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'CHiPs' Star Erik Estrada Helps L.A. Drivers Prepare for 'Carmageddon'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 12th 2011 8:00AM
'CHiPs'In a case of "I'm not a cop but I play one on TV ... " veteran 'CHiPs' star Erik Estrada has teamed up with "real motorcycle police officers" for a PSA warning Los Angelenos about the oncoming cataclysm known as "Carmageddon."

L.A. drivers are preparing for a 53-hour shutdown of a 10-mile stretch of the I-405 from July 15th to 18th, which could paralyze the whole area.

In true Hollywood style, L.A. Metro asked Estrada -- a.k.a. Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncharello -- to record the PSA (in English and Spanish) reminding drivers to stay away from the area during the closure.

Watch the English-language version after the jump.

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Topher Grace to Produce a 'CHiPs' Reboot?

by Chris Jordan, posted Aug 4th 2010 4:25PM
It seems the appeal of guys in stretch pants and tight shirts riding motorcycles on the freeways of Los Angeles is timeless.

Apparently there's a new version of the 1970s police drama 'CHiPs' in the works, and while it's still in the early stages of development, there are some relatively big names behind the project.

According to a Deadline report, 'That '70s Show' star Topher Grace will executive produce the reboot -- though he won't be in front of the camera -- and Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, the creators of 'Numbers,' will write and executive produce.

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Hoda Kotb Reveals Childhood Crush on Erik Estrada (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 22nd 2010 2:00PM
During a segment with Erik Estrada on the fourth hour of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Hoda Kotb revealed an old childhood crush on the former star of 'CHiPs.' Kotb said that her father prohibited posters of heartthrobs when she was growing up, but, for some reason, he allowed Kotb to hang a poster of Estrada on her door.

"I was lucky that way. A lot of fathers let me slide ... because they like Ponch," Estrada said, referring to his character from the classic crime drama. "Ponch was a really likeable guy."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Here's video of the new Captain Kirk on CHiPs in 1980 (he was born in 1980)

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2009 4:23PM
New Star Trek star Chris Pine is the son of Robert Pine, who played Sgt. Getraer on the NBC show CHiPs. The young Kirk was on Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night and they showed a clip of his very first acting appearance, on a 1980 episode of the highway cop show. Look close or you'll miss him.

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Seven Olympic athletes who transitioned to television - VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 13th 2008 2:02PM

When I think about the Olympics I don't think about the grandeur of the competitions, the feeling of global community, the individual stories of the athletes, or the mesmerizing synchronized swimming routines. The one thing that comes to mind when I think about the Olympics: anonymity. Out of the thousands of athletes that compete in these games many fade into the daily routine of their countries once the Closing Ceremony is completed.

Yet, there are a handful, particularly the up-and-coming stars of each Olympic games, that remain in the spotlight well after the torch has been extinguished. Some continue into the professional sports realm, others become "experts" in their field, and some jump into another profession altogether. Then there are those who enjoy the television spotlight so much that they remain in the medium in one capacity or another.

Sometimes it's as themselves on other television properties. Other times they dabble into the acting field with mixed results. Here are seven Olympic athletes who continued their careers on television in one form or another.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 2nd 2008 6:05PM

Mannix DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • American Gangster - Season 2
  • The Andromeda Strain - Complete Mini-Series
  • CHiPs - Season 2
  • Dante's Cove - Season 3
  • The Dead Zone - Season 6
  • Doctor Who - Beneath The Surface, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Sea Devils, and Warriors of the Deep
  • Fearless Planet
  • Flavor of Love - Season 3
  • Get Smart - Complete Series (1995 version)
  • I Love New York - Season 2
  • Mannix - Season 1
  • Meerkat Manor - Best Of, Season 2
  • Rescue Me - Season 4
  • Storm Chasers - Perfect Disaster
  • Weeds - Season 3

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Jericho: Sedition

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 19th 2008 8:23AM

Lennie James and Skeet Ulrich(S02E06) "When do we leave?" - Jake Green

Is it just me or was it kind of funny that each of the wanted men had their addresses under their name? Are they really that hard to find? I couldn't help imagining the soldiers busting down the wrong door. "Hey guys, this is 92 Washington LANE. Jake lives at 92 Washington DRIVE." Although I am a fan of random trivia and now we know the address of many of the characters. By the way, while Jericho, may be a real city, 66812 is not an actual zip code.

We also found out that Goetz's first name is actually John. Now I'm hoping that the man on the phone is named Stathis Borans.

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Supernatural: The Usual Suspects

by Brett Love, posted Nov 10th 2006 7:30AM
Linda Blair(S02E07) I have to say, I have been looking forward to this episode all week. I'm the kind of TV nut that loves seeing the actors from shows, or movies, that I like show up in other things. So, when I saw Jason Gedrick (Murder One) and Linda Blair (The Exorcist) in the preview, I couldn't wait. And if that wasn't enough, did everyone recognize Karen? That was Keegan Connor Tracy. You might remember her as Diane on Jake 2.0, but I hope you remember her from one of my most favorite shows, Beggars and Choosers, where she played Audrey Malone. Can they just release that DVD already? But I'm getting sidetracked on a TV geek tangent, let's get back to the show.

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Press Kits Unwrapped: The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, and The War at Home

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 9th 2006 8:05AM

ingredientsFOX's animation-heavy Sunday lineup kicks off this Sunday starting with The Simpsons at 8, American Dad at 8:30, Family Guy at 9, and The War at Home at 9:30. That doesn't matter though, because we're not going to talk about those shows right now. Instead, let's dive into the nifty press pack FOX sent out to promote their returning Sunday shows. After the jump you'll see pictures of me enjoying all the cool free stuff. Please be aware that I suffer from a rare skin condition, and I'm only twenty-two inches tall. Okay, let's tear into this kit:

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Wilmer Valderrama coming to Turner Classic Movies

by Bob Sassone, posted May 25th 2006 11:01AM
Wilmer ValderramaNo, that's not a typo. The former That 70s Show star is going to star in TCM's first original series, which will be a game show where amateur actors recreate a classic movie scene with Valderrama.

Yeah. In the 70s we called it Don Adam's Screen Test.

Speaking of old TV shows, Valderrama is about to start filming the big screen version of the series CHiPs.

[via TV Tattle]

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