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Ann Marcus, Emmy-Winning Writer and WGA Activist, Dies at 93

4 December 2014 5:41 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ann Marcus, who won an Emmy for “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” and worked on “Days of Our Lives,” “Knots Landing” and  “Peyton Place,” died Wednesday at her home in Sherman Oaks. She was 93.

Marcus, a member of the Writers Guild of America since 1961, was a longtime activist at the guild and received the WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award for service in 2000. She served on the guild’s board of directors in 1977-1981, 1984-86, 1990-91 and  1997-2003 and was secretary-treasurer from 1991-93.

She was recognized by the Paley Center for Media in 2006 as one of the women who helped shape the history of media. Marcus also served on the steering committee of the Caucus for Writers, Producers, and Directors, and was a governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Marcus was a native of Little Falls, N.Y. After graduating from Western College in Ohio in 1943, she got »

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It's Safe To Let "Gentle Ben" Walk Among Us

17 March 2014 7:34 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

From 1967-1969, over the course of two seasons, America traveled to the Florida Everglades to embark on family-friendly adventures with the Wedloes. They were an All-American family led by game warden Tom (Dennis Weaver), his wife Ellen (Beth Brickell), and their son Mark (played by, yes, Ron Howard’s younger brother, Clint). While his elder sibling was keeping busy as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, Clint horsed around with his tame bear, the titular Ben.

The formula was always the same, mirrored in many shows of the time. Something was wrong or a new, always relatively harmless, foe threatened the Everglades and the Wedloes had to restore order with their furry friend. The ‘60s were a boom time for television, from Gilligan and the Brady Bunch to Dick Van Dyke and Bonanza. Somewhere between The Addams family and the Flinstones, Gentle Ben found a home with another family-centric yarn. »

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TV highlights 14/02/2014

14 February 2014 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Winter Olympics | Student Nurses: Bedpans And Bandages | Jamie And Jimmy's Friday Night Feast | An Island Parish | Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild | Neil Sedaka: King Of Song | Nurse Jackie | Live At The Electric

Winter Olympics

6.45am, BBC2

Day seven from Sochi, and for Great Britain a major medal hope as Shelley Rudman and Lizzy Yarnold compete in the final two runs of the women's skeleton. Britain have a strong record in this discipline, having won medals in the last three Winter Olympics, including a gold four years ago, and, in Rudman and Yarnold, boast the previous two winners of the skeleton World Cup. Elsewhere, Britain's men's and women's curling teams are in action, while in ski jumping the men's individual large hill gets underway. Gwilym Mumford

Student Nurses: Bedpans And Bandages

8pm, ITV

We're in Manchester and Birmingham for this new series following nurses in training. Helen, aged »

- Gwilym Mumford, Rachel Aroesti, Mark Jones, Andrew Mueller, Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Bim Adewunmi

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Gentle Ben: Season Two DVD Arrives February 18th

14 January 2014 3:39 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Starring acclaimed television and film actors Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver, relive the final season of the classic, family-friendly series when Gentle Ben: Season Two arrives on DVD February 18. Gentle Ben centers on the inspirational relationship between a boy (Howard) and his 650 lb best friend Ben.

Based on the children's novel of the same name, Gentle Ben follows the adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, Tom Wedloe (Weaver), his wife Ellen (Beth Brickell), their son Mark (Howard), and Mark's tame bear Ben. Gentle Ben: Season Two also includes guest appearances from Ron Howard, Rance Howard, NFL football legend Bart Starr and Albert Salmi.

DVD Basics:

Street Date: February 18, 2014

Price: $36.00

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 11 hours, 52 minutes »

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