-A television series based on the movie Practical Magic is currently in the works for ABC Family. The 1998 film starred Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sisters in a family of witches.
-Meanwhile, a premiere date has been announced for the big screen version of 21 Jump Street. That film, based on the old FOX series, will premiere on March 16, 2012. Jonah Hill will be one of the stars.
-Love The Amazing Race? Well, you might enjoy the scenery even more next season. "We are doing Amazing Race in HD next year. I just announced it, there you go," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler promised.
-Longtime Wheel of Fortune announcer Charlie O'Donnell passed away on Monday from unknown causes. O'Donnell, who had been a fixture on the program for nearly three decades, was 78 years old.
Barbara Billingsley, one of TV's legends, has died. Billingsley was better known to TV audiences as June Cleaver, the mom on Leave it to Beaver. That classic TV sitcom ran on CBS in 1957, then on ABC until 1963.
“People still talk about it and write letters, telling how much they watch it today with their children and grandchildren,” said Billingsley several years after the show had been canceled. Though it was still very popular in 1963, the show called it quits after the sixth season because the two youngest stars, Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow, wanted to move on. “We knew we were making a good show, because it was so well-written,” Billingsley stated in the same interview.
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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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Former co-stars have released statements following the news of Gary Coleman’s death.
Janet Jackson, who appeared on several episodes of Diff’rent Strokes, will “remember him as the fun, playful, adorable and affectionate man he was. He has left a lasting legacy.” Gary Coleman initially met Janet when he appeared on Good Times, where Jackson starred as a series regular, in 1978.
Todd Bridges, who played Gary Coleman’s older brother Willis, also released a statement. “It’s a sad day. It’s sad that I’m the last kind alive from the show.”
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Gary Coleman, the former child star best known for playing Arnold Jackson Diff’rent Strokes, died today in a Utah hospital. He was 42.
The actor’s passing comes only two days after falling and hitting his head at home. He was eventually transferred to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for bleeding in his brain. Despite initially being conscious and lucid, he quickly slipped into a coma was listed in critical condition.
TMZ reports that Coleman’s wife, Shannon Price, made the decision this morning to take Gary off life support.
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Deadliest Catch‘s Phil Harris, the captain of the Seattle-based F/V Cornelia Marie, died today over a week after suffering a massive stroke.
The Discovery Channel star - who had been hospitalized in Anchorage since January 29 - was initially put into a medically-induced coma to reduce brain swelling. News of his passing comes just days after Harris started showing signs of improvement.
The announcement of his death was confirmed tonight through a statement by his sons. “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad - Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down. We will remember and celebrate that strength. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” Jake and Josh Harris said on the show’s website.
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Jennifer Lyon, a contestant on the 10th season of Survivor, passed away Tuesday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was only 37.
Although Survivor: Palau‘s fourth place-finisher noticed a lump in her breast prior to filming in 2004, Lyon and a doctor both wrote it off as possible scar tissue from her breast implants. It wasn’t until after the show’s finale in May 2005, that she went in for further diagnosis. It was then she discovered that the disease was already in Stage 3.
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Alaina Reed Hall, best remembered by grown-ups as Olivia Robinson on Sesame Street, died last Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 63 years old.
Hall, who worked on the PBS program between 1976-1988, passed away after a long battle with breast cancer.
Prior to her role as Gordon’s younger sister, Alaina starred in Broadway productions of Hair and Chicago. She later moved into primetime television during her years on the comedy 227.
No memorial information has yet been announced for the actress.
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NOTE: You can watch the entire ceremony after the jump.
After a private gathering for family members at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Michael Jackson’s memorial within Staples Center began shortly after 10:00 AM PT.
You can follow our detailed account of the ceremony after the jump.
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