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John Dye of 'Touched By An Angel' Dead at 47

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 13th 2011 11:30AM
John DyeJohn Dye, who played angel Andrew on 'Touched By An Angel' for nine seasons, has died.

The actor passed away from heart failure in California on Monday. He was 47.

The Mississippi-born actor co-starred with Roma Downey and Della Reese on the hit CBS show from 1994 to 2003, and was a regular on shows including 'Tour of Duty,' 'Jack's Place' and 'Hotel Malibu.'

He also appeared on 'Murder, She Wrote,' 'Promised Land,' and ''The Young & The Restless,' as well as the TV movies 'The Billionaire Boys Club,' 'Once Upon A Christmas,' and its sequel, 'Twice Upon A Christmas.'

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2010 6:00PM
You're A Good Man, Charlie BrownHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I guess this is a good week to find out what type of TV fan you are. Are you going to be Callan or are you going to buy Bridget's Sexiest Beaches?

The only thing I might buy is the remastered edition of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. I can't remember the last time I saw it, but I've been on a Peanuts kick lately. Though it's a lot of singing and dancing (it's based on the classic Broadway musical) and I'm not sure if I can handle that.

  • Bridget's Sexiest Beaches - Season 1
  • Callan - Set 2
  • Dirty Jobs - Collection 5
  • Inspector Lewis - Complete Collection, Series 1 & 2

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 6:03PM
Sesame Street DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I'm always amazed at how many seasons JAG lasted. It started on NBC in 1995 then went to CBS, and I really thought it was the type of show that wouldn't last beyond three seasons, but it lasted ten! I thought the same thing about NCIS, and look at what happened there too. Obviously I don't do well predicting how shows with all caps in their titles will do.

  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Vol. 2
  • Dawson's Creek - Complete Series
  • Discovery Collection - Complete Collection
  • G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero Collector's Set
  • Heartland - Season 1, Part 2
  • JAG - Season 9

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Mark Burnett gets real for CBS drama

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 29th 2009 12:28PM
Mark_burnett_CBSWhat happens when the producer of Survivor collaborates with his wife, an actress who starred in Touched by an Angel, in a story created by the guy who brought us Dirty Sexy Money? Do you get Touched by a Dirty Sexy Angel? I guess that's what CBS will find out because Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are teaming with Craig Wright for a drama project for CBS.

Burnett, he of Survivor and a half-dozen other reality shows, is married to Angel star Roma Downey, and they're both executive producers while Wright is doing the writing for Sony Pictures TV. The show is the story of a lawyer who nearly dies in a car crash and gets a second chance at life when the ghost of his ex-wife appears to him.

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Estelle Getty dead at 84

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2008 1:47PM

Estelle GettyOne of the Golden Girls has died.

Estelle Getty, who played Bea Arthur's mother (even though Arthur was a year older in real life) on the NBC hit comedy Golden Girls (which also starred Betty White and Rue McClanahan), passed away this morning in Los Angeles. Getty was 84 years old and had been suffering from a disease known as Lewy Body Dementia for a number of years.

Getty appeared in several other TV shows over the years, including the Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace (which also starred a young Don Cheadle), Empty Nest, Nurses, Brotherly Love, Mad About You, Touched By An Angel, Blossom, Newhart, Hotel, and many others. She also appeared in the movies Tootsie, Mask, Mannequin, and Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot!

Interesting trivia: Getty played her Sophia Petrillo character in no less than five different shows: Golden Girls, Empty Nest, The Golden Palace, Nurses, and Blossom. That's gotta be some sort of record. She also played a character named Sophia in an episode of Ladies Man in 2000, though the character had a different last name.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2007 6:05PM

The Wire DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • 24 - Season 6 (Slim box)
  • 30 Days - Season 2
  • Battlestar Galactica - Razor and Season 1 (HD)
  • Crank Yankers - Best Of
  • Diagnosis Murder - Season 3
  • Grafters - Season 2
  • Highlander: The Animated Series - Complete Series
  • House of Payne - Vol. 1
  • Law and Order: SVU - Season 4
  • Saturday Night Live - Season 2
  • Tom & Jerry Tales - Vol. 3
  • Touched By An Angel - Season 4, Vol. 2
  • Will & Grace - Season 7
  • The Wire - Season 4

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2007 10:38PM

Mary Hartman, Mary HartmanHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • 7th Heaven - Season 4
  • The Addams Family - Vol. 2
  • Family Affair - Season 3
  • The Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - Vol. 1
  • Full House - Season 6
  • The Jeffersons - Season 6
  • Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - Vol. 1
  • The New Adventures of He-Man - Vol. 2
  • One Foot in the Grave - Seasons 1 and 2
  • The Shield - Season 5
  • Sonic The Hedgehog - Complete Series
  • Touched by an Angel - Season 4, Vol. 2
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? - UK Version - Seasons 1 and 2

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 28th 2006 12:44PM
  • St. Elsewhere7th Heaven - Season 3
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 2
  • Bones - Season 1
  • Criminal Minds - Season 1
  • Ellen - Season 5
  • Flavor of Love - Season 2
  • Girls Behaving Badly - Vol. 1
  • Jamie Kennedy's Blowin' Up - Season 1
  • Joan of Arcadia - Season 2
  • Little House on the Prairie - Movies
  • St. Elsewhere - Season 1
  • Touched By An Angel - Season 3, Vol. 2

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Mark Burnett engaged to Roma Downey

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 27th 2006 3:28PM

Roma Downey, Mark BurnettYup, the two have been dating since 2004.

The reality show king and the former star of Touched By An Angel have gotten engaged, officially. I knew that Burnett was divorced, but I didn't know that Downey has been married twice before, once to actor Leland Orser (currently Dr. Dubenko on ER) and once to director David Anspaugh (Rudy, Hoosiers, Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, E-Ring, The Bedford Diaries).

I wonder if Burnett will turn this into another show. There's no wedding date yet, but I'm sure the couple will honeymoon on some beautiful desert island, where they will be immediately separated into two different tribes and forced to compete against each other in races, puzzle-making, and the eating of monkey testicles.

[via TV Tattle]

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Confab with Satan

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 6th 2006 6:06PM

satanSometimes while going about our day to day lives, we forget to stop and give thanks to that all-powerful being who has brought so much to our pathetic existence. Since this day (6/6/06) shall never come again, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to sit down for a little chat with Satan, ruler of the underworld, prince of Hades, and former sales manager at Tru Value Hardware, to find out how he feels about television these days. Enjoy:

Adam: Did you really work at Tru Value?

Satan: No, that was just a resume builder.

Adam: Oh.

Satan: Well, employers want customer service experience these days. It's tough. Getting kicked out of Heaven and torturing the damned doesn't automatically get you a job. It's not 1989 anymore, you know.

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Della Reese launches plus-size clothing line

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 21st 2006 8:14AM
della reese fashionFormer Touched by an Angel actress Della Reese is fed up with the clothing available to plus-sized women like herself, so she's launching her own line. Reese, who is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, said the only clothes available to women of her size don't have any "oomph". Her new line will feature cocktail, office, and casual clothes in an array of bright colors and fits. Her line, Della Reese Fashions, will launch on April 4th on Home Shopping Network.

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