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The body of the Growing Pains actor, missing since Valentine's Day, was found in British Columbia's Stanley Park, according to reports.

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Whether you plan to stay home with your honey or hole up to wallow in your solitude, you'll definitely need some quality TV time to get you through Valentine's Day. You've got one week to prepare--so start ordering these great DVDs now! This week brings offerings from shows like The Simpsons, Sex and the City, The Electric Company, and more.
Feb 07, 2006
February 7, 2006 DVD Releases
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The Simpsons

Kiss & Tell

With Valentine's Day just one short week away, stores are filling up with teetering displays of candy, cards, and silly gifts packaged in obnoxiously pink paper and studded with red velvet bows. Whether you're coupled up or not, the saccharine atmosphere can get a little bit overwhelming, and it sure can be tough to get a dinner reservation. We recommend hiding out in your own personal love nest with four great stories about romance--Simpsons style.

Episodes included are "Natural Born Kissers," in which Homer and Marge spice up their marriage with a little exhibitionism; "Large Marge," in which Marge is accidentally given breast implants; "Three Gays of the Condo," in which Homer unwittingly moves into a flamboyantly gay neighborhood when he feels unwanted at home; and "The Way We ...

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On the list this week: EW's new Game of Thrones portraits, American Idol, and a crystal bust of Joy Behar.
Apocalypse alert: Alan Thicke and Ja Rule put on aprons and head to the kitchen for Puff Daddy's new cooking show.
Mar 24, 2006
Showdown is cooking with gas

The simple fact that Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs is cocreating a celebrity reality cooking competition is enough to suggest that we live in a bizzaro world of a madman's making. Now, that world is turning upside down: NBC announced today that the host of Celebrity Cooking Showdown, which premieres April 17, will be Alan Thicke.

Thicke played the nearly perfect TV dad of the Seaver family on the long-running sitcom Growing Pains. Through seven seasons on the family sitcom, Thicke's psychiatrist dad gave advice and prescribed love to his kids struggling through adolescence. After that show ended, he went on to star in his own cleverly titled talk show, Thicke of the Night.

Thicke's cohost on Showdown will be Sandra Lee, host of Semi-Homemade Cooking on The Food Network.

Before you say, "This can't get any better," check out the other sweet celebrities Diddy has lined ...

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Starting in January, viewers can pick from a vast array of "vintage" shows on new broadband network from AOL and WB.
Nov 14, 2005
AOL, WB prepare free vintage TV for broadband

America Online and Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution are launching a broadband network that will give a new lease on life to a slew of vintage TV series.

Dubbed "In2TV," the network will serve up Welcome Back Kotter, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Pinky and the Brain, and Growing Pains among a host of other Warner-owned shows that viewers can watch in their entirety, for free and on-demand, beginning in January.

Each show is presented with interactive elements, games, competitions and additional content to take advantage of the medium's unique capabilities.

About 14,000 episodes from 300 different series have been cleared to be part of the service, a process that has taken two years, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution president Eric Frankel said. This represents about a third of the relevant catalog, and more ...

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4.25.1992
Episode 23 Season 7
The Last Picture Show (1)
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4.25.1992
Episode 22 Season 7
The Wrath of Con Ed
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4.11.1992
Episode 21 Season 7
Maggie's Brilliant Career
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4.4.1992
Margaret 'Maggie' Katherine Malone Seaver
Luke Brower (1991-1992)
Dr. Jason Roland Seaver
Christine "Chrissy" Ellen Seaver
Carol Anne Seaver
Growing Pains was sitcom originally aired on ABC from September 1985 to April 1992. It went through seven very succesful seasons with a total of 166 episodes, each special in its own way. Growing Pains was about a family of five, the Seavers, who lived on Long Island, New York. Jason Seaver was the father, a psychiatrist, who had his practice at home. (From the 1st to the 5th season) Maggie, his wife, was a journalist who worked for the Long Island newspaper in the first three seasons of the sitcom. She got a job as the news anchor for channel 19 news and worked there through the middle of the 5th season when she decided to stay at home. Jason moved his practice out of the house to an office. During the last seasons, she worked at home writing a consumer awareness column for the local newspaper.

Together, Maggie and Jason raised four children. They often worried about "who would stay home with the baby" or would "be there for the kids" and the responsibility was often juggled, even fought over, between the two parents but eventually settled. The youngest, Chrissy, wasn't born until the 4th season and suddenly "grew up" from being a toddler to a five year old between the 5th and 6th seasons. The oldest of the four children was Mike. A dare-devil yet charming, Mike helped Growing Pains ratings shoot sky high and quickly became the 80's pin up boy appearing on cover after cover of teen magazines.

During the 4th season, Mike moved out of the house but not too far...to the loft above the garage. The 2nd oldest was Carol. Carol was the complete opposite of Mike. She was a straight "A" student, (a "nerd" according to her brothers), struggling with social obstacles at school, just like most teenage girls. From wanting a nose job, to dealing with the death of her boyfriend, (Sandy, played by Matthew Perry) to tolerating her roommate at Columbia University, Carol added a lot of comedy as well as a serious side to the show. Next was little Ben. Ben was a clever "con-artist" in the beginning and a little more naive during his teen years, sometimes being his brother's sidekick and other times his worst nightmare.

And of course, Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio-- then only 16 years old-- joined the cast during the final season when the show felt their ratings were dropping. The Seavers, reluctantly at first, took in a homeless boy, Luke Brower. Luke was one of Mike's students at the Community Health Clinic and quickly became one of the Seavers. Luke left with his father, George, during the end of the final season to help him open up a truck stop in Tuscon. The sitcom ended before Luke ever came back; Maggie got a job in Washington D.C. which required the family to move. In the last episode, the Seaver family gathered around a picnic blanket on the floor of their empty living room, remembering all their pastimes.

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Show me that smile again, (Oh, show me that smile) Don't waste another minute on your cryin', We're nowhere near the end (We're no where near) The best is ready to begin. As long as we've got each other, We got the world spinnin' right in our hands, Baby you and me, we gotta be, The luckiest dreamers who never keep dreaming. As long as we keep on givin' We can take anything that comes our way Baby, rain or shine All the time We got each other Sharin' the laughter and lovemoreless