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A handy guide to sitcom homes

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2009 1:02PM
sitcom housesDamn, I wish I had thought of this.

Artist and writer Dan Meth has created a series of cool pop culture charts at his web site, and the one on the right is a handy guide to sitcom homes. Sense a pattern? The shows in the top half all have kitchens on the left and living rooms on the right (how we see them via the camera angle), and the ones on the bottom have the living room on the left and the kitchen on the right.

I guess there are only so many things you can do on a sitcom, especially if it's filmed in front of an audience as many of these were.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 9th 2009 6:01PM
Woody WoodpeckerHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

It occurred to me doing this post that I haven't seen - or even thought about - The Woody Woodpecker Show in probably 20 or 30 years. I'm not sure I'd go out and buy a bunch of DVD sets for the show, but a "favorites" collection might be good to own. He was never one of my favorite cartoon characters though. I was a Bugs Bunny kid.

The Baron I got in the mail last week. It was a British series from the 60s that starred Steve Forrest (yup, the one from S.W.A.T.) as an antiques dealer who was really a spy. I'll have to check it out this week and see how it is.

  • The Baron - Complete Series
  • The Best Years - Season 1
  • Bonanza - The Collection

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 4th 2008 6:01PM
Star Trek DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Collection 3
  • BeastMaster - The Complete Collection
  • Ben 10 - Season 4
  • Charlie and Lola - Vol. 8
  • Code Monkeys - Season 1
  • Doctor Who - The Time Meddler, Black Orchid, and the Five Doctors 25th Anniversary Collection
  • Family Ties - Season 4
  • Foyle's War - Set 5
  • Get Smart - Season 1
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Vol. 3
  • Laredo - Best of Season 2, Part 1
  • Lonesome Dove - Collector's Edition
  • Masters of Science Fiction - Complete Series
  • Robin Hood - Season 1 (Blue-Ray) and Season 2
  • Star Trek - Season 2 (Remastered)
  • Sunset Tan - Season 1
Also: The Smothers Brothers - Best of Season 3 (Time-Life) was released last week.

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Michael Gross finds family ties in The Young and the Restless

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 3rd 2008 9:57AM
Michael GrossThe addition of Hogan Sheffer to the headwriting duties on The Young and the Restless is already making waves. In quick order, David and Sabrina have been killed off to make way for new characters. With new characters comes news of a major former prime time star joining the cast.

TV Guide's Michael Logan reports that Michael Gross will be playing River Baldwin, Michael's father, the one whom he thinks is a low-life, reprobate. A guy who refused to go to Vietnam and left Gloria to raise their son alone.

Best known as Steven Keaton on NBC's Emmy-winning sitcom Family Ties (1982-89), Michael is sure to bring instant credibility to the role. For one thing, we're going to find out that River is not at all what we've been told he is. In fact, I'm betting that River will be a politically charged character, a man who objected to the war and chose not to fight because he didn't believe it was a just cause.

Watch for Michael Baldwin to discover all kinds of things about himself and the kind of man he is because he shares the genes of a man he's never known.

Michael Gross will begin appearing on August 15.

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Michael J. Fox to guest star on Rescue Me

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 8th 2008 2:01PM
Michael J. FoxWith Rescue Me's fifth season finally (kinda, sorta) getting closer, we're getting more and more news about what's in store for Tommy and the gang. In addition to the minisodes, we've also got some exciting potential casting news: Michael J. Fox may be joining Rescue Me for a multi-episode arc. Fox is set to play a love interest for Tommy's (Dennis Leary) on-again/off-again ex, Janet (Andrea Roth).

Rescue Me
may seem like an odd show for the former Spin City and Family Ties star to pop up on, but Fox and Leary are longtime friends. This friendship means that even though the deal isn't completely finalized, there's very good chance that Fox will be seen on the FX drama next summer.

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Five memorable TV dads - VIDEOS

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 15th 2008 12:02PM
dadsIt's Father's Day. Dad's day of the year. Earlier this week, I took the AOL TV Dad's Quiz, like Debra, and I was reminded of the variety of fathers on the tube. I think I have a unique take on TV dads. My own died when I was just eight, so I tend to admire those characters that remind me of him. For that reason, the pipe-smoking, cardigan sweater wearing Jim Anderson on Father Knows Best doesn't ring true; neither does the coarse Archie Bunker of All in the Family.

So, here's my five favorite sitcom dads, the ones I related to the most. That means I've excluded single dads and animated dads. That means Hank Hill, Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin and Fred Flintstone are ineligible for my list. Also, this is strictly sitcom pops.

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CBS orders Geena Davis cop show

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2008 8:02PM
Geena DavisShe's trying one more time. That'll make it three attempts, but who's counting. Three attempts since the new century, that is. Anyway, the point is that Geena Davis's new police drama, Exit 19, has been greenlighted by CBS. The Oscar-winning actress (for The Accidental Tourist), is going from playing the first female president on Commander in Chief, to an eccentric New York homicide detective who's also raising two kids -- sans spouse -- in suburban Long Island.

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Justine Bateman coming to Wisteria Lane

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 18th 2008 8:26AM
Justine BatemanThere's going to be a new lady swinging down Wisteria Lane this spring. Entertainment Tonight reported that Justine Bateman has signed onto Desperate Housewives for a few episodes. The actress, who will forever be remembered for playing Alex P. Keaton -- Michael J. Fox's -- sister Mallory on Family Ties, will be playing "a hip artist living with Gabby and Carlos."

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Today to host classic TV cast reunions

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 22nd 2008 12:02PM
Knots ladiesReunions are hot, you know? On February 12, for example, Oprah reunited (most of) the kids from The Cosby Show, with Bill appearing via satellite. Well, never one to let a good idea go to waste, NBC jumped on the theme. They recently had a Family Ties reunion on Today, so now the morning show is commencing tomorrow with a series of more "Together Again" features. Tune into 8:00 a.m. hour each day so you don't miss a thing!

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2008 6:10PM

The EqualizerHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Blade - Complete Series
  • The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Hour - Academy Award Animation Collection: 15 Winners
  • Dallas - Season 8
  • The Equalizer - Season 1
  • Family Ties - Season 3
  • General Hospital: Night Shift - Season 1
  • George of the Jungle - Complete Series
  • Girlfriends - Season 3
  • Riptide - Season 3
  • Route 66 - Classic Episodes Vol. 1
  • Tell Me You Love Me - Season 1
  • This is Tom Jones - Vol. 2

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Family Ties reunion on Today

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 7th 2008 1:07PM
The Today Show - Family Ties ReunionFrom The Today Show, for the first time in 18 years, the entire cast of Family Ties got together to reminisce and talk about the show. Actually they got together to help series creator Gary David Goldberg plug his new book Sit, Ubu, Sit, a memoir of his life and times. I grew up in the '80s and this show was a huge part of my growing up. My parents were liberal hippies, just like the Keaton parents. And while I had nothing in common with really any of the kids, I found myself drawn into their familial world anyway.

The entire group still looks great, and I wondered if it would be possible to do a Family Ties reunion. The most obvious hurdle would be Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease. Even in this interview, it was difficult to see him struggling with it, so I would imagine it would be nearly impossible for him to hide it.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 8th 2007 6:05PM

Captain and Tennille SongbookHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Season 3
  • CSI: NY - Season 3
  • The Captain and Tennille - In Hawaii, In New Orleans, Songbook, and Christmas Show sets
  • Creature Comforts - Season 1
  • Degrassi Junior High - Complete Collection
  • Everybody Hates Chris - Season 2
  • Family Ties - Season 2
  • Ghost Hunters - Season 3, Part 1 and Shining Hotel sets
  • Girlfriends - Season 2
  • Hannah Montana - Vol. 3
  • Meerkat Manor - Season 1
  • Michael Palin Pole To Pole
  • Murder, She Wrote - Season 7
  • Robin of Sherwood - Set 2
  • Roots - Complete Collection
  • Roots - The Next Generation
  • Stargate: SG-1 - Complete Series
  • The Vicar of Dibley - A Holy Wholly Happy Ending and The Immaculate Collection

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It's probation for a former Family Ties star

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 2nd 2007 9:01AM

Brian Bonsall joins many of his Hollywood peers in the land of probationThe glorious Gilded Age of Hollywood continues! Brian Bonsall, who played Alex Keaton's younger brother on the 80's sitcom Family Ties, pleaded guilty to third degree assault in a case involving his girlfriend.

Bonsall was arrested in Boulder, Colorado back in March (I wonder if he knew Mork) after his girlfriend told police that he threw an alcoholic drink in her face while she was asleep, tried to choke her, and threw her down onto a bed. Bonsall claimed self-defense, saying that his girlfriend cut him with a steak knife. Ah, young love.

By pleading guilty Bonsall receives two years probation and has three other charges against him dropped. His lawyer says that Brian is back with his girlfriend and that he has been sober for five months after completing a 30-day rehab. Bonsall's lawyer also said "When sober, they got along fine, but when loaded ... both participated in a violent relationship." Uh, no kidding.

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Family Ties star arrested for assault

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2007 9:41PM

BonsallBrian Bonsall, who played Andrew, the youngest Keaton on the NBC sitcom Family Ties, was arrested in Boulder, Colorado for assaulting his girlfriend. She told police that he threw an alcoholic drink in her face while she was asleep, choked her, and threw her onto a bed. Bonsall says it was all in self-defense, because she cut him with a steak knife.

"Well it's like we've been together, for a million years..."

This isn't the first time Bonsall has been in trouble with the police. In 2001 he was convicted of drunk driving, and in 2004 he was arrested for the same offense.

If you didn't watch Family Ties, Bonsall played Worf's son on Star Trek: The Next Generation and starred in the movie Blank Check.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 20th 2007 2:31PM

Penn and TellerHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores today.

  • Alias Smith and Jones - Season 1
  • Family Ties - Season 1
  • Penn & Teller: Bullshit - Season 4 Uncensored
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Season 2, Vol. 2
  • What's New Scooby-Doo? - Season 1

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