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October 6, 2015


Infomercial Star Don Lapre Found Dead in Jail

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 3rd 2011 10:15AM
Don LapreArizona TV pitchman Don Lapre, the self-styled "King of Infomercials," has been found dead in his jail cell, just days before he was due to stand trial on charges of bilking investors and customers out of almost $52 million.

According to AZCentral.com, U.S. Marshals said Lapre's body was discovered on Sunday morning at a federal-contract facility in Florence, Arizona.

Officials suspect he committed suicide while in federal custody, but the death remains under investigation.

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David Spade Talks Absent Father with Him Backstage on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 23rd 2010 6:12AM
David Spade on 'Late Show'On the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), David Letterman brought up guest David Spade's daddy issues. Spade had a trove of stories, but focused on a game of basketball with his father, after he'd had several drinks.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Russell the Gnome on 'Rules of Engagement' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 20th 2010 1:40AM
Russell the Gnome on 'Rules of Engagement'On 'Rules of Engagement' (Mon., 8:30PM ET on CBS), one of the cast members is transformed into a video game character. Russell (David Spade) gets to see himself as a CGI "avatar." Unfortunately, this is not always a good thing.

Watch the video after the jump.

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David Spade Talks About 'Rules of Engagement'

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 8th 2010 12:30PM
'Rules Of Engagement' returned to the CBS lineup last week and star David Spade is back as Russell, a man whose single life is juxtaposed against those of his happily coupled pals Jeff and Audrey (Patrick Warburton and Megan Pryce) and Adam and Jennifer (Oliver Hudson and Biance Kajlich).

The laid-back Spade recently sat down with AOL TV to weigh in on Russell now being in a relationship of sorts (Adhir Kalyan, as Russell's assistant Timmy, is now full-time with the show), Jaime Pressly's upcoming guest gig and those unwarranted shots he took over being in an ad for DirecTV last year with deceased pal Chris Farley.

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Ellen DeGeneres Scares David Spade -- Again (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Mar 1st 2010 7:28PM
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Unless you're David Spade. On Monday's 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicared), DeGeneres played a clip of a past show in which she brought out an assistant dressed in an oversized dog costume to scare the heck out of an unsuspecting Spade. "I get scared easy," he said. "Don't do it again." "I won't," DeGeneres said. Then she took Spade to a table with a big cake on it. We smell set-up!!!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Joe Dirt the series is coming to TBS. Yes, really.

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 28th 2010 2:06PM
Joe DirtDo we really need multiple nights of David Spade (he's currently appearing on Rules of Engagement on CBS)? TBS believes the answer is "yes" and is preparing to launch an animated series of Joe Dirt which is a continuation of the movie of the same name. Spade will be providing the voice of the title character, which makes sense since he starred in and co-wrote the original movie.

TBS is trying to create a Family Guy-like animated comedy. Expect a lot of toilet humor from the series, which is a staple of the movies from Happy Madison Productions. It's likely that this series will not disappoint the legion of fans of "The Adam Sandler Bunch".

The question I must ask is: does the movie really warrant a spin-off television series? While we're at it, did the original Deuce Bigalow movie really warrant a sequel? If this works out for TBS, we might be seeing Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo the animated series in a few years. You know it would happen.

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TBS Gets the 'Dirt' on David Spade

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Jan 28th 2010 10:00AM
Remember 'Joe Dirt'? TBS sure as heck hopes so.

According to Variety, David Spade has inked a deal to bring his 2001 comedy to the small screen -- only this time, Joe will be animated.

Spade will co-write the series with Donick Carney and his 'Dirt' screenwriting partner, Fred Wolf. The trio will also serve as co-executive producers, alongside Doug Robinson.

While it was generally panned by critics, 'Joe Dirt' -- which followed the mullet-rocking character as he searched for his missing parents -- went on to gross a relatively successful $27 million at the box office. Since then, Spade has done pretty well for himself on the small screen, with roles in 'Rules of Engagement,' '8 Simple Rules' and, of course, the NBC comedy 'Just Shoot Me!' So, if anyone can turn a moronic janitor into a cartoon hero, it would be him.

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David Spade Takes A (Hollywood) Minute to Defend Tiger Woods

by Michael Maloney, posted Dec 4th 2009 4:00PM
David SpadeCelebs and the media spotlight that shine on them were skewered regularly by funnyman David Spade in 'Hollywood Minute,' a segment within 'Saturday Night Live's' Weekend Update back in the '90s.

Does Spade miss spoofing the whole celebrity machine? "I do," he told AOL during a recent set visit to Spade's sitcom 'Rules of Engagement,' which will return for its fourth season on CBS at midseason.

So what would Spade say on 'Hollywood Minute' about the whole Tiger Woods brouhaha? "I'd say, 'I saw the new US Weekly magazine poll and I think they were too tough on him," Spade deadpans. "It said, 'Should Tiger Go To Heaven?' 91 percent say no.'"

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Jaime Pressly to Guest on 'Rules of Engagement'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Dec 3rd 2009 4:44PM
Here's some news that'll bring back some Joy: 'My Name Is Earl' star Jaime Pressly is making a guest appearance on the CBS sitcom 'Rules of Engagement,' People.com reports.

The actress will play a potential surrogate mother for long-time marrieds Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price). The series, which looks at different stages of relationships between men and women, also stars David Spade, Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich.

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Gone Too Soon: 8 Simple Rules

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 27th 2009 2:01PM
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
This week, we're going to take a bit of a departure from the shows we normally cover. It's very rare that a show that puts out 76 episodes could be considered by anyone to be gone too soon, and yet I make the argument that 8 Simple Rules (for Dating My Teenage Daughter) is that show.

I'm also not going to try and convince you that 8 Simple Rules was one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, because it simply wasn't. It was a fairly standard, solid series headlined by a brilliant comic actor... and then it became something else.

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Stalker sneaks up on TV stars... with money!

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 21st 2009 9:10PM
If you live in the Los Angeles area, you know that all you have to do is spit in any random direction and there is a one in five chance that your loogie will hit a celebrity. If it does hit a celebrity, there is a one in three chances that he'll beat you into a bloody pulp and a one in two chance he'll actually face an assault charge for it.

Greg Benson, creator of the viral video empire Mediocre Films, decided to reward the random TV celebrities he ran into with a crisp one dollar bill. That's the difference between Hollywood and the rest of the free world. When we open our wallets for people on the street, we don't necessarily know that they are going to use it for drugs and/or alcohol.

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Why isn't Jan Hooks famous?

by Eliot Glazer, posted May 9th 2009 12:50PM
Radner. Louis-Dreyfus. Poehler. Fey. Shannon.

jan hooks snlSuffice it to say, the number of women who became famous on Saturday Night Live before graduating to solo success is few and far between. Sure, Gilda Radner can be considered a pioneer in the art of sketch comedy. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus undoubtedly honed her comedic skills before becoming a sitcom icon on Seinfeld. And, yes, Tina Fey can easily be considered a heroine to comedy nerds everywhere who have witnessed her climb from Weekend Update anchor to Mean Girls scribe to single-handedly decimating the vice presidential chances of one certain gun-wieldin', six-pack-totin' Alaskan governor.

But, sadly, the number of men who left Studio 8 for the superstardom of Planet Hollywood (not the theme restaurant) easily outnumbers the ladies. For every Amy Poehler, there's a Will Ferrell. And a Bill Murray. And a Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler (although, to be fair, there's also a David Gary Kroeger, A. Whitney Brown, and Charles Rocket for every Melanie Hutsell, too). (And for the record, no, you shouldn't recognize those names.)

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Boston Legal: The Gods Must Be Crazy

by Paul Goebel, posted May 15th 2008 9:22AM

Shatner on BL(S04E19) It wasn't until I saw George Segal that I realized how much I missed seeing him on TV. It made me long for the days when he and Finch made me laugh out loud and lament the fact that David Spade hasn't done anything funny since.

While the thought of Denny Crane being President of the United States is certainly funny, the idea that he would be chosen for his electability is ludicrous. Aside from the more obvious problems, the Republicans would never nominate a single man with multiple divorces and an embarrassing arrest record. Let's be honest.

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The Not Ready for Prime Time Players who made it to the big time: 1986-2006

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 24th 2008 12:04PM

The SNL cast of the early 1990s -- one of the most successful during the show's runAs AOL Television continues their look at the 50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever with numbers 20-11, we here at TV Squad are also looking at television comedy, but with a slightly skewed difference. Last week, we took a look at the Saturday Night Live cast members from 1975-1985 that made it to the big time. This week, we focus on the SNL casts from 1986 to 2006.

Aside from the first season of Lorne Michaels' return to the show he created and the 1994-95 season, this period was a very successful one for SNL, introducing a slew of characters and sketches that fans of the show still talk about today. It also produced a good number of Not Ready for Prime-Time Players who went on to bigger things in television and the movies (and some theater as well). Sometimes those bigger things were movies or television shows based on characters developed on SNL.


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Kate Walsh bares all for David Spade -- VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 9th 2007 3:01PM

Kate Walsh strips for David SpadeWhen I first saw the email sent to me about this video I thought 'What the hell is John Walsh doing stripping on Comedy Central's The Showbiz Show?' Then, I looked closer and realized it wasn't America's Most Wanted host John Walsh, but Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh. Frankly, I think a stripping John Walsh may have been interesting.

However, Kate's appearance on the David Spade program is just as intriguing. In this unedited clip you'll see after the jump (You can view a shorter version of the clip on AOL's Top 5 Television page) Kate talks to David about her placement in Maxim's Hot 100 List (she placed 52) and strikes a chord for women's rights as she lambastes the entire random numbering system. At the end of the interview she decides to show the viewing public why she should be higher on the list than she is.

Hey, I say good for Kate for playing along with David on the show. I think there are plenty of actresses on the Hot 100 List who would be too stuck up to do what she does on the video. If anyone deserved a spin-off from Grey's it was her.

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