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'Today Show' Reunites 'Eight Is Enough' Cast (Well, Most of Them)

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2010 1:02PM
Eight is Enough'Today' is doing a special series of reunion shows, getting some famous TV families together again. First up: the cast of 'Eight Is Enough,' who appeared on the show this morning (video after the jump) to talk about their time on the show, what went on behind the scenes, what the dinner scenes were like, and how the show compares to what is on TV today.

Note: Meredith Vieira's intro to the interview is over the top. I really don't think that the end of the Vietnam War played such a crucial part in the show's success. And did they actually have to introduce each cast member separately and have them walk on stage to their chairs?

The cast members who appeared were Dick Van Patten, Betty Buckley, Grant Goodeve, Dianne Kay, Laurie Walters, Willie Aames, and Connie Needham.

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'Eight Is Enough' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 1st 2010 12:30PM
Where is the cast of 'Eight Is Enough' now?

Long before there were Octomoms and reality TV shows featuring dozens of children there were the Bradfords of ABC's 'Eight Is Enough.' The sitcom was based on the life and book of syndicated newspaper columnist Thomas Braden and his real-life eight children. 'Eight Is Enough' aired for five seasons from 1977-1981. The cast reunited on 'The Today Show' March 1, prompting our trip down memory lane.

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Greatest TV Dads

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:00AM
John GoodmanReal-life dads are sometimes preoccupied with their careers and distracted by life's many complications. Happily, on TV, all dads have plenty of quality time to share with their kids, while dispensing encouraging words and occasional tough love.

Maybe that's because TV dads never spend much time at work. (We're pretty sure everyone's fathers would sign up for that!) Step into the wonderful make-believe world where every day is Father's Day, and join us as we count down our 20 favorite TV dads.

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GSN plans a super duper, poker-filled Father's Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2008 11:41AM

World Poker TourFather's Day has always been a weird holiday for me. I never knew my father, as he died when I was only a year old in the '60s, so to me Father's Day has never been anything more than just another day to me. I sometimes wonder how I would be if I had known my father growing up.

(Wait, did I just get serious there for a moment? Quick, say something snarky! Moment of Truth sucks! OK, back to the post.)

This Sunday, June 15, GSN will celebrate Father's Day with a poker-filled marathon. Actually, the celebrating starts tomorrow, Friday, at noon. World Poker Tour host Vince Van Patten will join his father Dick on an episode of GSN Live, which will be followed by episodes of game shows that the elder Van Patten appeared in. Then on Sunday at 3pm, the network will have a six hour marathon of classic World Poker Tour matches, followed by the two hour premiere of the 5th Annual Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure tournament, hosted by A.J. Benza and Daniel Negreanu.

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Nicollette Sheridan won't eat dog food

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2006 9:00AM

Nicollete SheridanNicollete might be desperate, but she's not that desperate.*

The ABC star was at a dog event the other day called "Dine With Your Dog Day," was supposed to eat dog food at the event, because Eight Is Enough's Dick Van Patten (his company sponsors the event) wanted to show people that "how delicious pet chow can be." Actress Linda Blair was there too and she didn't want to eat it either. Melissa Gilbert and Ross The Intern from Leno's show were there and actually sampled the doggie dinner. James Farentino was there too; no word on whether he ate any dog food or not.

(*And, yes, I know that technically Sheridan isn't one of the housewives, but I can't let a joke go by like that, can I?)

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Even more Shatner: Bill to be in TV Land special

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 11th 2006 8:03PM
Willaim ShatnerJust came across this press release at The Futon Critic: William Shatner will be featured on another installment of Living In TV Land, a show that follows TV legends around as they conduct their life, with a lot of contrived dialogue and situations thrown in for good measure. We will see Bill as he puts on a concert with singer-songwriter Ben Folds -- the two collaborated on Shatner's last album Has Been -- and follow him to the Emmys, a Star Trek convention, and the set of Boston Legal. During the show, he'll "run into" friends like Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart and Kate Mulgrew (what, George Takei wasn't available?). The show will air on TV Land on March 22.

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