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Columbo Star Peter Falk Dies at 83

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Columbo star Peter Falk, who won four Emmys for playing the absent-minded detective, has died. He was 83.

Falk died at his Beverly Hills home Thursday evening, his family said in a statement. Falk had suffered from dementia, a result of a series of dental operations in 2007.

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A New York City native, Falk was 3 when he underwent an operation to remove a malignant tumor in his right eye that left him with a glass eye. Rejected from the armed forces because of his glass eye, he joined the United States Merchant Marines before becoming ...
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Lie to Me Boss: We've Made Promises for Season 4

Lie to Me

Lie to Me's Season 3 finale dares to ask the question: What if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had killed one of his closest friends and partners?

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Truthfully, the episode has nothing to do with Facebook, but you can't help but notice the parallels between it and the Oscar-nominated film, The Social Network, which explores the complicated personal and legal entanglements behind the founding of the most popular website on the Internet. In Lie to Me's tale, Nikita's Ashton Holmes plays Zach Morstein, the wunderkind co-creator of a popular dating application who Dr. Lightman (Tim Roth) fingers as the lead suspect in the murder of Zach's best friend and company co-founder.

Executive producers Alexander Cary and David Graziano happily wear their influences... read more

Judge Places Columbo's Peter Falk in Conservatorship

Peter Falk

A judge's ruling leaves Columbo star Peter Falk's wife in complete control of his affairs and allows the ailing actor's daughter to visit him.

The ruling ends a legal battle with the 81-year-old actor's daughter, Catherine Falk. She submitted a petition in December to take over her father's affairs, despite a strained relationship with Falk and his wife of 30 years, Shera. Catherine Falk later withdrew the petition, noting that she is only concerned now with visiting her father.

The judge's ruling states that Catherine Falk ... read more

Peter Falk Has Alzheimer's, Claims Daughter

Peter Falk

According to a document filed by Peter Falk's daughter, the Columbo star and four-time Emmy winner is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Catherine Falk filed a petition Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking approval for a conservatorship of her 81-year-old father, according to The Associated Press. The documents claim Falk no longer recognizes people and now requires constant care in his Beverly Hills home following a recent hip surgery.

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Paul Reiser Plans Sitcom Return

Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser is mad about cars. Or, more specifically, a car dealership. OK, even more to the point, he's mad about a sitcom pilot he's currently developing for CBS about a guy who sells cars for a living. At the same time, the Mad About You alum is happy to be bringing The Thing About My Folks — which he wrote and produced, and in which he plays son to one of his idols, Peter Falk — to DVD. Reiser found a few minutes to speak with TVGuide.com about his new TV foray (including whether there's a role in it for Falk), and the very special "extra" included in the Folks DVD. TVGuide.com: I just wanted to amend read more

The Case of the Missing Peter Falk

Peter Falk

If you're a Peter Falk fan, you may be wondering why the five-time Emmy winner hasn't been gracing the small screen much in recent years. Since his last turn as America's most diligent detective (in 2003's Columbo Likes the Nightlife), save for a pair of TV-movies in which he played an angel named Max, Falk sightings have been scarce. Regarding his next appearance in Columbo's trademark trench coat, Falk tells TVGuide.com, "There's a bit of a problem. The script that I like, the network doesn't like. The script that they like, I don't like." What, we ask, is not to like about the follow-up that Falk favors? "That is a good question. A good question," he says, nodding. ABC wants Columbo's next case to center around the world of lingerie models, "so you can see why they would prefer that one." Sure, other material com read more

Paul Reiser Is Mad About Peter Falk

Paul Reiser

For Paul Reiser, landing Peter Falk to play his pop in The Thing About My Folks (opening Sept. 16 in select cities) was a decades-long dream come true. "I was playing with this [script] for, like, 20 years and always hoped Peter would be in it," shares the actor-writer-producer, best known to TV audiences for his seven-year run on Mad About You. "I even bumped into him a few times, but never told him. I figured the best he would say is, 'Great let me see it' — and then I'd have to go write it!"

As it was, each time Reiser went to flesh out his germ of a film idea — in which a father and son learn some hard truths about each other over the course of an unplanned extended road trip — he put the unfini read more

COLUMBO CONUNDRUM

Columbo

Will there be "just one more thing" for Peter Falk's diligent detective, who last collared a killer in the 2003 TV-movie Columbo Likes the Nightlife? It depends if Falk and ABC can get beyond their current impasse. "There's a bit of a problem," the actor tells TVGuide.com. "The script that I like, the network doesn't like. The script that they like, I don't like." But what's not to like about Falk's preferred follow-up? "That is a good question. A good question," he says, nodding. ABC wants Columbo's next case to center around the world of lingerie models, "so you can see why they would prefer that one," says Falk, who will next be seen playing pop to Paul Reiser in The Thing About My Folks, in theaters Sept. 16. read more

"Judy Garland" Meets Columbo

Actress Tammy Blanchard — a 2001 Emmy winner as young Judy in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows — says her golden statuette still holds an honored place at home. "Right now, it's in my china closet in my dining room," the 27-year-old tells TV Guide Online. "That's pretty much where it's going to stay forever. My family likes to see it when they come over, so I just leave it out in the open." Blanchard isn't resting on her laurels, however. This Sunday, she'll pull our heartstrings even more in When Angels Come to Town (9 pm/ET, CBS). Miss Tammy appears opposite Columbo's Peter Falk in the third jolly holiday film about an angel named Max and his mischievous miracles. Surprisingly, Blanchard reveals she's got something of a crush on her 77-year-old leading man. "He's the most handsome man in the world," she declares, "so good-looking in person." On the set, Falk's youthful antics made Blanchard, well, blanch. " read more

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