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Come and Knock on Their Door — Secrets of 'Three’s Company' Uncovered (Exclusive)

Becoming a part of the popular conversation in the mid-1970s was the phrase "Jiggle Television," which was designed by NBC to be an insult to ABC's programming of the time. Instead, it became a short-hand, if you will, to describe shows like Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman, the ladies of Charlie's Angels, and, of course, Three's Company. The latter focuses on Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), and Jack Tripper (John Ritter), living together platonically and pretending that Jack is gay to keep their landlords, the Ropers (Norman Fell and Audra Lindley), at bay. The show would turn out to be a combination of slapstick humor and sexual innuendo usually arising from misunderstanding — and it was a huge hit. "If you look back to '70s sitcoms," explains Chris Mann, author of 1998's Come and Knock on Our Door: A Hers and Hers and His Guide
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‘Will & Grace’ revival blooper reel showcases silly side of Emmy favorite [Watch]

‘Will & Grace’ revival blooper reel showcases silly side of Emmy favorite [Watch]
The revival of “Will & Grace” is poised to be a key player at the upcoming Emmy Awards. As a reminder that the fun and games continue off-camera, the studio has released a blooper reel featuring the four Emmy-winning stars: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. Watch this quirky quartet make merry with various mishaps and miscues during filming of the ninth season of this beloved sitcom.

Over the course of the eight seasons that began in 1998, “Will & Grace” won 16 Emmys from 83 nominations, including Best Comedy Series in 2000. And all four regulars won at least once each: McCormack (2001) and Messing (2003) in lead and Hayes (2000) and Mullally down in supporting. With Messing’s win in 2003, “Will and Grace” became only the third TV series in Emmy history in which all four of the main cast won awards, following “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls.”

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David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (‘Will & Grace’ creators) on picking up ‘where they left off’ with hit sitcom revival [Exclusive Video Interview]

David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (‘Will & Grace’ creators) on picking up ‘where they left off’ with hit sitcom revival [Exclusive Video Interview]
Will & Grace” co-creator Max Mutchnick admits he and David Kohan had no idea there was such a high demand for the series to return. “We’ve written it small, and we’ve thought of it small,” says Mutchnick, “and maybe that’s been the thing that’s worked for us because we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.” The NBC sitcom starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally originally ran from 1998-2006, and it returned in 2017 after 11 years for what was initially supposed to be a 10-episode run. That morphed into a 16-episode season, and then a second- and third-season renewal. Watch our exclusive video interview with Mutchnick and Kohan above.

See Debra Messing (‘Will & Grace’) on ‘jumping into Grace’s skin again’ after 11-year hiatus [Exclusive Video Interview]

You might think reuniting the cast after more than a decade apart would be a challenge, but “they really
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2018 Emmys: 5 reasons why ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ will win Best Comedy Series

“I really think you may be onto something with your ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ prediction,” Gold Derby chief Tom O’Neil confided to me via email. “But, sorry, I’m not gutsy enough to join you.” For months now I’ve been predicting “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to finally win the Best Comedy Series Emmy. However, looking at the official Gold Derby odds I know I am going out on a limb. None of our experts from around the web or other in house editors are predicting the HBO stalwart to take home the top honor.

Take a read of my five reasons that “Curb” is in prettty prettty prettty good shape to win on Emmy night and then let me know in the comment section what you think. Is Tom being foolish for not joining me out on that limb or am I going to fall in disgrace?

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Eric McCormack (‘Will and Grace’): Revisiting the role of Will Truman was ‘like putting on a very comfortable pair of shoes’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Eric McCormack (‘Will and Grace’): Revisiting the role of Will Truman was ‘like putting on a very comfortable pair of shoes’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“It was a no-brainer. We knew we could make it happen,” exclaims Eric McCormack about the successful revival of NBC’s “Will and Grace” this past season. The series, which originally aired from 1998 to 2006, returned to the peacock network in the fall and has already been renewed for two additional seasons. McCormack’s performance as fastidious attorney Will Truman earned him four Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Actor, winning once in 2001. In our exclusive webcam interview (watch the video above), McCormack discusses that Emmy win and how returning to play Will was “like putting on a very comfortable pair of shoes.”

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For both McCormack and the show’s co-creator Max Mutchnick, it was important for the revival to show Will as an older, single gay man and “explore it from a point of strength rather than apologizing.
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Norman Lear (‘One Day at a Time’ producer) on exploring subjects that are important to American families [Red Carpet Interview]

Norman Lear (‘One Day at a Time’ producer) on exploring subjects that are important to American families [Red Carpet Interview]
Legendary TV producer Norman Lear is known for exploring hot-button subjects in his comedies, including “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons.” The current Netflix incarnation of “One Day at a Time” is no exception. Adapted from Lear’s original series that ran from 1975 to 1984, it explores the experiences of a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles. And family is what it all comes down to for Lear. We talked with him recently on the red carpet at a special Netflix Fysee event for “One Day.”. Watch our interview above.

“I was born into a family, and a lot of these things we dealt with [on TV] my family dealt with,” said Lear about the subject matter of his shows. “And if it wasn’t my family it was the family next door, or up the street, or across the street. This is what Americans were going through.”

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Multi-Cams Are Staples of Broadcast TV — Will Streaming Follow Suit?

Heading into the fall, multi-camera comedies are poised to have their biggest season in years on broadcast television. The Big Four have ordered eight multi-cams among them for the 2018-19 season, up from just four the year before.

The format can trace its roots back to the first days of television, with some of the biggest and most celebrated series in history being multi-cams: “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Cheers,” “All in the Family,” “I Love Lucy” among many others.

Yet despite their proven track record, and the fact they are notably cheaper to produce than single-camera comedies, most networks and streaming services
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Cold Turkey

Norman Lear’s Cold Turkey is preferred by 4 out of 5 doctors, and the other doctor is a fool that doesn’t smoke cigarettes. Lear’s triple-threat writing, producing and directing effort is by no means a lazy comedy, with its twenty featured actors dashing around like asylum inmates for ninety minutes. It’s not the show to help one kick the habit, that’s for sure — even though it makes smoking look appropriately disgusting.

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Olive Films

1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date May 29, 2018 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Pippa Scott, Tom Poston, Edward Everett Horton, Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding, Vincent Gardenia, Barnard Hughes, Graham Jarvis, Jean Stapleton, Barbara Cason, Judith Lowry, Sudie Bond, Helen Page Camp, Paul Benedict, Simon Scott, Raymond Kark, Peggy Rea, Woodrow Parfrey, M. Emmet Walsh, Gloria LeRoy, Walter Sande, Harvey Jason, Ted Knight, Stan Gottlieb.

Cinematography:
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ABC Considers Plans to Rebrand ‘Roseanne’ Without Controversial Star

Comedy is hard. Just ask ABC. Or CBS, or NBC, or Fox.

The major networks have struggled mightily for a decade to field an unqualified sitcom smash. ABC’s reboot of “Roseanne” was that show — until it all fell apart with the touch of a “Send” button.

ABC took the extraordinary step of canceling “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr sent a racist tweet that likened Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Barr apologized for what she called a “joke,” but the damage was done. As outrage at the racial slur steamrolled online, ABC and parent company Disney were
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Norman Lear, Julie Plec, Cheo Hodari Coker on Becoming Masters of TV Universes

The universe has quickly become the place to be. Such companies as Marvel have taken over the film world with their intricately plotted universes, in which individual projects are tied together by sharing characters, settings and plot points. DC Entertainment has films including “Justice League,” with plenty of other examples either already released or on the way.

The trend has also carried over into television. Marvel has five series on Netflix alone, four of which played into “The Defenders” crossover event series in 2017. The fifth, “The Punisher,” was launched off the title character’s appearance in “Daredevil” season two. Then
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Robert Mandan Dead at 86

Soap and daytime soap opera actor Robert Mandan died on April 29 in Los Angeles after a long illness, his friend, playwright and screenwriter Gary Goldstein, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 86.

Mandan had worked on such soap operas as From These Roots (as David Allen), The Doctors (Mike Hennessey/Mr. Tabor), The Edge of Night (Nathan Axelrod) and Search for Tomorrow (Sam Reynolds) when he was hired to play Chester, a conniving Wall Street stock broker, on the ABC primetime comedy Soap.

Susan Harris created the sitcom, which aired for four seasons, from 1977-1981. The show, always a critical darling, was a top 10 hit in its first season but suffered in the ratings as it was moved around the schedule.

Mandan and Helmond reunited for two episodes of her next series, Who's the Boss?, and for a 2002 production of "A Twilight Romance" at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. He also
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Soap's Robert Mandan Dead at 86

Soap's Robert Mandan Dead at 86
Robert Mandan, best known to TV audiences for his role as Chester Tate on the classic ABC sitcom Soap, has died at the age of 86.

Mandan passed away in Los Angeles on April 29 after suffering a long, undisclosed illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Dixon.

The veteran TV actor got his start in soap operas, with stints on From These Roots (1959-1961), The Edge of Night (1963), The Doctors (1963) and Search for Tomorrow (1966-1970). He continued to work regularly throughout the 1970s, appearing on episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son,
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Robert Mandan, Star of ’70s Sitcom ‘Soap,’ Dies at 86

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Robert Mandan, Star of ’70s Sitcom ‘Soap,’ Dies at 86
Robert Mandan, who starred as the wealthy, womanizing Chester Tate in the ’70s sitcom “Soap,” has died. He was 86.

Mandan’s friend, screenwriter Gary Goldstein, told TheWrap that the actor passed away April 29 after suffering a long illness.

Mandan was best known for his work on “Soap,” which kicked off Billy Crystal’s career as one of television’s first openly gay characters.

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He also appeared in countless other TV shows over his 60-year acting career, including “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Mission: Impossible,” “All in the Family,” “CHiPs,” “Three’s Company,” “Facts of Life” and “ER.”

His feature films include “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” opposite Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton, “The MatchMaker” with Janeane Garofalo and “Zapped!” with ’80s teen heartthrobs Scott Baio and Willie Aames.

Mandan is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sherry Dixon.

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Opinionated: Roseanne’s Got a Problem

Within a few hours, Roseanne Barr went from the top of Hollywood’s ladder of success to plummeting on the rocky terrain she had returned from mere months ago when her legendary television show, “Roseanne”, arrived to massive ratings in its resurrection. Now, Roseanne’s infamous sense of humor has destroyed the success she just began to enjoy, including, but certainly not limited to, the next season of “Roseanne” and the entire sit-com itself. It can’t be said that this was not her fault, because Roseanne chose to compare Valerie Jarrett, a woman I don’t believe Roseanne even knows, to a monkey from the “Planet of the Apes”. Harsh comments are a part of comedy, but they only work when you say them to people, so they can see your body language and tone of voice, indicating that the outburst is for entertainment only. Writing mean jokes leaves
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John Goodman will avoid a dubious Emmy record if voters shun ‘Roseanne’

John Goodman will avoid a dubious Emmy record if voters shun ‘Roseanne’
Roseanne”’s already precarious Emmy chances took a major — irreparable? — hit Tuesday when ABC canceled the sitcom after Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to an ape. ABC axed its Emmy campaign and our users don’t see anyone from the show making the cut, which might not actually be a bad thing for John Goodman, who is in the running for his eighth Best Comedy Actor nomination for “Roseanne.” An eighth nomination and a loss would make Goodman the category’s biggest loser.

Though he later took home Best Drama Guest Actor for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” Goodman never won for playing Dan Conner and is currently tied with fellow seven-time losers Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”) and Matt LeBlanc (“Friends,” “Episodes”) in the category for most nominations without a win. Unlike Goodman, neither Linden, a three-time Daytime Emmy champ, nor LeBlanc, who’s in 15th
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Tony Hale (‘Arrested Development’) could be second Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy winner for two shows

Tony Hale (‘Arrested Development’) could be second Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy winner for two shows
Tony Hale won’t win a third Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy for “Veep” this year, since the series is sitting out the season, but he could take home a third career statuette for his other Emmy-winning comedy, “Arrested Development.” If Hale does manage to pull it off, he’d join Art Carney as the only multiple winners of the category for two different shows.

While the early years of the Emmys didn’t have genre-specific acting categories, Carney won the first three supporting actor awards: two for “The Jackie Gleason Show” and one for “The Honeymooners.” Since the latter sitcom was based on the popular recurring sketch of the same name on “The Jackie Gleason Show” and Carney played Gleason’s sidekick Ed Norton on both, along with other sketch characters on the variety show, Hale would be the first multiple winner for playing two different characters on two different,
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5 Takeaways From CBS’ Upfront

CBS kept broadcast week of upfronts rolling on Wednesday with its presentation at Carnegie Hall. Here are the five key takeaways:

1. Leslie Moonves is the CBS brand.

CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves took the stage and received a standing ovation from a sizable portion of the crowd, with others cheering and whistling. It was not a typical upfront reception for a TV exec. “So how’s your week been?” Moonves joked as he kicked off his pitch to advertisers.

Moonves’ week has seen him engage CBS’ controlling shareholder Shari Redstone in a shocking fight with the company’s future, and his own,
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Olive Films

1970 /1:85 / Street Date April 24, 2018

Starring Peter Boyle, Susan Sarandon

Cinematography by John Avildsen

Written by Norman Wexler

Directed by John Avildsen

Galvanized by Martin Luther King’s assassination, an army of protestors descended upon 1968’s Democratic convention then playing out on Chicago’s south side. They were greeted by an enraged mayor who made sure there would be no contest between his men in blue and their bell-bottemed adversaries – cops came out swinging and left Michigan Avenue swimming in blood and the smell of tear gas.

Like Vietnam, Richard Daley’s Windy city purge was a living room war – a TV sensation that ensured the whole world would be watching. It took some time for movies to catch up. Films like Medium Cool and Easy Rider met the head-cracking controversy head on but big studio releases related to this particular counter-culture moment tended toward docile
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Debra Messing (‘Will and Grace’) on ‘jumping into Grace’s skin again’ after an 11-year hiatus [Exclusive Video Interview]

Debra Messing (‘Will and Grace’) on ‘jumping into Grace’s skin again’ after an 11-year hiatus [Exclusive Video Interview]
“The only request I made was that Grace be a feminist,” reveals Debra Messing about returning to her Emmy-winning role of Grace Adler on the revival of NBC’s “Will and Grace” 11 years after the original series went off the air. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), Messing talks about the difficulty of returning to the role, the series’s place in today’s tumultuous political climate, and her own history-making Emmy win.

Messing says that coming back to the role of Grace was not easy. While she admits that her co-stars Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally easily fell back into their roles, “Part of me just felt tentative in terms of just jumping into Grace’s skin again.” For Messing, that feeling left during the season’s third episode, which featured Messing and Mullally trapped in a shower as it rapidly fills with water, an homage
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Writer/producer Bruce Helford (‘Roseanne’): ‘People are ready for a show that’s a bit more honest’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Writer/producer Bruce Helford (‘Roseanne’): ‘People are ready for a show that’s a bit more honest’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“People are ready for a show that’s a bit more honest and a little more natural,” reveals writer/producer Bruce Helford in our exclusive webcam interview (watch the video above). Helford, who serves as executive producer and head writer for the highly anticipated smash hit “Roseanne” revival on ABC, genuinely believes that the show has come back at just the right time. “To see something that is a little more gritty and substantial, I think people are ready for it and I couldn’t be more pleased,” he says, adding that “we don’t pull punches, and that’s the legacy of what the show always was, a ground breaking show.”

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Much of the discussion around the revival has been about the show’s often controversial political commentary. Helford has welcomed this with open arms.
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