Petticoat Junction

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Last Surviving Adult I Love Lucy Cast Member Shirley Mitchell Dies at 94

Shirley Mitchell

Shirley Mitchell, who is believed to have been the last surviving adult cast member of I Love Lucy, has died,... read more

Green Acres Star Frank Cady Dies at 96

Frank Cady

Frank Cady, best known as Sam Drucker on Green Acres, Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies, has died. He was 96.

Cady died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., his daughter Catherine Turk told The Los Angeles Times. A cause of death was not given.

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Lost Season 5 and Other Announced Releases

Lost - Season 5

New releases announced today, April 6:

Lost - The Complete 5th Season (DVD & Blu-ray) will be coming out December 8

Matlock - The 3rd Season will be coming out July 7

Petticoat Junction - The Official 2nd Season will be coming out July 7

Reno 911! - The Complete 6th Season will be coming out July 7

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Swingtown and Other Announced Releases

Swingtown by Andrew Macpherson/CBS

New releases announced today, August 13:Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - The Best Of will be coming out December 9 Petticoat Junction - The Official 1st Season will be coming out December 16 Swingtown - The 1st Season will be coming out December 16 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

In your recent comments about ...

Question: In your recent comments about the Parents Television Council, you made reference to people who wish that all TV looked like Nick at Nite. I understood your point. But it is interesting to note that Nick at Nite does show episodes of All in the Family and Good Times, two series that caused an uproar with groups like the PTC in the '70s, and has in the past run episodes of Maude, another controversial show. In fact, I was watching All in the Family the other night and thought that there was no way a show like that could make it to network TV today. As far as the PTC goes, it's pretty simple: If you don't like it, don't watch it. There is plenty of technology available to parents for blocking channels. For that matter, there is no law saying that one must own a TV. If it offends thee, pluck it out, as someone once said. Don't subject the rest of us to a worldview that sees Petticoat Junction as the zenith of American television. Answer: Not that there's anything wrong with ... read more

Okey dokey, my dad and I have ...

Clockwise, from bottom right: Bea Benaderet and the girls of Petticoat Junction

Question: Okey dokey, my dad and I have a bet riding on this one. My father says that Petticoat Junction came before The Beverly Hillbillies and that Kate and Pearl, though both played by the late, great Bea Benaderet, were not related. I, on the other hand, say that the Hillbillies came before Petticoat — and I am pretty darn sure that there was something about Kate and Pearl being distant cousins or something of the sort. Who's right? Thanks!Answer: Looks like it's a draw on this one, Ashley. And since you broke the age-old Televisionary rule and didn't tell me what your bet was (and that's Mr. Okey Dokey to you, by the way), all I can say is it's either a wash and you owe each other nothing, or you should buy something nice for one another. You're right on the first count: The Beverly Hillbillies read more

I was a big Lost in Space fan ...

Guy Williams and June Lockhart, Lost in Space

Question: I was a big Lost in Space fan as a kid. Watching reruns, I realized there was a big difference between the evil Dr. Smith from the first episodes and the funny Dr. Smith who came along later. What was the deal with that?


Answer: Elementary, you lugubrious lump... you pusillanimous pinhead! (Sorry, my inner Smith got the best of me there, Kevin.)

The simple answer is the one behind so many developments on your favorite shows, both old and new: ratings. As the story goes, actor Jonathan Harris, who played the no-good doctor, and the powers-that-be behind the show, one of many from legendary producer Irwin Allen, realized early on that the truly evil Dr. Smith would wear thin in no time. So although the character was merely sinister when the series launched on CBS in September 1965 — it was his sabotage that got read more

Grey's Anatomy ABC was very smart...

Grey's AnatomyABC was very smart to give us a new episode tonight, since the SAGs ended at 10 pm. And what a great one it was. Hopefully people who never watched the show but were watching the awards and saw Sandra Oh win (yea, Sandra!) thought, "Hmm, this gal just won a Golden Globe and now a SAG award. Maybe I should check out her show tonight." Yes, Sandra was fabulous as she always is, but Katherine Heigl and Ellen Pompeo gave their best performances, by far. Maybe the creative staff wanted to spread the wealth and help the other actors join Sandra and Patrick Dempsey in the world of award nominations. So Izzie has an 11-year old daughter that she gave up. What a perfect way for us to find out, by having her give advice to that youn read more

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Premiered: September 24, 1963, on CBS
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: A widow and her three daughters (and Uncle Joe, who's a-movin' kinda slow) run the Shady Rest Hotel in Hooterville, whose clientele consists mainly of passengers on the spur line of an almost-defunct railroad. It was one of many rural sitcoms that populated CBS acreage during the 1960s (this series inspired---and shared characters with---the equally popular `Green Acres'). Despite a revolving door of cast changes, the gentle, down-home comedy had a successful seven-year run.

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