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‘Veep’ is 33rd Best Comedy Series winner in Emmy history, following ‘Modern Family,’ ’30 Rock’ …

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‘Veep’ is 33rd Best Comedy Series winner in Emmy history, following ‘Modern Family,’ ’30 Rock’ …
At the fourth Emmy Awards in 1952, the first trophy for Best Comedy Series was presented to “The Red Skelton Show.” Since then, a total of 33 different laffers have been honored as television’s top comedy. Click through our photo gallery above of every winner for Best Comedy Series in Emmy history, including the three-time […]
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Hollywood Legend Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies at 99

Hollywood Legend Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies at 99
Zsa Zsa Gabor, whose 60-year career of playing herself helped paved the way for today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, has died. She was 99.

Publicist Ed Lozzi confirmed to Variety that Gabor died Sunday in her Bel Air mansion. She had been on life support for the last five years, and according to TMZ, which first reported the news, she died of a heart attack.

While Gabor had multiple acting credits, her greatest performance was playing herself: She was famous for her accented English (calling everyone “darling,” which came out “dah-link”), eccentric name, offscreen antics (including a 1989 incident in which she slapped a Beverly Hills cop) and one-liners about her jewels, nine marriages and ex-husbands. Despite her glamorous image, her life, especially in later years, was marred by battles between her much-younger husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt and her daughter.

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Actress Martha Stewart May Still Be Alive Despite Two-Year-Old Reports to the Contrary

Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies apparently not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary (Photo: Martha Stewart and Perry Como in 'Doll Face') According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox movies of the '40s, died at age 89 of "natural causes" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on February 25, 2012. Needless to say, that was not the same Martha Stewart hawking "delicious foods" and whatever else on American television. But quite possibly, the Martha Stewart who died in February 2012 -- if any -- was not the Martha Stewart of old Fox movies either. And that's why I'm republishing this (former) obit, originally posted more than two and a half years ago: March 11, 2012. Earlier today, a commenter wrote to Alt Film Guide, claiming that the Martha Stewart featured in Doll Face, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now,
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Terry Kyne, Director of ‘Red Skelton Show,’ Dies at 83

Terry Kyne, a producer and director of television in Canada and the U.S., died of natural causes in Dana Point, Calif., on June 7. He was 83.

Kyne produced and directed Canada’s top-rated satirical comedy variety series, “Nightcap,” and more than 500 episodes of other CBC shows in a wide variety of genres — sitcom, variety, gameshow, talkshow, children’s and news.

In 1969 NBC brought Kyne to the U.S. to direct the “The Red Skelton Show.”

Some of his other credits include “The Steve Allen Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “The John Davidson Show,” “Tony Orlando and Dawn,” “The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show,” “Getting in Touch,” “Totally Hidden Video,” “Name That Tune,” “The Wizard of Odds,” “The Cheap Show,” “The Diamond Head Game,” “Celebrity Sweepstakes” and “The Gong Show.”

Kyne is survived by his friend and wife, Pauline; two daughters and a son; three grandchildren; two brothers and a sister.
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Is this the golden age of TV horror?

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With Hemlock Grove, Penny Dreadful, Hannibal, The Walking Dead & more, Ron suggests this is a golden age in the history of Us TV horror…

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On April 30th 1954, a Finnish-American actress, showgirl and pin-up named Maila Nurmi sashayed down a dark corridor fogged with dry ice, stopped on cue and unleashed a bloodcurdling scream. She was sporting her best faux-Morticia Addams dress, vampy fingernails, long black hair and an imperious expression. After the introductory trance and shriek that began every episode of Kabc TV’s The Vampira Show, the host would recline on a skull-decorated Victorian couch and mockingly introduce one of any number of low-budget and no-budget horror films for her late-night television audience. Vampira was the first horror host in American television, appearing on the air only five short years after the station first signed on in Los Angeles.

“Screaming relaxes me so”

Though Vampira’s reign as
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R.I.P. Mickey Rooney

The legendary Mickey Rooney died today, passing away at the age of 93.

The Brookyln-born actor was a child star who successfully transitioned into adult films. Boasting more than 300 credits to his name across eight decades, he also earned four Oscar nominations, two honorary Oscars, a Golden Globe, and Emmy, and a Tony nomination.

Amongst his most famous early works were the likes of "Blind Date," "Babies in Arms," and over a dozen film sin the Andy Hardy franchise. Other famous films included "The Black Stallion," "National Velvet, "The Bold and the Brave," "The Human Comedy," "Breakfast at Tiffanys," "Erik the Viking," "The Fox and the Hound," "Pete's Dragon," "Ace of Hearts," "Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," "Requiem for a Heavyweight," "Baby Face Nelson," "Boys Town" and "Girl Crazy". His acclaimed TV work included "Bill," "Mickey," "One of the Boys," "The Red Skelton Hour" and "The Mickey Rooney Show
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R.I.P. Shirley Temple (1928-2014)

Former child actress Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85. The Hollywood legend, who made her screen debut at the age of just three, died in her Californian home, surrounded by her family.

According to the IMDb, Temple’s last screen credit was in the 1960s in a television show named The Red Skelton Show, but she made her name in the 1930s appearing in the likes of Curly Top, Stowaway and a lead in Bright Eyes, singing ‘Good Ship Lollipop,’ which she is perhaps best known for.

Temple was, and still is the youngest person to ever win an Oscar. She received a special juvenile Academy Award at the age of six.She retired from Hollywood officially in 1950 after making a staggering 43 films, at the age of 22. Later in life, she stood as a Republican candidate for Congress in 1967, held an appointment as American delegation to the United Nations under Richard Nixon,
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Shirley Temple, Legendary Child Star, Dies at 85

Shirley Temple, Legendary Child Star, Dies at 85
Shirley Temple, the child star phenomenon of the 1930s who went on to a career in international diplomacy, died Tuesday in California at age 85.

A statement from her family provided to news organizations said she died at home in Woodside, Calif., of natural causes. “She was surrounded by her family and caregivers,” the BBC quoted the statement as saying. “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and… our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother.”

A string of non-stop hits starting with “Little Miss Marker” in 1934 and continuing with such films as “Captain January,” “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Wee Willie Winkie” captured Depression-era America’s heart, keeping the troubled 20th Century Fox solvent.

The dimpled, blonde, curly-headed Temple was the nation’s top box office attraction from 1935-38 and one of the nation’s top wage earners. Reflecting the extent of her popularity, she
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Shirley Mitchell, last surviving 'I Love Lucy' cast member, dead at 94

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Shirley Mitchell, the actress who played Marion Strong, Lucy Ricardo's friend on the classic TV show "I Love Lucy," has passed away at the age of 94.

Mitchell, who was thought to be the last living adult cast member from Lucille Ball's iconic CBS sitcom, died on Monday (Nov. 11) of heart failure in her Westwood condo, her sister-in-law, "Sunset Blvd." actress Nancy Olson, tells THR.

Mitchell joined the cast of "I Love Lucy" for the 1953-54 season, appearing in three episodes. Marion, known for her cackling laugh, faces frank opinions in one episode, "Lucy Tells the Truth."

"Marion, stop cackling," Lucy tells her. "I've been waiting 10 years for you to lay that egg!"

The character, which was originally played by Margie Liszt in the show's second season, set Lucy and Ricky up on their first date.

Born in 1919, Mitchell began her career as a radio star, becoming good friends with
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Shirley Mitchell, Who Appeared in ‘I Love Lucy,’ Dies at 94

Shirley Mitchell, Who Appeared in ‘I Love Lucy,’ Dies at 94
Shirley Mitchell, who had a recurring role on “I Love Lucy” as Lucy Ricardo’s friend Marion Strong as part of a seven-decade career that ended just last year, died Nov. 11 of heart failure in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. She was 94.

Mitchell was the widow of three-time Oscar-winning composer Jay Livingston, who penned the songs “Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)” and “Mona Lisa” as well as the iconic theme from “Bonanza.”

In 2012 Mitchell impersonated Betty White for the animated series “Mad,” and in 2006 she voiced a role in a “Desperate Housewives” videogame. She made her screen debut in the 1944 film “Jamboree” and appeared steadily on television for decades starting in 1951 with a guest appearance on “Hollywood Theatre Time” and guesting on everything from “Dragnet” to “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” She recurred on the series “Bachelor Father” in 1958-59 and as Mae Belle Jennings
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R.I.P. Shirley Mitchell

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Shirley Mitchell, who played Lucy Ricardo’s friend Marion Strong on the classic CBS sitcom I Love Lucy, died Monday. She was 94. Remembered as Lucy’s friend with the funny laugh, Mitchell appeared in three episodes of I Love Lucy after joining the cast in 1953. She was believed to be the last recurring adult cast member following the deaths of Doris Singleton in 2012 and Peggy Rea in 2011. Mitchell appeared on numerous TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s including Bachelor Father starring John Forsythe, Please Don’t Eat The Daisies as neighbor Marge Thornton, Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies. She also appeared as Clara Appleby, the wife of henpecked husband George Appleby (Red Skelton) on The Red Skelton Hour. In 1972, she voiced Laurie Holiday on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Roman Holidays and last year voiced Betty White in Betty White & The Huntsman. On the film side, Mitchell appeared
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Wasteland

The Wasteland:

Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;

and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.

Lee Loevinger

When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium,
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Sporadic movie appearances in later years: Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh biography final. Check out previous articles: Touch Of Evil / Orson Welles / The Manchurian Candidate and Psycho / marriaget to Tony Curtis. Leigh's movie career slowed down in the mid-60s. Among her sporadic movies from 1966 on were: Jack Smight’s Harper (1966), with Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, and others; Jerry Lewis Three on a Couch; Robert Gist's An American Dream, with Stuart Whitman and Eleanor Parker; Jack Arnold's Hello Down There with Tony Randall; Giuliano Montaldo's Grand Slam, with Robert Hoffman, Mel Stuart's One Is a Lonely Number / Two Is a Happy Number, with Trish Van Devere, Monte Markham, and Melvyn Douglas; William F. Claxton’s Night of the Lepus (1972), with Whitman and Rory Calhoun; Stephen Verona’s Boardwalk, with Ruth Gordon and Lee Strasberg; and John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980), with Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, and Hal Holbrook. On TV, Leigh was featured in,
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Sherwood Schwartz Dies at 94; Created The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island

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Sherwood Schwartz Dies at 94; Created The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island
If you know the story of a man named Brady, or if you’ve ever sat right back and heard the tale, the tale of a fateful trip, then take a moment today to mourn the passing of Sherwood Schwartz, who not only created classic family sitcoms The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, but also wrote their famous theme songs. Schwartz, who also won a comedy-writing Emmy in 1961 for his work on The Red Skelton Hour, died in Los Angeles early this morning at the age of 94, his great niece told The Associated Press.

The Brady Bunch, a squeaky
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Sherwood Schwartz, ‘Brady Bunch’ Creator, Dies at 94

Sherwood Schwartz, ‘Brady Bunch’ Creator, Dies at 94
Everett Sherwood Schwartz

Sherwood Schwartz, a television producer and sitcom creator best known for his beloved 1960s and 1970s shows “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island,” has passed away in Los Angeles. He was 94. Schwartz also worked as a writer on such well-known programs as “Ozzie and Harriet” and “My Favorite Martian,” and won an Emmy writing for the variety program, “The Red Skelton Show.”

Schwartz wrote in his book “Brady, Brady, Brady” that he was reading The Los
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'Gilligan's Island,' 'Brady Bunch' Creator -- Dead at 94

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'Gilligan's Island,' 'Brady Bunch' Creator -- Dead at 94
Sherwood Schwartz , the television genius who created " The Brady Bunch " and " Gilligan's Island " -- and wrote the theme songs for Both shows -- has died ... TMZ has learned. Schwartz is a TV legend -- back in 1961, he won an Emmy for his work as a writer on " The Red Skelton Show ." Schwartz also served as a script supervisor on " My Favorite Martian " ... and a writer and producer of " Harper Valley PTA ." Sherwood worked in radio
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Len Lesser obituary

Film and TV actor best known as Seinfeld's bothersome Uncle Leo

The American actor Len Lesser, who has died aged 88 from pneumonia, after suffering from cancer for two years, won many fans in his role as Uncle Leo in the offbeat sitcom Seinfeld. He was notable for the boisterous "Jerry! Hello!" greeting he gave his screen nephew. The elderly uncle had an obsession with greetings and insisted that Jerry must always say "Hello!", no matter how embarrassing the situation. That applied even when Jerry caught Leo shoplifting at a bookshop. "You still say hello," he chastised.

"He's the kind of guy who is a total nuisance at times and the kind of guy you avoid," said the bald, moustached actor of his character. Lesser joined the sitcom during its second series (1991) and appeared, on and off, until the end of the show's lengthy run, in 1998. The programme featured the
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Len Lesser obituary

Film and TV actor best known as Seinfeld's bothersome Uncle Leo

The American actor Len Lesser, who has died aged 88 from pneumonia, after suffering from cancer for two years, won many fans in his role as Uncle Leo in the offbeat sitcom Seinfeld. He was notable for the boisterous "Jerry! Hello!" greeting he gave his screen nephew. The elderly uncle had an obsession with greetings and insisted that Jerry must always say "Hello!", no matter how embarrassing the situation. That applied even when Jerry caught Leo shoplifting at a bookshop. "You still say hello," he chastised.

"He's the kind of guy who is a total nuisance at times and the kind of guy you avoid," said the bald, moustached actor of his character. Lesser joined the sitcom during its second series (1990-91) and appeared, on and off, until the end of the show's lengthy run, in 1998. The programme featured
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Legendary Voice of Trailers Art Gilmore Dead at 98

Legendary Voice of Trailers Art Gilmore Dead at 98
Art Gilmore, whose iconic voice narrated thousands of trailers from Dumbo to Rear Window to I Married a Monster from Outer Space, died recently from age-related causes at 98. Gilmore narrated over 2,700 trailers starting in 1950 and also served as a television announcer for The George Gobel Show, The Red Skelton Show, Mackenzie's Raiders, Men of Annapolis and Highway Patrol. As a memorial, take a trip down memory lane with two great trailers featuring Gilmore's voice after the jump.
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