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2013 celebrity deaths: Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini

31 December 2013 11:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The year now ending marks another 12-month period of losing talents who have given television viewers entertainment or information ... and some of those passings, even more sadly, came as major and untimely shocks. Zap2it remembers:

Paul Walker: The actor best-known for the "Fast & Furious" movies had career roots in such TV shows as "Who's the Boss?" "Highway to Heaven" and "Touched by an Angel."

James Gandolfini: He projected so much older as mobster Tony Soprano, many were surprised to learn the three-time Emmy winner only was in his 30s and 40s when he played the part.

Cory Monteith: As Finn Hudson on "Glee," the Canadian-born performer touched fans of all ages both in life and afterward.

Jean Stapleton: Forever TV's top "dingbat," the "All in the Family" actress earned three Emmys as lovably daffy Edith Bunker.

Jonathan Winters: The improvisation genius who inspired his »


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In Memoriam: How the Emmys Tributes Went

22 September 2013 7:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Special tributes during the Primetime Emmys to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg, each of whom passed away in the past year, came as leadouts to commercials, beginning nearly 30 minutes into the ceremony.

Jane Lynch presented the tribute to “Glee” co-star Monteith.

“I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality we loved him for, was no act,” Lynch said, adding that his death was a reminder of the “painful” effects of addiction.

“For a generation that loved Cory so, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” Lynch said.

Edie Falco, co-star of Gandolfini on “The Sopranos,” grew emotional during her concluding tribute.

“His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that a lot of people had trouble believing that’s not really who he was,” Falco said. “Jim was quite different. »

- Jon Weisman

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15 August 2013 5:59 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gregory Peck from ‘Duel in the Sun’ to ‘How the West Was Won’: TCM schedule (Pt) on August 15 (photo: Gregory Peck in ‘Duel in the Sun’) See previous post: “Gregory Peck Movies: Memorable Miscasting Tonight on Turner Classic Movies.” 3:00 Am Days Of Glory (1944). Director: Jacques Tourneur. Cast: Gregory Peck, Lowell Gilmore, Maria Palmer. Bw-86 mins. 4:30 Am Pork Chop Hill (1959). Director: Lewis Milestone. Cast: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn. Bw-98 mins. Letterbox Format. 6:15 Am The Valley Of Decision (1945). Director: Tay Garnett. Cast: Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp. Bw-119 mins. 8:15 Am Spellbound (1945). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming, Bill Goodwin, Norman Lloyd, Steve Geray, John Emery, Donald Curtis, Art Baker, Wallace Ford, Regis Toomey, Paul Harvey, Jean Acker, Irving Bacon, Jacqueline deWit, Edward Fielding, Matt Moore, Addison Richards, Erskine Sanford, Constance Purdy. Bw-111 mins. 10:15 Am Designing Woman (1957). Director: Vincente Minnelli. »

- Andre Soares

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Family Tools

13 July 2013 12:40 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: ABC

Episodes: 10 (half-hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: May 1, 2013 -- July 10, 2013

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Kyle Bornheimer, J.K. Simmons, Edi Gathegi, Danielle Nicolet, Leah Remini, and Johnny Pemberton.

TV show description:

This sitcom follows Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer), a man who's had an incredibly streak of bad luck -- from enlisting in the Army to flunking out of seminary, three times. When he returns home, his father Tony (J.K. Simmons) suffers a heart attack and Jack must take over his dad's beloved handyman business.

Jack is eager to finally step up and make his father proud but his past career efforts have been less than stellar. Asa result, everyone seems to be waiting for him to fail. His new job isn't made any easier by Tony's rebellious, troublemaking assistant, Darren Poynton »


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'Family Tools' series premiere: Will you keep watching ABC's newest comedy?

1 May 2013 7:54 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Family Tools" -- the new comedy based on UK series "White Van Man" -- premiered Wednesday (May 1) on ABC and we're wondering if you're planning to commit to this home improvement project or if you think the whole thing ought to be condemned?

What did you think of Kyle Bornheimer's ("Perfect Couples") performance as Jack Shea, a goofball ready to prove to his dad Tony (J.K. Simmons, "The Closer") that he has what it takes to step up and take over the family business?

How did you feel about Leah Remini's return to network comedy after "King of Queens" came to an end in 2007, playing Terry, Jack's aunt and Tony's sister -- forcing Jack to relinquish the control of the business by refusing to let the paramedics in to the house to provide aid to Tony during a heart attack?

And what were your thoughts on Edi Gathegi »


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Family Tools Review

1 May 2013 7:45 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

There’s a five or six year span somewhere around the late ’80s to early ’90s that has become known as a true Golden Age of sitcoms, and if the last two or three years can be said to have one absolute trend, it’s trying to update and recapture the formula that made those shows into the ratings behemoths they were. Not only are there interesting markers of public appeal like the fact that these Golden Age shows are becoming the staples of Nick-at-Nite and TV Land, but the surprisingly popular original programming on TV Land is clearly leading the way when it comes to this revival.

The bigger networks are adding their own efforts that, though decidedly updated in one way or another, aim to explore the possibilities still open by way of the general sensibilities and frameworks that worked so well for shows of the past. »

- Marc Eastman

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Jack Shea dies: 'Jeffersons,' 'Designing Women' director was 84

30 April 2013 7:49 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Jack Shea, a director who was president of the Directors Guild of America at one time, has passed away at the age of 84. A family spokesman says it was due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Shea's biggest credits included over 100 episodes of "The Jeffersons" and nearly as many episodes of "Silver Spoons." He also directed episodes of "Designing Women," "Growing Pains" and "Sanford and Son," plus several Bob Hope Christmas specials from U.S. military posts around the world.

Shea was elected as president of the Directors Guild of America in 1997 and was known for advocating diversity in hiring and local production during his tenure.

The director was nominated for two directing Emmys. One for "The Bob Hope Show" and one for "Designing Women," the episode that gave us this gem of a scene (video below).

Shea is survived by wife Patt, daughter Shawn and sons Bill, Michael and John Francis III, »


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TV Director Jack Shea, 3-Time DGA President, Dies at 84

29 April 2013 3:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jack Shea, who directed episodes of TV's "The Jeffersons," "Silver Spoons" and "Sanford and Son," died Sunday at his Tarzana home. Shea, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's, was 84. In addition to the sitcoms, Shea directed 10 editions of Bob Hope Christmas specials and earned two Emmy nominations. But he'll be remembered just as much for his work with the Directors Guild of America, according to the guild president, Taylor Hackford. "He occupied a truly unique position in the history of the modern DGA," he said Monday. "As the West Coast president »

- Todd Cunningham

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Jack Shea, Legendary TV Director and Former DGA President, Dies at 84

29 April 2013 1:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jack Shea, a TV comedy director for more than four decades who directed 10 Bob Hope overseas Christmas specials and multiple episodes of such sitcoms as The Jeffersons, Silver Spoons and Sanford and Son, has died. He was 84. Shea died Sunday of complications from Alzheimer’s in Tarzana, his wife of 59 years, television screenwriter Patt Shea, said Monday. Jack Shea served three terms as DGA president from 1997-2002 and was a member of the guild for more than a half-century. He was the recipient of the prestigious Robert Aldridge Award in 1992, which honors extraordinary service to

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- Mike Barnes

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Jack Shea, ex-dga prexy and ‘Jeffersons’ director, dies at 84

29 April 2013 12:11 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV director Jack Shea, who served three terms as Directors Guild of America president, died Sunday in Tarzana from complication from Alzheimer’s. He was 84.

Shea, the reicipient of the DGA’s 1992 Robert Aldrich Award, worked for 40 years in television directing and producing, mostly in sitcoms including 110 episodes of “The Jeffersons” and 91 episodes of “Silver Spoons.” He also worked on “The Ropers,” “Sanford & Son,” “Designing Women” (earning an Emmy nomination), “The Charmings,” “Growing Pains” and “The Waltons.”

Shea also directed multiple Bob Hope holiday and comedy specials from 1956-66, including many specials taped overseas.  He also was a co-founder with his wife Patt Shea of the Hollywood-based Catholics in Media Associates.

Shea served in a variety of DGA posts for 35 years and as president from 1997-2002.

Shea was a native of  New York City and began as a stage manager at NBC in New York in 1950, working on “Philco Playhouse, »

- Dave McNary

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R.I.P. Jack Shea

29 April 2013 11:41 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Director, producer, writer and former DGA president Jack Shea, died yesterday of complications from Alzheimer’s in Tarzana, according to his wife Patt Shea. He was 84. Shea, a New York City native, served three terms as Directors Guild of America president from 1997 to 2002. Under his watch, the DGA addressed runaway production, encouraged diversity in hiring, formed an Independent Directors Committee and negotiated landmark deals, including the historic “blended contract.” One of the original organizers and a past president of the Radio and Television Directors Guild (Rtdg), the precursor to the DGA, Shea encouraged the merger of the Rtdg with the Screen Directors Guild in 1960 to form the DGA. In 1992, Shea was awarded the DGA’s Robert Aldrich Award for “40 years of extraordinary service.” His 40-year television directing and producing career included episodes of The Jeffersons, Silver Spoons, The Ropers, Sanford & Son and Designing Women for which he received an Emmy nomination. »


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Pilot Scoop: Family Tools

4 January 2013 3:05 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Leah Remini, J.K. Simmons, and Kyle Bornheimer are tasked with bringing the laughs to ABC this Spring. The three star as members of a dysfunctional clan in Family Tools, a quirky midseason sitcom premiering May 1. Jack Shea (Bornheimer) returns to his hometown after his father (Simmons) suffers a heart attack. Despite everyone's hesitancy - including his father's - Jack attempts to take over the family business. Is the show worth your time? I got a sneak peek, and I'm weighing in. What it's about: Jack just flunked out of seminary school, another blunder in a series of failed careers. When his father is incapacitated after a heart attack, Jack's pushy aunt (Remini) insists that Jack take over Mr. Jiffy-Fix, his father's handyman business. Of course, the accident-prone lunk has to learn how to do actual handiwork first, not to mention how to deal with his oddball assistant Darren (Edi Gathegi »

- Maggie Pehanick

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