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The 10 Best Classic TV Theme Songs

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 19th 2011 2:00PM
The Mary Tyler Moore ShowThe TV theme song is sort of a dying art: Some shows still have them -- and they're making a comeback of late -- but most choose a quick diddy and they're done. Having anything TV-related stuck in your head for days in this line of work is a very good sign of something special, so we prefer the shows that go all out.

Our pals over at AOL Radio are re-launching with a new and improved listening experience today, powered by Slacker, and one of the stations we're most looking forward to is TV Tunes. Obviously. They're playing theme songs from popular shows, past and present, 24 hours a day, now with 50% fewer commercial interruptions ... if only real TV was like that.

It got us thinking about our own favorite TV theme songs (including new ones like 'New Girl' on Fox. "Who's that girl? It's Jess!" ... and we adore her), which got us going a ways back in the old AOL TV archives for these gems: Our reader picks for the Best TV Theme Songs. Ever.

Take a look and tell us if you agree with this classic-filled top 10 ...

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Don Most Sees Some Similarities Between 'Glee' and 'Happy Days' (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 4th 2011 5:45PM
'Happy Days' are here again. Don Most, who played Ralph Malph on the iconic sitcom, is returning to TV as Emma's father on 'Glee.' He told 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) that being on the set was like traveling back in time, because the crew is such a well-oiled machine, just like they were on 'Happy Days.'

But the similarities don't stop there. "When they said it was on Tuesday nights at 8 it was like a little déjà vu," Most said. 'Happy Days' aired on Tuesday nights at 8 on ABC for 10 years.

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Frances Bay Dies at Age 92

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2011 4:20PM
Frances BayVeteran TV and film actress Frances Bay has died. She was 92.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bay has appeared in more than 100 TV shows. Her most recent TV role was on ABC's 'The Middle.' She played Aunt Ginny in 11 episodes.

Born in Mannville, Canada, Bay began acting in Winnipeg where she voiced princesses on radio shows. After starting a family she resumed acting in the 1970s.

Viewers will recall Bay's memorable 'Seinfeld' role of Mabel Choate. She fought Jerry over the last loaf of marble rye bread.

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'Happy Days' Star Henry Winkler is Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 15th 2011 6:15AM
Henry Winkler is Awarded the OBEThe Fonz finally got his due yesterday as he was awarded one of Britain's highest civilian honors.

Actor Henry Winkler was given an honorary O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) in a ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The citation reads: "Henry Winkler, the well-known American actor and director, has been made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to children with dyslexia and special educational needs."

Winkler, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult, has spent much of the last two years touring the U.K. educating schoolchildren, educators and policy makers about dyslexia and other learning difficulties. He said he is "very honored, very proud" to have been awarded the honorary O.B.E.

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'Happy Days' Cast Members Talk Lawsuit Against CBS (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 22nd 2011 12:00PM
'Happy Days' Cast Members Talk Lawsuit Against CBSOn 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), 'Happy Days' cast members Marion Ross, Don Most and Anson Williams discussed a lawsuit they've filed against CBS, alleging that the network failed to pay them a percentage of merchandising revenue over the years.

"For thirty-seven years, not a statement, not a dime," complained Williams.

When asked if the cast members were concerned about the lawsuit making them seem petty, they emphatically said no. "They're making money. They're collecting money and ... we're being cut out," Most said. "What's petty about that?"

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'Happy Days' Actors Sue CBS Over Merchandising Revenues

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 19th 2011 1:15PM
Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Happy DaysThe cast of 'Happy Days' isn't too, well, happy, with CBS.

Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross, Erin Moran and the estate of the late Tom Bosley are suing CBS over merchandising revenues. According to CNN, the actors claim CBS has cut them out of money they are owed for products such as T-shirts, comic books, dolls and DVDs.

The cast is suing for $10 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Henry Winkler and Ron Howard are not part of the suit.

The actors say that under their contracts, they were supposed to be paid 5 percent of the net proceeds if their sole image appeared on the product and 2.5 percent if their image appeared in a group.

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Jane Lynch Loved Ron Howard on 'Happy Days,' But Took Potsie's Advice Instead (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 16th 2011 4:32AM
Jane Lynch, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Jane Lynch should have followed her heart instead of her 13-year old brain. Then, she might have saved what must have been hours of letter-writing. She admitted on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC) to having a huge crush on Ron Howard during his years on 'Happy Days.'

So much so that when some members of the cast were on a local radio station in Chicago promoting the show, she called in and got a chance to talk to them.

It was kind of adorable seeing how excited Lynch was in relating this story, even after all her success. Despite all of her celebrity and fame, she still remembers that sense of excitement from crossing paths with someone famous.

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Henry Winkler and Don Most Remember 'Happy Days' Co-Star Tom Bosley (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 20th 2010 1:15PM
Henry Winkler and Don Most fondly recall 'Happy Days' co-star Tom Bosley, who died from heart failure on Oct. 19 at the age of 83. Both actors remember Bosley as a wise father figure who dispensed advice during important times in their lives.

"He was our television father for 10 years and he was our father figure for the last 33," Winkler said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), adding that Bosley helped him and his cast mates when they purchased their first homes. "He literally was so much a part of our life in every way."

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Tom Bosley, 'Happy Days' Dad, Dead at 83

by Kelly Woo, posted Oct 19th 2010 2:15PM
Tom BosleyTom Bosley, best known as Howard Cunningham on 'Happy Days,' has died at the age of 83.

According to TMZ, family members reported that Bosley died after a staph infection. Bosley's agent, Sheryl Abrams, told the Associated Press that Bosley suffered from heart failure at 4AM Tuesday in a hospital near his Palm Springs home and that he was also battling lung cancer.

Over five decades, the actor appeared in a range of TV shows and specials, movies, commercials and Broadway productions, but he was most famous as the stern, loving TV dad, Mr. Cunningham.

Mr. C -- as the Fonz called him -- was the quintessential sitcom dad that everyone wanted for their own. He made the top 10 of TV Squad's best TV dads ever.

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Ron Howard Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 'The Andy Griffith Show'

by PopEater Staff, posted Sep 26th 2010 11:00AM

The 50th anniversary of 'The Andy Griffith Show' is coming next week on Oct. 3, and and to help celebrate, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard opened up about his famous role as Opie Taylor.

The very busy director called PopEater from the editing room where he was doing some work on a new film, 'The Dilemma.' He was delighted to go down memory lane, recalling how he got the role of Opie, his special bond with Andy Griffith and how his experience on the show helped cultivate his desire to become a director. The 56-year-old father of four (and grandfather of one!) began the role at the age of six, ending it barley into his teens at 14.

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TV 101: Canaries In The Mineshaft (Pt. 1) - When Characters Become Caricatures

by Jay Black, posted Mar 26th 2010 11:21AM
Sometimes I feel like doing this to MY TV, but I'm married.One of my least favorite internet memes is the race among people who frequent TV blogs to be the first one to comment that a show has "jumped the shark." I'll take a busload of LOLCATS and Epic Beard Men if it means that I won't have to see "JTS!" four minutes into a show's pilot episode.

That said, the fact that JTS has been defanged by ubiquity doesn't take away from its ability to be a useful tool for analyzing pop-culture. Shows tend to weaken over time and the JTS moment is a fun way to decide where, exactly, the wheels came off.

In thinking about JTS, it occurred to me that there are a few warning signs that a show is about to jump. Today I'll be looking at the first in a series of canaries in the mineshaft: when characters become caricatures.

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Who Are Your Favorite TV Parents?

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Mar 9th 2010 3:00PM
Parenthood on NBC review
Since NBC's new family dramedy 'Parenthood' premiered last week, it's time to reflect on the best of primetime parents. All of us who grew up watching TV had favorites -- the kind of parents we measured the very notion of parenthood by, and sometimes even our own mothers and fathers, because they were so sweet and loving or patient and smart or fun and free-spirited -- or all of the above. Here's your chance, as Inside TV readers, to pick your favorite set of fictional TV parents. Don't see your personal faves as a choice, just tell us in the comments.

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A 'Laverne and Shirley' Remake for the Big Screen?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 10th 2010 10:37AM
laverne_and_shirley_bowlingSchlemiel! Schlimazel! Are you ready to see America's most beloved Milwaukee girls on the make on the big screen? According to director Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days,' he has hopes to put the spinoff from that show, the successful 'Laverne & Shirley' to the movies. As with all the other hopes for silver screen adaptations, this one comes with some fanciful casting attached, too.

Garry was on 'Extra' promoting his new romantic comedy 'Valentine's Day' and revealed the 'Laverne & Shirley' dream casting: Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel. That's right. This pair of Shotz Brewery factory employees -- who live in a basement apartment in 1960 Milwaukee and struggle to find the men of their dreams -- would be played by two of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Is that a cynical way of looking at it? Yes, it is.

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What's the best TV theme of all-time, Happy Days or Gilligan's Island?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 12th 2009 3:04PM
Gilligan's Island/Happy Days
I know, I know, you're thinking, those are the only two choices I get, Happy Days and Gilligan's Island? Yes, according to this poll over at AOL Television. For the past several weeks they've pit various TV show theme songs against each other in a tournament, and the two finalists, for some reason, are Happy Days theme and the Gilligan's Island theme.

Now, it seems like these aren't the "best" theme songs, just the ones that readers and TV fans thought were the most iconic, or maybe it's the fact that they both have lyrics and that's what readers were looking for?

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Jim Parsons on Friday Night Lights? If he had his way...

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 20th 2009 5:08PM
Jim_Parsons_GettyIf Jim Parsons wins the Emmy tonight for The Big Bang Theory, you better believe he'll be in a position to pick and choose the projects he does in the future. But here's one that I think would be fascinating, to quote Dr. Sheldon Cooper's favorite Vulcan scientist: Jim Parsons would like to appear on Friday Night Lights.

In a recent interview, Jim was asked about his favorite current show -- other than his own -- and he said it was Friday Night Lights. That's right, the NBC drama series about high school football deep in the heart of Texas! Somehow it's hard to imagine Sheldon in pads and a helmet. Maybe he could be the water boy? Or the genius offensive coordinator.

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