13 items from 2013
I hope this is as good as it sounds on paper.
It would be a big deal if George Romero would be involved in The Walking Dead so, naturally, the show has tried to get him involved for an episode or two. So far, he’s refused because he’s been disappointed in the drama explaining, “… it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism.”
Remember The Skulls, the »
- Lyle Masaki
According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC Family is looking to turn The Hand that Rocks the Cradle into a series. While it makes sense the network whose biggest hit is Pretty Little Liars would be looking for antoher campy thriller, I can’t figure out how such a series lasts more than a season.
Earlier in the day, Comedy Central announced that it ordered another season of Brickleberry, tempting me to crack that Comedy Central was now wearing the name ironically. Then it also renewed Key & Peele and Drunk History, and I trust its idea of comedy once more.
Deadline reports that CBS is considering ordering a thematic spin-off of How I Met Your Mother. Nicknamed “How I Met Your Father” the show would follow »
- Lyle Masaki
Marcia Wallace -- who provided the voice of Bart's teacher Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" for two decades -- passed away Friday in Los Angeles. Wallace joined Fox's long-running animated hit "The Simpsons" in 1990, and appeared as Krabappel in over 100 episodes. She won an Emmy for the role in 1992. According to a "Simpsons" spokesperson, she was caught up on her recordings and will be heard in several upcoming episodes. The show is reportedly planning to retire the character. Wallace was also a gameshow regular in the 1970s, including frequent appearances on "Hollywood Squares", "The $25,000 Pyramid" and "Match Game." »
- Dave Lewis
Wallace’s close friend Cathryn Michon - who directed the star's final film - confirmed the news via statement:
“She passed at 9 Pm last night due to complications from breast cancer of which she was a long and proud survivor and advocate for women and healing. Ironically it was during breast cancer awareness month during which she was always a funny ray of hope for so many. I’m devastated.”
Wallace won an Emmy for the role of Krabappel and also starred years ago as Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show.
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
As Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace may be the only 4th-grade teacher to have the same student for 24 years. Before that, she was beloved as Carol Kester, the lovelorn, wisecracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show.
Wallace, who was a breast cancer survivor for 28 years, has died at age 70, according to the showrunner of The Simpsons. “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” producer Al Jean said in a statement to EW. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character. »
- Anthony Breznican
1:45 Pt -- Marcia's son Mikey tells us the actress passed away due to pneumonia complications ... and that reports saying breast cancer played a role are completely false.Marcia Wallace -- who voiced Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" -- died last night in Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned.Marcia's caregiver tells us ... the actress passed away at home with her family by her side. We're told she had been sick for the past few months »
- TMZ Staff
Sci-fi fans in the U.S. may know her best as Lisa from V, Kara/Supergirl/Brainiac from Smallville, or Arla at the end of last season’s Haven (ooo that was creepy) but now we’ll get to know her as werewolf Elena Michaels, as Syfy today announced the acquisition of Canadian series Bitten, starring Laura Vandervoort:
September 17, 2013
New York – September 17, 2013 – A new breed of werewolves is coming to Syfy with the acquisition of the first season of the new Canadian scripted series Bitten from leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne).
Season 1 of Bitten, consisting of 13 one-hour episodes, will premiere on Syfy in 2014.
- Erin Willard
Jane Lynch knows her TV game shows. The Glee star, currently starring in Annie on Broadway, will look to the game show hosts of yesteryear as she hosts NBC's Hollywood Game Night, a competition series featuring teams of celebrities and contestants competing for prizes and bragging rights. Whether it was the wit with which Bert Convy hosted game shows including The Match Game, Password or even Win, Lose or Draw or the snark that made Hollywood Squares' Paul Lynde so amusing, Lynch remembers watching her predecessors walk the fine line between letting the players shine and maintaining order. Here, the former
- Lesley Goldberg
Dumb Dora was so dumb that she didn’t realize this week marks the 40th anniversary of Match Game‘s ’70s incarnation. That’s right: The game show that brought you Gene Rayburn’s Neanderthal posture, that funky think music, and the exploits of Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dawson and many more is 40 years old. It’s an irreplaceable treasure. There is no show like it, and I’m including other celebrity-dappled games like Hollywood Squares and Tattletales in that estimation.
Let’s celebrate with an old-fashioned countdown: the 10 best celebrities in Match Game
10. Gary Burghoff
Always the most cherished understudy in the ever-important Top Right chair, Burghoff was pleasant and game without being histrionic. Always on my Radar.
9. Elaine Joyce
Once and for all, the only Bottom Left-seated celebrity who could be both the ditzy blonde and a self-aware, naughty player too. She married Neil Simon, guys. »
- Louis Virtel
Big bucks, expensive vowels, and a million cackling Whammies.
The Daytime Emmys are this Sunday, and for the first time ever, there’s a gay nominee for Best Game Show Host — the marvelous and frightfully funny Billy Eichner. Wahoo! To celebrate, let’s rank the 25 best game shows of all time. Get out your purse and prepare to buy some vowels, gents.
25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: Sorry Double Dare, but Carmen Sandiego is the greatest kids’ game ever. It made geography cool while highlighting the glamorous felonies of a femme fatale. I wish more TV shows concluded with the entire cast yelling in unison, “Do it, Rockapella!”
- Louis Virtel
Game shows owe much of their success to their predictability. When turning on Jeopardy! each night or spending a Saturday morning watching the classics on the Game Show Network, one knows exactly what to expect: some kind of gimmick, a big winner.
A show with a winning formula can be on the air for decades, and all that really changes are the hairstyles. Still, it’s the moments that take viewers (and, often, those involved) completely off-guard that can immortalize a show.
From big wins to host flubs to plain old dumb answers, we now explore these unexpected gems:
10. Match Game- Sammy the Songwriter
A decade before Pat Sajak and Vanna White went for cheap margaritas on their meal breaks, Match Game viewers were often left wondering what exactly Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly were sipping from their mugs. There are countless examples of host Gene Rayburn, and his panel of B-list celebrities, »
- Sienna Golden Malik
Chicago – The fast, funny and brightly thematic “The Croods” is the latest animated epic to come out of DreamWorks Studios, and a couple of veterans in the cartoon game, Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, are both the writers and directors of this vivid look into a prehistoric cave family and their evolutionary adventures.
“The Croods” are voiced by Nicolas Cage (Grug), Emma Stone (Eep), Catherine Keener (Ugga), Ryan Reynolds (Guy) and Cloris Leachman (Gran). They live to survive, but mostly hide in their dark cave from the outside elements. It is Eep who wants more out of life, and finds it with the adventurous Guy, who exists to enlighten himself.
Photo credit: DreamWorks Animation
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Why did Criminal Minds do it? What does Horror Story‘s final chapter look like? Will Once Upon a Time‘s Emma find herself embroiled in a fairytale romance? Will a Castle couple reconnect? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Criminal Minds | Spoiler Ahead! This is what my emailbox looked like this morning: A huge stack of “Is Reid’s girlfriend really dead?!” I for one didn’t think that was in doubt, and it isn’t — and here’s the tale behind the tragic twist. “We pitched a story where we’d introduce »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
13 items from 2013
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