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Tom Shales

Tom Shales was born on November 3, 1944 in Elgin, Illinois, USA as Thomas William Shales. He is a writer, known for This Is MST3K (1992), The Tragic Side of Comedy (2009) and Jack Paar: Smart Television (2003). See full bio »
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 2012 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (2012) ... Himself
 2009 The Tragic Side of Comedy (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Author
 2009 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Tragic Side of Comedy (2009) ... Himself
 2005-2007 Charlie Rose (TV Series)
- Episode dated 15 November 2007 (2007) ... Himself
- Episode dated 24 January 2005 (2005) ... Himself
 2004 Inside TV Land: Primetime Politics (TV Special documentary)
 2003 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
- Episode dated 11 December 2003 (2003) ... Himself
 2003 Jack Paar: Smart Television (TV Movie documentary)
 2002 Shandling Talks... No Flipping! (Video short)
 1999 Siskel & Ebert (TV Series)
Himself - Guest Co-Host
- Episode dated 6 March 1999 (1999) ... Himself - Guest Co-Host
- Episode dated 20 February 1999 (1999) ... Himself - Guest Co-Host
 1996 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series)
- Where Is the Love? (1996) ... Himself
 1995 Frontline (TV Series documentary)
- Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch? (1995) ... Himself
 1992 This Is MST3K (TV Movie short documentary)
Himself (The Washington Post - Television Critic)
 1988 The Media Show (TV Series)
- Episode #3.1 (1988) ... Himself

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(book; coauthor James Andrew Miller): "Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN". Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 2011. ISBN 0316043001 See more »

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Television critic who won a Pulitzer Prize for his Washington Post reviews and articles on the public's perception of news events. Also Entertainment Editor at the Washington Examiner (1968-1971), Film Critic for Morning Edition of National Public Radio (1977), and Adjunct Professor of Film at American University.

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