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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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Jason Schwartzman, Michael Cera's Comic-Con Highlight: Meeting Erik Estrada (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 30th 2010 4:00AM
'Tonight Show': Jason Schwartzman Talks Meeting Erik Estrada at Comic-ConGood news is Jason Schwartzman and Michael Cera got to meet Erik Estrada of 'CHiPS' fame. Bad news is it didn't quite turn out as Schwartzman would have liked -- and he may now have a weight complex.

The 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World' actor ran into Estrada in a hotel stairwell during Comic-Con, he said on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). "He points at my mustache and says, 'That's a nice mustache, baby,'" said Schwartzman.

Cera always wanted to meet "Ponch", so the 'Pilgrim' co-stars scurried to get their picture taken with him. "He immediately picks up Michael Cera," explained Schwartzman. "In that picture I feel extremely jealous because he's holding Michael, and I'm the one who wants to be held."

But picking him up proved to be more difficult. Is the actor really that heavy? Jay Leno decided to find out.

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Erik Estrada Manhandles Dave Price (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 22nd 2010 1:00PM
As if constant insults from his fellow 'Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) anchors weren't enough, now celebrities are starting to pick on weatherman Dave Price too. To be fair, though, Price probably had it coming in this case.

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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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CBS yanks Secret Talents after one episode

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 10th 2008 2:43PM
George TakeiWell, we didn't think Secret Talents of the Stars was so bad. We were in the minority. The network has had second thoughts. After just one showing, CBS has canceled Secret Talents of the Stars. The reason stated is poor ratings. The airing on Wednesday was only watched by 4.6 million viewers, with fewer and fewer keeping the channel on CBS as the hour progressed. That's a bad sign. Bad enough to warrant the chopping block.

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CBS, Jack Osbourne sued over reality show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2007 3:41PM

Armed and FamousA woman in Muncie, Indiana is suing CBS and Jack Osbourne because her home was mistakenly raided during the taping of an episode of reality show Armed & Famous (if you don't remember the show, it had C-list celebs like Osbourne and Erik Estrada as cops arresting people).

She's suing for $1 million, and named in the suit along with CBS and Osbourne are a Muncie police officer, the Muncie police chief, the Munice mayor, and the production company.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2007 2:13PM
  • Check out Oprah Winfrey doing some improv with the gang from Thank God You're Here.
  • What do Zach Braff, Rob Lowe, Paul Rudd, Claire Danes, and Amy Adams have in common?
  • Whitney Matheson has a quick interview with SNL/30 Rock star Jason Sudeikis.
  • For some reason, Erik Estrada got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.
  • X-Files star Gillian Anderson doesn't like television.
  • TV Guide.com's Ken Fox catches Avril Lavigne on Letterman and calls her a fraud.

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VH1 nabs Armed & Famous

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 30th 2007 8:27PM
erik estradaCBS dumped Armed & Famous this week after airing four episodes, but now it's going where it belongs: VH1. The 'reality' series stars has-been and pseudo-celebrities like Jack Osbourne, Wee Man, La Toya Jackson, Erik Estrada and Trish Stratus. They all become cadets and go out on the road with real cops in Muncie, Indiana (which commenters tell me isn't that small of a town after all).

VH1 will air a marathon of Armed & Famous on Saturday, topped off with a new episode (#5) at 9 pm. VH1 says it doesn't actually have episodes 6 & 7 but it will air them if the producers get them finished. And the cable network is not ruling out a second season of the series.

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Goodbye Armed & Famous

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 29th 2007 8:29AM
erik estradaWell, Adam called it. CBS has pulled Armed & Famous off the air, after four episodes (there have already been four episodes?!?). The series raked in a measly 1.4 rating during its most recent episode on January 24th, just barely beating The CW's Beauty and the Geek. That final rating was less than half the ratings of the premiere, which got a 2.9. There are three more episodes of the show and so far there's no indication from the network whether they will be burned off on air. Don't be surprised if they show up on Innertube, though.

Armed & Famous was pretty much doomed from the start. Even though it got a bit of press, it was still a 'reality' show about a bunch of not-so-famous people who become cops in a rural Indiana town. Pseudo-celebrities Erik Estrada, Jack Osbourne, La Toya Jackson, Wee Man and some blonde chick apparently weren't interesting enough to grab ratings. Duh.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jan 8th 2007 5:31PM
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:
The video's embedded after the jump below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this vodcast via our feed.

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They might be Armed, but are they really Famous?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2007 3:35PM

Armed and FamousThere are several things that bother me about the new CBS show Armed & Famous, which debuts this Wednesday at 8pm. One, it's another damn reality show. I've truly reached my breaking point with these shows, especially ones that are just gimmicks and not teaching us anything new or providing something substantial at the end.

But the main reason I'm bothered about the show is this: the ads keep saying that the show is going to feature "real celebrities" going to work as real cops. Um...since when are people like Erik Estrada and "that guy from Jackass" real celebrities? Latoya Jackson? She has a weird brother. Jack Osbourne? He's the son of a weird father. The hot blonde chick is...um, who is she again?

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Shocking footage from Armed and Famous - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 7th 2007 11:02AM

cbsIf I had to guess which new reality show will probably be the first on the chopping block, I'd have to go with Armed and Famous. Then again, I said the same thing about The Surreal Life, and that show kept on truckin' and is still truckin', so maybe I'm actually going to help Armed and Famous succeed by saying it won't. Anyway, if you were planning on avoiding this show when it premieres on CBS January 10, the clip I placed below probably isn't going to change your mind. The clip features La Toya Jackson, Erik Estrada and Wee Man each getting tasered. Is it just me or does Jackson look like she's getting some kind of sick, sato-masochistic pleasure out of it? Either that, or the taser made her lose complete control of all muscle function and she spent the next three hours curled up in the fetal position weeping.

Also, here's a second clip with Estrada farting. Happy viewing.

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Celebrities become officers in new reality show

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 28th 2006 4:35PM
jack osbourne; wee manSome b-list celebrities are working hard in Indiana right now on a celeb-reality show for CBS. Erik Estrada, Jack Osbourne, Wee Man, Trish Stratus, and La Toya Jackson are training to be reserve police officers in Muncie, Indiana. The celebrities will be trained like other police officers, which also means book-learnin' about the constitution and laws. Oh, and they'll be carrying guns when they respond to emergency calls from the public (with another, real officer).

That sounds safe. I'm sure nothing will go wrong. La Toya Jackson seems like the stable kind of person you want carrying a badge and a loaded weapon. No word yet on when the reality series will air, but it sure does sound like summer content.

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Oldies but goodies getting stars on Hollywood Blvd

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 24th 2006 2:24PM
jerry stillerFor 2007, it looks as though the Hollywood Walk of Fame is going retro! This year's recipients in television have been busting their chops for decades. Former C.H.i.P.S star (and current reality television fodder) Erik Estrada is getting one. So are Jerry Stiller, Kiefer Sutherland, Barbara Walters, and Law & Order creator Dick Wolf. There were more than 200 nominees (also in movies, recording & theater) and the committee in charge of Hollywood immortality chose 23 stars.

Other recipients include P. Diddy (or whatever they're calling him now), Matt Damon, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shania Twain, Lily Tomlin, and Crystal Gayle. The full list is here.

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Would you buy land from Chuck Woolery?

by Joel Keller, posted May 26th 2006 3:52PM
Chuck Woolery selling landThere's always been something about Chuck Woolery that I've liked. He wasn't like the other classic game show hosts that I used to watch in the seventies and eighties; instead of being all about the hair, teeth and deep voice, Chuck was always a relaxed and easy-going presence that seemed like he actually cared about whether the contestants on his shows won or not. So, this actually makes him a perfect guy to sell pretty much anything on TV. I just didn't think he'd sell this:

Lately I've been seeing Chuck in ads that sell real estate in various locales: one in Arkansas and one in New Mexico. The commercials are similar to the ones Erik Estrada does. You know the sales pitch: "Come to Jerkwater Springs! The weather here is great! It's growing by leaps and bounds! And you can buy a lot for only fifty grand!" Then the celebrity offers a free weekend for two in order to entice you to come down and hear the pitch in person. It's all very cheesy, and borderline suspicious.

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