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It Came From The Tube: Satan’S School For Girls (1973)

Warning: if you’re not a Kate Jackson fan, today’s column may not work in your favor. Plus, we probably shouldn’t hang out. I first fell in love with Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty) when I was six. At the time, she was starring on Charlie’s Angels, along with Farrah Blah-Blah and Jaclyn What’s Her Name, but I think maybe I liked Kate best. Her long black hair, radiant smile, and raspy sing song drawl mesmerized me for the remainder of that show’s run. But for fans of horror, Kate worked with Dan Curtis on Dark Shadows, before landing one of the leads in Satan’s School for Girls (1973), producer Aaron Spelling’s venture into one of the ‘70s greatest capitalist ventures, Satanic Panic. It’s a fun romp; and spoiler alert - Kate is great in it. (She’s just the most, don’t you think?
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Bruce Boxleitner Has Given Up On Tron

Hey Tron fans, thought your days of bad news were finally over after Disney scuttled Tron 3? Think again. During a recent interview, Bruce Boxleitner, known as one of the sci-fi franchise’s most enduring champions, revealed that he has finally given up the ghost and moved on from the possibility of ever playing Alan Bradley/Tron again.

Talking to /Film, Boxleitner communicated his immense displeasure with Disney’s hot-and-cold treatment of the Tron movies and explained that he’s been fooled one too many times to get his hopes up again. The excerpt, below:

“I don’t really care anymore,” Bradley said when I asked him if he thought Tron 3 might get revived down the road. “I’m done with it. I’ve moved on. I hate to say that but it’s been too up and down for me. I would rather not just keep going. I don’t
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George Coe, Original SNL Member and Archer Voice Actor, Dead at 86

George Coe, Original SNL Member and Archer Voice Actor, Dead at 86
George Coe, one of Saturday Night Live‘s original “Not Ready for Primetime Players,” died on Saturday after a long illness, our sister site Variety reports. He was 86.

RelatedAlex Rocco, of The Famous Teddy Z and Facts of Life, Dead at 79

Following SNL’s freshman run, Coe appeared in TV series such as (but not limited to) the CBS sitcom Goodnight, Beantown, Hill Street Blues, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Max Headroom, L.A. Law, the ABC sitcom Working and The West Wing.

Coe returned to his SNL stomping grounds as recently as 1986, playing a judge in the infamous “Get a Life!
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Lee Madddux, Writer on ‘Night Court,’ Dies at 68

Lee Madddux, Writer on ‘Night Court,’ Dies at 68
Lee Maddux, a television writer who did stints as executive story consultant for the NBC sitcom “Night Court” and the CBS spy dramedy “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” died on September 9. He was 68.

Maddux served as executive story consultant on “Scarecrow” for 31 episodes from 1985-87 (also writing seven episodes) and for “Night Court” for 22 episodes in 1991-92.

He was credited as co-producer on 13 episodes of “In the Heat of the Night” and penned three episodes.

Maddux also wrote episodes of “Benson,” “Simon & Simon,” “Crime Story,” “Hunter” and “MacGyver.”

In 1999 he penned “The Coronation,” a German-language short that spoofed film noir. In 2002, still working in German, he penned a series, the animated Western spoof “WinneToons”; it was followed by (still German) the short “Fuck Me? Fuck You!,” and then a feature version of “WinneToons,” “WinneToons – Die Legende vom Schatz im Silbersee,” which he co-wrote.
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Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies

Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies
Stephen Lee, the character actor who hilariously played an overly loquacious cabinet installer on Seinfeld – among dozens of other roles on TV and in the movies – has died at 58.

Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, his actress friend Lisa Pescia told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

The Englewood, New Jersey, native began his acting career in the early 1980s on dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

He had a recurring role as Tony B. on Nash Bridges and also appeared on shows including Quantum Leap,
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Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies at 58

Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies at 58
Stephen Lee, the character actor who hilariously played an overly loquacious cabinet installer on Seinfeld - among dozens of other roles on TV and in the movies - has died at 58. Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, his actress friend Lisa Pescia told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The Englewood, New Jersey, native began his acting career in the early 1980s on dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He had a recurring role as Tony B. on Nash Bridges and also appeared on shows including Quantum Leap,
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Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies at 58

Stephen Lee, Actor on Seinfeld and Nash Bridges, Dies at 58
Stephen Lee, the character actor who hilariously played an overly loquacious cabinet installer on Seinfeld - among dozens of other roles on TV and in the movies - has died at 58. Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, his actress friend Lisa Pescia told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The Englewood, New Jersey, native began his acting career in the early 1980s on dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He had a recurring role as Tony B. on Nash Bridges and also appeared on shows including Quantum Leap,
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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.
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Who was that masked man? The Legend of Klinton Spilsbury.

Who was that masked man? The Legend of Klinton Spilsbury.
Resurrecting the Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp must’ve sounded like one of the all-time Hollywood no-brainers when it was pitched to Disney in 2011. After all, the mysterious masked man used to be the all-American icon with the greatest chase-music (“The William Tell Overture”), the greatest sidekick (Tonto), and the greatest catchphrase (“Hi-yo, Silver, away!”). Plus, though Depp is playing a boldly reimagined Tonto opposite Armie Hammer’s Ranger, he was reuniting with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the creative triumvirate that made Disney billions with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But getting The Lone Ranger into
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All in the Family's Jean Stapleton Dead at 90

All in the Family's Jean Stapleton Dead at 90
Veteran actress Jean Stapleton, a three-time Emmy winner for her iconic portrayal of All in the Family‘s Edith Bunker, passed away at her New York City home on Friday, from natural causes, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 90.

Stapleton’s television career began in the 1950s, with appearances on Starlight Theatre, Lux Video Theatre and The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse. She went on to guest-star on several series, including Dennis the Menace, Dr. Kildare, Car 54 Where Are You? and My Three Sons, before settling into the role of outspoken, unapologetic bigot Archie Bunker’s wife in CBS’ All in the Family,
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Michael Shannon, 'The Iceman' Star, Talks Killer Characters, 'Man of Steel,' and Bodily Functions

The last thing you expect to hear when you're heading to interview Michael Shannon, the intense actor from "Boardwalk Empire," "Premium Rush," and "Revolutionary Road," is his singing. This is especially true given the movie we're here to talk about: "The Iceman," a grim, based-on-real-life thriller about Richard Kuklinski, a mafia-affiliated hitman who claimed to have murdered dozens of people in his career. (His story was infamously chronicled in two "Iceman" HBO documentaries that aired in 1991 and 2001.) It turns out that Shannon had been up until 6 a.m. (you read that right) the night before, and was feeling agreeably loopy. During much of the interview, the actor was trying to free a pair of gummy bears that had been lodged at the bottom of a tiny glass jar. At one point, he got up to get a spoon so that the gummy bears could finally be his. All this made
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Will There Be A 'Tron 3'?

Will There Be A 'Tron 3'?
Joseph Kosinski doesn't want you to know anything about "Oblivion." Nothing. Sure, you probably know that it starts with Tom Cruise and that he's on a wasteland of Earth sometime in the future. But, if the director of "Oblivion" (who also directed 2010's "Tron: Legacy") gets his way, that's all you will know before you see it.

He knows that revealing too much could ruin viewers' experience, but also knows the risks of not revealing some of the twists and turns that might whet a movie-going appetite.

Here's what you can find out from the trailers: Tom Cruise stars at Jack Harper, and 60 years after mankind's war with an alien race, Earth is uninhabitable. Harper, who is basically part of an Earth cleanup crew, spends his days repairing unmanned drones that have been damaged by the remaining aliens, while the rest of human society has migrated to Saturn's largest moon,
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The 10 Greatest Celebrity "Pyramid" Players, In Honor Of The Classic Game Show's 40th Anniversary

You may have guessed that I'm a fan of game shows, but if you're a decent, totally American human being, you love game shows too. Thus, it's only right that you know today is the 40th anniversary of the first airing of Pyramid, the beloved franchise that eventually spawned the Dick Clark-hosted $20,000, $25,000 and $100,000 versions, as well as two recent incarnations starring Donny Osmond and Price is Right producer Mike Richards, respectively. The classic game of verbal clues and Egyptian iconography is just so addicting, and we're lucky that Game Show Network still airs it all the damn time. 

For the record: The first-ever Pyramid celebrities -- when the show was filmed in New York -- were Rob Reiner and June Lockhart.

To celebrate the show's incredible run, I thought we'd rank the 10 greatest celebrities ever to lend their clue-giving skills to Dick Clark's game. My list includes mainly
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R.I.P. Leslie Frankenheimer

Emmy-winning set decorator Leslie Frankenheimer has died. Also the wife of entertainment attorney John Frankenhemer, she died January 22 after a long battle against leukemia, according to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Her age was not disclosed. During her more than 30 year career, Frankenheimer won 4 Emmys — for the ABC series Max Headroom in 1987, CBS’ Buddy Faro in 1999, the TNT movie James Dean in 2002 and the HBO series Carnivàle in 2004. She was also nominated in 2002 for the NBC series Emeril. Frankenheimer joined the TV Academy in 1995 and began serving on its Art Directors/Set Decorators Peer Group Exec Committee in 2002. She was elected governor of her peer group in 2011 and was recently re-elected to a second two-year term. Frankenheimer’s numerous other TV credits included Scarecrow And Mrs. King, L.A. Law, SeaQuest 2032, Star Trek: Voyager, Come on, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story, Karen Sisco, The Closer, Kitchen Confidential,
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Win Copies of House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows on Blu-ray!

House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows are hitting home video for the first time ever on Blu-ray and DVD on October 30th, and we have your shot to nail down a pair of these classics in all their high definition glory right now!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

House of Dark Shadows features the talents of Jonathan Frid ("Dark Shadows", Seizure, The Devil’s Daughter), best known for his role as the vampire Barnabas Collins in the original TV series, Grayson Hall (TV’s “One Life to Live,” “All My Children”), and Kathryn Leigh Scott ("Dark Shadows", Parasomnia, TV’s “Huff”). In this film expansion, vampire Barnabas Collins searches for a cure so he can marry the lovely woman who resembles his long-lost fiancée, Josette.
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DVD: Charlie’s Angels Complete Series (1970s)

DVD Release Date: Sept. 25, 2012

Price: DVD $65.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

The original beautiful badass P.I.s — Kate Jackson (TV’s Scarecrow and Mrs. King), Jaclyn Smith (TV’s The District) and Farrah Fawcett (The Apostle) — return in Sony’s Charlie’s Angels: The Complete Series DVD set.

Containing 27 discs, the pack offers all episodes of the TV show’s five seasons, which ran from 1976 to 1981.

In the television series, Jackson, Smith and Fawcett play the original angels, but only Smith stayed for the show’s full run. When Fawcett left, Cheryl Ladd (TV’s Las Vegas) took over her spot, and when Jackson departed, her role was reinvented by Shelley Hack (Me, Myself and I) and then Tanya Roberts (That ’70s Show).

The actresses played private investigators who work for a man called Charlie (voiced by Dynasty‘s John Forsythe), solving crimes with Charlie’s liaison, Bosley, played
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House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows Finally Hitting Blu-ray and DVD

Never mind the mind-numbing weirdness of Tim Burton's Johnny Depp flick, we're talking about the original goodies right here, kids. Read on for the first look at the DVD and Blu-ray releases of House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows!

Warner Home Video has announced DVD ($14.96 each) and Blu-ray ($19.98 each) releases of House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971) for October 30th. The only extra features will be the theatrical trailers.

House of Dark Shadows features the talents of Jonathan Frid ("Dark Shadows", Seizure, The Devil’s Daughter), best known for his role as the vampire Barnabas Collins in the original TV series, Grayson Hall (TV’s “One Life to Live,” “All My Children”), and Kathryn Leigh Scott ("Dark Shadows", Parasomnia, TV’s “Huff”). In this film expansion, vampire Barnabas Collins searches for a cure so he can marry the lovely woman who resembles his long-lost fiancée,
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TV Fanatic Staff Round Table: Childhood Favorites

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Ah, memories.

While our TV Fanatic staff writes about just about every show on a weekly basis, we're taking some time below to look back.

Sure, we love to cozy up these days and watch Damon be snarky on The Vampire Diaries, or Ron be manly on Parks and Recreation, but what primetime programs were included on our must-see lists as children?

We tackle that topic in the following Round Table discussion - and, yes, this makes many of our ages quite evident. Please don't judge...

Jim Garner: Six Million Dollar Man. I loved this show, I looked forward to it being parked in front of the TV every week. I had the Steve Austin playset and lunch box!

Eric Hochberger: I'm going with Saved by the Bell for sure. Just please don't make me watch the college years ever again.

Miranda Wicker: Saved by the Bell. And I'll see
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Melissa Gilbert files for divorce from Bruce Boxleitner

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Another Gilbert sister is apparently single and ready to mingle. On Thursday (Aug. 25), Melissa Gilbert, 46, filed for divorce from husband Bruce Boxleitner ("The Scarecrow and Mrs. King"), citing irreconcilable differences.

Gilbert and Boxleitner announced their separation in March after 16 years of marriage.

People reports that Gilbert is seeking joint custody of the couple's 15-year-old son, Michael. (And, yes, he is in fact named after Gilbert's "Little House on the Prairie" dad Michael Landon.)

On Wednesday, Melissa's younger sister Sara Gilbert, 36, announced her split from partner of 10 years Allison Adler.
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Back the Future's Jeffrey Weissman Holds a Fundraiser for His Wife

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Weissman

Actor Jeffrey Weissman got his big break auditioning for, but not being cast in War Games. Instead he caught the attention of a big agent and was soon cast in the Twilight Zone movie in the, "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" story, with John Lithgow. He did small parts in Johnny Dangerously, Crackers with Sean Penn and Donald Sutherland and a few guest star spots on TV series like Dallas and Scarecrow and Mrs. King before landing a co-starring role opposite Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider. In a recent interview he told us, "It was a gas being on location with Clint. He was a real gentleman and did everything first class. It was a nice event."

After that came Back to the Future II. He played George McFly, Marty’s father, in the two sequels. He recalled what struck him most about making the film was the set decoration.
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