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As a new year dawns, a tribute to those we've lost in the year now ending is merited ... and in 2012, those sad milestones have encompassed some of the most popular personalities in television history.
Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.
Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also »
Another Fantastic Fest has come to a close. It's been a grueling week of madness, movies and mayhem...and I can't wait to do it again next year.
As I've written before, the main problem with film fests is you can never see everything you want. But that's okay because you end up being exposed to things you didn't know about — and that's usually a good thing. I missed plenty, but Kayley Viteo and I did see a lot of films at FF2012 and we've reviewed our favorites already (to find them, just plug "Fantastic Fest" into the search box). I know Kayley has some more reviews coming, but I'm going to take this opportunity to touch on some of the rest of the many things I saw this year.
Dead Sushi: The latest flick from Noboru Iguchi just didn't do it for me, I hate to say. I usually »
The memoriam segment on this year's Emmys will be particularly poignant as many TV legends have passed away since the past ceremony. -Insertgroups:7- Television Academy Hall of Fame members Dick Clark ("American Bandstand," "New Year's Rockin' Eve"), Andy Griffith ("The Andy Griffith Show," "Matlock"), Sherman Hemsley ("The Jeffersons," "Amen"), Mike Wallace ("60 Minutes"), executive Daniel Burke (Capital Cities/ABC), and producer Bob Stewart ("Pyramid," "The Price is Right") will almost certainly be among those whose lives and careers are celebrated this Sunday. Acting stars likely to feature in this tribute include: Ernest Borgnine ("McHale's Navy," "Airwolf"), Richard Dawson ("Hogan's Heroes," "Family Feud"), Phyllis Diller ("Hollywood Squares," comedy specials), Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Finde »
When I first decided I was going to review Breaking Bad, I knew it would be a challenge. Not because it’s hard to write about, or because I don’t have a lot of things to say about it; I could easily write thousands of words about this show, and still have a ton of things to say about it. But the problem with reviewing Breaking Bad is that, when it comes down to it, all this will be is a gigantic love fest.
But hell, I'm going to do it anyways. Because showering my love upon all of you guys is my mission in life (oddly enough, I've said that a dozen times in my life...but I don't want to talk about my weekends). Breaking Bad kicked off its penultimate episode tonight and, sure enough, it was just as fantastic as everyone assumed it would be. At this point, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthew Legarreta)
RZA had collaborated before with Quentin Tarantino with the music for Kill Bill, and apparently has his own enthusiasm for martial arts homage. The Man with the Iron Fists is just that, and revolves around some sort of ass kicking blacksmith in China who forges himself into a weapon to fight some bad guys who presumably did something really bad.
I love over-the-top martial arts. Films such as Master of the Flying Guillotine and the ever gruesome Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky are highly entertaining. That said, I'm not entirely sold here. There is a good amount of positive buzz going around the internet based on this trailer; but I have to wonder how much of »
- Tristan Sinns
Doris Singleton, a character actress and comedian best known as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbor - and Lucy's frequent frenemy - Carolyn Appleby on I Love Lucy, has died, Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, confirmed. "A day of saying hasta luego to two great ladies, Nora Ephron and Doris Singleton," Arnaz wrote on her Facebook page. "May they both fly swiftly heavenward and enjoy a blissful rest for jobs well done down here. They were loved and appreciated and will be missed." Singleton was 92 and died Tuesday in Los Angeles, reports Variety. Playing the competitive neighbor Appleby, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
We think the world of The Good Wife husband-and-wife executive-producing team Robert and Michelle King, and they think the world of Vulture favorites Parks and Recreation and Breaking Bad. It’s the TV Circle of Life! In the latest edition of our Showrunner Survey, Robert mourns the loss of Community’s Dan Harmon and Michelle offers Walter White her legal services.What's the first TV show you remember being obsessed with? Robert: The Dick Van Dyke Show. It was in repeats, and you could see two back-to-back every day after school. But that meant you had to rush home, and even then you missed the first ten minutes. So there are Dick Van Dyke Shows that, even now, I'm finally getting the setup. A truly perfect show: insider showbiz comedy mixed with suburban family comedy. Michelle: Hogan's Heroes. Partly because it was inappropriately funny, and partly because it was past my bedtime. »
- Josef Adalian,Denise Martin
"Breaking Bad" creator wants a crossover with "MythBusters": "In our series of 2012 Vulture Showrunner Surveys, '30 Rock' co-chief Robert Carlock admitted a fixation with 'Hogan's Heroes,' and 'Girls' creator-star Lena Dunham revealed a desire to have Hannah Horvath meet Meredith Grey. (Shonda Rhimes, get a move on!) Now 'Breaking Bad' boss Vince Gilligan tells us which reality show he'd like to see Wendy the Meth Whore visit, and whose tunes he’d license if he had an unlimited music budget. Plus, his thoughts on why Cousin Oliver was the worst thing to happen to 'The Brady Bunch.'" Vulture Songwriter associated with James Taylor and the Beatles could win an Oscar for Best Song: "Peter Asher celebrated his 68th birthday Friday night by doing two shows at Feinstein’s at the Regency. He’s got two more shows tonight (Saturday) and if you »
In our series of 2012 Vulture Showrunner Surveys, 30 Rock co-chief Robert Carlock admitted a fixation with Hogan's Heroes, and Girls creator-star Lena Dunham revealed a desire to have Hannah Horvath meet Meredith Grey. (Shonda Rhimes, get a move on!) Now Breaking Bad boss Vince Gilligan tells us which reality show he'd like to see Wendy the Meth Whore visit, and whose tunes he’d license if he had an unlimited music budget. Plus, his thoughts on why Cousin Oliver was the worst thing to happen to The Brady Bunch.What's the first TV show you remember being obsessed with?Star Trek and then M*A*S*H. Then, in college, Wise Guy and The Equalizer. True or false: When I was growing up, the day the TV Guide "Fall Preview" issue came out was almost as good as the last day of school.Back then, I was more of a Mad Magazine guy. »
- Josef Adalian,Denise Martin
Earlier today we kicked off the latest incarnation of our Vulture Showrunner Survey with 30 Rock co-chief Robert Carlock revealing his wish to occupy the writers' room of sixties absurdist comedy Hogan's Heroes. We thought it was a random answer, until we saw how Girls creator and star Lena Dunham answered the same question. Read on to find out which seventies sudser she wishes she could beam down into, plus why Shonda Rhimes definitely needs to set a meeting with Dunham.What's the first TV show you remember being obsessed with?Under the Umbrella Tree, a Canadian children's show with talking gophers and such. True or false: When I was growing up, the day the TV Guide "Fall Preview" issue came out was almost as good as the last day of school.I liked the People magazine plastic surgery before and afters. Which show would you like to do a crossover »
- Josef Adalian,Denise Martin
Late British actor and U.S. game show legend Richard Dawson was diagnosed with cancer just three weeks before his death on Saturday.
The Hogan's Heroes star, who later became known as the lovable host of America's Family Feuds, died in Los Angeles from complications of esophageal cancer.
His son Gary - from the presenter's marriage to British bombshell Diana Dors - reveals his dad only learned he was battling the disease shortly before his passing, after seeking help from doctors for what he thought was heartburn.
Dawson's first radiation treatment didn't go smoothly and he suffered a heart attack during the session.
Dawson passed away surrounded by his family and Gary is happy he wasn't in pain for too long.
He says, "Luckily, he didn't have to go through all the bad treatments and stuff... We all got to say goodbye. When we were saying goodbye, his eyes popped open. He hugged us. It was a beautiful moment." »
We rarely associate hotness with game show hosting, but why is that? It takes bravado, rigidity, and charisma to run a good game show, and I'd say the same rubric applies to male strippers and So You Think You Can Dance contestants. In honor of the late Richard Dawson, the original host of Family Feud and an unforgettable Match Game panelist, I'll be tallying the hottest men of televised gaming. Please remember to phrase your cat-calls in the form of question.
10. Jeff Probst, Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Though he only hosted VH1's Jeopardy! spinoff from 1998 to 2001, Jeff Probst's dimpled cuteness and conversational hosting style were enough to substantiate him as a great emcee. Naturally he's better remembered for hosting Survivor for all of its 5,700 cycles, but he looked mighty fine standing behind Trebek's podium.
Richard Dawson was most known for smooching contestants and calling out "Survey says! »
London, June 4: Richard Dawson an English-born actor and TV host best known for his work on the game show 'Family Feud' and sitcom 'Hogan's Heroes,' has died from complications of esophageal cancer. He was 79.
Born in Gosport, Hampshire, he played Corporal Peter Newkirk in World War II comedy Hogan's Heroes for six years.
He became a panelist on TV show. »
- Arun Pandit
Beloved English actor-turned-game show host Richard Dawson has died after a long battle with cancer.
The star passed away at Los Angeles' Ronald Reagan Memorial hospital on Saturday night from complications of esophageal cancer. He was 79.
Breaking the news to fans on Facebook.com, Dawson's son Gary writes, "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered..."
Born Colin Lionel Emm in Britain, Dawson landed his big break in the 1960s in U.S. TV comedy Hogan's Heroes, about prisoners in a Nazi prisoner of war camp. He played quick-talking Corporal Peter Newkirk in the series until 1971, before embarking on a change of career by fronting the quiz show Family Feud.
Famed for giving each of his female contestants a kiss, the job won him a Daytime Emmy Award in 1978 for Best TV Game Show Host.
Richard Dawson, the actor and Emmy-winning host of "Family Feud," died Saturday night from complications related to esophageal cancer at Ronald Reagan Ucls Medical Center. He was 79 years old. Dawson played Peter Newkirk on the classic CBS sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" from 1865 to 1971, and starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 action film "The Running Man." Dawson was so popular that NBC considered him as a replacement for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" when the host was considering retirement. Dawson took over "Tonight" for a week and the show saw a ratings bump, but Carson decided not to retire. We are also sad to report that Kathryn Joosten, an actress best known for playing Karen McCluskey on "Desperate Housewives" and the President's secretary on "The West Wing," has passed away. She was 72 years old. Joosten, who had battled lung cancer for years, died Saturday in Los Angeles. The actress also had »
New York (AP) — Richard Dawson, the wisecracking British entertainer who was among the schemers in the 1960s sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" and a decade later began kissing thousands of female contestants as host of the game show "Family Feud" has died. He was 79. Dawson, also known to TV fans as the Cockney Pow Cpl. Peter Newkirk on "Hogan's Heroes," died Saturday night from complications related to esophageal cancer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his son Gary said. The game show, which initially ran from 1976 to 1985, pitted families who tried to guess the most popular »
- Frazier Moore (AP)
One of America's favorite TV hosts has died. English born Richard Dawson, best known for his hosting duties on Family Feud and starring role on Hogan's Heroes, has died at the age of 79. The famed TV personality passed away from complications due to cancer Saturday evening at Ronald Reagan Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer," Dawson's son Gary posted on Facebook. "He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered." Richard Dawson, Emmy winning »
- April MacIntyre
The television personality and actor died of esophageal cancer on Saturday night at 8:38 p.m. His son Gary said in a statement, "He was loved by millions of Americans as a television icon, but loved even more as a husband and a father by his family."
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Dawson hosted the original version of Family Feud from 1975 to 1986, later returning to the franchise from 1994 until 2000, after which he went into semi-retirement. Dawson appeared on a number of other television shows throughout his career, including Hogan's Heroes, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Match Game, and appeared on the big screen alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 film The Running Man. A rep for the star tells Et that he was even once considered to replace Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
Dawson is survived »
Richard Dawson, the English-American actor who was the original host of the still-going Family Feud, died yesterday from esophageal cancer at the age of 79. In addition to acting as the face of Feud for nine years (from 1976–1985 and briefly in 1994), he also appeared on sixties staple Hogan's Heroes as Corporal Peter Newkirk, a part he played for seven years. In tribute, here is a very charming video of Dawson suffering from a major laugh attack upon hearing a Feud contestant's strategy for making conversation upon meeting a stranger. »
- Caroline Bankoff
Dawson's son Gary writes on Facebook, "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered."
After a series of bit parts and guest starring roles, the man born Colin Lionel Emm landed his first big role as Cpl. Peter Newkirk on "Hogan's Heroes" in 1965. He stayed in that role until the series went off the air in 1971.
Following the end of "Heroes," Dawson was a regular on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and made numerous appearances on "Love, American Style" and "The New Dick Van Dyke Show. »
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