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Bad moms, bad moms, whatcha gonna do?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 4th 2009 5:16PM
Everybody Loves RaymondMother's Day is Sunday, but we all have to realize that not every mom deserves a box of chocolates, a nice dinner, or a bouquet of flowers. AOL has their picks for the worst TV moms of all time, and a lot of the usual suspects are on the list. I think we can all agree that Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond should be on the list. She clearly loves her kids, but...wow, how manipulative and pushy and meddling can a person get?

Evelyn Harper from Two and a Half Men is on the list, too. She's such a bad mom that it's sometimes easy to forget that she's even Charlie and Alan's mother. She seems more like some older, sexy aunt or something.

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Why, oh why, must Will Ferrell mess up our favorite TV series? - VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 19th 2009 1:03PM

Is Will Ferrell ruining another TV remake or making it better?I have to get something off my chest, and I'm not talking about my man boobs. It has to do with Will Ferrell. See, I like Will as an actor. He had some fine roles on Saturday Night Live and has proven himself a qualified movie actor. Some of his roles have even revolved around television show remakes. Unfortunately, those remakes tend to, um, not make fans of the original shows very happy.

Okay, they don't make me very happy. Sure, his redo of Bewitched was okay, but it really didn't have the "magic" and quirkiness of the old series. Now, he's remaking the classic Saturday morning show Land of the Lost. From the most recent trailer, it seems that Ferrell is going to go the action comedy route (heavy on the comedy) to draw in the audiences. For fans of the old Sid & Marty Kroftt series, this is not good news.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2009 6:00PM
BewitchedHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I don't know why I haven't bought any of the Bewitched sets yet. It's one of my favorite sitcoms, but I think it has gotten so far into the releases (this week it's season 7) that I've convinced myself that there will be a complete series set and that I should wait for it. But I'm tempted to buy this set because it features an entire episode set and filmed in my hometown!

As for the Columbo movie set, well, I have to buy that now because I just bought the entire series on DVD.

  • Afro Samurai - Resurrection (regular set and special editions)
  • Becker - Season 2
  • Bewitched - Season 7
  • Columbo - Mystery Movie Collection: 1990
  • Dave's World - Season 2
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Vol. 14
  • Night Court - Season 2
  • The Partridge Family - Season 4
  • Tom and Jerry Tales - Vol. 6

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Nine least-wanted TV neighbors - VIDEOS

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 29th 2008 11:03AM
Steve UrkelThe TV neighbor has served many useful roles over the years; some that many thought had been lost by the unrelenting sands of time.

They've become the great modern philosopher like Wilson, the evolving thinker like Bill Dauterive, the bearer of bad news like Newman, and even the court jester -- as long as you don't count one of these guys.

Not only would we not want some of them living next door to us, we wouldn't want them living. Period. These are the annoying next-door neighbors who should have been run out by the Neighborhood Homeowners' Association with torches and pitchforks.

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Who are the top 20 TV witches of all-time? - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 30th 2008 1:37PM
BewitchedIt's Halloween, so you know that like most holidays we're seeing more and more TV-related lists. AOL TV has picked the top 20 witches of all-time.

I have to admit that when I first saw this piece I couldn't even name 20 witches that we've had on television. Sure, I immediately thought of Samantha and Endora on Bewitched, Willow on Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Tabitha on Passions, and the girls from Charmed, but after that I really had to scratch my head on how they were going to come up with 20. But then I saw that they extended the rules to include witches from cartoons and TV movies, so after that it's probably pretty easy. Though I think it's an easy way out to pick all the girls from Charmed.

Witchipoo from H.R. Pufnstuf is there, as is the girl from Wizards of Waverly Place. I've never seen this movie Worst Witch they speak of, but they pick more than one witch from it so maybe it's more well known than I realize. I love the fact they picked Amanda from Tucker's Witch.

Of course, the list isn't perfect. Nancy Grace isn't on it.

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Top TV Witches

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 20th 2008 6:00AM
Sabrina ... Endora ... Willow... see where they rank on our list.

Prepare to be spellbound by our account of the sweetest, meanest, best and worst witches ever seen on TV.

From animated to old school, from toddlers to teenagers, we've used our magic potion to uncover these top 20 TV witches.

Watch out ... something witchy this way comes.

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TV Obits: Goodman, Wilson, Love

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 27th 2008 2:21PM

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

  • Dody Goodman: She was a comic and character actress who appeared on several TV shows, including Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, The Tonight Show, St. Elsewhere, Diff'rent Strokes, Murder, She Wrote, The Phil Silvers Show, Punky Brewster, Alvin & The Chipmunks, and The Love Boat, and was in movies such as Grease and Splash. She died at age 92.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted May 5th 2008 6:05PM

Hiya KidsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The 4400 - Season 4
  • Acapulco H.E.A.T. - Complete Series
  • 'Allo 'Allo - Series 8
  • Avatar The Last Airbender - Book 3 Fire, Vol. 3
  • Bewitched - Season 6 (color)
  • Crossing Jordan - Season 1
  • Greg the Bunny - Best of the Film Parodies: Vol. 2
  • A Haunting - Hauntings in America
  • Hiya Kids! A 50's Saturday Morning Box
  • The Jack Benny Show - The Jack Benny Show
  • Madeline - Next Stop America
  • Man vs. Wild - Collection 1
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (widescreen)
  • Naruto - Uncut Boxed Set Vol. 7 (special edition)
  • Punky Brewster - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Sgt. Preston of the Yukon - Best Of
  • Speed Racer: The Next Generation - Vol. 1
  • Spider-Man - Mutant Agenda
  • That Girl - Season 1, Vol. 1

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Man who protested Bewitched statue wants $1 million

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 16th 2008 4:22PM

Bewitched statueHey, so do I, and I didn't even protest anything.

A Salem, MA man who was arrested three years ago while protesting a statue put up by TV Land in honor of Elizabeth Montgomery and the classic show Bewitched is suing the Witch City for $1 million. He says his civil rights were violated, he was roughed up by two cops, and that the whole arrest was unnecessary. The man, Richard Sorrell, was protesting the placement of the statue, across the street from where several people died in the witch trials. The trial started yesterday. The police disagree with Sorrell and say that he was treated professionally. They also say that Sorrell actually elbowed and knocked down people during the protest.

This was actually a debate that was going on at the time, whether or not the town should let TV Land put the statue in Salem. The town heard arguments of various citizens for and against the statue and ultimately decided to erect the statue.

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TV Obits: Letts, Baer, Kenwith

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 4th 2008 2:23PM

Dennis Letts and son TracyA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Dennis Letts: He was a teacher who taught at universities for 30 years and then decided to get into acting. He appeared in several TV shows, including Walker, Texas Ranger, Once and Again, and The CBS Summer Playhouse, as well as the TV movies Dallas: The Early Years, Challenger, and The Last Prostitute. On the big screen he was in Cast Away, Infamous, Passenger 57, A Perfect World, and many others. He died of cancer at age 73.

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Sony minisodes (mini-episodes) get wider distribution

by Brad Linder, posted Oct 20th 2007 8:36AM
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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TV Obits: Ghostley, Smidt, Kamps

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 22nd 2007 3:02PM

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

  • Alice Ghostley: She was best known for her role as bumbling witch Esmerelda on Bewitched. She was also a regular on Designing Women and Evening Shade and made appearances on many shows over the years, including The Golden Girls, Passions, Simon & Simon, Maude, Good Times, Love, American Style, Family, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Odd Couple, It Taks A Thief, Get Smart, and many others. She died in Studio City, CA at age 81 of complications from cancer and strokes.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2007 6:23PM

The Fugitive logoHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • All Creatures Great and Small - Series 7 and Complete Series sets
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force (movie)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 2: Earth, Vol. 4
  • Bewitched - The Complete Seasons 1-5
  • Brian Regan: Standing Up
  • Doctor Who - #75 and #158
  • Dynasty - Season 2
  • Elvis: The Miniseries
  • The Fugitive (original) - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Home Run Derby - Vol. 2
  • Kids in the Hall - Pilot: Headcrusher Edition
  • Loonatics: Unleased - Season 2
  • Masters of Horror - "Valerie on the Stairs" and "We All Scream For Ice Cream"
  • McLeod's Daughters - Season 3

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2007 6:30PM

HustleHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Beauty and the Beast - Season 2
  • Bewitched - Season 5 (Color)
  • Extras - Season 2
  • The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark (Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett)
  • Home Run Derby - Vol. 1
  • Hustle - Season 3
  • My Super Sweet 16 - Seasons 1 and 2
  • Punky Brewster - Vols. 1-6

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The Five: Great TV couples

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 14th 2007 12:43PM

Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler MooreHappy Valentine's Day! I hate February 14th.

But it's a fine day for all you sickening happy lovey-dovey couples to hold hands and skip around your garden and have dirty dirty sex. Below are 5 great TV couples who are probably celebrating the day this way. Well, at least four of them.

1. Rob and Laura Petrie (The Dick Van Dyke Show): Has there ever been a married couple on television that had the chemistry that Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore had? Hell, they both even have three names! You could tell they loved each other and cared for each other, and you could imagine they were intimate, even if they did have those damn separate beds.

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