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Paul Reiser Wrote New Show So His Sons Would Know He 'Did Something' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:15PM
Paul Reiser Discusses Inspiration for 'The Paul Reiser Show'According to Paul Reiser, his decision to come out of semi-retirement and star in 'The Paul Reiser Show' was inspired by an innocent question from one of his two sons, he said on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

After 'Mad About You' ended its run, Reiser decided to stay home and help raise his children. But, everything changed when one of his boys asked what he does as a profession, he said.

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Steve Buscemi Blames Paul Reiser for Ruining His Comedy Career (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 3rd 2010 2:20AM
Steve Buscemi Blames Paul Reiser for Ruining His Comedy CareerDid you know that Steve Buscemi once wanted to be a stand-up comic? It didn't work out, so he had to fall back on the whole acting thing. But why didn't it work out? Well, according to Steve, it's all Paul Reiser's fault.

Buscemi tells his sad tale on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). Back in the '80s, Steve was trying to "make it" as a comic, and would show up at the Improv Comedy Club in New York City -- along with other young comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. These guys were picked to perform, but Steve never was ... because the club manager didn't like his act.

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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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Paul Reiser May Return to NBC With New Pilot

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:00PM
In what may be a crippling blow to future episodes of VH1's 'Where Are They Now?' series, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that one-time television star Paul Reiser is not only alive and well but still working in the industry. The proof? A possible new series from NBC.

Yes, it's true: Resier, who fifteen years ago was headlining one of the top shows on television, is finally back, this time with a subject close to his heart: himself. According to the article, the untitled pilot, which Reiser will write and star in, is similar in tone and concept to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and will explore the quirks of Reiser's real-life family.

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Paul Reiser Is Thinking About a Return to NBC

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 9th 2010 10:29AM
Paul reiser mad about youPaul Reiser, one of the stars of NBC's "Must See TV" heyday of the 1990s, is reportedly returning to the Peacock Network. Thankfully, he's not producing a hokey reality game show like his pal, Jerry Seinfeld.

Reiser, co-creator and star of NBC's hit sitcom 'Mad About You', is executive producing and starring in a new single-camera pilot backed by Warner Bros. Word is that NBC has picked up the project, possibly to help fill the coming gaps in its schedule thanks to Leno's return to late night.

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Helen Hunt may take on Maura Tierney's Parenthood role

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 15th 2009 9:33AM
Helen_Hunt_wireimageWhen Maura Tierney had to leave Parenthood because she needs to undergo treatment for breast cancer, there was speculation about who might replace her since the NBC project would be resuming. Well, the name that's come to the fore as Maura's replacement is a good one. Oscar and Emmy-winner Helen Hunt is in discussions for Parenthood, and usually if they're talking and it's in the trades, it's close to being a done deal.

If I were advising her and she cared about what I think, I'd tell Helen to take it. While Helen's TV experience was in a sitcom, Mad About You, she's better in dramedy. That's what As Good As It Gets was, and it got her an Oscar!

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Best '90s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 9th 2009 1:00PM
We know, we know ... another "best of" list.

But this isn't any old list – our Top 40 TV Shows of the '90s is just the first in a new series of countdowns in which we'll put our AOL Television seal of approval on the top 40 series of every decade.

Every other month we'll tackle another decade, going all the way back to the '50s, to recall the best comedies (hello 'Lucy'), the best prime-time soaps (do you remember who shot JR?), the best cop shows, animated series and groundbreaking TV shows.

So kick off 50 years of silver-screen bests with the greatest shows of the '90s, including everyone from 'Beavis,' 'Buffy' and 'Simpsons' to 'Freaks and Geeks' and teens on the 'Creek.'

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Estelle Getty dead at 84

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2008 1:47PM

Estelle GettyOne of the Golden Girls has died.

Estelle Getty, who played Bea Arthur's mother (even though Arthur was a year older in real life) on the NBC hit comedy Golden Girls (which also starred Betty White and Rue McClanahan), passed away this morning in Los Angeles. Getty was 84 years old and had been suffering from a disease known as Lewy Body Dementia for a number of years.

Getty appeared in several other TV shows over the years, including the Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace (which also starred a young Don Cheadle), Empty Nest, Nurses, Brotherly Love, Mad About You, Touched By An Angel, Blossom, Newhart, Hotel, and many others. She also appeared in the movies Tootsie, Mask, Mannequin, and Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot!

Interesting trivia: Getty played her Sophia Petrillo character in no less than five different shows: Golden Girls, Empty Nest, The Golden Palace, Nurses, and Blossom. That's gotta be some sort of record. She also played a character named Sophia in an episode of Ladies Man in 2000, though the character had a different last name.

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What's On Tonight: The Mole, Monday Night RAW, Legally Blonde

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 2nd 2008 4:03PM
  • World Poker TourAt 8, ABC has a new episode of The Bachelorette, then the season premiere of The Mole.
  • NBC has the Red Wings/Penguins Stanley Cup Game at 8.
  • TCM has Sydney Pollack movies starting at 8: The Slender Thread and Three Days of the Condor.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the new movie The Capture of the Green River Killer.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9, followed by a new Verminators.
  • GSN has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • G4 Rewind debuts at 9 on G4.
  • Also at 9: TV Land has a Mad About You marathon.
  • At 10, VH-1 has the series premiere of Legally Blonde: The Search For Elle Woods.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Sydney Pollack dead at 73

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2008 10:30PM

Sydney PollackAlthough TV fans would know him from his role as Will's dad on Will and Grace, he was also, of course, an acclaimed film director, helming such movies as Three Days of the Condor (one of my favorite films), Tootsie, Out of Africa, The Way We Were, The Firm, Havana, Absence of Malice, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Jeremiah Johnson, and The Interpreter. He also directed several TV shows back in the 60s, including The Fugitive, Ben Casey, Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Defenders, Slattery's People, and many others.

Pollack's other acting roles included spots on The Sopranos, King of the Hill, Frasier, Mad About You, Playhouse 90, and The Twilight Zone, along with the movies Michael Clayton, Eyes Wide Shut, Husbands and Wives, A Civil Action, Death Becomes Her, and The Player. His last acting role was in this year's Made of Honor and his last directing job was 2005's Sketches of Frank Gehry.

Pollack died of cancer this afternoon in Pacific Palisades, CA. He was 73.

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MENSA chairman picks the ten smartest shows of all-time

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 18th 2008 9:01AM

Mad About YouEverybody loves lists, even MENSA members.

Jim Werdell, the chairman of the brainy group, has picked what he considers the ten smartest TV shows of all-time. While some of the shows are no-brainers (ha!), I'm not quite sure why he picks some of the shows he does. The full list is after the jump, along with my suggestions for other shows that should be there.

I mean, seriously...Mad About You?!

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David Steinberg is a busy guy

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2007 3:56PM

David SteinbergVeteran comic/director/writer David Steinberg has a lot of stuff going on.

The second season of his TV Land talk show, Sit Down Comedy, began a couple of weeks ago with an interview with Jerry Seinfeld. This Wednesday, Steinberg sits down with Daily Show host Jon Stewart. The show airs at 10pm. The following weeks, Steinberg will interview Garry Shandling and then Ray Romano.

But that's not all: Steinberg also has a book coming out in June, The Book of David. And he's a busy guy in his life as a director too. He's directing his seventh season at Curb Your Enthusiasm, episodes of Campus Ladies, and a pilot for Dane Cook.

There might be a lot of people who aren't familiar with Steinberg since a lot of his work has been behind the camera for a while, but he has quite a resume.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 5th 2007 11:30PM

Anything But LoveNew TV DVDs in stores tomorrow.

  • Anything But Love - Vol. 1
  • Baywatch - Season 3 (Syndicated)
  • Charlie and Lola - Vol. 3
  • Charmed - Season 7
  • Kate & Allie - Season 3
  • Mad About You - Season 3
  • Teen Titans - Trouble in Tokyo
  • Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles - Season 6

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Which is better: Must-See now or Must-See then?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 19th 2006 3:33PM

Friends When NBC announced their new Thursday night schedule, a lot of people (including NBC) started to say that this was "Must-See TV" all over again. And not only does Newsday's Verne Gay agree, he thinks that the new schedule is better than the old one.

What do you think? There were many different "Must-See" Thursday night schedules on NBC over the years, so we could pick and choose. Some had Frasier, some had Wings, some had Mad About You. But let's make it an even 10 years ago. The 1996 "Must-See" Thursday night schedule was Friends at 8, The Single Guy at 8:30, Seinfeld at 9, Suddenly Susan at 9:30, and ER at 10. The schedule now is My Name Is Earl at 8, The Office at 8:30, Scrubs at 9, 30 Rock at 9:30, and ER at 10.

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Buffy did not invent the phrase "not so much"

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2006 4:30PM
BuffyI'm not sure what is more infuriating about this article, the fact that they try to convince us that the phrase "not so much" was first used on Mad About You and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, or the fact that anyone in the world actually thought that the phrase "yada yada yada" was invented by the people at Seinfeld.

When you get older, you begin to realize how fast pop culture moves and what a short memory a lot of people have when it comes to TV shows, movies, and music. I (and other people I know) was using the phrase "not so much" in the 1980s, so it must have been around even before then. And as for "Yada yada yada," the article does point out that it was used by Lenny Bruce in the 60s, and I bet that it didn't originate with him.

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