Dick Van Dyke
The landmark comedy debuted on CBS on Oct. 3 1961, exactly 50 years ago today, and it's been announced that having acquired the broadcast rights, TV Land will mark the anniversary by airing all 159 episodes of the series, premiering tonight.
Deadline reports that the network will run episodes in a three-hour block from 6-9PM ET Monday through Friday, culminating in a marathon over the weekend.
But on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) he told Craig Fergsuon that he didn't get that job based on those abilities.
Surely, Disney must have had some idea of Van Dyke's musical background and acumen, but according to Van Dyke, Disney "had heard me in some interview say something about the lack of family entertainment."
"You're telling me that you got a huge job in a giant Disney movie just because you endorsed family entertainment?" Ferguson asked him.
It was a great week for TV clips. We watched Al Roker botch the weather, Lady Gaga freak out the 'Idol' contestants she was mentoring, and Regis contemplate joining 'Dancing With the Stars.'
We also finally found out where all those weird celebrity baby names come from, and were treated to a heartwarming reunion between Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke.
Check out the videos after the jump and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.
When asked about the chemistry the two shared on the seminal sitcom as Rob and Laura Petrie, Van Dyke replied, "I loved that the people thought we were really married in real life."
He sang the song behind one of our all-time favorite words, 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,' and even worked in a little bit of dance toward the end of it. The man still has it both vocally and in his moves. In fact, when asked the secret of his longevity and health, Van Dyke responded, "Keep moving."
This prompted Jay Leno to suggest Van Dyke take on 'Dancing with the Stars.'
Although screen legend Dick Van Dyke is -- believe it or not -- 85 years old, he shows no signs of slowing down and has just released a memoir, 'My Lucky Life In And Out Of Show Business.' It's filled with tales about his lustrous career, although the star of his own iconic TV show and films like 'Mary Poppins' tells AOL TV sister site PopEater in a new interview, "I hesitate to call it a career. I had no goals in mind. I just went with whatever happened." Too modest, Dick, and in his lovely must-read book, the rubber-faced funnyman takes pride in the fact he "stood for something" and "upheld values" with his work.
In a lively chat, the proud great-grandfather of four spoke about his winning fight with the bottle, why he turned down 'Dancing With the Stars,' his distaste for reality TV (on 'Apprentice': "I've never been so bored in my life!"), and the greatness of 'Mary Poppins,' his bad cockney accent notwithstanding.
Van Dyke ran through the entire song without so much as a stumble, easily recalling the lyrics which were written by co-star Morey Amsterdam, but were never actually used on the show.
Mystery solved! "They gave me a coach who was Irish -- Pat O'Malley," said Van Dyke when he appeared on 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). Ah, so he sounded more like an Irish chimney sweep. Craig Ferguson was shocked: "That explains everything!"
The host then wondered if Van Dyke, a Malibu resident, ever went surfing. Oh yes, years ago, but not too successfully. In fact, on one excursion the actor coasted too far from land. Good thing some friendly porpoises helped him out. True story.
Van Dyke and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded a rap song together for a special children's CD. Van Dyke stopped by 'Bonnie Hunt' (weekdays, syndicated) and shared a video of him recording the song. "My grandkids can't believe a grandpa did a rap number."
Bonnie said she could watch the tape all day and we kind of agree.
No stranger to the old soft shoe, the star of the classic musicals 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'Mary Poppins' and 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' said no to a stint on 'Dancing.'
"I was asked to be on 'Dancing With the Stars.' And I said I could do one [episode]," Van Dyke told Inside TV. "But to do a second week would be out of the question. I couldn't cut it," joked Van Dyke, who was promoting his new family-friendly CD, 'Rhythm Train,' available online. (Produced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, the CD also features L.A. musician Leslie Bixler.)<
That's Amy Sedaris, explaining what blogs are. She's part of the new, six-part PBS documentary Make 'Em Laugh, which starts airing Wednesday night at 8pm (you can also buy the DVD in stores tomorrow). Amy not only explains the blogs, she also tells us what the internet is in general (like a big cave you drive out of). And "vlog" comes from the Latin for "head cheese."
This portion of the show is after the jump. Looks like PBS/WNET is going the VH-1 route and getting all hip with this documentary, having various experts on comedy sit off to the side of the screen, talking about comedy and making funny remarks, a la I Love The 80s or...well, 22 other shows.This looks like a fun documentary though. Besides Sedaris we'll hear from people like Dick Van Dyke, George Carlin, Carol Burnett, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Sid Caesar, Richard Belzer, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, Billy Crystal, Michael McKean, and others. They're also going to feature many online humor, including College Humor, Funny Or Die, and zefrank.
As we've told you before, this is the 60th anniversary of the Emmy Awards. The September 21 show, telecast on ABC, will not only celebrate the Best Actresses and Best Dramas of the current prime time lineup, it will also celebrate the many stars and characters and shows of 10, 20, 40, 60 years ago.
ABC has created an ad that features a lot of those stars. A lot of the stars are easy to find and it's a no-brainer that they were included (Marge and Homer, Rod Serling, Dick Van Dyke, Stewie, the South Park guys, etc), but I'm happy to also see some people I didn't think would be in such an ad: Guy Williams as Zorro, Robert Culp from I Spy, Mike Connors from Mannix, Tim Daly from Wings, Wally Cox from Mr. Peepers, among others.
So, here's my five favorite sitcom dads, the ones I related to the most. That means I've excluded single dads and animated dads. That means Hank Hill, Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin and Fred Flintstone are ineligible for my list. Also, this is strictly sitcom pops.
As AOL Television continues their look at the 50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever with their Top 10, 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 1996 to 2006 that made it to the big time. This week, we get a bit more serious.
There are those in the industry who say that it is easier to go from acting in a drama to acting in a comedy than it is the other way around. Yet, as you will see from the list we've compiled after the jump, there are plenty of comedic actors who have jumped from the world of comedy films, stand-up comedy, and television sitcoms into the more serious world of drama. In many cases they have had even greater success than they did on the other side of the tracks. There have even been instances where they stayed in the drama genre and never went back to being funny.
So what did you do yesterday? I spent the entire Sunday watching detective movies on The Hallmark Channel. Of course, when I say "detective movies" it sounds like I was watching old film noir flicks from the 40s and 50s. Actually, I was watching Murder, She Wrote, Perry Mason movies, and Matlock.
Yes, I have the social life of a 70 year-old woman.
I've always been a sucker for these shows, going back to the NBC Mystery Movie and Columbo and McMillan and Wife. Those shows were probably better produced and written than the stuff you see on Hallmark Channel, but I think the new shows are quite entertaining and fun, and it's good to see favorite familiar faces on TV again: the McBride movies with John Larroquette, the Murder 101 movies with Dick Van Dyke, and the TV movie series I'd like to talk about, Jane Doe.
To put it simply, I'm worried about Jane Doe.
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