Cosby: His Life and Times, Mark Whitaker's comprehensive biography of Bill Cosby, hits stores Tuesday. The absorbing read chronicles the comedian's rise from the Philadelphia projects to stand-up king, his groundbreaking role on I Spy — as TV's first black leading man — and TV's most beloved dad on The Cosby Show. But for every high, there were plenty of lows: his near-bankruptcy, his scandalous affairs that resulted in an extortion trial, his estrangement from a daughter and the bizarre murder of his only son.
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Everybody Loves Raymond
It's been nearly 10 years since Everybody Loves Raymond went off the air, but creator Phil Rosenthal still remembers the moment he knew he had a hit on his hands.
"They would bring in audiences from prisons and nursing homes [and] they laughed for over 30 seconds, which is a big laugh for people who don't know the characters," he told TVGuide.com at a recent cast reunion. "That's when you know maybe you have something."
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With executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna back at the helm, critics and fans agreed that Community regained its mojo this past season. Considering the major arc for star Joel McHale, big guest turns by stars like Jonathan Banks and John Oliver, and an emotional farewell to star Donald Glover, it's reasonable to expect the show to be an Emmy contender in several key comedy categories, including Outstanding Writing.
There's just one pesky problem...
Ray Romano has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese's rock 'n' roll drama pilot, Deadline.com reports.
Set in 1970s New York, the untitled project explores...
Allison Tolman, Bob Odenkirk
There's no place quite like the twisted heartland of FX's Fargo (Tuesday, 10/9c), a marvelous 10-episode variation on themes established in the quirky 1996 Oscar winning film. Once again, warm and neighborly small-town decency gives way to a bitter chill that has less to do with the snowy Minnesota plains than with the dark crevasses of human depravity.
Brad Garrett and Robin Williams
How does one keep a straight face when acting opposite Robin Williams?
"You just have to think of, like, orphans or hurt puppies or things in your mind that just keep you in the moment and not laughing," Brad Garrett, who's making his debut in a recurring role on The Crazy Ones this week, tells TVGuide.com. "At the end of the week, you kind of figure out what kind of concentration you have as an actor."
The Fonz may be returning to TV!
ABC has given a pilot production commitment to a multi-camera comedy that would star Henry Winkler, Deadline reports.
The project hails from...
Brad Garrett, Robin Williams
It's hard not to look up to Brad Garrett. Next month, the 6'8½" former Everybody Loves Raymond star joins CBS's The Crazy Ones in the recurring role of...
Question: What are your thoughts on the selection of Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who's Twelfth Doctor? I have to admit that I had no idea who he was — I assume he's more of a household name in the U.K. I don't want to prematurely bash the selection and I'm willing to see how things work out, but it seems to be a traditional choice and even more so since the modern Doctor Who series has featured younger actors. During the special that announced the selection, the show runner ...
Could Hank be sticking around after all?
Ray Romano may return to Parenthood next season, Deadline.com reports.