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Can '2 Broke Girls' Be TV's Next Great Female Buddy Comedy? (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 16th 2011 3:15PM
Kat Dennins and Beth Behr of '2 Broke Girls' on 'The Early Show'Could Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs of '2 Broke Girls' be the next Lucy and Ethel? 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) explored the question as Mo Rocca took a look back at female friends on television, from 'I Love Lucy' to Mary and Rhoda, and Laverne and Shirley to evaluate how the newcomers might stack up.

"With '2 Broke Girls,' one is this working class waitress and the other one is a Manhattan heiress who also had a fall from grace," said Jess Cagle, EW editor. That compares best with 'Laverne & Shirley,' he said, as the pair support each other despite their differences and bond as friends.

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Lucille Ball Turns 100: 10 Ways to Celebrate Lucy's Birthday

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 6th 2011 10:00AM
Lucille BallToday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of comedy and television's most talented icons of all-time: Lucille Ball. Short of heading to the drugstore to buy some red hair dye, what else can you do to celebrate Lucy's 100th birthday? AOL TV has a few suggestions for you. And don't forget to check out our list of 15 things you didn't know about the multi-talented star.

Celebrate Lucy's birthday by...

1. Heading to Jamestown, New York -- Lucy's hometown -- for the annual Lucy Fest, the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy (August 3-7). You can take a tour of Lucy-related sites, see Lucy and Desi Arnaz impersonators, visit the Lucy Desi Museum and Desilu Playhouse (which includes exact recreations of 'I Love Lucy' sets) and buy Lucy goodies at the gift shop.

2. Being a Lucy. As part of the Lucy Fest celebration, organizers are trying to set the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as Lucille Ball. On Aug. 6, $5 will get you registered to participate and a costume you can wear to help Jamestown set the record.

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Happy 100th Birthday, Lucille Ball! 15 Things You Never Knew About TV's Funniest Lady

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 5th 2011 12:30PM
Lucille Ball
I love Lucy, you love Lucy, we all love Lucy! And in honor of what would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday on Aug. 6, here are 15 Lucy facts that might surprise you.

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Hallmark Channel Celebrates Lucille Ball's 100th Birthday With 'I Love Lucy' Marathon

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 4th 2011 12:25PM
Lucille BallHow do you pay tribute to Lucille Ball on her 100th birthday? If you're Hallmark Channel, you dedicate 48 hours of programming to the beloved redhead.

In celebration of the milestone, Hallmark will air 96 episodes of 'I Love Lucy' -- no reruns, 96 different episodes -- on Sat., Aug. 6, Ball's actual birthday. The marathon begins at 6AM ET and ends Mon., Aug. 8 at 6AM.

The original black and white 'I Love Lucy' series ran from 1951 to 1957, but continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials -- 'The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show,' later called 'The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour' -- from 1957-1960.

Born in 1911, Lucille Ball got her start in radio and movies in the 1930s before heading to TV in the 1950s. Up until her death in 1989 at the age of 77, Ball was doing TV and film work. Her last credited role was in the 1986 series 'Life With Lucy.'

Watch a classic scene from 'I Love Lucy' below.

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10 Most Stylish Female Characters in TV History

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 31st 2011 9:00AM
Mary Tyler MoorePeople watch TV for entertainment, escapism and stories that can keep them tuning in season after season.

But let's face it: for a lot of people, it's also about the sexy celebs in fabulous clothes. When it comes to women on TV, wardrobe may not make the character, but it does make her more interesting. It doesn't matter if the lady never wears the same thing twice or never changes clothes -- we've got both represented here -- it's the style that adds substance.

From hip-hugging chic to hippie chic, eclectic couture and housewives demure, we came up with a definitive list of some of our favorite fashionable ladies in TV history.

Did yours make the cut, or was she out-dressed? Sound off in the comments.

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TV Squad Mash: Dancing to the Beat

by Avaryl Halley, posted Jan 17th 2011 10:00AM
GleeIt's undeniable: 'Glee' is a sensation, a phenomenon, a pop cultural juggernaut thanks to its inventive song-and-dance numbers. So, we decided to put together a little tribute to all the TV musical/dance numbers that came before it and will certainly come after this Gleek invasion.

The idea of a incorporating musical numbers into a weekly TV show has been around since the 1950's when Lucy "wanted to be in the show.' They haven't always been successful (see: 'Cop Rock', 'Viva Laughlin') but they have always pushed the boundaries and brought levity and warmth into our living rooms or more recently our computer screens.

Check out this compilation of some of the best musical and dance numbers throughout television history; reminding us all to shake it up, to break into song in the middle of work, to tap dance on your way to class, and always, always sing way too loud in your car.

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Happy Good Neighbor Day: Saluting 10 Great TV Neighbors

by Rich Keller, posted Sep 28th 2010 11:20AM
Fred Rogers, Fred and Ethel Mertz and Barney Rubble are just three of the 10 very good television neighbors on out list
Today we celebrate National Good Neighbor Day by thanking those who live around us who watch our kids when we're sick, let us borrow the chainsaw to cut down that dead oak in the front yard, lend us money and comfort when times are bleak and look the other way when they saw our wives kissing the mailman right on the mouth (to keep the marriage strife-free, of course).

In order to honor this exalted day, we have compiled a list of 10 TV neighbors who would literally give you the shirt off their backs -- even if was by burning your shirt off while accidentally lighting your house on fire.

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TV's Top Tots: The Most Anticipated TV Babies

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 3rd 2010 3:00PM
Jim and Pam's baby on The OfficeThey're anticipated, but sometimes dreaded. They can be just what a show needs, or a ratings killer. They can unite or divide audiences. What has this much power in television? TV babies.

Jim and Pam on 'The Office' are just the latest fictional couple to welcome a baby into their wacky fold in tonight's special one-hour episode (9PM ET, NBC). To commemorate the occasion, we're taking a walk around the virtual nursery, looking back at some of TV's most anticipated -- for both good and bad reasons -- babies.

Did your favorite TV baby make the list? Check after the jump.

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A 'Laverne and Shirley' Remake for the Big Screen?

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 10th 2010 10:37AM
laverne_and_shirley_bowlingSchlemiel! Schlimazel! Are you ready to see America's most beloved Milwaukee girls on the make on the big screen? According to director Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days,' he has hopes to put the spinoff from that show, the successful 'Laverne & Shirley' to the movies. As with all the other hopes for silver screen adaptations, this one comes with some fanciful casting attached, too.

Garry was on 'Extra' promoting his new romantic comedy 'Valentine's Day' and revealed the 'Laverne & Shirley' dream casting: Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel. That's right. This pair of Shotz Brewery factory employees -- who live in a basement apartment in 1960 Milwaukee and struggle to find the men of their dreams -- would be played by two of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Is that a cynical way of looking at it? Yes, it is.

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What's On Tonight: 'I Love Lucy,' 'NASCAR,' 'Iron Chef America'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 6th 2010 12:27PM
DemonsHere's the TV lineup for tonight (all times Eastern).

  • Hallmark has an 'I Love Lucy' marathon all night.
  • At 7, Cartoon Network has a new 'Bakugan,' then a new 'Super Hero Squad Show.'
  • At 8, FOX has the 'Sprint Cup: Budweiser Shootout' NASCAR race.
  • HGTV has a new 'Divine Design' at 8.
  • TCM has 'Bullitt' at 8, then 'The French Connection.'
  • At 8:30, Nickelodeon has a new 'True Jackson, VP,' followed by a new episode of 'The Troop.'
  • At 9, CNBC has a new 'Suze Orman Show.'
  • Food Network has a new 'Challenge' at 8, then a new 'Iron Chef America.'
  • Syfy has 'The Cursed' at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new 'Demons.'
  • At 10, CBS has a new '48 Hours Mystery.'
  • Style Network has a new episode of 'The Dish' at 10.
  • At 11, FOX has a new 'Wanda Sykes Show.'
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new 'Saturday Night Live,' with Ashton Kutcher and Them Crooked Vultures.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Best '50s TV Shows (10-1)

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 27th 2009 6:00AM

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Macy's magical commercial: 150 years in the making

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 27th 2009 5:20PM
macys_worlds_largest_storeRecently, when I shared my view about a certain Dell computer commercial, some of you thought I was a moron. Okay, we'll call it a difference of opinion. However, just to show you that I'm not a grumpster, allow me to extol the virtues of the Macy's commercial that celebrates this iconic American department story that's been around for over 150 years.

What makes The Magic of Macy's so much fun is that it doesn't tell you why the place is legendary, it shows you why. All those film clips from movies and television, years before anyone was using mentions like these for commercial purposes, underscore how much a part of pop culture Macy's was.

(It still is, to some extent, but the days of one brick and mortar store dominating the business landscape are long gone.)

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Here's a list of 100 iconic TV show openings (OK, maybe not 100 ... )

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 26th 2009 12:28PM
The SimpsonsPop culture lists that have 100 or more entries, whether it's a list for television, film, music, books, advertising, whatever - are too long. When you list 100 of anything, you're not really getting down to the "best" (or "worst," if that's the theme of the list), you're just giving a list of 100.

Supertremendous.com has their list of the 100 most iconic TV show intros. You can read the first 90, but I wanted to concentrate on the top ten. That list includes The Brady Bunch, The Simpsons, M*A*S*H, Knight Rider (???), and The Twilight Zone, along with the number one pick after the jump. Can you guess it before you click?

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Classic TV stamps unveiled

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 12th 2009 5:03PM
stampsStamp collecting is something I just never got into (don't worry, I have plenty of other obsessions), but this might be the first time I actually go to my local post office and get a sheet.

Yesterday, 20 new classic TV stamps were unveiled: I Love Lucy, The Twilight Zone, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, The Honeymooners, Texaco Star Theater, Perry Mason, The Lone Ranger, Burns and Allen, Ozzie and Harriet, Hopalong Cassidy, Lassie, Dragnet, You Bet Your Life, The Dinah Shore Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Phil Silvers Show, Howdy Doody, The Red Skelton Show, and Kukla, Fran, and Ollie,

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