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'Rockford Files' Reboot Shelved

1/13/2011 11:31am EST
Rockford Files
Plans to reboot 1970s TV drama "The Rockford Files" have been shelved for a second time after producer David Shore was forced to return to writing duties on his hit medical drama "House."

Shore had planned to script and produce a rejuvenated "Rockford Files," which originally starred James Garner as private investigator Jim Rockford, and was rumored to be in talks to sign up "Lost" hunk Josh Holloway for the lead role.

However, after a huge section of the new "House" series was scrapped at the last minute, creator Shore had to return to help re-structure the season, leaving his new projec...

Kiefer Sutherland Is Not Headed To 'Dallas'

10/5/2010 11:13am EDT
Kiefer Sutherland
Representatives for Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Josh Holloway have shot down speculation the stars will lead the small screen remake of beloved soap Dallas.

Pilot episodes of the updated Dallas are set to be aired on the TNT network and the secrecy surrounding the plot and cast have prompted gossips to start guessing at who may be the new J.R., Sue Ellen, Bobby and Pam Ewing.

Former 24 action man Sutherland, Ghost Whisperer beauty Love Hewitt and Lost hunk Holloway have all been linked to the show in recent weeks - but they won't be part of the remake, their individual r...

NBC Will Not Drastically Change The New 'Jim Rockford' Character

1/12/2010 9:15am EST
Rockford Files
NBC is planning a new series of The Rockford Files, based on the '70s P.I. show starring James Garner. This won't be just your average remake though. David Shore, creator of TV's House, is developing the new Rockford.

"It's just that great character and there isn't that PI character on television right now," said NBC and Universal Media Studios president of primetime entertainment Angela Bromstad at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "So if we do a creative reinvention of that, with that title, and I don't think there's anyone better to do it than David Shore who creat...

NBC Announces New Shows For 2010-11, Including 'Rockford Files,' New J.J. Abrams Series

1/11/2010 8:56am EST
Adam Carolla
NBC unveiled some of its early development projects that have been green-lit for 2010-11, including a large slate of dramas such as "Prime Suspect," an updated version of the classic The Rockford Files, "Undercovers" (from J.J. Abrams), "Chase" (from Jerry Bruckheimer), "Kindreds" (from David E. Kelley) and "The Event." Comedies include the untitled Adam Corolla project.

On the drama side, Prime Suspect is based on the award-winning BBC series centering on a courageous female detective who investigates complex mysteries in a politically explosive big city. Casting will be announced la...

Are TV Remakes A Good Idea?

9/10/2009 4:27pm EDT
Looking at the CW's Tuesday line up, it's almost like getting a blast from the past: "90210" and "Melrose Place" on again? Is it the 90s? No, they're just two examples of the new television remakes blasting onto the screen, and they're not alone. "Eastwick," based on the "Witches of Eastwick" movie, premieres on September 23 on ABC, and "V" (premiering Nov. 3) is a remake of a canceled science fiction series. Now ABC has the rights to adapt "St. Elmo's Fire" from the popular film, and NBC is bringing back their detective drama from the 70s "The Rockford Files."

This is hardly a new thin...

NBC To Remake 'Rockford Files'

7/30/2009 9:31am EDT
James Garner
"House" creator David Shore will helm a remake of the 1970s detective show "The Rockford Files," which starred James Garner, according to

Garner played an ex-con private eye who lived in a trailer in Malibu. Rockford dedicated himself to re-opening "closed cases," digging up new evidence to prove that the authorities had been wrong with the original verdict. Rockford was nearly always broke due to his occasional willingness to accept a case free of charge or because of duplicitous clients or heavy fines for "bending" the law.

Shore was a fan of the show and understands th...

New TV On DVD, Jan. 20

1/20/2009 8:00am EST
It's a British invasion, a fanged favorite, and blast from the past this week for new TV on DVD releases: MI-5 season 6, Moonlight the complete series, The Rockford Files season 6.

Slideshow: Native American Actors

8/7/2008 8:45am EDT
Adam Beach
There are several well-known celebrities that are proud to call themselves part Native American. Click through our slideshow of stars who trace their roots to American soil. A few may surprise you:

Benjamin Bratt

Stars in A&E's "The Cleaner"

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Adam Beach

Starred in "Comanche Moon," "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" and "Flags of our Fathers"

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Lou Diamond Phillips

Known for his role in "La Bamba"

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Angie Harmo...

James Garner Hospitalized After Stroke

5/14/2008 8:14am EDT
James Garner
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Garner, who was hospitalized late last week after suffering a minor stroke, is doing well and should be going home shortly, the veteran television and film star's publicist said Tuesday.

The star of such TV shows as ''Maverick'' and ''The Rockford Files'' went to the hospital after becoming ill at home Friday, said his publicist, Jennifer Allen.

''He's still in the hospital but my understanding is he is doing well and will be going home soon. When, exactly, we have not been told yet,'' Allen told The Associated Press.

Garner, who turned 80 last month,...

New TV On DVD, Jan. 15

1/15/2008 8:00am EST
The Old Adventures of New Christine
In The New Adventures of Old Christine, single working mom Christine Campbell has just learned that her ex is dating a much-younger woman with the same first name. To avoid any confusion, everyone calls one woman New Christine and the other Old Christine. You can guess which is which. Season one is now on DVD. Also in stores: Extras the complete series, The Rockford Files season five, and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch season three.

New TV On DVD, May 15

5/15/2007 8:00am EDT
The War At Home
The War at Home tackles a problem faced by millions of parents of the early 21st century: how can one who was raised in the "anything goes" 1970s and 1980s, with no barriers, boundaries, or taboos, suddenly be expected to discipline their own children and set down ground rules without coming off as a hypocrite? Season 1 is now on DVD. Also in stores: "Martin" season 2, "Wings" and The Rockford Files season 4, ER season 7 and Frasier season 9.

New TV on DVD, Feb. 27

2/27/2007 8:00am EST
Magnum PI
It's retro week for DVD releases. First up: season 6 of Magnum PI. Tom Selleck starred as Thomas Magnum, a Vietnam veteran formerly with the Naval Intelligence service. Now a private eye with very rarefied tastes, Magnum was hired to handle security for a reclusive mystery writer named Robin Masters, who maintained a lavish estate on the "gold coast" of Oahu. Also on DVD: season 3 of The Rockford Files, season 4 of The Doris Day Show, and season 1 of the the not-so-retro Girlfriends.

New TV on DVD, June 13

6/13/2006 8:01am EDT
The eighth season of Frasier is now on DVD. Among the highlights of this season: Niles and Daphne start dating and Frasier has an existential crisis. Also on DVD this week: Cheers season eight, MacGyver season six, The Dead Zone season four, The Rockford Files season two, Medium season one and Walker, Texas Ranger season one.

New TV on DVD, Dec. 6

12/6/2005 7:00am EST
Season four of 24 is available this week. Each one-hour episode covers an hour in a single day that unfolds over the course of one season. Kiefer Sutherland stars as ├╝ber-hero Jack Bauer, a daring and seemingly indestructible agent for the fictitious U.S. intelligence body the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU). Throughout the series, Bauer has stopped an assassination attempt, thwarted a nuclear attack, been widowed, decapitated a witness, died, and become addicted to narcotics while undercover with a drug cartel.

Other releases this week:

The West Wing the Complete Fifth Season

MASH Se...