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Way to go, Rayanne! A.J. Langer, 41, is living out her own "Downton Abbey" fairy tale. The actress best known as Rayanne Graff on "My So-Called Life" is now the Countess of Devon and mistress of a 600-year-old, 4,000-acre British estate. We'd call that a so-called awesome life.
A.J. -- who also starred in "Baywatch," "The Wonder Years" and "Private Practice" -- met her husband, Charles Courtenay, in Las Vegas in 2002 and married him back in 2005. They are only in the news now because his father, the Earl of Devon, just passed away. That means Charles now has that title and A.J. (aka Allison Joy) is the Countess of Devon and their crib is Powderham Castle in Exeter, Devon, England. Not bad for a girl from Columbus, Ohio! Here are photos of the couple and their castle.
A.J. told Breezy Mama back in 2009 that she, Charles and their two children, »
- Gina Carbone
Allison Joy Langer—or, as she's known professionally, A.J. Langer —has played a bikini-wearing Baywatch babe , a "bad girl" in The Wonder Years , and various other roles on shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Blossom ; she's probably best known for playing wild party girl Rayanne Graff on My So-Called Life . And now? She's a member of the British nobility. As the Telegraph explains, Langer, now 41, married Charles Courtenay in 2005; Courtenay just so happened to be the only son of the Earl of Devon. The Earl died earlier this month , meaning his son is the new Earl and »
- Evann Gastaldo
To clarify, this article and the ones similar to it are not reviews of this fall/midseason’s pilots (because pilots can change a lot between now and when they broadcast). These are just my first impressions of the not-for-air network pilots that I have been able to screen. I last wrote about Fox’s Grandfathered. Next up: Fox’s The Grinder, which premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 8:30 p.m. The Premise: A struggling lawyer’s Hollywood-star older brother returns home after years of playing an attorney on a popular TV series and now believes that he can be the real thing. The Cast: Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) as Dean Sanderson, Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) as Stewart Sanderson, Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Debbie Sanderson, Hana Hayes (Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures) as Lizzie Sanderson, Connor Kalopsis (Days of Our Lives) as Ethan Sanderson, »
- Chris King
What’s more comforting than the theme song from your favorite television show? In the video below, courtesy Reverb.com, a guitar wizard identified only as Joe plays 100 TV theme songs in just 11 minutes, making seamless transitions in between each. He starts with Looney Tunes and ends with the theme from Game Of Thrones. In between you’ll hear the theme songs to Jeopardy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bewitched, The Pink Panther, Twin Peaks, The Wonder Years, The Adams Family, Mission Impossible and 90 more memorable tunes. While we may be in the second golden age of television, the golden age of TV theme songs is behind us and so listening to this brilliant montage is rather soothing. I recommend listening to the video instead of watching it, and seeing how many tunes you can recognize without reading the credits that pop up on screen. Enjoy!
The post VOD: Guitar Joe plays »
The transition between early and late summer programming continues, giving us a few premieres and finales to discuss this week on the podcast. The Televerse is also in transition: After a special announcement from Simon, we look at an entertaining week in comedy, including particularly strong installments of Rick and Morty and Review, among others, and a full week in drama, including the premiere of David Simon’s Show Me a Hero and the finales of Humans and Rectify. Then, SoS’Editor-in-Chief Ricky D returns to the DVD Shelf to help us sing the praises of one of the all-time great coming-of-age dramedies, the woefully under-discussed The Wonder Years.
- Kate Kulzick
Let Me Make You a Martyr, the upcoming, harrowing new crime movie about an abusive father, is set to reunite Sons of Anarchy's Mark Boone Junior with shock rocker and erstwhile Sons actor Marilyn Manson. While the film won't arrive until next year, check out an exclusive trailer featuring Manson as a Native American hit man.
Boone plays Larry Glass, a character whom the movie's producers describe as "a drug dealer, pimp and all-around scumbag," who hires Manson's character Pope, a hit man (or "bogeyman," as Manson describes it »
The Grinder‘s Dean Sanderson is many things, but modest is not one of them. At least, that’s what we’ve gleaned from the Fox comedy’s key art, which TVLine can exclusively reveal.
The fall series stars Rob Lowe as Dean, a beloved actor who played TV lawyer “The Grinder” for eight seasons. Upon returning home, Dean attempts to pursue a real law career, much to the chagrin of his attorney brother Stew (The Wonder Years‘ Fred Savage).
RelatedFall TV First Impression: The Grinder
In the two images below, Dean proves he can’t get enough of the spotlight, »
The broadcast networks have more than 20 shows debuting this fall, including a soaring Supergirl, reborn Heroes, reanimated Muppets and sexy Scream Queens. To help you prep, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | Fox’s The Grinder (Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c, premiering Sept. 29)
Two things guarantee change in this year’s Emmy nominees for outstanding comedy series. For one, the TV Academy has added a seventh nomination slot to the category, up from six last year. For another, one of last year’s nominees, Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” has moved to drama contention under new Acad rules.
That still leaves five incumbent nominees, all in fighting form, and a strong line-up of newcomers that includes at least five freshman shows with enough industry heat to potentially crack the field. (Click to see predictions for the drama series contenders).
If there’s one contender no one will bet against, it’s ABC’s “Modern Family.” With five consecutive wins in five seasons of eligibility, the Emmy favorite is looking to set an all-time record for victories in the category (it’s currently tied with “Frasier”).
If there’s one newcomer all »
- Geoff Berkshire
Growing up is hard, man. But you know what makes it a tad bit easier? Watching some other people do it on TV. Puberty might be strangest, most confusing time of our lives and those Middle School and Junior High years are rough for just about anyone. Thankfully, shows like "The Wonder Years" featured characters navigating pretty much the exact same feelings and problems and made us feel less alone in the pre-adolescent struggle. Even though Daniel Stern didn't narrate our inner pre-teen monologue, here are 8 TV shows that we related to in a major way during those formative, pubescent days of yesteryear.
- Alana Altmann
Set your scream times for this fall, because Fox has announced their fall TV series premiere times, slating Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens for a two-hour premiere on September 22nd, Sleepy Hollow’s third season debut for October 1st, and Minority Report’s series premiere for September 21st.
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers): "Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.
The 2015-2016 season begins with the 67Th Primetime Emmy® Awards, which returns to Fox, airing Live coast-to-coast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 Pm Et live/5:00-8:00 Pm Pt live). The special will be hosted by Emmy® Award-winning writer, actor and comedian Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-nine).
- Derek Anderson
Dan Lauria's good looks are a "Wonder" to behold. Here's a 43-year-old version of the actor who played the intimidating television dad Jack Arnold on "The Wonder Years" back in 1990 (left) and 25 years later ... the now 68-year-old stage actor at an opening of his latest performance last month (right). Happy TV Father's Day. The question is... Read more »
- TMZ Staff
There was a lot of talk about diversity on television last season and much enthusiasm about what hit shows featuring characters of various races, sexual orientations and gender identities mean for the future of the business.
But somewhat lost among the cheerleading was a more basic truth: The shows were damn good.
Several newcomers to this year’s comedy Emmy race in particular have ushered in a refreshing spectrum of new faces and perspectives not typically heard from on the smallscreen.
“We could have done ‘My boss is coming over and the roast is burned!’ comedy, which is still a very valid form,” notes “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, whose ABC comedy stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as a financially successful African-American couple raising their children in an affluent neighborhood. “But we chose to do things about spanking and about gay siblings. I think America was ready for that »
- Geoff Berkshire
Comedy scribes Adam F. Goldberg, Mike O’Malley, Jennie Snyder Urman and Jill Soloway gathered for a panel at Variety‘s A Night in the Writers’ Room event Tuesday evening at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills Calif.
With so many examples of television comedy represented — “The Goldbergs,” “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Transparent” — moderator Cynthia Littleton, Variety‘s managing editor of TV, asked what makes up the varied genre nowadays.
“I feel like the 30 minutes thing seems to be the main delineater now,” Soloway said, referencing the new Emmy rules, and then quickly correcting herself as she looked at Urman, creator of the hourlong “Jane the Virgin.” (The CW series successfully appealed its drama categorization so the show will be considered a comedy for this year’s awards.)
Emphasizing the importance of storytelling, Soloway continued, “I’ve always sort of considered myself both a comedy and a drama writer. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Think of your summer leisure time -- beaches, baseball, barbecues, vacations, camping, fairs, fireworks, sunshine... What can the TV programmers offer to pull you away from all that?
How about monsters, murders, alien invaders, serial killers, horror, gore, and violence?
Seems counterintuitive, right? And yet, that's what this summer's TV fare looks like, a parade of grimness and bleakness at a time when people are most likely to seek escapism.
This year's summer of darkness began with the launch on Fox last month of "Wayward Pines," the new series based on Blake Crouch''s novels and featuring the signature spooky touch of "Sixth Sense" and "Signs" director M. Night Shyamalan. So far, the show's highlights have included vehicular mayhem, cultish creepiness, mysterious conspiracies, summary executions, and hints of lurking monsters.
- Gary Susman
Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the Star Trek cinematic outings have proved to be a smorgasbord of references and famous actors (or those who would go on to be), and often had complex behind the scenes events that stopped some rather, ahem, fascinating moments making it to the final version. We found lots of nerdy spots in the first six films here.
This time out we look at the films featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and choose 47 factoids. Granted, there's a lot more than that of interest, but we've tried for ones that you might not be aware of.
Oh, and there are some major spoilers...
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
1. The first of the Next Generation films was something of a rush job as principal photography »
Full House is doing it. Boy Meets World has done it. Heck, even Coach is taking a shot at doing it. But will The Wonder Years also jump in the game for a reunion of some sort? It doesn't sound like it. The series, which ran for six seasons starting in 1988, looked at life in the 1960s and '70s as seen through the eyes of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) with an adult Kevin (Daniel Stern) heard in voiceovers recalling his childhood. "I don't think so," says Danica McKellar, who played Winnie Cooper on the show, about a possible Wonder comeback. "I mean, Fred's kind of out of the acting business. He's a director now." Maybe he could direct a reunion? "Yeah, »
Danica McKellar continues to look…Amazing! "40 is the new 25," the former The Wonder Years star says. It sure looks it. McKellar tells me she keeps in shape through Pilates, yoga and dance. She competed last season on Dancing With the Stars with Val Chmerkovskiy. "I kept it up and now my husband and I are taking tango lessons together," McKellar said yesterday at the Storybook Suite presented by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals event in Hollywood. The mom of one and attorney Scott Sveslosky married in November. "He's very good," McKellar said of her hubby. "I mean, this is all new for him, but he's doing great. I'm »
Fox loves a familiar face, and whether that means renewing shows that have been on way too long, or picking up a new show with Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. You can’t blame them, because people, but this one looks like it might have an uphill battle for fans… or it will be brilliant… or both.
In a spin on legal shows that seems to suggest an underlying dislike of legal shows, Lowe plays an actor who was on a show playing a lawyer for several years. With his show finally off the air, he’s moving back home, and his brother (Savage), who is actually a lawyer, can’t stand him.
That sounds like the perfect opportunity for The Grinder to prance around real courts, stealing his brother’s lack of thunder.
This is a show littered with difficulty, but there is a chance that it could pull everything together. »
- Marc Eastman
With the 2014-2015 television season winding down, many television fans and channels are looking ahead to the new series that will make their debut over the next television season. Fox is no different, having announced their renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups over the last week, and the network has now released trailers for a number of their new series.
First up is the trailer for the new animated series Bordertown.
From Family Guy’s Mark Hentemann comes Bordertown, a new animated comedy about two families living in a Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border. The series takes a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America, where the U.S. Census forecasts that by 2017, ethnic minorities will become the majority. Set against this increasingly diverse backdrop, the comedy explores family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink. Bordertown centers on two clans: the Buckwalds and the Gonzalezes. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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