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Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 12:37AM EST
Sophia Bush: One Tree Hill producers exploited my breakup with Chad Michael Murray
Their entire romance, from dating to marriage, took place while they were both starring on The WB series. Bush tells Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast that producers fueled the drama by running advertisements about their split. “They ran TV ads about it. It was really ugly," she says, adding that producers were “really deeply inappropriate to both of us."
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Hilary Duff: There have been talks for a Lizzie McGuire revival
"There's been some conversations," Duff told told ET of potentially returning to her Disney Channel roots. "It's definitely not a go. I don't want to get everyone wild talking about it."
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
A Very Brady Christmas was the biggest sitcom revival of the 1980s
The Brady Bunch cast -- except for Susan Olsen -- reunited for a movie-length special 30 years ago this month that can currently be streamed on Hulu. It became the second most-watched TV movie of the 1988-89, paving the way for the short-lived CBS revival The Bradys in 1990.
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
MTV's Next was the world's most corrupt dating show
Source: The A.V. Club
Watch an in-depth critique of the the dating game show that ran from 2005 to 2008.
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
Appreciating Square One: The PBS kids' show made it cool to love math
Source: BuzzFeed News
Buzzfeed News looks back with fondness at the math-themed kids' TV show. "Square One, which was created by the Children’s Television Workshop and aired across the nation on PBS from 1987 to 1992, wasn’t as long-running as Sesame Street or Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and has never been the same kind of ubiquitous cultural touchstone," says Anne Helen Petersen. "But like the best children’s television, it implanted itself — and its attitude — into millions of children’s minds. That attitude was pretty simple: Math is weird, and cool, and filled with secrets, and fun. I loved Square One then, and I love it now, because it took math — something most kids are conditioned to think is boring, and confusing — and used it to teach me that knowledge, and curiosity, will always be cool. The show was 30 minutes long and, like Sesame Street (which was mostly targeted to younger, preschool-age kids), consisted of a series of skits, cartoons, and ongoing, loosely serialized narratives. It featured a small yet diverse cast of actors, many of whom would go on to star in other, non-kid-oriented shows (which had the effect, at least on this kid and her brother, of blowing our minds). And it excelled at enthralling young people while cleverly invoking cultural references that only made sense to our parents."
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST
Syfy is rebooting Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis is creating a re-imagining of Serling's NBC supernatural/horror anthology series that ran from 1969 to 1973. Night Gallery was Serling's follow-up to The Twilight Zone, which CBS All Access is currently rebooting. Night Gallery is noteworthy because a then-21-year-old Steven Spielberg was selected to direct Joan Crawford for a segment of the pilot, marking his first professional directing job.
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
ABC teaming with Dick Wolf on a potential New York Undercover reboot
Less than two months after ABC's plan to reboot NYPD Blue was revealed, the network is considering reviving another 1990s New York cop drama. Deadline reports a reboot of New York Undercover, which aired on Fox for four seasons from 1994 to 1998, would be written by Hand of God creator Ben Watkins with Dick Wolf producing. Wolf co-created New York Undercover with Kevin Arkadie. It starred Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo as two undercover detectives in New York City’s Fourth Precinct. As Deadline's Nellie Andreeva points out, New York Undercover "was the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles." She adds: "I hear ABC and New York Undercover's original network, Fox, were interested in the revival. As a procedural, New York Undercover can be reinvented with new characters and cast. Even the original series rebooted itself in the fourth and final season with a largely new cast joining Yoba and Season 2 addition Lauren Velez as the other series regulars exited." ALSO: Malik Yoba spoke in 2015 about reading a New York Undercover reboot script.
Posted Sunday 12/02/18 at 11:37AM EST
Ken Berry dies: Star of Mama's Family, F-Troop and Mayberry R.F.D. was 85
Berry joined the U.S. Army shortly after high school, serving under a pre-Star Trek Leonard Nimoy, who would help get him a foothold in the entertainment industry. Berry played Captain Parmenter on Western sitcom F-Troop in the mid-60s. A guest role as widowed farmer Sam Jones on The Andy Grffith Show led to him co-starring on the spinoff Mayberry R.F.D. from 1968 to 1971. He is also known for his role as dopey, buffoonish, and accident prone Vinton Harper on Mama's Family.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Star Trek's groundbreaking interracial kiss turns 50
On Nov. 22, 1968, William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk and Nichelle Nichols' Lieutenant Nyota Uhura locked lips. The episode, “Plato’s Stepchildren," would help change attitudes in America about interracial relationships.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
Jennifer Garner celebrates Alias co-star/ex-boyfriend Michael Vartan's 50th birthday
Source: E! Online
"Can you believe this baby face is 50?! Happy birthday," she captioned a throwback Alias photo, with the hashtags: "#alwaysanALIASgirl #sydneyandvaughnforever."
Posted Tuesday 11/27/18 at 1:19PM EST
M*A*S*H cast to reunite on Alan Alda's podcast
Source: USA Today
“Loretta Swit and I will be talking from New York, Mike Farrell will be in a studio in L.A., Jamie Farr will be on the phone from his house in Bell Canyon and Gary Burghoff will be on the phone from Northern California," says Alda of the reunion on his podcast. He adds: “It’s the first time all of those people have gotten together in years. Even though we try to have dinner every year, we can’t all make the dinner. … It’s going to be a really nice get-together."
Posted Tuesday 11/27/18 at 1:19PM EST
CBS' groundbreaking The White Shadow premiered 40 years ago today
Source: New York Post
The White Shadow, about a white former professional basketball player who becomes the coach of an inner-city high school basketball team, is notable for being the first ensemble drama to feature a mostly African-American cast. The New York Post caught up with the stars of the show that ran for three seasons, from Nov. 27, 1978, to March 16, 1981. "The shock waves were immediate and undeniable," writes Peter Botte. "Not only for a diverse cast that recalls with pride the sensitive subject matter the show’s producer, Bruce Paltrow, tackled practically every week, but for a loyal and almost cult-like fan base — from the inner cities to suburban Long Island to outposts as remote as Turkey — that positively reveres the show to this day. Long before a recent generation of sports fans enjoyed and devoured Friday Night Lights, viewers were introduced each week to Coach Reeves and Ms. Buchanan, Coolidge and Salami, Thorpe and Hayward, Go-Go and Goldstein, and the myriad problems they and their families encountered with drugs and teen pregnancy and domestic violence and countless other issues involving their personal lives in inner-city LA."
Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
It's time to bring back the Very Special Episode
Source: Los Angeles Magazine
The cheesy Very Special Episodes that were a staple of 1980s and 1990s sitcoms are desperately needed these days, a time of too little empathy, says Liz Ohanesian. She was thinking of the Very Special Episode while reading about Megyn Kelly's blackface controversy. "I think about these shows because, right now, American adults seem to need the sort of guidance that American kids once got from Very Special Episodes," says Ohansensian. "Megyn Kelly’s defense of blackface made me wonder if she ever saw the episode of Gimme a Break when Nell explained why it’s not OK. I didn’t even know what blackface was when I first saw that episode, but I understood that if you did something to upset the loving, maternal figure of a TV show that much, it must be terrible. Very Special Episodes were commonplace in the ’80s, and even into the ’90s, touching on everything from national news to issues like sexual abuse and racism. But times change, and so do TV audiences. The term 'very special episode,' once used as a marketing tag, became a catchall phrase to denote comedies that clunkily attempted to delve into the socially relevant topics of the day. It’s true that a lot of those Very Special Episodes were terrible. Even some that weren’t have moments that would be cringey by today’s standards." Ohanesian adds: "Maybe, it’s time for a Very Special Comeback. From America’s mass shooting epidemic to racist Halloween costumes, there are a lot of things that people either don’t understand or don’t want to understand—and it seems like social media often helps them remain willfully ignorant. Sometimes you need to sit in front of a bigger screen and take in the message without the option of rage-responding to the character who is speaking."
Posted Tuesday 11/20/18 at 3:26PM EST
CBS may revive Northern Exposure with Rob Morrow
Source: TV Insider
CBS is developing a revival of the Alaska-set quirky comedic drama that ran from 1990 to 1995. Original series creators Josh Brand and John Falsey are on board, along with original star John Corbett as a producer, with Morrow set to star. According to Deadline, the revival revolves around Morrow's Dr. Joel Fleischman returning "for the funeral of an old friend and finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones in this continuation of the classic series." Cast members said they would be interested in a possible revival when they reunited on the Today show and at the ATX Television Festival in June 2017. “We would love it. (Morrow) has been working, trying to get them to do it… I’m sure we all would agree that we’d love to see it,” Brand said at the ATX Television Festival reunion. “It’s of a time, but it’s also not of a time.” No word yet on whether other past cast members would return or whether the show will finally be available for streaming.
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 1:04PM EST
Scrubs creator: I'm not into doing a revival
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bill Lawrence reunited with the cast of his seven-season NBC/ABC comedy at Vulture Festival, where he was asked about a possible revival. “I would do anything to get to work with not only this group (but the entire crew)…it was the best time in my life,” Lawrence said. But “sometimes reboots — not all the time — feel like a money grab.” Lawrence added: "If we ever do it, we’ll do it as a short little movie or something else. I think the problem from me is I would just want to see where everyone is. I would want to see where their marriages are (as opposed to a huge event).”