12 items from 2014
By Anjelica Oswald
The transition from television star to cinematic award-winner is often difficult. Where actors in feature films tend to be regarded as prestigious, the actors you catch on a television show every week become almost like friends and are more relatable. This personal appeal can hinder prospective Oscar chances, as TV actors are denigrated as being less-than qualified for the statues than their featured peers.
Some 21st century exceptions to the rule include George Clooney, who rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, is now a two-time Oscar winner, one for his supporting role in 2005’s Syriana and the other for best picture for 2012’s Argo; Jennifer Lawrence, who starred as the oldest daughter on The Bill Engvall Show before it ended in 2009, is now a three-time Oscar nominee, winning once for her lead role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook; Melissa Leo, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Stephen J. Cannell’s “The Greatest American Hero” is suiting up for a revival at Fox, a network that didn’t exist during the show’s initial run on ABC in 1981-83. The quirky action-comedy is one of a spate of classic-tv remakes percolating at the major networks.
Rodney Rothman (“22 Jump Street”) is penning the script for the new “Hero” and will exec produce with Phil Lord and Chris Miller for 20th Century Fox TV. Tawnia McKiernan, a busy TV director who is the daughter of Cannell, will exec produce along with Seth Cohen, head of TV for Lord and Miller’s 20th TV-based banner.
“Hero” had a bumpy run starting as a midseason entry for ABC in March 1981. But the show remains well-loved among TV buffs for its offbeat mix of comedy and fantasy. The original starred William Katt as a goofy high school teacher who has an alien »
- Cynthia Littleton
Yvette Nicole Brown is heading to “The Odd Couple.” The “Community” actress has been cast in Matthew Perry‘s upcoming reboot of the classic comedy series “The Odd Couple,” the network said Friday. Also read: ‘Community’ Season 6 on Yahoo TV Coming ‘After Christmas’ and Not All at Once Brown will recur on the series as Dani, the assistant to sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison (who'll be played by “Friends” alum Perry). The series, which Perry is also producing, will also star his “17 Again” co-star Thomas Lennon as fussy photographer Felix Unger, a role previously played by Tony Randall on the small screen. »
- Tim Kenneally
Bob Hastings, a character actor best known for his role on 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy” as Lt. Elroy Carpenter, the bumbling, sycophantic aide to Captain Binghampton, died June 30 in Burbank, Calif., of pancreatic cancer. He was 89.
Hastings also recurred on “All in the Family” as Tommy Kelsey, the owner of the bar that Archie frequents and later buys.
The actor worked in television from its very earliest years, with a role as Hal on the DuMont network’s “Captain Video and His Video Rangers” in 1949.
He was a series regular on “McHale’s Navy” from 1962-66 and appeared in the two features spun off from the series in 1964 and 1965.
Hastings got his start in radio as the voice of the title character in »
- Carmel Dagan
To say it’s been a good year for Billy Porter would be an understatement. The Broadway star achieved critical acclaim for his role as “Lola” in the Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein hit musical Kinky Boots, which will celebrate its one year anniversary this April. Porter also secured a well-deserved Tony Award in 2013, as well as a Grammy for the show’s original cast album, and is now planning to release his first solo album in almost a decade. Titled Billy’s Back On Broadway, the debut CD from Concord Records will be released April 15, featuring a collection of classic Broadway tunes with a new, »
- Andrea Towers
Cynthia Lynn, one of the last surviving cast members of the 1965-71 sitcom Hogan's Heroes, died Monday in Los Angeles after suffering from hepatitis, reports Variety. She was 76. Born Zinta Valda Zimilis, in Riga, Latvia - she came to the U.S. with her family after World War II - the attractive blonde played Colonel Klink’s secretary Fraulein Helga, with the braided hair, during the first season before making appearances later in the series' run. Other shows on which she appeared included Surfside 6, Dr. Kildare, Mission: Impossible, The Odd Couple and The Six Million Dollar Man. Her last »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Cynthia Lynn, who played Colonel Klink’s secretary Fraulein Helga on “Hogan’s Heroes” during the first season, died Monday in Los Angeles. She was 76 and had been suffering from hepatitis. She was among the last surviving cast members of the 1960s military comedy.
Lisa Brando posted on Facebook: “Just wanted to thank you all so much for all your prayers and support during this difficult time. »
- Pat Saperstein
Cynthia Lynn -- the actress who played Helga on "Hogan's Heroes" is dead, and it's believed she was one of only two surviving members of the cast.Family members tell TMZ Lynn had been in good health but was taken to the hospital Friday because her leg was swelling up. Doctors told her she had Hepatitis. On Monday night, her organs started shutting down. She died Monday night.Lynn played Helga -- Klink's secretary -- »
- TMZ Staff
But Marshall’s canon of popcorn comedy goes much deeper. His TV work stretches from writing for “Make Room for Daddy” and “Gomer Pyle: Usmc,” through his “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” heyday and on up through the pilot he’s shepherding at present with son Scott for Nickelodeon.
Marshall’s shows have rarely been critical faves, but most have had undeniable cultural impact. Who among us can’t sing the “Laverne & Shirley” theme song from memory? Who doesn’t know that Richie Cunningham’s father owned a hardware store? “Mork & Mindy” may have been a high-water mark for a silly sitcom premise, but it was popular enough in its moment to make Robin Williams a megastar first in TV, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Credit: Mike Lamonica
Morgan Freeman will present the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
SAG-aftra is honoring Rita Moreno for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford, and George Burns.
Credit: Mark Hill
In 1971, Freeman and Moreno were among the stars of “The Electric Company,” a comedy variety show created by the Children’s Television Workshop (Ctw) featuring live-action sketches, cartoons, and songs. Inspired by The Motown Sound, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and Broadway, the series was designed »
- Michelle McCue
“Happy Days” and “The Odd Couple” creator Garry Marshall will receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing, which honors lifetime achievement in oustanding television. The award will be given at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony, which takes place Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. Also read: Writers Guild of America, East, ABC News Reach Tentative Contract Agreement Wgaw president Christopher Keyser praised Marshall’s ability to chronicle friendships through his writing while announcing the honor. “Garry Marshall’s filmography – from ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ to ‘Happy Days’ – is a. »
- Tim Kenneally
Garry Marshall — the man behind “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” — will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.
The honor will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles.
“Garry Marshall’s filmography – from ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ to ‘Happy Days’ – is a virtual history of American television comedy,” said WGA West president Christopher Keyser. “Both of-their-time and timeless, his shows are a gentle, generous, comic mirror held up to late mid-century America. And no one is a finer or funnier chronicler of friendship – male or female (or alien) – than Garry Marshall.”
Marshall created or co-created and executive produced “Happy Days” (1974-84), “Laverne & Shirley” (1976-83), “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Angie,” “Makin’ It,” “The Brian Keith Show,” and “Hey, Landlord!”
He also developed “The New Odd Couple.” His other »
- Dave McNary
12 items from 2014
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