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McG on 'Human Target', 'Chuck' and a Revival of 'Charlie's Angels'

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 8th 2010 8:00AM

Odds are you're a fan of at least one of McG's TV shows. The busy executive producer/director currently helms NBC cult-hit 'Chuck' and Fox's 'Human Target'. He serves as executive producer for The CW's 'Supernatural' and held that position and also wrote for Fox's short-lived 'Fastlane'.

Born Joseph McGinty Nichol, McG hit the scene a decade ago when he directed the movie version of 'Charlie's Angels,' which starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu (and the author of this Q&A as an uncredited computer nerd). More recently, McG stood behind the lens for 'Terminator Salvation' and currently has a dozen (!) projects in development, according to his Imdb.com page.

AOL recently chatted with the busy McG about his current, future and past endeavors, including a possible revival of 'Charlie's Angels' for TV. Read on to get the diverse dish.

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Remembering John Forsythe: "Goodbye, Angels"

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 2nd 2010 6:00PM
John ForsytheIf you grew up in the '70s, odds are you remember hearing John Forsythe's voice but not seeing him. The 92-year-old actor, who passed away April 1 in Santa Ynez, Calif. due to complications from pneumonia, was the voice of Charlie Townsend, who ran the Charles Townsend (Detective) Agency, on 'Charlie's Angels' from 1976-1980.

Even though 'Angels' featured empowered women, it seems they never made a move until Charlie gave them the go-ahead. Charlie was often shown from the back of the head (another actor subbed for Forsythe) surrounded by bikini-clad women.

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'Dynasty' Actor John Forsythe Dead at 92

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 2nd 2010 4:08PM
john_forsythe_2010_headshotThe distinguished actor and television leading man, John Forsythe, passed away yesterday at his home in Santa Ynez, California, following a year-long battle with cancer. According to his publicist, Harlon Boll, the 92-year-old actor succumbed to complications of pneumonia.

John Forsythe is best known for two iconic roles on television, only one of which included his appearance. On 'Charlie's Angels,' the hit ABC jiggle-cop show of the 1970s, Forsythe was the voice of Charlie Townsend, the man who hired Kelly, Sabrina and Jill as investigators in the Townsend detective agency.

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John Forsythe Dead at 92

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 2nd 2010 3:22PM
John ForsytheGoodnight, Charlie.

According to the AP, John Forsythe, who starred in such classic TV series as 'Bachelor Father,' 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Dynasty,' died yesterday after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 92.

Forsythe's publicist, Harlan Boll, confirmed the news today, and said that his death was caused by complications of pneumonia.

Forsythe was arguably best known for his role as hard-edged oil tycoon Blake Carrington on 'Dynasty.' Forsythe joined the show in 1981, and appeared in over 200 episodes. In addition, Forsythe won two Golden Globe Awards for his role on the series, and an additional three Emmy nominations.

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10 TV Shows That Are Still Not Completely on DVD, But Really Should Be

by David Hofstede, posted Feb 24th 2010 4:30PM
Charlie's angelsFor classic TV fans, there's nothing like owning every episode of a beloved series on DVD. However, sometimes the wait to complete the run of a favorite show is longer than anticipated. And sometimes, sadly, it doesn't happen at all.

New season releases on these 10 shows have been missing for a long time, but if you're a fan don't give up hope. Both 'Leave it to Beaver' and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' are now back on track after years of non-activity, so anything is possible.

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Jaclyn Smith to Guest on 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 21st 2010 10:03AM
jaclyn_smith_headshot_tiltedWhen it comes to guest stars, few shows do it as well as NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU.' The past few years the Emmy-winners in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category have come from actors who've visited the show, including Leslie Caron, Ellen Burstyn, Cynthia Nixon and Amanda Plummer. That said, one of 'Charlie's Angels' may need to make some room on her bookshelf for a trophy.

Perhaps that's jumping the gun, but it's still promising to hear that Jaclyn Smith will do a guest turn on 'Law & Order: SVU.' The actress, who'll never be more famous than she was as Kelly Garrett, one of the original 'Charlie's Angels,' gets to appear on the NBC show as a former police officer.

That's pretty ironic, too, because the whole twist about the 'Angels' is that they were frustrated as policewomen and Charlie plucked them out of going-nowhere careers fling papers and writing tickets to make them professional, private detectives in the thick of the action.

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Are you done with the TV remakes? The networks aren't

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 6th 2010 7:00PM
Do you ever wonder why TV networks spend so much time and money updating old TV shows for the modern times, even though they are almost always doomed to fail? No, it's not due to some clinical mental illness.

It's simple: they attract attention, according to an article by The New York Times' Bill Carter.

The nostalgia angle alone makes it a self-marketing giant. It's no wonder that CBS has a Hawaii Five-O rehash, NBC has a new Rockford Files and ABC is bringing Charlie's Angels back from the dead. The only problem? They usually suck.

So is there a chance any of the aforementioned might work?

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Charlie's Angels returning to TV?

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 13th 2009 12:02PM
Charlie's AngelsJosh Friedman, the creator behind Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is now getting behind another movie franchise to bring to ABC. This time it's Charlie's Angels. Okay, this one started as a television franchise then moved to the movies and now is moving back to TV. Well, you get the idea.

Also involved would be Leonard Goldberg, who worked with Aaron Spelling to produce the original series, and Drew Barrymore, who produced and starred in the movie versions. My guess is that this new version would something like Charlie's Angels: The Next Generation. Will John Forsythe return as the voice of Charlie? I hope so.

Revival-mania continues strong on network television. Success has been a mixed bag. For every Battlestar Galactica there are several Bionic Womans. A new version of Charlie's Angels certainly has a shot in today's market and the movies did well. Aaron Spelling tried to revive the franchise in '88 and that didn't work. Now could be a better time. What do you think?

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ABC Planning 'Charlie's Angels' Remake

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 13th 2009 11:16AM
ABC is said to be looking at jiggle juggernaut 'Charlie's Angels' for a return to television.

The network is enjoying healthy numbers for 'V,' their remake of NBC's sci-fi opus from 1983. It's one thing to retune a cult favorite, but the Angels have already homered on the big screen and small. Can lightning strike thrice?

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2009 6:01PM
SpongeBob SquarePantsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I don't care how much controversy there is, why would anyone want to buy the Jon & Kate Plus 8 DVDs? Would you really want to sit around a year or two or five from now and watch the episodes again? Why?

There's a new Route 66 DVD set out, Season 3, Volume 1, but if you got the Season 3 collector's set from Best Buy or Critic's Choice, they've issued a recall.

  • Charlie's Angels - Season 4
  • The Donna Reed Show - Season 2
  • Hotel - Season 1
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 - Season 4, Vol. 2
  • The Lucy Show - Season 1

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Best '70s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 22nd 2009 6:00AM
MASHIn AOL TV's continuing countdown of the best TV shows of each decade, we're back to break down the 1970s, a decade when the cop dramas were less gritty, the families were close-knit and the sitcoms were sprinkled with serious social commentary.

Our list of the best shows of the '70s features many of the best shows of all time (here's looking at you, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'M*A*S*H' and 'Taxi'). Take a gander and let us know if you agree.

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Pushing Daisies: Dim Sum Lose Some

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2008 8:03AM
Pushing Daisies: Dim Sum Lose Some
(S02E05)
Hmm...something was off about this episode of Pushing Daisies for me. Maybe it was the emphasis on Emerson, a character I like, but not my favorite, but this show really only hooked me with Ned's story.

Between the Chinese dumplings and the fruit pies, I was having major munchies. I'm kicking myself for not having ordered steamed dumplings with my Happy Family combination dish earlier this evening. I also loved Ned's line in the opening narration about investing in a pie shop when "...Carbohydrates had fallen completely out of fashion." How true!

Stephen Root's appearance as Dwight Dixon, a friend of Ned's parents, opened a world of possibilities. At one point, I thought he might be the pie-maker's father, but the last scene seems to dispel that notion. What's with the pistol on the front seat?

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Sony to air "mini episodes" of classic TV shows

by Brad Linder, posted May 1st 2007 11:10AM
Charlies AngelsFeel like reliving your childhood, but just can't find the time? Sony Pictures wants to help. The company is partnering with MySpace to create a Minisode Network that will show brief versions of classic television episodes.

Each minisode will run from 3.5 to five minutes in length. These won't be sets of random clips. Each minisode will tell a complete story. Which is to say, most 22 or 42 minute television episodes you watch probably have a whole lot of fat that could be trimmed without getting in the way of storytelling.

Programs will include Charlie's Angels, T.J. Hooker, and other content from Sony's television library. Interestingly, the project was already in the works when Sony executives saw the popular Seven-Minute Sopranos clip on YouTube.

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Nielsen stats coming to Video On Demand

by Brett Love, posted Nov 17th 2006 11:01AM
kate jackson, jacklyn smith, cheryl laddAn interesting article over at CNET about Nielsen's planned video on demand ratings which are set to begin in December. As the cable companies continue to offer more options to subscribers, there needs to be some way to measure who is watching what in order to manage the advertising. There is already a system in place that tries to fill the void, but it has its problems. For one, the cable companies have control over the numbers, which obviously presents a huge conflict of interest. Of course, on the other hand, we are talking about Nielsen here, so if you want to toss out the usual arguments about their shortcomings, I'll understand.

It's good to see more interest in the video on demand services as I've been really impressed with the selection Comcast is offering. My favorite features at the moment are the growing list of network shows, FEARnet, and Tube Time, which currently features both Soap and Charlie's Angels.

[ via lost remote ]

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Comcast launches FEARnet on Halloween

by Brett Love, posted Oct 28th 2006 2:24PM
Night of the Living DeadWe have a channel for golfers, one for soap fans, and even one that is all reality tv all the time, so why not an outlet for horror fans? Seeing the recent growth in the horror market, Comcast has decided to do just that. But this isn't just some run of the mill obscure cable channel. FEARnet is a "multiplatform network". Customers will be able to view content from three different platforms. The video on demand component will feature 200 movies over the course of the first year, at around 70 hours a month. Those movies will be free to Comcast digital subscribers. And I thought the Charlie's Angels section on TubeTime was good.

The online companion, FEARnet.com, will have 9 movies and 200 shorts that stream for free. In addition, there will be 50 downloadable movies available for rent or purchase. The site will also have news, reviews, and some community features. One of those that sounds interesting is the interactive database. Users, or victims as fearnet calls them, will also have the ability to chat with other members while they watch the movies. Sure, you could do it with IM, but it's good that they are trying something new. And finally, mobile.FEARnet.com will have news, reviews, and polls all designed with the tiny screens in mind. There are also plans to add ringtones and other goodies in the future. It's all very niche market, but since I find myself in that particular niche, I'm all for the idea. The various sites and services will all go live on Halloween.

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