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LAVERNE & SHIRLEY
January 1, 2017  | By David Bianculli

MeTV, 3:30 p.m. ET

 

A couple of TV offerings are starting the New Year in a last-minute scheduling shift to honor the passing of Carrie Fisher. One is here on MeTV, when the regularly scheduled repeat of Laverne & Shirley is substituted by a special episode featuring Carrie Fisher as special guest star. First televised in 1982, a handful of years after the first Star Wars movie, it features Fisher and series star Penny Marshall as wannabe Playboy bunnies who interact with Hugh Hefner, who plays himself. The episode was directed by Michael McKean, who co-starred on Laverne & Shirley as Lenny, two years before he co-starred as David St. Hubbins in This Is Spinal Tap – and 33 years before he began his current, dramatic co-starring role as Chuck McGill on Better Call Saul.

 
 
 
 
 
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