September 19, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Boot camps before meetings? Yoga classes at lunch? Workouts near or at work are convenient and efficient. But if you happen to be employed at Warner Bros. in Burbank, Calif., there's more to it than accessibility. On Fridays when the sitcom Mike & Molly isn't shooting, actor Reno Wilson teaches a 45-minute spinning class to anyone on the lot who shows up; many of his students are staff and crew from his show. Wilson leads spinning classes for love. Yes, he has a love of spinning, but it's more about his love for the student who was front and center at one recent class: his wife, Coco Fausone-Wilson, a yoga and spinning instructor at YAS Fitness Centers.
October 3, 2011
David Croft, 89, a television writer who helped create much-loved British sitcoms such as Dad's Army and Are You Being Served? , died Tuesday at his vacation home in Portugal. The son of actors, Mr. Croft served with the Royal Artillery during World War II before starting a showbiz career, eventually moving into TV as a producer, director, and writer. Several of his comedies had military settings, including It Ain't Half Hot Mum - set in wartime India and Burma - and Dad's Army , about a hapless World War II Home Guard unit.
March 16, 2016 |
Mike (Patrick Warburton, Seinfeld ) and Martina Moore (Carrie Preston, The Good Wife ) want to be left alone in their empty nest, and I want that for them, too. Sadly, their new NBC series, Crowded , isn't going to make that possible. Created by Suzanne Martin ( Hot in Cleveland ), whose own daughters returned home to live after college, Crowded quickly refills the Moores' vacated bedrooms when daughters Stella (Mia Serafino) and Shea (Miranda Cosgrove, iCarly )
July 26, 2012 |
Sherman Hemsley, 74, a onetime mail sorter from South Philadelphia who moved on up to the East Side of New York as George Jefferson in a celebrated 1970s sitcom, died yesterday at his home in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Hemsley, who was found by his nurse, apparently died of natural causes, according to police. The Jeffersons , which ran from 1975 to 1985, was one of several groundbreaking black sitcoms of that era, including Sanford and Son and Good Times . George Jefferson was a character unlike any seen on TV before, a proud and successful African American businessman, cocky, edgy, and opinionated, determined not to be pushed around.
January 8, 2013 |
PASADENA, Calif. - In his forthcoming NBC comedy, Michael J. Fox will play a newscaster who had quit his job due to Parkinson's disease but returns to work in the show's first episode because a new medical regimen has helped him control many of the disease's symptoms. It mirrors the life of the former Family Ties and Spin City star, who said last year that drugs had helped minimize the physical tics of Parkinson's and had enabled him to take on more acting jobs. The yet-to-be-named sitcom is a key piece of NBC's strategy to build upon a revival that has brought the network back from many years in the ratings wilderness.
November 3, 2012 |
It's so tempting, I know. Costumes, masks, pranks, pop-culture sight gags, strange people coming to the door, eating jokes - Halloween just seems like an occasion designed for sitcoms. The episodes practically write themselves, don't they? Well, no. Halloween is actually like a theme-park tar pit for TV comedies. Every year, ignoring the danger, half the herd charges into the same trap - with the same tragic results. This year was the saddest in memory. The better half of Ben and Kate rigged up a costume that was part judicial robe/part baseball uniform to go as Babe Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
November 23, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The NBC series "Community" will finish the season without Chevy Chase. Sony Pictures Television said Wednesday that the actor is leaving the sitcom by mutual agreement with producers. His immediate departure means he won't be included in the last episode or two of the show's 13-episode season, which is still in production. Chase publicly expressed unhappiness at working on a sitcom, and feuded last year with the show's creator and former producer Dan Harmon.
April 19, 2013
Frank Bank, 71, who played oafish troublemaker Lumpy on the sitcom Leave It to Beaver, died Saturday, April 13, in Los Angeles. No other details were provided. Mr. Bank played Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the sitcom, which ran from 1957 to 1963. Lumpy served as the series' lovable bully. Mr. Bank made occasional appearances on TV before giving up acting and becoming a stockbroker. His clients included former Beaver co-stars Jerry Mathers and Barbara Billingsley.
February 20, 2013
British actor Richard Briers, an avuncular comic presence on TV and movie screens for decades, died Sunday, Feb. 17, at his London home, his agent, Christopher Farrar, said. A former heavy smoker, Mr. Briers had suffered from emphysema. Mr. Briers starred in the 1970s sitcom The Good Life as Tom Good, a man who decides to quit the urban rat race for a life of self-sufficiency in suburbia. The show, which aired in the United States as Good Neighbors, contrasted the back-to-the land Goods with their conventional neighbors the Leadbetters.
August 16, 2012
Ron Palillo, 63, best known as the nerdy Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, died Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., of an apparent heart attack. Mr. Palillo was inextricably linked with the character he played from 1975 to 1979 on the ABC sitcom, in which the title character returns to his Brooklyn alma mater to teach. Horshack was the nasally teen who yelped, "Oooh, ooh," and shot his hand skyward whenever the teacher posed a question. While the show was a ratings success and propelled John Travolta to stardom, it brought difficulty for Mr. Palillo.