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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jul 11th 2007 4:42PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
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TV Obits: Gibson, Harrington, Ashton

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2007 3:21PM

The Fugitive logoA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Lois Gibson: She was a writer and story editor for such shows as The Fugitive, The Invaders, Quincy, M.E., and The Untouchables. She was also the wife of actor/comic Henry Gibson. She died in Malibu, CA at age 77.

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Dallas star Victoria Principal is now an astronaut

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 17th 2007 4:41PM

Richard BransonIf you had asked me what professions Dallas star Victoria Principal would do besides acting, I probably would have said model or talk show host or restaurant owner, or maybe even cosmetics queen, which she actually is. But "astronaut" would have been way down on the list, right after lion tamer and NFL quarterback.

But into space is where Principal is going. She's going to be one of the first civilian astronauts on Virgin Galactic, which will launch in 2008. Now, I'm sure she's not going to be docking with the International Space Station. The space plane will probably go just into space enough to call it a trip into space. But I'm not knocking that at all, that's legit, and I'd love to put a little Star Trek into my life, if I had a gazillion dollars.

And then I'd wake up and go into the shower and realize it was all a dream.

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Barry Nelson, first James Bond, dead at 89

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2007 6:01PM

Barry NelsonA lot of people don't realize that the first James Bond wasn't Sean Connery on the big screen, it was Barry Nelson on television, on a 1954 episode of the CBS series Climax. Nelson played 007 in an adaptation of Casino Royale.

Nelson died in Buck's County, PA on April 7 while traveling. He was 89.

Besides the classic role of Bond, Nelson was a regular on the 50s series My Favorite Husband, and guest starred on several other shows, including The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote, Fantasy Island, Magnum, P.I., Dallas, The Love Boat, Thriller, Cannon, Longstreet, The F.B.I., The Philco Playhouse, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and many others. On the big screen he was in several films, including The Shining, Airport, and Pete N' Tillie, and starred on stage in several productions.

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Walker Edmiston, voice of Ernie the Keebler elf, dead at 81

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2007 9:30AM

Walker EdmistonYou don't know the name, but you know his work. He was the voice Ernie the Elf in the Keebler commercials and guest starred on...well, just about every single TV show produced since the early 1950s, it seems.

A partial list: The Waltons, Quincy, M.E., Stingray, Flamingo Road, Little House on the Prairie, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Riptide, Falcon Crest, Knot's Landing, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Dallas, Barnaby Jones, Gunsmoke, Columbo, Bonanza, Mannix, Mission: Impossible, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, The Name of the Game, The Wild, Wild West, H.R. Pufnstuf, The Big Valley, Star Trek, Batman, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Maverick, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

He was known for his voice work, and you could hear him in such shows as The Flintstones, Jem, The Smurfs, Spider-Man, and The Transformers. He also kept me up nights as a kid when he did the voice of that damn devil doll in the Trilogy of Terror movie in the 70s.

Edmiston died on February 15 in L.A. of cancer.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 29th 2007 8:31PM

I Dream of JeannieHere are the new TV DVDs in stores tomorrow.

  • The Benny Hill Show - Hill's Angels, Set 6
  • The Big Valley - Season 2, Vol. 1
  • Dallas - Season 6
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Season 3
  • Law and Order: SVU - Season 3
  • Lucky Louie - Complete Series
  • Murder, She Wrote - Season 5
  • Three's Company - Jack's Favorites

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The Five: Biggest TV drinkers

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2007 8:15AM

TateThere are drinkers, and then there are drinkers. The ones that always seem to have a drink in their hand. It's a social thing, it's a private thing, but most of all, it's an everyday thing. Here are five TV characters who drank. A lot.

1. Larry Tate (Bewitched): Sure, it was the 60s and drinking was everyone and not frowned upon like it is in a lot of situations today, but mother of God Larry used to drink a lot. Every single time he came over to the Stephens' home he rushed over to their bar and made himself a drink, or Samantha gave him one. He seems like a prime candidate for alcoholism: a harried advertising guy, always on the go, and an ad exec who works for him that seems to vanish or have odd things happen to him all the time. That couldn't have been easy to deal with. This guy drinks a lot. In fact, if you play the Bewitched drinking game (take a drink every time Larry takes a drink), you probably won't make it past an episode.

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The Biggest Watercooler Moments of All-Time

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 17th 2006 11:32AM

I Love LucySince TV is in everyone's home, it's one of the pop culture things we can all talk about. Entertainment Weekly lists their 10 Big Watercooler Moments, those moments on TV shows that we were all talking about the next day at work (or school).

While some of their choices are obvious and deserving to be on the list (Lucy going into labor on I Love Lucy, Ellen DeGeneres coming out on Ellen, Maddie and David finally doing it on Moonlighting, the "Who Shot J.R." ep of Dallas), are they really serious when they list the episode that Michael J. Fox left Spin City? Really? Hey, I like Fox, but was his character (or even the show) that important and talked about? I think that Fox announcing he was ill was certainly something we all talked about, but I don't think that it should be on this list. Especially considering what EW left off the list: the finales of M*A*S*H*, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Friends; several Seinfeld moments (that was the topic of discussion every morning after where I worked), and the final episode of Newhart with Suzanne Pleshette.

I mean, Felicity cutting her hair? Gah.

[via TV Filter]

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Cast of Dallas movie split

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 13th 2006 6:56PM
dallasThe planned movie remake of the hit '80s primetime soap Dallas has encountered numerous road blocks on its slow crawl to production. Jennifer Garner said no to role of Pam Ewing, then Jennifer Lopez, who was set to play Sue Ellen, dropped out of the project. Meg Ryan came in to take her place, but she has also left the project, along with Shirley MacLaine and Luke Wilson. That leaves John "JR Ewing" Travolta as the only one left out of the main cast. Apparently focus groups only liked the JR character, and director Gurinder Chadha was not happy with the casting choices. The abandoned roles will be recast, but it's not clear whether Chadha will stay with the project. Sounds to me like it might be time to put this particular dog to sleep for good and start working on a movie people really want to see: an animated version of Falcon Crest.

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Lopez won't do Dallas

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 7th 2006 12:03PM
jennifer lopezDallas, the film remake of the popular 80s prime time soap that no one is really all that excited about, has lost a cast member. Jennifer Lopez was set to play Sue Ellen Ewing, but she has dropped out of the project with no explanation. Although, I must say that one really doesn't need an excuse to drop out of yet another tired movie adaptation of a television series. I think that fact alone is reason enough. That still leaves John Travolta, Shirley MacLaine, and Luke Wilson attached to the project, but who knows who else might jump ship? Or should I say "jump ranch?" No replacement has been found for Lopez yet.

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 1st 2006 8:13AM
  • The ComebackAmerica's Funniest Home Videos - Athletic Supporters
  • Beavis and Butthead: The Mike Judge Collection - Volume 3
  • Blue Collar TV - Season Two
  • The Comeback: The Complete Series
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm - Season Five
  • Dallas - Fifth Season
  • The Girls Next Door - Season One
  • Good Times - Sixth Season
  • Hazel - First Season
  • Star Trek: TNG: The Klingon Fan Collective

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No Garner in Dallas

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 5th 2006 6:55PM
jennifer garnerAlias star Jennifer Garner has allegedly turned down the role of Pam Ewing in the upcoming feature film version of the popular 1980s primetime soap opera Dallas. Using the "quote from someone close to her, but not the person herself"  approach of most gossip rags, the story floating around right now is that Garner felt uncomfortable about being in the movie with Jennifer Lopez, who is the former flame of Garner's husband, Ben Affleck, and who will be playing Sue Ellen in the movie. Apparently the two had a bit of a feud before, and Garner didn't want to revisit it. I suppose that makes sense, though I think a better explanation she could have given was that the movie, like pretty much all cinematic remakes of TV shows, probably won't be very good.

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Prison Break heads to Dallas

by Adam Finley, posted May 16th 2006 4:05PM

prison breakWell, as I mentioned before, and what should be no surprise to anyone who watches the show, Prison Break will not be shot in Chicago during the second season. Instead, the crew is heading to Dallas, Texas to start shooting the second season starting in mid-June. Apparently they had also looked at Austin, but Dallas seemed to suit their needs better. Unlike Chicago, the people of Dallas know the show won't be sticking around beyond the second season, as story development will call for relocating to different cities. Garry Brown, a producer for Prison Break, has a home in the Dallas area.

Thanks to Radical Bender, who hepped me to this on my other post.

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Knight Rider just says no to Hasselhoff

by Annie Wu, posted May 11th 2006 3:28PM
David HasselhoffAfter the release of Dukes of Hazzard and the big-screen adaptations of Dallas and Miami Vice already in the works, perhaps you started thinking to yourself, "They should make Knight Rider a full-length feature." If so, you should probably start watching some television that isn't pushing 20 years. But still, you're in luck 'cause the Weinsteins have picked it up for some sweet ex-cop/talking Trans-Am action. Unfortunately for David Hasselhoff fans, this is yet another no-show (he's not included in the upcoming Baywatch movie either). As long as they bring Mr. Feeny back to voice KITT, I'll keep my protesting to a minimum.

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What are your all-time favorite season finales?

by Joel Keller, posted May 8th 2006 8:06PM
Who Shot JR?The Boston Phoenix has a cool article that lists ten classic season finales, which range from the universally familiar ("Who Shot J.R.?") to the arcane (an episode of Twin Peaks).

Whitney Matheson of USAToday.com chimes in, listing some that the Phoenix forgot, all of which which happened to occur in the last few years.

One of my all-time favorite season-enders was the Seinfeld episode "The Opposite", mainly because of two lines:
1. "My name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents."
2. "Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle... Costanza?"

What are your favorite season finales? Let me know in the comments.

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