19 items from 2016
To celebrate the release of The Disappearance – recently seen on BBC 4 – we have a Blu-Ray of the complete series for this intimate, character-driven French drama to give away from Nordic Noir & Beyond.
Having been a huge success in France, The Disappearance made its UK debut on BBC Four on Saturday 28th May at 9pm with the first two back-to-back episodes.
Julien and Florence find themselves in every parent’s worst nightmare when their daughter Léa, a promising straight A-student, goes missing after attending Lyon’s Festival of Music. The last that was heard of her was a 3am answering machine message saying: “Daddy! It’s Leah, if you’re here please pick up!”
While Florence tries to maintain a semblance of normality for her other two children, Zoe and Thomas, Julien cannot sit around and do nothing – he embarks on a mission to find Léa. Having promised to accompany Léa home, »
“The pilot and the first couple of two-hour movies were the thing that really cemented it as legitimate science fiction. … Then we sort of got off the rails a little bit.” — Patrick Duffy to Famous Monsters magazine
Dallas and Step By Step television star Patrick Duffy returns to his underwater roots with an all-new adventure in book form based on his first major prime-time TV show, The Man From Atlantis, to be published in June. He spoke exclusively to Famous Monsters of Filmland editor David Weiner.
From marathon underwater filming sessions in which he had to hold his breath for up to two minutes at a time to those revealing yellow swim trunks — and how they “neutralized” his gender details for television — the candid Duffy reflects on his classic ’70s show and also previews his new novel — with plans to write a trilogy — based on Man From Atlantis.
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- Harker Jones
Pop, the young cable network, wants to give its rivals a pop of their own — right in the eye.
The cable outlet backed by CBS Corp. and Lionsgate that was once best known as the TV Guide Network, is making a pitch to advertisers this year suggesting they ought to take some of the dollars earmarked for female-skewing rivals like Oxygen, Bravo and Lifetime, and instead shift them to its programs.
“Our ratings are growing, and most of the industry is going in the other direction,” said Brad Schwartz, the network’s president, in an interview last week. Executives will emphasize a slate of programming that Schwartz said will lack the snark and cat-fighting that is so prevalent on other networks. “We are not doing ‘Snapped’ and ‘Bad Girls Club’ and housewives and rich kids,” he said. Pop’s plan to is to tout programs that appeal to fans of various topics, »
- Brian Steinberg
Get ready for Hollywood Darlings because it sounds like the reality show of your 1990s TV dreams. Jodie Sweetin, Christine Lakin and Beverley Mitchell are teaming up for Pop's new unscripted docu-comedy—it's the Full House-Step by Step-7th Heaven crossover you've been waiting for! "Our childhood characters prepared us for the roles of our lives… literally. There really aren't words to describe the way we grew up and the bond we share, so we decided that we wanted to give a glimpse into our unique sisterhood," Sweetin, Lakin and Mitchell said in a joint statement. "Our fans have always been at the heart of it all, and we love that we have found a home on Pop. We're so excited to go on »
Nostalgia for the ’90s will be in full swing on Pop when the network debuts the new reality show “Hollywood Darlings,” starring “Fuller House” actress Jodie Sweetin with two of her real-life best friends, whom viewers may also remember from the same decade. The unscripted docu-comedy announced on Tuesday follows Sweetin, Christine Lakin (“Step By Step”) and Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”) as they navigate the entertainment industry while taking on even bigger roles as mothers, wives and businesswomen. No premiere date has been set. “Hollywood Darlings” is based on an original concept by Jimmy Fox (“Mob Wives”), and is produced by Objective Productions. »
- Greg Gilman
Three child stars of the 1990s have landed their own unscripted series on Pop, the network announced Tuesday.
Real-life pals Jodie Sweetin (Full House, Fuller House), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step) have teamed up to play themselves in Hollywood Darlings, which the cabler describes as an “unscripted docu-comedy series.”
The half-hour show will follow the actresses, who got their start as child stars and are now “moms, wives and businesswomen;” a release for the endeavor, which has an eight-episode order at the network, »
Full House (and now Fuller House) star Jodie Sweetin, Step By Step‘s Christine Lakin and 7th Heaven‘s Beverley Mitchell have signed on to star in Hollywood Darlings, a new unscripted docu-comedy series on Pop. Eight half-hour episodes have been ordered. The series will follow three lifelong friends who grew up together in "the business," became household names, and now take on even bigger roles as moms, wives and businesswomen. Other celebrities will make special… »
This child star just gave birth to a child of her very own. Christine Lakin, the 37-year-old actress synonymous with her breakout role as Al Lambert on Step by Step, gave birth to her first child, daughter Georgia James Breault on March 6. The new mom announced the happy news on her social media account with a precious photo of the newborn swaddled in a pink and white striped blanket and matching bow hat. "Introducing... Georgia James Breault // Born March 6, 5lbs 13oz We are overjoyed and so in love," she wrote of her and her husband, actor Brandon Breault. The timing could not have been more perfect as the cherub arrived just in time for »
In the late Eighties/early Nineties, two essential ingredients for a popular sitcom were a peppy theme song and stilted title credits where characters stare at the camera. With "Tgif" nostalgia in full bloom thanks to Netflix's Fuller House revival, The Tonight Show created their own hilarious intro sequence with help from Jesse Frederick, who wrote and performed the themes to Full House, Step By Step and Family Matters.
"You don't have to travel far / He can make you happy, wherever you are," the musician sings of the host over »
Can something be nostalgic if it's new? The Tonight Show debuted a new introductory theme song Thursday night just in time for—you guessed it—Tgif! Even though ABC's signature programming lineup no longer exists, Jimmy Fallon teamed up with Jesse Frederick, the singer of theme songs to hit shows such as Family Matters, Full House and Step by Step, to receive his very own '90s-style intro. If we didn't know any better, we would think The Tonight Show was a sitcom straight out of that era. The show's update features is a combination of all three former hit series, including all of the cast members participating in activities only to stop and smile for the camera—say »
What better way to get excited for the weekend than with a happy song from Jimmy Fallon? The late-night host kicked off Thursday’s episode of “The Tonight Show” with jaunty Tgif-style opening credits featuring an original theme song written and performed by Jesse Frederick, who sang the themes to “Full House,” “Family Matters” and “Step by Step.” Just like the classic sitcoms, the cheerful tune was accompanied by lots of smiling shots of Fallon, Steve Higgins, Questlove and the rest of the Roots — one whom was reading a magazine titled “Bong Fancy.” Also Read: Jimmy Fallon Impersonates Donald Trump Again to Praise 'Mega-Me' Chris. »
- Debbie Emery
Ever since Jimmy Fallon mentioned earlier in the week that The Tonight Show would be getting a Tgif theme song and credits, I could not wait to see the final product! Face it, 90s nostalgia is never going away. You could say the dream of the 90s isn’t only alive in Portland anymore. Jesse Frederick is the writer and performer behind such Tgif classic sitcom theme songs as Full House, Step By Step, Family Matters and Perfect Strangers. He was tapped to write a custom song for The Tonight Show and naturally an opening credit sequence was also filmed to
The Tonight Show Gets Tgif Treatment »
- Jen Winkler
"Hey, what other old shows could we bring back?" That's a question being asked all over Hollywood, now that Fuller House worked America up into a nostalgia frenzy. A little credit is due to the Disney Channel's Girl Meets World, which proved that these old shows could benefit from being bumped into the modern era and given a new generation of kids who need to learn life lessons. It's well into its reboot season, but right now Fuller House is the revival show that's generated buzz, press and more than a few conversations about pop culture nostalgia. If this »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
We could have called the Veronica Mars movie. We could have guessed that Twin Peaks would get a reprieve from cancellation. And it made sense that The X-Files would get a follow-up series. But Full House? All these years later? This is one we didn't see coming. We got eight seasons and 192 episodes detailing the life lessons learned by Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), his three daughters and all the other people who came through the beautiful San Francisco Victorian they called home. And yet we're getting more in the form of Fuller House - this Friday, in fact, in true Tgif style. »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Plenty of people call themselves Full House fans, but how much trivia do you know about the people and the stories behind the hit '90s show? Well, now is the perfect time to test your knowledge, because over the past few months, we've been collecting details about the Full House reboot, Fuller House, prompting all kinds of nostalgia. To celebrate the new show, which premieres on Feb. 26, take a look at 33 things you may not know about your favorite '90s series. The Show The show was originally going to be called House of Comics, and it was set to follow three comics who lived together. Family sitcoms were so popular at the time, though, that the show's creator, Jeff Franklin, decided to shift the theme. The theme song was cowritten and performed by Jesse Frederick, who was also behind the theme songs for Family Matters, Step by Step, »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Television of the 21st century highly differs from a lot of the TV we got in the 20th century. In the 90’s, it was considered cool to have your television series on Friday nights. However, if your show gets put on the schedule for Friday night today, it could mean it is on the road to cancellation. That does not hold true for all series. ABC shows’ Last Man Standing and Shark Tank continue to draw in an audience while the NBC drama Grimm continues to thrive on Friday nights. ABC’s popular Tgif lineup premiered in 1989 and some of your favorite family sitcoms would air on
Where Are They Now? The Cast of Step by Step »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Christine Lakin's countdown to baby has been quite the beautiful experience. The former child star is anticipating the arrival of her baby girl, and was able to celebrate with a sweet baby shower thrown by family and friends at a private Hollywood Hills home on Sunday. And despite Mother Nature giving SoCal a downpour on that day specifically, Lakin couldn't have been happier with the turn-out. "My baby shower was such an incredible and memorable day, made in part by my wonderful friends, Good Carma Studio, Coldstone and the torrential rains of El Nino," the Step by Step star joked. "Talk about mother nature showering us with love! I knew the theme would be Peach since I'm having a »
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched episode one of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” titled “From the Ashes of Tragedy.”
It seems almost silly to put a spoiler alert at the top of this recap: We all know how this story ends. But twenty years have passed since the verdict was read — and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” painstakingly rebuilds the case from the beginning, filling in details we may have forgotten, while also carefully charting backstories for all the players we thought we knew.
Most tellingly, the first episode — as directed by Ryan Murphy, who also executive produces the series — opens on footage of the L.A. riots in the wake of the Rodney King verdict. Newscasters intone: “It’s going to take years to recover from this.” Indeed.
- Debra Birnbaum
Nothing’s better than a former high school or pro athlete who will never get past his glory days. And it’s always fun to hear their stories. That same person, same character is great to see on television as well. While we’ve seen a fair amount of characters on television that reference their past athletic achievements, (even Patrick Duffy did it on Step By Step), there only a select few that make this list. Spanning over 40 years old television I’ve narrowed it down to only five candidates. Here are my top picks for the best TV characters who where once
The Top Five Television Characters That Were former Athletes »
- Nat Berman
19 items from 2016
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