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Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74

Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74
Hugh Wilson, creator of the CBS comedies “Wkrp in Cincinnati” and “Frank’s Place” and writer-director of the first “Police Academy” movie, died Jan. 14 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 74.

Wilson was a writer for the “Bob Newhart Show” and “The Tony Randall Show” and won an Emmy for best comedy writing in 1988 for “Frank’s Place.” He received Emmy nominations for his work on “The Famous Teddy Z” and “Wkrp in Cincinnati.” He was twice awarded the Humanitas Prize, given for television and film writing that promotes meaning and human dignity.

Wilson excelled as a creator of ensemble comedies with enduring appeal. “Wkrp,” which ran from 1978-1982, revolved around a motley group of characters at a run-down Cincinnati radio station. “Frank’s Place,” which lasted only one season in 1987-88, was set a restaurant in New Orleans. Both shows are often cited among TV’s all-time best comedies.

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Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74

Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74
Hugh Wilson, director of the hit big-screen comedies “Police Academy” and “The First Wives Club” and creator of the hit TV series “Wkrp In Cincinnati,” died on Tuesday at age 74, according to family members and media reports. “Wkrp in Cincinnati” ran for four seasons from 1978-82 and followed Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap (Howard Hesseman and Tim Reid), DJs at the titular radio station as it undergoes a rocky transition from a dated easy listening station to contemporary rock under the direction of overworked station boss Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) and his bumbling crew. Wilson based the show and several...
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Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86

Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, who started as an actor and went on to become a prolific TV director throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, died Nov. 19 in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was 86.

Baldwin won a Primetime Emmy Award for directing “The Wonder Years” and a Cable Ace Award for “Dream On.”

Born in Winnetka, Ill., he was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout in his senior year at Stanford. He became one of Paramount’s “Golden Circle of Newcomers” and appeared in films including “Stalag 17,” “Little Boy Lost” and Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.”

He served three years in the Navy and returned to Paramount, where he appeared in “The Tin Star” and “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and Doris Day.

After touring with Julie Harris in “The Warm Peninsula” play, Baldwin moved to Italy, where he appeared in films by Robert Rossellini, Dino Risi and Francesco Rosi. There he started
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Peter Baldwin Dies: ‘Mary Tyler Moore’, ‘Wonder Years’ Director Was 86

Peter Baldwin, whose directing credits encompassed many of the best and most popular sitcoms in TV history, from The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show to The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Wkrp in Cincinnati, died Nov. 19 at his home in Pebble Beach, California. He was 86. His death was announced on the Facebook pages of his daughter Eleonora Baldwin and his son Drew Baldwin, CEO of Tubefilter and creator of the Streamy Awards. Though he began his career as an…
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AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Passes Away at 64

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Passes Away at 64
For those about to rock, we salute you. Malcolm Young, founding member of AC/DC and brother to lead guitarist Angus Young, has passed away at the age of 64. Malcolm suffered through dementia and cancer for the last years of his life and has not toured or recorded with the band since 2008's Black Ice. Malcolm Young was the band's rhythm guitar player and is responsible for many of AC/DC's best-known songs that have topped the charts as well as helped launch movies into the top of the box office with his contributions to soundtracks.

In a statement on the Malcolm Young's Facebook, his family said, "Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many." While the statement is accurate, it also underscores just how amazing Malcolm Young really was. Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Action Hero was a box office bomb,
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Orlando’s Spooky Empire Convention to Feature Cast Members from the New It Movie

Spooky Empire has announced that Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff from the new It movie will be special guests at the Orlando convention this fall. In addition to the It (2017) cast's attendance, the convention will also celebrate a special 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys, and more:

Press Release: Orlando – Spooky Empire, who hosts one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces the reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall on October 27 – 29, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night,
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Sister, Sister: Tia and Tamera Mowry Prepping Sitcom Revival

Sister, Sister: Tia and Tamera Mowry Prepping Sitcom Revival
Is the world ready for more sibling synchronicity?

In a new interview, Tia Mowry confirms that she and sister Tamera Mowry are attempting to revive Sister, Sister. Unfortunately for the twinning stars of the ‘1990s sitcom, the effort is proving to be something of a struggle.

“We’re looking, right now, for a producer and a writer, someone who can kind of be a leader of the pack in regards to running the show,” Mowry tells Nylon. “I thought people would
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New Trailer for Stephen King's 'It' is Terrifying

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2017-03-29T12:02:11-07:00New Trailer for Stephen King's 'It' is Terrifying

The first trailer for the latest version of Stephen King’s It has landed, suggesting that yet another generation of children will be haunted by visions of an evil, sewer-dwelling clown.

It’s the first of a proposed two-part adaptation of the 1986 novel that was originally turned into a mini-series in 1990, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, a clown that kidnaps and eats children.

The process of adapting the novel again has proved somewhat torturous, going back to 2012 when it was officially announced. Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga was initially attached but dropped out, although he now shares a credit on the script. The Revenant star Will Poulter was also attached to play Pennywise but dropped out after the schedule changed.

Mama director Andrés Muschietti is now behind the project, the first part
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From TV Star to Executive: Mary Tyler Moore’s Most Iconic Moments

From TV Star to Executive: Mary Tyler Moore’s Most Iconic Moments
Mary Tyler Moore never set out to be one of the pioneers of television, but with her warmth and comedic chops, she cemented a legacy for generations of fans thanks to her groundbreaking work in the medium, both onscreen and behind the camera. Moore died on Wednesday from a cardiopulmonary arrest after contracting pneumonia, her publicist confirmed to Et. She was 80.

Moore first rose to prominence on The Dick Van Dyke Show, playing the slightly daffy wife to Van Dyke’s TV writer character from 1961-66. She then branched out on her own with The Mary Tyler Moore Show, on which she became a feminist icon as a single, working woman. During the show’s run, from 1970 to 1977, she was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series every year and won a total of three awards.

After her eponymous show ended, Moore deftly moved into films and Broadway shows, working with the
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Mary Tyler Moore, TV Icon, Dies at 80

Mary Tyler Moore, TV Icon, Dies at 80
Television great Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died Wednesday in Connecticut, her publicist confirmed. She was 80.

“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” read the statement from Mara Buxbaum, her longtime rep. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

The vivacious brunette performer transformed the image of women on television first as Van Dyke’s sexy, vulnerable wife Laura Petrie and then as single career girl Mary Richards in her own series. Her work in the two series brought Moore five Emmy Awards, in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1974 and 1976. She won another Emmy for 1993 TV special “Stolen Babies.
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‘Tri’ Exclusive Clip: New Sports Drama Examines What It Takes to Complete a Triathlon

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‘Tri’ Exclusive Clip: New Sports Drama Examines What It Takes to Complete a Triathlon
The new sports drama “Tri” takes a long, hard look at just what it takes to complete a triathlon, and how far someone can push themselves to achieve. The film follows Natalie (Jensen Jacobs), an ultrasound tech with a history of not finishing things, who is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a triathlon. She’s soon introduced to the strange (and aerodynamic) world of triathletes and meets a bevy of colorful characters as she trains for the Nations Triathlon. With the support of her new teammates, she discovers just how far she’s willing to go. The film also stars Chris Williams (“Dodgeball”), Marla Aaron Wapner (“House of Cards”), Kenneth Simmons (“Kick-Ass”), Jaylen Moore (“Homeland”) and Tim Reid (“Wkrp In Cincinnati”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘Triforce’ Exclusive Trailer: World Champion Competitive Gamer Muses On Triumphs And Failures In Short Documentary
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Director James Burrows on How Grant Tinker – and His Mtm Hit Factory – Changed Television

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Director James Burrows on How Grant Tinker – and His Mtm Hit Factory – Changed Television
James Burrows, perhaps the most successful TV director in history, owes his lengthy small screen career to Grant Tinker.

Tinker, who died Monday at 90, was a towering television titan who turned Mtm Enterprises into one of the most successful production companies in the 1970s, then took over NBC and led that network from worst to first in the 1980s.

But his legacy lives on, thanks to the writers, producers, directors and stars he championed during his long career. Burrows, who recently directed his 1,000th episode of television (which NBC celebrated with a primetime special), is one of them.

“I owe my entire television career to him,” Burrows told IndieWire.

Burrows was a theater director and stage manager in New York when he worked on the musical “Holly Golightly” (later retitled “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain. The show closed after just four nights, but by the end,
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Former NBC, Mtm Chief Grant Tinker Dies at 90

Former NBC chairman and CEO, Grant Tinker, has died at the age of 90. Together with Mary Tyler Moore, to whom he was married from 1962 to 1982, Tinker formed Mtm Enterprises. According to reports, he died at home in California, on November 28, 2016.The production company produced iconic TV sitcoms such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-offs Rhoda and Phyllis, as well as The Bob Newhart Show and Wkrp in Cincinnati. Mtm Enterprises was also behind critically acclaimed dramas like Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere -- and another Mtm spin-off -- Lou Grant.Read More…
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TV Great Grant Tinker Dies, Former CEO of NBC Was 90

TV Great Grant Tinker Dies, Former CEO of NBC Was 90
Grant Tinker, former chairman and CEO of NBC, died on Tuesday, Nov. 29. He was 90. In 1969, Tinker and his then-wife, actress Mary Tyler Moore, launched MTM Enterprises. The company became an indie powerhouse, producing such popular series as the ground-breaking The Mary Tyler Moore Show, starring Moore, Rhoda, The Bob Newhart Show, Wkrp in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere. In 1981, Tinker left to become chairman and CEO of then-last-place network NBC…
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NBC Legend Grant Tinker Dead at 91

NBC Legend Grant Tinker Dead at 91
Another TV legend has passed on: Grant Tinker, former chairman of NBC, died on Monday at his California estate. He was 91.

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Tinker served as CEO of the Peacock Network from 1981 through 1986, helping NBC escape last place by developing classics such as Cheers, Family Ties and The Cosby Show. With onetime wife Mary Tyler Moore, he also formed production shingle Mtm Enterprises, which produced the likes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (and its spinoff Rhoda), The Bob Newhart Show, Wkrp in Cincinnati, St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues. He would eventually be
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It Came From The Tube: Midnight Offerings (1981)

By the early ‘80s, Melissa Sue Anderson was ready to get some dirt under Mary Ingall’s fingernails, and shed her squeaky clean image. Late in ’81 she would entertain horror audiences with her big screen turn in Happy Birthday to Me, but earlier that same year she stayed closer to home on the tube playing a big bad teenage witch in Midnight Offerings – a role which I’m sure Pa Ingalls would not approve of.

The telemovie premiered Friday, February 27th, 1981 on ABC. It’s neighbor CBS had the kings of Friday night, Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas going on, while poor old NBC had Nero Wolfe followed by that party animal David Brinkley. (Let’s just say the Peacock was still a few seasons away from working their way out of the cellar.) But ABC, for some reason, had always not only nurtured horror, but thrived on it – and
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12 Great Guilty-Pleasure, Buried-Treasure TV Shows

There are shows that have been justly lauded as the best the medium has to offer. And then there are those series that have been unjustly obscured by history ... for the moment. Some are cult faves that never crossed over; others were short-lived hits that didn’t get kissed by the rerun gods. And some were just plain trash. But as Oscar the Grouch used to sing, we love trash — anything dirty or dingy or dusty. Here are a dozen shows that didn't make our "100 Greatest TV Shows" list but damn,
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11 Greatest Gone-Too-Soon TV Shows

11 Greatest Gone-Too-Soon TV Shows
So many shows on the Top 100 list got axed before their time, from Deadwood to My So-Called Life, from Freaks and Geeks to Party Down. These also could have been contenders, had they a little more time to find the audience. We present the best of the gone-too-soon bunch that didn't make our list.

Firefly

2002

Josh Whedon goes into outer space with the crew of the Serenity in the year 2517, starring Nathan Fillion as the rebel captain. Fifteen years after Fox cut the Serenity loose, the Firefly fanbase keeps growing
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Jared Leto Remembers His First Auditions (Star Trek!), First Kiss and More

Jared Leto Remembers His First Auditions (Star Trek!), First Kiss and More
Oh, how sweet it is to listen to and watch Jared Leto taking a stroll down memory lane. I sat down with the Oscar winner in NYC on Sunday to talk about his new flick Suicide Squad. We also had some fun chatting about some of his first times. Leto recalled his first foray into the acting business. "One of my first auditions was for one line in Star Trek, just one line in Star Trek: The New Generation," the 44-year-old actor remembered. "Great show, but I was terrible and I definitely did not get the part. I remember going up for Wkrp in Cincinnati...They tried to remake the show. Definitely didn't get the part. I remember being so bad, just being so embarrassed reading. How can you be so...
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Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series Blu-ray Collector’s Edition Review

Freeks and Geeks: The Complete Series

Starring Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Becky Ann Baker, Joe Flaherty, and Busy Philipps.

Synopsis:

The modern classic, Freaks and Geeks, arrives on Blu-ray at last! Set in 1980 at the fictional McKinley High in Detroit, Freaks and Geeks focused on two groups of outsiders: the stoners, tough kids and bad girls; and the brains, nerds and squares. Although this Emmy award-winning series ran for only one season, it has remained a cult favorite and a benchmark of quality television.

Sure, if you have a Netflix account, you can stream all the episodes of Freaks and Geeks as part of your monthly subscription, thus saving yourself the price of this set, but as its name implies, Shout! Factory’s Freaks and Geeks Complete Series Blu-ray Collector’s Edition is for hardcore fans of the series.
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