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Maude's Bill Macy Dead at 97

Maude's Bill Macy Dead at 97
Bill Macy, best known to TV audiences for playing Walter to Bea Arthur’s force-of-nature Maude, died on Thursday night at age 97.

His manager, Matt Beckoff, shared the news on Facebook, hailing Macy as “a spitfire right up to the end.” A cause of death has not been disclosed.

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Macy’s career in large part kicked off in 1972 with CBS’ Maude,
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‘Maude’ Star Bill Macy Dies at 97

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‘Maude’ Star Bill Macy Dies at 97
Bill Macy, who played Bea Arthur’s husband Walter Findlay on the “All in the Family” spinoff, “Maude,” died on Thursday. He was 97.

“My buddy Bill Macy passed away at 7:13pm tonight. He was a spitfire right up to the end,” producer and manager Matt Beckoff wrote on Facebook. “My condolences to his beautiful wife Samantha Harper Macy.”

Macy was born in Revere, Mass., and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He worked as a taxi driver for a decade before scoring a Broadway gig in 1958 as Walter Matthau’s understudy in “Once More, With Feeling.” In 1966, he played a cab driver on the soap opera “The Edge of Night,” and met his wife, Samantha Harper Macy, on the set of the 1969 Off Broadway play “Oh! Calcutta!”

Sitcom creator Norman Lear saw his comedic skills Off Broadway and brought him to Hollywood, where Macy first earned a small part
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Bill Macy, Actor Who Played Bea Arthur’s Husband Walter on ‘Maude,’ Dies at 97

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Bill Macy, Actor Who Played Bea Arthur’s Husband Walter on ‘Maude,’ Dies at 97
Bill Macy, best known for playing Bea Arthur’s husband Walter Findlay on the 1970s sitcom “Maude,” has died. He was 97.

“My buddy Bill Macy passed away at 7:13 p.m. tonight,” producer and manager Matt Beckoff wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “He was a spitfire right up to the end. What an honor to book him for Gilbert Gottfried II Frank Santopadre and Dara Kravitz Gottfried podcast. It really was the cherry on top. He Loved being on that show. My condolences to his beautiful wife Samantha Harper Macy.”

Beckoff did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Also Read: Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Emmy Winner at 97

“Maude,” a spinoff of Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” ran for six seasons on CBS from 1972 to 1978. Along with his parts on those two iconic Lear shows, Macy’s other small-screen credits include “Seinfeld,” “St. Elsewhere,” “The Facts of Life,
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How Does Ice-t Love ‘Svu’? Let Him Count The Ways

It’s extremely rare when a spinoff of a successful television show actually outlasts the original show. In fact, only two come to mind: The Jeffersons (11 seasons) outlasted All in the Family by two seasons, and now, Law & Order: Svu has one season more than the incredible 20-season run of Law & Order. Svu [...]

The post How Does Ice-t Love ‘Svu’? Let Him Count The Ways appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Art Directors Guild To Honor Denis Olsen With Career Award

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Art Directors Guild To Honor Denis Olsen With Career Award
Denis Olsen, who has worked on films such as Ghostbusters, Rocky 2 & 3, The Muppet Movie and Romancing the Stone, among others, is set to receive the Art Directors Guild’s Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists Lifetime Achievement Award during the Adg Awards on February 1 in Los Angeles. This is the second of four Lifetime Achievement Awards to be presented in each of the guild’s four crafts. Olsen joins previously announced Joe Alves, who will receive the Adg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Production Designers and Art Directors Council.

Olsen began his career as an Art Director at Kcop (Channel 13). He worked for various studios and other entertainment companies for more than 40 years including Superior Backings as a scenic and sign painter, The Walt Disney Studios in entertainment development, Warner Bros. Studios in their scenic department and J.C. Backings Corp. as the lead man on backdrops and special artwork for movies,
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Married With Children: 10 Best Episodes According To IMDb

When Married...With Children debuted in 1987, there was nothing like it on TV. Roseanne hadn’t debuted her blue-collar brand of comedy yet and shows like All In The Family and Sanford And Son were only in reruns. Those reruns were a rarity too unless you had cable. A lot of people didn’t even have Fox, the network that launched the Bundys into existence. If you had Fox, the show was an instant hit, but it took a while for the show to catch on.

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Thanks to some disgruntled viewers, more and more people wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and the show took off all over the place. When the series was on, you got episodes like these: the 10 best Married With Children episodes. Here they are, according to IMDb.
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Shonda Rhimes Sets Netflix Love Anthology Series With Norman Lear, Steve Martin Producing

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The Shondaland-Netflix universe continues to expand.

Shonda Rhimes and her namesake production banner have landed a series order for “Notes on Love,” an episodic anthology series that is said to explore the “unexpected, life-changing, euphoric, hilarious, surreal, and all-consuming places where love intersects with our lives.”

The first season will focus on stories about marriage and features an all-star writer and executive producer lineup that includes Rhimes, Norman Lear and Aaron Shure, Steve Martin, Diane Warren, Jenny Han, and the husband and wife team of Lindy West and Ahamefule J. Oluo. Rhimes and Betsy Beers will executive produce the series on behalf of Shondaland, while the others will executive produce and write their specific episode of the first season.

The order for “Notes on Love” is the latest for Rhimes and Shondaland under the massive overall deal Rhimes signed back in 2017. It was originally announced that Shondaland had eight
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Emmy predictions: ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ has a four-peat on lock

Emmy predictions: ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ has a four-peat on lock
There are not that many sure things on Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, but one of them will be in Best Variety Talk Series, where “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is expected to triumph for the fourth straight year.

“Last Week Tonight” leads our predictions with 10/3 odds, while “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is quite a few paces behind at 4/1. On its fifth nomination, “Last Week Tonight” has only lost this category once, in 2015 — the first year of the category’s existence after Best Variety Series was split into talk and sketch — to the final season of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Counting wins for Best Variety Series, “Daily Show” holds the record with 11, while “Late Show with David Letterman” is in second with six. “Last Week” was already in third, but would extend its count to four wins over “The Colbert Report’s” two victories.

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Emmy Handicaps 2019: Here’s What Should Win

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With so many nominees to choose from, Academy voters (of which I am one) have a tough task just trying to get through all the content and come up with some deserving winners. So, let me help my fellow members as I choose a few that I feel would be great to see up on the Microsoft Stage come Sunday.

Although it likely won’t get there, since its network HBO has another little show called Game of Thrones, I would suggest there is no more compelling Drama Series this year than Succession. But maybe it’ll get a win next year.

I’d also love to see Eugene Levy and/or Catherine O’Hara receive an Emmy for Pop TV’s wonderfully funny Schitt’s Creek. However, I’m torn because Phoebe Waller-Bridge is up against O’Hara, and since this is the first—and only—chance she has
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Norman Lear Accepts Creative Conscience Award at Variety Showrunners Dinner

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Norman Lear Accepts Creative Conscience Award at Variety Showrunners Dinner
Norman Lear accepted Variety’s Creative Conscience Award Tuesday night at the publication’s annual Showrunners Dinner. The award honors Lear for his work promoting important causes both inside and outside the entertainment industry.

Lear, who appears on the current cover of Variety, recently renewed his overall deal at Sony Pictures Television.

Speaking at the Showrunners Dinner at Eveleigh in West Hollywood, Lear revealed the secret to how he keeps on working at 97.

“It amazes me to hear me described as 97 years old and that in three years I cross 100. But here’s another absolute fact I’d like to tell you, and that is I’ve always believed — that laughter adds time to ones life,” he said.

The legendary TV producer has been bringing laughter into people’s homes for decades, whether it be with his classic sitcoms like “The Jeffersons” and “All in the Family,” or with his
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Creative Arts Emmys 2019: 27 exclusive winner interviews with Rachel Bloom, RuPaul Charles, Bradley Whitford, ‘Leaving Neverland’ director and more [Watch]

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Creative Arts Emmys 2019: 27 exclusive winner interviews with Rachel Bloom, RuPaul Charles, Bradley Whitford, ‘Leaving Neverland’ director and more [Watch]
Ahead of the Primetime telecast on Sunday, September 22, winners for the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys were announced at two ceremonies on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 in Downtown Los Angeles. (See a full list of Saturday’s winners here and a full list of Sunday’s winners here.) Over the last few months, Gold Derby has conducted video chats with 27 of the lucky victors, including Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Dan Reed (“Leaving Neverland” director) and Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).

See Creative Arts Emmys 2019 (Sunday): 13 exclusive red carpet interviews with Natasha Lyonne, Michael McKean, Carice van Houten… [Watch]

Click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.

Hisham Abed – Best Directing (Reality), “Queer Eye

Marco Beltrami – Best Score (Documentary), “Free Solo”

Rachel Bloom – Best Music and Lyrics, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Nicholas Britell – Best Main Title Theme, “Succession”

RuPaul Charles – Best Reality Host,
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Norman Lear Won’t Stop: TV Legend’s Sony Deal Renewal Takes Him to Age 100 (Exclusive)

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Norman Lear Won’t Stop: TV Legend’s Sony Deal Renewal Takes Him to Age 100 (Exclusive)
Ask Norman Lear what the past couple of months have been like for him, and he responds with a joke. “It’s been 60 days of waking up,” he says. “I love that. I love waking up. And I love going to bed too.”

But what the legendary producer really relishes is going to work, and at age 97, Lear is enjoying yet another career renaissance. He won an Emmy on Sept. 14 (making him the oldest winner ever) for “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” which ABC recently renewed for two more specials. His “One Day at a Time” remake, which had been canceled by Netflix, scored a fourth season at new home Pop TV and is back in production. And with partner Brent Miller, he’s got a number of projects in the pipeline — both original ideas and fresh takes on his classic library.

Lear and Miller have been so prolific that Sony,
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‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Starring Justin Theroux Set at Apple

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Apple has ordered an adaptation of “The Mosquito Coast” to series, Variety has learned.

Justin Theroux will star in the series, which is based on the novel by his uncle Paul Theroux. The story follows an idealist who uproots his family and moves them to Latin America. Neil Cross is adapting the book for television in addition to serving as showrunner. Cross will also write the first episode of the series with Tom Bissell. Rupert Wyatt will executive produce and direct multiple episodes, including the first episode. Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman will executive produce, with Fremantle producing.

Justin Theroux’s last TV starring role was in the Netflix limited series “Maniac.” He also starred in the critically-acclaimed HBO series “The Leftovers,” which ended after three seasons on the premium cabler in 2017. On the film side, he has starred in projects like “American Psycho,” “Zoolander,” and “The Girl on the Train.
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Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Emmy Winner Ever With ‘Live In Front Of A Studio Audience’ Variety Special Prize

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Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Emmy Winner Ever With ‘Live In Front Of A Studio Audience’ Variety Special Prize
Tonight at the Creative Arts Emmys, Norman Lear, 97, became the oldest Emmy winner in history with a victory in the category of Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In the Family’ And ‘The Jeffersons.’

“Thank you, thank you, and holy sh*t,” laughed Lear, who executive produced and wrote the special. “I got a great reaction, saying that when opening a Christmas present when I was seven years old. It’s 90 years later, and I feel much the same.”

Calling the project “one of the greatest things that ever happened to me,” the television icon gave much of the credit for the win to fellow executive producer Jimmy Kimmel, who was the driving force behind the project.

“It was all Jimmy Kimmel’s idea,” he said, while also thanking “all the farmers and the ranchers across the globe that have
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Moving on up: ABC’s ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ wins Emmy for Best Variety Special (Live)

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Moving on up: ABC’s ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ wins Emmy for Best Variety Special (Live)
While the Tony Awards ceremony has dominated the Best Variety Special (or Special Class) category since 2007, winning nine times, while three live productions of stage musicals — “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Grease” and “Jesus Christ” took the rest of the honors– voters instead went for executive producers Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear’s ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” — live re-creations of episodes from Lear’s TV classics “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.”

The win comes 40 years after “All in the Family” collected its 22nd Emmy Award in 1979 — tying at the time the record for most wins as Best Comedy Series (4) held by “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Both “Frasier” and “Modern Family” have passed them with five each in more recent decades.

See 2019 Creative Arts Emmy winners (Saturday): Full list of nominees and winners in 48 categories

Nothing was changed from the original scripts,
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Norman Lear Breaks an Emmy Record, Becomes the Oldest Winner Ever

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Norman Lear Breaks an Emmy Record, Becomes the Oldest Winner Ever
Norman Lear was already one of the most-honored people in television history, but now he has another distinction to add to his long career: At 97 years and 49 days, he’s the oldest person ever to win an Emmy Award.

Asked about the achievement, he said backstage at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday: “I don’t think about it a lot,” and quipped, “I like waking up in the morning.”

Lear set the record on Saturday as one of the producers of “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.'” The ABC program, which included live peformances of episodes from two of Lear’s seminal 1970s comedies, won in the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) category.

Also Read: Creative Arts Emmy Emmys, Day 1: Complete List of Winners (Updating Live)

Jimmy Kimmel, who produced the show with Lear, was asked what
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Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Queer Eye’ Among Big Winners on Night 1 (Full List)

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Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Queer Eye’ Among Big Winners on Night 1 (Full List)
“Free Solo,” “Queer Eye,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Saturday Night Live” were among the big winners Saturday after the first night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Free Solo,” the National Geographic feature documentary that already claimed the Oscar earlier this year, lead the field on the night largely devoted to unscripted programming with seven big wins. On Sunday, the remaining Creative Arts Emmys will be handed out for shows largely in the scripted genre.

RuPaul earned his fourth consecutive trophy as reality host for his work out front on VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Netflix’s “Queer Eye” nabbed four wins, including its second consecutive trophy for structured reality program. “The Simpsons” added more hardware to its trophy case with the win for animated program. And the late Anthony Bourdain earned two more Emmys for his CNN series “Parts Unknown,
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Creative Arts Emmy Emmys, Day 1: Complete List of Winners

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Creative Arts Emmy Emmys, Day 1: Complete List of Winners
James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” beat Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce to win the Emmy for pre-recorded variety special at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, which were handed out on Saturday night in downtown Los Angeles.

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” won the award for live variety special, making the 97-year-old Lear the oldest winner in Emmy history.

In a ceremony devoted largely to nonfiction and reality television, the big winner was “Free Solo,” the NatGeo rock-climbing documentary that won an Oscar in February but also qualified for the Emmys. The film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin won seven awards, taking home Emmys for its directing, cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing, picture editing, musical score and creative achievement in interactive media.

Queer Eye” won the Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality program,
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Creative Arts Emmy Awards predictions 2019: Official odds in 24 categories favor ‘Game of Thrones,’ RuPaul, Beyonce and more

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Creative Arts Emmy Awards predictions 2019: Official odds in 24 categories favor ‘Game of Thrones,’ RuPaul, Beyonce and more
The Primetime Emmys telecast isn’t until Sunday night, September 22, but by then most of the awards will already have been handed out. The lion’s share of prizes will be presented this weekend at the Creative Arts Awards ceremonies on September 14 and 15. So who will win? Scroll down for our official racetrack odds in 24 categories. You can still make or update your own predictions here before the trophies are handed out.

Our odds are calculated by combining the predictions of over 1,000 Gold Derby users. That includes Expert journalists from top media outlets, the Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, the Top 24 Users who earned the highest scores predicting last year’s Creative Arts winners, and the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Creative Arts results.

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Variety Names Norman Lear First-Ever TV Recipient of Creative Conscience Award

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Variety Names Norman Lear First-Ever TV Recipient of Creative Conscience Award
Norman Lear has been named the Variety‘s first-ever Creative Conscience Award recipient in the field of television.

The prolific producer will receive the award at Variety‘s annual showrunners’ dinner, taking place Sept. 17 in Los Angeles, Calif.

“For nearly 40 years, Norman Lear’s People For the American Way has stood for social justice, compassion and transparency in the way our democracy works, shining a beacon signalling how to move toward our ideals and away from our prejudices, our fears, our greed. Norman’s position as a giant of the industry was established decades ago, but his stature has only grown through the decades while his example of engaged citizenship has shone brighter,” said Variety‘s executive vice president, content and executive editor Steven Gaydos.

As a television producer, Lear is known for sitcoms and variety series dating back to 1954’s “The Martha Raye Show.” Some of his best known properties include “Maude,
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