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Bill Siegel, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Producer, Dies at 55

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Bill Siegel, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Producer, Dies at 55
Bill Siegel, producer of the Emmy-winning documentary “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” has died at the age of 55.

“Bill was an erudite, passionate and intelligent activist and independent thinker as well as being a gifted filmmaker and cherished friend,” read a statement from Kartemquin Films, which announced his death on Tuesday.

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“He has been a valued member of the Kartemquin community since he first worked as a researcher on ‘Hoop Dreams.’ We will miss him greatly,” the statement added.

Siegel’s career in documentaries spans more than 20 years and was highlighted by “Trials of Muhammad Ali,” which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on PBS’ “Independent Lens.” The series followed the late boxer’s struggles outside the ring as he converted to Islam, changed his name and fought to overturn the prison sentence he received for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War.
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Ken Berry, Star Of "F Troop", Dead At Age 85

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Ken Berry, who rose to fame in the 1960s as one of the stars of the "F Troop" TV series, has died at age 85. Berry entered show business thanks to the efforts of Leonard Nimoy, who was Berry's sergeant in the U.S. Army. After Nimoy left the service and entered the acting profession, he helped find opportunities for Berry, who went on to stardom in the mid-1960s as Captain Parmenter, the likable but inept commanding officer of U.S. Cavalry post in the old West that was populated by con men and incompetents. Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch co-starred with Berry in the show that ran from 1965 to 1967. When Andy Griffith decided to retire from his immensely popular sitcom, he created a spin-off series, "Mayberry R.F.D" that featured Berry as the male lead. The show defied expectations and began a ratings hit, thanks in no small part to Berry's pleasant,
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'F Troop' and 'Mama's Family' Star Ken Berry Dead at 85, Battled Heart Ailments

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'F Troop' and 'Mama's Family' Star Ken Berry Dead at 85, Battled Heart Ailments
11:53 Am Pt -- Ken's ex-wife, Jackie, tells us he had been battling heart issues for several months, and had stint surgery in October. But she adds, his heart illness continued to worsen in recent weeks, and he'd been in and out of the hospital. Jackie says their daughter, Jennifer, Ken's partner Susie and herself were all by his side until the end. She adds, Susie had been with Ken for 26 years and encouraged him through his ailment.
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Pratfall Master Ken Berry Dies at 85

Tony Sokol Dec 2, 2018

F Troop's Commander of Fort Courage Ken Berry was given his first assignment by Mr. Spock when he was a lowly sergeant.

Ken Berry, best known for his role as Captain Wilton Parmenter on the TV comedy series F Troop, died Saturday at age 85, according to Variety.

“Dear friends. We are sad to let you know our beloved Captain, Mr Ken Berry passed away tonight,” Larry Storch, who played F Troop's Corporal Agarn, wrote to Facebook. “We just spoke with Jackie Joseph who confirmed the devastating news. We are at a true loss for words. Ken, we hope you know how much you were loved. Goodnight Captain. We miss you already.”

Berry could deliver lines, but his forte was physical comedy. Trained as a dancer since he joined the Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program traveling performance ensemble at age 15, Berry was often assigned long, seemingly impossible takes
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Ken Berry, Star of 'F Troop' and 'Mama's Family,' Dies at 85

Ken Berry, Star of 'F Troop' and 'Mama's Family,' Dies at 85
Ken Berry, the rubber-legged actor who delighted TV viewers as the blundering Capt. Wilton Parmenter on F Troop and as the accident-prone Vinton Harper on Mama's Family, has died. He was 85.

Berry, an agile song-and-dance man who was encouraged in show business by his U.S. Army sergeant, future Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy, died Saturday night at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, his ex-wife, actress Jackie Joseph-Lawrence, told The Hollywood Reporter.

The amiable Berry also was known for starring as town councilor Sam Jones on Mayberry R.F.D., the spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show that was created by ...
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Fox 2018-2019 Programming Slate Revealed

On Monday, Fox unveiled the network's primetime slate for the 2018-2019 television season during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre.

"This year, we launched four of the Top 10 new shows on broadcast, which led to a very strong roster of young series returning for their sophomore seasons. That gives us tremendous momentum heading into the fall," said Newman and Walden. "With our increased investment in football, we're going to use the powerful platform of the NFL to launch our new comedies. We'll then take some big swings with dramas at midseason, which is a proven strategy for Fox."

The new comedies joining the lineup this fall are Rel and The Cool Kids. Inspired by the life of Lil Rel Howery, Rel is a multi-camera comedy starring Howery as a loving husband and father living in Chicago, who finds out his wife is having an affair, and must rebuild
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Code Black Season 2 Episode 3 Review: Corporeal Form

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Nothing unites coworkers like a despicable boss.

Doctor Campbell doubled down on his high-handed management of Angel's ER on Code Black Season 2 Episode 3. It takes a brave man to ignore people's opinions of him, and a stupid one to ignore advice. It's an enigma how Campbell can do both and be neither.

The joint chief of the ER and Or might be annoying the hell out of all his coworkers, but the newcomers all seem to be fitting in just fine with Mama's family.

So, Campbell is turning out to be quite the dick. I know, I know, I (repeatedly) advocated for a character that would cause some kind of tension amongst the cast. But I thought that character might have some aspect to their personality that make them bearable.

If you've read past reviews, you may have picked up on my unending love for ER, and I hate to beat a dead horse,
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When TV Goes on Holiday: The Hottest Small-Screen Vacation Spots, by the Numbers

When TV Goes on Holiday: The Hottest Small-Screen Vacation Spots, by the Numbers
It seems like every time our favorite TV characters take a vacation, they end up in one of three main destinations: Hawaii, Paris or Disney World.

It makes sense that these would be such popular destinations – after all; they're familiar, easy to film in and ripe for sitcom hijinks. And really, who doesn't want to hang with Mickey and Minnie or sunbathe in the tropics or even take a romantic stroll along the Seine?

Since all three of these locations seemed to entice our favorite shows over and over again, we couldn't help but wonder which other exotic destinations are
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Need a Vacation? Take It Online with Your Favorite Classic Sitcoms!

Need a Vacation? Take It Online with Your Favorite Classic Sitcoms!
Summer means two things for most Americans: A family trip and a lack of decent TV. However, if you're currently stuck at home, wishing you could find something better to watch, we've got an easy, free solution. You can just ride along with your favorite sitcom of choice! Remember when sitcoms regularly had group vacations, played out over a series of episodes or even over two-hour movie events? Sure, Modern Family still does an "away" adventure about once per season, but there was a time when a vacation episode was a full-fledged TV event. Shows you loved would ditch the
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25 Possible Friday the 13th TV Series Scenarios

A weekly television series following the exploits of Jason Voorhees – how the hell is that supposed to work? The producers appear to have an idea for how to adapt Friday the 13th into a TV show, but I think I might have a few better ideas for how to transform Jason from horror icon to TV star.

The remakes, reboots, reimaginings, sequels, prequels, premakes, adaptations, and spin-offs that rule the big screen are taking over the airwaves like never before.

For horror fans alone "Bates Motel", "Hannibal", "From Dusk Till Dawn", and "Teen Wolf" have been turned into weekly TV shows, and soon "Scream", "Constantine", "12 Monkeys", a series based on the box office stinker Legion, and, yes, "Friday the 13th" will add to the fray.

As was announced recently, a new attempt at transforming Friday the 13th into a weekly hour-long series is in the works. Unlike the name-only late 80s series,
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DVD Giveaway: The Complete Series of Mama's Family Signed by Vicki Lawrence!

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For the true TV Fanatic, nothing better than when a complete series comes out on DVD, right? We’ve got a welcome blast from the past here with the complete series of the sitcom, Mama’s Family.

Now available from StarVista Entertainment, you’ll see that they’ve spared no expense with a beautiful collector’s box and a ton of extras that would make even Mama proud!

Mama's Family DVD Trailer

Mama’s Family ran for six seasons (two on NBC and four in syndication) with 130 episodes focusing on the Harper family led by Mama herself, Vicki Lawrence. A spin-off from The Carol Burnett Show, the series took us into the wacky home life of Thelma Harper and her crazy family including son Vinton (Ken Berry), his wife Naomi (Dorothy Lyman) as well as regular appearances by unruly daughter Eunice (Carol Burnett), her husband Ed (Harvey Korman) and sister
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DVD Release: Mama’s Family: Complete Series

DVD Release Date: Sept. 2, 2013

Price: DVD $199.99

Studio: StarVista/Time Life

Vicki Lawrence (ctr.) is Thelma Mae Crowley Harper in Mama's Family.

Mama’s Family: The Complete Series stars Vicki Lawrence and features all 130 episodes of the syndicated TV comedy series that ran for six seasons from 1983-1990.

Based upon the wildly-popular sketch “The Family” which aired on The Carol Burnett Show in 1974, the television show stars Ms. Lawrence as the blue-haired, purse-lipped, 65-year-old Thelma Mae Crowley Harper, an indelible, abrasive and smart-alecky widow.

Set in the fictional city of Raytown, Mama’s Family revolves around the dysfunctional escapades of the Harper clan, headed by formidable matriarch, Mama Harper, along with her journalist sister, Fran (Rue McClanahan, TV’s The Golden Girls), who lives with her; her youngest son, Vint (Ken Berry, TV’s F-Troop), who moves in with his two teenagers after he is evicted; and Naomi (Dorothy Lyman, TV
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Carol Burnett gets her own intersection in Hollywood

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There's no denying that Carol Burnett has left her mark on Hollywood. Now that mark is official as the intersection of Highland Avenue and Selma Avenue has renamed Carol Burnett Square. The ceremony took place April 18, with Burnett on-hand to unveil a sign marking the intersection.

The intersection, just outside of Burnett's alma mater, Hollywood High, holds a special place in Burnett's heart. The actress tells a local CBS affiliate, "To have a square named after me -- at Highland and Selma -- it's like a miracle." Burnett first moved to Hollywood with her grandmother as a child. "I remember going with my grandmother to the movies on Hollywood Boulevard when I was young. And the movies kinda gave me my start," she says.

Turning 80 years old on April 26, the funny lady still has her favorite sketches from "The Carol Burnett Show," including the ones with Vicki Lawrence that would
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Together Again

Together Again
Back on The Carol Burnett Show, the comedy queen and Betty White played sisters Eunice and Ellen Harper in the recurring "Mama's Family" sketches. More than three decades later, they're reuniting on the June 26 episode of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland. Carol Burnett guest stars as Penny, the hoarding mother of Victoria (Wendie Malick) and Bess (Jean Smart), who used to host a puppet show and now fakes senility to keep her daughters close.
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Bill Clinton To Wish Betty White A Happy Birthday On NBC

Bill Clinton To Wish Betty White A Happy Birthday On NBC
Betty White is getting another birthday special on NBC, this time with new celebrity special guests.

Some of the stars who will help the "Golden Girls" alumna celebrate her 91st birthday include Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Blake Shelton, Sean Hayes, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman and Rico Rodriguez. The special airs Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Est on NBC.

Katie Couric, Zachary Levi, Larry King, Kate Flannery and White's "Hot In Cleveland" co-stars Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli will also appear.

Vicki Lawrence will reprise her role from "Mama's Family" and Shelton will sing special musical number for White on "Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special."

White, who turns 91 on January 17, penned a blog for The Huffington Post about her birthday wish.

Tune in for "Betty White's 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special" on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Est on NBC.
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Fox’s Old-Timey Plan to Bring Back Sitcoms

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Fox’s Old-Timey Plan to Bring Back Sitcoms
Fox believes it has found the future of TV comedy, and it's… Mama's Family? We'll save you the trip to Wikipedia: Mama's was an early-eighties NBC comedy starring Vicki Lawrence as a loud-mouth Southern woman always getting up in her family's business (think a white Madea). But it had its origins as a recurring sketch on CBS's long-running The Carol Burnett Show, where the character proved so popular, Lawrence was able to land her own half-hour series built around her matronly character. But back to Fox: The network today announced plans for something called The Short-Com Comedy Hour, a weekly hour-long series in which each episode will be comprised of what the network calls "one-act scenes." But those "scenes" will actually be sketches, shot in front of studio audience multi-cam style. And if Fox gets its wish some of those scenes and sketches will turn into shows of their own
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Happy 90th Birthday, Betty White!

Happy 90th Birthday, Betty White!
Veteran funnylady Betty White celebrates her 90th birthday Tuesday -- and NBC threw her an extravaganza!

The 90-minute "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl" special, which aired Monday, featured birthday wishes from the likes of Tina Fey, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Hugh Jackman, Amy Poehler, Joel McHale, Morgan Freeman, Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Carl Reiner, William Shatner, Chevy Chase, Zachary Levi (who proposed marriage to the adorably game star) and President Barack Obama himself.
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AfterElton's Trending Topics: First TV Crushes

Here at, people aren't shy about naming their TV crushes, whether it's a sometimes-brooding, sometimes-happy-go-lucky roguish time traveler, a gruff, strong-willed police officer or a cable TV decorator stud. But there had to be someone who started it all for each of us. The one who first made our young selves one day notice that there was more to these TV shows than just the spaceships, cartoons, and things blowing up. Someone who made our pulse race and previously non-tingly parts go all tingly.

That was the hot topic of conversations at the AfterElton break room this week: Who was your first TV crush?

The responses we got varied quite a bit. Some people remembered the teen idols of their youth, some people remembered a character who didn't make the wardrobe department work very hard, while others remembered someone who ... surprised us.

But we don't want to just hear from Ae writers.
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Betty White Turns Prankster in New Reality Series

Betty White Turns Prankster in New Reality Series
The hilarity never stops with octogenarian superstar Betty White, who is now set to host an NBC reality show, tentatively titled, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers."

Wait until you hear the premise! The series focuses on a group of senior citizens who band together to play pranks on younger people. Now, that's entertainment!

The "Hot in Cleveland" star will host the series, based on a hit Belgian show that has been produced in other European countries,
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Vicki Lawrence Of Mama’s Family Is Pissed Off At Ted Williams For Some Reason

There's a very thin line between heartwarming and annoying so, while some people look at the tale of "golden voiced" Ted Williams and see an inspirational story of overcoming adversity while others just wonder "What's so great about him?" Add to that second group 61-year-old actress Vicki Lawrence. Lawrence recently dressed up as her most famous character, Mama Thelma Harper from Mama's Family, and filmed a video (seemingly on an iPhone) dissing the recently homeless Williams. Sure. Why not.
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