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As Christmas approaches like a freight train with a caboose of credit debt, you'll have a plethora of DVD options to give as gifts or to enjoy for yourself.
Dec 06, 2005
December 6, 2005 DVD Releases
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dvd_weekly_roundup.jpg 24Season Four This groundbreaking series just keeps getting better and better. This thrilling action series--the only television show with a plot that unfolds in real time--continues to deliver with 24 more hour-long episodes of crisis and intensity. Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) joins the cast ...

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This year's Emmy Awards ceremony planners have come up with a little something different to entertain viewers--a singing competition among TV stars!
Sep 08, 2005
The Emmy Awards take a hint from American Idol

An American Idol-esque competition is part of the plan for Emmy night, when television actors and professional singers will duke it out in a battle of the ballads that is sure to make fans cheer and cringe. The stars will perform theme songs from popular TV shows, and fans will vote for their favorites either online or through text messages. Here's a look at the Emmy Idol contestants:

Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell will be the sole soloist of the evening with her own rendition of the Fame theme, while all other performances will be duets.

Megan Mullally of Will & Grace has been paired with The Apprentice's Donald Trump for the theme song to Green Acres, the city-mouse/country-mouse comedy from the 1960s.

William Shatner, who has released many a solo spoken-word album in his day, joins actual opera singer Frederica von Stade for the theme song ...

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Prolific actor starred in films and television shows. Fitness buff kept on exercising to the end.
Jun 01, 2005
Eddie Albert dies at 99

Two- time Oscar nominee Eddie Albert has died at the age of 99. Albert, who prized physical fitness and reportedly continued to do push-ups until his final weeks, died of complications from pneumonia, which he got after contracting the flu.

Albert first appeared in the 1938 film Brother Rat alongside future U.S. president Ronald Reagan. Albert went on to appear in many films, including The Longest Day, The Heartbreak Kid, Escape to Witch Mountain, and The Longest Yard. Albert will be remembered as stuffy Manhattanite Oliver Wendall Holmes, who gave up his cushy life and moved to the country in the '60's comedy series Green Acres.

Albert was a WWII veteran, awarded the Bronze Star for rescuing Marines during the 1943 Battle of Tarawa in the South Pacific. He was an active campaigner for the environment, and International Earth Day was assigned to April 22, his birthday.

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Episode 26 Season 6
The Ex-Secretary
Aired
4.27.1971
Episode 25 Season 6
Hawaiian Honeymoon
Aired
3.16.1971
Episode 24 Season 6
Lisa the Psychologist
Aired
3.9.1971
Episode 23 Season 6
The Hole in the Porch
Aired
3.2.1971
Episode 22 Season 6
The Carpenter's Ball
Aired
2.23.1971
Oliver Wendell Douglas
Lisa Douglas
Mr. Eustace Haney
Eb Dawson
Sam Drucker
Successful New York lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas gives up the rat race to fulfill his dream: living the life of the traditional American farmer. Fighting the move to rural life is his glamorous, boa-wearing, city-loving wife, Lisa. This quaint premise, however, doesn't begin to capture the screwball absurdity of Green Acres. After a few episodes that were somewhat rooted in reality, the series' true oddness started to bloom. The characters see the opening credits as they appear on screen (or on chicken eggs); they talk with baseball-playing pigs who become movie stars; fife music accompanies Oliver's patriotic speeches and is heard by everyone but him; a full-sized Eiffel tower is built on the Douglases' lawn. Hooterville is clearly operating in its own bizarre universe where Oliver is the only normal, reasonable person--and that's questionable at times. The tiny town revolves around Sam Drucker's General Store, where Sam acts as shopkeeper, postmaster, justice of the peace and publisher of the "Hooterville World Guardian". He's one of the more level-headed residents of the valley, but that's relative. The other locals are considerable more bizarre and are a constant frustration to Oliver. Hank Kimball, the county agricultural agent, is a prime example. His short-term memory is so poor he regularly forgets what he's talking about mid-sentence. Fellow farmer Fred Ziffel is an elderly overalls-wearing man who, with his wife Doris, treats their pig Arnold like an actual child. Arnold attends school, reads, writes, skates, and speaks several languages (though they all sound like oinking). Con man Eustace Haney, who sold Oliver his dump of a farm, is always trying to fleece someone out of their cash. Apparently possessing ESP, he shows up outside of Oliver's door with whatever he and Lisa have just been discussing. The Douglases' farmhand, Eb, lives in their barn and considers Oliver and Lisa to be his parents. Lisa, a stylish Hungarian woman who Oliver met during the war, is hardly cut out for domestic life. Wearing ostrich feathers and diamonds around the farm, she can only cook "hotscakes" (badly) and her mangling of the English language is impressive. Matt Groening once accurately described Green Acres as "Oliver Douglas in hell". All he wants to do is farm, but the constant interruptions from the loony locals, the endless double-talk, the ambitious pig all conspire to make it impossible. Oliver earns his reputation as a "hothead" as his face turns red and he bellows about the latest aggravation.
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