No matter how hard they try to liven it up, and no matter how many winners they rudely play off the stage (Julianne Moore? The nerve!), the Emmy Awards remains a stubborn lumbering elephant of a show, the least likely of its type ever to win an Emmy itself, often just lying there — like Tracy Morgan in the Epic Fail of a stunt from which this year's show never really recovered. Time management was so lousy that in the mad rush to end on time, Modern Family didn't get to finish celebrating its third consecutive Best Comedy win before the lights went out.
Ron Howard and Andy Griffith
Decades before his Oscar-winning career as the director of such films as A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 and Cinderella Man (not to mention two of my favorites, Cocoon and Splash), Ron Howard's creative mind began taking shape playing the only child of a widowed sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show. After Griffith's passing on July 3, Howard spent his Independence Day holiday reflecting on the happy days he shared in Mayberry with a man he would always treasure. In his own words, Howard shares with TV Guide Magazine what Andy Griffith meant to him:
"Andy's passing and the outpouring of love and appreciation from fans and the media has caused me to...
There aren't many adult cast members of The Andy Griffith Show still alive, so it's nice to know that the remaining few remained in touch with Andy Griffith until his death on July 3. Three years ago, Griffith and his wife, Cindi, visited...
The Andy Griffith Show
Carolina home at the age of 86.
Fortunately, fans have not one, but two iconic TV shows with which to remember Griffith's legacy: The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, not to mention...
Andy Griffith, the television icon who headlined The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, died Tuesday morning, North Carolina's WITN News reports.
George Lindsey, best known for playing Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, has died. He was 83 years old.
Lindsey died Sunday in Nashville after an extended hospitalization, The Tennessean reports. An Alabama native, Lindsey went to college to become a teacher, but joined the United States Air Force in the '50s. He eventually moved to New York to study acting and...
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
If you're going to spend much of the Thanksgiving holiday on the couch — after all, you'll have lots of food to digest -- there's plenty of TV to watch. Check out our roundup of marathons, specials and games. All times are Eastern (ET):
Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection
Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy ($27.99 Blu-ray, available December 21)
Family Guy's first two Star Wars parodies were a perfect mix: one part reverence for the classic sci-fi film series and two parts Seth MacFarlane outrageousness. The latest and final riff-off in the planned trio, It's a Trap, premieres in this box set before making its TV debut next year. May the goof be with you. ...
The Wild Wild West courtesy Paramount
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...
James Gandolfini by Craig Blankenhorn/HBO, Bob Saget courtesy Everett Collection, The Simpsons courtesy Fox
In honor of Father's Day, we've put together a list of 10 of the most memorable TV dads, all of which you can enjoy again and again on DVD. Gord Lacey10. Homer Simpson, The SimpsonsHe's been on TV for 19 seasons, entertaining us with his beer-enhanced antics, zany adventures, and love of donuts. If nothing else, he gets credit for parenting three kids that never age. Buy The Simpsons at Amazon.com!9. Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith ShowWhen youre an elected official charged with keeping the town safe, you could easily lose sight of your duties at home. But Andy always understood that the most important badge he wore was the one as Opie's dad. Buy The Andy Griffith Show at Amazon.com!8. Tony Soprano, The SopranosTony got a gold star for heading up two families: the one at home with Carmela, Anthony and Meadow, and his other family with Paulie, Silvo and Bobby. What's a father if not a protector? Buy The Sopranos at Amazon.com!7. Al Bundy, Married with ChildrenAl put in l...