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The "Hot In Cleveland" alum will guest star as Dr. Beth Mayer in an episode of the series, now entering its eleventh season.
Dr. Mayer is a forensic anthropologist who is "accomplished" and "sharp as a tack," according to the network. She is brought in as the newest squintern to help on a murder connected to fantasy football, something she has an expertise in.
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Bones is not messing around in Season 11.
The long-running Fox procedural has tapped Betty White to guest star as the Jeffersonian’s latest squintern, TVLine has learned.
White will play Dr. Beth Mayer, an accomplished, sharp as a tack squintern who is brought in to assist in a murder linked to fantasy football — which just happens to be one of her many areas of expertise. With a half century of work under her belt, Dr. Mayer is considered the world’s most experienced forensic anthropologist, which will lead to some serious »
The Directors Guild of America has released its best and worst lists of TV shows that hire female and minority directors.
Four out of the 27 worst violators — shows that had no minorities or women directing — were HBO productions, including “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Brink,” “The Comeback” and Cinemax/HBO’s “Banshee.”
The year’s top network in diverse hires was Bet, which had three shows — “Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Single Ladies” — with 100% minority or female directors. CBS’ “The McCarthys” came in at No. 4 at 93%. (See full list below)
Overall, female directors are seeing a modest gain in employment on television as the number of episodes directed by women rose to 16% from 14% for the 2014-15 season, the DGA report shows.
But DGA president Paris Barclay, a veteran TV director and showrunner, said much more needs to be done. “The uptick in the number of episodes directed by women — modest but hopeful »
- Dave McNary
This year at the Emmys, there will be three Best Production Design trophies handed out for narrative series: one for fantasy/contemporary shows, one for period programs and one for half-hour comedies. Among the laffers squaring off are a trio of Best Comedy Series contenders -- "Silicon Valley," "Transparent" and "Veep" -- as well as fan faves "The Big Bang Theory," "Hot in Cleveland" and "2 Broke Girls." -Break- Julia Louis-Dreyfus on 'Veep' at suspenseful Emmys: 'All bets are off!' TV's most watched comedy "The Big Bang Theory" was kicked out of the Best Comedy Series race this year, but could get the last laugh by winning for its production design. Emmy voters will be judging the episodes "The First Pitch Insufficiency," "The Clean Room Infiltration" and "The Skywalker Incursion." John Shaffner (Production Designer), Francois...' »
Star Kristen Johnston announced the news Monday night on Twitter. “Well, it’s official: Last 6 eps of @The_Exes Ever start airing this Weds. Even great ratings can’t #SaveGoodTV,” she wrote.
Well, it's official: Last 6 eps of @The_Exes Ever start airing this Weds. Even great ratings can't #SaveGoodTV.
— kristen johnston (@kjothesmartass) August 11, 2015
She later added, “Honestly, we all knew it was a probability. The last 6 are the best yet.” TV Land confirmed the news.
The comedy resumed its fourth season in July. The »
- Maane Khatchatourian
“Spicy” and “stewed” aren’t two words that come to mind when one thinks of Valerie Bertinelli, but the terms might be applied more readily as the actress gets to work in the kitchen.
When she was married to guitar-slinger Eddie Van Halen, Bertinelli would sometimes find herself making the Dutch and Indonesian cuisine taught to her by his mother – dishes that rely on piquant sauces or braised meats. “I’ve learned a few things from her that I’ve put in my repertoire,” she said in a recent interview.
What Valerie Bertinelli is having for breakfast, lunch or dinner was never of much concern when she held forth in beloved TV series like CBS’ “One Day at a Time” or TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Now her menus are likely to gain greater scrutiny starting this weekend when she launches “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” a new series on »
- Brian Steinberg
Betty White isn't one to talk to trash. So, when the longtime animal activist was asked to comment on dentist Walt Palmer, who killed Cecil the Lion earlier this month in Zimbabwe, the former Hot in Cleveland actress decided it would be best to bite her tongue. "You don't want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man," the 93-year-old Hollywood legend said Thursday (via Entertainment Weekly). "It's such a heartbreaker. You can't even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in every way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?" White is the co-chair of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. She published a book, Betty & Friends: »
Network: TV Land
Episodes: 54 (half-hour)
TV show dates: June 20, 2012 -- Tbd
Series status: Ending
TV show description:
A spin-off of Hot in Cleveland, this sitcom revolves around Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine (Cedric the Entertainer). He lives the high life in Las Vegas, placing at the top of the music charts, when he gets "the calling."
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TV Land's "The Soul Man," starring Cedric "The Entertainer," Niecy Nash and Wesley Jonathan, has been renewed for its fifth and final 12-episode season, the network announced today. The sitcom, which follows Cedric as R&B super-star-turned minister Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine, is the network's highest-rated original series among African Americans 25-54 and African American Women 25-54. "It has been amazing working with Cedric, Niecy, Wesley and the rest of the cast and crew on what has truly been a memorable and fun experience," said Keith Cox, Executive Vice President of Development and Original Programming for TV Land. "We appreciate the fans and all the love the show has received over the years, and we plan to give the viewers something very special this season." Cedric and Suzanne Martin ("Hot in Cleveland") are executive producers of "The Soul Man," along with Eric C. Rhone, Sean Hayes...
- Tambay A. Obenson
TV Land has renewed The Soul Man for a 12-episode fifth season, which will be the Hot In Cleveland spinoff’s last. With Hot In Cleveland recently ending its run and Soul Man getting an end date, The Exes remains the only original multi-camera sitcom on TV Land as the network has been going through a brand transformation, moving into edgier, single-camera programming. The Soul Man, starring Cedric The Entertainer, Niecy Nash and Wesley Jonathan, has been a solid performer… »
Lifetime has released the names of the cast and the first image for the upcoming TV movie “The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story.” The original show followed the lives and loves of a group of 20-somethings living in an apartment complex called Melrose Place in California. The series was launched in 1992 as a companion for “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which is also getting the Lifetime “Unauthorized” treatment. See the cast list below: Aaron Spelling: Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) Darren Star: Adam Korson (“Hot in Cleveland”) Amanda Woodward/Heather Lcoklear: Ciara Hanna (“Power Rangers Megaforce”) Allison Parker/Courtney Thorne-Smith: Rebecca Dalton »
- Joe Otterson
Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story” and “Unauthorized Melrose Place Story” are coming to life. The TV movies have both set their casts, and the cable net released the first photos on Wednesday.
The “90210” telepic (pictured above), follows the show’s ups and downs from many near-cancellations to achieving pop-culture phenomenon status and creating international A-listers, while the “Melrose Place” version will cover the casting dramas and sensational storylines that permeated the spinoff series.
Alyssa Lynch, who played Tiffani-Amber Thiessen in Lifetime’s “Saved by the Bell” story, will also portray her (and her “90210” character Valerie Malone) in this adaptation. Other cast members for that movie include Samantha Munro as Shannen Doherty/Brenda Walsh, Max Lloyd-Jones as Jason Priestley/Brandon Walsh, Abie Cobb as Jennie Garth/Kelly Taylor, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-aftra’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.
- Michelle McCue
TV Land executives set out more than a year ago to undertake a major makeover of the cabler’s original comedy series lineup. As they dug into it, they realized that the mandate had to be much bigger than changing the tone and format of new shows.
The mission became shifting the channel’s focus from appealing to baby boomers to understanding how the Generation X demo has changed during the past decade. The first fruits of that effort have rolled out this year with the launch of single-camera comedy “Younger,” from producer Darren Star, and two shows that premiere tonight: “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and “Impastor.”
“Generation X is now at the phase of life where they have matured, they are responsible parents, but inside they still feel like rebellious teenagers,” said Kim Rosenblum, TV Land’s exec VP of marketing and creative. “That represents a huge opportunity for »
- Cynthia Littleton
Only three of last year’s Emmy nominees are missing from the comedy ballots this year (and it’s because all three — “Orange Is the New Black’s” Taylor Schilling and Kate Mulgrew and “Derek’s” Ricky Gervais — are now competing in different categories). Combine that high volume of returning favorites with an influx of buzzy new series, and odds are high there will be a lot of disappointed contenders come Thursday morning. Here’s who we’re predicting will make the very competitive cut. Click to see our picks for those in the running for the drama series categories.
With six consecutive nominations and a record-tying four wins under his belt, “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons is this category’s undisputed favorite. But he’ll face heavy competition this year from Jeffrey Tambor, whose transcendent performance in Amazon »
- Geoff Berkshire
Dick Van Patten, the popular comedic character actor, has passed away at age 86. Patten was a child actor who eventually went on to perform in 30 Broadway shows. He also proved to be a popular presence on early TV shows such as "I Remember Mama". In the 1970s, he appeared on "The Love Boat" and a decade later had a hit show with "Eight is Enough". More recently, he co-starred on "Hot in Cleveland". Van Patten also made any number of hit feature films including such diverse fare as the Clint Eastwood western "Joe Kidd" and three movies with Mel Brooks: "High Anxiety", "Spaceballs" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights". For more, click here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Dick Van Patten, the genial, round-faced comic actor who appeared on Broadway as a child, starred on TV in its infancy and then, in middle age, found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV’s Eight is Enough, has died.
Van Patten died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, of complications from diabetes, according to his publicist, Daniel Bernstein. He was 86.
Related: Dick Van Patten: a career in clips
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- Associated Press in New York
Actor Dick Van Patten, best remembered as gentle father Tom Bradford on the sitcom Eight Is Enough and for appearing in several Mel Brooks movies, has died. He had been hospitalized for diabetes-related complications in Santa Monica, California where he passed away, according to People. He was 86.
Born in Queens, New York in 1928, Van Patten cut his teeth on Broadway – making his stage debut at age seven – before transitioning to television in 1949 with a recurring role on a comedy-drama about immigrants living in turn-of-the-century San Francisco called Mama. He would »
Having started out on Broadway at age 7, Van Patten began his TV acting career in 1949, on the Maxwell House and Post Cereal-sponsored CBS dramedy Mama. From there, his credits included (but by no means were limited to) the NBC sitcom The Partners (as Sgt. Nelson Higgenbottom), multiple installments of Love, American Style, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, the Mel Brooks-produced spoof When Things Were Rotten (as Friar Tuck »
Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. due to complications from diabetes.
The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”
Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time onstage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”
He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman Program »
- Carmel Dagan
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