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TV Review: ‘Bad Judge’

4 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ah, “Bad Judge.” If ever a title lent itself to ridicule, it’s this one, although the show works pretty hard to earn the gibes. Kate Walsh plays the robed dispenser of justice, who, when not on the bench, has sex in her chambers, shows up to work hung over and generally behaves like a college sophomore on perpetual spring break. Walsh’s mix of comedy chops and sex appeal do as much as an actress could to sell such a role, but even generous acceptance of the show as broad farce makes it difficult to return a favorable verdict.

In a way, the series is a one-note joke, in the same way “Bad Santa” or “Bad Teacher” sort of said it all about the movie. But if you’re really going to go that route, it practically requires a pedal-to-the-metal approach that isn’t pursued – or perhaps even possible to the extent necessary, »

- Brian Lowry

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Lee Madddux, Writer on ‘Night Court,’ Dies at 68

17 September 2014 3:58 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lee Maddux, a television writer who did stints as executive story consultant for the NBC sitcom “Night Court” and the CBS spy dramedy “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” died on September 9. He was 68.

Maddux served as executive story consultant on “Scarecrow” for 31 episodes from 1985-87 (also writing seven episodes) and for “Night Court” for 22 episodes in 1991-92.

He was credited as co-producer on 13 episodes of “In the Heat of the Night” and penned three episodes.

Maddux also wrote episodes of “Benson,” “Simon & Simon,” “Crime Story,” “Hunter” and “MacGyver.”

In 1999 he penned “The Coronation,” a German-language short that spoofed film noir. In 2002, still working in German, he penned a series, the animated Western spoof “WinneToons”; it was followed by (still German) the short “Fuck Me? Fuck You!,” and then a feature version of “WinneToons,” “WinneToons – Die Legende vom Schatz im Silbersee,” which he co-wrote.

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- Carmel Dagan

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Lee Madddux, Writer on ‘Night Court,’ Dies at 68

17 September 2014 3:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lee Maddux, a television writer who did stints as executive story consultant for the NBC sitcom “Night Court” and the CBS spy dramedy “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” died on September 9. He was 68.

Maddux served as executive story consultant on “Scarecrow” for 31 episodes from 1985-87 (also writing seven episodes) and for “Night Court” for 22 episodes in 1991-92.

He was credited as co-producer on 13 episodes of “In the Heat of the Night” and penned three episodes.

Maddux also wrote episodes of “Benson,” “Simon & Simon,” “Crime Story,” “Hunter” and “MacGyver.”

In 1999 he penned “The Coronation,” a German-language short that spoofed film noir. In 2002, still working in German, he penned a series, the animated Western spoof “WinneToons”; it was followed by (still German) the short “Fuck Me? Fuck You!,” and then a feature version of “WinneToons,” “WinneToons – Die Legende vom Schatz im Silbersee,” which he co-wrote.

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- Carmel Dagan

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Stephen Lee, Character Actor in ‘Burlesque,’ ‘The Negotiator,’ Dies at 58

27 August 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Lee, a talented character actor who spent more than three decades in the business, died of a heart attack on August 14. He was 58.

Some of his more notable credits include the films “Burlesque” (2010), with Cher and Christina Aguilera; “The Negotiator” (1998), with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; and, much earlier, 1983’s “WarGames” with Matthew Broderick.

Lee also did a great deal of TV work, with credits dating back to “Hart to Hart” in 1981 and “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Who’s the Boss?” in 1984.

The actor’s more recent TV credits include “NCIS,” “Numbers,” “Bones” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and he worked last in 2010.

On the way he appeared on such TV shows as “thirtysomething,” soap “Santa Barbara,” “Family Ties,” “Night Court,” “Roseanne,” “Quantum Leap,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Babylon 5,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Seinfeld.”

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- Carmel Dagan

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Stephen Lee, Character Actor in ‘Burlesque,’ ‘The Negotiator,’ Dies at 58

27 August 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Lee, a talented character actor who spent more than three decades in the business, died of a heart attack on August 14. He was 58.

Some of his more notable credits include the films “Burlesque” (2010), with Cher and Christina Aguilera; “The Negotiator” (1998), with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; and, much earlier, 1983’s “WarGames” with Matthew Broderick.

Lee also did a great deal of TV work, with credits dating back to “Hart to Hart” in 1981 and “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Who’s the Boss?” in 1984.

The actor’s more recent TV credits include “NCIS,” “Numbers,” “Bones” and “Ghost Whisperer,” and he worked last in 2010.

On the way he appeared on such TV shows as “thirtysomething,” soap “Santa Barbara,” “Family Ties,” “Night Court,” “Roseanne,” “Quantum Leap,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Babylon 5,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Seinfeld.”

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- Carmel Dagan

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'Night Court' alum cast as Lindsay's mom on 'Chicago P.D.'

26 August 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

We’re about to find out if Chicago P.D.’s Lindsay has mommy issues.

Night Court and Hearts Afire alum Markie Post has been tapped to play Erin Lindsay’s mom, Bunny, for a multi-episode arc on the NBC drama, EW has confirmed. A bartender in a dive bar, Bunny has been estranged from her daughter, but looks to reconnect now that she’s in a new relationship.

Post will first appear in the season 2 premiere, airing Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. on NBC. »

- Natalie Abrams

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Emmy Awards: Five Predictions You Can Take to the Bank

6 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Here’s a safe prediction: The Emmy Award nominations will elicit plenty of disgruntlement, along the lines of “What? No nomination for [fill in name of your favorite show here]? Those Emmy voters have their heads up their butts.”

The Internet has helped magnify these voices, creating a mini-industry around the disappointment (at best) and eruptions of anger (at worst) over award balloting, along with the simplistic charges that every overlooked show or performer has been “snubbed” by the collected members of the Television Academy.

The “snubs” argument notwithstanding, the Emmys do harbor some collective and historic biases, which help explain why certain kinds of programs and actors fare better than others. So while most of this week will be spent trying to anticipate who might land nominations at the crack of dawn West Coast time on July 10 — Variety will be in countdown mode this week with prognosticating posts rolling out starting Monday on top program categories — here »

- Brian Lowry

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Sketchy Episode 123 – ‘Teen Wolf & Other Animated Series’

16 June 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

You know how some movies turn out to be really awesome, and then their cartoons are crap? Well, this week we reveiw the crap. It’s “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Teen Wolf.” Enjoy!

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- Ryan Clagg

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Horror's 7 Most Haunting Houses

27 May 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Aside from The Return of… or The Revenge of…, there may be no more beloved horror titles than those involving The House…. There is something very mysterious and foreboding about a mysterious house containing all kinds of unknown horrors.

Shout Factory has released a new entry on the list with House in the Alley arising today, May 27th. The obscure Vietnamese horror pic is sure to pique the interest of fans and follow in the footsteps of some of the freaky House-themed films of the past…which leads us to our newest Top List: Horror's 7 Most Haunting Houses.

Make no mistake; we aren't necessarily talking about 'haunted houses' here, but 'haunting houses,' meaning movies with House in the title that did a wonderful job of scaring the hell out of us. We'll begin with some honorable mentions to get the ball rolling.

The video game-inspired House of the Dead »

- Scott Hallam

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Watch Aquaman and the Flash in Unaired 'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl' Pilot

15 May 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans of Sid & Marty Krofft are well versed in the 1970s oddity Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, a super hero series about two women crime fighters that spoofed of Batman and his sidekick Robin. It was a segment shown as part of the 1976 Saturday morning series The Krofft Supershow and starred soap opera queen Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis. In 2001, the Krofft's decided to reboot the property as its own half hour comedy series, which continued the story of the original, only now Electra Woman has retired from crime fighting to live in a trailer park after Dyna Girl ran off with her husband. Markie Post of Night Court fame took on the role of Electra Woman in this failed series, while Anne Stedman played the former sidekick Dyna Girl. The pilot of which has resurfaced and is notable for its brief appearances by Aquaman and The Flash, while other DC notables get mentioned. »

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The Flash & Aquaman Cameo In Unaired Electra Woman & Dyna Girl Pilot (2001)

15 May 2014 1:28 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

In 1976, Sid and Marty Krofft ("H.R. Pufnstuf") created Electra Woman and Dyna Girl for their series The Krofft Supershow. There were sixteen 12-minute segments, that featured Deidre Hall ("Days of Our Lives") as Electra Woman (played by ) and Judy Strangis ("Room 222") as her sidekick Dyna Girl. For whatever reason, Warner Bros. commissioned a new version in 2001 with Markie Post ("Night Court") as Electra Woman and Anne Stedman ("That '70s Show") as Dyna Girl. Where the original version was a spoof on the 60's Batman & Robin television series, this new version was a cynical take on superheroes. Markie Post's Electra Woman is portrayed as former superhero who has become trailer park trash. She's hooked on booze, and has a mighty chip on her shoulder because her original Dyna Girl stole her husband. Watch the pilot above and be on the lookout for brief appearances by The Flash »

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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

14 May 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

14 May 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men. »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘Night Court’ Judge Harry Anderson Stars in Anti-Evolution Drama (Video)

2 May 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Night Court” judge Harry Anderson brings his rubber chicken to college in a new feature film about the dangers of failing to teach creationism alongside evolution. You may have forgotten Anderson's role as judge and part-time magician Harry Stone on NBC's very funny “Night Court,” which ran from 1984 to 1992. If you do remember Judge Stone, you've almost definitely forgotten that he sometimes talked to a rubber chicken. Also read: ‘God's Not Dead’ Isn't Going Away, and Neither Are Faith-Based Films But look who remembered: The creationist creators of “A Matter of Faith,” coming to theaters Sept. 26. They've cast Anderson »

- Tim Molloy

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Original Trailers for Evilspeak and Final Exam

29 April 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory’s May releases include 80′s cult classics Evilspeak and Final Exam, and they’ve released the original theatrical trailers for both titles.

“This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (Night Court), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on May 13, 2014. Each movie collection boasts anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content. Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray™ editions »

- Jonathan James

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Writer Doris Kanter, Widow of Comedy Scribe Hal Kanter, Dies at 95

17 April 2014 6:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Writer and artist Doris Kanter, widow of comedy writer-producer-director Hal Kanter, died on March 18 in Encino, Calif., after a brief illness. She was 95.

During the Kanters’ 70-year marriage, Doris helped her husband in writing and editing – mainly comedy– for television and film.

Having written several screenplays and episodes of television sitcoms including “Chico and the Man,” “Night Court,” “Valentine’s Day,” “You Can’t Take It With You” – and co-writing “United States” with Larry Gelbart, Doris became a member of the Writers Guild of America West in 1985. She helped guide the careers of several young writers.

A talented visual artist and calligrapher, Doris created traveling visual media exhibits with her mentor and teacher, artist Sister Mary Corita (Kent), and also designed the colorful opening title credits for her husband’s groundbreaking TV series “Julia.”

Doris was born in New York City. As 17-year-old high school graduate with an exceptional singing voice, »

- Carmel Dagan

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R.I.P. Doris Kanter

17 April 2014 5:58 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The sitcom and feature writer, who was married to Hal Kanter for 70 years, has died. Doris Kanter died last month in Encino after a brief illness, the WGA said today. She was 95. Her writing credits include Chico And The Man, Night Court and the 1980 Beau Bridges sitcom United States. She also designed the colorful opening title credits for her husband groundbreaking 1968-71 series Julia, starring Diahann Carroll. A native of NYC, Doris Kanter started out working at Parents magazine in the 1930s. She married Hal Kanter in 1941 after he had been drafted into the Army. She also helped her husband in writing and editing – mainly comedy– for television and film. He died in 2011. Doris Kanter is survived by her three daughters, Lisa Shafer, Donna Kanter — a writer-director-producer who owns the Kanter Company — and Abigail Jaye; her granddaughter Kaleigh Shafer; and sons–in-law Anthony Shafer and Michael Jaye. »

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Scream Factory Reveals Full Details on Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray Releases

5 March 2014 12:14 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A double dose of 1981 horror flicks will usher us into the summer, courtesy of our friends over at Scream Factory. Read on for full details about both releases, which put Evilspeak and Final Exam on Blu-ray for the very first time!

From the Press Release

This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps.

Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson ("What’s Happening!"), Don Stark ("That ‘70s Show"), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll ("Night Court"), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time »

- John Squires

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Evilspeak and Final Exam Blu-ray Release Details

5 March 2014 9:44 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory officially announced a May release for 80′s cult classics Evilspeak and Final Exam, and we have a look at the official cover art, along with the list of bonus features:

This May, Scream Factory™ invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a double dose of 80s high-camp horror romps when Eric Weston’s Evilspeak, starring Clint Howard (Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Joseph Cortese (Death Collector), Claude Earl Jones (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Haywood Nelson (What’s Happening!), Don Stark (That ‘70s Show), Charles Tyner (Father Murphy), Lenny Montana (The Godfather), Richard Moll (Night Court), and Jimmy Huston’s Final Exam, starring Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), arrive on Blu-ray™ for the first time on May 13, 2014. Each movie collection boasts anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content. »

- Jonathan James

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Hollywood! Adapt This: Night Court

2 March 2014 8:50 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Full disclosure: I spent the better part of last Thursday night attending night court for a traffic violation.  As you might have expected, the experience was an efficient, competent, and streamlined process (right).  New technology has been introduced (such as a defendant attempting to use a digital receipt on his cellphone as a means of an alibi), but the court system doesn't appear to have changed much fundamentally in the last thirty years.  Why did I choose thirty years?  Because 1984 featured the debut of the long-running court comedy that's the focus of today's article.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Night Court. What It's About: Airing on NBC after Cheers in the mid-80s, Night Court was a half-hour comedy that centered on the night-shift staff of a Manhattan court.  Created by Reinhold Weege, the sitcom starred Harry Anderson as the quirky, amateur comedian/magician, Judge Harold T. »

- Dave Trumbore

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