Actor Fred Berry, best known as the red-beret-wearing, suspenders-clad Rerun on the 1970s sitcom What's Happening!, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 52. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death, although Berry reportedly had been ill since suffering a stroke this summer. After years of obscurity, Berry experienced a bit of a career revival of late, having appeared opposite David Spade in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star as well as in an episode of Scrubs last April. Most recently, he took part in the new phone-a-celeb service HollywoodIsCalling.com, in which $30 would earn a fan a 30-second call from Berry.
Published reports say Tonight Show icon Johnny Carson who celebrates his 78th birthday today recently underwent emergency heart surgery to clear a blocked artery. Word is Carson is back home and doing well.
My Wife and Kids
I'm sorry, but whenever a TV kid gets a lesson in adulthood from their dad, I always have to chuckle. Be it Theo Huxtable, Greg Brady or tonight's Jr., the teens always turn out to be better than pops expected. Of course, if this were real life, I'm not so sure a water balloon is the best tool to teach a high-schooler how to raise a child. Perhaps how to avoid having one in the first place, maybe.
It's All Relative
God bless Lenny Clarke. His loudmouth Mace is this season's homophobic George Costanza with a Boston accent and a gut that screams "EKG." And he's as rabid about the Red Sox as my friend Neil is about the Philadelphia Phillies. Though I am sure Neil would be more gracious about free superbox seats at a Sox-Yankees game with two gay guys even if one of them was wearing a sweater over their shoulders. Which makes me think that whoever is costuming Simon should check their c
Liza Minnelli officially filed for divorce from David Gest on Wednesday, a day after her estranged hubby slapped her with a $10 million lawsuit. In a statement, Minnelli called Gest's allegations that she beat him in alcohol-fueled rages "hurtful and without merit," adding that she had "hoped very much that the end of my marriage would be handled with mutual respect and dignity." (I'm tempted to poke fun at Liza's naïveté, but I really don't want to get smacked.)
ABC will debut its new mob drama Line of Fire on Dec. 2 in NYPD Blue's Tuesday/10 pm timeslot. Blue is expected to return in February with new episodes... Nip/Tuck's first-season finale attracted 3 million viewers Tuesday night. That's slightly below the FX drama's season average of 3.3 million viewers. The season finale of MTV's Newlyweds, meanwhile, led all cable shows among viewers 18-34.
If a good man is hard to find, then a good-looking man who's as quick with a quip as he is handy with a hacksaw must be darn near impossible to locate. So it makes sense that the newest sex symbol to emerge from The Learning Channel stud farm is Andrew Dan-Jumbo, the hunky carpenter on While You Were Out (Fridays at 9 pm/ET). But would the Nigerian-born, English-bred hottie who could, well, nail anything he likes, collapse when hammered with TV Guide Online's unrelentingly probing questions? Read on and find out.
TV Guide Online: Um, Jumbo?
Andrew Dan-Jumbo: It's a Nigerian name. There's a long
story behind it, but it would probably take three pages to explain.
TVGO: No time for that, then. Would you agree that it gives you a lot to
live up to, running around with a name like Jumbo?
Dan-Jumbo: (Laughs) It does, yes. But as awkward as that name was to go through school with, because of the ridicule, it was a name that peo
Without Venus and Serena Williams in the finals, the TV ratings for this year's U.S. Open were way down. So much for naysayers who said folks were bored with watching the sisters square off on the court again and again. What did they think of the Nielsen slump?
"It's too bad," Serena says. "I think that women's tennis is doing much better than it has in the past. Those girls are awesome." At the same time, she wasn't too surprised the telecast faltered without the Williams sibs. "Hello! Whenever we're in the finals, we're on the cover of every magazine," the 21-year-old points out. "Because it's history! Two black girls playing tennis, doing so well... It's never happened before. Of course, people want to hear about it. It's just that some people want to think negative."
Serena is hardly shy about the popularity of the Williams women. "We're definitely up there, because we're not only doing athletics, but we're doing a lot of other things,"
Will Smith is heading back to the small screen. The erstwhile Fresh Prince will guest star on the Nov. 18 episode of UPN's freshman laffer All of Us. As previously reported, the actor who produces the sitcom with wife Jada Pinkett will play a college buddy of Robert (Duane Martin) and Neesee's (LisaRaye), who returns to L.A. and ends up crushing on Neesee.
It has been a tremendous couple of years for 29-year-old actor Derek Luke. He's gone from working in Sony's gift shop and waiting tables at awards ceremonies to winning an Independent Spirit Award for his starring role in Antwone Fisher. But it hasn't all been smooth sailing for the handsome thesp, who currently co-stars with Katie Holmes in Pieces of April. Despite the heady joys of newfound fame, he's learned the star trip has its drawbacks.
"Sometimes [acting] is a challenge, because you get a lot of attention," Luke concedes. "[Especially] if I just got off a movie, and I had catering people coming up to me. But then, at home, I sit there and watch TV and the garbage piles up. And my wife goes, 'Derek, you've got to take the garbage out.' And I give her a look. Then, I think, 'Oh my God,