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Keck's Exclusives: First Look: Roots Reunion on OWN

Roots Reunion

For the first time ever, Oprah Winfrey conducts an interview inside her lavish Montecito, California, estate in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Roots, the 1977 Emmy-winning ABC miniseries that exposed the horrors of slavery and triumphs of its survivors.

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Cheers & Jeers: Old Timers' Day on USA

Carl Weathers

Cheers to Psych and Royal Pains for paying respect to their elders.

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The hit USA Network dramedies brought back a trio of well-seasoned character actors in showcase roles. First, on Psych, William Devane (Knots Landing, 24) and Carl Weathers (aka Apollo Creed from the Rocky movies and "Carl Weathers" in Arrested Development) sparkled as Peters and Boone, a pair of old-school San Diego ex-cops who managed to stay one Bruno Magli loafer's step ahead of Shawn... read more

Catching Up with the Roots Cast

Leslie Uggams is working on a Lena Horne project that's en route to Broadway.Louis Gossett Jr. is heading back to Broadway with a remake of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, also starring Phylicia Rashad and directed by Debbie Allen.John Amos, of course, is currently on Men in Trees: "Maybe next year the entire cast of that show will be here."Ben Vereen just finished an episode of Grey's Anatomy and wants to go back to Broadway with a gospel-themed project.LeVar Burton is on Day 10 of the shoot for Tempting Hyenas, a feature he's directing. The cast includes himself, Alfre Woodard, Lacey Chabert and Adrienne Barbeau.Cicely Tyson jokes, "I'm looking for a job," saying she may have to pull a Bette Davis and put an ad in the newspapers. "But I, for most of my career, have been unemployed," she says, before noting, "I actually have a number of things in the works."There's awkwardness as Cicely and LeVar get into some sort of debate about the state of today's long-form television and Roots' legacy. read more

Men in Trees' John Amos Recalls His Celebrated Roots

John Amos in Roots

Can you say "charmed career"? John Amos has starred in such beloved shows as Good Times, The West Wing and, most recently, the sleeper hit Men in Trees. It is Amos' role as the adult Kunta Kinte in Roots, however, that will go down in history. In 1977, Roots broke viewing records as America tuned in to watch what is still the No. 1 miniseries of all time. Based on Alex Haley's novel about his ancestor, who was taken from his homeland in Africa and forced into slavery in the U.S., Roots opened a dialogue about race in America and sparked a fervent interes read more

Super Mario

It is a sad state of affairs here at the Bergl Vancouver household. It's 3 am, and I would describe my living room as a crack den, but it's in such disarray that I would probably offend the crack addicts who read this blog. I think the Super Bowl really took away all my spirit for a while. At first the game was really looking good for me. Not only did Devin Hester do his thing and score a touchdown in the first 30 seconds, but I was also surrounded by various cast and crew of Men in Trees at the White Spot, which is a traditional Vancouver burger joint. Before I watched the Super Bowl with other TV actors, I had never seen anyone eat grilled chicken and steamed vegetables on game day. I won't tell you who the offending parties were, but I suppose we can forgive them for doing something so un-American on such a sacred day, considering we were technically watching the game out of the country. I think you all know the outcome for my beloved Chicago Bears, and the disappointment was fel... read more

Bed, Bat and... the Bears!

I think I've used up all of my good karma for a long while, what with Men in Trees getting picked up and moved to after Grey's Anatomy, and the swift and crushing Bears victory on Sunday. To be honest, I'm not a huge football aficionado in general, but I am from Chicago, so I really have no choice but to be a rabid and unquestioning Bears fan. Our producer, Rick Wallace, also hails from the Windy City, so we've been spending a lot of Sundays at the local Vancouver sports bar, along with John Amos, who plays Buzz. Here's some Men in Trees trivia for you: John Amos used to play football for the Kansas City Chiefs!You don't have to wait until the Super Bowl to see some Bears action, because we have a very special appearance by a bear on tonight's episode of Men in Trees, "Bed, Bat and Beyond." From the title you may be able to guess that a certain winged creature will also be making an appearance. I know I've been talking about how much we all love each other up here on the show, but t... read more

Men in Trees' John Amos Recalls the Good Times He's Had

John Amos on Men in Trees, and Good Times

Everybody knows the dad from Good Times. But did you know that the actor who plays him actually got his big break on the Mary Tyler Moore Show? Well, we're here to remind you, as we walk with John Amos down memory lane past all the roles that have lead him to his current gig, the lovable pilot Buzz on ABC's Men in Trees (Thursdays at 10 pm/ET). Meteorologist Gordy Howard on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1970-1973"When [producers] told me they were going to bring me on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, I felt read more

"New York Fiction, Part II"

Welcome to another Men in Trees blog by your friendly host, Bergl. I've just returned from a promotional shoot for the UK launch of Men in Trees, which is very exciting for me because I'm originally from England (my dad is British and my mom is Irish). Did you know that Jason O'Mara, who plays the charming publisher Stuart Maxson, is Irish? He has the most amazing American accent, which you will be hearing again in subsequent episodes. (Ladies, don't you love how they keep adding even more handsome men to the show? James Tupper can't be expected to shoulder all the burden on his fisherman sweater-clad shoulders, which, yes, do look as good in real life.)Jason O'Mara is from Sandycove, which is right around the corner from the town of Dalkey, where my mother grew up. Now our Irish relatives can watch us on Men in Trees. Up until now, my appearances on UK TV were mostly limited to The Rage: Carrie 2 and an episode of CSI: Miami, and in both of these I kill people — most notably... read more

Scoop! Sex Stud Joins Brothers & Sisters!

Kim Cattrall's Sex and the City boy toy is switching teams. Telegenically blessed thesp Jason Lewis is joining the cast of Brothers & Sisters as a love interest for Matthew Rhys' recently single Kevin. Lewis, who'll appear in at least four consecutive episodes beginning in early '07, plays Chad, a closeted soap actor (as if!) who "befriends" Kevin at an exercise boot camp. In other gay-related casting news, sources say Men in Trees is wooing a fairly big name to play the same-gender-lovin' son of Buzz (John Amos) for a multi-episode arc. Hey, I think this calls for an asterisk quiz! Ready... set... solve: ***a*** ***e*. read more

September 12, 2006: The Odds Are Good, but the Goods Are Odd

The Men in Trees pilot episode was pretty good. Anne Heche is Marin, a relationship coach who realizes she knows nothing about relationships and sets out to actually learn something as she writes her next book in Alaska. The premise of the show has the potential to be completely unexciting and predictable, but somehow manages to touch on true emotion. Sure, some of the scenes seemed contrived. Yeah, Jack just happened to be out in the middle of nowhere looking for bears and was able to rescue Marin as she fell through some thin ice. Oh, and of course they were stranded there for the night and had to lie down on top of each other, naked, for warmth. And don?t forget that she lives next door to a prostitute. Endless comparisons between the two are sure to follow from that convenient pairing. But through it all, Heche was completely believable. She really seems like a woman in a complete state of confusion ? granted, she has some past real-life experiences to draw from. The m... read more

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