Becker

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Selma Blair to Star Opposite Charlie Sheen in FX's Anger Management

Selma Blair

Selma Blair will star opposite Charlie Sheen in his upcoming FX comedy, Anger Management, Deadline.com reports.

In Anger Management, produced by Bruce Helford (George Lopez), Sheen will play Charlie, a former baseball player with anger issues who becomes an unconventional anger management counselor. Blair will play... read more

Becker's Shawnee Smith to Play Charlie Sheen's Ex-Wife on Anger Management

Shawnee Smith

Becker alum Shawnee Smith has been cast as Charlie Sheen's on-screen ex-wife in his upcoming comedy, Anger Management, Deadline reports.

In Anger Management, produced by Bruce Helford (George Lopez), Sheen will... read more

Nancy Travis Joins Tim Allen Pilot

Nancy Travis

Nancy Travis will play Tim Allen's wife in the comedian's new ABC pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Previously titled The Last Days of Man, the project revolves around Tim Fitzgerald (Allen), who's fighting ...
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Laverne & Shirley Actress Betty Garrett Dies

Betty Garrett

Betty Garrett, best known for her TV roles in Laverne & Shirley and All in the Family, has died, according to The Associated Press. She was 91.

Garrett died Saturday, probably from an aortic aneurysm, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her son, Garrett Parks, told the news agency. She had checked into the hospital the day before with... read more

ER, Becker and Other Medical Shows To Make You Feel Good

Diagnosis Murder courtesy Paramount, St. Elsewhere courtesy 20th Century Fox, ER by Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Wanna play doctor? ‘Cause a whole bunch of our TV favorites have and scored big time. On screen, of course. And seeing how I have seen way too many doctors in the last week — two friends had babies and I had a checkup all within four days — I decided that it was the perfect time to examine some of the best medical shows on DVD. So turn your head, cough and please find someone to call me in the morning!Becker — Before Ted Danson got his creep on for Damages, he was a nasty Harvard-educated House in the Bronx from ’98 to ’04 in this surprisingly tart CBS comedy. A merciful far cry from the Tiffany network’s insult-coms of the last few years, the first season is finally available and totally worth the coin. To sweeten the deal, I’ll just add that Star Trek deliciousness Terry Farrell is on deck as the diner boss who wants to both fork Dr. Jerk and do something to him that sort of sounds like fork. Got it? Good.Buy Becker on Amazon.comER — Do... read more

Becker, Cheers and Other Announced Releases

Ted Danson as Becker courtesy CBS

New releases announced today, January 8:Becker - The 1st Season will be coming out April 1Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Complete 4th Season will be coming out April 29 Cheers - Season 9 will be coming out April 29 Laverne & Shirley - The Complete 4th Season will be coming out April 22Martin - The Complete 4th Season will be coming out April 1Matlock - The 1st Season will be coming out April 8Perry Mason - 50th Anniversary Edition will be coming out April 8Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Volume 3: The Years of Change will be coming out April 29Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Without a doubt, last year’s ...

Question: Without a doubt, last year’s My Name Is Earl was the breakthrough comedy of the season. But what about this year? I heard positive things about The Class, but it does remind me too much of Friends, primarily because of the ridiculously waspy cast. Then I saw a preview for ABC’s Help Me Help You. At first, the name sounded terrible to me, and it didn't help that I don't care for Ted Danson (I hated Becker). But the supporting characters, like the promiscuous Asian woman and the guy who refuses to accept he’s gay, seem to make this show really funny. What do you think? Should I bother with this one, or are the previews misleading? Answer: Too soon to tell. The patients are the funniest thing about Help Me Help You, though Danson’s scenes with his character's ex-wife (Jane Kaczmarek, a recurring guest star) show promise. But is it a breakthrough/breakout hit, even on the modest scale of Earl (my fave new comedy of last season)? Not likely. The Class seems to me a terrific fit for ... read more

Ted Danson Ends Becker

Last summer, Becker was brought back from the dead with an eleventh-hour renewal for a sixth season. But don't expect it to happen again, even though CBS hasn't officially canned the series. "They never really cancel things," says star Ted Danson. "They just let them disappear. I think canceling is bad juju, so [series] just don't show up again." The Becker finale airs tonight at 9:30 pm/ET, and the episode title is "DNR" — as in "Do Not Resuscitate." He admits it's a not-so-subtle message to the network that the Becker set is closed for good. In it, grumpy Dr. Becker finds happiness. "But," Danson says, "he's morose over the fact that he's happy. I love that." Danson's grateful for the chance to end the show "with some degree of grace," even though the cast and crew knew, going into Season 6, that they "weren't the flavor of the week" and would be gone by mid-season. As for shooting the wrap-up, he says it was "very sweet. read more

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Premiered: November 02, 1998, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The rants of a grumpy Bronx physician mask a softer side, which he---only occasionally---displays to his patients. Not so lucky are his office staff and the folks he meets regularly at a local diner. This was Ted Danson's second sitcom in two years on the network. (His newspaper comedy 'Ink' flopped during the 1996-97 season.)

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