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Dax Shepard Is Making a CHiPS Movie

Dax Shepard

Dax Shepard is writing, directing and starring in a feature film adaptation of the NBC motorcycle highway patrol dramedy CHiPS,  Deadline reports.

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Top Moments: Community Gets (Nicolas) Cage-d, Jenny and Donnie Pack on the PDA

Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny Mccarthy

Our top moments of the week:

8. Don't Caption This Award: MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry lands in hot water during her "What's So Funny About 2013?" segment when her panelists, actress Pia Glenn and comedian Dean Obeidallah, take aim at Mitt Romney's grandson Kieran, who is black. "One of these things is not like the others; one of these things is not the same," Glenn says after the family's Christmas photo pops up. Obeidallah adds: "I think that this picture is great. It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party. The RNC — at the convention — they find the one black person." Harris-Perry chimes in as well, joking that... read more

Welcome Back, Kotter's Ron Palillo Dies at 63

Ron Palillo

Ron Palillo, best known as Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter, has died, according to CNN. He was 63.

Palillo died of a heart attack in his Palm Beach, Fla., home, early Tuesday, his agent Scott Stander confirmed.

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George Lindsey, Andy Griffith Show’s Goober, Dies at 83

George Lindsey

George Lindsey, best known for playing Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, has died. He was 83 years old.

Lindsey died Sunday in Nashville after an extended hospitalization, The Tennessean reports. An Alabama native, Lindsey went to college to become a teacher, but joined the United States Air Force in the '50s. He eventually moved to New York to study acting and... read more

CHiPs Star Larry Wilcox Charged with Securities Fraud

Larry Wilcox

Larry Wilcox, best known for his role as Officer Jon Baker on CHiPs, was charged Thursday with securities fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prosecutors said the former TV star was part of an... read more

The Ponch Is Back!

Oh, how we've missed Officer Poncherello so! Our favorite copper is back and spreading a very important message to motorcyclists of the world: Be weary of spontaneous combustion (damn those hellish fireballs). According to the Ponch, the problem is motorcyclists are just "too hot" for their own good. So listen up, and listen up good: If you're going to ride your motorcycle, do what the Ponch says and just be cool. read more

Remakes (& Returns) Bring Out Our Old TV Faves!

CHiPs courtesy Turner Home Entertainment, Route 66 courtesy CBS, Incredible Hulk courtesy Universal Studios

As we all know by now (unless you're living under a rock), Harrison Ford has been whipped back into shape for the long-awaited 4th film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It debuts at the box office in just two more months, and most of us can't wait! But there's been an added bonus: in the run-up to this sure-fire blockbuster, Paramount Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm have slowly been releasing DVD sets of the early '90s television version, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. In fact, the third and final collection ships on April 29th.Pre-order Young Indiana Jones - Vol. 3 on Amazon.comBut if it weren't for the upcoming return of this illustrious character, would the television series have ever seen the light of day? Maybe...but possibly not at this particular time, and probably not with such an in-depth production job on episodes and extras. Oh, these TV-DVDs have certainly been in the works since 2002. But then again, the new film has been planned for a very lon... read more

CHiPs and Other Announced Releases

CHiPs - The Complete 2nd Season courtesy Warner Home Video

New releases announced today, February 20:CHiPs - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out June 3The Dukes of Hazzard - 2 TV Movie Collection will be coming out June 10Hawaii Five-O - The 4th Season will be coming out June 10Visit for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Short Cuts: TV Land's Makeover, Dark Crystal and More

Per Variety, TV Land has bought off-network rights to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the cabler's first-ever purchase of a reality series and only the second time it has grabbed a show currently on the air. EM:HE will air Tuesdays at 11 pm/ET, starting Aug. 7.... Out on DVD today: Meatballs: Special Edition, and CHiPs' Season 1 (see Erik Estrada Q&A). Coming soon: Black Snake Moan (June 26) and The Dark Crystal: 25th Anniversary Edition (Aug. 14). read more

Erik Estrada Takes a "CHiP" Down Memory Lane

Erik Estrada in CHiPs

No offense to the current crop of motorcycle cops cruising the City of Angels, but the California Highway Patrol has never looked better than when Erik Estrada was riding high as Officer Francis Llewellyn "Ponch" Poncherello alongside Larry Wilcox's Jon Baker on CHiPs (1977-83). For six years, the blow-dried and beloved sex symbol broke racial barriers and battled NBC, while forever cementing his status as an icon on wheels. So in honor of the show's Tuesday debut on DVD, we rang up Estrada to get the dish on CHiPs — including Ponch's nationality switch, and the money dispute that almost got him "Olympically" canned. Let's talk about the first season of CHiPs, which  just came out on DVD. It's about damn time!Erik Estrada: I know. Through the years people would come up to me and say, "W read more

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Premiered: 1977, on NBC
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: Road action with California Highway Patrol motorcycle cops, focusing on partners Jon and Ponch. The popular series uses multiple plotlines that often include the officers' social lives.



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