know you guys are thinking that I'm kidding. As a child I had an extra digit on each hand, and I remember my mom told me, they (the doctors) asked her if she wanted to let the digit grow or to remove it, and they removed it - but I could have...

'Private Practice' Star Audra McDonald Is Engaged

1/4/2012 8:48am EST
Audra McDonald
Actress Audra McDonald is engaged to marry Broadway actor Will Swenson.

The Private Practice star divorced her first husband, bassist Peter Donovan, in 2009 before starting up a relationship with Swenson.

Now, the couple is celebrating after becoming engaged on New Year's Day.

In a series of posts on, McDonald writes, "Best New Year's Day ever. Ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever. Thanks 4 (for) all of the sweet congrats (sic) on our engagement. We're super happy and excited."

McDonald's showbiz pals are already congratulating her on the happy news.

In a tweet...

TV on DVD Roundup: 'Big Bang,' 'Castle,' 'H5O' and More Recent Releases

9/22/2011 7:55pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
With the new fall season starting in September, a lot of TV on DVD titles have turned out over the last few months to help fans catch up with favorite shows. I do mean a lot. So many that it'd be a deluge of reviews if we were to write them all up individually. To keep from drowning you in print, but still keep you up to date, here's a quick look at many of the new titles that have arrived recently.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Home Video)

The Show: CBS's hit sitcom reveals in its geekdom, with a fourth season peppered with more pop culture references and...

Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

9/6/2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...

Audra McDonald To Perform At NYC's First Gay Marriage

7/21/2011 8:34am EDT
Audra McDonald
Private Practice star Audra McDonald will be the star performer at New York's first legal same-sex marriage ceremony this weekend.

Politicians in the Big Apple passed a bill last month allowing gay partners to wed, and the law will come into force at midnight on Sunday.

The first official same-sex union will be officiated by the city's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Tony Award winner McDonald has been invited to sing at the historical occasion.

In a post on her page, she writes, "Gonna sing at the celebration of the first gay marriage officiated by Mayor Bloomberg this weeke...

'Private Practice' Star Kate Walsh Dazzles In A Clingy, Bright Blue Mini Dress

6/1/2011 10:00am EDT
Kate Walsh
"Private Practice" star Kate Walsh arrived at The Grove in Hollywood Los Angeles yesterday in a blue, form-fitting dress for the show "Extra."

Fun facts about Kate:

-She was a regular on "The Drew Carey Show" in 1997, donning a fat suit to play Drew's weight-struggling girlfriend.

-She was a runway model in Japan during the early 1980s.

-Her dogs are named Lou Diamond Phillips and Rosie Perez.

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ABC Announces New & Returning Shows For 2011-12

5/17/2011 1:54pm EDT
Body Of Proof
New series for ABC's 2011-12 season are "Apartment 23," "Charlie's Angels," "Good Christian Belles," "Last Man Standing," "Man Up," "Missing," "Once Upon a Time," "Pan Am," "Revenge," "The River," "Scandal," "Suburgatory" and "Work It."

"America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," "Body of Proof," "Dancing with the Stars," "Desperate Housewives," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Happy Endings," "Secret Millionaire," "Shark Tank" and "20/20" join previously announced returning series "Castle," "Cougar Town," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Middle," "Modern Family" and "Private Practice." "Sat...

What To Watch: Viewers Finally Learn Which ‘Glee’ Cast Member They Will Say Goodbye To Forever (May 15-21, 2011)

5/15/2011 11:15am EDT
The number one thing you need to watch this week is “Glee” because after months of speculation, viewers will finally find out which cast member they will say goodbye to forever. That’s right; in case you haven’t heard, one of McKinley High’s own will face an unexpected loss. Cast and crew have been tight-lipped about who is dying, but viewer guesses include Sue’s sister, Puck and Quinn’s daughter, or Kurt’s dad. Of course, this doesn’t mean it couldn’t be one of the regular cast members; ugh, I cringed at the thought!

‘Amazing Race; Unfinished Business’ wraps up with $1 million winner, ent...

ABC Announces Finale Dates

3/22/2011 4:52pm EDT
Ellen Pompeo and Teri Hatcher | Photo Credits: ABC
ABC has announced its finale dates that include a two-hour episode of Desperate Housewives and a one-hour episode of Cougar Town.

Fall 2011 TV scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?

Check out ABC's full list of season finales:

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'Grey’s Anatomy' + 'Lost' - Mysteries That Will Never Be Solved = 'Off The Map'

2/10/2011 11:40am EST
off the map cast
Which is not necessarily a bad thing: The first time I watched “Off The Map,” I dismissed it as just another sexy doctor show produced by TV superstar Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes created “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” redefining our idea of medical dramas and prime-time soap operas. Rhimes didn’t create “Off The Map” (that credit belongs to Jenna Bans, who is a producer and writer on “Grey’s”), but she is executive producing it. And her influence is all over this new show.

At first, I amused myself by looking for character counterparts to my (I’ll admit it) beloved Seattle Grace doc...

ABC Renews Six Shows For Next Season

1/11/2011 9:45am EST
In an early vote of confidence, ABC renewed six series for next season. None of the choices is particularly surprising since none were on the bubble. The shows are:

‘Grey’s Anatomy’

‘Cougar Town’

‘Private Practice’

‘Modern Family’

‘The Middle’


Missing from the list? ‘Desperate Housewives,’ said to be held up by contract negotiations, but expect it to be back. Any series not on this list does not mean ABC will not renew it; the network has until May to make final decisions, and sometimes it goes down to the wire. Stay tuned.

Hot Legs: Kellie Martin In A Little Black Dress

1/8/2011 5:00pm EST
Kellie Martin
We spotted Kellie Martin at the 2011 TCA Winter Press Tour, and she looked fab! The former "ER" and "Life Goes" on star has really come into her own. The little black dress proves it!

The actress recently made guest appearances on "Drop Dead Diva," "Private Practice" and "Grey's Anatomy." She has appeared on numerous other shows over the years.

She appears in the upcoming TV movie "Smooch," a modern retelling of the classic Frog Prince tale with a romantic comedy twist.

Metallics, Black & White Dresses Dominate 2011 People's Choice Awards Fashion (Photos)

1/6/2011 8:55am EST
2011 People's Choice Awards
The stars came out en masse during Wednesday night's People's Choice Awards, and it appears that metallics, black, and white are the trendy hues this year.

Hollywood's finest walked the blue carpet in an array of subdued colors, although a select few stars stood out in bright attire.

Check out what the stars wore last night, and tell us who looked great and who didn't!

Check out the full list of winners HERE!

Taylor Swift

"Wizards of Waverly Place" star Selena Gomez in her second outfit of the evening

"Nikita" star Maggie Q

"Desperate Housewives" star Vanessa Williams

Kim, K...

Kadee Strickland Worked With Victims Prior To Traumatic 'Private Practice' Rape Scene

11/5/2010 3:34pm EDT
Kadee Strickland
"Private Practice" star Kadee Strickland worked with rape victims to ensure her character's sexual assault storyline was as true to life as possible.

The star plays Dr. Charlotte King in the hit drama and threw herself into research for the character's recent rape scene by working with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network to ensure she did not underplay the devastating effects of a sex attack.

And she hopes her respectful portrayal will give victims the courage to come forward and receive counseling to try and overcome an assault.

Strickland tells Fox News, "The thing I've learned...

Poplopedia: ABC Is The Go-To Network This Fall For Exciting New And Returning Shows

9/24/2010 12:30pm EDT
Detroit 187
We’ve got some good news, some bad news and some greater news. The bad news is that summer is over although you’ve probably realized that already. The good news is that fall brings with it a bevy of new television programs to entertain us while we are stuck inside, hiding out from the nippy weather.

The greater news is that ABC has an exciting fall line-up of new and returning series that are not only entertaining, but are definitely must-see TV. With a few new shows that will cater to the reality television lovers and the scripted drama adoreres (courtesy of documentary style filming), gi...

Amy Brenneman's Secret Surgery Fixed Her Intenstines

9/17/2010 4:00pm EDT
Amy Brenneman
Actress Amy Brenneman has opened up about the secret surgery she underwent in January, revealing she had an operation to cure her from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

The "Private Practice" star previously refused to go into detail about what ailed her after she spent several days in hospital to correct a "longstanding and chronic problem".

But now she's gone public with her health battle - she was suffering from painful symptoms of IBD, a disease which can inflict sufferers with ulcers or open sores on their large intestine or colon.

She says, "I had a big old operation. I'd been suff...

Kate Walsh Wears Sushi Dress On 'Jay Leno'

9/17/2010 2:47pm EDT
Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh paid tribute to Lady Gaga's now-famous red meat dress with a fishy fashion choice of her own when she appeared on TV on Thursday - by donning a garment made from sushi and sashimi.

The Private Practice star strutted onto Jay Leno's late night show wearing a little black dress covered with raw fish, and shaded her eyes with Gaga-inspired glasses made from Tamago - a Japanese-style omelet.

She completed the edible ensemble with a ring made from a sushi roll and prawns strapped to her Louis Vuitton stilettos, telling the comedian, "This is a shout out - an homage - to Lady Gaga."

Kate Walsh Is A Sexy Tennis Fan

9/14/2010 12:53pm EDT
Kate Walsh
"Private Practice" star Kate Walsh showed her support (AND cleavage... AND legs) for Rafael Nadal during his semi-final match at the US Open in New York on Saturday. She's definitely one of the hottest 42 year olds we know!

The good news for all you single guys out there is that Kate recently finalized her divorce. The actress became embroiled in a bitter legal battle after splitting from her film executive husband in 2008, after only 14 months as a married couple. But now she's a free woman!

The new season of her medical series kicks off Thursday, Sept. 23, on ABC.


2010-11 TV Lineup

5/20/2010 9:05am EDT
2010 Fall TV Lineup
The big networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox & CW) unveiled their schedules for the 2010-11 season this week at their various upfront presentations. Several shows were canceled (such as "Heroes," "Ghost Whisperer" & "Law & Order"), while many new series were added to the lineup ("Hawaii Five-O" & "The Event.")

Check out the schedule to see if your favorite shows made the cut and to find out which new series are coming your way:


8 p.m. House
9 p.m. Lonestar (new)

8 p.m. Glee
9 p.m. Raising Hope (new)
9:30 p.m. Running Wilde (new)

8 p.m. Lie to Me
9 p.m. Hell's Kitch...

Kate Walsh's Divorce Finalized

4/14/2010 8:15am EDT
Kate Walsh
Private Practice star Kate Walsh is officially single - a Los Angeles judge dissolved her marriage to Alex Young on Tuesday.

The actress became embroiled in a bitter legal battle after splitting from her film executive husband in 2008, after only 14 months as a married couple.

In the divorce settlement, Walsh agreed to hand over half her TV earnings for shows filmed while they were man and wife, as well as $627,000 for Young's share of their properties after he demanded to know the true value of her contract with ABC network.

However, Walsh can now put her failed marriage behind her a...

Top 5 To Watch: 'American Idol' Returns, 'Grey's Anatomy,' & More

1/12/2010 10:00am EST
American Idol
Get excited everyone because "American Idol" is back! Just when we were getting bored out of our minds because everything repeats during the holidays, the networks bring back one of our favorites, this time with a comedian/talk show host that might just shake up the judges' panel like never before.

"American Idol" - FOX, Tuesday/Wednesday, Jan. 12/13, 2010

Ellen DeGeneres, you're up! This week DeGeneres will take her first crack at the "American Idol" judges' panel when she joins Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi for the first round of auditions on the season nine premi...

Top 5 to Watch Oct. 11-17: 'Ugly Betty,' 'Law & Order' & More

10/12/2009 9:26am EDT
Ugly Betty
During the week of Oct. 11, 2009, the Top 5 includes one chef's culinary dreams coming true, the announcement of a biological father and a spoof that everyone must watch!

Hell's Kitchen - Tuesday, Oct. 13 (Fox)

Chef Gordon Ramsay will announce the winner of "Hell's Kitchen" season six. The competition is down to Ariel, Kevin and Dave, but one of those chefs will be cut during the first hour of the two-hour finale. On the second episode the chefs will be asked to create their own restaurant, and hopefully the right person will emerge victorious at the end.

I think all of the chefs ...

Spotlight On TV Shows That Have Outstayed Their Welcome

9/29/2009 9:24am EDT
Television is one of the world's favorite entertainment pastimes, and every year dozens of networks try their best to win the viewer's hearts and their precious time. The competition gets fierce in the fall when all the major shows come back, and everyone is always looking for the next big hit. In time, however, those shows that we once loved or thought so well of begin to show signs of age and wear. Sure we enjoyed their adventures for the first few seasons, but all good things must come to an end ... some of them sooner than others.

Here's a look at some of the shows that have outstay...