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8 Elder Statesmen (and Women!) of 2010

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 16th 2010 3:00PM
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Countdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the eighth day of Festivus, TV gave us to ... eight elder statesmen (and women) reigning.

Like fine wine and George Clooney, the TV stars on our list of elder statesmen and women -- statespeople? -- have only gotten better with age. From Tom Selleck entering his fourth decade as one of TV land's sexiest men (and best mustaches) to Betty White entering her seventh decade as one of the tube's most beloved (and energetic) funny ladies, see our picks for TV's most enduring class acts.

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'Brothers & Sisters' Goes Back in Time: Scoop On the Big 2-Hour Flashback (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 9th 2010 6:15PM
Kay Panabaker, Anna Wood'Brothers & Sisters' is one of those shows that can make you laugh hysterically and cry like a baby in the span of an hour. Judging from what I saw on set while they filmed their big two-hour flashback episode (airs Sun., April 11, 9PM ET on ABC), the Walkers have outdone themselves.

With Ken Olin directing, there was also a hoarde of young guest stars -- including Kay Panabaker (young Kitty), Anna Wood (young Sarah) and Kasey Campbell (young Kevin) -- drinking Tab, flaunting big '80s hair and pressing on their brightly colored nails.

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The Show Girl Talks Love with Alyssa Milano, Flashbacks with Sally Field & More (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 9th 2010 9:00AM
Very few TV freebies could get me to devote a chunk of my weekly talk time to them ... but a personalized Maggie Furlong Adventure Doll? You have to see her in action to believe it. (Thanks CMT's Adventure Country!)

I also talk with 'Romantically Challenged' star Alyssa Milano about which fellow Twitter-happy ABC star she wants as her TV ex-husband on the new show. Then I hit the set of 'Brothers & Sisters' during their big flashback episode to catch up with the show's matriarch, Sally Field. Her comments on the young Walkers, their secrets and her own memories of the '80s will crack you up.

Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Movie Stars Invade TV: A Look at Pilot Season 2010

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 24th 2010 2:00PM
Sissy SpacekTelevision fans, look out: Oscar-winning actors are taking over! And not just for a special cameo or a three-episode guest star stint, either. Movie stars are coming to TV in a big way ... as series regulars.

Why? Well, for a few reasons. Portraying a character on a weekly basis can present a new challenge to these veteran silver screen stars, but let's not forget that young Hollywood actors in tween-targeted films are dominating the box office. These Oscar-winning actors aren't giving up films, but their star power and names alone are big enough to attract an audience to a TV show.

Many Oscar-winners and nominees have left their mark on both screens -- just look at Sally Field. She's won an Oscar for 'Norma Rae' and Emmys for 'Sybil,' 'ER' and 'Brothers & Sisters.'

Maybe the Oscars of these latest stars got lonely on the mantle and the next logical thought would be: Why not add an Emmy sister?

Check out the list of actors who are coming to TV -- including Sissy Spacek and Dustin Hoffman -- after the jump.

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'Brothers and Sisters' Renewed for Season Five

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 9th 2010 7:30AM
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The powers that be at ABC have good reasons to be feeling good about the network's success. They've had a really good year developing some new shows, like 'Modern Family,' 'The Middle' and 'Cougar Town' -- all of which have been given a renewal for next season. And today an established drama, 'Brothers and Sisters,' was given a fifth season pickup. You know what that means, don't you? Pop the cork! Let the merlot and pinot grigio flow, the Walkers and Ojai Foods are going to continue on for another year of whining and wining.

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'Brothers & Sisters' Flashback Episodes - Even More Casting News!

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 18th 2010 10:30PM
We still have a couple of months before the big 'Brothers & Sisters' two-hour flashback extravaganza airs (Sun., April 11 on ABC), but we can set the record straight now about a few things that have been reported.

After spending the day on the 'B&S' set while they filmed the first hour flashback scenes -- set in the Walker home in 1986 -- AOL Television can confirm that 'Melrose Place' alum Colin Egglesfield does appear in both hours as a young William Walker.

There's plenty more ... click for all our exclusive scoop.

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Fact or Fiction: Big Bang, Brothers & Sisters and CSI

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 9th 2009 1:01PM
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Welcome to our new feature, TV Squad readers. How well do you know what you think you know about television? Play our little trivia game, Fact or Fiction. We'll state the premise, then tell you the reality, i.e. the fact or the fiction. By the way, if you have ideas for Fact or Fiction, or questions you'd like us to figure out, share with us in the comments.

Fact or Fiction: When Chuck Lorre originally created The Big Bang Theory, the boys were dominated by a nasty neighbor named Katie.


Fact! Chuck Lorre told Watch magazine's Jim Colluci that a year before The Big Bang Theory was picked up by CBS, the first pilot had a female character named Katie. She manipulated the guys. "It was like shooting fish in a barrel. It didn't work," Johnny Galecki told Colluci. The problem was that Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard were and are essentially innocents and without maliciousness. The idea of a woman taking advantage of their innocence was not only mean, it wasn't funny. The writers went back to the drawing board -- so to speak -- and, thus, the character of sweet, gentle Penny was born.

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Brothers & Sisters: The Road Ahead (season premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 28th 2009 12:18AM
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(S04E01) "William was a cheater. He had this bottle-blond tramp across town..." - Nora's mother to Holly


The dysfunctional Walker clan is back, and it didn't take long for the squabbling and worrying and break-ups and tragedies to surface. Things open right away with Nora's feeling of foreboding, and with this family, it's usually warranted. There's generally a nice mix of comedy and drama in Brothers & Sisters, and this episode followed suit.

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Dr. Andrew Weil doesn't like medicine commercials

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 26th 2009 2:29PM
pillsIf I were to pick one commercial genre that I can't stand it's the pharmaceutical genre. Why do we even have commercials for Lipitor or Celexa or Flomax? The ads are always telling us to "Ask our doctor" about a certain medication.

You know what? I trust my doctor to know that, if I have a particular medical problem he's going to know what treatment is best for me and which treatment I should avoid. It just seems bizarre to me (and doctors I know) that there are commercials on TV for prescription medicine, as if we are knowledgeable enough about it to make a connection to a health problem we have.

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Emmy Wish List: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 14th 2009 2:01PM
Emmys_ABC_awardsThe actresses who have been competing for the Primetime Emmy award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category these past few years are some of the top names in the business. Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field for Brothers & Sisters, multiple Emmy winner -- including last year's award -- Glenn Close for Damages. Previous winner Mariska Hargitay for Law & Order: SVU. Oh, yes, there's also Saving Grace's Holly Hunter, another former Oscar winner, and Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer.

All these ladies are worthy of winning nominations again, and it wouldn't be surprising to see one or all of them nominated. But if I were to have a say, there are some other women I hope to see recognized when the Primetime Emmy nominations are announced this Thursday.

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ABC's new promo shows all their characters living together under one roof

by Bob Sassone, posted May 22nd 2009 2:49PM
Remember those great network promos that would have stars from various shows all interacting with each other and praising their networks? ABC is trying that again with the videos below. In the first one, Lost's Jack Shephard and Desperate Housevives' Susan Mayer are living together happily until Susan mentions a certain word (it also answers this question). In the second, Hurley is shown with various dancing stars, a nanny, and the Wipeout balls.

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Reflecting on the Golden Globe TV noms

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 11th 2008 10:33AM
GlobeOne of the biggest victims in last year's Writers Guild strike was the Golden Globe awards. Fortunately, the SAG threats of a strike remain just that -- threats -- so the Globes are on and the nominations were announced this morning.

Unfortunately, there were few surprises among the TV noms. In fact, it's kind of worrisome that these nominations are way too similar to the Emmy nominations. Among the new network shows from this season, and last, very little.

NBC will broadcast the Golden Globes on January 11. For the complete list of the Globe noms, click here, and for some instant impressions on said noms, read on after the jump:

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Hi I'm Jason, and Brothers & Sisters gives me the warm fuzzies

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 1st 2008 9:00AM
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Do you have those things on your favorite shows that just make you smile when they happen? It's not like it's the highlight of the show or anything; maybe it's just giving you those warm fuzzies inside. Maybe it's when Earl crosses something off his list on My Name is Earl. Or maybe it's as simple as when Penny sits in Sheldon's spot on The Big Bang Theory. Those familiar moments somehow make us feel like we're with old friends.

I get those. Most recently, I've been getting them when the Walkers of ABC's Brothers & Sisters are all on the phone together in some kind of mass speaker phone teleconferencing chain from hell. I'd say I don't normally watch these family soaps, but I've always liked Sally Field, and when she was recast as the matriarch of the Walkers, I found myself tuning in. This despite the fact that Ally McBeal's lips looked even puffier and she's still way too skinny. But then she married Rob Lowe and I've always liked him, too.

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Newcomer cast as Brothers & Sisters long-lost sib

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 20th 2008 9:01PM
B & SWho is the missing Walker sibling? For a year, the answer was Rebecca, but DNA has proven that that's not William Walker's unaccounted for child. It's a character named Ryan Lafferty and today a newcomer named Luke Grimes has been cast in the role.

When the storyline revealed that there was a Ryan somewhere out there, rumors were rife that a big name would land the role. Jason Ritter and Jason Dohring were in the running, but Grimes is set to sign on the dotted line and his resume is pretty slim, just a couple of minor movies, Assassination of a High School President and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.

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Christina Applegate suffering from breast cancer

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 3rd 2008 4:02PM
christina applegateChristina Applegate, star of ABC's Samantha Who?, is battling breast cancer. According to a statement released by her rep, the cancer was detected early and is not life-threatening. "Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery," Ame Van Iden said.

The news comes just weeks after Applegate earned an Emmy nomination for her work as an amnesiac trying to undo her past misdeeds on Samantha Who?. In addition to continuing to work on her series, Applegate is also scheduled to appear on the Stand Up To Cancer telethon on September 5th. The telethon, which will be simultaneously aired on CBS, NBC and ABC, will also feature Meryl Streep, Sally Field and Jennifer Aniston, among others.

Since the cancer was detected early through a doctor-ordered MRI and Applegate is continuing her work schedule, hopefully the cancer will be easily beat. Here's to a full and speedy recovery.

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