3rd Rock From the Sun is by far one of the best sitcoms in television history. It’s the perfect blend of the outlandish sitcom premises of the 1980s and the ensemble driven comedies of the 1990s. In the '80s, sitcoms had wildly illogical premises – a Buckingham Palace butler moves in with a Pittsburgh family (Mr. Belvedere), an alien moves in with a family (Alf), or a scientist makes a robotic daughter (Small Wonder). The '90s were chock full of ensemble comedies like Seinfeld until Friends brought about the dark ages of sitcoms. 3rd Rock merged the two and lasted a shocking six seasons and resulted in multiple Emmys and Golden Globes for the cast and crew.
Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) is the High Commander of an alien expedition to Earth. The creatures have been given human bodies and it brings a lot of humorous hi-jinks. Sally Solomon (Kristen Johnston) is the Security Officer and the one chosen to be “the woman” and is conveniently stunningly attractive. The Information Officer and oldest of the group gets placed in the body of a teenager in the form of Tommy Solomon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Harry Solomon (French Stewart) was not intended to take the trip but joins the crew and acts as the communicator to their home planet. Solomon teaches at the local college and has a very tense relationship with Dr. Mary Albright (Jane Curtin) and secretary Nina Campbell (Simbi Khali).
The series is genius. It finds the humor and irony in the mundane things we take for granted. The Solomon family has a unique perspective on the simplest of human customs and experiences. The cast is also full of amazing actors. Not only are Lithgow and Curtain comedy veterans, but since the series Levitt has proven himself to be an A-list actor. Stewart and Johnston are also still on television in the series Mom and The Exes, respectively.
The series has some pretty great recurring guest stars including William Shatner as their alien leader, Jan Hooks as Harry’s love interest, and John Cleese as a rival alien for Dick. The series also features appearances by Roseanne Barr, Phil Hartman, Christine Baranski, and Jane Lynch.
3rd Rock is worth a thorough binge watching for jokes that stand the test of time, an ensemble of amazing actors, and episodes that, for lack of a better term, are light years ahead of some series that are currently on television. All six seasons of the series are available to Hulu Plus subscribers.
Actress Marcia Wallace has died, aged 70. The TV veteran, who voiced Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, died on Friday night (25Oct13), according to reports.
As well as her animated role on The Simpsons, Wallace was a regular game show panellist on programmes such as Hollywood Squares and the Match Game, and she also starred on The Bob Newhart Show and appeared on ALF and Murphy Brown.
Sources tell TMZ.com that Wallace had been unable to work on The Simpsons for several weeks due to health issues, but producers were still planning a major storyline for her teacher character, for which she won an Outstanding Voice-Over Performance Emmy Award in 1992.
Reports suggest she died from complications related to breast cancer. Paying tribute to her, The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean says, "She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.
"You fall in love with these people when you see them as characters on television, but when met Marcia you loved her even more. She was sweet, funny, not at all pretentious."
Thousands of landlords probably were able to bill people for damage done to the walls when people threw their remotes after these lame season finales.
One of the best hospital dramas was only in the mind of an autistic boy? OK then... way to completely trivialize the acting work done by such great actors as Denzel Washington, William Daniels and Howie Mandel. OK, maybe the third one is a stretch. But still.. it was just a complete copout and I'm surprised the writers didn't get laughed out of the room when the idea was first suggested.
This show should undergo the judicial process for its terrible finale where the gang of four are on trial. It was one of the best shows and it just was the most lackluster idea for a finale that I could imagine. The only way it could have been worse was have it all be a fever dream for Kramer.
There are some people who think this is actually a great ending for the show and that it shows how Tony Soprano died. I'm not in that camp. My reaction was: "Wait. Why is my TV black now? WHAT HAPPENED? ARGH!"*checks internet* "IT WAS DELIBERATE?!?!" Yeah, people shouldn't have to be scratching their heads wondering if their television was on the fritz.
It was a dream. Really? REALLY? Dallas does the wimpy dream thing. You know, the whole Bobby Ewing dying thing and then magically walking out of a shower like a year later. It just wiped out a whole lot of funny laughs. Also, who the hell dreams for like 40 hours straight without waking up?
This ending took one of the best concepts ever and just spit on it. They weren't content to show this guy trying to time-travel back to his time and have it end will. Nope. Not only did it end with a stupid negative caption about how the show ended, they spelled the main character's as "Dr. Sam Becket" instead of "Beckett". I hope whoever proofread that got fired and is working as a janitor in a movie studio now.
Yes, we know they went extinct, but it was a cute show about dinosaurs with human-like personalities. In the final episode, they ended it on SUCH a bummer. I've never understood why some of these sitcoms -- you know, shows that derive their highest ratings by making people LAUGH -- end their runs on such low notes. Is it a double-middle finger at those who stopped watching it and thus made them wind up having to wrap it up? Who knows.
Sex & The City
The movies tried to redeem what was a horrible ending, but sadly, the second movie was even worse. Of course I found out about this from my wife. She was livid when she saw how it ended in such a wishy-washy way for Carrie and everyone else on the show.
It was all in her head as a writer? That's almost as bad as Newhart! What is it with writer's taking the easy way out when it comes to stuff like this? It's like they had a plane to catch during the final writing session and they were like, "OK. Let's just make her a writer and it all having been in her head." "Works for me!" "OK!" "See ya guys!"
Taking a bit from the Alf write-up: Leaving a friendly alien in the hands of the military is NOT how I would end a sitcom. Just my own 2 cents. You had this strange-looking alien that resembled a furry, big-nosed Ronald Reagan and spend most of the show having him do silly things. Now you end it on such a bummer like that? What is wrong with these writers?
Little House on the Prairie
"We're gonna blow up our town to prove a point!" A sane person would then say, "Wait, what? Have you been drinking the moonshine again?" Poor Michael Landon deserved better than this than to have that last episode on his acting resume. Fortunately, Highway to Heaven rescued him.
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For some reason, Ashton Kutcher just will not go away. First he takes over for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, then he's hosting another version of Punk'd on MTV (as if the first wasn't enough!), and now he's playing Steve Jobs in the recently released Jobs. Sure the first two are well within his limited wheelhouse, but Steve Jobs? Here are five reasons why Kutcher is unfit to play Apple's late co-founder.
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He Played an Idiot on TV
As Kelso on That 70s Show, Kutcher showed audiences just how dimwitted a sitcom character could be. Jobs, on the other hand, completely reimagined the possibilities technology could have on our day-to-day lives as the CEO of Apple. Let's just call it a disconnect.
He Was in Dude Where's My Car?
While Kutcher was off playing a dude looking for his car way back in 2000, Jobs was inventing a little known device called the iPod. Dude, where's my brain?
He Created Punk'd
Kutcher took the tired Candid Camera format and remade it as Punk'd, while Jobs reinvented the standard cellphone and gave us the iPhone. That's kind of the same thing, right?
What Has He Really Done?
Just Married, Killers, The Butterfly Effect, What Happens in Vegas. Remember any of these movies? That's because Kutcher starred in all of them! Seriously, aside from having a minor resemblance, Kutcher is about as qualified to play Jobs as that loveable creature known only as ALF (gone but not forgotten?).
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You know why Steve Jobs wasn't firing off Tweets every five seconds about the tuna fish sandwich he had for lunch? Because he was too busy changing the world!
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In the realm of cinema, especially in the major awards circuit, there is one category that often gets shafted to the background: animation. With the assigned stigma that an animated movie is necessarily childlike and uncomplicated, animated pictures rarely get the respect they deserve come Oscar season. But thankfully, there is the Annie Awards, an institution that turns 40 this year.
The International Animated Film Association's award enterprise has announced its nominations for achievements in the year 2012. Recognized above all are the far-reaching greats of the year: Pixar's majestic adventure Brave, the video game celebration of Wreck-It Ralph, and the respective claymation love-letters to horror cinema of the 1950s and early 1980s: Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and ParaNorman. Check out the complete list of nominees below. Best Animated Feature Brave Frankenweenie Hotel Transylvania ParaNorman Rise of the Guardians The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Rabbi’s Cat Wreck-It Ralph Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Before Orel – Trust Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Disney Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury Justice League: Doom Best Animated Short Subject Brad and Gary Bydlo Eyes on the Stars Goodnight Mr. Foot Kali the Little Vampire Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’ Paperman The Simpsons Best General Audience Animated TV Production For Preschool Children Bubble Guppies - ‘A Tooth on the Looth’ Chuggington - ‘Magnetic Wilson’ Jake & The Never Land Pirates - ‘Peter Pan Returns’ Doc McStuffins - ‘The Right Stuff’ Justin Time - ‘Marcello’s Meatballs' Best Animated Television Production For Children Adventure Time- ‘Princess Cookie’ Dragons: Riders of Berk- ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’ LEGO Star Wars- ‘The Empire Strikes Out’ Penguins of Madagascar -‘Action Reaction’ SpongeBob SquarePants -‘It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!’ The Amazing World of Gumball -‘The Job’. The Fairly OddParents- ‘Farm Pit’ The Legend of Korra- ‘Welcome to Republic City’/’A Leaf in the Wind’ Best General Audience Animated Television Production Archer - ‘Space Race, Part 1’ Bob’s Burgers- ‘Earsy Rider’ Motorcity- ‘Blond Thunder’ MAD - ‘FrankenWinnie/ParaMorgan’ Robot Chicken- ‘DC Comics Special’ South Park -‘Raising the Bar’ Animated Video Game Borderlands 2 Family Guy – Back to the Mutiverse Journey Skullgirls Best Student Film Can We Be Happy Now– Tahnee Gehm Defective Detective– Avner Geller & Steve Lewis Head Over Heels– Timothy Reckart I Am Tom Moody– Ainslie Henderson Ladies Knight– Joseph Rothenberg Origin– Jessica Poon The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete– Karen Sullivan Tule Lake– Michelle Ikemoto Animated Effects in an Animated Production Andrew Nawrot, Joe Gorski, Grant Laker - ParaNorman Andrew Schneider - Ice Age: Continental Drift Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lipton - Rise of the Guardians Bill Watral, Chris Chapman, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn, Michael K. O’Brien - Brave Brett Albert - Wreck-It Ralph Jihyun Yoon - Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Joel Aron - Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Effects in a Live Action Production Jerome Platteaux, John Sigurdson, Ryan Hopkins, Raul Essig, Mark Chataway - The Avengers Stephen Marshall, Joseph Pepper, Dustin Wicke - The Amazing Spider-Man Sue Rowe, Simon Stanley-Clamp, Artemis Oikonomopoulou, Holger Voss, Nikki Makar, Catherine Elvidge - John Carter Willi Geiger, Rick Hankins, Florent Andorra, Florian Witzel, Aron Bonar - Battleship Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Dan Driscoll - SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! Jennifer Dickie - Justin Time: Yodel Odel Day Keith Kellogg - Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Revenge Forrest Savelen - SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! 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The star of stage and screen died in Stockholm on 24 October (12). Details of her death have not yet been released.
Starting her career in theatre in Sweden, she made her film breakthrough in Alf Sjoberg's 1951 movie Miss Julie, which was awarded a top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
The role caught the attention of Alfred Hitchcock, who hired her to play the female lead in 1953's I Confess.
However, film bosses decided to cast Anne Baxter in the part instead after it emerged that Bjork had an illegitimate child with her lover Stig Dagerman.
She regularly worked with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, performing in 12 of his theatre productions.
Her last appearance on stage was in a 2009 production of Love Letters in Stockholm.
Gary Collins, actor and longtime master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, died Saturday in Biloxi, Mississippi at the age of 74.
Born April 30, 1938, in Venice, California, Collins joined the army, where he became a dee jay on the Armed Forces Radio. After completing his military service, he sought a career in acting, and landed a starring role in the 1965 sitcom The Wackiest Ship in the Army. From there, Collins continued to secure regular roles in television series such as Iron Horse, The Sixth Sense, and Born Free Collins also guest-starred on many television shows, including Perry Mason, The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, The Six Million Dollar Man, Alf, The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Friends, and JAG.
Collins was a six-time Emmy Award nominee, and won in 1983 for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
In the 1980s, Collins turned his focus to hosting--and from 1980 to 1988, he served as host of the television talk show Hour Magazine, a less-controversial show than his tabloid-focused counterparts. It was during this time that he also worked as the master of ceremonies at the Miss America Pageant.
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There are some things that ABC's new aliens-next-door sitcom The Neighbors is: clever, interesting, and, after last night, well-rated. There is one thing it is not, however: funny. I didn't guffaw once during the pilot, but that didn't keep 9.3 million people from watching it last night, making it the big premiere victory of the night.
To make the television ratings a little bit easier to understand and to celebrate The Neighbors' stunning takeover of the human race, we're going to liken each broadcast network to a television alien. Consider yourself taken to our leader.
You can think that there are better aliens in television history and you would be wrong. Just like you can argue that there are more popular shows on Wednesday night than Fox's The X Factor and you would also be wrong. With only 9.4 million viewers, The X Factor didn't do as well as other shows overall, but it still managed to win the night in viewers in the 18-to-49 demographic, which advertisers like as much as Alf likes cats.
Mork may not have won over the whole world, but he certainly impressed Mindy and that's all this Robin Williams visitor from beyond was concerned with. Same thing goes for ABC, which came in second in the young demographic thanks to a good base built by a special hour-long installment of The Middle which had 9 million viewers and lead into the night's (and the Emmy's) winner Modern Family which had 14.2 million, only slightly down from last year's premiere. The Neighbors rode in its wake with 9.3 million, but we'll see how many of those Modern Family viewers stick around again next week. The network ended the night with a throwaway recap show of Revenge in its old time slot that only scored 5.4 million viewers. No one was fooled into thinking this was the premiere, ABC. We all know we have to wait until Sunday for that.
The Great Gazoo
None of the kids know who he is, but he's really damn popular. Same goes for CBS, which had the most viewers last night, but they were all as old as a Flinstones episode. Survivor performed well against X Factor, beating it in total viewers and in ratings for its first half hour and averaged 10.2 million viewers. Criminal Minds kicked it up with 11.6 million and CSI leveled off at 10.7 million (were all the fogeys in bed by then?) but both of these were down 20 percent from their debuts last year.
The Lizards from V
At first we saw the "visitors" and they looked like people and everyone was kind of cool with them, but then when we found out what they were all about, they were green and horrible and everyone wanted to kill them. Well, NBC rolled out Animal Practice and Men with Kids during the Olympics and people were like, "OK," but now when it comes time to debut in their real time slots they're basically oozing green sludge. Only 5.2 million watched Animal Practice (down considerably from Up All Night last year, which is now retooled on Thursdays) and only 4.8 million watched Guys with Kids. The one bright spot was the hundred millionth season premiere of Law and Order: Last Man Standing whose two hour debut arrested (get it?!) 7.1 million people, its best numbers since last November. NBC was having such a good premiere week, and now this.
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Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Next up is ABC's big new fish out of water comedy The Neighbors. Except there are no fish, or water. But there are aliens!
New Series: The Neighbors
Premiere Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 9:30 PM
Tag Line: After 10 years of living in isolation in a suburban condo development next to a golf course, a group of aliens is finally invaded by one human family. They both think the other is strange, and they learn very valuable lessons about accepting people and becoming better people (or aliens). Awwwww.
Meet the Weavers: Lenny Venito is Marty, a fat bumbler in the Ralph Kramden sitcom mold. Jami Gertz is Debbie, the take charge mom. Clara Mamet is Amber, the angry teenager and Max Charles and Isabella Cramp are Max and Abby, the interchangeable cute little kids.
The Aliens: They are all named after sports stars, including the leader Larry Bird (Simon Templeman), his wife Jackie Joyner-Kersey (Toks Olagundoye), and their sons Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo) and Dick Butkus (Ian Patrick). Dick Butt Kiss. Giggle. Snort. When they cry, green goo comes out their ears, and they have a communication device called a Pupar, but it is out of batteries so they can't call their home planet, Zabvron. When they change into their alien form, they sort of look like green fish that swallowed a basketball. They don't eat, they nourish themselves by reading. And they all dress alike, have English accents, and are emotionally distant. Basically, it's like liking in the U.K., but without "footie" stars.
People to Watch This With: Alf, Mork, Marvin, and French Stewart. What ever happened to that guy?
Puns Not Used in the Pilot: "Out of this world." "Take me to your leader." Anything about probes. X-Files jokes. Global domination. Ray guns.
Awesome Movies Jami Gertz Was In: Sixteen Candles, Solarbabies, Less Than Zero, The Lost Boys, Twister.
If You Like This, You'll Love: The Burbs, My Stepmother Is an Alien, Mars Needs Moms, Out of This World.
Required Showdown: There must be a race between the aliens' two favorite modes of transportation: a flying saucer and a golf cart.
Punny Athlete Names They Need to Use: Jumbo Cummings, Gregor Fucka, Saatanan Saatana, Kim Yoo Suk, Eddie Stanky, Dick Felt, Dick Shiner, Dick Mast, Dick Pole, Dick Trickle, Johnny Dickshot, Pete LaCock, Misty Hyman, Destinee Hooker, DeWanna Bonner, Ron Tugnutt, Rusty Kuntz, Capt. Jack Glasscock. (I found all of these names here.)
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An animated series based on the popular character from the prime-time comedy, "ALF." The show focuses on the pre-Earth adventures of feisty Gordon Shumway (later nicknamed ALF on Earth) on the planet Melmac.