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Monty Hall, Iconic Let's Make a Deal Host, Dead at 96

Monty Hall, Iconic Let's Make a Deal Host, Dead at 96
Game show icon Monty Hall, who co-created and hosted the original Let’s Make a Deal, has died of heart failure at the age of 96, the New York Times reports. He passed away on Saturday in his Beverly Hills, Calif. home.

Hall launched Let’s Make a Deal in 1963. It first premiered as part of NBC’s daytime line-up before moving to ABC in 1968, where it continued through 1976. A syndicated version of Deal aired on and off through the 1970s and 80s, before returning to NBC for a brief run from 1990-91. The show was eventually revived with host Wayne Brady
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Monty Hall Dead at 96

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Television icon Monty Hall -- the co-creator and host of "Let's Make a Deal" -- died from heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills ... TMZ has learned. Hall's daughter Joanna Gleason tells us ... he passed away Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family. We're told his health had been declining the past few years. Gleason says her dad was most proud of his show because it gave him the platform to help people. The
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Betty White's Reason For Never Remarrying After Her Husband's Death Is Truly Beautiful

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Betty White's Reason For Never Remarrying After Her Husband's Death Is Truly Beautiful
Betty White has fit a whole lot of life into her 95 years, and she's still going strong. The star is a Hollywood icon, with roles in The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show among her most popular. But of all her successes, the actress credits her marriage to Allen Ludden as her favorite. Betty, who was previously married to Us Army pilot Dick Barker in 1945 and Hollywood agent Lane Allen from 1947 until 1949, met her third husband when she appeared as a guest on his game show, Password, in 1961. Ludden actually proposed to Betty twice before she finally accepted and the two were married in 1963. Ludden tragically passed away from stomach cancer in 1981 (Betty was 59 years old at the time), and she has never remarried. When asked if she would ever consider tying the knot again during an interview with Larry King, Betty said, "Once you've had the best,
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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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Quantico Recap: Stress Test

Quantico Recap: Stress Test
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Quantico recap here.

Got an egg timer you like to use to track Alex and Ryan’s periods of happiness on Quantico? Yeah, it’s time to flip it.

While the CIA’s Least Under the Radar Couple doesn’t break up or anything as dramatic as that in this week’s episode, Ryan does mention that his love for Alex is his weakness, which is Stoic TV Guyspeak for “Whether or not I want to be, I’m out foot out the love door already — for your own goooooood.”


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The Golden Girls' most bad-ass moments

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The Golden Girls' most bad-ass moments
"The Golden Girls," the superhero quartet of choice for people who found "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" not bad-ass enough, turns 30 years old today. The Miami-set series enjoys a huge following even today, which is no surprise when you consider that the show's four lead actresses all won Emmys for their work. To celebrate their awesomeness, let's pick the Golden Girls' best non-"Golden Girls" moments. Rue McClanahan in "Starship Troopers"   Look at Rue McClanahan owning that Blanche Devereux sauciness and absolutely terrifying Casper Van Dien and Denise Richards in "Starship Troopers." Her Karl Lagerfeld-like intensity is fantastic. Even Robert Heinlein couldn't have predicted how welcome McClanahan's presence would be in a sci-fi caper.   Estelle Getty talks feminism on "The Joan Rivers Show" Since everyone's bemoaning that Vanity Fair photo of the all-male late night hosting crew, let's take a moment to remember how kickass Joan Rivers' show was.
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Rip Betsy Palmer, Mrs. Voorhees, 1926-2015

Once on film, you kind of live forever. Few achieve the sort of cinematic infamy and icon status of Betsy Palmer, however. The longtime performer and Chicago native, a veteran of stage and screen (both big and small), including Mr. Roberts and multiple appearances on Password and The Today Show, would find greatest notoriety as…

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Last Night on Late Night, 5/19/15: Hanks talks to Letterman and Hugh Jackman teaches Fallon how to eat Vegemite

Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.

Last night on late night, Tom Hanks and Dave talked dodging drones with Ron Howard, a “sex mathematician” explained hormones to Conan, Hugh Jackman and Nick Offerman were on The Tonight Show, Mariah Carey went on Kimmel, and The Men in Blazers broke down Premier League relegation battle drama.

Late Show with David Letterman

Legendary actor and talk show guest Tom Hanks.

Hanks is adept with the selfie stick. Like, actually.

Hanks talks about being attacked by fake drones and having to act based on directorial yells in Inferno. The Late Show crew does a list of stuff they’ll miss from the show. Dave’s monologue on his retirement, Joe Biden, Marco Rubio,
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Best of Late Night TV: Nick Offerman, Hugh Jackman Play Password; Fallon's Letterman Tribute; Betty White Flash Mob

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

Hugh Jackman and Nick Offerman (looking Sharp without a mustache) were on "The Tonight Show" Monday night, and they played "Password" with Jimmy Fallon and Susan Sarandon (who wore a Rangers jersey). Hugh and Nick made the best team, and not just the best-looking. But they really did look good. In his sit-down interview, Hugh showed Jimmy the Aussie way to eat vegemite. He randomly broke out a toaster and demonstrated in a "public service announcement for Australia." Jimmy Fallon took a moment on "The Tonight Show" to thank David Letterman and wish him well in his retirement. He also showed a picture from his eighth grade yearbook, including
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Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson to Host Daytime Creative Arts Emmys

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Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson to Host Daytime Creative Arts Emmys
Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson will host the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards next month. The “Jeopardy!” host and “The Brady Bunch” actress will take to the stage on April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced in a statement. The Academy also said that this year’s Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement will go to producer, director, Michael Gargiulo, for his work on TV classics such as “Password,” “I’ve Got a Secret,” “The Tell the Truth,” The Thanksgiving Day’s Parade,” and the “Tournament of Roses,
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R.I.P. Eydie Gorme

The singer and classic TV performer has died at the age of 84. Eydie Gorme passed away on today in Las Vegas after a short undisclosed illness. A well known nightclub performer in New York, Gorme joined Steve Allen’s local TV show in 1953. She soon was partnered with another singer on the show Steve Lawrence and the duo moved upward with Allen in 1954 when his show became NBC’s Tonight Show in 1954. The couple married on December 29, 1957. The next year, The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Show debuted on NBC and lasted one season. Still, both solo and with Lawrence, the Grammy winner would show up on the small screen often over the next three decades. Gorme appeared on the Gary Moore Show, What’s My Line?, Password All-Stars, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Bob Hope Show, the Carol Burnett Show among other. As well as a big music hit
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'Hot in Cleveland': Carol Burnett reunites with Betty White and Tim Conway

Zap2it: How was it to reunite with Betty White and "Carol Burnett Show" co-star Tim Conway for Wednesday's (June 26) TV Land episode of "Hot in Cleveland"?

Carol Burnett: Well, Tim's only in the last little bit -- it's almost like a cameo -- but it was such fun, and also to be with Betty again. She was on my show many, many times, and she was one of our favorite guests. She and Allen (Ludden, White's late husband) and all of us, we were very, very close through all the years. I think it started with "Password" (the game show Ludden hosted).

Zap2it: How did you find the atmosphere on the "Hot in Cleveland" set?

Carol Burnett: We had a wonderful time, and what I love about it is that it reminded me of our show; everybody got along great, and when you think about four
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Soap Star Wins First Emmy After 35 Years

Soap Star Wins First Emmy After 35 Years
Beverly Hills, Calif. — "Days of Our Lives" won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years at the Daytime Emmys in a rough-hewn ceremony that included more upsets and an envelope mix-up on Sunday night.

The NBC soap opera that began in 1965 beat out defending champion "General Hospital" and former three-time winner "The Bold and the Beautiful," among others.

The category included the only four remaining soaps still airing on the broadcast networks in addition to "One Life to Live," which has found new life on the Internet after being canceled.

"Days" only other drama series win was in 1978.

The show claimed one other trophy: Chandler Massey as outstanding younger actor.

Doug Davidson of "The Young and the Restless" and Heather Tom of "The Bold and the Beautiful" won lead acting honors.

Davidson earned his first career trophy for a role he's played since 1978. Tom, who previously was on "Y&R,
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The 25 Greatest Game Shows Ever, In Honor Of The Daytime Emmys

Big bucks, expensive vowels, and a million cackling Whammies.

The Daytime Emmys are this Sunday, and for the first time ever, there’s a gay nominee for Best Game Show Host — the marvelous and frightfully funny Billy Eichner. Wahoo! To celebrate, let’s rank the 25 best game shows of all time. Get out your purse and prepare to buy some vowels, gents.

25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: Sorry Double Dare, but Carmen Sandiego is the greatest kids’ game ever. It made geography cool while highlighting the glamorous felonies of a femme fatale. I wish more TV shows concluded with the entire cast yelling in unison, “Do it, Rockapella!”

24. Let’s Make a Deal: Carol Merrill and Monty Hall could woo you into anything. Though if you’re already wearing a chicken outfit, you probably don’t need much coercing.

23. Sale of the Century: Jim Perry
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'Y&R,' 'General Hospital' Lead Daytime Emmy Pack

'Y&R,' 'General Hospital' Lead Daytime Emmy Pack
New York — CBS' soap "The Young and the Restless" earned a leading 23 Daytime Emmy nominations on Wednesday, including three of the four competitors for best actor, while ABC rival "General Hospital" had 19 nominations.

The 40th annual Daytime Emmy awards will be held June 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif., televised for the second year on the cable network Hln. Nominations were announced Wednesday.

PBS' venerable children's show "Sesame Street" earned 17 nominations, including one for Kevin Clash, who played the Elmo character and resigned last November amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys. Clash's lawyer has said that related lawsuits filed against Clash are without merit. Clash, who was nominated for outstanding performer in a children's series, played Elmo for 28 years and already has 23 Daytime Emmy awards.

Top actor nominees are Peter Bergman, Doug Davidson and Michael Muhney of "The Young and the Restless" and Jason Thompson of "General Hospital."

Nominated for
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Young and the Restless vs. General Hospital for Top Daytime Emmy Nods

Young and the Restless vs. General Hospital for Top Daytime Emmy Nods
CBS soap The Young and the Restless leads the pack for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy awards with 23 nominations, the academy announced Wednesday. They are followed by ABC rival General Hospital with 19.

The award ceremony will be held June 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif., televised for the second year on the cable network Hln.

PBS' venerable children's show Sesame Street and the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives both earned 17 nominations.

The television academy said it will honor two game show pioneers with lifetime achievement awards: Monty Hall of Let's Make a Deal and Bob Stewart of To Tell the Truth and Password.
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News Nuggets: Monty Hall, Bob Stewart to be honored at Daytime Emmys

News Nuggets: Monty Hall, Bob Stewart to be honored at Daytime Emmys
Monty Hall and producer Bob Stewart will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Hall hosted "Let's Make a Deal," and Stewart created famous game shows including "To Tell the Truth," "Password," and "The $10,000 Pyramid," among others. Anne Hathaway discusses where she might keep her Oscar if she wins for "Les Miserables": "'I kind of have this fantasy -- because this year that I have been lucky enough to receive a few pieces of hardware -- that I'm going to get a tool shed and keep it in my garage so that it opens to some music. But for now I am just going to keep it in my kitchen,' she said." ABC News Hathaway's one-take performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" tops Kris Tapley's list of the best individual shots of the year. "Life of Pi," "Moonrise Kingdom," and "The Master
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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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The Odd Couple: Jack Klugman Dies at 90, Farewell Oscar Madison

A staple of television for many years, Jack Klugman, has died at the age of 90. He passed away earlier this afternoon in Northridge, CA.

Klugman co-starred in the original Broadway production of Gypsy with Ethel Merman and movies like 12 Angry Men, Days of Wine and Roses, and Goodbye, Columbus. Still, he was best known for his work on television.

He guested on numerous shows during his career, most notably The Fugitive, four episodes of The Twilight Zone, Diagnosis Murder, Third Watch, and game shows like Password and Match Game.

In 1970, he began a five year run with Tony Randall in ABC's sitcom, The Odd Couple. He'd replaced Walter Matthau in the original Broadway production of the play. Playing messy sportswriter Oscar Madison to Randall's spotless Felix Unger, Klugman won two Emmy Awards. The show ended in 1975 with
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Jack Klugman Dead at 90; Starred on TV's The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E.

Jack Klugman Dead at 90; Starred on TV's The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E.
Veteran actor Jack Klugman died suddenly on Monday of causes that were not immediately evident. He was 90.

“He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it and he would encourage others to do the same,” his son Adam told The Associated Press. Klugman died in Los Angeles with his wife of almost four years, Peggy, at his side.

Born in Philadelphia, Klugman’s TV acting career got underway in 1954, with roles on the NBC legal drama Justice and the soap opera The Greatest Gift. The following year, in the anthology series Appointment with Adventure, Klugman met Tony Randall,
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