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The Doctors

  • Debuted on: April 1, 1963
  • Last Episode: December 31, 1982
  • # of Episodes: 5280
  • Orginal Network: NBC
  • Reruns Air on: Retro TV
  • Created by: Orin Tovrov
  • Took place in: Hope Memorial Hospital, Madison, New England






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    (News section last updated November 28, 2018)

    Alec Baldwin Arraigned On Downgraded Charges In Parking Spat

    (11/28/18) Alec Baldwin was arraigned this morning on misdemeanor and violation-level charges over the parking space brouhaha from earlier this month.

    The actor said nothing, entered no plea and was released after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of attempted assault in the third degree and a count of harassment in the second degree. The charges have been downgraded by prosecutors since Baldwin was arrested Nov. 2 on assault and harassment charges.

    The incident involved a spat over a parking space in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. The other driver claimed Baldwin slapped or punched him in the neck area.

    Baldwin, on social media, has called the allegations false, and his attorneys have provided the district attorney’s office with video that they claim proves the actor did not punch or slap the other man.

    Alec Baldwin, Cecily Strong Set For Broadway’s ‘Celebrity Autobiography’; Rachel Dratch, Susan Lucci In Line-Up

    (11/8/18) Alec Baldwin, Cecily Strong, Rachel Dratch and Susan Lucci are among the stars heading to Broadway for a four-night stand of Celebrity Autobiography, the comedy in which celebrities read the memoirs of other celebrities.

    The show will run on four consecutive holiday-season Mondays at the Marquis Theatre beginning Nov. 26. Each performance will include a different line-up of the rotating cast members (see below for the complete roster).

    In addition to Baldwin, Strong, Dratch and Lucci, the cast includes Lewis Black, Mario Cantone, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel and Antoni Porowski.

    The teaming of Baldwin, Strong and Dratch reunites the Saturday Night Live players. The Baldwin casting is his first announced gig since his arrest in New York last week for allegedly punching a man over a parking space dispute. Yesterday, ABC moved The Alec Baldwin Show from Sundays to Saturdays.

    Created by writer-performer Pack and developed by Pack and Reyfel, Celebrity Autobiography features cast members performing from actual celebrity memoirs.

    The show features “mashups” with the entire cast performing multiple memoirs covering themes such as fitness, music, food, sports, politics, celebrity poetry, and Hollywood love triangles. For example, the love story of Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher, and Richard Burton is told from all sides.

    Various productions of Celebrity Autobiography have played Off Broadway, London’s West End, Edinburgh, and Australia’s Sydney Opera House over the past 10 years. The show is produced on Broadway by MagicSpace Entertainment, Angelo Fraboni, Carl Pasbjerg, Dayle Reyfel and EP Productions. (On other nights during the holiday season, Broadway’s Marquis Theatre plays host to The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays.)

    Though individual performance lineups are subject to change, the four Monday-night line-ups are:

    November 26
    Lewis Black
    Mario Cantone
    Rachel Dratch
    Eugene Pack
    Dayle Reyfel
    Cecily Strong

    December 3
    Mario Cantone
    Rachel Dratch
    Susan Lucci
    Eugene Pack
    Dayle Reyfel

    December 10
    Alec Baldwin
    Mario Cantone
    Rachel Dratch
    Eugene Pack
    Dayle Reyfel
    Cecily Strong

    December 17
    Mario Cantone
    Rachel Dratch
    Susan Lucci
    Eugene Pack
    Antoni Porowski
    Dayle Reyfel.

    Alec Baldwin Show Pulled Off Schedule, Will Move to Saturdays in December

    (11/6/18) Alec Baldwin is off the air (for now): ABC has pulled The Alec Baldwin Show from its Sunday time slot, TVLine has learned, with the freshman talk show moving to Saturdays in December.

    Repeats of Shark Tank will air in Alec Baldwin‘s previous Sundays-at-10 slot, beginning Sunday, Nov. 18. (They’ll be preempted by The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Sunday, Dec. 2, and by The Sound of Music on Sunday, Dec. 16.) Baldwin’s talk show will resume airing in a new time slot — Saturdays at 10/9c — beginning Dec. 8.

    The Alec Baldwin Show — in which the Emmy-winning actor has long-form chats with guests like Robert De Niro and Kim Kardashian West — premiered last month to barely 2 million viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, and has seen its total audience decline for three straight weeks. It’s even underperforming year-ago time slot holder Ten Days in the Valley, which averaged 2.7 mil and a 0.4 before it, too, got banished to Saturdays.

    On a perhaps related note: Baldwin was also arrested last week and charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly punching a man in a dispute over a parking spot in New York City. The actor later denied the charges on Twitter.

    Alec Baldwin's Assault Arrest May Have Been Mutual Combat, Not a Crime

    (11/4/18) Alec Baldwin may have a good defense in his assault case, because there is some evidence he did not punch his alleged victim as cops first said ... and what went down might not be a crime at all.

    Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Wojciech Cieszowski -- the man who swooped in and took a parking space that Baldwin believed was his -- told cops Baldwin struck him with his hand. That is more consistent with a slap than a punch. True enough, a slap can still be assault, but it's generally less serious.

    What's more ... we're told there is surveillance video, but it's super grainy. You see what appears to be a shoving match between the two men but it's hard to make out if Baldwin actually struck him.

    Here's the key -- if the 2 men were shoving each other, Baldwin could make the case it was mutual combat and not assault, and therefore not a crime. Cieszowski told cops he suffered face and neck injuries as a result of the alleged attack and was taken to the hospital.

    As we reported, Baldwin had someone on the street in front of his apartment building blocking an empty space so he could park there. and Cieszowski swooped in and took it. They both got out of the car and started arguing, and that's when the alleged attack went down. Baldwin was arrested, taken to the police station, given a desk appearance ticket for assault and harassment, and he was released.

    Kathy Bates on The Big Bang Theory 11/8/18

    (11/3/18) “The Consummation Deviation” – Sheldon tries to bond with Amy’s father, but when Wolowitz lures Mr. Fowler (Teller) away with magic tricks, Sheldon has no choice but to bond with Mrs. Fowler (Kathy Bates). Also, Koothrappali and Anu try to get physical for the first time, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Nov. 8 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Alec Baldwin arrested after allegedly punching someone in parking dispute

    (11/3/18) Authorities say Alec Baldwin has been arrested after allegedly punching a man in the face during a dispute over a parking spot outside his New York City home.

    The actor was taken into custody just before 2 p.m. Friday in Manhattan’s West Village neighbourhood.

    Police say Baldwin claimed he had a family member holding the spot when a man driving a station wagon pulled up and took it.

    Officials say the men were arguing and pushing each other before the 60-year-old Baldwin turned violent.

    The 49-year-old station wagon driver was taken to a hospital with jaw pain.

    A representative for Baldwin did not immediately respond to a message requesting comment.

    Baldwin is known for playing President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” Asked about Baldwin’s arrest, Trump said: “I wish him luck.”

    Alec Baldwin Set To Host Inaugural Arthur Miller Foundation Honors

    (10/17/18) Alec Baldwin will host the Arthur Miller Foundation’s inaugural honors gala in New York celebrating the work of HBO Documentary Films and playwright Tony Kushner.

    The inaugural Arthur Miller Foundation Honors is set for Monday, Oct. 22, at Manhattan’s City Winery. Baldwin hosts, with appearances by Nathan Lane, Edie Falco, Tituss Burgess, Anthony Ramos, Denée Benton, Katrina Lenk, Ari’el Stachel, Solea Pfeiffer, Sherie Rene Scott and Brandon Victor Dixon.

    The evening will conclude with a musical performance from children impacted by the Arthur Miller Foundation’s theater program. In addition to HBO Documentary Films (Legacy Award) and Kushner (Humanitarian Award), the foundation will also recognize one veteran public school teacher who has displayed excellence in theater education.

    The Arthur Miller Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access and equity to theater education in New York City public schools. Co-Chairs of the inaugural honors event include filmmaker Rebecca Miller (whose documentary about her father, Arthur Miller: Writer, premiered this year on HBO), Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw, Sandi Farkas, Janine & Michael Smith.

    The event will raise funds for the Foundation’s theater education programs.

    After SNL, Baldwin urges voters to ’overthrow’ Trump government

    (10/16/18) Actor Alec Baldwin followed up his latest parody portrayal of President Donald Trump with a serious call Sunday night for voters to use the Nov. 6 midterm elections to peacefully “overthrow” the government.

    After reprising his role as Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” Baldwin flew to New Hampshire, where he was the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual fall fundraising dinner.

    “The way we implement change in America is through elections. We change governments here at home in an orderly and formal way,” he said. “In that orderly and formal way and lawful way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump.”

    The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday night.

    Baldwin said on issue after issue, Republicans are destroyers, not builders.

    “There is a small cadre of people currently in power who are hell-bent on continuing a malicious immigration policy that has set this country up for human rights violations charges by the global community. This cadre has looted money from the federal treasury and deposited it directly into the bank accounts of their most ardent political supporters,” he said.

    He said Republicans “shrug” when it comes to gun violence, “spit in the face” at the rest of the world at the notion of changing outdated energy policies and offer neither hope nor solutions to people of colour “who seek a decent seat at the American economic table but instead are issued a prison term, or worse, a bullet.”

    The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh showed that Republicans view women as undeserving as the same constitutional protections as men, Baldwin said.

    “They themselves are sons, husbands, fathers, and yet when the time arrived in the thick of the #metoo movement to set politics aside and establish that women’s rights were more important than political expediency, they failed and it was ugly,” he said.

    Several of the political leaders and candidates who spoke before Baldwin praised survivors of sexual assault who were moved to tell their stories during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, saying they should inspire others to speak up and advocate for issues they care about.

    “People raising their voices and sharing their experiences is what has been critical for our democracy and our capacity to move forward throughout our history,” U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said. “As difficult as the Kavanaugh battle was, those moments have been incredibly important and will continue to be as we move forward.”

    Congressional candidate Chris Pappas echoed that sentiment.

    “If we’re not hoarse by the time the election rolls around, we’re not doing our jobs or we’re not paying attention,” he said. “It’s about raising our voices and what we’re all about as a country.”

    In 2016, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster went public with her own account of a renowned heart surgeon reaching up her skirt during a business luncheon more than 40 years ago, when she was a young staffer on Capitol Hill.

    “I want to say to everyone, to the survivors who have come forward and those who have not, I believe you and you are not alone,” Kuster said Sunday.

    Baldwin’s appearance in the state that holds the first presidential primary came hours before the premiere of his new talk show. “The Alec Baldwin Show,” which airs on ABC at 10 p.m., will feature one-on-one conversations with celebrities and cultural icons.

    But Baldwin said it won’t be overtly political. Asked Sunday if he’d consider running for office himself, he didn’t rule it out but joked that his wife would likely divorce him.

    Alec Baldwin: ‘Ever since I played Trump, black people love me’

    (10/11/18) Alec Baldwin believes he’s expanded his fanbase since playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

    “I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off, but ever since I played Trump, black people love me. They love me,” Baldwin, 60, told The Hollywood Reporter.

    “Everywhere I go, black people go crazy. I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.'”

    Baldwin previously said portraying the POTUS was “agony,” but says he’ll be back for future episodes of “SNL” anyway.

    “I’m going to mosey in there and hopefully we’ll have a fresh round of indictments to tear into,” he said. “From my mouth to Robert Mueller’s ears.”

    He explained of his “cartoonish” portrayal of the president, “All I wanted my Trump to be is mean-spirited and miserable, like Mr. Potter from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ But then I’ll say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do it anymore,’ and people will go, ‘Don’t you dare give that up, we need you.’ Like I’ve gotten people through something in our nation’s history.”

    Baldwin also touched on the #MeToo movement, claiming there have been attempts to write about allegations of misconduct against him — but that none ever came to fruition because they were all false.

    “I want to preface this by saying that all these guys who have done terrible things, who doesn’t want them punished? This whole idea that I’m covering for [accused director] Jimmy Toback or whatever? The minute that people are found guilty of some crime or there’s a glistening reservoir of information or evidence … It’s not a witch hunt because a witch hunt indicates that there is very little truth, if none at all, and there is a lot of truth here. But what worries me is that this is a fire that needs constant kindling,” he griped.

    Baldwin alleged that after Harvey Weinstein‘s decades of sexual misconduct allegations surfaced, a publication reached out to one of Baldwin’s former co-stars who was underage at the time they’d filmed together in the 1980s. (Baldwin asked that THR omit the names of the publication and the co-star.)

    “She goes, ‘Alec, they called me and they said that a wardrobe person said you sexually molested me and that you constantly had me sitting on your lap and they asked me for a comment,'” he recalled. “I go, ‘My God, what did you say?’ And she said, ‘I told them it was ridiculous, that you never groped me.'”

    “I just remember thinking in that moment, ‘Wow, they’re looking for people. This is a fire that needs fresh wood, and they’re coming for me,'” he said.

    Baldwin added of Rose McGowan specifically, “She’s a tragic front person for [the #MeToo] cause, and I say that because you don’t stand much of a chance of getting where you want to be if you’re going to arbitrarily alienate and excoriate innocent men. … It’s like all of a sudden, she’s one of the Crips — the head of her own gang.”

    ‘Alec Baldwin Show’ Sets Guest List: Kim Kardashian, Robert De Niro, Taraji P. Henson, RuPaul, Norway’s Prime Minister

    (10/11/18) Robert De Niro and Taraji P. Henson will be Alec Baldwin’s first guests when The Alec Baldwin Show premieres Sunday, October 14.

    Kim Kardashian West, wife of President Donald Trump’s new BFF Kanye West, will guest the next week, October 21. That day Baldwin will devote his show’s entire hour to talking to the “reality star, entrepreneur and cultural phenom” about her “famous family,” and her recent political advocacy.

    Last May, Nearly a decade after President Donald Trump reportedly complained he’d been stuck with Khloe Kardashian on his Celebrity Apprentice reality TV series when he really wanted her “hot” sister Kim, Trump finally got the Kardashian of his dreams on his latest reality series, The White House. Kim Kardashian came to the White House to make the case for pardoning 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence on drug offenses and had been behind bars for more than two decades.

    An Associated Press journalist who had a lot to learn about reality TV stars reported at the time it was unclear if Kim, who, like Trump, is an NBCU reality TV star, would get to sit down with Trump in the Oval Office.

    “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing,” POTUS tweeted proudly to his 53 million followers that afternoon. Meanwhile, Kardashian tweeted – to her 60M followers – “Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you.”

    Alec Baldwin, of course, plays Donald Trump, brilliantly, on Saturday Night Live. President Trump is not amused. Baldwin does not care. Trump likely will watch that interview.

    Meanwhile, ABC announced some of Baldwin’s other guests for the first season of his Sunday sit-down show: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., RuPaul, Kerry Washington, former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, Jeff Bridges, Sarah Jessica Parker, former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, Mike Myers, Regina King, Gloria Allred, Ricky Gervais and the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg.


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