Too Close for Comfort

1984, TV Show

News reported exclusively... reported exclusively on Friday that soap vet Michael Sabatino will join Passions for 10 episodes as "a sleazy guy." Dying to know who? OK, he's playing J.T. Cornell, the tabloid reporter who got Ethan's paternity scoop from those beeyotches Gwen and Rebecca years ago. Look for Theresa to have an informative meeting with J.T. in Rome on May 18.

In case you're wondering, this J.T. Cornell guy is no relation to blonde bombshell Lydia Cornell, who starred in the '80s sitcom Too Close for Comfort. Oh, you weren't wondering that? Um, maybe it's just me. read more

48th Annual Grammy Awards After...

Kelly Clarkson

48th Annual Grammy AwardsAfter proudly watching my pals Kimberly Caldwell and Rosanna Tavarez on TV Guide Channel's Countdown to the Grammys, followed, of course, by Joan and Melissa Rivers on our Grammy red-carpet show, I made sure my roommate's VCR was taping Idol and my own VCR was set for Lost. All systems go! Time for the Grammys.8:00 pm The animated group Gorillaz open with their hit "Feel Good Inc.," and since I love the song, guess what? It makes me feel good. But I totally picture my mother in Chicago being very confused.8:03 The goddess Madonna enters and I'm loving every minute of it. Can I please look that fabulous when I'm 47? After a brief lip-synched intro, she sings the rest of "Hung Up" live, and her hair looks like Lydia Cornell circa Too Close for Comfort.8:13 Kelly Clarkson s read more

The good: I'm not the only one...

The good: I'm not the only one with serious squeaky-shoe problems. The bad: That puts me in the same class as Larry, which is never a good thing by any standard. I'm also not the only one who likes the idea of a mezuzah on the door, even though I always forget what it's for, exactly (something about reminding us of God's presence). Moving on, how can Larry not already know Cheryl's bra size? And is Jeff the first person in TV history to use the word "farkakteh" on the air? I'm betting yes. This I'm sure of, however: When my wife spotted Too Close for Comfort's Lydia Cornell as the bra saleswoman, she nearly plotzed. read more


Holy mackerel! I can write about Tomkat or Brangelina any day, but how often do I get to type the name Lydia Cornell? That's right, Lydia Cornell — and don't you dare ask "Who?" She was the Suzanne Somers of the Ted Knight sitcom Too Close for Comfort in the early '80s. Anyway, she's back — finally! — guesting as "a helpful Victoria's Secret salesgirl" in the Oct. 9 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sigh. Can WKRP in Cincinnati's Jan Smithers be far behind? read more

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Premiered: April 07, 1984, on Syndicated
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Premise: A cartoonist who's an overprotective dad rents an apartment to his two daughters in this popular farce, which ran on ABC until 1983, and then in first-run syndication until star Ted Knight's death in 1986. Based on the British series `Keep It in the Family,' the show was retitled `The Ted Knight Show' near the end of its syndicated run.



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