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Playboy's Hugh Hefner Dead at 91

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine and a ubiquitous TV guest star, died on Wednesday. He was 91.

According to a rep for Playboy Enterprises, Hefner “peacefully passed away… from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.”

In addition to guest-starring as himself on myriad TV series including The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, The Simpsons, Roseanne, Sex and the City and Entourage, he has also been portrayed by Steven Pasquale (on The Playboy Club) and John Gleeson Connolly (on Masters of Sex), among others. He also starred in the E! reality show The Girls Next Door.
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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill
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Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.

Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.

In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill has evoked instant recognition and elegant associations
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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to Be Honored as Disney Legends at D23

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to Be Honored as Disney Legends at D23
Every two years, at the biennial D23 Expo, The Walt Disney Company honors the most remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy, recognizing them as official Disney Legends. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. Today Disney proudly announced the names of the nine gifted individuals who will be joining past Disney Legends such as Julie Andrews, George Lucas, Alan Menken, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters and Robin Williams. said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.

"The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company. It's a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men
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Drake & Josh 'Revival' Video: Drake and Helen Launch a Search for Walter

Drake & Josh 'Revival' Video: Drake and Helen Launch a Search for Walter
You can now add Drake & Josh to the growing list of recent TV revivals… sort of.

RelatedFuller House Renewed for Season 3

In a series of videos posted to Drake Bell’s YouTube account, the actor-turned-musician reprises his role as the Nickelodeon series’ Drake Parker, during which he calls on viewers to help search for his missing stepfather, Walter (played by Jonathan Goldstein). Yvette Nicole Brown (now on The Odd Couple) also gets in on the fun, once again portraying Helen, manager of The Premiere, who still hasn’t gotten over her crush on Drake.

Of course, missing in action
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In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016

In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016
We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.Hector BabencoArgentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.

Hector Babenco

Argentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.

He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), for which he earned a best director Oscar nominee and William Hurt earned an Oscar win for best actor.

Babenco went on to direct Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed (1987) and Tom Berenger and John Lithgow in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991).

After undergoing cancer treatment in the 1990s, he returned to the director’s chair for films including Brazilian prison
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In Memoriam: Television Stars We Lost in 2016

In Memoriam: Television Stars We Lost in 2016
2016 saw the passing of many notable television actors, including a TV mom and dad that many grew up watching.

Florence Henderson, aka Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” was the mother to the show’s six kids and by extension to multiple generations of TV viewers. The actress, who was also a talented stage performer and singer, died on November 24 at age 82. Earlier that week, she was seen cheering on her TV daughter Maureen McCormick – aka Marcia — on “Dancing With the Stars.” Active well into her golden years, Henderson even participated on the show in 2010. At the time of her death, she was developing another “Brady”-themed project for CBS. (Read her obituary here).

In December, Alan Thicke, the patriarch on “Growing Pains,” died at age 69. He died on December 13 after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his youngest son, Carter. A charismatic actor with a distinctive voice, Thicke
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Exclusive: 40 Years After 'Laverne & Shirley' Premiered, Cindy Williams Spills Secrets From the Set

Exclusive: 40 Years After 'Laverne & Shirley' Premiered, Cindy Williams Spills Secrets From the Set
40 years after the premiere of Laverne & Shirley, Cindy Williams opens up to Et about what it was like shooting the revered show.

The 69-year-old actress sat down with Et's Nischelle Turner, shortly after guest appearing on The Odd Couple, and shared that the famous Laverne & Shirley opening sequence was an idea that Penny's brother and show co-creator, the late Garry Marshall, came up with on the spot.

"We were out on the lot at Paramount on New York street, and he said, 'Penny, teach Cindy that little dance you did on the way to school with your chums,'" Williams recalled. "And he said action and we did it once, and I didn't get it -- the up and down, 'Schlemiel! Schlimazel!' -- and so the second take I got it, and he said, 'Ok that's good. We're out of here.'"

Watch: Penny Marshall Opens Up About Late Brother Garry Marshall

On the show, which
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Exclusive: 'Mork & Mindy' Star Pam Dawber on Staying Married in Hollywood and Keeping Kids Out of Headlines

Exclusive: 'Mork & Mindy' Star Pam Dawber on Staying Married in Hollywood and Keeping Kids Out of Headlines
Mork & Mindy star Pam Dawber believes her family with husband Mark Harmon wouldn't be as stable had she kept acting full-time.

"I don't think two people can work all the time in show business and stay married," Dawber tells Et's Nischelle Turner.

Watch: Robin Williams and Pam Dawber Reunite as 'Mork & Mindy'

Dawber and Harmon, both 65, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary next year. When Dawber and Harmon wed, the actress was still going strong off the success of her sitcom, Mork & Mindy, and the handsome heartthrob was more than a decade into an extraordinary TV career, which included roles on The Love Boat and St. Elsewhere. Today, Harmon stars on CBS' No. 1 rated drama NCIS, while Dawber gave up fame more than a decade ago to raise the couple's two sons: 28-year-old Sean and 24-year-old Ty.

"I was in a number one show. I had my own deal. I got to do Broadway. I got to
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TVLine Items: Arrested Star Is Odd Mom, Sesame Street Special and More

TVLine Items: Arrested Star Is Odd Mom, Sesame Street Special and More
Arrested Development alumna Jessica Walter is adding another mother of a role to her resume.

The actress will guest-star during a Season 3 episode of The Odd Couple as Felix’s mom, EW.com reports.

RelatedThe Odd Couple‘s Garry Marshall Tribute: Did It Move You?

When Walter’s Meredith is unable to host Christmas, Felix goes into a frenzy to prepare the Unger family traditions.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The new season of Sesame Street will premiere Saturday, Jan. 7, at 9 am on HBO. Plus, the all-new holiday special Once Upon a Sesame Christmas airs Friday,
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Ratings: Gotham Rises to 3-Week High; Conviction Slips to New Lows

Ratings: Gotham Rises to 3-Week High; Conviction Slips to New Lows
Fox’s Gotham this Monday drew 3.5 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating (per finals), up 10 and 20 percent from last week’s series lows to deliver its second-best numbers of the season and hit a 3-week demo high.

Leading out of that, Lucifer (3.5 mil/1.0) also ticked up.

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Elsewhere on the night….

NBC | The Voice (10 mil/2.3) swelled three tenths week-to-week, while the SNL election special (8 mil/2.1) did markedly better than the most recent Timeless (5.2 mil/1.1).

RelatedThe Voice Top 20 Recap: Who Survived the Brutal Eliminations?

The CW
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Jon Stewart, Hamilton's Javier Muñoz Visit Colbert Ahead of Election Day

Jon Stewart, Hamilton's Javier Muñoz Visit Colbert Ahead of Election Day
Jon Stewart just couldn’t stay away on Election Eve, putting in another appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert just hours before Americans are set to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

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In an attempt to persuade one really young voter to get out and vote on Tuesday, “Mayor of Candytown” Stewart was joined by Hamilton star Javier Muñoz. Along with Colbert, the trio sang and rapped about the importance of voting to ensure that “little orange groundhog” Trump doesn’t get anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
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The Odd Couple's Garry Marshall Tribute: Did It Move You?

The Odd Couple's Garry Marshall Tribute: Did It Move You?
The Odd Couple on Monday paid its respects to the late Garry Marshall, who not only worked as an executive consultant on the CBS remake, but portrayed Matthew Perry’s father, Walter.

VideosThe Odd Couple‘s Yvette Nicole Brown Shares Heartfelt Garry Marshall Remembrance

In celebration of the comedy legend, who in July died at age 81 due to complications from pneumonia, the episode welcomed a bevy of stars from his previous sitcoms, including Happy DaysRon Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Don Most, Mork & Mindy‘s Pam Dawber, and Laverne & Shirley‘s Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall (who
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Big Bang Theory Prequel Spinoff in the Works, Centered on a Young Sheldon

Big Bang Theory Prequel Spinoff in the Works, Centered on a Young Sheldon
This news certainly merits a “Bazinga!”: A prequel spinoff of CBS’ mega-hit The Big Bang Theory is being developed, with a young Sheldon Cooper as the lead character.

CBS and Warner Bros. TV, who produces Big Bang, are working on the project, according to our sister site Variety, with a script deal expected soon. It centers on a young Sheldon growing up in Texas; Jim Parsons, who stars as the adult Sheldon, won’t reprise his role, but he will executive-produce the spinoff, along with Big Bang co-creator Chuck Lorre and current showrunner Steve Molaro. (Co-creator Bill Prady is
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The Odd Couple Garry Marshall Tribute: Get a Sneak Peek at Penny Marshall Scene

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The Odd Couple Garry Marshall Tribute: Get a Sneak Peek at Penny Marshall Scene
Legendary TV and film director Garry Marshall will be honored on this week’s episode of The Odd Couple, and People has an exclusive sneak peek.

Airing Monday on CBS, the special episode will pay tribute to the late Marshall, who died in July at age 81. Marshall developed and executive produced the original Odd Couple, which ran from 1970–75 starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.

Marshall’s sister Penny Marshall appears in the episode, which will also Happy DaysRon Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Don Most; Laverne & Shirley‘s Cindy Williams, and Pam Dawber from Mork & Mindy.

Marshall also
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Exclusive: Penny Marshall Opens Up About Late Brother Garry Marshall: 'He Gave Me a Life'

Exclusive: Penny Marshall Opens Up About Late Brother Garry Marshall: 'He Gave Me a Life'
Et was on the set of the upcoming Odd Couple tribute to Garry Marshall, where his sister, Penny Marshall, revealed just how much he meant to her.

"My brother gave me a life," Penny told her nephew, Scott -- Garry's director son -- who was interviewing her for Et. "It's not many people who have a brother who give them a life. He gave me a life and I appreciate it and I tried to not let him down."

Penny's career was just one of many that Garry launched in his five-decade-long career. As the mastermind behind such beloved TV shows and movies such as Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries (to name just a few!), Garry greatly impacted the careers of stars like Julia Roberts, Robin Williams, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Henry Winkler, Rob Lowe, John Stamos, Scott Baio and Mayim Bialik.

The legendary
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The Odd Couple: Garry Marshall Tribute to Include Stars of His Shows

The Odd Couple is paying tribute to its creator. Deadline reports an upcoming episode of the CBS sitcom will honor the late Garry Marshall.Marshall, who passed away in July, developed the original Odd Couple series in the 1970s. He also notably created the iconic sitcoms Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy.Read More…
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CBS Sets Garry Marshall Tribute on ‘The Odd Couple’

CBS Sets Garry Marshall Tribute on ‘The Odd Couple’
CBS’ “The Odd Couple” will be paying tribute to the late Garry Marshall on Nov. 7 with a cavalcade of special guest stars from the director’s oeuvre.

In the episode, Oscar (Matthew Perry) reconnects with people from his father Walter’s life while preparing to scatter his ashes behind the candy factory his father used to own. Marshall played Walter in an April episode of the series. The guests will come from Marshall’s TV hits, including Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Don Most from “Happy Days,” Cindy Williams from “Laverne & Shirley,” Pam Dawber from “Mork & Mindy” and Marshall’s sister (and famed director) Penny Marshall.

Marshall helped develop and executive produced the first TV iteration of “The Odd Couple” for Paramount TV in 1970 and served as an executive consultant on the remake.

“The writing staff and everyone on ‘The Odd Couple’ reboot was thrilled when Garry Marshall joined us as a producer because his
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Ron Howard, Penny Marshall and More to Appear on Odd Couple Episode Paying Tribute to Garry Marshall

To honor the legacy of legendary TV producer and film director Garry Marshall, who passed away this year at the age of 81, CBS’ sitcom The Odd Couple will pay tribute in a special episode airing Nov. [...]

The post Ron Howard, Penny Marshall and More to Appear on Odd Couple Episode Paying Tribute to Garry Marshall appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine.
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Odd Couple Sets Garry Marshall Tribute, Happy Days Stars and More to Take Part

Odd Couple Sets Garry Marshall Tribute, Happy Days Stars and More to Take Part
Stars of several of Garry Marshall’s television hits, including Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, will appear on an upcoming episode of CBS’ The Odd Couple honoring him, the network announced Monday.

Marshall was creator of the original Odd Couple and an executive consultant on the reboot. He died in July at age 81 of complications from pneumonia.

The episode will air Monday, Nov. 7, at 9:30/8:30c. Stars from his previous shows taking part include: Happy DaysMarion Ross, Ron Howard, Anson Williams and Don Most; Laverne & Shirley‘s Penny Marshall (who is also Marshall’s sister) and Cindy Williams
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