That ’70s Show alum Lisa Robin Kelly has died after a long fight with addiction. She was 43. The actress best known for playing Eric Forman’s sister Laurie on the long-running Fox sitcom, Kelly originated the role but was replaced in Season 6 by Christina Moore. She only worked sporadically after leaving the show in 2003. Earlier this week she had voluntarily checked herself into the Pax House treatment center in Alta Dena but passed away last night. No cause of death has been announced yet. “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her,” said Kelly’s agent Craig Wyckoff. “Last night she lost the battle.”
Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama from That ’70s Show have joined the lineup of talent for the Fox network’s 25th Anniversary Special. Also joining the show are Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans from In Living Color. Memorable clips will accompany stars talking about their experiences. Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler will chime in for American Idol, and Fox dramatic veteran Kiefer Sutherland will represent 24 and Touch. Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad will also spice up the festivities. Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special, which will air 8PM-10PM (ET/PT) Sunday April 22, is exec produced by Don Mischer and Charlie Haykel. Juliane Hare serves as producer and Louis J. Horvitz is directing. Hosts have yet to be announced, and more talent yet to come.
With new Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher as a guest, CBS’ late-night host David Letterman predicted that the veteran sitcom is “going to go through the roof” with him. Kutcher agreed. “I think it’s going to go through the roof, I really do,” he said. “I’ve been laughing really hard.” The first indication was the taping of the season premiere on the Warner Bros lot. “The roof popped off Warner Bros that day,” said Kutcher, who wore protective gear for the interview in reference to the recent jihad threat against Letterman. With a solid feature career, why did Kutcher decide to go back to sitcoms where he started years ago on That ’70s Show? Kutcher said he remembered how, while he was on That ’70s Show, he used to dream of a feature career all the time. Then one day, Robin Williams, fresh off winning an Oscar, stopped by the set to see the show’s Kurtwood Smith and confessed to wanting to do a sitcom again. “And I never forgot that when I was on That ‘70s Show because I never forgot what we had, and how great and how fun the job was and how incredible it was, and how great it is go to work every day and make people laugh,” said Kutcher. Here is the clip:
Topher Grade, the That ’70s Show actor from In Good Company and Spider-Man 3, had been repped by WME. He’s presently starring in Lionsgate’s The Big Wedding with Amanda Seyfried and Katherine Heigl and recently wrapped The Giant Mechanical Man and The Double. He is managed by Aleen Keshishian and Scott Wexler of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. His attorney is Michael Gendler.