Sally Struthers, Jean Stapleton
As the world mourned Jean Stapleton this week, I was reminded of the sadness I felt in the fall of 1980 when it was revealed on CBS's Archie Bunker's Place (the rechristened All in the Family) that Stapleton's Edith Bunker had died suddenly of a stroke. Stapleton's TV daughter Sally Struthers (Gloria) shares memories of her onscreen mom, who passed away May 31 at age 90 of undisclosed causes.
In the Flesh
Zombies are hot. But leave it to the British to make them cool. And smart. And a shade more human than many of those they left behind. Turns out that being dead, or undead, is the ultimate wake-up call. While watching BBC America's fascinating and unexpectedly moving three-part miniseries In the Flesh (Thursday through Saturday, 10/9c), I was reminded less of AMC's blockbuster thriller The Walking Dead than of Sundance Channel's recent triumph, the artful Rectify, another searing drama of an outsider adjusting ...
When Robin Meade was a child growing up in the small town of New London, Ohio, neighbors would catch her singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of the flagpole on her lawn. Turns out it was excellent training for the anchor of HLN's Morning Express: She's opened many NASCAR events with the song. "There's less ...
The Wanted Life
The Wanted has it all — worldwide superstardom, zillions of fans and a brand new reality show on E! But on this weekend's episode, the guys aren't so lucky in Las Vegas. After moving into a mansion with their girlfriends on last Sunday's premiere ...
Shameless is saying goodbye to one of its own. During a panel event held at the Television Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday night, showrunner John Wells confirmed Justin Chatwin will not return as a series regular in Season 4 and did, in fact, die at the end of last season.
John Beard was the news anchor at Fox's Los Angeles station, KTTV, in 2003 when Arrested Development producers tried to recruit him to appear on the sitcom. At first Beard passed, but then, he says, "They explained they wanted me to play myself and that the writers appreciated my sense of humor. I thought it was...
Celebrity chef Roble Ali launched his own catering company with a high profile client list during the first season of Bravo's Chef Roble & Co. Now cameras follow Roble and his team — including a new assistant and pastry chef — as his New York-based business heats up. (Season 2 premieres Wednesday at 10/9c.)
"I'm overwhelmed with the growth of the business," Roble says. "We are catering even higher-caliber events — everything from birthday parties to photo exhibits to fashion shows." And you can bet the guest lists will be VIP-only.
Will Arnett and Jason Bateman
Two weeks after he locked the final cut of Netflix's Arrested Development revival, show creator Mitch Hurwitz is catching up on TV, traveling to New York and checking social media to gauge the reaction to the fruits of two years of labor. "Right now my hope is that the people who are interested in the Bluth family give the show a try," he says of the new episodes, which each focus on a different character yet are intertwined.
The 15 Arrested episodes were released simultaneously on May 26. Fan reaction has been decent, but critics were mixed, with some of those negative reviews reportedly hurting Netflix's stock price (although anticipation for the show previously helped boost the streaming service's stock).
Hurwitz tweeted on May 28 that critics were "resisting change." But in a lengthy chat last week with TV Guide Magazine, he clarified what he meant, and also discussed his future plans for the show. Hurwitz even addressed Internet chatter about star Portia de Rossi's appearance. An edited transcript follows.