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'The Playboy Club' Finds a Home in Salt Lake City, Joe Manganiello Books 'White Collar' Role & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 29th 2011 11:00AM
The Playboy ClubSalt Lake City-area viewers, you'll get to see NBC's 'The Playboy Club' after all. Just not on NBC.

According to TV Guide, the fall series will air on KMYU, the Salt Lake City affiliate of MyNetworkTV. The new crime drama is set in the 1960s at a Playboy Club in Chicago.

"We respect the position of KSL and are pleased that KMYU can provide a home for 'The Playboy Club,'" Steve Carlston, vice president and general manager of KMYU, said. "This highly anticipated crime drama will now have the opportunity to be seen by the viewers throughout (the Salt Lake City market)."

NBC affiliate KSL refused to air 'The Playboy Club' over issues it has with the Playboy brand.

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Casting News: Valerie Harper Heading to 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Hawaii Five-0' Adding Series Regular and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 1st 2010 4:20PM
Valerie Harper'Desperate Housewives' is introducing Susan's (Teri Hatcher) boozy Aunt Claire, played by none other than Valerie Harper.

According to TV Guide, the 'Rhoda' star will appear in early 2011 when Lesley Ann Warren returns as Sophie, Susan's mom. Bob Newhart, who plays Sophie's husband, will not appear this time around.

In other casting news ...

Reiko Aylesworth has been tapped to play Daniel Dae Kim's love interest on 'Hawaii Five-0.' The role of Chin Ho's ex-fiancee could become recurring. Fans will recognize Aylesworth from 'The Good Wife,' '24' and of course 'Lost.' [Movieline]

• Newcomer Kody Batchelor has landed a possible recurring role on 'Glee.' Batchelor will play a new McKinley High football player and appear in the Super Bowl episode. [Movieline]

'Hawaii Five-0' is on the hunt for a new series regular. The show is casting a former CIA buddy of McGarrett. Think late 20s, early 30s Asia expert. [TV Guide]

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Valerie Harper Channels Tallulah Bankhead on 'Good Morning America' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 11th 2010 2:30PM
Robin Roberts puts Valerie Harper on the spot and asks her to loop a line of dialogue from 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC).

Harper is currently starring as actress Tallulah Bankhead on Broadway in 'Looped,' a production based on an incident where Bankhead took eight hours to re-record a single line of dialogue for her last movie 'Die! Die! My Darling!'

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Mary Tyler Moore and the Teddy Awards

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 5th 2009 8:04PM
One of my favorite episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show is "Put On a Happy Face" from season three. It's the one where Mary is nominated for a Teddy Award, but everything in her life suddenly starts going wrong. It starts with a "hair bump," then moves on to a sprained foot, a nasty cold, a dress that comes back from the cleaners with a horrible purple spot on it, a broken hairdryer, and Ted as a date for the awards ceremony.

So Mary ends up going to the event with a dress borrowed from Rhoda that looks like something a grandmother (back then) might wear. It starts raining so the slipper she's wearing on her sore foot gets soggy, and then her false eyelash comes off just as they announce her name as the winner. Seriously, Mary still looks pretty fantastic even when her life goes to heck.

There aren't many shows that can make you laugh out loud even when you're watching them by yourself. The Mary Tyler Moore Show is definitely one of a kind. Here's the episode, straight from our sister site, SlashControl.

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show - One of the best in TV history

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 8th 2009 6:12PM
As Bob mentioned in his DVD post this week, The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Fifth Season was released in a 3-disc set on Tuesday. I have fond memories of watching this show as a kid, and the clips after the jump confirm once again that it featured one of the best casts in TV history.

Not only was each actor perfect for their role, but their timing and delivery of lines was second to none. I also love all of the 1970s-era props, clothes and decor, because of course, the show was made in the 1970s.

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Swingtown: Swingus Interruptus

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 2nd 2008 1:03AM
Roger train station(S01E09) Okay, we're really into swinging tonight. Everybody seems to get into the action, including the kids. Frankly, the summer of '76 is making everyone in Swingtown hot and horny and just a touch too adventurous. It makes for interesting viewing, but I'm not sure how realistic all this is supposed to be. What is the difference between swinging and cheating?

Brad and Sylvia are back. It's yet another dinner party at the Deckers! The writers really have to find other ways to get these people together. Anyway, after Bruce's admission of his overt flirtation with Melinda -- a couple of kisses and a trip to her apartment -- the Millers accept an invitation to the Pendulum Club. That's an erotic cabaret according to Trina, and yes, the Deckers decide to go along at Susan's behest.

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No Emmy nomination for Rebecca Romijn and here's why

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 27th 2008 9:44AM
Rebecca Romijn - UBThe Emmy nominations won't be announced until July 17, but we can tell you right now without a doubt that Ugly Betty's Rebecca Romijn will not be among the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy category at the Emmys. No, we're not psychic. It's just that her spokesman has confirmed that her name was never actually submitted. DOH! And why was that, you wonder. No good reason, said her rep, "It was an oversight."

According to L.A. Times' Tom O'Neil, this isn't really that far-fetched an occurrence. Tim Allen, at the height of his Home Improvement success, missed a chance for an Emmy nomination when somebody fumbled the ball. The next year, his paperwork was hand-delivered, accompanied by the University of Southern California marching band.

Romijn's omission -- on the surface -- looks like a mistake. Yes, it's true that her status on the show is going from series regular to recurring, but I don't believe she purposely kept her name out of the running to in some way act out in protest against the show. It makes no sense? How is she hurting Ugly Betty by not getting an Emmy nomination? No, this was a screw up, nothing more.

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Oprah brings the Mary Tyler Moore Show cast together on Monday

by Bob Sassone, posted May 16th 2008 3:00PM

Mary Tyler MooreHave you ever wondered if Mary Tyler Moore can still turn the world on with her smile? You'll be able to find out this Monday on Oprah.

The daytime talk show host will host a reunion of the show. Not only will she get all of the surviving cast members together (Moore, Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Cloris Leachman, and Georgia Engel), they will also have duplicates of the WJM set and the set for Mary's apartment on the stage (the link above includes a preview of the show - no idea why Oprah is crying).

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David Groh dead at 68

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 14th 2008 2:43PM

David Groh, Valerie HarperActor David Groh is probably best known for his role as Rhoda's husband Joe Gerard on Rhoda. He was also a regular on General Hospital and guest starred on several shows, including Police Story, Law and Order, Girlfriends, The X-Files, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, JAG, Baywatch, Melrose Place, Sisters, Murder, She Wrote, Spenser: For Hire, L.A. Law, Kate & Allie, Hunter, Simon & Simon, and many other shows. He was also a veteran stage actor, appearing in Chapter Two, as well as movies like Two Minute Warning, Crazylove, and Get Shorty.

Groh died of kidney cancer in Los Angeles at age 68.

His wedding to Rhoda was a major TV event back in the 70s. Of course, with ratings slipping, they had to go ahead and divorce the couple in the third season of the show. That left a bad taste with viewers, I think.

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SAG Awards to feature Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 27th 2007 9:35AM

Mary Tyler Moore ShowA classic sitcom with have a reunion of sorts when cast members of The Mary Tyler Moore Show gather at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards this Sunday night.

Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, and Georgia Engel will give out the Best Ensemble In A Comedy Series award. Ted Knight died in 1986. Chuckles the Clown died in 1975.

The show airs on TNT at 8pm. Julie Andrews will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the show, and Dick Van Dyke will be a presenter as well.

[via TV Tattle]

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ABC Family to air The Hogan Family

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 1st 2006 6:57PM

hogan familyNow if they would just bring back Silver Spoons and It's Your Move we could complete the Jason Bateman 80s TV Trinity. For now, however, we'll have to settle with the fact that ABC Family plans to air reruns of The Hogan Family, the series that was originally called Valerie and Valerie's Family before Valerie Harper left the show and was replaced by Sandy Duncan. In fact, don't expect to see Valerie Harper at all, as the network only plans to show episodes from the third season on. The show will return on April 3.

Update: The Valerie Harper seasons will air after all, but not until after the first rotation.

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