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TV Espresso: Wildfire, Buffy, Rue McClanahan, Sam Jones, and The Price Is Right

Wildfire season fourToday, we have a long-awaited DVD release, Alyson Hannigan recalls Willow’s hair color, rare items from The Golden Girls go up for auction, a former Blue Mountain State star goes to jail, a previous winner visits The Price Is Right again, and some dates in TV history.

Wildfire
It’s been nearly four years since the release of the third season of Wildfire and many fans have been chomping at the bit (pun intended) to purchase season four. Apparently the show hasn’t been a big seller so Lionsgate Entertainment isn’t giving the fourth season a retail release. Instead, they’re partnering with Amazon to issue the last season of Wildfire via the manufacture-on-demand (MOD) DVD program. You can purchase the four disc set for $26.99 from Amazon.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ever wonder why Alyson Hannigan’s Willow ended up being a redhead? In a recent interview, the actress shared that it was for a practical reason. Hannigan, who has natural auburn hair, recalled, “Joss [Whedon] had us all over to his house… Charisma [Carpenter] and Sarah [Michelle Gellar] and I all had brown hair at the time. Joss said, ‘All of your hair is kind of the same shade. Does anyone want to be red?’ I went for it. Eventually Sarah got more and more blond, but it was because we all had a brownish, auburn mane.”

Rue McClanahan
Following her passing last June at the age of 76, the estate of the Golden Girls and Maude star is going up for auction. Before her death, she made it clear that she wanted her fans to have access to her personal property. Her only son, Mark Bish, is launching a series of auctions across the US to honor his mom’s wishes. The first will consist of items from her NYC apartment and will include costume jewelry, furniture, several outfits from The Golden Girls, and signed scripts that include some of her drawings. Online shopping can be done via www.Liveauctioneers.com.

Sam Jones
Best known for his roles on Smallville and Blue Mountain State, Jones has moved into his new home — a low-security federal prison in Lompoc, California. Part of a large drug ring, the actor pled guilty to conspiracy to sell more than 10,000 Oxycodone pills. Prosecutors wanted him to serve five years in jail but Jones ultimately got a one year sentence.

The Price Is Right
The venerable game show now allows former contestants to try their luck for a second time, as long as at least 10 years have passed since their first appearance. Yesterday, an 81-year-old contestant named Jane, who was on the Bill Cullen version back in 1961, got to “come on down” and made it up on stage to play for a nice trip.

ON THIS DAY…

2009: Rita Bennett and Trinity were both murdered on Showtime’s Dexter.

2006: ABC pulled Daybreak off the air. They would later release the remaining episodes online.

1994: The 100th episode of Baywatch aired in first-run syndication.

1989: Catherine Chandler died on CBS’ Beauty and the Beast series.

1976: CBS aired the first episode of the Double Dare game show. Hosted by Alex Trebek, it lasted one season.

What do you think? Are you a Wildfire fan? Are you interested in the McClanahan auction? Would you like to own an item from Golden Girls? Did you know about Jones’ sentencing?

 

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Bethany December 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Cool that they have updated the rules on Price. I mean the 10 year rule sounds reasonable to me.

There was not much in this particular installment that interested me, but keep them coming. I tune in each day to see what you have dug up for us. :)

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Kat December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Oh, yeah! Forgot to comment on this. I think the 10-year rule is very fair, as well. It must be nice for people who have been on before to be able to be on again.

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Kat December 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Wow, so Smallville’s Sam Jones is a hillbilly heroin pusher; wouldn’t have guessed that. Haven’t people gotten five years for dealing relatively harmless pot, though? Doesn’t seem fair that he only got a year. Anyway, I looked it up, and apparently Linda Hamilton wanted to leave the show. Doesn’t mean they should’ve killed off the “Beauty” in Beauty and the Beast, though! I think the strength of the main star and the supporting characters was such that the story could’ve continued without her, but the real question is should it have? I don’t think so. The show should’ve ended with them living happily ever after. And here I thought I’d be talking about SMG’s hair… thanks for the variety of interesting tidbits! :)

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