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Maverick and Rockford Files Star James Garner Dies at 86

James Garner

Legendary actor James Garner died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. He was 86.

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Dermot Mulroney to Romance Jess on New Girl

Dermot Mulroney

New Girl is getting a new guy in town.

TVLine reports Dermot Mulroney is joining the Fox sitcom as a smart, rich and handsome love interest for Jess (Zooey Deschanel) — who happens to be the father of one of her students. Although the two don't start off on the right foot, eventually their chemistry kicks in.

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Is It Just Me: License Plate Lookalikes

Yvonne Strahovski and Zach Levy

Are the license plates that I see on Chuck the same ones I've seen way back on The Rockford Files and Columbo? Is this the equivalent of those 555 phone numbers? — Gary Land, via e-mail

Bingo! Odds are, you probably have spotted the same license plate on multiple shows, confirms Chuck prop master Scott Bauer.

"The California DMV allows productions to use certain sequences that have not been issued to the public," he says. "The PCE is used as a passenger license plate and ...
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Barney Miller Actor Steve Landesberg Dead at 65

Steve Landesberg

Steve Landesberg, who starred in ABC's Barney Miller, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 65.

Landesberg died Friday morning of cancer. "I'm sorry to report the loss of Steve," Landesberg's agent said in a statement.

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Stephen J. Cannell, Rockford Files and A-Team Creator, Dies at 69

Stephen J. Cannell

Prolific writer and producer Stephen J. Cannell, who created such shows as The Rockford Files and The A-Team, has died. He was 69.

Cannell died from complications associated with melanoma in his Pasadena, Calif., home on Thursday, The Associated Press reports.

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Beau Bridges Joins Cast of Rockford Files

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges has joined the ever-growing cast of NBC's Rockford Files remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Dermot Mulroney is the new Jim Rockford

Bridges, 68, will play Rocky, a truck driver who advises his son, Jim, and helps him out of tough situations. It was recently announced that Dermot Mulroney will star as Jim Rockford, and Firefly's Alan Tudyk will play Jim's friend, LAPD Sgt. Dennis Becker.

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Alan Tudyk Joins Rockford Files Remake

Alan Tudyk

Firefly's Alan Tudyk has been tapped for NBC's Rockford Files remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tudyk will play Jim Rockford's friend and LAPD Sgt. Dennis Becker — a role originated by... read more

Dermot Mulroney Is the New Jim Rockford

Dermot Mulroney

Dermot Mulroney has been cast as the new Jim Rockford in NBC's Rockford Files remake, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Mulroney, 46, steps into the role made famous by... read more

NBC Picks Up Dramas From David E. Kelley, Jerry Bruckheimer

David E. Kelley

Now that NBC's 10 o'clock timeslot may be opening up, the network is loading up on new dramas.

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Premiered: September 13, 1974, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Cranky but likable L.A. PI Jim Rockford pulled no punches (but took plenty of them) in this popular 1970s series, which won the star an Emmy and brought the character back in several TV-movies. Rockford was an ex-con (sent to the slammer for a crime he didn't commit) who took on cases others didn't want. He was aided by his tough old man, his lawyer girlfriend and some shady associates from his past.

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