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His vast number of television credits also included appearances on “Rhoda,” “Columbo,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Lou Grant,” “Happy Days,” “The A-Team” and “Murder She Wrote.”
Wells also did a number of TV »
- Variety Staff
Currently in a rebuilding phase after a precipitous slide from its former dominance of the cable-news world, CNN has been adding new on-air talent, such as former ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper, and is also reaching back into its past.
Last week, CNN revived the current-events/debate program "Crossfire," blending a long-running format with a roster of new faces. The daily 30-minute show features two hosts and guests each night, with the co-hosts also appearing across other CNN programming.
From 1982 until 2005, "Crossfire" was a mainstay of the network's daytime lineup, examining the news from the points of view of a politically liberal and a conservative pundit.
Veteran TV actor Henry Polic, who played Jerry Silver on ABC’s Webster and voiced Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow on Batman: The Animated Series, has died. He was 68. The longtime character actor, game show personality and host, and stage and TV thesp had fought a long battle with cancer, per his agent Brad Lemack. His first TV credit as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Mel Brooks’ 1975 comedy When Things Were Rotten was another of his career highlights; Polic also earned fame for his appearances on game shows Super Password, The $25,000 Pyramid, and The $100,000 Pyramid and hosted ABC’s Celebrity Double Talk in 1986. Polic played Dracula on the 1976 series Monster Squad and guest starred on shows including Alice, Mork & Mindy, Eight is Enough, Murder She Wrote, Sheena, and Saved By the Bell. His film credits include The Last Remake of Beau Geste, All You Need, Bring Him Home, The Trial of Old Drum, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
What's love got to do with it? Everything! Lesbian couple Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) head a multiethnic family of foster and biological kids on the new ABC Family drama The Fosters (premiering Monday, June 3 at 9/8c). Executive producer Jennifer Lopez made it all happen — and tells us why.
TV Guide Magazine: You're already everywhere. Why add this gig to your crazy-busy life?
Jennifer Lopez: It's irresponsible not to do TV like this if you get the chance. Like a lot of people, I was raised on idyllic shows like The Brady Bunch and Eight Is Enough. We need to put out the message that a family doesn't need to have one mom, one dad, one dog and a picket fence. A family is about love and acceptance.
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- Michael Logan
Child Star-itis. It happens to some actors who cannot handle fame early and then crack under the strain of too much, too soon. Yet some people manage to avoid the pitfalls. Emma Watson, now a Brown University student, after a lucrative run in the Harry Potter franchise. Brooke Shields, a working actress and mother, educated and successful. Dr. Damon Raskin, a board certified internist and addiction specialist who funded his medical school education from his childhood acting (Eight is Enough). But for some like tabloid darlings Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, the path to a normal life is just not happening. Former child actor Rick Schroder says the troubles surrounding both Lohan and Bynes is tragic. "My heart goes out »
- April Neale
The 60-year-old spoke with the National Enquirer, telling the magazine that she doesn't want to complain too much, but she admits she has her fair share of problems.
The former actress was cast to play the fourth oldest child on "Eight Is Enough" back in 1977 and played the role of Susan Bradford for five seasons. Her career stalled once the series ended, and her last credit is the 1998 TV movie "An Eight Is Enough Wedding."
Today, Richardson is wracked with medical problems, living with diabetes and having suffered several strokes. She has a digestive problem that she said have caused her to lose all of her teeth, and her weight has plummeted to a mere 60 pounds.
"I had a series of mini-strokes. Then I discovered I had a rare disorder »
- Stephanie Marcus
Thank you, National Enquirer, for calling our attention to an issue we as a pop-culture society should come together to solve: The health and well-being of our national treasures, aged former sitcom stars. We first became aware of this issue last year, when it was discovered that Happy Days star Erin Moran was homeless and bouncing from motel to motel. Today, we learned that another beloved face from the ’70s and ’80s, Eight Is Enough’s Susan Richardson is suffering from a number of health problems and scraping by in a broken down trailer. The diabetic 60-year-old, who played one of Dick Van Patten’s eight children on the ABC show that ran from 1977-81, has had strokes and also an incurable digestive tract condition that made her lose her teeth, the Enquirer reports (via Radar Online). In addition to a pension, she’s earning a living by turning fallen »
- Sabrina Rojas Weiss
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