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Barbara Billingsley, 'Leave it to Beaver' Mom, Dead at 94

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 16th 2010 6:51PM
Barbara BillingsleyBarbara Billingsley, known to millions of TV fans as the pearls-wearing housewife June Cleaver on the classic sitcom 'Leave it to Beaver,' has passed away at the age of 94.

A family spokeswoman said Billingsley died of polymyalgia, a rheumatoid disease, at her home in Santa Monica, Calif.

In a statement, her TV son, Jerry Mathers, said, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and lifetime mentor Barbara Billingsley. She will live in the hearts of her fans as a wonderful actress and be remembered by her friends as a gracious lady."

"She will be deeply missed by all of her family, friends, fans and most especially by me."

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TV Shows on DVD for June 15

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Jun 15th 2010 8:00AM
Father's Day is just around the corner. If you haven't reserved your old man a seat at his favorite steakhouse or have a nice tie already gift wrapped with his name on it -- why not consider getting some of his favorite shows on DVD.

The "father knows best" theme runs through most of this week's new releases including 'American Dad,' 'Family Guy,' 'Leave It to Beaver,' and 'My Three Sons.' Rest assured, there is something for every Dad's DVD player this week.

Check out the rest of the titles after the jump!

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Who Are Your Favorite TV Parents?

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Mar 9th 2010 3:00PM
Parenthood on NBC review
Since NBC's new family dramedy 'Parenthood' premiered last week, it's time to reflect on the best of primetime parents. All of us who grew up watching TV had favorites -- the kind of parents we measured the very notion of parenthood by, and sometimes even our own mothers and fathers, because they were so sweet and loving or patient and smart or fun and free-spirited -- or all of the above. Here's your chance, as Inside TV readers, to pick your favorite set of fictional TV parents. Don't see your personal faves as a choice, just tell us in the comments.

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Best '50s TV Shows (10-1)

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

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New TV Land promo will make you sad, angry and maybe a little sick

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 4th 2009 5:01PM
TV Land logoSo I was watching The Andy Griffith Show marathon that TV Land seems to air every other day. This isn't my complaint, as I would watch that show every day of the week (as long as they're the black and white episodes and not the color ones, but that's another rant). No, my complaint is about the commercial that ran during the marathon.

The promo isn't online so I'll have to describe it. The narrator talks about how times change (with a montage of how phones have evolved over the years), how tastes change (a montage of different foods that people have eaten over the decades), and how we've changed (a montage of different hairstyles you might have had since you were a kid). The point of all this is that things change, but ... change is good! And that's why it's good that TV Land has a bunch of reality shows instead of classic TV shows, because things change and that's where viewers are now in their lives.

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The Fourth is for sunburn, hamburgers, and TV marathons

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 3rd 2009 7:09PM
Leave it to BeaverI'm not a big Fourth of July person. You'll pretty much see me in front of the television as much as you'll see me in front of the television on July 3. I'm not a big cookout/parades/fireworks/beach type of guy.

Are you that way too? There are some marathons on TV tomorrow that you might like. A sampling:

  • Sci-Fi will continue their Twilight Zone marathon.
  • TCM has Fourth of July/historical movies all day long.
  • USA will have James Bond movies all day long starting at 9AM.
  • Discovery has a Deadliest Catch marathon at 9AM.
  • TV Land will have a Leave It To Beaver marathon starting at 11AM.
  • At noon, HGTV has a marathon of HGTV's $250,000 Challenge.

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Greatest TV Dads

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:00AM
John GoodmanReal-life dads are sometimes preoccupied with their careers and distracted by life's many complications. Happily, on TV, all dads have plenty of quality time to share with their kids, while dispensing encouraging words and occasional tough love.

Maybe that's because TV dads never spend much time at work. (We're pretty sure everyone's fathers would sign up for that!) Step into the wonderful make-believe world where every day is Father's Day, and join us as we count down our 20 favorite TV dads.

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What's On New Year's Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2008 7:18PM
Leave it to BeaverHere's what's on TV tomorrow. Lots of marathons, movies, and bowl games.

  • Sci-Fi's Twilight Zone marathon continues from last night.
  • AMC is showing classic westerns all day.
  • Cartoon Network has Looney Tunes all day.
  • Hallmark has Christmas movies all day.
  • At 6am, USA has a Monk marathon.
  • At 7, NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning, America, and CBS' The Early Show will all have New Year's tips, predictions, advice, and recipes.
  • At 8, TNT has a Bones marathon.
  • History Channel has Ice Road Truckers episodes all day starting at 8.

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The Wayans brothers take on The Munsters

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 13th 2008 8:01AM
The Munsters TVYou can't stop those Wayans brothers when it comes to doing anything for a laugh. Apparently, one of their long time dreams has been a big screen remake of a 1960's sitcom.

They've been working on a script since 2004, but they are saying now that The Munsters movie is nearly ready to roll. I know, I know, how many times have we seen beloved TV series turned into horrible features? For every good one -- The Brady Bunch -- there's a lemon like Leave It to Beaver. The Wayans Brothers clearly believe that they have the goods to make The Munsters like the former rather than the latter.

However, I have to worry about how well they know the material when Shawn Wayans says, "Their characters are still who they were in the '50s. It's just in modern day." Umm, excuse me -- the '50s? The Munsters premiered in 1964 and ran till 1966; it was set in present day. Didn't the Wayanses notice that?

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Wally Cleaver to have his work shown at the Louvre

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 11th 2008 3:22PM
Tony DowI was going to title this post "Louvre it to Beaver," but a quick check showed that 98% of the people doing the story on the web had already thought of that title. Everything moves so quickly these days.

Tony Dow, who played Beaver's older brother Wally Cleaver on the classic series Leave it to Beaver, is also an artist, and he's going to have one of his sculptures shown at the famed Paris museum The Louvre. It's an abstract sculpture titled "Unarmed Warrior."

Dow doesn't act much anymore, but he was busy behind the scenes of TV shows and movies while doing his artwork. He directed episodes of such shows as Deep Space Nine, Coach, Crusade, Get A Life, Swamp Thing, and Cover Me. He also did visual effects for the Doctor Who TV movie in the 90s, as well as Babylon 5.

So Dow didn't die from eating Pop Rocks, become a porn star, or end up dying in Vietnam, rumors which swirled around his Beaver costars and aren't true.

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TV Obits: Keyes, Guzman, Kahn, Crane

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 17th 2008 1:23PM

Evelyn Keyes and John HustonA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Evelyn Keyes: Although she was best known for her movie work, including The Seven Year Itch, Gone with the Wind, The Jolson Story, and Here Comes Mr. Jordan, she also guest starred on many TV shows, including The Love Boat, several episodes of Murder, She Wrote, Amazing Stories, and Climax! She was once married to jazz legend Artie Shaw and directors John Huston and Charles Vidor. She died in Montecito, CA at age 91.

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Five things I've learned from television

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jan 23rd 2008 11:35AM
Television's lessons for everyday lifeI've been thinking. Yeah, I know you might find that hard to believe, but it's true. I swear it is! What I've been thinking about is television. Ah, now you believe my thought processes are truly in motion. A lifetime of television watching is behind me and what do I have to show for my hours of dedication?

Well, other than the cool TV Squad gig, that is. That goes without saying.

What I have are life lessons learned from television, as well as some obscure bits of knowledge I may have overlooked had I led the scholarly life without television in my life.

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The five worst names in the history of television

by Jay Black, posted Oct 11th 2007 10:30AM
Don't hit me, please don't hit me!My wife gave birth to our first son three months ago, so names have been on my mind recently. A name says a lot about a person: strong names help kids to grow up to be television news personalities or American Ninjas (Wolf Blitzer and Joe Armstrong, respectively). Weak names, on the other hand, lead to name calling in grade school and sad lives of quiet desperation in adulthood.

Television has given us a large catalog of super-cool names to choose from. Since TV is all about wish fulfillment, it's rare for a character to be given a truly terrible name. Sometimes, though, a terrible name slips through the network sieve and luckily for all of us, TV Squad is there to catch it. The five worst names in the history of television after the jump...

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What's On Tonight: Cops, Leave It To Beaver, Spike Feresten

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 6th 2007 4:00PM
  • SNLAt 8, FOX has a new Cops.
  • CBS has college football at 8, Florida State vs. LSU.
  • ABC has college football too, Ohio State vs. Purdue
  • TV Land has a Leave It To Beaver marathon starting at 8, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, starting with the rarely seen pilot with Harry Shearer.
  • Nick has a new TV movie at 8, The Naked Brothers Band: Battle of the Bands.
  • Also at 8: TCM has the original version of The Producers.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Naruto at 9, then new episodes of Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo and One Piece.
  • At 10, TLC has a new Trading Spaces.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with guests Seth Rogan and Spoon.
  • At midnight, FOX has a new Talk Show with Spike Feresten, with guest Louis C.K.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Happy 50th anniversary, Beaver!

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 4th 2007 12:04PM

Leave it to BeaverToday marks the 50th anniversary of the classic sitcom Leave it to Beaver, and while many of the show's original stars have left us (Hugh Beaumont, Stanley Fafara, Sue Randall, Richard Deacon), much of the main cast is still going strong, and five of them - Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsley, Ken Osmond, and Frank Bank - appeared on Good Morning, America this morning to celebrate the day.

They've all kept busy over the years. Mathers appeared on stage in Hairspray this year and has appeared in several TV shows and wrote a book. Dow has directed many TV shows and movies over the years and is also an artist. Billingsley is an incredibly active 92 and even recreated her famous Airplane jive talk on GMA. Osmond became a cop - and was shot three times in the line of duty - and is now retired, and Bank (Lumpy Rutherford) is a financial expert who handles Mathers and Dow.

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