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Sarah Michelle Gellar Doubles Your Pleasure: When Actresses Tackle Dual Roles

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 30th 2011 2:00PM
After 8 years away from TV, Sarah Michelle Gellar returns this fall in 'Ringer,' one of the more talked-about pilots of the season. Never one to back away from a challenge, our girl comes back not as one character, but two -- identical twins Bridget and Siobhan. As SMG herself pointed out at Comic-Con, she's doing this for the love of the game, not the paycheck (only soap stars get paid extra when they take on an evil twin/clone/long lost cousin side project). In honor of her noble dedication to her craft, here's a few other actresses who've gotten multiple listings in a TV credit.

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Fan Expo 2011 Day 3: Don't Rub Jeannie, Six Million Dollar Pranks and Landau's Lessons

by Aaron Broverman, posted Aug 28th 2011 9:32AM
We've already passed the midpoint of this year's Fan Expo, but don't despair, because Day 3 was chock-full of memorable moments from Lee Majors, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden of 'I Dream of Jeannie' fame. There was also a once-in-a-lifetime acting class from the indomitable Martin Landau -- who has worked with and trained film legends of all kinds -- as well as being a legendary actor in his own right.

So, what are you waiting for? I can hear you salivating with anticipation from here. Read on, my friend -- Read on!

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Barbara Eden on 'Jeannie' Sexism, Larry Hagman and ... O.J. Simpson?

by PopEater Staff, posted Apr 10th 2011 11:30AM
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Barbara Eden is uncorking the bottle and letting the Hollywood secrets out. In her memoir, 'Jeannie Out of the Bottle,' the 'I Dream of Jeannie' star shares the story of her long and charmed life in Hollywood -- from her Marilyn Monroe connection to working with Elvis Presley, and of course starring as one of pop culture's iconic TV characters.

Although Eden has thrived career-wise, she has also experienced a terrible amount of tragedy. Her second husband was verbally abusive and a cocaine addict, and most heart-breakingly, her only child, Matthew, died of a drug overdose at age 35. Eden talked to PopEater about the lingering pain of losing her son, how she dealt with her difficult 'Jeannie' costar Larry Hagman -- she also loudly disputes claims the show was sexist -- and reveals what it's like to be hit on by O.J. Simpson ("uncomfortable") and Elvis Presley ("sweet").

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Barbara Eden: 'I Dream of Jeannie' Bottle Was Hand-Painted Jim Beam Jug (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 7th 2011 2:00PM
Barbara Eden Reveals the Humble Origins of the 'I Dream of Jeannie' BottleAccording to Barbara Eden, she's still in possession of the genie bottle from the legendary sitcom 'I Dream of Jeannie.' However, Eden said the bottle will soon be on its way to the Smithsonian and she revealed its humble origins on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

"I have the original bottle. It's at the bank in a vault. It was in [my] office for a long time and then people said, 'You know. That shouldn't be around. There's only one,'" said Eden. "So, I put it in the bank, but it's on its way to the Smithsonian."

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Five Possible Jeannies for the Big Screen 'I Dream of Jeannie'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 21st 2010 1:03PM
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Another week, another story from Hollywood about a beloved TV show being turned into a feature film. Last week it was 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' and this week it's ... 'I Dream of Jeannie.' Yes, yes, they've talked about this one before. But that was then and this is now and the Los Angeles Times reports that 'I Dream of Jeannie' is back on with Sheila Callaghan, one of the scribes on 'United States of Tara,' has been handed the assignment. That means whatever the writers from 'National Treasure' and 'Mulan' and 'Bend It Like Beckham' who've taken a swing at it in the past few years weren't able to make it work.

There is an essential problem with 'Jeannie,' as anyone who knows the shows realizes. How do you make the story of a love-crazed, subservient slave-like genie who lives in a bottle and calls her astronaut boyfriend master relevant. That's a tough nut to crack, but maybe casting the role of Jeannie would be a start.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 28th 2009 6:06PM
KingsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

This might not be the biggest DVD release day in history, but it's certainly one of the business. There's something for everyone this week, including a bunch of "Fan Favorites" DVDs for various sitcoms, including NewsRadio, All in the Family, and I Dream of Jeannie. That's a neat idea, though I wonder, if you're a big fan, wouldn't you already have the DVDs?

Oh, and remember Day Break, the ABC mystery series from a couple of years ago? You can get the Complete Series. I don't think I ever saw the end of that show. You can watch it on SlashControl, so maybe I'll start there before buying the set.


  • All in the Family - Fan Favorites
  • Ax Men - Season 2
  • Barney Miller - Fan Favorites
  • Bewitched - Fan Favorites

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Today In Boob Tube History: the last episode of I Dream of Jeannie

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2009 4:52PM
Thirty-nine years ago today, May 26, 1970, NBC aired the very last episode of I Dream of Jeannie. The episode isn't available online, but here's the third-to-last episode from that season, "Hurricane Jeannie." I love how Jeannie is so powerful that she can control whether the phone works or not. They should cast Barbara Eden on Heroes, maybe as one of the original group of heroes with Angela and Hiro's dad.

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A handy guide to sitcom homes

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2009 1:02PM
sitcom housesDamn, I wish I had thought of this.

Artist and writer Dan Meth has created a series of cool pop culture charts at his web site, and the one on the right is a handy guide to sitcom homes. Sense a pattern? The shows in the top half all have kitchens on the left and living rooms on the right (how we see them via the camera angle), and the ones on the bottom have the living room on the left and the kitchen on the right.

I guess there are only so many things you can do on a sitcom, especially if it's filmed in front of an audience as many of these were.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2008 6:06PM
I Dream of JeannieHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Wow, this is quite a week for TV fans of all types. You can get the complete series sets for The Sopranos and I Dream of Jeannie, and anniversary sets for such TV classics as The Cosby Show and The Long Ranger. I even see a season 2 set for Mister Peepers! I didn't even know there was a season 1 set already released, so I'll have to look into that.

The Studio One anthology is a real gem, and I'll have a review of it later this week.

  • 7th Heaven - Season 7
  • Band of Brothers - Miniseries (Blu-Ray)
  • Chuck - Season 1 (Blu-Ray)
  • The Cosby Show - 25th Anniversary
  • Father Knows Best - Season 2
  • Firefly - Complete Series (Blu-Ray)
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Complete Series
  • Little House on the Prairie - Complete Series
  • The Lone Ranger - 75th Anniversary
  • M Squad - Complete Series

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TV Obits: Keyes, Guzman, Kahn, Crane

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 17th 2008 1:23PM

Evelyn Keyes and John HustonA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Evelyn Keyes: Although she was best known for her movie work, including The Seven Year Itch, Gone with the Wind, The Jolson Story, and Here Comes Mr. Jordan, she also guest starred on many TV shows, including The Love Boat, several episodes of Murder, She Wrote, Amazing Stories, and Climax! She was once married to jazz legend Artie Shaw and directors John Huston and Charles Vidor. She died in Montecito, CA at age 91.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 7th 2008 6:05PM

Batman Gotham KnightHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Best of Ricky and Dave
  • The Batman - Season 5
  • Batman: The Animated Series - Gotham Knight and Gotham Knight Special Edition
  • Cannon - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • The Dog Whisperer - Season 3, Canine Makeovers, and Stories of Hope and Inspiration
  • Fastlane - Complete Series
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Season 5
  • Jake and the Fatman - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Monk - Season 6
  • Psych - Season 2\
  • Shaggy and Scooby-Doo: Get A Clue - Vol. 2
  • Soul Food - Season 4
  • Spider-Man - The Hobgoblin
  • Stargate: Atlantis - Season 4
  • Teen Titans - Season 5
  • The X-Files - Revelations

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Who should play Jeannie on the big screen?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 13th 2008 9:02AM
I Dream of Jeanie The big screen adaptation of I Dream of Jeannie has been years in the making. Now a script writer is attached, so who knows, maybe we'll see it in theaters in the next few years (IMDB.com lists a release date of 2010). And something tells me we'll probably see a belly button or two.

Producer Sid Ganis is bringing Rita Hsiao, who scribed Mulan, on board to rewrite the script for a movie based on the 1960s series. Ganis is psyched for Hsiao's vision of the character -- a Jeannie who's smack in the middle of modern times.

In a Hollywood Reporter story, Ganis said of Hsiao's meeting with the producers, "She has a terrific, bright, fresh approach to Jeannie's story, with a twist and turn along the way. She captured all of our imaginations in the telling of it."

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Sony minisodes (mini-episodes) get wider distribution

by Brad Linder, posted Oct 20th 2007 8:36AM
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Remember Sony's Minisode Network? Basically Sony is sitting on a huge library of television episodes that don't see much airtime anymore. So the company decided to slice up classic TV shows like Charlie's Angels, and T.J. Hooker and create 5 minute "minisodes."

The interesting thing is that the cliff notes versions of these shows work surprisingly well, if you don't care about things like plot, character development, and dialog.

The minisodes were originally available online at MySpace. Now Sony is making the mini-shows available on Crackle, AOL, and Joost, as well as MySpace. Sony is also bringing more shows out of the vault including Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie and The Jeffersons.

[via The New York Times]

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 10th 2007 6:14PM

I Dream of JeannieHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The Addams Family - Vol. 3
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - Complete Book 2
  • Bones - Season 2
  • Charmed - Season 8
  • Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends - Season 2
  • Fraggle Rock - Season 3
  • Goosebumps - Say Cheese and Die, It Came From Beneath The Sink, and Night of the Living Dummy
  • Grey's Anatomy - Season 3 (Extended)
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Season 4
  • Jericho - Set 2
  • Judge Judy - Justice Served
  • Las Vegas - Season 4
  • Masada - Complete Miniseries
  • McHale's Navy - Season 2
  • Prime Suspect - Prime Suspect 7
  • The Starter Wife - Complete Miniseries
  • Supernatural - Season 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Fast Forward, Vol. 2
  • Tom and Jerry - Spotlight Collection, Vol. 3
  • Two and a Half Men - Season 1

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TV Obits: Schaefer, Wyse, Mathews

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 12th 2007 6:22PM

The FlintstonesA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Will Schaefer: He wrote background music for a number of TV shows over the years, including The Flintstones, I Dream of Jeannie, Hogan's Heroes, The Jetsons, The Tonight Show, Disneyland, The Super Friends, The Phil Silvers Show, Barnaby Jones, and The Flying Nun. He also did music for over 700 commercials (!). He died of cancer near Palm Springs, CA at age 78.

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