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Oscar-Winning Actor Cliff Robertson Dies at 88

Cliff Robertson

Cliff Robertson, who won an Oscar for playing mentally disabled man in the 1968 film Charly and later played Ben Parker in the Spider-Man films, has died. He was 88.

Robertson died of natural causes on Saturday in Long Island, one day after his 88th birthday, Evelyn Christel, Robertson's secretary for 53 years, told The Associated Press.

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Besides his Oscar-winning role in Charly — which was adapted from Daniel Keyes' short novel, Flowers for Algernon, and told the story of a mentally disabled man who becomes a genius after medical treatment — Robertson is also remembered for playing President John F. Kennedy in 1963's PT-109. The film... read more

The Hub: A New Family Network With a Retro Feel

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The Hub, a joint venture network between Discovery and toy giant Hasbro, launches Sunday in approximately 60 million U.S. households on the former Discovery Kids channel. "We love the name," says CEO and President Margaret Loesch. "It means to us a place where kids and their families can... read more

NBC, Bryan Fuller Remaking The Munsters

The Munsters

Time to move back into the Munster Mansion: NBC and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller are remaking the 1960s classic sitcom The Munsters, Entertainment Weekly reports.

NBC has ordered a pilot for the project, described ...
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TV Land Awards to Honor Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari

Ready for a reunion of Bosom Buddies Kip and Henry?

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari will reunite at the TV Land Awards to accept an award for the 30th anniversary of the early '80s sitcom along with fellow cast members Donna Dixon, Thelma Hopkins and Holland Taylor.

Tim Allen to host TV Land Awards

The ABC sitcom, which helped launch both Hanks' and Scolari's careers, centered on read more

TV Producer and Executive David Gerber Dead at 86

David Gerber

David Gerber, an Emmy-winning producer and executive behind series such as Batman and thirtysomething, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 86.

Gerber's work on the small screen dates back to the '70s in the TV division of... read more

Adam West on New Fox Promos and Playing Batman: "I'm the Bright Knight"

Adam West

Adam West, star of a new Fox network promotional campaign called "What's Adam West Watching," couldn't be more comfortable with comedy. This is the man, after all, who played one of the darkest crime fighters for campy laughs. "They have the Dark Knight, OK? I'm the bright knight, if you will," says the star of the '60s series Batman.

The 81-year-old actor's cool deadpan still serves him well in duties ranging from mayor of Quahog on Family Guy to the new promos, in which he tells viewers which Fox shows he loves, with much comedy along the way. recently caught up with West...

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Eartha Kitt, Actress and Singer, Dies at 81

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt, an actress well known for her turn as TV's Catwoman and a singer whose choral calling cards included the sultry and seasonal "Santa Baby," died on Thursday of colon cancer, says a family spokesperson. She was 81.

Kitt's career spanned six decades, during which time she won two Emmys (for her voice work in The Emperor's New School, a small-screen adaptation of the animated feature The Emperor's New Groove) and collected several Tony and Grammy nominations.

Kitt began her career in 1946 as ... read more

Will the Caped Crusader Soar onto Dancing?

Adam West by Bobby Bank/

Holy Dancing with the Stars, rumor, Batman!Page Six reports that the latest contestant rumored to grace the parquet on the upcoming season of Dancing is Adam West. The star of the 1960s Batman series and current voice on the animated hit Family Guy is pushing 80, but sources say he's "in outstanding shape" and ready to dance.The official cast lineup won't be made until Aug. 25, but a rep for West said he is "one of the people they are seriously looking at."Would you like to see the former Caped Crusader bring his Bat-moves to the dance floor? — Adam Bryant read more

Stalled Series? There's Hope!

Sports Night courtesy Shout Factory

How many times have you started collecting a series on DVD only to find it's been "stalled" because sales of the previous sets weren't good enough? It's probably happened to you at least once, more if you're a fan of classic TV. While there are many issues that contribute to a stalled series, we're not going to focus on those today; this is an upbeat article.Yes, I'm here to tell you there's hope for your favorite "stalled" series! We (meaning Dave and I at have been told a number of the larger studios have been shopping around their catalog of shows, including some of the "stalled" shows. The major studios are recognizing they have properties that are still desired, even when they can't fiscally justify releasing the sets themselves. They've now "seen the light," and are willing to license shows to the independents. We've already seen this happen in the past, with BCI getting Wanted: Dead or Alive from New Line, Anchor Bay/Starz getting some of the VH1 titles (I L... read more

Adam West's Batman on Blu-ray Disc? Yes!

Batman: The Movie courtesy Fox Home Entertainment

Since the TV-on-DVD craze went mainstream around 2000-2001, one of the burning, unanswered questions has been "when will episodes from the Adam West version of Batman finally come to DVD?" The classic, campy series has a ton of fans, and lots of rumors surround the reasons behind its absence from the DVD market.One popular rumor (possibly the most popular, especially on the internet) is that the hold-up is between Fox and Warner Brothers. But in a June 2006 interview with members of the Home Theater Forum website, executives from Warner Home Video stated that they have nothing to do with any sort of hold-up for Batman episodes. "This is an issue between DC (Comics) and Fox. Fox owns the series."For their part, Fox has told us "We are continuing to work on participations issues and resolve, so that we might be able to bring it out. The issue is that there are several entities that have rights to this particular series. The contract language didn't clearly specify home entertainment.... read more

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Premise: POW! The Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder fight crime in Gotham City in this campy version of Bob Kane's comic strip that first appeared in 1939. The series aired twice a week and quickly achieved gangbuster ratings, but---holy novelty!---the ratings nosedived and even the addition of Batgirl late in the show's run couldn't save the Dynamic Duo.



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