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Keck's Exclusives: Falcon Crest Stars Approached For Possible Reboot

Falcon Crest

Following TNT's successful Dallas relaunch, stars of the 1981-1990 CBS primetime soap Falcon Crest have been approached by one of the original show's writers about their interest in appearing in a reboot.

"There's not much I can say, for reasons that go beyond myself," original star William Moses said at the premiere of War Horse at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre. "Warner Bros. owns the rights and so it's a discussion between them and the writers. There is a pitch and an idea germinating that has some traction. The producers contacted me to ask if I'd be interested, and I said yes. Where it goes on the producing side, I don't know."

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Star Wars Actor Richard LeParmentier Dies

Richard LeParmentier

Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier has passed away. He was 66.

LeParmentier is best known for his role in 1977's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in which he played Darth Vader's cohort Admiral Conan Antonio Motti. Darth, using the "force," memorably strangled Motti, who was the Death Star commander, for disloyalty. Star Wars fans have long been fond of his short but memorable role.

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The Tuesday Playlist: Finales, a Salute to Primetime Soaps, White Collar, The Taste

Lauren Graham, Jason Ritter

It's another ridiculously busy night of TV, with premieres and finales jousting for attention amid other distractions. It's just as well that CBS' top-rated lineup is taking a breather with repeats.

First, the farewells, going head to head. Once again, NBC sends away its reliably tear-jerking Parenthood (10/9c) earlier in the TV year than we'd like, but a limited run of 15 episodes beats the alternative. Shows like this don't tend to repeat well, and if a shorter run makes business sense — while freeing up the time period in the back half of the season for something else (in this case, a retooled Smash in two weeks) — then so be it. This fourth season has been Parenthood's strongest and most emotionally charged to date, especially in the storyline involving Kristina's breast cancer ordeal, providing Monica Potter and Peter Krause (as husband Adam) with their strongest dramatic material to date. Emmy voters, wake up and take note.

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Exclusive Ringer Scoop: Gregory Harrison Cast As Gemma's Father

Gregory Harrison

Gemma's father is coming to town on Ringer — but is this good or bad news for his daughter who was recently taken hostage?

Gregory Harrison, 61, has been cast in the recurring role of... read more

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

Lorenzo Lamas Weds Fifth Wife

Lorenzo Lamas, Shawna Craig

Lorenzo Lamas married girlfriend Shawna Craig in Mexico, E! News reports.

The actor and reality star, 53, and Craig exchanged vows Saturday at the Casa Dorada Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The 24-year-old bride, a... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Falcon Crest Cast Reunites

Falcon Crest

The stars of the naughty CBS prime-time soap Falcon Crest (1981—1990) were together again for the first time in two decades on October 12 for a discussion hosted by TV Guide Magazine senior editor William Keck at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, in honor of their upcoming 30th anniversary and last month's Season 2 DVD release.

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Manimal Star Simon MacCorkindale Dies at 58

Simon MacCorkindale

Manimal star Simon MacCorkindale has died. He was 58.

MacCorkindale died Thursday night in the arms of his wife, actress Susan George, at a London clinic, the BBC reported. He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2006, which spread to his lungs a year later.

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The Joy of Sets: What Do YOU Want to See on DVD?

Two Guys and a Girl by Deborah Feingold/Fox

With this week’s long-awaited release of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles’ third and final set (which is completely excellent, by the way), I couldn’t help but mourn the shows that haven’t been so lucky. You know, the ones that have yet to make it on to the market. And since the last time I ran down the sets of my dreams, both Fastlane and Birds of Prey have been announced, so why not throw a few more titles out there to see if the DVD gods are listening.Falcon Crest — Come on! Dallas, Dynasty and Knots Landing are out there, why not this juicy lil’ vineyard sudser? Not only did it have one of the best theme songs, but there have been few leading bitches as regal as Jane Wyman’s Angela Channing. Plus, Lorenzo Lamas’ playboy himbo was named Lance Cumson. You can not beat that! If you want to have some real fun, YouTube the show and check out the opening-credits compilation videos. The nine-season evolution of Susan Sullivan’s hair-flip, ... read more

I'm sure you heard about Jane ...

Question: I'm sure you heard about Jane Wyman's death. Like you, I loved Falcon Crest and I loved (and hated) Angela Channing even more.


Answer: It's a total bummer. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I lost a piece of my childhood with her passing. Friday nights wouldn't have been nearly as fun without Jane/Angela. The second I learned of her death I e-mailed Jeff Freilich, who as executive producer of Falcon Crest from 1986-88 worked with Wyman during the show's creative peak, and asked him if there were any memories he'd like to share. Here's what he wrote back: "Jane Wyman was a little girl hiding inside a matriarch's body — fun-seeking and adventurous. I never met anybody more excited to be on a film set nor worked with an actor who commanded such respect without bluster or selfish demands. She was among the last of a dying breed of true Hollywood stars. To her, acting was a pleasure... a calling. Being a mother, on t read more

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Premiered: December 04, 1981, on CBS
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Premise: Power, passion and money drive this long-running serialized saga set in California's wine region. The main drama centers on the Machiavellian efforts of ironfisted matriarch Angela Channing to retain control of the family-run empire. As the show faded during its later years, the stories shifted (none too convincingly) to crime and a shadowy underworld group called `The Thirteen.' A number of movie divas had short stints on the series, including Lana Turner, Kim Novak and Gina Lollobrigida.

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