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By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
If there’s one type of TV character that can appeal to younger and older viewers, it’s the TV teen.
For younger audience members, TV teens are figures to whom to relate and admire. Older audience members, on the other hand, use these characters to relive the innocence and optimism of youth that somehow gets sanded down over time.
TV teens are tricky to pull off, as they can become just as obnoxious as real teens occasionally are. But if portrayed with a relatable honesty and vulnerability, they can evolve into some of the best TV characters ever.
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- Rachel Bennett
Happy Days writer and producer Bob Brunner has died at the age of 78. A frequent collaborator with director Gary Marshall, Brunner was best known for his work on the 1970s sitcom which starred Henry Winkler and Ron Howard, as well as actors Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and Anson Williams. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brunner died from a heart attack in his Northridge, California home on October 28. Brunner produced thirty-seven episodes of Happy Days, fifteen of which he wrote. He is credited with inventing the nickname for Winkler's 'Fonzie' character, as well as (more) »
- By Zeba Blay
Cast members from the 1970s sitcom Happy Days have settled their ongoing legal battle with CBS bosses over merchandising profits. Actors Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and Anson Williams launched a $$10 million (£6.5 million) suit against CBS last year, claiming that the company had withheld money from sales of Happy Days merchandise bearing their images. CNN reports that the actors and the network have settled the case out of court, with the cast due to receive an undisclosed amount of money in damages. The actors' attorney (more) »
- By Zeba Blay
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
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, »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
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."
Happy Days’ Mrs. 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. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Summer Theater Programs Are an Alternative to Summer StockActors and directors flock to summer theater programs and camps, such as Stagedoor Manor and Idyllwild Arts Summer Program.Veteran Actors Recall the Joys and Challenges of Summer TheaterActors Conrad John Schuck, Lee Roy Reams, and Don Most discuss their summer stock experiences.Summer Repertory ProgramsThe following is a nationwide listing of theaters and their summer repertory programs. »
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8 items from 2012
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