Care Bears through the years
May 31st, 2012
02:36 PM ET

The Throwback: 30th anniversary of Care Bears

The Care Bears turn 30 this year, and they're also preparing for a TV comeback.

Initially created as a greeting card line at American Greetings in 1982, the lovable, pastel-colored bears hit it big from 1983-1988, wherein there existed a Care Bears cartoon show on television, a full range of toys and products, and three movies.

Since 1988, however, the Care Bears have slipped in and out of vogue with various attempts to re-brand the franchise.

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The Throwback: 'Jaws' the 'Quint'-essential summer blockbuster
May 25th, 2012
01:10 PM ET

The Throwback: 'Jaws' the 'Quint'-essential summer blockbuster

Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer, and one tradition that's up there with barbecues, beaches and camping trips is the summer blockbuster.

And while "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Men in Black 3" may spring to mind when you hear that phrase, we're thinking of the ultimate summer movie: "Jaws."

Based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name, "Jaws" opened on June 20, 1975 and quickly chomped through box office records. On opening weekend alone, it netted over $7 million in tickets sales. Incidentally, the film's entire budget was $7 million. It remained No. 1 at the box office for a staggering 14 weeks in a row and became the first-ever film to make over $100 million.

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The Throwback: 'In Living Color' honored as 'groundbreaking'
April 26th, 2012
02:11 PM ET

The Throwback: 'In Living Color' honored as 'groundbreaking'

"In the early days, TV was in black and white," Whoopi Goldberg said as she presented the Groundbreaking Award to the cast of "In Living Color" at the TV Land Awards earlier this month.

"But let's be honest," she went on. "It was really more white than black. But in 1990, a new show changed the face of television, not to mention comedy."

Created by actor/writer Keenen Ivory Wayans, the sketch comedy series "In Living Color" ran on Fox from 1990-1994, and "brought a new multiculturalism to the primetime variety genre, which basically means there was nothing like it on television anywhere," continued Goldberg.

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The Throwback: 'Murphy Brown' honored with TV Land award
April 19th, 2012
02:06 PM ET

The Throwback: 'Murphy Brown' honored with TV Land award

When series creator Diane English pitched "Murphy Brown" to CBS back in 1988, the network was concerned the character wasn't likable enough.

Executives wanted her age to be 30 - or better yet, 25 - rather than 40, and they didn't like that, in the pilot, Murphy was fresh out of rehab. They also would've preferred that Heather Locklear take on the part.

But 10 years, 247 episodes and 93 assistants later (with a running gag on the show being that Murphy could never keep one), "Murphy Brown" remains beloved to this day. At last weekend's TV Land Awards, which will air on April 29, the series received the coveted Impact Award.

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Tori Spelling ready 'to make people laugh more’
April 7th, 2012
11:53 AM ET

Tori Spelling ready 'to make people laugh more’

Tori Spelling regrets the fact that she’s put acting on the backburner in recent years. At an event celebrating the release of her new book, “CelebraTORI,” she told CNN, "I'm ready to make people laugh more."

Spelling has worn many hats in her career, which has encompassed the roles of actress, producer, reality show star, children’s clothing designer, jewelry designer and creator of a line of crafts, among others.

Is there a career goal Spelling has yet to conquer?

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James Marsden on '30 Rock's' Liz/Criss romance
March 27th, 2012
10:02 AM ET

James Marsden on '30 Rock's' Liz/Criss romance

James Marsden may play the dopey Criss on NBC's "30 Rock," but the actor himself says he feels the need to be extremely up on current events to keep up with the whip-smart "30 Rock" staff.

News and culture references are constantly being added to the scripts, Marsden told us recently, and he feels "the need to keep up in order to maintain the water-cooler talk."

The actor has been playing Liz Lemon's love interest in a recurring role, and it's a character Marsden describes as "a dope, but a loveable one. He has his gourmet hotdog truck, [and] nothing ruffles his feathers, whereas Liz overthinks everything."

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