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'Who's The Boss?' Star Katherine Helmond Heads to 'True Blood'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 24th 2011 10:30AM
Katherine HelmondOh Mona! Katherine Helmond -- known universally to millions as Mona on 'Who's the Boss?' and Jessica Tate on 'Soap' -- will play guest star on HBO's 'True Blood' (Sun., 9PM).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Helmond, who's voice can be heard in 'Cars 2' at the cinemas, will play Caroline Bellefleur, grandmother to Bon Temps' Sheriff Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer).

She'll appear in two episodes during Season 4.

Since 'Who's the Boss?' wrapped, Helmond has kept busy doing voice work for projects like 'Cars' and popping up on shows including 'Melissa & Joey' and 'The Glades.'

No details about Helmond's 'True Blood' role have been released, but if you're alright with book spoilers, read on.

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Blanche Devereaux and the Evolution of the TV Cougar

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 7th 2010 5:15PM
When Rue McClanahan died last week, I found out via Facebook. This is no great revelation. I got the news about Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper the same way, but I was struck by the different tone of the status messages mentioning Rue's passing. For one thing, they came mostly from women. We ladies pictured Rue swanning about in a caftan in heaven and wished her well. There is sadness, yes, but no sense of tragedy or mystery. Here on Earth, she delighted us as Blanche Devereaux on 'The Golden Girls,' and we hope that somewhere in the great Miami in the sky, she has finally found a man worthy of her affections. Or many men.

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Gone Too Soon: 'Soap'

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2010 4:00PM
Normally, you'd think it odd to spotlight a series that lasted four seasons in a column like 'Gone Too Soon.' But 'Soap' was a different kind of series. Like the soap operas it was mocking, it was a premise that could have gone on for years and years. In fact, there's no reason to imagine that it couldn't still be on today.

From 1977 to 1981, Susan Harris crafted what would become a timeless comedy classic for ABC. But despite high ratings throughout its run, 'Soap' would only see four seasons, abruptly ending on a slew of cliffhangers that have frustrated fans for decades.

Despite that, the stellar cast and writing have stood the test of time in a way very few television series can, even if the wardrobes haven't. 'Soap' is as relevant and hilarious today as it was more than thirty years ago now. It deserved a longer life, and both the series and its fans deserved a true ending to Harris' brilliant vision.

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