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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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Whoa! Our EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek of the 'Melissa & Joey' Season Finale (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 14th 2011 9:00AM
Melissa & JoeyJoey Lawrence does not play himself on 'Melissa & Joey,' nor does he play his 'Blossom' character Joey Russo. Here, he's just Joe, but in tonight's season finale (Wed., Sept. 14, 8PM ET on ABC Family), he does give fans a little blast from his past.

That's right -- get ready for a big "whoa" from Joe in our exclusive sneak peek. Just don't get too discouraged if it doesn't sound exactly right the first time around (as he remarks, "It's been a long time since I've said that") because he says it again, with feeling. And just like that all our best 'Blossom' memories come flooding back.

So what's his old catchphrase in response to now? Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) has a fancy event to attend, and she asks Joe to be her plus one. Guess she thought that since he's not really going to be her nanny for much longer, maybe it wouldn't be awkward?

When Joe accepts her invitation, it gets even weirder: "Now I'm gonna take my clothes off," Mel replies. Yeah, how's she gonna explain that one?

Watch and see as the fumbling sexual tension between these two hits new heights.

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ABC Family Renews 'Melissa & Joey'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 6:15PM
Melissa & Joey'Melissa & Joey' isn't going anywhere. ABC Family has ordered a second season of the Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence sitcom.

"Melissa and Joey have proven to be a comedic powerhouse, with wonderful chemistry that has resonated with viewers in the tradition of great television pairings," Michael Riley, president of ABC Family, said in a statement. "As our focus on comedy continues to develop, we're delighted to see it return next year as an integral part of the network's expanding slate of original series."

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'The Talk' Takes a Look at the Many Hairstyles of Joey Lawrence (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 29th 2011 6:30PM
Joey Lawrence on 'The Talk'Joey Lawrence, currently of 'Melissa & Joey,' has grown up on TV, acting and singing since he was five-years-old. That's a lot of time to make some bad fashion choices, and a lot of footage to enter into evidence. Which is exactly what happened Wednesday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), when the ladies showed Lawrence a retrospective of his hairstyles over the years.

It started with the "bowl cut" look from 'Gimme a Break.' "I actually ran into Dorothy Hamill and I told her that I loved it," said Lawrence. "She gave me the bowl, and I used it, and my mom cut my hair." There was also the curly semi-mullet from 'Blossom' and his shaven head from 'Dancing With the Stars,' which Lawrence said came from his being a fan of Richard Marx and Mr. Clean, respectively.

'The Talk' producers then slipped in a Photoshopped picture of Lawrence with Sharon Osbourne's hair. Lawrence said he told his guy to do something different that day. "I'm the Lady Gaga of haircuts," he said. We can't wait to see his "meat head."

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Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence Talk 'Melissa & Joey' and 'Moonlighting' Potential

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 27th 2011 9:00AM
Melissa and JoeyMelissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence already told us about the special guest stars making cameos on 'Melissa & Joey' when the show returns from its eight-month hiatus on Wednesday. (Vivica A. Fox and a Lawrence brothers reunion? Yes, please!)

But if you can't wait until June 29 for your 'Melissa and Joey' fix, fear not. Both Hart and Lawrence had plenty to share about what's in store for their characters, politician Mel Burke and live-in nanny Joe Longo.

"It's a lot of the ups and downs. I think that the journey of the show is that any moment one of these people could either find a significant other and the relationship is over," said Lawrence. "Joe could get that opportunity that he's been waiting for to get his feet back on the ground and go make the millions of dollars he's used to making, and he's gone. I think that's where the show lives. There are several close calls when it comes to that."

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'Melissa and Joey' Scoop: Details on Vivica A. Fox's Guest Role, Lawrence Brothers Reunion

by Breia Brissey, posted Mar 12th 2011 11:15AM
Melissa and JoeyWhen 'Melissa and Joey' returns from hiatus -- mark those calendars, it returns June 29! -- some mighty big names will be joining the cast, including the Lawrence brothers. It's now appropriate to let out a collective "Whoa!"

That's not all: Vivica A. Fox along with some other familiar TV faces will stop by the hit sitcom. Series stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence hit the red carpet of ABC Family's Upfront presentation and they weren't shy about dishing details.

"We do have some really great guest stars. We're going to have have Vivica Fox," Hart told TV Squad. "And one of my favorite things that we do this season is that Joey's ex-wife comes back a few times. That's fun."

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A "Ghost" in the Attic on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 20th 2010 2:03AM
A 'Ghost' in the Attic on 'Melissa & Joey'On the new 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family), the stressed-out extended family prepares for Halloween. But there's more family than they expected -- and things get extra stressful as well.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) is trying to micromanage Halloween. She wants Lennox and Ryder (Taylor Spreitler and Nick Robinson) to really enjoy the holiday. But the teenagers aren't very into it. They're distracted -- and for a very good reason. Lennox and Ryder are trying to hide their father in the attic.

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Outside the Box Interview: Melissa and Joey Are All Grown Up On New Show

by Neil Busch, posted Oct 13th 2010 10:30AM
Outisde the Box Interview with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence'Melissa & Joey' stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence sat down for our Outside the Box interview to answer questions submitted by TV Squad readers.

They dishes about who was the better dancer, the most ridiculous rumors they've ever heard about themselves and when we could expect Lawrence's new album. (Did you know he wrote the theme song to the show?)

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Death by Twitter on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 13th 2010 1:22AM
Death by Twitter on 'Melissa & Joey'From one point of view, Twitter is an amazing social networking tool -- the best way ever to reach out to the people around you. But from another point of view, Twitter is the worst thing to ever happen in the history of the world. The new episode of 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family) takes both sides of the debate.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) hears rumors about her niece Lennox. The gossip says that Lennox (Taylor Spreitler) is drinking, partying and generally behaving badly. Joey (Joey Lawrence) doesn't believe the rumors, but since Mel is a reformed party-girl herself, she doesn't trust her teenage niece. After winning Joey over to her point of view, Mel hacks into Lennox's email -- setting up the inevitable outbreak of Twitter-based revenge.

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'Melissa & Joey' -- Special Guest Mark Ballas Does the "Man-go" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 29th 2010 7:16AM
'Melissa & Joey' -- Special Guest Mark Ballas Does the 'Man-go'We had two classic reunions on tonight's 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family). First, Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) meets up with her old 'Dancing With the Stars' partner, Mark Ballas. Melissa and Mark were paired together on Season 9 of 'DWTS,' and he helped guide the actress to a 9th place finish. Ballas is now Bristol Palin's partner on the current season of the show.

The somewhat contrived set-up for the reunion is that Mel's character is taking part in a charity dance event -- the "prestigiously" named "Dancing With the Stars of Toledo" contest. Mark and Mel are supposed to perform the Tango. But naturally, Mel gets injured, and can't go through with it. (And if you didn't see that twist coming from a mile away, then you've never watched this sitcom before.)

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Spying and Lying on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 15th 2010 1:40AM
Spying and Lying on 'Melissa & Joey'On the latest 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family), Mel becomes convinced that Joey (Joey Lawrence) is dating a "mystery woman." Joey's been behaving strangely of late, sneaking around and acting very suspiciously. Rather than taking the direct approach, Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) decides to carry out some secret surveillance.

It's one of those "classic" sitcom plots where if the characters actually just talked to one another, everything could be resolved in about 30 seconds. But oh well. When Joey brings his mystery lady Tessa (Shvona Lavette Williams) back to the house, Mel and her pal Rhonda (Elizabeth Ho) crouch and hide in the kitchen. "Duck, or they'll think we're spying on them!" Mel says. "Act 'normal,' hide!" Yep, good plan.

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A Dad vs. Daughter Fight on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 7th 2010 11:41PM
A Dad vs. Daughter Fight on 'Melissa & Joey'When one big happy family gathers around the dinner table ... that's when the arguments begin and the knives come out. And that's the situation on 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family).

Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) has been given custody of her sister's two children: Teenagers Lennox and Ryder. But then Mel's father -- former Senator Russell Burke -- unexpectedly arrives in town, and he has some very different ideas about parenting.

[Spoiler alert.]

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"Resisting" a Bad Boy on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 1st 2010 12:18AM
'Resisting' a Bad Boy on 'Melissa & Joey'On 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family) Mel acquires a new man in her life. But he's not her usual type. No, her new guy "Dylan" is an honest-to-god "bad boy." So Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) is a little out of her comfort zone here.

Although, to be honest, Dylan seems less like an actual rebel, and more like a vanilla-y sitcom idea of a "bad boy." But then, 'Melissa & Joey' is a sitcom, so that makes sense. Here are the examples of Dylan's "badness" that we are given:

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Melissa Joan Hart Does a Sorority Girl Rap on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 24th 2010 11:53PM
Melissa Joan Hart Does a Sorority Girl Rap on 'Melissa & Joey'The series 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family) is a conscious flashback to the way comedy shows used to be: multiple cameras, filmed in front of a live studio audience, with a loud laugh track. And to complete the "old-timey" feel, the sitcom features Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence -- stars of '90s shows like 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch' and 'Blossom' -- as the non-cleverly named title couple.

The new episode centers around Joey's life as a male nanny, or "Manny." Joey is worried that his somewhat humiliating job is cramping his dating style. Enter Liz: Melissa's sexy former sorority sister. Things are suddenly starting to look up for Joey.

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'Melissa & Joey' - Television As a Metaphor For a Dude's Private Parts (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 17th 2010 11:50PM
'Melissa & Joey' - Television As a Metaphor for a Dude's Private PartsWe get to have a slightly "retro" TV experience on 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family). The new sitcom features Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence; stars of such vintage '90s shows as 'Blossom' and 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.' But now, the pair are all grown up, and must cope with more adult problems.

On the new episode, Joey must deal with the aftereffects of his ruined marriage. His ex-wife Tiffany has pretty much taken everything -- everything. Joey is basically left with the contents of a small cardboard box. Among the items that his wife took with her is Joey's 52-inch TV. Now, Joey has almost nothing left.

Melissa points out that Joey is letting Tiffany stomp all over him. And she uses his loss of "inches" -- from a 52-inch television to zero inches -- as a metaphor for Joey's, um, "manhood." Basically, she's saying that Joey has shrunken down to nothing. Will Joey be able to get his lost "inches" back?*

(*You guys get what we're talking about here, right?)

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