Gunsmoke's James Arness Dies at 88

... A solemn "happy trails" to actor James Arness, who passed away today at the age of 88. Arness is best known as Marshal Matt Dillon on the classic Western Gunsmoke, which was the longest-running scripted show in primetime before The Simpsons came along. The 6'7" Arness also served in World War II. Pour a little out for James Arness tonight, people. [LA Times]

... Starz cult hit Party Down may be canceled, but its cult status has earned its cast a reunion on another cult comedy hit. Rob Corddry's Childrens Hospital, which returned for Season 3 last night on Adult Swim, will reunite the cast of Party Down in a future episode. Party Down stars Ken Marino and Megan Mullally are already regulars on CH; joining them will be Lizzy Caplan (she's mine!), Martin Starr, and Ryan Hansen. [Splitsider]

... Smallville's Erica Durance (who played Lois Lane) has already found a new starring role, but we may never see her play it in the good ol' U.S. of A. Durance has nabbed the lead in the medical drama Saving Hope, a production of Canada's CTV. Saving Hope will follow a female surgeon (Durance) and be narrated by the comatose Chief of Surgery. But... but... comatose people can't talk! TV is SO fake. [TV Line]

... Listen up, Cash Cab fans! Hello? No one? Well, host Ben Bailey will emcee the upcoming NBC trivia show Who's Still Standing?. This will be the first time anyone sees his legs. [TV Guide]

... HBO is prepping its next miniseries. Parade's End is a five-parter set during World War I and was written by Tom Stoppard, author of the excellent play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, of the BBC's Sherlock, stars. Before you assume it's going to be all bloody and bullet-ridden, know this: It's about a love triangle. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Once upon a time, NBC's Love Bites was talked about as if it could be the next bit NBC hit. It finally premiered last night after being announced a long time ago, and pulled in 2.5 million viewers and a dismal 1.0 adult demo rating. Ouch. [TV Line]

... The reboot of Fear Factor may bring back host Joe Rogan, if he isn't too busy watching grown men in tight panties pummel each other for sport. [EW]


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Gunsmoke is well established in the fond side of my memory. I will cherish the memory of its characters, Doc, Chester, Kitty and of course Marshall Dillon.
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Read the HBO miniseries taking place in WWI, but a love triangle?..... Was hoping for something with a little more explosions.
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The world has lost an icon, happy trails James Arness.
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RIP James Arness
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Mr. Arness is also destined for SF film immortality, having played the title role in "The Thing". Of course, John Carpenter's version was far superior, and followed much more closely to John Campbell's original story.
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Tim, UFC >>>> Everything else on TV. Rogan himself is quite an accomplished martial artist, I doubt he'll give up his dream gig to watch people throwing up in buckets again.
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Marshall Dillon ~ Wow! I grew up watching Gunsmoke. When I gave birth to my third child, thinking that it was a boy, and she wasn't! I named her Dillon Jane (Last Name). I also had cousins that had the last name Dillon that I didn't get to know well, I was too young. Dillon is very petite, beautiful blond and has a pair if she needs them. Between Marshall Dillon and my cousins, I had no choice.
It is sad when people we grew up with move on. Now I want to watch the old episodes. I have never forgot about the series. I am 50, With 6.
Phyllis
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I saw Ben Bailey's legs on his Comedy Central Stand-Up special "Ben Bailey: Road Rage" out now on DVD.
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My condolences to Mr. Arness' family and friends.
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