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Barry Jenner, ‘Family Matters’ and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Actor, Dies at 75

Barry Jenner, ‘Family Matters’ and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Actor, Dies at 75
Actor Barry Jenner, known for his recurring roles on “Family Matters,” “Knots Landing” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 75.

We're saddened to report the passing of Barry Jenner, who played Admiral William Ross #DS9

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Jenner portrayed Starfleet Admiral William Ross in 12 episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” from 1997-99. He was also known for his role on the hit sitcom “Family Matters,” using comedic talents in the role of Lieutenant Murtaugh.

In addition, Jenner was seen on TV shows such as “Somerset,” “Knots Landing,” “Another World,” “Hart to Hart,” “Simon & Simon,” “St. Elsewhere” and “Jag.” He also participated in several primetime game shows, including “Super Password” and “The $10,000 Pyramid,” helping contestants win prize money.

A native of Philadelphia, Jenner died from acute myeloid leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according
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FremantleMedia Sued Over ‘Buzzr’ Game-Show TV Network Name

FremantleMedia Sued Over ‘Buzzr’ Game-Show TV Network Name
A New York Internet media company is crying foul over FremantleMedia North America’s use of the name “Buzzr” for its TV and digital game-show network.

Codename Enterprises, which operates Tumblr-like website, filed a lawsuit against FremantleMedia North America alleging trademark infringement, false advertising, trademark dilution and unfair competition. Codename is seeking an injunction to force FremantleMedia to stop using “Buzzr,” as well as unspecified monetary damages.

A rep for FremantleMedia North America declined to comment.

“The significance of defendant’s ‘Buzzr’ television network to the destruction of plaintiff’s trademark rights and indeed potentially its entire business cannot be overstated because of the extraordinary programming attractiveness of defendant’s offerings,” Codename Enterprises said in the complaint, filed Feb. 18 in U.S. District Court in New York.

Codename Enterprises claims that it has done business since 2009 as “Buzzr.” More than 100,000 websites have been built using its publishing software and blogging tools,
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R.I.P. Henry Polic

Veteran TV actor Henry Polic, who played Jerry Silver on ABC’s Webster and voiced Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow on Batman: The Animated Series, has died. He was 68. The longtime character actor, game show personality and host, and stage and TV thesp had fought a long battle with cancer, per his agent Brad Lemack. His first TV credit as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Mel Brooks’ 1975 comedy When Things Were Rotten was another of his career highlights; Polic also earned fame for his appearances on game shows Super Password, The $25,000 Pyramid, and The $100,000 Pyramid and hosted ABC’s Celebrity Double Talk in 1986. Polic played Dracula on the 1976 series Monster Squad and guest starred on shows including Alice, Mork & Mindy, Eight is Enough, Murder She Wrote, Sheena, and Saved By the Bell. His film credits include The Last Remake of Beau Geste, All You Need, Bring Him Home, The Trial of Old Drum,
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Happy 50th Birthday to "Password", The Most Fabulous Game Show Ever

Every year I find myself searching for ways to cope with awful January grimness, and luckily I've found us a kickass anniversary to celebrate: Password debuted in primetime 50 years ago this week, and it remains one of the definitive entertainments in the wide, mysteriously under-respected world of game shows. Like with most great game shows including To Tell the Truth, The Price is Right, and Pyramid, gaming genius Bob Stewart (who passed away this year at age 91) was a critical part of Password's inception. It's a parlor activity of hints and responses, but somehow the suspense of coming up with just the right clue is telegenic enough to endure decades of relevance.

Let's take a look back at multiple versions of this fine show and mutter in our best monotone narration, "The password is... fabulous."

Forget George Burns and Gracie Allen: I prefer the team of Allen Ludden and Betty White!
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Entertainer Phyllis Diller Dead at 95

Entertainer Phyllis Diller Dead at 95
Comedienne Phyllis Diller, whose entertainment career spanned more than six decades, died Monday at her Los Angeles home. She was 95.

The pioneering funny woman got her start in television in the 1950s, appearing on variety shows – and hosting a few of her own – alongside legendary comics like Bob Hope and Red Skeleton.

She later became a regular on the game-show circuit, bringing her outrageous personality to standbys like Hollywood Squares, Match Game and Super Password. In between, she guest-starred on various dramas and comedies, including 7th Heaven, The Bold and the Beautiful, Blossom, and The Love Boat. Her most recent
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