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Feeling Nostalgic? TV Might Remind You That the Past Wasn't So Great

If you're feeling glum about the state of the world today, just watch basic cable. There, you'll stumble across a number of current shows set in past decades -- or reruns from a few decades ago -- and you'll be reminded that things weren't any better back then.

This past week saw the Season 1 finale (and perhaps the series finale) of "Halt and Catch Fire," the AMC drama about '80s techies trying to build a then-revolutionary new portable computer. Unlike many of the other period shows built on the "Mad Men" model, this one doesn't make the past look sexy; the clothes and décor are as tacky as they should for a series set in 1983, and the cutting-edge gadgetry all looks clunky and slow to today's eyes. (The computer the characters are trying to build is considered lightweight at 15 pounds.) The season built toward the unveiling in the penultimate episode of the machine,
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Curse of the Pink Panther

When Inspector Clouseau and the Pink Panther diamond go missing, sneaky police chief Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) ensures that the world's worst detective - American dimwit Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass) - is put on the case. Needless to say, the buffoon always manages to stumble in the right direction. Original diamond thief David Niven makes his final screen appearance in this knockabout fifth instalment of director Blake Edwards' much-loved comedy series.
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Whoa! The Blossom Cast Reunites! Check Out Our Behind-the-Scenes Video

The '90s NBC sitcom Blossom may have seemed like a blip on the TV radar, but the show was responsible for launching a few major careers, is remembered for being way ahead of its time, coining a few catchphrases and singlehandedly putting the flower hat on the map.

Debuting July Fourth weekend of 1990, Blossom starred the 15-year-oldMayim Bialik as a precocious teen adjusting to life and coming of age with her mom out of the picture. Her dad Nick (Ted Wass) was a musician sometimes on the road, her oldest brother Anthony (Michael Stoyanov) was a recovering alcoholic and her brother Joey (Joey Lawrence) was the stereotypical dumb jock. Jenna Von Oy played Blossom's fast-talking best friend.

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"Blossom" Reunion: See the Stars Almost 20 Years Later

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Whoa!The Russo clan (and Bff Six) got together again on Monday for an amazing "Blossom" reunion, the crew gathering for the first time since the show went off the air almost 20 years ago.Mayim Bialik gave us all a major '90s flashback when she posted a number of photos from brand new photo shoot earlier today. The promotional shoot was for The Hub network, which will start airing the classic sitcom in July.Mayim, Jenna von Oy, Joey Lawrence and Mike Stoyanov were all on hand for the session, though Ted Wass -- who played Blossom's dad, Nick -- was Mia. Also missing: Blossom's incredible hats."We still look like young whippersnappers," Mayim tweeted about the reunion ... though someone should tell her there's nothing "young" about the word "whippersnappers." "Older but still together," added von Oy."So awesome being with u all again. Feels like no time has passed.
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Hats Off to These Blossom Reunion Pictures

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Hats Off to These Blossom Reunion Pictures
Beloved '90s classic Blossom is coming to the Hub Network in July, which prompted a promotional reunion gathering. Cast members Mayim Bialik (Blossom, duh), Jenna Von Oy (her Bff, Six), Michael Stoyanov (her oldest brother, Tony), and Joey Lawrence (her other brother, Joey) gathered today, with a few goofy Twitter and Instagram photos to prove it. For some reason, however, Ted Wass, who played Blossom's dad, was not invited. We're too good for Papa Russo now? In our opinionation, he deserves to be included.
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Jeffrey Reiner, Michael Trim Among Pilot Director Hires

Friday Night Lights alum Jeffrey Reiner, who directed the pilot for Caprica, is back at Syfy as director and executive producer of the network’s pilot 12 Monkeys, written on spec by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett based on the Terry Gilliam movie. Here are several other recent director hires: Michael Trim (Orange Is The New Black) is set to direct VH1′s drama pilot Hindsight, from writer Emily Fox and Timberman/Beverly. Lifetime has tapped Danny Cannon (CSI) to direct its dystopian future drama pilot The Lottery, from Timothy J. Sexton, and Roger Kumble to helm Marti Noxon’s Unreal, set behind the scenes of a dating reality show. ABC Family’s mother-daughter comedy pilot Work Mom, starring Emily Rutherfurd, will be directed by Ted Wass, and Jay Chandrasekhar will helm Amazon comedy pilot The Outlaws.
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ABC’s ‘Kings Of Van Nuys’ Comedy Pilot Not Going Forward

ABC has passed on Kings Of Van Nuys, its comedy pilot starring John Leguizamo. This was the second pilot for the multi-camera project based on the British format Only Fools And Horses, which was originally developed and picked up the pilot last season. It missed the cut but ABC chief Paul Lee, a big fan of the original series, liked it enough to order a retooling. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who wrote the original pilot, penned the new version. Virtually the entire team from the first pilot, including everyone from the cast and director Ted Wass, returned for the new pilot, which was formally greenlighted in late August. After screening the second pilot, ABC brass decided not to go forward with the project. The timing is fortunate for the cast as they will now be available for pilot season. The ABC Studios-produced Kings Of Van Nuys chronicled the misadventures of two streetwise brothers,
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Auditions and casting calls for ABC Family series pilot "Phys Ed" - Los Angeles Acting Auditions | Examiner.com

Prodco is in pre-production on a new comedy series pilot for ABC Family called "Phys Ed", and auditions are taking place for series regulars, guest stars, and day players. Extras will be cast throughout production which begins in November, 2012. Roles for teachers, parents, and students are being cast in Los Angeles, with some additional casting done in New York. Especially needed are people 18 and older who can play high school age to work as extras on the show. Shooting will take place in Los Angeles. Former actor Ted Wass will direct the pilot episode of "Phys Ed". Wass previously directed episodes of the ABC Family shows "State of Georgia" and "Melissa & Joey". David H. Steinberg wrote the pilot episode of "Phys Ed". Steinberg lives in Santa Monica, CA, with his wife producer Keetgi Kogan. The couple have collaborated on several projects including the films "Barely Legal", and the upcoming "Miss Dial
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TNT & ABC Family Pilots Lock In Directors

Three pilots recently tapped directors. Michael Katleman is directing TNT’s King and Maxwell Pi pilot, written/executive produced by Shane Brennan and starring Jon Tenney as King. Katleman, repped by UTA and Rain Management, already has a relationship with TNT — he is directing executive producer on the network’s hit Rizzoli And Isles, also a light buddy procedural. Jon Amiel (The Tudors) is set to direct the ABC Family drama pilot Socio starring Avan Jogia and Denise Richards. He is repped by Gersh. Timothy Busfield, repped by Evolution and Paradigm, is directing ABC Family’s hourlohg pilot The Fosters starring Teri Polo. Veteran Ted Wass has closed a deal to direct another ABC Family pilot, comedy Phys Ed.
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New Pilot For ABC Comedy ‘Kings Of Van Nuys’ Is A Go, Cast & Crew Are Back

ABC has given a formal green light to a new pilot for Kings Of Van Nuys starring John Leguizamo. ABC first ordered a pilot for the multi-camera project, based on the British format Only Fools And Horses, last season. It missed the cut but ABC chief Paul Lee, a big fan of the original series, liked it enough to order a retooling. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who wrote the original pilot, penned a new version. A month ago at TCA, stressing the ABC’s ongoing commitment to the multi-camera comedy genre, Lee noted that Kings Of Van Nuys was being re-piloted. Back then, the new script was still being written and deals with the actors were being made. The network is now going ahead with shooting a new pilot after securing virtually the entire team from the original pilot, including the entire cast and director Ted Wass. The ABC Studios
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'Everybody Loves Raymond's' Doris Roberts Joins ABC's 'Counter Culture'

'Everybody Loves Raymond's' Doris Roberts Joins ABC's 'Counter Culture'
Doris Roberts is going Counter Culture. The Emmy-winning Everybody Loves Raymond actress has signed on to play Aunt Lee in ABC’s multicamera comedy, which centers on three aging sisters who run their West Texas family diner together with sibling dynamics always getting in the way. MADtv’s Stephnie Weir is on board to pen the Sony Pictures TV pilot, which multi-tasking Claudia Lonow will executive produce. Ted Wass (Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement) has signed on to direct. Roberts, who has guested on The Middle, Grey’s Anatomy and Hot in Cleveland in recent years, is repped by Wme and

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Craig Zisk Among ABC Pilot Directors

Craig Zisk Among ABC Pilot Directors
ABC is rounding out its pilot directors. Craig Zisk (United States of Tara) has been tapped to helm the network's untitled Kari Lizer project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He's repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn. In addition, the network has also tapped the following pilot directors: • Beth McCarthy-Miller (House of Lies, Up All Night) will helm its Judy Greer comedy American Judy. She's repped by CAA. • Ted Wass (2 Broke Girls, Rules of Engagement) will direct the Stephnie Weir comedy Counter Culture as well as the John Leguizamo comedy Only Fools and Horses.

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Sullivan and Son Gets Series Order from TBS

Sullivan and Son Gets Series Order from TBS
TBS has given the greenlight to the new comedy series Sullivan and Son, starring popular comedian Steve Byrne and executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up), Peter Billingsley (Iron Man) and showrunner Rob Long (Cheers). Byrne also serves as producer on the series, which comes to TBS from Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot was co-written by Byrne and Long, with Ted Wass (Rules of Engagement) directing. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is slated to premiere this summer.

"Sullivan and Son is a smart, funny, workplace comedy from the distinct comedy voices of Steve Byrne and Rob Long," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. "The barstools at Sullivan's bar are filled with outrageous, unique characters, and Steve and Rob have created an outstanding in which they can shine. We are
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Blossom: Don't Miss the Cast Reunion... on 'Til Death?

After four seasons on the air, it was recently announced that Fox had cancelled 'Til Death. The sitcom had been doing poorly in the ratings for some time but was kept alive via a deal that allowed Sony to accrue enough episodes for syndication. The cast of 'Til Death has included Brad Garrett, Joely Fisher, Timm Sharp, Kate Micucci, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Kat Foster, and J. B. Smoove.

On the positive side, before the sitcom signs off on June 20th, sitcom fans will be treated to a Blossom reunion. Members of the cast of the 1990s NBC sitcom will be playing themselves on this Sunday's episode -- Mayim Bialik, Michael Stoyanov, and Jenna Von Oy. Unfortunately, Joey Lawrence and Ted Wass couldn't make it.

In the episode called "Baby Steps," Joy (Fisher) goes overboard planning for the baby shower of her daughter Ally (Micucci)
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The Golden Girls and Soap: Marsha Posner Williams Audio Interview, Part Two

This is the second part of an interview with producer Marsha Posner Williams. In the first part, we discussed how Williams began her career in television, working on the legendary ABC sitcom, Soap.

As one of the few people to work on the show from the very beginning to its untimely cancellation, Williams shared some of the casting challenges behind the scenes, her first-hand experience with the picketing and controversy surrounding the show, production challenges, and personal memories of the very talented cast, like Katherine Helmond, Robert Mandan, Robert Guillaume, Cathryn Damon, Richard Mulligan, Jay Johnson, and Billy Crystal.

In the second part of the interview, Williams talks briefly about other Soap alumnae like Ted Wass, Jimmy Baio, Diana Canova, Arthur Peterson, John Byner, and Donnelly Rhodes. She also puts to rest the idea that Soap was intentionally ended with one of
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2009 Fall Preview: Brothers

Premieres September 18 (8/7c) on Fox

New sitcoms are plentiful this season. With Hank, The Middle, Cougar Town, Community, Glee and Modern Family, it'll be a tough battle for a reigning sitcom to emerge. One of these contenders is Fox's Brothers, which carries several similarities to the 1980's Showtime show of the same name. Starring former NFL star Michael Strahan as former NFL star Michael Trainor, and Daryl Mitchell as his brother Chill, the series has a fish-out-of-water premise, much like the also-new Hank, when a hard-partying retiree returns home to his family after a long way away, only to find that they haven't changed one bit.

Carl Weathers will play Mike and Chill's father. It's good to see Carl Weathers back. I've really missed him since his recurring role as an acting coach on Arrested Development. Of course, that doesn't mean that Brothers will last very long. Placed in the dreaded Friday slot,
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Fox Announces Primetime 2009-2010 Programming Slate

Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment; and Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, today unveiled the Fox primetime schedule for the 2009-2010 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at New York City Center.

"As the No.1 network for the last five years, Fox is the first place viewers go to connect with the stories and characters they love," said Rice. "With next year's slate of distinctive shows, we're continuing to invest in creativity to give viewers the rich, emotional experience they can only get on television."

Reilly added, "The strategic moves we made last year to build off of our biggest assets are paying off. We've created stability and consistently strong performance across the week. Next season, we're bringing back two top-rated sophomore dramas and using our hits to introduce a broad and compelling slate of new shows that will make our air even more vibrant and alive.
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ABC Family brings '10 Things' to TV

ABC Family brings '10 Things' to TV
ABC Family has picked up two half-hour pilots -- "10 Things I Hate About You," based on the film, and "Ruby and the Rockits," starring Alexa Vega -- and greenlighted an original movie with Joey Lawrence and Melissa Joan Hart.

Gil Junger, who directed the "10 Things" feature, is on board to direct the single-camera pilot as well as the untitled movie.

"10 Things," written and exec produced by Carter Covington (ABC Family's "Greek"), revolves around two sisters -- a strong-willed feminist and a social butterfly -- facing the challenges of starting out in a new high school. The series is from Prodco Inc.

"Ruby," from ABC Studios and exec producers Shaun Cassidy ("Invasion") and Marsh McCall ("Carpoolers"), is a multicamera comedy about a former teen idol whose quiet life is disrupted when his brother and former bandmate shows up with a newfound teenage daughter. "Ruby," directed by Ted Wass, was written by Cassidy and Ed Yeager,
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The Pink Panther

The last time we saw Inspector Clouseau, the once-illustrious Pink Panther franchise had fallen on hard times with actor (now TV director) Ted Wass stuck in the thankless role of attempting to fill the late Peter Sellers' formidable footwear in 1983's "Curse of the Pink Panther".

That title would have been equally apropos of the current incarnation, simply titled "The Pink Panther", which finally arrives after being bounced around the release schedule numerous times, in part because of Sony's purchase of MGM/UA.

Even with the inspired choice of Steve Martin in the Clouseau role, this "Panther" picture is more bumbling and fumbling than the blissfully oblivious, accident-prone Inspector.

The painfully unfunny results -- a couple of exceptions, like the "hamburger" bit, have already begun to lose their comic luster thanks to all the advance advertising -- likely won't have audiences tickled pink.

Even with the added enticement of the lovely Beyonce, whose current hit "Check on It" has been remixed with a little Mancini, there's a stale, warmed-over feel to the entire production that ultimately will keep ticket sales in check.

There's slapstick and then there's the finely honed variety of physical comedy introduced by Sellers and director Blake Edwards in 1964's "The Pink Panther". Putting a broader stamp on a distinct style that paid homage to the likes of Chaplin, Keaton and Jacques Tati, the collaboration flourished over the course of a half-dozen pictures, all bearing Henry Mancini's immortal signature theme.

But even though Martin (who shares screenplay credit with "Stripes" scribe Len Blum) and director Shawn Levy worked together before in the first "Cheaper by the Dozen" remake, they fail to generate the necessary comic sparks. Too many of the gags fall flat on their face long before the inspector does, and the entire pace feels like it's on some sort of three-second delay.

The downbeat upshot strands a lot of usually reliable talent, also including Kevin Kline as Clouseau's pompous superior and Jean Reno as Clouseau's stoic assistant, as well as Emily Mortimer and Kristin Chenoweth, in a comedy vacuum, timing their performances to a nonexistent laugh track.

Despite being filmed in New York, Paris and Prague, followed by some reshoots in Vancouver, the picture might as well have been shot on a studio backlot for all the excitement those backdrops manage to impart.

Miraculously, Mancini's score is about the only thing that manages to emerge unscathed, even with composer Christophe Beck's attempts at a techno-tinged update.

The Pink Panther

Columbia Pictures

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures present

a Robert Simonds production

a Shawn Levy film

Credits:

Director: Shawn Levy

Screenplay: Len Blum and Steve Martin

Story: Len Blum and Michael Saltzman

Based on characters created by: Maurice Richlin & Blake Edwards

Based on the Pink Panther films by: Blake Edwards

Producer: Robert Simonds

Executive producers: Tracey Trench, Ira Shuman

Director of photography: Jonathan Brown

Production designer: Lilly Kilvert

Editors: George Folsey Jr., Brad E. Wilhite

Costume designer: Joseph G. Aulisi

Music: Christophe Beck

Cast:

Inspector Clouseau: Steve Martin

Dreyfus: Kevin Kline

Gilbert Ponton: Jean Reno

Xania: Beyonce Knowles

Cherie: Kristin Chenoweth

Nicole: Emily Mortimer

Yuri: Henry Czerny

MPAA rating PG

Running time -- 92 minutes

Director Wass laughs it up at Touchstone TV

Director Wass laughs it up at Touchstone TV
Director Ted Wass has inked a two-year overall deal with Touchstone TV. Under the seven-figure pact, Wass will direct and produce comedy series and pilots for the studio, helming at least 22 episodes and two pilots a year. Wass will continue as the series director of Touchstone TV's sophomore ABC comedy Less Than Perfect, for which he has helmed most of the episodes since its launch. The sitcom is executive produced by Wass' wife, Touchstone TV-based producer Nina Wass. This past development season, Ted Wass directed two comedy pilots for Touchstone, I'm With Her and Married to the Kellys, both of which landed on ABC's fall schedule and recently received full-season orders. Wass previously was the series director on NBC's Caroline in the City and on the last two seasons of ABC's Spin City. He also has helmed episodes for a number of comedies, including My Wife and Kids, Norm and Two Guys and a Girl. Wass turned to directing in the early 1990s following a career as an actor with starring roles on the series Blossom and Soap. He is repped by Broder-Webb-Chervin-Silbermann and attorney Steven Younger.

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