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TV Goes to College: 10 Memorable Shows Set on Campus

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 16th 2010 4:50PM
'Conan' isn't TBS' only big premiere this month. Tonight at 10PM ET, you can tune into the first episode of 'Glory Daze', a one-hour comedy set among the crushed beer cans and hand-me-down sofas of a fraternity house ... in 1986. (Read Maureeen Ryan's review of 'Glory Daze.')

The cast is full of fresh faces; the most famous name among the regulars is former 'Saturday Night Live' player Tim Meadows, as the awkward Professor Haines.

But can 'Glory Daze' succeed where other college comedies and dramas -- many others -- have failed? Though series set in leafy quads would seem to be limiting themselves to a four-year run, it could take the Hayes University screw-ups of 'Glory Daze' a decade to graduate.

Let's review some of TV's most memorable attempts to bring higher ed to the small screen. You'll be tested on this later.

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Rocky Carroll doubling down on NCIS franchise

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2009 2:55PM
Leo G. Carroll did it in 1966. Lisa Bonet sort of did it in 1987. What am I talking about? Double duty. That is, playing the same role on two series which are running at the same time. There are probably quite a few other instances, but Leo was head man Mr. Waverly on both The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. for a year, and Lisa was Denise Huxtable in college (A Different World) and when she came home to visit the family in Brooklyn on The Cosby Show.

Now, Rocky Carroll will appear on both NCIS shows. Doing double duty makes perfect sense for the NCIS twosome, especially since they're going to be airing back to back on Tuesday, 8-10 P.M.

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Six characters from other shows whom we wish were Cylons - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jan 16th 2009 11:33AM
battlestar galactica sci fiBattlestar Galactica is premiering! Did you know that? BSG is starting again. Ten eps left. Best show ever. Can. Not. Wait. Especially because we need to know the identity of the final Cylon!

Look, we're so crazy excited for the season premiere that the only thing we could do to keep ourselves from going a'spoiler-hunting was to create a wishlist. Below are six characters from other shows throughout history whom we imagine share the same genetics as those frakkin' Toasters.

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Lisa Bonet joins Life on Mars

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 2nd 2008 1:01PM
Life on Mars logoLife on Mars continues to add to its cast.

Just days after it was announced that Gretchen Mol had joined the ABC remake of the British hit comes word that Bill Cosby's TV daughter is coming aboard too. She's going to play Jason O'Mara's girlfriend (the one in the present-day, not the 1970s - Mol will play the other one).

As we reported earlier, the entire pilot is being reshot, with a brand new cast. Some of the people they have in the new version certainly sound interesting (including Harvey Keitel), though I think I would have liked to have seen original pilot cast members Lenny Clarke and Colm Meany. Bonet had an infamous falling out with Cosby while filming The Cosby Show in the 80s and then got her own spinoff show, A Different World. She went on to such movies as High Fidelity and the new film Gambit, and was married to rocker Lenny Kravitz (son of Roxie Roker, from The Jeffersons) for a while.

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Nick at Nite moves further into the Nineties

by Joel Keller, posted May 2nd 2006 7:33PM
NewsRadioRemember those halcyon days when Nick at Nite used to show TV classics like Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and I Love Lucy? Yeah, it's hard for me to remember those days, too. Ever since the advent of sister network TV Land, the powers that be at Nickelodeon have seen fit to put old favorites there and leave Nick at Nite for fans of TV's most recent past. Lately, it's been in Eighties mode, with shows like Cheers, The Cosby Show, and Full House in heavy rotation. But the Nineties aren't far behind, with Mad About You recently joining Nineties stalwarts Roseanne and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the lineup.

Now, according to this press release, Nick at Nite will be becoming very Nineties-oriented over the next year or so, with the additions of Home Improvement, Designing Women, A Different World, and Bob's favorite show, NewsRadio. What's next, Seinfeld?

Also, does this mean that the shows from the Eighties are going to be pushed to TV Land? If so, where will the older stuff go? The dusty confines of our memories aren't enough. I guess I'll have to stock up on the DVDs...

[via The Futon Critic]

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