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Inside the Secrets, Scandals and Legacy of ‘Full House’ From Creator Jeff Franklin (Exclusive)

Inside the Secrets, Scandals and Legacy of ‘Full House’ From Creator Jeff Franklin (Exclusive)
September 22, 1987. Thirty years ago. Ronald Reagan was president, and “Full House” debuted on ABC’s worst night at 8 p.m. Friday, considered to be not a time slot, but rather a “death slot.” We barely made the Top 75. The reviews of the show were terrible — “cheesy, saccharine, mind-numbing” — and that was from the one positive review.

If you had told me I’d be running the same show with the same cast in 2017, I would’ve asked what drugs you were on, and could I please have some? And yet, today, “Full House” has become one of the most beloved, popular and iconic family sitcoms ever. How on earth or any planet is this possible? Here’s how…

My big break happened when Garry Marshall “hired” me for fifty bucks a week to be a “researcher” on “Laverne and Shirley.” He did this with a couple young writers each season — a cheap way to put them on
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Netflix Set To Bring A Mexican Dark Comedy From Manolo Caro To The Network

  • LRM Online
Netflix continues to expand and add to its ever-impressive slate. Their latest signing promises to be as singular and unique as other original Netflix shows like Orange Is The New Black and Narcos.

According to Deadline, the streaming giant has just set up a new series from Mexican filmmaker Manolo Caro for the network. The as-yet-untitled series will be a half-hour dark comedy, and the premise is a doozy.

The show will center on a seemingly picture-perfect family that runs a flower shop, who secretly have lots of skeletons in their closets. A huge one comes to light when the patriarch's mistress suddenly dies and he decides to bring the children he had with her into his home to live with his wife and kids. Her family didn't know about the mistress, let alone that he had a whole other family out there. It's under these unique circumstances that the
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A Quick Word Of Praise For Marvel On Their Organic Integration Of Diversity

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I should probably start by reiterating a very key point:

I don't care about diversity.

Despite being a latino actor, myself, and being the nephew of Elizabeth Peña- who was a role model for many hispanic actors- I've really never batted an eyelash over the idea of diversity on television or a desire to be represented on screens both big and small. For me, personally, when considering what movie to watch, what network to tune into, or which artist to support, it all boils down to one question: Does it interest me? I don't see skin color. I don't see gender. I see an opportunity for entertainment, and ask myself if it's something I'd like to check out.

With that said, I do find it cool when I see certain marginalized groups get recognition in an organic and natural way. In last week's column "Will Latino Audiences Continue To
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'Scandal' appears to have moved past its dependence on cliffhangers

  • Hitfix
'Scandal' appears to have moved past its dependence on cliffhangers
"Scandal" appears to have moved past its dependence on cliffhangers “Scandal” was written around cliffhangers in its first three seasons, but the cliffhangers have now passed on to “How To Get Away with Murder.” As Joshua Alston says of “Scandal,” "It’s no longer a political thriller with heavy-to-a-fault spy genre flourishes, it’s 'Grey’s Anatomy' in the White House. And if that’s indeed what the writers are going for, the absence of a central, hashtag-friendly mystery makes perfect sense. I’ve been suspiciously anticipating this direction, but I’m far less worried than I was. If 'Like Father, Like Daughter' is any indication, that version of Scandal would be well-worth watching, if perhaps not the Twitter fuel it once was.” Plus: “ScandalSecret Service agent talks about his big role. Leah Remini will sub for Erin Andrews as “Dancing with the Stars' co-host Andrews is
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Elizabeth Peña, Actress With Roles on Modern Family and Matador, Dead at 55

Elizabeth Peña, Actress With Roles on Modern Family and Matador, Dead at 55
Elizabeth Peña, whose TV career included roles on Modern Family and Matador, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 55.

Peña’s nephew, Mario-Francisco Robles, confirmed her death in an obituary he penned for Latino-Review.

Her most recent role was that of Maritza, mother of the title character on El Rey’s Matador. She also played Gloria’s mother, Pilar, in two episodes of Modern Family.

Peña’s career spanned nearly four decades and included stints on series like Major Crimes, Off the Map, Resurrection Blvd., and NCIS. She also led her own short-lived comedy, I Married Dora,
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Elizabeth Pena, Co-Star of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘La Bamba,’ Dies at 55

Elizabeth Pena, Co-Star of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘La Bamba,’ Dies at 55
Actress Elizabeth Pena, who co-starred in “Jacob’s Ladder” and “La Bamba,” died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles. She was 55.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and raised by Cuban immigrant parents, Pena’s career spanned nearly 40 years. She began performing in New York theater, and got her professional start in 1978 with Leon Ichaso’s “El Super.”

She went on to appear in films including “Rush Hour,” “Blue Steel” and “Batteries Not Included,” starred in her own primetime series on ABC, “I Married Dora” and lent her voice to the “Justice League” animated series, “American Dad!” and to Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” where she voices Mirage.

Pena also had a recurring guest role on ABC’s “Modern Family” as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara’s Gloria.

The actress recently wrapped work on the first season of El Rey Network’s “Matador,
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Elizabeth Peña, Co-Star of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘La Bamba,’ Dies at 55

Elizabeth Peña, Co-Star of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and ‘La Bamba,’ Dies at 55
Actress Elizabeth Peña, who co-starred in “Jacob’s Ladder” and “La Bamba,” died Oct. 14 in Los Angeles after suffering from a brief illness, according to her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles. She was 55 and had a career that spanned four decades.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., and raised by Cuban immigrant parents, Peña began performing in New York theater, and got her professional start in 1978 with Leon Ichaso’s “El Super.”

She went on to appear in films including “Rush Hour,” “Blue Steel” and “Batteries Not Included”; starred in her own primetime series on ABC, “I Married Dora”; and lent her voice to the “Justice League” animated series, “American Dad!” and to Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” voicing Mirage.

Peña also had a recurring guest role on ABC’s “Modern Family” as Pilar, the mother of Sofia Vergara’s Gloria.

The actress recently wrapped work on the first season of El Rey Network’s “Matador,
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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away

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Breaking: Prolific Hispanic Actress Elizabeth Peña Has Passed Away
Elizabeth Peña has passed away. The actress, with a professional career spanning nearly 40 years, left us on the night of October 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had recently wrapped work on the first season of the El Rey Network's action series, Matador, where she played the title character's mother Maritza.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and raised by her Cuban immigrant parents, Peña was destined for a career in the arts. Her father, Mario, was a playwright, director, actor, and designer in their native Cuba, who opened up the Latin American Theatre Ensemble after establishing a life for he and his family in New York. As a teen, Peña began making a name for herself as a formidable young actress in the New York theatre scene. She attended, and graduated from, the High School of Performing Arts and began her professional film career in 1978 with León Ichaso's El Super.
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Actress Elizabeth Pena Has Died

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Actress Elizabeth Pena reportedly passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, at the age of 55.

The New Jersey born, Cuban immigrant-raised actress had a career that spanned nearly forty years. She appeared in numerous films including "Jacob's Ladder," "La Bamba," "Rush Hour," "Batteries Not Included," "Blue Steel" and voiced the character Mirage in "The Incredibles".

On TV she starred in ABC's "I Married Dora," voiced a role on the animated series "Justice League" and "American Dad," and recently wrapped work on El Rey's "Matador".

Pena is survived by her husband, two children, mother and sister.

Source: Variety
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Elizabeth Pena Dead -- 'La Bamba' Actress Dies At 55

  • TMZ
Elizabeth Pena -- who starred in a number of TV shows and films including "La Bamba" and "Rush Hour" ... has died. She was 55.Pena died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The cause of death was not disclosed.Pena -- whose Hollywood career spanned almost 40 years -- most recently had a recurring role on "Modern Family" as the mother to Sofia Vergara's character ... and recently completed work on the TV series "Matador."She also starred
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TV on Tap: Nathan Lane is Returning to "Modern Family," NBC is Developing a George Washington Drama and a Defense of "Leave It to Beaver"

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Sigh. The afterglow never lasts for long.

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Jeff Lewis is suing Jenni Pulos over a book she has written, claiming she is in violation of non-disclosure agreements. I think we've finally reached the point where Jeff's tendency to push people away has finally gotten Jenni.

I suspect someone at Hgtv is smacking their forehead and exclaiming, "A show about a design firm staffed by models/handymen? Why didn't I think of that?"

Macy's has responded to the petition that the retailer cut their association with Donald Trump, giving Us Weekly a statement where they try to distance themselves from his recent election inspired extra-awfulness while continuing to sell products with his name.

NBC is developing a drama about George Washington that would switch back and forth between the time when Washington was a revolutionary fighting for the colonies' independence and his time as the country's first president. I
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Modern Family Casting Scoop: Look Who's Playing Gloria's Mother!

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Modern Family Casting Scoop: Look Who's Playing Gloria's Mother!
Modern Family is expanding!

Elizabeth Peña (La Bamba, Rush Hour) has been tapped to play Pilar, mother to Sofia Vergara’s Gloria, TVLine has learned.

Additionally, Stephanie Beatriz has been cast as Sofia, Gloria’s sister.

They will both appear in this season’s 12th episode, “Fulgencio,” which begins shooting on Monday.

Related | Matthew Broderick to Guest on Modern Family

The pair are likely around for a visit related to Gloria’s pregnancy — maybe a baby shower? Perhaps the blessed event itself?

In addition to several films, Peña’s TV credits include Off the Map, Boston Public and the ’80s sitcom I Married Dora.
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Juliette Lewis Joins NBC's The Firm!

Juliette Lewis returned to series television for the first time since her role on the 1987 ABC comedy I Married Dora and signed on to play the office receptionist on The Firm. According to Variety, Lewis joined Callum Keith Rennie of the AMC drama The Killing as the latest cast mates to the TV adaptation of the popular 1991 feature film based on the John Grisham best seller. Earlier, Josh Lucas, who just finished a feature role in the hit lawyer drama The Lincoln Lawyer, with Matthew McConaughey, signed on to play Mitchell McDeere, the young lawyer in John Grisham's The Firm, who brought down the Memphis law firm that acted as a front for the Chicago mob.
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Juliette Lewis Joins NBC's The Firm!

Juliette Lewis returned to series television for the first time since her role on the 1987 ABC comedy I Married Dora and signed on to play the office receptionist on The Firm. According to Variety, Lewis joined Callum Keith Rennie of the AMC drama The Killing as the latest cast mates to the TV adaptation of the popular 1991 feature film based on the John Grisham best seller. Earlier, Josh Lucas, who just finished a feature role in the hit lawyer drama The Lincoln Lawyer, with Matthew McConaughey, signed on to play Mitchell McDeere, the young lawyer in John Grisham's The Firm, who brought down the Memphis law firm that acted as a front for the Chicago mob.
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Juliette Lewis Joins NBC's The Firm!

Juliette Lewis returned to series television for the first time since her role on the 1987 ABC comedy I Married Dora and signed on to play the office receptionist on The Firm. According to Variety, Lewis joined Callum Keith Rennie of the AMC drama The Killing as the latest cast mates to the TV adaptation of the popular 1991 feature film based on the John Grisham best seller. Earlier, Josh Lucas, who just finished a feature role in the hit lawyer drama The Lincoln Lawyer, with Matthew McConaughey, signed on to play Mitchell McDeere, the young lawyer in John Grisham's The Firm, who brought down the Memphis law firm that acted as a front for the Chicago mob.
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'Biggest Loser's' Alison Sweeney: A clumsy moment with Carmen Electra and 20 other confessions

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Alison Sweeney must be on top of the world. At 34, she has successfully balanced her daytime gig on the NBC soap, "Days of Our Lives," and she just waved farewell to another hit season of "The Biggest Loser." So, what's next?

Sweeney has turned her attention to another weighty problem as a spokesperson for the Hill's Science Diet Weight Loss System for pets. And she'll be sharing the fit tips she has accrued over the years with other moms like herself in a new book, "The Mommy Diet," which will be available Dec. 28.

So, while she's in the mood for sharing secrets, Sweeney agreed to share some personal 411 for Zap2it's Celeb Slam Book.

Find out how Carmen Electra took part in one of Sweeney's most embarrassing moments plus 20 more confessions from the busy mom:

1.) Tell us one thing we don't know about you.Lots of people don't know that I speak Spanish fluently.
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