Posts by Sarah D. Bunting

  • Erik Estrada on 'Chupacabra vs. The Alamo': 'I'm a Cop Who Acts Once in a While'

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    Erik Estrada has pretty much done it all.

    After getting his break in a Christian film, "The Cross and the Switchblade," that starred Pat Boone, he went on to become chick magnet Frank "Ponch" Poncherello on motorcycle-cop drama "CHiPs." Since then, he's done everything from telenovelas to reality TV ("The Surreal Life") to guest shots on everything from "My Name Is Earl" to "Sabrina the Teenage Witch."

    After becoming a genuine police officer in Indiana some years ago, he's focused more on law enforcement, and stopping Internet predators in particular -- but on occasion, Estrada still takes on an acting project. His next one, "Chupacabra vs. the Alamo," hits the Syfy Channel on March 23. As DEA agent Carlos Seguin, Estrada must face off against a murderous pack of chupacabras -- the mythical "goat-suckers" who drain animals (and sometimes humans) of their blood -- while holed up in the Alamo, where his legendary ancestor Juan Seguin fought with distinction.

    Watch an exclusive clip of Estrada taking down a chupacabra:

    And keeping Texas safe from ravenous chupacabras, of course.

  • 'Laverne & Shirley' vs. 'Family Ties': Vote for the Best TV Theme Songs

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    With March Madness in full swing, we decided to do a TV-themed bracket of our own: a no-holds-barred tournament to determine the best TV theme song of all time. After lots of heated debate, we've selected and ranked 32 of the most memorable TV theme songs ever, pitting them against each other in a winner-takes-all bracket. Over the next few weeks, we're asking you to vote for your favorite theme songs until we get a winner -- and a few songs stuck in your heads.

    It's a showdown between two of the all-time great "narration" theme songs: the upbeat, second-wave-feminism-inspired anthem of "Laverne & Shirley," and the "behold our great, if occasionally hilarious, hippie romance" love story of "Family Ties." It's the '70s versus the '80s; the Big Ragu versus little Alex P. Keaton.

  • 'The Simpsons' vs. 'Miami Vice': Vote for the Best TV Theme Songs

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    With March Madness in full swing, we decided to do a TV-themed bracket of our own: a no-holds-barred tournament to determine the best TV theme song of all time. After lots of heated debate, we've selected and ranked 32 of the most memorable TV theme songs ever, pitting them against each other in a winner-takes-all bracket. Over the next few weeks, we're asking you to vote for your favorite theme songs until we get a winner -- and a few songs stuck in your heads.

    Much of the fun of the "Simpsons" theme song is in the accompanying visuals -- Bart Simpson's myriad different "I will not" blackboard punishment exercises, Maggie going over the Scantron at the supermarket, and Homer's operatic "AIEEE" face as he's nearly run over in the driveway. At the same time, though, the show's been on so long that just hearing that distinctive choir-of-angels opening bar will prompt a flood of those visuals in the listener's mind.

  • Who's Replacing Alex Trebek on 'Jeopardy!'?

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    We'll take "End of an Era" for $200, Alex -- Sony Pictures TV is entertaining all manner of names as potential successors to "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek.

    Deadline.com's Nellie Andreeva has heard that Brian Williams, the anchor of "NBC Nightly News" (and father of Allison "Girls" Williams), is on the list, along with NBC Sports's Dan Patrick, formerly of ESPN's "SportsCenter"; Matt Lauer, who might understandably be looking for greener pastures after the Ann Curry contretemps on "Today"; and silver fox Anderson Cooper of CNN. Andreeva says these four have all had "exploratory conversations" with "Jeopardy!" parent company Sony Pictures TV.

    [Related: 'Dallas' Reacts to J.R.'s Death]

    Enjoy the "SNL" version, featuring "Burt Reynolds," right here:

  • HBO's 'Phil Spector' Kicks Up Controversy, Protests

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    Star Al Pacino's crazy wigs alone make "Phil Spector," the upcoming flick from HBO, look like a must-watch -- but key figures in Spector's life and murder trial strenuously disagree, from Spector's wife Rachelle to friends and family of Lana Clarkson, the woman Spector is convicted of murdering.

    Spector is presently serving a sentence of 19 years to life for his role in Clarkson's death, which took place at Spector's Alhambra, California home in 2003. Written and directed by David Mamet ("Glengarry Glen Ross"), "Phil Spector" centers on Spector's relationship with his attorney, Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren), during the 2009 trial. His third wife, Rachelle, is appalled at the portrayal of her husband. Rachelle told Brooke Anderson of "Entertainment Tonight" that the film's version of her husband "brought tears to [her] eyes." HBO's Spector, Rachelle said, is "a foul-mouthed megalomaniac" and "a Minotaur, like he draws people into his labyrinth and he locks them in and won't let them out."

    "Phil Spector" premieres Sunday, 3/24 at 9 PM on HBO.

  • 9 Funniest Moments from the Thicke/Gottfried 'Celebrity Wife Swap'

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    When Alan Thicke and Gilbert Gottfried swapped wives, it looked like a classic case of city mouse and country (estate) mouse. Gilbert, the comedian with the one-of-a-kind voice, lives in a Manhattan apartment with his wife Dara, his two kids, and his microscopic entertainment budget. Fancy country mice Alan (the Seaver patriarch on '80s sitcom "Growing Pains"), his wife Tanya, and stepson Carter live on a ranch in Santa Barbara, California and throw formal dinner parties.

    Sure enough, much consternation ensued over the differing lifestyles: Tanya objected to the smell of the subway, Dara faced off against the lobster she had to prepare for Alan and Carter's supper, and both families learned that money doesn't always buy happiness… but it can, if you do it right.

    What bought our happiness in the episode was all the punchlines. The episode felt kind of rushed, as though it were making room for Gilbert to set up and pay off jokes at the expense of plot -- but we all know more or less how these swaps turn out anyway, and the jokes worked. And not just his! Alan, Carter, and Gilbert's kids Max and Lilly all got off a few good lines too.

    Was Twitter feeling Tanya?

  • Tim Allen, Jonathan Taylor Thomas Reunite in 'Last Man Standing' [Photos]

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    Former tween heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas will reunite with his one-time TV dad, Tim Allen, on March 22 when Thomas guests on Allen's sitcom "Last Man Standing."

    Thomas has worked in front of the camera occasionally in the years since "Home Improvement" went off the air, though, scoring guest spots on "The Simpsons," "Smallville," and "8 Simple Rules." But it's been a while -- his last role of note is probably a single episode of "Veronica Mars" back in 2005.

    In his upcoming job, Thomas is playing Jon, a restaurant owner and hipster who used to work with single mom Kristin (Amanda Fuller), the Allen character's eldest daughter. No word on whether the connection Kristin and Jon make will lead to Thomas playing Allen's son- in-law this time around, but we do know Thomas isn't the first "Home Improvement" grad to appear on "LMS." Retired "Family Feud" host Richard Karn has turned up on the show as an architect.

    A clip of the Allen/Karn reunion from "Entertainment Tonight" is right here:

  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck Staying Put on 'The View'

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    Monday's episode of "The View" addressed the rumors right up front: Yes, longtime host Joy Behar is leaving the show -- but Elisabeth Hasselbeck isn't going anywhere.

    Whoopi Goldberg wasted no time bringing up the "crazy weekend" the "View"-related news cycle had created for all five ladies, then kicked it right over to Barbara Walters, "since this is Barbara Walters's show, and she is here ." (Walters, confined to quarters for a month with chicken pox and a concussion, just returned to the show last week.)

    Walters spent a few minutes reminiscing about how she and Joy Behar "started this show together," and her feeling that she "discovered" Behar, in a way. "I want what's best for you," Walters said, but Behar's departure is of course "bittersweet."

    Behar joked that she was married for 16 years, and "I don't like my jobs to last longer than my marriage," then did a humorous top-ten list on why she's leaving the show (for our money, #10 -- "ABC won't let me drink on the air like Hoda and Kathie Lee" -- was the funniest).

  • 'The Amazing Race' Speed-Cap: 'That's Obviously Disappointing'

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    Confronted with a "psych, the Race is still on" pit stop, father/son team Dave and Connor choose to keep racing, although Dave's leg is getting more painful -- but the Race leg isn't so bad (the next task is to fly to Bali, so at least he can sit for a while).

    After the teams scramble around at travel agencies rather boringly (except for Katie, who's running as though a No. 2-finish is imminent), the teams give coconuts to monkeys in Bali; the monkeys open the coconuts and find the teams' next clue. YouTube Joey's narration of the monkey's inner thoughts needs to be eliminated, but soon enough we're on to the…

    Meanwhile, Wynona thinks Chuck should rock the Fruity Top because it's kind of like his taxidermy. Vegetarian taxidermy. We…guess. Jessica and John, meanwhile, have blundered into a civilian's backyard and are building an offering out of his stuff…and a breath mint. The guy is like, "Americans, amirite?"

    But no. Flailing on the fruit, they decide to switch to Sandy Bottom, and use the Express Pass if they see the Roller Moms there. But the Roller Moms, and everyone else, have already left for the…

  • Gilbert Gottfried Jokingly Calls 'Celebrity Wife Swap' With Alan Thicke 'Too Steamy for TV'

    Sarah D. Bunting at Yahoo TV 2 yrs ago

    We didn't have much luck getting a straight answer out of Gilbert Gottfried about "Celebrity Wife Swap." When we spoke to Gilbert and his wife Dara about their experience switching households with Alan Thicke of "Growing Pains" and his wife Tanya, the comedian and voice actor with the distinctive voice started by telling us that "I think the world has been waiting for some sort of weird sexual connection between me and Alan Thicke."

    Then he mentioned "the Gottfried/Thicke sex tape." (You heard us.)

    And Gilbert knew Alan from back in the day, which helped. " Years ago, I worked with Alan Thicke. He had that show 'Thicke of the Night,' which I'm sure you must own a box set of." Before the 1983 show's extensive -- and doomed -- retooling in the middle of its only season, Gottfried served as "one of the resident cast of zanies, along with Richard Belzer" of "Homicide: LOTS" and "Law & Order: SVU." Then "TotN" got sacked, and Alan moved on to his signature TV role: Dr. Jason Seaver on "Growing Pains."

    Go back in time with Gilbert and "Saturday Night Live":