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11 items from 2014


Interview: We Dream of Barbara Eden at the ‘Hollywood Show’ Chicago

8 July 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of the seminal 1960s sitcom, “I Dream of Jeannie.” Unforgettable – for many reasons – was Barbara Eden, who portrayed a genie named Jeannie. Ms. Eden was at the “Hollywood Show” Chicago last year, and was interviewed by HollywoodChicago.com.

Eden was born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona. After her family moved to the West Coast, Eden began singing, first in the church choir and eventually in night clubs. This led to acting and performance classes, including the City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After winning the title of Miss San Francisco, Eden moved to Los Angeles, and began a series of appearances on classic TV shows including “I Love Lucy,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke,” “Father Knows Best” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Barbara Eden at the “Hollywood Show Chicago” in 2013

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Ex-wga President Patric Verrone Outpaced in State Senate Race

3 June 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Patric Verrone’s three-month campaign for a California State Senate seat has come to an end after gaining  meager support among voters in West Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica.

With 18% of ballots counted in Tuesday’s primary, the TV writer and former president of the Writers Guild of America West was a distant seventh among eight candidates in the 26th District  to succeed Democrat State Senator Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman. Verrone had 2.5% of the vote, or 1,111, as of 11:30 pm Pdt.

Verrone campaigned on a platform of preserving middle-class jobs and attracting new ones. He received endorsements from “Family Guy” showrunner Seth McFarlane, Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells.

Santa Monica-Malibu school board member Ben Allen was leading the field with  22.8%, followed by Independent Seth »

- Dave McNary

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Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate

5 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A long list of high-profile Hollywood writer-producers — including Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells — are backing Patric Verrone’s campaign for the state Senate.

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Richard Lewis announced their support last week.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”

The endorsement was included as part of a pitch to attend a fundraiser Thursday hosted by John Bowman, Verrone’s college roommate, who headed the WGA negotiating team during the strike.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser and negotiating committee chiefs »

- Dave McNary

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Judd Apatow, Matt Weiner, John Wells Endorse Patric Verrone for Senate

5 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A long list of high-profile Hollywood writer-producers — including Judd Apatow, Greg Daniels (“Parks and Recreation”), “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and “The West Wing” showrunner John Wells — are backing Patric Verrone’s campaign for the state Senate.

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and Richard Lewis announced their support last week.

Verrone, who won a two-year seat on the WGA West board in September, disclosed his candidacy to fellow writers in a March 15 email that included a pitch for funds. He’s best known for leading the WGA’s strike in 2007-08 and has worked on “Futurama,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Simpsons.”

The endorsement was included as part of a pitch to attend a fundraiser Thursday hosted by John Bowman, Verrone’s college roommate, who headed the WGA negotiating team during the strike.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser and negotiating committee chiefs »

- Dave McNary

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Seth MacFarlane Endorses Ex-wga President Patric Verrone’s State Senate Run

28 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and comedian Richard Lewis have endorsed Patric Verrone’s campaign for State Senate.

Both have worked with Verrone during his career as a TV writer and producer. The former WGA West president announced last month that he was running for the 26th district seat; he is one of eight candidates who have filed to succeed Democrat State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman.

“I’m fortunate to have the support of my friends Seth and Richard, who are not only very funny guys, but are also passionate about building stronger communities and a stronger foundation for middle class families,” Verrone said. “We all have a sense of humor, but what’s been happening to California families is no joke. It’s time to get serious about the problems we face and move forward with concrete solutions. »

- Dave McNary

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Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dies at 93

6 April 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized actor who was one of MGM’s giant box office attractions in the late ’30s and early ’40s, has died, sources confirm. He was 93.

As adept at comedy as drama and an excellent singer and dancer, Rooney was regarded as the consummate entertainer. During a prolific career on stage and screen that spanned eight decades (“I’ve been working all my life, but it seems longer,” he once said), he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars, the Juvenile Award in 1939 (shared with Deanna Durbin) and one in 1983 for his body of work.

He also appeared on series and TV and in made for television movies, one of which, “Bill,” the touching story of a mentally challenged man, won him an Emmy. He was Emmy nominated three other times. And for “Sugar Babies,” a musical revue in which he starred with Ann Miller, »

- Carmel Dagan

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David Letterman Announces Retirement Plans

2 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

David Letterman announced that he will retire from his late night talk show in 2015.

Letterman, 66, made his announcement while taping Thursday night’s Late Show With David Letterman in New York City, reported TMZ. He informed the audience that he will tape his last show in the studio sometime in 2015.

Musician Mike Mills, who will be featured on Thursday night's airing, confirmed Letterman’s retirement on Twitter.

Dave just announced his retirement #2015 #muchlovedave

Mike Mills (@m_millsey) April 3, 2014

Letterman is the longest-running late-night talk show host in TV history. After gaining steam as a stand-up comedian in the 70s, in which he often appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he eventually landed his own late-night show in 1982 – Late Night with David Letterman.

When Letterman lost out to Jay Leno to replace Johnny Carson as the Tonight Show host, he moved over to CBS, where he began hosting his »

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David Brenner, Comedian & Frequent Johnny Carson Guest, Dies At 78

16 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Comedian David Brenner, who made frequent appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, died Saturday. He was 78.

David Brenner Dies

Brenner passed away this weekend after a battle with cancer, according to his publicist Jeff Abraham. “Brenner died peacefully at his home in NYC surrounded by his family at his side,” Abraham told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

Throughout his career in comedy, Brenner became a favorite of Johnny Carson's. He appeared on The Tonight Show during his tenure an estimated 158 times – more than any other guest in history. He also served as a stand-in host a number of times when Carson took some time off from the late night talk show.

"Everything was perfect. You couldn't write a better scenario," Brenner said, reminiscing about his first time on The Tonight Show, according to THR. "The next day, I had $10,000 worth of job offers. I never thought »

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Fallon Bids Farewell to ‘Late Night’ as ‘Tonight Show’ Awaits

7 February 2014 10:33 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

New York (AP) — It’s not so much “goodbye” as “on break.”

With Jimmy Fallon’s departure from “Late Night” on Friday after five years in the host chair, he will be off the NBC airwaves a scant 10 days before coming back as host of “The Tonight Show,” which was vacated Thursday by Jay Leno after 22 years.

“I’m really going to miss being on TV at 12:37,” Fallon joked in his farewell monologue, noting that his “fierce rivals” have been CBS host Craig Ferguson “and a Veggie-Chopper infomercial.”

But if he was overjoyed at his promotion to a slot one hour earlier — and he radiated joy all through the finale (taped Friday afternoon) — at the same time he could hardly keep his tear ducts in check.

“I’m not gonna cry,” he vowed early on, “but I’m gonna get really close.”

“You got to pull it together,” teased his guest, »

- Associated Press

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Jay Leno Exits ‘The Tonight Show’: 5 Reasons We’ll Miss Him

7 February 2014 9:07 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Were you sad to see Jay’s final episode last night? Drop a comment with your thoughts on his departure.

Jay Leno hosted his final episode of The Tonight Show on Feb. 6, and even though it’s only been a few hours since the farewell aired, we miss him already. We’re eager to see what Jimmy Fallon will bring to the table, but for now, let’s reflect on all the reasons we’ve loved Jay since he first took over for Johnny Carson in 1992.

Jay Leno: 5 Reasons We’ll Miss The ‘Tonight Show’ Host

1. He’s the king of “Headlines”: I’m not saying Jay Leno is the original BuzzFeed, but the late-night host was known for bringing hilarious oddities to light way before the birth of the web’s most addictive time-sucker. And as a news people ourselves, we always laughed at the ridiculous headlines »

- Andy Swift

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R.I.P. TV Executive Dennis Johnson

6 January 2014 11:46 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Dennis Johnson, veteran television programming executive and producer, died December 23 while on vacation in Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies. He had suffered a heart attack hours earlier and died at a hospital in Gustavia, according to his longtime partner Russ Patrick. He was 68. The Kenbridge, Va native began his TV career as a page at NBC on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He went on to become Director of Comedy and Variety Programs at NBC, then VP Programming at ABC, before heading Osmond Television, for the Osmond family. Eventually, he became Svp of Programming at Showtime, where he established the Black Filmmakers Program. He was president of the National Association of Minorities in Cable (Namic) and served on the Board of the Special Olympics. Johnson later served as producer or executive producer on several films, including Keep The Faith, Baby, Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story and The Year That Trembled. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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