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8 items from 2012

Jack Klugman: An appreciation of the Emmy winner

29 December 2012 4:03 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Jack Klugman, a three-time Emmy winner who also had a respected career in theater, passed away on Christmas Eve at the age of 90. Klugman was best known for his roles in the long-running TV series “The Odd Couple,” “Quincy, M.E.” and "The Defenders." -Insertgroups:12- Born on April 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, his pursuit of acting was interrupted by World War II. After his Army service, he attended Carnegie Mellon on the GI Bill. Moving to New York City, he shared a room with another future star, Charles Bronson. During the 1950s, he appeared in numerous live television productions and touring companies of Broadway hits such as "Mr. Roberts." His first major film role was as Juror #5 in “Twelve Angry Men” (1957). He was nominated for his only Tony Award in 1960 for originating the role of Herbie in the landmark musical “Gypsy” opposite Ethel Merman. He lost that race to Tom Bosley for “Fiorello! »

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Castle Round Table: "Murder He Wrote"

17 October 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Castle and Beckett finally got their romantic vacation in "Murder He Wrote." If you consider the appearance of a dead body in the pool while you're naked to be romantic, that is.

In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, staff writers Carla Day, Chandel Charles, Jim Garner and Christine Orlando are joined by Castle fan Angie from The 12th Fan Forum to try and figure out why Ryan's keeping mum and who was Beckett's best boyfriend... besides Castle, of course.


What was your favorite scene?

Angie: I was blown away by this episode and loved every minute of it. There were so many important and memorable moments, not the least of which was the wonderfully seductive final scene, which was so worth waiting for. But in terms of sheer impact, Ryan's interrogation scene is hard to top. That was so well set up and executed, and Ryan's »

- (Christine Orlando)

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Erin Moran homeless: 'Happy Days' star booted from trailer park - report

27 September 2012 3:50 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Erin Moran, known for playing Joanie Cunningham on "Happy Days," and her husband, Steve Fleischmann, are reportedly homeless after being booted from his mother's trailer park home.

Tabloid site RadarOnline posted what it describes as "haggard" photos of the 51-year-old actress and her outside a Holiday Inn Express in Corydon, Ind., two weeks ago.

As Richie Cunningham's (Ron Howard) perky younger sister in the beloved family sitcom, Moran was once considered America's sweetheart. But after "Happy Days" ended in 1984, her acting career took a nosedive. In 2011 she and three other cast members (and Tom Bosley's widow) sued CBS for unpaid proceeds from the sale of "Happy Days" merchandise.

When the lawsuit was filed, Moran and her husband were reportedly living in his mother's Indiana trailer after the foreclosure of their home in California.

CBS reached a settlement with the actors in July 2012, with each reportedly receiving approximately $60,000 from the network. »


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NYPD Blog – Personal Foul (1.06)

13 August 2012 3:59 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

NYPD Blue, the heir apparent to Hill Street Blues as the thinking man’s cop show, was going strong early in season one.  David Milch and Stephen Bochco had brought to the small screen a procedural that focused on character, but also sought to deliver to audiences the thrills and chills so well regarded in genre fiction .  Round six of our episode-by-episode recap is quite the horrorshow indeed.

Season 1, Episode 6

Personal Foul

Original Air Date: October 26th, 1993

The genres of horror and crime are almost conjoined twins at times, so interlaced in their motives and applications as to be inseparable.  The slasher films of the ‘70s and ‘80s and their progeny are, when you get right down to it, simple murder-mysteries, the less-gory cousins of the crimes Angela Lansbury and Tom Bosley solved on primetime to the delight of your grandparents.  Films like Se7en and Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia »

- Jimmy Callaway

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'Happy Days' Cast Settles With CBS Over Merchandise Suit

6 July 2012 4:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Surely the Fonz is giving the thumbs-up and a hearty "Ayyyy" right now. Cast members of "Happy Days" have settled a lawsuit against CBS over merchandise inspired by the sitcom, which ran from 1974 to 1984. "Happy Days" actors Marion Ross, Don Most, Anson Williams and Erin Moran, along with the estate of Tom Bosley -- who played patriarch Howard Cunningham, and died in Oct. 2010 -- filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in April 2011. Also read: "Happy Days" Cast Gets Smacked Down in CBS Lawsuit The actors claimed that they had »

- Tim Kenneally

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CBS, ‘Happy Days’ Actors Settle Lawsuit Over Merchandising Fees

6 July 2012 3:26 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Update: This afternoon CBS issued the following statement on the settlement with Happy Days actors Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams, Don Most and the widow of Tom Bosley. The case has been settled.  All contractual obligations will be honored, as we had promised from the beginning.  We appreciate the Court’s earlier dismissal of the far-reaching claims, which paved the way for an ordinary settlement based on contractual issues. Previous: Just 11 days before they were to go to trial, CBS and Happy Days’ actors Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams and Don Most, plus the widow of Tom Bosley, have reached at settlement in the actors’ merchandising lawsuit. Sources tell Deadline that the actors will receive between $60,000 and $65,000 each. The actors, who played Mrs. C., Joanie, Potsie and Ralph on Happy Days, sued CBS last year for $10 million. Henry Winkler and Ron Howard, who played the Fonz and Ritchie Cunningham on Happy Days, »


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Happy Days Cast Members' Merchandise Case Heading To Trial

11 June 2012 12:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Cast members from hit sitcom Happy Days are preparing for a court battle in their ongoing fight with TV bosses for a cut of profits from merchandising sales.

Actors Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most and Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley launched a $10 million (£6.3 million) lawsuit against CBS network chiefs last year, accusing them of committing fraud by withholding money from sales of Happy Days-themed memorabilia which features their images.

They were handed cheques ranging from $6,000 (£3,750) to $6,500 (£4,063) as compensation, but the stars vowed to press ahead with their case.

They suffered a setback in October when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge threw out the fraud claim, but the fight continued as a breach of contract case.

Last week (ends08Jun12), a judge ruled the lawsuit could go to trial and set a start date of 17 July - and Most, who portrayed Ralph Malph on the show, is looking forward to his day in court.

During an interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Monday, he admitted he was surprised to learn that his former Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler had signed a different contract from the rest of the cast and secured his own financial future with profits from merchandise featuring his character The Fonz.

He said, "I never received anything for all of that merchandise. (Winkler) had separate deals from the five of us. Henry's been being paid for merchandise all this time. Isn't that funny Henry was paid but we weren't? So there's something not right about that."

Another Happy Days star, actor-turned-director Ron Howard, is not part of the legal action. »

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‘Happy Days’ & CBS Merchandise Trial Set For July 17

5 June 2012 6:48 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Happy DaysMrs. C., Joanie, Potsie and Ralph will get their day in court July 17. Judge Elizabeth Allen White today denied a motion from CBS to dismiss a merchandise lawsuit from the actors from the iconic 1970s show. Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams and Don Most, plus the widow of Tom Bosley, say the series’ distributor owes them money and have sued for $10 million. Henry Winkler and Ron Howard, who played the Fonz and Ritchie Cunningham on the series, are not a part of the suit. After starting off being about slot machines and fraud, the core of the case has become payments from DVD sales. Today, White ruled that she wouldn’t grant CBS’ request for summary judgment because the “defendants have not met their initial burden of showing that plaintiffs are not entitled to merchandising royalties for the use of their likeness on DVD sets sold to consumers. »


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