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March 2009 Archives

Rickles to Receive TV Land Legend Award

March 31, 2009 1:14 PM

Fresh off his Emmy win in September, Don Rickles will be honored with the TV Land Awards' 2009 Legend Award, which is presented to "an entertainer or a television show that has stood the test of time and ranks among the most memorable and celebrated in television and movie history."

Besides "CPO Sharkey," "Mr. Warmth" has done tons of television in his lengthy career.

Some of Rickles' best work was on the old "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts" of the 1970s. Here he lets loose on future President Ronald Reagan, then governor of California.

The seventh annual TV Land Awards ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and tapes on Sunday, April 19, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., for airing on TV Land Sunday, April 26, at 9 p.m.

Legend Awards previously have been presented to “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Cheers,” Garry Marshall, “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Other honorees this year include Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Legacy of Laughter Award), “Married … With Children” (Innovator Award), “M*A*S*H” (Impact Award), “Home Improvement” (Fan Favorite Award), “Magnum, P.I.” (Hero Award), “Two and a Half Men” (Future Classic Award) and “Knots Landing” (30th Anniversary Award).

Finally: ‘Designing Women’ on DVD

March 19, 2009 2:26 PM

Designing Women

“Designing Women: The Complete First Season DVD” is due out May 26 from Shout Factory. Yay!

The four-DVD box set will include all 21 first-season episodes, plus, as a bonus, the 2003 “'Designing Women': A Reunion” featuring series stars Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and the show's creator, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.

“DW”—now 23 years old, believe it or not-—was a great series (well, it started out so anyway), with finely honed characters getting off some exceptionally well-written lines.

Here’s a clip from the first-season episode “Monette,” when the women come to realize they’ve been engaged to decorate a house of ill repute: