9 items from 2013
One of Kirstie Alley's greatest joys is to cheer viewers, and she's getting back to that mission weekly.
After her stints on "Cheers" and "Veronica's Closet," plus her two spins on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," the Emmy winner is now the star and an executive producer of the aptly titled TV Land sitcom "Kirstie." The show debuts with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, Dec. 4, but one of the ironies of the title is that her character has a different name.
Alley's newest alter ego is Madison "Maddie" Banks, a Broadway diva whose glamorous and self-centered life is upended by the sudden reappearance of a part of her past: Arlo (Eric Petersen), the now-grown son she gave up for adoption long ago. Deciding to make a new start with her sometimes star-struck offspring, Maddie is counseled by her assistant, Thelma (Alley's "Cheers" mate Rhea Perlman) and chauffeur Frank (Michael Richards, alias »
National Enquirer claims that Alley considers the new direction of "Mike & Molly" to be a direct slight to her. Because McCarthy's character talks about wanting to pursue a career in musical theater and because in her new TV Land series Alley plays a musical theater star, she reportedly considered this to be a personal insult.
"Kirstie was flabbergasted. She feels like the sudden plot change is a slap in the face," a source tells National Enquirer. "She's not taking the adjustment to Melissa's character lightly. She now sees Melissa as her competition -- and has let her know it."
TV Picks of the week: truTV's Guinness World Records® Unleashed – All New – Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. (Et/Pt) – TV-pg First-season hit Guinness World Records® Unleashed, hosted by Dan Cortese is back with more daring and fearless record hopefuls as they attempt to secure their place in history by breaking some truly outrageous world records. Cortese shot to stardom as the creator and host of the Emmy-winning series MTV Sports, on which he worked for six years. He soon won roles on NBC sitcom Veronica's Closet and Upn's Rock Me Baby. He was also cast in the pilot of the WB show Grown Men. Pittsburgh native Cortese also has memorable guest-starring roles on Seinfeld, Andy Richter »
- April Neale
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
Did Kirstie Alley lash out at Leah Remini for criticizing -- and leaving --the Church of Scientology? A longtime member of the talked-about religion alongside the likes of John Travolta, Tom Cruise and others, the Emmy-winning actress, 62, angrily lashed at someone, anyway, via Twitter last Wednesday July 10. As first observed on Tony Ortega's blog about Scientology, the Veronica's Closet star sniped: "When faced w malicious gossip I take a moment to experience the loss of a person I thought was my friend . . [...] »
Award-winning writer and producer Don Payne died at home Tuesday, at age 48, according to the La Times. Payne had been suffering from bone cancer, says John Frink, a friend and former writing partner.
A Wilmington, N.C. native, Payne graduated from UCLA with a master's degree in screenwriting. He had intended to work in the movie industry, but Frink was interested in television. Happy with finding work in any medium, the pair got their first writing job on the 1995 sitcom "Hope & Gloria."
They continued finding work in sitcoms, including "Men Behaving Badly," "Veronica's Closet," and "The Brian Benben Show," before they joined the writing staff at "The Simpsons" in 1998. With the show, he won four Emmy Awards.
Payne was able to eventually make the jump to writing for film with 2006's "My Super Ex-Girlfriend." He followed that movie by writing the screenplay for "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. »
Screenwriter Don Payne has died, it has been announced.
Details of his death have yet to be released.
For many years, he worked with fellow screenwriter John Frink.
Dennings described Payne as "a wonderful, »
Don Payne, a writer who penned both Thor movies, as well as many episodes of The Simpsons, has died. His longtime Simpsons associate Mike Scully broke the news on Twitter. After working for many years on sitcoms such as Veronica's Closet and Men Behaving Badly, Payne, a longtime comics fan, co-wrote the screenplays for three comic-book movies—Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, Thor, and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World—as well as the superhero comedy, My Super Ex-Girlfriend. He also penned 16 episodes of The Simpsons, including “Thursdays With Abie,” “Love, Springfieldian Style,” and “Simpsons Christmas »
Kirstie Alley loves poking fun at her ever-shifting weight. But this might be a little much—in a literal sense. The erstwhile Cheers star and Dancing With the Stars hoofer photoshopped her head onto the body of a very obese woman in a bikini and posted it Sunday on her Twitter page. "I was getting too skinny so last week I started drinking beer," she tweeted, before adding: "Or does...this picnic table males' butt look big?" Oh, Kirstie! The twitpic ended up garnering quite the response from some of her followers. "@kirstiealley What a beautiful lawn!" tweeted her former Veronica's Closet costar Dan Cortese in reply. "@kirstiealley »
9 items from 2013
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