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Danny Wells, Luigi on ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Show, Dies at 72

4 December 2013 5:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Danny Wells, an actor with dozens of TV credits dating back to “Love, American Style” but best known for playing Luigi on “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!,” died Nov. 28 in Toronto. He was 72.

The syndicated “Super Mario Bros.” show, based on the popular Nintendo videogame franchise, aired from 1989-91. Lou Albano played Mario and Wells his brother Luigi.

Wells recurred on “The Jeffersons” as Charlie the bartender, and he played studio boss Jack L. Warner in the 2002 telepic “Gleason,” which starred Brad Garrett as the comedian.

His vast number of television credits also included appearances on “Rhoda,” “Columbo,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Lou Grant,” “Happy Days,” “The A-Team” and “Murder She Wrote.”

He also appeared in feature films including “Magnolia,” “Gus,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “Private Benjamin,” “Body and Soul” and “Protection.”

Wells also did a number of TV »

- Variety Staff

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With All These Sports Channels, Who’s Gonna Call the Games?

13 August 2013 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Talk to sports purists (especially old-timers), and many will trace gripes about the professional leagues back to two dreaded words: Expansion and dilution. To this contingent, everything was better when there were fewer teams, placing less of a drain on the talent pool.

While there are several mitigating factors in this discussion, there is one area where both expansion and dilution are clearly having a deleterious effect — sports television. And based on prevailing trends, the problem is only going to get worse.

The appetite for sports has already produced an environment in which a dizzying number of games are televised, each requiring its own broadcasting team (usually, a bombastic play-by-play guy, an ex-coach and/or ex-player color man, and a perky sideline reporter). On an average Saturday this September, there will be a few dozen college football games in every market, via Espn and its sundry companion channels, the major »

- Brian Lowry

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What to Watch Wednesday: Psych Gets a Clue, the Whitney and Neighbors Finales and More

27 March 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

On TV this Wednesday: It’s Psych‘s 100th… in the study… with the wrench!  Also, The Neighbors host both Starfleet and the Rebel Alliance in the season finale, it’s last call for Whitney and Law & Order: Svu takes a Walking Dead star on a legitimately thorny journey.As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

Preview | Arrow Meeting Roy Harper ‘Is Going to Drive the Fans Crazy,’ Says Colton Haynes

Preview | Arrow Video: Watch Oliver Leap Across the City – and Lose His Temper With Felicity!

8 pm Whitney (NBC »

- Kimberly Roots

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