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Gene Roddenberry's "The Questor Tapes"

Rod Roddenberry continues developing a remake of writer/producer Gene Roddenberry's TV movie "The Questor Tapes", based on the novel by D.C. Fontana, about an android (Robert Foxworth) with incomplete memory tapes, who searches for his creator:

"...'Project Questor' is the brainchild of 'Emil Vaslovik', who develops plans to build a superhuman android with a team of the world's foremost experts. Attempts to decode the programming tape were unsuccessful, with approximately half of the tape erased.

"The team then decides to substitute their own programming, over the objections of 'Jerry Robinson' (Mike Farrell), the only team member who actually had worked with the mysterious inventor. But he is overruled by the head of the project, 'Geoffrey Darro' (John Vernon).

"When the android has been finished, the new tape is loaded, with no results. In desperation, Robinson persuades Darro to allow Vaslovik's tape — what remains of it — to be loaded.
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 20)

1970: Days of our Lives' Julie married Scott.

1978: Ryan's Hope's Faith prepared to married Tom.

1981: Dynasty's first season ended with the return of Alexis.

1987: Days of our Lives' Bo & Hope left Salem."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1942: The Second Mrs. Burton premiered on the Blue Network. The radio soap opera had previously aired on CBS Radio, and would return to CBS four months later.

1970: On Days of our Lives, Julie (Susan Seaforth) finally settled the score with former best
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Alan Alda: ‘M*A*S*H’ Cast’s Bond Shows “A Sense Of Family Is Possible” – Nab

Alan Alda: ‘M*A*S*H’ Cast’s Bond Shows “A Sense Of Family Is Possible” – Nab
Alan Alda reminisced about M*A*S*H as the ultimate TV watercooler event and stressed the importance of communal viewing and interpersonal communication during an appearance today at the Nab Show in Las Vegas.

“On the final episode of M*A*S*H, so many people were watching that when the first commercial came on, everybody went to the bathroom at the same time and it nearly broke the water works,” Alda said in accepting the Distinguished Service Award from the Nab, dryly adding, “I’ve never had a salute like that.”

The audience on the opening morning of the trade show ate out of the 83-year-old actor’s hand, rewarding many of his bon mots with fond murmurs and applause. After some brief solo remarks, Alda sat for a one-on-one chat with Cynthia Littleton of Variety, Deadline’s sister publication.

In 2018, Alda revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 6)

1976: Days of our Lives' Laura gave birth to Jennifer.

1985: Santa Barbara's Kelly received white carnations.

1995: One Life to Live's Joey wanted answers from his mother.

1996: Another World's Grant took Vicky hostage."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1973: Denise Alexander aired for the final time as Susan Hunter Martin on Days of our Lives.

1976: On Days of our Lives, Laura Horton (Susan Oliver) gave birth to a baby girl, Jennifer Rose. "A daughter—almost as pretty as you," said the proud father,
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Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Musical Heading To Broadway

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Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Musical Heading To Broadway
She’s here to remind you: Alanis Morissette’s ’90s cultural touchstone Jagged Little Pill is heading to Broadway. The new musical, inspired by the themes of Morissette’s album of the same title but with an original story by Juno writer Diablo Cody, is set to open in the fall. Diane Paulus (Waitress) will direct.

The musical — with songs from the catalog of Morissette, who does not appear onstage — premiered in a sold-out engagement last summer at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Ma. Casting for the Broadway production was not announced, nor was a theater or premiere date.

The Broadway staging was announced today by producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price.

In addition to Cody and Paulus, the creative team will include music by Morissette and Glen Ballard, with lyrics by Morissette. Movement direction and choreography is by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (the choreographer behind
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5 reasons why Alan Alda deserves his honorary ‘M*A*S*H’ note at the SAG Awards

Anyone can be a multi-talent. But to be a major star with a big heart and a social conscience means even more.

Tonight at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on TNT and TBS, Alan Alda — who 83rd birthday is on Monday — will be honored by his thespian peers as he receives a Screen Actors Guild life achievement award for his body of work on stage, in film and especially on TV. That includes his 11 seasons on “M*A*S*H” (1972-83), both in front of and behind the camera, along with his activism and other landmarks in his seven-decade career.

The award predates the 25-year-old competitive awards by more than 30 years. The first recipient: Eddie Cantor in 1962. More recently, the guild has presented its honorary prize to such performers as Morgan Freeman, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno and Dick Van Dyke. Here are five reasons why Alda is fully
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Christmas on TV: Top 20 greatest episodes of all time, ranked worst to best, include ‘Happy Days,’ ‘SNL,’ ‘The Brady Bunch,’ ‘Seinfeld’

It’s a Christmas tradition for almost every great television series to end the calendar year with a Christmas episode. When done right, this segment can become a classic that brings joy to the holiday season. Whether they are completely original or variations on themes involving Santa Claus, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Ebenezer Scrooge or some other staple, fans of these shows can hold such episodes in their hearts forever. Our photo gallery looks back on the 20 greatest Christmas episodes, ranked best to worst, from such shows as “Happy Days,” “The Brady Bunch,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Office,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and more.

SEE15 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time

20. Little House on the Prairie – “Christmas at Plum Creek” (1974)

Christmas is all about secrets. Laura (Melissa Gilbert) wants to buy an expensive present for her mother. Mary (Melissa Sue Anderson) wants
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It Came From The Tube: She Cried Murder (1973)

Economy was the key to a solid TV movie back in the day; sure, now you can stretch out a story over ten episodes and watch ‘em all at once. *Pulls up pants even higher* But back in my time you had 75 to 90 minutes tops to get your point across, and we liked it! Even better, a small screen flick like She Cried Murder (1973) does it in a speedy 66, omitting unnecessary tropes such as love stories, secondary characters, and plot.

Okay, I’m just being cheeky; She Cried Murder is so lean that all it really has time for is a cat and mouse chase between a woman who witnessed a murder and the fella who did it; motive is covered quite tidily so it isn’t all chase, and what it does accomplish is effective enough. Not enough to deter folk from watching the ABC Tuesday Movie of the
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Mike Farrell

If you were a big fan of M*A*S*H then you likely remember Mike Farrell since he was at one point one of the most popular characters on the show. Despite the fact that after the show his career did continue forward the program was his one big claim to fame that a lot of people will likely remember since it was such an influential show during its time and was actually lamented when it went off the air finally. He’s been a busy man ever since the end of the show and has done plenty of things that are off

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Mike Farrell
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A 'Big Bang Theory' Spin-Off Series — Exploring The Possibilities

As much as fans were shocked by the recent news that the current 12th season of CBS' The Big Bang Theory will be the show's last, the cast, it has been revealed, was equally caught off-guard. As per the normal routine, they were expecting negotiations for a 13th and possibly 14th season between the network and the studio to begin. But then Jim Parsons let it be known that he was ready to move on, and all discussions came to a close. Almost immediately this has been heralded as the show's final year. But is it? Or does the possibility for a spin-off actually exist? Actress Kaley Cuoco, for one, certainly seems open to the idea. As reported by Good Housekeeping, she recently commented, "I am so sad that it’s ending. For the record, I would have done 20 more years. I think we were all hoping for a giant 'bazinga!
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Emmy episode analysis: Judith Light (‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’) plays a bereaved widow keeping a secret in ‘A Random Killing’

Emmy episode analysis: Judith Light (‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’) plays a bereaved widow keeping a secret in ‘A Random Killing’
Judith Light has earned her fourth Emmy nomination this year, this time as Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for her role as Marilyn Miglin in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Although she earned two Best Actress awards at the Daytime Emmys for her work on “One Life to Live,” she is still looking for her first win at the Primetime ceremony, having earned a nomination for Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Ugly Betty” and two for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Transparent.” She also won Tony Awards in 2012 and 2013 for her featured roles in “Other Desert Cities” and “The Assembled Parties.”

Light has submitted the third episode of the series, titled “A Random Killing,” to Emmy voters. In the episode we are introduced to Marilyn, a wealthy cosmetics mogul whose husband Lee (Mike Farrell) is brutally murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Emmy nominee Darren Criss
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2018 Gold Derby TV Awards winners: ‘Versace’ and ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ are top winners, but ‘Game of Thrones’ takes Best Drama

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2018 Gold Derby TV Awards winners: ‘Versace’ and ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ are top winners, but ‘Game of Thrones’ takes Best Drama
The 15th Annual Gold Derby TV Award winners were announced on Thursday, September 6, during a live webcast announcement (watch it above). These prizes were decided by hundreds of Gold Derby users who arguably know more about the television landscape than a lot of TV academy members. And they spread the wealth when picking this year’s recipients. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” was the biggest winner with four awards, followed by “The Handmaid’s Tale” with three, but the top series prizes actually went to “Game of Thrones” and “Atlanta.”

“Versace” swept the longform categories, claiming Best Limited Series, Best Movie/Mini Actor (Darren Criss), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Judith Light) and Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Cody Fern). The last two prizes in that field went to “USS Callister (Black Mirror)” (Best TV Movie) and “The Tale” (Best Movie/Mini Actress for Laura Dern).

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2018 Gold Derby TV Awards: Time’s running out this Friday to vote for the winners!

2018 Gold Derby TV Awards: Time’s running out this Friday to vote for the winners!
Mark your calendars: the winners of the 15th Annual Gold Derby TV Awards will be announced on Thursday, September 6, at 9:00am Pacific/12:00pm Eastern. There’s still time to vote for your favorite TV shows, episodes and performances, or to edit your ballot if you’ve changed your mind in some categories. But act fast: voting closes on Friday night at 11:00pm Pacific/2:00am Eastern. As I’m writing this, the closest races are coming down to just a handful of votes, so every vote counts.

Of course, I’m not going to tell you which races are close and who between. You’ll have to wait until next Thursday to find that out.

To refresh your memory about this year’s contenders, “This is Us” is the most nominated program of the year with nine bids including Best Drama Series. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace
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Judith Light (‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’): ‘There is still a great deal of homophobia’ in America [Complete Interview Transcript]

Judith Light (‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’): ‘There is still a great deal of homophobia’ in America [Complete Interview Transcript]
Judith Light just picked up her third consecutive Emmy nomination, this time for her heartbreaking work as Marilyn Miglin on the FX limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The actress now has four prime-time nominations in her career, including two for playing Shelly Pfefferman on “Transparent” and another for guest starring on “Ugly Betty.”

Light recently chatted with Gold Derby contributing writer Tony Ruiz about filming “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” the day after last year’s Emmys, the importance of the series and how she feels about her life at this stage in her career. Watch the exclusive video chat above and read the complete interview transcript below.

SEETom Rob Smith Interview: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ writer

Gold Derby: Judith Light, congratulations on your Emmy nomination. You played Marilyn Miglin in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” First of all, it would seem to me that you and
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Judith Light (‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’): An Lgbtq ‘history lesson’ for viewers [Exclusive Video Interview]

Judith Light (‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’): An Lgbtq ‘history lesson’ for viewers [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I’m so honored to be nominated with all of these incredible artists, so it’s very special for me this year,” exclaims Judith Light about her Emmy nomination for her role as Marilyn Miglin in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” In our exclusive interview (watch the video above), the two-time Tony winner reflects not only on her fourth Emmy nomination, but on the relevance of the limited series in the national discussion of issues affecting the Lgbtq community. “18 Emmy nominations tells you a lot, not just about the artistry but about the compelling nature of the story.”

SEEDarren Criss Interview: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

The series documents the crime spree of serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Emmy nominee Darren Criss) that culminated in the murder of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace (Emmy nominee Edgar Ramirez). Light says she felt a special pressure playing Marilyn, a wealthy
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2018 Gold Derby TV Awards nominations: ‘This is Us,’ ‘Gianni Versace’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ lead the way

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For the second year in a row the NBC family drama “This is Us” is the top nominee at the Gold Derby TV Awards with nine bids. It’s followed closely by two programs tied with eight noms apiece: fellow drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Meanwhile, “Atlanta” and “The Good Place” are tied as the top comedy contenders with seven nominations each. Scroll down to see the full list of contenders for these 15th annual awards.

Over 1,000 Gold Derby users voted for their television favorites over the last month. Our editors announced this year’s nominees live on Thursday, July 26. Watch the complete video of the announcement above. Scroll to the bottom of this page for instructions on how you can vote for winners in all 30 categories throughout the next few weeks.

The nine nominations for “This is Us” are the
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 20)

1970: Days of our Lives' Julie married Scott.

1978: Ryan's Hope's Faith prepared to married Tom.

1981: Dynasty's first season ended with the return of Alexis.

1987: Days of our Lives' Bo & Hope left Salem."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1942: The Second Mrs. Burton premiered on the Blue Network. The radio soap opera had previously aired on CBS Radio, and would return to CBS four months later.
See full article at We Love Soaps »

Emmy spotlight: Judith Light deserves overdue trophy for ‘tour de force’ performance in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Emmy spotlight: Judith Light deserves overdue trophy for ‘tour de force’ performance in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’
Judith Light makes only two appearances in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” But boy, does she make an impact, especially in the season’s third episode, giving what Joe Reid (Decider) called “one of the all-time best single-episode performances in a Ryan Murphy series.” It’s a performance that deserves to be recognized at this year’s Emmys, and could bring the veteran Tony and Daytime Emmy-winning actress an overdue first win at the Primetime ceremony.

In the season’s third episode, “A Random Killing,” Light plays Marilyn Miglin, a high-profile cosmetics mogul whose husband Lee (Mike Farrell), a prominent developer and philanthropist, was brutally murdered by Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) in the months leading up to Cunanan murdering famed designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez). The Miglins were well-known Chicago socialites, and their marriage is portrayed as one of deep love and mutual respect. However,
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 6)

1976: Days of our Lives' Laura gave birth to Jennifer.

1985: Santa Barbara's Kelly received white carnations.

1995: One Life to Live's Joey wanted answers from his mother.

1996: Another World's Grant took Vicky hostage."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1973: Denise Alexander aired for the final time as Susan Hunter Martin on Days of our Lives.
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‘American Crime Story': Yes, Marilyn Miglin Still Sells Perfume

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The disjointed approach to storytelling in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” means that in its third episode, the show moves backwards to tell the story of how Andrew Cunanan killed his third victim, Lee Miglin. Most of “American Crime Story” Episode 3, “A Random Killing,” focuses on the experiences of the wife of Lee Miglin (Mike Farrell), Marilyn, played by Judith Light. The episode tracks her relationship with her husband, and suggests that it’s possible Miglin was killed in 1997 partially because he knew and had had an affair with Cunanan. “A Random Killing” is mostly...
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