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Alan Kirschenbaum, co-creator of 'Yes, Dear,' dead at 51

27 October 2012 10:28 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Comedy writer Alan Kirschenbaum, whose vast TV credits include the co-creation of CBS’ long-running sitcom Yes, Dear as well as writing for the laughers My Name is Earl and Raising Hope, has died. He was 51.

Pending examination, the Los Angeles County Coroner on Sunday called it an apparent suicide.

Kirschenbaum most recently created the new comedy Friend Me with Ajay Sahgal for possible inclusion in CBS’ midseason schedule. It stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad). The son of comedian Freddy Roman, Kirschenbaum’s earlier credits include Coach, The Gregory Hines Show, and Stark Raving Mad.

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- Lynette Rice

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Comedy Showrunner Alan Kirschenbaum Dies at 51

27 October 2012 12:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alan Kirschenbaum died on Friday, his agency, CAA, has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 51 years old. The TV vet spent over three decades writing for various sitcoms, starting with work on Everything's Relative and Dear John in the late 1980's. He later wrote for Coach and Everybody Loves Raymond, then served as co-exec producer and writer on Stark Raving Mad and Yes, Dear, the Anthony Clark-Jean Louisa Kelly CBS comedy that he also co-created.

More recently, Kirschenbaum was a consulting producer on NBC's My Name is Earl and

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- Jordan Zakarin

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6 Awesome TV Actors Who Failed On The Big Screen

5 September 2012 3:16 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

You’ll tune in every week to see their bright, shining faces, but no one would blame you from running from the theaters when they’re newest pictures come out. The following is a list (though certainly not a definitive one) of a list of the wonderful actors and actresses who shine on the small screen, but can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to the opening week box office. Some names might just surprise you, as they did me when I did the necessary research. Love them or hate them (though, I’ll bet you love most of them), here are six fantastic television actors with hardly any good movies (if any).

Note: this list does not include roles in animated films, directing, writing, or producing credits, or cameos (playing themselves or another character). Television movies and mini-series do not count as cinematic endeavors. I ask »

- Cameron Domino Carpenter

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'Real Housewives of O.C.'s' Heather Dubrow Rates Her First Season (Exclusive Video)

25 May 2012 4:35 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Being the new gal on any Real Housewives franchise has got to be a scary proposition, but it’s especially harrowing to join The Real Housewives of Orange County. The turnover on that series, especially for its brunettes, is high. But, Heather Dubrow may be able to stick it out. Photos: The 'Ex-Real Housewives' Club “I was completely terrified coming into this situation,” Dubrow, an actress who has starred on That’s Life, Stark Raving Mad and Jenny, tells NBCUniversal Direct while in New York City recently. “I come from scripted television,” she adds. “Had no idea what doing

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- Jethro Nededog

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New O.C. 'Housewife': Other Ladies Don't Get My Jokes

28 February 2012 3:48 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Heather Dubrow, the newest addition to "The Real Housewives of Orange County" cast, stopped "Good Day La" (weekdays, 7 a.m. Pst on Fox) Tuesday to visit with her old friends, Steve Edwards and Jillian Reynolds. Dubrow first met the "Gdla" team back in the 90's, when she was still Heather Paige Kent, a struggling actress who appeared in many short-lived sitcoms such as "Jenny", "Stark Raving Mad" and "That's Life."

Edwards, who is very open about his disdain for the "Housewives" franchise, seemed surprised that Dubrow joined the show, and after watching a clip of a conversation between Dubrow and fellow "Housewife" Alexis Bellino, asked her if she was perhaps too smart to relate to her co-stars. Dubrow answered carefully. "I'll let you form your own opinion about that," she said, but added that the women don't seem to get her humor.

A clip from Tuesday night's episode reinforced the disconnect. »

- Alex Moaba

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