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Andy Kaufman alive? Or Andy Kaufman hoax? New York City-born comedian Andy Kaufman, little known outside the United States but well-remembered in the U.S. by those who watched the late ’70s / early ’80s television series Taxi, is alive, married, and has a (previously unknown) grown daughter who goes by the name of McCoy. Well, if — and that’s a big if (or perhaps a small one, considering people’s willful gullibility and/or downright stupidity) — you believe the story reported in numerous outlets in the last couple of days: Andy Kaufman may have faked his own death of lung cancer at age 35 in 1984 so he could escape the limelight. (Photo: Andy Kaufman) At the New York-based Andy Kaufman Awards last Monday night, November 11, 2013, a woman claiming to be Kaufman’s daughter — calling herself "McCoy" (reportedly the name Kaufman used when checking himself into hospitals) — appeared on stage with Michael Kaufman, »
- Andre Soares
You’ve heard the hoax about Andy Kaufman, but how much do you really know about the comedian and actor?
Andy Kaufman reportedly died in 1984, but on Nov. 11, his brother and alleged daughter came forward to explain that he was actually alive and well – and was a “stay at home dad.” So, we’re left puzzled about the hoax. The comedian, who had joked about faking his death throughout his career, just wanted a life outside of the limelight, both his brother and “daughter” claimed. See the shocking video of the daughter, and find out five must-know facts about the Taxi star.
Andy Kaufman: 5 Things To Know About The Comedian
1. If Andy did die, it was at a hospital in West Hollywood, Cali. on May 16, 1984, at the age of 35. His cause of death was listed as kidney failure after a rare case of lung cancer. He was buried in Elmont, »
- Emily Longeretta
Seven-time Emmy Award winner Betty White will host “TV’s Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special,” a star-studded salute to the top laugh-out loud scenes from the greatest television shows of yesterday and today. The special airs Sunday, Sept. 1 (9-11 p.m. Et) on NBC. Popular stars featured in the clips will share revealing, behind-the-scenes commentary about what led to each classic moment. Special guests interviewed will include Bill Cosby, Zooey Deschanel, Tracy Morgan, Shelley Long, Jane Kaczmarek and Marilu Henner. As previously announced, the all-star list of performers featured in TV’s funniest moments include Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Matthew Perry, Betty White, Lucille Ball, Neil Patrick Harris, Ted Danson, Michael »
- April Neale
On TV this Monday: The Glades has a future-focused finale, Mistresses slip into something a little more comfortable, Longmire wraps another season and Game of Thrones scribes spill in The Writers’ Room. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8:30 pm Xiaolin Chronicles (Disney Xd) | Series premiere: This animated spin-off of Xiaolin Showdown starts off with monk Omi growing jealous of his new protégé Ping Pong, a rift complicated by the arrival of a beautiful new candidate.
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9 pm The Glades (A&E) | Season finale: Jim gets »
- Kimberly Roots
Zap2it: What's your thought about "Unforgettable" now lightening things up, especially with the show's consultants still including frequent comedy star Marilu Henner, who shares the gift of heightened recall with your character?
Poppy Montgomery: I think that with the lighter tone, it's more the real Marilu Henner direction. She is very proactive and positive and embracing of this gift. She loves it. It's not the more tortured side of it.
It's such a new discovery, I don't think it's understood entirely, the "why" or "where" it comes from. There are a lot of theories but nothing solid, so much of it is just using your imagination. It's closely linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is an interesting thing, I think.
Zap2it: Before "Unforgettable," you had a long run on "Without a Trace." Are you still in touch with your co-stars from that show?
Poppy Montgomery: I'm still so close to that cast, »
Poppy Montgomery's show, "Unforgettable," returned for its second season this week on CBS. On "Late Night," she told Jimmy Fallon about a mean trick that fans of the show love to play on her. It all has to do with her character having hyperthymesia, or "highly superior autobiographical memory." That means, quite simply, that she recalls exactly everything that she's ever experienced in her life to the smallest detail.
Montgomery, on the other hand, does not have this kind of powerful memory. "Some people will come up to me in the street and be like, ‘Remember me? You remember me? We met! You remember me!’ and I’m like, standing there thinking, ‘Oh my God,'" she said. "I’m thinking I know them, and I’ve forgotten them, so I’m like, ‘No, yes! I remember you!’ And I’m smiling, and they’re like, ‘Just kidding! ‘Unforgettable, »
- Jason Hughes
We had more Longworths than we knew what to do with tonight on The Glades, as Jim’s mom Joan joined the boys in Florida while Jim was investigating the death of the first professional female Jai Alai player on "Fast Ball."
Going into this episode, the most I knew about Jai Alai was that Miami Vice showed it being played during the opening credits. However, after the hour and a trip through Google and Wikipedia, I’m much more versed.
Allow me to commend The Glades for incorporating something that is distinctly Florida into the installment. I’m willing to be there were plenty of fans in that state who were thrilled to see the sport featured.
As for the murder, both my wife and I picked out the killer once they showed all three suspects. They still did a good job of making me second guess myself, but »
- email@example.com (Jim Garner)
Poppy Montgomery is grateful that enough people didn't forget her latest series.
When CBS' 2011-12 schedule was announced, one of the big surprises was that "Unforgettable" wasn't on it. In its freshman season, the mystery series about a New York police detective with heightened recall averaged more than 12 million viewers per week ... an audience most shows don't come close to drawing these days. Two years later, though, "Unforgettable" lives again: It returns to CBS with new episodes Sunday, July 28.
Soon after the CBS cancellation, Lifetime and TNT were mentioned as networks "Unforgettable" might be shopped to. In the end, though, CBS made the very rare decision to retract the pink slip and continue the show.
"Nothing surprises me anymore," star Poppy Montgomery tells Zap2it with a laugh about resuming the central role of Carrie Wells. "Television has become extraordinarily competitive, so when shows get canceled, I almost understand. There's »
On TV this Monday: Defiance‘s season-ender comes down to a vote, Warehouse 13‘s doors shut for a penultimate time, Top Gear serves up surf and turf and Switched at Birth asks, “What if…?” As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | Repeat to Revisit: “Hope she says yes.” Re-live the past season’s other huge moment: the epic end to Barney’s Robin play.
8:30 pm Top Gear »
- Kimberly Roots
Taxi, “Like Father, Like Daughter”
Directed by James Burrows
Aired September 12th, 1978 on ABC
Comedy pilots are hard. Even the best sitcoms often take a while to find their voice, hitting their strides halfway through season one or even in season two. The cast needs to gel, the writers and actors need to find the right levels for each character, and the series as a whole needs to establish its tone. Given a talented and motivated showrunner, writing staff, director, and cast, each of these will come, with time, but it is extremely rare for all three to come together immediately, in the pilot. As a rule, frankly, comedy pilots are bad. One exception to this rule is Taxi and its pilot, “Like Father, Like Daughter”.
The premise of Taxi is a straightforward one- it’s a workplace comedy »
- Kate Kulzick
Or will it…? [Cue spooky X-Files theme]
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Thing is, as the series opens, Dolan is returning from leave after going off the deep end while investigating… his wife Rebekah’s disappearance. :-O
Now back on the job, Dolan »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Donald Trump launched his 13th season of "The Apprentice" on NBC in 2013 with another celebrity version -- but this one was an all-star season. Which former contestant came out on top this time around?
Penn Jillette came in second, after previously finishing seventh during the fifth season of the show. He ended up raising over $700,000 for Opportunity Village, a charity that serves people in southern Nevada who have developmental disabilities.
The final task, the first part of which aired a week ago, was to create a new flavor of ice cream for Walgreens, along with making a promotional video and raising money for a launch event. In the end, Jillette said he was no match for Adkins' super-human fundraising abilities. »
After a two-hour extravaganza (Tim Tebow! Magic tricks! Songs!) and the revelation that both Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette can launch semi-successful ice cream flavors and socials, it was time for one last firing and for one of the finalists to emerge victorious in this b-a-n-a-n-a-s season. Spoiler alert: Don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice season finale. My recap will be up at 2 a.m. Update: Here it is!
- Adam Carlson
The final two contestants faced off live May 19, but only one heard Donald Trump’s heinous catchphrase, ‘You’re fired!’
Well, kids, it’s all come down to this: After 11 weeks and countless casualties, The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice crowned a new winner May 19 during a live, two-hour presentation. And you could cut the tension between finalists Penn Jillette and Trace Adkins with a knife!
That said, there were a few friendly moments between the competitors — like when Penn played back-up guitar during Trace’s performance of his song “Love Will!” (Am I the only one who didn’t know Penn could shred like that?)
Then it was right back to the table for more intensity!
But the finale was about more than just looking to the future; it was also about embracing the entire wacky season that was. Every fired contestant returned for the live special — and thank »
- Andy Swift
Celebrity Apprentice 2013 eliminated Lisa Rinna & Lil Jon in episode 11 tonight. The show ,kicked off with Trump, immediately firing celebrities ,Lisa Rinna and Lil Jon, after all the 4 remaining celebs were called back into the boardroom to plead their final cases to Trump, which left Penn Jillette and Trace Adkins as the final two for the 2013 edition. From there, they were given their final task ,which was to create a new flavor of Walgreens Delish brand premium ice cream, produce a promotional video, and raise money for a launch event ,featuring the new flavors. Six previously fired celebs were brought back to help Penn and Trace pull off the final task. The previously fired celebs that were brought back were: Lisa Rinna and Lil Jon, Marilu Henner, Latoya Jackson, Dennis Rodman ,and crazy Gary Busey. Lisa Rinna, Dennis Rodman, and Latoya Jackson were assigned to work with Jillette, while Marilu Henner, »
Plus, six former contestants return to ‘assist’ in the final challenge before next week’s finale!
With only one episode left to go until the season finale, Donald Trump began the May 12 episode of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice by going on a firing spree. Now, the stage is set for the final two contestants to do battle in the boardroom during next week’s live finale!
Two Contestants Fired
Let’s not beat around the bush: In a surprising turn of events, Lisa Rinna and Lil Jon both received pink slips from the Donald after all four remaining finalists were called back into the boardroom to defend themselves one last time. But that wasn’t the only surprise in store for us this week…
Old Faces Return To ‘Help’
- Andy Swift
It was double trouble for the final four on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice tonight as two celebs were fired. But they didn’t even get to take part in the usual phony job interview. Instead they were summoned back to the Boardroom to be disposed of by Donald Trump without taking part in any sort of task. My full recap will be up at 2 a.m. (Update: Click to read Dalton’s full Celebrity Apprentice recap), but to find out, or sound off on, who was fired and who’s left in the final two, read on for more. [Spoiler Alert: Keep reading only if you have already watched Sunday’s episode of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.]
- Dalton Ross
You better not cross Marilu Henner. Because that woman remembers Everything! No, seriously, she does. The former Taxi star possesses some sort of super memory power worthy of X-Men mutant status. So we put her special powers to the test when she dropped by the InsideTV Podcast studio to tell us about her All-Star Celebrity Apprentice experience.
Why was Marilu assaulting people at Universal Studios by yelling out what day of the week they were born on? What’s this about Celebrity Apprentice pimp daddy Farouk Shami trying to fly her down to Houston? What are some things we didn »
- Dalton Ross
After my complaints last week, Two and a Half Men went ahead and proved me wrong on the Season 10 finale, cranking out a terrific episode.
It had everything: Walden finally acted like a mature individual, Alan acted like a responsible father and even Berta grew emotional. That’s a very unusual sight.
"Cows, Prepare to Be Tipped" made the viewers painfully aware of one thing as well: we are all going to miss Jake. Like I have said countless times, the show is so much better with him around; it's just a shame that his character has been reduced to a recurring role in the fall.
However, before departing for Japan, Jake gave the audience a lot of gems, from his misunderstanding of sushi to his fear of Godzilla. Check them out now in our Two and a Half Men quotes section.
Elsewhere, Walden finally dated a woman who was »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (TV Fanatic Staff)
Turns out Walden may not be the billionaire playboy he once was. On the season finale of "Two and a Half Men," he was dating Stacey, a 22-year-old party girl played by Hilary Duff. But she was so vapid that he found himself inexplicably drawn to her grandmother one night when he brought the drunk girl home.
Her grandmother, played by Marilu Henner, was beautiful as well as intelligent and accomplished. Walden was blown away by her photography and the experiences she's had -- and the great marijuana she has. She tried to encourage Walden to get out and see the world, but all he wanted to see was the inside of her bedroom
When her granddaughter inevitably caught the two of them together, she wasn't bothered at all. She was glad her grandma was with an "older" guy. Sure, there was nothing groundbreaking about anything that happened in the episode, »
- Jason Hughes
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