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'The Waltons' Cast Reunites for 40th Anniversary (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 2nd 2011 6:45AM
'The Waltons'Time for 'The Waltons' fans to dust off those overalls: The kids are back! Tonight, all seven 'Waltons' children are expected to turn out for the 40th anniversary of the TV movie that started it all.

Jon Walmsley -- a.k.a. Jason Walton -- told NJ.com that tonight's screening of 'The Homecoming' in Jersey City, New Jersey marks their first complete reunion in 30 years.

Ahead of tonight's screening the cast members appeared on 'Today' and shared their memories of being on the show. Watch them talking to Matt Lauer after the jump. (Elizabeth looks exactly the same!)

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Peggy Rea, 'Waltons' and 'Dukes of Hazzard' Star, Dies at 89

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 11th 2011 11:45AM
Peggy ReaPeggy Rea, an actress who starred in 'The Waltons' and 'Dukes of Hazzard,' died Saturday at the age of 89.

According to The New York Times, Rea died of heart failure in her home in Toluca Lake, Calif.

Rea was a fixture on television in the late 1970s and early 1980s, playing Olivia Walton's cousin Rose on 'The Waltons' and Boss Hoggs' wife Lulu on 'The Dukes of Hazzard.' The actress also appeared on 'All in the Family,' 'The Golden Girls' and 'Step by Step.'

Her last TV role was as Jean Kelly, the feisty mother-in-law to Brett Butler's titular character on the sitcom 'Grace Under Fire.'

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Jon Hamm Gets New Gig with Mercedes

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 3rd 2010 8:29PM
Don't you just love it when life sort of imitates art?

Jon Hamm, who plays the chain smoking Don Draper on TV's 'Mad Men,' has been hired by Mercedes Benz as a pitchman for their car commercials, which will premiere during the Academy Awards.

This means, of course, that Mr. Hamm will replace actor Richard Thomas who has done the voiceover for Mercedes' car commercials for the last four years. Good night Jon-Boy.

The company's marketing VP Stephen Cannon called Hamm "a hot actor." That must have been one awkward audition.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2010 6:00PM
You're A Good Man, Charlie BrownHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I guess this is a good week to find out what type of TV fan you are. Are you going to be Callan or are you going to buy Bridget's Sexiest Beaches?

The only thing I might buy is the remastered edition of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. I can't remember the last time I saw it, but I've been on a Peanuts kick lately. Though it's a lot of singing and dancing (it's based on the classic Broadway musical) and I'm not sure if I can handle that.

  • Bridget's Sexiest Beaches - Season 1
  • Callan - Set 2
  • Dirty Jobs - Collection 5
  • Inspector Lewis - Complete Collection, Series 1 & 2

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2009 6:07PM
GleeHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

So this week we have Glee, which is releasing Volume 1 of their first season before the first season is even over. Most shows don't do this, but FOX feels they can capitalize on the popularity of the show and the popularity of the soundtrack. FlashForward is doing the same thing before the rest of their season launches in January, though I don't think that they will have the same success as Glee.

And to answer your question, no, I'm not sure what Emily of New Moon is either. Here's the IMDb page for it. It has nothing to do with Twilight.

  • Emily of New Moon - Season 2
  • Glee - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Spaceballs - Totally Warped-Up Adventures
  • Time Warp - Season 2
  • The United States of Tara - Season 1
  • The Waltons - Season 1 and 2 set
  • Whale Wars - Season 2

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'The Waltons' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 6th 2009 6:00AM
The WaltonsPresident George H.W. Bush once said, "We are going to keep on trying to ... make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons." The long-running family drama of which he spoke was based on a biographical novel by Earl Hamner Jr.; it launched with a telepic, 'The Homecoming: A Christmas Story,' and aired from 1972 to 1981.

Who knew a show about a family in rural Virginia during the Great Depression would be a bona fide hit? It turned out to be the slice of Americana the country was craving. Find out what John Boy, Olivia, Jim-Bob, Mary Ellen and the others been up to since they bade their TV audience a final goodnight. -- By Kristina Lopez

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Best '70s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 22nd 2009 6:00AM
MASHIn AOL TV's continuing countdown of the best TV shows of each decade, we're back to break down the 1970s, a decade when the cop dramas were less gritty, the families were close-knit and the sitcoms were sprinkled with serious social commentary.

Our list of the best shows of the '70s features many of the best shows of all time (here's looking at you, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'M*A*S*H' and 'Taxi'). Take a gander and let us know if you agree.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2009 6:04PM
Star TrekHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Question: how many freakin' versions of the original Star Trek are there on DVD? It seems like there's a new released every six months. And the funny thing? I bet hardcore Trek fans will buy all of them.

(Note: the Frost/Nixon set is not the Ron Howard movie, it's the original interviews between the two men.)

  • American Dad - Vol. 4
  • Fallen Angel - Compete Miniseries
  • Frost/Nixon - Complete Interviews

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50 Best TV Dramas Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 11th 2009 6:00AM
CSIIt's not easy winnowing more than 50 years of small-screen gems into a list of 50.

But AOL TV's picks of the top TV dramas include the most brilliant doctors and lawyers, the angst-iest teens, sci-fi series that transcend their genre molds, family dramas that both warm and break your heart, terrorist- and mobster-fighting heroes ... and a show that combined the best of family and gangster drama into one unforgettable series.

Click through to see all 50 of the best TV dramas of all time.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 5th 2009 6:01PM
MannixHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I'm really excited about the second season set for Mannix. The first season had Joe Mannix working for a high-tech investigation firm, which was fine, but the second season is when he becomes a private eye and hires Gail Fisher to be his secretary (yes, secretary: this was before women became "executive assistants"). If you like detective shows and have never seen Mannix (I don't think it's on TV much these days), check it out. It also has one of the coolest theme songs in TV history.

  • Battlestar Galactica - Season 4
  • Dexter - Season 1 (Blu-Ray)
  • Doctor Who - The War Machines and Four To Doomsday
  • Duckman - Seasons 3 and 4
  • Frisky Dingo - Season 2
  • Ghost Hunters - Absolute Best
  • Laredo - Best of Season 2, Part 2
  • Mannix - Season 2
  • Tranformers Animated - Season 2
  • Tripping the Rift - Season 3
  • The Tudors - Season 2
  • The Waltons - Season 8

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Did you catch the star power on CSI last night?

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 5th 2008 9:35PM
Grissom CSILast night's episode of CSI, called "Young Man with a Horn," was not only a nostalgic story of old Las Vegas, it was also a chance to feature some wonderful stars from TV's past.

There was Ralph Waite, John-Boy's father from The Waltons; Robert Guillaume, the double Emmy-winning star of Benson; and even the creator of Laugh-In, George Schlatter. And the center of the whodunit was none other than an original Hitchcock blonde, Tippi Hedren, star of The Birds and Marnie.

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Two Star Trek veterans died this month

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2008 7:23PM

Star Trek logoIt's not often that two people are so connected in these TV obituary roundup posts I do every week or so, but these two people are worth mentioning in the same post.

Alexander Courage, who composed the theme song for the original Star Trek series, died on May 15 at age 88. He also did music for episodes of many other series, including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Waltons, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, The Loner, Eight is Enough, Daniel Boone, Riverboat, and many others. He was also an orchestrator on several movies, including L.A. Confidential, The Haunting, The Mummy, First Knight, The Shadow, Rudy, Malice, Hook, Sleeping with the Enemy, The Poseidon Adventure, Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, and a ton of others.

But Courage wasn't the only Star Trek figure to pass away that week...

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 28th 2008 6:00PM

I Spy season oneHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Season 6
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 4
  • Burke's Law - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Cheers - Season 9
  • Dark Shadows - The Beginnings Collection 4
  • Desperate Housewives - Seasons 1-3
  • Grey's Anatomy - Seasons 1-3
  • I Spy - Seasons 1, 2, and 3 (Remastered)
  • Joey - Season 2
  • Lost - Seasons 1-3
  • Roswell - Seasons 1, 2, and 3
  • Sabrina The Teenage Witch - Complete Series (Animated)
  • Scrubs - Seasons 1-6
  • The Waltons - Season 7
  • A Touch of Frost - Season 13
  • The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Vol. 3: Years of Change

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 7th 2008 6:10PM

Super Friends DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow:

  • The All-New Super Friends Hour - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Between the Lions - Season 1
  • Clifford The Big Red Dog - Playtime with Clifford
  • Family Feud - All Star Family Feud with Richard Dawson
  • Gunsmoke - Season 2, Vol. 1
  • Lovejoy - Season 2
  • MI-5 - Vol. 5
  • The Naked Brothers Band - Season 1
  • The Riches - Season 1
  • Two and a Half Men - Season 2
  • The Waltons - Season 6
  • What's New Scooby-Doo? - Season 3

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Walker Edmiston, voice of Ernie the Keebler elf, dead at 81

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 1st 2007 9:30AM

Walker EdmistonYou don't know the name, but you know his work. He was the voice Ernie the Elf in the Keebler commercials and guest starred on...well, just about every single TV show produced since the early 1950s, it seems.

A partial list: The Waltons, Quincy, M.E., Stingray, Flamingo Road, Little House on the Prairie, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Riptide, Falcon Crest, Knot's Landing, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Dallas, Barnaby Jones, Gunsmoke, Columbo, Bonanza, Mannix, Mission: Impossible, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, The Name of the Game, The Wild, Wild West, H.R. Pufnstuf, The Big Valley, Star Trek, Batman, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Maverick, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

He was known for his voice work, and you could hear him in such shows as The Flintstones, Jem, The Smurfs, Spider-Man, and The Transformers. He also kept me up nights as a kid when he did the voice of that damn devil doll in the Trilogy of Terror movie in the 70s.

Edmiston died on February 15 in L.A. of cancer.

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