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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

May 27th, 2008 9:17am EDT
Lost
Tuesday, May 27

Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 9 p.m.) - Cynthia Nixon guest stars in this rerun as a woman with multiple personalities who may have harmed her own child.

Hell's Kitchen (FOX, 9 p.m.) - The winners of tonight's relay race get to surf the waves, while the losers sweep the kitchen floor.

Samantha Who? (ABC, 9 p.m.) - Back to back repeats are capped with a memorable episode in which Sam tries to get rid of her dad's car after crashing it.

Wednesday, May 28

Men in Trees (ABC, 10 p.m.) - The recently canceled romantic dramedy comes back to the schedule temporaril...
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'Meerkat Manor: The Next Generation' Claws Back To Animal Planet June 6

April 26th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor's favorite first family, the Whiskers, was dealt a harsh blow last season with the death of their fearless matriarch, Flower. With the family in shambles, Rocket Dog fought her way to the spot as top "kat" and new leader for the Whiskers clan. But, mutineer Maybelline didn't accept her sister Rocket Dog as queen and ditched the clan to form her own mob, the Aztecs. With the family divided, the sisters' claws come out -- and the Manor is changed forever.

Now, beginning Friday, June 6, at 9 PM (ET/PT), Rocket Dog and Maybelline must live within the rather large shadow of th...
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The Three Best & Worst Films Starring Tom Hanks

April 18th, 2008 2:29pm EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is a rare movie star in that he is a top leading man without topping anyone's most beautiful list. Rather he established, and maintained, his stardom by fusing a "boy next door" image with undeniable talent.

He is equally at home with romantic comedies and dramatic war epics; however, he seems reticent to play the meanie. More than most, he can fit into a role without exhibiting a "Tom Hanks" persona. He has even delivered a number of memorable performances on "Saturday Night Live," a venue that allows true talent to reveal itself. (And on the flip side, it emphasizes those ...
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Starpulse's 2008-09 TV Pilot Forecast

April 9th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku
The time and financial constraints of the writers' strike are being felt this TV pilot season. The broadcast networks are developing half the number of pilots they usually do, ordering presentations in lieu of pilots for some and giving others the straight to series order.

Aside from NBC, which announced its schedule ahead of the pack last week, the networks have kept their plans for fall shrouded in mystery. We'll learn more during the networks' May upfronts. While we can't make any guarantees about which series will get the vote of confidence, here are some promising players to keep...
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Lights, Cameras And Action Abound As Hollywood Prepares For Oscar Night

February 24th, 2008 8:30am EST
Oscar Feature
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jewels and parties. Stars and stand-ins. Rehearsals and news conferences. So much swag even Hollywood canines could rack up free goodies. The city is abuzz with all things Oscar as celebrities flock from all over the world fortTonight's Academy Awards...

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STAR-STUDDED REHEARSAL: On Sunday, the Kodak Theater will be filled with stars. On Saturday, they appeared one at a time.

The eve of the Academy Awards is rehearsal day for celebrity presenters. One by one, in 15-minute increments, Oscar winners and other famous folks come to the Kodak to walk on stage and...
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20 Years Later: Where Are The Stars Of 'Full House' & 'The Wonder Years?'

January 15th, 2008 2:23pm EST
John Stamos
It's hard to imagine that it's been 20 years since we were first introduced to the Tanner family, Winnie Cooper and Kevin Arnold. What happened to some of our favorite prime time stars two decades after they charmed us on the small screen?

Full House (1987-1995)

"Full House" was a show about talk show host Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) who was raising his three girls with his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and his best friend Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) after his wife Pam is killed by a drunk driver. You laughed, you cried and you learned a lesson all in one episode.

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Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher Star In 'Wedding Daze,' On DVD January 15

January 13th, 2008 11:30am EST
Wedding Daze
Two complete strangers find themselves engaged in the riotous comedy Wedding Daze premiering on DVD January 15 from MGM Home Entertainment. Starring Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Wedding Daze is funnyman Michael Ian Black's (Reno 911!: Miami) feature film directorial debut.

This edgy comedy follows Anderson (Biggs) who is convinced he'll never fall in love again after suddenly losing "the perfect girlfriend." At the urging of his best friend, he spontaneously proposes to a neurotic coffee shop waitress named Katie (Fisher). Hilarity ensues as the new...
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'Charlie Wilson's War'- Momentous But Momentless

December 21st, 2007 10:11am EST
Charlie Wilson
Charlie Wilson was a man who took risks with seemingly no regard to the danger he was placing himself in. He would rather make a joke than admit defeat. Ultimately, when he's resolved to take action, he lowers his head and rams into adversity - crashing down hallways and flying in jet airplanes, unflappable and resolute.

Charlie Wilson's War is no different. Helmed by one of the greatest directors of all time, Academy and Tony award winner Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Catch 22," "The Birdcage," "Primary Colors" and Broadways' "Spamalot," "Odd Couple," and "Barefoot in the Park"), the...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 20

December 20th, 2007 3:00am EST
JoJo
Happy Birthday to teen singer JoJo (1990), Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson (1966), British folk singer Billy Bragg (1957), "The Practice" actor Michael Badalucco (1954), "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf (1946), late "The West Wing" actor John Spencer (1946; d. 2005), KISS drummer Peter Criss (1945), and Blood, Sweat and Tears drummer Bobby Colomby (1944).
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 19

November 19th, 2007 3:00am EST
Jodie Foster
Happy Birthday to Olympian Kerri Strug (1977), actor Jason Scott Lee (1966), Star Trek actress Terry Farrell (1963), actress Jodie Foster (1962), actress Meg Ryan (1961), designer Calvin Klein (1962), The West Wing actress Allison Janney (1960), TV personality Dick Cavett (1936), St. Louis Cardinals hall-of-famer Bob Gibson (1935), talk show host Larry King (1933), baseball legend Roy Campanella (1921; d. 1993), bandleader Tommy Dorsey (1905; d. 1956), and the 20th President of the United States James A. Garfield (1831; d. 1881).
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80's TV Stars: Where Are They Now?

October 16th, 2007 10:35am EDT
Danica McKellar
Nothing makes you feel older than when you realize that 1987 was 20 years ago. Those of us born and/or raised in the 1980s remember a time of outrageous fashion, outrageous music, and most of all, outrageous television.

But most of us have also made the transition from the 1980s to the present day with relative ease - we've put away our scrunchies, retired our parachute pants, cut out our shoulder pads, and we've moved onwards and upwards (into the stylized 00s).

But what about the television stars we love and hate? Did they ever manage to leave it all behind? Starpulse is sick ...
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John Cusack And Samuel Jackson Star In The $72 Million Paranormal Thriller, '1408'

September 18th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
1408
SANTA MONICA, CA - Garnering $72 million at the box-office, 1408 arrives as a Two-Disc Collector's Edition DVD October 2, 2007 from Genius Products and Dimension Films.

John Cusack (Identity, Runaway Jury) gives a chilling performance as a best-selling author who specializes in debunking the paranormal. For his latest novel, he checks into the Dolphin Hotel's infamous room 1408 where there have been 57 deaths since it's opening and shortly discovers that unlike his previous "haunted" encounters, the terror of room 1408 is real!

Based on Stephen King's story published in the Ev...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 3

August 3rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Evangeline Lilly
Happy Birthday to "Lost" actress Evangeline Lilly (1979), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (1977), Metallica singer James Hetfield (1963), actor Jay North (1951), "Airplane" director John Landis (1950), media mogul Martha Stewart (1941), Shirelles singer Beverly Lee (1941), "The West Wing" star Martin Sheen (1940), "Tarzan" portrayor Gordon Scott (1927), and jazz singer Tony Bennett (1926).
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 24

July 24th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Happy Birthday to "The Ring" actress Daveigh Chase (1990), "Mrs. Doubtfire" actress Mara Wilson (1987), "X-Men 3" actress Anna Paquin (1982), "Firefly" actress Summer Glau (1981), WWE Diva Torrie Wilson (1975), singer/actress Jennifer Lopez (1969), "Melrose Place" actress Laura Leighton (1968), "The West Wing" actress Kristin Chenoweth (1968), actor Kadeem Hardison (1965), controversial baseball superstar Barry Bonds (1964), country singer Pam Tillis (1957), "Good Will Hunting" director Gus Van Sant (1952), "Wonder Woman" star Lynda Carter (1951), "Seinfeld" actor Michael Richards (1949), "...
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NBC Introduces 5 New Dramas, One Comedy For 2007-08; Renews 'Scrubs,' 'Friday Night Lights'

May 14th, 2007 9:52am EDT
Michelle Ryan stars in Bionic Woman
NBC will enhance its current roster of critically acclaimed and creatively ambitious programs with a new 2007-08 primetime lineup that features five new dramas, one new comedy and a variety of fresh unscripted programs, complemented by a host of innovative programming moves, it was announced today at NBC's presentation to advertisers and the media at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

"Last year we promised a return to the NBC legacy of quality, and in terms of awards, buzz and critical acclaim, that's just what we delivered," said NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. "We've got th...
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'Studio 60' Returns May 24

April 27th, 2007 3:32pm EDT
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
According to NBC's website, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is returning to the schedule Thursday nights at 10 p.m. starting on May 24.

The brainchild of The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin, the weekly, hour-long dramedy centers on the intrigues behind the hallowed walls of the fictional "NBS" network.

The last original episode of the show aired on Feb. 19. The Monday-night drama was shelved for The Black Donnellys.
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Peter Krause Stars In Intense Psychological Thriller, 'Civic Duty'

March 30th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
Civic Duty
Angry and depressed over losing his job, accountant Terry Allen begins to suspect his new neighbor, a single Islamic grad student with a penchant for unexplained late night activities, is at the center of a terrorist conspiracy. Although both Terry's wife and the FBI agent to whom he reports his suspicions are skeptical about his fears, Terry becomes increasingly obsessed with uncovering the man's true identity. Convinced he's all that stands between this Middle-Eastern stranger and a deadly terror attack, Terry finally decides to take matters into his own hands - with shocking results.

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Virgin Media Launches New On-Demand Channel Offering 'CSI,' 'OC,' 'Grey's Anatomy' & More Shows

February 20th, 2007 9:53am EST
CSI: Miami
Virgin Media is making today a red-letter day for TV fans, with the launch of Virgin Central, a revolutionary new kind of television channel. Virgin Central heralds a new way to watch favorite programs, combining the simplicity of a traditional channel with the choice and control of TV-on-demand technology.

Virgin Media customers will be able to watch what they want, when they want without having to follow listing guides or even set the PVR. From catching criminals on CSI: Miami to catching up on the gossip from The OC; to finding out what the surgeons in Grey's Anatomy or the spin doc...
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Rob Lowe Extends His Stay on 'Brothers & Sisters'

January 5th, 2007 3:02pm EST
Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe extends his role on the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters as a special guest star through the show’s freshman season. Lowe plays conservative Senator Robert McCallister, with whom Kitty Walker has recently formed an unorthodox professional and potentially romantic relationship.

The series returns to the ABC Television Network with original episodes this Sunday, January 7 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).

The Emmy-nominated Lowe played Sam Seaborn in NBC's award-winning drama series, The West Wing. He most recently starred in the hit satire Thank You for Smoking and the upcoming thrill...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 20

December 20th, 2006 3:00am EST
JoJo
Happy Birthday to teen singer JoJo (1990), Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson (1966), British folk singer Billy Bragg (1957), "The Practice" actor Michael Badalucco (1954), "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf (1946), late "The West Wing" actor John Spencer (1946; d. 2005), KISS drummer Peter Criss (1945), and Blood, Sweat and Tears drummer Bobby Colomby (1944).
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 19

November 19th, 2006 3:00am EST
Jodie Foster
Happy Birthday to Olympian Kerri Strug (1977), actor Jason Scott Lee (1966), Star Trek actress Terry Farrell (1963), actress Jodie Foster (1962), actress Meg Ryan (1961), designer Calvin Klein (1962), The West Wing actress Allison Janney (1960), TV personality Dick Cavett (1936), St. Louis Cardinals hall-of-famer Bob Gibson (1935), talk show host Larry King (1933), baseball legend Roy Campanella (1921; d. 1993), bandleader Tommy Dorsey (1905; d. 1956), and the 20th President of the United States James A. Garfield (1831; d. 1881).
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New TV on DVD, Nov. 7

November 7th, 2006 8:00am EST
Shannen Doherty starred in Beverly Hills 90210
The first seasons of Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place have finally arrived on DVD. In 90210, Dylan, Kelly, Donna, Steve, David, Andrea and twins Brandon and Brenda all attend West Beverly Hills High School. The series deals with a steady stream of love triangles and other romantic entanglements and occasionally touchs on more serious issues. Also on DVD: JAG season 2, The West Wing season 7, and MASH season 11.
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'24' Wins Best Drama & 'The Office' Is Best Comedy

August 28th, 2006 8:45am EDT
24
Last night the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 58th Annual Emmy Awards. The Fox drama 24 was named Outstanding Drama Series for the first time after five nominations in the category, and in its first season, the NBC series The Office, a U.S. adaptation of the hit British series of the same name, was named Outstanding Comedy Series. Winners in the lead categories follow in bold:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The So...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 3

August 3rd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Evangeline Lilly
Happy Birthday to "Lost" actress Evangeline Lilly (1979), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (1977), Metallica singer James Hetfield (1963), actor Jay North (1951), "Airplane" director John Landis (1950), media mogul Martha Stewart (1941), Shirelles singer Beverly Lee (1941), "The West Wing" star Martin Sheen (1940), "Tarzan" portrayor Gordon Scott (1927), and jazz singer Tony Bennett (1926).
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 24

July 24th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Happy Birthday to "The Ring" actress Daveigh Chase (1990), "Mrs. Doubtfire" actress Mara Wilson (1987), "X-Men 3" actress Anna Paquin (1982), "Firefly" actress Summer Glau (1981), WWE Diva Torrie Wilson (1975), singer/actress Jennifer Lopez (1969), "Melrose Place" actress Laura Leighton (1968), "The West Wing" actress Kristin Chenoweth (1968), actor Kadeem Hardison (1965), controversial baseball superstar Barry Bonds (1964), country singer Pam Tillis (1957), "Good Will Hunting" director Gus Van Sant (1952), "Wonder Woman" star Lynda Carter (1951), "Seinfeld" actor Michael Richards (1949), "...
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'Math Doesn't Suck' For Danica McKellar

July 13th, 2006 3:18pm EDT
Danica McKellar
In 2007, Hudson Street Press will publish Danica McKellar’s forthcoming book “Math Doesn’t Suck,” a groundbreaking book that uses hip and entertaining examples to teach middle-school girls and their parents how to master many of the tough concepts that are introduced in middle school – the time when young girls begin to shy away from math.

McKellar, whose upcoming projects for 2006 include starring in Lifetime’s multi-media series entitled “Inspector Mom” and releasing a new yoga and meditation DVD "Daily Dose of Dharma," is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Winnie Cooper on the...
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'24' Gets 12 Emmy Nods, 'Grey's Anatomy' Receives 11

July 6th, 2006 10:36am EDT
24
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced the complete list of nominations for the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards. The TNT miniseries Into The West garnered the most nominations (16), followed by Elizabeth I (13), Mrs. Harris and 24 (12), Grey's Anatomy (11), and Bleak House and Will & Grace (10).

Nominations in the lead categories are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The Sopranos

24

The West Wing

House

Outstanding Miniser...
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'Wonder Years' Actress To Star in Lifetime Movies

June 12th, 2006 1:36pm EDT
Danica McKellar
Danica McKellar has signed on to star in the lead role as Maddie Monroe in two movie-of-the-weeks and 10 web-episodes for Lifetime’s “Inspector Mom.” Monroe is a young suburban mother of two toddlers who just happens to solve local murder mysteries on the side.

Each episode, web-episodes including, will be an independent story with a different mystery each time that McKellar will have to solve in her role as Maddie Munroe. The first movie-of-the-week to launch the multimedia series will air in Fall ’06 with five web-episodes to follow. The second movie-of-the-week will air subsequentl...
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New TV on DVD, May 9

May 9th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Rescue Me
There is a lot of activity this week among DVD releases. In addition to oldies but goodies The Andy Griffith Show (season six) and Golden Girls (season five), television fans can get their hands on the sixth season of The West Wing or Everybody Loves Raymond, season four of That 70s Show, season three of Scrubs or season two of Rescue Me.
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'The West Wing' Series Finale To Air in May

January 23rd, 2006 11:51am EST
The West Wing
NBC just announced that The West Wing will conclude its run on Sunday, May 14, after seven seasons with an hour-long retrospective (7-8 p.m. ET) followed by a special series finale (8-9 p.m. ET). "We are proud to have had the opportunity to bring television viewers one of the most acclaimed series in television history," said Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment. "From the venerable, moving performances by the first-rate cast to the sterling creative team behind the camera, this series has left an indelible imprint on the landscape of television drama."

“The West Wing” has offer...
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