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September 19, 2012 | By Mary Macvean, Los Angeles Times
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.
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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.
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March 16, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
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 )
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July 26, 2012 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By David Bauder, Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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November 23, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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May 11, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
On Wednesday, ABC sitcom The Goldbergs will pay special tribute to Ed Snider, the Flyers cofounder who passed away last month at the age of 83. The Flyers provided The Goldbergs with rare footage of Snider that will air at the end of Wednesday's episode. "If you love the Flyers, Ed Snider is the Flyers. He's the organization," The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg said on the phone from Los Angeles. The Flyers and the culture of hockey in Philadelphia are intrinsically woven into the fabric of The Goldbergs , a 1980s-set comedy about a Jenkintown family seen through the eyes of the youngest son. He has a penchant for filmmaking, much like Goldberg, who based the show on his own life.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
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 )
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2015 | By Ed Condran, For The Inquirer
During a recent interview Drew Carey, the former sitcom star, was asked why he doesn't do stand-up anymore. "It's too much heavy lifting," Carey admitted. There are former stand-ups who, like Carey, graduated to TV and never looked back, and then there are such entertainers as Jerry Seinfeld, who performed over the weekend at the sold-out Borgata. Seinfeld, 61, capped his hour-plus concert noting that he felt compelled to return to stand-up after his nine-season Seinfeld run. But the explanation was superfluous.
NEWS
March 1, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Will Forte had me at the Cheez Whiz. Six minutes into his terrific Fox sitcom, The Last Man on Earth - in which he plays, um, the last man left alive on Earth - Forte samples a $10,000 bottle of red wine with his bowl of SpaghettiOs. Then he has a brainstorm (or a meltdown) and squirts a dollop of processed canned cheese into the glass and takes a nice long sip. He deliberates for a while, then declares, "Not as good. " The Last Man on Earth premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday with a double episode.
NEWS
December 22, 2014
A pall hung over the TV bazaar this year. There were passings both major (James Garner, Joan Rivers, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) and minor (Pugsley from The Addams Family , Reuben from The Partridge Family , the Professor from Gilligan's Island ). The medium's Dowager Countess, Barbara Walters, stepped down from The View . Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was yanked for getting a little too real. And our usual escape outlets - sports and comedy - were denied us. ESPN went OCD, fixating on LeBron James for half the year and Ray Rice for the remainder.
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January 17, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
DON'T CALL IT a comeback. After releasing her first album in nine years last spring, Philly-born rapper Eve has another project: a sitcom. The sitcom, slated for the 2014-15 pilot season on ABC, is reportedly a multicamera interracial romantic comedy. Eve is no stranger to being in front of the camera. She starred in an eponymous UPN sitcom that lasted from 2003 to 2006, playing a fashion designer named Shelly, despite the fact that the show was called "Eve," which seemed rather silly.
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October 4, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* THE MILLERS. 8:30 tonight, CBS3. * WELCOME TO THE FAMILY. 8:30 tonight, NBC10. * SEAN SAVES THE WORLD. 9:30 tonight, NBC10. * THE ORIGINALS. 9 tonight, CW57. Moves to 8 p.m. Tuesdays next week. "OH, RELAX. It's a fart. Some people think they're funny. " That's Margo Martindale's character talking with her uptight son (Will Arnett) in the premiere tonight of CBS' "The Millers. " But it might as well be the Emmy-winning Martindale addressing fans who loved her as the poisonous Mags Bennett in "Justified" and the ruthless Russian handler Claudia in the FX spy drama "The Americans" and who can't quite get their heads around the idea that she's been reduced to CBS sitcom flatulence.
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September 5, 2013 | BY JAD SLEIMAN, Daily News Staff Writer sleimaj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
LEBRON JAMES, a product of the mean streets of Akron, Ohio, thinks he can tackle North Philly. The two-time NBA champ is partnering with the Starz premium network to co-produce a half-hour comedy sitcom that tells the story of two men who used "a combination of God-given talent and North Philly grit" to overcome urban struggles and achieve fame and fortune, the network announced yesterday. Leaving the streets behind as an NBA baller is the hoop dream of many a North Philly youngster, but community workers interviewed yesterday said they hope to see some reality in the scripted series.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV CRITIC
In the high-stakes game of draw poker that is network programming, CBS, more than anyone else, has a habit of holding on to its cards. Of course, that's easier when you're in first place and your schedule is adorned with imperishables like 60 Minutes , NCIS , and Two and a Half Men . At its upfront presentation Wednesday afternoon at Carnegie Hall, CBS kept its lineup singularly stable, returning 20 series. Five new shows were announced for fall, including four sitcoms.
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May 3, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you spot a lady outside the Barnes Foundation Thursday munching on a cheesesteak, you may want to ask for an autograph. It's probably Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette , one of the funniest, most wondrous novels of recent years. Semple is here for a reading Thursday night at the the Free Library of Philadelphia, but she's making an effort to catch some local flavor in every city she stops in. In Philadelphia, that means sampling our sandwich staple and visiting the impressionist extravaganza on the Parkway.
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