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TV Land to Reunite 'Love Boat' Cast

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 9th 2010 10:30AM
The Love BoatTV Land is inviting you to come aboard for some adventure and a chance at a new romance, because it looks as though 'The Love Boat' is about to take another run.

Yes, according to the Orlando Sentinel, the cast of 'Love Boat' will be reuniting for the upcoming 8th Annual TV Land Awards. The series, which became an instant hit when it debuted in 1977 thanks to its mix of melodrama and B-list guest stars, will be receiving the fan favorite award nearly 25 years after it went off the air.

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10 TV Shows That Are Still Not Completely on DVD, But Really Should Be

by David Hofstede, posted Feb 24th 2010 4:30PM
Charlie's angelsFor classic TV fans, there's nothing like owning every episode of a beloved series on DVD. However, sometimes the wait to complete the run of a favorite show is longer than anticipated. And sometimes, sadly, it doesn't happen at all.

New season releases on these 10 shows have been missing for a long time, but if you're a fan don't give up hope. Both 'Leave it to Beaver' and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' are now back on track after years of non-activity, so anything is possible.

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TV Obits: Idelson, Ish, Dusenberry

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 9th 2008 9:20AM

Bill Idelson, Rose MarieA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Bill Idelson: He is probably best remembered as Sally's longtime boyfriend Herman Glimscher on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He also wrote for the show and several others over the years, including The Andy Griffith Show, M*A*S*H, The Bob Newhart Show, Happy Days, The Odd Couple, Bewitched, Get Smart, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The Twilight Zone, The Flintstones, and many others, and acted on dozens of shows since the 50s, and even played the son on the Vic and Sade radio show. He died from complications from a hip injury at age 88.

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Robert Goulet dead at 73

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 30th 2007 10:05PM

GouletWell, this is unfortunate news. We told you last week that singer and actor Robert Goulet was in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, sedated and awaiting a lung transplant. Now comes news that Goulet passed away this morning.

Goulet had a really long career on stage, TV, and in film. He gained fame playing Sir Lancelot on Broadway in Camelot in 1960 with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. He went on to many other stage productions (Carousel, Meet Me In St. Louis, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pajama Game, and others), movies (Toy Story 2, Atlantic City), and TV shows (everything from The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote to Mission: Impossible and Howdy Doody). In the past several years he enjoyed spoofing himself, in movies such as The Naked Gun 2 1/2 to talk show appearances to stints on ESPN and those weird Emerald Nuts ads. He sings the theme to Jimmy Kimmel Live too.

Goulet suffered from Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis. He leaves his wife of 25 years and three children.

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Charles Nelson Reilly dead at 76

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2007 8:01AM

Charles Nelson ReillyAw, this is sad news: longtime Match Game panelist Charles Nelson Reilly has died at the age of 76.

Of course, he was known for a lot more than that. He won a Tony Award in 1962 for his work on Broadway in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Reilly was also an acclaimed director, directing such plays as The Belle of Amherst and The Gin Game. He also directed several episodes of the TV show Evening Shade. He was a regular on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and appeared on many other shows, including Hollywood Squares, Love Boat, Nanny and the Professor, Lidsville, Here's Lucy, Love, American Style, Amazing Stories, Family Matters, The Drew Carey Show, SpongeBob SquarePants, and The X-Files.

He died of pneumonia in Los Angeles on Friday.

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Tom Poston dead at 85

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2007 6:15PM

Tom PostonTom Poston, one of the classic veterans of TV comedy, died earlier today at his home in Los Angeles. He appeared on The Steve Allen Show in the 1950s and Newhart in the 1980s.

Poston played handyman George Utley on Newhart, and was also a regular on another Bob Newhart series, Bob. And to keep the connection to Newhart going, he played Cliff "The Peeper" Murdock on The Bob Newhart Show in the 70s. Poston also appeared on Grace Under Fire, Mork & Mindy, The Simpsons, Will & Grace, Home Improvement, Murphy Brown, Get Smart, Coach, The Love Boat, Studio One, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Just Shoot Me, That 70s Show, and dozens of other shows over the years.

Poston was married to actress Suzanne Pleshette, who played Newhart's wife Emily on The Bob Newhart Show.

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The five best lineups in TV history

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 16th 2007 12:58PM

Carol BurnettWelcome to TV Squad Lists (formerly 'The Five'), a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

Even before "Must-See TV" networks made an attempt to capture a particular demographic with a killer lineup of TV shows. (Bob's done one of these lists in the past.) What follows is a list of the best TV lineups in history.

1. CBS Saturday, 1973: All in the Family, M*A*S*H*, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, The Carol Burnett Show. All classics. If this lineup were on today, it would still get huge ratings. It's hard for most folks to remember when these shows were originally on and it's even harder to believe that they were once all on in the same night. It makes me wonder what the other networks were showing or why they even bothered.

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Barry Nelson, first James Bond, dead at 89

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2007 6:01PM

Barry NelsonA lot of people don't realize that the first James Bond wasn't Sean Connery on the big screen, it was Barry Nelson on television, on a 1954 episode of the CBS series Climax. Nelson played 007 in an adaptation of Casino Royale.

Nelson died in Buck's County, PA on April 7 while traveling. He was 89.

Besides the classic role of Bond, Nelson was a regular on the 50s series My Favorite Husband, and guest starred on several other shows, including The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote, Fantasy Island, Magnum, P.I., Dallas, The Love Boat, Thriller, Cannon, Longstreet, The F.B.I., The Philco Playhouse, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and many others. On the big screen he was in several films, including The Shining, Airport, and Pete N' Tillie, and starred on stage in several productions.

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The Onion picks the openings that fit their shows perfectly - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2007 1:40PM

Get Smart openingOne of the saddest changes in the television landscape has been the disappearance of the theme song. They're really not that important to the people who create TV shows now (or the networks who want to get more commercials in). Lost has just a single note as their theme song, ER has changed and shortened their theme song, Jericho has static, and Heroes doesn't have a theme song or credits either.

Luckily, the shows that still have theme songs also have opening credits. Shows like The Office and Dexter all have theme songs and opening credits. They're classic TV openings. Of course, it's nothing like years gone by, where almost all shows had theme song and opening credits. The Onion has picked 22 that they feel fit their shows perfectly. I don't know if that is the same as "best opening sequences," but the choices are interesting, quirky, a little maddening, and they left out a few, as I'm sure you'll agree.

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Blige and Furtado to drop by CBS for Grammy Week

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 15th 2007 1:05PM
Mary J. BligeIt's a cross-promotional party over at CBS for Grammy Week '07. In anticipation of the February 11th broadcast of the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, nominees Mary J. Blige and Nelly Furtado will be making special guest appearances on CBS shows. Blige will be playing opposite lackluster recording artist Jennifer Love Hewitt on an episode of Ghost Whisperer, and Nelly Furtado will be playing a dead hooker on CSI: NY. Oops... actually she's not playing a dead hooker. I just saw "network crime procedural" and "attractive woman" so I thought "dead hooker."

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Do you know your sitcom homes?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 14th 2006 1:29PM

Silver SpoonsI took this quiz over at Mental Floss and scored 100%. You have to match the sitcom with the house/setting they show in the opening credits.

By the way, I'm not bragging about that score, the test is just incredibly easy, especially since two of the pictures are very, very easy to identify, which means you can guess the others by process of elimination, if you don't know one or two of them. I mean, one of the shows is The Love Boat, so you know there's going to be a boat involved, right?

This might prove to be very satisfying, that you know you TV homes as much as you do your own. On the other hand, it might be kind of scary that somewhere in your mind you have actually memorized what sitcom family homes look like (and from shows that you probably haven't seen in a long time).

Also, just so you know, scroll down very slowly and stop when you get to the sitcom names. If you go any further you'll see the answers, and you don't want that to happen.

[via Pop Candy]

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June Allyson dead at 88

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 11th 2006 11:58AM

June AllysonJune Allyson was best known as a movie actress, having roles in such films as The Glenn Miller Story, Little Women, Stratetic Air Command, and The Stratton Story, but she also had a long and varied TV career as well, from being host of her own show, The Dupont Show with June Allyson to guest spots on Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, Hart to Hart, The Incredible Hulk, Burke's Law, The Name of the Game, Vegas, and The Dick Powell Show. She was married to Powell until his death in 1963. She had been married to dentist David Ashrow for the past 30 years, and he was by her side when she died. She had two children.

Allyson died yesterday of pulmonary respiratory failure and other problems in Los Angeles. 

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Aaron Spelling dead at 83 - BREAKING NEWS

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2006 11:19PM
Aaron SpellingLegendary TV producer and actor Aaron Spelling died today in Los Angeles.

Spelling, father of Tori Spelling, suffered a stroke on June 18, and died from complications from the stroke.

Spelling was the producer of several classic TV shows over the past three or so decades, including Dynasty, Charlie's Angels, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Starsky & Hutch, Hart to Hart, T.J. Hooker, and 7th Heaven. And somewhat more recently, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed.

A lot of people don't know that Spelling actually started as an actor. That's him in the classic I Love Lucy episode "Tennessee Bound," playing the gas station attendant the gang encounters.

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Charo visits Martha, smashes chocolate

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 25th 2006 7:23PM
CharoOh, how I wish I had watched this! Damn you CNN!

Television and music icon Charo visited Martha today. While on the show she smashed a giant chocolate bunny with a mallet and told Martha that she need to wear outfits that showed off her boobs more. They also showed a clip from a 1970s Merv Griffin Show episode that had both Martha and Charo on it (Charo told Martha that her food gave her gas and diarrhea). Oh, why couldn't someone tell me this was going to happen?

When I talk to younger people in their 20s and tell them about Charo, about her 70s appearances on TV shows and her guitar playing and her "coochie-coo!" catch phrase, they often look at me like I have six heads. Maybe Martha has introduced her to a whole new generation.

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The Five: bizarre TV theme song lyrics

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2006 3:01PM
  • Charles In Charge"I want Charles in charge of me." (Charles In Charge): I don't even want to know what the girl means by this.
  • "It don't matter that you got, not a lot, so what? They'll have theirs, and you'll have yours and I'll have mine." (Diff'rent Strokes): Huh?
  • "I hear it in your laughter, And I feel it when you cry. I will be right there for you, until the day I die." (My Two Dads): Cheerful lyrics for a sitcom, eh?
  • "He just keeps on movin'. Ladies keep impovin'. (BJ and the Bear): How politically correct.
  • "Welcome aboard, it's looooooooooooooooo-ove!" (The Love Boat): Translated, it means "come on to our cruise ship and have unprotected sex with someone you just met."

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