Tag: Sitcoms

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Marcia Wallace dies, voice of ‘Simpsons’ Krabappel

This Sept. 5, 2007 file photo shows Marcia Wallace during TV Land’s 35th anniversary tribute to “The Bob Newhart Show” in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wallace, who played a receptionist on the show, and the voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” died Saturday Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marcia Wallace, the voice of scoffing schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” whose wise-cracking characters on “The Bob Newhart Show” and other prime-time hits endeared her to generations of TV viewers, has died.

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NBC off to strong start, ‘The Voice’ keeps growing

This July 27, 2013 photo released by NBC shows, from left, host Carson Daly, with coaches, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green of “The Voice,” at the “NBC Cocktail Reception” during the NBCUniversal Press Tour, in Beverly Hills, Calif. She hasn’t had a trophy to show in her three years of coaching and trying to change that this year. Maroon 5 frontman Levine has won once, while country singer Blake Shelton has held the title three years running. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater) by David Bauder AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has emerged as the big winner after one week of the new television season, with hopes that it won’t all come crashing down the way it did last year. Each of the four biggest broadcast networks had some carefully nurtured initial successes. But NBC was alone in seeing more prime-time viewers than it had during the same week in 2012, and the increase was 19 percent. Among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic that many advertisers seek, NBC had the widest first-week margin of victory in 16 years, the Nielsen ratings company said.

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Wendell Pierce sparks new Michael J. Fox sitcom

This image released by NBC shows, from left, Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox, and Wendell in a scene from “The Michael J. Fox Show,” premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT in a special hour-long edition. (AP Photo/NBC, Eric Liebowitz) by Frazier MooreAP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — “I’ve always wanted one thing,” says Wendell Pierce. “To have a diverse career, to be a journeyman actor.” Mission accomplished this fall. With no fewer than four projects in release, Pierce will meet himself coming. Earlier this month, he made his latest appearance in a recurring role on the USA law drama “Suits.” He has a new film opening, an edgy indie drama titled “Four” wherein he plays a family man who keeps his homosexuality secret while he hooks up harmfully with a teenage boy through an online dating site. In December, he returns as fancy-free jazz trombonist Antoine Batiste on HBO’s glorious New Orleans series “Treme,” airing its final season. And that’s all on top of Pierce’s dandy new role on “The Michael J. Fox Show,” which premieres on NBC Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT in a special hour-long edition.

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Emmys live up to unpredictable nature

Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the BAFTA’s Los Angeles TV Tea party at the SLS Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP) by David BauderAP Television Writer The Emmys lived up to its reputation as the least predictable entertainment awards show. Television’s annual night of honors, where the AMC drama “Breaking Bad” and ABC comedy “Modern Family” were judged the industry’s finest on Sunday night, mixed in surprises with expected winners, and ended some winning streaks while extending others. Newcomer Netflix made its presence felt, but not in the splashy way it had hoped for. “Nobody in America is winning their office pool,” host Neil Patrick Harris said late in the CBS telecast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Jean Stapleton, TV’s beloved Edith Bunker, dies at 90

Cast members of “All in the Family,” from left, Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, and Sally Struthers pose with their Emmys backstage at the 24th annual Emmy Awards in Hollywood, Ca., Sunday night, May 14, 1972. (AP Photo) by Lynn Elber LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jean Stapleton’s Edith Bunker was such an offbeat, irresistible charmer that we had to love her. And because she loved her bombastic husband Archie, we made room for him and TV’s daring “All in the Family.”