8 items from 2014
It's a real testament to the impact that Robin Williams had on people's lives that one month after his sudden death, the comedian and actor is still being honored. The latest to pay proper tribute to Williams is the PBS documentary series "Pioneers of Television." Last night they debuted a one-hour special called Robin Williams Remembered, focuses solely on the career and influence of the Oscar-winning actor and infectious comedian. Beginning with his early years in theater and the revered school Julliard and moving through his rising fame as a comedian and into his eclectic acting career, it's a great tribute. Watch! Here's the full one-hour "Pioneers of Television" tribute to Robin Williams from PBS: The new one-hour special features new footage of Williams that was intended for various "Pioneers" episodes, along with new interviews featuring "Mork & Mindy" star Pam Dawber, fellow comedians Whoopi Goldberg, Louie Anderson and Jonathan winters, »
- Ethan Anderton
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Surprise! On Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon brought Britney Spears out to read off a list of the pros and cons of dating her. She's recently single -- and apparently "The Tonight Show" audience was filled with people who are already in love with her since they stood and cheered when she showed up. (Jimmy had to remind them it's *his* show.) Jimmy said they created a profile for Britney on Tinder (bio: "This better work, b-tch.") and Britney acted shocked and not too thrilled. Stay to the end to hear her "It's Britney, b-tch" line. Keith Richards was also on "The Tonight Show" and you know the man has stories. »
- Gina Carbone
PBS isn’t always particularly nimble, which makes its speed in throwing together “Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special” something of an occasion. Not surprisingly, the resulting hour is warm and heartfelt, drawing extensively on an interview conducted with Williams as well as recollections about the comedian and actor (shot, appropriately, at the Comedy Store) taped after his death. Coming nearly a month after the outpouring of affection unleashed by Williams’ suicide, it’s a fitting tribute that touches on most of his career highlights, presented under an umbrella that otherwise has generally under-delivered.
Producers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein race pretty quickly through the biographical material, getting to the point where Williams discovered improvisational comedy in college, before earning a spot at Julliard alongside Christopher Reeve. (Their teachers included John Houseman, who pushed them toward the higher calling of theater while, as Williams notes wryly, earning a »
- Brian Lowry
The one-hour special will feature Williams’ last full-length television interview, including never-before-seen footage and Williams’ stories from his early days as a stand-up comedian, his desire to be a dramatic actor and his efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas.
It will also feature tributes and interviews with Williams’ friends Henry Winkler, Yakov Smirnoff, Louie Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, Rick Overton, Blake Clark, Pauly Shore and George Schlatter, as well as Penny Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Jimmie Walker and Williams’ “Mork & Mindy” co-stars Pam Dawber and the late Jonathan Winters.
The special is set to air at 9 p.m., Sept. 9 on PBS SoCaL. Other PBS stations’ air dates can be found in local listings.
- Shelli Weinstein
Hollywood continues to mourn the sudden loss of Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 63. Friends and fans have posted their thoughts online, including some fellow stand-up comics, his "Good Will Hunting" co-star Ben Affleck, "Happy Feet" co-star Hugh Jackman, and the real Patch Adams. Updated - Matt Damon's statement: "Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time." Ben Affleck's statement: "Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He »
- Dave Lewis
We have a mission for fans of the original "Charlie's Angels," should you choose to accept it. "Angels" co-star Jaclyn Smith will sit down for an all-new interview on the upcoming episode of Oprah's "Where Are They Now?," airing this weekend. We have an exclusive clip (posted above) in which Smith discusses her rocky relationship with the late, great Farrah Fawcett, who co-starred with Smith on the first two seasons of "Angels." Smith touchingly reveals that Fawcett's battle with cancer brought them together again and that, in the end, their time together was "beautiful." The episode's other guests include onetime Prince protege Sheila E. (who scored a 1984 hit with the infectious "The Glamorous Life"), and stand-up comic and veteran TV star Louie Anderson. The episode airs this Sunday, July 20 at 9pm Et/Pt on Own. »
- Dave Lewis
Last spring, ABC aired a new celebrity water competition called Splash. Was it a ratings success? Has it been cancelled or will it be back for a second season later this summer?
Based on a Dutch series, the Splash TV show pits celebrities against one another in a diving competition that includes backflips, somersaults, and high dives. Hosted by Joey Lawrence and Charissa Thompson, the celebrities are coached by Greg Louganis and judged by Steve Foley and David Boudia. Contestants in season one were Keshia Knight Pulliam, Chuy Bravo, Ndamukong Suh, Kendra Wilkinson, Katherine Webb, Louie Anderson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Brandi Chastain, Drake Bell, Nicole Eggert, and Rory Bushfield.
Many performers are willing to give their all for an audience and this show's participants had plenty of injuries over the course of the eight weeks. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer people tuned in to watch each week. »
Texas governor Rick Perry compared homosexuality to alcoholism last week, and it turns out it's not because he once dated Louie Anderson. The politico clarified his views in this new Funny Or Die clip (starring out comic James Adomian as Perry) and featuring "Throwing Shade" podcast star Bryan Safi as an inquiring journalist. And hey, is that Vine kook Garrett Watts in back? I do believe so. »
- Louis Virtel
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