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Code Black Season 2 Episode 3 Review: Corporeal Form

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Nothing unites coworkers like a despicable boss.

Doctor Campbell doubled down on his high-handed management of Angel's ER on Code Black Season 2 Episode 3. It takes a brave man to ignore people's opinions of him, and a stupid one to ignore advice. It's an enigma how Campbell can do both and be neither.

The joint chief of the ER and Or might be annoying the hell out of all his coworkers, but the newcomers all seem to be fitting in just fine with Mama's family.

So, Campbell is turning out to be quite the dick. I know, I know, I (repeatedly) advocated for a character that would cause some kind of tension amongst the cast. But I thought that character might have some aspect to their personality that make them bearable.

If you've read past reviews, you may have picked up on my unending love for ER, and I hate to beat a dead horse,
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When TV Goes on Holiday: The Hottest Small-Screen Vacation Spots, by the Numbers

When TV Goes on Holiday: The Hottest Small-Screen Vacation Spots, by the Numbers
It seems like every time our favorite TV characters take a vacation, they end up in one of three main destinations: Hawaii, Paris or Disney World.

It makes sense that these would be such popular destinations – after all; they're familiar, easy to film in and ripe for sitcom hijinks. And really, who doesn't want to hang with Mickey and Minnie or sunbathe in the tropics or even take a romantic stroll along the Seine?

Since all three of these locations seemed to entice our favorite shows over and over again, we couldn't help but wonder which other exotic destinations are
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Need a Vacation? Take It Online with Your Favorite Classic Sitcoms!

Need a Vacation? Take It Online with Your Favorite Classic Sitcoms!
Summer means two things for most Americans: A family trip and a lack of decent TV. However, if you're currently stuck at home, wishing you could find something better to watch, we've got an easy, free solution. You can just ride along with your favorite sitcom of choice! Remember when sitcoms regularly had group vacations, played out over a series of episodes or even over two-hour movie events? Sure, Modern Family still does an "away" adventure about once per season, but there was a time when a vacation episode was a full-fledged TV event. Shows you loved would ditch the
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25 Possible Friday the 13th TV Series Scenarios

A weekly television series following the exploits of Jason Voorhees – how the hell is that supposed to work? The producers appear to have an idea for how to adapt Friday the 13th into a TV show, but I think I might have a few better ideas for how to transform Jason from horror icon to TV star.

The remakes, reboots, reimaginings, sequels, prequels, premakes, adaptations, and spin-offs that rule the big screen are taking over the airwaves like never before.

For horror fans alone "Bates Motel", "Hannibal", "From Dusk Till Dawn", and "Teen Wolf" have been turned into weekly TV shows, and soon "Scream", "Constantine", "12 Monkeys", a series based on the box office stinker Legion, and, yes, "Friday the 13th" will add to the fray.

As was announced recently, a new attempt at transforming Friday the 13th into a weekly hour-long series is in the works. Unlike the name-only late 80s series,
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DVD Giveaway: The Complete Series of Mama's Family Signed by Vicki Lawrence!

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For the true TV Fanatic, nothing better than when a complete series comes out on DVD, right? We’ve got a welcome blast from the past here with the complete series of the sitcom, Mama’s Family.

Now available from StarVista Entertainment, you’ll see that they’ve spared no expense with a beautiful collector’s box and a ton of extras that would make even Mama proud!

Mama's Family DVD Trailer

Mama’s Family ran for six seasons (two on NBC and four in syndication) with 130 episodes focusing on the Harper family led by Mama herself, Vicki Lawrence. A spin-off from The Carol Burnett Show, the series took us into the wacky home life of Thelma Harper and her crazy family including son Vinton (Ken Berry), his wife Naomi (Dorothy Lyman) as well as regular appearances by unruly daughter Eunice (Carol Burnett), her husband Ed (Harvey Korman) and sister
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DVD Release: Mama’s Family: Complete Series

DVD Release Date: Sept. 2, 2013

Price: DVD $199.99

Studio: StarVista/Time Life

Vicki Lawrence (ctr.) is Thelma Mae Crowley Harper in Mama's Family.

Mama’s Family: The Complete Series stars Vicki Lawrence and features all 130 episodes of the syndicated TV comedy series that ran for six seasons from 1983-1990.

Based upon the wildly-popular sketch “The Family” which aired on The Carol Burnett Show in 1974, the television show stars Ms. Lawrence as the blue-haired, purse-lipped, 65-year-old Thelma Mae Crowley Harper, an indelible, abrasive and smart-alecky widow.

Set in the fictional city of Raytown, Mama’s Family revolves around the dysfunctional escapades of the Harper clan, headed by formidable matriarch, Mama Harper, along with her journalist sister, Fran (Rue McClanahan, TV’s The Golden Girls), who lives with her; her youngest son, Vint (Ken Berry, TV’s F-Troop), who moves in with his two teenagers after he is evicted; and Naomi (Dorothy Lyman, TV
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Carol Burnett gets her own intersection in Hollywood

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There's no denying that Carol Burnett has left her mark on Hollywood. Now that mark is official as the intersection of Highland Avenue and Selma Avenue has renamed Carol Burnett Square. The ceremony took place April 18, with Burnett on-hand to unveil a sign marking the intersection.

The intersection, just outside of Burnett's alma mater, Hollywood High, holds a special place in Burnett's heart. The actress tells a local CBS affiliate, "To have a square named after me -- at Highland and Selma -- it's like a miracle." Burnett first moved to Hollywood with her grandmother as a child. "I remember going with my grandmother to the movies on Hollywood Boulevard when I was young. And the movies kinda gave me my start," she says.

Turning 80 years old on April 26, the funny lady still has her favorite sketches from "The Carol Burnett Show," including the ones with Vicki Lawrence that would
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Together Again

Together Again
Back on The Carol Burnett Show, the comedy queen and Betty White played sisters Eunice and Ellen Harper in the recurring "Mama's Family" sketches. More than three decades later, they're reuniting on the June 26 episode of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland. Carol Burnett guest stars as Penny, the hoarding mother of Victoria (Wendie Malick) and Bess (Jean Smart), who used to host a puppet show and now fakes senility to keep her daughters close.
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Bill Clinton To Wish Betty White A Happy Birthday On NBC

Bill Clinton To Wish Betty White A Happy Birthday On NBC
Betty White is getting another birthday special on NBC, this time with new celebrity special guests.

Some of the stars who will help the "Golden Girls" alumna celebrate her 91st birthday include Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Blake Shelton, Sean Hayes, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman and Rico Rodriguez. The special airs Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Est on NBC.

Katie Couric, Zachary Levi, Larry King, Kate Flannery and White's "Hot In Cleveland" co-stars Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli will also appear.

Vicki Lawrence will reprise her role from "Mama's Family" and Shelton will sing special musical number for White on "Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special."

White, who turns 91 on January 17, penned a blog for The Huffington Post about her birthday wish.

Tune in for "Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special" on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Est on NBC.
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Fox’s Old-Timey Plan to Bring Back Sitcoms

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Fox’s Old-Timey Plan to Bring Back Sitcoms
Fox believes it has found the future of TV comedy, and it's… Mama's Family? We'll save you the trip to Wikipedia: Mama's was an early-eighties NBC comedy starring Vicki Lawrence as a loud-mouth Southern woman always getting up in her family's business (think a white Madea). But it had its origins as a recurring sketch on CBS's long-running The Carol Burnett Show, where the character proved so popular, Lawrence was able to land her own half-hour series built around her matronly character. But back to Fox: The network today announced plans for something called The Short-Com Comedy Hour, a weekly hour-long series in which each episode will be comprised of what the network calls "one-act scenes." But those "scenes" will actually be sketches, shot in front of studio audience multi-cam style. And if Fox gets its wish some of those scenes and sketches will turn into shows of their own
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Happy 90th Birthday, Betty White!

Happy 90th Birthday, Betty White!
Veteran funnylady Betty White celebrates her 90th birthday Tuesday -- and NBC threw her an extravaganza!

The 90-minute "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl" special, which aired Monday, featured birthday wishes from the likes of Tina Fey, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Hugh Jackman, Amy Poehler, Joel McHale, Morgan Freeman, Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Carl Reiner, William Shatner, Chevy Chase, Zachary Levi (who proposed marriage to the adorably game star) and President Barack Obama himself.
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AfterElton's Trending Topics: First TV Crushes

Here at, people aren't shy about naming their TV crushes, whether it's a sometimes-brooding, sometimes-happy-go-lucky roguish time traveler, a gruff, strong-willed police officer or a cable TV decorator stud. But there had to be someone who started it all for each of us. The one who first made our young selves one day notice that there was more to these TV shows than just the spaceships, cartoons, and things blowing up. Someone who made our pulse race and previously non-tingly parts go all tingly.

That was the hot topic of conversations at the AfterElton break room this week: Who was your first TV crush?

The responses we got varied quite a bit. Some people remembered the teen idols of their youth, some people remembered a character who didn't make the wardrobe department work very hard, while others remembered someone who ... surprised us.

But we don't want to just hear from Ae writers.
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Betty White Turns Prankster in New Reality Series

Betty White Turns Prankster in New Reality Series
The hilarity never stops with octogenarian superstar Betty White, who is now set to host an NBC reality show, tentatively titled, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers."

Wait until you hear the premise! The series focuses on a group of senior citizens who band together to play pranks on younger people. Now, that's entertainment!

The "Hot in Cleveland" star will host the series, based on a hit Belgian show that has been produced in other European countries,
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Vicki Lawrence Of Mama’s Family Is Pissed Off At Ted Williams For Some Reason

There's a very thin line between heartwarming and annoying so, while some people look at the tale of "golden voiced" Ted Williams and see an inspirational story of overcoming adversity while others just wonder "What's so great about him?" Add to that second group 61-year-old actress Vicki Lawrence. Lawrence recently dressed up as her most famous character, Mama Thelma Harper from Mama's Family, and filmed a video (seemingly on an iPhone) dissing the recently homeless Williams. Sure. Why not.
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"Brothers & Sisters" Episode 502 Recap: "Brief Encounter"

Note - Thanks to everyone for joining me for last week's Brothers & Sisters Liveblog. Due to unforeseen circumstances we couldn't liveblog last night's show, but I invite you to join me every Sunday at 10Pm Est for the rest of the season. Let's get Walkered up together!

In the meantime, let's take a look at last night's show. Everyone wants to get into Luc's underwear (party), Nora may be a L.I.L.L. (late in life lesbian), and Scotty and Kevin co-star in Matteo: Portrait of a Runaway

We begin with a familiar musical cue. You can always tell what tone the episode will take by the opening music. If it's violins or some other string instrument, then we're in for a "dramatic" episode.

If it's wind instruments or tinkly piano, then it's a "fun" episode. From the opening notes it's obvious that this will be one of those "fun" episodes.
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Rue McClanahan obituary

American actor best known as the man-hungry Blanche in The Golden Girls

As the insecure, man-hungry widow Blanche Devereaux, the actor Rue McClanahan, who has died aged 76, was the linchpin of the humour in the hugely successful Us television sitcom The Golden Girls, the tale of four women living together in Miami, Florida. Blanche, a southern belle, was the foil for the New York acerbity of her Italian-American friend Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and Dorothy's mother Sophia (Estelle Getty), but also played brilliantly against the middle American naivety of Betty White's Rose. When Rose wondered whether it was possible to love two men at one time, Blanche's reply was: "Set the scene. Have we been drinking?"

The Golden Girls debuted in 1985 and went straight to the top of the ratings. It ran until 1992 and resulted in three spin-offs along with a deservedly short-lived British version, Brighton Belles (1993). It was
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Rue McClanahan Remembered by Betty White, Dustin Hoffman, Vicki Lawrence, and Others

Actress Rue McClanahan passed away yesterday following a stroke. She was 76 years old. A talented actress, she starred in numerous stage productions, movies, and TV shows. Viewers welcomed McClanahan into their home each week as she played memorable characters like sex-crazed Blanche from The Golden Girls and The Golden Palace, ditzy Vivian on Maude, fussy Aunt Fran on Mama's Family, and matriarch Peggy from Sordid Lives: The Series.

The actress was well-loved and respected by those she worked with. That's certainly evident in these reflections.

Marc Cherry, the creator of Desperate Housewives, got his start as a writer on The Golden Girls and wrote for The Golden Palace as well. He said, "When I worked on The Golden Girls, my favorite character to write for was Blanche Devereaux. In the hands of lesser actresses, Blanche's vanity and sexual appetite would have been off-putting.
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Golden Girls Actress Rue McClanahan Died

Emmy-winning actress Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux in the hit TV series "The Golden Girls," has died at the age of 76. She passed away on Thursday at 1am of a stroke. She had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year, while recovering from bypass surgery. McClanahan had an active career in off-Broadway and regional stages in the 1960s before she was tapped for TV in the 1970s for the key best-friend character on the hit series "Maude," starring Beatrice Arthur. After that series ended in 1978, McClanahan landed the role as Aunt Fran on "Mama's Family" in 1983. But her most loved role came in 1985 when she co-starred with Arthur, Betty White and Estelle Getty in "The Golden Girls." McClanahan's death leaves White as the last surviving member of the show's cast. Arthur died from cancer last year and Getty passed away in 2008.
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'Golden Girls' leading lady Rue McClanahan dies at 76

'Golden Girls' leading lady Rue McClanahan dies at 76
Rue McClanahan, who died Thursday, won the Emmy Award in 1987 for starring as the vivacious Blanche Deveraux on the classic sitcom "The Golden Girls." As the man-eating Southern vixen, McClanahan found the leading role of a lifetime after decades as a supporting player.

As McClanahan discusses in the TV academy archive interview below, she was approached to play the naive Rose, but she and Betty White swapped parts before the first table read. McClanahan was instrumental in convincing her pal Bea Arthur to play the tart-tongued Dorothy while stage vet Estelle Getty was cast as Dorothy's diminutive but domineering mother, Sophia.

"The Golden Girls" was an instant hit when it debuted on NBC in fall 1985 and won best comedy series at the Emmy Awards in 1986. That night nominees Arthur and McClanahan watched as White won the lead actress Emmy. McClanahan would be the victorious one among the three the
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