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Dick Van DykeIt’s always fun to see classic TV show characters pop up — if it’s handled well. The appearance of Carol (Marcia Wallace) from The Bob Newhart Show as one of the secretaries on Murphy Brown comes to mind as one that was well done.

In the 1990s, Dick Van Dyke starred in a medical mystery series that also featured Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell, Scott Baio, Charlie Schlatter, Michael Tucci, and Delores Hall. Over the course of its run, Diagnosis: Murder reunited lots of classic TV show actors and resurrected several characters as well.

One of the strangest is from the last episode of season five, called “Obsession, Part Two.” In the May 14, 1998 installment, Dr. Mark Sloan is visiting a radio station early in the morning and might not be quite awake yet. He briefly stumbles onto Rob Petrie from The Dick Van Dyke Show. It’s the one cameo no one was expecting. Read more…

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<em>Star Trek: The Next Generation, Leverage, Family Guy:</em> Jonathan Frakes, TV Series Finale Podcast #44

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Leverage, Family Guy: Jonathan Frakes, TV Series Finale Podcast #44

February 10, 2009
Jonathan Frakes is best known for playing Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. During his seven seasons, he directed several episodes and went on to helm episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager, Diagnosis: Murder, and Roswell. For TV, Frakes has also directed two Librarian movies with Noah Wylie and Bob Newhart -- Return to King Solomon's Mines and The Curse of the Judas Chalice. On the big screen, he's done Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: First Contact, Thunderbirds, and Clockstoppers. Frakes' most recent project is TNT's Leverage that features the talents of Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, and Aldis Hodge. It's a Star Trek reunion with Brent Spiner, Armin Shimerman, and Kitty Swink guest starring. In this audio interview, Frakes talks about directing his second episode of Leverage, the Next Generation cast's upcoming appearance on Family Guy, the importance of a tight cast ensemble, directing movies versus TV shows, working with Star Trek veterans again, the last episode of TNG, the future of TNG in light of JJ Abrams' upcoming Trek blockbuster, and more. Tune in!

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