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“Jeopardy” Made History With First-Ever Sudden Death Tiebreaker By Billy Nilles

How long has Jeopardy! been on the air? The original game show was created by talk show host Merv Griffin back in 1964, but it had trouble staying on the air. The first Jeopardy! “era” was from 1964 to 1975. Then it came back for a single season in 1978. Finally, it wasn’t until 6 years later that the nightly version locked in and has been hosted by Alex Trebek ever since. It has been ranked as one of the top 50 shows in television history by TV Guide magazine. Oddly, the idea that could be a tie at the

“Jeopardy” Made History With First-Ever Sudden Death Tiebreaker By Billy Nilles
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Nanette Fabray, TV Star of the ’50s and ’60s, Dies at 97

Nanette Fabray, TV Star of the ’50s and ’60s, Dies at 97
The exuberant, indefatigable actress-singer Nanette Fabray, a Tony and Emmy winner, a star of Vincente Minnelli’s golden-age musical “The Band Wagon” and a longtime presence on television, most notably on “The Hollywood Squares,” died Thursday at her Palos Verdes, Calif., home, according to the New York Times. She was 97.

In MGM’s “The Band Wagon” (1953), also starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Oscar Levant, Fabray appeared in that classic film’s two most famous numbers, “That’s Entertainment” and, as one of the bratty (and bizarre) babies in high chairs, “Triplets.”

Fabray also appeared on TV comedies and drama, starring on “Westinghouse Playhouse,” created by then-husband Ranald MacDougall, and recurring as Grandma Katherine Romano on hit 1970s sitcom “One Day at a Time.” She guested on “Burke’s Law,” “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” on which she played Mary’s mother; “Love American Style,” “Maude,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Coach
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Lin Bolen Dead at 76

Lin Bolen Dead at 76
Lin Bolen, the first female VP of programming at a TV network and an influential force in daytime television fare, has died. She passed away on January 19 in a hospital in the San Fernando Valley, according to friend and former game-show host Jim MacKrell. She was 76.

Bolen worked for NBC in the 1970s and was responsible for commissioning the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune. She also is credited with bringing long-form narrative to soap operas, expanding them to hour-long formats.

It was long rumored that the ruthless Faye Dunaway character of Diana Christiansen in the 1976 satirical film Network was based on Bolen, something Bolen denied.

She was appointed VP of daytime programming at NBC in 1972, rising to become the VP of programming in Sept. 1975. NBC thrived under her leadership, becoming the No. 1 network in ratings.

She launched NBC soap opera How to Survive a Marriage in 1974, extended Another World
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‘Hostiles’ Distributor Byron Allen, On Growing A Movie Company In Difficult Times For Indies

Today, Entertainment Studios has broadened its awards season release of Hostiles, the Scott Cooper-directed Western that stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi. It is the biggest prestige film play so far for Entertainment Studios, the company owned by Byron Allen, who is moving aggressively into the movie business space after establishing himself in a way similar to Merv Griffin, for whom television syndication was the fulcrum for his other ambitions. Allen…
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Hugh Hefner Will Be Surrounded By Playmates & Celebs At Burial Spot

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Hugh Hefner will be in good company in his final resting place -- the cemetery where he'll be buried is filled with more celebs than the Holmby Hills 'hood where he lived in the Playboy Mansion. Hef bought the crypt next to Marilyn Monroe years ago at the Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery -- but she's just the start. Merv Griffin, Farrah Fawcett, Florence Henderson and Rodney Dangerfield are also nearby.  Farrah graced the cover of
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Hugh Hefner to Be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe, Son Cooper Remembers His 'Exceptional and Impactful Life'

Hugh Hefner to Be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe, Son Cooper Remembers His 'Exceptional and Impactful Life'
Nearly 64 years after Marilyn Monroe appeared on the cover of the first Playboy magazine, famed publisher Hugh Hefner will be reuniting with the iconic actress, in spirit.

Hefner, who died at the age of 91 on Wednesday, will be buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles next to Monroe in the same mausoleum, Et has learned. 

Hefner famously bought the crypt adjacent to the Some Like It Hot star 25 years ago for $75,000. 

The Playboy founder will be joining several other huge stars who are buried at the secluded cemetery, including Truman Capote, James Coburn, Rodney Dangerfield, Eva Gabor, Merv Griffin, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood and Farrah Fawcett, to name just a few.

Watch: Stars Remember Hugh Hefner -- Jenny McCarthy, Rob Lowe and More Share Heartfelt Tributes

Hefner died surrounded by family at the iconic Playboy Mansion, and his son, Cooper Hefner, released touching statement reflecting on his father's legacy.

"My father
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Globes and Beverly Hilton Are a Golden Hollywood Couple

Globes and Beverly Hilton Are a Golden Hollywood Couple
It’s one of contemporary Hollywood’s most enduring relationships: for 47 years the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has made the Beverly Hilton its home for the Golden Globe Awards. No other annual awards event is so intertwined with its venue. Even with changes in ownership, from Conrad Hilton to Merv Griffin to Beny Alagem, several renovations and now a major upgrade (the addition of the 170-room Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on the former Trader Vic’s corner), the nonprofit remains firm in its commitment to 1,300-guest Intl. Ballroom for its kudos fest.

2018 will mark the ceremony’s 43rd consecutive outing at the hotel. And it’s been suggested the HFPA may host its own glam afterparty at the hotel’s recently completed The Gardens tripartite outdoor venue.

“We have great people, great energy and the most professional staff,” says the Beverly Hilton’s owner, entrepreneur Alagem. The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ opening tops Alagem’s decade-long effort
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Harry Friedman and Mary Hart Talk Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Wins

Harry Friedman and Mary Hart Talk Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Wins
The Lifetime Achievement awards at the 2017 Daytime Emmys will be presented to two luminaries of syndicated television: producer Harry Friedman and host Mary Hart.

After producing syndicated game-show sensations “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” for more than 20 years, it isn’t a surprise that Friedman himself is a trivia question answer.

Friedman, who was promoted to executive producer of both shows in 1999 after starting as a “Wheel” producer in 1995, has been at his gig for so long that he holds a Guinness World Record for most game-show episodes produced. And the most Emmy Award nominations for a game-show producer (42) and most Emmy Award wins by a game-show producer (13).

So it’s no surprise he’ll receive a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Daytime Emmys creative arts ceremony. And it’s also understandable that it’s hard for Friedman to list all his favorite moments from the sets.

“One of the things that stands out on
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Coachella 2017: Inside the Hottest Parties

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Coachella 2017: Inside the Hottest Parties
It’s that time again!

Hollywood’s biggest stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry descended on the California desert this weekend to kick off the first weekend for Coachella. While the event is a multi-day music festival, it is also a huge draw for the many private parties and events and, of course, People was behind the scenes with the stars.

Read on for the best moments from the parties.

Thursday, April 13

Alessandra Ambrosio sure knows how to get the party started! The model kicked off Coachella weekend and #REVOLVEFestival with a poolside dinner in celebration of
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Don Rickles Dies at 90: Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart and More Stars Pay Tribute

Don Rickles Dies at 90: Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart and More Stars Pay Tribute
Don Rickles' fans, friends and peers have been expressing their condolences after hearing news of the comedian's death.

Et confirmed that Rickles died on Thursday morning in his Los Angeles home from kidney failure. He was 90.

Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years

Rickles' impact on the comedy and entertainment industry was certainly felt as celebrities have been posting tributes to the late comedian since learning of his death. Here's a look at what the stars are sharing in remembrance of Rickles:

Bob and Ginnie Newhart: "He was called 'The Merchant of Venom,' but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known. We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this."

Jim Carrey: "Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer
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getTV’s Black History Month is a nostalgia bomb of phenomenal talent

The archives of American chat shows and variety shows of the 1960s and 70s held a vault of talented performances from so many musicians — especially African American bands and performers who lit up the stages with songs that resonated for the times and were pop megahits that nobody missed. Now getTV tips their hat in a most creative and music-filled way for Black History Month in February with epic performances — from Whitney Houston to the Jackson 5, to the lions of R&B including Aretha Franklin. If you love music and miss those days of Merv Griffin, The Bing Crosby...read more
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The Girl with Something Extra: Sally Field Comedy Coming to getTV in January

GetTV is getting you a little something extra to ring in the New Year. The first and only season of The Girl with Something Extra TV show is coming to getTV, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 7:20am Et. NBC premiered the series in 1973 and cancelled it after only one season of 22 episodes.The Girl with Something Extra starred Sally Field as Sally Burton, a newlywed with Esp. John Davidson played her husband John Burton. When he learns about his wife's abilities, wackiness ensues. Zohra Lampert and Jack Sheldon also starred. Guest stars included: Henry Jones, Teri Garr, Farrah Fawcett, Pat Harrington Jr., Don Knotts, Dick Van Patten, and Merv Griffin. Read More…
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Looking Back at the Intriguing Life of Actress and Socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor

Looking Back at the Intriguing Life of Actress and Socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor
Long before the Kardashians captured the public's imagination, three sisters from Hungary established that you can become famous just for being famous, with only a dash of acting ability and a whole lot of personality. And with her mellifluous moniker, glittering glamour, multiple marriages and bawdy bon mots, Gabor fully embodied and embraced the role of Hollywood royalty.

All the "daahlings," décolletage and drama were carefully calculated, creating both an air of majesty and mystery that made Gabor irresistible to men, women and the gossip pages, catapulting her past sisters Magda and Eva to a level of fame that allowed her to draw headlines into her 90s.

"I'm a very serious person," Gabor said in a The New Yorker profile decades ago. "I couldn't have built up this idiotic image of myself all these years if I hadn't been serious." Born in Hungary in 1917 as Sari Gabor (although she went out of her way to obfuscate her age
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Alan Thicke’s Best Television Theme Songs: 11 Unforgettable Tracks

Alan Thicke’s Best Television Theme Songs: 11 Unforgettable Tracks
Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday at the age of 69, was widely known for his starring role as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. But the actor also had a successful side gig as a composer to some of television’s most memorable theme songs.

Here are 11 of his biggest hits:

Diff’rent Strokes

The NBC sitcom, about a rich white New York businessman who adopts two black boys from Harlem after their mother’s death, made stars out of Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges. The show premiered in Nov. 1978 and aired on the peacock network for seven seasons before moving
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A Legendary First Couple’s Bravest Hour Is Relived in Killing Reagan

A Legendary First Couple’s Bravest Hour Is Relived in Killing Reagan
Based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s bestseller about John Hinckley Jr.’s attempt on Ronald Reagan’s life in 1981, Killing Reagan has a fine First Couple.

Tim Matheson captures the essence of the Reagan persona — a born performer whose public and private selves were so in sync, perhaps even happily, that they became indistinguishable.

After making an important decision, the President pops candy into his mouth and smiles with satisfaction. This, one imagines, is a man whose every gesture is a recapitulation of some moment he once played on camera or witnessed in an old movie. Somehow this endless,
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The Real Housewives of Orange County's Briana Keeps Things Grounded at Merv Griffin's Estate

The Real Housewives of Orange County's Briana Keeps Things Grounded at Merv Griffin's Estate
Briana Culberson, Vicki Gunvalson's daughter, is the breath of fresh air needed on The Real Housewives of Orange County. She comes in every few episodes, with her cute kids and real-world problems and down-to-earth outlook and reminds viewers (and the ladies) that there are normal people in Orange County. This week she was on hand to help celebrate her mom's birthday (and her own), at the Merv Griffin estate, a gigantic home that had the task of housing the larger-than-life personalities of Vicki, Tamra Judge and Kelly Dodd. "I don't know who Merv Griffin is, but I hope he's single," Kelly said. For those not in the know, Merv Griffin was a TV host and media mogul. He's credited with...
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Beverly Hilton Sued -- They Made Me Drink Liquid Nitrogen!!!

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It doesn't take a chemist to know ... you can't substitute liquid nitrogen for vodka ... so claims a man who says he got a most unwelcome specialty cocktail at the famed Beverly Hilton Hotel. Jeremy Cox claims he was at a fancy shindig in August at the hotel where Whitney Houston died, when the bartender offered him and his wife a "specialty cocktail." He claims the bartender said, "You need to drink them right away." Jeremy says he gulped it down,
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Watch: Johnny Depp Plays Donald Trump

Johnny Depp is known for his transformative performances, from his swashbuckling pirate Jack Sparrow to his chilling Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. Now, Depp is equal parts hilarious and terrifying as business mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a new 50-minute movie biopic from Funny Or Die. “Funny Or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art Of The Deal: The Movie” is a fictional television movie based on Trump’s best-selling autobiography of the same name. Director Ron Howard introduces the film he “picked up at a yard sale just outside Phoenix, Arizona,” which was originally “thought to be lost in the Cybil Shepherd blouse fire of 1989.” Between the cheesy, techno music and over-the-top graphics, the satire is a relic straight out of the 1980s. The movie riotously depicts Trump’s quest to acquire the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City from Merv Griffin (Patton Oswalt). The movie is littered with cameos,
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Johnny Depp Plays Donald Trump in 50-Minute Funny or Die Movie (Video)

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Johnny Depp Plays Donald Trump in 50-Minute Funny or Die Movie (Video)
Seemingly everyone has a Donald Trump impression, and that now includes Johnny Depp. The actor behind Jack Sparrow stars as the billionaire businessman in a new 50-minute Funny or Die film, “Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie,” which surprised the Internet on Wednesday. The all-star cast also includes Patton Oswalt as Merv Griffin and Jack McBrayer as Trump architect Der Scutt. Henry Winkler, Jacob Tremblay, Stephen Merchant, Alfred Molina, Michaela Watkins, Andy Richter and others are along for some 1980s fun. The period movie’s original theme song comes courtesy of Kenny Loggins, because, of course it does.
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Watch Johnny Depp Star in Funny or Die's Donald Trump Biopic

Watch Johnny Depp Star in Funny or Die's Donald Trump Biopic
Donald Trump woke up to more than just a win in the New Hampshire primary Wednesday: Funny or Die have unleashed their 50-minute film The Art of the Deal: The Movie, a faux-biopic centered around the mogul's best-selling business book starring Johnny Depp in the role of Trump.

"Thought to be lost in the Cybill Shepherd blouse fire of '89, The Art of the Deal was a TV movie based on the best-selling Donald Trump autobiography of the same name. In fact, it was written, directed and starred Donald Trump himself,
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