Three's Company

1977, TV Show

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Keck's Exclusives: James Franco as Jack Tripper?

James Franco

After having fun at the Sundance Film Fest with a Three's Company-themed art installation, unpredictable Oscar host and Lead Actor nominee James Franco is getting more serious about plans for his favorite '70s sitcom.

"When we were accepted to Sundance, we didn't have the series rights, but then the Three's Company estate contacted us," James reports. "At first they were opposed to it, but then ... read more

Three's Company Star Joyce DeWitt Arrested in Drunken Driving Case

Joyce DeWitt

Three's Company star Joyce DeWitt has been arrested on suspicion of a DUI.

The actress was pulled over Saturday in El Segundo, Calif., when she drove past a barricade near a park, police told the Associated Press. An officer arrested DeWitt ...
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Like you, I'm enjoying The ...

Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory

Question: Like you, I'm enjoying The Big Bang Theory and think Sheldon and the gang of nerds are a hoot. Penny, though, seems to be an unwelcome distraction. I haven't laughed at her even once — her scenes simply aren't funny. Sara Gilbert, on the other hand, is a riot. Do you think the show should (or would) get rid of Penny and focus on its strengths, the geeks? Last week's episode, which had Penny in nearly every scene, didn't make me laugh once. (Or am I just prejudiced against dumb blondes?) Answer: Ouch. I appreciate where you're coming from, but I think you're selling Penny (and Kaley Cuoco) short. This show, which has developed in a short time into one of TV's best new comedies, has been likened to a reverse Three's Company in its two-geeks-and-a-girl setup, but Penny's not such a dim bulb as Chrissie. She is, in a sense, the show's "straight man," it's true, but I get a kick out of her withering responses to Sheldon's anal-retentive rudeness and Wolowitz's bumbling lechery. ... read more

On CSI, Lab (and Other) Rats Rule

It's easy to take shows like the original CSI for granted. (I often hear from viewers wondering why no one makes a bigger fuss over the better procedurals of the day, from Cold Case and Without a Trace to the various incarnations of Law & Order. The simple answer: Glut exhaustion.) Which is why I found Thursday night’s “Lab Rats” episode of CSI so captivating. Switching up the formula a bit, adding welcome doses of humor and even a bit of slapstick, while never losing sight of the joy of the puzzle, CSI delivered one of the most purely enjoyable episodes of anything this season.The idea was to give the lab-bound geeks a moment in the spotlight, taking advantage of Grissom’s absence in the morgue to do their own digging into the crime-scene miniatures that have haunted the show most of the season. (The episode was also a nifty primer of this mystifying case for those who might have missed an episode along the way. Which in this age of Grey’s Anatomy compe... read more

Short Cuts: Prison Break, Chrissy Snow and More!

A TV station in eastern China recently flouted a national ban on crime-related shows by airing excerpts of Prison Break on a children's channel, as part of a "Watch Movies, Learn English" initiative. "Shiv" is now the most-used word at the Luying Elementary School's recess.... TV Land marks the 30th anniversary of Three's Company with a 24-hour marathon beginning Saturday at 8 pm/ET — or at least that's what I overheard through the kitchen door.... Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award at the 2007 CMT Music Awards, airing April 16.... Has a movie ever taught you something? Talk about it in my new Trivial Mattr's blog entry. read more

FALLEN FUNNYMAN REMEMBERED

Don Knotts, who won five Emmys for his portrayal of fumbling deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show — and also is well remembered for playing Three's Company's hideously clad "lady killer" landlord, Mr. Furley — died Friday of pulmonary and respiratory complications. He was 81. "Don was a small man... but everything else about him was large: his mind, his expressions," Andy Griffith tells the Associated Press. "Don was special. There's nobody like him." Knotts' half-century career also included the late-'50s variety show The Steve Allen Show (on which he was an original cast member) and such films as The Incredible Mr. Limpet and 1998's Pleasantville. read more

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Premiered: March 15, 1977, on ABC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A man shares an apartment with two women and pretends to be gay so the landlord won't kick him out in this popular bedroom farce. Loaded with pratfalls and double entendres, and unapologetically silly, the sitcom was based on the British show `Man About the House.' There were several cast changes, but it was the charm of---and the chemistry among---the three original leads that turned this into a huge success. The roommates' landlords, 'The Ropers,' left for their own show in 1979.

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