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Eric Close

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Question: There have been quite a few resurrections from the TV graveyard as of late and I must say I love it, way more than Hollywood's obsession of making a sequel out of everything as well as making too-soon remakes. Firefly and Veronica Mars both have movie continuations, Dallas and Boy Meets World have spawned new series chronicling the next generation (I know you're not too big a fan of the new Dallas, but I have to say I welcome the return of Judith Light to the series), Netflix brought back Arrested Development for a fourth season, and Heroes is coming out with Heroes: Reborn next year. So I'm wondering what are your thoughts on this phenomenon, and are there any shows that you feel should be next in this craze.

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The 60 Greatest Soap Opera Moments of All Time

Anthony Geary, Genie Francis

Sordid secrets, evil twins, mind-blowing returns from the dead and love in the afternoon so lushly romantic it makes our knees buckle. We're talking, of course, about daytime soaps, which have been bubbling over with escapist thrills since 1946. Here, like sands through the hourglass, are the grandest, wildest, most shocking moments of our soap-viewing lives — the ones that made us all tune in tomorrow... read more

Kinky Boots Wins Big at Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris

Kinky Boots was the big winner at Sunday's 67th annual Tony Awards, taking home six trophies including Best Musical and Best Score (penned by Cyndi Lauper).

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Dallas Season 2 Burning Questions Answered: J.R.'s Farewell, Hiccups for Ann and Bobby

Dallas

Christopher's petition for annulment was rejected! Ann's long-lost daughter hates her guts! Sue Ellen lost the election! It was an eventful return to Dallas on last week's two-hour season premiere. After five months off the air, the Ewing clan & Co. wasted no time answering some of fans' biggest burning questions from the first season finale, and raising some new ones for Season 2 (Mondays at 9/8c on TNT). Although she did her best not to spoil what's to come, we turned to showrunner Cynthia Cidre for answers:

1. Could Elena and John Ross be the real deal? It wasn't a complete surprise to see brokenhearted bad guys John Ross (Josh Henderson) and... read more

The Monday Playlist: Dallas, RuPaul, Following and a Foster Brother on Bunheads

Dallas

It's hard to imagine Dallas without J.R. — a sentiment shared by many when Larry Hagman passed away last Thanksgiving, midway through production of the rebooted soap's second season. Even harder not to contemplate that sad future while watching TNT's two-hour premiere (Monday, 9/8c), where once again the veterans wipe the floor with the young whippersnappers. None more gleefully than Hagman, whose gaunt frailty can't mask the devilish glint beneath those statuesque eyebrows.

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Dallas Remembers Larry Hagman With a New Season 2 Mystery

Dallas

Two months after Larry Hagman's November 23 death, the Dallas cast past and present has assembled at the city's swanky Petroleum Club to shoot an epic, drama-filled memorial for his legendary J.R. Ewing. Among the mourners who have returned to pay their respects — or disrespects — are Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), Gary and Lucy Ewing (Ted Shackelford and Charlene Tilton), Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly), Mandy Winger (Deborah Shelton) and Cally Harper Ewing (Cathy Podewell). On set, the late actor's spirit is still very much alive. Each morning when he passes Hagman's trailer, Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, knocks on his friend's door. "Not like I'm expecting him to say, 'Come in,'" Duffy says. "But just to say to Larry, 'I'm still here, pal.'" And if you believe some of Hagman's costars, he's been knocking right back.

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24 Alum Annie Wersching Heading to Dallas

Annie Wersching

Annie Wersching is Dallas-bound!

The 24 alum has landed a recurring role on the TNT series, TVLine.com reports. Wersching will play... read more

Judith Light Heads to Dallas

Judith Light

Judith Light is heading to Dallas, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

The veteran TV actress will recur throughout the TNT series' second season, playing "an authoritative and controlling battle-ax who will fight to the death to protect the people she loves," according to TVLine, which first reported the news.

Additional details about the character, including her name, have not been released. read more

Book of Mormon Tops Tony Nominations

Book of Mornon

The Book of Mormon — from the creators of South Park — leads the 65th annual Tony nominations with 14, including best musical and best direction.

The Scottsboro Boys follows with 12 nominations. Both productions will vie for the best musical honors against Catch Me If You Can and Sister Act.

Watch clips from last year's Tonys

Good People, Jerusalem, The Motherf**ker with the Hat and War Horse are up for best play.

The Book of Mormon  — written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone  — also earned four ...
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Ugly Betty Teams with United Nations to Fight Malaria

Ugly Betty

Betty Suarez will use her recent promotion for good when Ugly Betty returns for its fourth season.

Members of the cast turned up at the United Nations this week to promote the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets program, which promotes the use of bed nets that keep mosquitoes from spreading malaria. The global, grassroots campaign will be integral to the show's Season 4 premiere.

Check out photos of the Ugly Betty cast

In the episode, Betty's suggestion that Mode magazine cover malaria is rebuffed. So, she pitches turning the bed nets into a fashion statement and organizes a photo shoot at the UN. In the process, she spreads the word about the Nothing But Nets program — just as the show's stars are spreading the word in real life... read more

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