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Veterans of Cancelled TV Shows That We Lost in June 2009

Veterans of Cancelled TV Shows That We Lost in June 2009

July 6, 2009
Last month was particularly hard on television lovers. We lost a lot of indelible talent during June. Like their shows, there are a lot of talented people that won't be back in the Fall. They include David Carradine (The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Kung Fu, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Charmed, Medium, Alias, and Jackie Chan Adventures), Ward Costello (The Edge of Night, The Streets of San Francisco, Little House on the Prairie, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Newhart, and General Hospital), Johnny Palermo (Passions, Campus Ladies, Just for Kicks, Everybody Hates Chris, and ER), Michael Roof (Hype and Raising the Roofs), Hal Riddle (Green Acres, The FBI, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Eight is Enough, The Waltons, and Dallas), Ken Roberts (Candid Camera, Love of Life, The Secret Storm, and The Electric Company), Anne Roberts Nelson (I Love Lucy, All in the Family, Gunsmoke, and The Young and The Restless), Lorena Gale (The X-Files, Smallville, Reunion, Bionic Woman (2007), The 4400, Battlestar Galactica, and Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins), Ed McMahon (Who Do You Trust?, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Star Search, TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes, and ALF's Hit Talk Show), Michael Jackson (Jackson 5ive, The Simpsons), Farrah Fawcett (I Dream of Jeannie, The Six Million Dollar Man, Charlie's Angels, Ally McBeal, The Guardian, Spin City, and Chasing Farrah), Gail Storm (My Little Margie, The Gale Storm Show, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote), Billy Mays (Pitchmen), and Harve Presnell (The Pretender, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Dawson's Creek, and Andy Barker, PI). Here are the details... David Carradine, 72, was found dead in his hotel room in Central Thailand. He was there shooting a movie and his June 3rd death is still under investigation. Carradine was born in Hollywood, the son of actor John Carradine, and he is related to several other performers that share his last name. His early roles include those on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Virginian, and Wagon Train. In the 1970s, he starred in the series Kung Fu as "Grasshopper" Kwai Chang Caine and it would become his most-successful television role. He was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the show. Carradine returned to the role in a TV movie in 1986, with Brandon Lee playing his son. Then, in the 1990s, he came back to series television in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and played the grandson of his original character. He appeared in many movies over the years (most notably the Kill Bill movies) and guested on shows like Charmed, Medium, Alias, and Jackie Chan Adventures.
<em>Family Guy:</em> Watch the <em>Star Trek: The Next Generation</em> Cast Reunion

Family Guy: Watch the Star Trek: The Next Generation Cast Reunion

March 30, 2009
The original cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation reunited for a special episode of Family Guy on FOX last night. Though they are only Read more . . .
<em>Star Trek: The Next Generation:</em> The Scoop on the Original Cast Reunion on <em>Family Guy</em>

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Scoop on the Original Cast Reunion on Family Guy

March 29, 2009
FOX’s animated Family Guy is about to enter the final frontier — or rather, the final frontier is about to crash land on Family Guy! Read more . . .
<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!
Veterans of Cancelled TV Shows That We Lost in January 2009

Veterans of Cancelled TV Shows That We Lost in January 2009

February 2, 2009
Several very notable veterans of television history left us in January. They include Bernie Hamilton (Starsky and Hutch), Steven Gilborn (Ellen, The Wonder Years, Damages, The Bernie Mac Show, NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The West Wing, The Practice, L.A. Law, Columbo and Law & Order), Pat Hingle (Hail to the Chief, Hawaii Five-0, M*A*S*H, and Gunsmoke), Cheryl Holdridge (The Mickey Mouse Club, My Three Sons, Bewitched, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Leave It to Beaver), Don Galloway (Ironside, General Hospital), John Hager (Hee-Haw), Harry Endo (Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, PI), Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner), Ricardo Montalban (Star Trek, Dynasty, The Colbys, Here's Lucy, and Murder, She Wrote), Gordon Mitchell (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Odd Couple, and Mork and Mindy), Bob May (Lost in Space), and Kim Manners (Charlie's Angels, Star Trek: The Next Generation, 21 Jump Street, Baywatch, The X-Files, and Supernatural).
<em>Star Trek:</em> Another Original TV Show Castmember to be in J.J. Abrams Movie

Star Trek: Another Original TV Show Castmember to be in J.J. Abrams Movie

December 11, 2008
One of the most-anticipated movies of 2009 is J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek movie, a prequel to the original 1960s series. Fans have been looking forward to the return of Leonard Nimoy as an aged Mr. Spock. Now, another original castmember is also returning. Of course, you'll never see her. The original Star Trek TV show was created by Gene Roddenberry and follows the U.S.S. Enterprise. The starship is commanded by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his first mate, Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy). Kirk's close friend is the cantankerous Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley). Other personnel include Chief Engineer Scott (James Doohan), helmsman Sulu (George Takei), communications officer Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), navigator Chekov (Walter Koenig), head nurse Chapel (Majel Barrett), and yeoman Rand (Grace Lee Whitney). As anyone familiar with modern culture knows, the series was cancelled after three seasons on NBC but found new life in syndication. Eventually, this new popularity spawned an animated series, four more live-action series, ten feature films, and a slew of books, toys, magazines, and other licensed products.
<em>Star Trek:</em> Watch Video of Leonard Nimoy’s Return as Mr. Spock

Star Trek: Watch Video of Leonard Nimoy’s Return as Mr. Spock

November 25, 2008
Mr. SpockOne of the most anticipated movies of 2009 is the new Star Trek movie. Unlike the past features, this one is a prequel. Devout fans usually shudder at the idea of anyone but the original cast playing their beloved characters. Now, most fanboys are itching to see the new creation -- partially because of director J.J. Abrams and partially because it means the return of Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. Star Trek follows the exploits of the crew of the starship USS Enterprise in the far-flung future. The ship is commanded by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his first mate and science officer, Mr. Spock (Nimoy). Kirk's confidant is the cantankerous Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley). Other valued personnel include Chief Engineer Scott (James Doohan), helmsman Sulu (George Takei), communications officer Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), navigator Chekov (Walter Koenig), head nurse Chapel (Majel Barrett), and yeoman Rand (Grace Lee Whitney). The series debuted on September 8, 1966 and struggled for most of its run on NBC. The network ultimately cancelled the low-rated show after three seasons on the air. The series' popularity really took off once it hit syndication and students found it airing weekday afternoons. Trek inspired a slew of toys, books, an animated series, a string of successful movies and four live-action spin-off TV series featuring other casts and characters.
Where Are They Now? Some Greenroom Chatter for September 15, 2008

Where Are They Now? Some Greenroom Chatter for September 15, 2008

September 15, 2008
As the new Fall season gets underway, lots of stars from cancelled shows are popping up all over the place. Here’s where you’ll be able Read more . . .
<em>Star Trek: The Next Generation:</em> Stephen Colbert Honors Worf with Special Award

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Stephen Colbert Honors Worf with Special Award

February 10, 2008
Stephen Colbert, purveyor of “truthiness” on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, has chosen a certain Klingon officer from Star Trek: The Next Generation to Read more . . .
<em>Star Trek:</em> The Return of Wesley Crusher and Tuvok

Star Trek: The Return of Wesley Crusher and Tuvok

February 5, 2008
Star Trek The Tour recently opened in Long Beach, California and features an unparalleled look inside and behind-the-scenes at the world of Star Trek. Read more . . .

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