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Greatest TV Pilots: The Dick Van Dyke Show’s “The Sick Boy and the Sitter” remains an effective, entertaining opener

The Dick Van Dyke Show, “The Sick Boy and the Sitter”

Written by Carl Reiner

Directed by Sheldon Leonard

Aired on October 3rd, 1961 on CBS

The Dick Van Dyke Show is one of the most enduring sitcoms of television history. While most series fall from recognition shortly after their finales, it remains a staple of Best Comedy lists to this day. The premise is very straightforward- Dick Van Dyke stars as Rob Petrie, a comedy writer at the fictional The Alan Brady Show. He’s married to Laura, played by Mary Tyler Moore, and the two have a son, Ritchie, and live in New Rochelle. We follow Rob at home and at work, where he often shares scenes with fellow writers Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) and occasionally with their straight-man producer, Mel Cooley, played by Richard Deacon.

The pilot opens simply. Laura’s in the
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The Dick Van Dyke Show: 3rd Season Blu-ray Review

The Dick Van Dyke Show: 3rd Season Blu-ray Review
Title: The Dick Van Dyke Show: 3rd Season Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews, Carl Reiner Running time: 13 hours, 20 minutes (3 discs/32 episodes), Not rated Special Features: Commentary by Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner; Full-length Danny Thomas Show Episode with Morey Asterdam; Mary Tyler Moore appearance on The Danny Kaye Show; TV Academy Tribute to Carl Reiner featuring George Clooney; Interviews with Cast and Producers; Emmy Award clip with wins by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore; Mary Tyler Moore appearance on 1975 variety series Van Dyke & Company; rehearsal footage; Nick at Nite promo spots; Photo Galleries. If  [ Read More ]

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Celebrity Birthdays: Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence & Andy Sandberg Celebrate Birthdays This Week

Celebrity Birthdays: Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence & Andy Sandberg Celebrate Birthdays This Week
Aug. 12: Actor George Hamilton is 73. Actress Jennifer Warren is 71. Singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is 63. Singer Kid Creole is 62. Actor Sam J. Jones ("Flash Gordon") is 58. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is 58. Actor Bruce Greenwood ("Thirteen Days") is 56. Country singer Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad) is 56. Guitarist Roy Hay of Culture Club is 51. Rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot is 49. Actor Peter Krause is 47. Actor Michael Ian Black ("Ed") is 41. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 41. Actor Casey Affleck is 37. Actress Maggie Lawson ("Psych") is 32. Actress Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 19.

Aug. 13: Actor Pat Harrington is 83. Actor Kevin Tighe is 68. Actress Gretchen Corbett ("The Rockford Files") is 65. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 53. Actress Dawnn Lewis ("A Different World," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper") is 51. Actor John Slattery is 50. Actress Debi Mazar is 48. Actress Quinn Cummings ("Family") is 45. Country singer Andy Griggs is 39. Drummer Mike Melancon of Emerson Drive is 34. Actress Kathryn Fiore ("Reno 911!") is 33. Singer James Morrison is 28.

Aug.
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2011 Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards, Friday Night Lights Named Program of the Year

The Television Critics Association (TCA) recognized the top programs and actors of the 2010-2011 television season at its 27th Annual TCA Awards presentation on Saturday night. Nick Offerman, star of NBC's Parks And Recreation, hosted the annual invitation-only event, held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in conjunction with the TCA's summer press tour.

The non-televised ceremony bestowed awards in 12 categories to recipients in comedy, drama, reality, miniseries, news and youth programming.

Members of the TCA, a media organization of more than 200 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada, voted HBO's Game Of Thrones this season's “Outstanding New Program” and honored the final season of DirecTV/NBC's Friday Night Lights with its award for “Program of The Year.”

Winning its second consecutive TCA Award, ABC's Modern Family took home the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.” AMC's Mad Men received the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Drama,
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TCA Awards: Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, Modern Family and Game of Thrones Win Big

TCA Awards: Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, Modern Family and Game of Thrones Win Big
Friday Night Lights scored a touchdown at the 27th Annual TCA Awards. The DirecTV/NBC series was named Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association at a ceremony held Saturday evening at The Beverly Hilton.

The event, which was hosted by Parks and Recreation scene-stealer Nick Offerman, honored HBO’s Game of Thrones with the Outstanding New Program title. ABC’s Modern Family took the award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy for the second year in a row, while Mad Men topped Outstanding Achievement in Drama for the third time. AMC’s ’60s series also garnered star Jon Hamm
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Signing Off The Air For The Last Time

I was just mulling over the unfortunate fact that a lot of big-time TV folks have bitten the dust over the last few weeks and months — “Honey West” star Anne Francis (January 3 at 80), “Ozzie and Harriet” star David Nelson (January 11 at 74), “Batman” star Michael Gough (March 17 at 94), early live TV director Sidney Lumet (April 9 at 86), “M*A*S*H” director Jackie Cooper (May 4 at 88), “The Cosby Show” star Clarice Taylor (May 30 at 93), “Gunsmoke” star James Arness (June 3 at 88), and “Columbo” star Peter Falk (June 23 at 83), among others.

How can one explain this apparent surge? Well, it could just be a coincidence, but it could also be something else. TV only really came into its own in the fifties and sixties… most of the big names on the small screen at the time were then in their thirties and forties, which would place them in their eighties or nineties now… which
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The Dick Van Dyke Show: Watch the 2004 Reunion Special

In 2003, The Dick Van Dyke Show was honored at the very first TV Land Awards with the Legend award. Surviving castmembers Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, and Larry Mathews were on hand to accept, along with series creator Carl Reiner. While on stage, Reiner commented that he'd been thinking about writing a reunion for the classic sitcom that would essentially be like a new episode of the show. While the audience watched, Reiner secured the involvement of the cast and a commitment from TV Land's president, Larry Jones.

What resulted was The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, a light-hearted hour that brings back the characters and a very impressive replica of the classic living room set. Ray Romano, who was then starring on CBS' popular Everybody Loves Raymond, introduces the episode.

In this new installment, Richie Petrie (Mathews) is
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Reiner writing new 'Van Dyke'

Oh Rob, it's been 40 years! But a Dick Van Dyke Show reunion special may be coming soon to CBS. No formal deals are in place, but series creator Carl Reiner is penning a script that would catch up with Rob and Laura Petrie in the present day. CBS is eyeing an hourlong special that would open with the scripted half-hour and conclude with a retrospective look at the enduring 1961-66 domestic comedy that starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Sources say Van Dyke and Moore have expressed interest in revisiting their Petrie personas, as has Larry Mathews, who played the couple's young son, Ritchie. The talk of a Dick Van Dyke reunion comes as Image Entertainment is readying a DVD release of the series. And Van Dyke and Moore will be seen onscreen together later this year in PBS' production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Gin Game. Reiner is repped by CAA and manager George Shapiro of Shapiro/West & Associates.

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