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3rd Rock from the Sun: Variations on a Theme (Song)
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The 3rd Rock theme is one catchy tune: Composed by Ben Vaughn (who also composed the catchy interstitial music on That 70's Show) it has a distinct 1950's flair. But do you remember these variations? For Christmas, they add some sleigh bells, some tubular bells, and a little "Ho, ho, ho!": We got this...

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Moulin Rouge star John Leguizamo has nabbed his first long-term TV job since 1995's House of Buggin' with a new role on NBC's ER.
Aug 31, 2005
Leguizamo Visits ER

ER producers are racing to fill in the casting gap left by the recent departure of longtime star Noah Wyle, and the latest addition to their roster is comedian John Leguizamo.

The Emmy-winning 41-year-old will play Dr. Ernesto Clemente, a new supervising physician who brings "cutting-edge technology" and a bunch of big ideas to County General. Leguizamo will appear in 12 episodes of the show's 12th season, which premieres on Thursday, October 20.

Leguizamo will appear alongside fellow newcomer Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock from the Sun), who comes to ER in a recurring role as new nurse manager Eve Payton. Eve's intentions are to bring order to the chaotic department, but of course things will not be as easy as she might hope.

In addition to his one-man HBO and stage show Freak, Leguizamo has appeared in movies such as Ice Age, Summer of Sam, and Land of ...

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Over-the-top sweeps stunt from NBC to feature 3D episode hosted by The Twilight Zone's late creator.
Nov 17, 2005
Rod Serling to introduce 3D episode of Medium

Reaching beyond the grave, and The Twilight Zone, to hype one of its hits for this month's ratings "sweep," NBC has enlisted the late Rod Serling to introduce a 3D episode of its supernatural drama Medium.

The November 21 broadcast of Medium, starring Patricia Arquette as a psychic crime solver, will feature several spooky three-dimensional effects, and the network is distributing millions of 3D glasses, most of them through TV Guide magazine, ahead of the episode.

The most novel element of the broadcast for those viewers without glasses, perhaps, will be the 45-second opening sequence in which Sterling is "reanimated" in an altered film clip taken from The Twilight Zone, the often-creepy sci-fi anthology he hosted on CBS during the 1960s.

"He basically explains to people about the glasses, when to put them on, and ...

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Though John Stamos will skip out on joining the cast of ER as was originally anticipated, he will make guest appearances in two episodes of the long-running NBC drama.
Sep 21, 2005
Stamos signs on for two shifts in the ER

In a statement released by NBC this Monday, the network announced that John Stamos (of Full House fame) will drop by the ER set for a two-episode guest stint. He will appear in the role of a Gulf War veteran who is employed as a paramedic while working his way through medical school.

Earlier this year, E! Online columnist Kristin Veitch reported that Stamos would become a permanent character on ER once his ill-rated freshman sitcom Jake in Progress was canceled. The plan was axed, however, when Jake received a last-minute stay of execution from ABC, tying Stamos to another season as New York publicist Jake Phillips.

"I'm a big fan of the show and [executive producer] John Wells, and we have been trying to work together for a ...

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Peacock switches Twenty Good Years and 30 Rock time slots as zero hour approaches.
Sep 01, 2006
NBC moves shows again

NBC has announced it is making a last-minute adjustment to its fall sitcom schedule. Twenty Good Years and 30 Rock will trade places on Wednesday nights, swapping the 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. time slots.

Both shows are set to premiere on October 11. Originally, Twenty had been scheduled to appear on October 4, with 30 Rock debuting a week later.

Twenty is a modern-day take on The Odd Couple starring 3rd Rock From the Sun alien John Lithgow and Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor. The two men disagree on almost eveything in life, except that there isn't enough if it left.

30 Rock is the anticipated sitcom from ex-Saturday Night Live writer Tina Fey. The show revolves around the antics at an SNL-like sketch comedy show, and stars Rachel Dratch, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, and ...

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This week brings a bit of a lull in the recent storm of DVD action, but that's not to say there aren't a few gems available. Animation fans will rejoice over new releases from SpongeBob SquarePants and Goof Troop, comedy buffs will love 3rd Rock From the Sun, and no one can argue with a season-three set from NYPD Blue. Enjoy!
Feb 21, 2006
February 21, 2006 DVD Releases
This week's Roundup includes awesome releases from Dawson's Creek, Star Trek, Tripping the Rift, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more...plus something special from Liza Minnelli!
Mar 29, 2006
April 4, 2006 DVD Releases
Another sultry summer week has arrived, and with it comes an exceptionally large brood of DVD releases. From comfy classics The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island to modern favorites Battlestar Galactica and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, there's bound to be something for everyone. Enjoy!
Jul 25, 2005
July 26, 2005 DVD Releases
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Battlestar Galactica (2003)

Season One

One of the most highly anticipated television DVD releases is finally here! Well, sort of. What's being sold exclusively through Best Buy beginning July 26 is the UK version of the boxed set. The main difference between these episodes and what we've seen on the Sci-Fi Channel is that the episodes here feature a different opening than those in the US, as these are the versions that have been shown on SkyOne in the UK. This set has been previously available in the UK, but it has now been formatted so that it's compatible with DVD players in North America. The four discs here contain all 13 episodes as well as deleted scenes.

The remake of Battlestar Galactica has been better than anyone had any reason to believe it would be. First of all, the actors and actresses are fantastic ...

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Celebrated shows Rome and Surface hit shelves midmonth along with comedic offerings 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Jeffersons, among others. Also, this week distinguishes the truly devoted from The Simpsons' fan base with the simultaneous release of a regular and a special edition season-eight set. Which will you choose?
Aug 09, 2006
August 15, 2006 DVD Releases
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The Simpsons

The Complete Eighth Season (Maggie Head Collectible Box)

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"As many intelligent people know, aliens are all around us. This is a story of a band of four such explorers. In order to blend in, they have assumed human form. This is the High Commander [Dick]. He has assembled an elite team of experts: A decorated military officer [Sally], a seasoned intelligence specialist [Tommy] and [Harry], well, they had an extra seat."

3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN is an inspired half-hour comedy series farcically dealing with the human condition set in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio. This gentle-hearted series stars John Lithgow as the High Commander of an investigative team sent to Earth on a mission to learn everything about humans and their so-called advanced civilization. Described by its producers as "Carl Sagan meets the Marx Brothers," 3RD ROCK has a clever, distinct point of view seen through the extraterrestrial team who has no other worldly powers except absolute truthfulness. Dick (John Lithgow, Don Quixote), Harry (French Stewart, Love Stinks), Sally (Kristen Johnston, Austin Powers) And Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 10 thing I Hate About You), arrive in our world completely innocent, while equipped with superior intelligence to analyze every experience. This bizarre vantage point of an innocent seeing everything for the first time is the comic framework from which to satire the human condition and American society, to look at all of the injustices and absurdities and humorously point them out to us. 3RD ROCK cuts through our taboos and traditions with a childlike inquisitive logic and an impeccably paced humorous twist. We the viewers see ourselves in 3RD ROCK, and we see ourselves as the aliens.

The humor of 3RD ROCK is always twisting the viewpoint to show the angle of an outsider looking in. 3RD ROCK which we know as Earth is the way travellers would look at the world - an insignificant blue speck that is The 3rd Rock from the Sun.

Reruns were last seen on ABC Family on April 15, 2005 at 9:00am ET with the episode "The Big Giant Head Returns Again, Part 1" and may return at some other time. Check listings.

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