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Riverdale: the long, strange history of Archie Comics on TV

Chris Cummins Jan 24, 2017

A look-back at the previous attempts to bring Archie to TV before they got it right with Riverdale...

When Riverdale premieres on the CW on January 26th, it will mark a milestone for Archie Comics - the first time in the company's 75-year history that its characters will truly shine on television. A mix of gleefully ridiculous kitsch with standout performances and some truly smart writing, the series is poised to be 2017's breakout TV hit.

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That said, it took a while for Archie to get to this point. There have been many attempts to bring Archie and his friends to TV before, but these all suffered for either being shoddily animated (the various 1960s cartoons), misguided (1990's Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again), or just plain, um, weird (the X-Files cash-in Archie's Weird Mysteries
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Micky Dolenz Remembers 50 Years of Music, Madness and Good Times with the Monkees

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Micky Dolenz Remembers 50 Years of Music, Madness and Good Times with the Monkees
When was the last time you thought about The Iron Horse? Or The Time Tunnel? How about The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.? All are television shows that premiered the second week of September in 1966, and all have effectively faded from memory. Not so with The Monkees, the groundbreaking TV-music-performance project that ran amok across the late '60s pop cultural landscape like Frankenstein's multimedia monster. 50 years later, it's still very much alive. Earlier this year, the three surviving Monkees reunited in the studio with producer Adam Schlesinger - a veteran of the uber-poppy Fountains of Wayne and the tunesmith behind the
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Prince Remembered by The Late Show: His Aura 'Filled Everybody's Hearts'

Prince Remembered by The Late Show: His Aura 'Filled Everybody's Hearts'
Stephen Colbert and Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste took a moment on Thursday to reflect upon the artist who will forever be known as Prince.

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Before having the Ed Sullivan Theater lights dimmed to purple, Colbert gave Batiste the spotlight to share an anecdote about the seven-time Grammy winner, who died on April 21 at the all-too-young age of 57. Though he’ll most be remembered for timeless classics such as “Purple Rain” and “Kiss,” Batiste’s memory of working with the icon involved a lesson in courtesy.

Later in the show, Hamilton
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What happens when Mick Jagger visits a TV show writers room?

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What happens when Mick Jagger visits a TV show writers room?
When Bobby Cannavale turned up midway through the run of Terence Winter's HBO gangster epic Boardwalk Empire, the most surprising thing was that they somehow hadn't worked together before, whether on earlier Boardwalk seasons or during Winter's long run as David Chase's top lieutenant on The Sopranos. The half-Italian, half-Cuban actor has been no stranger to crime stories in his career (including a role on NBC's would-be Sopranos drama Kingpin), but the Boardwalk role of animalistic sociopath Gyp Rosetti (for which he would win an Emmy) was his first time working with Winter, and also with Boardwalk executive producer Martin Scorsese. Now, all three men have teamed up with, of all people, Mick Jagger, for Vinyl, HBO's new Sunday drama, where Cannavale plays Richie Finestra, a '70s record company executive with a great ear and a nose too prone to having cocaine shoved up it. The two-hour
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Flashback: Watch Gilda Radner Hilariously Spoof Patti Smith on 'SNL'

Last week, the producers of Robert Mapplethorpe biopic Mapplethorpe revealed that Girls actress Zosia Mamet will portray the late photographer's close friend Patti Smith in the film. She will not be the first actress to play the punk singer onscreen, though, as actress Mickey Sumner played Smith in the 2013 film Cbgb – and Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner hilariously spoofed her in 1979, a few months before the Patti Smith Group put out Wave.

In the lengthy sketch, Radner played tank-top-wearing, bouffant-armpitted punk yelper "Candy Slice" who was performing at a
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Theater Review: ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ is a Lifetime of Song-Filled Brilliance

Chicago – Carole King, from modest roots and beginnings, went on to become the most successful female songwriter of the last forty years of the 20th Century. So this “natural woman” was perfect for a musical overview of her life and great songs, in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

Play Rating: 4.0/5.0

The structure and songs are the highlight of King’s life story, starting in the late 1950s on Tin Pan Alley (the songwriting strip of Broadway in New York City) to a triumphant Carnegie Hall Concert as a 1970s solo act. Along the way there are the social changes of the 1960s and a legendary songwriting partnership, in addition to the sorrow of the breakup and the evolution of starting over. It is the American Dream and the American songbook rolled into one breezy evening, and the truth of Carole King within the musical is evident from beginning to end.
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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical extends in London

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, London

Aldwych Theatre

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has had its London run extended, and will now play in the capital’s West End until 26 November 2016.

Over 350,000 new tickets have been released for the show, which will have new cast members join the production in November. Cassidy Janson will play the title role in the musical from 30th November, while Diane Keen will appear as Genie Klein, King’s mother. Alan Morrissey will continue as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin as well as Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil,
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Rory Gallagher Box Set to Feature Original Rankin & Truman Story

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Our pal Timothy Truman, perhaps best known for his work on such comics features as GrimJack, Conan, Hawkworld, Jonah Hex, Hawken, and Scout, has teamed up with writer Ian Rankin to present a 44 page comics story inspired by the work of rock-and-blues musician Rory Gallagher. From the press release:

“On October 29, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Kickback City, a unique immersive album inspired by the crime noir passion and music of Rory Gallagher (Msrp $29.98). Featuring a specially compiled album of Rory Gallagher’s best crime novel-influenced music; the stunning package also includes an exclusive new novella by Ian Rankin, fully illustrated by graphic artist Timothy Truman. This unique immersive album also includes a special narration of the story by actor Aidan Quinn.

“Inspired by Rory Gallagher’s passion for crime novels, Kickback City is a creative collaboration combining the words of Ian Rankin, the illustrations of Timothy Truman and of
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‘Electric Company’ Songwriter Elaine Laron Dies at 83

‘Electric Company’ Songwriter Elaine Laron Dies at 83
Elaine Laron, a TV writer and lyricist who worked on “Captain Kangaroo,” “The Electric Company” and “Free To Be You And Me,” died June 6 in Los Angeles of pneumonia. She was 83.

Born in the Bronx in 1930, Laron began her career as a greeting card writer and soon moved into writing lyrics. Her first recorded release was “Those Are The Breaks” by cabaret performer Arthur Siegal in 1954 followed by “Look But Do Not Touch-Cha-Cha” by Isobel Robins featured on the comedy album “The Saint And The Sinner,” also featuring comedian Henry Morgan. Her other recorded works include “The Loving Song” by Nana Mouskouri and the anti-war song “Hell No I Ain’t Gonna Go” by Matt Jones for the song magazine Broadside.

Laron collaborated with composers including Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell”), Charles Strouse (“All In The Family”), Joe Raposo (“Sesame Street”), Ron Dante (“Sugar Sugar”) and Vic Mizzy (“Green Acres,” “The Addams Family
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Review: The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

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Prime time television in the 1950s and 1960s was packed with family situation comedies, including Hanna-Barbera’s takes on The Honeymooners in the form of The Flintstones and The Jetsons. By the dawn of the 1970s, those situation comedy tropes began to permeate Saturday morning cartoons as funny animal and super-heroic fare began to wane. Then there came Scooby-Doo, the first truly original and fresh concept in ages. The four meddlesome teens, their charismatic canine companion and van became the template for many imitators.

I can therefore imagine the brain trust at H-b trying to find new variations on the successful theme. The idea of combining elements a mystery solving family was a natural but how they ever settled on Charlie Chan and his dozen children remains an, ahem,. mystery.

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan debuted in 1972 on CBS and was derived from Earl Derr Biggers literary sleuth,
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on HBO

Where can you see Donovan, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beastie Boys, Laura Nyro, Guns-n-Roses and Chris Rock under one roof? The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the only place to see it is on HBO! Premiering this Saturday, May 5th at 9Pm this special presentation is jam packed with live performances, celebrity appearences and rock-n-roll royalty. Honorees and presenters for this year's show include: Beastie Boys will be inducted by Chuck D. Donovan will be inducted by John Mellencamp. Small Faces/The Faces will be inducted by Stevie Van Zandt. Red Hot Chili Peppers will be inducted by Chris Rock. Laura Nyro will be inducted by Bette Midler. Freddie King will be inducted by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill. Don Kirshner will be inducted by Carole King.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on HBO

Where can you see Donovan, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beastie Boys, Laura Nyro, Guns-n-Roses and Chris Rock under one roof? The 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the only place to see it is on HBO! Premiering this Saturday, May 5th at 9Pm this special presentation is jam packed with live performances, celebrity appearences and rock-n-roll royalty. Honorees and presenters for this year's show include: Beastie Boys will be inducted by Chuck D. Donovan will be inducted by John Mellencamp. Small Faces/The Faces will be inducted by Stevie Van Zandt. Red Hot Chili Peppers will be inducted by Chris Rock. Laura Nyro will be inducted by Bette Midler. Freddie King will be inducted by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill. Don Kirshner will be inducted by Carole King.
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Rod Stewart, Zz Top, Ronnie Wood to play at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rod Stewart, Zz Top, Ronnie Wood to play at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood will perform a tribute to their band The Small Faces/The Faces at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction gala. The duo will reunite on stage for their band's induction, while fellow inductee Donovan is to collaborate with John Mellencamp. Zz Top's Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons will pay tribute to 'the Texas Cannonball' Freddie King, the noted blues guitarist whose hits include 'Hide Away'. Darlene Love has been selected to salute former Rock Concert host Don Kirshner, and Chuck D and LL Cool J will also honor the legacy of the Beastie Boys. (more)
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'Sugar, Sugar' Singer Floored by Davy Jones' Death -- He Was in 'Perfect Health'

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The lead singer of the 60s band The Archies -- famous for singles like "Sugar, Sugar" -- is completely shocked by Davy Jones' death ... telling TMZ, Davy was in "perfect health" just months before his death.66-year-old Ron Dante -- whose group released several hits around the same time as The Monkees -- tells us, he was great friends with Davy ... and even spoke to him a few months ago, when Davy appeared to be doing just fine.
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Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers Among 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers Among 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Ian MacLagan of the Small Faces and Faces put it best: "There's going to be some rock 'n' roll up on that stage" at the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, taking place April 14 in Cleveland. MacLagan's bands will be joined in a Rock Hall class of 2012 by Guns N' Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys, along with the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and the British troubadour Donovan. The late bluesman Freddie King will be inducted as an Early Influence, while writer and producer Don Kirshner will receive posthumously the

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Justin Bieber: Why adults are scared of him. And why they should go see his movie

Justin Bieber: Why adults are scared of him. And why they should go see his movie
When I was growing up, in the era of Donny Osmond and The Partridge Family, teen idols, with their dimples and blow-dried ’70s-shag haircuts, their strategically unbuttoned hippie polyester shirts, were often the objects of ridicule, but no one ever bothered to get too hot and bothered about them (except, of course, for the 14-year-old girls who consumed every morsel of their favorite stars’ chipmunk-cheeked lives in Tiger Beat magazine). Teen idols, it was understood, served a basic cultural function, which was to gently tease out the consumer-minded romantic/erotic appetites of girls who were still virgins. As pinups, they
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Justin Bieber: Why adults are scared of him. And why they should go see his movie

Justin Bieber: Why adults are scared of him. And why they should go see his movie
When I was growing up, in the era of Donny Osmond and The Partridge Family, teen idols, with their dimples and blow-dried ’70s-shag haircuts, their strategically unbuttoned hippie polyester shirts, were often the objects of ridicule, but no one ever bothered to get too hot and bothered about them (except, of course, for the 14-year-old girls who consumed every morsel of their favorite stars’ chipmunk-cheeked lives in Tiger Beat magazine). Teen idols, it was understood, served a basic cultural function, which was to gently tease out the consumer-minded romantic/erotic appetites of girls who were still virgins. As pinups, they
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Rock promoter Don Kirshner dies in Florida at age 76

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Las Vegas (AP) — Don Kirshner, a rock promoter and music publisher who helped garner hits for the make-believe groups The Monkees and The Archies and boosted the careers of Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and the Police, has died. He was 76. Promoter Jack Wishna, a close friend and business associate, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Kirshner, whom Time magazine once dubbed "The Man with the Golden Ear," was in a hospital in Boca Raton being treated for an infection when he died on Monday. "Donny Kirshner would take a kid off the street ... and turn him into...
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Don Kirshner, record producer and TV host, dies at 76

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The man who produced countless hit records and helped introduce The Monkees to the world has passed away.

The New York Times reports Don Kirshner died of heart failure on Jan. 17 in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 76.

Working with artists such as Carole King and Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Kirshner might be best known for the better part of a decade he spent on camera. He was the producer and host of ABC's "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" -- an Ed Sullivan for a different generation.

Guests on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert," which ran from 1973 to 1981 included Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.
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AfterElton Briefs: Sir Charles Rules, A First Glimpse at Elton's Baby, Anderson Cooper on Broadway, and More!

Above you can see the first pic of Elton and David's baby. I could have lived without the bottom quote, but they missed out on a golden opportunity by not making it, "He shot out like a rocket, man." Below you can see the accompanying video, which features host Layla Anna-Lee, who can make everything sound salacious just with her accent. When she says, "thrashing" I expected her to follow it with, "you naughty, naughty boy!."

Gavin Creel talks to Steve Rothaus about coming out, and says he has absolutely no regrets, even if it affects his career: "'If I never play a heterosexual again, bring it on!'' Speaking of coming out, we interviewed Paranormal State host Ryan Buell last year after he came out as bi, and below you can see him talk to Popnography about his reasons for going public ... and about that ghost stuff.

So who
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