Inveterate TV sitcom director and Directors Guild of America chief Jack Shea died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 84.
Gary Coleman, the child star who anchored the classic, racial-barrier battering sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, has died. He was 42.
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Coleman suffered an intracranial hemorrhage at his home in Utah Wednesday and was admitted to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah. Family and friends were at his side when his life support was terminated, and he died at the hospital at 12:05 p.m. local time Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
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Ricky Schroder stopped by the other day to talk about The Andromeda Strain, A&E's two-night adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel. (Premiering Monday, May 26, the mini also stars Benjamin Bratt, Daniel Dae Kim and Andre Braugher.) Other topics of conversation include Schroder's run on 24 (was he being groomed to take over for Kiefer?) and my theory that Silver Spoons' Erin Gray was TV's first stepMILF. Enjoy!
DVD release dates have been announced for Rescue Me: The Complete Third Season, BBC America's Hex: The Complete First Season and Seinfeld: Season 8, all hitting stores June 5. Silver Spoons, meanwhile, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ricker's first train ride with a three-disc Season 1 set to street on June 19.
Rick Schroder had never worked as a doctor before taking on his role as foxy physician Dylan West on Lifetime's Strong Medicine (Sundays at 9 pm/ET), but the former child star did have some medical experience. After all, he's spent his entire career causing temperatures to rise.
"I'll never forget how my sister and I would kiss the TV screen when Rick would come on in Silver Spoons," says his Medicine costar Rosa Blasi. "I told Rick that story when we met, and I think it made him really embarrassed."
While the 35-year-old actor's teen-dream past does bring back some self-conscious memories — "I was uncomfortable at that time because I got acne and my voice was changing," he says modestly — Schroder admits to being pleased that his new role has injected some sex appeal into Medicine's sixth season. "There is nothing wrong with being the hot new doc," he says. "It's so much better than the alternative — the fru