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Character actress Kate Williamson, who appeared in such films as “Disclosure,” ”Dahmer,” ”Dream Lover” and “Racing With the Moon,” has died at age 82 after a lengthy illness, said her manager, Judy Fox.
Williamson died Friday at her suburban Encino home, less than a month after the passing of her husband of nearly 60 years, veteran character actor Al Ruscio. “They were the epitome of true and forever sweethearts,” Fox said.
Williamson is survived by four children and five grandchildren.
- Associated Press
How much do the Japanese love to watch the adventures of Team Gibbs? The Fox Japan channel is about to find out with its plan for a 10-day marathon of 234 episodes of “NCIS.”
The stunt should qualify the show for a slot in the Guinness World Records book as the longest uninterrupted transmission of a TV series, according to CBS. The marathon of segs from the show’s first 10 seasons will lead into the launch of the show’s current 11th season on Fox Japan in February.
The marathon is set to begin at 11 p.m. local time on Dec. 29 and conclude at 5 p.m. on Jan. 8. The New Year’s frame is the major winter holiday in Japan and coincides with school vacations, religious observances and other festive events.
The timing of the marathon is a little surprising, given the rising tension in Japan toward the heavy U.S. »
- Cynthia Littleton
L.A. County chief coroner investigator Craig Harvey has been providing forensic advice to Hollywood for TV shows ranging from “Jag” and “Boomtown” to “Southland” and “NCIS,” as well as films like “Pathology,” “Deja Vu” and “Street Kings.”
In The Beginning
Harvey’s stint as coroner consultant began when producer Donald Bellisario reached out to him in the early 2000s for the series “Jag.” When Bellisario moved to “NCIS,” Harvey was asked to brief thesp David McCallum for his role as a coroner investigator. Today, Harvey and the writer-producers of “NCIS” know each other so well that he can call in his advice by phone.
Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy
“Just about every show that has a forensic aspect, I probably have talked to a writer, talked to a production set decorator,” Harvey says. His advice covers things like signage, lighting, tools and what’s in the autopsy room. “I make it as real as possible, »
- Shalini Dore
Feature Rob Kemp 15 Nov 2013 - 07:00
Most would agree, Jj Abrams has had a successful career which has gone from strength to strength. Undoubtedly, Star Wars now offers an opportunity for him to reach a creative zenith, but represents also his largest risk. His stylistic choices may not be to everyone’s tastes and he himself admits that there are elements over which he has an obsession (lens flares & secrecy) but these are still a matter of personal taste (I’m ambivalent over the former, and truly appreciate the latter). All that aside, outside his burgeoning film directing career, as an executive producer Abrams has been responsible for an incredible amount of television in a very small space of time. »
FEARnet is proud to present brand new fiction from Nightmare Magazine. Once a month, we'll be featuring a story from Nightmare’s current issue. This month's selection is “Waiting for the Light” by Alison Littlewood. Please tell us what you think and enjoy!
It had taken three days before the supervisor—“call me Marty”—asked Finn for the favour. He knew by the looks on the faces of the other staff—the little upturning of their heads that meant they were listening, but weren’t going to show it—that it wasn’t going to be a good favour.
“It’s nothing, really,” Marty said. “You just need to check the bridge before they close up. Alf’s supposed to do it, but he’s hurt his leg—we can’t expect him to do those stairs every night.” His tone said, they can »
- FEARnet Staff
Television’s biggest scripted show is about to get bigger.
CBS is planning another “NCIS” spinoff, Variety has confirmed. It will center around the Naval Criminal Investigative Service‘s New Orleans office. The city, with its debauchery and party scene, is a magnet for military personnel on leave and the trouble that comes with all the off-duty fun.
“NCIS” begins its 11th season Tuesday night on the Eye.
- AJ Marechal
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013
Price: DVD $19.97, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Giaim Vivendi Entertainment/Sonar Entertainment
Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin), David James Elliott (TV’s Jag), Natalie Brown (TV’s Being Human) and Anthony Lemke (Lost Girl) star in the science-fiction film, which starts with the first commercial flight into space.
Unfortunately, a solar storm affects the vehicle’s engine, sending it hurtling toward the sun and triggering an even larger solar storm that could destroy the planet. The future of the world is now in the hands of two men who will risk their lives to save all of humanity.
The DVD and Blu-ray contain an extended version of the movie, which premiered on ReelzChannel.
Here’s the movie’s trailer:
Buy or Rent Exploding Sun
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On TV this Monday: It’s go time for The Million Second Quiz, tough decisions face the Mistresses, Monday Night Football kicks off and those Under the Dome go hunting. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
7 pm Monday Night Football (Espn) | Season 44 premiere: The Washington Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles. (Note: A second game — Houston at San Diego — will air at 10:20.)
Related | Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 45 Returning Favorites!
8 pm The Million Second Quiz (NBC) | Series premiere: In this live game show, contestants battle each other in intense bouts of trivia for 12 consecutive »
- Rebecca Iannucci
This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...? In the spring of 1996, NBC was at the peak of its Must-See TV period. "Seinfeld," "ER," "Friends," "Frasier" and "Law & Order" were healthy and powerful, and there was a successful secondary tier of shows like "Wings," "Mad About You" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." The previous fall, the network had launched a new drama called "Jag," starring David James Elliott as a Naval officer and attorney who traveled »
- Alan Sepinwall
Debbie Allen (and producing partner Sam Haskell) has sold a script for an untitled drama to the CW. Described as a Fame-like music-themed series (Allen starred in Fame), the new project will center on an La-based performing arts school. Matt Witten (House, Jag, Supernatural) has been brought on to write the script and executive produce alongside Debbie Allen and Haskell. The project marks the latest in the push to bring Fame back to TV. Nearly a year ago to the date, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe teamed with MGM Television to reimagine Famefor the small screen with a more contemporary take on the 1980 MGM film and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Debbie Allen (and producing partner Sam Haskell) has sold a script for an untitled drama to the CW. Described as a Fame-like music-themed series (Allen starred in Fame), the new project will center on an La-based performing arts school. Matt Witten (House, Jag, Supernatural) has been brought on to write the script and executive produce alongside Debbie Allen and Haskell. The project marks the latest in the push to bring Fame back to TV. Nearly a year ago to the date, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe teamed with MGM Television to reimagine Famefor the small screen with a more contemporary take on the 1980 MGM film and subsequent series that helped catapult Allen to stardom. With Fox's Glee and ABC's Nashville returning, I suppose it shouldn't be much of a surprise that other networks will attempt to snag some of that music-themed show success. No word yet on casting. You might remember that, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The 87-year-old star had a miracle escape from a burning car on Monday. It's not the first time he has foiled the reaper
Name: Dick Van Dyke.
Appearance: 50% teeth, 50% twinkle.
Dick Van Dyke is still alive? Yes he is. But you get the feeling that the universe isn't particularly jazzed about this.
Really? Why? He was just rescued from a burning car. It burst into flames as he was driving along the Ventura freeway in Los Angeles, and he was rescued by a group of off-duty nurses who apparently found him slumped over the steering wheel.
Is he Ok? He seems fine. Soon afterwards he tweeted a photo of the melted wreckage along with the caption: "Used Jag for sale Real Cheap!!"
Thank God. An accident like that would have done most people in. Yes, but this is Dick Van Dyke we're talking about. He cheats death on a daily basis. »
Former House executive producer Thomas Moran is back at Fox with a new drama project. The network has handed a script commitment with sizable penalty to St. Nick, an irreverent drama about a young Catholic priest going down a morally corrupt road for all the right reasons. Moran is writing and executive producing for 20th Century Fox TV. Moran, repped by the Shuman Co. and attorney Michael Gendler, currently consults on another 20th TV drama, the Howard Gordon-produced Legends for TNT (through Fox 21). He was on House for the medical drama’s entire eight-season run, rising through the ranks from supervising to executive producer, and previously worked on Jag and NCIS. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
On TV this Monday: King & Maxwell’s first season ends, it’s party time on Switched at Birth, Dexter takes on The Writers’ Room and The Glades keeps things civil. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
5 – 8 pm Roseanne (WeTV) | Celebrate the sitcom’s 25th anniversary with the first of many mini-“Roseannathons,” scattered through Sept. 22.
Related | Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Been Cancelled?
8 pm Cma Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock (ABC) | Country band Little Big Town introduces highlights from the four-day music festival. »
- Rebecca Iannucci
Dennis Burkley, a character actor known for his brawny roles as truckers, bikers and rednecks, along with a stint as the voice of Principal Moss on Fox’s “King of the Hill,” died in his sleep in Sherman Oaks, Calif. on Sunday. He was 67.
Burkley was born in Van Nuys, Calif. but grew up in a small town outside of Dallas, where he picked up his Southern charm. Standing at 6 foot 3 inches, he often wore a scruffy beard and a Southern accent in his character roles, beginning his acting career in the early 1970s that included more than 130 film and TV credits.
After attending high school, he received his master’s in theater at Texas Christian U. in Fort Worth and then headed back to Los Angeles.
- Michelle Salemi
The most risky thing about Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is the length. Each installment is just the right size to feel like a tedious waste of time if the jokes or chatter don’t land. The first two episodes of the second season avoid being weak cups of Jerry, although one offers a better jolt than the other.
The season premiere outing with Sarah Silverman feels like a first date that isn’t likely to lead to a second. Maybe it was the traffic, maybe he was having trouble mastering his 1968 opalescent blue Jag »
- Jeff Jensen
Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Douglas Wolfe and Christine Orlando have assembled for our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of various events and topics from this installment.
Join in as we analyze this season-ending, entertaining hour of TV's #1 show!
1. How would you describe this week in one word (or two, or three, or four)?
Doug: Together in separation.
Christine: Walk away.
2. What was your favorite quote or scene from "Damned If You Do?"
Doug: I actually laughed out loud when Franks started shooting the fish. The grin on Gibbs' face was pretty cool to see too.
Christine: Admiral Aj Chegwidden! As a fan of Jag, the show NCIS spun off from, I was positively giddy when he walked in as Gibbs attorney. These two are kindred spirits. Heck, "Aj" even stands for Albert Jethro! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Marsi)
With familiar faces from the past, dramatic endings and hints of the future, "Damned If You Do," closed out the 10th season of "NCIS" Tuesday (May 14). It also showed why this series just keeps on going -- it reveres its past while not being afraid to blow things up.
The episode opens with a dream sequence in which Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is fishing with his late mentor, Mike Franks (Muse Watson, proving once again that death is no impediment to ongoing guest appearances). After some talk about the inadequacies of catch-and-release fishing, Franks pumps gunshots into the water. He vanishes, but Gibbs soon finds himself surrounded by floating bodies that just keep rising to the surface.
By the end of this labyrinth episode, Department of Defense Investigator -- and apparently experienced blackmailer -- Richard Parsons (Colin Hanks) fails, at least for the moment, in his quest to »
On TV this Tuesday: Taylor Swift is the New Girl at Cece’s season-ending wedding; tons of hopeful hoofers think they can Dance; NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Mindy Project come to a close and nothing Golden can stay. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | Season finale: Now that the manhunt for Bodnar has turned into a witch hunt targeting Gibbs, it’s time to bring in Chegwidden! John M. Jackson reprises his Jag role, while Muse Watson “reappears” as Mike Franks. (Check out some preview photos and get some scoop.) (Yep, renewed.)
8 pm »
- Kimberly Roots
Dr. Joyce Brothers, longtime newspaper columnist, popular psychologist and TV personality has passed away at the age of 85. No details were readily available about the cause or circumstances of Brothers' death, however the Associated Press reports she passed away in her home state of New York.
Brothers first found fame in 1955 as a winning contestant on the game show, "The $64,000 Question." Within a few years, she had her own advice program on a New York television station.
Brothers would go on to write a column for Good Housekeeping magazine, which ran for nearly four decades. Her syndicated newspaper column was first published in the 1970s, and was carried in 300 papers at the height of Brothers' career.
She was also a frequent guest on several game shows and talk shows, and made many guest starring appearances on TV series such as "The Love Boat, "Charlie's Angels," "CHiPs," and "Married with Children. »
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