Cosby: His Life and Times, Mark Whitaker's comprehensive biography of Bill Cosby, hits stores Tuesday. The absorbing read chronicles the comedian's rise from the Philadelphia projects to stand-up king, his groundbreaking role on I Spy — as TV's first black leading man — and TV's most beloved dad on The Cosby Show. But for every high, there were plenty of lows: his near-bankruptcy, his scandalous affairs that resulted in an extortion trial, his estrangement from a daughter and the bizarre murder of his only son.
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Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, Scott Bakula
Most TV viewers will always remember Ray Romano as Ray Barone, Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett and Andre Braugher as Det. Frank Pembleton. But for some of us, they will always be...
Ryan Lauria, Mae Whitman
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Everybody Loves Raymond
It's been nearly 10 years since Everybody Loves Raymond went off the air, but creator Phil Rosenthal still remembers the moment he knew he had a hit on his hands.
"They would bring in audiences from prisons and nursing homes [and] they laughed for over 30 seconds, which is a big laugh for people who don't know the characters," he told TVGuide.com at a recent cast reunion. "That's when you know maybe you have something."
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Mae Whitman, Matt Lauria
To be or not to be ... pregnant: That is the question facing the writers of Parenthood as the show prepares to kick off its final season this fall. While the Season 5 finale wrapped up many of the year's ongoing story lines, so much so that it made star Peter Krause worry about a renewal, there was one huge cliff-hanger left unanswered: Is Amber (Mae Whitman) expecting? Aside from the hotly debated question of how she and on-and-off love Ryan (Matt Lauria) could have even had sex in his hospital bed in the first place — we're with you, Ray Romano — Amber was spotted buying a pregnancy test in the final act. While the writers begin to decide where the final 13 episodes will take the Braverman clan, we thought we'd help them out by devising a pro-con list of whether Amber...
Parenthood's Season 5 finale could've easily served as a series ending, and a satisfying one at that, so much so that both the drama's showrunner and its stars wondered if the network would feel it was the right place to end.
"I got nervous watching [the finale] because I felt like, that kind of leaves it in a place where the network can very easily say, 'Oh, that's a nice ending to a series," Peter Krause told a theater full of fans Saturday at the show's ATX Television Festival panel, moderated by this reporter. Added showrunner Jason Katims, "This year, I honestly was hedging my bets. More than any other [season], I didn't know whether the show was going to come back and I thought it was a good chance we wouldn't."
Mae Whitman, Matt Lauria
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Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
The '90s nostalgia continues! Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer are heading to the ATX Television Festival to promote their current TNT show, Franklin & Bash.
ATX TV Festival to award Henry Winkler, adds Orphan Black and more
Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk
There's no place quite like the twisted heartland of FX's Fargo (Tuesday, 10/9c), a marvelous 10-episode variation on themes established in the quirky 1996 Oscar winning film. Once again, warm and neighborly small-town decency gives way to a bitter chill that has less to do with the snowy Minnesota plains than with the dark crevasses of human depravity.
The ATX Television Festival has announced its Year 3 lineup, including its first Achievement in Television Excellence Award, which will be presented to Henry Winkler.
Winkler, whose career spans from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days to recent roles on Royal Pains and Arrested Development, will receive the award during the festival weekend with a ceremony and a Q&A.