The Patty Duke Show

1963, TV Show


First Look: Patty Duke Doubles Up on Disney Channel's Twins Sitcom Liv and Maddie

Patty Duke, Dove Cameron

They laugh alike, they walk alike, at times they even talk alike. You can lose your mind: Veteran actress Patty Duke is once again playing it twice, this time on Liv and Maddie, the Disney Channel comedy about identical twins.

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Ask Matt: House, Once vs. Grimm, Fringe Renewal

Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard

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Question: Needless to say, the very end of last week's House episode was a shocker. Do you think that this will be some catalyst to finally cause a permanent change in House and that the last episodes are watching that happen? That being said, I hope that next week's portrayed ending is not as drastic as it appears [in the teaser]. Irony aside, it just wouldn't be fair to the impacted character, and it would be too pedestrian a reason for such a transformation in House. — Suzie

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Patty Duke Returns to TV in Hawaii Five-0

Patti Duke

These days, a lot of TV actresses are taking on dual roles: The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine), Ringer's Sarah Michelle Gellar (Bridget/Siobhan) and The Lying Game's Alexandra Chando (Emma/Sutton). But back in 1963, Patty Duke was all on her own as identical cousins Patty and Cathy Lane on The Patty Duke Show. "We didn't have digital anything," recalls Duke, 64. "We'd [shoot] the Patty side first, then everyone would stand in place while I sneaked off and came back dressed as Cathy. In postproduction, they would actually split the celluloid."

Tonight Duke is returning to TV for a guest appearance on Hawaii Five-0. It's a role she couldn't turn down. "I play a woman in the second stage of Alzheimer's whose son was involved in a nefarious deal with gold coins in the ocean," says Duke, who took home the best supporting actress Oscar for The Miracle Worker in 1962. "McGarrett [Alex O'Loughlin] and Lori [Lauren German] come to inform my character that her son is dead and find that I'm living 20 or 30 years in the past. In her head, [her] son is still a boy coming home from school any minute for a sandwich."
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Fringe Season 1 and Other Announced Releases

Fringe: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

New releases announced today, May 28:

Fringe - The Complete 1st Season will be coming out September 8

G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero: The M.A.S.S. Device and, separately, Transformers - More Than Meets the Eye will be coming out September 1

Mr. Belvedere - Season 3 will be coming out September 8

The Patty Duke Show - Season 1 will be coming out September 29

Pulling - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out August 11

Transformers - Season 2, Volume 1: 25th Anniversary Edition will be coming out September 15

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Teri Hatcher was born in the ...

Question: Teri Hatcher was born in the mid-'60s, so was she old enough to be on Karen? In 1984, she was only in her late teens, I think.

Answer: You're referring to my answer mentioning both Karen and Karen's Song, the show I said Hatcher was in, I assume. That being the case, the numbers still work. I neglected to mention that Hatcher played Patty Duke's teenage daughter on the show.

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Maybe 40 or so years ago, ...

Question: Maybe 40 or so years ago, wasn't there a television show called Karen? For some reason I'm thinking it starred a young actress who turned out to be a big actress. Or perhaps it's only wishful thinking. Thanks!

Answer: Well, there was a sitcom called Karen that ran on NBC for a year beginning in October 1964, but none of the ladies in the cast went on to make a huge impact. (And I can't imagine what your interest in such a show would be... Karen.)

Debbie Watson starred as a wayward teen on the show, which was part of the 90-minute, three-part 90 Bristol Court, a series made up of three comedies taking place in the same apartment building. Others in the cast included Richard Denning, Mary LaRoche, Gina Gillespie, Bernadette Withers, Trudi Ames, Teddy Quinn, Murray MacLeod and a man who's probably the only one on the whole show to read more

Patrick Duffy Is the Girl Next Door's Dad

Patrick Duffy

He's lived the life aquatic, come back from the dead on Dallas and worked with Suzanne Somers without ever tripping over a ThighMaster. But can Patrick Duffy keep his TV-movie wife, Patty Duke, from throttling Shelley Long in Hallmark Channel's Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door (premiering Feb. 4 at 9 pm/ET)? traded Qs and As with ol' Bobby Ewing. (Or was it all just a dream?) I see that Patty Duke has been robbing the cradle a little bit....Patrick Duffy: With whom? [Laughs] With me? Nooooo.... we're sort of contemporaries. Are you OK these days playing the father of the hot young chick instead of getting the hot young chick?Duffy: Well, it'd be ludicrous if I was getting the hot young chic read more

I need you to settle an ...

Question: I need you to settle an argument between my sister and me. My sister says that the only TV shows after Patty Duke that had twins were Full House and Sister, Sister. Who's right? A new outfit is riding on this.

Answer: Get ready to pick out something darling, Denice. Your sis is wrong.

I have to assume you mean shows with twin characters rather than actors, since Ms. Duke played both Patty and Cathy on her show (identical cousins rather than twins, actually). I'll also assume you mean identical twins, which rules out, say, Willie and Mark on The Hogan Family or Brenda and Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210. But even ruling those others out, you still win this read more

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Premiered: September 18, 1963, on ABC
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Premise: A year after winning an Oscar for `The Miracle Worker,' Duke played Patty and Cathy Lane, `identical cousins all the way' (and received an Emmy nomination for the dual role). Patty was an extroverted Brooklyn Heights teen, while Cathy was a quieter, less impetuous and more cultured Scottish lass, living with her relatives until she finished school. Vastly different in every way, the cousins nevertheless made a good team for getting into (and out of) mischief.



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