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‘The Waltons’ Star Mary McDonough Began ‘Starving’ Herself During Show’s Run After Being Told She Was Fat

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Mary McDonough joined “The Waltons” when she was just 11 years old and it wasn’t smooth sailing. McDonough, now 55, reflected on her role as Erin for much of the 1970s during a recent interview with ITV’s “Loose Women”. Related: ‘Moana’ Sparks Body Image Controversy Over Unhealthy Stereotypes “Erin was supposed to be the pretty […]
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It Came From The Tube: Midnight Offerings (1981)

By the early ‘80s, Melissa Sue Anderson was ready to get some dirt under Mary Ingall’s fingernails, and shed her squeaky clean image. Late in ’81 she would entertain horror audiences with her big screen turn in Happy Birthday to Me, but earlier that same year she stayed closer to home on the tube playing a big bad teenage witch in Midnight Offerings – a role which I’m sure Pa Ingalls would not approve of.

The telemovie premiered Friday, February 27th, 1981 on ABC. It’s neighbor CBS had the kings of Friday night, Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas going on, while poor old NBC had Nero Wolfe followed by that party animal David Brinkley. (Let’s just say the Peacock was still a few seasons away from working their way out of the cellar.) But ABC, for some reason, had always not only nurtured horror, but thrived on it – and
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The Waltons, Falcon Crest: Creator Earl Hamner Jr. Dies at 92

[caption id="attachment_46200" align="aligncenter" width="590"] via From Left: Cliff (Jason), Nancy (Elizabeth), Audrey (Erin) James (Jim Bob), Doris "Mother" Hamner (Olivia), Earl Hamner Jr. (John-Boy), Marian (Mary Ellen), Paul (Ben). Missing: Bill./caption]

Goodnight, John-Boy. Earl Hamner Jr. creator of The Waltons TV series and real-life counterpart to the John-Boy Walton (Richard Thomas) character has died at the age of 92. Premiering September 14, 1972, the series ran nine seasons before being cancelled by CBS. The TV series finale episode, "The Revel" aired June 1, 1991. It was followed up by several Waltons TV movies.

The Waltons was based on the Hamners' life in Schuyler, Virginia, and the main characters were inspired by the creator's family members. The cast of The Waltons includes: Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, David W. Harper, Kami Cotler, Joe
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Today on Hallmark’s “Home & Family,” It’s a Reunion of “The Waltons”!

Today On Hallmark Channel’s daytime talk and lifestyle program, Home & Family, take a trip back to Walton’s Mountain. On today’s two-hour episode, Five of the cast members of The Waltons: Richard Thomas (John Boy) Judy Norton (Mary Ellen), Kami Colter (Elizabeth), Michael Learned (Olivia), and Mary McDonough (Erin) will spend the morning reminiscing about the family favorite that aired from 1971-1978, and filling us in on what’s new in their lives. There will be a “Waltons”-era Diy, a song performed by Judy Norton, and an unforgettable Home & Family living room makeover. I can’t wait to be reminded of … Continue reading →

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The Surviving Waltons: Where Are They Now?

The Surviving Waltons: Where Are They Now?
Fans of the 1970s television drama The Waltons were saddened to learn of the passing of Ralph Waite on Thursday at age 85. For nine seasons the actor played John Walton, Sr., a father of seven struggling to make ends meet during the Great Depression and World War II.

"[Fans] tell me that I was their surrogate father, the one who brought them up," Waite told Entertainment Weekly last year.

Indeed, Waite's honest portrayal struck a chord with audiences around the world, and left a big impression on actor Richard Thomas, who played eldest son John-Boy on the series.

"I loved Ralph very much.
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Ralph Waite, Star Of 'The Waltons,' Dies At 85

Ralph Waite, who portrayed the patriarch of the celebrated The Waltons family, died on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the age of 85.

Waite, a prolific television actor, stared in The Waltons as John Walton Sr. from 1972-1981, during which time he also appeared in the historic Roots mini-series and a few Waltons TV movies. Waite worked consistently until his death, most recently appearing as a recurring character in Bones, NCIS and Days of Our Lives.

'NCIS' And 'Bones' Honor Ralph White

NCIS and Bones have both released statements expressing their grief at the loss and sending love to his family and friends.

“Everyone at NCIS is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Ralph Waite. Ralph was family to us, a tremendous talent and a very special man. We truly cherish the time we had with him. Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones,” the NCIS
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'The Waltons' dad Ralph Waite dies at age 85

'The Waltons' dad Ralph Waite dies at age 85
Ralph Waite, who played John Walton Sr. on The Waltons for nine seasons, died Thursday at age 85. While he’s best known for his Emmy-nominated role as the patriarch on the long-running 1970s CBS drama, Waite has had recent recurring roles on NCIS, Bones, and Days of Our Lives.

EW spoke with Waite last year for our annual Reunions Issue, bringing the Walton family back together more than three decades after their show went off the air. “What has moved me the most is the mail I’m still getting,” Waite told EW at the time. “They tell me that I was their surrogate father,
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'The Waltons' cast reunites on 'Good Morning America'

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More than 30 years after their show ended, the cast of "The Waltons" reunited on "Good Morning America," as part of the ongoing Entertainment Weekly reunion series that has already seen the casts of "Mystic Pizza" and "Hart to Hart" get back together to share some memories.

Al of the surviving members of the Walton family participated in the reunion, with Michael Learned (Olivia), Ralph Waite (John Sr.), Richard Thomas (John-Boy), Judy Norton Taylor (Mary Ellen), Jon Walmsley (Jason), Eric Scott (Ben), Mary Elizabeth McDonough (Erin), David W. Harper (Jim-Bob), and Kami Cotler (Elizabeth) appearing.

When asked about which current TV show is most like "The Waltons," the cast shows their sense of humor, likening their show to "Dexter" or "True Blood." Learned spoke highly of Thomas, as the show's lead at only 21 years old. "Somehow you carried the show at a very young age with
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'The Waltons' reunite: Good morning, John-Boy! -- Video

'The Waltons' reunite: Good morning, John-Boy! -- Video
Over three decades after the Walton family — Olivia, John, John-Boy, Mary Ellen, Jason, Ben, Erin, Jim-Bob, and Elizabeth — said their last “goodnights,” the whole gang (that’s Michael Learned, Ralph Waite, Richard Thomas, Judy Norton Taylor, Jon Walmsley, Eric Scott, Mary Elizabeth McDonough, David W. Harper, and Kami Cotler) joined forces once more for EW’s latest Reunions issue.

The world has clearly changed a lot since this rural Virginia clan left the airwaves in 1981. Can any current TV show compare to The Waltons’ enormous heart? Well, maybe one. When Good Morning America’s Cam Mathison posed that same question to the reunited cast,
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Joe Conley Dead — ‘Waltons’ Actor Dies At 85

So sad. ‘The Waltons’ star Joe Conley died of complications from dementia at the age of 85 at a California care facility.

Joe Conley, best known for his role as a small town storekeeper in the 1970s television series The Waltons, died July 7 in Newbury Park, Calif. at age 85.

Joe Conley Dies — Waltons Co-Stars Remember Actor On Facebook

Joe played good-natured storekeeper Ike Godsey on the CBS family drama The Waltons from 1972 to 1981. He was well-loved by his co-stars, who took to social media to honor his memory.

Joe’s former co-star Mary Beth McDonough, who played Erin Walton on The Waltons, confirmed his death in a Facebook post.

Mary Beth wrote, “It is a sad day. So sorry to let you know Joe Conley, our beloved Ike Godsey, passed early this morning, please keep him, (wife) Louise, and his family in your prayers. Rip Mr. Godsey.”

Actress Ronnie Claire Edwards,
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'Waltons' actor Joe Conley dies at 85, played Ike Godsey

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Actor Joe Conley died Sunday (July 7) at 85 years old. Though he had been away from the screen for a long time, he is best remembered as storekeeper Ike Godsey on the 1970s TV show "The Waltons." His death was confirmed by "Waltons" co star Mary Elizabeth McDonough, on her Facebook page.

Conley stayed with the show throughout its nine seasons, appearing in 172 of its 210 episodes, from 1972 - 1981. He also appeared on "Mister Ed" and even a 1983 episode of "Knight Rider." After "The Waltons" ended, Conley continued to appear as Ike in six TV movie specials, the last one being "A Walton Easter" in 1997.

Conley was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, before moving to California after high school to pursue acting, the La Times reports. He is survived by his wife, Louise, three daughters and a son.
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Girls With The Power! Eleven Alternatives To "Carrie"

When the current theatrical reboot (a sequel and toothless TV remake had already come and gone) of Carrie was announced, there was a lot of teeth gnashing and cries of "leave the classics alone!," mostly by me. But as details began to leak out, the prospect became more intriguing. Gay director Kimberly Pierce gave us the masterpiece Boys Don't Cry, and the fabulous Julianne Moore signed up to play Carrie's psychotic fanatical mother. Chloe Moretz doesn't look anything like Stephen King's Carrie, but then neither did Sissy Spacek, so I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Carrie was supposed to open in March, but the studio has pushed it back to October, which means they're either hoping for Halloween dollars ... or it's a sign of a troubled production.

But while we wait to rain judgment down on the new version of our favorite telekinetic teen, let's take
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Classic Horror Coming to DVD/Blu-Ray: Macabre, Morturary, Shock, and More

Those on the lookout for classic and obscure horror titles will be interested in today’s round-up. We have some new DVD releases to report on from Blue Underground, along with a few upcoming Blu-ray titles :

The first three titles are part of Blue Underground’s Midnight Movies Horror Triple Feature DVD set. The next 3 are part of Blue Underground’s Midnight Movies Thriller Triple Feature DVD set. Both DVD’s will be available on July 31st.

A Blade in the Dark: “Bruno is hired to compose the music for a new horror movie and rents an isolated villa to concentrate on his work. But when several beautiful young women are brutally murdered within the house, Bruno becomes obsessed with solving the savage crimes. Is a clue to the killer’s identity hidden within the film itself, or is there a more horrifying secret lurking deep in the dark?
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Scorpion Releasing Brings Mortuary to DVD

On May 15th, Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with Camelot Entertainment, presents Mortuary.

Bill Paxton, Christopher George, and Lynda Day George star in this tale of horror-filled nightmares that comes startlingly close to reality.

Christie Parson (Mary McDonough) has been having terrifying nightmares ever since her father drowned in the family swimming pool. She knows his death was not an accident, but no one believes her. That is, until her boyfriend Greg (David Wallace) sees a hooded figure, identical to the one that Christie has described as being in her nightmares, in the town's mortuary. But is it real, or is it all in Christie's mind?

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Mortuary Finally Finds a Home on DVD

Back in the Eighties some cool cover art was all we needed to get us to rent a VHS tape and run home excited. True, more often than not the artwork was not at all reflective of the content, but we still didn't regret it. In fact, I remember renting Mortuary dozens of times for the box art alone.

From the Press Release

On May 15th Scorpion Releasing, in conjunction with Camelot Entertainment, presents Mortuary! Bill Paxton, Christopher George, and Lynda Day George star in this chilling tale of horror-filled nightmares that comes startlingly close to reality! Christie Parson (Mary McDonough) has been having terrifying nightmares ever since her father drowned in the family swimming pool. She knows his death was not an accident, but no one believes her. That is, until her boyfriend, Greg (David Wallace), sees a hooded figure, identical to the one that Christie has described as being in her nightmares,
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Interviews: It’s 1970s Again With Walton Sisters, Pamela Sue Martin

Chicago – This year marked the 40th anniversary of the premiere of “The Waltons,” one of the most beloved TV series of the 1970s. Two actresses who portrayed Mary Ellen and Erin Walton, Mary McDonough and Judy Norton, appeared at the “Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show,” along with Pamela Sue Martin of TV’s “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries’ (1977). was at the event to interview all three ‘70s icons, with photographer Joe Arce producing his usual stellar portraiture.

Judy Norton, Mary Ellen Walton on “The Waltons

Judy Norton was memorable as Mary Ellen Walton, adding a little passion to the often saccharine image of the TV family. She also gained a bit of notoriety after the series ended by posing for Playboy in the mid-1980s. She is still working in the business, as an actress, singer, writer and director. She recently appeared on the “Today” show, reuniting with
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Photos: Meet The Anti-Kardashians

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What's the holiday season without warm family reunions?

One of TV's most famous families, the Waltons, got together on "The Today Show" on Friday, three decades after their show went off the air. As a poor family in Virginia struggling during the Great Depression, the cast warmed hearts and touched on historial issues, winning 12 Emmys and leaving a legacy of period drama that can be plainly seen on TV today.

Just as they were one big, happy family on the show, they were the same way during the reunion. Michael Learned, who played Ma, told Matt Lauer that, "We get giddy, we love each other" when asked about their reunion. The remaining cast -- David Harper (Jim Bob), Judy Norton (Mary Ellen), Kami Cotler (Elizabeth), Jon Walmsley (Jason), Mary Elizabeth McDonough (Erin), Eric Scott (Ben), and Richard Thomas (John-Boy) all agreed.

They noted that, perhaps unlike today, there were no
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'The Waltons' reunite for 40 year anniversary

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If you're a child of the '70s, you'll remember "The Waltons" as the sometimes corny TV series that coined the phrase "Good night, John Boy." It was, of course, a reference to the show's folksy ending each week -- the camera would pan away from a farm house as lights went out and the titular Waltons would all say good night to each other in turn.

On Friday (Dec. 2), several "Waltons" cast members -- including Kami Cotler (Elizabeth), Jon Walmsley (Jason), David Harper (Jim Bob), Eric Scott (Ben), Michael Learned (Olivia, aka "Ma"), Richard Thomas (John Boy), Judy Norton (Mary Ellen) and Mary Elizabeth McDonough (Erin) -- reunited on "Today" to talk to Matt Lauer about the show's 40th anniversary.

The actors talked about their lifelong friendships and why no one from the show never wrote a tell-all book,
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'The Waltons' on 'Today': 'We were dealing with some real issues,' says Ma

'The Waltons' on 'Today': 'We were dealing with some real issues,' says Ma
Our national obsession with oversized TV families isn’t a recent reality-show phenomenon. Forty years ago, The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, and The Waltons were each prime-time hits, and eight members of the cast from the latter visited with Matt Lauer this morning on Today. For youngins who scrunched their nose when Today ran video clips of the show, which ran for nine seasons beginning in 1971, The Waltons was an extremely earnest drama about a western Virginian family struggling through the Great Depression and World War II. Is it dated? “It was dated when we did it!” interjected one of the cast,
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TV Espresso: News Items for Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A big TV reunion in New Jersey, The Munsters reboot gets a director, some strange reports regarding the new Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol movie, and a new Star Trek documentary. All this, Pan Am, and some TV history...

The Waltons

Our friend Marc Berman notes that there will be a special 40th anniversary screening of The Homecoming: A Christmas Story on Friday night in New Jersey. The movie that spawned The Waltons will be shown and will be followed by a special Q&A panel discussion with Richard Thomas, Mary McDonough, Judy Norton, Kami Cotler, Jon Walmsley, Eric Scott, David Harper, and David Huddleston. Some of those who didn't appear in the movie but were in the series will also take part, including Michael Learned, Lynn Hamilton, Leslie Winston, Hal Williams, Ellen Geer, and Radames Pera. Tickets are $20 each. Hopefully, someone will film the event for
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