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Michael J. Fox Returning to TV

New show expected next year

(Newser) - After years away from a starring role on the small screen, Michael J. Fox is planning a return to prime time. The Family Ties and Spin City star is working with Easy A director Will Gluck and Arrested Development writer Sam Laybourne on a single-camera sitcom launching next year, Vulture... More »

TV's 'Horshack' Dead at 63

Actor Ron Palillo of 'Welcome Back, Kotter' has heart attack

(Newser) - Aww. Horshack is dead at age 63. Actor Ron Palillo, who played "Arnold Horshack" on Welcome Back, Kotter in the 1970s, died this morning at his home, reports the Palm Beach Post . He hadn't been ill, and TMZ says he had a heart attack. Palillo's oddball character... More »

Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74

He starred in 'The Jeffersons' as patriarch George

(Newser) - Sherman Hemsley of The Jeffersons fame is dead at age 74, reports TMZ . Hemsley starred as George Jefferson in the show—sure to earn the tag "iconic," along with its "Movin' On Up" theme song, in the obituaries to follow. The cause of death hasn't been... More »

'Andy Griffith' Star George Lindsey Dead at 83

'Goober' character kept America laughing for nearly 30 years

(Newser) - George Lindsey, who spent almost 30 years appearing in TV classics like "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Gunsmoke," has died at age 83, WSFA reports. The small-town Alabama boy kept America laughing from 1964 to 1971 with his jovial Goober character on "Andy Griffith" and its... More »

Modern Family Kid Draws Wrath Over F-Bomb

Anti-profanity group wants episode pulled

(Newser) - Turns out there's something called the "No Cussing Club," and its membership doesn't want you to see tonight's episode of Modern Family, in which a toddler appears to swear. The group has asked ABC to pull the episode of the sitcom because of a storyline... More »

Expect Bawdy Humor in Tonight's Chelsea Debut

NBC gives Handler a lot of freedom: 'LAT'

(Newser) - If you were worrying that a Chelsea Handler sitcom on network TV would tame the bawdy comedian, you can stop. Tonight's NBC debut of Are You There, Chelsea? features bartender Chelsea, played by Laura Prepon, behind bars for drunk driving, where she prays (to vodka) and promises to change... More »

Favorite TV Show of the Rich Is ...

Modern Family, by a lot

(Newser) - The Vulture blog of New York magazine finds that ABC's Modern Family is the favorite of well-to-do TV fans. It not only has the highest median income ($83,000) of viewers in the 18-49 range, it boasts by far the highest number of viewers who pull in at least... More »

'80s Sitcom Nailed Year of Gadhafi's Death

Matthew Perry's 'Second Chance' had him sent to hell in July 2011

(Newser) - Somebody's ouija board deserves a raise. In this scene from the pilot of Matthew Perry's short-lived 1987 sitcom Second Chance, Moammar Gadhafi is seen dying and meeting St. Peter ... in 2011. ( BuzzFeed picked up on it.) OK, so the show predicted he'd bite the big... More »

Simpsons, Fox Strike Partial Deal

Some producers agree to pay cuts; no word yet from actors

(Newser) - Don't say sayonara to the Simpsons just yet: Sources say several top-level producers will take pay cuts in order to keep the show on the air. Not all of the producers are on board, and cast members have not yet agreed to any terms. Variety notes that any money... More »

Contract Brawl With Fox May Kill Simpsons

Network wants voice actors to take 45% pay cut

(Newser) - Has Moe polished his last glass? Has Homer slammed his last Duff’s? Has Krusty made his last small child cry? It’s all possible. Fox is threatening to pull the plug on history’s longest-running sitcom after the current season—its 23rd—if its core voice actors won’t... More »

Steve Carell Says Goodbye to The Office

Michael Scott clocks out of Dunder Mifflin

(Newser) - "The world's best boss" has walked out of Dunder Mifflin for the last time. Steve Carell's inept Office character Michael Scott said farewell in a sentimental, hour-long episode of the sitcom, reports Reuters . Carell, who played Scott for seven seasons, is leaving the show to focus on... More »

CBS Fires Charlie Sheen

'Two and a Half Men' star gets pinks slip; show may or may not go on

(Newser) - CBS today finally handed Charlie Sheen that pink slip he's been begging for over the past few weeks, reports People. "After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately," says a statement from the network. CBS says "... More »

Without Steve Carell, There Is No Office

Why NBC should pull the plug

(Newser) - Sure, sure, The Office is still funny, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that it’s running out of steam, and should just close up shop when Steve Carell departs. “You can sense a weariness and desperation setting in,” writes Matt Zoller Seitz on Salon . “Are we... More »

We Need a Muslim Brady Bunch

Iranian-American essayist: 'Sitcom diplomacy' can go a long way

(Newser) - Katie Couric floated the idea of a Muslim Cosby Show a while back, and Firoozeh Dumas thinks the notion of "sitcom diplomacy" is a great idea. When she and her family moved here from Iran in 1972, "the first Americans I met were the Bradys and the Partridges,... More »

Ozzie & Harriet's David Nelson Dies

Last member of sitcom family dead at 74

(Newser) - David Nelson, the last surviving family member from '50s sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, has died at the age of 74. The former child star, who directed movies including Peytyon Place, succumbed to colon cancer, AP reports. Nelson and his younger musician brother, Ricky, who died in a... More »

Coming Soon: Chelsea Handler Sitcom

NBC snags pilot based on her autobiographical books

(Newser) - Chelsea Handler is going from late night to primetime … sort of. The host of Chelsea Lately has written several autobiographical books about her twenties, and NBC has picked up a pilot based on them. The project is titled after one of the books, Deadline reports: Are You There Vodka? ... More »

Twitter Gets Another Sitcom

It's sort of like the roommate version of $#*! My Dad Says

(Newser) - Fresh off the premiere of its first Twitter-based comedy, CBS is developing another. The network acquired a script deal for Shh … Don’t Tell Steve, based on a Twitter feed about a guy secretly tweeting everything his slob of a roommate does (sample: “Steve, just now, yelling from... More »

5 Picks to Be New Boss at The Office

How about Ricky Gervais to replace Steve Carell?

(Newser) - The Office without Steve Carell as boss might be unthinkable, but think we must. Who could possibly replace him? The Week rounds up five possibilities:
  • Ricky Gervais: He's the boss from the original British version, and he's "inherently meaner" as an actor, which could be fun, writes Christopher Rosen
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Amy Ryan Returning to The Office

Could this mean a love reunion for Michael Scott, aka Steve Carell?

(Newser) - Could this mean happily-ever-after for Michael Scott? With Steve Carell leaving The Office after next season, his character's soulmate—Holly, played by Amy Ryan—is returning to the show and "will be playing a sizable role" throughout the season, reports Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly . “We set her... More »

Steve Carell: Yes, I'm Leaving The Office

Sitcom star will depart after upcoming season

(Newser) - Ending weeks of speculation , Steve Carell has confirmed that he'll leave The Office when his contract expires at the end of the 2010-2011 season. "I just think it's time," the sitcom star tells E! "When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and... More »

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