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Watch: Five Clips From the Legendary Comedy Career of Sid Caesar

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Watch: Five Clips From the Legendary Comedy Career of Sid Caesar
Television legend Sid Caesar, the actor and writer behind the iconic '50s comedy series "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," passed away earlier today at the age 91. The hugely influential Caesar pioneered the small screen sketch form, and brought together the likes of Mel Brooks, Imogene Coca, Lucille KallenHoward Morris, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Michael Stewart and Mel Tolkin as performers and writers. Caesar and "Your Show of Shows" were also the inspiration for "My Favorite Year" and "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." In honor of his achievements, Indiewire has complied a video list of some of his best sketches. Check them out below:  1. This is Your Story In this clip from "Your Show of Shows," Caesar mocks the well-known NBC series "This Your Life," which was hosted by Ralph Edwards and featured him bringing in guests and together going through their lives with appearances being made by their family and friends.
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Inside the Online Revival of ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live’

On his 48th birthday earlier this month, Jeff Kwatinetz spent seven hours meeting with Agnes Nixon, the grande dame of modern soaps, in Manhattan. The octogenarian served him a cupcake with a candle.

The duo discussed the imminent rebirth of two of Nixon’s creations, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” which ABC canceled in 2011 after 40-plus years as daytime staples. Kwatinetz, topper of production and talent-management firm Prospect Park, parsed storyline arcs and went over production notes with her that Saturday at her hotel and then over dinner. It was three weeks before the April 29 premiere of the shows’ new incarnations, which include many of the same characters and actors. But at least in the States, they won’t be on regular TV — they’re coming exclusively to the Internet.

If Kwatinetz made any kind of birthday wish, it was surely that the two weekday serials will
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Exclusive: Oh Sit Producer Brings Back Game Shows Truth or Consequences, Treasure Hunt

Truth or Consequences, one of the most popular game shows from the early days of TV, could be making a comeback. The Gurin Company, which produces Oh Sit! for The CW, has licensed the rights to the show and is currently shopping it to networks.

"Truth or Consequences is a great collection of game, stunt, hidden camera, reunions, surprises, strange talents and unique guests," says Phil Gurin, president and CEO of The Gurin Company. "It's just a really fun show. We're taking the original show and making it bigger."

Truth or Consequences ran for 38 years on radio and TV, including on both CBS and NBC, and later in syndication. The show, which Gurin licensed from Ralph Edwards Productions (which launched it on radio in 1939), was Bob Barker's first TV job in 1956. A town in New Mexico renamed itself Truth or Consequences, N.M., in homage and is still called that to this day.
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A Dick Clark video remembrance from 'American Bandstand' to 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

A Dick Clark video remembrance from 'American Bandstand' to 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'
As we say goodbye to the host extraordinaire, we thought it fitting to look back on Dick Clark’s life the way we knew him best: on camera.

The last time many of us saw Clark was during this past Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest on ABC, ringing in 2012 with Seacrest and Lady Gaga. (Something Clark himself wrote about in Entertainment Weekly, to commemorate the special’s 40th anniversary.) Take a look as Clark marveled at the “night to remember” in Time Square after the ball dropped.

Starting at 7:45:

Clark’s influence
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Producer Mark Burnett Remaking 'This Is Your Life'

British TV producer, Mark Burnett, is going to produce a remake of the classic TV show, "This Is Your Life". He will collaborate with the old series former producer, Ralph Edwards Prods, to revive the show.

"'This Is Your Life' is one of the most enduring programs to air on television, and we are thrilled to be bringing it back with the top producer of unscripted entertainment," the president of Ralph Edwards Prods, Barbara Dunn-Leonard, who owns the rights of the format, stated. "There is no better partner to carry on the legacy of 'This Is Your Life' and introduce the program to a new generation of fans."

Burnett, president of Mark Burnett Productions, said in a statement, "As a franchise with broad appeal for viewers of all generations, 'This Is Your Life' is a perfect fit for our company."

Burnett is known for introducing reality
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Mark Burnett revives 'This Is Your Life'

Mark Burnett revives 'This Is Your Life'
Mark Burnett is teaming with Ralph Edwards Prods. for a remake of the classic TV show "This Is Your Life."

"Life," which surprises celebrity guests with people from their past, launched as a radio program in 1948. It aired as a TV series on NBC from 1952-61, then had a brief revival in 1972.

Most recently, ABC developed a remake in 2005 with Fox TV Studios, but the project, to be hosted by Regis Philbin, never made it to air.

" 'This Is Your Life' is one of the most enduring programs to air on television, and we are thrilled to be bringing it back with the top producer of unscripted entertainment," said Barbara Dunn-Leonard, president of Ralph Edwards Prods., which owns the rights to the format.

Broadcasters have shown recent interest in biographical reality shows. Fox's dark-side effort "The Moment of Truth," NBC's "Amnesia" and ABC's "Opportunity Knocks" are game shows
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This Is Your Life: The Series Returns with a Bang

It's been off the air for some time but, for many years host Ralph Edwards and This Is Your Life was a staple of U.S. radio and television. The concept was a simple one. Carrying an oversized red book, the host would surprise someone (usually a celebrity) and tell them "This is your life!" The person would be whisked away to a TV studio where the host would read from his book and review the person's life. Along the way, the guest would be reunited with a variety of important individuals from their past.

The series began in the U.S. on radio in 1948 and moved to television for a nine year run. It was revived a couple of times with little success and a recent plan to revive it with Regis Philbin as host seems to have stalled.

The series has had greater success worldwide, particularly in the United Kingdom.
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Ralph Edwards dies; created 'Truth,' 'Life'

Ralph Edwards dies; created 'Truth,' 'Life'
Ralph Edwards, the radio and TV pioneer who created such enduring programs as This Is Your Life and Truth or Consequences, died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in West Hollywood. He was 92. Edwards died shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday in his sleep, surrounded by family members, according to a statement issued by Ralph Edwards Prods. Edwards was well known as the host of This Is Your Life, which debuted on radio in the 1940s and moved to TV in 1952 for a nine-season run on NBC. He later hosted a syndication version from 1971-73. This month, ABC and Fox Television Studios announced plans to revive Life as a series of specials next year, this time with Regis Philbin as host. In later years, Edwards' production company was the home of the syndicated hit that launched the court show genre, The People's Court, with retired Judge Joseph Wapner presiding from 1981-93.

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