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Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down

Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down
This is either going to be really good or so bad, it’s great. But either way, ABC’s relaunch of Battle of the Network Stars (premiering Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c) is looking like the summer’s must-see — especially since on Tuesday the full list of competitors was released. The celebrities we’re most psyched to see throwing down in events like the kayak relay race and dunk tank:

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‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC

‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC
ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network” stars has set 20 teams of five celebrities each to compete in the upcoming season, the network announced Monday.

Stars from shows such as “Modern Family,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Scandal,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The West Wing,” “Dallas,” “CHiPs,” “Law & Order” and many more will take part in the throwback to the classic series from the 1970’s.

The 10-episode season will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games, like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course, and Dunk Tank. The series will premiere June 29 at 9 p.m.

The hosts for “Battle of the Network Stars” are Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore of Espn; Cassidy Hubbarth and Cari Champion of Espn will be the sideline reporters. Super
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‘Battle Of The Network Stars’: Mischa Barton, Lance Bass, Lou Ferrigno Among 100 Stars To Compete On ABC Revival

ABC has set the competitors for its anticipated revival of Battle of the Network stars. 100 stars from 14 network and cable companies and series, such as Modern Family, Pretty Little Liars, Scandal, among others, will compete with Super Bowl 50 winner DeMarcus Ware and Mma fighter/Olympian Ronda Rousey as team captains. Many of the stars, including Donna Mills, Todd Bridges and Lou Ferrigno, competed in the original series and are returning for the revival. The original…
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Pee-Wee Herman, Bob Saget, Other Stars Pay Tribute to Chuck Barris

Pee-Wee Herman, Bob Saget, Other Stars Pay Tribute to Chuck Barris
Chuck Barris, the host of “The Gong Show,” died Tuesday at age 87.

The amateur talent competition premiered in 1976 with Barris emceeing, a role he performed for four years. Barris was also a prolific producer, and his credits included “The Newlywed Game” and “The Dating Game.”

Comedian Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, appeared multiple times on the show. He tweeted a tribute to Barris late Wednesday morning.

Rip Chuck Barris… a wonderful, happy, funny guyhttps://t.co/FsWdf8gDs0#GongShow #Rip #ChuckBarris #DatingGame #NewlywedGame pic.twitter.com/KkdCG1BqxE

— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) March 22, 2017

Reubens wrote: “Rip Chuck Barris, creator of The Gong Show. I appeared three times in his show The Dating Game, and Fourteen times on The Gong Show, many times in complete disguise. He helped support many artists by having them on The Gong Show. He was a wonderful, happy, funny guy. Rest In Peace, Chuck.”

Wreck-It Ralph” and “Zootopia” director Rich Moore appeared on “The Gong Show
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Not to Sound Condescending, But I’m Really Proud of Todd Bridges

Last night my wife and I were talking about the episode of Growing Pains that featured Dana Plato. It was one where she was pressuring Mike (Kirk Cameron) to “do it” with her. We then looked her up and read about her tragic downfall to eventually drug/suicide death. We also remarked on Gary Coleman’s death. My wife than asked me about Willis and I said, “you mean Todd Bridges?” While I knew that Bridges was alive I hadn’t researched him in quite some time. My only recollection of him is a hilarious cameo he did in That’s My Boy

Not to Sound Condescending, But I’m Really Proud of Todd Bridges
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Alan Thicke's TV Theme Song Legacy: The Man Behind The Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes and More Opening Numbers

Alan Thicke's TV Theme Song Legacy: The Man Behind The Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes and More Opening Numbers
Alan Thicke had quite the career in front of the camera, most recently popping up on This Is Us and Fuller House, but the beloved sitcom dad also had a hand in things behind the camera, namely writing some of TV's most beloved theme songs. In the 1980s, Thicke, who passed away from a heart attack at 69 on Tuesday, Dec. 13, helped create a number of iconic TV theme songs, most notably the opening numbers for The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes. "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes," the theme song for Diff'rent Strokes, the 1980s comedy starring Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, Todd Bridges and Conrad Bain was composed by Thicke, his then-wife Gloria Loring and Al Burton. Thicke sang on the opening...
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Alan Thicke’s Best Television Theme Songs: 11 Unforgettable Tracks

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Alan Thicke’s Best Television Theme Songs: 11 Unforgettable Tracks
Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday at the age of 69, was widely known for his starring role as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. But the actor also had a successful side gig as a composer to some of television’s most memorable theme songs.

Here are 11 of his biggest hits:

Diff’rent Strokes

The NBC sitcom, about a rich white New York businessman who adopts two black boys from Harlem after their mother’s death, made stars out of Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. The show premiered in Nov. 1978 and aired on the peacock network for seven seasons before moving
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Dustin Diamond Publicly Apologizes to His Saved By the Bell Cast Mates: ‘I’m Still Loving You Guys’

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Dustin Diamond Publicly Apologizes to His Saved By the Bell Cast Mates: ‘I’m Still Loving You Guys’
Dustin Diamond is publicly apologizing to his Saved By the Bell cast mates.

Diamond, 39, who played the beloved Samuel “Screech” Powers on the 90s sitcom, is opening up about the destructive habits that made their way into his life after the series ended — and is attempting to make things right with his five fellow cast members.

“Oddly enough, it’s doing interviews like this and getting the word out there. This is my best weapon for repairing the damage that was caused by things that were done by people who took advantage of me and the situation I was in at the time,
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2064: Read Only Memories Release Date, Voice Cast Revealed

Late last year, developer MidBoss announced that they would be bringing their debut effort Read Only Memories to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2016. After months of waiting, the studio finally revealed that their cyberpunk adventure will launch on Sony consoles on August 16.

Newly rechristened as 2064: Read Only Memories, the title transports players to Neo-San Francisco, 2064 A.D. You play as a struggling journalist whose life is interrupted by the arrival of a Rom (Relationship and Organizational Manager) named Turing. Soon enough, the two of you are thrown into a deep mystery that begins as a missing persons case, but develops into something much more complicated.

Back when the title was originally released on PC, there was no voice acting for any of the numerous denizens of Neo-San Francisco. MidBoss was able to make due with enthralling written text and animation. For this pseudo-Director’s Cut edition of Read Only Memories,
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Former Addict Todd Bridges Recalls How Nancy Reagan on 'Diff'rent Strokes' Helped Change His Life

Former Addict Todd Bridges Recalls How Nancy Reagan on 'Diff'rent Strokes' Helped Change His Life
Among the many people touched personally by former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at 94, was actor Todd Bridges. He was 17 and starring as Willis Jackson on the fifth season of ABC's Diff'rent Strokes when the wife of then-President Ronald Reagan appeared on the sitcom — a warm-hearted exploration of class and race — to promote her "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign. In the episode, which first aired on March 19, 1983, Willis' little brother, Arnold (the late Gary Coleman), writes an investigative piece for his school newspaper about drugs having infiltrated his campus. After

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Amy Berg's Hollywood child sex-abuse doc 'An Open Secret' is destined to provoke

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Amy Berg's Hollywood child sex-abuse doc 'An Open Secret' is destined to provoke
If HBO's Scientology documentary "Going Clear" is any indication, the American public is hungry for damning exposés on the Hollywood establishment. Enter "An Open Secret," a new documentary by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg ("Deliver Us from Evil," "West of Memphis") that shines a light on the sexual exploitation of young boys in the entertainment industry. The film features interviews with such former child stars as Corey Feldman and Todd Bridges as well as Michael Egan III, the man who accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer and several other high-ranking Hollywood figures of drugging and raping him when he was a teenager in the late 1990s (Egan's lawsuits were later dropped due to inconsistencies in his story). Coinciding with the trailer's release, the film's producers -- clearly anticipating that Egan's recent conviction for fraud and the withdrawal of his numerous lawsuits could potentially damage the film's credibility -- have released a statement
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Film Review: ‘An Open Secret’

Film Review: ‘An Open Secret’
An Open Secret,” Amy Berg’s nonsensationalist expose of the sexual abuse of young male actors by those with the power to make or break them, recasts an old Hollywood story, substituting boys for starlets and hot tubs for casting couches. Though clearly championing the cause of the ex-child thesps who candidly recount their ordeals, Berg’s crusade advances on eggshells, dodging the potential lawsuits looming at every name named. This caution somewhat fudges the film’s throughline, but if Berg can find a distrib willing to brave the forces that have silenced this open secret for decades, the documentary should find avid auds worldwide.

The film incorporates the testimony of several ex-child performers, interpolating their interviews throughout, sometimes merely as quick corroboration of another’s story and sometimes in great detail, complete with clips from commercials and TV shows in which they appeared. Segments with several parents, expressing their
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Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc ‘Not Likely’ to Get Distribution, Says Director

Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc ‘Not Likely’ to Get Distribution, Says Director
“Thank you for telling this story!” an audience member cried out just before the first — and possibly final — screening of Amy Berg’s Hollywood sex abuse documentary “An Open Secret.”

The film premiered Nov. 14 as part of the Doc NYC festival, playing to a supportive crowd that looked like it filled Manhattan’s 475-seat Sva Theater to around three-quarters full. The controversial film faces significant hurdles in securing a release, a fact that Berg, who attended the screening along with some of the film’s subjects, acknowledged up front.

“We get one screening,” the director (pictured above with Evan Henzi, one of the film’s subjects) told the audience after the credits rolled. “Maybe we’ll get distribution. It’s not very likely.”

The film centers on the rise and demise of Den, an early digital network that’s alleged to have been the center of a Hollywood sex-abuse ring.
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Michael Davis: The Milestone Contract

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As luck would have it I now know why I’m not mentioned as a co-creator of Static, although I created the Static universe from my own life story. I’ve just found the original Static Shock TV deal Milestone did with Warner Bros. and it explains everything.

Here, in its entirety, is the 1993 Milestone television deal for Static:

In the unlikely event that someone here in Hollywood decides it’s a good idea to develop a live action Static show, said show can Only be broadcasted on B.E.T.

The show must air after Sanford & Son but before Good Times. It is to be broadcasted at 2am every Mlk Day, but only during leap year.

The role of Arnold Hawkins Aka Static must go to Gary Coleman and the role of Willis (formally Richie) must go to Todd Bridges. If one of those fine actors is dead or in
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Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith and Todd Bridges Apologize for Insensitive Comments About Robin Williams' Death

Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith and Todd Bridges Apologize for Insensitive Comments About Robin Williams' Death
It seems that after any unexpected death, there are a series of (inevitably) controversial comments—and such is the case following the tragic passing of Robin Williams. Both Fox News anchor Shepard Smith and Diff'rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges have found themselves on the receiving end of criticism after the two expressed a series of insensitive comments surrounding the legendary actor's death. Just hours after it was revealed that the comedian was found dead at his Tiburon, Calif. home (the cause of death has since been determined as asphyxia due to hanging), the former Fox Report host called Williams a "coward" for taking his own life. "One of the children he so loved, one of...
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Robin Williams Was 'Selfish' By Committing Suicide -- Todd Bridges

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Robin Williams' death had been reported for just minutes, when "Diff'rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges bashed Williams for committing suicide ... calling it "a very selfish act." Bridges moaned he's had a hard time too but didn't take what he implies is the easy way out:  "You don't think that my life has been hell and I've had so many ups and downs now. If I did that what am i showing my children that
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Triumph and Jack McBrayer’s new Adult Swim show is going to be dirty

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(Cbr) Warning: This report contains harsh profanity. Widely known for his “Saturday TV Funhouse” skits on "SNL," Robert Smigel brought his most famous creation, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, to Comic-Con International to promote his upcoming live-action series on Adult Swim. Along for the ride were his co-star Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock") and executive producer Michael Koman ("Nathan For You"). McBrayer and Triumph previously teamed up in 2012 for a "Conan" sketch in which they visited Chicago’s famously abusive hot dog stand the Weiners Circle. In the new comedy, created by Smigel, McBrayer will play Jack, the child star of a "Lassie"-like television series who’s brought drawn into a world of decadence by his co-star (Triumph). Now, 15 years later, Jack seemingly has life together, only for Triumph to come back into his life. Before the panel began, the stars and producer sat down with reporters for a brief discussion.
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Flashback: MTV's 'Celebrity Deathmatch' Pits Kid Rock Against Eminem

Flashback: MTV's 'Celebrity Deathmatch' Pits Kid Rock Against Eminem
The supremely bizarre news that Dmx is going to box George Zimmerman ("and in this corner, the man who shot and killed an unarmed teenager. . .") got us thinking about MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch. For those of you that didn't watch MTV in the late '90s and early 2000's, Celebrity Deathmatch was an ultra-violent claymation show where celebrities of the day like Jerry Springer, Fiona Apple, Puff Daddy and Carmen Electra boxed each other, often to the death. It wasn't uncommon for them to reach Mortal Kombat-like ends with celebrities regularly getting skinned alive or disemboweled.
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Todd Bridges Will Star As A Door-To-Door Salesman w/ Big Screen Dreams In 'The Filmmaker'

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Dalmacy Films announced today that Todd Bridges will star in Nick Dalmacy's The Filmmaker, playing a working class, married, father of two with dreams of a career as a filmmaker.Synopsis reads: In the film, Bridges’ Donnie is a top sales performer in his position as a door-to-door cable salesman. His subtle, yet real, determination to become a successful filmmaker drives his motivation to pursue his dream by any and all means necessary. After a series of defeats and unimaginable challenges, Donnie sets his sights high on seeing the project through to completion at the risk of losing it all, including his life.The film is inspired by writer/director Dalmacy's...
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Why We Love Michael J. Fox

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It's been an extraordinary journey watching Michael J. Fox evolve from the fresh-faced youngster of Family Ties to the successful family man of The Michael J. Fox show. Join us as we revisit this multi-decade odyssey, one stop at a time.   Family Ties Fox became a star playing budding Reagan Republican to a pair of ex-hippie parents. Here we see him just after losing his virginity to an older lady. Like a boss.   High School U.S.A. This made-for-television movie is chock-full of famous television actors, but even with such heavy hitters as Todd Bridges and the guy who played Gilligan, it's clear this very young Michael J. Fox has something special going on.   The $25,000 Pyramid From a 1984 appearance on the popular game...

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