Valerie Harper, TV’s Rhoda, has died at 80

U.S. 08/30/19, 18:29

Valerie Harper, who scored guffaws, stole hearts and busted TV taboos as the brash, self-deprecating Rhoda Morgenstern on back-to-back hit sitcoms in the 1970s, has died. Longtime family friend Dan Watt confirmed Harper died Friday, adding the family wasn't immediately releasing any further details. She had been battling cancer for years, ...

Blast from the past comedies, Fawcett bio win in TV ratings

Entertainment 05/29/19, 16:57

Blasts from the past proved irresistible to viewers, who flocked to live versions of a pair of classic sitcoms and a special about a 20th-century TV beauty.ABC's re-creation of episodes of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" was among last week's most-watched programs with 10.4 million viewers, according to ...

‘Big Bang Theory’ exits TV airwaves with emotional episode

Entertainment 05/16/19, 21:25

The Big Bang Theory" is over.CBS aired the sitcom's last two episodes "The Change Constant" then "The Stockholm Syndrome" in an hour-long finale Thursday evening. The comedy about the adventures of a group of lovable misfits left the airwaves with the most episodes for a multi-camera series ever with 279 ...

Falco, Perrette, Chuck Lorre sitcom set for new CBS season

Entertainment 05/15/19, 08:49

The Big Bang Theory" finale has yet to air and CBS is already back in business with its creator.The network said Wednesday that its fall lineup will include a new sitcom from Chuck Lorre that stars Billy Gardell, who co-starred in "Mike & Molly."Other stars joining CBS' 2019-20 schedule include ...

NBC bets on comedy next year, ‘This Is Us” for years to come

Business 05/13/19, 02:11

NBC didn't invoke its "must-see TV" 20th-century marketing slogan in announcing a renewed emphasis on sitcoms next season, but it could have.Calling comedy the "heart" of its brand, the network announced it is adding four new sitcoms to its lineup for 2019-20, with stars including Kenan Thompson of "Saturday Night ...

‘Big Bang Theory’ tops ‘Game of Thrones’ in weekly ratings

Business 05/07/19, 16:47

In the ratings battle between TV titans "The Big Bang Theory" and "Game of Thrones," laughs won out.CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" was last week's most-watched program, with 12.5 million viewers tuning in for the comedy's home stretch. The last episode of its 12-season run will air Thursday, May 16.HBO's ...

New Ukrainian leader’s campaign had pages from sitcom script

World 04/22/19, 11:26

The president-elect of Ukraine does not have a political record that foreign governments and companies can search for clues. For now, a 51-episode TV sitcom might offer the clearest view of what kind of leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy will be.Zelenskiy, a career comedian, foretold his future when he took the starring ...

Comedian headed for landslide victory in Ukraine

Europe 04/21/19, 19:15

A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country's entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Results from 52% of polling stations' tallies showed sitcom star Volodymyr ...

Ukraine election: The president vs. guy who plays one on TV

Europe 04/18/19, 09:34

Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday is a battle between a billionaire tycoon who rode anti-Russian protests to the nation's top office five years ago and a comedian who plays a president in a TV sitcom. Improbably, the actor appears poised to win.Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy's commanding lead in the polls reflects ...

‘Hannah Montana’ costumes, props going up for auction

Entertainment 04/11/19, 07:08

Costumes, props and tour items from the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" TV series are going up for auction.The teen sitcom featured Miley Cyrus, who portrayed schoolgirl Miley Stewart by day and international pop star Hannah Montana by night. It helped launched Cyrus' career and the franchise included albums, films and ...

Netflix cancels ‘One Day at a Time’ reboot after 3 seasons

Entertainment 03/14/19, 19:12

Netflix is canceling "One Day at a Time" after three seasons.In a statement Thursday, the streaming service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, called it "disappointing" that more viewers didn't discover the sitcom.A tweet on a Netflix company account said not enough people watched to justify renewing it, and called the ...

Huffman and Loughlin charges shatter actresses’ clean images

Entertainment 03/12/19, 16:25

As an Emmy winner and Oscar nominee, Felicity Huffman has been known as one of Hollywood's more versatile actresses, as well as one-half of one of its more famous acting couples with husband William H. Macy. While Lori Loughlin's resume might not be as accomplished, her face may be even better ...

Nathaniel Taylor, who played Rollo on ‘Sanford and Son’ dies

Entertainment 03/02/19, 22:44

Nathaniel Taylor, the actor best known as Rollo Lawson, the street-smart best friend of the son on the 1970s sitcom "Sanford and Son," has died. Taylor died Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after a heart attack, his son Kaedi Taylor told The Associated Press Saturday. ...

‘Who’s the Boss?’ and ‘Soap’ actress Katherine Helmond dies

Entertainment 03/01/19, 15:36

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Katherine Helmond, an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress who played two very different matriarchs on the ABC sitcoms “Who’s the Boss?” and “Soap,” has died, her talent agency said Friday. She was 89. Helmond died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease last Saturday at her home in ...

Blackface, other insensitivities ran rampant in ’80s culture

Sports 02/10/19, 11:49

At the time Virginia's future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy "Trading Places."Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as "smart" while describing his black NBA opponents as ...

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