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When is the Right Time to Pull the Plug on a Long-Running Show?

29 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With the broadcast upfronts around the corner, the major networks are tasked with making crucial decisions regarding the fate of series new and old for the 2015-16 season.

Given the massive increase in the volume of primetime television shows, it’s tougher to decide whether to stick with reliable long-running programs or take a gamble on something new that could become a binge-worthy hit. Since viewers have more choices, networks may be less inclined to stick with older shows just for the sake of stability.

“In the platinum age of quality and choice, broadcasters have to be more aggressive about letting go of the past,” said producer and former NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield.

But viewers aren’t the only ones distracted by so many options. Actors are demonstrating a new willingness to bow out of successful series. Showrunners, in order to better shape a program’s long-term storytelling arc, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Hillary Clinton to Visit Los Angeles on May 7 for Three Hollywood Fundraisers

23 April 2015 10:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hillary Clinton will visit Los Angeles on May 7 to attend three fundraisers for her 2016 presidential campaign, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The first event will be a $2,700-per-person women's breakfast reception at Catherine Unger's Westwood home. Unger is a member of the Women's Political Committee. The breakfast will follow with a $2,700-per-person luncheon reception at the home of L.A. Law producer Steven and Dayna Bochco in Pacific Palisades. Sim and Debbie Farar and Howard and Cami Gordon will also host the event. Homeland writer-producer Howard Gordon previously hosted a Ready for Hillary fundraiser in

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- Tina Daunt

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L.A. Law Star Richard Dysart Dead at 86; Stage and Screen Actor Co-Founded American Conservatory Theater

9 April 2015 4:54 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Richard Dysart was known on TV for always keeping his wits about him. The star of stage and screen, who may be best known as firm partner Leland McKenzie on the hit series L.A. Law, died April 5 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., after a long illness, He was 86. His publicist confirmed the news to the media. Dysart was on L.A. Law for the Stephen Bochco-created show's duration, from 1986 until 1994, winning an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1992. While that was easily his most high-profile role, the Boston-born thesp racked up dozens of small- and big-screen credits over the course of his nearly five-decade career, including roles in films such as The Thing, The Falcon »

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Richard Dysart Dead: L.A. Law Star Dies at 86

9 April 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Richard Dysart has died at 86. The veteran actor, who was best known as Leland McKenzie on the NBC '80s courtroom drama L.A. Law, passed away at his Santa Monica, Calif., home on Sunday, April 5. Dysart's daughter-in-law Jeannine Jacobi told the Associated Press that the star died after a long illness, but did not give further detail. Born in Boston and raised in Maine, he served in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Emerson College with a speech communications master's degree before breaking out in Hollywood [...] »

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Richard Dysart, Emmy-Winning ‘L.A. Law’ Actor, Dies at 86

9 April 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Dysart, a stage and screen actor known best for his performance as Leland McKenzie in the NBC legal drama “L.A. Law,” died Sunday in his home in Santa Monica. He was 86.

Dysart was born in Boston and raised in Maine. In the 1950s, he got his start in radio and worked at New York’s off-Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre.

He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater in the 60s, and played roles on Broadway throughout his career in “All in Good Time,” “The Little Foxes” and “A Place Without Doors.” His performance in “That Championship Season” for his role of the Coach which he created won him a Drama Desk Award in 1972.

In “L.A. Law” Dysart played patriarchal law firm partner LeLand McKenzie. The series aired for eight seasons from 1986-1994. Dysart’s performance earned him a primetime Emmy in 1992.

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- Seth Kelley

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Richard Dysart, Emmy-Winning ‘L.A. Law’ Actor, Dies at 86

9 April 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Richard Dysart, a stage and screen actor known best for his performance as Leland McKenzie in the NBC legal drama “L.A. Law,” died Sunday in his home in Santa Monica. He was 86.

Dysart was born in Boston and raised in Maine. In the 1950s, he got his start in radio and worked at New York’s off-Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre.

He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater in the 60s, and played roles on Broadway throughout his career in “All in Good Time,” “The Little Foxes” and “A Place Without Doors.” His performance in “That Championship Season” for his role of the Coach which he created won him a Drama Desk Award in 1972.

In “L.A. Law” Dysart played patriarchal law firm partner LeLand McKenzie. The series aired for eight seasons from 1986-1994. Dysart’s performance earned him a primetime Emmy in 1992.

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- Seth Kelley

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Richard Dysart Dead -- 'L.A. Law' Star Dies from Cancer at 86

9 April 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Richard Dysart -- a veteran of stage and screen best known for his role on "L.A. Law" -- died Sunday after a long battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned. He was 86.  According to Dysart's daughter-in-law, he passed away at his home in Santa Monica. His wife tells us he'd been diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. Dysart had a penchant for playing famous figures -- he portrayed Dwight D. Eisenhower (twice), J. Edgar Hoover »

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Richard Dysart, Emmy-Winning Star of L.A. Law, Dead at 86

9 April 2015 11:37 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Actor Richard Dysart, best known for his Emmy-winning role as senior partner Leland McKenzie on L.A. Law, died April 5 after a long illness, our sister site Deadline reports. He was 86.

Dysart — who got his start in radio and on stage — starred in the long-running NBC drama from 1986 to 1994. The performance earned Dysart a supporting actor Emmy in 1992.

During his time on L.A. Law, Dysart took part in one of the most shocking moments in TV history, the elevator-shaft death of Rosalind Shays:

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Richard Dysart Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘L.A. Law’ Star And Stage Veteran Was 86

9 April 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Richard Dysart, the stage and screen actor who won an Emmy Award in 1992 for playing senior partner Leland McKenzie on NBC’s hit legal drama L.A. Law, died April 5 in his home after a long illness. He was 86. Born March 20, 1929, Dysart got his start in radio as a teen and worked at New York’s off-Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre in the 1950s. But it was his role as McKenzie on L.A. Law that most know him for. He was nominated for four Supporting Actor Emmys in a row… »

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Richard Dysart Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘L.A. Law’ Star And Stage Veteran Was 86

9 April 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Richard Dysart, the stage and screen actor who won an Emmy Award in 1992 for playing senior partner Leland McKenzie on NBC’s hit legal drama L.A. Law, died April 5 in his home after a long illness. He was 86. Born March 20, 1929, Dysart got his start in radio as a teen and worked at New York’s off-Broadway Circle in the Square Theatre in the 1950s. But it was his role as McKenzie on L.A. Law that most know him for. He was nominated for four Supporting Actor Emmys in a row… »

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Richard Dysart, the Patriarchal Senior Partner of 'L.A. Law,' Dies at 86

9 April 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Richard Dysart, the Emmy-winning actor who portrayed the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie in the slick, long-running NBC drama L.A. Law, has died. He was 86. Dysart, who also played Coach in the original 1972 Broadway production of Jason Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning That Championship Season, died Sunday at home in Santa Monica after a long illness, his wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, told The Hollywood Reporter. The acclaimed L.A. Law — created by Steven Bochco (who eventually handed off the series to David E. Kelley) and Terry Louise Fisher — aired for eight seasons from 1986

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Tom Towles, Actor in Horror Movies, Dies at 65

6 April 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Towles, a character actor who appeared in horror movies and had a recurring role on “NYPD Blue,” died April 2 after suffering a stroke. He was 65.

Though he did have a small role in 1975’s “Dog Day Afternoon,” Towles was more associated with the films of Rob Zombie, appearing in “House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects,” Zombie’s 2007 reboot of “Halloween” and the fake Zombie-shot trailer for “Werewolf Women of the S.S.” included in the 2007 film “Grindhouse.”

Towles memorably played the repugnant Otis in 1986 indie “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” and the obnoxious Harry Cooper in the 1990 remake of “Night of the Living Dead.”

Zombie remembered Towles on his Instagram page Monday, saying “He was a nice funny guy.”

 

Non-horror credits include “Mad Dog and Glory” (1993), “The Rock” (1996), “Doctor Dolittle” (1998) and 2006’s “Miami Vice.” His most recent film was 2008 horror comedy “Blood on the Highway.”

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- Carmel Dagan

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Character Actor Tom Towles, Star of Horror Films, Dies at 65

6 April 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Character actor Tom Towles, who starred in a number of horror films, including those produced by musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie, has died. He was 65.

Zombie announced Towles's death on Facebook on Sunday, writing that he had just learned of the actor's passing. No details about Towles's death were made available.

"He was such a great guy and I am so grateful that we got to work together several times," Zombie wrote on Facebook. "He will be really missed."

I just got word that our buddy Tom Towles has died. He was such a great guy and I am so grateful that we got to work together several times. He will be really missed.

Posted by Rob Zombie on Sunday, April 5, 2015

Towles and Zombie collaborated on several horror flicks, including "House of 1000 Corpses," "The Devil's Rejects," and the 2007 "Halloween" remake. The late actor also starred in "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, »

- Katie Roberts

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Character Actor Tom Towles Dead at 65

5 April 2015 7:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Otis, plug it in!”

It’s been a tough week for horror fans. First Robert Z’Dar passed away, and now Tom Towles. The actor would have a cult following if he had co-starred in nothing else but Henry Portrait Of  A Serial Killer in 1986. His Otis was based on Ottis Toole, the vile drifter who, along with Henry Lee Lucas (played in the film by Michael Rooker), left a trail of bodies in their wake. Towles was scary-good as Otis, and went on to co=star in a number of cult horror films including Tom Savini’s Night Of The Living Dead remake, The Borrower, and Fortress. Towles became a regular for director Rob Zombie with roles in House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’S Rejects, and Halloween. He had not appeared in a film since 2008, but had become a staple on the horror movie convention circuit. He died »

- Tom Stockman

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Character Actor Tom Towles Dies at 65

5 April 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Even if you don’t recognize the name Tom Towles — and few outside the alcoves of esoteric horror will — you may recognize his face if you watched any television in the ’90s: broad brow, ears jutting out just slightly too far, perpetually furrowed eyes and a hooked nose hanging just above a big bushy mustache. Towles, who passed away today at the age of 65, had a singular look and a singular presence that appeared, with varying degrees of brevity, on SeinfeldNYPD BlueL.A. LawERStar Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager, and Firefly. But those initiated into the cult of indie horror know Towles as Otis from John McNaughton’s notorious, nefarious Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Quickly shot on 16mm on an emaciated budget of $110,000 in 1985, the film didn’t soil screens until 1990, when it carved its way into horror history. Michael Rooker, then an unknown, »

- Greg Cwik

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Longmire Season Three Blu-Ray Review

19 March 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Longmire is an absolute anomaly in the world of television, which could have something to do with the fact that it was pulled from A&E, despite consistently high ratings for the network. It’s also the reason that it was something of a no-brainer that it would be picked up by someone else, and season four will air on Netflix later in the year.

Where the first two seasons pulled us slowly into the depths of Sheriff Walt Longmire’s life on the sprawling plains of Wyoming, the third season is like the hammer blow that follows the slow, methodical wind-up.

The second season ended by bringing a lot of forces to the fore in a move of plot construction that brilliantly weaves angles and conspiracies into a show that actually makes it difficult to look away. The third season spins this all together, but uses a mode of »

- Marc Eastman

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Robert Durst Murder Lapd Case: Four Experts Confirmed Handwriting on Cadaver Letter

19 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A Texas search warrant made public on Wednesday reveals decade-old evidence against Robert Durst in the killing of Susan Berman and raises disturbing questions about the Los Angeles Police Department’s lack of action against him at the time. The question is: Why did L.A. law enforcement fail to prosecute Robert Durst before? The warrant, used to search Durst’s house in Houston, Texas, this week, discloses a veritable pile of evidence against the real estate heir, who was finally charged with the murder of his friend Berman last week. Also Read: Robert Durst Update: Murder Suspect Arrested With Latex Mask and $42,000 Cash, »

- Sharon Waxman

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S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals Drea de Matteo, Other Super Villains in New Promo

10 March 2015 7:32 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Drea de Matteo is sporting a killer manicure that would make The Sopranos‘ Adriana proud, in a promo for next Tuesday’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

RelatedS.H.I.E.L.D. Adds Tomorrow Person Luke Mitchell as Inhuman

Capping an episode that found Asgard’s Lady Sif — Spoiler Alert! — back on Earth to track a Kree who was, in turn, hunting the humans recently exposed to one of what turns out to be many Diviners, the promo first introduces onetime L.A. Lawyer Blair Underwood as May’s ex, who is enlisted by S.H.I.E.L.D to assist with the Skye sitch. »

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Memories From the Set: The Returned's Mark Pellegrino Reflects on Dexter, Lost, Castle, Supernatural and More

9 March 2015 6:49 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A recurring feature in which we ask your favorite stars to reminisce about past gigs

Mark Pellegrino hasn’t actually appeared on every television series that has aired in the past three decades, but we can understand why you might think he has.

After all, the prolific actor — who’ll next appear as a grieving dad in A&E’s The Returned — has portrayed more than 60 characters on the small screen since his debut in a 1987 episode of L.A. Law.

Video Watch a Trailer for A&E’s The Returned

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Longmire Season 3 Now on DIsc

7 March 2015 10:04 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The wonderfully underrated Longmire completed its third season last year and was then canceled by A&E for reasons beyond understanding. After some protracted negotiations amidst a fury of wronged fans taking to social media to save the series, Netflix announced they have picked up the series for a fourth season to air later this year.

Burbank, CA (February 23, 2015) – The stunning skies of Wyoming, and the mysteries beneath them, have never been more enthralling than in the unfolding episodes of Longmire, the popular A&E-turned-Netflix television series.  Those cinematic visuals and intense situations have also never looked better than in the full 1080p HD presentation of Warner Archive Collection’s Blu-ray™ release of Longmire, Season 3, available now via your favorite online retailers.

Warner Archive Collection’s release of Longmire, Season 3 on Blu-ray™ includes all 10 episodes in a three-disc set, as well a documentary entitled “The Ghost in the Storm,” which »

- ComicMix Staff

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