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Valerie Harper Is 'Cancer-Free'
"I'm absolutely cancer-free!" Harper told Closer Weekly. "My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy. [The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, 'Oh my God, Valerie, this is very encouraging!' "
While her doctor is wary of telling the legendary comedic actress that she’s in remission, he’s more than happy with what the scans are showing. "My doctor doesn't use that term [remission],” said Harper. “He likes to say, 'I give you a treatment, and it's either responsive or non-responsive — and you are having a phenomenal response.'"
As part of her treatment regiment, Harper takes several pills in a “pulse does” – at one sitting, once per week.
Harper's Terminal Diagnosis
Walter Roy Beery, an actor who appeared in numerous television shows but whose first love was the theater, died at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on April 6 from complications of lymphoma. He was 75.
Beery supported himself by working as a film broker at MGM until beginning his acting career in summer stock. He caught his first break when cast in the original Broadway and national tour of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” During the staging at the Ahmanson Theatre, he took to the Los Angeles lifestyle and sought to return, which he did after a stint as guest artist and acting teacher at Portland State U.
Through the years Beery appeared in television shows including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Remington Steele,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “Numbers” as well as movies and television commercial. He worked as a senior model in the last several years of his life. »
- Carmel Dagan
Ten years ago, more than 50 million people watched one of TV’s all-time biggest comedy sensations sign off the air with a final answer to Ross and Rachel’s “Will-they-or-won’t they?” saga (They will!) and a surprise twist to Monica and Chandler’s adoption journey (Twins!). In the April 11 issue of EW, we revisited the sextet’s sign-off — along with many other classic finales — in “The Art of Saying Goodbye,” a story in which the masterminds of 10 iconic series discussed the heady challenges of creating a lasting last episode. Below, in a bonus Q&A, creators/executive producers David Crane »
- Dan Snierson
Despite reports to the contrary, Valerie Harper is not cancer-free. After an "erroneous quote" in Closer Weekly, in which the TV icon reportedly declared she was "absolutely cancer-free," Harper issued a response on Wednesday concerning her health. "I am not 'absolutely cancer-free,'" the 74-year-old said in a statement via the Hallmark Channel. "I wish I were. Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition and I have hope for the future." In March 2013, The Mary Tyler Moore Show actress broke the news that she had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and was given as little as three months to live. Harper, a lifelong nonsmoker »
In response to a story in Closer Weekly that quotes Valerie Harper as having declared that she is “absolutely cancer-free,” the Emmy winner has come out to say that the quote is unfortunately “erroneous.”
“In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health, I am not ‘absolutely cancer-free,’” a statement from Harper issued via the Hallmark Channel reads. “I wish I were. Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition, and I have hope for the future.”
Harper, who rose to fame as Rhoda in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and starred as the character in the spinoff “Rhoda,” is currently promoting her appearance in Hallmark Channel series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”
Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 and subsequently developed brain cancer. In January 2013, she was told she only had three months to live. However, she told Variety in November that she was continuing to show improvement. »
- Alex Stedman
Valerie Harper is unfortunately not cancer-free, despite a report that surfaced earlier today, and quickly spread via social media and other media outlets. The beloved Mary Tyler Moore actress set the record straight after realizing that the false story began to trend on Twitter. "In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health, I am not 'absolutely cancer-free,'" the 74-year-old says in a statement to Us Weekly. "I wish I were. Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition and I have [...] »
Valerie Harper has revealed she is "absolutely cancer-free." The actress, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on the '70s TV classic The Mary Tyler Moore Show, shared the good news with Closer Weekly. "My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy," the 74-year-old star told the magazine. "[The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, 'Oh my god, Valerie, this is very encouraging!'" When asked if she is in remission, Harper said, "My doctor doesn't use that term. He likes to say, 'I give you treatment, and it's either responsive or nonresponsive — and you are having a phenomenal response.'" In March 2013, »
For EW’s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic series, who discussed the formidable challenges of concocting the perfect farewell episode. Here, in a bonus Q&A, 30 Rock’s Exec Producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock talk about the challenges of sending off Liz Lemon and Co. — and what classic finales they screened for inspiration.
EW How long did you know how you wanted to end 30 Rock?
Tina Fey There were some things »
- Lynette Rice
For a recent feature in Entertainment Weekly, we spoke to showrunners who’ve had the pleasure – and pressure — of wrapping up some of TV’s most beloved series. Murphy Brown creator Diane English had left the CBS comedy after season 4 but returned for its tenth and final season and penned its hour-long 1998 series finale. In the two-part “Never Can Say Goodbye,” Murphy (five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen) — who’d battled breast cancer that year – contemplated retirement as she dealt with a second scare. While under anesthesia for a surgery that ultimately confirmed she was cancer-free, Murphy scored her biggest interview, »
- Mandi Bierly
Forty-two years after its premiere, The Bob Newhart Show continues to matter. Based on Newhart’s buttoned-up comic sensibility — yes, before making Johnny Carson roar with laughter, Newhart had been an accountant — The Bob Newhart Show was the story of a Chicago psychologist, Bob Hartley; his lovely wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette); and the oddball characters that lived in their building and visited his office. With its simple, straightforward premise — low-concept, even — the show became the template for subsequent comic-driven sitcoms, good and bad.
For six seasons, The Bob Newhart Show ran as part of CBS’s juggernaut Saturday-night lineup, which »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Atx Television Festival has announced its Year 3 lineup, including its first Achievement in Television Excellence Award, which will be presented to Henry Winkler.
Winkler, whose career spans from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days to recent roles on Royal Pains and Arrested Development, will receive the award during the festival weekend with a ceremony and a Q&A.
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- TV Guide News
TV Land's first big success in original sitcoms is aiming to stay hot by starting a season live.
"Hot in Cleveland" begins its fifth round the same way it came back in the middle of its fourth, with stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Betty White performing the episode as viewers see it (in the Eastern half of the country) Wednesday, March 26. Immediately after, Season 3 of the "Cleveland" spinoff "The Soul Man" will debut the same way, with Cedric the Entertainer and his cast also going live.
Linking the halves of the event, White and Cedric will appear in both series, to be shown on tape on the West Coast but with no modifications. "Hot in Cleveland" normally is done in front of a studio audience, as was the comedy that made Bertinelli famous, "One Day at a Time" ... but she confirms the live-telecast aspect doesn't mean less nerves. »
You may think that NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” is just a goofy workplace comedy starring Amy Poehler. But it actually has some subtle subtext to America’s political struggles.
The show is set around the parks and recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. While Poehler’s Leslie Knope is extremely dedicated to her job, not everyone — especially not her boss Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) — shares her enthusiasm. At the Patton Oswalt-hosted PaleyFest panel on March 18 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, show co-creator Michael Schur explained the development of these two characters.
“In very broad strokes, Republicans and Democrats in this country simply don’t talk to each other and they don’t try to fix problems,” said Schur. “The sort of cynicism of government, I think in my opinion, is worse than it’s ever been. And we just wanted to say one guy »
- Whitney Friedlander
Unit production manager and TV assistant director Abby Singer, famed for being the source of the name for the penultimate shot of the day, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House in Woodland Hills. He was 96.
Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay said, “From his first job as the assistant to the head of production at Columbia in 1949 to his final film as unit production manager for ‘Family Plan’ in 1997, Abby Singer was renowned for working consistently, enthusiastically and most importantly – efficiently.
“It was this efficiency that led to the coining of a phrase known throughout the entertainment industry and around the world as the ‘Abby Singer shot’ – the next to last shot of the day.”
The last shot of the day is often known as the “Martini” shot.
Singer explained in an interview that announcing the second-to-last shot would give the crew a chance to »
- Dave McNary
Abby Singer, whose career in production management in film and television spanned over five decades, has died at the age of 96. He passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Country House on Thursday before 6 a.m. of cancer and old age, a Directors Guild of America spokesperson stated. The longtime industry veteran worked on TV series' The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Remington Steele, Hill Street Blues, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant and The Bob Newhart Show. He is also credited for having the second to last shot of the day on many sets being
- Erik Hayden
E! has ordered its first scripted drama, The Royals, about a British royal family with Elizabeth Hurley starring.
Lana! Lana! Laaaaaana! Guess who got renewed? Yep, FX has ordered a sixth and seventh season of the hilarious Archer.
In disappointing news, the BBC is shutting down BBC Three. Why should U.S. viewers care about this decision? BBC Three is the source of a good number of shows that developed loyal followings stateside like Gavin & Stacey, Being Human, Little Britain, and Torchwood. The channel will continue as a streaming video channel, but celebrities like Matt Lucas are already campaigning to save the channel.
I’m not sure how I feel about the news, as reported by EW, that Isaiah Washington will return to Grey’s Anatomy. At first I was angry, but it’s a one-episode appearance as part of Sandra Oh‘s exit from the series. I guess »
- Lyle Masaki
There’s one name that almost always gets a smile from nostalgic fans of TV cartoons: Jay Ward. After all, he helped to produce one of the earliest cartoon shows during television’s infancy, “Crusader Rabbit”. But it wasn’t until 1959 that Ward unleashed his masterpiece, “Rocky and His Friends”. Each half hours usually contained two short chapters of an ongoing adventure serial starring Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his dimwitted pal Bullwinkle the moose. And in between these installments were classic features often funnier than the show’s title stars. There was the satiric “Fractured Fairy Tales”, the campy “Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties”, the fables of “Aesop & Son”, and “Peabody’s Improbable History” in which the super-genius talking dog Mr. Peabody and his boy, the excitable seven year-old human named Sherman journeyed back through the years via Mr. P’s time travel invention the Wabac machine. After meeting some historical figure, »
- Jim Batts
"Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from 'I Love Lucy' to 'Community,'" the new book from critic and author Saul Austerlitz ("Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy") officially hits shelves tomorrow, March 1st, courtesy of the Chicago Review Press. Appealing to TV lovers, comedy enthusiasts and pop culture devotees, the book finds Austerlitz examining the critically underappreciated but eternally popular television genre, beginning with housewife Lucy and working husband Ricky Ricardo and going through to the postmodernism of Dan Harmon's community college show. Austerlitz examines how the sitcom has evolved through 24 episode from 24 pivotal series, include "22 Short Films About Springfield" from "The Simpsons," "Chuckles Bites the Dust" from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and more. Indiewire's pleased to offer an excerpt from "Sitcom" about "Seinfeld," the "show about nothing," below. Find out more about the book...
- Saul Austerlitz
"Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from 'I Love Lucy' to 'Community,'" the new book from critic and author Saul Austerlitz ("Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy") officially hits shelves tomorrow, March 1st, courtesy of the Chicago Review Press. Appealing to TV lovers, comedy enthusiasts and pop culture devotees, the book finds Austerlitz examining the critically underappreciated but eternally popular television genre, beginning with housewife Lucy and working husband Ricky Ricardo and going through to the postmodernism of Dan Harmon's community college show. Austerlitz examines how the sitcom has evolved through 24 episode from 24 pivotal series, include "22 Short Films About Springfield" from "The Simpsons," "Chuckles Bites the Dust" from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and more. Indiewire's pleased to offer an excerpt from "Sitcom" about "Seinfeld," the "show about nothing," below. Find out more about the book »
- Saul Austerlitz
History could be made twice at the Emmy Awards this August. If "Modern Family" wins Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row, it ties the record set by "Frasier" from 1994 to 1998; "Ally McBeal" ended its winning streak in 1999. And if "Breaking Bad" wins, it will the fourth Drama Series champ to prevail for its final season, following "The Defenders" (1965), "Upstairs Downstairs" (1977) and "The Sopranos" (2007). Four laffers have pulled off this feat: "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1966), "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1977), "Barney Miller" (1982) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" (2003). Will either, neither or both of these records be set? You can now predict the winners of these races, as well as the four series regular acting awards in both genres. More categories will be added to the prediction center in the weeks to come and »
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