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Judith Light Joins The ABC Comedy Pilot THE WINKLERS!

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Current Dallas guest star, and two time Tony and Daytime Emmy winner, Judith Light has just signed on for another primetime television project!

According to TVLine.com today, Judith has been cast as Henry Winkler’s wife, Tita in the ABC comedy pilot, The Winklers!

Deadline.com revealed that The Winklers is from Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal; Winkler’s son, director Max Winkler; and son-in-law, actor Rob Reinis.  The project, which had a pilot production commitment, was conceived as a starring vehicle for Henry Winkler and is based on his relationship with his son-in-law.  Josh Sussman of Glee will play Jonah, the son of Henry and Tita.   And as to the story:  “Though he has his own apartment, Jonah frequently stops by his parents’ home to take baths, hang out and receive praise from his parents or anyone else willing to hand out a compliment.”

This would mark a return for Judith to the TV sitcom comedy realm, after her turns on Ugly Betty and of course, Who’s The Boss?  What do you think of Judith’s new role?  Do you hope it goes to series? Let us know!

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M Baptiste
M Baptiste

OMG, sounds wonderful, the “Raymond team” meets Winkler and then Ms. Light adding her “light!” I love this woman and frankly, as “dramatically superb” as she is, Judith is just delightful and sassy with comedy. Already a must see, I bet it’s a hit.

Mark
Mark

Don’t leave Dallas Judith!!!

moshane58
moshane58

What about Dallas? Love her on that show…Hate she is going to a ABC network. them except GH..Would watch it if it were somewhere else…

su0000
su0000

ohhhh no!
I really really like Judith Light in Dallas..
She a crazy mean bitch!!!! I like that..

(( I assume this means she will be exiting Dallas 🙁

Max
Max

I’m happy for her but she is so unbelievably good on Dallas that I’m a little sad as well.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

If it good as E.L.R. ill watch!!!

jackie
jackie

Dont leave Dallas Judith….you are AWESOME on that show….

johnny
johnny

wow congrats Judith, she is a wonderful actress. WHy? couldnt you, have put a better picture of Judith Light, she looks like a tranny in this picture. lmao.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I hope she is able to continue on Dallas with this new project.

Christy
Christy

welcome back to ABC! I’m hearing her scream in my head confessing about being a “Common Hooker!” te he he Can’t ever forget her on OLTL.

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‘Dallas’ star Ken Kercheval Dead At Age 83

Sad news to report for fans of the iconic primetime soap, Dallas.  Ken Kercheval, who played the thorn in J.R. Ewing’s (Larry Hagman) side, Cliff Barnes, has passed away.   The actor was 83 and died at his home in Indiana on Sunday.   The cause of death is under wraps.  He had been previously open about being a lung cancer survivor after years of smoking.

Kercheval was on Dallas for its entire run on CBS from 1978 to 1991, and returned to the TNT reboot from 2012 to 2014 to reprise his signature role.

On Dallas, Cliff Barnes was always the perennial loser when he went toe to toe with ruthless J.R, but in the final season, Cliff beats J.R at his own game and takes over Ewing Oil.  Cliff was also hopelessly in love with Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) and was the brother to Pam Barnes, played by Victoria Principal.

As for Ken’s first big acting breaks, that came on daytime soap operas when early in his career he appeared on Search for Tomorrow and How to Survive a Marriage.

Later, he appeared on episodic dramas such as Starsky & Hutch, and Crossing Jordan.  His final role was in a movie, 2019’s Surviving in L.A. said to be a comedy/drama in which he plays the business manager of a former teen sitcom star who trashed her life through drug abuse and is fresh out of rehab.

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Share your thoughts on the passing of Ken Kercheval in the comment section below.   But first, watch him as Cliff Barnes in this scene from TNT’s Dallas when he sees J.R. for the first time in years!

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Is That You Bobby Ewing? ‘Dallas’ Favorite Patrick Duffy Dons New Look For Guest Spot On ‘American Housewife’

In this week’s tis’ the season episode of the comedy series, American Housewife, none other than former  Dallas and The Bold and the Beautiful star Patrick Duffy returns to TV, when in story, Katie (Katie Nixon) strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty (Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas.  The episode is aptly titled, “Saving Christmas”

This then puts Marty face-to-face and toe-to-toe with ex-wife Kathryn, played by the wonderful Wendie Malick.

Soap fans will remember the Hot in Cleveland crossover between Malick and Susan Lucci of All My Children.

The first look photos of Duffy on American Housewife were first delivered by ABC to TV Insider.

The Duffy-esque episode airs on Wednesday December 12th (8:30pm EST)

For Dallas fans, they are still wishing that that somehow the show will still come back in another incarnation after its latest (the TNT version) was canned after three seasons.

Will you be checking out Patrick on American Housewife? What do you think of the ponytail look? Comment below.

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Y&R and Dallas Alum, Oscar Winner George Kennedy Has Died

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George Kennedy,  the Oscar-winning star of 1967’s Cool Hand Luke, which also starred Paul Newman has died at age 91, his grandson, Cory Schenkel confirmed.

Kennedy died in his sleep at his Boise, Idaho home early Sunday morning, the day of the Academy Awards.  He had been in failing health ever since his wife Joan died a little over a year ago. George had been under hospice care for the past month.

In the soaps, Kennedy is most remembered for his guest stints on The Young and the Restless playing Victor Newman’s despicable father, Albert Miller.  Kennedy first played the role in 2003 and then reprised it again in 2010.   Victor’s relationship with his father gave Eric Braeden some of the finest material of his career as the complex Victor.  Albert had abandoned his family, causing his son to be raised in an orphanage.

CBS original primetime soap Dallas also featured Kennedy as Carter McKay, one of the Ewing families bitter enemies from 1988 to 1991.  Geroge also played the role in two follow-up TV movies, 1996’s Dallas: J.R. Returns and 1998’s Dallas: War of the Ewings.  In addition, Kennedy appeared in several of the 70’s major disaster films including the original Airport and several sequels, as well as in Earthquake.  In the 80’s, he would appear in The Naked Gun franchise of films along with Leslie Nielsen.

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