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12 forgotten hosts of the biggest TV shows from Brian Dunkleman to Daisy Donovan

12 May 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

American Idol was announced to be coming to an end after 15 seasons yesterday (May 12), but did you know that Ryan Seacrest used to have a co-host?

Brian Dunkleman hosted the Fox competition's first season alongside Ryan Seacrest, before the latter took sole control. History has not been kind to poor old Brian since, with Fox TV CEO Dana Walden joking about a possible reunion for the pair.

"Where is Brian Dunkleman? If you give me his number, I will call and invite him," she joked, though Dunkleman gave as good as he got last night:

I knew American Idol would never last without me #Cancelled

— brian dunkleman (@briandunkleman) May 11, 2015

To honour Dunkleman, we have collected a few hosts of massive shows that you may have cruelly forgotten, starting with the man himself.

1. Brian Dunkleman (American Idol)

The comedian co-hosted the Fox series with Ryan Seacrest for its first season, which »

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Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping Granny from ‘The Wedding Singer,’ Dies at 101

5 May 2015 9:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for her scene-stealing turn as rapping grandma Rosie in Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” has died at age 101. Los Angeles’ Pierce College Theatre Department confirmed news of Dow’s death via Facebook on Monday evening. Dow’s late husband, Eugene, founded the Lapc Theatre Department.

Born November 16, 1913 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Dow got a late start on her entertainment career, with her first on-screen credit listed as 1985’s “American Drive-In.” Although she made guest appearances in a number of classic series throughout the ’80s and ’90s — including “The Twilight Zone,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Golden Girls” and “Family Matters” — her breakout role came in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” in which she gave a memorable performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A medley of Dow’s version of the song mixed with Sugarhill Gang’s original was included on the film’s soundtrack album, which »

- Variety Staff

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Wedding Singer's rapping grandma Ellen Albertini Dow dies at the age of 101

5 May 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Veteran actress Ellen Albertini Dow has died at the age of 101.

Dow was perhaps best known for her scene-stealing moment in Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer, in which she performed The Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight'.

Her longtime agent Juliet Green confirmed Dow's passing on Monday (May 4) to Deadline.

Dow did not begin her movie career until she was in her 70s, having previously studied acting in New York and working with mimes Marcel Marceau and Jacques LeCog in Paris.

She later went on to teach drama at Los Angeles City College, before moving to Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley and teaching theatre with her husband Eugene.

Her first role was in the 1986 version of The Twilight Zone, and soon landed parts in various films and TV shows, including My Blue Heaven, Sister Act, Moonlighting, The Golden Girls, The Wonder Years and Seinfeld.

Her most memorable role »

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Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping 'The Wedding Singer' Granny, Dies at 101

5 May 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Ellen Albertini Dow, the scene-stealing actress who blossomed on both the big and small screens late in life and gave a memorable rapping performance in "The Wedding Singer," has died. She was 101.

Albertini Dow's incredible life began in Pennsylvania in 1913, and she studied acting and mime alongside industry legends including Martha Graham and Marcel Marceau. She and her husband, Eugene Dow, started the theater program at Pierce College in California, where she taught until she retired in 1985.

But Albertini Dow didn't stop there. She started taking acting classes at the American Film Institute and began a career in her 70s, scoring roles in television series including the 1980s reboot of "The Twilight Zone." She went on to appear on television numerous times throughout the next few decades of her life, including guest spots on series such as "Moonlighting," "Murphy Brown," "The Golden Girls," "The Wonder Years," "Star Trek: The Next Generation, »

- Katie Roberts

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Ellen Albertini Dow Dies -- 'Wedding Singer' Rapping Granny Dead at 101

5 May 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Ellen Albertini Dow -- who famously performed "Rapper's Delight" in the Adam Sandler movie "The Wedding Singer" passed away Monday. She was 101.  Dow's longtime agent confirmed her passing to Deadline. She most recently appeared on "Family Guy" ... and "New Girl" in 2013 -- when she was 99! Ellen's other famous TV roles were on "Seinfeld," "My Name Is Earl," "Scrubs," "Six Feet Under" and "The Golden Girls." She also played Grandma Cleary in "Wedding Crashers" and was »

- TMZ Staff

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Switch in director for romantic drama starring Leslie Mann

3 May 2015 4:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Us-based Australian director Frank Lotito will direct The Olive Sisters, a romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, which will star Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia. Lotito takes over from Fred Schepisi, who is still attached to the project as an executive producer. A former stand-up comic, Lotito made his feature directing debut on Good Ol. Boy, a Us comedy which will have its world premiere later this month at the Seattle International Film Festival. Based on a true story, set in 1979 and scripted by Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn and Gregory Scott Houghton,. Good Ol. Boy centres on a family from India that moves to the Us with hopes of living the American Dream.

While their 10-year-old son Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a .good old boy. propels him further away from his family.s ideals. The cast includes Jason Lee »

- Don Groves

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Jaime Pressly and Mimi Kennedy discuss their part of the 'Mom' universe

30 April 2015 3:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jaime Pressly and Mimi Kennedy have both had good "Mom" news since I talked with them on the set of the CBS comedy in March. At the time, Pressly was still a "Mom" guest star, but the "My Name Is Earl" Emmy winner seemed very open to getting to be a regular part of the action. In March, it was announced that Pressly will, indeed, be a regular next season, continuing to chart the journey of wealthy divorcee Jill, who has made several trips to rehab this year. And at the time, Kennedy was unsure what was happening with Marjorie's cancer, an important Season 1 plotline that was ignored for the first chunk of Season 2. In recent episodes, it was finally been revealed that Marjorie has been continuing with treatment and that she's now cancer-free. I held my interviews with Pressly and Kennedy a little long and so there were large »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘The Carmichael Show’ Sets ‘New Girl’ Producer as Showrunner

24 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy writer and producer Danielle Sanchez-Witzel has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned.

Under the new two-year pact, she will exec produce and serve as showrunner on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” for 20th and Universal Television.

Most recently, Sanchez-Witzel was a co-exec producer on Fox’s “New Girl.” Prior to that, she was under an overall deal with CBS Studios, where she worked on sitcom “The Millers,” plus her own development. For six seasons she has also been working with NBC, where she was a co-exec producer and consultant on “Whitney,” “Love Bites,” “100 Questions” and “My Name Is Earl.”

“Our relationship with Danielle dates all the way back to ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and she’s been doing terrific work for us on ‘New Girl’ this season,” said Jonnie Davis, Twentieth Century Fox Television president of creative affairs. “When we found out there »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Modern Family’s’ Vali Chandrasekaran Sets Overall Deal at 20th TV

17 April 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Modern Family” co-exec producer Vali Chandrasekaran has set a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.

Deal calls for Chandrasekaran to remain with 20th TV’s “Modern Family” and transition to exec producer status in season eight. He had previously been under a deal at ABC Studios.

“We are excited to add Vali’s bold and original voice to our already incredible stable of writers, and we look forward to developing new projects with him down the road,” said Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox TV’s president of creative affairs.

Before “Modern Family,” Chandrasekaran worked on “30 Rock,” “My Name Is Earl” and “Trophy Wife.”  He’s repped by UTA and Management 360.


- Cynthia Littleton

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10 Sitcom Pilots Inspired by Real People: Which Will You Watch?

17 April 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.

Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.

Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »

- Gary Susman

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ABC Family Orders Workplace Comedy Series From ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Producer

24 March 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC Family has ordered single-camera comedy, “Kevin From Work,” to series, the network told TheWrap. The series will begin production in June and premiere this summer. Created by Barbie Adler (“How I Met Your Mother,” “My Name Is Earl,” and “Arrested Development”), the series follows Kevin (“BackpackersNoah Reid), a young man who declares his unrequited love for his coworker Audrey (Paige Spara) in a letter, believing he’ll never see her again after he accepts a job overseas. But when the opportunity falls through and Kevin is forced to return to his old job, he and Audrey will have to figure. »

- Jethro Nededog

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Presto TV snags Modern Family

17 March 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Presto TV has secured exclusive streaming rights to evergreen sitcom Modern Family as part of a wide-ranging deal with 20th Century Fox. The first four seasons of the show starring Ed O.Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet are available now on the Svod platform co-owned by Foxtel and Seven West Media.

Series 5, which includes an episode shot in Australia last year, will premiere on Presto TV in the second half of this year.

The Fox deal also includes non-exclusive rights to Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, The Americans, Glee, Louie and library titles The X-Files, Rosewell, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and My Name is Earl..

Presto TV has been overshadowed by a recent blizzard of acquisitions announced by rivals Stan and Netflix, which launches on March 24, but Presto executives say further deals are in the works.

Apart from sourcing »

- Don Groves

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The Obscure 'Roseanne' Joke You Missed on 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

17 March 2015 2:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"30 Rock" had its share of subversive jokes that weren't meant for all audiences to understand. You'd be forgiven if you didn't catch the dirty reference when Liz Lemon's dad Dick proclaimed, "Wouldn't be a Lemon party without ol' Dick!"  But it appears "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the followup series from "30 Rock" producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for Netflix, has upped the ante with an incredibly rarefied reference to a fabled writers' room story from the set of "Roseanne."  In episode 10 of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" when the character of Dong (Ki Hong Lee) comes back to his restaurant to learn that immigration officials have apprehended his coworkers, he apologizes to his boss and says, "I'm so sorry, Hu Zha Qi!" His boss responds, "It's your fault. I hope you die, become ghost, fly around the room. That make everybody happy."  The key to understanding this reference is realizing "Hu Zha Qi" is pronounced "Who Jackie, »

- Louis Virtel

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Jaime Pressly Promoted for Third Mom Season

15 March 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Finally some good news for Jaime Pressly, after Jennifer Falls. The funny lady has been promoted to a regular on Anna FarisMom. That means fans will see more of Jill, who came into play in season 2 as her freshly rehabbed friend. CBS hasn’t shared how they write her in as a regular yet. However, fans can expect more drama and humor from her character during the third season.

Poor Jaime hasn’t had success on TV since her My Name is Earl days. We hope this will change that that for her. She deserves a chance to shine and with this show, it seems like a good fit. I cannot wait to learn more about what we can expect as this current season has been tough. Lots of emotions and drama that is setting up for a very interesting season finale to watch. That may actually explain some of our questions. »

- Sarah Peel

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Jaime Pressly Upped to Series Regular on CBS’s ‘Mom’

13 March 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mom” has given birth to a brand-new series regular. “My Name Is Earl” alum Jaime Pressly has joined the cast of the CBS sitcom as a regular, starting with its upcoming third season, the network said Friday. Also Read: ‘Mom’ Star Anna Faris on Facing Gambling Addiction, Homelessness in Season 2 Pressly began guest-starring on the series in its current second season as Jill, a rich, self-obsessed divorcee who has been through rehab a few times and is working hard on her sobriety with the help of her friend and sponsor, Christy (Anna Faris). The network announced Thursday that the Chuck Lorre series. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Mom Bumps Jaime Pressly to Series Regular for Season 3

13 March 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

“Hi, my name is Jill” is a phrase Mom fans are likely to hear more often in Season 3: The CBS comedy has promoted guest-star Jaime Pressly to series regular.

The My Name Is Earl alum, who debuted as Christy’s newly sober pal earlier this season, will be a permanent part of the cast when the recently renewed sitcom returns in the fall, the network announced Friday.

Related Mom‘s Allison Janney on Bonnie’s ‘Life and Death’ Stakes After Alvin’s Demise

Pressly’s Jill is rich and a handful — which proves problematic when Christy tries to help »

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Trace Adkins Moonlights on 'The Night Shift'

9 March 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Trace Adkins will return to the small screen by way of the ER this May. The singer/sometime actor has scored a role as a military veteran on the NBC medical drama, The Night Shift. According to TheWrap, Adkins will play the leader of a therapy group attended by Dr. Tc Callahan, one of the show's main characters, portrayed by actor Eoin Macken. The series, now in its second season, depicts Tc dealing with Ptsd while trying to maintain a relationship with Dr. Jordan Alexander, who's played by Jill Flint. »

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Middle's Charlie McDermott to Lead CBS' Super Clyde Pilot — What of Axl?!

14 February 2015 4:18 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

What the Heck?

With ABC yet to renew The Middle for a seventh season — and with that cast’s contracts up this spring — Charlie McDermott has signed on as the lead in CBS’ Super Clyde pilot, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

Penned by Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl), the comedy follows a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who finds his calling. (This marks Super Clyde‘s second go-around as a pilot; Harry Potter‘s pal Rupert Grint previously filled the title role.)

Deadline reports that »

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Bradley Cooper Drama ‘Limitless’ Among CBS Pilot Orders

28 January 2015 7:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS has ordered three new pilots, including an adaptation of a 2011 Bradley Cooper film that counts the Oscar nominee as an executive producer.

Limitless,” originally a feature starring Cooper and Robert DeNiro, will hit the small screen steered by original director Neil Berger, Cooper and his “Hangover” director Todd Phillips.

The series will pick up where the film left off, following a man with access to a mysterious prescription drug that expands his mental capacity. In the show, the character uses his abilities to help the FBI solve crimes.  The project has additional producers in Relativity honchos Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Pilot Spotlight: 'Cocked' -- Sam Trammell, Jason Lee and Brian Dennehy Star in Dark Comedy

28 January 2015 5:09 PM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

Family is like a loaded gun. Especially if you’re Richard Paxson (True Blood’s Sam Trammell) and you left your rural Colorado family and its gun business 20 years ago and vowed never to go back. 

After some unfortunate circumstances, the big city corporate exec is forced to return home to help save the family business. But older brother Grady Paxton (My Name is Earl’s Jason Lee), a playboy bachelor and gun aficionado, isn’t so happy to have him back. And his liberal wife and opinionated teenage kids are horrified by the world they have been thrown into. Hilarity, epic fights and emotional breakdowns ensue.

Created by Samuel Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan – TV series), Cocked is an hour-long dark comedy that also stars Tony award-winning Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), and Dreama Walker (The Good Wife) – a stellar cast. »

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