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Stephen J. Cannell: 1941-2010. I don’t want my kids to become Hollywood brats, the TV titan told us

Yet another major Hollywood talent has left us, this one a rare commodity in that town: A down-to-earth family man who, despite his nine-figure fortune, raised his children to be humble, hard-working people.

Prolific TV writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday from complications associated with melanoma. He was 69 years old.

CAPTION: "They're just cogs in the wheel and working very hard and it's working for them," Stephen (above) told us of his beloved children.

"They're just cogs in the wheel and working very hard and it's working for them," Stephen (above) told us of his three beloved children.

During a career that spanned four decades, Stephen created, produced, wrote and often acted in a slew of popular TV series, including Adam-12, Baretta, The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Wiseguy and 21 Jump Street.

His writing credits exceed 450 TV episodes, while his producing and executive producing credits exceed 1,500.

In 1995, Stephen founded his own studio, and five years later began writing novels. Among his most popular books were those featuring the character of Shane Scully, an LAPD detective.

Most recently, Stephen played himself on the hit ABC series Castle. It was on the occasion of one of those cameos that he chatted with our TV Talk host, Shaun Daily.

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Rue McClanahan: 1934-2010. Still Witty (and Randy) in Her Final Years

Sadly, yet another Golden Girl is gone.

Rue McClanahan passed away early this morning at age 76 after suffering a massive stroke.

CAPTION: "I really like digging for different jewels to play," Rue (above) told us. "I've loved looking for Easter eggs all my life. So I like solving puzzles," Rue (above) told us.

"I really like digging for different jewels to play," Rue (above) told us. "I've loved looking for Easter eggs all my life. So I like solving puzzles."

Her death follows those of fellow Golden Girls stars Bea Arthur, who died last year at age 86, and Estelle Getty, who died in 2008 at age 84 .

But we’ll always remember Rue for her wicked wit, which often revolved around her characters’ overactive libidos.

Case in point, while chatting with our TV Talk host, Shaun Daily, last year about a role on NBC’s Law & Order, Rue said:

“I had to play a woman who had an affair with a United States president—or hadn’t.

“That’s the question: did she or didn’t she?

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Kevin O’Leary on Fellow ‘Shark Tank’ Shark Barbara Corcoran: ‘She Is One Nasty Beast!’

Shark Tank‘s Kevin O’Leary is holding nothing back in his assessment of Barbara Corcoran—the hit reality series’ only female shark.

Interviewed on TV Talk, the self-made billionaire bashes the real estate mogul big-time.

“She is one nasty beast! I really want to send her for psychiatric evaluation, no question,” Kevin tells host Shaun Daily.

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Kevin—and the co-star he can't stand.

“Because her deals are crazy.”

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Lou Diamond Phillips: I’m Badder than John Wayne

Don’t dare compare Lou Diamond Phillips to late leading men of the 20th century – lest he let you know in no uncertain terms that he’s no watered down version of them.

Interviewed on TV Talk, the actor – who also appears on tonight’s season debut of NBC’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! – discusses his starring role in the upcoming Hallmark Channel remake of the 1947 John Wayne flick Angel and the Badman,  in which the Duke plays a reforming bad guy.

Lou: That’s Double Duke to you.

Lou: That’s Double Duke to you.

When host Shaun Daily asks, “How was it stepping into John Wayne’s shoes,” Lou replies:

“You know, I’m the idiot who followed Yul Brenner into The King and I – but got nominated for a Tony for it.

“And last year I toured with Camelot, as King Arthur. So I was following Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

“I’m not daunted too much by the legends who came before me. As an actor, you hope to bring something different to it,” continues Lou, 47, who first made a name for himself on the big screen as Ritchie Valens in 1987’s La Bamba.

“I’m very different from John Wayne or Richard Burton or Yule Brenner, for that matter. So whatever I do is sort of automatically going to be a re-imagining of the role.

 CAPTION: John in the vintage "Angel," with co-star Gail Russell

John in the vintage flick, with co-star Gail Russell.

“The very first thing I said to Terry Ingram, the director of Angel and the Badman – after having seen a little bit of the John Wayne film – was and I had no fear that I was gonna start talkin’ like this,” add Lou, breaking into his best Duke imper-sonation.

“I basically said, He’s John Wayne, man. He wasn’t that bad.

“He wasn’t the kind of guy that you’re really worried about killing you, you know?

“You knew that John Wayne was gonna be OK with you at the end of the day. So I said, ‘Let’s get this guy a little darkness. Let’s make him a little tougher.’”

Angel and the Badman debuts July 5 on the Hallmark Channel.

To hear Lou’s full interview, click here.


Rue McClanahan: I’ve Known Some U.S. Presidents – but Not in the Biblical Sense!

Despite turning 75 this month, Rue McClanahan still has a little Blanche Devereaux left in her.

Interviewed on TV Talk, the Golden Girls star dishes about her recent guest spot on Law & Order, playing the mom of man who claims to be the bastard child of America’s commander-in-chief.

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Rue: No real-life White House dalliances.

“I really like digging for different jewels to play. I’ve always loved digging new potatoes in the spring. And I’ve loved looking for Easter eggs all my life. So I like solving puzzles,” Rue tells host Shaun Daily of finding the Law & Order character – and how different that character is from any other she has brought to life.

“I had to play a woman who had an affair with a United States president – or hadn’t.  That’s the question: did she or didn’t she?” she says.

“Because her son says he is the president’s son, so they’re asking her, Did this happen?” Rue, whose memoir is titled My First Five Husbands…And the Ones Who Got Away, continues.

But then, despite Rue’s best intentions, she can’t seem to help giving her libidinous Golden Girls persona a nod.

“That’s something I’ve never done before. I’ve known a couple of presidents – but not that well!”

To hear Rue’s full interview, click here.

Jane Leeves: Forget Network Television. Cable’s Where It’s At!

She first caught viewers’ eyes as “Marla the virgin” on NBC’s Seinfeld.

Then she rocketed to fame as Daphne Moon on NBC’s Frasier.

So you’d think Jane Leeves would give network TV a bit more respect.

No longer a virgin to cable TV.

Jane: No longer a virgin to cable TV.

But like many an actor these days, Jane just can’t abide the plethora of reality programming that’s pushed upon America night after night.

Instead, she prefers cable – and isn’t shy about telling BlogTalkRadio all about it.

Today on TV Talk at 6 p.m. ET, Jane chats with host Shaun Daily about playing Alizee Dufresne on the hit USA series, The Starter Wife.

“There’s so much reality on the networks that cable is the place to go now.  They’re doing more cutting-edge stuff . . . USA, TNT – all those places have terrific shows right now,” says the British beauty.

“It’s really the only place they’re doing [scripted dramas]. It’s just a great opportunity, especially for women. They seem to be writing all these great parts for women. And I think that’s sort of the future.”

To hear more from Jane about her hot new cable identity, be sure to tune into TV Talk today by clicking here.