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“Rhoda” on DVD, at long last

Thank Christ! I have griped very publicly about the fact that television’s Rhoda is not availbale on DVD. So imagine my joy when I just checked Amazon again (I’m obsessed) and learned the season one discs will be released April 21.

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Hallelujah!

The series showed us Rhoda’s life after she left Minneapolis (and The Mary Tyler Moore Show) to follow her dream of being a high profile window dresser in the Big Apple. It starred, of course, Valerie Harper as Rhoda, but also future Simpsons voice star Julie Kavner as Rhoda’s little sis Brenda and the incomparable Nancy Walker as their lovably overbearing mother Ida.

The show featured guest spots from many of Rhoda’s friends back in Minneapolis including Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner and Gavin Macleod and also showcased future stars like Judd Hirsch, and the late John Ritter and Ron Silver.

Do you love Rhoda? I can only vaguely remember watching this show in the 1970s. I was but a wee child so I’m super excited to experience it again!

Cloris Leachman and Jack Black on ‘The Office’

Speaking of Mary Tyler Moore alum (see pervious post), Cloris Leachman is making a cameo on The Office next week along with Jack Black and Jessica Alba.

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According to Us magazine, the trio appear as stars in a Hollywood flick and there’s a kissing scene with Jack and Cloris! Hell yeah.

Wow, Cloris, Jack, Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson – that must have been a funny set. How did they get anything done?

It’s scheduled to air next Thursday, January 29. UPDATE: The more recent news I’ve been reading says this episode will air the Thursday after the Super Bowl, which would be Feb. 5.

Betty White’s the boss

I just found this on the internet. I have no idea who made it, but it delights me.

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Bravo! Incidentally, Betty White turned 87 one week ago.

My lady friend and I have been catching up with the “Ugly Betty” series on DVD and during the second season, Betty makes a guest spot on this episode that is sidesplittingly funny.

Betty also made me laugh while she was a guest on Craig Ferguson‘s show during the election when she said of Sarah Palin, “That is one crazy bitch!” A clip.

And, of course, I love that she’s been a vegetarian and animal rights advocate for years. UPDATE: BETTY IS NOT A VEGETARIAN, APPARENTLY.

What’s your favorite Betty performance or guest spot?

Cloris Leachman rules!

Have any of you been watching Cloris Leachman kicking ass on Dancing With the Stars? I don’t watch the show but I’ve been keeping up with Cloris, star of Mary Tyler Moore, Young Frankenstein, The Last Picture Show and so many others great films, plays and television show, on various blogs. I think she is an amazing, bawdy, fun woman. You need to watch some clips of Cloris on YouTube, especially her devastatingly funny bit at Bob Saget‘s recent roast to get an idea of her sense of humor.

Here is a clip from the beginning of Cloris’s reign on Dancing With the Stars, when she was relying on her comedic chops:

And here is Cloris this past Monday doing some beautiful dancing:

Isn’t she awesome?

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