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Beyond 'The Honeymooners': Jackie Gleason Remembered By His Stepson (Exclusive)

Back in 1955, Jackie Gleason turned his popular "The Honeymooners" sketch, which originated on his variety show, into a regular 30-minute sitcom called, you guessed it, The Honeymooners. The idea was that he and co-stars Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph would shoot 78 episodes in the first two seasons, with an option for a third season of 39 more. But following that first year, Jackie took the unexpected — and pretty much unprecedented at the time — move to cancel his own show. Believing that those episodes, collectively known now as "The Classic 39," was as good as the show could be, he decided to return to his variety show format, folding Ralph Kramden, Ed Norton and their wives back into it. "Jackie really marched to his own beat," offers his stepson, Craig Horwich, who serves as the head of Jackie Gleason Enterprises in an exclusive interview. "Not in any sense of ignorance or
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The Journey of 'The Honeymooners' — How It Went From TV Sketch to Beloved Sitcom

Back in 1950s and '60s television, you really never saw a family struggling to get by. But then came The Honeymooners. Think about it: I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It to Beaver, My Three Sons — usually there was domestic bliss for the most part. But that wasn't the case with the Classic TV series that starred Jackie Gleason as bus driver Ralph Kramden, Audrey Meadows as his long-suffering wife, Alice; Art Carney as dim-witted but lovable best friend and sidekick, Ed Norton; and the last living member of The Honeymooners Joyce Randolph as his wife, Trixie. The two couples lived in a Bensonhurst apartment in Brooklyn, New York, struggling to get by. And it was exactly that struggle, and wanting to break free of it, that propelled much of the comedy. Ralph was the get-rich-quick scheming, short-tempered, soft-hearted guy who was always striving for greatness, but
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Review: "The Honeymooners" Musical Production, Papermill Playhouse

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Since my all-time favorite TV series is  "The Honeymooners", the legendary sitcom that was originally broadcast in 1950s, one might think I would have been overjoyed at the prospect of seeing the show's new incarnation as a big-budget musical production that just premiered at the prestigious Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, a venue so revered that it was honored with a special Tony award. In reality, I had considerable trepidation about seeing the show. The characters in the TV series- bus driver Ralph Kramden, his devoted but long-suffering wife Alice and their best friends, sewer worker Ed Norton and his wife Trixie- have been ingrained in the minds of every American baby boomer. In fact, the re-runs have rarely left the New York airwaves even sixty years after their original airings and the four main cast members- Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney and Joyce Randolph
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The Honeymooners: CBS Developing Classic Sitcom Reboot

CBS Mulls Reboot of The Honeymooners TV ShowOne of these days... one of these days.... Variety reports CBS is considering a reboot of The Honeymooners TV show. Bob Kushell will write the pilot script for CBS Television Studios. He will also executive produce with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, and Jeff Greenstein.The original Honeymooners began as a sketch on the DuMont network's Cavalcade of Stars, from 1951. The show moved to CBS in 1952 as The Jackie Gleason Show. The Honeymooners premiered on CBS as a half-hour TV series in October of '55 and ran until it was cancelled after 39 episodes, in September of '56. Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, and Joyce Randolph starred.Read More…
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CBS Developing ‘The Honeymooners’ Reboot

CBS Developing ‘The Honeymooners’ Reboot
CBS has its eye on an updated version of “The Honeymooners,” Variety has confirmed.

The project is a multicamera comedy from executive producer Bob Kushell, who will write the pilot script for CBS Television Studios. Kushell was also behind ABC’s “Muppets” reboot. Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, and Jeff Greenstein will also serve as executive producers.

The new “Honeymooners” will be a modern spin on the 1950s classic, which starred Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, Audrey Meadows as his wife Alice, and Art Carney and Joyce Randolph as neighbors Ed and Trixie Norton. The move is not unlike that behind CBS’ revamping of “The Odd Couple,” now in its third season on the network.

The property itself, which had its roots as a sketch on the defunct DuMont Network’s “Cavalcade of Stars” variety series, has been resurrected several times: There was the initial run on CBS, followed
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CBS Plans to Reboot 'The Honeymooners'

CBS Plans to Reboot 'The Honeymooners'
The Honeymooners, the famous 1950s sitcom starring Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows, is getting a modern reboot on CBS, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original series focused on the home life of Ralph Kramden (Gleason) a New York City bus driver and his wife Alice (Meadows) along with their amusing neighbors, Ed and Trixie Norton (Art Carney and Joyce Randolph). The new version of The Honeymooners will revolve around two couples, but with a twist: one of the pairs will have just remarried after getting a divorce four years earlier.
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The Honeymooners Reboot Eyed at CBS

The Honeymooners Reboot Eyed at CBS
Like it or not, CBS is taking a stab at recreating one of its most beloved sitcoms of all time.

The network is currently in the midst of developing a new take on The Honeymooners, THR.com reports.

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The reboot, being helmed by The Muppets‘ Bob Kushell, would once again center on two couples who double as best friends and neighbors — only this time, one of the couples remarries after divorcing each other four years prior. (Perhaps Ralph and Alice separated after he threatened to send
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Vampira And Me – The DVD Review

Review by Sam Moffitt

Being the first is not always a good thing. Many ground breaking artists who introduce something new into the cultural mix do not always fare well after they have changed the rules and the game. Take, just as one example, Orson Welles who changed forever how movies were made as well as radio drama and stage productions. Although Welles made out better than Maila Nurmi, also known as Vampira, the subject of the incredible and unforgettable documentary Vampira and Me.

H Greene first got to know Maila Nurmi when he interviewed her for a documentary called Schlock! The Secret History of Hollywood, (a good documentary in its own right.) Nurmi had grown distrustful of just about everyone, and with good reason. Yet for reasons Greene doesn’t even speculate on she trusted Greene and gave him almost two hours of interview time and discussed every last moment of her bizarre,
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Pitt Former TV Co-Star Kallsen Dead at 48, Emmy Nominee Meadows dead at 95, Oscar nominee Mankiewicz dead at 93

Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also
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Jayne Meadows Dies at 95; Widow of Steve Allen Was Nominated for 3 Emmys

Jayne Meadows Dies at 95; Widow of Steve Allen Was Nominated for 3 Emmys
Jayne Meadows, a longtime television actress who was the widow of TV legend Steve Allen and the elder sister of actress Audrey Meadows, died of natural causes at her home in Encino, Calif., on Sunday night. She was 95.

Meadows was thrice nominated for Emmys, the first time for a 1977 episode of the PBS show “Meeting of Minds,” the second time in 1987 for an episode of NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” on which she guested and the third time in 1996 for supporting actress in a comedy for CBS show “High Society.”

Over a showbiz career that spanned six-plus decades, Meadows took to the Broadway stage — in “The Gazebo” in 1958 — appeared in films including 1946’s “Undercurrent,” starring Katharine Hepburn; toured in her one-woman show “Powerful Women in History” for seven years; appeared with Allen onstage in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” off and on for 11 years; and was a regular panelist on the
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The Honeymooers: Classic 39 Episodes and I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1 Blu-ray Reviews

With the release of The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes, and I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season 1, two of the most important and influential sitcoms have now hit Blu-ray. The former stars Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph, the latter stars Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley and Vivian Vance, and for those who grew up with these shows on television, these new 1080 masters are night and day in terms of picture quality. My review of both on Blu-ray follow after the jump. Both shows have very simple premises that often repeat the same narrative in different iterations. In The Honeymooners Gleason’s Ralph Kramden is a dreamer who works as a bus driver, with his best friend the mostly stupid but occasionally clever Ed Norton (Carney). In most of the episodes Kramden gets himself in trouble by thinking he’s smarter than he is. His failings make
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Veronica Mars,' 'Blazing Saddles,' and More

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Veronica Mars"

What's It About? Everyone's favorite teen Pi Veronica Mars is all grown up. She's living in NYC with Piz and just about to snag a plum lawyer gig when she's called back to Neptune to help out her ex Logan. In typical Logan fashion, he's in legal hot water - this time around, he's accused of murdering his girlfriend. Oh, it's also their high school reunion. Fun times!

Why We're In: Okay, if you're a diehard Marshmallow, chances are you're already getting a copy of the movie from Kickstarter. But, hey, while you wait for them to be sent out, why not snag an extra copy or two?

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Ace in the Hole" (Criterion)

What's It About? Kirk Douglas stars as a ruthless reporter scheming to keep his latest scoop in the headlines. A classic film noir,
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Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92

Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92
Sheila MacRae, who was best known as Jackie Gleason's wife Alice Kramden on the 1960s revival of The Honeymooners, died on Thursday. She was 92, according to the Los Angeles Times. The actress passed away at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. Her daughter, actress Heather MacRae said that her mother had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and was recovering well and without any complications up until this week. MacRae replaced Audrey Meadows as the highly entertaining housewife of Ralph, the amusing bus driver, from 1966-70 on The Jackie Gleason Show. Born Sheila Stephens in Middlesex County, England on Sept. 24, 10921, she immigrated with her family to the United States during WWII. They...
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Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92

Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92
Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered. MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason's Ralph in the 1960s recreation of The Honeymooners, died Thursday. She was 92. The actress died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., MacRae's granddaughter Allison Mullavey told the Associated Press on Friday. In the 1950s version of The Honeymooners, Audrey Meadows starred with Gleason as the lovebirds and sparring partners Ralph and Alice.
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Sheila MacRae, 'Honeymooners' Actress, Dies At 93

Sheila MacRae, the actress who played Alice Kramden in The Honeymooners TV reboot, died on Friday. She was 93.

Sheila MacRae Dies

MacRae passed away at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., according to Variety.

From 1966 to 1970, MacRae played Alice – wife to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden – on The Jackie Gleason Show. MacRae had taken over the role of Alice from Audrey Meadows.

MacRae, who briefly had her own television show, also made TV appearances on I Love Lucy, General Hospital, The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote. In addition to her acting work, MacRae proved herself to be a talented singer and dancer

In 1941, MacRae married Oklahoma! actor Gordon MacRae, with whom she had four children. Her daughter Meredith MacRae, who starred in Petticoat Junction, predeceased her in 2000 after a battle with brain cancer.

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'Honeymooners' Alice ... Shiela MacRae Dead

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Sheila MacRae -- who played Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners," has died.  MacRae did not appear in the original episodes in 1955.  She appeared on the wildly popular "Jackie Gleason Show" from 1966 - 1970.  The show recreated "The Honeymooners" in featured segments.The original Alice was played by Audrey Meadows.  She died in 1996.As for MacRae ... she reportedly died in an actor's nursing home in New Jersey.  Sheila was 93 years old.  Read more
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Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93

Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93
Sheila MacRae, a film, TV and stage actress who played Alice Kramden, wife of bus driver Ralph Kramden, on musical-comedy episodes of “The Honeymooners” featured as part of “The Jackie Gleason Show” in the late 1960s, died on March 6 at the Lillian Booth Actor’s Home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 93.

The sassy Alice Kramden was played by a series of actresses: first Pert Kelton in 1955, then Audrey Meadows and later Sue Ane Langdon before MacRae took over the role opposite Gleason.

On TV, MacRae also played herself in a famous episode of “I Love Lucy,” “The Fashion Show”; briefly had her own series in 1971; appeared on soap “General Hospital” as Madelyn Richmond in 1991; was a series regular on the single-season “Parenthood” in 1990-91; and guested on series including “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Born in London, Sheila Margaret Stephens married actor-singer Gordon MacRae
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Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93

Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93
Sheila MacRae, a film, TV and stage actress who played Alice Kramden, wife of bus driver Ralph Kramden, on musical-comedy episodes of “The Honeymooners” featured as part of “The Jackie Gleason Show” in the late 1960s, died on March 6 at the Lillian Booth Actor’s Home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 93.

The sassy Alice Kramden was played by a series of actresses: first Pert Kelton in 1955, then Audrey Meadows and later Sue Ane Langdon before MacRae took over the role opposite Gleason.

On TV, MacRae also played herself in a famous episode of “I Love Lucy,” “The Fashion Show”; briefly had her own series in 1971; appeared on soap “General Hospital” as Madelyn Richmond in 1991; was a series regular on the single-season “Parenthood” in 1990-91; and guested on series including “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Born in London, Sheila Margaret Stephens married actor-singer Gordon MacRae
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‘Honeymooners’ Star Sheila MacRae Dead

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‘Honeymooners’ Star Sheila MacRae Dead
Sheila MacRae, who played Alice Kramden in the later years of the pioneering television comedy “The Honeymooners,” has died. She was believed to be 93. An employee at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey confirmed MacRae's death. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) The London-born actress played Ralph Kramden's long-suffering wife on the “Honeymooners” episodes of “The Jackie Gleason Show” from 1966 to 1970. She was one of multiple actresses to play the role, including Audrey Meadows, Pert Kelton and Sue Ane Langdon. MacRae's other television roles included Madelyn Richmond on the soap opera “General Hospital.” Also read: Mary Grace Canfield,
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'Honeymooners' Star Sheila MacRae Dies

'Honeymooners' Star Sheila MacRae Dies
Sheila MacRae, the English actress and comedienne who starred as Alice Kramden in a 1960s re-creation of the hit TV series The Honeymooners, has died. She was believed to be 93. MacRae, who played Ralph Kramden's wife from 1966-70 on CBS' The Jackie Gleason Show, died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., a spokesman for the nursing care facility confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. MacRae revived the role made famous by Audrey Meadows, who starred in the 1950s version of The Honeymooners. MacRae made a final appearance as Alice in a 1973 Gleason

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