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Hulu Plus to Begin Streaming CBS Content

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Hulu will begin streaming archival content from CBS in January, the two companies announced Monday.

As part of the arrangement, Hulu Plus subscribers will have access to more than 2,600 shows from the network's library for the first time, Additional titles will be announced later, but for now the shows that will be available are FrasierFamily Ties, MacGyverMedium, Numb3rsCSI: MiamiStar Trek, Sabrina, the Teenage WitchTwin PeaksThe TudorsThe Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy, according to Hulu. As of now, no current scripted shows will be available.

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Memorial Weekend Marathon Roundup

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Forget fresh air! There's no better way to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend than logging some serious quality-viewing time on the sofa watching endless hours of TV. But what to watch? Check out a selection of the many holiday-weekend marathons the networks have planned:

(All times are ET/PT)

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TV Character Actress Peggy Rea Dies at 89

Peggy Rea

Peggy Rea, a famed TV character actress, died Feb. 5 of congestive heart failure at her Toluca Lake, Calif. home, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 89.

Rea was best known for playing... read more

MacGyver Getting Rebuilt for Big Screen


Does MacGyver have all the right parts for a big-screen hit? New Line seems to think so.

The resourceful secret agent who favored brains over brawn is about to become a leading man in a movie adaptation of the classic ABC adventure series, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Raffaella De Laurentiis, daughter of Dino De Laurentiis, is producing alongside Martha De Laurentiis and original series creator Lee Zlotoff. The trio is currently in search of ...< br/> read more

Do "Extras" in DVD Complete Sets Cheat Loyal Viewers?

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The other day I filled my cookie card with 12 stamps and was rewarded with a free cookie. Last year I used points from my local grocery store to give me a sizable discount off a waffle iron. I use airline points to get free flights, and points earned at the theater for free movie tickets. Programs like these are designed to reward customers for being loyal — they're designed to keep people coming back.The home entertainment industry seems, for the most part, designed to screw its loyal customers. "Oh, you bought the regular edition of the movie? Hah! We have a super-duper special edition with 20 minutes of new material, new extras and other awesome stuff you'll want because you're a fan of the movie." I'll admit to falling for the trap a number of times; I own two copies of The Bourne Identity on DVD (and another on HD DVD); two copies of Criterion Collection's Brazil release (because the first wasn't anamorphic); I had two versions of Last of the Mohicans before I sold one; an... read more

MacGyver and Teri Hatcher Hooked Up?

Richard Dean Anderson and Teri Hatcher in MacGyver courtesy CBS

Today’s Lunch-isode Series: MacGyverEpisode Title: Every Time She SmilesSeason: 1Year: 1986Why we love this episode: Simple—Teri Hatcher (in all her 80s hair glory) guest-stars as motor-mouth Penny Parker in this episode. It’s almost painful to listen to here her ditzy character talk and talk and talk in that squeaky little voice. But, Mac doesn’t let that stop him from helping this damsel in distress from escaping Bulgaria and her scary ex-lover. And we’re really happy that Mac had a smooching scene with Teri. Seriously, he never got enough play in the show considering he’s the only guy ever to get out of near death situations with only a paperclip and chewed piece of gum. Who wouldn’t be all over him?Watch this episode now!Your take: What are your favorite MacGyver moments? read more

CBS to Stream TV Classics Online, Too

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Network see, network do. Coming on the heels of NBC's decision to offer classic TV shows over a group of websites, CBS has announced plans to upload full episodes from their programming vaults on the more than 300 sites that make up the CBS Audience Network.The network is kicking off the venture by offering the three seasons of Star Trek: The Original Series, Seasons 1 and 2 of The Twilight Zone, and the first seasons of MacGyver, Hawaii Five-O and Melrose Place on and the sites of partners such as AOL, Microsoft, CNET Networks and Comcast.Unlike NBC, which opted to place its programming on network-owned genre sites, CBS is operating under the same open, non-exclusive strategy the network has been using for the past nine months. More programs and clips will be added to the initial lineup in the coming months. — Adam BryantUse's Online Video Guide to search for clips as well as entire episodes of your favorite television shows, both past and present. To name ... read more

I don't imagine Saturday ...

Question: I don't imagine Saturday Night Live is on your radar, but I'm still a big fan of the show and rarely miss it. (Thank heaven for my DVR, which allows me to record the show and zip past the lamer sketches and lousy musical guests.) The last couple of years I've noticed a trend that's starting to irk me, and I'll use last week's show with Brian Williams as an example. He was a terrific host. The first two sketches he appeared in were hilarious (as a firefighter with a spot-on "New Yawk" accent and an underwhelmed Publishers Clearing House winner), but the rest of the night he only played "himself." Admittedly, he got off a great one-liner in the sketch about the Democratic debate: "The media's decided we just like Hillary better," or words to that effect. But I've noticed that almost every week now, the guest host is reduced to playing him- or herself in a preponderance of the sketches. Perhaps this technique works when the host is a nonperformer (say, Al Gore or Derek Jeter), ... read more

Is it just me, or is Burn ...

Question: Is it just me, or is Burn Notice similar to The Pretender? Michael Westen is seeking answers from a covert organization, but at the same time he is running from that organization (much like Jarod and the Centre). He also spends every episode using the skills that organization taught him to help an innocent person and bring a perpetrator to justice (just as Jarod did). Maybe the connection seems stronger to me because Jeffrey Donovan played Jarod's brother in The Pretender and I'm still pining for the third and final Pretender movie, but I definitely see similarities (although Burn Notice takes a slightly more lighthearted approach). Given the success of Burn Notice, it seems to me that The Pretender was simply ahead of its time. Would you agree? Do you think there is any chance Pretender fans will ever get any closure in the form of a final movie or miniseries? Answer: You Pretender fans never give up. Not that you should. I mean, they're still making Highlander movies over at ... read more

Richard Dean Anderson Marks SG-1's 200th

Richard Dean Anderson, Stargate SG-1

TV Guide caught up with Richard Dean Anderson on the Vancouver set of Sci Fi Channel's Stargate: SG-1, where he was making his first visit back since he left the show one and a half years ago to spend more time with his young daughter. Sitting in a mock wedding chapel, Anderson looked just fine in a tux, as he waited for a nuptial scene to begin. (SG-1 fans, you'll love it.) The occasion was special not only because of the former star's return — the first of two SG-1 and three Stargate Atlantis visits this season — but because the episode was the 200th of the decade-old show (airing Friday, Aug. 18, at 9 pm/ET). Anderson talked to us about the anniversary, why he returned and what he's been up t read more

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Premiered: September 29, 1985, on ABC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The popular adventures of a resourceful former Special Forces operative, who undertakes impossible missions at the behest of a crimefighting think tank called the Phoenix Foundation. MacGyver usually avoids direct combat by resorting to his ingenuity and an ability to creatively utilize everyday objects (like paper clips). The hero's first name---Angus---was finally revealed in a 1991 episode. Among MacGyver's many fans: the lovelorn Patty and Selma on `The Simpsons.'



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