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Can '2 Broke Girls' Be TV's Next Great Female Buddy Comedy? (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 16th 2011 3:15PM
Kat Dennins and Beth Behr of '2 Broke Girls' on 'The Early Show'Could Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs of '2 Broke Girls' be the next Lucy and Ethel? 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) explored the question as Mo Rocca took a look back at female friends on television, from 'I Love Lucy' to Mary and Rhoda, and Laverne and Shirley to evaluate how the newcomers might stack up.

"With '2 Broke Girls,' one is this working class waitress and the other one is a Manhattan heiress who also had a fall from grace," said Jess Cagle, EW editor. That compares best with 'Laverne & Shirley,' he said, as the pair support each other despite their differences and bond as friends.

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Lucille Ball Turns 100: 10 Ways to Celebrate Lucy's Birthday

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 6th 2011 10:00AM
Lucille BallToday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of comedy and television's most talented icons of all-time: Lucille Ball. Short of heading to the drugstore to buy some red hair dye, what else can you do to celebrate Lucy's 100th birthday? AOL TV has a few suggestions for you. And don't forget to check out our list of 15 things you didn't know about the multi-talented star.

Celebrate Lucy's birthday by...

1. Heading to Jamestown, New York -- Lucy's hometown -- for the annual Lucy Fest, the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy (August 3-7). You can take a tour of Lucy-related sites, see Lucy and Desi Arnaz impersonators, visit the Lucy Desi Museum and Desilu Playhouse (which includes exact recreations of 'I Love Lucy' sets) and buy Lucy goodies at the gift shop.

2. Being a Lucy. As part of the Lucy Fest celebration, organizers are trying to set the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as Lucille Ball. On Aug. 6, $5 will get you registered to participate and a costume you can wear to help Jamestown set the record.

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'The Early Show' Celebrates Lucille Ball for Her 100th Birthday (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 5th 2011 6:00PM
Lucille Ball on 'The Early Show'Saturday would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) took a look back at her influence and legacy with a few industry experts and celebrities to see what made her such an iconic figure in comedy and television history.

We're used to seeing sitcoms shot with multiple cameras these days, and that's thanks to 'I Love Lucy,' which was the first to do that, said Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly. The technique helped revolutionize the industry.

Joan Rivers credited Ball as a trailblazer for funny women. "She had a two-fold legacy," she said. "One, very simply, was 'own it.' She was the first one to own her sitcom. I mean, genius. Genius to figure that one out. And the second legacy really was, opening the door for good looking women to be funny."

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Happy 100th Birthday, Lucille Ball! 15 Things You Never Knew About TV's Funniest Lady

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 5th 2011 12:30PM
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I love Lucy, you love Lucy, we all love Lucy! And in honor of what would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday on Aug. 6, here are 15 Lucy facts that might surprise you.

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Hallmark Channel Celebrates Lucille Ball's 100th Birthday With 'I Love Lucy' Marathon

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 4th 2011 12:25PM
Lucille BallHow do you pay tribute to Lucille Ball on her 100th birthday? If you're Hallmark Channel, you dedicate 48 hours of programming to the beloved redhead.

In celebration of the milestone, Hallmark will air 96 episodes of 'I Love Lucy' -- no reruns, 96 different episodes -- on Sat., Aug. 6, Ball's actual birthday. The marathon begins at 6AM ET and ends Mon., Aug. 8 at 6AM.

The original black and white 'I Love Lucy' series ran from 1951 to 1957, but continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials -- 'The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show,' later called 'The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour' -- from 1957-1960.

Born in 1911, Lucille Ball got her start in radio and movies in the 1930s before heading to TV in the 1950s. Up until her death in 1989 at the age of 77, Ball was doing TV and film work. Her last credited role was in the 1986 series 'Life With Lucy.'

Watch a classic scene from 'I Love Lucy' below.

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Top TV Redheads of All Time

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 4th 2010 1:00PM
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Eric Cartman may hate "gingers," but the rest of us know that the redheads in TV land are some of the greatest stars in tube history. In honor of Conan O'Brien's return to late night on Nov. 8 -- yes, spoiler, he made our list -- here are our picks for the top 22 TV redheads of all time:

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New Shows on DVD for July 13

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Jul 13th 2010 10:00AM
White Collar Season 1 on DVD Don't you hate when you feel the thrill of discovering a new show and realize you're deep into its second season?!

If that was you after last night's season 2 premiere of 'White Collar' -- you're definitely in luck today. The complete first season comes out on DVD. Just in time for you to catch up and look like the uber-fan around the water cooler.

Other honorable mentions in stores today are DVD collections of some comedy greats, including The Lucy Show and The Best of Saturday Night Live Will Ferrell and Tracy Morgan.

Find out the rest of the titles out today after the jump!

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TV's Top Tots: The Most Anticipated TV Babies

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 3rd 2010 3:00PM
Jim and Pam's baby on The OfficeThey're anticipated, but sometimes dreaded. They can be just what a show needs, or a ratings killer. They can unite or divide audiences. What has this much power in television? TV babies.

Jim and Pam on 'The Office' are just the latest fictional couple to welcome a baby into their wacky fold in tonight's special one-hour episode (9PM ET, NBC). To commemorate the occasion, we're taking a walk around the virtual nursery, looking back at some of TV's most anticipated -- for both good and bad reasons -- babies.

Did your favorite TV baby make the list? Check after the jump.

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Jay Leno and the missed opportunity

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 18th 2010 1:15PM
jay_leno_the_tonight_showIt's been quite an amazing time at NBC the past ten days. The Jay Leno exit from prime time. The proposed 11:35-12:05-1:05 juggle. Conan's manifesto to the people of the earth. NBC executives lashing out and labeling Conan a failure and chicken-hearted. Jeff Zucker threatening Conan and his intellectual properties. And then the subsiding tide that will have The Tonight Show regressing, possibly becoming less an American television institution and more an American artifact of a time gone by.

Lost amid all this wrangling and back and forth is one fact that is undeniable. When NBC came up with the idea of all-Leno, all the time at 10 p.m. prime time, the network was giving him a precious gift. Jay Leno had been given Aladdin's lamp. NBC handed him an hour -- five hours -- of prime time television with an open invitation to create a new show. Imagine if that offer were made to another performer.

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We Raise a Glass to Our Favorite New Year's Episodes

by David Hofstede, posted Dec 31st 2009 10:30AM

New Year's Eve episodes have never been as plentiful as those about Christmas. Television writers, it seems, figure most viewers would rather be out sipping champagne and kissing strangers on December 31 than watching TV.

But a few of these holiday-themed gems were made, and they're a great way to get ready for your midnight celebration. Here are some of the best.

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My channel surfing turned into movie grazing

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 28th 2009 4:12PM
goodfellas_dinner_sceneI think I'm going to coin a new term. I'm a movie grazer. I like watching TV and grazing in and out of movies that I've seen before, know well, and enjoy watching again in bits and pieces. I know this sounds crazy to some who have to watch a movie from the opening studio logo to the end credits (even as they're being smushed on commercial TV broadcasts).

I'm not like that, though. On Friday, amid the post-Thanksgiving haze and without much interest in the college football games or reruns of CBS soaps or syndicated fare, I was channel surfing. Every time I saw something I liked, I stopped for a while. It was mostly movies. I watch Cary Grant and Sophia Loren in Houseboat, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle, there was a whole bunch of Goodfellas, because Bravo showed it back to back. So I watched the ending first, then stuck around to watch the beginning. What an incredible movie -- still!

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Christine's adventure includes nod to Seinfeld

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 13th 2009 9:02AM
SeinfeldThe New Adventures of Old Christine is one of my favorite sitcoms and last night's episode included what I saw as a tribute to TV icons Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore, as well as Seinfeld. Yes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus had a true Elaine moment that was not only hilarious, but a real wink to her Seinfeld fans.

The CBS sitcom came up with a doozy of a situation, although it felt familiar to me, which I'll explain why in a moment. Christine was determined to prove that she was not afraid of living alone and wound up locked out of her house. She climbed back in through a bathroom window and got her foot stuck in the toilet bowl!

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And then there's Maude...in the TV Hall of Fame

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 4th 2008 8:02AM
MaudeYou mean Bea Arthur wasn't already in the TV Academy Hall of Fame before today? Well, actually, that was Bea's choice. In a very Maude-like way, she had turned them down. "I said, `So sorry, very nice of you, but I can't possibly accept. There are so many talented people in the business,'" Arthur recalled.

However, she's had a chance to think it over and when asked again, she agreed to become a Hall of Famer, just like Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson and Bill Cosby.

As I wrote previously, the TV Academy Hall of Fame will expand to include Bea Arthur, Merv Griffin, Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), Sherwood Schwartz (Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch), and ABC executives Thomas Murphy and Daniel B. Burke. On December 9 in Beverly Hills, the awards will be presented.

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This year, the Emmys will feature everyone who has ever been on TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 1st 2008 6:23PM
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As we've told you before, this is the 60th anniversary of the Emmy Awards. The September 21 show, telecast on ABC, will not only celebrate the Best Actresses and Best Dramas of the current prime time lineup, it will also celebrate the many stars and characters and shows of 10, 20, 40, 60 years ago.

ABC has created an ad that features a lot of those stars. A lot of the stars are easy to find and it's a no-brainer that they were included (Marge and Homer, Rod Serling, Dick Van Dyke, Stewie, the South Park guys, etc), but I'm happy to also see some people I didn't think would be in such an ad: Guy Williams as Zorro, Robert Culp from I Spy, Mike Connors from Mannix, Tim Daly from Wings, Wally Cox from Mr. Peepers, among others.

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17 comedic actors who moved into dramatic television roles

by Richard Keller, posted May 1st 2008 12:20PM

The comedians who made inwards into drama are featured in this articleAs AOL Television continues their look at the 50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever with their Top 10, we here at TV Squad are also looking at television comedy, but with a slightly skewed difference. Last week, we took a look at the Saturday Night Live cast members from 1996 to 2006 that made it to the big time. This week, we get a bit more serious.

There are those in the industry who say that it is easier to go from acting in a drama to acting in a comedy than it is the other way around. Yet, as you will see from the list we've compiled after the jump, there are plenty of comedic actors who have jumped from the world of comedy films, stand-up comedy, and television sitcoms into the more serious world of drama. In many cases they have had even greater success than they did on the other side of the tracks. There have even been instances where they stayed in the drama genre and never went back to being funny.

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