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‘Smurfs’ Scribes Jay Scherick & David Ronn Sell Blended Family Comedy To CBS

3 October 2012 6:04 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Jay Scherick and David Ronn, co-writers of Sony’s Smurfs feature franchise, are writing and executive producing another comedy for the studio, this time on the TV side. CBS has bought an untitled multi-camera comedy produced by Sony Pictures TV where Scherick and Ronn had a blind script deal. It centers on two very opposite brothers forced by circumstance to move their two very opposite families into the same house. On the feature side, Scherick and Ronn co-wrote Sony Pictures Animation’s sleeper 2011 hit The Smurfs and co-wrote the sequel, set for release next year. They also have been tapped by the studio to script Popeye, a 3D animated adaptation of the comic book. ICM Partners-repped Scherick and Ronn started off in television as writers on Mr. Rhodes, Caroline In The City and Spin City before segueing to movies with Guess Who, Norbit and Zookeper. »


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Ron Palillo, Horshack on 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' dies at 63

14 August 2012 10:48 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Actor Ron Palillo, best known for portraying the oddball class clown Arnold Horshack on the late-1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died at the age of 63 of an apparent heart attack, reports TMZ.

A source close to the actor says he passed away early Tuesday morning (Aug. 14) at his Palm Beach-area home. Reportedly Palillo was found by his longtime partner Joseph Gramm around 4 a.m. and was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"Welcome Back Kotter" was Palillo's big break. After it ended in 1979, he went on to have some smaller parts on "Laverne and Shirley" and "The Love Boat," then ended up doing a lot of voiceover work. He reprised his role of Horshack for one episode of the short-lived TV sitcom "Mr. Rhodes," titled "The Welcome Back Episode."

Palillo is the second "Welcome Back, Kotter" cast member to succumb to a heart attack this year. »


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