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Harry Anderson, 'Night Court' Actor, Dead at 65

Harry Anderson, 'Night Court' Actor, Dead at 65
Harry Anderson, the actor, comedian and magician best known for playing Judge Harry Stone on the sitcom Night Court, died Monday at his home in Asheville, North Carolina. He was 65.

"This morning at 6:41 a.m. the Asheville Police Department responded to the home of actor Harry Anderson where he was found deceased," the Asheville Police Department confirmed told the Hollywood Reporter. "No foul play is suspected."

Anderson started his career as a magician before turning to comedy and, eventually, acting. "I started in magic and then I got out
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'Night Court' Star Harry Anderson Dead at 65

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'Night Court' Star Harry Anderson Dead at 65
Harry Anderson, who became a household name starring in the massive TV hit, "Night Court," has died. Anderson rose to fame playing Judge Harry T. Stone on the sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. Before "Night Court" he frequently appeared on "Saturday Night Live." The actor died at his home Monday in North Carolina. All authorities are saying is that no foul play is suspected. Anderson also appeared on "Cheers" and starred in his own sitcom,
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From Must-See TV to Peak TV: 20 Years of covering television

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From Must-See TV to Peak TV: 20 Years of covering television
If you were a TV critic from 1956 to 1976, you would have witnessed some big changes in the business: the rise and fall of the Western as the dominant primetime genre, or the color TV boom, or CBS' shift from silly rural comedies to socially conscious ones like All in the Family and M*A*S*H. If you covered the beat from 1976 to 1996, you would have written about Hill Street Blues and its many imitators, the classic years of SNL, and the early days of original cable programming. Almost any 20-year span would give you a front row seat to enormous artistic and technological change. As of this week, I've been professionally writing about television for exactly 20 years(*), and it's safe to say that the only two-decade period that featured a more radical transformation in how television was made and consumed would be back when the medium was first introduced into America's living rooms.
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'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dead at age 67

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'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dead at age 67
Mesach Taylor, Emmy-nominated star of the long-running TV series "Designing Women," died Saturday after a year-and-a-half-long struggle with colorectal cancer. He was 67. “It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition," his family posted on Facebook. "Our friends who know and love us, please offer your prayers for his peace and blazing light as he ascends to the heavens. Those who need to call the family please do. Those who desire to post memories, we are open and graciously accepting all gestures of peace. Love, the Taylor Family." Best known for playing falsely-accused ex-inmate Anthony Bouvier on the '80s and '90s sitcom, Taylor kicked off his acting career in the Chicago theater (his first professional job was on a national tour of the blockbuster musical "Hair
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Designing Women: Meshach Taylor Dies at 67

Actor Meshach Taylor has died at the age of 67. He passed last night at his family's home in Altadena, California, where he was receiving hospice care. It's reported that he had been battling cancer.

Taylor was best known for playing Anthony Bouvier, an ex-con who worked at the Sugarbaker interior design firm on CBS' Designing Women. During the show's seven season run, he co-starred with Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Alice Ghostley, Jan Hooks, Julia Duffy, and Judith Ivey.

Following Designing Women's cancellation, Taylor moved on to another CBS sitcom, Dave's World. Starring Harry Anderson, it ran for nearly 100 episodes and four seasons. He later became a semi-regular on Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

Taylor guest-starred on numerous other TV shows over the years. His most recent appearance was on an episode of Criminal Minds, playing
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Meshach Taylor Dies at 67

Meshach Taylor Dies at 67
Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as the assistant in Designing Women, has died. He was 67. The Mannequin actor, who was in hospice care, was surrounded by his wife, children and mother, when he died at his Altadena, California, home at 10:47 p.m. on Saturday, his son, Tariq Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times. His agent, Dede Binder, says Taylor died of cancer, according to the Associated Press. On Friday, the family posted on the Emmy-nominated actor's Facebook page that his health had started to decline. "It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling,
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Designing Women's Meshach Taylor Has Died

Designing Women's Meshach Taylor Has Died
Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as the assistant in Designing Women, has died. He was 67.

The Mannequin actor, who was in hospice care, was surrounded by his wife, children and mother, when he died at his Altadena, California, home at 10:47 p.m. on Saturday, his son, Tariq Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times.

His agent, Dede Binder, says Taylor died of cancer, according to the Associated Press.

On Friday, the family posted on the Emmy-nominated actor's Facebook page that his health had started to decline.

"It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling,
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Meshach Taylor, 'Designing Women' Star, Dies at Age 67

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Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.

Taylor died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, according to agent Dede Binder.

Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on "Designing Women" from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on another successful comedy, "Dave's World," as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series' star, Harry Anderson.

Other series included the cult favorite "Buffalo Bill" and the popular Nickelodeon comedy "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide."

Taylor's movie roles included a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 comedy-romance "Mannequin" as well as "Damien: Omen II."

He guested on many series including "Hannah Montana," ''The Unit," ''Hill Street Blues," ''Barney Miller," ''Lou Grant,
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Our Eight Favorite TV Davids

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Our Eight Favorite TV Davids
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The name David is king on TV, or nearly. Remember 'Starsky & Hutch'? Starsky's first name was David (who knew?). 'Dave' has had its own sitcom ('Dave's World', the '90s show starring Harry Anderson), and it is a go-to name for talk (nighttime's David Letterman and David Susskind, 'This Week''s David Brinkley and 'Today''s founding father, Dave Garroway).

One of the biggest TV stars of the last two decades, David Duchovny, (at right) once scored an Emmy nomination playing "David Duchovny." The 'X Files' and 'Californication' star made a riotous appearance on 'The Larry Sanders Show,' playing a side of "himself" that was strangely attracted to Larry.

Let's take a look at more TV Davids, Daves and, yes, even Davys.

 

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It's Jackee Harry's birthday! Somebody get her on prime-time TV, stat!

Exactly three years ago, I wrote a "Happy birthday, Jackee Harry!" post on PopWatch, encouraging Marc Cherry and/or Shonda Rhimes to hire the brilliant comic actress for a recurring (or permanent) role on Desperate Housewives and/or Grey's Anatomy. Neither one took my suggestion. (Boo! Hsss!) Thankfully, she scored herself a recurring spot on Everybody Hates Chris for a minute, but now that The CW has taken that sitcom down to the river with the brick and the brown bag, it's time to start the movement all over again: Somebody Get Jackee Harry Back On Network Prime Time. I am not even trying to kid around here. I cannot watch this woman in action without busting out laughing. Check out three clips below -- from something called The Reluctant Agent, as well as 227 and Dave's World -- and tell me you're not on board with Operation Jackée. If you're with me,
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FlashForward Grabs Gabrielle Union for Recurring Role

In our interview last week with David Goyer and Dominic Monaghan, Goyer mentioned that they'd planned to introduce several more regular characters in the show after the first episode or two.  Dominic Monaghan was the first such announcement, and now ABC has released the second via press release today.  Gabrielle Union (Bring it On, Bad Boys II) will star in a recurring role on FlashForward this fall as Zoey.  Her character will be a criminal defense attorney and will have a romantic arc on the show.

"We're thrilled that Gabrielle is joining our cast," said executive producer David S. Goyer. "When we met with her, we immediately knew she was our Zoey. She's witty, soulful and beautiful. I've been wanting to work with her for a long time."

Gabrielle Union is certainly not new to television.  She began her acting career on the series Moesha and also had recurring roles on Sister,
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Gabrielle Union Signs on for FlashForward

Gabrielle Union (Bring It On, Bad Boys II) is joining the cast of ABC's exciting new fall drama, FlashForward in a recurring role as Zoey, a criminal defense attorney who will have a romantic arc on the show. FlashForward premieres Thursday, September 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network.

"We're thrilled that Gabrielle is joining our cast," said executive producer David S. Goyer. "When we met with her, we immediately knew she was our Zoey. She's witty, soulful and beautiful. I've been wanting to work with her for a long time."

What would you do if you were given a glimpse of the future? Would you accept what you saw and live life to its fullest, or would you do everything in your power to change your destiny? In FlashForward when the world's population is given a glimpse of their future, it forces everyone to come
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