The season 2 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, sent to media outlets well before news of Russell Armstrong’s tragic suicide, documented a couple trying to rebuild a fragile marriage that was put in the spotlight during the show’s first season. It’s a somewhat jarring episode to watch, in light of not only today’s news, but Taylor’s claims to People earlier this month that Russell allegedly abused her physically and emotionally. (He denied some of the abuse charges.) Read on to learn what happened in the premiere. (SPOILER ALERT for those who wish not to know.) READ FULL STORY »
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Since news broke that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ star Taylor Armstrong’s estranged husband apparently committed suicide, Housewives from Beverly Hills and beyond have been Tweeting their support. Fellow Beverly Hills castmate Camille Grammer was among the first to tweet, saying, “My sympathy and condolences go out to Taylor and Kennedy. My thoughts and prayers are with them.” See more Housewives‘ reactions after the jump. READ FULL STORY »
'Dukes of Hazzard' star Christopher Mayer dies. Co-star Byron Cherry remembers him 'like a brother.'
Christopher Mayer (pictured, far left), best known for his 19 episode-long stint as Vance Duke in the 1982-83 season of Dukes of Hazzard, passed away on July 23 in Sherman Oaks at age 57.
During his time on the popular sitcom, Mayer was joined onscreen by Byron Cherry, who played his brother, Coy Duke. The two men were brought onto the show when contract disputes with the show’s main leading men, John Schneider and Tom Wopat, forced CBS to scramble to keep Dukes on the air. The network cast the two men quickly and explained that Schneider and Wopat’s characters had joined the NASCAR circuit. Audiences didn’t take kindly to the new characters, and when ratings sagged and contract disputes were solved, Cherry and Mayer were quickly written off the program.
But their story didn’t end with their stints on Dukes of Hazzard. The men remained close friends, often did press with one another, and helped each other at some of their lowest moments in life. EW spoke with Byron Cherry about his buddy Christopher Mayer, the ups and downs of their relationship, and why the actor will be sorely missed. READ FULL STORY »
One of the breakout moments of the 2008 Grammy telecast on CBS was a stellar live performance by Amy Winehouse. The dynamic singer, who passed away today at the age of 27, was a multiple nominee that night, so her appearance on the show was a must. Making it happen, however, was not as easy as it looked.
Flashback to 2008: Winehouse was undergoing treatment for drug addiction, which made it difficult for her to obtain a work visa to appear on the show, so CBS and the Grammy brass set up a contingency plan so she could perform live from a London soundstage. At the 11th hour, Winehouse secured that elusive visa, but it was too late for the show, so CBS stayed with Plan B. “We knew we could pull it off,” said Jack Sussman, CBS’ head of special programming. “Regardless of whether you are a rock star, a soul singer, a folk singer or a country artist, everybody wants to be part of the Grammys, so we knew she wanted to participate.” READ FULL STORY »
The man behind some of the most influential shows — and theme songs — of the ’60s and ’70s, Sherwood Schwartz, died this morning, his son Lloyd Schwartz and nephew Douglas Schwartz confirm to EW.
Schwartz, who created both The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, was 94 and died at 4 a.m. of natural causes surrounded by family and loved ones, his son and business partner since 1972, said. “I learned so much from him. I produced all around. I’ve worked as a network executive, and no one came close to being as good as he was in every single way. And I’m not the only one saying that. If you ask any other producers who was best, they’ll say Sherwood Schwartz,” Lloyd Schwartz tells EW.
At the time of his death, Sherwood Schwartz was working with his son on the Gilligan’s Island movie for Warner Bros., which Lloyd Schwartz said will go on as planned. “We’ve been getting the script in and we’re turning it over soon. That will be another legacy of his,” he said. “He’s just going to go on. Some of my job is to make sure things are as he’d liked them to be — and they will be.” READ FULL STORY »
Parting is such sweet sorrow: All My Children will air its series finale on Friday, Sept. 23. Many alums are already on-board to help the show say goodbye, including Josh Duhamel (Leo Du Pres), Eva La Rue (Maria Santos), Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater), Carol Burnett (Verla Grubbs), Kate Collins (Janet Green), Jennifer Bassey (Marion Chandler), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Chandler), and Leven Rambin (Lily Montgomery).
To fill the void, the network’s new one-hour lifestyle series The Chew will debut the following Monday. The show promises to bring together “a diverse panel of co-hosts that includes restaurateurs and Iron Chef stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly, Top Chef alum Carla Hall and health & wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz.”
The Chew is the first new series to launch on ABC Daytime in 14 years.
Cable network G4 has officially announced that they will resume airing G4′s Proving Ground, starring the late Ryan Dunn, following a one-hour special to honor the reality star. Dunn, who perished last week in a car crash, had filmed nine episodes of Proving Ground, in which Dunn and a group of experts attempted to recreate classic moments from movies and video games using stunt technology. The show had only aired one episode before Dunn’s death. Last week, G4 told EW that they were removing Proving Ground from the schedule “until we discuss the next steps.” READ FULL STORY »
Following the sad passing of Peter Falk, who starred in the TV series Columbo and the beloved 1987 fantasy The Princess Bride, friends and industry veterans who have worked with the actor have begun filing their tributes for the late star, who died Thursday night at 83 years old. Read what some of them had to say about Falk after the jump. (Check back for more words from Falk’s loved ones later.) READ FULL STORY »
Peter Falk, the actor known to a generation as television’s Lt. Columbo, died yesterday in Beverly Hills, according to ABC News. “Falk died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011,” according to the statement from his family. He was 83.
Say Falk’s name and the image that instantly comes to mind is a slope-shouldered figure in a rumpled overcoat, staring down a suspect with one eye while the other roams unnervingly free. Few actors were ever identified with a single character as much as Falk was with Lt. Columbo, the slow-moving, sharp-witted detective he played in more than five dozen TV movies, beginning with 1968’s Presciption: Murder. READ FULL STORY »
Danny DeVito, who co-starred with Jeff Conaway in Taxi, has released a statement about the late actor, who passed away Friday at the age of 60 of complications from pneumonia. DeVito, who played Louie De Palma on Taxi, said of Conaway, who portrayed struggling actor Bobby Wheeler: “Jeff was a good man. I will always think of him fondly and of our days together with the Taxi family. Finally he’s at peace.”
Fellow Taxi co-star Marilu Henner spoke to EW about Conaway. See her remembrances here.
Actress Marilu Henner managed to cross paths with late actor Jeff Conaway often during their shared time in the acting world. Not only did they star together on the hit sitcom Taxi, but they also appeared together on Broadway in Grease (with Conaway playing Danny Zuko, not the role of Kenickie he later made famous in the film version). Henner told Entertainment Weekly that the news of his passing hit her hard, especially considering he appeared to be getting better.
“They had induced the coma to try to help him heal from this pneumonia,” Henner said. “I thought he was going to pull out of this. When I saw him last week, he was moving his head, he looked so handsome lying there. He seemed good. He looked the best I’d seen him in five years.”
Henner said that many of his former co-stars were at his bedside during his bout with pneumonia, which landed him in the hospital several weeks ago. “Tony [Danza] and I went to see him almost every day,” she said. “The Taxi family is really close. But Jeff and I knew each other well. He reminded me of one of my brothers and I reminded him of one his sisters, so we had a real family bond.”
She recalled one particular moment from a few years back that summed up Conaway’s sense of humor. “When we were doing [Andy Kaufman biopic] Man on the Moon, i was so excited because they duplicated the Taxi set. I brought my boys with me, and Jeff watched them in the hair and make-up room while I did something else, and when I walked back into the hair and make-up room, he had turned them completely into greasers,” she laughed.
Though in recent years Conaway became better known as a member of the cast of Celebrity Rehab (“He was playing a character there,” she said. “He had his problems, but he would always wind up a bit for the cameras”), Henner hopes that people recognize him for his body of work and, most importantly, for his big heart. “He was just a big, loving person,” she said. “I was always happy to hear from him, and I hope younger kids don’t think of him as just a guy from Celebrity Rehab because he was so much more.” — Reporting from Kyle Anderson
Elizabeth Taylor: 'Simpsons' exec producer Al Jean remembers the film legend's one-word turn as baby Maggie -- EXCLUSIVE
While Elizabeth Taylor made her greatest impact on the big screen, she entertained on the small screen as well. In a 1992 episode of
While Elizabeth Taylor made her greatest impact on the big screen, she entertained on the small screen as well. In a 1992 episode ofThe Simpsons, she voiced the first word ever uttered by baby Maggie: “Daddy.” Simpsons executive producer Al Jean shares his memories of Taylor’s recording session with EW.
“There was nobody more famous or glamorous. Usually for the records, the room was almost empty — we’d have the cast and then a couple writers. That day, the recording stage was completely filled. She came in, she had a little dog, and she wore her ring, which was huge. It cost more than my house. We had her do the one line where she said ‘Daddy’ as Maggie. I’m looking at the ‘Most Beautiful Woman in the World,’ trying to think, ‘What does that sound like coming out of a cute little baby?’ I asked her for a lot of takes because it’s very hard to know what you want on one word, but she was really funny about it. After I said, ‘Okay, we got it!’ she said ‘F— you!’ in the Maggie voice. READ FULL STORY »
Bill Monroe, who served as the producer and moderator of Meet the Press from 1975 to 1984, died Thursday in a nursing home, The New York Times reports. He was 90 years old. In addition to Meet the Press, Monroe’s long career in TV journalism included stints as Washington editor of the Today show, NBC’s Washington bureau chief, and a regular presenter on Today. He retired from NBC in 1986.
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