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Young National Guardsman Reunites With His Mother on 'Surprise Homecoming' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 23rd 2011 1:15PM
Vicki and her son SPC Jesse Caldwell on 'Surprise Homecoming'Vicki thought she was merely a guest at a military-sponsored event saluting her company, Shangri-La, where she works as a secretary. The company helps the disabled and disadvantaged with living, working, and special needs. Vicki also has a son in the National Guard, which is probably why she got excited when she saw Billy Ray Cyrus, host of 'Surprise Homecoming' (Mondays, 10PM on TLC).

Her son, 20-year-old National Guard Specialist Jesse Caldwell, on the other hand, knew what was about to happen, and was getting anxious. "I'm just getting more excited and more excited," he said. "To be honest, it just seems like it's just taking forever for it to get here." There was a formation of Guardsman standing several yards from Vicki, and Cyrus invited her to give the command to "open ranks."

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Sgt. Alex Lopez Reunites With His Wife and Sons at the Denver Zoo on 'Surprise Homecoming' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2011 2:50PM
Sgt. Lopez and his wife Angie reunite on 'Surprise Homecoming' Billy Ray Cyrus welcomed military friends and family to the Denver Zoo on 'Surprise Homecoming' (Mondays, 10PM on TLC), and had an extra surprise for the Lopez family. Showing off a blue macaw, Cyrus said the bird would unravel a banner with a special message. It read "Welcome Home Sgt. First Class Alex Lopez U.S. Army." That was when Sgt. Lopez appeared from behind the exhibit to hug his waiting family.

"The moment I got to hug my family it was just like a wave of emotion going through me," he said. "A big smile, ear to ear. I took them into my arms and they just held me. It was awesome." His wife Angie and his sons Xavier and Nathan, 8 and 6-years-old, respectively, felt a similar surge of emotion. "It was very cool and very awesome at the same time," said Xavier.

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'Surprise Homecoming': Soldier Sings 'Hallelujah' During Emotional Reunion With His Kids (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 26th 2011 6:15PM
A reunion at church on 'Surprise Homecoming'It's heartbreaking to see kids separated from their parents by military deployment. For 6-year-old Latavia and 8-year-old Lawrence, the experience was especially trying, since their dad, Sgt. Lawrence Lee, is a single parent. Monday on 'Surprise Homecoming' (Mondays, 10PM on TLC), the Lee family had an emotional reunion at church.

Sgt. Lee had been in Iraq on a yearlong deployment, and his kids obviously missed him dearly. On Monday's show, Sgt. Lee waited with a microphone outside the church doors, made his grand entrance singing 'Glory Glory, Hallelujah' (or 'Battle Hymn of the Republic').

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Billy Ray Cyrus: 'Surprise Homecoming' One of Greatest Rewards of My Career (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 21st 2011 3:00PM
Billy Ray Cyrus talks about 'Surprise Homecoming' on 'Access Hollywood Live'In May, TLC celebrated Memorial Day with 'Surprise Homecoming,' a special hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus that reunited military servicemen and women with their families. Tuesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), Cyrus talked about how 'Homecoming,' which will continue as an eight-part series in July, was a touching and emotional experience.

"Making this show, it has been so fun," Cyrus said, "and one of the greatest rewards of my career. Truly is a passion project, this show with TLC, because in a way I kind of get to be Santa Claus, like, in every episode putting these troops together and seeing the surprises and the tears of joy and laughter and love."

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Billy Ray Cyrus Confirms 'Hannah Montana''s End Date

by Nicholas White, posted Jan 11th 2010 11:15AM
Billy Ray CyrusBilly Ray Cyrus has confirmed news that is sure to crush the achy breaky hearts of 'Hannah Montana' fans everywhere.

"The future is we are doing 11 more episodes," Billy Ray Cyrus told Inside TV at Saturday's L.A. premiere of 'The Spy Next Door.' "Disney will have new episodes to air all the way through 2011."

A Disney spokesperson said last week, "Right now, we are scheduled to wrap [forever] after shooting this new batch of episodes."

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Sissy Spacek Joins 'Big Love' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 18th 2009 11:40AM
Sissy Spacek Big LoveSissy Spacek joins 'Big Love,' 'The Beautiful Life: TBL' premieres to ugly ratings, Penn and Teller to star in a new ABC comedy pilot and more of today's top TV headlines.

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JONAS in iCarly witness relocation while Hannah and Sonny get renewals

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2009 6:07PM
Hannah MontanaLooks like the Disney Channel underestimated the power of Nickelodeon's iCarly. Their attempts to squash the possible threat to their Hannah Montana empire were squashed, however, when a special iCarly smashed the second episode of JONAS, the new star vehicle for the Jonas Brothers. So to make themselves feel better, and despite what Miley Cyrus may have been saying, the show will go on. Disney has picked up Hannah Montana for a fourth season, as well as Demi Lovato's Sonny With a Chance for a second.

As for JONAS, it's already been yanked from Saturdays where, despite an impressive debut, it got slammed in its second outing by iCarly. So now, it's joining the Disney Sunday lineup, where it can nestle snugly behind Hannah Montana and Sonny With a Chance. This does create a powerhouse Sunday night for the network, while protecting the two newer shows with the power of Miley Cyrus.

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What will TV do without Hannah Montana?

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 6th 2009 7:10PM
Miley Cyrus as If you ask me, it's a little early to throw in the towel completely on television at sixteen years old, Miley. Look how well that worked out for David Caruso when he told NYPD Blue to kiss his ass so he could be the next big Hollywood movie star? Granted, Miley Cyrus' level of celebrity is on a completely different plane than Lt. Horatio Caine; I don't recall Caruso on the cover of Tiger Beat every week back in the day.

Nevertheless, Miley Cyrus indicated that she would be done with television after Hannah Montana wraps its run on the Disney Channel. She's already said she doesn't want to do Hannah Montana in film any more either. So it looks like Cyrus will be looking to follow the path that Lizzy McGuire AKA Hilary Duff did when she walked away from the Mouse.

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Hannah Montana to the big screen

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 24th 2007 1:13PM

The cast of TV's Hannah Montana is moving to the big screen in 2008Unless you've been habitating beneath a mass of consolidated mineral matter over the last two years you know that Disney's Hannah Montana is BIG. You can't turn around in your local, unfeeling, big box toy store without seeing something with Hannah's logo or picture and an astronomical price tag on the front. Well, get ready, because the teen superstar is about to get even bigger.

Filming will begin sometime in April on a big screen version of Hannah Montana. News reports are saying that the film could premiere at the end of 2008 or beginning of 2009 (although, that could be pushed back even further due to the seemingly never-ending Writers' Strike). The film will take 14-year-old Miley Stewart and her dad (played by real daughter-father team Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus) back to their fictional home in Tennessee where, I am sure, hilarity will ensue.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Results

by Brett Love, posted May 9th 2007 3:00AM
Joey Fatone, Kym Johnson(S04E15) I thought that Mandee made a great comment on the post for last week's results show. She said, "You know, the Results show has been morphing into a terrific '60s style variety show, with comedy segments, guest musical performers, and, of course, lots of dancing. A slice of retro-cool, for the whole family, from grandma to pre-tweens." I completely agree with that.

The results show has always had to fight the problem that they only have about two minutes of actual results for their 60 minute show. Right now, it's as good as it has ever been. It's always going to be behind the performance show, because the star's performances are what it's all about, but the producers deserve credit for how much work is going into the results show. Enough about that though, we have results to get to.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 8

by Brett Love, posted May 8th 2007 3:28AM
Billy Ray Cyrus, Karina Smirnoff
(S04E14)
Which one of these doesn't belong? As is par for the course on Dancing With The Stars, somebody always gets through on the power of the fan vote, surpassing contestants that are superior dancers. This year, that somebody is Billy Ray Cyrus. We could argue all day about whether or not Billy Ray should still be on the show, but one thing is for sure, while he is here, he makes things interesting. Read on to hear about the latest dustup.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 4

by Brett Love, posted Apr 10th 2007 3:00AM
laila and maksim(S04E06) Tom kicked off week four by proclaiming, "It's time to go big, or go home." I would disagree with that. We are still early enough in the competition that people can continue to skate by on popularity. When they get down to four couples, then it will be time to go big.

Len followed that up by going to the stats. According to his numbers, this group has been slacking on the practice. They have only been practicing 13 hours a week. The teams from the last season averaged 19 hours. He said that it shows in their performance, but I don't notice a stark difference between the two seasons. I think we have a similar division of couples again this year. He followed that up with a threat of lower scores for anyone he thinks isn't putting in the work. I wasn't buying that, but in retrospect, this was some of the tougher judging they have ever done. That said, on with the show.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 3 results

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 3rd 2007 11:20PM

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson(S04E05) Another week, another "shocking" elimination. The hosts were all about hyping the "jam-packed" results show, bragging that there was more music and dancing "than ever before." What else would there be on a dancing show? An ad for a workout DVD? Oh, wait, I'm getting ahead of myself.

The behind-the-scenes interviews were combined with recap footage from last night's performances. A big deal was made of the unprecedented four-way tie. Joey Fatone was offended by Len's butt comment, and stuck out his rear (and his visible panty line) in protest during his interview. Heather wanted to advance even farther than Jonathan's previous two-legged partners. I'm still hoping that Heather's dancing talents will start to overshadow her disability. It was a valid topic in the first few episodes, but enough is enough.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 2 results

by Brett Love, posted Mar 28th 2007 6:52AM
PAULINA PORIZKOVA, ALEC MAZO, SHANDI FINNESSEY, BRIAN FORTUNA
(S04E03) I'm always amazed at just how much programming ABC is able to mine from Dancing With The Stars. The performance recap show that led up to the live results show was another good example. Not that there's anything wrong with it. I'm guessing that when the numbers come in that recap show will do two, if not three, times as many viewers as George Lopez and According To Jim would in the same slot.

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Dancing with the Stars: Week 2

by Brett Love, posted Mar 27th 2007 2:30AM
Apollo Ohno, Julianne Hough(S04E02) Two weeks in and I have to say that this is a pretty good group of contestants. The new format with two weeks of performances before the first elimination was a good idea. Sometimes a contestant just doesn't handle a particular dance well, so it's nice to see them get a second shot. Lots of contestants, so a lot to cover. Let's get to it.

Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough (Quick Step) - At its base, the show is about the "Stars." The partners certainly factor in though, and I continue to be impressed with Julianne. She might be just 18 years old, but she carries herself as well as any of the other pros. It doesn't hurt that she is absolutely adorable either. Apollo has officially impressed me now. I didn't have high expectations for him coming in, but he really shows the potential to be a contender. Len said Apollo is going to stay for weeks and weeks. Bruno called it cool, fresh, young, and exciting. Carrie Ann was impressed with the footwork and sync. High praise all around, and deservedly so. The scores, (8, 9, 9) I like that score. A great start to the night.

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