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New DVD Releases: Week of Feb. 6, 2012

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Father Dowling Mysteries Season 1
Join Father Dowling (Tom Bosley) and Sister Stephanie (Tracy Nelson) as they solve crime in this family-friendly mystery series. All seven episodes from the first season are available on this 2-disc set, which also features the original TV-movie pilot and episode promos.... read more

Happy Days Cast Sues CBS Over Merchandising Revenue

Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross, Erin Moran

The Happy Days cast is decidedly unhappy about not winning the jackpot on merchandise using their likenesses on slot machines, comic books, lunch boxes and other collectibles.

Erin Moran, Donny Most, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and the estate of the late Tom Bosley claim that CBS, which owns the show, hasn't paid them money they're owed under their contracts, CNN reports. Their attorney, Jon Pfeiffer, filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Barbara Billingsley, Tom Bosley

This week's "In Review" begins with a timely "In Memoriam." Before we get to the highlights reel, some excerpts of my magazine tribute to two indelible stars of classic family sitcoms.

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FAREWELL, MOM AND DAD: For those of us who grew up with them, and never outgrew them, June Cleaver and Howard "Mr. C" Cunningham were more than classic-sitcom icons. They were charter members of a beloved extended family of moms and dads who made us feel instantly at home in front of the TV.

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Angela Lansbury: Tom Bosley Was "the Most Warm and Loving Individual"

Angela Lansbury and Tom Bosley

Much like the kind and reassuring characters he played on Happy Days and Murder, She Wrote, Tom Bosley was "the most warm and loving individual" in real life as well, Angela Lansbury says.

Tom Bosley, Mr. C on Happy Days, dies at 83

"He was just a terrific person to work with," Lansbury tells TVGuide.com of her late Murder co-star. "He was an actor's actor. He felt that the [happier] the atmosphere on the set was, the more we would get done. And of course, he was right. When I say 'get done,' he knew it was what was on the screen ...
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Tom Bosley, Mr. C on Happy Days, Dies at 83

Tom Bosley

Tom Bosley, who played the gruff but lovable Mr. C on Happy Days, and whose stable demeanor made him one of TV's ultimate father figures, has died. He was 83.

Bosley had been battling lung cancer but died of heart failure at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., early Tuesday, his agent, Sheryl Abrams,
told TVGuide.com.

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Tom Bosley Is Back in Charlie & Me

Tom Bosley, Charlie & Me

Call him Mr. C, Father Dowling or Sheriff Tupper — Tom Bosley, 80, answers to them all. The veteran character actor celebrates his 60th year in showbiz with Hallmark's Charlie & Me (Saturday at 9 pm/ET). The Tony winner plays a jazz-loving grandfather whose own heart attack works to repair the broken hearts around him. TV Guide: What drew you to this?Tom Bosley: They actually hired me before I read it and fell in love with it. I turned to my wife [actress Patty] and said, "This is me, today." I felt that I was at the same stage in my life that Charlie's in. It was a perfect role for me. I love that kind of jazz [in the film], not today's jazz. TV Guide: We have to ask you: Do you keep in touch with any of your Happy Days castmates? Bosley: I talk to Marion Ross [Mrs. C] often; she lives nearby. read more

Will "Mrs. C" Put Richie in Her Will?

Marion Ross

The Hallmark Channel's Where There's a Will (premiering Saturday, May 6 at 9 pm/ET) presents Happy Days star Marion Ross as Leslie "Clyde" Onstatt, a wealthy but frail widow who signs on her long-lost grandson (Frank Whaley) as her caretaker. Little does she know, Richie is a bit of a con man, coldly eyeing Grams as his next mark. Will this tricky tale have a Happy outcome for Mrs. C? Ross spoke to TVGuide.com read more

I know you in the TV world ...

Angela Lansbury, Murder, She Wrote

Question: I know you in the TV world frown on old fogies like us, but we've got a Murder, She Wrote question. Obviously, Jessica Fletcher was a writer on the show, but my friend says that's all she ever was. I say she was a teacher before that. Who's right? We're not betting people, but each of us would very much like to lord being right over the other one. Thank you for your time.


Answer: Before I get into that, Carole, allow me to distinguish between myself and those flighty showbiz folks. I am not of the TV world; I'm an outsider. And I call on my television powers to help those of all ages, not just those impertinent young 'uns with their too-loud music and too-low jeans.

That said, it's a shame you're not a bettin' woman because you could've gotten at least a free lunch out of this one. On the successful CBS series, wh read more

Hi! I remember in the ...

Question: Hi! I remember in the mid-'70s there was a show with Nancy Walker and a group of women who were either models or hostesses (I think). I remember my mom said that the show was TV at its worst, but my dad always seemed to "suffer" through it. Any idea what this show was?


Answer: Oh, that I do, Emma. And while I don't know the man personally, I'm betting I know why your pop "suffered" through Blansky's Beauties, which debuted on ABC in February 1977. The show, a weird sort of Happy Days spin-off, was about a troupe of Vegas showgirls overseen by the titular Nancy Blansky (Walker), who was a cousin of Happy Days father Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley). A lousy show about showgirls? Torture for moms but something the average father was perfectly willing to read more

Whatever happened to actors ...

Question: Whatever happened to actors Harold Gould and Glenn Ford?


Answer: Veteran character actor Harold Gould, who had a Ph.D. in theater and taught drama at Cornell University before making it his personal mission to disprove the motto "Those who can't do, teach," has been acting for nearly 45 years in movies and on TV; his most recent feature-film credit is the remake of Freaky Friday (2003). Gould also originated the roles of Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Marie in the pilots of the popular TV series Happy Days and That Girl, but was replaced by Tom Bosley and Lew Parker, respectively, when the shows went to series. Glenn Ford, a versatile leading man of the '40s and read more

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