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'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Reunion: Sabrina and Salem Make 'Magic' (VIDEO)

by Crystal Bell, posted Dec 10th 2011 2:00PM
sabrina the teenage witch funny or die melissa joan hartFile this under: the greatest thing you'll see all day. Eight years after Melissa Joan Hart said goodbye to Sabrina Spellman and her witchy ways, the former 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' star spoofed her popular spellbinding role in a new video for Funny Or Die -- starring her former co-star, Salem the cat.

In the hilarious clip, the actress reunites with Salem (voiced by Nick Bakay) for lunch to catch up. But, then Salem -- always the bad influence -- convinces Hart to embrace her dormant inner-Sabrina and perform a little magic ... and that when Melissa loses it. She morphs into a power-hungry witch, attacking the restaurant's guests with "magic!"

And when a little boy tries to combat Melissa's witchy ways with the 'Harry Potter' defense spell, "Expelliarmus," the actress disarms him with her own clever counter-attack.

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Whoa! Our EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek of the 'Melissa & Joey' Season Finale (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 14th 2011 9:00AM
Melissa & JoeyJoey Lawrence does not play himself on 'Melissa & Joey,' nor does he play his 'Blossom' character Joey Russo. Here, he's just Joe, but in tonight's season finale (Wed., Sept. 14, 8PM ET on ABC Family), he does give fans a little blast from his past.

That's right -- get ready for a big "whoa" from Joe in our exclusive sneak peek. Just don't get too discouraged if it doesn't sound exactly right the first time around (as he remarks, "It's been a long time since I've said that") because he says it again, with feeling. And just like that all our best 'Blossom' memories come flooding back.

So what's his old catchphrase in response to now? Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) has a fancy event to attend, and she asks Joe to be her plus one. Guess she thought that since he's not really going to be her nanny for much longer, maybe it wouldn't be awkward?

When Joe accepts her invitation, it gets even weirder: "Now I'm gonna take my clothes off," Mel replies. Yeah, how's she gonna explain that one?

Watch and see as the fumbling sexual tension between these two hits new heights.

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ABC Family Renews 'Melissa & Joey'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 11th 2011 6:15PM
Melissa & Joey'Melissa & Joey' isn't going anywhere. ABC Family has ordered a second season of the Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence sitcom.

"Melissa and Joey have proven to be a comedic powerhouse, with wonderful chemistry that has resonated with viewers in the tradition of great television pairings," Michael Riley, president of ABC Family, said in a statement. "As our focus on comedy continues to develop, we're delighted to see it return next year as an integral part of the network's expanding slate of original series."

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Melissa Joan Hart Remembers Being 'Sabrina' and Salem, Her 'Magical Pussy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 28th 2011 5:21AM
Melissa Joan Hart, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'If we were to meet Melissa Joan Hart, we'd be inclined to ask her about 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.' It was this signature role that cemented her as a favorite of a generation. But, according to Hart on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), it's actually "a little bit" annoying.

So we'll just ask about her new show 'Melissa & Joey' instead. Only that one doesn't feature Salem, her talking cat. Hart equated her talking to a cat on 'Sabrina' to Craig Ferguson talking to his skeleton robot sidekick Geoff Peterson.

"That's my magical pussy," she said of Salem, but then wondered if she could say that on television. Ferguson innocently indicated he knew of no other meaning for her words, but later when she left out the word "magical" they censored her.

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Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence Talk 'Melissa & Joey' and 'Moonlighting' Potential

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 27th 2011 9:00AM
Melissa and JoeyMelissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence already told us about the special guest stars making cameos on 'Melissa & Joey' when the show returns from its eight-month hiatus on Wednesday. (Vivica A. Fox and a Lawrence brothers reunion? Yes, please!)

But if you can't wait until June 29 for your 'Melissa and Joey' fix, fear not. Both Hart and Lawrence had plenty to share about what's in store for their characters, politician Mel Burke and live-in nanny Joe Longo.

"It's a lot of the ups and downs. I think that the journey of the show is that any moment one of these people could either find a significant other and the relationship is over," said Lawrence. "Joe could get that opportunity that he's been waiting for to get his feet back on the ground and go make the millions of dollars he's used to making, and he's gone. I think that's where the show lives. There are several close calls when it comes to that."

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Melissa Joan Hart on the 'Clarissa' Sequel That Never Was

by Breia Brissey, posted Mar 15th 2011 2:00PM
Melissa Joan HartFashion icon. Sister. Best friend. Daughter. Explainer of it all. Nickelodeon's Clarissa was every one of those things. When the Melissa Joan Hart–fronted 'Clarissa Explains It All' ended in 1994, the title character went off into sunset to become a journalist in New York City.

But that wasn't exactly the end of Clarissa -- Nickelodeon and CBS planned 'Clarissa Now,' a new show that would have seen Hart play the title character as she interned at a busy New York newspaper. The pilot aired on Nickelodeon, but never made it to series. Thanks to the Internet, the show was uploaded to YouTube and made the rounds last week.

TV Squad caught up with Clarissa herself, Melissa Joan Hart, at the ABC Family Upfront where she reflected on what happened to 'Clarissa Now.'

"I thought it was a fun show, although I don't remember it very well," Hart said. "But it skewed a lot older because it was a different time. CBS was very much an older-demographic network back then.

"They tried to age the show up a little bit, but the thing is, the 'Clarissa' audience was so young and hip. I just think it didn't work. It's not what people wanted to see."

For those still hankering for even more 'Clarissa,' TeenNick will air the original series starting in the fall as part of a new programming block called 'The '90s Are All That.' Watch the full 'Clarissa Now' pilot after the jump.

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'Melissa and Joey' Scoop: Details on Vivica A. Fox's Guest Role, Lawrence Brothers Reunion

by Breia Brissey, posted Mar 12th 2011 11:15AM
Melissa and JoeyWhen 'Melissa and Joey' returns from hiatus -- mark those calendars, it returns June 29! -- some mighty big names will be joining the cast, including the Lawrence brothers. It's now appropriate to let out a collective "Whoa!"

That's not all: Vivica A. Fox along with some other familiar TV faces will stop by the hit sitcom. Series stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence hit the red carpet of ABC Family's Upfront presentation and they weren't shy about dishing details.

"We do have some really great guest stars. We're going to have have Vivica Fox," Hart told TV Squad. "And one of my favorite things that we do this season is that Joey's ex-wife comes back a few times. That's fun."

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A "Ghost" in the Attic on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 20th 2010 2:03AM
A 'Ghost' in the Attic on 'Melissa & Joey'On the new 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family), the stressed-out extended family prepares for Halloween. But there's more family than they expected -- and things get extra stressful as well.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) is trying to micromanage Halloween. She wants Lennox and Ryder (Taylor Spreitler and Nick Robinson) to really enjoy the holiday. But the teenagers aren't very into it. They're distracted -- and for a very good reason. Lennox and Ryder are trying to hide their father in the attic.

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Outside the Box Interview: Melissa and Joey Are All Grown Up On New Show

by Neil Busch, posted Oct 13th 2010 10:30AM
Outisde the Box Interview with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence'Melissa & Joey' stars Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence sat down for our Outside the Box interview to answer questions submitted by TV Squad readers.

They dishes about who was the better dancer, the most ridiculous rumors they've ever heard about themselves and when we could expect Lawrence's new album. (Did you know he wrote the theme song to the show?)

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Death by Twitter on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 13th 2010 1:22AM
Death by Twitter on 'Melissa & Joey'From one point of view, Twitter is an amazing social networking tool -- the best way ever to reach out to the people around you. But from another point of view, Twitter is the worst thing to ever happen in the history of the world. The new episode of 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family) takes both sides of the debate.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) hears rumors about her niece Lennox. The gossip says that Lennox (Taylor Spreitler) is drinking, partying and generally behaving badly. Joey (Joey Lawrence) doesn't believe the rumors, but since Mel is a reformed party-girl herself, she doesn't trust her teenage niece. After winning Joey over to her point of view, Mel hacks into Lennox's email -- setting up the inevitable outbreak of Twitter-based revenge.

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'Melissa & Joey' -- Special Guest Mark Ballas Does the "Man-go" (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 29th 2010 7:16AM
'Melissa & Joey' -- Special Guest Mark Ballas Does the 'Man-go'We had two classic reunions on tonight's 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family). First, Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) meets up with her old 'Dancing With the Stars' partner, Mark Ballas. Melissa and Mark were paired together on Season 9 of 'DWTS,' and he helped guide the actress to a 9th place finish. Ballas is now Bristol Palin's partner on the current season of the show.

The somewhat contrived set-up for the reunion is that Mel's character is taking part in a charity dance event -- the "prestigiously" named "Dancing With the Stars of Toledo" contest. Mark and Mel are supposed to perform the Tango. But naturally, Mel gets injured, and can't go through with it. (And if you didn't see that twist coming from a mile away, then you've never watched this sitcom before.)

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Mel Gets Her Groove Thing Into Overdrive on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2010 4:40AM
'Melissa & Joey' - 'Up Close & Personal'Video games can be dangerously addictive, as Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) learned when she walked in on Lennox (Taylor Spreitler) playing a dancing game on 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM on ABC Family). She tried to shut her niece down so she could get some work done, but after accidentally scoring 1,000 points she was hooked.

"Oh look, you just got a combo," Lennox encouraged her. "See, don't you feel better now."
"Yeah, I do," Mel agreed, intensifying her moves. "I should get one of these for my office."

At this point, she lost complete control of herself and got completely into the game, busting out so many moves that she knocked Lennox over in her zealous enthusiasm.

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Spying and Lying on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 15th 2010 1:40AM
Spying and Lying on 'Melissa & Joey'On the latest 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family), Mel becomes convinced that Joey (Joey Lawrence) is dating a "mystery woman." Joey's been behaving strangely of late, sneaking around and acting very suspiciously. Rather than taking the direct approach, Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) decides to carry out some secret surveillance.

It's one of those "classic" sitcom plots where if the characters actually just talked to one another, everything could be resolved in about 30 seconds. But oh well. When Joey brings his mystery lady Tessa (Shvona Lavette Williams) back to the house, Mel and her pal Rhonda (Elizabeth Ho) crouch and hide in the kitchen. "Duck, or they'll think we're spying on them!" Mel says. "Act 'normal,' hide!" Yep, good plan.

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A Dad vs. Daughter Fight on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 7th 2010 11:41PM
A Dad vs. Daughter Fight on 'Melissa & Joey'When one big happy family gathers around the dinner table ... that's when the arguments begin and the knives come out. And that's the situation on 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family).

Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) has been given custody of her sister's two children: Teenagers Lennox and Ryder. But then Mel's father -- former Senator Russell Burke -- unexpectedly arrives in town, and he has some very different ideas about parenting.

[Spoiler alert.]

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"Resisting" a Bad Boy on 'Melissa & Joey' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 1st 2010 12:18AM
'Resisting' a Bad Boy on 'Melissa & Joey'On 'Melissa & Joey' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC Family) Mel acquires a new man in her life. But he's not her usual type. No, her new guy "Dylan" is an honest-to-god "bad boy." So Mel (Melissa Joan Hart) is a little out of her comfort zone here.

Although, to be honest, Dylan seems less like an actual rebel, and more like a vanilla-y sitcom idea of a "bad boy." But then, 'Melissa & Joey' is a sitcom, so that makes sense. Here are the examples of Dylan's "badness" that we are given:

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