Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas To Compete Again on Amazing Race
Rumors that Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas (Brenchel) will be competing on an "All Stars" edition of Amazing Race were confirmed this week by "Miss Cleo," a noted Big Brother fan and online gossip and spoiler reporter, Miss Cleo Tweeted a screen capture Reilly tweeted (and has since removed) of the two in their "Brenchel" shirts while sporting what appear to be Amazing Race-style backpacks.
In addition to the picture, Miss Cleo posted a YouTube video showing Brendon performing some kind of bartending stunt that could have been an Amazing Race "Roadblock."
The full cast should be announced in January. To stay up-to-date on all the details on Brenchel,, follow Miss Cleo on Twitter.
Today is Housewives' Day - A Salute to Mary Hartman
Today is Housewives' Day, so I salute the last TV housewife, Mary Hartman. The term "Housewife" is now considered dated. It hails back to the days when one income could support the family in a manner of comfort, not to be confused with a stay-at-home mother. I think of "housewives" as a term advertisers use to market products such as detergent and mops.
The satirical soap, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was set in the fictional town of Fernwood, and Mary Hartman was every 1970's adveriser's target demographic. In the first episode, no sooner has she seen her boyish but impotent husband Tom off to work and settled down to watch the soaps than her sister, Cathy, drops by. "Say," observes Cathy, "your floors have waxy yellow buildup." A stunned Mary replies: "But the can says it’s a lovely even glow."
Mary Hartman was played by Louise Lasser who was married briefly to comic Woody Allen and appeared in three of his films after they broke up: Take the Money and Run in 1969, Bananas in 1971, and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex in 1972. There were Broadway plays, other films including Such Good Friends and Slither but the general public knew little about Louise until January, 1976, when Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman revealed her to an unsuspecting nation.
If you're too young to have seen Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman when it aired in the late 1970's, perhaps you remember Dody Goodman's voice calling out the show's redundant title during it's run on Lifetime Television in 1994 or on TV Land in 2002. If you watched one of the more recent syndicated revivals, then you've missed a lot, because Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman has not been seen in it's original form, with all of the 307 episodes intact since the 70's.
Greg Mullavey co-starred as Mary's husband Tom, Mary Kay Place (Big Love, The Big Chill), who won a 1977 Emmy for her role on the show as an aspiring country singer Loretta Haggers, Graham Jarvis (Misery, Guiding Light) as Loretta's devoted husband, Debralee Scott (Police Academy, American Graffiti) as Mary's younger sister, Victor Kilian (The Ox-Bow Incident, Only Angels Have Wings) as crusty Grandpa Larkin, Dody Goodman (One Life To Live, Grease) and Philip Bruns (General Hospital, Flashdance) as perhaps the strangest parents in television history, Dabney Coleman (Boardwalk Empire, Tootsie) as Fernwood's slightly devious mayor. MH2 marked the TV debut for Martin Mull (Arrested Development, Roseanne) as identical twins Garth and Barth Gimble, and Claudia Lamb (Forever Fernwood) as Mary's 12 year old daughter.
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman ranked #21 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!"
After Norman Lear brought All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude to CBS, and Sanford and Son to NBC, he must have been surprised when the networks passed up Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Was it because the satirical soap opera with was too edgy, or maybe the network suits just didn't get it. Lear claims, the networks were afraid of it, but Lear didn't give up, he decided to syndicate it.
Lear rented studio space from KTLA. The KTLA studio was across Fernwood Street, so they started calling KTLA "Fernwood", which then became the name of the fictitious town where the show is set.
Shunned by the networks, the syndicated five-day-a-week serial appeared in every major market, on over 100 stations, generally in non-prime-time slots. In Los Angeles and New York, "MH2" share of the audience has topped the local news of the CBS affiliate – a fact Executive Producer Lear must have relished, since CBS first backed – and then backed out of – the series.
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series. Not since the show's original network run has anyone been able to experience this iconic cult classic in its entirety. At long last, all 325 episodes of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman will be available on DVD when Shout! Factory releases the 38-DVD box set. Bonus Features: Inside the Funhouse Mirror featurette - Norman Lear, Louise Lasser and Mary Kay Place talk about the making of MH2. On the Verge of featurette - Norman Lear and Louise Lasser remember the famous "Nervous Breakdown" episode where Lasser gives an incomparable performance as Mary who finds coping with life as "America's Typical Consumer Housewife" beyond her grasp. 10 original Fernwood 2-Night Episodes! - Based in Fernwood, Ohio, the fictional town made popular by Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Fernwood 2-Night is the original TV talk show spoof starring Martin Mull, Fred Willard, and Frank De Vol.
Total Program Running Time: Approx. 135 hours
Louise Lasser as Mary Hartman
Greg Mullavey as Tom Hartman
Mary Kay Place as Loretta Haggers
Graham Jarvis as Charlie Haggers
Dody Goodman as Martha Shumway
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The plots of MH2 were beyond quirky. In the first episode Mary's neighbor Loretta, an aspiring country singer drops by to report a mass murder. "The Lombardis, their three kids, two goats, and eight chickens." An astonished Mary says, "What kind of madman would kill two goats and eight chickens?"
The next day, dawn has hardly broken over the unhappy Hartman household when the phone rings. It is the police, who have arrested Mary’s Grandpa Larkin as "the Fernwood Flasher." A shocked Mary says, "I can’t talk now; I’m on the phone."
To the 9½ million soap followers, the fast and funny scenario may sound too good to be true. The average soap has a tortuously slow plot so full of digression that weeks can go by before the heroine is forced to decide whether to paint her nails pink or red. Sex and violence only simmer; it can take years for marriage and divorce merely to be broached.
Time Magazine reported that Lear spent more time on the show than on any other project. In fact Lear may even be Mary. Says Chief Scriptwriter Ann Marcus: “If Mary sees an article in a magazine, that usually means Norman saw the article in a magazine.” But despite suggestions from Lear and virtually everyone else on the set, Marcus finds the pace leaves hardly any “time to work out where the story is going.” The original 60-page “bible” that traced planned story lines was expected to last at least six months. Restless “Mary” consumed it in three weeks.
An announced “summer hiatus” of reruns to give the frazzled cast a much-needed rest didn’t result in diminished interest, as feared. And—wonder of wonders—neither did the drug-bust of star Louise “Mary” Lasser, who was found with a vial of cocaine in her purse last Spring. An incident that might have ruined her career and the show not so many years ago did result in momentary hysteria—at least, until the ratings held and none of the stations rushed to cancel their contracts.
During the crucial six-months period of her probation, Louise had to partake in what is known as the court’s diversionary program for first offenders. The standard operating procedure is to send the offender to a diversionary school. In Louise’s case, however, it was decided that her probation period be spent under the care and supervision of a private psychiatrist.
“They were so supportive—they were so wonderful. Not only was I never threatened with loss of my job, but I was only given comfort. Just pure, pure comfort. The same reaction came from the audiences. They don’t know Louise as well as they know Mary and they thought maybe Mary made a mistake and asked ‘Is there anything we can do to help? Does Mary want a daisy?’”
At the height of the Hartman hysteria, Louise said, “The acceptance of the show proves to me that I do fit into society. I’m amazed that any American family would take Mary into their home. And if they would take Mary in, they’d take Louise in.” However, the questions remain that if Mary Hartman is going too far, how long will it be before she’s shown the door? And with or without Mary, will Louise be out in the cold too?
Louise Lasser was banned from SNL after having a mental meltdown at showtime.
On July 24, 1976, Lasser hosted Saturday Night Live at the end of the first season; her performance is best known for her opening monologue when she had a meltdown and locked herself in her dressing room. Lasser was said to be going through personal problems at the time and was reportedly nearly incoherent throughout the broadcast.
Louise Lasser left the show after only one season. During season one, the writers gave poor Mary a nervous breakdown while being interviewed on live TV and she ended up in a psychiatric asylum which was a bit of a vacation for her. When she returned, she eventually left Tom and ran off with Sgt. Dennis Foley, a police officer who clearly has a thing for her from the show's get-go.
After Lasser's departure, the series became rebranded as Forever Fernwood. The rest of the cast stayed on and Shelley Fabares joined the show as Tom's love interest after Mary leaves. Forever Fernwood lasted for 130 episodes and was then replaced with a talk show parody called Fernwood 2-Night, which later became America 2-Night.
Reality stars meet daytime stars starting
Thursday on “Bold and Beautiful.”
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Reality stars from CBS’ “Big Brother,”
“Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” will guest star on the soap
opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” beginning Thursday, October 24.
Reality stars taking part include “Big Brother” houseguests Howard
Overby, Jeff Schroeder, Rachel Reilly, Brendon Villegas and Elissa Slater as
well as “Survivor” contestant Malcolm Freberg. Villegas, Reilly and
Schroeder have also been contestants on “Amazing Race.” Villegas,
Schroeder, Freberg and Reilly previously made appearances on “B&B.”
The five “Big Brother” houseguests will appear in scenes in the
soap’s Bikini Bar with series regulars Kim Matula (Hope) and Darin Brooks
(Wyatt) on Oct. 24 and 25.
Reilly and Slater will also appear on Oct. 30 and 31 in the Forrester
The soap, which debuted in March 1987, is set in Los Angeles and the world
of high fashion.
How would you like to attend a Halloween festival held at the the most iconic house in television history-- the home of the Munster family.
Charles and Sandra McKee have the ultimate Munsters collectible: A replica of the house on 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Except this house is locate in Waxahachie, Texas. And this isn't just a facade like the one at Universal Studios.
The house isn't just for show, it's a real house that the McKees live in, so it's not open to the public, except for their annual Halloween Charity Bash. The big bash, a family friendly event, is on October 18 & 19, 2013 (7PM - Midnight). For just $20 for adults, $12 for kids, you can get a tour of the house, meet Pat Priest who played Marilyn Munster from 1964-66 on the original series, there's food, midway games, a live band, and family friendly entertainment. You can get complete details on their official web site.
In December of 2001, Charles McKee McKee and his wife Sandra, started construction on their dream house, situated just thirty miles south of Dallas Fort-Worth on the outskirts of the small Texas town of Waxahachie, the instantly recognizable home of televisions most fiendishly funny and 'abnormal' monster family stands forebodingly. Owned and built by Sandra and Charles McKee, the Munster Mansion (as it is now known) is a 5,825-square-foot Victorian style house, with a shockingly accurate interior that matches the set used on the series, complete with a staircase that opens and a dungeon trap door in the living room.
The initial construction cost was estimated at $250,000 and completed in 2002. Contractor Steve Wilson said Universal Studios, which owns rights to the show, has been supportive. In fact it seems like Universal even appreciates the press coverage they've been getting.
1. Front doors for Herman to crash through. 2. Completed Foyer w/ Butch Patrick and Grandpa George 3. Foyer under construction 4. The real house in 1963 5. The replica under construction.
As the McKees keeping adding details to the house, it may never be complete, but in 2002 cast alumni Al Lewis and Butch Patrick appeared at the public grand opening. Lewis exclaimed, with tears in his eyes, "This brings back warm memories." The house comes equipped with a grand staircase (which opens up to reveal Spot), a rotating suit of armor, trap doors, secret passages, Grandpa's electric chair, a pipe organ, raven cuckoo clock, a crooked bat weather vane on the roof and even a dungeon complete with trap door.
The Munster's house shown under construction in March of 2002
The Munster Mansion Halloween Bash each year selects a local charity and donates proceeds from the event, The Salvation Army this year.
Michael J Fox is known to millions of fans as Marty McFly, Mike Flaherty, the mayor's assistant on Spin City, and Doc Hollywood, but the role that put Fox on the road to stardom Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties.
In 1979 Fox was eighteen years old living in Canada when he told his parents he was moving to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Fox's dad, William Fox, a police officer and member of the Canadian Forces supported his son's decision, probably because Michael's mother had been an actress.
Fox was discovered by producer Ronald Shedlo and made his American television debut in the television film Letters from Frank, credited under the name "Michael Fox". He intended to continue to use the name, but when he registered with the Screen Actors Guild, which requires unique registration names to avoid credit ambiguities, he discovered that Michael Fox, a veteran character actor, was already registered under the name. As he explained in his autobiography, Lucky Man: A Memoir , and in interviews, he needed to come up with a different name. He did not like the sound of "Andrew" or "Andy", so he decided to adopt a new middle initial and settled on "J", as an homage to actor Michael J. Pollard.
The going wasn't easy. In 1982, things had become so bad that in order to pay his bills Fox was selling off sections of a sectional couch, and was ready to return to Canada when Family Ties series creator, Gary David Goldberg, cast Fox as Alex P. Keaton, even though Brandon Tartikoff, one of the show's producers, felt that Fox was too short and tried to have him replaced. Tartikoff reportedly said that "this is not the kind of face you'll ever find on a lunch-box." After his later successes, Fox presented Tartikoff with a custom-made lunch-box with the inscription "To Brandon, this is for you to put your crow in. Love and Kisses, Michael J. Fox". Tartikoff kept the lunch-box in his office for the rest of his NBC career.
At its peak, the audience for Family Ties drew one-third of America's households every week. Fox won three Emmy awards for Family Ties, in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He also won a Golden Globe Award in 1989.
During Family Ties Fox made two hit feature films, Teen Wolf and Back to the Future. While filming Back to the Future, Fox would rehearse for Family Ties from 10AM to 6PM, then rush to the Back to the Future set where he would rehearse and shoot until 2:30AM. This schedule lasted for two full months.
Fox started displaying symptoms of early-onset Parkinson's disease in 1990 while shooting the movie Doc Hollywood, although he was not properly diagnosed until the next year.
Doc Hollywood, a romantic comedy about a talented medical doctor who decides to become a plastic surgeon, was released in 1991. While moving from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, California, he winds up as a doctor in a small southern town in South Carolina. Michael Caton-Jones, from Time Out, described Fox in the film as "at his frenetic best".
In 1996 Fox and Gary David Goldberg would team up again, when Goldberg created Spin City with Bill Lawrence and they cast Michael J. Fox in the lead as Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York.
In 1998, Michael J. Fox announced that he had Parkinson's disease and in 2000 Fox announced his retirement from the Spin City to focus on spending more time with his family. He announced that he planned to continue to act and would make guest appearances on Spin City (he made three more appearances on the show during the final season). After leaving the show Fox served as an executive producer alongside co-creators Bill Lawrence and Gary David Goldberg. Fox remained close friends with Goldberg until Goldberg's death from brain cancer in June of this year.
From 2000 until now, Fox kept busy as a strong advocate of Parkinson's disease research. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, was created to help advance every promising research path to curing Parkinson's disease, including embryonic stem cell studies. Fox limited his acting on TV to guest starring roles that didn't exceed eight episodes.
In Fox's new NBC series, "The Michael J. Fox Show," he plays Mike Henry, one of New York's most beloved news anchors. Mike Henry, put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But five years later, with the kids busy growing up and Mike growing restless, it just might be time for him to get back to work. Having never wanted Mike to leave in the first place, his old boss Harris Green (Wendell Pierce) jumped at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it's always been, was to make Mike think it was his idea. Now the plan is in motion and Mike will be back to juggling home, family, and career - just like the old days, but only better. Fox also serves as executive producer.
On November 12th, Paramount Home Entertainment will release a collectible gift set, Family Ties: The Complete Series. The set will include an exclusive bonus disc not available on the season sets, plus special photo album packaging that showcases rare photos of the cast and memorable moments from each season. CLICK HERE to pre-order from amazon.com and save 30% off the suggested retail price.
Fox Fact: Fox sat next to Princess Diana for Back to the Future's 1985 charity premiere.
Get the Back to the Future Trilogy on Blu Ray. This set includes all 3 movies which include Back to the Future, Back to the Future 2 and Back to the Future 3 plus a brand new 6-part documentary "Tales of the Future" on Blu Ray.
Fox Fact: Michael has been married to actress Tracy Pollan for 25 years. The couple has four children together.
We’ll learn what happens to Walter, Jesse, and the gang when the final
episode of Breaking Bad airs on Sunday, but what has become of the
Hazmat suits, that pork pie hat, and the other trademark props and
costumes from the AMC series now that filming has wrapped? If you've got
the luck and the buck, you could own a piece of Breaking Bad history that
will last forever. When the show ends on September 29th, an auction of
nearly 200 screen used props begins.
You better have a high credit limit on the old Visa card; genuine TV
props authenticated by Sony Pictures Entertainment don't come cheap.
Bids start at $10 for trinkets like Jesse Pinkman’s DEA mug, while
bidding for Walter White's inscribed edition of 'Leaves of Grass' starts
at $3,000. You can bid on Hector "Tio" Salamanca's wheelchair, but the
bell is a separate auction with an opening bid of $3,500. Remember,
these are just the opening bids, don't expect to be able to pick up
Jesse Pinkman's leather jacket for only $350.
Many of the cars used on the show are up for auction also; Jesse Pinkman's Toyota Tercel, Marie Schrader's Volkswagen, Walter's 1977
Cadillac, Jesse's Monte Carlo, Todd's El Camino, Andrea's Olds, Skyler's
Jeep and others, all in varying condition.
Hector "Tio" Salamanca's bell.
The Breaking Bad auction begins Sunday, September 29, at noon PT, and
runs for eight days. Many of the the auction items including those now
infamous Hazmat suits, the pink teddy bear, and that copy of Walt
Whitman’s Leaves of Grass – are now on display at the Museum of the
Moving Image in New York City. Visitors can view the “From Mr. Chips to
Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in Breaking Bad” exhibit until
You must pre-register to bid at
Screenbid Auctions. Maybe the best thing you can own to remember
Breaking Bad are the shows themselves. Click Here
to get the series in all formats, and you can even buy Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
that includes a replica money barrel,
over 55 hours of special features from all seasons,
an all new two-hour documentary,
a 16 page booklet with letter from Vince Gilligan,
a commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan,
a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, and more!
The little town with a little train and the little hotel is coming to the Big Screen! Director Tom Logan is in the process of making the classic 60's sit-com Petticoat Junction into a feature film.
Petticoat Junction was created by Paul Henning and based on his childhood memories of his aunt's hotel in Missouri. Paul Henning created The Beverly Hillbillies, which was such a ratings juggernaut for CBS that they gave Henning carte blanche to create another series of his choice.
The stories centered around the Shady Rest Hotel, situated on the train line of the C. & F.W. Railroad, halfway between the towns of Pixley and Hooterville, each 25 miles away. If you need supplies, the train stops at Drucker's General Store in Hooterville, but for a supermarket, beauty parlors, movies, school and the hospital, you'll need to go to Pixley.
The Petticoat Junction film is being writing, directed and produced by Tom Logan and is currently in pre-production. The production is expected to be filmed in Louisiana.
Tom Logan (right) directing actor Richard Thomas on the set of Bloodhounds, Inc., at Paramount Studios Ranch in Malibu
Before becoming a screen director Tom was an actor who had a recurring role on the #1-rated daytime soap, General Hospital on and off for 12 years playing "Gary." He also had a recurring role on Days of Our Lives, as well as principal roles on other soaps including the Young and the Restless and Capitol. He also had Co-Starring roles on many prime time TV series, and had starring roles in over 70 live stage productions including such Broadway shows as Mame, Applause, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as many national tours. In addition, Tom is currently directing all episodes of a TV series entitled, "Horse Play."
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