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Leno “did it clean. He did it with dignity,” said Robert Klein.
“Thanks for making standup first,” said “The Daily Show’s” Al Madrigal.
And yet, watching Leno take this victory lap, it was hard not to think that, strictly in terms of the comedy world, his path might have been easier — or at least simpler — had he not won the succession battle that embittered David Letterman, forced many of their brethren and those in the media to choose sides, and placed a kind of strange asterisk on Leno’s legacy.
- Brian Lowry
A firestorm of controversy surrounds comedian Bill Cosby after multiple allegations have surfaced claiming that he sexually assaulted numerous women, with alleged incidents dating as far back as 1969.
The 77-year-old is known around the world for his role as the lovable father Heathcliff Huxtable on the long-running sitcom The Cosby Show, and for having a stand-up comedy career that spans five decades. However, beginning in 2004, various claims of sexual assault and date rape began being leveled against Cosby.
News: Bill Cosby Alleged Rape Victim Speaks Out: 'Why Wasn't I Believed?'
Cosby has never been charged in any criminal case regarding any of these accusations, and through attorneys has repeatedly denied that any of the allegations are true. Cosby himself briefly addressed the claims, telling Florida Today, "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos."
To bring clarity to a complex series of troubling accounts, this timeline »
Another woman is coming forward with claims against Bill Cosby. In an exclusive interview with TMZ, actress Louisa Moritz claims that Cosby forced oral sex on her during an appearance on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show back in 1971. Moritz, who appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Love, American Style, told the site that she was waiting in the green room before her appearance on the show when Cosby knocked on the door. Moritz claims that Cosby complimented her on her work and "implied that [...] »
Bill Cosby's lawyer is taking aim at three of the comedian's latest accusers by arguing that it's "utter nonsense" that these women are "coming out of nowhere." Marty Singer calls Linda Joy Traitz of Florida as the "latest example of people coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories" about the 77-year-old comedian. Traitz reportedly wrote on her Facebook page that, at 19, she worked at a Cosby-owned restaurant in Los Angeles when the comedian once offered her a ride home. He took her to the beach instead, she wrote, where he reached into a suitcase and offered her "pills to relax. »
- Elizabeth Leonard, @lizzleonard1
An actress who played Rose in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and starred in the '70s show "Love American Style" claims Bill Cosby stuck his penis in her mouth in her dressing room before an appearance on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show."68-year-old Louisa Moritz tells TMZ ... she was at the NBC studios in New York in 1971, waiting in the green room for her appearance on the show. She says there was a knock at the door, »
- TMZ Staff
On Thursday, the attorney for Bill Cosby slammed the numerous accusations of sexual assault against his client, saying the five-time Emmy-winner has been the victim of a “media-driven feeding frenzy.”
“People are coming out the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories about my client,” Martin Singer said in a lengthy statement. He also released the criminal records of one of Cosby’s alleged victims, Linda Joy Traitz, which includes charges for criminal fraud and possession of several drugs, including cocaine, Oxycodone and marijuana.
“This continued pattern of attacks has entered the realm of the ridiculous,” he said.
The statement came shortly after three new accusers came forward on Thursday claiming that Cosby assaulted them years ago, including Lou Ferrigno’s wife, a “One Flew Over the Cuckcoo’s Nest” actress and a nurse in Florida.
- Alex Stedman
In his prime, Glen A. Larson could have sold a pilot for ice to the Eskimo Network.
The prolific producer, who died Friday at the age of 77, was not afraid of stretching the limits of physics and credulity in the pursuit of a hit series. He gave us K.I.T.T., the talking supercomputer car of “Knight Rider.” He gave us Steve Austin, the astronaut whose creaky atomic-powered implants gave him superhuman strength. He put Lorne Greene in a track suit and cape to lead “Battlestar Galactica.” And he sicced a mild-mannered Nyu professor who turns into fierce animals on NBC with “Manimal.”
But even with a track record of success that also included “Quincy,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “The Fall Guy” and, yes, “B.J. and the Bear,” Larson had plenty of ones that got away. Culled from the pages of Variety, here’s a look at a few Larson pilots »
- Cynthia Littleton
Will the odds be in Woody Harrelson's favor when he hosts Saturday Night Live tonight? Let's examine the evidence. Pro: He has hosted the show twice before (and did a cameo in host Kirstie Alley's monologue back in '91, along with the rest of the Cheers gang), so he understands what's expected of him and should be fairly comfortable coming back to Studio 8H. Con: He hasn't hosted since the Bush administration. The first Bush administration. Harrelson's last SNL stint began with a cold open about Johnny Carson leaving The Tonight Show; characters appearing on the episode included »
- Hillary Busis
Theres a poignant pleasure in watching a TV legend take his last lap as a visit to the taping of the show in its final season revealed
Nearly 60 years after Elvis Presley changed the direction of western culture by miming along to Hound Dog to a mob of screaming girls, a page is reminding the crowd for the umpteenth time that no photography is allowed at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. This is a disappointment for all as theyre coming for their own piece of history: a seat at a taping of the final season of The Late Show with David Letterman, the talkshow that has made its home at a Broadway theatre four days a week with two shows on Thursday since 1993.
Despite being a Brit who cannot actually watch the show in my home country and occasionally even has trouble getting clips to play on YouTube, I know how big a deal this is. »
- Paul MacInnes
Chicago – Glen Campbell, the singer, actor and personality, is ingrained into a certain late 1960s/early ‘70s ethos. His sunny disposition and clean pop music rhetoric crossed over from country to the mainstream, and in that other era he could seriously call his television show “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.” Today, he fights a losing battle against Alzheimer’s Disease in the emotional documentary, “Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me.”
The title refers to an off-handed remark that Campbell makes, when he watching old home movies about his life. This is a memory test to exercise the shrinking portions of his brains due to the degenerative disease, and when Campbell assigns roles to the people in the films, he concludes “I’ll be me.” The film is often a frustrating document about Campbell’s journey, as the camera is privy to the most intimate sadnesses in living with the insidious disease. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
For the fourth episode of the Foo Fighters' musical travelogue Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl and Co. headed to Austin, Texas Friday night to explore the history and culture of, as Grohl put it, "some of the weirdest, freakiest stuff in the city that inspires people all over the world." Delving into everything from Austin City Limits and South by Southwest to Willie Nelson, Roky Erickson and Butthole Surfers, the episode deftly cast a wide net on the diverse city. "When you bailed from your hometown," said Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes, »
As one half of '80s superstar duo The Judds, Naomi Judd never failed to bring outsized country glam to the stage. With big dresses, bigger hair and sparkle aplenty, her stage looks reached fantastical heights - sometimes quite literally! On the five-time Grammy-winners' 2000 reunion tour, she donned a Badgley Mischka creation "so encrusted with jewels it weighs a ton!" she recalls to People. She wore the dress with a tiara and a wand, and after being raised on an elevated platform, sprinkled pixie dust on audience members. "I'd touch them on the top of the head and make a wish come true! »
- Eileen Finan
Richard Zoglin is the author of Hope: Entertainer of the Century, published this week by Simon & Schuster and cited by reviewers as the definitive biography of the comedy legend. In its current issue, People singles it out as the book of the week. Here, an excerpt from the work.Viewers of The Tonight Show during the 1970s and '80s might have assumed that Bob Hope was one of Johnny Carson's favorite guests. No one appeared on the show more often than the comedy legend, and his guest appearances clung to a familiar, almost comical ritual. He would walk »
- Richard Zoglin
Six weeks after they met, Bette Midler and Martin Von Haselberg tied the knot - at a 2 a.m., $45 ceremony in Las Vegas. But don't laugh: This Dec. 16 will mark the couple's 30th wedding anniversary - practically a record-breaker by Hollywood standards. "It's rare," Midler, 68, tells People. "I think the secret is giving each other a lot of lead and a lot of room and not being in each other's faces all the time," the singer, actress and comedian - whose first album in eight years, It's the Girls, debuts Nov. 4 - says in the "What I Know Now" section »
- K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777
Kevin Spacey's mimicry skills were on full display on Friday night, when Jimmy Fallon put him to work on a Halloween-themed "Wheel of Impressions." Spacey and Fallon take turns pressing the button connected to some kind of Denver-based cloud technology that pairs a celebrity name with something spooky, like Frankenstein. Regardless of how "random" the whole thing is, you get to see Kevin Spacey do impressions of Johnny Carson, Christopher Walken, Michael Caine, and, of course, his patented Bill Clinton. Jimmy Fallon did a solid Dr. Phil (and a piss-poor Michael Caine). »
- E. Alex Jung
No costumes were necessary for Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Spacey to pretend to be people they're not on “The “Tonight Show's” Halloween episode on Friday. The two brought out the “Wheel of Impressions” for a bit in which they each impersonate someone in Hollywood. See photos: Halloween in Hollywood Costume Contest – You Be the Judge! Spacey showed off his flawless impression of former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson, voicing what it would sound like if the late-night legend attended a costume party. “A lot of people are dressing up as ghosts and witches, goblins and vampires,” Spacey said as Carson. »
- Ryan O'Connell
This one will take you back—31 years back, to be precise. YouTube user Kwadwo Holloway cut together almost 20-minutes worth of show intros from 1983, from both network and cable sources, and the result is a blast from the past. At least, some viewers will think so. Others (those not old enough to remember the decade) might wonder why any of us ever bothered to watch TV in the '80s at all. What familiar faces do you see? David Letterman is in there. And Johnny Carson. And a handful of others. But more noticeable are the shows and entertainers that have all but been lost to television history, as far as younger audiences are concerned. Ask anyone under 30 who Mike Douglas was, and they’ll probably tell you he was the guy who was married to Catherine Zeta-Jones. Little do they know, you were actually referring to the long-time entertainer who, »
- Zach Hollwedel
Fleming: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full program of 10 DC Comics tent poles to be released 2016-2020.
Will Smith and Tom Hardy are in talks to star in Fury director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and 2016 also brings Batman V Superman; 2017 brings Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Justice League; 2018 brings Ezra Miller as The Flash and Jason Momoa as Aquaman; 2019 brings Shazam and Justice League 2; Ray Fisher stars in Cyborg and a Green Lantern reboot arrives for 2020.
Besides the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Some milestones can't help but make a longtime TV viewer feel a bit long in the tooth. Such is the case this Sunday, as Fox's The Simpsons marks a full quarter-century of spooky satire with its 25th annual "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween trilogy (8/7c), which strikes a nostalgic chord from its opening fanfare, echoing the classic (and still-missed) theme from Johnny Carson's Tonight Show — with a macabre twist, naturally.
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- Matt Roush
Neil Patrick Harris has no shortage of things to do: He stars in the box office hit Gone Girl, recently finished a 20-week run as the title character in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, just released his first book, and will be hosting this year's Oscars. But one opportunity he missed? Starring on American Horror Story. Long before Twisty the Clown made his debut on this season of the FX show, American Horror Story showrunner Ryan Murphy asked Harris and his husband, David Burtka, to play a couple in the show's first season, Murder House. But the two had »
- Ariana Bacle
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