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Chicago – When is comes to appreciating life, one great practitioner is Anson Williams, better known as the character “Potsie” from the 1970s TV series “Happy Days.” Williams wants to remind everybody to “pay it forward,” as he does in highlighting his unlikely mentor in his new book, “Singing to a Bulldog.”
The focus for Anson Williams is on Willie Turner, a custodian he worked with in a department store. Willie gave the 15-year-old Williams life lessons, as he was navigating the road to being an actor. Even though Turner was illiterate and a drinker, he stuck with and guided Williams, which provided the impetus for the young actor and singer to find his path.
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And that path led to TV stardom in the sitcom “Happy Days,” which premiered in 1974. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Legendary TV producer and writer Glen A. Larson sadly passed away recently aged 77 – Larson was most famous for creating Battlestar Galactica one of the most spectacular and ambitious television programmes ever produced in the 1970s. And with Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Original Series being released on Blu-ray for the first time last month we’re remembering some of the most iconic TV shows of the 1970s.
Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealised view of Us life in the 1960s and was one of the highest-rated Us TV shows in the 1970s. ‘The Fonz’: Early episodes of the Happy Days revolve around Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his friends but high school dropout and ladies man Arthur ‘The Fonz’ Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) proved a favourite with viewers so more story lines were written to reflect this popularity. Fun Facts! Robin Williams appeared in the »
- Phil Wheat
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
David Letterman and Seth Meyers are on repeats this week, but Jimmy Fallon is still keeping the holiday spirit alive. On Tuesday night, he and Reese Witherspoon sang "Random Phrase Carols," where classic holiday song lyrics were replaced by random words. For example, "Jingle Bells" became "Small Old Man." (Now "Small old man, small old man, small old man named Tom..." is in our heads forever.) Reese didn't quite nail her solo song, but then she and Jimmy did a little duet. The whole thing was pretty random, but after hearing the same Christmas carols a thousand times a year it's nice to have new lyrics.
Anyway, Reese was »
- Gina Carbone
All Hail King Julien features a voice cast that includes Danny Jacobs (The Penguins of Madagascar) as King Julien, Henry Winkler (Happy Days) as Julien’s predecessor Uncle King Julien, Andy Richter (Arrested Development) as Mort, Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy) as Maurice and India de Beaufort (One Tree Hill) as Clover. The first five episodes of the series will land on Netflix on December 19th.
- Gary Collinson
She plays Connie, a science-mad schoolgirl who comes to the professor’s rescue when evil businessman Mr Bullimore (Ben Miller) and local councillor Harold Haggerstone (David Mitchell) unite to have Branestawm kicked out of the village for being a dangerous menace.
Madeline (represented by Mark Jermin Management, and a student at The Theatre Workshop in Brighton) is best known for playing Hank Zipzer's sister in the Cbbc comedy written by Henry Winkler and has also appeared in Holby City.
Professor Branestawm is the original mad professor, an absent-minded inventor who is oblivious to the chaos »
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We all know that the best part of the Madagascar films is King Julien, and now he is finally getting the chance to take center stage as his own series hits on Netflix. All Hail King Julien, which apparently takes place before the events of the films, is just centered on life in King Julien’s court, and the wild antics that must take place there.
This one is going to kick off with the first five episodes, with more on the way, and it is going to be a lot of fun.
The Wildest Party Ever Hits the Jungle When the Netflix Original Series
All Hail King Julien Debuts Dec. 19
Head Back to Madagascar for a Non-Stop Party as Julien Takes the Throne, »
- Marc Eastman
Craig Ferguson will be ending his run on CBS’ The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on Dec. 19 (Ferguson’s replacement, James Corden, will begin The Late Late Show With James Corden on March 9). CBS yesterday announced the lineup of guests over the final three weeks of Craig Ferguson’s show. They will include favorites like Tim Meadows, who holds the record for most appearances at 41; Thomas Lennon, who has 30 appearances; Betty White (23) and Henry Winkler (22). Ferguson will end his run on Dec. 19 with a visit from another notable late-night figure, former Tonight Show host … Continue reading →
The post “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” announces guests for final three weeks appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
In a symbolic acknowledgment of cross-network camaraderie, Jay Leno will be the last guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Ferguson will sign off from the show on Friday, Dec. 19. Perennial guests who hold the record the most appearances on the show, Tim Meadows, Thomas Lennon, Betty White, and Henry Winkler, will also guest on the show for one final go-around. Other notable guests will include Mila Kunis, Rashida Jones, Kristen Bell, and Steve Carell. Take a look at the entire gamut of guests announced from CBS's press release: Monday, Dec. 1: Actress Lisa Kudrow; actor Dominic Monaghan Tuesday, »
- Teresa Jue
Jay Leno will help Craig Ferguson say goodbye to “The Late Late Show” Ferguson’s final three weeks of guests have been revealed, including the very final guest: Jay Leno, who will send off Ferguson on Friday, Dec. 19. Also appearing will be Ferguson’s most frequent guests, including Tim Meadows (41 appearances), Thomas Lennon, Betty White and Henry Winkler. Also stopping by are regulars Mila Kunis, Rashida Jones and Jon Hamm. ABC sitcom based on Ali Wentworth’s life with hubby George Stephanopoulos is in the works Wentworth will star in the proposed sitcom, which she’s developing with “Cougar Town’s” Bill Lawrence. HBO sets the return of “Girls” and “Looking,” plus the premiere of “Togetherness” The Duplass brothers comedy, “Girls” and “Looking” will return on Jan. 11. Click Read Full Post For More “Cougar Town” announces its final premiere date via music video The TBS comedy returns on Jan. 6. 2 of »
- Norman Weiss
Craig Ferguson's friends are bidding farewell on The Late Late Show. The final guests for the last three weeks of Ferguson's run as host of CBS' late-night show have been revealed, and they include some of his most frequent guests: Tim Meadows, who holds the record of most appearances at 41, Thomas Lennon (30), Betty White (23) and Henry Winkler (22). Read more Metallica Lands Weeklong 'Late Late Show' Residency New mother Mila Kunis, Rashida Jones, Kristen Bell, Steve Carell, Ariel Tweto, Don Cheadle, Carrie Fisher, Jon Hamm, Lisa Kudrow, Jim Parsons and Michael Sheen are also stopping by
- Philiana Ng
Netflix loves breaking entertainment industry standards, even its own. The streaming video-on-demand service announced it will release the first five episodes of DreamWorks Animation’s (Dwa) All Hail King Julien on December 19, 2014, with additional episodes released in 2015. The staggered release differs from Netflix’s typical practice of producing original programming and debuting it all in one binge-watchable fell swoop. However, Netflix and Dwa have noted animation takes longer to create, so subsequent release dates for new material is simply part of the equation. The two companies previously released Turbo Fast in the same manner. All Hail King Julien will center around the popular lemur from Dwa’s Madagascar franchise, and feature the voice talents of Henry Winkler, Danny Jacobs, Andy Richter, Kevin Michael Richardson, and India de Beaufort. The series will be available to Netflix subscribers in most parts of the world covered by the agreement Dwa and Netflix made »
- Bree Brouwer
Netflix has released a sneak peek of the new Madagascar spinoff series coming to the streaming service.
All Hail King Julien will be formed of 22-minute episodes set before zoo residents Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman arrive in the wild.
The DreamWorks Animation-produced series features Henry Winkler as Julien's predecessor Uncle King Julien and Danny Jacobs as King Julien, along with Andy Richter (Conan, Arrested Development) as Mort and Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy) as Maurice.
All Hail King Julien is the latest original series to debut on the online channel, with DreamWorks set to release a further 10 animated series via Netflix.
Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, added: "We are excited to add a series focused on one of the most beloved characters from Madagascar to our growing line-up from DreamWorks Animation.
"King Julien knows how to throw a great party and we expect families around »
Like most actors, Michael Keaton claims he doesn’t enjoy watching himself in his own movies. But when it comes to his buzzy starring role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release Friday, he can’t stop watching himself — as if in disbelief that it’s really him up there onscreen. “I like this movie so much, I just can’t get enough of it,” he says over a recent lunch at Santa Monica’s Miramar Hotel, the day after he’d seen “Birdman” for the third time, at an Academy screening attended by his old “Batman” sparring partner, Jack Nicholson. “I’m watching this movie and I’m thinking, God, I love this movie. And then I realized: Wait a minute, I’m in this movie!”
Coming from most people, a statement like that would sound like false modesty at best and willful self-delusion at worst, »
- Scott Foundas
Game on! NBC's “Hollywood Game Night” has been renewed for a 10-episode third season with Emmy winner and "Glee" star Jane Lynch returning as host. NBC's President of Alternative and Late Night Programming Paul Telegdy made the announcement earlier this week. On “Hollywood Game Night," notable celebrities help contestants compete in silly games for the chance to win up to $25,000. Among the many starry guests of season 2 were Don Cheadle, Julie Bowen, Allison Janney, Martin Short, Rosie O’Donnell, Olivia Wilde, Christina Applegate, John Legend, Lauren Graham, Henry Winkler, Adam Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Martha Stewart, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Joe Manganiello, Rita Wilson, Cobie Smulders and Ray Romano. “I am so excited to get back to the gaming and to more crazy antics from America’s favorite celebrated persons!," Lynch said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be making more ‘Hollywood Game Night,’” added Telegdy. “Jane is an amazing host and ringmaster. »
- Dave Lewis
Jessie Robertson reports from the 2014 Cincinnati Comic Expo…
The Cincinnati Comic Expo was held at downtown Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center and featured an array of celebrity guests, comic book legends, writers and artists and tons of activities to get involved in. I was there this weekend (with my lovely wife and daughter dressed as Captain America’s Daughter) to take in the sights and sounds of a geek’s utopia.
I attended last year’s Expo and the attendance this year dwarfed last years. People were jam-packed everywhere and you could barely move. Right off the bat, we saw several familiar vehicles parked on the sides (I tried to hitch a ride in the jeep but got sprayed with some foul green slime, so I stopped into the van for a quick snack)
- Jessie Robertson
PBS isn’t always particularly nimble, which makes its speed in throwing together “Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special” something of an occasion. Not surprisingly, the resulting hour is warm and heartfelt, drawing extensively on an interview conducted with Williams as well as recollections about the comedian and actor (shot, appropriately, at the Comedy Store) taped after his death. Coming nearly a month after the outpouring of affection unleashed by Williams’ suicide, it’s a fitting tribute that touches on most of his career highlights, presented under an umbrella that otherwise has generally under-delivered.
Producers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein race pretty quickly through the biographical material, getting to the point where Williams discovered improvisational comedy in college, before earning a spot at Julliard alongside Christopher Reeve. (Their teachers included John Houseman, who pushed them toward the higher calling of theater while, as Williams notes wryly, earning a »
- Brian Lowry
Keaton got his start on "Mister Rogers," though, most of his work was surprisingly behind the scenes. It really wouldn't be until 1982 that the actor would break out in Ron Howard's "Night Shift," and a few years later, his career went into overdrive. After collaborating with Tim Burton on "Beetlejuice" (1988), the director cast him as the legendary Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1989). This fall, he revisits his superhero past in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the acclaim is already rolling in.
2. His father worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, while his mother was a homemaker. »
- Jonny Black
An ultrasound photo featuring a baby giving what appears to be a thumbs up from the womb has gone viral, and the baby has become known as the ‘Fonzie Fetus.’
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The ultrasound photo first gained attention when it was posted by the father, Brandon Hopkins, to his Facebook profile. Hopkins’ brother then shared the funny sonogram on Reddit, where users named the baby ‘Fonzie Fetus’ after the Happy Days character. On Happy Days, the forever-cool Fonzie was known for his signature move, the thumbs up.
“My brother called me and said, ‘Your babies are famous,’” Hopkins told Hln, revealing that mom is actually expecting twins.
The Fonzie Fetus has earned its own legion of fans, inspiring one to create a Twitter account for the famous unborn child.
Living life like Fonzie #fonziefetus
— Fonzie Fetus (@FetusFonzie) September 2, 2014
Henry Winkler, the Fonz himself, re-tweeted a »
The one-hour special will feature Williams’ last full-length television interview, including never-before-seen footage and Williams’ stories from his early days as a stand-up comedian, his desire to be a dramatic actor and his efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas.
It will also feature tributes and interviews with Williams’ friends Henry Winkler, Yakov Smirnoff, Louie Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, Rick Overton, Blake Clark, Pauly Shore and George Schlatter, as well as Penny Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Jimmie Walker and Williams’ “Mork & Mindy” co-stars Pam Dawber and the late Jonathan Winters.
The special is set to air at 9 p.m., Sept. 9 on PBS SoCaL. Other PBS stations’ air dates can be found in local listings.
- Shelli Weinstein
The 80-year-old added that this would have an impact on the late actor's career legacy.
Writing in the Radio Times, Norman said that Williams's talent "could sometimes be spread so thinly".
The columnist also stated that Williams's CV featured a "plenitude" of bad films.
"It's hard to know what to make of Robin Williams," wrote Norman. "Admiration is called for, but also sadness, not just for his tragic death but for an enormous talent which, if not exactly unfulfilled, could sometimes be spread so thinly as to be almost invisible."
On Williams's "bad" movies, Norman added: "Every actor makes bad films occasionally but what was remarkable about Williams was not that he was so good in the good ones but that he was so very bad in the bad ones. »
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