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From Small Screen to Singer: When TV Stars Double as Musicians

by Spinner Editors, posted Nov 24th 2011 2:00PM
From Spinner: We love a good crossover, especially when our favorite TV stars pick up a microphone and belt out some tunes.



The good folks over at Spinner have compiled a bunch of videos of TV celebs from Joey Lawrence to Zooey Deschanel as they showcase their vocal chops. Though a number of singers have moved from music to television, this list features stars who made it big on the small screen before picking up a microphone, to varying degrees of success.

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Hugh Laurie Shows His Reverence for Music and Performs on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 8th 2011 4:05PM
Hugh Laurie sings on 'Today'When Dr. House picks up a guitar or sits down at a piano on 'House,' there's no stuntman playing. Hugh Laurie is a talented musician, and, as he told Spinner.com, his reverence for music "is bordering on the religious." In fact, he has plans for his music career "once 'House' is finally laid to rest."

He reinforced his love for music Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) in an interview with Ann Curry, and also performed a track from the album. "I can't really explain it," he told Curry. "It's been with me all my life. I was about ten years old, I heard a blues song on the radio and it was like a thunderbolt. I had this sort of jolt of electricity and I knew this music would be with me all my life."

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Five TV Stars Who Could Be Better Oscar Hosts Than Eddie Murphy

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 7th 2011 9:20AM


I keep expecting this whole 'Eddie Murphy hosts the Oscars' thing to be a faulty meme, but now that the news is confirmed, I guess I'll have to come to grips with it. Okay -- done. After all, Murphy is one of the highest-grossing movie stars of all time, can be very very funny, and has proven he can still be funny without using swears ('Shrek'). He has been nominated for "The Statue." (And who can hold it against him if he left the theater shortly after he lost it to Alan Arkin?)



Truth is, the most shocking thing about this whole whirlwind of a story is that Brett Ratner is co-producing the Oscars. Has the Academy looked at his resume lately? What am I saying? These are the same people who thought James Franco and Anne Hathaway were the answer to their problems.

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Hugh Laurie Has a Plan to Even the Emmy Competition (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 23rd 2011 9:25AM
Hugh Laurie, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Hugh Laurie and Craig Ferguson agreed on one thing when Laurie was on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS). Neither of them are too keen on the Emmys.

"I don't vote," Ferguson said. "It seem to me a cruel and unusual thing to do."

Laurie also took issue with the idea of comparing actors for completely different roles. "Unless you could get five actors to play the same role," he said. "Then you could have a competition."

So they started speculating who might go up alongside Laurie playing Dr. House. They started off with an obvious win for Laurie by choosing Andrew Dice Clay, But when Ferguson threw out John Goodman, Laurie faltered, thinking it was brilliant.

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'House' - 'Open and Shut' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 27th 2010 9:00AM
Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard and Cynthia Watros on
(S06E18) "When you think about it, tons of couples do what we do. It's just that with most of them, one spouse doesn't know. We decided things work better when people tell each other the truth." - Julia, the patient, on her open marriage to Tom


Last night's episode had a theme that didn't involve lessons like eating nothing but rabbit meat is lethal or that hemlock can cause tachycardia and uncontrollable salivation.

It was all about relationships and trust. Some were obvious like the never-ending drama between Taub and his exasperated wife and some not so much like the unspoken one between Wilson and House and the woman who has come between them.

And just so you know, this episode doesn't end with unnecessary double-male spooning, so feel free to read on ahead while you enjoy that tasty Jimmy Dean pancake sausage on a stick.

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Wilson and Sam Fight on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 27th 2010 1:30AM
Wilson and Sam Fight on 'House'Dealing with your ex-wife can be hard. This is certainly the case on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox). Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) is attempting to reconcile with his ex-wife Samantha (Cynthia Watros). Unfortunately, the two of them are still fighting about the same things that made them divorce in the first place. In the course of their fighting, some harsh words get tossed around.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'House' - 'Knight Fall' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2010 7:50AM
(S06E17) "If you force him to choose, you might not like the answer." - Cuddy's advice to House on how to handle Wilson reconnecting with his first wife

One of the hardest things for a long running show to do is keeping the audience guessing. That's not normally a problem for 'House,' a show that throws around more 15-letter medical words and scientific terms than a 'NOVA' marathon.

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Girlfriend Trouble on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 20th 2010 2:40AM
Girlfriend Trouble on 'House'People are fighting on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox). Well, of course they are. Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) is involved, which pretty much inevitably leads to either crankiness or a fight. But in this case, House is starting an argument in order to protect his best friend.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'House' - 'Lockdown' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 13th 2010 8:37AM
David Strathairm and Hugh Laurie on 'House'
(S06E16) "I'm going to be dead in a few hours. Your secrets couldn't be safer, unless you're keeping them from yourself." - Nash to House


'House'
entered into one of television's most overused cliches last night: the "randomly stuck together somewhere plot line." It's happened so many times that attempting to count all of them would require a NASA scientist, a team of fact checkers and one of those slick-looking slide rules that only a handful of people left in the universe know how to use.

This time, the team gets separated into different parts of the hospital during a lock down. Each has their own interesting stories to tell as they whittle away the hours, and each have varying degrees of success.

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'House' - 'Black Hole' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:22AM
Chase (Jesse Spencer, R) and Taub (Peter Jacobson, L) remove a small section of inflamed brain tissue from their patient, Abby (guest star Cali Fredrichs, C), in the HOUSE episode
(S06E15) I couldn't find a really good quote to transcribe or even characterize this week's episode, because the whole turn of events are a jumbled lump of clay in my head.

Normally, a show that goes by so fast that I need a drag chute just to figure out what's going on would turn me away from it, but the dramatic tension that 'House' creates kept me velcroed in front of it all the way to the end.

Sure my head still hurts from trying to understand the science of it all, but the dramatic and even comedic angles makes for some fine-tasting Advil.

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Dr. House Caught Sexting Taub's Wife on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 15th 2010 11:59PM
House, Hugh LaurieInterfering in a colleague's life? Check. Sending dirty text messages to colleague's wife? Check. Telling colleague to trust him? Check.

That's pretty much how it went down tonight on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox), when House confiscated Taub's phone and sexted his wife with it. If it has to do with being seedy and underhanded, you can bet Dr. House is onboard.

"Trust me, this is gonna help," House tells a frustrated Taub, who's trying to grab the phone away from him. We're pretty sure Taub knows just as well as we do that trusting House is the last thing he should do. Especially since House has had soooo much success in his own personal life.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Chase Delves Into Dating, Loses a Bet on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 8th 2010 11:52PM
House, Wilson, ChaseCould the bromance between House and Wilson become a threesome? They're getting awfully chummy with Chase these days.

On 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox), House bet Chase that Chase would still land a bunch of phone numbers from girls, even if he dropped his accent, kept mum about being a doc, and generally acted slovenly.

Chase lost the bet. Pay up, bitch. Kind of a sad commentary on the female society, though, isn't it? Are we really that focused on looks?

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Healthcare Summit Needed Gregory House

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2010 9:02PM
house_md_fox_classroomYesterday, the leaders of America gathered in Washington, D.C. for a health care summit. It was an effort to gnash out the differences between the proponents for a comprehensive health care bill and those who think the current proposed legislation is a waste of paper. We're not weighing in on the debate, other than to say it's a damn serious subject and one that needs solutions, not rhetoric.

But as a television production, the health care summit was a snoozefest. Whether you like any of the political personalities involved, it didn't change the fact that while Chris Matthews was giddy about the political theater, it was dreary TV.

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'Lost' Star Cynthia Watros Snags A 'House' Role

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 6th 2010 11:02AM
cynthia watrosCynthia Watros, the dearly departed Libby on 'Lost,' is leaving Hurley for Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard). Watros will be appearing in a recurring role on 'House,' playing one of Wilson's many ex-wives. In fact, not only is she playing Wilson's very first ex-wife, but it looks like they'll be rekindling their relationship.

Watros is set to appear on several episodes, so it appears as though House (Hugh Laurie) doesn't chase her off right away. Of course, she probably became intimately acquainted with House during her marriage to Wilson, so his antics can't be anything that new to her. Regardless, it takes a brave woman to step back into that minefield -- especially now that House and Wilson are roommates. He kind of makes the Smoke Monster look like a gentle breeze.

We haven't seen Wilson in a real relationship since Cutthroat Bitch (Anne Dudek) died, and since I don't think House said "yes" to Wilson's recent proposal, it seems like a good time to have him fall in love again. What do you think? Do you want to see Wilson with his ex, or should he really just focus on his true soul-mate, House?

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Oprah Named Favorite TV Personality; Glenn Beck Is No. 2

by Harley W. Lond, posted Jan 25th 2010 8:01PM
Characters Welcome.

That's not just the slogan for the USA Network but an apt description of TV as a whole -- character and personality driven. And to drive that point home again -- lest we forget it in this era of reality TV (which, admittedly, is also character/ personality driven -- what would 'Jersey Shore' be without Snooki and The Situation?), the folks at Harris Interactive have released the results of their latest poll listing the top TV personalities for 2009.

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