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Tom Hanks Does an Impression of Ron Howard Directing Himself (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2011 4:30AM
Tom Hanks, 'Late Show with David Letterman'So you've never been on a movie set with Ron Howard? That doesn't mean you won't enjoy Tom Hanks' take on the experience on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). He and David Letterman were talking about what it was like for Hanks to direct himself on projects, when Letterman brought up Howard.

"How would Ron direct himself in a movie?" Hanks mused aloud, to which Letterman immediately asked to hear it.

Hanks then erupted into a hilarious impression of bubbly and energetic Howard acting like Sméagol and Gollum from 'The Lord of the Rings' if both sides of his fractured personality had been wide-eyed and full of joy and hope.

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Jane Lynch Loved Ron Howard on 'Happy Days,' But Took Potsie's Advice Instead (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 16th 2011 4:32AM
Jane Lynch, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Jane Lynch should have followed her heart instead of her 13-year old brain. Then, she might have saved what must have been hours of letter-writing. She admitted on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC) to having a huge crush on Ron Howard during his years on 'Happy Days.'

So much so that when some members of the cast were on a local radio station in Chicago promoting the show, she called in and got a chance to talk to them.

It was kind of adorable seeing how excited Lynch was in relating this story, even after all her success. Despite all of her celebrity and fame, she still remembers that sense of excitement from crossing paths with someone famous.

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'Arrested Development' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 10th 2011 1:45PM
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It's been five years since the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning family comedy 'Arrested Development' left the airwaves, and, though we say this with a little grain of salt, it looks like the long-rumored big-screen version of the series is finally a go, maybe even for later this year.

And while we can't wait to see those wacky Bluths back in action, it's not like the cast members have been sitting around twiddling their thumbs since the 'Arrested Development' finale aired on Feb. 10, 2006. In fact, they've been a pretty busy bunch, including many projects in which they've continued to be co-stars ...

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Stewart Helps Ron Howard Through a Coughing Fit on 'Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 14th 2011 5:00AM
Ron Howard on 'The Daily Show'Jon Stewart seems prepared for every eventuality when conducting interviews on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM). As Ron Howard struggled through a conversation with the host due to an oncoming cold, Stewart offered several ideas that made it work funny.

"Do you want to whisper to me, and I'll tell them?" Stewart joked. "If you want to write it down, and I will read it for you." Once Howard could speak without a hoarse voice, Stewart interrupted him with a few throat clearings of his own, just to even things out.

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Top TV Redheads of All Time

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 4th 2010 1:00PM
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Eric Cartman may hate "gingers," but the rest of us know that the redheads in TV land are some of the greatest stars in tube history. In honor of Conan O'Brien's return to late night on Nov. 8 -- yes, spoiler, he made our list -- here are our picks for the top 22 TV redheads of all time:

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Top 5 Celebrity Narrators in Television History

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 18th 2010 2:55PM
Arrested DevelopmentThey're heard, but not seen. TV show narrators have set the scene for viewers for decades, their familiar voices cluing us into what to expect (or how to react) to certain plot developments. And more often than not, these off-screen narrators are well-known celebrities -- making their comments and asides all the more familiar and comforting.

While compiling a list of our five favorite celebrity narrators, only two stipulations were used: First, this list only deals with scripted american programming. Documentaries don't count, nor do any overseas imports. Second, the narrator in question can not have appeared on screen as a regular character on the series (although in some instances, the narrator is a future version of the main character, played by a different actor).

That being said, here are our five ...

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'The Andy Griffith Show' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Pat Gallagher, posted Oct 1st 2010 2:30PM
Andy Griffith Show'The Andy Griffith Show' is one of the most beloved TV sitcoms of all time. Originally televised on CBS from Oct. 3, 1960 to Apr. 1, 1968, the show ended its final season at No. 1 and consistently ranked in the top 10. More recently, the show has taken on a new life in TV Land reruns.

Andy Griffith had already made a name for himself in movies like 'A Face in the Crowd' and 'No Time for Sergeants,' when he agreed to star in his own TV show as the widowed Sheriff Andy Taylor, who didn't have to carry a gun in the small country town of Mayberry, N.C.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 'The Andy Griffith Show,' we thought we'd catch up with the cast members -- arguably the best character actors in the business -- who appeared on the show over the years, and who'll be forever embedded in the minds and memories of millions of Mayberry fans.

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Ron Howard Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 'The Andy Griffith Show'

by PopEater Staff, posted Sep 26th 2010 11:00AM

The 50th anniversary of 'The Andy Griffith Show' is coming next week on Oct. 3, and and to help celebrate, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard opened up about his famous role as Opie Taylor.

The very busy director called PopEater from the editing room where he was doing some work on a new film, 'The Dilemma.' He was delighted to go down memory lane, recalling how he got the role of Opie, his special bond with Andy Griffith and how his experience on the show helped cultivate his desire to become a director. The 56-year-old father of four (and grandfather of one!) began the role at the age of six, ending it barley into his teens at 14.

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Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Series to Be Adapted for Television

by Rich Keller, posted Sep 9th 2010 3:29PM
Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series will be coming to television and film in the very near future.Back in 2007, the late Adam Finley asked TV Squad readers if Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series could become a miniseries. In his article he said it could be done just as long as whoever adapted the story for television didn't screw it up. Well, Adam, your wish may have come true.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television closed a deal earlier this week to transform King's multi-book series into both a movie and television franchise. Under Universal's plan the movie would be released first, followed closely by the first TV season, and then the second movie in the trilogy.

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Four Ways to Make 'Parenthood' Even Better

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 22nd 2010 5:00PM
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The news last week that NBC had renewed 'Parenthood' for a second season was not a big surprise. Yes, the show had a rocky start, considering that it was forced into a midseason premiere because producers had to recast actress Maura Tierney's role while she was battling breast cancer. But since then, it has been well-received and even bested its main competition Tuesdays at 10PM ET, 'The Good Wife,' a few times in the ratings. So there was every reason for NBC to give the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer production a second season. It earned it.

The show has actually been getting better. It's on its way to becoming a hit, and with just a few changes in the season to come, it could succeed. We've narrowed it down to four specifics, our suggestions for how 'Parenthood' could get even better than it is right now. Read our list and then weigh in with your thoughts.

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Imagine's Howard, Grazer Make 'Great Escape' to Reality TV

by Harley W. Lond, posted Apr 19th 2010 11:45PM
More high-profile Hollywood A-listers are jumping on the reality bandwagon. Just last week director Michael Bay announced he was working on a reality series called 'One Way Out,' and now Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are mounting an action-adventure reality show for TNT.

Called 'The Great Escape,' the series will challenge contestants to escape from big-screen-inspired situations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, each week teams of ordinary people will be dropped off, blindfolded, in different extreme environments -- lost in the desert, trapped in the mountains, locked in a prison or marooned on an island -- and they'll have to rely on their everyday skills and experiences to escape and win cash rewards.

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Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. Have a Heart to Heart

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 15th 2010 9:02PM
I've always wondered what it would be like to watch George Bush Sr. and George Bush Jr. have a sit-down. It must the most awkward fly-on-the-wall conversation since King Richard III told Henry Stafford he was going to have to make some "cutbacks."

Now thanks to the people at Funny or Die, now I know. And knowing is half the battle.

The site released some cutting room floor footage from their recent "Presidential Reunion" PSA directed by Ron Howard featuring some funny, improvised dialogue between Dana Carvey and Will Ferrell as the presidential father and son.

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'SNL's' Presidential Reunion Video Hits Funny or Die

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 8:45PM
Nearly 30 years of one of American television's most storied and beloved traditions (i.e. portraying our presidents as moronic simpletons whose inability to tie their own shoes could send the country to Defcon 3) came to a glorious fountain of awesomeness at Funnyordie.com.

The website premiered a new public service announcement on federal finance laws directed by Ron Howard in the form of a very funny "Presidential Reunion" sketch that features the likes of Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Dana Carvey, Dan Aykroyd and even Chevy Chase reviving their classic impressions of former presidents including (respectively) George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Jimmy Carter and (the most hilarious in my opinion) Gerald Ford who come together to help the beleaguered Barack Obama, played by Fred Armisen. Jim Carrey also stepped in the room to play Ronald Reagan probably because Randy Quaid is nuttier than a Payday bar these days.

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FunnyOrDie Video Features 'SNL' Presidents Reunion

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 3rd 2010 5:30PM
Holy 'Saturday Night Live' presidents reunion, Batman!

FunnyOrDie.com is famous for its riotous celebrity videos, but this one featuring current star Fred Armisen and 'SNL' veterans like Will Ferrell, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Darrell Hammond and Maya Rudolph, as well as an over-the-top performance by Jim Carrey, may take the cake.

In a dream, Armisen's Barack Obama is visited by Hammond as President Clinton, Carvey as President Bush Sr., Aykroyd as President Carter, Chase as President Ford, Ferrell as President Bush Jr and Carey as President Reagan.

Catch the video after the jump.

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'Parenthood' preview just for TV Squad

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 1st 2010 4:03PM
After what has been a long time coming, NBC's new version of 'Parenthood' is finally premiering tomorrow night. And if the anticipation wasn't already high, TV Squad received an unexpected, very nice little invitation to tune in from Opie himself. Or Richie Cunningham if you prefer.

Yes, that's right, Ron Howard, the executive producer of 'Parenthood,' did a handful of shout-outs to the media and we were included. Aren't we special?

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