Judd Hirsch

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  • Birth Place: Bronx, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/15/1935, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor; director
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Question: Let me preface this by saying The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows, and I have been with them since Day 1, but after watching the premiere episodes on the first Monday of the season, I see a very disturbing trend. Sheldon is rapidly becoming the next Fonzie/Urkel. In the early days of the show, Sheldon was odd but likeable, and you always rooted for him. Now as he is being written, he is becoming more and more obnoxious, as evidenced in the way he treated Amy and the others in the two episodes last week. When shows have a breakout star like Jim Parsons, that person becomes the go-to guy in almost every episode, at the expense of the remaining cast members. Am I wrong in my assessment, or do you think a little less Sheldon and maybe a little nicer Sheldon would be better for the show and the audience? — Terry

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New Season Reviews: Gotham, Scorpion, Forever, Sleepy Hollow

Happens all the time in the Bat-verse: The bad guys get all the best material. And so it was in the beginning, or at least in the origin story as presented by Fox's stylish, vividly hardboiled Gotham (8/7c), an exercise in pulp-noir chic that, to be enjoyed properly, should be considered more Dick Tracy than Batman in approach.

As Robin might proclaim, if he were around (which he isn't): Holy corruption! The sordid Gotham City on display here reflects executive producer Bruno Heller's time spent on HBO's Rome rather than his sunnier stint with The Mentalist. This city of menace boasts a retro sheen cluttered with jarring contemporary details, projecting what's intended as an out-of-time (or timeless) quality to frame this iconic story. You know how it goes: Young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz of Touch) is orphaned when his wealthy parents are murdered in a back-alley robbery, inspiring a lifetime devoted to vanquishing Gotham's most-wanted goons.

But that's another tale for another time, because the focus of Gotham is on clench-jawed, strait-arrow Detective (future Commissioner) James Gordon, played with a pugnacious dour solemnity by Ben McKenzie. read more

Sharknado 2: A Sequel With Bite

The polar vortex wasn't the only freakish weather system to invade New York City this winter. The sequel to Syfy's Sharknado, last summer's over-the-top, Twitter-busting pop-culture phenomenon, was filmed amid frigid conditions throughout the Big Apple. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid reprise their roles as recently reconciled couple Fin and April, who barely survived last year's series of shark-infested waterspouts that tore through Los Angeles.

On the set of Sharknado 2: The Second One in February, Ziering wasn't feeling the pressure of expectations to top the original, which spurred more than 300,000 tweets during its original broadcast. "Either you like it or you don't like it," the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum says. "I didn't have high hopes for the first movie, and look what happened."

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Off The Marc: Episode 2
Tower Heist: Josh Tries To Convince Ch
Out Of The Cold
Abe Investigates the Mystery Caller

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Credits

Year Title Description
2014 Forever TV Show Series, Actor - Abe
2013 Maron TV Show Series, Actor - Larry
2011 Tower Heist Movie, Actor - Mr. Simon
2007 TV Land Awards TV Show Series, Appearing
2007 Damages TV Show Series, Actor - Bill Herndon

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VIDEO: The Star-Studded New Trailer for Sharknado 2 Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple

"You just jumped the shark," Mark McGrath says in the latest trailer for Sharknado 2: The Next One, probably one Sharknado movie too late. Syfy rolled out a new extended trailer for the next chapter of its social-media phenomenon, and it's heavy on Big Apple pride, airborne toothy fish, and surprise celebrity cameos.

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Syfy Announces New Sharknado 2 Premiere Date

Sharknado 2 will be rampaging the small screen early!

Syfy announced Friday that the highly anticipated sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, will debut... read more

Syfy Sets Premiere Date for Sharknado 2

Sharknado 2 will be rampaging the small screen this July!

TVGuide.com has confirmed that the highly anticipated sequel Sharknado 2: The Second One will debut... read more

Numb3rs' Judd Hirsch Joins ABC Supernatural Drama Forever

Taxi and Numb3rs alum Judd Hirsch is plotting a possible return to the small screen.

The Oscar-nominated actor has joined ABC's supernatural pilot... read more

Kelly Osbourne, Mark McGrath and More Sign on for Sharknado 2

The highly anticipated sequel to Sharknado just got more star-studded.

Kelly Osbourne, Mark McGrath, Vivica A. Fox, Andy Dick, 30 Rock alum... read more

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