Here are some of the TV on DVD options available this Tuesday:
- The Boondocks (Season 3)
- Californication (Season 3)
- Doctor Who (Series 5)
- The Golden Girls (25th Anniversary) (Complete Collection)
- Men of a Certain Age (Season 1)
- Metalocalypse (Season 3)
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Limited Edition) (Vol. XIX)
- Lie to Me (Season 2)
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (Complete Series)
- Sherlock (Season 1)
- Whale Wars (Season 3)
Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.
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-90210‘s Jason Priestley and Luke Perry are teaming up for Goodnight for Justice, a made-for-TV western. Perry will exec. produce/star in the Hallmark movie while Priestley is currently set to direct.
-Better late than never? After receiving a failing grade from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), CBS has made a promise to introduce more gay characters into their programs.
-Sex may have been the reason ABC entertainment head Steve McPherson left his job. A source claims an internal sexual harassment investigation was being conducted. Several different complaints were reportedly made against McPherson.
-Golden Girls will soon be remade for audiences in Spain. The NBC series has already been retooled for comedy lovers in Russia, Latin America, Greece and the U.K.
The world became a little less golden today when it was announced that Rue McClanahan, 76, has died. Betty White, the oldest of the group, is now the last living Golden Girl.
To bid a proper good-bye to McClanahan, who was on television for four decades, two TV networks are already planning special marathon events. WeTV will host a Friday night marathon featuring some of Blanche Devereaux’s (Rue’s) best Golden Girls moments. Episodes of McClanahan’s last series, Sordid Lives, will air on Sunday on the Logo Network.
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UPDATE: You can read Betty White’s statement on her friend’s death here.
Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-award winning actress from The Golden Girls, passed away early this morning after suffering a massive stroke. She was 76.
This was the second stroke this year for McClanahan. She also suffered a minor one back in January while recovering from a November bypass surgery. According to Rue’s manager, her family was with her when she died. Barbara Lawrence added: “She went in peace.”
Although McClanahan will be best known for playing the sex-crazed Blanche Devereaux, she also made television audiences laugh playing characters like Vivian Cavender Harmon on Maude and Aunt Fran Crowley Mama’s Family. She was nominated for four Emmys overall and won her only statue in 1987.
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Over the next few weeks, the Hallmark Channel will be paying specific attention to all things Dorothy Zbornak.
The network, which already devotes a lot of its programming time to The Golden Girls, is setting aside episodes that highlight the best of Bea Arthur. Those wishing to pay tribute recently deceased actress will have a number of hours to choose from.
Beginning this evening, and for the next two days, Hallmark will air a few of those gems between 7-9pm ET. Marathons on Sunday, May 3 (from 6am ET to 3 am ET) and Monday, May 25 (from 6:30am ET to 2:30am ET) will then follow.
Less than a day after Bea Arthur’s death, the two surviving Golden Girls have offered kind words about their friend’s passing.
In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Betty White said the anticipation didn’t help with the actual loss. “I knew it would hurt, I just didn’t know it would hurt this much.. I’m so happy that she received her Lifetime Achievement Award while she was still with us, so she could appreciate that. She was such a big part of my life.”
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UPDATE: You can read statements from Betty White and Rue McClanahan here.
Bea Arthur, an award-winning actress of stage and television, died today in her Los Angeles home. She was 86.
Arthur, who was best known for her work on Maude and The Golden Girls, had been secretly diagnosed with cancer. Her death comes nine months after her former costar, Estelle Getty, passed away.
During her years on the small screen, the TV Academy Hall of Fame inductee collected two Emmys for her roles as Dorothy Zbornak and Maude Findlay. Her portrayal of Vera Charles in the 1966 production of Mame also earned Beatrice a Tony.
According to the star’s rep, Arthur was accompanied by family members at the time of her passing. The actress is survived by her sons and two grandchildren.
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UPDATE: Lifetime will be airing Sophia-centric episodes of The Golden Girls this Friday from 12-5pm.
Estelle Getty, the Emmy-award winning star from The Golden Girls, died early Tuesday at her Hollywood home. She would have turned 85 this Friday.
The actress, who also had film roles in 1985’s Mask and 1992’s Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, will probably be best remembered for her role as Sophia Petrillo on the hit NBC comedy. The show, which also produced a spinoff (The Golden Palace), ran for seven seasons.
Although Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Bea Arthur have all been seen together at various Golden Girls functions, Estelle, who had been diagnosed with advanced dementia, had been absent from the spotlight in recent years.
In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Arthur expressed her feelings about her former co-star. “Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her.”
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Rue McClanahan, famously forward Golden Girl (a show that’s still proudly in syndication on Lifetime) will join the cast of Ryan’s Life on the all-gay Here! network. As sexually open Blanche Devereaux, Rue became a mainstay of prime time TV from 1985 to 1992, but her legacy lives on in re-runs for ever. In her new role, Rue will be exploring unchartered acting ground in her career – she’ll be the “flamboyant” grannie of a sexually confused teenager. Rue’s costumes will include feather boas, turbans, and a whole lot of fabulous flash…no wonder her character’s grandson is confused, right?
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Omigod—it’s already been 20 years since Golden Girls first started?? That would make me… uhh.. uhh.. a Bronze girl?
To celebrate this notable milestone, Lifetime Television will be dedicating a full day to Blanche, Sophia, Dorothy and Rose. A marathon of the 20 greatest episodes will take over the channel on Friday, November 11th. The night will then be capped off with an encore presentation of the The Golden Girls Reunion. This day should be a huge ratings boon for Lifetime. The original airing of the reunion show brought the network it’s highest ratings ever for a special. If someone had told me 20 years ago that there would still be fans of St. Olaf stories in 2005, I would have thrown my chocolate milk at them.
DIE HARD FAN ALERT: You can have the opportunity to meet Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Bea Arthur in person on November 22. Visit Lifetime’s website for more information.
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