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!)
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.'
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
It'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...
Here 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
Here 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
You 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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